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  • 02/06/15--21:00: Court notes 2/7/15
  • Mary Ellen Blazewski to Joseph P. Adamchak and Susanne E. Adamchak for $206,000; Bear Creek Township.

    Mary Louise Weidlich to Valerie D. Lower for $71,900; Wilkes-Barre.

    Robert P. Considine to Chester Frank Dudick for $108,000; Hanover Township.

    First National Bank of Pennsylvania to Stake MT LLC for $160,000; Wright Township.

    Carmine Briguglio and Carolyn Briguglio to Fevzi Akinci and Ayse Akinci for $301,000; Butler Township.

    MAT Properties Inc to HP101 LLC for $175,000; Plains Township.

    Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to Geisla Batista for $100,000; Butler Township.

    Madelene Robinet to Martyn Harding and Lisa Stuart for $158,000; Penn Lake Park.

    Mark Hanlon and James A. Hanlon to SMJO Enterprise LLC for $310,000; Fairview Township.


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  • 02/06/15--21:00: Police Briefs 2/7/2014
  • Wellsboro man faces charges of fraud

    A Wellsboro man has been charged with home improvement fraud; theft by deception and receiving stolen property following an incident that took place from August 2013 through January 2014.

    According to information filed by police with Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark's office, Charles Edward Carr, 33, entered into a written contract with an Ulster couple to make extensive repairs to their barn. The work was to begin immediately after signing the contract in August 2013 and be completed by the first week of January 2014 for the agreed total of $21,850. Over that time frame, minimal work was done to the barn, despite the victims making a down payment to begin repairs, as well as continued bi-weekly payments as agreed upon in the contract.

    In April 2014, according to police, the victims sent Carr a certified letter requesting that he finish the repairs as agreed or return the money that was given to him to purchase materials, which amounted to $8,500. Carr replied via text message, stating that he was sick and unable to work, but would get another contractor to finish the work and have the materials delivered. However, a new contractor never came and materials were never delivered. To date, the victims have paid Carr $14,000.

    Carr was arraigned before District Judge Michael Shaw and a non-monetary bail was set. A preliminary hearing was rescheduled to Feb. 20.

    Simple assault charges filed for three women

    Two Towanda women and a Wysox woman were charged with simple assault and harassment following an incident that occurred on Nov. 15 in Towanda.

    According to information filed by police with Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark's office, the female victim entered Finlan's Tavern and was advised by a male that she was going to get "jumped." At that time, Crystal Potter, 42, of Towanda approached the victim and punched her in the face and grabbed her hair. The victim grabbed Potter's hair in an attempt to defend herself and they both fell to the floor. It was at this point that two other women, Alyssa Churee Rowe, 23, of Towanda and Alexis Christine Rowe, 21, of Wysox, joined the assault by striking the victim with their fists and kicking her.

    All three women have been summoned for preliminary hearings scheduled for March 11.

    Man charged with theft

    William Edward Finnerty, 29, of Conklin, N.Y. faces a preliminary hearing at 1 p.m. Feb. 11 before Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox of Troy on charges of theft by unlawful taking or disposition, receiving stolen property, and "persons not to possess/use/manufacture, control, sell, transfer firearms" for an incident that took place at approximately 6:30 p.m. June 15 on South Calaman Lane in Columbia Township, according to court papers.

    The papers note that Finnerty is charged with the theft of a black Ruger P95 semi-automatic handgun belonging to Clifton Roy Heasley, no age given, of Columbia Township.

    Wilcox said Finnerty had his preliminary arraignment Feb. 2. His bail was set at $65,000 and was not posted, and he was placed in Bradford County Correctional Facility.

    Man faces hearing on drug charges

    Levi Jacob Cole, 19, of Canton, faces two preliminary hearings Feb. 25 before Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox of Troy on drug and drug paraphernalia charges, according to court papers.

    Cole was charged for knowingly or intentionally possessing a controlled or counterfeit substance, namely marijuana, and using, or possessing with the intent to use, drug paraphernalia. Canton police were made aware of the situation on Jan. 14 and Jan. 27.

    Wilcox said Cole was sent a summons by certified mail.

    Man faces multiple charges

    Troopers with the Pennsylvania State Police reported the arrest of 23-year-old, Scott D. Allis of Wysox, after he was reportedly seen leaving a Wysox Township Dandy Mini Mart driving a vehicle with no rear running lights activated.

    On Dec. 31, troopers followed the GMC pickup truck, driven by Allis, after leaving the parking lot, and subsequently initiated a traffic stop. As the trooper ran the plate numbers of the vehicle, he was notified that the registration had been expired for more than 8 months. The trooper then went to speak with the driver, Allis, who immediately announced that he did not have a valid license. As he was speaking with Allis, the trooper detected a noticeable odor of alcohol emitting from the cab of the truck. Allis did admit to the trooper that he has consumed "a couple," of alcoholic beverages before entering the vehicle to drive to the Dandy Mini Mart.

    Allis was then asked to exit the vehicle and perform the standard battery of field sobriety tests; which he could not complete in a satisfactory manner.

    Allis was subsequently charged with: DUI: general impairment, registration requirements, driving with a suspended license, careless driving, and failure to maintain general lighting equipment.

    He was arrested, charged and processed at the State Police Barracks in Towanda on Jan. 19 and will receive an accelerated DUI preliminary hearing with Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton.

    Pellet gun assault

    On Dec. 27, Athens Borough Police officers took a statement from a victim at the emergency Department of Robert Packer Hospital, who alleged that 21-year-old, Austin J. Hoyt, had shot him in the head with a pellet gun.

    Officers later interviewed Hoyt, who told them that the shot were an accidental discharge which occurred as a result of a struggle. The victim and another witness gave statements conflicting Hoyt's version of events. As a result of an investigation, officers charged Hoyt on Jan. 6, with one misdemeanor count of recklessly endangering another person.

    Theft from vehicle

    On Dec. 16, a victim in Alpine Meadows Campground in Stevens Township reported a theft of an in-dash DVD player as well as an undisclosed amount of money from a motor vehicle. The suspect took the items and then fled in an unknown direction. Anyone with information into this crime is asked to contact the Pennsylvania State Police at (570) 265-2186.

    Burglary

    Pennsylvania State Police took a report of a burglary which occurred between Oct. 26 and Dec. 7 at a seasonal property on Snow Road in Litchfield Township. Unknown suspects entered the victim's property, damaging the door and several windows, before fleeing the area. Anyone with information into this crime is asked to contact the Pennsylvania State Police at (570) 265-2186.

    Two charged after welfare check of children

    Pennsylvania State Troopers reported to a residence on State Route 706 in Stevens Township on Dec. 17, to assist Bradford County Children and Youth Services in checking the welfare of the the children living at the residence. Upon their arrival, Marilyn Mosher, 31 of Wyalusing, greeted them at the door and allowed the authorities inside the residence. As they entered, a strong odor of marijuana was detected throughout the home, which increased as they made their way through the residence, into the kitchen.

    At this time, Mosher admitted that she had just smoked marijuana, but that she had no more. A multicolored glass bong was observed in plain view and a glass smoking pipe was subsequently discovered on the floor of the children's bedroom.

    Mosher relayed to the authorities that the items belonged to herself and her husband, Allen H. Mosher, 25 of Wyalusing.

