A youth pastor in Irwin is facing charges for what officials are calling one of the largest collections of suspected child pornography they have ever seen. Andrew Patterson was arraigned yesterday following a three-month investigation by the district attorney’s office. Officials found more than a thousand images and videos of infants and children involved in sex acts with adult males. Patterson is a youth pastor at the Living Waters Family Worship Center in Irwin.
UNION TWP. – A 32-year-old Meadville man was killed in a one car accident over the weekend. Joshua Pipper was pronounced dead yesterday morning while driving on the Mercer Pike in Crawford County’s Union Township. Police say Pipper struck a tree head on after losing control of his car. He was not wearing a seatbelt and was killed on impact, according to the State Police.
The accident was called in at 5:37 Sunday morning. The police investigation is continuing.
CRANBERRY TWP. – Efforts to save on fuel by putting her vehicle in neutral proved disastrous for 23-year-old Heidi Deeter of Oil City, who wrecked her vehicle into a utility pole Saturday night. The crash happened on Allegheny Avenue in Cranberry. Deeter told investigators she was trying to save on gas when she threw her car into neutral. She tried to round a right hand curve with the vehicle in this state when it began to fishtail out of control, and Deeter’s efforts to counter steer only worsened the situation , sending her off the road, into a fence, and then a utility pole.
Although Deeter was unhurt, her vehicle had moderate damage and had to be towed away.
ROCKDALE TWP. – Police are hoping someone will come forward as the owner of a firearm found recently in a rural part of Crawford County. State Police found a revolver on the ground at the intersection of Tattle Street and Teepleville Road in Rockdale Township over the weekend.
A records check turned up no clues as to an owner. If you can provide a description call 814-332-6911.
CLARION COUNTY – Thirty-seven-year-old Andrea Rae Neiswonger made an unusual complaint to the State Police recently. While she was away last week, she claims a person broke into her house and stole ten pounds of chicken and one pound of hamburger mead from the freezer before fleeing undetected.
Efforts to catch the hamburglar have thus far proven unsuccessful.
CLARION COUNTY – State Police in Clarion County are investigating a serious one vehicle accident that happened on Skyline Road in Limestone Township. Driver Antonio Magangotti, of Seminole, PA, was traveling east in the wee hours Saturday when he lost control of his truck and rolled over.
The driver and one passenger, identified as Alex Gourley, of New Bethlehem, were seriously injured when they were ejected from the truck, and were rushed to UPMC Presbyterian for treatment.
The remaining three passengers were not taken to the hospital.
The investigation into the crash is continuing.
VICTORY TWP. – An Oil City man is recovering from serious injuries after being hit by car while walking along a highway in Venango County’s Victory Township. State Police tell us 30 year old Jeremy Sweetapple was walking southbound on Route 8 just south of Fisherman’s Cove Road Thursday when he was struck from behind. The crash happened after dark and police say Sweetapple was wearing dark clothing and could not easily be seen.
He was rushed to Allegheny General Hospital with major injuries, police said.
CRANBERRY TWP. – Police responded to a one vehicle crash on Friday involving a 35-year-old Oil City woman. Mandi Nason was traveling west on Bredinsburg Road when she failed to properly negotiate a left curve at the crest of a hill. Making matters worse was the wet condition of the roadway. Investigators say she crossed the center line and oncoming lane and went off the road, striking a ditch before overturning her vehicle.
Nason was taken to the UPMC Northwest Hospital for an evaluation.
HARRISBURG – Four teenagers from the Harrisburg area are being charged with opening fire on a pair of state representatives, one of whom is from Erie County. Erie County 3rd district representative Ryan Bizzarro and Scranton area rep Marty Flynn were the victims of an attempted robbery Tuesday night while walking along a Harrisburg street at around 11pm.
According to published reports, the two men were ambushed by four teens in a vehicle. Representative Flynn exchanged gunfire with one of the robbers, but no one was hurt according to reports.
Philly Dot Com reports the teens arrested were Jamani Ellison, 17; Jyair Leonard, 15; Derek Anderson, 17; and Zha-quan McGhee, 15. They were charged with attempted homicide, conspiracy, robbery, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, and carrying a firearm without a license. They were charged as adults, and officers recovered the gun they used.
SUGARCREEK BORO – Sugarcreek Borough Police are investigating a theft from a motor vehicle that was parked in the parking lot of the A and C Buffet on October 13th. Police say someone entered a gray Chevy Trailblazer ad took two .22-caliber gun holsters. Lieutenant Darin Baker says the holsters are tan in color and made out of leather in an old cowboy style.
Also missing are a ratchet and socket set. Anyone with information can call the Sugarcreek Police.