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  • 01/03/15--21:00: Police Briefs 1/4/2015
  • DUI charges

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

    Curtis Dylan Opdyke, 23, Troy, by Pennsylvania State Police following a crash that occurred at approximately 4:30 a.m. Dec. 2 on Route 14, approximately one-tenth of a mile north of Newell Road, in Canton Township. Police said he lost control of a Nissan Sentra, which exited the west shoulder of Route 14 and rolled over multiple times.

    Opdyke was also charged with careless driving, a violation of "driving vehicle at safe speed," and a lane violation, according to court papers filed with the office of Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox of Troy.

    Police said Opdyke's blood-alcohol content was .142 percent.

    Opdyke has a fast track waiver scheduled for Jan. 16 before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark of Towanda.

    Corey Robert Wilber, 23, of Canton, by Canton Borough Police following a traffic stop at 10:48 p.m. Nov. 21 on Lycoming Street in Canton.

    Wilber was also charged with a lane violation, according to court papers filed with the office of Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox of Troy.

    Police said Wilber's blood-alcohol content was .280 percent at the time of the draw.

    Wilber has a fast track waiver scheduled for Jan. 16 before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark of Towanda.


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    Robbery

    MOUNT CARMEL - A 17-year-old Shenandoah female was charged with robbery, theft, receiving stolen property, simple assault, criminal mischief, harassment and criminal conspiracy by borough police Patrolman Justin Stelma after an incident at 1 a.m. Dec. 8 in the 00 block of North Maple Street.

    One-vehicle crash

    UNION TOWNSHIP - A Sunbury man was not injured in a crash at 2:39 a.m. Saturday on the Susquehanna Trail near South Main Street.

    State police at Selinsgrove say a 2006 Ford Crown Victoria, driven by Willie M. Hay II, 21, of Sunbury, was traveling south on the Susquehanna Trail when he lost control of his vehicle, causing it to hit a house on the right side of Routes 11 and 15 south. The Crown Victoria was disabled in the crash.

    Hay was not injured but police cited him for driving on roadways laned for traffic.

    Juvenile drug charges

    MOUNT CARMEL - Police Chief Todd Owens charged a 17-year-old Shamokin male with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia following an incident at 10 a.m. Nov. 13 in the 00 block of West Third Street.

    Paraphernalia

    MOUNT CARMEL - A 17-year-old Kulpmont male was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia by Chief Todd Owens following an incident in the 00 block of West Third Street at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 10.

    Harassment

    MOUNT CARMEL - Two individuals, Claire Lichty, 27, and Michael Laskowski Jr., 37, both of 310 S. Chestnut St., were cited for harassment by police Patrolman Michael Pitcavage after a domestic dispute at their residence at 3 p.m. Dec. 29.

    Police said the two were cited for striking each other during the incident, but Laskowski was taken into custody and transported to Northumberland County Prison on a probation violation.


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    Two-car crash

    LEWIS TOWNSHIP - Three people were injured in a two-vehicle crash at 12:20 p.m. Friday on Old Turnpike Road (Route 45), near Four Bells Church Road, in Lewis Township.

    State police at Milton report a 2004 Buick LeSabre, driven by William J. Pollack, 78, of Kulpmont, was stopped in the right lane of State Route 45 waiting for the vehicle in front of him to turn right into a private drive. Behind them, a 2007 Ford Explorer, driven by Chester A. Rowe, 77, of Milton, failed to stop and rear ended the LeSabre.

    Pollack's vehicle spun counterclockwise across the roadway and came to rest on the south berm of the road. Rose's vehicle stopped on the north berm of the road.

    Pollack and his passenger, Mary A. Pollack, 78, of Kulpmont, were injured in the crash, as was Rowe's passenger, Mary Geiswite, 71, of Milton. All three were transported to Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, for treatment. Police cited Rowe for a careless driving violation.


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  • 01/05/15--21:00: Police Briefs 1/6/2014
  • Woman waives hearing on aggravated indecent assault

    Mable Patricia Payne, 29, of Troy, recently waived her preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox of Troy to the Bradford County Court of Common Pleas on six counts of felony aggravated indecent assault and other offenses, according to court papers.

    Payne was also charged with two counts of felony corruption of minors and four counts of misdemeanor indecent assault for an incident that took place sometime between 4:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. July 5 in Troy Township, the papers note.

    Police said Payne is accused of having indecent contact with a 5-year-old female, or causing the victim to have indecent contact with her.

    Wilcox said Payne's unsecure bail was set at $40,000 and was posted.

    Man faces hearing on indecent assault

    Michael Richard Gochenaur, 45, of Newark, Ohio, faces a preliminary hearing at 1 p.m. today before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton of Wysox on felony charges of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, aggravated indecent assault, and indecent assault, according to court papers.

    The papers note that the incidents took place at a private residence sometime between Jan. 1, 2006 and June 30, 2007 in Wyalusing Township.

    According to an affidavit, the victim stated two incidents took place when she was approximately 7-8 years old. Police said Gochenaur is charged with having indecent contact with the victim, or causing the victim to have indecent contact with him.

    Police said Gochenaur was contacted by phone about the allegations that were made against him, and "he denied all of it and said that it never happened."

    Wheaton said he was sent a summons.

    Man faces drug charges

    Ryan James Ohart, 26, of Wysox, faces a preliminary hearing at 2 p.m. today before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton of Wysox on charges of possessing a small amount of marijuana for personal use; possession of drug paraphernalia, namely a green metal pipe containing burnt residue, to inhale marijuana; driving under the influence of alcohol or controlled substance; a violation of "drivers required to be licensed;" a violation of "maximum speed limits;" and careless driving, according to court papers.

    The papers note that the charges were filed following a traffic stop at approximately 12:34 p.m. Nov. 30 on Route 220 in Rome.

    Police said a white Pontiac Sunbird, operated by Ohart, was traveling at a speed of 52 mph in the posted 35 mph zone.

    Wheaton said he was sent a summons.


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    No injuries

    EXCELSIOR - Two Ashland residents escaped injury Saturday in a one-vehicle crash on Route 901 in Coal Township.

    John Monterosso Jr., 60, was driving a 2001 Ford Escort east about 2:50 p.m. when he drove over a patch of ice while rounding a curve, causing him to lose control, according to Patrolman Jason Adams.

    The vehicle exited the south berm, struck a tree and became stuck in a ditch.

    Traveling with Monterosso was Tina Ennis, 58. The vehicle was towed.

    Motel theft

    VALLEY TOWNSHIP - State police at Milton report someone forcibly entered the former Days Inn motel on Sheraton Road, Valley Township, by prying open a back door sometime between Dec. 13 and Dec. 20. The thieves removed 13 32-inch flat screen televisions, four security cameras, 100 yards of commercial grade carpet and 75 feet of copper piping.

    Anyone with information on the theft is asked to contact state police at Milton at 570-524-2662.

    Vehicle burglary

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Andre Jarrell, 31, of 1746 Tioga St., told Coal Township police that his wallet, the face plate of his vehicle's CD player and an Xbox controller were stolen from his vehicle between 11:30 p.m. Sunday and 5:30 a.m. Monday. The vehicle was parked in front of his home. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 570-644-0333.

    Window broken

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Glen Kreisher, 60, of 1201 E. Webster St., told Coal Township police a first-floor window at his home was broken between 10 p.m. Friday and 5:45 a.m. Saturday. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 570-644-0333.


