Kevin Ruggiero, 57, of Genesee, was charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants after he crashed his 2002 Chevrolet into another vehicle in the parking lot of Reeds Market, 316 Commercial St., Genesee Township June 25. Ruggerio backed out of a parking space at a high rate of speed, police said, and hit a pillar of the market with the passenger door, then continued across Commercial Street and hit a 2016 Ford F250 pick-up truck parked in the driveway of Leo Shutt, 33. The force caused the truck to be pushed forward into the garage it was parked in front of, causing extensive damage to the building. In addition to driving under the influence, Ruggiero also faces charges of reckless driving and other traffic violations.

State police are investigating a hit and run crash that occurred in the parking lot of the Acorn Market on South Oswayo Street, Shinglehouse Township July 7. A 16-year-old girl backed a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu out of a parking spot and hit the bumper of a a 2015 General Motors Acadia in the parking lot and then fled the scene. There were no injuries reported by the driver of the Acadia, Beth A. Drake, 32, of Shinglehouse, or her two minor passengers, aged four and 10.

There were no injuries in a two-vehicle crash involving a PennDOT truck on Route 49, Allegany Township July 10. Joyce A. Knefley, 76, of Ulysses was traveling east in a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer behind a 2015 Ford F350 PennDOT truck operated by William C. Morgan, 58, of Ulysses when she attempted to pass the truck as it was making a left turn, hitting the driver’s side mirror. All occupants of both vehicles including two passengers in the PennDOT truck, Parry A. Hilfiger, 55, of Harrison Valley and Cordell J. Cody, 18, of Westfield, were wearing seat belts and were not injured.

The driver of a 2000 Harley-Davidson Sportster motorcycle escaped injury in a one-vehicle crash on Pine Hill Road, Stewardson Township July 14. Charles L. Beaver, 76, of Spring Grove, was traveling down hill and failed to properly negotiate a left hand curve, losing control of the bike and laying it down on its side. The bike then caught fire. Beaver was wearing a helmet and refused transport by Kettle Creek Ambulance Association.


Police are investigating the theft of a trip-axle load of logs from a lumber yard in Homer Township between July 3 and July 5. Police said someone took the load, valued at $2,400 from the yard on Route 872 and Heth Road. Anyone with information is asked to contact state police at 814-274-8690.

Theft by deception

Kelly Ann Plants, 33, of Ceres, N.Y., faces charges of theft by deception for allegedly passing a check for $110 to Burdick Tax Association that she knew wouldn’t be honored by the drawee March 13.


Barry Lee Wheeler, 49, of Olean, N.Y., faces charges of harassment following an incident during which he hit the victim in the side of the face during an argument at Kelleytown Road, Sharon Township July 5.