State police are investigating multiple reports of fraudulent unemployment scams in the area. State police at Indiana report the identities of a 47-year-old female and a male (age unknown) both from Blairsville, a 78-year-old female from Kent and a 70-year-old Shelocta man, were used to file…

State police are investigating multiple reports of fraudulent unemployment scams in the area. State police at Indiana report the identities of a 47-year-old female and a male (age unknown) both from Blairsville, a 78-year-old female from Kent and a 70-year-old Shelocta man, were used to file for unemployment benefits between Oct. 4 and 13. In addition, state police at Greensburg also received similar reports involving the identities of a 42-year-old Irwin man on Oct. 12. Read more

State police at Greensburg responded to two domestic incidents involving the same suspect on the same day in Hempfield Township. According to police, Kory Ross, 33, of Greensburg was arrested for an incident that took place at 9:15 a.m. Sept. 23 at a home on Dolphin Lane, and then police went back out at 10:31 a.m. for another report of a domestic incident at the same residence, during which Ross was taken into custody for violating a protection from abuse order. The original charges of harassment and simple assault were dismissed after the victim refused to cooperate at Ross’s hearing. Read more

State police at Greensburg charged Joshua Lucot, 25, of Mount Pleasant with possession and carrying of a firearm without a license, following a motorcycle crash at 1:23 p.m. Sept. 29 in Hempfield Township. According to police, troopers responded to a crash of a 2007 Kawasaki at the intersection of Trouttown and Stone Church roads and found Lucot in possession of a firearm, which he did not have a license to carry. Read more

State police at Greensburg are investigating an incident of identity theft that occurred at 6:52 p.m. Sept. 29 after a Hempfield Township woman was notified by her human resource department of a fraudulent unemployment claim opened in her name. Another incident of the same nature was reported by a 65-year-old man from Latrobe. According to police, the victim reported that someone was able to reroute his unemployment payouts to another address. Read more

State police at Greensburg reported that one person was injured following a two-vehicle accident that occurred at 2:54 p.m. Sept. 24, in Hempfield Township. According to police, a 2012 Toyota Corolla and 2005 Jeep Laredo crashed at the intersection of Old Airport and Mount Pleasant roads. Brianna Distefanis, 25, of North Huntingdon, the driver of the Toyota, was transported to Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital for treatment of a suspected minor injury. The other driver, Nathaniel Baker, 21, of Pittsburgh, was not injured. Read more

State police at Greensburg report that troopers investigated an incident of terroristic threats at 9:23 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7, on Georges Station Road in Hempfield Township. According to police, two men were arguing over a parking spot, when the altercation escalated into both individuals displaying handguns. State police said that the two were separated at the scene and no injuries were sustained in the incident. Read more

State police at Indiana arrested Felix Garcia-Santiago, 42, of Homer City for possessing a small amount of marijuana at 9:32 p.m. Aug. 24 after he was discovered in a vehicle parked and blocking the flow of traffic on Route 110 in White Township, Indiana County. Read more

State police at Greensburg report that Tracey L. Fisher, 51, of Blairsville was flown by medical helicopter from a two-vehicle crash she was involved in Tuesday in Derry Township. According to the report, the accident took place at 11:15 a.m. at the intersection of Route 217 and Pizza Barn Road. Sean R. Ober, 24, of Latrobe was also involved in the crash, but was not hurt. It had been busy in Derry Township over the last week as state police report two other collisions a few miles away sent motorists to the hospital, including Adam Finch, 31, of Oneonta, New York, who was flown by medical helicopter to a Pittsburgh hospital after a two-vehicle crash Monday morning on Pizza Barn Road, about two miles south of the intersection with Route 217. Police reported that the other driver, Sandra L. Smith, 64, of Latrobe also suffered minor injuries in the 6 a.m. crash. A third crash was also reported at 5:30 p.m. Sunday on Strawcutter Road at the intersection of Sardis Lane. Troopers sai… Read more