    The items were seized and both individuals were charged on Dec. 22 with possession of drug paraphernalia and disorderly conduct. They appeared before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton for a preliminary hearing, where each pleaded guilty to one count of disorderly conduct and the other charge was dismissed.

    Unauthorized credit card charges result in theft arrest

    On Jan. 6, officers with the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested 21-year-old Waverly resident, Dylan C. Brown, after receiving a report of multiple occurrences of theft from Howie's Pizza, occurring during the month of October 2014.

    The complainant stated to police that Brown had used a "NetSpend" credit card on multiple occasions to purchase food and gift cards. The said card was allowing charges to go through to the merchant company, all the while without having any monetary value to pay for the charges.

    The total amount of "chargebacks" on the card totaled $2,987.54.

    When later interviewed by police, Brown alleged that the card was used as his primary source of money, as his paycheck was usually direct deposited it, on Wednesday of each week. He then stated he receives overdraft notices in the form of text messages on his cell phone, but that the messages came two to three days after the purchases.

    Brown admitted to officers that he was aware he owed Howie's $100, but was unaware the card hadn't paid for the other transactions.

    A fax from NetSpend, sent to the Sayre police, showed that after Oct. 5, the card had several overdraft fees and purchases resulting in a negative balance of $98.73. Brown then continued to make purchases with the card and by the end of the month of October, Brown has charged $2,987.54 worth of just Howie's purchases.

    Brown was charged with one felony count of theft by deception by false impression and one felony count of access device fraud (unauthorized by device holder or issuer.) He will answer to the charges at a preliminary hearing with Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on Feb. 10.


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

    Richard Frankenfield, 56, Albany Twp., Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in Bradford County Correctional Facility for seven months to 23 months, 29 days, fines, costs, restitution, for the offense of Recklessly Endangering another Person. The Pennsylvania State Police arrested Frankenfield following investigation of an incident that occurred in Albany Township.

    William Foster Gleason, 51, Canton, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in State Prison for three years to seven years, fines and court costs of $4,000.00, for the offense of four convictions for Indecent Assault. Trooper Brandon Allis of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Gleason following investigation of an incident that occurred in Canton Township.

    Tracy Parkhurst, 26, Sugar Run, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 72 hours to six months, fines, costs and restitution of $1,000.00, he will also lose his driver's license for 12 months, for the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Trooper David Sweeney of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Parkhurst following investigation of an incident that occurred in Wysox Township on April 17, 2014.

    Henry Bothwell, 48, Stevensville, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for seven days to six months, fines, costs, restitution of $1,000.00; he will also lose his driver's license for 12 months for the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Trooper William McDermott of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Bothwell following investigation of an incident that occurred in Stevens Township on April 26, 2014.

    Skyler Smith, 23, Athens, Pa., was sentenced to Probation supervision for a term of 12 months, fines, costs, restitution of $500.00 for the offense of Obstruction of Administration of Law, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Trooper Miranda Musick of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Smith following investigation of an incident that occurred in North Towanda Township on May 14, 2014.

    Beth Coleman, 39, Athens, Pa., was sentenced to Probation supervision for a term of 12 months, fines of $500.00 and restitution of $2,103.36 for the offense of Theft, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Officer George Nichols of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Coleman for the offence on Sept. 6, 2013.

    Caleb Chilson, 24, Forksville, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for eight months to 23 months, 29 days, fines of $1,000.00 and restitution of $4,580.00, for the offense of Theft, a felony of the third degree. Trooper Sean Cooney of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Chilson following investigation of an incident that occurred in Monroe Township.

    Michael Rogers, 19, Sayre, Pa., was resentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 40 days to 23 months, 29 days, Probation supervision for a term of three years, and court costs for the offense of Corruption of Minors, a felony of the third degree and Indent Assault, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Trooper David Pelachick of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Rogers following investigation of an incident that occurred in Sylvania Borough.

    Nicholas Hughes, 21, Towanda, Pa., was sentenced to Probation supervision for a term of 18 months, fines of $750.00 plus $465.00 restitution for the offense of Possession with intent to deliver, a felony, and Possession of a Controlled Substance, a misdemeanor. Trooper Michael Adams of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Hughes following investigation of an incident that occurred in Wysox 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:

    Kristopher Reeves, 29, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Delivery of a Controlled Substance, a felony.

    Reeves will be sentenced following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Robert Hutchison of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Reeves for the offense in Towanda Township.

    Tara Hassler, 29, Canton, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Possession with Intent to Deliver, a felony. Hassler will be sentenced on March 30, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Michael Adams of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Hassler following investigation of an incident that occurred in Canton Borough.

    Todd Robinson, 53, Sayre, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Robinson will be sentenced on March 30, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Jason Serfas of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Robinson for the offense on Aug. 30, 2014.

    Paul Ackerman, 66, Ulster, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Ackerman will be sentenced, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Caroline Rayeski of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Ackerman following investigation of an incident that occurred in Towanda Township on Oct. 12, 2014.

    Craig Roote, 35, Horseheads, N.Y., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Roote will be sentenced on March 26, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Gabriel Paduck of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Roote following investigation of an incident that occurred in Wells Township on Oct. 8, 2014.

    Dakotah Anthony, 27, Gillett, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. Anthony will be sentenced on March 26, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Christopher Schelling of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Anthony following investigation of an incident that occurred in Springfield Township on June 28, 2014.

    William Swackhammer, 48, Athens, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Swackhammer will be sentenced on March 30, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Thomas VanFleet of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Swackhammer for the offense in September 2014.

    Lindsay Hart, 26, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of two counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance, a felony. Hart will be sentenced on March 16, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Agents of the Pennsylvania State Police Vice and Narcotics Unit arrested Hart following investigation of an incident that occurred in Bradford County.

    Joshua Nemeth, 31, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Nemeth will be sentenced on March 12, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Sergeant David Lantz of the Towanda Borough Police Department arrested Nemeth for the offense on May 20, 2014.

    Charles Kenyon, 58, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Kenyon will be sentenced on March 16, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper James Dughi of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Kenyon following investigation of an incident that occurred in Albany Township on July 31, 2014.

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

    Eric Hurlbert, 23, Athens, Pa., charged with the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, was accepted into the ARD Program and placed on probation for a term of nine months. While on probation Hurlbert will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Additionally, Hurlbert must perform community service with the DUI Litter Brigade and attend a Victim Impact Panel and he will lose his Pennsylvania driving Privilege for 60 days. Officer Derek Dekar of the Athens Borough Police Department filed the charges on Oct. 5, 2014 for the offense in Athens Borough.

    Mary Patton, 63, Towanda, Pa., charged with the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, was accepted into the ARD Program and placed on probation for a term of 12 months. While on probation Patton will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Additionally, Patton must perform community service with the DUI Litter Brigade and attend a Victim Impact Panel and he will lose his Pennsylvania driving Privilege for 60 days. Trooper Michael Tribendis of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Patton for the offense.

    Timothy Hamm, 30, Towanda, Pa., charged with the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor, was accepted into the ARD Program and placed on probation for a term of 12 months. While on probation, Hamm, will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Additionally, Hamm must perform community service with the DUI Litter Brigade and attend a Victim Impact Panel and he will lose his Pennsylvania driving Privilege for 60 days. Trooper Michael O'Boyle of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Hamm for the offense.


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  • 02/07/15--21:00: Marriage licenses 2/8/2015
  • Michael Dean Hawkins and Patricia Lee Carpenter.

