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  • 03/10/15--21:00: Police Briefs 3/11/2015
  • Man charged with illegal possession

    A Towanda man has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark to answer a charge of possession of an illegal substance.

    According to information filed in Clark's office, Bradlee Scott Elliott, 21, has also been charged by Towanda police with illegally transferring a license plate from one vehicle to another vehicle.

    Officer Corey McLinko reported being on patrol in Towanda around 9:30 p.m. on March 3 when he observed a Chevrolet Lumina traveling north on Merrill Parkway. Running a check on the license plate, McLinko determined that it was registered to a 2001 Subaru.

    Stopping the Lumina, McLinko spoke with the driver who identified himself as Elliott. While speaking with Elliott, McLinko said he observed a small plastic baggy containing a green leafy substance in the back of the Lumina. McLinko said Elliott gave him permission to take possession of the baggy. Elliott was taken into custody, and during a pat down search, McLinko discovered he was in possession of a glass pipe of the type used to smoke marijuana, according to the report.

    Elliott's preliminary hearing has been scheduled for April 22.

    Man faces theft charge

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

    According to information filed with Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark, Christopher S. Pozzi, 34, has also been charged with receiving stolen property, and public drunkenness.

    Towanda Patrolman Ryan Edsell reported being contacted by Ed Miller around 3 p.m. on Feb. 18, who informed him that his bicycle had recently been stolen from the front of the post office on Main Street. Miller provided the police with a description of the man who had stolen his bicycle, and Edsell and another officer located a suspect matching the description a short time later, walking south on the side walk in front of the American Legion on South Main Street.

    The man identified himself as Pozzi, Edsell reported, who initially denied knowing anything about the bicycle. While speaking to Pozzi, the report continued, Edsell noticed that his eyes were glassy, he had a distinct odor of alcohol on his breath, and he had trouble staying on his feet. While speaking to Pozzi, Edsell reported, a man known to him as Bob Watkins came up and informed him that he had seen Pozzi steal the bicycle. When he confronted Pozzi, Watkins explained, Pozzi gave the bicycle to him (Watkins), who then returned it to Miller.

    Pozzi has been sent a summons to appear before Judge Clark on April 22.

    Man charged with reckless endangerment

    A Towanda man was arrested by state police recently on a charge of recklessly endangering another person.

    According to papers filed with Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark, Patrick Michael Snyder, 25, has also been charged with disorderly conduct.

    Trooper Tyler Brackman reported being called to the scene of an accident around 3:15 a.m. on Feb. 26 on U.S. Route 220 in Monroe Township, in which a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle. When he arrived at the scene, Brackman said, he spoke with Bruce Duane Scott, who said he was earlier driving south on Route 220, when a man, later identified as Snyder, jumped out onto the roadway directly in front of his vehicle. Scott said he swerved, but was unable to avoid striking Snyder. Brackman reported that Scott's account was validated by another state trooper who had witnessed the event.

    Brackman then went to Robert Packer Hospital where Snyder had been taken for treatment and spoke with him about the incident. Snyder informed Brackman that he had jumped out in front of the vehicle, which he had picked at random. Snyder told Brackman he was depressed and wanted to end his life.

    Brackman has been sent a summons to appear before Judge Clark on April 8.

    Man charged with possession

    A Monroeton man has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark to answer a charge of possession of a controlled substance.

    According to information filed at Clark's office, Matthew Ryan McKernan has also been charged by state police with possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Trooper Tyler Brackman reported being dispatched on Oct. 21 to a private residence in Franklin Township to take a man into custody for parole violation. While at the scene, Brackman explained, McKernan, who was at the residence, was asked to take his hands out of his pockets as a safety precaution. In the process of doing so. Brackman said, a brown zipper case fell out of McKernan's pocket. According to the report, the case was found to contain several items associated with illegal drug use, including a glass smoking tube with residue, a plastic baggy containing suspected bath salts, and another plastic baggy containing a white powdery residue.

    McKernan's preliminary hearing has been scheduled for April 8.

    Felony charges in New Albany assault incident

    An 18-year-old female was charged with aggravated indecent assault, a felony charge, after having engaged in a sexual act with a 12-year-old female when the accused was 17 years old, police said.

