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  • 09/12/14--21:00: Police Briefs 9/13/2014
  • Man violates PFA order

    State police at Towanda said Nicholas Dwayne Meeker, 22, of Columbia Cross Roads violated a PFA order by showing up at the residence of a 22-year-old Granville Summit woman at 5:40 p.m. Sept. 1 on Cowley Road in Granville Township.

    Police said he fled the residence and was taken into custody, after a foot pursuit.

    Woman not injured

    State police at Towanda said Jessica L. Rockwell, 22, of Troy, was not injured in a one-vehicle crash at 9:30 p.m. Sept. 3 on Pisgah State Park Road in West Burlington Township.

    Police said she was driving a Ford Escape west, when, for unknown reasons, she drove off the roadway and into the north side ditch, striking a tree and causing her vehicle to spin clockwise for approximately 30 feet before coming to final rest facing south in the ditch.

    Police said she was charged for a violation of "driving on roadways."


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  • 09/13/14--21:00: Marriage licenses 9/14/2014
  • Louis Michael Vito and Jessica Marie Yenchick.

    Eric James Leedock and Kelsey Ann Griesback.

    Jason Leroy Hendricks and Courtney Catherine Innocenti.

    Isaac Andrew Boyd and Rita Lynn Morrissey.

    Jeffrey Aaron Yelen and Julie Marie Schaffer.

    Patrick Michael Dunnigan and Nicole Ann Yucknevage.

    Todd Paul Zimmerman and Ronald Ben Ellison.

    James Paul Snarski Sr. and Rebecca Ann Vetrini.

    Jeremy Jason Austin and Meredith Phillips Karuza.

    David Michael Goryl and Katiemae Rowlands.

    Christopher A. Papadoplos and Randi Leigh Fink.

    Andrew Ruth and Amy Lynn Parente.

    Thomas Wayne Reilly and Nicole Betty Pritchard.

    William John Fox IV and Christi Lee Decker.

    Sergio Guzman Morales and Maria Albina Vasquez.

    Paul Joseph Sisock and Maryanne Louise Tichy.

    Marty Alan Higgins Jr. and Aprille Mae Covert.

    Francisco Alejandro Henriquez and Aileen Jeanelle Hidalgo.

    Richard Michael Yarosavich Jr. and Jennifer Marie Plevel.

    Vincent Anthony Mercadante and Jennifer Lynn Barber.

    Brian Louis Correll and Danielle Mule.

    Jose Altagracia De Leon and Albania Gonzalez Pena.

    Gorqui Mauricio Grullon Mercado and Marisol Liliana Diaz.

    Thomas Paul Gurry and Jaimee Lyn Szulewski.

    Burton Jay Berrettini and Erica Marie Drevenak.

    Jeffrey Allan Boam and Eugenia Hopkins.


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  • 09/13/14--21:00: Hopewell Crime for Sept. 14
  • The following information was provided by the Hopewell Police Department.

    - Burglary/Breaking and Entering/Outbuilding/Garage: At 1 p.m. Sept. 2, police responded to the 3000 block of Norfolk St. for a reported burglary. Known offender entered shed by prying off locks and stole various tools and lawn mower and was arrested.

    - Drug Equipment Violations: At 11:50 p.m. Sept. 4, police conducted a traffic stop at Lincoln Place and Arlington Road. Driver was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia and was arrested.

    - Drug/Narcotic Violation: At 3:20 a.m. Sept. 1, police conducted a traffic stop in the 900 block of Elm St. Driver was operating the motor vehicle on a suspended driver license. Passenger was found to be in possession of narcotics and drug paraphernalia and was arrested.

    - Drug/Narcotic Violation: At 7:09 p.m. Sept. 1, police conducted a traffic stop in the 900 block of Elm St. Driver was found to be in possession of narcotics and was arrested.

    - Drug/Narcotic Violation: At 9:06 p.m. Sept. 2, police conducted a traffic stop in the 200 block of S. 14th Ave. Driver as found to be in possession of narcotics and was arrested.

    - Drug/Narcotic Violation: At 1:49 a.m. Sept. 2, police conducted a traffic stop at Roanoke Ave. and Granby St. Driver and passenger attempted to elude police, were later apprehended and arrested for a narcotics violation.

    - Drug/Narcotic Violation: At 4:40 p.m. Sept. 2, police responded to the 400 block of N. 3rd Ave. for a reported narcotics violation. Offender was found to be in possession of narcotics and was arrested.

    - Drug/Narcotic Violation: At 11:20 p.m. Sept. 5, police conducted a traffic stop in the 1000 block of Miles Ave. Passenger was found to be in possession of illegal narcotics and was arrested.

    - Drug/Narcotic Violation: At 2:15 a.m. Sept. 6, police responded to the 1500 block of High Ave. for shots fired. During investigation, a subject was found to be in possession of an illegal substance and was arrested.

    - Drug/Narcotic Violation: At 2 a.m. Sept. 6, police conducted a traffic stop in the 400 block of City Point Road. Driver was found to be driving under the influence, in possession of marijuana and was arrested.

    - Drug/Narcotic Violation: At 7:22 p.m. Sept. 6, police conducted a traffic stop at Winston Churchill Drive and Hercules Road. Driver was found to be in possession of narcotics and was arrested.

    - Kidnapping/Abduction: At 6 a.m. Sept. 4, police responded to headquarters in reference to an assault that took place in the 400 block of Davisville Court. Known offender assaulted the victim with fists, held her against her will and was later arrested.

    - Larceny/Theft of Motor Vehicle Parts/Accessories: At 6:30 p.m. Sept. 2, police were dispatched to the 800 block of E. Broadway for a reported larceny. Unknown offender stole vehicle license plates.

    - Larceny-Shoplifting: At 11:25 p.m. Sept. 7, police were called to the 2300 block of Oaklawn Blvd. for a reported larceny. Unknown offender stole cologne from business.

    - Larceny-Theft From Building: At 5 p.m Sept. 3, police responded to headquarters for a reported fraud that occurred in the 100 block of S. Main St. Known offender stole ac recovery units, line sets, cell phone and bank card from business. Warrants obtained.

    - Larceny-Theft From Building: At 8 p.m. Sept. 5, police responded to the 900 block of Cousins Ave. for a reported larceny. Known offender stole lottery tickets from business and was arrested.

    - Larceny-Theft From Motor Vehicle: At 12:40 p.m. Sept. 5, police responded to headquarters for a reported larceny that occurred in the 300 block of E. Broadway. Unknown offender stole cell phone from vehicle with open windows.

    - Possession of Marijuana: At 12 a.m. Sept. 7, police conducted a traffic stop at Winston Churchill Drive and Langston Park Drive. Driver was found to be in possession of marijuana and was arrested.

    - Vandalism/Damage/Destruction of Property: At 10:17 a.m. Sept. 2, police responded to the 2500 block of Atlantic St. for a reported disturbance. During argument, known offender broke vehicle window.

    - Vandalism/Damage/Destruction of Property: At 10 a.m. Sept. 2, police were dispatched to the 100 block of N. 4th Ave. for a reported vandalism. Unknown offender broke residential window.

    - Vandalism/Damage/Destruction of Property: At 9:30 p.m. Sept. 2, police responded to the 600 block of Winston Churchill Drive for a reported vandalism. Unknown offender broke a vehicle window.