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    Police car in wreck

    COAL TOWNSHIP - No one was injured in an minor crash involving a Coal Township police vehicle at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.

    Police said Officer Christopher Williams was traveling north up Woodlawn Avenue on the snow-covered road when his patrol car began to slide backward and struck another vehicle, operated by Michelle Blessing, 35, of 435 Center St., that was stopped on the road because of another accident.

    Both vehicles sustained minor damage.

    Vehicle struck twice

    COAL TOWNSHIP - A local woman was not injured after her vehicle was struck twice in separate crashes at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday on Woodlawn Avenue.

    Autumn Breslin, of 1607 W. Independence St., told police she was traveling south on Woodlawn Avenue. A vehicle in front of her was traveling slowly because of the snow and ice-covered roadway. Breslin told police she then slid into the rear of this vehicle.

    Another vehicle, also traveling south on Woodlawn Avenue, slid into her vehicle. Breslin and the driver from the first accident exchanged information and resolved the matter privately. The driver of the second vehicle, which struck Breslin's vehicle in the rear, left the scene without speaking to her.

    Breslin was not injured in the crash and her vehicle sustained minor damage.

    Two-vehicle crash

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Two vehicles sustained light damage in a crash at 7:33 a.m. in the area of Water Street and Woodlawn Avenue Tuesday.

    Police report a Dodge automobile, driven by Sandra Catino, of 802 N. Sixth St., Shamokin, was traveling south on Woodlawn Avenue and slid on the snow and ice-covered roadway, striking a parked 2004 Toyota automobile registered to Paul Eby, of 517 Kulp Ave.

    DUI charges

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Andrew Popiel, 30, of 400 S. Shamokin St., Shamokin, was charged by Patrolman Edward Purcell with two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol and one count of careless driving involving a Dec. 20 accident at the intersection of Route 901 and Lower Excelsior Road.

    Police reported Popiel had a blood-alcohol content of .137 percent.

    Retail theft

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Patrolman Edward Purcell has charged Jaime D. Gledhill, 33, of 67 S. Oak St., Coal Township, and Timothy W. Piper, 42, of 427 N. Washington St., Shamokin, with retail theft and criminal conspiracy for allegedly stealing $246.99 in merchandise from Walmart Supercenter Dec. 24.

    Retail theft

    SHAMOKIN - Chief of Police Darwin Tobias III charged Brenda J. Snyder, 49, of 1123 W. Water St., Coal Township, with retail theft.

    Police reported Snyder is accused of stealing body jewelry, a glass smoking pipe, Pink Floyd collection tin and other products valued at $218 from Dragonfly Novelties LLC, 527 N. Market St.


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  • 01/06/15--21:00: Police Briefs 1/7/2015
  • Woman charged after crash

    An Ulster woman was charged with careless driving following a crash that occurred on Jan. 2 in Rome Township.

    According to state police, Corrine Tucci, 65, was driving a 2008 Hyundai Sonata north on West Road in Rome Township when she fell asleep at the wheel. She was wearing her seatbelt and was not injured as a result of the crash.

    No injuries reported in Wysox crash

    The drivers of a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado and 2003 Toyota Camry were not injured following a crash that occurred on Dec. 29 on Route 6 in Wysox.

    According to police, the unidentified driver of the Silverado was traveling west when the rear driver side tire came off the vehicle and struck the Camry, which was being driven in the opposite direction. No charges were filed and both drivers were wearing their seatbelts.

    Harassment occurs in Monroeton

    According to state police, James Gaitings, 48, of Towanda faces charges of harassment after striking a 16-year-old juvenile female on Jan. 1 at a residence in Monroeton Borough.

    Theft by deception under investigation

    A case of theft by deception is under investigation following an incident that occurred on Dec. 28 in North Towanda.

    According to police, the victim purchased an iPhone from an unknown actor, which was discovered to be lost/stolen from Verizon.

    People charged after fight

    State police at Towanda said three people were charged with simple assault and harassment following a fight that occurred at 7:10 p.m. Dec. 25 on the Berwick Turnpike in Burlington Township.

    Police said Brian Vanderpool, 22, of Wellsburg, W.Va., Dustin Westbrook, 29, of Burlington, and Johnathan Card, 25, of Burlington engaged in a mutual physical fight with each other, resulting in injuries to all of them.

    Police said they were charged through District Court 42-3-03.

    Theft investigated

    State police at Towanda said they investigated a report of property being stolen sometime between 1 a.m. and 8 a.m. Jan. 2 on Doane Hill Road in West Burlington Township.

    Police said the victim is Michael Murray, 52, of Burlington. Police did not state what property was stolen.

    No injuries

    State police at Towanda said no injuries were reported in a one-vehicle crash that occurred late last month on Brewer Hollow Road in Wyalusing Township.

    Police said Caleb E. Carlin, 24, of Laceyville, was traveling south, lost control of his Ford Explorer, and struck a tree.

    Attempted purchase investigated

    State police at Towanda said a 51-year-old Orange City, Fla. man tried to purchase a firearm sometime between 12:26 p.m. and 12:36 p.m. Oct. 12 at L & R Reloading in Albany Township, but answered "no" to the question referring to being convicted of a felony or any other crime that could have been punishable by imprisonment up to a year.

    Police said the suspect was convicted of felony burglary in 1986 in Colorado. An investigation is ongoing, said police.

    Charges filed

    State police at Towanda said charges were filed through District Court 42-3-01 after a 37-year-old Columbia Cross Roads man received a letter from Suann Nicole Dyar, 32, of Columbia Cross Roads, in violation of a PFA, at 1 p.m. Dec. 23 at a residence on Seymour Drive in Columbia Township.

    On Dec. 24, the man arrived at the Pennsylvania State Police Towanda barracks to report the incident and supply a copy of the letter, signed by Dyar.

    Police said charges were filed through District Court 42-3-01.

    Cell phone taken

    Phyllis Louise Brown, 55, of Mehoopany, told state police at Towanda that a cell phone she owns was taken by another person known to her at noon Dec. 10 on Shaffers Notch Road in Terry Township.

    Police said an investigation continues.

    Toys taken

    State police at Mansfield said an unknown person took various children's toys worth $800 and a Stihl chainsaw model MS250 valued at $50 from the basement of Robert Guthrie, 72, of Canton, sometime between 8 a.m. Dec. 21 and 8 a.m. Dec. 24 on Route 414 in Union Township, Tioga County, Pa.

    Deer carcasses discarded

    State police at Towanda said an unknown person disposed of three deer carcasses on the property of James Burnside, 52, of Burlington Township, sometime between Dec. 21-26 on Weed Hill Road in Burlington Township.

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

    People injured

    Two people were injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred at 8 a.m. Dec. 27 on Route 6, approximately .25 miles west of Dickerson Street, in Troy Township, said state police at Towanda.

    Drivers involved in the crash were Matthew D. Wood, 31, of Columbia Cross Roads, who sustained a minor injury, and Neal R. Saunders, 36, of Gillett, who was moderately injured, police said.

    Police said Wood was traveling east on Route 6 and became distracted while driving and hit the rear end of Saunders' vehicle, which was stopped in the eastbound lane waiting to turn left into a driveway. Police said Wood's Ford F150 had disabling front end damage and Saunders' Chevrolet sustained minor rear end damage. Both drivers were transported to Troy Community Hospital for treatment.

    Wood was cited for careless driving, police said.

