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  • 11/24/14--21:00: Police Briefs 11/25/2014
  • Pipe damaged

    State police at Towanda said someone damaged an exterior water pipe that runs along the roadway sometime between 6 p.m. and 11:45 p.m. Nov. 10 on Lookout Road in Columbia Township.

    Police said the victim is Talisman Energy of Horseheads, N.Y., and anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact state police at Towanda at (570) 265-2186.

    Man suffers major injury

    State police at Towanda said Chris E. Seymour, 51, of Gillett, had a major injury in a crash at 6:09 p.m. Nov. 9 on Roaring Run Road in South Creek Township.

    Police said he was traveling west and lost control of his Chevrolet Trailblazer, which struck a tree on the northern side of the roadway.

    Police said he was charged for a violation of "driving vehicle at safe speed."

    No injuries

    State police at Towanda said Franklin Tillotson of Canton was not injured in a crash at 12:53 p.m. Nov. 13 on Southside Road in LeRoy Township.

    Police said he was traveling west in his Buick LeSabre, which drifted off the road and struck a mailbox, causing disabling damage to the passenger side front wheel. It came to final rest facing west in the westbound travel lane of Southside Road.

    Junior's Towing assisted at the scene, police said.

    No one injured

    State police at Towanda said Lavern Jordan Wagler, 22, of Ulster, was not injured in a one-vehicle crash at 6:04 p.m. Nov. 13 on Lake Road, approximately three-quarter of a mile north of Hollenback Road, in Rome Township.

    Police said Wagler was traveling north when he lost control on a right curve of his Honda Civic, which traveled off the east shoulder and struck a tree. It sustained disabling damage as a result of the crash. The vehicle was towed, police said.

    Police said a charge for a violation of "driving on roadways laned for traffic" was filed on Wagler through District Court 42-3-04.

    One injured

    State police at Towanda said Willis McCauley, 77, of Rome, had a moderate injury in a one-vehicle crash at 10:54 a.m. Nov. 14 on Battle Creek Road, one-half mile north of Route 187, in Rome Township.

    Police said McCauley lost control of his Nissan Murano for unknown reasons and traveled off the east shoulder, over a steep embankment, and struck a tree with the front-end of the vehicle. It rolled over onto its roof, and sustained disabling damage and was towed.

    Police said McCauley was transported to Robert Packer Hospital for medical treatment.

    According to police, a charge for a violation of "driving on roadways laned for travel" was filed on McCauley through District Court 42-3-04. The Rome Volunteer Fire Department and Fire Police, Memorial EMS, and Benjamin's Towing assisted.

    Man charged with suspicion of DUI

    State police at Towanda said a 26-year-old Gillett man is being charged with suspicion of DUI after admitting to taking six cold and flu pills and then driving to another residence to pick up tires at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 12 on Route 14 in Troy.

    Police did not identify the man.

    Fight reported

    State police at Towanda said four people were charged with one count each of harassment after engaging in a fight at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 12 at a location on Route 14 in Troy Township.

    Police said those who were charged are John Baptist Garino, 26, of Gillett; Bernard Travis Baker, 32, of Troy; a 15-year-old Troy male juvenile; and Daniel Thomas Breese, 20, of Troy.

    Police also listed Garino and Baker as victims in the incident.

    Woman charged with DUI

    State police at Towanda said charges were filed against Sherryann C. Levindoski, 46, of Troy Township, for DUI following a one-vehicle crash at 9:59 a.m. Nov. 12 on Coolbaugh Hill Road in Granville Township, in which she was involved.

    While police interviewed Levindoski at Robert Packer Hospital, she shows signs of intoxication, police said.

    DUI crash

    State police at Towanda said Tonya Lynn Schrader/Cummings, 44, of Canton, operated a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, and lost control, resulting in a crash at 7:45 p.m. Sept. 12 on Bailey's Corners Road at Bunyon Hill Road in Granville Township.

    No injuries reported

    State police at Towanda said a crash occurred at approximately 6:15 a.m. Nov. 6 on the Berwick Turnpike in Burlington Township.

    Police did not identify the driver.

    According to police, the driver was traveling south, went through a right-hand turn, and saw a deer in the roadway. The driver swerved to avoid hitting the deer and lost control of the vehicle, when he tried to bring it back into his lane of travel. Police said the Chevrolet Cobalt spun approximately 90 degrees and slid into an embankment. Police said the vehicle was winched onto the roadway by Junior's Towing and driven from the scene.

    The Smithfield Township Volunteer Fire Department also assisted at the scene.

    Man not injured in crash

    State police at Towanda said William A. Jenkins, 46, of Columbia Cross Roads, was not injured in a one-vehicle crash at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 on Route 14 in Troy Township.

    Police said he was traveling north and struck a deer. Police said his Ford Explorer had heavy front passenger side damage and was towed by Junior's Towing.

    No injuries when vehicle strikes deer

    State police at Towanda said the driver was not injured in a crash at 7:51 p.m. Nov. 7 on Route 6 in Burlington Township in which a Jeep Liberty struck a deer.

    Police did not identify the driver.

    According to police, the deer entered the roadway from the eastbound lane and crossed the roadway into the westbound lane, where the vehicle struck the deer. Police said the vehicle had minor damage and was able to be driven from the scene.

    People not injured

    State police at Towanda said no one was injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred at 5:36 p.m. Nov. 5 on Route 6 in Wysox Township.

    According to police, drivers involved in the crash were Joseph Weber of Frederick, Colo. and Leslie Porter of Towanda.

    Police said Weber was traveling west and Porter was driving east. Weber turning left into Flynn Beverage, and was trying to cross over the eastbound lane of travel. While making the left turn and partially in the eastbound lane, Weber's vehicle struck Porter's vehicle, police said.

    Both vehicles could be driven from the scene, police said.


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  • 11/24/14--21:00: Court notes 11/25/14
  • PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS

    Harry N. Perrillo and Connie L. Perrillo to Donald Ball and Nancy Ball for $325,000; Harveys Lake.

    Gary Thomas (agent), Betty Lewis Thomas (per agent) and Elizabeth Thomas (per agent) to David W. Modlesky for $76,500; West Wyoming.


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  • 11/25/14--21:00: Court notes 11/26/14
  • Chad A. Ruggiero to Jennifer Babineau and Nicholas Joseph Babineau for $92,700; Hazleton.

    Evan E. Roberts and Sara J. Roberts to Robert L. Fry Jr. and Joanne M. Fry for $118,000; Rice Township.

    Richard D. Glass and Elizabeth J. Glass to Sean M. Schwartz and Tracy M. Schwartz for $220,000; Jackson Township.

    Alphonso Zito III and Lucille M. Zito to John Hernandez and Nicole Hernandez for $162,000; Sugarloaf Township.

    Robert Dungey and Sandra Dungey to Paul F. Doughty and Theresa M. Doughty for $214,000; Dallas Township.

    Michael Barone (executor), Christopher Paul Barone (estate) and Christopher P. Barone (estate) to Robert L. Besecker Jr. and Theresa M. Besecker for $100,000; Kingston.

    Jason L. Deiter and Kristen L. Deiter to William J. Reardon and Cheryl L. Reardon for $220,000; Duryea.

    Presidential Land Co. LTD to Puneet Bajaj and Shaifali Gupta for $429,900; Rice Township.

    Helen Man to Ernesto Tapia and Lucero Torres for $74,900; Wilkes-Barre.

    David Budzak (trustee), Family Trust Budzak, John Budzak (trustee), Helen Budzak (per agent) and John E. Budzak (agent) to James D. Simko for $79,000; Pittston.

    Alliance Road Associates LP, PCG Inc. (general partner), Matthew S. Karpowicz and Rose Ann Karpowicz for $224,597; Butler Township.

    Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to Jamie Leib for $95,000; Sugarloaf Township.

    Robert A. Conforti and Lorraine K. Conforti to Donald Lewis and April Lewis for $335,000; Fairview Township.

    John J. Rauch and Jessica L. Rauch to Danielle McElroy for $190,000; Hanover Township.

    Rony A. Adam and Talia Adam to Timothy M. Opiel and Hilary Opiel for $582,500; Bear Creek Township.

    Nicole L. West to Tina L. Westover for $179,900; Huntington Township.


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  • 11/25/14--21:00: Police Briefs 11/26/2014
  • Dead rabbit placed in mailbox

    State police at Towanda said they are investigating a harassment incident that took place sometime between 8 p.m. Oct. 31 and 9 a.m. Nov. 2 on the Burlington Turnpike in Burlington Township in which someone placed a dead rabbit in the mailbox of two 21-year-old women, causing damage to the mail and the inside of the mailbox.

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

    Vehicle strikes tree in Towanda area

    David J. Gratkowski, 34, of Sayre was uninjured in a recent motor vehicle accident in the Towanda area, police said.

    Gratkowski was traveling south on U.S. Route 220 at 3:25 a.m. Monday when, for unknown reasons, he lost control of his Chevrolet Silverado, police said.

    The vehicle began to spin, traveled off the east side of the road, and struck a tree, state police at Towanda said.

    No charges were filed against Gratkowski, state police said.

