Police News

  • Jun 18 2018
    Ferguson Township Police are now wearing body cameras to record every official interaction with the public, from routine traffic stops to arrests. The FTPD is the first municipality in the Centre Region to begin using both body and vehicle cameras; State College and Patton Township Police Departments were the first in the area to use vehicle cameras. We are policing ourselves, said Ferguson Township Chief of Police Chris Albright, for the protection of our citizens and our officer... details
  • Jun 11 2018
    Ferguson Township Police are asking anyone who has information about Jennifer Cahill Shadle's disappearance to contact the department. You may have a piece of information that becomes the tipping point police need to solve her case. No matter how small the information appears to be, if you know her or knew her, please contact the FTPD at (800) 479-0050 or email police@twp.ferguson.pa.us Those with tips may send them anonymously to this link. ... details
  • Jun 8 2018
    Ferguson Township Police encourages residents to register your bicycles with the Penn State University Parking Office, which serves as a central bike registration site for the Centre Region. Registering your bicycles will help police recover them in the event they are lost or stolen. You can register your bike online at no charge to you. A current Centre Region permit will be mailed the following day to your local address. If you are not affiliated with the University, click the Guest a... details
  • Jun 8 2018
    Ferguson Township Police are available to assist you 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. But if you re wondering when it s appropriate to call the police and which number to call to reach an officer, we have answers for you. WHEN TO CALL 9-1-1 When you need help or your gut tells you to report something, consider it an emergency If you need to report a crime, suspicious vehicles or activity, car crash, an injured person or animal, someone in harm s way, or something you... details
  • Jun 1 2018
    Ferguson Township Police Sergeant Ryan Hendrick, Detective Caleb Clouse and Officers Bill Chambers and Lauren Neely, joined by Administrative Assistant Kara Holliday and Communications Coordinator Diana Griffith, participated in the 2018 Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for Special Olympics Pennsylvania. The torch run unites officers from law enforcement agencies and corrections departments across the state in support of Special Olympics. The three-day, 150-mile Torch Run began Tuesday, M... details
  • May 18 2018
    Ferguson Township Police will establish a cold case team to review the department s open, unsolved major cases, including the disappearance of Jennifer Cahill Shadle. The team will reexamine the Shadle case, interview new and original witnesses, analyze evidence using new technology, and check for missed information. Essentially, the team will look at the case as though it s new. In its previous work on the case, the FTPD consulted with the Centre County District Attorney s office andthe... details
  • May 17 2018
    Every month, the Ferguson Township Police Department publishes statistical information about crime in the Township in a format prescribed by law. You ll find up-to-date statistics for January through April of 2018, 2017, and dating back to 2014 here on our website. Ferguson Township s low crime rates tend to follow state and national trends. The reporting program Ferguson Township Police participates is called the Uniform Crime Report (UCR) and is designed to provide information about cri... details
  • May 15 2018
    Local law enforcement agencies observed Peace Officers Memorial Day at the 20th annual Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony on Wednesday, May 16, at the Centre County Courthouse.  Ferguson Township Chief of Police Chris Albright was among the speakers who read the names of 128 law enforcement officers the nation lost in the line of duty in 2017. He was joined by Chief Tyler Jolley of the Patton Township Police Department, State College Police Chief John F. Gardner, and others. Penn State U... details
  • May 14 2018
    When Jennifer Cahill Shadle disappeared four years ago on a cold, rainy night, she had no access to a vehicle, carried no suitcases or additional clothing with her, and she was alone. Last seen about 10 pm on May 15, 2014, in the vicinity of the former Don Patron Mexican Grill in the Walmart Supercenter parking lot on North Atherton Street, she left in an unknown direction. Since that date, she has had no contact with family,friends, or law enforcement. Ferguson Township Police are asking... details
  • May 11 2018
    When our residents praise Ferguson Township as a safe place to live, work and do business, they re recognizing the power of community. The definition of community policing is working with the community to solve problems. Helping people trying to find answers to their problems, or putting them in touch with someone who can help, is what we do every day, said Ferguson Township Chief of Police Chris Albright. The department s officers work in partnership with mental health and other comm... details
  • May 11 2018
    Ferguson Township Police Sergeant Ryan Hendrick was recognized Wednesday, May 9, as Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Officer of the Year. CIT Program Coordinator Tracy Small presented the honor to Hendrick at the 13th annual Candlelight Vigil hosted by the Opportunity Centre Clubhouse of Skills of Central Pennsylvania. The vigil brings people together to hear firsthand stories from those who have made a journey to recovery from substance abuse and mental health crises. In the seven years that ... details
