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    Terroristic threats

    RIVERSIDE - Patrolman Kerry Parkes has charged Ryan Joseph Steimling, 24, of Riverside, with terroristic threats, stalking, harassment and disorderly conduct in connection with disturbances at his parents' home at 1 Riverhill Drive, Danville.

    Police reported Steimling, who had been removed from his parents' home some time ago, went to the residence several times, banged on the door, trashed the porch by smashing pumpkins and kicking over flower pots, and called and texted his mother hundreds of times, causing her to be afraid to go outside. Steimling also is accused of threatening to burn down the home.

    Police said the incidents occurred between Oct. 29 and Oct. 31.

    Failure to comply

    MOUNT CARMEL - James A. Poe, 45, formerly of 327 S. Oak St., Apt. 1, Mount Carmel, has been charged by Chief of Police Todd Owens with two counts of failing to comply with registration requirements under Megan's Law.

    Police said the convicted sex offender fled to New Jersey in August 2013 without notifying authorities.

    Home work fraud

    PAXINOS - Robert Allen Kolovich, 57, of 385 Susquehanna Road, Northumberland, was charged by Trooper Wendy Keefer of state police at Stonington with home improvement fraud.

    Police reported Kolovich, owner of Lifetime Choice Windows, Selinsgrove, entered into a business agreement Sept. 15, 2013, with Douglas Martz, of Paxinos, to install 23 replacement windows on a building owned by Martz at 205 Poppy Road. Police said the agreed upon price was $11,950, with the work to begin five to eight weeks after the agreement was signed.

    Police said Martz paid half the cost ($5,975) up front, but the contractor failed to perform any work or return the money despite attempts by Martz to convince him to do so.

    Harassment plea

    MOUNT CARMEL - Alexa D. Snyder, 49, of 240 S. Vine St., Mount Carmel, pleaded guilty Wednesday to harassment and was ordered by Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones to pay a fine and costs totaling $268.

    An additional charge of simple assault was withdrawn.

    Snyder was charged by Chief of Police Todd Owens with assaulting her live-in boyfriend, Jerome Witkowski, on Saturday night at their home.

    Charges dismissed

    MOUNT CARMEL - Two counts of simple assault and one count each of harassment and disorderly conduct filed by Chief of Police Todd Owens against Jason A. Dillow, 31, of 434 N. Walnut St., Mount Carmel, were dismissed Wednesday before Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones when the alleged victim refused to testify.

    Dillow was charged with assaulting his wife, Lisa, at 438 N. Walnut St. on Oct. 18.

    Refuses to testify

    MOUNT CARMEL - Charges of simple assault and harassment filed by Mount Carmel Township Officer Travis Bremigen against Joshua T. Hill, 27, of 328 E. North St., Marion Heights, were dismissed Wednesday before Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones when the alleged victim refused to testify.

    Hill was charged with assaulting his brother, Tyler Hill, on Oct. 26 at 328 E. North St., Marion Heights.

    Trash dumping

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Paul Foulds, 41, of 412 W. Chestnut St., Shamokin, was charged by Coal Township police with scattering rubbish after he was allegedly witnessed dumping several tires in the wooded area behind the Anthra Plaza near Coal Run.

    The incident was reported to Coal Township Police Department around 2:15 p.m. Oct. 18.


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  • 11/06/14--21:00: Police Briefs 11/7/2014
  • Argument outside bar results in assault charges

    Officers with the Sayre Borough Police Department were in patrol on Oct. 25 when they witnessed an argument occurring outside of the FlatIron bar on Lehigh Avenue in the borough.

    As officers passed, they noticed a woman, later identified as 23 year old Athens resident, Samantha C.J. Evans, arguing with a man, identified as 29 year old Patrick Colter of Sayre. The two were yelling with another female between them when Evans reached around here and slapped Colter in the face with her left hand, according to reports. Colter responded by shoving the female between them out of the way and began repeatedly punching Evans in the face, police reported.

    Police intervened and placed both individuals in custody.

    Evans was placed under arrest and charged with attempted simple assault and harassment.

    Colter was charged with attempted simple assault and harassment including a shove, strike, or kick. He was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton.

    Domestic argument results in arrest

    Officers with the Sayre Borough Police Department responded to an emergency call from a residence on North Elmer Avenue for a report of a domestic dispute.

    Upon arriving at the residence, officers spoke to a female who reported her boyfriend, Brian Williams, 36 of Sayre, became angry and flipped a coffee table. He then grabbed a cell phone charger and used it to strike the victim in the back, causing large black and blue swollen areas. The victim then relayed to police that she was five months pregnant.

    Williams was placed into custody and charged with attempted simple assault and disorderly conduct. He will face these charges at a preliminary hearing in front of Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw.

    Scooter without plate results in multiple charges

    While in patrol on Desmond Street in Sayre Borough, officers observed a man riding a scooter which did not have a registration plate. The operator was seen without eye protection and observed to be very unsteady on his vehicle.

    Officers initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as John M. Schwartzbauer, 31 of Sayre. As police ran the plate, no valid information was found. Upon speaking with the Schwartzbauer, police were able to detect a strong odor of alcohol.

    After being asked to perform a standard of field sobriety tests, Shwartzbauer was placed under arrest and charged with DUI: general impairment, DUI: high rate of alcohol, required financial responsibility, and registration and title required.

    He is set to meet Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw for a preliminary hearing on Dec. 5.


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  • 11/07/14--21:00: Court notes 11/8/14
  • Charles L. Neubert Sr. and Debra Lynn Collins to Kimberly Valladeres for $75,000; Hazleton.

    Heather L. Kratz and Heather L. Evan and Melissa J. Evan to Melissa J. Roche for $149,900; Forty Fort.

    Christian Krupsha (executor) and Celia Popson (estate) to Heather Evan for $103,500; Swoyersville.

    Luzerne County Sheriff and Anthony M. Stella (per sheriff) to R&A LLC for $152,500; Yatesville.

    Joy A. Hack to Joseph R. Kaucher and Christal M. Kaucher for $162,000; Hunlock Township.

    Luzerne County Sheriff and Ruselle F. Gozon (per sheriff) and Timothy C. Holt (per sheriff) to AJT Properties, LCC for $75,600; Sugarloaf Township.

    Dale J Williams and Yitzchok Hershkop and Chana M. Hershkop and Yechiel Hershkop for $239,000; Kingston.

    John F. Zola to Paul B. Deangelo for $245,000; Hazleton.

    Martin A. Poirier to Jill Ann Tigue and Matthew Balchune for $70,000; Duryea.

    Patricia Potomis and Patricia M. Pesotine and Thomas Granoski to Donald T. Perrin III and Erica L. Perrin for $135,000; Swoyersville.

    Federal National Mortgage Associate (per attorney in fact) and Fannie Mae (per attorney in fact) and Phelan Hallinan, LLP (attorney in fact) to Karol B. Lawless for $81,900; Bear Creek Township.

    David Saxton and Molly Saxton to Newman Organization for $90,000; Kingston.

    Margaret A. Dixon (per agent) and Eliane M. Engel (agent) to Tonya Mae McElligott for $88,000; Forty Fort.

    Bernice Saylor and Gerald J. Karaska and Mary Claire Karaska for $150,000; Nuangola.

    Jane S. Jones and Benjamin R. Jones III to Peter H. Eckman and Yvonne P. Eckman for $120,000; Jackson Township.