    - Vandalism/Damage/Destruction of Property: At 11:30 p.m. Sept. 3, police responded to headquarters for a reported vandalism that took place in the 1000 block of E. Broadway. Known offender broke vehicle mirror.

    - Vandalism/Damage/Destruction of Property: At 5:45 p.m. Sept. 3, police responded to the 500 block of Cedar Level Road for a reported vandalism. Unknown offender cracked residential door panel.

    - Vandalism/Damage/Destruction of Property: At 3:20 p.m. Sept. 4, police responded to the headquarters for a reported vandalism that occurred in the 100 block of E. Broadway. Three unknown offenders broke courthouse handrail.

    - Vandalism/Damage/Destruction of Property: At 1:58 a.m. Sept. 6, police responded to the 1500 block of High Ave. for a reported of shots fired. Known offender fired shots in parking lot, was found to be in possession of firearm and was arrested. No injuries.

    - Vandalism/Damage/Destruction of Property: At 9:11 a.m. Sept. 6, police were dispatched to freeman St. and Maryville Ave. for a reported vandalism. Unknown offender spray painted street.

    - Vandalism/Damage/Destruction of Property: At 12:30 a.m. Sept. 7, police responded to the 3200 block of Elmwood Ave. for a reported vandalism. Unknown offender spray painted vehicles, broke vehicle window and punctured tires.

    - Vandalism/Damage/Destruction of Property: At 11 a.m. Sept. 7, police responded to the 3400 block of Oaklawn Blvd. for a reported vandalism. Unknown offender damaged the rear door of a vacant residence.

    - Information is provided by police and sheriff's departments. This information may or may not be all inclusive. Arrests include summons. Arrests do not imply guilt.


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  • 09/13/14--21:00: Police Briefs 9/14/2014
  • Commercial vehicle crash reported

    State police at Towanda said they are investigating a two-vehicle crash involving a commercial vehicle that took place at 1:52 p.m. Sept. 2 at the intersection of Springfield Road and the Burlington Turnpike in Smithfield Township.

    Police said drivers involved in the crash were Gerald Lewis, 74, no address given, who was driving a 2004 Dodge Dakota, and Michael Swain, 40, no address given, who was driving a 1999 International tri-axle dump truck.

    According to police, one passenger was transported for evaluation of injuries sustained in the crash. All reported to wear seatbelts.

    Lewis was cited for a violation of "stop signs and yield signs."

    No other information was available.

    Indecent assault investigated

    State police at Towanda said they are investigating an incident in which a 7-year-old Troy girl alleged that a person known to her touched her inappropriately at various times between June and August in Columbia Cross Roads, Columbia Township.


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    District Attorney Daniel J. Barrett announced that the following persons were recently sentenced in the Bradford County Court of Common Pleas, Towanda:

    Nicholas Malorzo, 23, Wilkes-Barre, Pa., was sentenced to Probation for a term of 18 months and a fine of $500 for the offense of Theft by Deception, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Officer Roger Clink of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Malorzo for the offense in February 2014.

    Dustin Johnson, 28, Dushore, Pa., was sentenced to Probation for a term of 12 months and a fine of $750; he will also lose his driver's license for six months, for the offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance. Trooper Michael Adams of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Johnson following investigation of an incident that occurred in Towanda Township. Johnson's sentence will be served when he completes a sentence imposed in Sullivan County.

    Timothy McDonald, 54, West Lebanon, Pa., was sentenced to a term of imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility of from 90 days to 36 months, and a fine of $1500, he will also lose his driver's license for 18 months and an additional license suspension of 18 months will be imposed for refusal to submit to testing when arrested, for the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor of the first degree.

    Trooper David Sweeney of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested McDonald following investigation of an incident that occurred in Wysox Township in August 2013.

    Abraham J. Pickering, 37, Wyalusing, Pa., was sentenced to Probation for a term of 12 months and a fine of $100.00 for the offense of violating a protection from abuse order. Trooper Robert Edgerton of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Pickering following investigation of an incident that occurred in Herrick Township.

    Owanda Zimmerman, 41, Elmira, N.Y., was sentenced to Probation for a term of 24 months and a fine of $350 for the offense of Delivery of a Controlled Substance (MDPV bath-salts). Trooper Robert Hutchison of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Zimmerman following investigation of an incident that occurred in Athens Township in July 2012. The sentence will run consecutive to another sentence imposed in Bradford County and Wyoming County that have placed Zimmerman in Pennsylvania State Prison.

    Owanda Zimmerman, 41, Elmira, N.Y., was sentenced to Pennsylvania State Correctional Facility of from one year to four years and a fine of $500 for the offense of Delivery of a Controlled Substance-Heroin. Trooper Michael Adams of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Zimmerman following investigation of an incident that occurred in Athens Township in August 2012. Zimmerman is serving other sentences for Drug offenses in Wyoming and Bradford County.

    Bradford County District Attorney, Daniel J. Barrett announced that the following persons recently entered guilty pleas in the Bradford County Court of Common Pleas, Towanda:

    Richard Laye Jr., 54, Waverly, N.Y., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of three counts of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Laye will be sentenced following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Jason Serfas of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Serfas for the offenses on Dec. 28, 2013 and Jan. 6, 2014. Trooper David Sweeney of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Laye following investigation of an incident that occurred in Wysox Township on Dec. 28, 2013.

    Kyle Repsher, 24, Laceyville, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Repsher will be sentenced on May 15, 2014, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper David Sweeney of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Repsher following investigation of an incident that occurred in Wyalusing Borough on Aug. 24, 2013.

    Ryan Hunsinger, 20, Athens, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Default in Required Appearance, a misdemeanor of the second degree, and Receiving Stolen Property, also a misdemeanor of the second degree.

    Hunsinger will be sentenced on April 17, 2014, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Nikki Hoffman of the Athens Borough Police Department arrested Hunsinger for the offense on Nov. 19, 2013.

    Dale E. Hart, 59, Columbia Township, entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Obstructing, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Hunsinger will be sentenced, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Brandon Allis of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Hart following investigation of an incident that occurred in Columbia Township.

    Chrystal M. Rivera, 25, Athens, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Rivera will be sentenced on April 17, 2014, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Derek Dekar of the Athens Borough Police Department arrested Rivera for the offense in October. Bradford County District Attorney Daniel Barrett announced that the following people were placed on ARD recently in the Court of Common Pleas in Towanda:

    Kyle Mowry, 21, Sayre, Pa., charged with the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, was accepted into the ARD Program and placed on probation for a term of nine months. While on probation Mowry will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Additionally, Mowry must perform community service with the DUI Litter Brigade and attend a Victim Impact Panel and he will lose his Pennsylvania driving Privilege for 30 days. Trooper Michael Moser of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Mowry for the offense on Oct. 13, 2013 in Towanda Borough.

    Jordan Kennedy, 22, Columbia Cross Roads, Pa., charged with the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, was accepted into the ARD Program and placed on probation for a term of nine months. While on probation Kennedy will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Additionally, Kennedy must perform community service with the DUI Litter Brigade and attend a Victim Impact Panel and he will lose his Pennsylvania driving Privilege for 30 days.