    Joseph Anthony Coleman III and Aprile Beth Ritts.

    Charles J. Whitehouse and Katherine Ann McLaughlin.

    Richard G. Taveras and Iverlinht Jony Valera De Jesus.

    Brian Geoffrey Livingstone and Shannon Lee Chamberlain.

    James Raymong Truskowski and Donna Marie Mika.

    Paul Robert Buchla and Helen Ann Derricks.

    Jose Miguel Rivera Jr. and Brittani Jacqueline Setzer.

    Scott Allen Jr. Seelye and Brittany Lyn Roberts.

    Sean Joseph Micknick and Megan Marie Tugend.

    Antonio Pacheco and Noemi Jimenez.

    Dennis Lavar Hall Sr. and Brooke Tashina Jennings.

    Andy Ngoc Vo and Nguyen Thi Thao Pham.


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    Deer accident

    LOWER AUGUSTA TOWNSHIP - An Elizabethville woman suffered a minor injury in a crash involving a deer at 9:30 p.m. Saturday on Route 147 near Boyles Run Road.

    State police at Stonington said a 2007 Nissan Altima, driven by Michelle E. Florczyk, 36, of Elizabethville, was traveling on Route 147 when it struck a deer that had run onto the road.

    Florczyk's passengers, John Cade, 41, of Elmira, N.Y., and a 16-year-old female were not injured in the accident.


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  • 02/08/15--21:00: COURT NOTES
  • Leo G. Ellis to D&D Charles St. LLC for $106,000; Wilkes-Barre.

    Edward S. Polashenski and Jessica B. Polashenski to Michael A. Washinsky and Nancy Washinsky for $90,480; Butler Township.

    KNBT Investment Management & Trust Co. (executor) and National Penn Investors Trust Co. (executor) and Robert Landro (executor) and Dominic Landro (estate) and Dominic Landro Jr. (estate) to Brandon’s Forever Home for $132,500; Hazleton.

    Eric J. Botterbrodt and Barbara A. Botterbrodt to Paul C. Koob and Beth C. Koob for $476,500; Black Creek Township.

    Joseph Patton (administration) and Patrice D. Patton (estate) to Francis J. Dominick III and Danielle J. Evans for $195,000; Dallas Township.

    Vincent J. Murphy and Mary Dixon Murphy to Mary Jane E. Montefour and Charles G. Campbell for $270,000; Hazle Township.


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    Grandmother assaulted

    THARPTOWN - Brandon Strausser, 33, of 231 Center St., Tharptown, was charged by Patrolman Chad Yoder with simple assault and harassment after he allegedly grabbed his 78-year-old grandmother, Ruth Latsha, by the hair and threw her onto a couch and floor before striking her head off a wall several times at their home.

    Latsha suffered injuries to her face, hands and ribs, police said.

    The assault occurred at about 4 p.m. Friday.

    Strausser was arraigned by on-call Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones of Mount Carmel and committed to Snyder County Prison in lieu of $20,000 cash bail.

    Penney's worker charged

    SELINSGROVE - Christina Fischetti, 37, of Freeburg, has been charged by state police at Selinsgrove with theft for allegedly stealing $1,374.99 by making false returns at JC Penney's in the Susquehanna Valley Mall while she was employed at the store over the last six weeks.

    Hospital disturbance

    THARPTOWN - Barry C. Hughes, 44, of 1119 N. Lombard St., Shamokin, will be charged by Coal Township Patrolman Chris Williams with disorderly conduct involving a disturbance at 7:45 a.m. Sunday in the emergency room at Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital.

    Police said Hughes cursed and threatened emergency room personnel.

    Teens charged in fight

    COAL TOWNSHIP - A 13-year-old male will be charged by Coal Township police with simple assault and harassment relating to a fight shortly before 1 p.m. Jan. 22 at Shamokin Area Middle/High School.

    Police said another 13-year-old male involved in the fight will be charged with harassment.


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  • 02/09/15--21:00: Court notes 2/10/15
  • PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS

    Joseph M. Vidumsky and Kathy M. Vidumsky to Kristen J. Pechulis for $134,500; Newport Township.

    Robert E. Stevens to Willard A. Williams and Barbara H. Williams for $190,000; Bear Creek Township.

    Nathan J. Kolb and Susan K. Kolb to John D. Klimchak and Gregory M. Guarnieri for $285,000; Fairmount Township.

    Ronald F. Huntzinger and Ronald Huntzinger to Eloise Y. Hicks for $80,000; Wilkes-Barre.

    Luis Alvarez to Lauren Ann Kurkowski for $133,000; Kingston.

    Thomas Stapleton and Jacqueline Stapleton to Lonnie P. Owen for $212,000; Fairview Township.

    William H. Isopi and Rosemary A. Isopi to Kevin Bransford and Maria Hosey for $265,000; Dallas Township.

    R & R Minnick Real Estate Inc. to Drums DG LLC for $205,000; Butler Township.

    David R. Edwards and Dawn K. Edwards to Sam S.H. Wu and Patricia C. Tsang for $268,000; Rice Township.

    IASDF Inc. to Thomas M. Vercusky for $70,000; Hazleton.

    Bruce Lefkowitz and Debra Lefkowitz for Vrundavan LLC for $110,000; Wilkes-Barre.

    Rosemary Joan Flaim to Matthew Walsh and Alexandra Ettinger for $145,000; White Haven.

    Jeffrey D. Attick and Carlene A. Attick for Renee J. Baran for $180,000; Conyngham.


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    Car theft

    MOUNT CARMEL - Charges were filed last week against a borough man accused in two September car thefts within a four-day period.

    Edward J. Kleman, 28, of Mount Carmel, is accused of stealing a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu from Kyle Patrick Sept. 12 or Sept. 13. The vehicle was parked outside 113 N. Locust St. Kleman and Michael McGinley, who is not yet charged in the case, were apprehended on Sept. 14 by Virginia state troopers following a vehicle and foot pursuit. The vehicle was crashed and sustained severe damages, according to police. Restitution of $2,000 is sought.

    Kleman was arraigned Thursday before Magisterial District Judge Hugh A. Jones on felony counts of burglary, conspiracy, trespass, theft and receiving stolen property. He also was charged with a misdemeanor of loitering and prowling at night, and remanded to jail on $10,000 bail. All charges were filed by Mount Carmel Lt. Christopher Buhay.

    Police said Kleman stole a 2011 Chevy Aveo shortly before 6 a.m. Sept. 9 that was parked with its engine running outside Turkey Hill at Fifth and Market streets. The vehicle was owned by David Slotterback, and was found Sept. 11 on the outskirts of the borough. About $720 in restitution is sought for various items missing from inside the vehicle.

    He was arraigned on felony counts of theft and receiving stolen property and a misdemeanor count of theft from motor vehicle. Separate bail was set at $10,000.

    Preliminary hearings in both cases are scheduled for today.

    Scattered rubbish

    MOUNT CARMEL - John T. Guise Jr., 52, of 215 E. Fifth St., was cited by Chief Todd L. Owens with scattering rubbish. Guise is accused of dumping bags of household trash about 1:30 p.m. Jan. 29 into a Dumpster leased by Community Pharmacy, 49 S. Oak St. His name was discovered on several items in the trash.