    Male charged with felony computer trespass

    Following investigation into a report of an incident of a possible computer trespass of a female victim's cell phone, a 17-year-old male from Waverly, N.Y. was arrested for felony computer trespass. The youth is accused of illegally accessing (synced) a female victim's personal cell phone to his computer.

    The arrest was made on Nov. 12, 2014 and he will answer the criminal charges in Village of Waverly Justice on a December 2014 court date.

    DWI arrest made

    At 1:47 a.m. on Nov. 15, 2014, Tonia Lee Irish, 41, of Sayre, Pa., was arrested for felony DWI following a traffic stop on Elizabeth Street, Waverly, N.Y.

    Irish was also cited for felony aggravated unlicensed operation in the 1st degree, felony DWI with a BAC above .08 percent and the infraction of operating a vehicle without an "Interlock Device."

    Irish was arraigned in the Village of Waverly Justice Court and bail was set at $10,000.00. She was sent to the Tioga County NY jail to await further court action.

    Hit and run MVA occurs

    Upon investigation into a motor vehicle accident that occurred at 12:01 a.m., on Nov. 16 on Clark Street, Waverly, N.Y., Michael L. Engle, 30, was arrested for leaving the scene of property damage MVA, aggravated unlicensed operation in the 3rd degree, operating with no insurance and moving from lane unsafely. The date and time of his arrest was at 11:20 a.m. on Nov. 16, 2014.

    Engle was arraigned in the Village of Waverly Justice Court and was sent to the Tioga County NY Jail to await further court action.

    Bail was set at $2,500.00.


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    Hit and run

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Kevin Iwanski, 47, of 1105 E. Webster St., Coal Township, told police a vehicle struck his 2010 Dodge Caravan while it was parked near his residence at 7 p.m. Monday. The driver then fled the scene.

    Iwanski's vehicle sustained minor damage to its passenger side front fender, wheel and tire.

    Terroristic threats

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Justin Nahodil, 24, of 706 Lombard St., Shamokin, has been charged by Patrolman Chris Lapotsky with terroristic threats, simple assault and harassment involving a disturbance at 12:04 a.m. Friday at 1820 Maple Ave.

    Police reported Nahodil allegedly threatened Daniel Calabro, 41, of 1820 Maple Ave., with a knife. Police said Calabro was able to take the knife away from Nahodil.

    Nahodil was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III and released on $5,000 bail.

    DUI

    SHAMOKIN - Leon J. Phillips, 43, of 1404 Hemlock St., Coal Township, was charged by Patrolman Raymond Siko II with driving under the influence of alcohol, careless driving and failing to wear a seat belt involving a Nov. 15 traffic stop in the 100 block of West Lincoln Street.

    Police reported Phillips, who was observed driving recklessly, refused to submit to a blood test. He also is accused of using obscene language toward police while claiming he did nothing wrong.

    Stalking

    SHAMOKIN - Charges of stalking, disorderly conduct and harassment were filed by Patrolman Raymond Siko II against Mark E. Shurgalla, 43, of 268 S. Lily Road, Paxinos.

    Police reported Shurgalla allegedly followed Zoey Parker in September and Oct. 24 while she was walking on a city street and operating a vehicle.

    Multiple charges

    SHAMOKIN - Patrolman Raymond Siko II has charged Joshua T. Hill, 27, of 328 E. North St., Marion Heights, with driving under the influence of Xanax, unauthorized transfer or use of registration, careless driving, hit and run and driving without insurance.

    The charges relate to an Oct. 27 accident at Grant and Birch streets.

    DUI

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Patrolman Edward Purcell has charged Brendon R. Connell, 31, of 624 E. Commerce St., Shamokin, with two counts of driving under the influence of a controlled substance involving a Sept. 20 sobriety checkpoint on Route 61 at Luke Fidler.

    Police reported Connell was under the influence of Diazepam, Nordiazepam, Clonazepam and morphine-free.

    Drug charges

    SHAMOKIN - Rex Allen Hepner Sr., 66, of 19 E. Independence St., Shamokin, was charged by Trooper David Burns of state police at Stonington with possession with intent to deliver heroin, possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia involving a Sept. 18 incident at his residence.

    In addition to 13 bags of heroin, police found a spoon and a black case containing drug paraphernalia including a glass smoking device, four empty bags of heroin and $259 in cash.

    DUI offenses

    STONINGTON - Jyl Marie Pekera, 29, of Mount Carmel, was charged by Trooper Samuel Edwards of state police at Stonington with two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol, driving on the wrong side of the road, failure to drive in a single lane, driving at an unsafe speed, careless driving and failing to wear a seat belt in connection with a May 12 accident along Route 4012 in Snydertown.

    Police said Pekera had a blood-alcohol content of .221 percent.

    DUI offenses

    STONINGTON - Bryant David Tomcavage, 21, of 307 Center St., Tharptown, was charged by Trooper David Myers of state police at Stonington with two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol, driving on the wrong side of the road, failure to drive in a single lane, driving on divided highways, driving at an unsafe speed, careless driving and failure to wear a seat belt.

    The charges relate to an Oct. 12 accident on Route 61 near Reading Turnpike Road in Shamokin Township.

    Police said Tomcavage had a blood-alcohol content of .171 percent.


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  • 11/28/14--21:00: Article 1
  • Retail theft occurs

    Athens Township Police reported the arrest of Mary E. Brennan, 51, of Athens, on Nov. 10, for the offense of retail theft. Brennan was detained by employees at the Sayre Walmart after she was witnessed taking over $200 worth of items from the store without payment. This is the third such offense for Brennan since 1983, which allowed her to be charged with felony retail theft over the misdemeanor. She was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton and received $1,000 unsecured bail. She will return to face the charge at a preliminary hearing scheduled for 8 a.m. Dec. 16 with Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw.

    Theft against elderly reported

    On Nov. 6, Athens Borough Police officers charged 25-year-old Sayre resident Ashley A. Fenchel with one count of theft by unlawful taking. The charges stem from a report in October by a representative from the Area Agency on Aging. The complaint stated that Fenchel was performing duties as an aide to an elderly woman. After Fenchel left the residence, the woman realized she was missing a large amount of money. The AAA representative was present when the money was obtained from the bank and the victim reported she had not been anywhere to spend the money. Fenchel was approached about the theft and according to the statement prepared by police she was "deceptive" and at "no point during the interview did she state that she did not take the money or deny taking the money." There have been previous reported complaints regarding Fenchel taking money without consent.

    Fenchel was arrested and charged with theft by unlawful taking. She is currently awaiting a preliminary hearing on this matter to be held Dec. 9 with Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw.

    Wife calls police after husband crashes her car

    Pennsylvania State Police responded to an emergency call regarding a one vehicle accident on Ghent Hill Road in Sheshequin Township on Oct. 6. Upon arrival to the scene, troopers found a grey Hyundai Elantra in a field off a south roadside ditch with no occupants inside.

    Running the license plate, troopers identified and called the registered owner, who relayed to authorities that she owned the vehicle and her husband was driving. She explained to officers that her husband, Millard J. Decker, 37, of Ulster, came home on foot and told her that he had wrecked her car, so she called police. When Decker learned of the call to police, he fled the residence.

    Troopers were able to contact Decker via telephone and he agreed to meet with them regarding the incident. When asked what had caused him to go off the road and crash, Decker responded that "he just fell asleep at the wheel and didn't remember much else." Upon speaking with Decker, troopers detected an odor of alcohol and he was asked to perform a field sobriety test. The tests were not performed to a satisfactory conclusion and Decker was placed under arrest for suspicion of DUI.

    He was later charged with DUI: general impairment; DUI: highest rate of alcohol and careless driving. Decker is set to face these charges with Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on Jan. 2.

    DUI crash reported

    On Sept. 15, Pennsylvania State Police responded to a reported two vehicle crash on State Route 187, just south of State Route 487 in Rome Township. Upon arriving at the scene of the accident, troopers found Joseph Mayberry, 65, of Rome, to be operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

    Mayberry was subsequently arrested and charged with DUI: General impairment, DUI: highest rate; accident involving damage, disregard traffic lane, driving at safe speed, careless driving, reckless driving and failure to stop and give information or render aid. He is set to answer to these charges on Dec. 5 with a preliminary hearing with Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton.

    K-mart reports theft

    On Oct. 30, Pennsylvania State Police were dispatched to the K-mart shopping center in Wysox Township for a report of retail theft. On arrival, troopers found Jennifer S. Johnson, 40, of Monroeton, in possession of several items of unpaid merchandise. The total value of the items was $171.83.

    Johnson was arrested and charged with one count of retail theft. She will face the charge at a preliminary hearing with Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton on Dec. 2.

    Possession of heroin results in arrest

    Pennsylvania State Troopers responded to a call regarding a male in possession of suspected heroin in a home at the American Model Homes trailer court on July 23. During the incident, the victim reported that he entered the bathroom of his residence and found 21-year-old Jordan N. Frisbie of Waverly, "loading up a syringe." At that time, the victim told Frisbie to get out of his home and Frisbie "took off" and left the needle and dirty spoon in the residence.

    The needle and tablespoon were recovered by troopers who field tested the substance on the spoon which positively identified as heroin.

    Frisbie was initially interviewed on Aug. 6 and relayed to officers that he was just preparing the drug kit for another individual because, "neither knew how to." He then admitted that the victim did enter the bathroom and saw him preparing the heroin.