    Harassment charge filed

    On Dec. 10, Pennsylvania State Police reported the arrest of Steven E. Cook, 28, of Ulster, for the charge of harassment. On the above date, Cook allegedly grabbed a female victim by the jaw while she was driving, causing visible marks.

    Crash reported

    On Dec. 13, Pennsylvania State Police reported a one vehicle accident on Front Street in New Albany Borough. The accident occurred as the vehicle, driven by 54-year-old Dale J. Radandt of Bloomsburg, attempted to turn left into the Dandy Mini Mart parking lot and misjudged the curve. He then made contact with a utility pole, severing it at the base. State Police were assisted by the New Albany Fire Department.

    Hit and run reported

    Pennsylvania State Police arrived on the scene of a one vehicle accident in Tuscarora Township on Dec. 10. on US 6 near Diner Road. Troopers found a vehicle partially in the west bound lane of travel, with no one occupying the vehicle. Troopers subsequently found the driver, Carol L. Bennett, 55, of Wyalusing, at her home. She stated she was wearing her seatbelt at the time of the accident and did not know she was required to notify police.

    She was issued a citation for driving on roadways laned for traffic.

    Terroristic threats made

    On Dec. 3, Pennsylvania State Police responded to a residence on Cotter Road in Wilmot Township for a report of a domestic dispute. Upon arrival, troopers charged Levi R. Foux, 33, of Wilmot Township with making terroristic threats after a verbal altercation turned physical. He will answer to the charge at a later date.

    Theft reported

    Sometime between the end of August and Dec. 1, when the theft was discovered, an unknown individual stole a tree stand which was located in the woods near Valley View Road in Sheshequin Township. The case remains under investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact the Pennsylvania State Police at (570) 265-2186.

    DUI arrest reported

    Officers with the Athens Borough Police Department reported the arrest of Faith M. VanDyke, 36, of Milan, for several offenses related to driving under the influence on Nov. 23.

    Officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle, driven by VanDyke, after observing it come to a complete stop at a blinking yellow signal. During the commission of the stop, officers found a strong odor of alcoholic beverage emitting from her person. A passenger in the vehicle was clearly observed holding an open beer can.

    VanDyke was charged with DUI: highest rate of alcohol, DUI: general impairment, general lighting requirements, and driving on the right side of the roadway. She is set to face these charges at a preliminary hearing on Jan. 16, with Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw.

    DUI arrest made

    On Dec. 5, officers with the Athens Borough Police Department reported the arrest of 24-year-old Dustin A. Shedden of Spencer, N.Y., for several offenses related to driving under the influence.

    Officers observed a vehicle, driven by Shedden, traveling at a high rate of speed on North Main Street. The officer then conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and found Shedden with a strong odor of alcohol emitting from his person. He was then asked to perform the standard battery of field sobriety tests, which he failed to perform in a satisfactory manner. During the tests, Shedden repeatedly cursed at the officers after being asked several times to stop.

    Shedden was placed under arrest for DUI: highest rate of alcohol, DUI: general impairment, disorderly conduct, and maximum speed limits.


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  • 01/07/15--21:00: Police Briefs 1/8/2015
  • Drug arrest reported

    On Dec. 19, officers conducting investigations into drug related activity with the Pennsylvania State Police reported the arrest of Richard Lee Henderson, 27, of Athens, for several offenses related to drug possession. Witnesses stated that Henderson sold a large amount of marijuana to an individual.

    Officers subsequently arrested Henderson and charged him with possession with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility. He was arraigned on Dec. 18 and received non-monetary bail. He is set to face these charges at a preliminary hearing on Jan. 13 with Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw.

    Dushore man uninjured in crash

    According to state police in Laporte, Scott Johnson, 41, of Dushore was uninjured when the 2010 Nissan Frontier he was driving left the roadway and overturned on Dec. 27 in Forks Township. Johnson was charged with careless driving and was using his seatbelt at the time of the crash.

    Museum victim of criminal mischief

    The Merritt Airfield and Museum in Laporte was recently the victim of criminal mischief as a result of an incident that occurred on Dec. 29.

    According to state police in Laporte, unknown actor(s) damaged a gate on a private road leading to the airfield and then fled the scene. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Laporte state police.

    Man cited for criminal mischief

    A Wyalusing man was issued a citation for criminal mischief following an incident that occurred on Jan. 4 in Monroe Township. According to state police, Skylar Rickie Grimes, 19, drove through the 63-year-old male victim's yard, leaving a rut. The citation for criminal mischief was filed on Grimes through District Court 42-3-03.

    Vehicle stolen in Towanda

    According to state police, a 35-year-old Ulster man was the victim of theft as actor(s) failed to return his vehicle after services rendered on Aug. 1 in Towanda. Anyone with information is asked to contact state police at (570) 265-2186.

    Theft through fraud and forgery occurs

    State police are investigating a case of theft that occurred on Sept. 26 in Towanda involving the paycheck of a 19-year-old male victim. Anyone with information is asked to contact state police at (570) 265-2186.

    Towanda woman victim of theft

    A 29-year-old Towanda woman was recently the victim of theft following an incident that occurred on Dec. 19 in Towanda Township.

    According to state police, the theft occurred when an actor retrieved gift cards and purchased gifts intended for the victim's nieces and nephews without authorization from the victim. Anyone with information is asked to contact state police at (570) 265-2186.

    Simple assault occurs in Towanda

    A Towanda man was recently charged with simple assault and harassment following an incident that occurred on Sept. 27 in Towanda.

    According to information filed with Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark's office, Richard Kuykendall, 70, confronted the 38-year-old male victim for allegedly following too closely behind him with his high beams on. During the verbal altercation, Kuykendall caused the .25 caliber pistol that he had in his possession to be pointed at the victim.

    Kuykendall was sent a summons for a preliminary hearing scheduled for Feb. 25.

    Man faces multiple charges following hit-and-run crash

    A Towanda man faces charges of fleeing the scene of an accident involving injury and damage to a vehicle; two counts of driving under the influence of a controlled substance; failure to obey traffic signs; careless driving; failure to use headlights at a time period requiring light lamps and operating a vehicle without a valid inspection following an incident that occurred around 7 a.m. on Dec. 8 in Towanda.

    According to information filed with Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark's office, at the intersection of Colonial Drive and State Route 6 in North Towanda, James Thomas Wells, 44, ran a stop sign and crashed into a vehicle driven by a male victim. He then fled the scene when the victim got out of his vehicle to exchange information. When police arrived at Wells' residence at approximately 7:45 a.m. to interview him, his vehicle was observed to have major front end damage and minor passenger side damage. Police also observed multiple signs that Wells was under the influence of a substance. When Wells was taken into custody, he admitted to taking two Xanax and a blood test eventually revealed a large presence of Alprazolam in his blood.

    Wells has been sent a summons for a preliminary hearing scheduled for Feb. 13.

    Man fails to comply with Megan's Law requirements

    According to information filed with Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark's office, Duane Terrence Demellier, 34, of Wysox was charged with failure to comply with Megan's Law requirements after he did not verify his residence in the required three business days after moving out of his previous residence in October.

    Demellier was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw in lieu of $25,000 bail.


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    Aggravated assault

    ELYSBURG - Christopher F. Fausnaught, 43, of 235 Roadarmel Lane, Paxinos, was charged with burglary, aggravated assault, criminal trespass, simple assault and criminal mischief following a fight at 102 Nottingham Drive at 8:05 p.m. Jan. 2.