    Neighborhood dispute

    MOUNT CARMEL - Kelly A. McCormick, 27, of 309 S. Market St., was cited by Lt. Christopher Buhay with harassment. She is accused of repeatedly calling names at a neighbor, shoveling snow onto the neighbor's sidewalk and banging on a wall separating their homes.

    Ignores commands

    MOUNT CARMEL - Kayla Weidow, 25, of 332 S. Market St., was cited by Cpl. David Donkochik with disorderly conduct. She is accused of failing to obey a fire police officer directing traffic during an emergency call about 10:15 p.m. Jan. 29.

    Drunken disturbance

    MOUNT CARMEL - Andrew Snyder, 47, of 350 S. Vine St., was cited by Patrolman Matthew Dillman with public drunkenness and harassment. He is accused of banging on apartment doors about 2:30 a.m. Friday at 49 S. Oak St. Police said he defecated inside his pants and had no idea where he was.

    Liquor theft

    MOUNT CARMEL - David H. Cooper, 47, of 416 E. Avenue, was cited by Cpl. David Donkochik with two counts of retail theft for allegedly stealing bottles of Jim Beam whiskey from the State Liquor Store at 136 S. Oak St. on Jan. 31 and Friday.

    Suspicious call

    SHAMOKIN - A citizen reported receiving a suspicious telephone call from a person claiming to be an officer with the Internal Revenue Service. The caller claimed an arrest warrant existed for the citizen due to unpaid taxes and spoke of settling the matter out of court. The call was reported to local authorities.

    Trash charge

    MOUNT CARMEL - Marie E. McWilliams, 26, of 309 N. Maple St., was charged by Patrolman William Adamski with scattering rubbish. She is accused of dumping bags of household trash about Jan. 12 in public trash receptacles on Oak Street. Her name was discovered on several items in the trash. Restitution of $10 is sought.


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  • 02/10/15--21:00: Police Briefs 2/11/2015
  • Wysox men face drug charges

    Two Wysox men were charged with the use or possession with the intent to use drug paraphernalia following an incident that occurred on Aug. 15 in North Towanda Township.

    According to information filed with Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark's office, Shawn Christopher Lewis, 36, had repeatedly texted another male that had been taken into custody for selling heroin, asking to meet, if "it's different," and how much. Police arranged to meet with Lewis using the male's cell phone. Police then made contact with Lewis and two other males, when Lewis eventually admitted that he was there to buy heroin. Upon searching the three men, police discovered a hypodermic needle in his pocket and a plastic spoon and a hypodermic needle in the pocket of 33-year-old Aaron Lee Vanderpool. The search of the third male was met with negative results.

    Vanderpool and Lewis have been sent summons for preliminary hearings scheduled for March 11.

    Man charged after failing to comply with Megan's Law requirements

    Kevin Corey Jayne, 29, of New Albany was charged with failure to comply with the registration requirements of Megan's Law after police determined that he failed to appear at an approved registration site during a semi-annual verification from Jan. 3 to Jan. 12, according to information filed with Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark's office.

    Jayne was arraigned before District Judge Michael Shaw and a preliminary hearing has been rescheduled to Feb. 25.

    Rome man charged with theft

    A Rome man faces charges of theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property following an incident that occurred on Jan. 9 at the Northern Tier Career Center in North Towanda.

    According to information filed with Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark's office, on the above date, Christopher Wilson, 20, returned tools that he had taken without permission while the career center was being remodeled after his mother had discovered the stolen tools, which included various wrenches, sockets and socket wrenches.

    Wilson has been sent a summons for preliminary hearing scheduled for March 4.

    Towanda man faces assault charges

    A Towanda man has been charged with simple assault and harassment after police responded to a loud disturbance on Feb. 3 in Towanda.

    According to information filed with Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark's office, police arrived at the scene and observed injuries on the female victim, who said she was assaulted by Mantee Williams, 48. The victim stated that Williams was verbally assaulting her and as she tried to close the door to her bedroom, his hand got caught in the door. Williams then rushed toward her and struck her six to seven times and threw a lamp at her.

    Williams has been sent a summons for a preliminary hearing scheduled for March 18.

    Terroristic threats occur in Monroe Township

    State police investigated a case of terroristic threats on Jan. 20 after a 16-year-old male threatened to go to the BLaST School in Monroe Township and "shoot everyone" after his cell phone was taken away from him.

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

    Police investigating theft

    State police are investigating a case of theft that occurred sometime between Feb. 2 and Feb. 5 in North Towanda Township after an eight foot aluminum ramp was stolen from Bradco Supply Company.

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

    Minor injuries reported after crash

    Two people from Towanda suffered minor injuries after a three vehicle crash that occurred on Feb. 1 in North Towanda Township. According to state police, Scott Hudson, 48, was driving a 2000 Dodge Neon north on State Route 220 when he slid and crossed over the center line and struck a 2014 Chevrolet Cruz driven by a 22-year-old New York male. As a result, the 2011 Ford F-650 following behind the male struck his vehicle as well.

    All persons were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash and Hudson and his passenger, Kelly Harvey, 24, were transported to Memorial Hospital in Towanda by Towanda EMS for minor injuries. Hudson was charged with crossing over the center line of traffic.

    Criminal mischief occurs in Wysox

    According to state police, unknown actor(s) caused damage to a Kabota RTV1100 vehicle belonging to M.R. Dirt sometime between Jan. 26 and Jan. 29 in Wysox Township.

    Police investigating stolen money

    According to state police, an undisclosed amount of money was stolen from a 61-year-old Towanda man on Jan. 20 in Towanda. The incident remains under investigation.

    Berwick woman charged after crash

    A Berwick woman was charged with driving at an unsafe speed following a one-vehicle crash that occurred on Feb. 5 in Davidson Township in Sullivan County.

    According to Laporte state police, Ashlee Fenstermacher, 24, was driving a 2003 Ford Taurus south on State Route 42 when she left the roadway and went over a small embankment, causing the vehicle's undercarriage to strike the embankment.

    Fenstermacher was wearing her seatbelt at the time of the crash and was not injured.


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  • 02/10/15--21:00: Court notes 2/11/15
  • John M. Chaump Jr. and Melissa A. Chaump to Wendy Reshetar for $192,000; Butler Township.

    Torrey B. Sattof and Debra A. Sattof and Debra A. Cwalina to Matthew David Lutsey and Jennifer Lynn Lutsey for $130,000; Forty Fort.

    Michael J. Cumbo to Nijmeh Reality LLC for $158,000; Forty Fort.

    LA Commercial Services LLC to Dennis M. Briggs and Pearl J. Briggs for $72,100; Butler Township.

    Joan Tuttle and Theresa Regulla (estate) and Joan C. Ludwig and Joan Tuttle (administratrix) to Frank W. Victor for $90,000; Wyoming.


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  • 02/11/15--21:00: Police Briefs 2/12/2015
  • Man charged with stealing a fishing pole

    On Feb. 10, Towanda Borough Police arrested Jack Stroud, 33, for the theft of fishing pole that was located on Chestnut Street in Towanda, according to a police press release. Stroud was charged with theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.

    Stroud was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 25.

    Injuries suffered in crash

    Two men suffered injuries as a result of a crash that occurred on Jan. 31 in Tuscarora Township.

