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  • 11/15/14--21:00: Class Reunions 11/16/2014
  • Newport Township High School, Class of 1965, recently met to discuss plans for the 2015 reunion. Anyone with information on the following classmates may contact Linda Trzeciak at 570-822-0494. Addresses are needed for the following classmates: Patricia Adams, Louis Balli, Linn Balles, John Dekutoski, Celestine Domulawicz, Eliane Federici, Ralph Galicki, Loretta Garbulinski, Cheryl Gasewicz, William Hamersky, Janet Hock, David Jacobs, William Jones, Carolyn Katra, Connie Kopera, Mary Ann Kovaleski, Tony Kozeoski, Ann Marie Krauser, Linda Lazer, Maribelle Mazur, Joseph Miller, John Mioduski, David Peter Freund, Robert Phillips, John Plonski, Stephen Polnaszek, John Ptashinski, Barry Repotski, Joann Rossi, Tom Salokis, Sue Spencer, Ron Stavetski, Barbara Tommor, Frank Zoranski and Annette Kamionka.

     

    Kingston High School, Class of 1955, is planning a reunion picnic. Interested classmates may contact Barbara Zardus Walsh at 570-477-2640, email Cazsualley@gmail.com; call Mary Businski Zuhosky at 570-288-3073 or email Shelia Archard Bonawitz at shebonwitz@aol.com.

     

    Old Forge High School, Class of 1964, is requesting any class member who did not receive a notice of the upcoming class reunion to mail their name and address to 110 Foley St., Old Forge, PA 18518.

     

    Lake-Lehman High School, Class of 1979, will celebrate its 35th reunion from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at Vanderlyn’s Restaurant, 239 Schuyler Ave., Kingston. There will be a buffet dinner, cash bar and music. Cost is $25 per person. For information, contact Rae-ann Malak at 570-881-0810 or join the LL Class of ’79 Facebook Page or the Alumni Page of the Lake-Lehman School District website. Reservations are due by Wednesday, Nov. 19, to Rae-ann or Suzanne at Vanderlyn’s at 570-283-6260.

     

    Nanticoke High School, Class of 1965, will hold its 50th reunion in 2015. Information is needed for the following classmates: Barbara Andruskiewitch, Carol Atherton, Thomas Blecher, Gwen Davy, Sandra Godowski, Raymond Gryskiewicz, Marlene Kata, Marie Kazmierski, Joseph Levandoski, Robert Luczak, Gloria Machung, Glen Maxwell, Theresa Oraczewski, Edmund Orloski, Andrew Petrus, Ronald Ptashinski, Linda Raup, George Simmons, Michael Switalski, David Wharton and Jeanne Wittick. Contact Theodore S. Wiaterowski at 570-735-6074 or wiaterowskit@netzero.net.

     

    E.L. Meyers High School, Class of 1963, will host its monthly dinner at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, at Patte’s Sports Bar, 65 W. Hollenback Ave., Wilkes-Barre. For information, contact Maddy Shaver at 570-829-1529.

     

    GAR High School, Class of 1960, will hold its Christmas party at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4 at Patte’s Sports Bar, 65 W. Hollenback Ave., Wilkes-Barre. All class members are invited. Reservations are due by Monday, Nov. 24, to Martha at 570-829-1479. All class members are also invited to the monthly reunion meetings at 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month at Norm’s Pizza, Wilkes-Barre.

     

    E.L. Meyers High School, Class of 1952, will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, at Norm’s Pizza, Wilkes-Barre.

     

    Luzerne High School will hold its monthly Dutch treat luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, at the Grotto Pizza, Harveys Lake. All Luzerne High alumni and guests are invited.

     

    GAR High School, Class of 1952, will hold its monthly luncheon at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, at the Wyoming Valley Country Club, Middle Road, Hanover Township. All graduates, spouses and friends are invited.

     

    Meyers High School, Class of 1961, will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 18, at Andy Perugino’s Restaurant, Charles Street, Luzerne. All class members, spouses and friends are invited.

     

    St Leo’s High School, Class of 1965, will hold its monthly reunion planning meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20 at Kelsey’s Restaurant, 1 N. Main St., Ashley. Plans to be discussed will be menu and agenda and meeting dates for the winter months. The June 6 reunion will be held at Genetti’s in Wilkes-Barre. Save the date cards were mailed. Classmates who did not receive one may contact Evelyn C. O’Hara-Stine at 570-474-0416 or Tony Marconi at 570-650-5679.


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    Bradford County District Attorney Daniel J. Barrett reported the following criminal case resolutions in the Bradford County Court of Common Pleas, Towanda:

    SENTENCED

    Amanda Talada, 36, of Towanda, Pa., was sentenced to fines, costs and restitution and Probation for a term of one year, for the offense of Sale or Transfer of a Firearm, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Officer Bryan Bellows of the Towanda Borough Police Department arrested Talada for the offense on April 17, 2013.

    Arthur Everly Jr., 34, Sayre, Pa., was sentenced to a term of imprisonment in a Pennsylvania State Correctional Facility for 90 days to six months and fines, costs, and restitution of $1,000; he will also lose his driver's license for 18 months, for the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol. Officer Nathan Ross of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Everly for the offense in April.

    Arthur Medina, 32, Athens, Pa., was sentenced to a term of imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 90 days, and fines of $2,500.00, plus $500, followed by County Intermediate Punishment for 24 months, for the offenses of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol and Driving while License is suspended, a summary offense. Officer Bruce Hoffman of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Medina for the offense in March 2014.

    Walter Henry, 59, New Albany, Pa., was sentenced to a term of imprisonment in a Pennsylvania State Correctional Facility for three years to eight years, followed by seven years of Probation supervision, fines and costs of $1,500, for the offense of Sexual Assault and Indecent Assault, both felonies. Trooper Sean Cooney of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Henry following investigation of an incident that occurred in Albany Township. Henry will have to comply with the Sexual Offender Registration requirements. The Court also imposed the requirements that apply to sexually violent persons.

    Robert White, 49, Towanda, Pa., was sentenced to fines of $500 and Probation for a term of 12 months, and a fine of $500, he will also lose his driver's license for six months for the offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance, a misdemeanor. Agents of the Pennsylvania State Police Vice & Narcotics Unit arrested White following investigation of an incident that occurred in Franklin Township.

    Andrew Rogers, 21, Waverly, N.Y., was sentenced to fines of $700, restitution of $628.25, Probation for a term of 24 months for the offense of Access Device Fraud, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Officer Eric Keir of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Rogers for the offense on Sept. 24, 2013.

    Darryl Hankins, 28, Monroeton, Pa., was resentenced following revocation of Probation to a term of imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for three months to 23 months, 29 days, fines of $100; he will also lose his driver's license for six months for the offense of Delivery of a Controlled Substance, a felony.

    Agents of the Pennsylvania State Police Vice & Narcotics Unit arrested Hankins following investigation of an incident that occurred in Monroeton Borough.