    Trooper Christopher Stecik of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Kennedy for the offense on Nov. 8, 2013 in Ulster Township.

    Travis Geisinger, 25, Sayre, Pa., charged with the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, was accepted into the ARD Program and placed on probation for a term of 12 months. While on probation Geisinger will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Additionally, Geisinger must perform community service with the DUI Litter Brigade and attend a Victim Impact Panel and he will lose his Pennsylvania driving Privilege for 60 days. Officer Travis Snyder of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Geisinger for the offense in Sayre Borough.

    John Adamietz, 23, Wyalusing, Pa., charged with the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, was accepted into the ARD Program and placed on probation for a term of nine months. While on probation Adamietz will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Additionally, Adamietz must perform community service with the DUI Litter Brigade and attend a Victim Impact Panel and he will lose his Pennsylvania driving Privilege for 30 days. Trooper Christopher Shelly of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Adamietz for the offense on Nov. 2, 2013, in Tuscarora Township.

    John Palfreyman Jr., 34, Sayre, Pa., charged with the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, was accepted into the ARD Program and placed on probation for a term of 12 months. While on probation Palfreyman will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Additionally, Palfreyman must perform 40 hours of community service. Trooper Tyler Brackman of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Palfreyman for the offense on Sept. 20, 2013, in Ulster Township.

    David Conklin, 23, Milan, Pa., charged with the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, was accepted into the ARD Program and placed on probation for a term of 12 months. While on probation Conklin will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use.

    Additionally, Conklin must perform community service with the DUI Litter Brigade and attend a Victim Impact Panel and he will lose his Pennsylvania driving privilege for 60 days. Sergeant James Shaw of the Athens Township Police Department filed the charges in November for the offense in Athens Township.

    Lauren Moody, 29, Athens, Pa., charged with the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, was accepted into the ARD Program and placed on probation for a term of 12 months. While on probation Moody will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use.

    Additionally, Moody must perform community service with the DUI Litter Brigade and attend a Victim Impact Panel and she will lose her Pennsylvania driving privilege for 30 days. Officer Cody Welch of the Athens Borough Police Department arrested Moody.

    Dawn Faust, 58, Gillett, Pa., charged with the offence of Welfare Fraud, was accepted into the ARD Program and placed on probation for a term of 12 months. While on probation Faust will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use.

    Agent Tammy Williams of the Office of Inspector General of Pennsylvania filed the charges in December 2013.

    Bradford County District Attorney Daniel J. Barrett announced that the following persons were sentenced in the Bradford County Court of Common Pleas, Towanda:

    James Powell, 44, Waverly, N.Y., was sentenced to Probation for a term of six months and a fine of $300, for the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol. Officer Derek Dekar of the Athens Borough Police Department arrested Powell for the offense in February 2014.

    Keith Johnston, 35, Ulster, Pa., was resentenced to a term of imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 15 days to 12 months and a fine of $100, for the offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance.

    Corporal Douglas Smith of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Johnston following investigation of an incident.

    Burton Johnson, 34, Towanda, Pa., was resentenced to a term of imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for four months to 23 months, 29 days and a fine of $150, for the offense of Theft by Unlawful Taking.

    Trooper Mark Sadowski of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Johnson following investigation of an incident.

    Kelly Place, 34, Monroeton, Pa., was resentenced to a term of imprisonment in the Bradford Correctional Facility for 35 days flat, followed by County Intermediate Punishment of 24 months and a fine of $200, for the offense of Hindering Apprehension. Officer Brian Wibirt of the Bradford County Sheriff's Department arrested Place for the offense in May 2013.

    Ashly Hamilton, 21, Elmira, N.Y., was sentenced to a term of imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 60 days to 12 months, and a fine of $200, for the offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance. Officer Derek Watkins of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Hamilton for the offense in September 2011.

    Cain Ellsworth, 24, Canton, Pa., was resentenced to Probation for a term of six months, and a fine of $300, for the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol. Trooper David Sweeney of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Ellsworth following investigation of an incident.

    Manuel J. Borrero, 21, Towanda, Pa., was sentenced to a term of imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for three months to 23 months followed by Probation for a term of 24 months and a fine of $1000 and restitution of $11,644.50, for the offense of Involuntary Manslaughter. Trooper Richard Evans of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Borrero following investigation of a fatal collision that occurred in Ulster Township in April 2013.

    Mark Brundage, 29, Athens, Pa., was sentenced to Probation for a term of one term of 12 months of Probation, one term of Probation for 11 months, 29 days plus one term of 96 days of Probation and a fine of $600, for the offense of Reckless Endangering, Disorderly Conduct, and Public Drunkenness. Officer Andrew Stevens of the Athens Borough Police Department arrested Brundage for the offense in March 2014.

    Mark Brundage, 29, Athens, Pa., was sentenced to a term of imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for four days to six months and a fine of $1000, for the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, tier three, highest rate, first offense. Officer Andrew Stevens of the Athens Borough Police Department arrested Brundage for the offense in September of 2013.

    Mark Brundage, 29, Athens, Pa., was sentenced to a term of imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 72 hours to six months and a fine of $1000, for the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, tier three, highest rate, first offense. Officer Nikki Hoffman of the Athens Borough Police Department arrested Brundage for the offense in February 2014.

    Gerald V. Brown Jr., 65, Athens, Pa., was sentenced to a term of imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 45 days to six months and a fine of $500, for the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol. Officer Thomas Vanfleet of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Brown for the offense in Athens Township in April 2014.

    Bradford County District Attorney Daniel J. Barrett announced that the following persons recently entered pleas of guilty in the Bradford County Court of Common Pleas, Towanda:

    Kathryn Shulas, 35, Rome, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. Shulas will be sentenced on Oct. 6, 2014 following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Kevin Hibson of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Shulas following investigation of an incident that occurred in Rome Township.

    Robert Stumph Sr., 60, Sayre, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Statutory Sexual Assault, a Felony of the second degree. Stumph will be sentenced in 90 days, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Steven Burlingame of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Stumph for the offense in June 2006.

    Robert Stumph Jr., 35, Sayre, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to three counts of the offense of Indecent Assault, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Stumph will be sentenced in 90 days, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Steven Burlingame of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Stumph for the offense in July 2012.

    Christopher Quiatana, 25, Rome, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor of the first degree, Criminal Mischief, a misdemeanor of the second degree, and Disorderly Conduct, a misdemeanor of the third degree. Quiatana will be sentenced on Oct. 16, 2014, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Mark Sadowski of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Quiatana following investigation of an incident that occurred in Wysox Township on May 17 and May 23, 2014.

    Cathleen G. Roberts, 54, Sayre, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance, an ungraded misdemeanor. Roberts will be sentenced on Oct. 16, 2014, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Bruce Hoffman of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Roberts for the offense in April 2014.

    Bradford County District Attorney Daniel Barrett announced that the following people were placed on ARD recently in the Court of Common Pleas:

    Chad Alesky, 37, Monroeton, Pa., charged with the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol was accepted into the ARD Program and placed on probation for a term of 12 months. While on probation Alesky will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department, while supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Additionally, Alesky must perform community service with the DUI Litter Brigade and attend a Victim Impact Panel and he will lose his Pennsylvania driving privilege for 60 days. Trooper Robert Edgerton of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Alesky for the offense on Dec. 29, 2013 in Towanda Township.