    According to police, Thomas Kohut, 36, of Exeter was driving a 1997 Dodge Ram west on State Route 6 when he struck the vehicle of Tyler Huffman, 22, of Laceyville, whose vehicle was disabled because of a previous crash. As a result, Huffman's vehicle subsequently struck Austin Wilson, 20, of Muncy, who was attempting to assist Huffman.

    Wilson suffered moderate injuries, while Huffman sustained a major injury and was transported to Geisinger Community Medical Center. No one was charged as a result of the crash.


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    SELINSGROVE - The Courtyard Theater will present "Weekend at Withingham's," an audience participation murder mystery dinner, in late February.

    The two-hour production involves "a play within a play," said Bob Taylor, the theater's artistic director.

    "The setting is in a restaurant, and the audience is watching a dinner theater," Taylor said. "The people are watching a theater company perform a play called 'Weekend at Withingham's.' That's how it starts out."

    And then a murder occurs.

    As the play progresses, "the audience will be involved in questioning the suspects, and in writing down who did it, and why," Taylor said.

    Taylor, who is directing the play, said that Chris Reis has been cast as Warren Deluth; Tara Fulmer as Claudia Trubundis; Alexis Fulmer as Rachel Teirson; Zach Walborn as Peter Quinn; Eric Kerchoff as Robert Whitaker; and Ted McCollum Jr. as Vinny Padula. Taylor will play the part of Dr. Goldstein.

    The theater will present three performances of "Weekend at Withingham's." The show dates are: Feb. 27 and 28 and March 1.

    The Friday and Saturday shows will begin at 7 p.m., and the Sunday performance will be a matinee, starting at 2 p.m. Tickets will cost $35 and will include a three-course meal catered by Garfield's Restaurant and Pub.

    The theater is located in the Susquehanna Valley Mall. Call the box office for reservations at 570-374-0060. Reservations are required. Cash and credit cards accepted.


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  • 02/11/15--21:00: POLICE REPORT HIGHLIGHTS
  • MOOSIC POLICE: Officers responded to more than 200 calls between Jan. 18 and Feb. 7.

    On Jan. 18, officers were dispatched to investigate activated alarms on school and Joyce streets. A hit-and-run accident sent officers to a home in the 800 block of Davis Street. Officers also investigated a parking complaint in the 3300 block of Birney Avenue.

    On Jan. 19, officers were dispatched to investigate a reported assault at Oakwood Terrace on Gleason Drive.

    On Jan. 20, officers were dispatched to investigate a retail theft at the Turkey Hill on Birney Avenue. A motor vehicle accident (MVA) sent officers to the 4600 block of Birney Avenue. A dog complaint sent officers to the 200 block of Main Street.

    On Jan. 21, officers were dispatched to investigate an animal complaint in the 4100 block of Birney Avenue.

    On Jan. 22, officers were sent to an MVA in the 1100 block of South Main Street.

    On Jan. 23, officers were dispatched to investigate a reported water main break on Birney Avenue. A fraud complaint sent officers to a home in the 3300 block of Cedar Avenue.

    On Jan. 24, officers were dispatched to investigate a reported theft from a motor vehicle in the 4900 block of Birney Avenue. An activated alarm sent officers to Glenmaura National Boulevard. Officers responded to a similar call in the 2100 block of Shoppes Boulevard. Officers were also sent to investigate a report of a disorderly person in the 3700 block of Winfield Avenue.

    On Jan. 25, officers responded to investigate a harassment complaint in a home in the 500 block of Minooka Drive. A retail theft complaint sent officers to a home in the 3300 block of Birney Avenue. Officers were dispatched to investigate a dog complaint on Columbia Street. Officers were sent to assist emergency medical services (EMS) on Fitzgerald Drive.

    On Jan. 26, officers responded to investigate a report of an activated alarm in the 3700 block of Birney Avenue.

    On Jan. 27, officers were dispatched to investigate an activated burglar alarm at Glenmaura National Gulf Club.

    On Jan. 28, officers were dispatched to investigate a harassment complaint in the 900 block of School Street. A criminal mischief complaint sent officers to a home on Preate Drive. Officers responded to assist a stranded motorist in the 800 block of Birney Avenue. Police were sent to investigate a harassment complaint in the 3300 block of Birney Avenue. An MVA sent officers to the Shoppes at Montage.

    On Jan. 29, officers were dispatched to investigate a road rage incident in the 3600 block of Wylam Avenue. A domestic dispute sent officers to the Moosic Motor Inn on Birney Avenue.

    On Jan. 30, officers were sent to an MVA in the 3300 block of Pittston Avenue. A similar call sent officers to the 600 block of Rocky Glen Road. Police were dispatched to a dog complaint in the 3300 block of Birney Avenue. An MVA sent officers to the 4600 block of Pittston Avenue. Officers responded to assist EMS with a call in the 3700 block of Laurel Lane.

    An MVA sent officers to the 4600 block of Birney Avenue. Officers were sent to investigate a reported assault in the 600 block of River Street.

    On Jan. 31, officers were dispatched to investigate a disabled vehicle on Davis Street. Officers also responded to activated alarms on Alpine Drive and Glenmaura Boulevard.

    On Feb. 1, officers were dispatched to investigate a report of a suspicious vehicle in the 600 block of Park Street.

    On Feb. 2, officers were dispatched to investigate a domestic dispute in the 1100 block of Water Street. An MVA sent officers to the 4100 block of Birney Avenue. Police were sent to investigate a parking complaint in the 100 block of Main Street.

    A parking complaint sent officers to Ash Street. Officers conducted a traffic stop. The driver was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI).

    On Feb. 3, officers were dispatched to investigate a report of downed railroad gates at Main and Third streets. Officers were sent to investigate a complaint of lost property in the 4100 block of Birney Avenue. Multiple MVAs sent officers to Birney Avenue and Main streets.

    On Feb. 4, officers were sent to investigate a domestic dispute in the 4100 block of Birney Avenue. An MVA sent officers to the same area of Birney Avenue. Officers were sent to a home in the 400 block of Fourth Street.

    On Feb. 5, officers were sent to investigate a reported lockout in the 500 block of Gleason Drive. An activated alarm sent officers to a home in the 100 block of Joyce Drive.

    On Feb. 6, officers were dispatched to investigate a hit-and-run call in the 2300 block of Shoppes Boulevard. A retail theft sent officers to the 3500 block of Birney Avenue. An MVA sent officers to the 1000 block of Glenmaura Drive.

    On Feb. 7, officers were dispatched to investigate an activated alarm in the 900 block of School Street. A report of downed wires sent officers to the 700 block of Main Street.

    OLD FORGE POLICE: No report was available at press time.

    TAYLOR POLICE: Officers responded to more than 45 calls between Feb. 3-8.

    On Feb. 3, officers were dispatched to assist the fire department with a call in a home in the 100 block of Union Street. A theft complaint sent officers to the Riverside High School. Police were sent to investigate an allegation of child abuse in a home in the 600 block of West Taylor Street. A motor vehicle accident (MVA) sent officers to the intersection of Loomis Avenue and North Main Street.

    Police responded to investigate a complaint of damaged property in the 400 block of West Atherton Street. A report of a domestic dispute in progress sent officers to a home in the 100 block of South Washington Street. Police also responded to an MVA involving a deer in the 100 block of South Keyser Avenue.

    On Feb. 4, officers were dispatched to investigate an activated alarm at Winner’s Circle on Main Street. Officers conducted a traffic stop in the 900 block of Union Street. Police also assisted emergency medical services (EMS) with a call in the 200 block of South Main Street.