    Lovelia May Livezey and Gerald Hoover and Mona Hoover to Robert Anthony Perfinski Jr. and Brenda L. Kulp for $80,000; Hunlock Township.

    Sam Scamacca and Michael Usavage and Barbara Usavage for $140,000; Duryea.

    Sharon Jane Hadj-Chikh and Mary Jane Tyson Revocable Living Trust and Mary Jane Tyson Revocable Trust to Jeff Gasper and Tracey Gasper for $74,000; Wilkes-Barre.

    Sean P. Carey and Krista A. Jones to Louis M. Helmecki Jr. for $375,000; Rice Township.

    Christine S. Giuliano and Sarah A. AED for $126,500; Swoyersville.

    Patsy Alessi and Elizabeth M. Alessi to Anthony G. Vissotski and Amy Vissotski for $206,500; Plains Township.

    Joan Kruzlik Reese (aministratix) and Edward J. Kruzlik (estate) to AMR Rentals, LLC for $76,600; Swoyersville.

    Janet Anne McDonald and Janet Anne McDonald (executrix) and John J. McDonald (estate) to Joseph B. Marinelli and Luicille Marinelli for $300,000; Fairview Township.

    PGA Incorporated and MBC Development LP for $200,000; Freeland.

    Mary Ann Jubin (executrix) and Anges S. Bozosi (estate) to Catherine Proffetta for $102,000; Hazleton.

    Robert Pattison and Marcia Pattison to Paul R. Jones for $100,000; Nanticoke.

    Maurya T. Morris and Tadd Oliver Morris to Marissa Marino for $126,000; West Pittston.

    Gail J. Mussoline to Stephen L. Senchak for $116,500; Hazleton.


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  • 11/07/14--21:00: Police Briefs 11/08/2014
  • Towanda man charged with selling drug

    Timothy John Bailey, 35, of Towanda 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 an incident on Sept. 12, 2013 in which Bailey is accused of selling 20 Percocet pills to an individual at a location in Towanda Borough, police said.

    Bailey was arraigned on the charges on Oct. 27, 2014 before Athens Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw.

    Bailey's preliminary hearing, which was originally scheduled to take place on Nov. 5, 2014 in Towanda District Court, has been postponed to Nov. 14.

    Towanda woman charged with violating Megan's Law

    Katrina Louise Morse, 26, of Towanda is scheduled to be arraigned on Nov. 20 in the Bradford County Court of Common Pleas on a charge of violating Megan's Law, police said.

    Morse had moved out of her apartment in Towanda in September. Towanda police said. The date she moved out was on Sept. 10 or Sept. 15, police said. Towanda police said that as of Oct. 6, they had not determined where she was living.

    Morse was charged on Oct. 6 with failure to comply with the registration requirements of sexual offenders, police said.

    Morse was arraigned by Athens Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on Oct. 10. Morse was then sent to the Bradford County jail in lieu of $15,000 bail.

    Morse waived her preliminary hearing, scheduled for Oct. 29 in Towanda District Court.

    Wysox male charged with theft

    Joshua Robert Woodruff, 20, of Wysox is accused of stealing a Nintendo DS Game System from a residence on Front Street in New Albany, police said.

    The theft of the game system, valued at $130, occurred around Sept. 15, police said.

    Woodruff has been charged with theft by unlawful taking or disposition and receiving stolen property, police said.

    Woodruff has been sent a summons which orders him to appear before Towanda Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark on Nov. 12.

    DUI charges

    The following person was recently charged with driving while under the influence in Bradford County:

    - Michael J. Power, 40, of Rome, by the Towanda police, on Oct. 17 on Main Street in Towanda. Power exhibited signs of alcohol intoxication. Power was also cited for driving with a suspended license.


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    Contraband

    SHAMOKIN - Brandon A. Nixon, 29, an inmate at SCI-Coal Township, was charged by state police trooper Ronald Zanella with a felony count of contraband and a misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance for an incident last year.

    According to the criminal complaint, filed Oct. 31, prison staff found a small amount of marijuana in Nixon's possession at 9:50 p.m. Oct. 4, 2013. The marijuana was located inside a petroleum jelly jar wrapped in plastic in Nixon's double occupancy cell. When the marijuana was discovered, Nixon admitted it was his.

    Zanella said Nixon told him he found the marijuana in the east yard of the prison beneath a rock he kicked over. He hadn't had a chance to smoke any of the marijuana and had left it in his cell to dry out.

    Criminal trespass

    SELINSGROVE - Cody Allen Long, 20, of Riverside, was charged by state police at Selinsgrove with criminal trespass and criminal mischief relating to an incident at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Walmart north of here.

    Police said Long is accused of trespassing at the store and opening several items without paying for them.

    Bad check

    NATALIE - Jessica Anne Gavin, 37, of Shenandoah, was charged by Mount Carmel Township Chief of Police Brian Hollenbush with issuing a bad check in the amount of $364.90 to Aaron's Heating Oil in Natalie on Dec. 5, 2012.

    Blocks stolen

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Melinda Biehler, of 1154 Pulaski Ave., reported someone removed an undetermined amount of retaining wall blocks from her backyard between 5 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. Thursday.

    The removal of the blocks caused damage to a set of steps that are part of the wall.

    Total damage is estimated at hundreds of dollars.

    Building code citations

    KULPMONT - Russ Moroz, Kulpmont building code official, has cited the following property owners for code violations:

    Stephen J. Burda, of 601 Pine St., for violations of the residential rental housing ordinance at 1040 Chestnut St.

    George Atiyeh and Apartments and Acquisitions, of 1102 Fullerton Ave., Allentown, for dangerous structure at 955 and 957 Chestnut St.

    Thomas C. Valeiko, of 37 Florida Ave., Commack, N.Y., for a dangerous structure at 1263 Chestnut St.

    All citations were issued at the office of Magisterial District Judge Hugh A. Jones in Mount Carmel.


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    Bradford County District Attorney Daniel J. Barrett announced that the following persons recently plead guilty and was sentenced in Bradford County Magisterial District Courts:

    Jeromy Snyder, 34, Mifflinburg, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw to the offense of Disorderly Conduct, a summary and was sentenced to a fine of $300, and restitution in the amount of $600 and court costs. Officer Jeremy Horton of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Snyder for the offense on Sept. 21, 2014, following investigation of a Disorderly Conduct that occurred in Sayre Borough.

    Michael Counterman, 45, New Albany, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark to the offense of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor and was sentenced to a fine of $100 and court costs. Agents of the Pennsylvania State Police Vice and Narcotics Unit arrested Counterman for the offense in Dec. 9, 2013, following investigation of a Possession of Drug Paraphernalia that occurred in Towanda Borough.

    Michael McGowan, 29, Wyalusing, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton to the offense of Harassment, a summary offense and was sentenced to nine days and court costs. Trooper Matthew Knock of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested McGowan for the offense in Sept. 28, 2014, following investigation of an assault that occurred in Herrick Township.

    Holden Taylor, 19, Sayre, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark to the offense of Disorderly Conduct, a misdemeanor of the third degree and was sentenced to five days and court costs. Officer Ryan Edsell of the Towanda Borough Police Department arrested Taylor for the offense in Aug. 23, 2014, following investigation of a disorderly conduct that occurred in Towanda Borough.