    Ralpho Township Police Officer Chris Dailey reported in court documents that when he was called to the home for a domestic incident, he was confronted by several people, one of them covered in blood and holding a wooden club. The victim, Lewis Weikel, told police he and a female were in the Nottingham Drive residence when Fausnaught came to the home and kicked the door open, entered the apartment and assaulted Weikel with his fists and a rolling pin.

    Fausnaught was arraigned Jan. 3 and released on $10,000 bail. A preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones, of Mount Carmel, is scheduled for Wednesday.

    Failure to show

    ATLAS - David J. Swatski, 32, of 543 E. North St., Marion Heights, and Chloe C. Wydra, 36, of 299 Ralpho Road, Elysburg, were charged by Mount Carmel Township Police Officer Kelly Campbell with failure to make a required appearance after both were ordered to appear to be fingerprinted at the township's police station, as ordered by the court.

    Both individuals were ordered to appear for separate preliminary hearings on the charges on Jan. 28.

    Drug charges filed

    MOUNT CARMEL - Borough police charged Judith M. McGinley, 51, of 129 W. Third St., with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and delivery of a controlled substance following a probation search at a residence on Maple Street on Dec. 3.

    Police said they found syringes, a silver spoon and a tin foil smoking pipe. Police also found prescription medication in different branded bottles in McGinley's purse.

    A preliminary hearing on the charges against McGinley is scheduled for Jan. 28.

    False ID

    MOUNT CARMEL TOWNSHIP - Michael T. Dower, 19, of 14 S. 10th St., Ashland, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, public drunkenness, giving false identification to authorities and a pedestrian violation after he was found walking along Route 901 near Locust Summit at 11:57 a.m. Dec. 22, and allegedly in possession of a crack pipe and a baggie with a white residue in it.

    The charges were filed by Mount Carmel Township Police Officer Kelly Campbell. Dower is scheduled for a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones, of Mount Carmel, on Jan. 28.

    Two charged

    SAGON - Michael D. Leaveck, 20, of 48 S. Locust St., Mount Carmel, and Dustin J. Murray, 19, of 505 E. Melrose St., Marion Heights, were charged with drug and alcohol offenses after a traffic stop at 11:34 p.m. Dec. 6 in the area of Sagon Road, Mount Carmel Township.

    Mount Carmel Township Police Patrolman Matthew Filarski reported in court documents that while at a accident scene on Sagon Road, police observed a vehicle coming at them at a high rate of speed. When they stopped the vehicle, the driver, Murray, said he was having problems with the brakes.

    Police reported open containers of alcohol were found inside the vehicle. The two were taken into custody and the vehicle was impounded. A search by police turned up more alcohol and marijuana inside it.

    Both men were charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a small amount of marijuana, underage drinking and a violation of the open container law. Murray was also cited for careless driving. Preliminary hearings for Murray and Leaveck are scheduled for Jan. 28.

    Prohibited weapon

    MOUNT CARMEL - Chad C. Zerby, 19, of 137-139 S. Orange St., Apt. 1, was charged with a prohibited weapons offense and disorderly conduct after being found with a knife on his person outside his apartment building.

    Inside his jacket, police also found three air-soft pistols and a homemade club made out of solid steel. Also in his possession were three other air-soft and BB guns, police said.

    Zerby was arraigned Wednesday and released on $10,000 unsecured bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled before Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones on Wednesday.

    Endangerment

    ATLAS - Mount Carmel Township Police charged Amber M. Miller, 25, of 323 W. Saylor St. with endangering the welfare of a child, possession of drug paraphernalia, public nuisances and disorderly conduct after a probation visit at her home Oct. 8 turned up deplorable conditions in the home and smoking devices and packages of synthetic marijuana. The property was later condemned by Mount Carmel Township Chief Brian Hollenbush.

    Miller was arraigned Monday and released on $5,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.

    Corruption of minors

    MARION HEIGHTS - Natasha Fetterman, 28, of 91 Center St., Aristes, was charged by Mount Carmel Township police with criminal conspiracy, corruption of minors, and selling or furnishing alcohol to underage drinkers.

    Patrolman Matthew Filarski reported in court documents Fetterman and another individual provided alcohol to several individuals inside a home at 509 E. Clermont St., Marion Heights, Aug. 17.

    She was arraigned Wednesday and released on $10,000 unsecured bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.

    Scattering rubbish

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Police charged Robert Wetzel Jr. 23, of 202 Walnut St., Ashland, with scattering rubbish for dumping approximately 15 bags of household trash in October in a wooded area east of Coal Run on land owned by the Susquehanna Coal Company.

    Missing teen

    MILTON - State police in Milton are asking for help in locating a 17-year-old girl who has been missing since Friday.

    Jessika Ann James, of 1215 Mansion Road, Milton, was last seen leaving her residence and getting into a vehicle at around 3:30 p.m. Friday, police said.

    She is 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighs approximately 200 pounds and has blue eyes and dark hair. She was wearing a black sweatshirt and jeans and has a lower left lip piercing.

    Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact state police at 570-524-2662.


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  • 01/08/15--21:00: Police Briefs 1/9/15
  • Man fails to comply with Megan's Law requirements

    According to information filed with Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark's office, Duane Terrence Demellier, 34, of Wysox was charged with failure to comply with Megan's Law requirements after he did not verify his residence in the required three business days after moving out of his previous residence in October.

    Demellier was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw in lieu of $25,000 bail.

    Wyalusing man faces DUI charges

    A Wyalusing man has been charged with driving under the influence; driving under the influence at the highest rate of alcohol; failing to wear his seatbelt; careless driving and driving on the wrong side of the road following a traffic stop that occurred on Dec. 10 in Wyalusing Township.

    According to information filed with Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton's office, Maynard Lewis Smith, 74, was observed by police driving his 2005 Dodge Ram on the wrong side of the road. When a traffic stop was performed, police noticed a strong odor of alcohol on Smith's person as well as red, glassy eyes. Smith was placed under arrest and transported to Memorial Hospital in Towanda, where a blood test eventually revealed his blood alcohol content was 0.227 percent.

    Smith has been sent a summons for a preliminary hearing scheduled for Jan. 27.

    Retail theft occurs in Wysox

    A Towanda man was recently charged with retail theft following an incident that occurred on Dec. 2 at the K-Mart department store in Wysox.

    According to information filed with Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton's office, James Arnold Taylor, 26, was observed by a store employee tearing items out of their packaging and attempting to leave the store without paying for them. When the employee confronted Taylor outside the store, Taylor fled on his dirt bike. Police later found the dirt bike behind the Bradford Towne Center and arrested Taylor when he returned to the area shortly after. Taylor then admitted to stealing the items.

    Taylor has been sent a summons for a preliminary hearing scheduled for Jan. 27.


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    Public drunkenness

    SHAMOKIN - John Valenskie, 37, of 325 E. Water St., Apt. 3, was cited for public drunkenness by Shamokin City Police Cpl. Jarrod Scandle after being found passed out on the floor of the Turkey Hill store on Lincoln Street at 2:27 a.m. Dec. 20.


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    DUI

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Daniel E. Straub Jr., 25, of Shamokin, was charged by Patrolman Jason Adams with driving under the influence of alcohol and driving without insurance in connection with a Dec. 24 accident in the area of 20 N. Oak St.