State police at Indiana jailed Kevin Thomas, 58, of Pittsburgh, on multiple charges, including suspicion of driving under the influence and charges related to a domestic disturbance, that allegedly occurred between him and his daughter on Aug. 10 in Burrell Township. According to police, Thomas fled the domestic disturbance and was found to be under the influence of alcohol when police pulled over his 2004 Toyota Corolla at 12:34 a.m. that evening. He was lodged in the Indiana County Jail in relation to charges filed stemming from the domestic disturbance. DUI charges are pending blood results. Read more

State police at Greensburg have arrested Kendrick Bolish, 33, of Latrobe after he fled the scene of an accident at 9:05 p.m. Aug. 15 on a ramp to Route 30 East in Hempfield Township. According to police, Bolish’s Chevrolet Silverado struck a 2012 Chevrolet Camaro, driven by Kristina Mitchell, 48, of Latrobe. After the alleged accident, Mitchell pursued Bolish and attempted to get him to pull over. He reportedly did pull over, getting off the Route 119 exit ramp and into the parking lot of NAPA Auto Parts Store. After a brief conversation, police claim Bolish got back in his truck and fled down Route 119. Mitchell didn’t pursue him because she got a picture of his license plate and contacted police. Read more

State police at Greensburg are investigating a hit and run crash that occurred at 12:32 p.m. Thursday in the parking lot of Denny’s Restaurant in Hempfield Township. A 2012 Volkswagen Jetta, which was unoccupied and parked in a space, was struck by an unknown vehicle, which left the scene without providing proper information. Although the Jetta was operable, it did sustain visible damage to the front driver’s side fender. Read more

The state police at Indiana has released its monthly report. According to the report, there were a total of 1,802 incidents in July, including 357 criminal offenses reported (349 founded offenses), 106 criminal offenses cleared, resulting in 108 criminal arrests. In addition, activities reported included 66 crashes (4 hit and run accidents, 26 injured), 38 DUI arrests, seven DUI-related crashes and no fatalities. Police issued 707 traffic citations and 283 warnings, including 11 seat belt citations and one child safety citation. Troopers also assisted 26 motorists and conducted 39 motor vehicle inspections. Read more

State police at Greensburg report two juveniles have been charged with criminal mischief after they used a rock to damage the passenger side of a 2009 Ford truck at 11:49 a.m. July 5 at the Youngwood Community Park & Pool. State police identified the suspects after the community center provided video surveillance of the incident and informed them the two teenagers had been asked to leave the facility earlier in the day. Read more

(Editor’s Note: A police roundup item that appeared on Page A5 of the Friday, July 30, edition of the Latrobe Bulletin incorrectly swapped the vehicles of the two drivers involved and listed the wrong driver as the one who was cited by police. A corrected version of the roundup item appears below. The Bulletin apologizes for the error.) Read more

State police at Greensburg report a 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer was pulled over at 1:47 p.m. June 3, at the Heights Lane intersection with Lowry Avenue, Hempfield Township. The driver was found to be under the influence of controlled substances and the passenger was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. Neither were identified in the report. Read more

State police at Greensburg report one person was injured in a two-vehicle accident that occurred at 12:35 a.m. July 13, in Hempfield Township. According to the report, a 2012 Kia Sorento, driven by Kelly M. Fox Jr, 48, of Kittanning, and a 2019 Chevrolet Equinox, driven by Jennifer A. Max in, 43, of North Huntingdon, collided in the left lane of Route 30 just east of BlackBerry Road. Kelly was cited after the accident with speeding. Kelly was transported by ambulance to Forbes Regional Hospital for a suspected minor injury, according to the report. Read more

State police at Greensburg report several items were stolen in a shoplifting incident that occurred at 6:09 p.m. May 22 in Hempfield Township. The items stolen were reported to be a pair of Xersion sunglasses valued at $60, a packet of Kinetic Sand, valued at $12.99, “What the Meme” game valued at $14.99, a color-changing light bulb, valued at $7.99 and a bikini bottom valued at $19.99. Read more