    Joshua Vanderpool, 23, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before District Magisterial Judge Timothy Clark, to the offense of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor and was sentenced to a fine of $100, and court costs. Trooper Michael Tribendis of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Vanderpool for the offense on Jan. 26, 2014, following investigation of a Possession of Drug Paraphernalia incident that occurred in North Towanda Township.

    Corey Stillman, 21, Sayre, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before District Magisterial Judge Timothy Clark, to the offense of Theft, a misdemeanor of the third degree and was sentenced to 10 days and restitution in the amount of $28 plus court costs. Trooper Christopher Schelling of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Stillman for the offense on June 27, 2014, following investigation of a Theft that occurred in Ulster Township.

    Justin Vankirk, 31, Dover, OH, entered a plea of guilty before District Magisterial Judge Fred Wheaton, to the offense of Theft by Unlawful Taking, a misdemeanor of the third degree and was sentenced to time served a fine of $250, restitution in the amount of $236.48, and court costs. Trooper Kyle Gruber of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Vankirk for the offense in September 2014, following investigation of a theft that occurred in Wyalusing Township.

    Jason White, 22, Wysox, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before District Magisterial Judge Timothy Clark to the offense of, False Statements under Penalty, a misdemeanor of the third degree, and was sentenced to a fine of $200 and court costs. Sergeant David Lantz of the Towanda Borough Police Department arrested White for the offense on Sept. 16, 2014, following investigation of a false report that occurred in Towanda Borough.

    Patricia Wilkinson, 54, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before District Magisterial Judge, Timothy Clark, to the offense of Theft, a misdemeanor of the third degree and was sentenced to a fine of $100, and court costs.

    Officer Bryan Bellows of the Towanda Borough Police Department arrested Wilkinson for the offense on July 8, 2014, following investigation of a theft that occurred in Towanda Borough.

    Gabriel Spencer, 39, Granville Summit, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before District Magisterial Judge Timothy Clark, to the offense of Public Drunkenness, a summary offense, and was sentenced to six days and court costs.

    Officer Joshua Lake of the Towanda Borough Police Department arrested Spencer for the offense on Oct. 23, 2014, following investigation of a Public Drunkenness that occurred in Towanda Borough.

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

    Allen Howard Johnson, 26, of Susquehanna, Pa., was sentenced to Probation for a term of six months, for the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol. Trooper Wayne Dunkling of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Johnson following investigation of an incident that occurred in 2010, Johnson was placed in the ARD program but failed to comply with the terms of ARD. ARD was revoked and the case set for trial, Johnson plea guilty.

    Jeffrey Hoey, Athens, Pa., was sentenced to a term of imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 45 days, and County Intermediate Punishment for 12 months and fines of $1500. Hoey will also lose his driver's license for 18 months, for the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol. Officer Travis Snyder of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Hoey for the offense in March arrested Hoey for the offense in March.

    Joshua Fuller, 29, Towanda, Pa., was sentenced to fines, costs, restitution of $300 and probation for a term of six months, for the offense of Indirect Contempt (violation of Protection from Abuse Order). Sergeant David Lantz of the Towanda Borough Police Department arrested Taylor for the offense in July 30, 2014.

    Daniel Bustin, 24, Sayre, Pa., was sentenced to fines and costs of $350 plus $2300 restitution, probation for a term of 12 months for the offense of Receiving Stolen Property, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Sergeant Steven Burlingame of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Bustin for the offense in October 2013.

    Travis Ayers, 20, Troy, Pa., was sentenced to a term of imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for one month to 23 months, 29 days and fines of $500, for the offense of Corruption of Minors, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Trooper Miranda Musick of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Ayers following investigation of an incident that occurred in Troy Township.

    Grace Kraft, 24, Sayre, Pa., was resentenced to a term of imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for one month to 12 months, and fines of $300, for the offense of Theft by Unlawful Taking, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Sergeant Daniel Reynolds of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Kraft for the offense in August 2013.

    Grace Kraft, 24, Sayre, Pa., was resentenced to a term of imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for one month to 11 months, 29 days and fines of $300, for the offense of Theft by Unlawful Taking, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Officer Timothy Cahill of the Athens Borough Police Department arrested Kraft for the offense in August 2013.

    Morgan Henry, 33, Sayre, Pa., was sentenced to fines of $250 and Probation for a term of 12 months, for the offense of Simple Assault, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Chief Daniel Reynolds of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Henry for the offense in December 2013.

    Joshua Brown, 32, Canton, Pa., was sentenced to a term of imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 72 hours to six months, and fines of $100, for offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Trooper Joshua Heckman of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Brown following investigation of an incident that occurred in Canton Township.

    Joshua Brown, 32, Canton, Pa. was sentenced to fines of $250, plus restitution of $2425.03, and Probation for a term of 12 months, for the offense of Theft by Unlawful taking, a misdemeanor of the third degree. Trooper George Layaou of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Brown following investigation of an incident that occurred in Canton Township.

    Joshua Cummiskey, 25, New Albany, Pa., was sentenced to fines of $300 and Probation for a term of six months, for offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Trooper Michael Tereska of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Cummiskey following investigation of an incident that occurred in New Albany Borough.

    Tyrone Hartford, 20, Roaring Branch, Pa., was sentenced to fines of $800 and Probation for a term of 18 months, he will also lose his driver's license for 12 months, for the offenses of Fleeing and Eluding, a misdemeanor of the second degree and Reckless Endangering, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Officer Trey Kurtz of the Canton Borough Police Department arrested Hartford for the offense in June 22, 2014.

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

    Allen Howard Johnson, 26, Susquehanna, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, Johnson will be sentenced following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Wayne Dunkling of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Johnson following investigation of an incident that occurred in 2010. Johnson had been placed in the diversionary ARD program but failed to comply with the conditions and ARD was revoked and the case called to trial.

    Dillon Benjamin, 22, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Recklessly Endangering another Person, a misdemeanor of the second degree and Driving while Operating Privilege Suspended, a summary offense.

    Benjamin will be sentenced on Dec. 11, 2014, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Joshua Lake of the Towanda Borough Police Department arrested Benjamin for the offense in May 2014.

    Danelle Mitchell, 44, Binghamton, N.Y, entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Retail Theft, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Mitchell will be sentenced on Dec. 18, 2014, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Daniel Thomas of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Mitchell for the offense in June 2014.

    Leonard Storms, 45, Elmira, N.Y. entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Simple Assault, Criminal Mischief and Defiant Trespass; all misdemeanors. Storms will be sentenced on Dec. 18, 2014, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Corporal Joshua Thompson arrested Storms following investigation of an incident that occurred in Wells Township.

    Bradford County District Attorney Daniel J. Barrett reported that the following person(s) recently entered a plea of Nolo Contendere in the Bradford County Court of Common Pleas, Towanda:

    Joshua Vanderpool, 23, Wysox, Pa., entered a plea of nolo contendere/no contest to Criminal Trespass, a Felony of the third degree. Vanderpool will be sentenced on Dec. 15, 2014, following preparation of a pre-sentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. A no-contest plea is entered where the defendant cannot recall the event but will be held guilty and sentenced. Trooper Joshua Fisher of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Vanderpool following investigation of an incident that occurred in Wysox Township.

    Samantha Walters, 21, of Towanda, Pa., was resentenced to a term of imprisonment in Bradford County Correctional Facility of from 10 months to 30 months for four offenses from separate cases in 2011. Walters had been sentenced and resentenced for the offenses, following violations of probation and parole terms.


