Three-car crash leads to another accident

By on April 2, 2014

The Ephrata Police Department reported the following:

CRASH –  Police investigated a three-vehicle accident where one vehicle lost control on the icy bridge and struck the guardrail on Route 222 northbound at the Glenwood Drive overpass, EphrataTownship, March 23. The other two vehicles struck each other trying to avoid the first wrecked vehicle. No one was injured and one vehicle was towed from the scene.

While police were on scene investigating the three-car accident, with two police vehicles with emergency lights activated, flares set and police using warning lights to slow down motorists, the driver of a Mercury SUV ignored the warnings and sped through the scene. The driver lost control on the icy bridge, striking the bridge and guardrail between the two police vehicles. Both air bags deployed and the driver and passenger were not injured. The vehicle was severely damaged and towed from the scene. The driver is being charged with violating duty of driver in emergency response area.

DISORDERLY CONDUCT –  Police were called to 10 East Main St., Ephrata Borough, March 25 for a report of teen males acting disorderly and chasing each other with sticks causing passersby to become alarmed. Five males were cited with disorderly conduct.


DOMESTIC VIOLENCE –  Audrey Keller, 56, of Ephrata was taken into custody and charged with simple assault following a domestic violence incident where she struck her boyfriend in the face, kicked him, pulled his hair and used a stun gun on him in the 900 block of Pleasant View Road in Ephrata Borough at 7:30 p.m. March 25. Keller was taken to Lancaster County Central Arraignment pending arraignment.

CRASH –  Police are investigating a one-vehicle accident that occurred March 23 on the E. Mohler Church Road bridge over Rt. 222, Ephrata Township, where a white Ford Excursion lost control on the icy road and struck the bridge. The male driver of the vehicle fled the area. The severely damaged vehicle was towed from the scene.

IDENTITY THEFT –  A resident in the first block of Hilldale Drive, EphrataTownship, reported March 26 that her name and social security number were used to open an electric and a cable account.

RETAIL THEFT –  Police filed retail theft charges against Wayne S. Matroni, 37, of Leola after he left Walmart, 890 E. Main Street, EphrataTownship, without paying for $119 worth of merchandise.

RETAIL THEFT –  Elam S. King, 62, New Holland, was cited with retail theft after he failed to pay for $70 in fuel at the Turkey Hill, 6 Hahnstown Road, EphrataTownship, March 27.

ASSAULT –  Police attempted to physically arrest Amanda Becker, 20, of Ephrata on outstanding warrants when she resisted by kicking one officer and spitting in another officer’s face in the Railroad Station parking lot, 10 E. Main St., Ephrata Borough, March 27. Becker was charged with assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. She was taken to Lancaster County Central Arraignment to await arraignment.

DOG AT LARGE –  Chase E. Gilbert, 23, of Ephrata was cited for dogs running at large after his dog broke its collar and bit another dog in the Railroad Station parking lot, 10 E. Main St., Ephrata Borough, March 27.

DUI –  Tyler Hershey, 19, Ephrata, was driving a vehicle that police stopped for suspicious activity in the 600 block of S. Reading Road in Ephrata Borough March 29. Hershey was found to be driving the vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .091 percent. Hershey will receive a court summons.

STOLEN VEHICLE –  Police located a gold Dodge Caravan, which had been reported stolen from Silver SpringTownship March 29 on 108 North Reading Road in Ephrata Borough in the CloisterShopping Center. An occupant of the vehicle, William Lee Herman, 24, Denver, was arrested for an outstanding fraud warrant. Herman was turned over to the Silver Spring Township Police Department.

BURGLARY –  A resident in the 100 block of E. Chestnut Street in Ephrata Borough reported returning home March 27 and finding items in their home disturbed and a guitar missing.

THEFT –  Loss prevention employees at Walmart, 890 E. Main St., EphrataTownship, observed Ralph Smith, 46, of Morgantown, attempting to leave the store with stolen merchandise March 27. Smith dropped the merchandise and fled. He was apprehended by police and was found to be in possession of heroin. Smith will receive a court summons. Hope Olinick, 26, Christiana, was stopped as she left the store with stolen merchandise. Olinick will receive a court summons for the retail theft and was turned over to Cumru Township Police, BerksCounty, who held a warrant for Olinick.

BURGLARY –  Someone pried open a rear door and broke through the interior walls to gain entry into the adjoining businesses at Great Clips and GameStop, 848 E. Main St., EphrataTownship, March 30. Surveillance video shows the actors were scared off by an alarm prior to stealing anything. The investigation continues.

VANDALISM –  A resident reported that somebody smashed a headlight of their vehicle while it was parked in the 100 block of Lake Street in Ephrata Borough overnight from March 29-30. Damage was estimated at $100.

WARRANT –  Police arrested Brian David Kline, 25, of Ephrata in the 200 block of Washington Avenue, Ephrata Borough, March 30 on an outstanding warrant held by the Lancaster County Sheriffs Department. Kline was turned over to the Sheriff’s Department.

THEFT –  A resident in the 400 block of E. Fulton Street, EphrataTownship, reported March 30 their house had been entered via a window and a TV and a laptop computer were stolen.

CRASH –  A vehicle driven by Taylor Byers, 20, of Lititz failed to stop for a stop sign and was struck by a vehicle driven by Martin Adams, 46, of Ephrata on Old Mill at Oak Boulevard, Ephrata Borough, at 7:45 a.m. March 31. There were no injuries.

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