Lewistown Police Department
¯ Criminal Mischief — On April 4, Lewistown Police Officers were dispatched to Locust Street, in Lewistown for a report of two vehicle tires being intentionally punctured. The victim had the incident captured on surveillance cameras. The footage showed John Ritter III, 26, of Lewistown, damaging the vehicle tires. Ritter later punctured two more tires of a separate vehicle. Ritter is now facing charges of criminal mischief,
¯ Warrant Arrest — On April 2, at 9:57 a.m., Lewistown Police responded to W Fourth St., for a domestic incident. One of the parties, Osvaldo Rodriguez, 28, of Lewistown, was found to have an active warrant out of Magisterial District Judge Jack Miller’s office. Rodriguez was arrested and taken to Mifflin County Correctional Facility.
¯ Hit and Run — Officers from the Lewistown Police Department are investigating a hit and run accident which occurred on March 26 at 4:38 a.m. at the intersection of S Dorcas and E Hale streets. An unknown vehicle traveling south on S Dorcas Street, past Montgomery Avenue struck a 2018 Ford Edge owned and operated by Donald Dippery, which was stopped on E Hale Street at the intersection. The striking vehicle fled west on E Hale Street and disappeared past S Main Street. Dippery was not injured in the accident and his vehicle was towed from the scene. Anyone with information is asked to contact police.
¯ Simple Assault — On March 26, at 8:20 a.m., LPD responded to an altercation at the Mifflin County Middle School. A male juvenile reportedly punched another male juvenile in the face, causing a severe laceration. Video footage of the fight was viewed, and as a result of the investigation, one male juvenile faces a misdemeanor charge of simple assault filed through Mifflin County Juvenile Probation. The victim required medical treatment that consisted of sutures to his face.
¯ Neglect of Animals — On March 31, at 4:58 p.m., LPD Officers were dispatched to the 300 block of S Main Street, for an animal complaint. The investigation revealed that on numerous occasions, Daniel Laughlin, 21, of Granville, would park his van at a residence on the 300 block of S Main Street. In the van, he would leave three dogs, one an 8-week-old puppy. On this date, the puppy had fallen out of an open window on the van and was trying to get back inside. A concerned citizen was able to take custody and care of the puppy temporarily. Laughlin is facing three counts of animal neglect, and Laughlin gave up custody of the puppy to One Dog At A Time.
¯ Disorderly Conduct — On March 19, at approximately 12:20 a.m., LPD Officers were dispatched to the Sheetz, 113 N Juniata St., for a report of a fight between two females. The surveillance footage was reviewed and it showed Katherine Alonso-Rodriguez, 29, of Lewistown, walking up to another female and slapping her, which caused a fight to break out. Alonso-Rodriguez was subsequently cited for disorderly conduct.
¯ Domestic Violence — On March 30, at 7:59 a.m., Lewistown Police responded to the report of a domestic violence incident on the first block of Valley Street. An investigation resulted in the arrest of James Stegall for felony charges of domestic violence against his paramour’s son.