    According to police, the incident occurred between Sept. 24 and 27 in New Albany Borough.

    Police said both parties engaged in the sexual act.

    Milan couple uninjured after striking building

    Charles A. Harris, 85, and Esther Harris, 88, both of Milan, crashed their 2007 Lincoln MKZ on Feb. 26 in Milan, police said.

    At about 9:55 a.m. on state Route 220, Charles Harris lost control while turning into his driveway on ice, police said.

    According to police, the car struck the Milan Nursery Building.

    Both Charles Harris and Esther Harris were wearing seatbelts, police said.

    Alabama man involved in Tuscarora crash

    Nehemias Gutierrez, 32, of South Birmingham, Ala., crashed his 1998 Nissan 200SX on state Route 367 Feb. 28, police said.

    According to police, Gutierrez was driving south and failed to negotiate a right curve.

    The car went off the east side of the road and down an embankment, police said.

    Police said Gutierrez fled the scene.

    Gutierrez was uninjured and cited with failure to obey traffic lanes.

    DUIs

    The following people have been charged with driving while under the influence:

    Yerandi Toledo, 32, of Wysox, has also been charged by Towanda police with careless driving, driving on the wrong side of the road, and failure to wear his seatbelt. Toledo was charged following a traffic stop around 1:20 a.m. on Feb. 23 at the Dandy Mini Mart in Wysox. A blood test conducted at Memorial Hospital later revealed that Toledo's blood alcohol content was .201 percent on the day of his arrest. Toledo has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark on April 10.

    Kendra Marie Young, 22, of Towanda, has also been charged by state police with not being in possession of her registration card while operating a vehicle, driving on the wrong side of the road, and careless driving. Young was charged after state police observed her vehicle parked along U.S. Route 220 around 12:32 a.m. on Jan. 16 in Ulster Township. Following her arrest, Young was transported to Memorial Hospital where she agreed to submit to a blood test. The test eventually revealed that Young's blood alcohol content was .121 percent on the day of her arrest. Young has been a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark on April 10.

    Kevin Michael Howard, 26, of Sugar Run, has also been charged by Towanda police with driving the wrong way down a one-way street, and careless driving. Howard was charged around 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 4 after his vehicle was observed traveling in the wrong direction on Park Street, which is a one-way street. Howard was taken into custody following a vehicle stop, then transported to Memorial Hospital where he agreed to submit to a blood test. The test eventually revealed that Howard's blood alcohol content was .162 percent on the day of his arrest. Howard has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark on April 10.

    Heather L. Powell, 39, of Towanda has also been charged by Towanda police with careless driving, driving on the wrong side of the road, and failure to wear her seat belt. Powell was charged following a traffic stop around 8:15 p.m. on Feb. 4 at the car wash on U.S. Route 6 in North Towanda Township. After being taken into custody for DUI, Powell was transported to Memorial Hospital where she agreed to submit to a blood test. The test eventually revealed that Powell's blood alcohol content was .232 percent on the day of her arrest. Powell has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark on April 10.

    Michael Lewis Engel, 31, of Sayre, by Athens Borough police, on Feb. 9 on North Elmira Street in Athens Borough. Engel was also charged with driving on the wrong side of the roadway. A blood alcohol test later revealed Engel's blood alcohol content to be .235 percent on the day of his arrest. Engel will appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on March 27 for his preliminary hearing.

    Eamon Sean Daley, 22, of Lebanon, Pa., by Athens Borough police, on Feb. 22 on South River Street in Athens Borough. Daley was also charged with driving on the wrong side of the road, driving at an unsafe speed, and driving with a suspended license from a previous DUI charge. Daley was taken to jail at his request after submitting to a blood alcohol test. Daley's formal arraignment is set for March 26 with President Judge Maureen Beirne.

    David Michael Irons, 28, of Sayre, by Athens Borough police, on Feb. 20 on Fourth Street in Athens Borough. Irons was also charged with lacking insurance, suspended registration, noisy exhaust, and driving with a suspended license. A blood alcohol test later revealed Irons' blood alcohol content to be .152 percent on the day of his arrest. Irons will appear before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark April 10 for his preliminary hearing.

