Two local firms are among more than a dozen victims of a scam run for over two years, Trooper First Class Kelly Osborne reported last week.
Barbara E. Hogstrom, 50, of Turners Pond Dr., Lincoln University, is facing 50 counts of theft and bad checks, the trooper said.
D&J Farm Store, Hess Rd., Quarryville, was hit for more than $2,000 on four instances in late 2018 and Holtwood Supply, Susquehannock Dr., Holtwood, lost more than $1,000 in February. The local victims are among at least 14 in Lancaster, Chester, and Lebanon counties that lost $33,583 between March of 2017 and March of this year, the trooper reported in a series of affidavits filed in Quarryville district court last week.
On four instances in October and November, 2018, Hogstrom allegedly took skids of wire fencing from D&J. Hogstrom allegedly used a bad check in March of this year to get 27 horse stall mats from Holtwood Supply.
While the local firms were hit for farm supplies, most of the incidents involved the purchase of open run-in sheds from manufacturers in the three counties. Hogstrom sold at least some of these sheds through internet advertising, the trooper said. A few were repossessed by the makers after the checks bounced.
All of the checks were drawn on a bad account at Sun East Federal Credit Union's office in Nottingham.
State police also reported the following incidents in the Southern End:
COLLISION - One driver was hurt when two cars collided at the intersection of Bartville Rd. and Georgetown Rd. (Rt. 896) at 6:03 p.m. on May 23, Trooper Franklin Hood reported.
According to the trooper, John E. Gantt, 74, of Peach Bottom, was driving east on Bartville Rd., stopped at the stop sign, and pulled out into the path of a car being driven on Rt. 896 by Deborah S. Ball, 55, of Middletown, Del.
Ball was slightly injured in the crash; Gantt was cited for a stop sign violation, the trooper said.
COLLISION - One driver was hurt when a minivan and an SUV collided at the intersection of Bartville Rd. and Bell Rd. at 9:52 a.m. on May 17, Trooper Matthew Weckesser reported.
According to the trooper, Vernon F. Fronefield, 76, of Atglen, was driving east on Bartville Rd., stopped at the intersection, and pulled out. His Jeep collided with a minivan being driven north on Bell Rd. by Sarah A. Kreider, 24, of Christiana.
Kreider was taken to Lancaster General Hospital for treatment of minor injuries; Fronefield was cited for a stop sign violation, the trooper said.
DRUGS - Alaina Dunn, 30, of Oxford, was charged with possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia after state police came into contact with her at 1068 Chestnut Level Rd. at 11:17 p.m. on May 15, Trooper Matthew Schatzmann reported.
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COLLISION - There were no injuries when two SUVs collided at the intersection of Robert Fulton Highway (Rt. 222) and Black Bear Rd. at 6:27 p.m. on May 14, Trooper Kurt Yannelli reported.
According to the trooper, Christine R. Ambler, 56, of Kirkwood, was driving east on Black Bear Rd., stopped at the stop sign, and pulled out. Her Jeep collided with a Ford Expedition being driven on Rt. 222 by Ashley A. Risk, 28, of Peach Bottom. Ambler was cited for a stop sign violation, the trooper said.
COLLISION - One person was slightly injured when an SUV and a pickup collided at the intersection of Rt. 272 South and Rt. 222 at 11:53 a.m. on May 18, Trooper Kurt Yannelli reported.
According to the trooper, Grant J. Taunton, 74, of Wynnewood, was driving an SUV west on Rt. 272, stopped at the stop sign, and pulled out. His Acura collided with a pickup being driven south on Rt. 222 by Samuel G. Gibson, 25, of Willow Street.
A passenger in Taunton's SUV, Chrissa B. Merron, 78, of Wynnewood, was taken to a hospital treatment of minor injuries. Taunton was cited for a stop sign violation.
HARASSMENT - A woman was punched and kicked by her son during a domestic dispute in the 300 block of Peach Bottom Rd. at 6:59 a.m. on May 15, Trooper Adam Hartzell reported.