    Based on the statements and interviews conducted by the troopers, Frisbie has subsequently been arrested and charged with the use or possession of drug paraphernalia. He is set to face this charge on Dec. 2, with a preliminary hearing in front of Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton.


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

    Lawrence McKeever, 33, of Elmira Heights, N.Y., was sentenced to State Intermediate Punishment for 24 months (State Intermediate Punishment is a two year program. It begins with at least seven months of regular State Prison, followed by custody in a drug/alcohol addiction center, followed by restricted living in a residential program. The prison administration must be satisfied that the prisoner has made progress in rehabilitation from substance abuse. If not, the prisoner will be dismissed from S.I.P. and resentenced.), fines of $2,500, he will also lose his driver's license for 18 months, for the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Trooper Sean Cooney of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested McKeever following investigation of an incident that occurred in Columbia Township.

    Suzanne Allen, 35, Endicott, N.Y., was sentenced to a term of imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility of from 72 hours to six months, followed by Probation supervision for a term of one year, fines of $1,100 and restitution of $1,025 on a bad check; she will also lose her driver's license for 12 months. 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 and Resisting Arrest, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Officer Richard Horton of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Allen for the offense on May 3, 2014.

    Carl Winslow, 32, Bath, N.Y., was sentenced to Probation supervision for a term of 18 months and fines for the offense of Reckless Endangering Another Person. Officer Joshua Lake of the Towanda Borough Police Department arrested Winslow for the offense in February 2014.

    Jesse Johnson, 24, Wysox, Pa., was sentenced to a term of imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 60 days to 96 days, followed by County Intermediate Punishment for 24 months (County Intermediate Punishment involves a combination of restrictions and supervision. It may include abuse treatment. Violations can result in incarceration.) for the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol. Chief Randy Epler of the Towanda Borough Police Department arrested Johnson for the offense in February 2014.

    Daniel Bellows, 28, Towanda, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for five days to six months, fines, costs of $500, for the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol.

    Officer Nathan Ross of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Bellows for the offense in March 2014.

    Ryan Smith, 20, Athens, Pa., was resentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for a flat 70 days, for the offense of Harassment and Underage Drinking. Officer James Condusta of the Athens Borough Police Department arrested Smith for the offense in November 2013.

    Robert Swackhammer, 18, Burlington, Pa., was sentenced to Probation supervision for a term of 12 months, and restitution to be determined, for the offense of Theft by Unlawful Taking. Trooper Mark Sadowski of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Swackhammer following investigation of an incident that occurred in Burlington Township.

    Robert Swackhammer, 18, Burlington, Pa., was sentenced to Probation supervision for a term of six months, and restitution to be determined, for the offense of Theft by Unlawful Taking. Trooper Anthony Stempien of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Swackhammer following investigation of an incident that occurred in Burlington Township.

    Robert Swackhammer, 18, Burlington, Pa., was sentenced to fines, costs of $100, and restitution to be determined, for the offense of Criminal Mischief. Trooper Nathan Lewis of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Swackhammer following investigation of an incident that occurred in Burlington Township.

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

    Roger Plouse, 31, Sayre, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Criminal Mischief, a misdemeanor of the third degree. Plouse will be sentenced on Jan. 12, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper William McDermott of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Plouse following investigation of an incident that occurred in Smithfield Township.

    Donald Leroy Seeley Sr., 59, Troy, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Indecent Assault/victim under 13 years. Seeley will be sentenced in March following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Miranda Musick of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Seeley following investigation of an incident that occurred in Columbia Township.

    Robyn E. Rice, 54, Canton, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Delivery of Heroin on June 5, 2014 and Delivery of Heroin on June 10, 2014, and delivery of Vicodin on June 10, 2014, all felonies. Rice will be sentenced at a later date, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Albert Ogden of the Towanda Borough Police Department and Chief Larry Hurley of the Athens Township, both working with the Bradford County Drug Task Force arrested Rice for the offense in July after a month long investigation. The Drug Task Force is organized with state funding for selected local law enforcement officers to do county-wide drug work.

    Frank Stout, 48, Rochester, N.Y., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Stout will be sentenced following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Thomas VanFleet of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Stout for the offense in July 2014.

    Wurt Brown, 70, Rome, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving under the Influence Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Brown will be sentenced in February 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Ryan Edsell of the Towanda Borough Police Department arrested Brown for the offense in May 2014.

    Richard Vargson, 26, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Delivery of a Controlled Substance, a felony. Vargson will be sentenced on Jan. 12, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Agents of the Pennsylvania State Police Vice and Narcotics Unit arrested Vargson following investigation of an incident that occurred in Athens Borough.

    Adam Johnson, 28, Rome, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to three counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance, all felonies. Johnson will be sentenced on Jan. 12, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Agents of the Pennsylvania State Police Vice and Narcotics Unit arrested Johnson following investigation of an incident that occurred in Bradford County.

    Adam Moe, 29, Rome, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offenses of Possession of a Controlled Substance, a misdemeanor. Moe will be sentenced on Jan. 12, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Robert Hutchison of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Moe following investigation of an incident that occurred in Litchfield Township.

    Scott Woodruff, 39, Monroeton, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. Woodruff will be sentenced on Jan. 12, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Deputy Brian Wibirt of the Bradford County Sheriff's Department arrested Woodruff for the offense on May 8, 2014.

    Scott Vietzen, 31, Canton, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Theft by Unlawful Taking, a felony of the second degree. Vietzen will be sentenced on Jan. 12, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Corporal Norman Strauss of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Vietzen following investigation of an incident that occurred in Canton Township.


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  • 11/30/14--21:00: Police Briefs 12/1/14
  • Aluminum cans taken

    State police at Towanda said someone cut the locks and entered a shed at 8 a.m. Nov. 12 at the corner of Cottage Avenue and Mountain Avenue in Sylvania and removed aluminum cans from inside the shed and then fled.

    Police listed the victims as "Northern Tier Landfill" and Sylvania Lions Club.

    Water pipe vandalized

    State police at Towanda said someone vandalized a water pipe along the roadway between 11 p.m. and 11:20 p.m. Nov. 14 on Lookout Road in Columbia Township.

    Police said the victim was "Fluid Delivery Systems."

    A dark-colored Jeep Commander was observed in the area, police said.

    Laptop, iPads taken

    State police at Towanda said a residential burglary occurred sometime between 5:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. Oct. 28 on Seymour Drive in Columbia Township.

    Police said the burglar or burglars gained access to the residence of Eric Allen Faust, 37, of Columbia Cross Roads by breaking a window. A Toshiba laptop and two Apple iPads were stolen from the residence, police said.

    Police said the incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact state police at Towanda at (570) 265-2186.

    Window broken

    State police at Towanda said an incident of criminal mischief took place between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. Nov. 17 on Dietz Road in Wilmot Township.

    Police said someone broke a garage door window and left the scene in an unknown direction.

    The victim was Mary Margaret Dyer, 62, police said.

    Police said they are investigating the incident.

    Cell phones taken

    State police at Towanda said a residential burglary took place between 11:30 p.m. Nov. 4 and 10:30 a.m. Nov. 5 on Mary Lane in Canton Township.

    Police said the victim, Kenneth Seymour Carey, 35, of Wyalusing, said that two cell phones, a wrist watch, and a roll of paper towels were stolen from the residence of Chris Harris Gilbert, who had recently died.

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

    Attempted burglary reported

    Kathleen Ann Millen, 65, of Gillett, told state police at Towanda that someone tried to gain entry into a residence between 3 p.m. Oct. 23 and 11 a.m. Oct. 27 on Ayres Road in Wells Township, but were unsuccessful.

    Police said the screen door on the backside of the residence was damaged. Millen was listed as the victim in the incident.

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

    Motors, wire taken

    State police at Towanda said eight electrical motors and approximately 50 feet of copper wire were removed from the Jones Saw Mill building sometime between 6 p.m. Oct. 28 and midnight Nov. 3 on Jones Mill Road in Burlington Township.

    Police listed the victim as David Martin Oley, 57, of Ulster.

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

    Man not injured

    State police at Towanda said Theodore M. Pannebaker, 23, of Mainesburg, was not injured when his Ford Explorer became engulfed in flames while traveling west at 5:50 a.m. Nov. 4 on Porter Road in Columbia Township.

    Woman not injured

    State police at Towanda said Tressa M. Bair, 19, of Columbia Cross Roads was not injured in a deer/vehicle crash that occurred when she was traveling eastbound at 11:10 p.m. Nov. 3 on Route 6 in West Burlington Township.

    Police said a deer ran out onto the roadway, from the north side of the roadway, causing her to strike the deer with the front end of her Ford Focus.

    No injuries reported

    State police at Towanda said Raymond A. Schutt, 42, of Waverly, N.Y. was not injured in a one-vehicle crash that occurred at approximately 2:50 p.m. Sept. 25 on Little Meadows Road in Warren Township.

    Police said he was traveling northbound on the road in his Peterbilt 378, and lost control, due to unknown reasons. Police said the vehicle exited the eastern edge of the roadway.