    Peter Ingrassia, 41, Sayre, Pa., was sentenced to fines of $1,000, he will also lose his driver's license for 12 months, and an additional license suspension of 12 months will be imposed for refusal to submit to testing when arrested for the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Officer Thomas VanFleet of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Ingrassia for the offense on April 19, 2014.

    Lisa Tyler, 53, Meshoppen, Pa., was resentenced following revocation of a sentence of probation to a term of imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 90 days to six months, and fines, costs, restitution of $750, she will also lose her driver's license for 12 months, for the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Trooper George Layou of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Tyler following investigation of an incident that occurred in Wyalusing Township.

    Shannon Reid, 39, Sayre, Pa., was sentenced to fines of $500; restitution paid prior to sentencing, Probation for a term of 12 months, for the offense of Theft by Unlawful Taking, a misdemeanor of the first degree.

    Chief Daniel Reynolds of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Reid for the offense on June 12, 2014.

    GUILTY PLEAS

    Jamie Terry, 35, Nescopeck, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of two counts of Harassment. Terry will be sentenced on Dec. 22, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Miranda Musick of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Terry following investigation of an incident that occurred in Wells Township.

    Richard Johnson, 28, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of False Reports, a misdemeanor of the third degree. Johnson will be sentenced following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Michael Tribendis of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Johnson following investigation of an incident that occurred in Monroeton Township on Dec. 10, 2013.

    Arthur Everly Jr., 34, Sayre, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Everly was also sentenced on this date. Officer Nathan Ross of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Everly for the offense on April 5, 2014.

    Ashley Pollox, 25, Sayre, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Theft by Deception, a misdemeanor. Pollox will be sentenced on Dec. 15, 2014, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Steven Burlingame of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Pollox for the offense on Jan. 13, 2014.

    Timothy Hoose, 40, Mainsburg, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Theft by Deception, a felony of the third degree. House will be sentenced following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Christopher Stecik of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested House following investigation of an incident that occurred in Troy Township.

    Nikki Strope, 23, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Delivery of a Controlled Substance, a felony. Strope will be sentenced following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Agents of the Pennsylvania State Police Vice and Narcotics Unit arrested Strope following investigation of an incident that occurred in Towanda Borough.

    Alicia Pedro, 36, Mildred, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Theft, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Pedro will be sentenced on Dec. 22, 2014, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Christopher Schelling of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Pedro following investigation of an incident that occurred in Wysox Township.

    John Palfreyman, 35, Ulster, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offenses of Delivery of a Controlled Substance, a felony, Possession of a Controlled Substance, a misdemeanor and Harassment, a summary offense. Palfreyman will be sentenced on Dec. 18, 2014, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Agents of the Pennsylvania State Police Vice & Narcotics Unit arrested Palfreyman following investigation of an incident that occurred in Ulster Township.

    George Dunn, 30, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Identity Theft, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Dunn will be sentenced on Dec. 22, 2014, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County probation Department. Trooper Jeffrey Creedon of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Dunn following investigation of an incident that occurred in North Towanda Township.

    Travis Kinner, 24, Monroeton, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. Kinner will be sentenced on Dec. 18, 2014, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Michael Adams of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Kinner following investigation of an incident that occurred in Monroeton Borough.

    Jeffrey C. Jackson, 28, formerly of Troy, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Indecent Exposure, a misdemeanor of the second degree and Open Lewdness, a misdemeanor of the third degree. Jackson will be sentenced at a later date, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Miranda Musick of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Jackson following investigation of an incident that occurred in West Burlington at the Bradford County Correctional Facility. Jackson was an inmate. His plea was entered by telecommunication from a Pennsylvania State Correctional Facility.

    ACCELERATED REHABILITATIVE DISPOSITION (ARD)

    Kirk Manchester, 65, Rome, 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, Manchester will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Additionally, Manchester must perform community service with the DUI Litter Bridge and attend a Victim Impact Panel and he will lose his Pennsylvania driving privilege for 30 days. Trooper David Sweeney of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Manchester for the offense.

    Taylor Bauait, 29, Waverly, 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, Bauait will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department, which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Additionally, Lucas 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. Sergeant James Shaw of the Athens Township Police Department filed charges in July 2014 for the offense in Athens Township.

    Timothy Cronin, 47, 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, Cronin will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Additionally, Cronin must perform community service with the DUI Litter Brigade and attend a Victim Impact Panel. Officer George Nichols of the Sayre Borough Police Department filed the charges in July 2014, for the offense in Sayre Township.

    Heather Powell, 38, Ulster, 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, Powell will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Additionally, Powell must perform community service with the DUI Litter Brigade and attend a Victim Impact Panel and she will lose her Pennsylvania driving privilege for 60 days. Officer Bryan Bellows of the Towanda Borough Police Department filed the charges in August 2014, for the offense in Towanda Borough.

    William Kelsey, 41, Ulster, 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, Kelsey will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Additionally, Kelsey 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 in April 2014, for the offense in Sayre Borough.

    Cassidy Austin, 21, 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 nine months. While on probation, Austin will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Additionally, Austin must perform community service with the DUI Litter Brigade and attend a Victim Impact Panel and she will lose her Pennsylvania driving privilege for 90 days. Officer Andrew Stevens of the Athens Borough Police Department filed the charges in June 2014, for the offense in Athens Borough.

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

    Travis White, 27, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of nolo contendere/no contest to Conspiracy to Commit Possession of a Controlled Substance, a misdemeanor. White will be sentenced on Dec. 18, 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 Robert Hutchison of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested White following investigation of an incident that occurred in North Towanda Township.


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  • 11/16/14--21:00: Police Briefs 11/17/2014
  • Charges filed

    State police at Towanda said charges were filed Nov. 7 against William Metzgar, 45, of Horsham, for one count of sale or transfer of a firearm and unsworn falsification to authorities, at the office of Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark of Towanda.

    According to police, a firearms violation occurred at 11:40 a.m. April 19 at L & R Reloading in Albany Township.

    Police said Metzgar went into the store and filled out a firearms application for sale and incorrectly checked the block that referred to being convicted of a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence.

    People injured

    State police at Towanda said two people had injuries of unknown severity in a crash that occurred at 9:42 a.m. Nov. 9 on Route 220, 459 feet south of French Creek Road, in Albany Township.

    According to police, drivers involved in the crash were a 16-year-old Monroeton girl and Steven Schooley, 57, of Danville, Pa.

    Police said the teen was traveling north and Schooley was going south on Route 220, when the girl negotiated a slight left curve, lost control of her Nissan Sentra, and traveled sideways into the opposite lane of travel, striking Schooley's Honda Civic.

    Police said the teen will be charged with a violation of "roadways laned for traffic."


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  • 11/16/14--21:00: Court notes
  • Frank P. Colangelo to Dennis W. Hando Jr. and Sarah Hando for $114,000; Exeter.

    Penox Real Estate Partnership and Pittston Properties, LLC (general partner) Bobette Guller Trust and Sidney H. Guller (trustee) to Eugene J. Tighe and Deborah L. Tighe for $685,000; Dupont.