  • May 9 2018
    Ferguson Township Police are advising Pine Grove Mills residents of a number of attempted break-ins in the community. Police arrested Zelia Vera Fogelsanger, 18, of Pine Grove Mills, on Wednesday, May 9, and charged her with criminal trespass at a residence on Lois Lane. Fogelsanger was placed in the Centre County Correctional facility on $50,000 bail, as additional charges are pending. A video surveillance camera identified the suspect attempting to enter an occupied residence by opening a... details
  • May 4 2018
    Ferguson Township Police have purchased body and vehicle cameras, and will complete one to two months of technical training on the new equipment. Officers wearing body cameras will be able to activate them with the push of the button. Each camera is about the size of a cell phone. Vehicle cameras will activate when patrol officers turn on their flashing lights. Sergeant Devon Moran, who coordinated the purchase and training, said the new equipment will help the Ferguson Township Police De... details
  • Apr 23 2018
    Automated External Debrillators (AEDs) are lifesaving portable devices that can restore normal rhythm to the heart in the critical minutes after sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) occurs. No public facility should be without one. The AED allows even a non-medical practitioner to respond immediately in an SCA crisis, when brain death can occur within 4 6 minutes. According to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association, the response time from discovering the SCA, calling 9-1-1, and an ambulance reaching... details
  • Apr 23 2018
    Serina Weaver is Ferguson Township s new Ordinance Officer. She succeeds Lori Sowash, who retired April 13 after two years in the job. Weaver comes to the Township with experience in managing kitchens and providing food services, as well as working for a small start-up construction company. She is well versed in adhering to regulations, following proper procedures, and managing people s expectations in a respectful manner. Before joining the Township, she served as a dietary manager for ... details
  • Apr 22 2018
    The Centre County DUI Task Force conducted Roving DUI patrols over the past Blue White weekend. As a result of the patrols, police arrested seven people for DUI, and issued 12 traffic citations, one underage drinking, one drug possession, and 51 warnings. The Centre County DUI Task Force remains committed to keeping the streets of Centre County safer and will arrest anyone who is impaired by alcohol, drugs, or a combination of both. If you are going out, you need to have a plan for getting ho... details
  • Apr 18 2018
    Ferguson Township and Patton Township Police stopped 24 motorists and issued citations during a joint aggressive driving enforcement detail from 2:30 to 6:30 pm on Friday, April 13. Officers conducted the detail in conjunction with Wave 2 of the Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project, as well as National Distracted Driving Month and National Work Zone Awareness Week. This detail focused on speeding and other aggressive driving violations, such as distracted ... details
  • Apr 13 2018
    Everyone who has met Lori Sowash, even when on the receiving end of a warning or citation for an ordinance violation, knows her smile. Unfortunately for Ferguson Township, she is retiring from her position and leaving the State College area for a southern climate. She leaves the Township after more than two years of service, having been sworn in February 22, 2016 as the Township's Ordinance Enforcement Officer. Lori reported to both the Township s Police Department and Planning Zonin... details
  • Apr 12 2018
    Maryland Transportation Authority Police (MDTA) in the Baltimore area have recovered the Honda Civic stolen from the parking lot of Uni-Mart at 315 West Aaron Drive in Ferguson Township. An MDTA officer observed the vehicle and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The vehicle fled from police. The driver lost control of the vehicle, crashed and was taken into custody. The 26-year-old male, with no fixed address, is awaiting formal charging by Maryland officials. Ferguson Township Police... details
  • Apr 6 2018
    FTPD is sharing this information for those who may have been victims of scams involving payments to Western Union For years, many people who lost money to scams sent their payments through a Western Union wire transfer. Scammers contacted people and promised prizes, loans, jobs, discounted products or other financial rewards in exchange for money upfront. They also pretended to be family members in need of cash or law enforcement officers demanding payment. The scammers told people to send mo... details
  • Apr 4 2018
    The Ferguson Township and Patton Township Police Departments conducted a warrant detail on April 3, 2018, during which they served 22 warrants. The original offenses included public drunkenness, truancy, uninsured motorist, unlicensed drivers and other traffic offenses. Magisterial District Justice Casey McClain s office collected more than $3,400 in fines and restitution. Anyone with an unpaid ticket or warrant is encouraged to contact the appropriate Magisterial District Judge s Office t... details