A government water level measurer got stranded but Officer Day was like a bridge over troubled waters; a Citizens Bank alarm acted up; there was an apparent withdrawal but not from a bank account; and swiping involved a car’s side rather than a card or a whole car.


There was some accidental tripping, but drugs were not involved, and concern about tripping where drugs might be involved but weren’t. Then there was that heavy metal, but not the loud kind…


Those were some of the matters dealt with by the Port Allegany Police Department in the week that began Monday, November 29 and ended Sunday, December 5.


Last Monday at 9:10 a.m. Officer Kyle Day responded to Citizens Bank for a reported alarm. It turned out to be an “accidental trip”—of the alarm, not the visit by police.


Last Wednesday at 1 p.m. Chief Dave Distrola responded to another alarm at Citizens Bank. Indications were that the alarm technician was changing the pass codes but bank staff were not informed of the new codes.


At 6:21 p.m. Officer Adam Dickerson went to 608 North Main Street for a burglary report. The resident, Jenny Studley, said she had come home to find a door window broken and the interior ransacked. She did not find anything missing. Her stated assumption was that a former roommate had come by and created the mess. 


At midnight Dickerson got a report of a motor vehicle stranded in high water on Route 155 South. He arrived to find the vehicle but no operator. He notified Pennsylvania State Police. 


At 1:05 a.m. last Thursday Dickerson was called to a Willow Street address where it was thought that someone had overdosed. He found that someone appeared to be in withdrawal, having failed to take prescribed methadone.


 At 10 a.m. last Thursday Officer Day helped a stranded motorist on the Route 6 bridge. Workers came back to the USDA truck after measuring the Allegheny River’s depth, and found that the truck would not start.


Friday at 12:30 p.m. Officer Day got a report from Verallia (Saint-Gobain Containers) that an unknown man had come to the plant shortly after midnight and told an employee that he was from a local scrap yard and had come to pick up some scrap metal. The Verallia employee obligingly loaded 1.5 tons of Demaron alloy into the white or off-white stake-back truck. Investigation revealed that a similar incident had occurred at Truck Lite and at Pure Carbon in Potter County.


At 2:30 p.m. Day received a complaint that there was a raccoon in the 200 block of Arnold avenue. He couldn’t find the animal, and told the Pennsylvania Game Commission officer about it. 


At 11:30 p.m. Officer Dickerson escorted a curfew violator home and issued the parent a written warning.


Saturday at 8:30 a.m. Officer Day got a report of a suspicious vehicle in the Sheetz parking lot. He checked and found that nothing was amiss. 


 The raccoon, or one that looked like it, was seen again, according to a 10:30 a.m. call. This time it was spotted, or at least striped, in the 400 block of Broad Street. Officer Day approached it but it scurried under a porch. Day notified the PGC officer.

At 11:30 a.m. a truck, described as blue with a cap, side-swiped Kelly Lathrop’s red-gold Ford Expedition, hitting her mirror, and failed to stop. The incident happened as Lathrop was driving on Harrison Street. Day looked for the vehicle but did not find it. 


At 1:15 a.m. Sunday Officer Tony Tanner found the front door of the First Baptist Church open. He notified the key holder and the building was secured.


Officer Day checked out a report of an altercation in Apartment 14 of Medbury Manor, at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The tenant, Duane Howard, stated that Derick Terwilliger had been at Howard’s apartment and refused to leave, and a scuffle had ensued. Howard declined to press charges at the time, stating that he just wants to make sure Terwilliger does not return.


At 4 p.m. Officer Tanner was requested to block off the parking lot next to the football field because of a military helicopter being parked there overnight in connection with a military funeral.