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    Theft

    HUMMELS WHARF - Israel Martinez, 32, of Sunbury, is charged with retail theft and receiving stolen property by Trooper Craig V. Magnuson of the Selinsgrove state police station. Martinez is accused of attempting to steal $400.97 in merchandise from Boscov's department store in the Susquehanna Valley Mall at about 1:50 p.m. Thursday. He was stopped by a loss prevention employee.


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  • 11/09/14--21:00: Court Notes 11/10/14
  • PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS

    David A. Yeager and Rosemarie Yeager to Patrice L. Curley for $190,000; Butler Township.

    Sterling Brooke English, Sterling Brooke Rospendowski and Brandon Rospendowski to 120 E. Broad Street LCC for $169,000; Nanticoke.

    Isaac M. Raschkovsky and Angela Raschkovsky to Adam Napolitano and Jenna Napolitano for $175,000; Fairview Township.

    Lucy Staber to Vincente J. Bonilla for $70,000; Hazle Township.

    Deborah R. Miller and Sandra K. Belles to James P. Winder and Anna M. Winder for $120,000; Nescopeck Township.

    Cornerstone Property Resolutions LCC to William Gardner and Jacquelynn Gardner for $155,000; Bear Creek Township.

    Judith M. Mack to Carol D. Robbins for $133,500; Dallas.

    Larry A. Kasper and Elaine F. Kasper to Chad William Bennett and Lana Bennett for $249,900; Lehman Township.


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    Theft

    HUMMELS WHARF - Chelsea Leigh Troutman, 20, of Kulpmont, is accused of retail theft on Oct. 16 and Friday at Walmart Supercenter, Susquehanna Trail, according to Trooper John D.J. Medrano of the Selinsgrove state police station.

    Crash

    HERNDON - Thomas J. George, 37, of Montoursville, escaped injury after losing control of a 2011 Ford E350 about 4:50 a.m. Saturday and crashing into a ditch along Route 225, south of Raupstal Road, in Lower Mahanoy Township. He was wearing a seat belt, according to Trooper David Boucher, state police at Stonington.

    Harassment

    SUNBURY - State police at Stonington says Matt Barnhart, of Riverview Road, has continued to receive unwanted correspondence from unknown persons. No further information was provided.


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    Burn barrel fire

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Township fire personnel responded to a minor burn barrel fire shortly after 2 a.m. Monday at 1746 Mohawk St.

    Personnel were at the scene until 2:24 a.m.

    Hit and run

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Police here are investigating a hit-and run accident at 8:52 p.m. Saturday in the second patch of Bear Valley Road.

    Police said a blue sport utility vehicle was traveling east on Bear Valley Road toward Shamokin when it exited the road and struck a traffic sign along the eastbound shoulder. The driver then fled east on Bear Valley Road.

    Anyone with information about the accident is urged to call Coal Township police at 644-0333.

    Route 125 crash

    BURNSIDE - No injuries were reported in a two-vehicle accident Saturday morning along Route 125 just south of this Coal Township village.

    Patrolman Joshua Wynn said Allie Mace, 17, of 1605 Gap View Road, Dauphin, was traveling south at 2:51 a.m. when her 2011 Ford sedan was rear-ended by a 2013 Ford truck operated by Aaron Tyson, 31, of 4558 Upper Road, Shamokin.

    Mace's car spun clockwise and struck an embankment on the southbound side of the road.

    Tyson told police he wasn't paying attention while texting, causing his truck to rear-end the car.

    Tyson was cited by Wynn for careless driving and texting while driving.

    Both vehicles were towed from the scene.

    Coal Township police were assisted by Shamokin police, AREA Services Ambulance and Coal Township firefighters.

    One-vehicle accident

    MOUNT CARMEL TOWNSHIP - A one-vehicle accident occurred at approximately 1:15 p.m. Monday afternoon along Sagon Road, State Route 2026, when a Buick LaCrosse driven by Doris Machuzak, left the roadway and glanced off of one tree and hit another head-on before it came to rest down an embankment along the roadway.

    According to Mount Carmel Township Patrolman Dan Politza, Machuzak, 138 E. Melrose St., Marion Heights, was traveling west on Sagon Road when a motorist traveling east noticed Machuzak's vehicle swerving. After the witness passed Machuzak, they noticed they could not see her in their rearview mirror.

    The witness doubled back and found Machuzak's vehicle down the embankment and called 911. Machuzak was taken by AREA Services to Geisinger, Danville, with head and leg injuries. She was not wearing her seatbelt. The accident closed down Sagon road to through traffic in the area of the accident for approximately one hour while the scene was cleared.

    In addition to Mount Carmel Township Police and AREA Services, responding to the scene were Kulpmont East End No.1. The vehicle was recovered and taken from the scene by Joe's Body Shop, Natalie.


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  • 11/10/14--21:00: Police Briefs 11/11/2014
  • Man charged

    State police at Towanda said Clinton Edward Lantz, 22, of Sayre, was charged with arrest prior to requisition at 2:44 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Bradford County Correctional Facility in West Burlington Township.

    Police said he had an active arrest warrant out of the Tioga County Sheriff's Office of New York.

    Charges filed

    State police at Towanda said Eduardo Burtes, 48, of Dundee, N.Y. was charged with arrest prior to requisition at 12:22 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Bradford County Correctional Facility in West Burlington Township.

    Police said he had an active bench warrant out of the Yates County Sheriff's Office of New York.

    Harassment reported

    State police at Towanda said Robert Stevens, 81, of LeRaysville, is accused of touching a 15-year-old LeRaysville girl at noon Nov. 2 in LeRaysville, Warren Township.

    Police said charges for were filed for this harassment incident through District Court 42-3-04.

    Man charged with DUI

    Craig Michael Roote, 35, of Horseheads, N.Y. was charged with two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol or controlled substance, a summary violation of "driving on roadways laned for traffic," and summary careless driving following a one-vehicle crash that occurred at approximately 7:10 p.m. Oct. 8 on Route 549, just inside the Bradford County line in Wells Township, according to court papers filed with the office of Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox of Troy.

    Police said Roote's blood-alcohol content was .105 percent.

    Wilcox said Roote was sent a summons by certified mail, and has a fast track waiver scheduled for Dec. 5 at the office of Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark of Towanda.

    No injuries reported

    No injuries were reported in a two-vehicle crash, involving a commercial vehicle, that occurred at 4:20 p.m. Oct. 28 on Route 6 in West Burlington Township, said state police at Towanda.

    Drivers involved in the crash were Michele J. Robbins, 45, of Troy, who was driving a Chevrolet Tahoe, and Steven A. Jackson, 41, of Mainesburg, who was driving a Freightliner, police said.

    According to police, the crash occurred as Robbins was traveling east on Route 6 and Jackson was traveling west. As both vehicles were making a sharp curve in the opposite directions, Robbins left her lane of travel and struck the rear driver's side area of Jackson's vehicle, with her front driver's side area. Both vehicles came to final rest immediately after the collision, and Robbins' vehicle could not be driven after crash and was towed.

    Police said Robbins was charged for a violation of "roadways laned for travel."

    Catalytic converters taken

    State police at Towanda said someone entered the office of Strope's Salvage and removed approximately 10 used catalytic converters that were being stored inside at the business on Strope Road in Burlington Township on Oct. 27. Police listed the times of the incident as 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

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

    No one injured

    State police at Towanda said Darran C. Spencer, 28, of Ulster, was not injured in a one-vehicle commercial vehicle crash that occurred at 12:44 p.m. Oct. 20 on Steam Mill Hollow Road in Tuscarora Township.