    Nicholas Quinn, 25, Owego, N.Y., charged with the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, was accepted into the ARD Program and placed on probation for a term of 12 months. While on probation Quinn will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department, which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Additionally, Quinn must perform community service with the DUI Litter Brigade and attend a Victim Impact Panel and he will lose his Pennsylvania driving privilege for 60 days. Officer Travis Snyder of the Sayre Borough Police Department filed the charges on April 25, 2014 for the offense in Sayre Borough.


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  • 09/14/14--21:00: Court notes
  • Theresa E. Ozehoski to Kenneth W. Carl and Linda M. Carl for $179,900; Nanticoke.

    Charles I. Mathers and Rosemary Mathers to Laura Makuta and Douglas D. Shook for $215,000; Hazle Township.

    Maria Gallagher (administratrix) and Marie C. Gallagher (estate/executrix) and Marie Karboski Gallagher (estate/executrix) and John M. Gallagher (estate) to John Beltrami and Linda Beltrami for $109,500; Freeland.


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    ATV crash

    BURNSIDE - Tammy Mauser, 50, of Jonestown, suffered a lower left leg injury when her all-terrain vehicle rolled Sunday at the Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area (AOAA).

    Coal Township police said Mauser was riding an Arctic Cat 450 shortly before 1 p.m. when the vehicle rolled. She was attempting to climb a rock near trail intersection 736-738. Her husband, 52-year-old Clarence Mauser, was riding along with her on a separate vehicle. She drove herself back to the trail head.

    AREA Services Ambulance took her to Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital, Coal Township, for treatment.

    Escapes injury

    MANDATA - Andrew S. Aucker, 19, of Port Trevorton, escaped injury when he crashed into a ditch Saturday along Route 225 near the Line Mountain Middle/High School.

    Trooper Samuel Edwards, state police at Stonington, said Aucker was driving a 2005 Pontiac Sunfire south shortly before 1 p.m. when he lost control on a left curve. It was raining at the time.

    Aucker was wearing a seat belt. He was cited for driving too fast for conditions and for failing to keep his vehicle on the roadway.

    Camper burglary

    SNYDERTOWN - Thomas William Hovenstine, 70, of Sunbury, reported to state police at Stonington that someone broke a window and burglarized his Coachmen camper between 8 a.m. June 1 and 6:51 p.m. Sept. 12.

    Two miniature refrigerators, a VCR and a 19-inch television were stolen.

    The camper was parked along Snydertown Road across from Kampco in Upper Augusta Township.

    Anyone with information is asked to call police at 570-286-5601.

    Mailboxes damaged

    STONINGTON - State police at Stonington seek information on a crash that occurred along Larch Road about 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11. Police said a vehicle drove over two mailboxes near Meade Drive and drove off. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 570-286-5601.

    Grinder stolen

    SEVEN POINTS - Robert Benelish, of 312 Seven Points Road, Sunbury, reported a bench grinder was stolen from his home between March 1 and April 30. Information of the theft was released Sunday. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 570-286-5601.

    Trailer stolen

    EAST CAMERON - Eric Hlasey Miller, of Supreme Industries, Harwiton, Conn., reported a 2012 Loadrite two-wheel utility trailer with about 40 bales of hay was stolen from 664 Bates Road, East Cameron Township, between 3 p.m. Sept. 8 and 7:30 a.m. Sept. 9. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 570-286-5601.

    Retail theft

    SHAMOKIN - David J. Rainis Jr., 21, of 204 E. Sunbury St., Shamokin, was cited by Patrolman Shane Mowery for retail theft for stealing $8.83 in merchandise from Turkey Hill Minit Market, 501 N. Second St., at 12:18 a.m. Sunday.


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  • 09/15/14--21:00: Police Briefs 9/16/2014
  • Sayre police warn of vehicle theft

    The Sayre Borough Police Department is investigating multiple thefts from motor vehicles. The thefts have been reported to have occurred between the hours of 9 p.m. and 7 a.m.

    The suspect is currently accessing unlocked or open vehicles and has allegedly removed coins, power tools and G.P.S. units.

    Please lock and secure vehicles and notify the Sayre police of suspicious activities immediately. The police may be reached for non-emergency calls at (570) 888-2233.

    DUI arrest

    Athens Borough Police Officer Derek Dekar performed a traffic stop on Kenneth Z. Jones, 32, of Bald Knob, Ark., on May 25, upon observing a pickup truck driving over the double yellow line on North Elmira Street.

    Upon stopping the vehicle, Officer Dekar reported that he could noticeably smell the odor of alcohol emitting from Jones' person. When asked if he had consumed any alcoholic beverages, Jones stated that he had not.

    Officers then asked Jones to exit the vehicle and had him perform a series of standardized field sobriety tests. During the test, Jones advised the officers that he had consumed a couple of beers with some food at a bonfire. Upon completion of the test, it was the opinion of the officer that Jones was operating his vehicle while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage. He was transported to Towanda Memorial Hospital for a chemical test and placed under arrest for misdemeanor DUI, DUI highest rate of alcohol and driving on the right side of the roadway.

    Jones was processed at the time of his arrest and has since moved out of the area.

    He has a scheduled date to face Judge Michael Shaw on Sept. 16.

    Drug charges filed after undercover sting

    Pennsylvania State Police report an arrest after a confidential informant purchased prescription medication from an individual in the parking lot of Tanner's Bar on Jan 31, 2014.

    In his affidavit, Pennsylvania State Trooper Robert Hutchison recorded that Lindsay A Hart, 26 of Towanda, did sell the informant 10 pills, which were identified as Percocet.

    The pills were given to the Trooper, who entered them into evidence and then sent for testing. A positive response was reported.

    Hart was taken into custody and charged with criminal conspiracy to manufacture, deliver or possess with intent to deliver a controlled substance; manufacture, deliver or possess with intent to deliver a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance.

    She was arraigned on Aug. 28, by Judge Tim Clark and received non-monetary bail. She will return to court for these charges at a later date.

    Speeding in school zone results in arrest

    On Aug. 29, Sayre Police Chief Dan Reynolds was conducting speed enforcement in the school zone on North Keystone Avenue when he reportedly observed a silver pickup truck traveling above the posted 15 MPH speed limit.

    Chief Reynolds stopped the vehicle and approached it. The driver stated his name was Todd Eugene Cole, 36 of E. Carbon, Utah, but had no identification on his person.

    While running Cole's information, Chief Reynolds was advised of an active warrant for the arrest of Cole in the state of Maryland and also had driving privileges suspended in the state of Pennsylvania because of a prior DUI.

    Upon speaking with Cole regarding this information, Reynolds observed what looked to be a "bong" in the rear of the pickup truck bed. At this time Cole was asked to exit the vehicle and placed under arrest. Upon securing the pickup after the arrest, Reynolds noticed further drug paraphernalia inside the cab of the vehicle, consisting of what appeared to be an empty bag of suspected heroin and several hypodermic needles.

    Cole was charged with the following: prohibited acts; penalties (possession of drug paraphernalia), driving wile suspended DUI related and special speed limitations in school zones.

