News in brief from police and courts

Woman accused of trying to steal car

A Philipsburg woman accused of trying to steal a vehicle while it was parked at a convenience store waived her right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday during centralized court in Clearfield County.

Abby Ann Ripka, 29, was charged with felony theft by unlawful taking by state police as a result of her actions at 1:40 a.m. Friday.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, the victim told police he saw Ripka attempting to steal his Honda, but he was able to stop her by removing the car keys from the ignition.

Ripka was incarcerated on $25,000 bail until Wednesday when her bail was lowered to $5,000, unsecured. She has been released, according to online court documents.

Police: Woman falsely reported abuse

A New Paris woman faces an unsworn falsification charge for the alleged false reporting of a domestic abuse incident.

Maria Angela Demetro, 35, of 1064 Reynoldsdale Road, reportedly told police she lied about a violent domestic dispute with Aaron Poole on June 29. She allegedly told police Poole had grabbed her throat with his right hand and threw her on a bed and tried to smother her with a pillow.

Demetro reported to police twice that she had lied about the assault and said she had made up the incident because she was mad that Poole had taken her car to Altoona, according to a police criminal complaint.

She waived her preliminary hearing Wednesday in Bedford County. Her unsecured bail was set at $5,000.

Because of Demetro’s report, Poole, 36, of 1064 Reynoldsdale Road, East St. Clair Township, was arrested on charges of strangulation, terroristic threats, simple assault and harassment. His charges were send to common pleas court last month.

Woman faces corruption charge

A Mount Union woman faces a corruption of minors charge for sending nude photographs and videos to a minor.

Mashi Lynn Crane, 23, of 101 Federal Drive, is accused of sending the photographs and videos to a then 15-year-old male victim through Facebook in March 2017.

Crane “evaded interview” by police until June 12 and admitted to sending nude photographs and videos of herself to the victim, according to a police complaint.

The defendant waived her preliminary hearing in Bedford County on Wednesday. Her unsecured bail is set at $10,000.

From Mirror reports