    Rachel Dawn Williams, 27, of Sayre, by Athens Borough police on March 5 on North Elmira Street in Athens Borough. Williams was also charged with driving on the wrong side of the road and driving with an open alcohol container. Williams later refused to submit to a blood alcohol test to determine her blood alcohol content. Williams will appear before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark on April 10 for her preliminary hearing.

    Jessica Rose Lamoreaux, 35, of Sayre, by Sayre Borough police on Feb. 22 on Shepard Road in Sayre Borough. A blood alcohol test later revealed Lamoreaux's blood alcohol content to be .177 percent on the day of her arrest. Lamoreaux will appear before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark on April 10 for her preliminary hearing.

    Chester J. Harris, 51, of Sayre, by Athens Borough police on Feb. 22 on North Main Street in Athens Borough. Harris was also charged with driving on the wrong side of the roadway. A blood test later revealed Harris' blood alcohol content to be .222 percent on the day of his arrest. Harris will appear before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark on April 10 for his preliminary hearing.

    Daniel Raymond Gonzalez, 35, of Sayre, by state police on Feb. 15 on Lee Road in Litchfield Township. Gonzalez was also charged with careless driving. A blood alcohol test later revealed Gonzalez's blood alcohol content to be .098 percent on the day of his arrest. Gonzalez was sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton on March 13 for his preliminary hearing.

    Zachary William Chilson, 21, of Rome, by state police on Feb. 22 on state Route 187 in Windham Township. Chilson was also charged with driving at an unsafe speed, failure to obey traffic lanes, careless driving, and expired vehicle inspection. A blood alcohol test later revealed Chilson's blood alcohol content to be .215 percent on the day of his arrest. Chilson has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton on March 27 for his preliminary hearing.

    Kendra Marie Young, 22, of Towanda, by state police on Jan. 16 on state Route 220 in Ulster Township. Young was also charged with driving without registration, failure to obey traffic lanes, and careless driving. Young was sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark on April 10 for her preliminary hearing.


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  • 03/10/15--21:00: COURT NOTES
  • Gale Winder vs. Donald Winder.

    Judith Coscia vs. Robert Coscia.

    Stacey Cabelly vs. Robert Cabelly.

    Amy Hendrzak vs. Edward Hendrzak Jr.

    Robert Felegie vs. Jodi Felegie.

    Casey Dixon vs. Amy Dixon.

    John Bauman II vs. Christine Bauman.

    Frank Sica vs. Cristy Sica.

    Erich Merrell-Stiller vs. Linda Merrel-Stiller.

    Louise Winters vs. Howard Winters.

    Louis Wagner III vs. Melissa Wagner.

    Brenda Hughes vs. William Hughes.

    Lisa Miller vs. Michael Miller.

    Teresa Machalick vs. Gerard Machalick.

    Sarah Kashatus vs. Kenneth Kashatus.

    Lauren Smith vs. Richard Smith Jr.

    Lori Ellis vs. Eugene Ellis.

    William Cutrone vs. Tanya Cutrone.

    Steve Rotski vs. Danielle Howell.


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    Code violations

    SHAMOKIN - Four owners of blighted properties will be cited by Cpl. Bryan Primerano for violating the city code.

    Richard K. Miller, 41, of 395 Old Route 15, Port Trevorton, was cited for 102 S. Pearl St. The rain gutter is detached, the chimney is collapsing, the roof is deteriorated and there is broken glass, according to the citation.

    Christopher M. Elsayed, 39, of 201 E. Sunbury St., Shamokin, was cited for 116 W. Sunbury St., where police said building materials and shingles are falling off, glass is broken and the building's southeast corner is collapsing.

    Tracy Carmen, 35, and Jessica Kruleski, both of 106 S. Diamond St., Shamokin, were cited for allegedly allowing household trash to pile up on their front porch. Previous warnings were ignored.

    Burglary

    DELAWARE TOWNSHIP - State police at Milton reported someone broke into the residence of Rebecca Miller, 40, of 6340 Musser Lane, and stole jewelry and an Xbox having a total value of $3,295.