    He was arraigned on Aug. 28 by Judge Tim Clark and released on $10,000 bail.


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  • 09/16/14--21:00: Police Briefs 9/17/2014
  • Mailbox struck in Albany Township

    A motorist driving east on Hatch Hill Road in Albany Township struck a mailbox at 8:44 p.m. Saturday, police said.

    The accident occurred at 1586 Hatch Hill Rd., approximately 1.5 miles west of New Albany, state police at Towanda said.

    Hit-and-run crash occurs in Monroe Boro

    Megan M. Hadlock of Towanda was driving south in Dandy Mini Mart's parking lot in Monroe Borough when another vehicle backed out of a parking spot into Hadlock's vehicle, police said.

    The motorist who struck Hadlock's vehicle left the scene without providing insurance information to the 24-year-old Hadlock, state police said.

    The hit-and-run driver's vehicle sustained minor rear-end damage in the accident, which occurred at 6:18 a.m. on Sept. 9, state police at Towanda said.

    Hadlock's vehicle sustained minor driver side damage, police said.

    Criminal mischief occurs in Wysox Twp.

    State police said they are trying to determine who entered the parking lot at High Caliber Motorsports in Wysox Township and intentionally damaged a red Jaguar belonging to 42-year-old Duane Shrimp of Waverly, N.Y.

    The offenders also stole an H and S Mini Maxx Race diesel programmer chip, according to the state police at Towanda.

    The incident occurred sometime between June 22 and Aug. 22, state police said.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact the state police at Towanda at (570) 265-2186 or 800-4-PA-TIPS.

    "Your name is not required, just your information," the state police said in a press release that they issued about the incident. "Up to $2,000 cash reward if your information results in an arrest."

    Vehicle stolen in Wysox Twp.

    State police said they are trying to determine who stole a green 2001 Lincoln Navigator from 71 Burgess Drive in Wysox Township.

    The theft of the vehicle, which bears Pennsylvania registration DRH8984, occurred at 8:05 p.m. Thursday, state police said.

    Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the vehicle is asked to contact the state police at Towanda at (570) 265-2186.

    Man cited for public drunkenness in Towanda Twp.

    Toby Quick, 22, of Centre Hall, Pa., was cited for public drunkenness after he was found to be heavily intoxicated and sitting in a ditch in the 400 block of Old Plank Road in Towanda Township, police said.

    Quick was transported to Memorial Hospital for treatment after the incident, which occurred at 4:26 p.m. Friday, state police at Towanda said.

    Woman charged with selling drugs in Towanda

    Lindsay Ann Hart, 25, of Columbia Cross Roads has been charged with delivery of a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility, and possession of a controlled substance, police said.

    The charges stem from a Feb. 17 incident in which Hart sold 15 Oxycodone pills to an individual in the Dandy Mini Mart parking lot in Towanda, police said.

    Hart was arraigned on the charges on Sept. 9 by Athens Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw.

    Hart must attend a preliminary hearing today before Towanda Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark.


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    Assault, harassment

    LYKENS - Autumn Marga Englehardt, 33, of Dalmatia, was charged with simple assault, harassment and disorderly by state police after she allegedly choked a 50-year-old woman from Dalmatia with her arm at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at a camping site located near Powells Valley Road and Back Road, Jefferson Township.

    Simple assault

    SHAMOKIN - Andrew Ebbecke, 18, of 1574 Pulaski Ave., Coal Township, was charged by Patrolman Scott Weaver with two counts of simple assault and one count each of disorderly conduct and criminal mischief relating to a Sept. 9 disturbance at 41 S. Rock St.

    Police reported Ebbeccke is accused of hitting Cody Erdman, 18, in the head with a metal pipe, throwing the pipe at 21-year-old Brian Hornberger and smashing a windshield on a parked car owned by Michael Tilley, 44, with the pipe at about 2:45 a.m. Police said Ebbecke then chased Erdman in his car up to Big Mountain Road.

    Erdman suffered injuries that required treatment at Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital.

    DUI offenses

    SHAMOKIN - Nicole L. Albertson, 23, of Milton, was charged by Patrolman Raymond Siko II with two counts of driving under the influence of a controlled substance and failure to display a registration plate involving an Aug. 31 incident in the 500 block of North First Street.

    Police said Albertson had Oxycodone and a synthetic cannabinoid in her blood system.

    Assault

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Darlene A. Scandle, 40, of 1030 W. Pine St., Coal Township, was charged by Patrolman Jason Adams with simple assault and harassment relating to a disturbance Friday night in the 1200 block of Burnside Street.

    According to a criminal complaint filed at the office of Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III, Scandle allegedly punched Angela Sickora in the face and grabbed both her arms, causing bruises and contusions. Police said the assault occurred at 7:21 p.m. while the victim was running.

    Theft, disorderly conduct

    MOUNT CARMEL - Joseph Michael Dormer, 18, of 206 W. Cherry St., Apt. 3, Mount Carmel, was remanded to Northumberland County Prison in lieu of $20,000 bail after he was arraigned on Monday on charges of criminal conspiracy, robbery, simple assault, theft, receiving stolen property, disorderly conduct, and harassment.

    Mount Carmel Patrolman Justin Stelma said around midnight Monday, Sept. 1, he witnessed Shawn Matukaitis yelling "Do you want to fight now?" at Dormer on South Oak Street. When police approached the two men, Dormer fled down Oak Street. Matukaitis told police he had been attacked by a group of six men, led by Dormer. At the end of the fight, Matukaitis discovered a six pack of Miller Lite and cigarettes, valued at $11, were taken from him.

    A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 15.

    Multiple charges

    MOUNT CARMEL - A borough man was charged with two counts of institutional vandalism after he allegedly urinated and defecated inside a holding cell at the Mount Carmel Township police station.

    Kaleb Alexander Roney, 20, of 504 W. Second St., Mount Carmel, was taken into custody by township patrolman Kelly Campbell around 1 a.m. Friday after Grace Pivarnik, of 127 W. Melrose St., Marion Heights, reported that Roney was attempting to break into her house. Campbell located Roney at the scene and found him to smell of alcohol and campfire. His eyes were red and glassy, his speech was slurred and he was having a difficult time maintaining his balance.

    Campbell found a small green baggie containing green leafy substance later identified as marijuana, a homemade smoking device made out of aluminum foil and a lighter in Roney's pockets. He transported to Roney to the Mount Carmel Township Police Department and placed him in a holding cell.

    Later, Campbell heard what sounded like running water so he checked on Roney and saw him urinating in the cell against the concrete block wall. While he wrote up a complaint about the urination, he began to smell feces, so he checked on Roney again and saw him defecating on a wooden seat within the cell area. Neither time did the defendant ask to use the restroom, said Campbell in the affidavit.

    Roney was arraigned on Friday in front of Magisterial District Judge Hugh A. Jones. In addition to the two counts of institutional vandalism, he was also charged with criminal trespass, loitering and prowling at nighttime, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, false identification to law enforcement authorities, underage drinking and public drunkenness. He was released on $5,000 bail.

    A preliminary hearing is scheduled for today.


