2018-02-10 / News

Plea deal reached in rape case

A Galeton man was sentenced to a minimum of three months in the Potter County Jail after entering a no-contest plea to a reduced charge in a high-profile rape case.

Kane J. Shope, 33, was accused of assaulting a 32-yearold Galeton woman in her home. In return for his plea to simple assault, multiple felony counts and other charges were dismissed.

Judge Stephen Minor also ordered that Shope be subject to house arrest for six months following his release, and that he pay $1,040 in fines and costs, perform 50 hours of community service, and terminate his certification as a law enforcement officer.

Identity theft

An Emporium woman was a victim of identity theft.

State police reported that someone unlawfully used personal credentials belonging to Dorothy Hastings on Jan. 18 to purchase a laptop computer, which was subsequently shipped to an address in California.

Contraband found

Investigation continues into the discovery of drug paraphernalia at the Women’s Residential Rehabilitation Center, operated by Northern Tier Children’s Home in Harrison Valley. No further details were released.

Handgun found at park

A handgun was found at Patterson State Park along Cherry Springs Road in Summit Township.

State police at Denton Hill took possession of the Ruger LCP .380 and are holding it at the barracks.

Trail cameras stolen

Theft of multiple trail cameras last weekend is being probed by state police.

Thieves took the equipment Sunday from along Robin Road in Elk County. The victim was identified as Douglas Kline of St. Marys.

Charged with DUI

A driving under the influence charge has been filed against 45-year-old Scott Keaton of Galeton by state police at the Denton Hill barracks. Keaton was pulled over for traffic violation on Dec. 29 on Sherman Street in Galeton.

Camp burglarized

A camp burglary in Sinnemahoning is being investigated by state police at Emporium.

Thieves took a television, wooden swing, ammunition and several other items from a residence on Maple Street. The camp is owned by Larry Pentz of DuBois.

Fuel tank stolen

State police from Emporium are investigating a theft from a shed at a residence on Meadow Road in Emporium.

A thief stole a fuel tank containing five gallons of gasoline sometime between 9 pm on Jan. 27 and 7 am Jan. 28. Police did not release the victim’s name.

Safe taken from home

State police at Denton Hill continue to investigate the theft of a safe from a Potter County home.

Police report the theft occurred between Jan. 22 and Jan. 27 at the home of Amie Whitesell on Hydes Road near Shinglehouse. Police did not disclose the contents of the safe.

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