    Police said the burglary occurred between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday.

    Driver cited

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Christine Jeffery, 28, of 554 Chestnut St., Apt. 1, Kulpmont, was cited by Patrolman Chris Williams for careless driving, driving under suspension and failure to wear a seat belt in connection with a one-vehicle accident Friday morning on Route 61 near the former Ames Department Store.

    Telephone scam

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Police here have received multiple complaints from residents who received telephone calls from a person claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

    Police said the person with the IRS threatens to sue or have the resident locked up if they do not pay money, allegedly to the IRS.

    Police warned residents to never give out personal information over the phone and advised them to contact the IRS about the messages at 1-800-829-1040.


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    Fuel thefts

    TREVORTON - Zerbe Township police are investigating thefts of diesel fuel and home heating oil in Trevorton last week.

    Diesel fuel was siphoned from two vehicles parked along Mahanoy Street, near Ninth Street, March 4. The value of the stolen fuel is unknown.

    Sometime between March 2 and 4, a side door to a Market Street home was opened, with 100 gallons of home heating oil siphoned from a tank.

    Anyone with information is asked to call police at 570-797-4637.

    Sexting

    TREVORTON - Zerbe Township police said a 15-year-old girl received an obscene picture via text message from the cell phone of an unidentified 21-year-old male.

    Public drunkenness

    SHAMOKIN - Joshua Waylon Buck, 33, of 406 Walnut St., Sunbury, was cited by Cpl. Jarrod Scandle with public drunkenness for an incident in the 500 block of North Shamokin Street about 3:15 a.m. Saturday.

    Harassment

    SHAMOKIN - Catherine M. Campbell, 34, of 9 E. Commerce St., was cited by Patrolman Raymond Siko II with harassment and disorderly conduct. Police said she attempted to fight a male inside her home at 11:59 p.m. Monday.

    Key found

    SHAMOKIN - A vehicle key was found Wednesday morning at Grant and Elm streets and turned over to the Shamokin Police Department, 511 N. Franklin St.


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  • 03/11/15--21:00: Police Briefs 3/12/2015
  • Athens man charged in connection with stolen vehicle

    Devin L. Hubert, 19, of Athens, has been charged with corruption of a minor after stealing a vehicle with a 17-year-old boy, police said.

    According to police, the owner of the truck called 911 after seeing his truck drive up the street and pursued the truck in his other vehicle.

    Police said the victim reported two individuals were in the truck and traveling at about 70 miles per hour toward state Route 17C.

    Police took over pursuit of the truck, which ignored lights and sirens from Sayre and Waverly police, police said.

    Police said after a short pursuit on the Broad Street Extension in Waverly, the truck stopped and the driver and Hubert were arrested.

    Hubert has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Mike Shaw on March 31 for his preliminary hearing.

    Theft occurs in Ridgebury

    Police said Jason Eric Garey, 39, of Sayre, had his cell phone stolen from his residence on Feb. 5 at about 10:59 p.m.

    According to police, the actor was inside Garey's residence and stole his black Samsung Galaxy S4 cell phone that was sitting on his kitchen counter.

    Police are asking anyone with information to contact state police in Towanda at (570) 265-2186.

    Sayre man charged with theft

    Timothy Hampton, 23, of Sayre, was charged with theft by unlawful taking after selling a video game system for a cell phone, police said.

    Hampton borrowed an Xbox video game system with the permission of an acquaintance's father around November and December, police said.

    Police said Hampton traded the Xbox for an iPhone 3 cell phone with a Nichols man.

    Hampton was sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Mike Shaw on March 31 for his preliminary hearing.

    Theft and criminal mischief occur in Milan

    Several items were missing from a Milan man's residence and vehicle after a domestic dispute between him and the suspect on Feb. 14 at about 12:30 p.m., police said.

    Stanley Hartranft, 49, of Milan, also reported aluminum foil was shoved into the ignition switch of his vehicle and possibly sugar was added to his fuel tank, police said.

    According to police, the suspect is a 47-year-old woman from Truxton, N.Y.