    On Feb. 5, officers were dispatched to an MVA in the intersection of Main and Davis streets. A similar call sent officers to South Washington and Main streets.

    On Feb. 6, officers were dispatched to conduct a welfare check inside a home in the 300 block of South Main Street. Officers were sent to the Riverside High School on Davis Street to conduct an investigation. Police also conducted a traffic stop in the 1500 block of Main Street. The driver was arrested for driving under the influence.

    On Feb. 7, officers conducted a traffic stop in the 1300 block of South Main Street. A parking complaint sent officers to the 1300 block of Main Street.

    Police were dispatched to issue an arrest warrant in the 600 block of West Taylor Street. Officers responded to an MVA in the intersection of Donny Drive and Mary Circle. A report of a domestic dispute in progress also sent officers to the Walmart on Main Street.

    On Feb. 8, police were sent to assist the fire department with a structure fire in the 100 block of North Main Street. Officers conducted a traffic stop in the Walmart parking lot. During the stop, officers were able to serve an arrest warrant on the driver. Police also responded to an activated burglar alarm at Winner’s Circle on Main Street.


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    Crash

    BURNSIDE - An Elysburg man was cited for a stop sign violation following a crash Tuesday at Route 125 and Burnside Drive in Coal Township.

    Harold E. Kase Jr., of 127 S. Maple St., drove a 2005 Peterbilt dump truck from Burnside Drive onto Route 125 and into the oncoming path of a 2008 Chevrolet Colorado driven north by Keith Peifer, of 225 S. Market St., Shamokin.

    The crash occurred about 1 p.m., and no injuries were reported. The pickup truck sustained moderate damage and was towed. The dump truck sustained minor damage. Kase was cited for violating the traffic code, duties at stop signs.


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  • 02/11/15--21:00: Court notes 2/12/15
  • Judge Jennifer L. Rogers, presiding over Luzerne County Domestic Relations Contempt Court on Wednesday, ordered the following jailed for failure to pay child support:

    Thomas Stoss, 304 N. Empire St., Apt. 526, Wilkes-Barre, 60 days, $4,881.

    George Stash, 60 Chestnut St., Larksville, 30 days, $10,269.

    Warrants were issued for the following defendants for failure to pay:

    Vito Ginocchietti, 121 Tompkins St., Pittston, $2,284.

    Philip Rodzon, 35 Wilcox St., Plains Township, $412.

    Wilson Cabrera, 555 Alter St., Hazleton; $2,419 in two cases.

    Norman Tolsma, 13 Range Road, Hunlock Creek; $4,389.

    Kevin Herron Sr., 608 Swift St., Avoca; $864.

    Jamie Thomas, 71 E. Overbrook Road, Shavertown; $1,680.

    Anyone with information should call the Luzerne County Domestic Relations tipline at 570-606-3000.


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    Drugs

    MOUNT CARMEL - Kaitlyn Ann Else, 26, of 731 Scott St., Trevorton, was charged by Mount Carmel Township Patrolman Kelly Campbell with a felony count of hindering apprehension or prosecution, two misdemeanor counts of possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia and a misdemeanor of possession of a controlled substance for an incident occurring at around 1 p.m. June 10 at 149 E. Saylor St.

    Police reported Else was found in possession of a glass smoking device, a clear light bulb containing burnt residue, several clear and blue Ziploc bags commonly used to package illegal substances, a black travel case with several syringes and a clear plastic container with black electrical tape around it and a clear liquid inside it.

    Police said Damien Michael Slovick, of 149 E. Saylor St., Atlas, and Bryan Scott Shedaker, 30, of Pittsburgh, were previously charged with the same offenses.

    Assault, harassment

    SHAMOKIN - Penny Jean Miller, 47, and Rebecca Miller, 22, both of 308 S. Fifth St., Shamokin, have each been charged with a misdemeanor count of simple assault and a summary offense of harassment for a fight that occurred at around 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, at their home.

    Penny told police she had been arguing with Rebecca, who reportedly suffers from behavioral disorders and had not taken her medication, according to court documents. The argument escalated and Rebecca allegedly punched Penny with a closed fist. Each said the other had assaulted her during a physical altercation and both had physical injuries when police arrived.

    Children and Youth Services responded to the house due to the arrest of both adults and living conditions that included several weapons, a loaded fire arm, garbage and insects.

    While being interviewed by police, Penny suffered what appeared to be a seizure and was taken to Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital. Rebecca was taken to the Shamokin police department, where she provided a written statement and was released.

    Drug paraphernalia

    SHAMOKIN - Loni Jo Hornberger, 35, of 651 Chestnut St., Kulpmont, was charged by Shamokin police with possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia for an incident that occurred at around 3:30 p.m. Monday at 46 Adams St.

    Northumberland County Adult Probation alerted police to the house after they located a missing juvenile and narcotics during a home visit. Officers said Hornberger was found in possession of a bluish-colored straw commonly used for snorting controlled substances. The straw contained a white powder residue, and Hornberger said it was several medications crushed and inhaled through the straw, police said.

    A second female, Donna Shaffer, was found to be in possession of two round pink pills, identified as Oxycodone, and white powder residue around her nasal cavities, said police. She was taken into custody by probation officers.

    The juvenile was in position of a white powder substance in a clear baggy stored under a pack of cigarettes, said police. He was turned over to Montour County Probation, who has been searching for the youth.

    Scattering rubbish

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Two individuals have been charged by Coal Township Police for scattering rubbish. In both cases, the trash was found in the mountain area behind Coal Run on land owned by the Susquehanna Coal Company, Marion Heights.

    Robert F. Santore, 51, of 217 Third St., Coal Township, was charged after allegedly dumping household trash sometime between Nov. 10 and Jan. 6.

    Timothy Kopp, 27, of 719 E. Dewart St., Shamokin, was charged after allegedly depositing and burning household trash sometime between March 14 and Jan. 6.

    Drug paraphernalia

    SHAMOKIN - Randy B. Elliot II, 25, of 1240 Poplar St., Kulpmont, was charged by Patrolman Raymond Siko II with possession of drug paraphernalia during an incident at 4:30 p.m. Monday in the 900 block of North Shamokin Street.

    Police reported Elliot possessed four syringes commonly used to inject heroin, a silver spoon and four blue packets commonly used to package heroin.

    Stepmom assaulted

    SHAMOKIN - Cpl. Bryan Primerano has charged Belinda Smith, 22, of 403 S. Fifth St., Shamokin, with simple assault, stalking and disorderly conduct relating to a disturbance shortly after 8 p.m. Wednesday.

    According to a criminal complaint filed at the office of Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III, Smith is accused of punching, choking and biting her stepmother, Susan Poltenovage, threatening to kill her with a kitchen knife and removing a credit card and cash from her purse at 403 S. Fifth St.

    Scrap metal stolen

    RIVERSIDE - Two Shamokin men have been charged with stealing scrap metal valued at $741 from 615 Ave. E Sept. 22.

    Thomas E. Mowery, 51, and Caleb V. Robinson, 31, both of 708 Kase St., were charged by Riverside Officer Jennifer Goss with theft, receiving stolen property and criminal trespass for taking the scrap metal belonging to David Martin.