    Sean M. Schwartz and Tracey M. Schwartz to Patricia E. Stec for $195,000; Ross Township.


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  • 11/17/14--21:00: Police Briefs 11/18/2014
  • DUI arrest reported

    On Nov. 5, officers with the Athens Borough Police Department arrested 23-year-old Athens resident Eric E. Hurlburt, and charged him with several offenses related to driving while intoxicated in the borough.

    While on patrol on South Elmira Street, officers observed a vehicle, driven by Hurlburt, crossing the double yellow line and returning to his lane of travel multiple times. Officers initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Hurlburt. During questioning, the officer reported a strong odor of alcohol emitting from the driver. He was then asked to perform the standard battery of field sobriety tests. It was the opinion of the officer that Hurlburt should not be operating a motor vehicle because of the amount of alcohol consumed by Hurlburt and the inability to complete the tests to a satisfactory conclusion.

    Hurlburt was subsequently charged with DUI: highest rate of alcohol, DUI: general impairment, driving on the right side of the roadway and careless driving. He will face these charges at a preliminary hearing with Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on Dec. 5.

    Burglary charges for bar owner's son

    Levi N. Sutton, 20, of Athens, was arrested on Oct. 30 and charged with several offenses related to the break in and burglary of Slammerz Bar and Grill in Athens.

    Officers with the Athens Borough Police Department were contacted by the owner of the establishment regarding the unlawful entry and taking of currency from the establishment. During the conversation with the bar owner, he relayed to officers that he felt that his son, Sutton, was involved in some way. Officers contacted Sutton and during questioning, he did admit he entered the establishment through a window which he unlocked prior to the bar closing. He then admitted to the theft of a green bank bag containing $1,000. He then admitted he stole the money in order to "purchase controlled substances, namely heroin."

    Sutton further admitted to obtaining money from the establishment on two other occasions, each time taking approximately $100.

    The owner of the establishment explained to officers that Sutton does not have permission to enter the structure at any time while business is not open to the public and he was never permitted to remove currency from the premises.

    Sutton was arrested and charged with burglary, criminal trespass, receiving stolen property and theft by unlawful taking. He was prearraigned on Oct. 30 by Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox and was remanded to the Bradford County Correctional Facility in lieu of $75,000 bail. He is set to face these charges at a preliminary hearing on Nov. 25 with Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw.


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    False alarms

    MONROE TOWNSHIP - The Budget Bakery, of 2558 N. Susquehanna Trail, Monroe Township, was cited by state police at Selinsgrove for having more than three false alarms at its establishment within a six-month period, the last one occurred at 7:10 a.m. Friday.

    Drug offenses

    MOUNT CARMEL - Police charged Angel Lopez, 25, and Bobbijo Lopez, 36, both of 148 W. Avenue, with drug offenses following an investigation by borough police and members of the Northumberland-Montour Drug Task Force, Nov. 9.

    According to court documents, borough Police Chief Todd Owens and officer Matthew Dillman reported a confidential informant said Angel Lopez was selling marijuana from his residence. The officers set up a buy, during which the informant purchased a quarter-bag of marijuana for $40.

    After getting a search warrant for the residence, police entered and found marijuana on the dining room table, Bobbijo's wallet containing the buy money, a green spring-loaded knife and a smoking pipe.

    Both individuals were charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, criminal conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance, criminal conspiracy to possess with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of prohibited offensive weapons and criminal conspiracy to possess a controlled substance. Angel Lopez also faces charges of delivery of a controlled substance, and criminal use of a communication facility.

    Both were arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones of Mount Carmel and placed in Northumberland County Prison on $50,000 bail. Preliminary hearings for both are scheduled for Wednesday.

    Criminal mischief

    SHAMOKIN - Daniel F. Karpinski Jr., 46, of 500 S. Market St., was cited for criminal mischief and harassment by Shamokin City Police Chief Darwin Tobias. According to police, Karpinski allegedly broke a window at the home of Jason Carl on West Adams Street at 3:24 p.m. Wednesday and then threatened Carl and his family.

    Retail theft

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Tracy Shook, 44, of Girardville, was charged by Coal Township police with misdemeanor retail theft after police said she stole $384.40 in merchandise Oct. 18 at Walmart Supercenter in Coal Township.

    DUI

    KULPMONT - John A. Maturani, 36, of 72 Peach Branch Rd., Benton, was charged with driving under the influence, careless driving, driving on roadways laned for traffic, and driving on one-way roadways based on a traffic stop on Pine Street, Kulpmont, Feb. 27.

    According to court documents filed by Mount Carmel Township Police Patrolman Joshua Pastucka, Maturani was seen swerving into the opposite lane of the highway while he traveled through Natalie, Marion Heights and Kulpmont. He eventually stopped the vehicle after traveling in the wrong direction on a one-way street in Kulpmont.

    Police said Maturani failed field sobriety tests and chemical testing showed his blood alcohol level to be .176 percent.

    The charges were filed with Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones, of Mount Carmel, and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 17.

    Simple assault

    MOUNT CARMEL - Police charged Jonathan M. Mazak, 32, of 29 S. Spruce St., with two counts of simple assault, and harassment following an incident at the Spruce Street residence Aug. 9.

    According to court documents filed by borough police officer Jason Drumheller, a 13-year-old girl showed a neighbor bruises on her leg from an incident that occurred the night prior. The teen told the neighbor her mother's boyfriend, Mazak, threw a boot at her and struck her in the right thigh, causing the bruise, police said. Mazak told police the girl was "mouthing off" and he was trying to get her attention by throwing a boot, which accidently struck her.

    On Oct. 13, the 13-year-old arrived at the station with her father. She told police she had been arguing with her brother and chased him out of the house into the street. She said Mazak began yelling at her and threw a steel-toe boot at her, causing the bruise.

    A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 17 on the charges before Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones, of Mount Carmel.


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    SUNBURY - Six defendants were sentenced Monday on various charges in Northumberland County Court.

    - Mark Melnick, 27, of Mount Carmel, was sentenced by President Judge William Wiest to one year of intermediate punishment with the first 30 days on house arrest for tampering with evidence relating to a March 2, 2013, incident in Mount Carmel Township. He also was ordered to pay fines totaling $1,400 plus costs.

    In connection with the same incident, Melnick was sentenced to six months of intermediate punishment with the first three days on house arrest for a DUI offense, which runs concurrent to the sentence imposed on the tampering charge. He also was ordered to pay costs for driving under suspension.

    - Joseph Bucanelli IV, 42, of Elysburg, was sentenced by Wiest to 16 months of intermediate punishment with the first 90 days on house arrest and ordered to pay a $1,500 fine plus costs for driving under the influence of alcohol. The charge was filed by state police at Stonington in connection with a Sept. 30, 2012, incident in Coal Township.

    - Christian Scipio, 45, of Mount Carmel, was sentenced by Wiest to two years probation and ordered to pay a $100 fine plus costs for recklessly endangering another person. He also was ordered to pay costs on charges of reckless driving and discharging a firearm and must undergo a mental health evaluation.