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  • 09/16/14--21:00: Crime of the Week
  • Crime Solvers needs your help to solve a string of larcenies from churches and their parking lots. Beginning on July 2, an unknown male has been entering several churches throughout Chesterfield County. Surveillance footage revealed the man taking unattended purses. The thief has also been seen stealing purses out of vehicles in church parking lots. The suspect is described as a black male between 25 and 35 years old. He was last seen wearing khaki shorts, a white T-shirt and a white baseball cap. Exterior cameras show the man leaving the area in a white Hyundai Sonata. Be sure to check crimesolvers.net for outstanding photos of the suspect. If you have information about any unsolved crime in or fugitive wanted by Chesterfield County or Colonial Heights, call Crime Solvers at 748-0660. You can submit a tip online at crimesolvers.net and now through your mobile device by text message. Simply text the code "WATSON" plus your tip to CRIMES (274637). You will remain anonymous and won't have to appear in court, and if your tip is helpful to police you may be eligible for a cash reward up to $1000.** Text STOP to 274637 to cancel. Text HELP to 274637 for help. Msg&Data rates may apply. Go to crimesolvers.net for Terms &Conditions and Privacy Policy.


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  • 09/16/14--21:00: Triad announces meeting
  • PETERSBURG - City of Petersburg Sheriff, Vanessa R. Crawford extends to the citizens of Petersburg, an invitation to attend the monthly Triad S.A.L.T. Council meeting on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at the Good Shepherd Baptist Church, 2223 S. Crater Road. The speaker is Morgan Smith with Colonial Heights Healthcare and Rehab Center. The topic: Falling In Love is Fun, Falling Down.

    Morgan Smith with the Colonial Heights Healthcare and Rehab will come and share Preventive ways from Falling in the Home. She has been in the healthcare business for over 13 years and love sharing and working with the senior citizens community.

    Each year, thousands of older Americans fall at home. Many of them are seriously injured, and some are disabled. Falls are often due to hazards that are easy to overlook but easy to fix. She will discuss ways to look at the floors in each room of your homes, the stairs, steps, kitchen and eating area, your bathrooms, the lighting in your bedrooms and other things you can do to prevent falls. We will have a check for safety list to take home to help you in your home. Come out and learn about these safety tips.

    Triad S.A.L.T. Councils (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together) are busy year-round, building crime-fighting relationships between older citizens and their local law enforcement representatives. They are discovering new ways of enhancing the lives of those who have already given much to help their children and grandchildren grow and prosper.

    For further information, contact Sheriff Vanessa R. Crawford at 733-2369.


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  • 09/16/14--21:00: Chesterfield
  • The following information was provided by the Chesterfield County Police Department.

    - Police responded to the 13900 block of Jefferson Davis Hwy. at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 3 for a reported animal case-dangerous/vicious dog.

    - Police responded to the 3300 block of Rossington Blvd. at 9:17 a.m. Sept. 3 for a reported animal case-animal at large.

    - Police responded to the 65000 block of Irongate Drive at 12:01 a.m. Aug. 22 for a reported felonious assault with hands, fists, feet, etc.

    - Police responded to the 1900 block of Walnut Drive at 11:30 p.m. Sept. 2 for a reported simple assault-domestic.

    - Police responded to the 13700 block of Woods Edge Road at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 3 for a reported simple assault-domestic.

    - Police responded to the 21300 block of Warrior Drive at 6:45 p.m. Sept. 3 for a reported simple assault-domestic.

    - Police responded to the 3600 block of Louise Drive at 10 a.m. Sept. 3 for a reported death investigation-suicide with a knife or cutting

    - Police responded to the 2300 block of W. Hundred Road at 4:40 p.m. Sept. 3 for a reported fraud-other.

    - Larceny-From Building: At 6 p.m. Sept. 3, police responded to the 12700 block of Kingston Ave. for a reported larceny of currency, notes, etc and miscellaneous property.

    - Larceny-From Building: At 8:40 p.m. Sept. 3, police responded to the 3000 block of W. Hundred Road for ar eported larceny of TVs, radios, cameras, computers, etc.

    - Larceny-From Motor Vehicle: At 3 p.m. Sept. 3, police responded to the 11100 block of Iron Bridge Road for a reported larceny. Unknown suspect/s took currency, notes, etc from unlocked vehicle.

    - Police responded to the 14200 block of Santell Drive at 12:01 a.m. Aug. 26 for a reported sex offenses-other.

    - Police responded to the 13600 block of Duxton Drive at 12:01 p.m. Aug. 15 for a reported sex offenses-other.

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  • 09/16/14--21:00: Court notes 9/17/14
  • PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS

    Anthony Hudak and Janine Hudak to Mary Ann Battista for $136,500; Kingston Township.

    Edward Mix and Irene Mix to Kyle Wardecki and Ariel E.R. Smith for $76,000; Wilkes-Barre.

    Kathy M. Smith to Richard Bonning and Kathleen Bonning for $236,703; Slocum Township.

    Greater Hazleton Community Area New Development Organization Inc. and Can Do Inc. to Humboldt North Warehouse Investors L.P. for $787,750; Hazle Township.


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  • 09/17/14--21:00: Court Notes 9/18/14
  • Andrea Kopack (executrix) and Helen Pozda (estate) to David A. Remetz and Matthew J. Kennedy for $90,000; Wilkes-Barre.

    Glenn E. Wright to Brandon D. Shoemaker for $80,000; Nescopeck.

    Luzerne County sheriff and Virgina M. Raklewicz (per sheriff) to 615 Wyoming Ave. LLC for $78,056; Kingston.

    Kimberly A. Mehalshick to Michael J. Roskos for $150,000; Hazle Township.

    Robert J. Dennison and Allison J. Bahrt and Allison J. Dennison to Philip J. Gutowski for $160,000; Butler Township.

    Jacqueline Cain and Brent Briggs to Kenneth C. Czapracki and Kimberly A. Czapracki for $105,000; Slocum Township.

    Lisa Olshan to Janel Suda for $138,000; Plymouth Township.

    Joseph T. Gionta Jr. and Joseph T. Gionta Jr. (co-guardian) and Stephanie M. Gionta (per guardian) and Lynn M. Gionta and Lynn M. Gionta (co-guardian) to Holly Noel Birster for $191,000; Fairview Township.

    PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS

    Ryan C. Blazure and Lisa M. Blazure to Vaughn J. Scrip Jr. for $205,000; Franklin Township.

    HSBC Bank USA to Ronald T. Sypeck for $105,000; Hollenback Township.

    First National Bank of Pennsylvania to L.A. Real Estate Associates LCC for $80,000; Butler Township.

    Joseph Vezendy Jr. and Carol A. Misich to James P. Spencer and Patricia E. Spencer for $135,000; Salem Township.

    Karen Simmons and Curtis Simmons to William F. Fedock for $126,500; Lehman Township.

    Rachael A. Meixell and Rachael A. Dunn to Ashley Marie Wolanski for $171,500; Dallas Township.

    Carleen Garvin and Daniel P. Lubas for $177,500; Black Creek Township.

    Jeffery S. Eshleman and Carey M. Eshleman to Michael A. Bova and Rachel E. Rosen for $545,000; Black Creek Township.

    William R. Cary III and Donna K. Cary to Michael B. Reiher for $295,000; Union Township.

    Joseph A. Liparela to Sharon A. Ayers for $130,000; Dallas Township.