    According to police, he tried to regain control of the vehicle, but it struck the southern end of a culvert for an entrance to a field. It re-entered the roadway, traveling across both lanes of travel, overturning onto the passenger side. According to police, the vehicle struck a small upward embankment, on the western edge of the roadway, before sliding to stop, facing north, in the southern lane of the roadway, on the passenger side. Police said Shelby's Towing towed the vehicle. Schutt was charged with a violation of "roadways laned," police said.

    No one injured

    State police at Towanda said no one was injured in a one-vehicle crash that occurred at 11 p.m. Nov. 6 in Rome Township.

    According to police, Nathanial W. Mosier, 20, of Towanda, was traveling north on Route 187, when, for unknown reasons, he drove off the east roadside and struck a guard rail. He continued over top of the guard rail, into the east roadside ditch, striking a utility pole and splitting it in half. He continued for approximately 20 feet, and his Toyota Tacoma overturned onto its passenger side. It continued rolling until it came to final rest on its driver's side. Police said Babcock's Towing towed the vehicle, and Rome Volunteer Fire Department assisted on the scene. A passenger, Suzanne R. Lampman, 18, of Rome was not injured. Police said Mosier was charged with a violation of "driving on roadways."


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  • 12/01/14--21:00: Police Briefs 12/2/2014
  • Tree stolen in Monroe Twp.

    Someone recently cut down and removed a 3-foot blue spruce tree from Lester and Terri Brion's front lawn in Monroe Township, police said.

    The theft occurred sometime between 2 p.m. on Nov. 24 and 2 p.m. on Nov. 25 along Midnight Lane, state police said.

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

    Vehicle strikes tree in Monroe Twp.

    Kelsey Faith McNeal, 19, of Monroeton suffered minor injuries in a recent motor vehicle accident on state Route 414 in Monroe Township, police said.

    At 4:45 a.m. Friday, McNeal lost control of her vehicle as she was driving east on Route 414, which was covered with snow and ice at the time, police said.

    The vehicle traveled off the south side of the road, went over a small embankment, and struck a tree, state police at Towanda said.

    McNeal was cited for driving at an unsafe speed at the time of the accident, which occurred approximately one-quarter of a mile east of Brocktown Road, police said.

    New Albany woman cited for harassment

    Desiree Nicole Murdock, 31, of New Albany was cited for harassment following a recent incident that occurred along Front Street in New Albany, police said.

    Murdock was arguing with Michael Thomas George of New Albany when Murdock pushed a fence, which landed on George's left hand, police said.

    As a result, the 26-year-old George suffered a minor cut, police said.

    The incident occurred at 2:17 p.m. Wednesday, state police at Towanda said.

    Vehicle strikes utility pole in Monroe Twp.

    Ralph J. Burlingame, 70, of Towanda suffered a minor injury in a recent motor vehicle accident on U.S. Route 220 in Monroe Township, police said.

    Due to the snow and ice on the roadway, Burlingame lost control of his vehicle as he was driving south on Route 220 at 3:52 p.m. Wednesday, police said.

    The vehicle left the roadway and struck a utility pole and a mailbox, state police at Towanda said.

    A passenger in Burlingame's 1988 Dodge Dakota, 67-year-old Sandra L. Klawonn, was uninjured, police said.

    No charges were filed against Burlingame, police said.

    DUI charges

    The following people were recently charged with driving while under the influence in Bradford County:

    Sean Anthony Lichtwald, 31, of Perris, Calif., by the Towanda police, on Sept. 6 on Main Street in Towanda. A blood test revealed that Lichtwald had a blood alcohol content of .229 percent on the day of his arrest. Lichtwald's preliminary hearing, which was originally scheduled for Nov. 21 in Towanda District Court, has been postponed to Dec. 5.

    Brandon Joseph Carr, 25, of New Albany, by the Towanda police, on Sept. 27, in a parking lot off of State Street in Towanda. A blood test revealed that Carr's blood alcohol content was .186 percent on the day of his arrest.


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    DUI

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Brian Drust, 30, of Coal Township, was charged by Patrolman Jason Adams with driving under the influence of alcohol in connection with a Nov. 23 accident in the 900 block of West Arch Street.

    Police said Drust had a blood-alcohol content of .30 percent.

    Terroristic threats

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Jason McGinn, 35, of 1000 W. Mulberry St., Coal Township, has been charged by Cpl. Joshua Wynn with assaulting his wife, Bernadette Christman, 39, at 10:35 p.m. Thursday at their home.

    Police said McGinn allegedly slapped his wife, grabbed her by the throat and shoved her, causing a wrist injury. He also is accused of threatening to kill her.

    McGinn was taken into custody and placed in a holding cell at Northumberland County Prison, Sunbury. He was arraigned at 10:30 a.m. Friday by on-call Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III on charges of terroristic threats, simple assault and harassment and committed to prison in lieu of $10,000 cash bail.

    Disorderly conduct

    SHAMOKIN - Stephen A. Thompson, 24, of 173 E. Dewart St., Shamokin, was cited by Patrolman Nathan Rhodes for disorderly conduct involving a fight at Tiffany's Lounge, 58 E. Independence St., at 12:43 a.m. Nov. 20.

    Police reported Thompson knocked over bar stools and threw one of them over the bar.

    Curfew violations

    SHAMOKIN - Patrolman Scott Weaver cited a 16-year-old Shamokin male and a 12-year-old city boy for a curfew violation relating to an incident at 1:36 a.m. Sunday at Wendy's in downtown Shamokin.

    Criminal mischief

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Police here reported someone broke off a door handle on the passenger side of a 1999 Toyota Avalon between 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and 4 a.m. Thursday in the 800 block of West Walnut Street.

    Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call Coal Township police at 570-644-0333.

    Aggravated assault

    LYKENS - Harold Zulauf, 26, of Herndon, has been charged with aggravated assault for allegedly attempting to assault a state police trooper at the Lykens barracks at 10:55 p.m. Saturday.

    Police said Zulauf resisted arrest and engaged in a physical altercation with the trooper, who was not identified by police. The trooper escaped injury.

    Zulauf was taken into custody and transported to Dauphin County Judicial Center.

    Theft charges

    MOUNT CARMEL TOWNSHIP - Patrolman Brian Carnuccio has charged Matthew C. Santangelo, 58, of 315 W. Saylor St., Atlas, with theft and receiving stolen property.

    According to police, Santangelo stole a $150 battery charger and a 50-foot air hose valued at $100 from a property along Route 61 in Atlas owned by Henry "Rick" Catino.

    Santangelo was arraigned Friday morning by on-call Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III and committed to Northumberland County Prison in Sunbury in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.

    Simple assault

    MILTON - Dustin Heddings, 23, of Watsontown, was arraigned Friday morning by on-call Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III on charges of simple assault and harassment involving a disturbance on Broadway Street Thanksgiving.

    Police said Heddings is accused of striking Amanda Brooking in the face, causing a bloody nose. Police said the disturbance occurred at 8:18 p.m.

    Heddings was committed to Northumberland County Prison in Sunbury in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.


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  • 12/01/14--21:00: Court notes 12/2/14
  • PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS

    George Chukinas (executor) and Joseph H. Chukinas (estate) and Joseph Chukinas (estate) to Aaron James for $94,500; Wright Township.

    Alma Randall to Richard J. Novak for $79,794; Forty Fort.

    Willard J. Brown to Gary P. Swieboda for $85,250; Duryea.

    Janet E. Pisaneschi and George D. Pisaneschi to Tara A. Chase for $166,000; Wyoming.

    Barbara L. Mark to Alissa Lukasavage for $133,000; Luzerne.

    Daniel G. Rickard and Tamara Ann Rickard to Jerome J. McHale Jr. for $175,000; Edwardsville.

    Livia Puskas to Megan Toothaker for $180,000; Conyngham.

    Tammy M. Piccolotti to DCL Holding Group LLC for $190,000; Plains Township.


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  • 12/02/14--21:00: Police Briefs 12/3/2014
  • DUI arrest reported

    Pennsylvania State Police charged Nickey R. Landry, 29, of Sayre, following a traffic stop conducted on Aug. 10 on North Lehigh Avenue in Sayre Borough with several charges related to DUI.

    The officer was on patrol when he observed a vehicle driven by Landry fail to properly stop at a posted stop sign. The trooper then activated his emergency lights and initiated a traffic stop.

    During the initial conversation with the officer, Landry was observed with red, glassy eyes and a noticeable odor of alcohol emitting from his person. Landry was then asked to step out of the vehicle and perform a battery of field sobriety tests, which he failed to perform in a satisfactory manor.

    Landry was arrested and charged with DUI: high rate of alcohol; DUI: general impairment, failure to obey stop signs and careless driving. He will face these charges at a preliminary hearing with Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on Dec. 19.

    Man charged with DUI

    Officers with the Athens Borough Police Department charged Scott Q. Rigsby, 20, of Newburg, Mo., following a traffic stop conducted on Nov. 22, on North Elmira Street with several charges related to DUI.

    The officer was on patrol when he observed a vehicle driven by Rigsby traveling west on West Pine Street in the center of the roadway. The vehicle then turned onto North Elmira Street and again drove in the center of the roadway before correcting and drifting over the yellow line on the right side of the road. The officer then activated his emergency lights and initiated a traffic stop.

    During the initial conversation with the officer, Rigsby was observed with red, glassy eyes and a noticeable odor of alcohol emitting from his person. Rigsby was then asked to step out of the vehicle and perform a battery of field sobriety tests, which he failed to perform in a satisfactory manor.