    Mowery and Robinson were arraigned Wednesday by Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones and released on $10,000 unsecured bail apiece.


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  • 02/12/15--21:00: Article 1
  • Prohibited firearm purchase attempted

    An unknown individual attempted to purchase a firearm on Oct. 29 from a Wysox gun store when this person was prohibited from doing so.

    According to state police, the individual allegedly falsified an application form stating that he/she was not prohibited from purchasing a firearm. An investigation is on-going.

    Counterfeit money used in Wysox

    A Houtzdale man was recently charged with forgery, theft by deception and receiving stolen property following an incident that occurred on Nov. 16 in Wysox.

    According to police, Michael Pierce, 28, purchased gasoline from a convenience store using a counterfeit $100 bill.

    Harassment occurs in Wysox

    According to state police, on Feb. 6, an unknown suspect left a note on the door of a 20-year-old Wysox woman stating that she should commit suicide. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact state police at (570) 265-2186.

    Police investigating criminal mischief

    According to state police, sometime between 8 p.m. on Feb. 8 and 7 a.m. on Feb. 9, unknown actor(s) broke the window of a vehicle belonging to a 65-year-old Monroeton woman and then fled the scene.

    The incident is under investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact the state police at (570) 265-2186.

    Unlawful attempted firearms purchase occurs

    On Oct. 21, Athens Township Police received a report of a Pennsylvania Instant Systems Check denial for the attempted purchase of a rifle, made by 22-year-old Nikolay L. Gustev of Centre Hall, Pa. When asked if he had "ever been convicted of a felony or any other crime for which the judge could have imprisoned you for more than one year?" Gustev answered "no." In fact, he was sentenced to five years for a second offense DUI on Nov. 20, 2012.

    Gustev was charged with providing false information and unsworn falsification to authorities. He was arraigned on Jan. 9 in front of Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox and released on his own recognizance.

    Burglary investigation ongoing

    Some time between July 31 and Dec. 19, an unknown person entered a victim's property on Ghent Hill Road in Sheshequin Township and removed numerous articles and damaged a door. The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact the Pennsylvania State Police at (570) 265-2186. An up to $2,000 cash reward is offered for information that leads to an arrest.

    Snow causes accident

    On Jan. 8, State Police responded to a one vehicle accident on North Street in Terry Township. The crash occurred as a vehicle, driven by 36-year-old Kathleen Stevens, was negotiating a curve and lost control on the snow-covered roadway. The vehicle veered off the road and struck a tree. The vehicle was removed from the scene by Fulmer's Towing and the driver was cited for driving on roadways laned for traffic.

    Man charged with simple assault

    On Dec. 16, State Police responded to a domestic argument call in which a verbal argument turned physical. Police subsequently charged 36-year-old Jason Shores of Stevensville, with simple assault and harassment. After a preliminary hearing with Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton, the assault charge was dismissed and the harassment charge moved to non-traffic court.

    Failure to obey stop sign results in crash

    On Jan. 8, State Police responded to a two vehicle accident in the area of Windham Summit Road at its intersection with Hill Road in Litchfield Township. A vehicle, operated by 32-year-old Chad Baggerly, failed to stop at a posted stop sign on Hill Road. As the vehicle entered the roadway, it was struck by a second vehicle, traveling west on Windham Summit Road. Both vehicles suffered damage but no injuries were reported. Baggerly was cited for failure to stop at a stop sign.

    Cashier reported stealing from Lowe's

    On Jan. 12, Athens Township Police were called to Lowe's on Elmira Street for a report of an employee committing a theft. Upon their arrival they met with Hannah K. Roach, 24, of Ulster, who admitted that she had been taking money from her register and placing it in her pocket during her shifts as cashier. She admitted doing so nine times, with the money taken totaling $440.

    Roach was placed under arrest and charged with theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property. After a preliminary hearing on Feb. 10 with Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw, her case was transferred the Bradford County Court of Common Pleas. She will return for a formal arraignment on March 12 with Senior Judge J. Michael Williamson.

    Man charged with marijuana possession

    After a traffic stop on Jan. 17 on Route 220 near the PennDOT work station in Milan, Athens Township Police charged 28-year-old Derek M. Wells with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a small amount of marijuana. During the traffic stop, the officer noticed a strong odor of marijuana and subsequently observed a glass pipe and small container of marijuana.

    Wells was transported to his residence and later received a summons on the charges. He will face Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on Feb. 17 to answer to the charges.

    Hit and run reported

    On Jan. 8, State Police took a report of a hit and run accident occurring on Fawcett Avenue in New Albany Borough. The report indicated that a vehicle, believed to be blue in color, turned onto Fawcett Avenue, left its lane of travel and side swiped a second vehicle, which sustained minor damage to the driver's side headlight and fender. The vehicle then left the scene without giving any insurance information.

    Failure to stop for school bus reported

    On Jan. 5, State Police received a complaint from Wyalusing Area School District which stated that a vehicle failed to stop for a school bus with its red light flashing. Investigative leads found the offender to be James E. Seymour III of Waverly. A traffic citation was filed for a school bus violation with the court of Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton.

    Hit and run accident reported

    A one vehicle accident occurred on State Route 220 in Ulster Township on Jan. 13 according to the State Police. A vehicle was traveling south on Route 220 when it left the roadway for an unknown reason and struck a utility pole. The vehicle then continued traveling in an unknown direction.


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  • 02/12/15--21:00: Court notes 2/13/15
  • Donna M. Wills to Z06 Properties LLC for $140,000; Butler Township.

    Glenn Scollon and Karen Scollon to Michael Evans and Liesel A. Evans for $175,000; Hazle Township.

    Craig D. Daron and James G. Keisling to John P. Halliday (agent) and J.P. Halliday Enterprises LLC for $130,000; Ashley.

    William Macos and Anne Macos to John Weigand and Valarie J. Weigand for $90,000; Dorrance Township.

    United Rehabilitation Services Inc. to Iona Realty LLC for $335,000; Wilkes-Barre.

    Peter P. Yurchison to Phillip G. Rempe for $75,000; Swoyersville.

    Dale Lynn Houck (executor) and Lee Alan Houck (executor) and Nancy Houck (estate) to Robert Carpinet and Susan Carpinet for $89,000; Wyoming.

    Northeast Investors Group Inc. to Michelene Valania for $105,000; Hazle Township.

    CFNA Receivables (PA) Inc to Jump Start for $108,476; West Pittston.

    Richard E. Banas to Jarrid C. Bonham and Shannon R. Bonham for $74,000; Newport Township.

    Craig D. Daron and James G. Keisling to John C. Halliday (agent) and J.P. Halliday Enterprises LLC for 130,000; Ashley.

    William Macos and Anne Macos to John C. Weigand and Valerie J. Weigand for $90,000; Dorrance Township.

    United Rehabilitation Service, Inc to Iona Realty LLC for $335,000; Wilkes-Barre.

    Peter P. Yurchison to Phillip G. Rempe for $75,000; Swoyersville.

    Dale Lynn Houck (executor) and Lee Alan Houck (executor) and Nancy Houck (estate) to Robert Carpinet and Susan Carpinet for $89,000; Wyoming.


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  • 02/13/15--21:00: Police Briefs 2/14/2014
  • Woman charged with criminal mischief

    A Wysox woman was cited by state police recently on a charge of criminal mischief.