    Police reported Straub, who had a blood-alcohol content of .20 percent, was operating a 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee south at 5:49 a.m. when his SUV struck two parked vehicles.

    Driver cited

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Janice A. French, of 1432 W. Walnut St., Coal Township, was cited by Patrolman Chris Williams for driving without insurance relating to an accident Tuesday morning at Woodlawn Avenue and Water Street.

    Police reported French was driving a 1993 Pontiac Grand Prix south on Woodlawn Avenue at 7:33 a.m. when her car slid on the snow and ice covered road into a 2003 Volkswagen operated by Autumn Breslin, of 1607 W. Independence St., Coal Township, who was stopped because of a previous accident involving her vehicle.

    No injuries were reported.

    Both vehicles sustained minor damage, police said.


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  • 01/09/15--21:00: Police Briefs 1/10/2015
  • Domestic argument turns physical

    Sayre Borough Police reported the arrests of Jennifer M. Terrell, 21, of Sayre, and Paul M. Craig, 34, of Sayre, on Dec. 18, for the charges of simple assault and harassment and as a result of a domestic dispute on S. Wilbur Ave. in Sayre Borough.

    Officers were summoned by the accused's boyfriend, Craig, who stated that Terrell came home from the bar and they began to argue. She then became very upset and started to hit him with her fists and kicked him numerous times. Craig told officers that Terrell had broken his cell phone, so he went to a neighbor's to phone police. During the altercation, Terrell told officers Craig had thrown a glass jar at her, causing a cut over her eye.

    Both Craig and Terrell were charged with simple assault and harassment and were arraigned on Dec. 18 by Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark and received non-monetary bail. They will return to face these charges at the Bradford County Court of Common Pleas at a later date.

    Vandalism results in charges

    Troopers with the Pennsylvania State Police were dispatched to the Kmart store in Wysox Township to investigate the report of vandalism of a vehicle. The victim reported sitting in her car when a male, later identified as Elias J. Harrigan, 20, of Towanda, scratched the driver side of her car and then slashed her back tire. The victim watched as Harrigan got into a blue pick up truck and left the parking lot. The victim reported to the state police that she recognized Harrigan as the man who caused the damage. Harrigan later admitted to police that he had scratched the driver side door with a pocket knife and slashed the tire. The amount of the damage and price to repair for the vehicle totaled $1,253.66.

    Harrigan was subsequently arrested and charged with criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.

    Sexual assault reported

    Pennsylvania State Police were called to investigate a statutory sexual assault incident reported by Bradford County Children and Youth Services regarding an incident in July 2014. Upon investigation troopers arrested 19-year-old Colton W. Snyder of Rome for engaging in sexual intercourse with an underage participant.

    Snyder was arrested and charged with statutory sexual assault, corruption of minors, and disorderly conduct. He was arraigned on Dec. 15 and received $5,000 unsecured bail. He will face these charges at a preliminary hearing at a later date.

    Charges filed after argument

    State police at Towanda said Crystal Lynn Cambra-Griffin, 26, of Millerton, struck and pushed a 36-year-old Millerton man at 2 a.m. Jan. 1 on Spruce Drive, Whispering Pines Trailer Park, Wells Township, following a verbal argument.

    Police said charges were filed in District Court 42-3-01.

    Charges filed following crash

    State police at Towanda said charges were filed following a DUI roll-over crash that occurred at 9:45 p.m. Dec. 19 on Route 6 in Burlington Township.

    Police said Jason Lee Brown, Jr., 21, of Troy was traveling eastbound on Route 6 and failed to maintain control of his vehicle, resulting in a roll-over crash. According to police, he fled the scene on foot, traveling west on Route 6 and was found about a half-mile from the crash. Police said it was discovered that he was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash.

    Charges filed following harassment

    State police at Towanda said charges were filed through District Court 42-3-01 following a harassment incident that took place at 5:37 p.m. Jan. 2 on Elms Road in Troy Township.

    According to police, David E. Pierchorowicz, 59, of Troy, struck a computer monitor, which struck the hand of the victim, Bonita Cunningham, 51, of Troy.

    Revolver stolen

    State police at Towanda said someone unknown entered a residence at 11 p.m. Dec. 30 in the 1000 block of Springfield Road in Springfield Township, and stole a Taurus Judge revolver .45/410, silver in color, and a gallon jug of coins.

    Police said the victim was Robert Toft, 31, no address listed.

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

    Vehicles entered

    State police at Towanda said someone unknown broke into four vehicles in the rear parking lot of Wyalusing Hotel between 9 p.m. Jan. 3 and 4 a.m. Jan. 4 in Wyalusing and stole miscellaneous items such as an iPhone 4S, a pellet gun, clothing, and a DIRECTV receiver unit from the vehicles.

    The victims were Ashley Fitzwater, 23; Dylan Walaski, 20; Phillip Neally, 29; and Marlon Ladner, 57, no addresses given, according to police.

    Police said all vehicles were unlocked at the time of the theft.

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


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    Vehicle rolls into ditch

    ELYSBURG - A 16-year-old Elysburg driver escaped serious injury in a crash Friday night when the vehicle he was driving went out of control on a snow-covered rural road and flipped onto its roof in a drainage ditch.

    Ralpho Township police said the teen, Dustin Chaundy, was taken to an area hospital by his parents for minor injuries following the 11:59 p.m. crash.

    Police said the vehicle was traveling south on Jepko Road, which parallels Knoebel's Three-Ponds Golf Course between Route 487 and Happy Valley Road, during a heavy snow squall. The vehicle went into a skid on a lefthand curve and rolled as it hit the ditch on the right side of the road.

    Responding with police were Elysburg firefighters and ambulance personnel.


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    Bradford County District Attorney Daniel J. Barrett reported the following recent Bradford County criminal case resolutions:

    Magisterial District Court

    Shelby Nonnemacher, 33, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark to the offense of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and was sentenced to seven days and court costs. Agents of the Pennsylvania State Police Vice and Narcotics Unit arrested Nonnemacher for the offense on July 18, 2014, following investigation of a Possession of drug Paraphernalia that occurred in Sheshequin Township.

    Wilmer Diaz Guzman, 19, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark to the offense of Harassment, a summary offense, Criminal Trespass, a summary offense and Disorderly Conduct, also a summary offense, and was sentenced to 15 days plus fines and court costs. Officer Joshua Lake of the Towanda Borough Police Department arrested Guzman for the offense on Dec. 28, 2014, following investigation of an incident that occurred in Towanda Borough.

    Thomas Mosier, entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw to the offense of False Reports, a misdemeanor of the third degree and was sentenced to a fine of $300, and court costs. Officer Derek Dekar of the Athens Borough Police Department arrested Mosier for the offense on Aug. 6, 2014, following investigation of a False Report that occurred in Athens Borough.

    Brandon Wright, 29, Athens, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw to the offense of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor and was sentenced to 90 days, and court costs.

    Sergeant Keith Stackhouse of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Wright for the offense on Nov. 17, 2014, following investigation of a Possession of Drug Paraphernalia that occurred in Athens Township.

    David McGuire, 33, Lowman, N.Y., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw to the offense of Retail Theft, a summary offense and was sentenced to 13 days and court costs. Officer Thomas VanFleet of the Athens Township Police Department arrested McGuire for the offense on Nov. 11, 2014, following investigation of a retail theft that occurred in Athens Township.

    Jakayo Frye, 23, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark to the offense of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor and was sentenced to a fine of $100, and court costs.