    Police said Spencer, who was driving a Peterbilt truck-tractor, was traveling south on the road, when his vehicle left the roadway to the right, on a downhill, left curve. It traveled down a large embankment, striking small trees and brush in the process. Police said Spencer tried to re-enter the roadway, but had already traveled too far outside the lane of travel and lost control of the vehicle. According to police, he tried to re-enter the roadway abruptly while on the embankment, which caused the vehicle to overturn. Police said he will be charged for a violation of "driving vehicle at safe speed." His vehicle was towed.

    Vehicle sideswiped in Wyalusing Twp.

    Todd D. Alexander, 41, of Wyalusing was uninjured when his vehicle was sideswiped by a hit-and-run driver on U.S. Route 6 in Wyalusing Township, police said.

    The incident occurred at 7:30 a.m. Thursday as the two vehicles were traveling in the two eastbound lanes of the highway, police said. Alexander's vehicle was in the left lane, and the hit-and-run driver was in the right lane, police said.

    As the two vehicles approached the right-lane merge portion of the roadway, Alexander continued going straight after the merge, police said. The hit-and-run driver sideswiped Alexander's vehicle in an attempt to get in front of him, police said.

    The hit-and-run driver fled the scene and continued driving east, state police at Towanda said. No charges will be filed against Alexander, police said.

    Man charged with selling heroin in Towanda

    A Williamsport man was recently charged with selling heroin along Second Street in Towanda Borough, police said.

    David W. Daniels Jr., 30, of Williamsport is accused of selling 19 packets of heroin to an individual along Second Street for $400, police said.

    The sale took place at 12:35 p.m. on Sept. 17, state police at Towanda said.

    Daniels was charged with delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility, and driving with a suspended license, police said.

    Daniels was arraigned by Towanda Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark on Nov. 6. Daniels was then sent to the Bradford County jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

    Daniels, who lives on Third Street, must appear before Judge Clark for a preliminary hearing on Wednesday.

    Man charged with possession of drug paraphernalia in Franklin Twp.

    David Charles Bennett, 47, of Ulster has been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.

    The charge stems from an Oct. 21 incent in which state police went to a residence in Franklin Township to help take Bennett into custody for a parole violation, police said.

    State police said that when they made contact with Bennett in a garage at the residence, they observed him injecting himself with an unknown substance using a hypodermic needle.

    Bennett was initially transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital in Towanda for a medical evaluation, police said. A state trooper who was riding in the ambulance with Bennett heard Bennett tell an EMT that he had "shot up" bath salts, state police said.

    Bennett was arraigned by Towanda Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark on Nov. 6.

    Bennett was then sent to the Bradford County jail in lieu of $1,000 bail.


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  • 11/11/14--21:00: Police Brief 11/12/2014
  • Towanda woman charged with endangering the welfare of a child

    Jeanne Pierce, 62, of Towanda has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child, police said.

    The charge stems from an Oct. 7 incident in which a 2-year-old boy was hanging out of a third-floor window of an apartment on Second Street in Towanda, police said. The child was hanging out of the window to the extent that the entire upper half of his body was out over the edge of the building, according to the Towanda police.

    Two Bradford County Children & Youth Services workers happened to observe the incident from their parking lot, ran to the aid of the child and reported the incident to the police, Towanda police said.

    Pierce was taking care of the child at the time of the incident, but had left the room, leaving the child unattended at the time that he leaned out the window, according to the police.

    Pierce watches the child on occasion when his mother works, according to the police.


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    Car hits sign, truck

    SHAMOKIN - No injuries were reported Monday morning when a car struck a construction sign and a parked and unoccupied 2011 Dodge truck at the intersection of Shamokin and Chestnut streets.

    Shamokin police reported Evelyn Madrak, 17, of Shamokin, was driving a 1995 Pontiac north on Shamokin Street at 7:20 a.m. when she couldn't see out of her windshield due to ice that wasn't properly cleared off. Madrak's auto hit the sign and front of the truck owned by Brubacher Excavating, Bowmansville, which was conducting work in the first block of North Shamokin Street.

    Neither vehicle required towing.

    An investigation is continuing.

    Cpl. Bryan Primerano and Patrolman Nathan Rhodes responded.

    Two injured

    UPPER AUGUSTA TOWNSHIP - Two women were injured Monday afternoon in an accident at the intersection of Snydertown Road and Black Mill Road.

    Trooper Thomas Leib of state police at Stonington reported Angel J. Clark, 31, of Kulpmont, was driving a 2014 Toyota Corolla east on Snydertown Road at 4:10 p.m. when Amber K. Reed, 21, of Sunbury, who was operating a 2000 Dodge Stratus west, attempted to turn left onto Black Mill Road. Police said Reed pulled her car directly into the path of Clark's auto, resulting in a collision.

    Clark was transported by Americus Ambulance to Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, while Reed was taken by Americus Ambulance to Sunbury Community Hospital. Both women suffered moderate injuries.

    Police said Reed, who was not wearing a seat belt, was cited for a left turn violation.

    Clark was wearing a seat belt, police said.

    Also assisting were fire and rescue personnel from Upper Augusta Township and members of Friendship Hose Company in Sunbury.


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  • 11/12/14--21:00: Police Report Highlights
  • TAYLOR POLICE: Officers were dispatched to investigate more than 60 calls between Nov. 1-10.

    On Nov. 1, officers were dispatched to investigate a reported burglary in the 100 block of High Street. Police arrested a motorist for driving under the influence (DUI) in the Price Chopper parking lot on Main Street. Officers made a similar arrest in the parking lot of Lucca’s on Main Street. A report of a motor vehicle accident (MVA) sent officers to the 100 block of Union Street.

    Officers were dispatched to investigate a report of loose dogs on Colan Court. Police were sent to assist Old Forge officers with a call in the 400 block of Bridge Street. Officers also investigated a report of damage to a vehicle in the Walmart parking lot.

    On Nov. 2, officers were dispatched to investigate a report of a domestic dispute in progress in the 1000 block of Phillips Street. Officers were dispatched to investigate a report of juveniles fighting in the 100 block of Storrs Street. Officers were also dispatched to investigate a reported retail theft in the Walmart on Main Street.

    On Nov. 3, officers were dispatched to investigate a criminal mischief complaint in the 1300 block of South Main Street. Officers conducted a DUI arrest in the intersection of Davis and Main streets. A reported assault sent officers to the Riverside Elementary School.

    On Nov. 4, officers were dispatched to investigate a harassment complaint at the Taylor Hose Co. No. 1 on Union Street. Police investigated a theft from a motor vehicle on Cooper Street. Officers were sent to assist the fire department with a call in the 1000 block of South Main Street. Police also responded to investigate a report of a suspicious vehicle in the 100 block of North Main Street.

    On Nov. 5, officers were dispatched to investigate a flimflam complaint in a home in the 600 block of Grove Street. Officers assisted Scranton police with calls on Reynolds Avenue and in an area near Walmart on Main Street. Police were sent to investigate a theft complaint in the 200 block of Main Street. An MVA sent officers to the 700 block of Oak Street. A similar call sent officers to the 200 block of North Main Street.

    Police conducted traffic stops in the 800 blocks of South Keyser Avenue and Sibley Avenue. A theft complaint sent officers to a home on Keyser Avenue.