    The charges filed by Mount Carmel police relate to incidents Aug. 5, 2011.

    - Joseph McGinley, 50, of Mount Carmel, was sentenced by Wiest to six months of intermediate punishment with the first 30 days on house arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol June 25, 2013, in Mount Carmel Township. McGinley must pay a $300 fine plus costs.

    - Judge Charles Saylor sentenced Trudi Zeigler, 46, of Danville, to five years of intermediate punishment with the first 90 days on house arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol. Zeigler must pay a $1,500 fine plus costs and make restitution of $740 to Timothy Karr.

    Zeigler was charged by Riverside police in connection with a May 15 incident.

    - Saylor also sentenced William McCollum, 34, of Shamokin, to two days to six months in Northumberland County Prison in Sunbury for driving under the influence of alcohol involving a March 9 incident in Shamokin. McCollum, who was ordered to pay a $500 fine plus costs, will begin his sentence Nov. 22.

    He was charged by state police at Stonington.


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  • 11/18/14--21:00: Court Notes 11/19/14
  • PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS

    Jeffery S. O’Connor and Cynthia K. O’Connor and James M. Corl and Crystal R. Corl to Michael R. McCormick for $150,000; Union Township.

    John Paul Tomulaitis to Victor B. Shovlin and Suzanne M. Shovlin for $140,000; Newport Township.

    Helen M. Long and Helen M. Carey and Donald Carey to Megan Malkemes and Chad D. Washesky II for $137,000; Kingston Township.


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    Gas theft

    COAL TOWNSHIP - A Shamokin man faces theft charges for allegedly stealing $25 worth of gas from a local service station.

    According to court documents, Coal Township Police Officer Chad Yoder reported David Seger, 54, of 1026 E. Packer St., Shamokin, received $25 in gas in his vehicle at Miller's Gas Station on Route 61, Coal Township June 16. When the attended asked for payment, Seger said he didn't have the money but promised to go and get it. The attendant asked for his registration and insurance cards as collateral, and Seger provided them, but never returned.

    Seger was arraigned Monday before Magisterial District Judge John Gembic, of Shamokin, and released on $2,500 unsecured bail on a charge of theft by unlawful taking. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 25.

    Retail theft

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Candace Bucher, 32, of Kulpmont, was charged by Coal Township Police with misdemeanor retail theft after police said she stole $29.10 in merchandise from Walmart Supercenter in Coal Township Oct. 31.

    Bucher was also charged by Coal Township police with misdemeanor retail theft after police said she under-rang $8.44 in merchandise Oct. 28.

    Drug paraphernalia

    MOUNT CARMEL - Bryan S. Shedaker, 30, an inmate at SCI Coal Township, was sentenced to 12 months probation and to pay a $500 fine after pleading guilty to a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia in a preliminary hearing Thursday.

    Shedaker was charged by Mount Carmel Township Police Officer Kelly Campbell after a probation visit to a home at 149 E. Saylor St., Atlas, June 10.

    Charges of hindering prosecution, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance were withdrawn in the case.

    Retail theft

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Julie Nairns, 39, of Coal Township, was charged with a felony count of retail theft after Coal Township police said she stole $1,307.92 in merchandise from Walmart Supercenter in Coal Township Nov. 15.

    Disorderly conduct

    SHAMOKIN - Grant I. Shelley Jr., 58, of 113 Berry St., Coal Township, was cited for disorderly conduct by Shamokin City Police patrolman Raymond Siko II after an incident at 5:10 p.m. Friday when he allegedly interfered with the police's efforts to apprehend a female in the 200 block of South Franklin Street.

    Simple assault

    MOUNT CARMEL - Roger A. Kramer, 21, of 104 S. Peach St., was charged by Borough Police Chief Todd Owens with simple assault and harassment after he allegedly pushed and threatened his father, Roger A. Kramer Sr., during an Oct. 27 incident at his residence.

    A preliminary hearing on the charges is scheduled for Dec. 17 before Magistrate District Judge Hugh Jones, of Mount Carmel.

    Retail theft

    COAL TOWNSHIP - A 16-year-old male from Shamokin was cited for retail theft after Coal Township police said he removed a Bluetooth jam speaker from its package and attempted to leave Walmart Supercenter in Coal Township without paying the full retail value of $49.88 at 9:55 p.m. Nov. 14.

    Disorderly conduct

    SHAMOKIN - Tammy Gonzalez, 50, of 514 S. Diamond St., was cited for disorderly conduct and public drunkenness by Shamokin City Police Cpl. Jarrod Scandle. Police said Gonzalez was found lying in the bushes of a private property at Diamond and Adams street and was under the influence of alcohol at 11:26 p.m. Oct. 31.

    DUI

    STRONG - Joseph M. Sweeney, 53, of 26 N. Walnut St., Mount Carmel, was charged with driving under the influence, driving on roadways laned for traffic, and careless driving following a traffic stop near the intersections of Routes 54 and 61 at 2 a.m. July 20.

    Mount Carmel Township Police Officer Keith Tamborelli reported in court documents he was out on patrol when he observed Sweeney travel off the right shoulder of the roadway after exiting the Viaduct bridge from Mount Carmel borough. After a traffic stop, police attempted to give Sweeney field sobriety tests, but stopped for his safety.

    Chemical blood testing at Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital showed his blood alcohol level was .235 percent.

    The charges were filed with Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones, of Mount Carmel, and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 17.

    Retail theft

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Sarah McGinley, 27, of Kulpmont, was cited for retail theft after Coal Township police said she stole $132.37 in merchandise from Walmart Supercenter in Coal Township Sept. 6.

    Retail theft

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Diana Lentini, 54, of Kulpmont, was cited with retail theft after Coal Township police said she stole $76.76 in merchandise from Walmart Supercenter in Coal Township Oct. 7.

    Retail theft

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Kevin Buch, 20, of Trevorton, and Sabrina Maisey, 19, of Coal Township, were cited for retail theft after Coal Township police said they stole $144.88 in merchandise Aug. 28.

    Harassment

    COAL TOWNSHIP - A 15-year-old male from Coal Township was charged with harassment after an incident Oct. 31 during a football game at Kemp Memorial Stadium.

    According to Coal Township Police, the unidentified male threatened and harassed Judy Eby, 47, who is a teacher's aide for the Shamokin Area School District. Police said the male was yelling obscenities at Eby. On Nov. 4 and 6, while Eby was instructing the male at the vocational school, the male used obscenities at Eby and threatened her.

    Scattering rubbish

    COAL TOWNSHIP - John Stine, 29, of 192 "B" Bear Gap Road, Elysburg, owner of Reliable Services, was charged with scattering rubbish after several bags of garbage were located in the Big Mountain area of Coal Township Nov. 14.


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  • 11/18/14--21:00: Police Briefs 11/19/2014
  • Four involved in fight

    On Oct. 26, Pennsylvania State Police were dispatched to a residence in Litchfield Township in response to a verbal argument which escalated into a physical fight. Upon arrival, Troopers found 23-year-old Randy Talada of Sayre, 42-year-old Lee Heim of Sayre and two juvenile males, aged 14 and 15, engaged in the argument.