    Trooper Michael O'Boyle of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Frye for the offense on Nov. 12, 2014, following investigation of a Possession of Paraphernalia that occurred in Sheshequin Township.

    Shy-Ann Hills, 18, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark to the offense of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor and was sentenced to a fine of $100, and court costs.

    Trooper Michael O'Boyle of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Frye for the offense on Nov. 12, 2014, following investigation of a Possession of Paraphernalia that occurred in Sheshequin Township.

    Otto Miller, 45, Sayre, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw to the offense of Disorderly Conduct, a misdemeanor of the third degree and was sentenced to 15 days and court costs.

    Officer James Condusta of the Athens Borough Police Department arrested Miller for the offense on Nov. 7, 2014, following investigation of an incident that occurred in Athens Borough.

    Sara Pertnoy, 28, Athens, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw to the offense of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor and was sentenced to 15 days (suspended), and court costs. Sergeant Keith Stackhouse of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Pertnoy for the offense on Nov. 17, 2014, following investigation of a Possession of Drug Paraphernalia that occurred in Athens Township.

    Poppy Rae Hunsinger, 22, Sayre, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw to the offense of Retail Theft, a summary offense and was sentenced to fines and costs of $300. Officer Jason Serfas of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Hunsinger for the offense on Nov. 15, 2014, following investigation of an incident that occurred in Athens Township.

    Jeffrey Alan Roberts, 26, Canton, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox to the offense of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor and was sentenced to eight days in the Bradford County Correctional Facility, and court costs. Trooper Jeffrey Creedon of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Roberts for the offense, following investigation of an incident that occurred in Canton Township.

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

    SENTENCED

    Robert Fansler, 51, Wyalusing, Pa., was resentenced to a term of imprisonment in a Pennsylvania State Correctional Facility from six months to 60 months, fines, costs, restitution of $1,500, for the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Trooper John Kern of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Fansler following investigation of an incident that occurred in Albany Township.

    Robert Fansler, 51, Wyalusing, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in a Pennsylvania State Correctional Facility for 95 days to 60 months, fines, costs and restitution ordered, for the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Trooper George Layou of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Fansler following investigation of an incident that occurred in Wyalusing Township.

    Brian Lichtwald, 54, Towanda, Pa., was sentenced to Probation supervision for a term of six months, fines, costs, restitution of $300, for the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Officer Ryan Edsell of the Towanda Borough Police Department arrested Lichtwald for the offense in September 2014.

    Alicia Pedro, 35, Mildred, Pa., was sentenced to Probation for a term of five years, $1,000 fines, plus costs and restitution, for the offense of Theft by Unlawful Taking, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Trooper Christopher Schelling of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Pedro following investigation of an incident that occurred in Wysox Township.

    Christopher Heasley, 25, Gillett, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for a flat seven day sentence, Probation supervision for a term of 24 months, fines, costs, restitution of $350.00, plus $50, for the offense of Resisting Arrest, a misdemeanor of the second degree and Public Drunkenness, a summary offense. Trooper Kyle Gruber of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Heasley following investigation of an incident that occurred in Troy Township.

    Ralph Lane, 56, Towanda, Pa., 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. If the SIP program is completed, the prisoner will be under probation supervision for two additional years and checked regularly for drug or alcohol use. If he/she violated during those two years, probation will be revoked and if there is a violation more incarceration will be imposed. There will be fines, costs, restitution of $2,500, for the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Trooper Kevin Hibson of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Lane following investigation of an incident that occurred in Monroeton Township.

    Martin Rockwell, 23, Canton, Pa., was sentenced to Probation for a term of 12 months; fines, costs, restitution of $500, for the offense of Theft by Deception, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Officer Trey Kurtz of the Canton Borough Police Department arrested Rockwell for the offense in July 2014.

    Martin Rockwell, 23, of Canton, Pa., was sentenced to a term of Probation for a term of six months; fines, costs, restitution of $150, for the offense of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. Officer Trey Kurtz of the Canton Borough Police Department arrested Rockwell for the offense in July 2014.

    Richard Johnson, 28, of Towanda, Pa. was sentenced to a term of Probation supervision for a term of 12 months; fines, costs, restitution of $350.00, for the offense of False Reports to Law Enforcement, a misdemeanor of the third degree. Trooper Michael Tribendis of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Johnson following investigation of an incident that occurred in Monroe Township.

    Jamie Terry, 36, of Gillett, Pa., was sentenced to fines, costs, restitution of $150, for the offense of Harassment, a summary offense. Trooper Miranda Musick of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Terry following investigation of an incident that occurred in Gillett Township.

    Timothy Hoose, 46, of Ulster, Pa., was sentenced to a term of Probation supervision for a term of 12 months; fines of $1,000, restitution of $39,450.72, for the offense of Theft by Deception, a felony of the third degree.

    Trooper Christopher Stecik of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Hoose following investigation of an incident that occurred in Troy Township.

    Robert Hurlburt, 35, of Canton, Pa., was sentenced to a term of Probation supervision for a term of six months; fines, costs, restitution of $300, for the offense of Indirect Criminal Contempt. Trooper Joshua Thompson of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Hurlburt following investigation of an incident that occurred in Canton Township.

    George Dunn, 31, of Towanda, Pa., was sentenced to a term of Probation supervision for a term of 24 months; fines and costs of $500, plus $13.78 restitution, for the offense of Identity Theft, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Trooper Jeffrey Creedon of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Dunn following investigation of an incident that occurred in North Towanda Township.

    Corey Briggs, 28, Gillett, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 61 days to 23 months, 29 days, fines, costs, restitution of $500, for the offense of Firearm not to be Carried W/O a License, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Officer Roger Clink of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Briggs for the offense in June 2013.

    GUILTY PLEAS

    Jason Hieatt, 35, Troy, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Theft by Unlawful Taking, a misdemeanor of the third degree. Hieatt will be sentenced on Feb. 9, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Keith Roman of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Hieatt following investigation of an incident that occurred in Troy Township.

    Jason Hieatt, 35, Troy, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Theft by Unlawful Taking, a misdemeanor of the third degree. Hieatt will be sentenced on Feb. 9, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Keith Roman of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Hieatt following investigation of an incident that occurred in Troy Township.

    Jeremy Adkins, 35, Lindsay, Okla., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Adkins will be sentenced on Feb. 9, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Corporal Norman Strauss of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Adkins following investigation of an incident that occurred in Wysox Township.

    Jeremy Adkins, 35, Lindsay, Okla., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Adkins will be sentenced on Feb. 9, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Thomas VanFleet of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Adkins for the offense in October 2010.

    Robert Carlton, 33, Sayre, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Simple Assault, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Carlton will be sentenced on Feb. 9, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Travis Snyder of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Carlton for the offense in July 2014.

    Melanie McGuire, 48, Sayre, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. McGuire will be sentenced on Feb. 9, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Roger Clink of the Athens Township Police Department arrested McGuire for the offense in September 2013.

    Ryan Putnam, 30, Granville Summit, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Putnam will be sentenced on Feb. 9, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper William McDermott of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Putnam following investigation of an incident that occurred in Granville Township.

    Ike Allen, 24, Granville Summit, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Allen will be sentenced on Aug. 28, 2014, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Andrew Stevens of the Athens Borough Police Department arrested Allen for the offense in September 2014.

    Brian Lichtwald, 54, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Officer Ryan Edsell of the Towanda Borough Police Department arrested Lichtwald for the offense in September 2014.