    On Nov. 6, officers were dispatched to investigate an activated alarm at the Spirit Halloween store on Main Street. A reported purse theft sent officers to a home in the 1300 block of Main Street. Officers were sent to investigate a trespassing complaint in the 700 block of West Grove Street.

    Officers were dispatched to investigate a reported hit-and-run accident on South Main Street. Officers were also sent to investigate a retail theft complaint at the Walmart on Main Street.

    On Nov. 7, officers were dispatched to investigate a reported DUI in the 1300 block of Main Street. The driver was arrested. A report of child endangerment was reported to officers at headquarters. Officers were sent to investigate a report of a suspicious vehicle in the 100 block of El Drive Circle. Officers stopped to assist a disabled motorist in the 900 block of Union Street.

    A trespassing complaint sent officers to the 1100 block of Main Street. Officers also responded to an MVA in the 600 block of Main Street.

    On Nov. 8, officers were dispatched to investigate a reported retail theft in the Walmart on Main Street. A criminal mischief complain sent officers to a home in the 100 block of Storrs Street.

    On Nov. 9, officers were dispatched to investigate a retail theft complaint at the Price Chopper on Main Street. A report of a reckless driver sent officers to the Walmart parking lot on Main Street.

    On Nov. 10, officers were dispatched to assist Scranton police with a call at the Walmart in Taylor. Officers also issued a traffic citation in the 600 block of Main Street.

    OLD FORGE POLICE: Officers responded to more than 25 calls between Oct. 27 to Nov. 8.

    On Oct. 27, no police activity was reported.

    On Oct. 28, officers were dispatched to a home in the 500 block of Oak Street to

    investigate a reported burglary. An activated alarm sent officers to a home in the 400 block of Carter Street. Officers were dispatched to investigate a report of photos on a photographers website in the 200 block of Barber Street. Police also responded to assist Moosic officers with a call in the 200 block of South Main Street.

    On Oct. 29, officers were dispatched to investigate a motor vehicle accident in the 900 block of Main Street. A report of juveniles causing a disturbance sent officers to the 400 block of South Main Street. Officers were dispatched to investigate a report of a suspicious noise in the 100 block of Lonesome Road.

    On Oct. 30, officers were dispatched to investigate a criminal mischief complaint in the 100 block of Mountain Road. A report of drug paraphernalia sent officers to the 1000 block of Moosic Road. Officers located one female and she was arrested. A dispute between neighbors sent officers to the 800 block of Maple Street. Officers responded to investigate a fraud complaint in the 900 block of Sibley Avenue. An activated alarm sent officers to the 600 block of Dunn Avenue.

    On Oct. 31, officers were sent to the 300 block of Vine Street to investigate a criminal mischief complaint. A harassment complaint sent officers to a home in the 400 block of Dunn Avenue. Officers responded to conduct a welfare check in a home on South Milwaukee Avenue. A reported family argument sent officers to a home in the 100 block of Jones Street. Officers also responded to investigate a report of a possible underage drinking party on Casey Drive.On Nov. 1, officers were sent to investigate a criminal mischief complaint in the 200 block of Sanderson Avenue. A reported burglary sent officers to a home in the 700 block of Beech Street. Officers were also sent to investigate a report of a female passed out in the 300 block of upper Powell Street.

    On Nov. 2, officers were dispatched to investigate a noise complaint in the 200 block of North Main Street. A reported violation of a protection from abuse order sent officers to a home in the 100 block of Seneca Place.

    On Nov. 3, no police activity was reported.

    On Nov. 4, officers were dispatched to assist Moosic police.

    On Nov. 5, officers were dispatched to assist emergency medical services with a call in a home in the 100 block of Sussex Street.

    No police activity was reported Nov. 6-8.

    MOOSIC POLICE: No report was available at presstime.


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  • 11/12/14--21:00: Court notes 11/13/14
  • Alice A. Faust (per attorney in fact) and William H. Faust Jr. (attorney in fact) to Jason Turri for $123,000; Butler Township.

    Thomas Vercusky to Anthony Bonomo for $150,000; Hazleton.

    John R. Straka and Darlene F. Straka to Jeremy Medash for $235,000; Sugarloaf Township.

    John D. Klingerman and Masoud Firouzi and Farbia M. Modares for $650,000; Harveys Lake.

    Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. (per attorney in fact) and Freddie Mac (per attorney in fact) and Urden Law Offices P.C. (attorney in fact) to Richard Jackson and Carrie Jackson for $89,000; Plymouth Township.

    Albert Peters and Nancy Peters to Joseph R. Webb and Adina Webb for $147,000; Swoyersville.

    Angeles Escalante to Mark Imbriaco for $187,000; Butler Township.

    Jeanne S. Monnot (trustee) and 4 East Ann Street Trust to Daniel Stemmer and Maria Nuzzolillo for $120,000; Plains Township.

    Frank D’Amico (executor) and Helen E. D’Amico (estate) and Frank D’Amico to Michael J. Hartman and Dianne Hartman for $175,000; Foster Township.

    Mark J. Luchi and Mary Beth Luchi to Amanda M. Tamm for $300,500; Rice Township.

    Ruth Ann Crawford to Matthew G. Engel and Karissa K. Engle for $224,000; Lehman Township.

    Eagle Rock Resort Co. to Richard J. Mercandante and Doric J. Mercandante for $362,489; Black Creek Township.

    Danae Marrow and Allen Marrow to Earl Tompson and Tracey Tompson for $320,000; Jackson Township.

    Margaret Reed to Jason R. Mitkowski for $152,000; Hunlock Township.

    Steve Kutney to Dan He Mei for $99,000; Forty Fort.

    James Andrew Kokas and Stephanie Ann Kokas to Megan Zang and Matthew Giordano for $121,500; Swoyersville.

    Anthony J. Morris and Elizabeth A. Funk and Elizabeth A. Morris to James E. Deom and Jillian A. Stark for $185,000; Butler Township.

    Kevin Engler and Kimberly Engler to Bryan Kobusky and Nicole Kobusky for $185,000; Fairview Township.

    Steven J. Buckman and Lisa Laimer to Michael M. Murphy to Alicia L. Murphy for $247,500; Jenkins Township.

    Presidential Land Co. Ltd. to Alfonso J. Zangardi and Jennifer M. Zangardi for $528,900; Kingston Township.

    Joseph C. Lauricella and Nina Lauricella to ARG Rentals Inc. for $90,000; Hazleton.

    Roger Weaver and Carol Weaver to John Giglia and Linda Giglia for $225,000; Dennison Township.


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    Terroristic threats

    MOUNT CARMEL - Charges of terroristic threats, simple assault, endangering the welfare of a child and harassment were filed by Patrolman Kevin Katch against James Thomas Faust, 27, of 134 S. Plum St., Mount Carmel, involving a Sept. 3 domestic disturbance.

    According to a criminal complaint, Faust is accused of pushing his wife, Tricia Wyman, against a refrigerator during an argument, punching her in the face and threatening to cut her throat while pulling out a pocket knife. Police said Wyman was able to flee to a neighbor's home.

    Faust left the home with their 2-year-old son in a vehicle before stopping the vehicle up the street and leaving the child standing in the 100 block of South Plum Street, police allege.

    The defendant was arraigned Wednesday by Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones and was able to post $5,000 bail.