    Vehicle theft occurs

    The incident occurred between Oct. 19-20, when the victim reported that one of his vehicles was stolen out of his garage on Beacon Hill Road in Wyalusing and another vehicle was damaged. The stolen vehicle is a red 2005 Chrysler Sebring two door car with a PA registration number HFN0945. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Pennsylvania State Police in Towanda at (570) 265-2186.

    Craigslist scam reported

    The incident occurred on Oct. 30, when a victim in Smithfield Township reported a possible theft by deception after selling her furniture on Craigslist. Anyone with information on this incident should contact the state police in Towanda at (570) 265-2186.

    Mail theft occurs

    On Oct. 29, a victim on Mac Road in Smithfield Township reported to Pennsylvania State Police that someone illegally removed mail from his mailbox. The investigation is ongoing.

    Illegal attempt to purchase a weapon reported

    On Aug. 29, a 28-year-old Athens man attempted to purchase a handgun at Up In Arms Shooting Supplies in Smithfield Township. The paperwork required by the ATF and Pennsylvania State Police background check was completed and the system denied the purchase. The investigation is ongoing.

    Hit and run reported

    Pennsylvania State Police reported a one vehicle crash that occurred on Doty Hill Road in South Creek Township on Oct. 22. The incident occurred as the vehicle was travelling north on Doty Hill Road when it left its lane of travel and struck a rock pillar. The vehicle then left the scene. The Pennsylvania State Police are investigating the incident.

    Retail theft reported

    Stephani L. Greene, 24, of Elmira, was arrested by Athens Township Police officers on Nov. 4 after a call from asset protection officers at the Walmart in Sayre. Greene allegedly hid merchandise in her children's diaper bag and tried to leave the store without payment. She was charged with corruption of minors and retail theft. She was arraigned on Nov. 4 and received $300 bail. Greene is set to face these charges at a preliminary hearing at a later date.

    Man charged after 'huffing' in parking lot

    Lucas A. Rhoads, 24, of Charleston, Ill., was arrested by Athens Township Police officers on Nov. 4 after a response to a report of a male "huffing" inhalants in a Jeep in the Walmart in Sayre. Officers arriving at the scene found the vehicle and Rhoads was passed out in the driver's seat. At the time, the vehicle was running.

    Officers observed several cans of Ultra Duster in the front passenger seat of the vehicle, with one laying on Rhoads' lap.

    After waking the suspect, police took Rhoads to the Athens Township Police Station and he was processed. It was then noted that this was the third such incident related to the subject's use of Ultra Duster since Nov. 2.

    Rhoads was subsequently charged with two counts of sale or illegal use of certain solvents and disorderly conduct. He was arraigned on Nov. 4 and received $10,000 bail. Rhoads is set to face Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw for a preliminary hearing on Nov. 25.


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  • 11/19/14--21:00: Court notes 11/20/14
  • Sean M. Schwartz and Tracey M. Schwartz to Patricia E. Stec for $195,000; Ross Township.

    Eugene P. Pryor (executor) and Margaret Whitesell (estate) and Margaret Pryor (estate) to Richard P. Eckman for $285,000; Jackson Township.

    Sally L. Shea to Abraham A. Hobson and Amanda M. Tomascik for $450,000; Dallas Township.

    Donald Barnhart and Dorothy S. Barnhart to Mark Heck and Alyssa Dolman for $88,000; West Pittston.

    Amelia Barrett to Mark A. Belles Jr. for $117,000; Wilkes-Barre.

    Sofia G. McManus to Pauline J. Donahue for $110,000; Kingston.

    Theodore John Hoeffner to Ronald M. Solt for $361,000; Exeter Township.

    Karin Rodak and Lisa Leiby (per agent) and Lisa Ann Leiby (per agent) and Karin Rodak (agent) to Jerri L. Anselmo for $175,000; Exeter.

    Jeffery E. Cywinski to David Bolinsky for $95,000; Nanticoke.


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    Crash at Walmart

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Five people were taken to Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital following a two-vehicle crash Tuesday at the entrance to Walmart Supercenter along Route 61.

    According to Coal Township police, Penny Lindenmuth, 51, of Ashland, was attempting to turn left from the northbound lanes into the store's parking lot when her vehicle, a 2011 Chevrolet Equinox, was struck by an oncoming 1996 GMC Suburban driven by Daniel Boyd, 54, of Coal Township. The crash occurred at 7:25 p.m.

    Lindenmuth and passengers Clayton Knorr, 32, of Ashland, Danricia Ramsay, 21, of Shamokin, and a 13-year-old Ashland girl were all taken to the hospital by ambulance.

    Boyd also was transported to G-SACH. There were two passengers in his vehicle: Chastity Beery, 38, of Coal Township, and a 10-year-old girl.

    The crash remains under investigation. Both vehicles were towed. Assisting at the scene were members of the Brady Fire Co. and Coal Township Fire Department, AREA Services, Elysburg Ambulance, Zerbe Township Ambulance and Coal Township Fire Police.

    PFA violation

    SUNBURY - James H. Latshaw, 48, of 126 E. Arch St., Shamokin, was remanded to Northumberland County Prison Wednesday for violating a protection from abuse by making contact with Jennifer Geiser.

    Northumberland County Judge Charles H. Saylor ordered Latshaw, already a county inmate, to an additional 30 days for indirect criminal contempt. He was fined $300 and must pay related court costs.

    Latshaw is held on multiple charges in five separate cases, including flight to avoid apprehension and theft. His bail was lowered by Saylor to a combined $45,000.


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  • 11/19/14--21:00: Police Brief 11/20/2014
  • Burglary reported

    An unknown person or individuals broke into Troy Dry Cleaners sometime between late Monday night and early Tuesday morning on East Main Street in Troy Borough and removed an undisclosed amount of money, said Troy police.

    The person or persons broke a window and gained entry into the boiler room, police said.

    An investigation is ongoing.

    Stroller found

    Pennsylvania State Police in Towanda reported a baby stroller was found on the side of Gulf Road in Orwell Township on Nov. 3. Anyone with information may contact the state police at (570) 265-2186.

    Drug paraphernalia found

    Pennsylvania State Police reported, that drug paraphernalia was found on Oct. 28 inside a residence along Milan Road in Ulster Township. These items were subsequently turned over to the state police for further investigation.

    Series of thefts reported

    Terence A. Poole, 48, of Waverly, was arrested on Nov. 7 by officers with the Sayre Borough Police Department after an investigation regarding a series of retail thefts from Croft Lumber in Sayre. Officers were called by the store and informed that Poole had been observed on a surveillance camera taking a Bostitch Finish Nailer during his visit to the store the day before. Poole was known to the employees of the store as an employee of S & J Landscaping and his employer was called regarding the missing nailer. The employer subsequently returned the item.