    Curtis Singerhoff, 25, Gillett, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Officer Thomas VanFleet of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Singerhoff for the offense in May 2014.

    Curtis Singerhoff, 25, Gillett, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Trooper Kyle Gruber of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Singerhoff following investigation of an incident that occurred in Athens Township.

    Mark Leonard, 58, Sayre, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Obstructing Administration.

    Leonard will be sentenced on Feb. 5, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Sean Cooney of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Leonard following investigation of an incident that occurred in Bradford County.

    Crystal A. Hubbard, 30, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor and reckless Endangering another Person. Hubbard will be sentenced following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Peter Smith of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Hubbard following investigation of an incident that occurred in Franklin Township.

    Brittany Heverly, 23, Gillett, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Assault, two counts and Resisting Arrest, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Heverly will be sentenced following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Keith Roman and Trooper Michael Tribendis of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Heverly following investigation of an incident that occurred in South Creek Township.

    Ashley Kirk, 20, Waverly, N.Y., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Accident Involving Property Damage (hit and run), a misdemeanor of the third degree. Kirk will be sentenced, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Travis Snyder of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Kirk for the offense.

    PLACEMENT IN THE ACCELERATED REHABILITATIVE DISPOSITION (ARD) PROGRAM

    Jeremiah Scrivener, 37, 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, Scrivener will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department, which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Additionally, Scrivener must perform community service with the DUI Litter Brigade and attend a Victim Impact Panel. Trooper William McDermott of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Scrivener for the offense.

    Brandon Carr, 25, New Albany, 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 Carr will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department, which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Additionally, Carr must perform community service with the DUI Litter Brigade and attend a Victim Impact Panel and he will also lose his Pennsylvania driving privilege for 60 days. Officer Corey McLinko of the Towanda Borough Police Department filed the charges in September 2014 for the offense in Towanda Borough.

    Gregory Schworles, 37, Harlan, Ky., 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, Schworles will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department, which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Additionally, Schworles must perform community service with the DUI Litter Brigade and attend a Victim Impact Panel and he will also lose his Pennsylvania driving privilege for 60 days.

    Officer Cory McLinko of the Towanda Borough Police Department filed the charges in October 2014 for the offense in Towanda Borough.

    Eric Griffith, 25, New Albany, 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, Griffith will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department, which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Additionally, Griffith must perform community service with the DUI Litter Brigade and attend a Victim Impact Panel and he will also lose his Pennsylvania driving privilege for 60 days.

    Trooper Robert Edgerton of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Griffith for the offense.

    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:

    Darrell Mosier, 26, Rome, Pa., entered a plea of nolo contendere/no contest to Theft, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Mosier will be sentenced following a presentence 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 Tyler Brackman of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Mosier following investigation of an incident that occurred in Wysox Township.

    Eugene Howard Moore, 54, Rome, Pa., entered a plea of nolo contendere/no contest to Terroristic Threats, a misdemeanor of the first degree, Unlawful Restraint, a misdemeanor of the first degree, Resisting Arrest, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Moore will be sentenced following a presentence 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 Brandon Allis of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Moore following investigation of an incident that occurred in Pike Township.

    Donald L. Seeley, 59, Pa., entered a plea of nolo contendere/no contest to Indecent Assault of a Child, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Seeley will be sentenced on March 5, 2015, following a presentence 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 Miranda Musick of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Seeley following investigation of an incident that occurred in Springfield Township.


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    Retail theft

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Glenn Heim Jr., 37, of 29 N. Second St., Shamokin, was charged by Patrolman Chad Yoder with retail theft for allegedly stealing $465.02 in merchandise from Walmart Supercenter at about 6 p.m. Dec. 23.

    Police said Heim was stopped by store security personnel upon leaving the business with the merchandise in his shopping cart.

    Domestic disturbance

    SHAMOKIN - Patrick J. Brady Jr., 45, of 34 N. Third St., Shamokin, was arraigned by video Friday on charges of simple assault, harassment and resisting arrest involving a domestic disturbance.

    Police said the assault occurred shortly after 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

    According to a criminal complaint filed at the office of Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III, Brady is accused of attempting to push his live-in girlfriend, Courtney Depoe, down a set of steps at their home, hitting her in the face and grabbing her face and head in an attempt to twist her neck, causing redness, pain and abrasions.

    Police, who found a rifle in the home, said Brady assaulted Depoe in the presence of her 2-year-old son.

    Police deployed a Taser when Brady resisted arrest. Taser probes struck Brady in the center of the chest, but they did not stop him from aggressively coming toward police and refusing to obey multiple commands. Police had to use substantial force to take Brady into custody.

    Brady was initially committed by Gembic to Northumberland County Prison in Sunbury, but was later released after posting $7,500 cash bail.


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  • 01/12/15--21:00: Court Notes 1/13/15
  • PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS

    Jason D. Golden and Jacquelyn N. Golden to Cartus Financial Corporation for $179,000; Fairview Township.

    Cartus Financial Corp. to Michael Walker and Amber Walker for $179,000; Fairview Township.

    Villas at Waterwood LLC to Shawn Casey and Michele for $250,000; Harveys Lake.

    PVC Container Corp. to Store Master Funding VII LLC for $7,646,912.48; Hazle Township.

    Joseph L. Montante (co-executor) and Lawerence J. Montante (co-executor) and Marie Trottini (estate) and Marie T. Montante (estate) to Gavigan Enterprises LLC for $100,000; Laflin.


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  • 01/12/15--21:00: Police Briefs 1/13/2015
  • Crash results in charges for Dushore man

    Two people suffered no injuries in a one vehicle crash that happened on Jan. 10 in Albany Township.

    According to state police, Michael Briegel, 21, of Dushore was driving a 1998 Dodge Avenger on Overton Road in Albany Township when he crossed the center line of traffic and struck an embankment.

    Both Briegel and his passenger, Spring Fassett of Dushore, were wearing their seatbelts and Briegel was charged with careless driving.

    Waverly man uninjured in crash

    According to state police, 66-year-old Lawrence Day of Waverly was uninjured after he swerved to avoid debris and struck a guide rail while driving a 2011 Nissan Sentra on Jan. 9 on State Route 220 in North Towanda.

    Day was wearing his seatbelt and was not charged as a result of the crash.

    Theft occurs in Tuscarora Township

    Two Laceyville men were recently the victims of burglary and theft following an incident that occurred on Jan. 4 in Tuscarora Township.

    According to state police, unknown actors entered the victim's sheds and vehicles and stole items from both.

    Tunkhannock man charged after crash

    A Tunkhannock man was charged with driving at an unsafe speed following a crash that occurred on Jan. 6 on State Route 6 near Wyalusing.

    According to police, Spencer Ball, 25, attempted to pass a water truck while traveling west on State Route 6 when he lost control of the 2013 Subaru BRZ he was driving before striking a ditch and overturning.

    Ball was wearing his seatbelt was not injured. Memorial EMS of Towanda and the Wyalusing Fire Company responded to the scene. The vehicle was towed from the scene by Jack Williams.

    Sayre woman charged with theft

    According to state police, Stacey Jo Garey, 38, of Sayre allegedly stole a $500 Christmas fund from the Asylum VFW on Nov. 11 in Asylum Township.