State police at Greensburg report troopers received a report that an iPhone was found at 1:06 a.m. Friday within the parking lot of CVS on East Pittsburgh Street in Hempfield Township. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 724-832-3288. Read more

State police at Kiski Valley report John Truxal, 47, of Latrobe was arrested after troopers conducted a traffic stop on a 2003 Ford Escape and found a small amount of cocaine and marijuana around 10:05 p.m. July 1 along Depot Street and Latrobe-Derry Road in Latrobe. Charges will be filed through the office of District Judge Mark Bilik. Read more

State police at Indiana report two catalytic converters were removed and stolen from a 36-year-old Bolivar man’s vehicle around 11:52 p.m. June 14 while it was parked for the weekend along Route 22 in Burrell Township. PSP Indiana is investigating. Read more

State police at Kiski Valley report troopers investigated a criminal mischief report in which a 72-year-old Latrobe man is accused of covering a vent pipe at a Latrobe Municipal Authority (LMA) pump station on Sunview Circle in Derry Township around 1:58 p.m. June 28. Police said the act caused the blower to overheat and malfunction. This investigation continues. Read more

The Laurel Highlands DUI Task Force will be conducting enforcement patrols from July 1 through July 5 as part of the Fourth of July enforcement period. These enforcement patrols will include a stationary sobriety checkpoint and roving patrols — all in Westmoreland County. Read more

State police at Indiana report troopers were dispatched around 8:16 p.m. June 22 to Route 22 in Burrell Township for a domestic violence call in which a 32-year-old Blairsville man allegedly struck a 34-year-old Blairsville woman in the face, causing an injury. The man was arrested and transported to Indiana County Jail to await arraignment. This investigation is ongoing. Read more

State police at Greensburg report Jesse R. Hornbeck, 33, of Hopwood was flown to UPMC Presbyterian for treatment of suspected serious injuries after he was involved in a motorcycle crash around 4:45 p.m. May 22 along Route 119 in Hempfield Township. Police said Hornbeck was traveling northbound behind two friends also on motorcycles when he passed them in the right lane. When he re-entered the left lane, he lost traction with his rear wheel, hit the center concrete barrier and fell off the motorcycle, sliding approximately 20 feet before coming to final rest. Read more

State police at Greensburg report George Staley, 52, of Greensburg was stopped for a traffic violation around 3:33 p.m. May 12 along South Main and Chestnut streets in Southwest Greensburg, and troopers discovered Staley’s driver’s license was DUI suspended. Further records revealed Staley had two prior convictions and one pending charge. Charges were later filed through the office of Magisterial District Justice Anthony Bompiani. Read more

State police at Kiski Valley report troopers took a report for Shane Beeman, 40, of Greensburg and David Floyd, 23, of Derry who created a disturbance around 8 p.m. May 21 at 400 Chestnut Ridge Rd. in Derry Township. Charges against both were filed through the office of Magisterial District Justice Mark Bilik. Read more

State police at Kiski Valley report Don Gunter, 41, of Bradenville and Shane Beeman, 40, of Greensburg were arrested after troopers responded to 1719 Latrobe Derry Road in Derry Township around 6:51 p.m. May 21. Charges of harassment were filed through the office of Magisterial District Justice Mark Bilik. Read more

State police at Greensburg report troopers responded around 8:40 p.m. April 27 to Briarcliff Road in Unity Township for a request for assistance. Upon arrival, EMS had already loaded the involved party into the ambulance and were ready to begin transport. EMS related that the involved party took more than 60 sleeping pills in an attempted suicide. EMS related that state police were no longer needed. Read more