    Later in the day, Faust pleaded guilty to harassment and was ordered to pay a fine and costs totaling $468.20. Charges of simple assault, endangering the welfare of a child and terroristic threats were withdrawn by the commonwealth after Wyman refused to testify against her husband.

    Ambulance theft

    SELINSGROVE - Police are searching for an unknown male who attempted to steal from an ambulance around midnight Tuesday in the Dunkin Donuts parking lot, Monroe Township.

    State police said a DH&L ambulance responded to a patient inside Dunkin Donuts. When one of the ambulance members exited the business, he saw the suspect in the parking lot holding a blue bag he took from inside the ambulance. He yelled to the suspect, who dropped the bag and ran.

    The suspect is a 5-foot 10-inch tall white male. He was wearing a white long-sleeve shirt and khaki pants at the time of the incident. Anyone with information is asked to call state police in Selinsgrove at 570-374-8145.

    License plate forgery

    MOUNT CARMEL - Cody C. Strunk, 30, of 340 E. Third St., Mount Carmel, was charged by Chief of Police Todd Owens with stealing a registration plate from a vehicle owned by William Ahrensfield between Oct. 11 and 17 in the 300 block of East Third Street.

    Strunk was charged with forging or altering a plate, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, theft from a motor vehicle, unauthorized use or transfer of registration and fraudulent use or removal of a registration plate.

    Strunk was arraigned Thursday by Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones and committed to Northumberland County Prison, Sunbury, in lieu of $40,000 bail.

    Police said Strunk led them on a two-hour foot chase through the borough Nov. 6 when Constable Larry Rompollo attempted to serve a warrant for his arrest related to the vehicle registration charges. Rompollo suffered minor injuries in the incident, police said previously.

    Pastime Club cited

    SHAMOKIN - Citations were issued against the Pastime Club, 17-19 N. Market St., Shamokin, on Nov. 6.

    Officers from the State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement's Montoursville's office say the establishment failed to maintain a certified copy or photocopy of the organization's charter on the premises and failed to post signage pertaining to smoking as required by the Clean Indoor Air Act.

    The charges will be brought before an administrative law judge, who has the authority to impose penalties ranging from $50 to $1,000 for minor offenses and up to $5,000 for more serious offenses. In addition, the judge can impose a license suspension or revocation of the license based on the severity of the charges. The judge can also mandate training for the licensee in an effort to educate on the requirements of being a licensee.

    Public drunkenness

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Frederick Hartman III, 33, of 35 Sherman St., Coal Township, was charged by Patrolman Chad Yoder with public drunkenness relating to a disturbance at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Anthra Plaza.

    Police said Hartman was under the influence of a controlled substance in the parking lot and running in and out of stores, causing employees to be alarmed.

    Computer tablet stolen

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Police here reported someone stole a gray Toshiba Thrive computer tablet with a crack in the screen from 1720 Maple Ave. between noon and 5 p.m. Friday.

    Anyone with information about the theft is urged to call police at 644-0333.

    Disorderly conduct

    SHAMOKIN - Tammy Gonzalez, 50, of 514 S. Diamond St., Shamokin, was cited by Cpl. Jarrod Scandle for disorderly conduct and public drunkenness relating to an Oct. 31 incident at Adams and Diamond streets.

    Police said Gonzalez was found hiding from police in the bushes in a private yard at 11:30 p.m. after being involved in an incident.


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    Domestic assault

    SHAMOKIN - A couple were charged by Patrolman Raymond Siko II in connection with a domestic disturbance Wednesday afternoon.

    Jessica Renee Shelbert, 24, and Joseph A. Martinelli, 26, both of 605 N. Second St., Shamokin, are charged with simple assault, disorderly conduct and harassment relating to the 1:36 p.m. incident.

    Shelbert is accused of hitting her boyfriend in the face, causing a laceration, bleeding and redness to his right forehead. She also allegedly scratched Martinelli in the chest, causing small lacerations and bleeding.

    Martinelli is accused of shoving Shelbert, grabbing her by the arms and choking her, causing pain and redness.

    Shelbert and Martinelli were detained overnight in a holding cell at Northumberland County Prison in Sunbury before being arraigned at 11 a.m. Thursday by Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III, who released each of them on $2,500 bail.


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  • 11/14/14--21:00: Police Briefs 11/15/2014
  • In serving warrant, officers find illegal weapon possession

    A deputy with the Bradford County Sheriff's office was serving a warrant on Oct. 3, at a residence in Litchfield Township. While searching for the fugitive, officers came upon a tent camper off of the driveway. The deputy left his vehicle to knock on the camper door. While the deputy could hear a male voice, there was no answer to the knock. The deputy opened the door and came upon a male individual, identified as Edward G. Howard, 48, no known address, laying on the bed to the left of the door. When he advised the deputy of his name, he was placed in custody on an active warrant out of Bradford County. As Howard was being placed into custody, the deputy noticed Howard was laying on top of two long guns. Weapons were secured by the deputy and were found to be a Remington model 1100 semi automatic 12 gauge shotgun which was loaded and two unloaded Oregon Arms 22 caliber Chipmunk rifles.

    Upon reading the criminal history of the defendant, it was clear Howard was convicted of multiple counts which would federally prohibit him from possessing a firearm.

    Howard was arrested on the outstanding warrant and further charges of three felony counts of unlawful possession of a firearm. At his preliminary hearing on Oct. 24 with Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw, Howard received $25,000 bail and was remanded to the Bradford County Correctional Facility in lieu of payment.

    Argument leads to assault charge

    Pennsylvania State Police Troopers responded to a phone call to the Towanda barracks regarding a female walking in the roadway on Shafers Notch Road in Terry Township on Oct. 30. The caller stated that the female had a bloody nose and had stated to the caller that her boyfriend had hit her.

    Troopers came upon the scene and spoke with the female who stated that her boyfriend, Barry Reese, 55, of Wyalusing, had gotten into an argument in his car and he hit her and made her get out of the vehicle. She had clear and obvious recent cuts and bruising about her face and had tissues with fresh blood in her pocket that she had used to clean her face.

    At the same time, troopers arrived at Barry's Auto Shop to speak with Reese regarding the incident. He was subsequently placed under arrest and charged with simple assault and harassment.

    Reese was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox and received $5,000 bail.

    DUI charges reported

    Megan E. Randall, 22, of Rome, was arrested on Oct. 22, by troopers with the Pennsylvania State Police as the result of a one vehicle crash on South Macafee Road in Litchfield Township. She subsequently admitted to troopers that she had been drinking and further testing at the Robert Packer Hospital confirmed. She faces charges of DUI: general, driving on roadways laned for traffic, careless driving and occupant protection (no seatbelt). She received a summons to face Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark at a preliminary hearing for an accelerated waiver program on Nov. 21.

    Joshua D. Lerche, 37, of Waverly, was arrested on Oct. 19, by officers with the Sayre Borough Police Department and placed under arrest for the offense of DUI: highest rate of alcohol as a result of traffic stop on Shepard Road. He will face the charge on Dec. 5 at the office of Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw.

    Tonia L. Irish, 41, of Sayre, was arrested following a traffic stop on Keystone Avenue in Sayre. The officer observed a vehicle, driven by Irish, fail to stop at red signal. During the traffic stop, Irish was found to be operating her vehicle under the influence of alcohol. She was charged with DUI: general impairment, DUI: highest rate of alcohol and failure to observe traffic signals. She will face these charges on Dec. 5 at a preliminary hearing with Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw.