    Upon investigating the stolen nailer, employees with Croft Lumber inventoried several missing items later found in Poole's possession totalling $1,812.01. When asked about the stolen items, Poole admitted to police that he had taken the items over the last two weeks.

    Poole was subsequently charged with felony counts of retail theft and receiving stolen property. He was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on Nov. 7 and received non-monetary bail. Poole is set to face these charges at a formal arraignment on Dec. 11.

    Disorderly conduct arrest

    On Nov. 7, officers with the Athens Borough Police Department were dispatched to a residence on Fourth Street for a report of an unwanted person threatening a resident.

    Upon arrival, officers were met with a highly intoxicated person, identified as 45-year-old Otto Miller of Sayre. At the time, Miller was yelling and screaming at a neighbor's house across the street. When approached, he stated to officers, "I'm not going with you." It was at this time that officers struggled with Miller to handcuff him as he resisted.

    Miller was charged with disorderly conduct, unreasonable noise. He was arraigned on Nov. 7 and received $5,000 bail. He is set to face these charges at a preliminary hearing on Dec. 16 with Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw.


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    Guilty pleas

    SHAMOKIN - Two defendants entered guilty pleas earlier this week.

    Daren Albertson, 26, of 217 Third St., Ranshaw, pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia and was ordered by Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III to pay a $200 fine plus costs and was placed on probation for nine months.

    Albertson was charged by Coal Township Cpl. Joshua Wynn in connection with a Sept. 27 incident on Route 61 in Luke Fidler.

    Amanda M. Lotis, 31, of 137 W. Avenue, Mount Carmel, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and was ordered by Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones to pay a fine and costs totaling $268. Additional charges of criminal conspiracy and receiving stolen property were withdrawn.

    Lotis was charged by Mount Carmel Patrolman William Adamski with conspiring with Jody Valentine Foulke, of Elysburg, to steal cans from a storage bin outside the Mount Carmel Elks, 128 N. Oak St., on Oct. 14.

    Simple assault

    SHAMOKIN - Cody Z. Horne, 19, of 221 S. Diamond St., Shamokin, was charged by Patrolman Raymond Siko II with simple assault and harassment after he allegedly assaulted his mother, Janet Willis, at their home Monday afternoon.

    Police reported Horne is accused of shoving Willis with both hands against a kitchen sink, causing a chest injury. Police said Willis also experienced trouble breathing.

    Willis, who claimed Horne eats all the food in the house and smokes all her cigarettes, told police her son smashed items inside the home and threatened to beat her.

    Horne was arraigned Monday by Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III and committed to Northumberland County Prison in Sunbury in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.

    Multiple charges

    MOUNT CARMEL TOWNSHIP - Bryan A. Olimpo, 24, of 5 N. Sport Lane, Locust Gap, has been charged by Patrolman Kelly Campbell with altering or forging a registration plate, driving under suspension, driving under the influence of a combination of drugs, possession of a controlled substance, driving without a license, driving without proper registration, failing to wear protective equipment while operating a motorcycle and driving without insurance.

    The charges relate to a Sept. 19 incident on Locust Gap Highway.

    Police said Olimpo admitted smoking marijuana and injecting himself with Subutex. Olimpo refused to submit to a blood-alcohol test.

    Code violations

    SHAMOKIN - The owners of several blighted properties in Shamokin were cited Wednesday by City police Cpl. Bryan Primerano for failing to fix their structures. All the property owners were previously sent a certified code letter advising them of the code violations, with no response or corrections made, Primerano said, and were cited three previous times by city code officer Rick Bozza, also with no response.

    Cited were:

    - Allen C. Norbert, 46, of 956 E. 106th St., Brooklyn, N.Y. for his property at 315 W. Pine St.

    - Daniel Buranich Jr., 50, of 152 Bates Road, Shamokin, for his property at 24 E. Willow St.

    - William R. Williams, of RR4 Box 220, Sunbury, for his property at 7 S. Shamokin St.

    - Anthony Venturino, of 150 Bear Path Road, Hamden, Conn., for his property at 661 Bear Valley Ave.

    DUI

    KULPMONT - Dylan Blum, 22, of 412 N. Shamokin St., Apt. 2-4, Kulpmont, was charged by Chief of Police Michael Pitcavage with driving under the influence of a controlled substance, driving under the influence of a combination of drugs, possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia, a red light violation and failure to drive in a single lane.

    Police said Blum was observed driving erratically in Kulpmont and Coal Township on Aug. 27 and was stopped in the 400 block of Chestnut Street in Kulpmont.

    Police reported Blum had heroin, codeine and morphine in his blood system.

    Strikes man

    MOUNT CARMEL - Monique L. Korte, 32, of 429 N. Market St., was cited with harassment by Lt. Christopher Buhay. Police say she struck Derek Bair in the face about 10:50 a.m. Nov. 2.


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    Theft investigation

    KULPMONT - The Kulpmont Police Department is investigating a theft of $20,000 cash from a home at 1018 Scott St. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 570-373-1522.

    Driving under suspension

    LOCUST GAP - Ronald W. Goepfert, 33, of Shamokin, was charged by Mount Carmel Township Patrolman Matthew Filarski with false identification to police, driving under suspension, speeding and failing to properly fasten a young child in a booster seat.

    The charges relate to a Nov. 11 incident along Route 901 in Locust Gap.

    DUI offenses

    MOUNT CARMEL TOWNSHIP - Patrolman Matthew Filarski has charged Michael J. Allem, 51, of Pennsburg, with driving under the influence of a controlled substance, driving under the influence of a combination of drugs, possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia and driving at an unsafe speed involving a May 10 traffic stop at the intersection of Routes 2034 and 54.

    Police reported marijuana, cocaine, metabolites and cyclobenzaprine were found in Allem's blood system.

    Public drunkenness

    MOUNT CARMEL - Shane D. Long, 22, of 514 E. Fifth St., was cited for public drunkenness by Patrolman Matthew Dillman. Police said Long was intoxicated and vomiting about 3:30 a.m. Nov. 1 in the first block of North Oak Street.

    False alarms

    MOUNT CARMEL - Nicholas Rodriguez, 43, of 412 S. Market St., was cited both Nov. 1 and Nov. 11 for allowing his home alarm to repeatedly auto dial emergency services, according to police. The citations were filed by Lt. Christopher Buhay and Patrolman Matthew Dillman.

    Dog at large

    MOUNT CARMEL - Joseph L. Pearson, 70, of 217 E. Avenue, was cited by Lt. Christopher Buhay with dogs running at large for allegedly allowing his dog to run free about 11:30 a.m. Nov. 2.

    Disorderly behavior

    MOUNT CARMEL - A 15-year-old Ashland male was cited with disorderly conduct by Cpl. David Donkochik for a disturbance at Fourth and Willow streets about 8 p.m. Oct. 30.

    Punches vehicle

    MOUNT CARMEL - Zachary J. McGinley, 25, of 219 S. Chestnut St., was cited with criminal mischief by Patrolman Justin Stelma. Police said he punched and damaged a vehicle owned by Jarad Smith about 1 p.m. Nov. 8 in the 200 block of South Market Street.