    First National Community Bank to M.F.M. Realty LLC for $111,100; Kingston.


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  • 09/18/14--21:00: Court Notes 9/19/14
  • CHILD SUPPORT

    Senior Judge Chester B. Muroski, presiding over Luzerne County Domestic Relations Contempt Court on Thursday, ordered the following defendants jailed for failure to pay child support:

    Brian Hettler, 3 Susanne Lane, Drums, 12 months, $1,767.

    Richard Bevan Jr., 206 Lehigh St., Wilkes-Barre, three months, $6,495.

    Warrants were issued for the following defendants:

    Lee Speary, 401 S. River St., 1st floor, Wilkes-Barre, $1,856 total in two cases.

    Kevin Barber, no address listed, $6,081.

    James L. White Jr., 325 Vine St., Nescopeck, $2,448.

    Jason Heness, 947 W. Markey St., apt. 214, Kingston, $6,210 total in two cases.

    James Travis, c/o 5370 Haas Pond Road, Madison Township, $4,447.

    Paul Vincent, 300 E. Main St., Fl 2, Plymouth $1,218.

    Richard Matthews, 44 Elm St., Plymouth, $3,949.

    PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS

    Karen Simmons and Curtis Simmons to William F. Fedock for $126,500; Lehman Township.

    Carleen Garvin and Daniel P. Lubas for $177,500; Black Creek Township.

    Rachael A. Meixell and Rachael A. Dunn to Ashley Marie Wolanski for $171,500; Dallas Township.


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  • 09/18/14--21:00: Police Briefs 9/19/2014
  • Troy man charged with theft

    Jason Allen Hieatt of Troy is accused of stealing medication belonging to a 6-year-old boy, who lives in Hieatt's residence, police said.

    The incident occurred on Sept. 4, state police at Towanda said.

    As a result of this incident, the 35-year-old Hieatt has been charged with theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property, according to the police.

    Criminal mischief occurs in Herrick Twp.

    State police reported a case of criminal mischief at 1195 Twin Cuts Rd. in Herrick Township.

    The case involves an incident where someone over filled Chester Ostrowsky's vehicles with oil, police said.

    The crime occurred sometime between Aug. 18 and Sept. 15, state police said.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact the state police at Towanda at (570) 265-2186.

    Towanda man accused of selling drugs

    Nicholas D. Hughes, 21, of Towanda is accused of selling heroin and other drugs from a mobile home at Jackson's Trailer Court in Wysox Township, police said.

    Hughes sold 25 dihydrocodeinone pills and 10 Oxycodone pills to an individual inside the mobile home on Sept. 12, 2013, police said.

    At the time, there were two small children in the trailer, police said.

    At the mobile home, Hughes also sold .23 grams of heroin to an individual on Oct. 4, 2013, state police said.

    Hughes, who lives on South Main Street in Towanda, was charged with delivery of a controlled substance, criminal conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance, endangering the welfare of a child, criminal use of a communication facility, recklessly endangering another person, and possession of a controlled substance, police said.

    Hughes was arraigned on the charges by Troy Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox on Sept. 10, 2014.

    Hughes was then sent to the Bradford County jail in lieu of $125,000 bail.

    Hughes' preliminary hearing, which was originally scheduled for Sept. 16 in Wysox District Court, has been postponed to Sept. 23.

    Man cited for blocking roadway in Towanda

    Richard Finnegan, 79, of Wyalusing pleaded guilty on Sept. 10 to the summary offense of obstructing highways and other public passages, according to online court records.

    Towanda police said they were summoned on Sept. 2 to the Robert Farley Connector in Towanda for a report of an elderly man blocking traffic, police said.

    Towanda police who arrived on scene said they saw Finnegan standing in the center of the intersection of the Robert Farley Connector and the Merrill Parkway. Police said they saw several vehicles that had to swerve around Finnegan and travel into the opposite lane to avoid striking him.

    At the time, Finnegan was under the influence of alcohol, police said. Earlier in the day, Finnegan had been transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital in Towanda for excessive consumption of alcohol, police said.

    Finnegan had also been charged with disorderly conduct and public drunkenness in connection with the events on Sept. 2, police said.

    However, as part of a plea agreement with the Bradford County District Attorney's Office, the disorderly conduct and public drunkenness charges were dropped, according to online court records.

    Finnegan was sentenced to time served, according to the Towanda District Court.

    Man injured in Fox Twp. crash

    Robert A. Fontana, 71, of Boyertown, Pa., was injured in an ATV accident in Fox Township, Sullivan County, police said.

    Fontana lost control of his 2012 Polaris Sportsman 850 ATV as he was driving north on Roland Road at 5:15 p.m. on Sept. 7, police said.

    The vehicle rolled onto its left side, and Fontana landed on the roadway next to the ATV, state police at Laporte said.

    Fontana was transported by ambulance to Williamsport Hospital, police said.

    State police said they did not know the severity of Fontana's injury.

    Fontana was cited for careless driving, state police said.

    Intoxicated driver attempts to flee police

    Sayre Borough Police Officer Bruce Hoffman reported that at approximately 3:26 a.m. on Aug. 30, he observed a white sedan traveling at a high rate of speed in the wrong lane on North Elmer Avenue, Sayre. Officer Hoffman activated his lights and siren to initiate a traffic stop when the driver of the vehicle struck a curb and continued to drive on the wrong side of the roadway and increased his speed to 50 mph in a 25 mph zone.

    The vehicle then slammed on the brakes and turned left into the yard of an Elmer Avenue residence, jumping the curb and striking a pile of rocks and dirt with the front bumper. The driver of the vehicle, later identified as Justin J. Watson, 34, of Sayre, jumped out of the car and fled on foot behind the residence. The officer exited his vehicle and chased Watson, along with Sayre Borough Police Officer Sean Flynn and Officer Rich Horton with the Athens Township Police Department, trying to cut him off in several directions.

    Officer Horton made contact with Watson after he was seen cutting in between several residences on North Wilbur Avenue. Officer Hoffman placed Watson under arrest at that time. Upon search of his person, Watson was found to have a plastic bag containing a green leafy substance, field tested as marijuana, in his hoodie front pocket.

    While speaking with Watson, Officer Hoffman detected a strong odor of alcohol emanating from his person.

    At approximately 2:24 a.m. officers had made contact with Watson on an unrelated fight and it was apparent then that he was under the influence of alcohol.

    Watson was asked to perform field sobriety tests, which he refused. He was asked to give a sample of blood, which he refused.

    Officer Hoffman arrested Watson and charged him with the following: DUI general impairment, Escape, Fleeing or attempting to elude an officer, possession of marijuana and resisting arrest. He was arraigned on Aug. 30, by Judge Wheaton and received $25,000 bail.

    Thefts from vehicles occur at Birchwood Apartments

    Sayre Borough Police Officer Derek Watkins responded to a call from a resident who had witnessed individuals removing items from several vehicles in the Birchwood Apartments parking area. Upon arrival to the scene, Officers Watkins and Officer Sean Flynn observed two males walking through a yard at the corner of Hemlock and Mohawk streets in Sayre. Officer Flynn continued in the patrol car while Officer Watkins approached the men on foot.

