A complaint about texting led to the alleged texter being picked up pursuant to an existing arrest warrant, demonstrating the philosophical Law of Unintended Consequences.


The Port Allegany Police Department also worked at enforcing the more mundane laws, locally, in the week that began Monday, November 22.


Chief Dave Distrola went to the Beacon Light location at 12:42 p.m. last Monday, to check out an allegation that an unruly student had pushed a teacher. The male juvenile will be cited for harassment.


At 10 a.m. last Tuesday Distrola received a complaint of a theft of prescription medication from a Pine Street resident. Denise Osti said that 88 Vicodin pills were stolen from her purse sometime the previous Tuesday or Wednesday. Investigation continues.


At 1 p.m. Distrola was informed that a student had walked away from school. He advised school staff to file a truancy complaint with the District Magisterial Judge. Distrola was unable to locate the juvenile truant, but later it was reported that the student had showed up at home.


There was a tenant dispute at 24 Main Street, according to a 2:30 p.m. report. Distrola was told by Jared Nellis that the downstairs tenant was complaining about where a truck was parked behind the building. The complainant was advised to discuss the matter with the landlord.


At 6 p.m. Tuesday Patrolman Kyle Day helped a motorist with a lock-out at the Pump House gas station at 721 North Main Street.


Day discovered persons engaged in sexual activity in a parked vehicle at the high school parking lot. The 9:30 p.m. date resulted in the couple being told to get dressed and leave the area.


That dog at 311 North Main Street was barking again, at 1:45 a.m. Wednesday, and patrolman Day was dispatched. The occupant, Carol Daugherty, was cited for disorderly conduct. The police log notes that the incident represented “a continued violation by the dog owner.”


At 11:10 a.m. Chief Distrola was dispatched to the intersection of Chestnut and Church Streets for a reported vehicle crash. Justin Driskell, 23, of 434 East Mill Street was operating a 2001 Kia Sportage, traveling south on Church Street, when he allegedly failed to stop for a stop sign and struck the 2010 Chevy Impala operated by Wayne Parish, 63, of 710 June Hollow, Turtlepoint. Parish was traveling east on Chestnut Street.


Driskell’s vehicle sustained moderate damage to the front end, and Parish’s car had moderate damage to the left side. The drivers were not injured. Driskell was cited for running a stop sign, for driving while his license was suspended and for not having insurance.


Friday at 1:57 a.m. Patrolman Tony Tanner assisted with an ambulance call at a Catlin Avenue address, where someone was thought to be suffering from an alcohol overdose.


At 11:37 a.m. Saturday Patrolman Day helped a motorist with a vehicle lockout behind the post office.


Patrolman Tanner was dispatched to 804 North Main Street at 2:22 a.m. Sunday where someone complained of receiving texts from a man who accused her of taking his keys. Tanner’s investigation did not turn up the keys.


Looking into things further, at 2:50 a.m. Tanner discovered that there was an existing warrant for the arrest of the individual who had been texting, according to the previous complaint. This resulted in Tanner taking into custody George Strait Jr. and transporting him to McKean County Jail.


Half an hour later Tanner found a disabled vehicle in the wrong lane on Francis Avenue  near Main Street. An passenger who was in the car said that the driver had run out of gas and had gone to get some. After an hour Tanner had the vehicle towed. The passenger had a family member pick him up.


At 9 a.m. Sunday Patrolman Day assisted Fire Department and EMS personnel with a call on Arnold Avenue.


At 1:28 a.m. Monday Patrolman Tanner was dispatched to the Park Hotel bar because of a disturbance. He spoke with those involved and all left when asked to do so.