    Man not injured in Wysox crash

    According to state police, Brady Johnson, 20, of Towanda was injured following a crash that occurred on Jan. 7 in Wysox. Police say Johnson was driving his 2010 Chevrolet Silverado on State Route 187 when he slid on ice and struck a concrete barrier.

    Johnson was wearing his seatbelt and was not charged as a result of the crash.

    Towanda woman suffers minor injuries in crash

    A Towanda woman was not charged following a crash that occurred on Jan. 6 in Monroe Township.

    According to state police, Dawn Miller, 54, was traveling east on State Route 414 near Dunn Hill Road when the 2002 GMC Envoy she was driving lost traction due to the snow-covered road before striking an embankment and overturning.

    Miller was wearing her seatbelt at the time of the crash and was transported to Memorial Hospital in Towanda via ambulance for treatment of minor injuries.

    Bites result in charges

    On Dec. 14, Kara M. Schultz, 23, of Rome, was arrested by Pennsylvania State Police and charged with simple assault and harassment after an argument turned physical.

    State police responded to an emergency call from a residence in Windham Township where a victim stated that Schultz had vomited in the bedroom of their shared residence, which incited an argument between the two. During the fight, Schultz began to throw punches and at one point, while being held to the floor, Schultz bit the victim's fingers, causing cuts and swelling.

    The fight stopped when Schultz went to lay down on a couch in another area of the home.

    A witness to this incident relayed to police the same version of events as reported by the victim. Schultz was subsequently charged with simple assault and harassment. She was arraigned on Dec. 14 by Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark and received $5,000 bail. The assault charge was dismissed at a preliminary hearing and the harassment charges will be heard in non-traffic court.

    Marijuana possession reported

    On Dec. 19, Sayre Borough Police officers reported the arrest of Matthew J. Guinto, 24, of Binghamton, N.Y. for speeding and marijuana possession after a traffic stop conducted on North Lehigh Avenue.

    Officers reported seeing a vehicle, driven by Guinto, traveling at a high rate of speed and initiated a traffic stop. During the stop, officers were able to detect a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and Guinto's person. During their questioning, Guinto consented to a search and admitted to possessing a small amount of marijuana.

    He was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to obey maximum speed limits. He is set to face these charges at a preliminary hearing on Jan. 20, with Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw.

    Domestic argument leads to multiple charges

    On Dec. 20, Athens Township Police responding to a 911 call reported the arrest of 24-year-old Sayre resident, Kevin R. Hoose Jr., after a physical altercation at a residence on Blue Spruce Lane.

    During their investigation, officers found a female victim at the residence, upset and crying, and Hoose, visibly intoxicated. At the time, officers observed several bladed weapons in plain sight, and Hoose subsequently removed a pocket knife from his jeans pocket.

    At this time, Hoose admitted that he and the victim were arguing and he claimed the victim struck him in the face. He then retaliated by breaking a glass vase. He then let officers know that he was a convicted felon.

    Another officer spoke with the victim about her version of events and she relayed that Hoose had struck her in the face after she slapped him after a "smart comment."

    It was during the investigation of this crime that officers discovered Hoose had purchased a 20 gauge shotgun earlier in the day from a co-worker, in violation of his parole.

    Hoose was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, simple assault causing injury, prohibited from possessing offensive weapons, and harassment with physical contact. He was arraigned on Dec. 20 by Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton and received $85,000 bail. He will return to face these charges on Jan. 20. for a preliminary hearing.

    Burglary arrest made

    On Dec. 20, Sayre Borough Police reported the arrest of 52-year-old Lyndon E. Johnson of Sayre, the result of an attempted burglary.

    Officers were dispatched to a residence on Cayuta Street for a possible burglary in progress. The complainant relayed to officers that they had observed someone in the residence with a flashlight and it sounded like they were trying to remove an air conditioner from a window. Upon their arrival, officers entered the residence and found a door ajar. Once inside, they made contact with Johnson, who was visibly intoxicated. He then stated that he "was just taking the air conditioner."

    When asked if he had permission, he responded, "no."

    Johnson was then placed under arrest for felony burglary, felony criminal trespass and theft by unlawful taking. He was arraigned on Dec. 20, and received $50,000 bail. He is set to return and face these charges on Jan. 20 for a preliminary hearing with Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw.

    DUIs

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

    David Michael Roberts, 22, of Troy, by Pennsylvania State Police following a single-vehicle crash at approximately 1:05 a.m. Nov. 23 on Route 514 in Granville Township, approximately one and a half miles west of Bailey Corners Road.

    According to court papers filed with the office of Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox of Troy, Roberts is also charged with a violation of "driving on roadways laned for traffic," a violation of "driving vehicle at safe speed," and careless driving. Police said his blood-alcohol content was .195 percent.

    Wilcox said a fast-track waiver was scheduled for Roberts.

    Suann Nicole Dyar, 32, of Columbia Cross Roads, by Pennsylvania State Police, who police said was arrested for operating a motor vehicle at 11:11 p.m. Nov. 7 on Seymour Drive in Columbia Cross Roads while under "suspicion of DUI."

    Police said charges were filed through District Court 42-3-01.


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  • National Transfer Services LLC to Colby R. Wood and Dawn M. Wood for $350,000; Lehman Township.

    Villas at Waterwood LLC to Matthew Sordoni and Stephanie Pollock Sordoni for $1,100,000; Harveys Lake.

    Earnest J. Bonnevier and Rebecca L. Bonnevier to Matthew Schlude and Julie Schlude for $266,000; Fairview Township.

    Brian E. Hilburt and Erika A. Hilburt and Erika A. Madden to Marcia Minott and Alisha Thorbourne for $137,000; Wilkes-Barre.

    Edward J. Lynch and Maureen Lynch to Richard P. Pryor for $150,000; Lehman Township.

    James A. Tricarico and Lisa C. Tricarico to Michelle Kunec Sudo for $450,000; Jenkins Township.

    Dana S. Blaum and Barbara A. Blaum to Julie Emm for $175,000; Dorrance Township.


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    Simple assault

    SHAMOKIN - Patrolman William Zalinski has charged Ryan Allen Wagner, 36, of 325 S. Shamokin St., Shamokin, with simple assault and harassment relating to a disturbance at 9:30 p.m. Sunday at his residence.

    Police said Wagner is accused of choking his live-in girlfriend, Amber Pawelczyk, and throwing her to the ground, causing neck abrasions and an injury to her right elbow.

    Prior to the assault, Pawelczyk told police Wagner pulled a toddler she was babysitting from her arms.

    Wagner was arraigned at 10:30 a.m. Monday by Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III and released on $5,000 unsecured bail.

    Guilty plea

    SHAMOKIN - Christian Krych, 19, of 156 E. Independence St., Apt. 3B, Shamokin, pleaded guilty Tuesday to possession of drug paraphernalia and was ordered by Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III to pay a $300 fine plus costs and placed on supervised probation for one year.

    An additional charge of underage drinking was withdrawn.

    Krych was charged by Shamokin Cpl. Bryan Primerano in connection with a Dec. 12 incident at his residence.

    Disorderly conduct

    SHAMOKIN - Thomas J. Feudale, 49, of 545 Sixth St., rear apartment, Coal township, pleaded guilty Tuesday to disorderly conduct and was ordered by Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III to pay a $300 fine plus costs and placed on supervised probation for one year.

    An additional charge of public drunkenness was withdrawn.

    Feudale was charged by Coal Township Patrolman David Sage in connection with a Dec. 12 incident at Sixth and Main Streets, Ranshaw.


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