    Rigby was arrested and charged with DUI: high rate of alcohol; DUI: general impairment, DUI: general impairment first offense, required position and method of turning and driving on the right side of the roadway. He was prearraigned by Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton on Nov. 22 and received $10,000 bail. He will face these charges at a preliminary hearing with Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on Dec. 9.

    Drugs and paraphernalia result in DUI arrest

    Officers with the Athens Borough Police department charged Shannon L. Kellam, 37, of Athens, following a traffic stop conducted on Nov. 9, in the parking lot of Twin Rivers Terrace off Spruce Street, with several charges related to DUI.

    The officer was on patrol when he observed a vehicle driven by Kellam, with no passenger side headlight, fail to turn several times without using a signal. The officer then activated his emergency lights and initiated a traffic stop.

    During the initial conversation with the officer, Kellam was asked for her license, registration and insurance information for the vehicle and she stated that she did not have a valid license. The officer then observed a short purple straw used commonly for imbibing narcotics. There was also an alcohol swab with what appeared to be fresh blood and an open can of beer in the back seat of the vehicle. As she was asked to exit the vehicle officers found hypodermic needles in the passenger door pocket, loaded with what appeared to be narcotics.

    Kellam was arrested and subsequently charged with prohibited acts and penalties, prohibited offensive weapons, driving with suspended license: DUI related and restrictions on alcohol related to the open container. She will face these charges at a preliminary hearing with Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on Dec. 23.

    Drug related DUI arrest occurs

    Officers with the Athens Borough Police department charged Mark M. W. Capwell, 20, of Rome, following a traffic stop conducted on Oct. 31, on Front Street, with several charges related to DUI.

    The officers were on patrol on 199 South when they came upon a vehicle driven by Capwell that failed to use low beams to the oncoming vehicle. When Capwell did switch his headlights to the low setting, the officer observed the driver's side headlight was out.

    The officer then followed the vehicle and activated his emergency lights and initiated a traffic stop on Front Street.

    During the initial conversation with the officer, Capwell was asked for his license, registration and insurance information for the vehicle and could only produce his insurance card. The officer observed Capwell was sluggish in his movements and had what appeared to be saliva around his lips that was very white.

    The officer ran the information provided by Capwell and was informed of an outstanding warrant for his arrest in Bradford County for failure to appear.

    Capwell was arrested and subsequently charged with DUI: controlled substances, impaired ability; use of multiple beam road lighting and general lighting requirements.

    He will face these charges at a preliminary hearing with Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on Jan. 2, 2015.

    DUI arrest made

    Officers with the Sayre Borough Police department charged Joseph J. R. Nolan, 20, of Elmira, following a call to respond to Elsbree Street in Sayre for a report of a car running with the door open and the person in the driver's seat appearing to be passed out on Oct. 25.

    Upon arrival, officers found Nolan passed out in his vehicle, which appeared to be covered in vomit throughout. The officers awakened Nolan after several attempts. When asked for his information, he could not provide it. Nolan told the officers that he had left a Halloween party and attempted to drive home.

    Nolan was then asked to step out of the vehicle and perform a battery of field sobriety tests, which he failed to perform in a satisfactory manor.

    Nolan was arrested and subsequently charged with DUI: highest rate of alcohol and driving with a suspended license, DUI related. He will face these charges at a preliminary hearing with Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on Jan. 2, 2015.


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    Resists arrest

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Kevin S. Carsto, 21, of 1116 Chemung St., was jailed early Tuesday morning for allegedly possessing a small amount of marijuana and resisting arrest.

    Coal Township police say Carsto refused officers' commands as they attempted to take him into custody. Carsto and a female not charged in the incident were discovered sleeping inside a vehicle shortly before 2 a.m. to the rear of the Bunker Hill Sports Complex. A small amount of marijuana and a piece of tin foil rolled into a smoking pipe were found inside the vehicle, police say.

    Carsto is charged by Patrolman Terry Ketchem with drug possession, paraphernalia possession and resisting arrest. He was arraigned later Tuesday morning by Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III, Shamokin, and released from Northumberland County Prison, Sunbury, on $5,000 unsecured bail. Patrolman David Sage assisted at the scene.

    Carsto resigned in September from the county prison, where he worked as a corrections officer. In seeking release on unsecured bail, he told the judge that he had recently taken the state civil service test and that he was applying for work at a state penitentiary.

    Crash

    PAXINOS - Roni J. LaRose, 39, of Ranshaw, was identified Tuesday by state police at Stonington as the motorist who sustained major injuries in a crash Monday on Route 61 north of Route 487.

    LaRose was listed in serious condition Tuesday at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, according to a hospital spokesman.

    Police say LaRose was driving a 2013 Toyota Venza south about 4:45 p.m. when she struck the rear of a southbound 2012 Ford Escape driven by Judith A. Marose, 65, of Coal Township.

    Both vehicles spun across the northbound lane, off the roadway and into an embankment, causing LaRose's vehicle to roll onto its roof.

    Both LaRose and Marose were wearing seat belts, police say, as was a passenger in Marose's vehicle: 66-year-old Sharon A. Stamm of Shamokin. Neither Marose nor Stamm were injured, police said.

    Condition update

    DANVILLE - Conner Wheary, 6, injured in a rollover crash Nov. 26 near Dalmatia, was listed in fair condition Tuesday at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, according to a hospital spokesman.

    His brother, 5-year-old Landen Seidel, has since been discharged from the hospital, the spokesman said.

    The boys were hospitalized following a rollover crash along Route 225 that killed their mother, Rachael (Geise) Seidel, 26, of Coal Township. Wheary had been admitted in critical condition, and his brother in fair condition.

    DUI

    ELYSBURG - Raymond Allen Smith, 56, of Reichwein Road, Lavelle, is charged with three counts of driving under the influence following a May 17 traffic stop along Route 54 near Sheetz convenience store.

    According to a criminal complaint, Smith's blood alcohol level was 0.205 percent, exceeding the legal limit of 0.08 percent, and that he also had hydrocodone in his system.

    Ralpho Township Patrolman Chris Dailey says Smith was stopped after the rollback truck he was driving crossed both the center line and the fog line. Smith allegedly displayed physical signs of intoxication.

    He was also cited for violating the traffic law "roadways laned for traffic."

    The charges were filed Nov. 25 at the office of Magisterial District Judge Hugh A. Jones, Mount Carmel.

    Meth in wallet

    ATLAS - David R. Disciullo, 28, of 218 E. Columbia Ave., is charged with possessing methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

    Mount Carmel Patrolman Matthew Filarski said Disciullo possessed the drug on July 6 inside a glassine packet found in his wallet that was left behind at the township station after the Atlas man had already been transported to Northumberland County Prison, Sunbury, for a separate incident.

    The charges were filed Nov. 25 at the office of Magisterial District Judge Hugh A. Jones, Mount Carmel.

    Stolen TV

    MOUNT CARMEL - Anthony M. Zamboni, 27, of Shamokin, is charged by borough Patrolman Jason Drumheller with theft and receiving stolen property. Zamboni is accused of stealing a $500 flat-screen television on June 22 from Tiffany Kemfort, of 216 W. Second St. The charges were filed Nov. 25 at the office of Magisterial District Judge Hugh A. Jones, Mount Carmel.

    Bad checks

    MOUNT CARMEL - Ashley Marie Knopp, 25, of 118 S. Orange St., is charged by Patrolman Justin Stelma with access device fraud, two counts of theft, receiving stolen property and bad checks. Knopp is accused of depositing $1,180 in bogus checks between Sept. 8 and 10 and fraudulently withdrawing the cash or spending it as a point of sale transaction. The charges were filed Nov. 25 at the office of Magisterial District Judge Hugh A. Jones, Mount Carmel.


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  • 12/03/14--21:00: Police Briefs 12/4/2014
  • Crash reported

    On Oct. 25, Pennsylvania State Police responded to a one vehicle crash on North Rome Road in Rome Township. A vehicle, driven by Cody P. Allemond, 24, of Carencro, La., lost control when exiting a left curve. The vehicle then traveled into the eastbound lane and struck an embankment on the eastbound shoulder of North Rome Road. Due to the impact, the vehicle overturned and came to rest on the driver's side of the vehicle.

    The investigation into this incident is currently underway.

    Burglary occurs

    Pennsylvania State Police were called for a reported incident of burglary which occurred on Nov. 1 on Route 220 in Ulster Township. The incident occurred as the victim and his nephew arrived home after leaving the residence for approximately four hours. They found several items missing from inside and a window that appeared to have been entered. Anyone with information regarding this incident can contact the Towanda barracks of the Pennsylvania State Police at (570) 265-2186.

    Bike stolen

    Sometime between Oct. 28-29, an unknown person took a black bicycle from behind the Subway restaurant on Route 6 in Wyalusing Township. Anyone with information regarding this incident can contact the Towanda barracks of the Pennsylvania State Police at (570) 265-2186.

    Woman arrested for DUI

    On Oct. 11, officers with the Athens Borough Police Department reported the arrest of Kimberly Ann P. Wilkinson, 40, of Athens, for several offenses related to driving while intoxicated.