    When asked where the two were coming from, one of the men stated, "a friend's house." Officers with the Athens Borough Police Department were called to speak with the witness, who then arrived at the scene to identify the individuals who he had seen entering the vehicles. The witness confirmed the individuals, later identified as Zachary J. Allen, 20, of Waverly and Joshua M. Hoey, 18, of Athens, were the two he had seen break into or try to break into five different vehicles in the Birchwood parking lot.

    Each was arrested and charged with two counts of theft from a motor vehicle and one misdemeanor charge of loitering and prowling at night time. They were arraigned in front of District Judge Timothy Wheaton and each received $7,500 bail.

    Call for stabbing results in charges to victim

    Upon responding to a call on July 13, on Wilawana Road, Athens Township, Officer Jason Serfas and Officer John Fedorchak found Gregg D. Evans, 26, of Athens, bleeding from a wound on the left side of his abdomen.

    The officers tried to press Evans for information as to what occurred and how he became injured but Evans was reportedly extremely combative with the officers and was noticeably quite intoxicated. Police were only able to get Evans to tell them he may have fallen on something, "up the road," but refused to cooperate further in any way.

    Officers later found Evans had left a nearby residence after showing up there extremely intoxicated and combative. After allegedly trying to start fights with several individuals, Evans left the home and began to walk down Wilawana Road. Blood was found inside the home, but no further details were given regarding how the injury could have occurred to Evans.

    Greater Valley Ambulance then arrived on scene to take Evans to the hospital for treatment of his wound. Before they were allowed to leave, officers asked Evans to empty his pockets to assure them he had no weapons. Evans then showed officers a black and silver colored pipe, with what seemed to be marijuana residue in it.

    Officers later charged Evans with possession of drug paraphernalia, public drunkenness and disorderly conduct. He was arraigned on these charges on Aug. 30 and received $10,000 bail.


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    PFA, assault

    TREVORTON - A Trevorton man who allegedly threatened to burn down the house of a village woman after violating a protection from abuse order Tuesday night is behind bars today.

    Jessie O. Marshall, 47, of 722 W. Market St., was arraigned at 1 p.m. Wednesday by Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III and committed to Northumberland County Prison, Sunbury, in lieu of $40,000 cash bail on all charges.

    According to a criminal complaint filed by Trooper Thomas Leib of state police at Stonington, Marshall went to the home of his former live-in girlfriend, Tiffany Bridi, at 722 W. Market St., at 9:34 p.m., which violated a PFA order Bridi filed against him.

    After being given time to gather his belongings and told not to return to the home, police said Marshall became irate, used obscenities and threatened to burn down Bridi's house and harm her.

    Police said Marshall returned to the residence a short time later in an enraged state. Police reported Marshall, who demanded his coat, failed to listen to commands to calm down multiple times and resisted arrest when Leib attempted to handcuff him.

    Marshall then approached Trooper Wendy Keefer and pushed her toward the steps at the residence, prompting to Keefer to use a Taser on him.

    In addition to violating the PFA order, Marshall is charged with terroristic threats, simple assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and harassment.

    Public nuisance

    MOUNT CARMEL - Kazimir Craig Grohowski, 43, of 515 W. Avenue, Mount Carmel, was charged by Patrolman Matthew Dillman with causing a public nuisance and disorderly conduct involving an Aug. 24 incident at his residence.

    Police reported Grohowski allowed a large amount of garbage to accumulate on his property and in a shed.

    Multiple charges

    MARION HEIGHTS - Matthew M. Zigarski, 23, of 126 Washington Drive, Den-Mar Gardens, was charged by Mount Carmel Township Patrolman Kelly Campbell with theft, receiving stolen property, unauthorized use of a vehicle, possession of drug paraphernalia, harassment, restrictions on alcoholic beverages and driving under suspension.

    Police reported Zigarski is accused of stealing a vehicle owned by Joseph D'Andrea, of 135 E. Warsaw St., Marion Heights, at about 4:30 a.m. July 12. Police found the vehicle about an hour later in the 100 block of East Seventh Street in Mount Carmel.


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  • 09/19/14--21:00: Article 1
  • DUI arrest made

    Athens Borough Police officer Andrew Stevens reported that at 1:14 a.m. on Aug. 30, he witnessed a vehicle traveling north on Main Street in Athens Borough as it accelerated and swerved, nearly striking the curb. The vehicle then stopped in the roadway at a flashing yellow light. The officer then activated his lights to initiate a traffic stop on North Main Street.

    The officer approached the vehicle and identified the driver as Casey M. Stillman, 21, of Sayre. While speaking with Stillman, Officer Stevens detected a strong odor of alcohol emitting from her breath. The officer reported that Stillman was slurring her words and could not complete a whole sentence. When asked if she had consumed any alcoholic beverages that day, Stillman stated, "no." The passenger of the vehicle then quickly stated, "yes you did, don't lie." Stillman then told the officer that she had been drinking. While turning over her necessary paperwork, Stillman stated to the officer, "I'm sorry, I shouldn't be driving."

    Officer Stevens asked Stillman to perform the standard field sobriety tests, which were performed unsuccessfully. Stillman was placed under arrest at this time. While being transported to the hospital for blood testing, Stillman was cursing repeatedly and cursed intentionally to the female security guard upon arrival. Although she was warned that her cursing could be cause for additional charges, Stillman continued to do so.

    Stillman was charged with DUI: highest rate of alcohol, DUI: general impairment and disorderly conduct. She was arraigned on Aug. 30 and received $7,500 bail.

    Man cited for Harassment

    On Aug. 30, State Police Trooper Peter Smith was dispatched to an address in Ridgebury Township for the report of a verbal argument that turned physical.

    Trooper Smith reported that upon arrival, the victim replayed that during the argument, Ira F. Nienhueser, 49 of Ridgebury, kicked her in the ribs.

    The accused had fled the scene prior to arrival of the police. Nienhueser was cited for Harassment.


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    Crash

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Two people were injured in a two-car collision near Walmart SuperCenter on Route 61 just before 6 p.m. Thursday.

    According to Coal Township police, Kristen Hepler, 24, of Kulpmont, was traveling north through the intersection in a 2013 Volkswagen sedan, which was struck by a 2002 Mercury driven by Shelby Morrow, 18, of Shamokin. Police said Morrow was attempting to turn left into the Coal Township Plaza.

    Both drivers were taken to Geisinger Medical Center by AREA Services for treatment. The two vehicles were towed from the scene.

    Witnesses told police Morrow failed to yield the right of way to Hepler. Charges will be filed pending the completion of the accident investigation, said police.

    Two-vehicle crash

    COAL TOWNSHIP - No one was injured in a two-vehicle crash at 4:55 p.m. Wednesday near the entrance to Anthra Plaza.

    Coal Township Police patrolman Chad Yoder reported a 2007 Nissan Armada, driven by Brittney Fertig, 23, of 2063 Old Reading Road, Paxinos, pulled from the Anthra Plaza onto State Route 2026 and into the path of a 2003 Pontiac Vibe, driven by Dorris Shoffler, 39, of 1093 State Route 2026. Both vehicles were damaged in the crash, but Shoffler's vehicle was towed due to a flat tire.

    Five passengers in Fertig's vehicle, children ranging in ages from 2 to 8, and the two drivers were uninjured in the crash.


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