A car with a distinctive color combination and its driver figured in a local police matter, and then in a Pennsylvania State Police matter; a bear prowled in the heart of town; dogs roamed; music blared; amateur pyrotechnics disturbed neighbors; and someone was told, “Pick up the phone!” These were among issues that engaged the attention of Port Allegany Police Department officers in the week that began Monday, June 27 and ended Monday, July 4.
Last Monday at 7:30 a.m. Chief Dave Distrola received a complaint of a break-in at 25 Roper Road. Chris Taylor said that someone had broken his back door at around 1:30 a.m. The door jamb was broken. Taylor indicated that nothing appeared to have been taken.
At 3 p.m. Officer Adam Dickerson was told of a bear being seen in the area of Main Street at Maple Street. He was unable to locate the bruin.
At 4:10 p.m. Dickerson received a complaint of a chainsaw that was stolen in Roulette. He referred the complainant to Coudersport-based PSP.
Dickerson received a complaint at 4:30 p.m. concerning a nine-year-old being unattended at a Pearl Street address. The matter was referred to McKean County Children and Youth Services.
Half an hour later Dickerson helped a motorist with a vehicle lockout at a Main Street location.
At 12:30 a.m. last Tuesday Dickerson received a complaint of noise coming from 120 Mill Street. He spoke with two juveniles who had been on a porch roof playing music and singing loudly enough to disturb the neighbors.
Chief Distrola was dispatched to Verallia (Saint-Gobain Containers) at 7:10 a.m. last Wednesday for a report of a stray dog. He picked up the dog and brought it to the station. Later the owner picked it up, along with citations for failing to have it vaccinated for rabies, and for a leash law violation.
At 9:30 p.m. Dickerson received a complaint of a barking dog from 754 Volney Street. He tried to contact the complainant but was unable to do so, nor could he find the source of the complaint.
Thursday at 10 a.m. Chief Distrola was dispatched to the Port Allegany Health Center for a report of a cat that had been struck by a vehicle. He removed the cat.
At 5:56 p.m. Officer Tony Tanner was contacted by Brandon Goodreau, who complained that Bob Yentzer had stopped him and harassed him about his driving habits. Tanner advised Yentzer to contact the police about such matters, rather than confront the alleged perpetrator.
About an hour and a half later Tanner was advised to be on the lookout for a silver car with a black hood, whose operator was said to be driving erratically. PSP later located the driver; word was that they cited him.
At 10:26 p.m. Tanner received a complaint of a dog running loose at a Main Street address. He was unable to find the dog.
At 10:57 p.m. Tanner was contacted by Laura Taylor at Sheetz, who alleged that Chelsie Dahlke was harassing her. Tanner advised both to avoid contact with each other and told them that another such incident may result in charges being filed.
At 1:01 a.m. Friday Tanner was dispatched to 831 North Main Street for a report of a domestic disturbance. Vance Surra and Karissa Dowell were arguing. Dowell left the residence, and no further issues were reported.
Officer Tanner received a cell phone at 4:30 p.m. when someone who had found it turned it in at the station. The owner was contacted, and was expected to pick it up; as of Tuesday morning it was still at the station.
Saturday afternoon at 4:24 Tanner helped a motorist with a vehicle lockout at Dollar General.
At 10:46 p.m. Sunday Officer Tanner received a complaint from Jim Tucker of 107 Chestnut Street, who said that someone at 105 Chestnut Street shooting bottle rockets over his house. That person was advised to discontinue his barrage.