ATHENS TWP. – A Cambridge Springs man was taken into police custody on Saturday for allegedly threatening a woman at gunpoint. The confrontation occurred at a home on Athens Road in Athens township. 46 year old Michael Sean White is accused of putting a gun to a woman’s head and threatening to kill her.
He was taken to the Crawford County Jail.
VERNON TWP. – A highway worker was seriously injured in an accident in Vernon Township yesterday. Vernon Police Chief Randy Detzel says the worker was struck by a piece of heavy equipment that dislodged after being involved in an accident at the traffic way between the Movies At Meadville and Montana Rib and Chop House.
The worker was airlifted to Hamot Hospital in Erie by a Stat Medivac helicopter.
The crash happened at about 3 in the afternoon.
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.
MEADVILLE – A former professor at Meadville’s Allegheny College pleads not guilty to sex crimes charges. Kirk Nessett on Wednesday entered the plea in federal court on Wednesday. The 57-year-old author and former English and Literature professor is accused of distributing and receiving and possessing over half a million images and videos of child pornography.
Nessett resigned from his teaching post on October 2nd, a day after a federal grand jury indicted him on the child porn charges.
He is currently free on ten thousand dollars bond with electronic monitoring. No trial date yet has been set.
ESPYVILLE – Police are asking the public for tips leading to the arrest of the person responsible for a number of mailbox vandalism incidents in Espyville. We’re told several mailboxes along Espy Road between Crom Road and Highway 285, were damaged with an unknown tool. The damage was reported Monday night, but police don’t know exactly when the crimes were committed.
They do believe that the suspect fled north on Espy Road before turning off onto Route 285 in an unknown direction.
Anyone with information can contact Meadville State Police at 814-332-6911.
PINE TWP. – A Linesville resident is reporting a burglary on his property. State Police responding to the complaint tell us 36-year-old Jack Wright had a number of items stolen recently from his detached garage on Townline Road.
Items taken include a torch, a Craftsman tool chest, a table saw, gas cans, a battery jumper and various other items.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Meadville State Police at 814-332-6911.
MEADVILLE – State Police are continuing to fight what seems like a never ending battle with telephone con artists. We just received a report from the Meadville State Police Barracks detailing another phone scam that’s been going around in the area.
Trooper Michele McGee states that people have been receiving calls from someone posing as an agent of the Internal Revenue Service, demanding payment for back taxes. The caller is frequently aggressive and hostile in an attempt to instill fear in the victim.
We’re told the victims are frequently promised large refunds. They are also told that previous mailings have gone unanswered, resulting in a warrant for their arrest.
McGee says often times the scammer also has access to the victim’s address or a partial social security number.
For more information or to make a report of a scam, visit the Federal Trade Commission website at FTC dot gov, or the Internet Crime Complaint Center, at IC3 dot gov.
And if you’ve been the victim of a scam, contact the police.
On Monday, October 20, 2014 at 11:00 AM, Meadville Senior Center will be hosting Jack Ogden, of the U.S. Attorney General’s Office, for a Senior Crime Prevention Class presentation. Ogden will be discussing the various financial crimes and scams that are likely to befall seniors, including telemarketing and sweepstakes scams.
This program is open to the public and will be hosted at Active Aging Inc. in the Lew Davies Community Building at 1034 Park Avenue in Meadville.
If you are age 60 and over and would like to stay for lunch, please be sure to make reservations two days in advance by calling 814-336-1800 to speak to a representative in the dining room. They will be serving herb roasted chicken breast, scalloped potatoes, succotash, wheat bread, mandarin oranges, and milk.
SUMMIT TWP. – The State Police are investigating a number of thefts from parked cars at Conneaut Lake Park. For three nights in a row during Pumpkin Fest this past weekend, there have been reports of theft.
Cash seems to be the preferred target and police are urging people to avoid leaving items of value in sight.
The State Police are working with Conneaut Lake Regional Police to solve these crimes.
Anyone who can provide information is asked to call the Meadville State Police at 814-332-6911.
EAST FAIRFIELD TWP. – State Police in Crawford County are investigating a burglary that took place in East Fairfield Township. Authorities say 43-year-old Randall Salsberry had an empty trailer and storage shed on Griffen Road broken into sometime between the 5th and 12th of October.
Items stolen included some 10-thousand collector sports cards.
Anyone with information should call the State Police in Meadville at 814-332-6911.