    According to the statements filed by officers, Wilkinson was observed driving a green minivan north on North Elmira Street while swerving across the double yellow lines of the roadway. The vehicle also stopped at a flashing yellow light at North Elmira Street and West Pine Street and performed a very wide turn onto West Pine Street. At this time, a traffic stop was initiated.

    During the traffic stop, Wilkinson was found to have a strong odor of alcohol emitting from her person and her speech was slow and slurred. Wilkinson was then asked to perform the standard battery of field sobriety tests, which she failed to perform in a satisfactory manner.

    Wilkinson was subsequently arrested and charged with: DUI: highest rate of alcohol, DUI: general impairment, required position of turning and driving on the right side of the roadway. She is set to answer these charges at a preliminary hearing with Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on Dec. 19.

    Call to police results in DUI arrest

    On Oct. 28, Bradford County dispatch relayed to officers with the Sayre Borough Police Department a call regarding a drunk driver in the area of Lockhart Street in the borough. The caller relayed to officers that they observed the driver of a white pick-up truck leave Walmart and stumble to their vehicle. The caller then followed the driver for an amount of time as they placed the call to police.

    Sayre Borough Police officers responded and observed a truck, with the engine running, on North Keystone Avenue in a driveway. The driver, Robert C. Elliott, 41, of Sayre, was approached and observed with mumbled speech and blood-shot eyes. He also had a strong odor of alcoholic beverages emitting from his person.

    Elliott was then asked to perform the standard battery of field sobriety tests, which he failed to perform in a satisfactory manner.

    Wilkinson was subsequently arrested and charged with: DUI: highest rate of alcohol. He is set to answer these charges at a preliminary hearing with Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on Dec. 19.

    One vehicle accident results in DUI charge

    Officers with the Sayre Borough Police Department responded to an emergency call regarding a one vehicle accident on Sept. 27, between South Hopkins Street and South Keystone Avenue.

    Upon arrival to the scene, officers found a red Saab facing northbound, up on the grass divider between the two streets. The vehicle had struck a sign, destroying it, and a telephone pole, causing a small amount of damage to it.

    The driver was discovered to be Cory M. Rose, 21, of Athens, who was found on the phone. When asked if he was OK, Rose responded to officers that he "was on the phone to police to turn himself in because he was drinking and driving."

    Rose was then taken by ambulance to the Robert Packer Hospital for evaluation.

    He was later charged with DUI: highest rate of alcohol and reckless driving. Rose will face these charges at a preliminary hearing on Dec. 14, with Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw.

    Retail theft reported

    Athens Township Police reported the arrest of Alan V. Levin, 53, of Hammondsport, for the offenses of retail theft and receiving stolen property on Nov. 13, at the Walmart store in Sayre.

    Asset protection employees within the store called police to report that a man, later identified as Levin, left the store after being asked to stop, because employees had observed him trying to take merchandise without payment.

    When confronted by employees, Levin then threw the merchandise and ran out the back of the store. He was witnessed leaving the area in a silver car and was later located by officers on patrol.

    Walmart employees were able to tally the cost of the items that Levin had attempted to remove from the store and the amount totalled $485.08.

    Levin was subsequently arrested and charged with retail theft and receiving stolen property. He will face Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on Dec. 16 for a preliminary hearing.


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  • 12/03/14--21:00: Court notes 12/3/14
  • Donald James Miller Sr. and Kelly Miller to Sean Hite for $107,200; Dupont.

    Brian M. Bocci and Maria Bocci to Matthew Joseph Centak for $253,000; Courtdale.

    Christopher J. Scavone and Janice M. Scavone to Kahlau Properties LCC for $142,000; Forty Fort.

    Tony Phan and Alicia Lynne Phan to Alisha Hake for $70,000; Hanover Township.

    Tracy Yannuzzi to Tony Phan and Alicia Lynne Phan for $293,000; Fairview Township.

    Jeffrey R. Pace to Gary R. Long and Mary C. Long for $235,000; Hughestown.

    Howard John Kiefel (per attorney in fact) and Kimsu Kiefel (attorney in fact) and Kimsu Kiefel to Melissa R. Pesce for $124,000; Fairview Township.

    Gertrude M. Brenner to Cynthia L. Brenner and Michael E. Mihneski for $100,000; Wilkes-Barre.

    Joseph P. Morris Jr. and Sheila Morris to Jason J. Lada and Erin Lada for $367,000; Lehman Township.

    Luciano Anastasio to Kelly Lynn Kramer for $80,400; West Pittston.


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    Car hits embankment

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Tyler Lenig, 27, of Shamokin, escaped injury late Monday night in a one-car crash on Route 125 near Point Breeze Road.

    Patrolman Terry Ketchem reported Lenig was driving a silver, 2000 Volkswagen Jetta south at 11 p.m. when his auto struck an embankment, causing the vehicle to overturn and come to rest in the middle of the southbound lane.

    The auto sustained heavy damage and was towed from the scene by Jeff's Towing.

    Assisting Ketchem were Coal Township Patrolman David Sage, township fire chiefs and firefighters.

    The accident remains under investigation.

    Simple assault

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Gloria Saladonis, 43, of 517 Main St., Ranshaw, was charged by Patrolman Chris Lapotsky with simple assault and harassment involving an Oct. 17 incident at Mountain View: A Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Overlook Ridge, Apt. 8.

    Police reported Saladonis hit resident Lottie Haude, 97, several times, yelled at her and called her an obscenity. Haude was not injured in the 7:15 a.m. disturbance.

    Public nuisance

    SHAMOKIN - Cpl. Bryan Primerano has charged Miguel A. Gonzalez, 36, of Brooklyn, N.Y., with causing a public nuisance by continually allowing a property he owns at 415 S. Market St. to be in danger of collapse.

    According to a criminal complaint filed at the office of Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III, shingles and other roof materials are falling from the building and the roof and exterior walls are deteriorating. There is broken glass at the building and the rear porch is unsecured and dangerous to walk on. The chimney and wooden eaves are damaged and eaves are falling from the structure.

    Harassment

    JORDAN TOWNSHIP - Charges of harassment and criminal mischief have been filed by state police at Lykens against Mark Eugene Yerger Jr., 29, of Herndon.

    Police reported Yerger threw a rock at a vehicle occupied by a 29-year-old Lykens woman as she attempted to leave the 2500 block of Klingerstown Road at noon Nov. 5. The rock struck the vehicle, causing damage to a side window.

    The victim, who was not identified by police, then drove to the state police station at Lykens and reported the incident.

    Bad check

    MOUNT CARMEL - Jane E. Madrak, 56, of 945 W. Pine St., Coal Township, was arraigned Wednesday afternoon by Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones on a bad check charge.

    Madrak is charged by Patrolman Justin Stelma with issuing a bad check in the amount of $380 to Expert Charm Furniture owned by Albert Corbacio on March 21.


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  • 12/04/14--21:00: Court notes 12/5/14
  • Luzerne Bank to George J. Karosa III and Carolyn S. Karosa for $75,000; Kingston Township.

    Jacob Brent to Brandie L. Klem for $89,500; Rice Township.

    Scott Smith and Christine Ann Smith to Stacy A. Eckstein for $93,000; West Wyoming.

    Management Specialist Inc. to Spirit Master Funding IX LCC for $1,273,272; Kingston.


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    DUI

    SHAMOKIN - Justin Brosious, 22, of 123 S. Third St., Room 9, Sunbury, has been charged by Cpl. Jarrod Scandle with two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol, stopping and parking his vehicle near Bear Valley Avenue and Market Street while falling asleep and careless driving.

    The charges relate to an incident shortly after 2 a.m. Nov. 2.

    Police said Brosious had a blood-alcohol content of .106 percent.

    Retail theft

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Matthew J. Furr, 35, of 102 N. Vine St., Shamokin, was charged by Patrolman Edward Purcell with a felony of retail theft and summary of driving under suspension involving incidents at Walmart Supercenter Nov. 23.

    Furr, who fled from the store after stealing a $40 video game, was subsequently taken into custody by Coal Township and Shamokin police after being stopped while operating a 2002 Subaru at the jughandle along Route 61 across from the former Ames Department Store.

    Police said Furr was previously charged with retail theft, which elevated the offense to a felony.

    Disorderly conduct

    SHAMOKIN - Steven L. Rivera, 23, of Grove City, was charged by Cpl. Jarrod Scandle with disorderly conduct and criminal mischief relating to a Nov. 1 incident at 100 S. Market St.

    According to a criminal complaint filed at the office of Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III, Rivera is accused of kicking a glass entry door, causing the glass to shatter. Police said damage to the door was estimated at $300.

    Fleeing charge

    SHAMOKIN - Patrolman Raymond Siko II has charged Dillon K. Kleman, 19, of 1225 Chemung St., Coal Township, with fleeing or eluding police, driving under suspension, driving an unregistered vehicle, a stop sign violation, careless driving and failure to wear protective equipment while operating a motorcycle involving a 10-block pursuit in the city Nov. 23.

    Police said Kleman, who was not wearing a helmet, fled from police after failing to stop for a stop sign at Shamokin and Shakespeare streets. The pursuit continued as Kleman failed to stop for stop signs at three more intersections before Siko terminated the chase at Shamokin and Pine streets when it began to rain.

    Kleman was later located and taken into custody.

