2011-12-03 / News

Rape suspected arrested

A Tennessee man was arrested in Cameron County Sunday night and charged with rape and other counts.

State police assisted the St. Marys Police Department in locating a missing 13- year-old St. Marys girl. She was found at a private residence along CCC Memorial Highway in Lumber Township, along with 20-year-old Jonathan A. Prater.

He is charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault, rape, aggravated indecent assault, interference with custody of children, and corruption of a minor.

Prater was committed to the Elk County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bail.

Runs from police A Potter County man is facing multiple charges after attempting to elude police in a high-speed chase Tuesday night. Derrick R. Barker, 20, of Harrison Valley, has been cited for driving while intoxicated, possession of marijuana, fleeing an officer, reckless endangerment, reckless driving, speeding and other offenses. Police said they attempted to pull Barker over on Rt. 417, between the New York State communities of Bolivar and Alma, when he sped off in a pickup truck. The vehicle eventually went off the road and crashed in a patch of weeds. Barker took off on foot and was found about two hours later in the Genesee River near the Wellsville Country Club. He suffered minor injuries.

Search called off

State police from Emporium investigated a one-vehicle crash Sunday night in Driftwood.

Paul A. Pitonyak Jr., 57, of Erie was slightly injured when his 2004 Ford Explorer went out of control on Rt. 120 and hit an embankment at about 9:15.

Police said a passerby reported the crash. When police arrived, Pitonyak had left the scene, prompting police to summon the Mountaineer Search and Rescue Team. About three hours later, a family member notified authorities that Pitonyak was safe. He was cited for a safe speed violation.

Flown to Altoona An Emporium woman was injured after her car crossed the center line and hit an oncoming pickup truck and then a parked car. Esther D. McKimm, 80, was transported by Emporium Ambulance to the Cameron County High School, where she was airlifted to Altoona Hospital. Steven J. Welsh, 42, of Austin, was driving a pickup truck east on Fourth Street when McKimm’s eastbound car entered his lane and stuck his left front bumper. McKimm’s car continued across the westbound lane and struck a car parked on the north side of the roadway. Welsh was not injured. Both drivers were wearing seat belts. McKimm will be cited for a traffic violation.

Charged with DUI Two men were charged with driving under the influence in Potter County. Donald L. Snyder III, 37, of Roulette was stopped for a traffic violation just before midnight Saturday on Main Street in Roulette and police reported that he was intoxicated. In a separate case, police charged 28-year-old Thomas Pritt of Eldred with DUI following a one-vehicle crash early Thanksgiving morning on Rt. 155, one mile north of Rt. 607 in Keating Township. His pickup truck struck a guardrail and Pritt left the scene, police reported.

Chainsaws stolen

Two chainsaws were stolen from a truck between Nov. 9-19 at Emporium Contractors along Rt. 46 in Shippen Township.

Police identified the victims as Paul Abraitis and John Uber. A Stihl model MS660 and a Husqvarna model 365 were removed from a truck on the property.

Hunting supplies taken Hunting supplies were stolen from a location on Bailey Run Road in Wharton Township in Potter County. Zachary King of Lancaster told police that supplies with an estimated value of $400 were taken on Sunday between 1 am and 5 pm.

Lost hunter located Some 30 volunteers from fire departments in Coudersport, Galeton, Germania and Cross Fork searched for a lost hunter Monday night in Abbott Township, Potter County. They discovered that the man had fallen and broken his leg. Volunteers were dispatched shortly after 5 and found the hunter near Short Run Road and brought him out of the woods at around 11:00 pm.

Hit and run reported A hit and run episode last Friday night on Rt. 607 in Portage Township resulted in minor damage to a car. State police at Denton Hill said Ross E. Seltzer Jr., 59, of Austin was traveling north when his vehicle was struck by a small dark green or black car that continued south without stopping.

Suffers neck injury Coudersport Borough Police responded to a twovehicle collision Tuesday afternoon on East Second Street. Brandy King of Coudersport suffered a neck injury in the incident. She was driving east on Rt. 6 and stopped to turn left into the Charles Cole Memorial Hospital entrance. Her car was struck in the rear by a vehicle being driven by Anthony Duell, also of Coudersport.

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