    According to state police, Elizabeth Benjamin, 28, was charged with the above offense following an incident on Feb. 11. Benjamin is accused of smashing the passenger side window of a vehicle owned by Jolene Lane, 58, of Monroeton, as it was parked on Golden Mile Road in Wysox.

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

    Man faces drug charges

    A Monroeton man was arrested by the Bradford County Sheriff's Office recently on several drug-related charges.

    According to information filed with Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark, William Howard McClintic, 50, has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Deputies reported picking up McClintic on Jan. 30 on Route 6 in North Towanda Township. During a search, the deputies reported, they discovered McClintic to be in possession of a white crystal-type powder, was well as several hypodermic needles and a scale.

    McClintic was arraigned before Judge Clark, who ordered the defendant incarcerated in lieu of $25,000 bail. McClintic's preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Feb. 18.

    Man charged with theft of vehicle

    A Towanda man was recently ordered incarcerated in lieu of $20,000 bail on charges he stole a motor vehicle from another person.

    According to information filed with Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark, Kevin Kinsman, 37, has been charged by Towanda police with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and theft by unlawful taking. Kinsman is accused of taking a 1999 Dodge Ram pickup truck owned by Neil Walker from his property in Towanda on Jan. 23 without the owner's permission. Police said the vehicle was recovered on Jan. 28 on the Berwick Turnpike in Columbia Cross Roads.

    Kinsman is scheduled to appear before Judge Clark for his preliminary hearing on Feb. 18.

    Woman accused of assault

    A Towanda woman accused of assaulting another person with a vehicle is scheduled to appear before Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark on Feb. 18.

    According to information filed at Clark's office, Teresa Lynn Trujillo, 34, has been charged by state police with simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, and harassment.

    Trujillo is accused of driving a vehicle on Feb. 10, while her father-in-law William Trujillo was on the hood. Police said the incident occurred on Covered Bridge Road in Burlington Township. William Trujillo informed the police that Teresa Trujillo drove the car for approximately one mile, attempting to dislodge him from the vehicle the whole time. He said she was rapidly accelerating and braking, trying to make him fall from the hood of the vehicle, according to reports. William Trujillo said he eventually was dislodged from the vehicle, and in the process he believed that it had run over his legs.

    Man faces various vehicle-related charges

    A Nichols, N.Y. man has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark to answer a charge of aggravated assault by vehicle.

    According to papers filed at Clark's office, Joshua Tyler Decker, 20, has also been charged by Towanda police with aggravated assault with a vehicle while driving while under the influence; driving while under the influence; reckless driving; driving a vehicle at an unsafe speed; overtaking a vehicle on the left; limitations on overtaking a vehicle on the left; driving on the wrong side of the road; limitations on driving on the left side of the road; and meeting a vehicle proceeding in the opposite direction.

    Police reported responding to the scene of a two-vehicle crash on Dec. 18 on U.S. Route 220. When they arrived, the police continued, they determined that a Chevrolet Cavalier and a green Jeep were involved in a head-on collision.

    Police spoke with several witnesses at the scene, who reported earlier observing the Cavalier being operated in a reckless manner as far back as Dushore. According to witnesses' statements, the Cavalier was observed passing vehicles on curves, passing in posted "no passing" zones, and every other place possible. Clara Hugo of New Albany, the driver of the Jeep, informed police she observed the Cavalier passing several vehicles by traveling north in the southbound lane, which was her lane of travel when the accident occurred. When she realized a collision was imminent, Hugo continued, she let off the gas and attempted to maneuver her vehicle to the right to avoid the crash, but the Cavalier also swerved and the two vehicles collided.

    Police determined that the driver of the Cavalier was Decker, who was transported via helicopter to a local medical facility. Police said they obtained samples of Decker's blood, which tests revealed he had cannabinoids in his blood at the time of the crash. Police also reported that Hugo displayed no signs of impairment at the crash scene on the day of the incident.

    Decker's preliminary hearing has been scheduled for March 18.

    Man charged with resisting arrest

    A Towanda man was cited by state police recently on a charge of resisting arrest.

    According to information filed with Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark, Joshua Thomas Brown, has also been charged with disorderly conduct.

    Police reported being called to Brown's residence on Feb. 6, to assist Memorial EMS, who informed the authorities they feared he may be suffering from an overdose. When police arrived at the scene, the report continued, they found Brown was acting aggressively. Police said they eventually took Brown into custody for safety reasons, and he continued to resist during the procedure.

    Brown was arraigned before Judge Clark, who ordered the defendant released on non-monetary bail.

    Ice causes crash

    On Jan. 17, Pennsylvania State Police responded to a one vehicle accident on Sodom Road in Smithfield Township. The driver, 20-year-old Dylan T. Wilcox, was cited for driving vehicle at safe speed after his 1996 Pontiac Grand Am slid off Sodom Road due to an area of ice and struck a tree and a ditch. There were no reported injuries.

    Vehicle lands in ditch

    On Jan. 8, Pennsylvania State Police responded to a one vehicle accident on State Route 4013, just south of Monkey Run Road in Ridgebury Township. A 2002 Audi A4 driven by 30-year-old Peter Cama left the roadway and traveled into the west side berm. The vehicle then impacted a mailbox and a ditch where the vehicle came to its final resting place.

    Cama was uninjured and was cited by troopers for roadways laned for traffic.

    Theft from VFW fund reported

    On Dec. 10, Pennsylvania State Police troopers were dispatched to the VFW in Asylum Township for a report of the theft of "Christmas fund" money raised for presents given to area children during the holiday. Former bar manager Stacey Jo Garey, 38, of Sayre, was allegedly in charge of the money collected, approximately $500. Garey was fired on Nov. 11. She was asked to return the money within seven days and when she did not, the police were called to intervene.

    Garey explained to troopers she usually took the bag home with her at night but at some point the bag was left at the VFW and she lost track of it. She stated she "looked all over for the bag but could not find it."

    Based on the information gathered, Garey was charged with one count of misdemeanor theft by unlawful taking.

    Failure to stop for school bus reported

    On Jan. 21, Pennsylvania State Police received a complaint that John D. Wells, 43, of Athens, had failed to stop for a school bus with the red warning light flashing. A traffic citation was filed for a school bus violation: meeting or overtaking a school bus.

    Fight turns violent

    On Jan. 10., Pennsylvania State Police responded to a domestic argument that was occurring on Burke Road in Wilmot Township. Upon arrival, troopers observed a victim with blood on their face from a visible cut. The victim relayed that they and Garrett W. Starks, 36, of Sugar Run, had been in an argument and at one point the two were "kind of wrestling on the floor." Starks was charged initially with assault and harassment. After a preliminary hearing on Jan. 20, the assault charge was dropped and the harassment charge was moved to non-traffic court.

    K-mart theft occurs

    On Jan. 22, Athens Township Police officers responded to a call from the K-mart store in Athens Township for a reported theft by an employee. Upon arrival, officers heard from loss prevention associates who investigated missing money from several cash registers. It was found that 18-year-old Darrin R. Butters of Ulster was taking money from the registers in layaway and electronics by pulling cash through a slot in the drawer. He also admitted to taking unpaid food items from the store for his breaks and continued taking items and money because he "didn't get caught yet." The total amount of cash recorded as stolen was $1,200.

    Butters was charged with theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property. He is set to face Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on March 10 for a preliminary hearing to answer to the charges.


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