    DUI charges

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Christopher A. Charowsky, 21, of 1500 Pulaski Ave., Coal Township, has been charged by Patrolman Christopher Williams with two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving and careless driving in connection with a Feb. 28 accident on Route 61 at Tharptown.

    Police reported Charowsky, who had a blood-alcohol content of .226 percent, was critically injured after being ejected from his vehicle that hit a snow bank and overturned.

    Drug paraphernalia

    SHAMOKIN - Cody Hlavaty, 20, of 227 W. Willow St., Shamokin, was charged by Patrolman Raymond Siko II with possession of drug paraphernalia involving a Nov. 24 incident at Shamokin Police Station.

    When he was taken into custody by a Northumberland County probation officer, Hlavaty was found in possession of a syringe used to inject a controlled substance and admitted to probation officers that he recently used narcotics.


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    Retail theft

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Patrolman Matthew Hashuga has charged two people with retail theft involving separate incidents at Walmart Supercenter.

    Samuel Dascani, 32, of Kulpmont, was charged with stealing $228.42 worth of merchandise Sept. 14.

    Kelly Whitmer, 30, of Shamokin, was charged with stealing $305.11 worth of merchandise Sept. 7.


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  • 12/05/14--21:00: Police Briefs 12/6/2014
  • Criminal trespass reported

    State police are investigating a case of criminal trespass that occurred recently in Sullivan County.

    According to state police at Laporte, Joseph Rooker, 37, of Muncy Valley, has been charged with the above offense on Dec. 4. Rooker is accused of entering the Wenonah Falls Farm Hunting Club in Hunting Township around 3:30 p.m. which is posted as private property. The property is owned by Scott Eberlin, 48, of Dushore.

    Police said their investigation into the incident is continuing.

    Criminal trespass occurs

    A Dushore man has been accused by state police of criminal trespass for allegedly hunting recently on posted private property.

    According to police, Terry Gernert, 68, has been charged with the above offense following an incident that occurred on Dec. 1. Gernert is accused of entering the seasonal property of Donald Diorio, 66, of Caristadt, N.J., around 8:16 a.m.

    State police filed a citation against Gernert at the district justice's office in Sullivan County.

    Minor injury suffered

    One person suffered a minor injury recently when a two-vehicle accident occurred on U.S. Route 6 at the intersection of James Street in North Towanda Township.

    According to state police, Dale R. Bird, 41, of Troy, was driving a 2004 Ford Expedition west on Route 6 on Nov. 26 around 11:20 a.m. As the Ford approached the intersection, the report continued, it struck the front of a 2010 Toyota RAV4 operated by John M. Cook, 67, of Rome, who had stopped his vehicle at the intersection waiting to pull out onto Route 6. After the impact the Ford came to rest in the westbound lane of Route 6, while the Toyota was pushed up over a curb where it came to rest in the front parking lot of a business located at the corner of Route 6 and James Street.

    A passenger in the Toyota, Jennie L. Cook of Rome, suffered a minor injury from the accident. Police said Bird was cited for driving too fast for conditions. The Troy Memorial Ambulance assisted at the scene.

    Suspicious person spotted in Wysox

    State police are investigating an incident of a suspicious person being spotted recently in Wysox.

    According to police, the incident occurred at a private residence on Dec. 3 around 2:50 p.m. The man is described as about 60 years old, with gray hair, wearing a black leather jacket, black shirt and pants, and clean shaven. The man was driving an early 2000s blue GMC SUV with tinted windows, police reported.

    According to the report, the incident occurred when the man in question arrived at a residence, in which he spoke to the home owner and invited himself inside. Once inside, the report continued, the man began asking inappropriate questions about the next door neighbor. The man claimed he sells "dog insurance" for pets. It was reported that the man did not provide any credentials or appear to have any legitimate purpose for the visit. He was told the leave the residence by the owner, and he did. When last seen, the man was heading east in his vehicle.

    Anyone with further information about the man is requested to contact the state police at (570) 265-2186.

    Man charged with theft

    A Towanda man has been charged with theft following an incident that occurred in North Towanda on Dec. 1.

    According to state police, Joseph Lee Pierce, 31, has been accused of the above offense. Police said Pierce is accused of stealing packages belonging to Amanda Lynne Tunnicliff, 33, of Towanda. Tunnicliff informed the police that she was anticipating the delivery of packages from UPS at her residence. When she checked online, Tunnicliff explained, she determined that the packages had been delivered, but she was unable to locate them. Tunnicliff informed the police that a neighbor informed her Pierce took the packages from her front porch, and ran away to his residence.

    Police said they contacted Pierce, who admitted to taking the packages.

    Burglary investigated

    State police investigated a burglary that occurred recently at a private residence in Standing Stone Township.

    According to police, the incident occurred at the residence of Christopher George, 29, of Easton at his residence on Rummerfield Creek Road. Police said the perpetrators gained access to the residence through the back door. No items were reported taken. The incident occurred between 3 p.m. on Nov. 17 and noon on Nov. 28.

    Police said their investigation into the incident is continuing. Anyone with information about the burglary is requested to contact the state police at (570) 265-2186.

    Man charged with simple assault

    A Dushore man was arrested by state police recently on a charged of simple assault.

    According to police, Brett Eberlin, 29, was cited for the above offense on Dec. 2. Eberlin is accused of striking a 29-year-old female in the mouth at a private residence during a domestic dispute, injuring her in the process. Eberlin was taken into custody and placed in the Columbia County Correctional Facility in lieu of $10,000 bail.

    Minor injury reported

    A minor injury was reported when a four-vehicle crash occurred on U.S. Route 6 recently, near Pennsylvania Avenue.

    According to state police, Ryan M. Grinde, 24, of Wyalusing, was driving a 2012 Ford F-150 east on Route 6 on Nov. 25 around 3:40 p.m. Police said Grinde failed to stop his vehicle in time, causing it to crash into the back of a 2004 Ford Escape operated by Gayle E. Schmeckenbecher, 49, of Wysox, which was stopped on the road at the time. The Ford in turn was pushed into the rear of 2010 GMC Terrain operated by Savanna S. Parker, 26, of Canton, which in turn was pushed into the rear of a 2013 Ford F-150 being driven by Brent L. Chandler, 47, of Towanda. Parker suffered minor injuries due to the impact, police said.

    Grinde was cited for driving his vehicle at an unsafe speed. All the vehicles sustained minor to moderate damage. Police were assisted at the scene by Wysox Township fire and ambulance.

    No injuries reported

    No injuries were reported when a one-vehicle crash occurred on Mountain View Road in Asylum Township.

    State police reported that Shawn M. Henfling, 36, of Towanda was driving a 2011 Ford F-150 south on Mountain View Road at 1:44 p.m. on Nov. 27. Police said Henfling lost control of his vehicle, causing it to go off the road and strike a ditch. The vehicle then overturned before coming to rest on its roof.

    Police said Henfling will be cited for operating his vehicle at an unsafe speed.

    Corruption charge filed

    A Laceyville woman has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton to answer a charge of corruption of a minor.

    According to information filed in Wheaton's office, Nioma Beth Bernstein, 42, has also been charged by state police with furnishing liquor to a minor.

    Police said that Bernstein has been accused of purchasing two bottles of vodka for a 17-year-old male juvenile on Sept. 23.

    Bernstein's preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Dec. 30.

    Man charged with corruption

    A Wyalusing man was cited by state police recently on a charge of corruption of a minor.

    According to papers filed with Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton, Arthur Chilson, 51, was charged with the above offense, following several incidents that occurred between January to November. Chilson is accused of providing marijuana to a 17-year-old female juvenile.

    Chilson was arraigned before Judge Wheaton on Nov. 25, who ordered the defendant incarcerated in lieu of $200,000 bail. Chilson's preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 9.

    Woman charged with possession of drug paraphernalia

    A Towanda woman has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark to answer a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

    According to information filed at Clark's office, Nancy Rebecca Benjamin, 26, was charged by Towanda police following an incident that occurred around 8:15 p.m. on Oct. 24 at Second Street and College Avenue.

    Police reported stopping a vehicle on the above date. During a routine search, the report continued, Benjamin was found to be in possession of several items associated with illegal drug use, including hypodermic needles, a spoon with burned residue on it, a "crack pipe," two straws, and several plastic baggies.

    Benjamin's preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Dec. 12.

    Man faces illegal drug charge

    A New York man was cited by state police recently for possession of marijuana.

    According to papers filed with Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark, Jason Patrick Roach, 43, of Van Etten, has also been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Roach is accused of possession of illegal substances and drug paraphernalia following a search by the state police of his motel room at the Best Western Towanda Inn in Towanda Township on Oct. 24. Roach is scheduled to appear before Judge Clark on Dec. 10.

    Two charged with marijuana possession

    Two people were recently issued a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark to each answer a charge of possession of a controlled substance.

    According to information filed at Clark's office, Shy-Ann Marie Hills, 18, of Towanda, and Jakayo Scott Frye, 19, of Towanda, have each been accused of possession of a small amount of marijuana; and possession of drug paraphernalia. In addition, Hills has been charged with exceeding the maximum speed limit, and Frye has been accused of allowing a vehicle he owns to be operated without the necessary insurance.