    Police are asking anyone with information to contact state police in Towanda at (570) 265-2186.

    No one injured in Ridgebury three-car crash

    A car ran into a trailer that was backing into a driveway, causing a third vehicle to crash into a ditch on the Berwick Expressway in Ridgebury Township on Feb. 13 at about 6:48 p.m.

    George W. Updyke, 56, of Troy crashed into the trailer of Ryan L. Holton, 30, of Gillett, while Holton was backing his trailer into a driveway, police said.

    According to police, Updyke did not see the trailer, which was in Updyke's lane.

    Police said the third vehicle, driven by Dawn M. Updyke, 53, of Troy, saw the collision and moved to avoid another collision.

    Police said Dawn Updyke then crashed into a ditch, disabling the vehicle.

    Police said all drivers were wearing seatbelts and no one was injured.

    Holton was cited for failure to display lights on the trailer.


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  • 03/11/15--21:00: Court notes 3/12/15
  • Joseph A. Grudzinski, Carol G. Grudzinski, Robert A. Grudzinski and Christine Grudzinski to Kimberly Ann Belch for $123,750; Duryea.

    Karl Rittinger and Delores Rittinger to Derolf Properties LLC for $140,500; Forty Fort.

    Marie A. Angelini (executrix), Marie Angelini Hobson (executrix), Joseph V. Angelini (estate), June Marie Gimber and Nicole Saxon to David R. Edwards and Dawn K. Edwards for $140,000; Bear Creek Township.

    John F. Reichart and Jennifer M. Reichart to Thomas S. Gabos and Gale Rae Zelenack and Gale M. Zelenack for $136,500; Foster Township.

    Michael R. Little and Lalaine B. Little to Christopher M. Skinner and Taryn M. Skinner for $127,840; Kingston.

    Jennifer Schell (executrix) and Maryanne Franklin (estate) to Caitlin Samanas for $114,200; Wyoming.

    Pamela J. Starr (trustee) and Creasy Revocable Living Trust to Kyle A. Maylath for $95,000; Black Creek Township.

    Primo Properties LLC to William D. Harden for $145,725; Swoyersville.

    Leonard C. Falcone and Beverly Falcone to Chad J. Sweigert and Caelie Sweigert for $500,000; Fairview Township.

    Leonard Anthony Stefaniak III and Carrie Ann Stefaniak to Michael A. Dimare and Hollie A. Dimare for $272,500; Dallas Township.


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  • 03/12/15--21:00: Police Briefs 3/13/2015
  • Police Briefs

    Woman struck with coffee mug

    State police at Towanda said a 15-year-old female is being charged with harassment for an incident that took place at 12:40 a.m. March 4 in the 10's block of Feline Farm Lane in Burlington Township.

    According to police, she struck a 34-year-old woman in the head with a coffee mug.

    One injured

    State police at Towanda said Daniel R. Peters, 34, of Columbia Cross Roads, had a moderate injury in a one-vehicle crash at 3:30 a.m. March 3 on Doty Hill Road in South Creek Township.

    According to police, Peters was traveling east and negotiating a right curve, when, for unknown reasons, his Dodge Ram 2500 drove across the westbound lane into the north roadside, striking a small tree. Police said it then traveled for approximately 30 feet and spun 180 degrees and struck a tree with its driver side, causing the vehicle to overturn and land on all four wheels in the westbound lane, facing southwest. Police said Peters was found in the rear passenger side seat, indicating that he was not wearing his seatbelt. He was transported to Arnot Hospital from the scene by Ridgebury EMS, police said. Police said Peters was charged with a violation of "driving at safe speed." His vehicle was towed by Sutty's Garage. Ridgebury Fire Department assisted on scene.

    People injured

    State police at Towanda said three people had moderate injuries in a two-vehicle crash that occurred at 1:50 a.m. Feb. 23 on Route 6 in Wysox Township.

    According to police, drivers involved in the crash were Dyonta M. Mulqueen, 20, of Shavertown, Pa., and Cory L. Walker, 33, of Towanda.

