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Police Reports

The following items were collected from various police departments:

Butler Twp

Jan. 24 — Elmer C. Scherder, 55, of Butler, was charged with a first offense driving under the influence and first offense DUI with a controlled substance, and possession of a controlled substance stemming from an incident Oct. 19.

Police responded to a vehicle accident where callers reported a van was in a ditch. Scherder was in the vehicle and police said he told them that he tried to flee the scene.

Police said Scherder showed signs of impairment after a field sobriety test, and was found with two stamp bags of heroin in his pocket. Several more open bags of heroin were found in Scherder’s van, police said.

Jan. 19 — Nicole S. Coulter, 32, of Butler, was charged with a first offense DUI stemming from an incident Dec. 19.

Police responded to a call for an accident at the intersection of Route 356 and Moraine Pointe Plaza, where Coulter’s vehicle had hit a guide rail, according to police. Police said they detected the smell of alcohol on Coulter, and that an open alcoholic container was in the back of the vehicle.

Police said a blood test showed Coulter’s blood-alcohol content to be 0.182% and in Pennsylvania, a level of 0.08% is considered intoxicated.

Jan. 19 — Robert D. Crispen, 52, of Butler, was charged with a first offense DUI in relation to an incident Dec. 23.

Police responded to a call of a red pickup truck driving recklessly on Route 422 before the Lyndora exit. They followed the truck to Crispen’s residence, where Crispen told police he had consumed alcohol, according to documents.

Police said the front tires of Crispen’s truck were completely deflated and that there were two open alcohol containers in the vehicle. Crispen consented to a field sobriety test.

Jan. 19 — Kenny D. Newpher, 66, of Renfrew, was charged with recklessly endangering another person, simple assault, disorderly conduct and hanging off a vehicle stemming from an incident Dec. 25.

Police responded to multiple calls saying a man was hanging off of a vehicle driven by Newpher as it traveled down Evans City Road. Police said Newpher had taken the 11-year-old daughter of the man hanging onto the vehicle.

Both men stated it was a child custody matter. To prevent Newpher from leaving with the girl, the man stepped in front of Newpher’s vehicle and was hit by the vehicle and then held on, according to police.

State Police, Butler

Jan. 20 — Jason D. Will, 30, of Petrolia, was charged with theft of moveable property, careless and reckless driving, and failure to report an accident to the police in relation to an incident Jan. 1.

Police responded to a reported hit-and-run crash where a vehicle hit a utility pole and tree. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle belonged to Will’s roommate and that he’d taken the vehicle without her permission.

Police said Will was detained by Butler city police in relation to another incident. When questioned, Will told police he did not take the vehicle and could not have fled the scene as he was in possession of a puppy at the time. Police said further investigation led to surveillance footage that showed Will walking away from the scene followed by a small puppy.

Jan. 20 — George T. Seman, 56, of Renfrew, was charged with a first offense DUI and first offense DUI of a controlled substance related to an incident Nov. 28.

Police said they responded to multiple calls of crashes in Connoquenessing and Butler townships and that Seman’s wife reported her husband was under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

Police said Seman was found in his vehicle on Evans City Road and he admitted to drinking.

Police said a later blood test found traces of clonzapam and norfluoxetine in Seman’s blood, and his blood-alcohol content level was 0.081%. In Pennsylvania, a level of 0.08% is considered intoxicated.

Jan. 20 — Sonja J. Drake, 47, was charged with a first offense DUI and first offense DUI with a controlled substance stemming from a traffic stop Oct. 29.

Police said they stopped Drake after she repeatedly crossed the white fog line while traveling north on Route 8. Drake told police she had a drink earlier in the evening. They observed an alcoholic slushy in the cup holder as well as a plastic bag containing a small amount of marijuana and a blue bottle containing an unknown white substance.

Police said a later blood test showed traces of buprenorphine and norbuprenorphine in Drake’s system as well as a blood-alcohol content level of 0.073%. In Pennsylvania, a level of 0.08% is considered intoxicated.

Jan. 20 — Christopher W. Mullen, 51, of Saxonburg, was charged with filing a false report in relation to an incident April 12.

Police said Mullen reported a stolen handgun and that he’d never filled out the paperwork for the firearm. Upon further investigation, police said Mullen had filled out the appropriate paperwork after winning the firearm at a raffle in March.

Police said Mullen’s signed statement form indicated that he had never bought the gun, that he’d never had it in his possession and that he had never been to the location where the gun was purchased.