    The charges against Hills and Frye occurred following an incident that occurred on Nov. 14 around 12:56 p.m. State police reported clocking a vehicle traveling at 62 miles per hour in a posted 40 mph zone on Sheshequin Road, approximately one mile north of James Street in Sheshequin Township. When they stopped the vehicle, police continued, they discovered it was being driven by Hills, but owned by Frye.

    Police said they detected the smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle during the stop, and asked if there was any illegal substance inside. Frye admitted there was a glass smoking device in the vehicle, the report continued, and consented to allowing the police to search it. In addition to two glass smoking devices, police said they found a clear plastic bag containing marijuana.

    Hills and Frye are scheduled to appear before Judge Clark on Dec. 31.

    Man charged with possession

    A Towanda man was arrested by state police recently on a charge of possession of an illegal substance.

    According to information filed with Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark, Ronald Francis Bahr, 53, has also been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Police reported that on July 16, members of the Bradford County Adult Probation Department arrived at Bahr's residence to conduct a search, as well as take him into custody for reported parole violations. The report indicated that Bahr had recently submitted to a urine test that indicated the presence of bath salts. A search of Bahr's residence yielded the following items:

    - Three plastic wraps of bath salts.

    - One green zip lock baggie of bath salts.

    - One multicolored marijuana pipe with residue.

    - One metal spoon with residue.

    - One plastic pill grinder with residue.

    - One metal marijuana grinder with residue.

    - Four hypodermic needles.

    - Two plastic baggies with residue.

    - Two plastic snorting tubes.

    - One glass snorting tube.

    Man accused of hindering

    A man has been issued a summons by the Bradford County Sheriff's Office to answer a charge of hindering apprehension or prosecution.

    According to papers filed with Clark's office, Jesse Michael Gallagher, 35, of Towanda, has also been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Sheriff's deputies arrived at Gallagher's residence on Nov. 5, around noon, to search for Dylan J. Robbins, according to the report. Robbins, the report continued, has a bench warrant against him issued in Bradford County, and the deputies intended to take him into custody.

    The deputies reported speaking to Gallagher and asking him several times if Robbins was on the premises, which Gallagher repeatedly denied. The deputies warned Gallagher a number of times during the interview that he could be arrested and charged with obstruction of justice if Robbins was on the property, but Gallagher continued to deny the suspect was there, according to the report.

    Finally, the report continued, the deputies received information that confirmed Robbins was in the residence, and Gallagher was taken into custody. After this, Gallagher admitted that Robbins was in the house, and he too was taken into custody as well.

    While escorting Gallagher out the front door, the deputies continued, they conducted an incidental search, and discovered him to be in possession of a small, metal smoking device of the type used to commonly smoke marijuana.

    Gallagher's preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Dec. 31.

    Two charged with defiant trespass

    Two people have each been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark to answer a charge of defiant trespass.

    According to information filed at Clark's office, Leah Ann Turner-Rouille, 18, of Towanda and Ryan Michael Carr, 22, of Towanda have each been charged by borough police with the above offense following an incident at a private residence on Main Street in Towanda. Police said that both were found to be staying at the address, despite repeated warnings by the owners that they are not permitted on the premises.

    Both are scheduled to appear before Judge Clark on Dec. 31.

    Man accused of simple assault

    A Towanda man was arrested by borough police recently on a charge of simple assault.

    According to information filed with Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark, Cody Charles Parsons, 23, has also been charged with theft by unlawful taking; and receiving stolen property.

    Parsons is accused of striking and injuring Devin Parsons on Nov. 9 at 18 Mulberry St. in Towanda. In addition, the report continued, Cody Parsons is accused of removing $8 from Devin Parsons' bedroom on the day of the incident.

    Man charged with possession

    A Gillett man was taken into custody recently on a charge of possession of a controlled substance.

    According to papers filed with Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark, Cory David Briggs, 29, has also been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

    State police reported arriving at the Twin Pines Motel in Monroeton on Nov. 2, to investigate a report of suspicious items located inside one of the motel rooms. When the troopers knocked on the door and identified themselves, the report continued, they heard a lot of furniture being moved around. Police said Briggs answered the door and identified himself. Troopers ran a check and determined there was an active warrant for Briggs' arrest from the Bradford County Sheriff's Office. Briggs was taken into custody, the report continued, and investigating officers also discovered drug paraphernalia in the motel room, as well as bath salts hidden in Briggs' underwear.

    Briggs is scheduled to appear before Judge Clark for his preliminary hearing on Dec. 17.

    Man cited for simple assault

    A New Albany man was cited by state police recently on a charge of simple assault.

    According to information filed with Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark, Austin Taylor Merritt, 19, has also been charged with harassment. Merritt is accused of shoving Joshua James Bailey to the ground at the Dandy Mini Mart on U.S. Route 220 in Monroe Township on Nov. 1, during an altercation and injuring him in the process.

    Merritt has been sent a summons to appear before Judge Clark on Dec. 26.

    Man charged with indecent exposure

    A New York man has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark, to answer a charge of indecent exposure.

    According to information filed at Clark's office, Todd Daniel Bargesser, 41, of Elmira, has also been charged with corruption of a minor. Bargesser has been accused of exposing himself to an underage juvenile girl on several occasions at a private residence in Burlington Township between May 2010 and May 2011.

    Bargesser is scheduled to appear before Judge Clark on Dec. 17.

    Man accused of making false statement

    A Horsham man was cited by state police recently on a charge of attempting to purchase a firearm via a false statement.

    According to information filed with Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark, William Yates Metzgar, 45, has also been charged with unsworn falsification to authorities. Metzgar is accused of attempting to purchase a firearm in April from L&R Reloading. Part of the procedure required Metzgar to fill out a Firearms Transactions form, in which he answered "No" to a question asking if he had ever been convicted of a misdemeanor crime relating to domestic violence. State police said that they determined via investigation that Metzgar had pleaded guilty in May 2008 to a second degree misdemeanor charge of simple assault in connection with a domestic violence situation. When confront with this information, Metzgar informed the authorities he thought he had pled guilty to a lesser charge at the time; that he didn't realize not answering the firearms statement properly was such a serious offense; and that he rushed through the application and didn't take the time to look at it entirely.

    Metzgar's preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Dec. 17 before Judge Tim Clark.

    Woman charged with forgery

    State police recently cited a Monroeton woman for a charge of forgery.

    According to the affidavit filed with Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark, Sara Ann Johnson, 28, has also been charged with identity theft; harassment; and theft by unlawful taking.

    Johnson is accused of stealing a checkbook from the home of Sydney Hoover between July 8, 2013, and Sept. 24, 2013. Hoover is a care dependent person, and Johnson was an alternative caregiver at the residence during the time of the incident. Police reported that Johnson is accused of writing several checks to Hoover's account totaling $1,783 without Hoover's knowledge or permission.

    Man charged with burglary

    A Cogan Station man was arrested recently by state police on a charge of burglary.

    According to information filed with Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark, John Earl Walker, 52, has also been charged with criminal trespass; and theft by unlawful taking. Walker is accused of entering a private residence on Patton Hill Road in Towanda Township on Aug. 5, and stealing approximately $200 in coins, plus two rifles and three shotguns. A subsequent investigation by the state police led them to Walker, when he attempted to sell the shotguns and rifles to other parties, the report said.

    Man cited for defiant trespass

    A Towanda man was arrested by borough police recently on a charge of defiant trespass.

    According to information filed with Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark, Cody Charles Parsons, 23, has also been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Police reported responding to a 911 hang-up call at 18 Mulberry St. on Nov. 14, around 7:50 a.m. When they arrived, police continued, they spoke to Devin Parsons, who informed them that Cody Parsons had entered the premises without permission, and was not allowed to be there.

    When they spoke with Cody Parsons, police continued, they asked if they could search him to determine if he had any weapons. Cody Parsons granted permission, the report said, and the search yielded several items related to illicit drug use.

    Police said they also spoke to Cody Parsons' grandmother, who informed them that he had been warned several times about entering the house without permission, and ordered not to return.

    Man charged with theft

    A Troy man accused of stealing a license plate from a vehicle was recently cited by state police on a charge of theft.

    According to papers filed with Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark, David Wayne Daniels, 30, has also been charged with theft by unlawful taking. Daniels is accused of stealing a license plate in July from a 2000 Ford Focus owned by Tammy Smith of Monroe Township, and attaching it to his Dodge Durango.

    Man charged with fleeing

    A Towanda man accused of leaving the scene of an accident without reporting it has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark.

    According to information filed at Clark's office, Ryan James Barrowcliff, 23, has been charged by state police with "accidents involving damage to attended vehicle or property." Barrowcliff is accused of hitting and damaging a vehicle at the Dandy Mini Mart in North Towanda on Nov. 21 around 9:40 p.m., then leaving the scene without reporting the accident.

    Barrowcliff has been sent a summons to appear before Judge Clark on Dec. 31.

    Man faces theft charge

    A Towanda man was arrested by borough police recently on a charge of theft by unlawful taking.

    According to papers filed with Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark, Cody Charles Parsons, 23, was cited by Towanda police for the above offense. Parsons is accused of stealing an Apple iPad2 owned by William Charles Parsons on Oct. 17, then selling it to Towanda Coin Jewelry and More for $55.


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