    Amanda Reyes, 28, of Lake Ariel, Pa., a passenger in Mulqueen's vehicle, had a moderate injury, and Walker and Bruce A. Reynolds, 46, of Towanda, a passenger in Walker's vehicle, had moderate injuries, police said.

    Police said Mulqueen and Walker were traveling westbound, and Mulqueen approached the rear of Walker's Chevrolet Silverado at a higher rate of speed while traveling downhill in a snowstorm. Mulqueen was not able to slow enough, when sliding on the roadway. Her Volkswagen Jetta struck the rear end of Walker's vehicle on the roadway. Then, Walker's vehicle traveled off the north side of the roadway, where its front end then struck a tree. Mulqueen's vehicle traveled off the roadway, onto the south side berm, where it came to final rest, police said.

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

    According to police, those who were injured were transported by EMS to either Memorial Hospital in Towanda or Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.

    Sayre woman charged with theft

    Vickki Lynn Frisbie, 20, of Sayre was charged with retail theft and receiving stolen property.

    The charges stem from a November incident where Frisbie was caught stealing from Rite-Aid on Elmira Street in Sayre, police said.

    Frisbie was initially cited for the theft after police discovered she had no prior retail theft convictions, police said.

    According to police, a note from Magisterial District Judge Mike Shaw, received on Feb. 23, showed Frisbie did in fact have a prior retail theft conviction.

    Police said the citation was withdrawn.

    Frisbie was sent a summons to appear before Judge Mike Shaw on April 21 for her preliminary hearing.

    Drug charges filed for Sayre man

    Kevin R. Salsman, 54, of Sayre, was charged with marijuana possession and paraphernalia possession, police said.

    On Feb. 16, Salsman's roommate notified police that Salsman was frequently smoking marijuana in the apartment, police said.

    Police said when they were taken to the apartment by Salsman's roommate, they saw a metal pipe with burnt marijuana residue and a bag containing a leafy green substance, which a field test later revealed to be 1.2 grams of marijuana.

    Salsman was sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Mike Shaw on March 31 for his preliminary hearing.

    Driver suffers minor injuries in Ulster crash

    Carla S. Northrup, 26, of Sayre, crashed her 2002 Saturn Ion on U.S. Route 220 in Ulster Township, police said.

    Northrup was driving at a speed too fast for the snow-covered road and lost control of the vehicle, police said.

    According to police, the vehicle struck a guard rail.

    Northrup was not wearing a seatbelt, which led to minor injuries, police said.

    Northrup was cited for driving at an unsafe speed, police said.


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    Burglar sought

    SHAMOKIN - An investigation continues into an attempted break-in at a home on the first block of East Commerce Street at 2:35 a.m. Thursday.

    City police chief Darwin Tobias III said officers searched the area but could not locate a suspect. The investigation continues.

    Rig strikes car

    SHAMOKIN - A tractor-trailer struck a parked car on Sunbury Street (Route 61) in Shamokin at 9:43 a.m. Thursday.

    The tractor trailer, owned by Shelba D.J. Thomas Trucking, of Thomasville, N.C., was traveling north on Sunbury Street when the driver, Justin Dorley, made a left turn onto Liberty Street to make a delivery at Bader's Furniture. The rear bumper of the trailer struck a parked 2013 Honda Accord owned by Jordin Bednar, of Sunbury, causing significant damage to the left rear of the car. The trailed suffered no visible damage.

    Wave to cousin causes crash

    ATLAS - Two vehicles crashed Thursday just off the viaduct near Mount Carmel.

    Heather Frank, 30, of Mount Carmel, driving a 2007 Ford Escape, was attempting a left turn from Route 61 onto Wilburton Road about 11:30 a.m. Mount Carmel Township Police Chief Brian Hollenbush said Frank noticed a cousin standing on the south berm, waved to the cousin, and accelerated from the turning lane into the southbound lane. She drove into the oncoming path of a 2012 Toyota Tacoma and the vehicles collided. Both vehicles sustained heavy damage and were towed.

    John Koschoff, 63, of Marion Heights, driver of the Tacoma, was taken by AREA Services Ambulance to Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. Assisting at the scene were Mount Carmel Lt. Chris Buhay and Kulpmont Fire Police.