    Andrew S. Munsell, 21, of Towanda, was observed by an officer with the Sayre Borough Police Department to be in operation of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol on Oct. 11. The officer reported Munsell fail to stop at a posted signal multiple times while traveling on Desmond Street and West Packer Avenue. Munsell was arrested following a traffic stop and charged with DUI: general impairment, DUI: highest rate of alcohol and failure to obey stop or yield sign. He will face these charges at a preliminary hearing on Dec. 5 with Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw.

    Joshua D. Goodman Jr., 48, of Sayre was placed under arrest as the result of a two vehicle accident that occurred in the north bound lane of Route 220 on Nov. 2. Sayre Borough Police officers arrived to the scene and spoke to witnesses who stated a male driver, later identified as Goodman, jumped over the guide rails and ran on foot. The driver of the other vehicle involved was mildly injured and was transported to the Robert Packer Hospital for treatment. She informed officers that after the crash, Goodman ran over to her and asked if she was alright before fleeing the scene. She relayed that Goodman had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath. Goodman was located and also taken to the hospital for treatment. He was later placed under arrest and charged with causing an accident involving injury, reckless driving and DUI: highest rate of alcohol. He is set to face these charges at a preliminary hearing with Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on Dec. 5.


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    Retail theft

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Whitney Bostian, 23, of 1013 N. Franklin St., Shamokin, is charged by Coal Township police with retail theft for under-ringing several products while going through the self-checkout line at Walmart Supercenter in Coal Township Oct. 8. The total amount of products was $47.36.

    Retail theft

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Lynn Adams, 42, of 400 S. Bay St., Coal Township, is charged by Coal Township police with retail theft for concealing merchandise valued at $90.34 and attempting to leave Walmart Supercenter without paying for the items Oct. 2.

    Pump stolen

    LAVELLE - Officials at Lavelle Motors, Route 901. Lavelle, reported to Butler Township Police an early 1900s antique well pump, made of cast iron and weighing approximately 150 pounds, was stolen from the dealership's property between Thursday and Friday. Anyone with information on the theft is asked to contact police at 570-875-4131.

    Disorderly conduct

    MOUNT CARMEL - April Ortega, 40, of Kulpmont, was cited by Mount Carmel Township Police Patrolman Brian Carnuccio for disorderly conduct following an incident at 1:50 p.m. Wednesday at the Mount Carmel Area Junior/Senior High School.

    Police said Ortega was making unreasonable noise, screaming and yelling in the principal's office. When the officer told Ortega to calm down, she allegedly started using obscene language at Carnuccio and in front of students and staff in the office.

    Code violation

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Code enforcement officer Chris Petrovich cited Kayla Shaffer, of 1829 Trevorton Road, Nov. 12 and 13 for violating the township ordinances on accumulation of garbage on the side porch and rear yard and having high brush, grass and weeds exceeding the maximum height of six inches.

    Keys found

    COAL TOWNSHIP - A set of keys was found Thursday in the area of the Springfield playground. They can be claimed at the Coal Township Police Station between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.


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    Marriage licenses

    Willie Mason Marsh Jr. to Susan E. Portzline, both of 124 W. Chestnut St., Shamokin. Issued Nov. 13.

    Samuel Jay Petersheim, of 361 Less Road, Lykens, to Verna K. Esch, of 184 Hidden Acres Lane, Dornsife. To be issued Nov. 17.

    Kenneth D. Myers, of 221 Horseshoe Curve Drive, Lansdale, to Abigail Rebekah Mannine, of 1580 Trevorton Road, Coal Township. To be issued Nov. 17.

    Jeffrey T. Bixler to Tracie Ann Willyard, both of 661 Gun Club Road, Herndon. To be issued Nov. 17.

    Divorces

    Jeanine Nye from Thomas L. Nye, both of 115 S. Seventh St., Shamokin. Married Feb. 17, 1995.

    Robert A. Pawloski Jr., 14 N. Shamokin St., Shamokin, from Susan L. Pawloski, 133 Marshall St., Shamokin. Married June 25, 2004.

    Vanessa Straub, 203 Creek Hill Road, Herndon, from Adam Straub, 652 Hebe Bypass Road, Herndon. Married Aug. 9, 2008.

    Property transfers

    Michael E. Shevitski and Brenda Lee Shevitski to Clyde E. Metzger Jr., property in Shamokin, $22,000.

    Dawn L. Lyons and Dawn L. Frye to Dawn L. Lyons, property in Upper Augusta Township, $1.

    Fannie Mae and the Federal National Mortgage Association to Scott C. Weaver, property in Shamokin, $8,500.

    Samuel R.M. Cunningham and Karen E. Cunningham to Wade S. Michael, property in Lower Mahanoy Township, $100,000.

    J. Marlin Eshbach and Janelle Eshbach to J. Marlin Eshbach and Irene L. Eshbach, property in Rush Township, $1.

    Adam J. Straub and Vanessa L. Straub to Adam J. Straub, property in Jordan Township, $1.

    Allen Duceman and Kimberly Duceman to William Dilliplane and Angela Dilliplane, property in Mount Carmel, $90,000.

    Geisinger Clinic to Arthur Bowen, property in Shamokin, $75,000.

    Arthur Bowen and Karen B. Bowen to Scott M. Hartzel, Daniel P. Fassero, Robert P. Lamont and HFL Real Estate Properties, property in Shamokin, $75,000.

    Robert C. Gennaria and Angela T. Gennaria to Matthew C. Gennaria and Christine A. Gennaria, property in Shamokin, $1.

    Nancy A. Shipe to Scott M. Adams, property in Upper Augusta Township, $237,000.

    Roger V. Wiest (executor) and George Washington aka George W. Bahner to Nicholas D. Snyder, property in Upper Mahanoy Township, $13,500.

    Norman O. Brouse III and Karen R. Brouse to Norman O. Brouse III, property in Ralpho Township, $1.

    Cynthia A. Dudeck to Amanda Kruleski, property in Kulpmont, $16,797.

    ZMJ Properties to David A. Avellino, property in Shamokin, $2,000.

    Maud Irene Harrhy to Peter J. Long, property in Shamokin, $9,000.

    Erica L. Wadel and Scott E. Wadel to Scott E. Wadel and Erica L. Wadel, property in Rockefeller Township, $1.

    Northumberland County Sheriff's Department and Deborah M. Clinton to LSF8 Master Participation Trust and Caliber Homes, property in Rockefeller Township, $1,108.38.

    Jason W. Haile and Betty A. Haile to Anthony R. Snyder, property in Mount Carmel, $65,000.

    Northumberland County Sheriff's Office and Zaida Pagan to the Federal National Mortgage Association, property in Zerbe Township, $1,033.22.

    Michael P. Waraksa and Susan M. Waraksa to Susan M. Waraksa, property in Coal Township, $1.

    BKP Inc. to Amy L. Curran and Robert Wagner III, property in West Cameron Township, $75,000.

    Vincent J. Paczkoskie and Bernadine B. Paczkoskie to Joseph E. Chambers, property in Shamokin, $17,000.

    Michael T. Treese Jr. to Rondi L. Donmoyer, property in Coal Township, $64,000.

    Justine B. Zakaski, Justine aka Justine B. Zakrewski (by agent) and Edward J. Zakrewski (agent) to Daniel Kramer, property in Coal Township, $4,000.

    Jason General and Raymond General Jr. to James Broscious and Angela Broscious, property in Coal Township.


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