    Theft citation

    MOUNT CARMEL - Wilburn H. Denman, 46, of 50 N. Maple St., was cited with retail theft by Patrolman Justin Stelma. Police said he stole $13.99 in merchandise from Scicchitano Ace Hardware about 11 a.m. Nov. 11.

    Dumps trash

    MOUNT CARMEL - Marie E. McWilliams, 25, of 309 N. Maple St., was cited for scattering rubbish by Patrolman Justin Stelma. Police said she dumped household trash near Fourth and Oak streets about 8 a.m. Nov. 17.

    Kids fight

    MOUNT CARMEL - Boys 12 and 14 years old from Mount Carmel were cited by Patrolman Justin Stelma with harassment for hitting each other about 5:30 p.m. Nov. 6.

    Smashes items

    MOUNT CARMEL - James Alexander Johnson, 29, was cited with harassment by Chief Todd Owens. Police said he smashed items inside 106 W. Avenue about 12:45 p.m. Nov. 4, and grabbed the arm of his girlfriend, 30-year-old Sarah Jane Williams, causing bruising.

    Driver cited

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Jennifer L. Roth, 46, of 621 W. Pine St., Shamokin, was cited by Coal Township police for operating a 1993 Chevy truck without valid insurance coverage relating to an Oct. 31 accident on School House Lane near Kemp Memorial Stadium.

    Police said Roth was traveling east when her truck struck a 2013 Toyota sedan operated by Kenneth Yoder, 63, of 213 S. Shamokin St., Shamokin, as Yoder was in the stadium parking lot waiting to pull onto School House Lane.

    No injuries were reported and no towing was required.


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  • 11/21/14--21:00: Court notes 11/22/14
  • Allison Ball to Gerard Innocenti and Brenda Innocenti for $302,000; Dallas Township.

    Greater Wilkes-Barre Development Corporation and Greater Wilkes-Barre Development Industrial Fund, Inc. (agent) to Highland Park Senior Living, LP for $1,000,000; Wilkes-Barre Township.

    Jane Park Roybal (executrix) Carole D. Park (estate) to Marion K. Pearsall for $97,000; Dallas.

    Homer A. Berlew and Sandra J. Berlew to Jan A. Olenginski and Carolee A. Olenginski for $435,000; Kingston Township.

    Freddie Mac (per attorney in fact) and Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (per attorney in fact) Urden Law Offices, P.C. (attorney in fact) to Parminder Kaur for $218,500; Hazle Township.


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    Bradford County District Attorney Daniel J. Barrett reported the following resolutions of criminal cases in the Bradford County Court of Common Pleas, Towanda:

    Sentenced

    James Sonnema, 66, Gillett, Pa., was sentenced to fines of $300, and Probation for a term of six months for the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol. Trooper William McDermott of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Sonnema following investigation of an incident that occurred in Wells Township.

    Samuel Corey, 22, Troy, Pa., was sentenced to a term of imprisonment in a Pennsylvania State Correctional Facility for 12 months to 36 months and fines of $500, for the offense of Burglary. Trooper Steve Steransky of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Corey following investigation of an incident that occurred in Troy Borough.

    Brandon Seeley, 25, Sayre, Pa., was sentenced to a term of imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for a flat 45 days and fines of $2,500, County Intermediate Punishment for 24 months for the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol. Trooper William McDermott of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Seeley following investigation of an incident that occurred in Litchfield Township. County Intermediate Punishment involves a combination of restrictions and supervision. It may include home confinement, electronic monitor, and substance abuse treatment. Violations can result in incarceration.

    Brandon Seeley, 25, Sayre, Pa., was sentenced to a term of imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for a flat 45 days and fines of $2,500, County Intermediate Punishment for 24 months for the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol. Officer Bruce Hoffman of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Seeley for the offense in August 2014. County Intermediate Punishment involves a combination of restrictions and supervision. It may include home confinement, electronic monitor, and substance abuse treatment. Violations can result in incarceration.

    Guilty Pleas

    Edward Schrader, 65, Sayre, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Indecent Assault, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Schrader will be sentenced in February, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department, and a report by the Pennsylvania Sexual Offender Assessment Board. Sentencing is delayed because the Board report takes at least 90 days. Officer Sean Flynn of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Schrader for the offense in October.

    Cory Briggs, 29, Gillett, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Firearm not to be Carried w/o License, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Briggs will be sentenced on Dec. 22, 2014, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford county Probation Department. Officer Roger Clink of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Briggs for the offense on June 10, 2014.

    Christopher Heasley, 25, Fassett, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Public Drunkenness, a summary offense. Heasley will be sentenced on Dec. 22, 2014, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Kyle Gruber of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Heasley following investigation of an incident that occurred in Troy Borough.

    Martin Rockwell, 23, Canton, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. Rockwell will be sentenced on Dec. 22, 2014, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Trey Kurtz of the Canton Borough Police Department arrested Rockwell for the offense in July 2014.

    Martin Rockwell, 23, Canton, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Theft by Deception, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Rockwell will be sentenced on Dec. 22, 2014, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Trey Kurtz of the Canton Borough Police Department arrested Rockwell for the offense in July 2014.

    Brandon Seeley, 25, Sayre, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Seeley was also sentenced on this date. Trooper William McDermott of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Seeley following investigation of an incident that occurred in Litchfield Township.

    Brandon Seeley, 25, Sayre, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Seeley was also sentenced on this date. Officer Bruce Hoffman of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Seeley for the offense in August 2014.

    ARD

    Casey Stillman, 20, 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, Stillman will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Additionally, Stillman 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. Officer Andrew Stevens of the Athens Borough Police Department filed the charges in August 2014 for the offense in Athens Borough.

    Ernest Vanderpool, 73, Towanda, 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, Vanderpool will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Additionally, Vanderpool 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 John Werner of the Towanda Borough Police Department filed the charges in August 2014 for the offense in Towanda Borough.

    Christian Kovacs, 31, 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, Kovacs will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Additionally, Kovacs 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. Officer Andrew Stevens of the Athens Borough Police Department filed the charges in July 2014 for the offense in Athens Borough.

    Sayla Kane, 20, Hancock, 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 nine months. While on probation, Kane will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Additionally, Kane 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 Trey Kurtz of the Canton Borough Police Department filed the charges in August 2014 for the offense in Canton Borough.

    Peter Negron, 32, Ulster, 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, Negron will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Additionally, Negron 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. Officer Andrew Stevens of the Athens Borough Police Department filed the charges in June 2014 for the offense in Athens Borough.

    Stephen Comereski, 20, Ulster, 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, Comereski will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Officer Denny Slater of the Athens Township Police Department filed the charges in August 2014 for the offense in Athens Township.

    Paige McCabe, 20, Towanda, Pa., charged with the offense of Retail Theft, was accepted into the ARD Program and placed on probation for a term of six months. While on probation, McCabe will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use.

    Officer John Fedorchak of the Athens Township Police Department filed the charges in September 2014 for the offense in Athens Township.

