Criminal mischief. Warren-based state police reported that someone scratched the driver's side of a 2011 Nissan Cube belonging to Kathy S. Taydus with an unknown object between midnight and 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 20.
Crash. Warren-based state police responded to a three-motorcycle accident on Matthews Run Road just outside of the Youngsville Borough limits on Aug. 11 at 4:05 p.m. According to police, a 2006 and a 2007 Harley Davidson, driven by Robert Repine, Youngsville and Randy Poole, Tidioute, respectively, were traveling south in the front of the group. As the two were slowing down with traffic in the southbound lane, a 2008 Harley Davidson driven by Daniel Repine, Corry, passed several vehicles in the northbound lane and attempted to re-enter the southbound lane at an excessive speed, according to police. Daniel Repine attempted to slow down, applying his brakes and then lost control, police said. His motorcycle began to skid, traveling 138 feet, striking the left side of Robert Repine's motorcycle. After impact, Daniel Repine was unable to control his motorcycle, causing the vehicle to travel into the path of Poole, striking Poole's motorcycle on the right side. Daniel Repine's motorcycle then proceeded to tip over onto its right side and fell, causing the operator to fall off and come to rest in the middle of the road. Robert Repine's vehicle remained upright and was stopped and parked on the side of the road. Poole lost control, causing his motorcycle to tip over on its right side, causing Poole to fall onto the roadway before coming to rest in the middle of the northbound lane. Daniel Repine was transported to Warren General Hospital by EmergyCare for treatment of severe injuries. He was later transported to UPMC Hamot in Erie. Youngsville volunteer firefighters assisted at the scene. Police said Daniel Repine was cited for driving vehicle at safe speed.
Retail theft. Conewango Township Police reported that on Aug. 16 at 7:26 p.m. officers were dispatched to Wal-Mart for an incident of retail theft. According to police, Walmart Loss Prevention personnel said Cassandra G. Goodwill, Tidioute, placed $22.21 worth of merchandise into her purse and left the store without paying. Goodwill was then stopped and detained by police, who determined that she was on Warren County Probation at the time of this incident. Police said Goodwill was charged with one count summary retail theft and then turned over to Warren County Adult Probation. She was committed to the Warren County Jail on a probation violation.
Criminal mischief. Warren-based state police reported that someone egged the residence of Terry Pearson, Warren, and placed numerous items on the rear of Pearson's vehicle on Aug. 21 between midnight and 5:30 a.m. Anyone with information is asked to contact the state police or Warren County Crime Stoppers.
Criminal mischief. Youngsville Borough Police are investigating four separate incidents of vandalism that occurred between Aug. 12 and 14. According to police, a 2000 Toyota, Ford truck, Mitsubishi and a 2005 Chevrolet were scratched by unknown individuals with a sharp object causing damage to each vehicle while parked on E. Main Street. Total estimated damage has not been determined. Anyone with information is asked to call Youngsville Police at 563-7555.
Homicide. An inmate at State Correctional Institution - Forest in Marienville is charged with homicide and other charges after he allegedly killed a fellow inmate in a cell at about 1:40 a.m. Wednesday. According to Marienville-based state police, Elwood Braswell, 26, repeatedly struck inmate Frederick Kirkland, 63, with a closed fist until Kirkland fell to the floor. Police said Braswell then stepped on Kirkland's head, placed a pillow on his face and sat on it until Kirkland stopped moving. Braswell then tied one end of a bed sheet around Kirkland's neck, secured the sheet to the top of the bunk-bed frame, picked up Kirkland and dropped him in an effort to "get the victim to stop breathing," according to police. Braswell then put bars of soap in a sock and struck Kirkland in the head multiple times, police said, and proceeded to urinate and defecate on him. Corrections officers and medical personnel found Kirkland dead at about 5:25 a.m. as they were distributing prescription medications to inmates. Police said Braswell was charged with criminal homicide, aggravated assault, aggravated harassment by prisoner, and abuse of a corpse.