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Man jailed on burglary, trespass charges

PHILIPSBURG — A Philipsburg man was jailed on $10,000 straight bail after police said he forced his way into a woman’s apartment just after midnight Monday.

Richard Alan Coble, 44, and the woman had argued earlier in the evening, and state police were called to the scene and advised Coble to leave the woman’s apartment along Loch Lomond Road in Rush Township, according to state police at Philipsburg.

But about 12:30 a.m. Monday, Coble forced his way back inside the apartment and dragged the victim from her bed and around the apartment before “dumping” her Christmas tree on top of her, police said.

The woman ran to a friend’s house, where she called police. Coble was arraigned before District Judge Carmine Prestia on charges including burglary and criminal trespass. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.

Man faces DUI charges after crash

A Hanover man is facing DUI and related charges for a crash Tuesday morning at the U.S. Route 322 and Interstate 99 interchange in Worth Township.

State police said Douglas E. Shaffner, 40, was traveling at a speed too fast for conditions, lost control and struck a guiderail at two locations before finally coming to rest. Shaffner was wearing a seat belt and was not injured, police said. Shaffner’s 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt had to be towed.

Police ask for help in locating woman

State police at Rockview continued their efforts Wednesday to find a Bellefonte woman who was reported as a missing person and considered to be in danger.

Elizabeth Ann Taylor, 31, of East High Street, left her home on Nov. 17 and since then has only left phone messages of a suspicious nature, police said.

Taylor is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs about 135 pounds. She has blond hair and brown eyes and was last known to be wearing a burgundy jumpsuit.

Police said she was last known to be traveling to the Harrisburg area. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 355-7545.

NOW head plans run for Pa. representative

Bellefonte Democrat Joanne Tosti-Vasey, president of Pennsylvania NOW, has registered a political candidate committee with the Department of State to run for state representative from the 171st District.

Tosti-Vasey said Wednesday that she plans to make a formal announcement of her intentions later and declined to comment further.

The position, one of 203 state House seats in the General Assembly, covers 11 Centre County municipalities, including part of State College, and two Mifflin County townships. The seat has been held since 1997 by state Rep. Kerry Benninghoff, R-Bellefonte, who plans to seek re-election.

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