    NOLO CONTENDERE

    Christopher Heasley, 25, Fassett, Pa., entered a plea of nolo contendere/no contest to Resisting Arrest, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Heasley will be sentenced on Dec. 22, 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 Kyle Gruber of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Heasley following investigation of an incident that occurred in Troy Borough.


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    LCB violations

    SUNBURY - The Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement has cited Goodwill Hose Co. Inc., 500 Reagan St., Sunbury, for failing to maintain complete and truthful records covering business operations for a period of two years immediately preceding Oct. 16, concerning the local option of Small Games of Chance Act.

    The citation was issued Nov. 13.

    On Thursday, the bureau cited Brewers Outlet, 231 Reagan St., Sunbury, for sales to minors.

    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. The judge can also impose a license suspension or revocation of the license based on the severity of the charge.

    Burglary charges

    TOWER CITY - Bradley Merwine, 35, of Donaldson, and Jeff Leach, 34, of Coal Township, have been charged by state police at Schuylkill Haven with burglary-related offenses in connection with a break-in at a garage owned by Robert Madenford, 43, of Tower City.

    Police said Merwine and Leach are accused of gaining entry into the garage at 253 Main St. between 8 p.m. July 4 and 1 p.m. July 5 and stealing several tools, including a Bostich air-powered roofing nailer, a black air compressor with two wheels, a blue and silver Campbell Hausfeld ½-inch air-powered impact wrench, a blue and silver Campbell Hausfeld ½-inch air-powered ratchet, a yellow electric stick welder, a diamond-plated tool box and a Black and Decker 3.5-amp variable speed jigsaw.

    Police said the burglars fled on foot through a wooded trail with the stolen items that were eventually brought to 288 Main St. and hidden in several locations on the property.

    As of Friday, the yellow electric welder, black air compressor and variable speed jigsaw have been recovered.

    Burglary

    BUFFALO TOWNSHIP - State police at Milton reported someone stole a bag containing approximately $900 worth of hunting supplies owned by Randall Rebuck, 61, of Sunbury, from W.H. Troup Road between Nov. 16 and Thursday.

    DUI

    LOST CREEK - Michell M. Houtz, 40, of Ashland, was charged by state police at Frackville with driving under the influence of alcohol relating to a traffic stop at 11:10 p.m. Friday on Route 54 in this Schuylkill County village.

    Sobriety checkpoints

    COAL TOWNSHIP - The North Central Highway Safety Network's Regional DUI Enforcement Group and Coal Township police announced roving patrols or sobriety checkpoints will be conducted this week on Routes 61, 225, 125, 54, 487, 901 and 147 or other connecting roadways to municipalities.

    Travelers are reminded to report drunk drivers by dialing 911. To report underage drinking, call 1-888-under-21.

    The roving patrols and checkpoints are funded through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and National Highway Safety Administration.


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  • 11/23/14--21:00: Court notes
  • M&T Bank and Manufacturers and Traders Trust Co. to Jerry R. McDonald and Diane S. McDonald for $138,000; Luzerne.

    Daniel Dougal and Maryann Dougal to Matthew W. Petroski for $75,000; Dallas Township.

    Emily M. Kimsey and Mark R. Kimsey to Jamie L. Trevethan for $97,500; Harveys Lake.

    Geoffrey S. Rittenhouse and Melanie J. Rittenhouse to Kevin D. Szychowski and Kelly Ann Szychowski for $195,000; Bear Creek Township.

    Imelda Simonson (per agent) and Anthony J. Bell to Nicole M. Bernard for $106,00; Jenkins Township.

    Mary Claire Manganiello to Aaron Littzi for $210,00; Plains Township.

    John Colon and Maria Colon to Joseph C. Barbera (trustee) and St. Jude’s Parish for $117,00; Wright Township.

    Antonietta Diblasi and Antonietta Diblasi Peterson to La Via Del Croce, LLC for $115,000; Hazleton.

    Justin James and Jordan Ashley Belusko and Jordan James to Ibis Saracinaj and Gabrielle T. Delucca for $115,000; Butler Township.

    Rose Ann Harmon to Gary R. Mundy and Paula M. Parmenteri for $214,500; Salem Township.

    Ronald Przbyloski and Ronald Przbyloski and Frank Przbyloski (estate) to Cathryn M. Brown for $190,000; Union Township.

    William J. Reardon and Cheryl L. Reardon to Thomas R. Wynn and Janice R. Wynn for $152,000; Wilkes-Barre.

    Christopher J. Evans and Heather Evans to David J. Carey Jr. for $135,000; Exeter.

    William P. Sommer and Melissa E. Sommer to Richard M. Zawatsky and Catherine J. Zawatsky for $95,000; Michael Minichello to William J. Thomas and Marion L. Thomas for $79,000; Dallas.


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    Three-vehicle crash

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Township police are continuing their investigation into an accident just after midnight Sunday involving three vehicles and a utility pole in the 900 block of West Arch Street.

    Patrolman Jason Adams reported Brian Drust, 34, of Coal Township, was driving a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee west when his vehicle struck a parked black Jeep Cherokee on the north side of the street. The impact caused the parked Jeep to strike a nearby utility pole and a red Geo Tracker parked in front of the black Jeep.

    The pole was not damaged and the Tracker sustained moderate damage. The black Jeep and Drust's Jeep sustained extensive damage and were towed from the scene.

    Drust was not injured.

    Truck theft update

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Harold John McGurl Jr., of Ashland, will be charged with theft-related offenses for allegedly stealing a black 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 cab crew from B&L Chevrolet-Buick on Route 61 Friday.

    Police said McGurl was allowed to take the truck valued at $45,000 for a test drive between 4:45 and 5 p.m., but failed to return the vehicle to the dealership.

    The truck was recovered by Pottsville police at 10 p.m. Friday and McGurl was taken into custody without incident. He was incarcerated in Schuylkill County Prison on a bench warrant issued Sept. 29 for failing to appear in Schuylkill County Court on charges of theft by unlawful taking and criminal mischief, according to court documents.

    He had been released from prison Feb. 27 on $5,000 unsecured bail.

    According to court documents, McGurl was also charged by police with violating a protection from abuse order for an Aug. 25 incident.

    Citations

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Coal Township Code Enforcement Officer Chris Petrovich cited James Hoffman, of 1040 W. Arch St., Coal Township, for having high brush, grass and weeds in a backyard at a property he owns at 1308 W. Independence St.

    Petrovich also cited Nicole Hart, of 1546 Pulaski Ave., Coal Township, for allowing rubbish to accumulate at the back and side of her home and having a dead cat on her front porch.

    The citations were issued Nov. 17.

    Window shot

    LYKENS - State police said a bullet was shot through an upstairs bedroom window and landed on the dresser of Edward Andrew Lasalle, 41, of 436 Henniger Road, Mifflin Township, sometime between Oct 31, 2012, and Oct. 31, 2014. Anyone with information is asked to contact state police in Lykens at 717-362-8700.


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