On The Record


Probation Violations. On June 27, Officers of the Warren County Adult Probation Department with assistance from the Warren City Police Department, Conewango Township Police Department and the Warren County Sheriff’s Department arrested Michael Connolly, 27 and Ian Weldon, 34, both of Warren, on charges of probation violation. Officers initially responded to a complaint from Warren General Hospital staff after Connolly entered the emergency room around midnight acting in a wild and aggressive manner. Warren City, Conewango, and Probation Department officers searched for Weldon throughout the night.

Following up on a lead, Probation and Warren City officers stopped at Weldon’s residence on Fifth Ave., shortly after 9 a.m. There, they found Weldon in a drug induced state. He acknowledged that Connolly had been at his residence for a few hours earlier that night. Upon examination of Weldon’s arms, fresh injection sites were observed. Weldon admitted that he had recently used “Bath Salts” with both Connolly and Mikki Pierce, 24, of Warren. Weldon was transported to the Warren County Jail.

Shortly after noon, Probation and Sheriff’s Deputies found Connolly’s vehicle hidden behind a house on Rt. 957 near Russell. Officer’s surrounded the house, and Connolly surrendered without incident. He was also found to have fresh injection sites on his arms and he admitted to recent use of “Bath Salts” with Weldon and Pierce. Connolly was then transported to Warren County Jail.

A Supervisor’s Warrant has been issued by the Warren County Adult Probation Department for Mikki Pierce. Connolly, who had been placed on probation for Criminal Trespass and Weldon, who was placed on probation for DUI, remain incarcerated at the Warren County Jail on probation Violations, pending further court action.

The Probation Department has made four arrests in the past seven days for violations that involved the use of “Bath Salts”.

Conewango Twp.

Retail Theft. Conewango Twp. Police responded to Warren Commons’ Walmart on June 14 at 11:30 p.m. after Walmart Loss Prevention reported two unknown females entered into Walmart and took $2015.00 worth of merchandise from the electronics department. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Conewango Twp. Police.

Retail Theft. Conewango Twp. Police responded to Warren Commons’ Walmart on June 26 at 4:05 p.m. after Walmart Loss Prevention reported two male juveniles concealed $15.33 worth of merchandise without paying. Both juveniles were issued Non-Traffic citations for a Summary Retail Theft and were released into the custody of their parents.

Mead Twp.

Possession. While serving a search warrant on an unrelated issue at the Rest Stop 6 Inn, Room #7, Warren-based state police observed an abundance of drugs and drug paraphernalia in plain sight. During the course of executing the obtained search warrant, numerous additional drug and drug paraphernalia items were located and seized. Raymond Snyder, 19, and John Snyder, 21, both of Warren, were charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Theft by Deception, and possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Both Accused were arraigned before District Magistrate Bauer and committed to the Warren County Jail in Lieu of $50,000 bail. Further court action is pending.

Sugar Grove Twp.

Crash. Warren-based state police responded to a one-vehicle crash on Rt 957 east of Stillson Hill Rd. on June 25 at 11:38 p.m. According to the police report, Leonard Edmisten, 48 of Sugar Grove was traveling west on Rt 957 when his vehicle struck a horse in the roadway with the passenger’s front end. The vehicle, a 1994 Ford F150 came to rest approx. 200 feet from the point of impact. The horse was located off the roadway approx. 90 feet from the point of impact, deceased. The owner of the horse was located and informed. The vehicle sustained heavy front-end damage. Edmisten was not wearing his seatbelt and was transported to Warren General Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. During the course of the investigation, the driver was found to be under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash. Charges of DUI and Summary violations will be filed with District Justice Laura Bauer’s office. Sugar Grove and Lander VFDs assisted at the scene and Rareys towed the vehicle from the scene.