State police at Greensburg report troopers are investigating drug possession and impaired driving following an incident involving a 2007 Pontiac G6 along Forbes Trail and Smith roads in Hempfield Township around 1:58 p.m. March 23. Charges have been filed through the office of Magisterial District Judge Joseph DeMarchis. Read more

State police at Kiski Valley report no one was injured when an undisclosed motorist driving an eastbound 2016 Nissan Rogue along Story Road in Salem Township encountered a dog in the middle of the travel lane, swerved to prevent striking the animal and struck a boulder on the roadside embankment around 5:49 p.m. May 9. The crash caused damage to the vehicle’s passenger side. Read more

State police at Greensburg report Gary English, 64, of Pittsburgh was accused of stealing multiple campaign signs for several Republican candidates valued at nearly $2,500 throughout eastern Westmoreland County around 6:21 p.m. April 5 along Rocky Mountain Court and Mount Ranier Drive in Unity Township. The witnesses of the incident were able to provide troopers with pictures of English and his vehicle. Police said no specific candidates were targeted. Read more

State police at Indiana report Devin Butler, 29, of Blairsville was arrested for theft by deception after he allegedly stole a 30-year-old Coral woman’s debit card and made 13 transactions totaling $539 around 7 a.m. Monday, May 3, Beech and Main streets in Center Township. Read more

State police at Greensburg report troopers from the station responded to 2,058 incidents in the month of April. Of the 270 criminal offenses reported, 269 were determined to be founded. Police cleared 75 criminal offenses, making 65 arrests. Troopers responded to 123 crashes, two fatal, involving 19 injuries. Police investigated 20 hit-and-run crashes, two fatal, and made 28 DUI arrests while responding to 10 DUI-related crashes, two fatal. Troopers issued 575 traffic citations and 647 warnings. Read more

State police at Kiski Valley report no one was injured when a 2008 Subaru Legacy driven by a 16-year-old Greensburg boy entered Route 819 in Salem Township from a stopped position at the stop sign on Trees Mills Road then stopped again and was struck by a 2008 Mack truck driven by Robert W. Fitzpatrick, 41, of Crabtree around 2:51 p.m. April 28. Read more

State police at Greensburg report James Henderson, 51, of Greensburg was arrested for DUI after troopers observed traffic violations and conducted a subsequent traffic stop around 2:35 a.m. May 2 on the 500 block of Euclid Avenue in Greensburg. Charges have been filed through the office of District Judge Chris Flanigan. Read more

State police at Greensburg said one person was possibly injured during a three-vehicle crash around 5:57 p.m. April 23 along Route 30 in Hempfield Township. Police said as a 2000 Ford Ranger driven by Benjamin Irvin, 23, of Derry was approaching the intersection of Marwood Forest Road, Irvin took his eyes off the road and struck the rear end of a 2013 Honda Pilot driven by Deborah Gaab, 65, North Huntingdon, which continued forward and struck the rear end of a 2017 Subaru Impreza driven by Bryan M. Watson, 34, of Greensburg. A 7-year-old passenger in the Subaru was taken to UPMC Children’s Hospital for head pain. Read more

State police at Kiski Valley report no one was injured when a 2018 Ford Explorer driven along Route 981 in Derry Township by Hazel L. Braun, 60, of Export hit a deer in the road way around 9:35 p.m. April 20. The vehicle had to be towed from the scene. Read more

State police at Kiski Valley report a 41-year-old Greensburg said he was told he had a warrant from the FBI in Texas and was advised to pay his restitution via gift cards totaling $2,200 from Target and Walmart around 8 a.m. April 12 in Salem Township. The incident was determined to be a scam. Read more

State police at Greensburg report troopers received a report of found property in the 100 block of Kingston Street in Unity Township around 7:52 a.m. April 18. Police found “numerous female items in various handbags” that were recovered. Troopers said identifiable property was returned, while remaining items recovered on scene were later secured by state police. Anyone with additional information or who is missing these items is asked to contact state police at 724-832-3288. Read more

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