    Argument over utility bill

    SHAMOKIN - Elizabeth M. Cruz, 33, of 20 E. Lincoln St., was charged by Patrolman William Zalinski with two counts of simple assault and harassment following a domestic incident at 3 p.m. Monday at 914 E. Chestnut St.

    Police said Cruz argued with Marie Feliciano and Angel Cruz over utility bills. The argument escalated and Elizabeth Cruz punched Angel Cruz in the left side of his face and Feliciano on her right side, according to police. Both suffered swelling on their faces, while Feliciano also suffered a cut below her right eye.

    Cruz was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III and released on $2,500 unsecured bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.


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  • 03/12/15--21:00: Court notes 3/13/15
  • Nancy J. Ramsey to Michael S. Lee for $149,000; Bear Creek Township.

    Peter Franco and Mary Louise Franco to MFDC LLC for $100,000; Exeter.

    Mr. Kleen Kar Wash Inc to MFDC LLC for $275,000; Exeter.

    Stephen P.H. Clute IV and Jennifer R. Clute to Chad L. Kelley and Jennifer S. Kelley for $725,000; Dallas Township.

    Griselda Urena and Jose Rosario to Jose Luis Soler for $77,200; Wilkes-Barre.

    Mark J. Luchi and Mary Beth Luchi to Jeffrey R. William Jr. and Nicole C. Williams for $285,266; Wright Township.

    Anita M. Limongelli to Dragon Property Management for $145,000; Plains Township.

    Sylvia Karolski (per agent) and John H. Turosky (agent) and Michael Anthony Wilk Jr. for $125,500; Larksville.

    Sizzlin Properties LLC to Andrea R. Silfin for $132,900; Avoca.

    Luis Gonzalez Jr. and Phyllis Gonzalez to Stephen Inman for $158,000; Foster Township.

    Joseph F. Shedlawski to John F. O’Boyle and Susan Stavish for $100,000; Forty Fort.

    Frederick A. Barletta and Joan M. Barletta to Hubert M. Hartz Jr. and Mary Lynn Hartz for $236,900; Hazleton.

    John Drahus and Suzanne Drahus to Timothy P. Noble and Kimberly A. Noble for $190,000; Plains Township.

    Deutsche Bank National Trust Company (trustee) and Ocwen Loan Servicing LLC (attorney in fact) to Cathy Kurtz for $115,000; Butler Township.

    Robert P. Fisher and Catherine Fisher to Brandon Chamness and Colleen Chamness for $158,500; Foster Township.

    Don T. Strickland and Michelle A. Strickland to William O’Malley and Jean O’Malley for $85,000; Dallas Township.

    Melissa Ann Mechler (trustee) and Judith H. Mechler Revocable Trust (per trustee) and Judith G. Revocable Trust Mechler (per trustee) to Jerome A. Flanagan and Lauren A. Flanagan for $252,000; Duryea.

    Amanda A. Stashak to Maryann E. Reino for $124,500; Exeter.

    Joseph C. Bambera (trustee) and St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church (per trustee) to Zack Riley Management LLC for $285,000; Wyoming.

    Luzerne County Sheriff and James P. Gemmell and Bonnie Gemmell (per sheriff) to David A. Guers for $146,330; Butler Township.


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  • 03/13/15--21:00: Article 1
  • Police Briefs

    No one injured in Ulster two-car crash

    On Feb. 19 at about 6:59 p.m., a 1992 GMC 3500 driven by Orind D. Dibble, 46, of Athens, containing one passenger, attempted to make a U-turn on Milan Road in Ulster when a 2012 Ford F150 driven by Lukas J. Foresman, 24, of Cogan Station, containing three passengers attempted to pass the GMC, police said.

    The Ford then collided with the GMC, police said.

    All drivers and passengers were wearing seat belts at the time of the collision, police said.

    Dibble was cited with making an illegal turn, police said.

    Foresman was cited with improper passing.

    Gillett man charged with simple assault, harassment

    Robert Raymond Dryer Jr., 37, of Gillett, was charged with simple assault and harassment after an altercation with a 17-year-old male, police said.

    According to police, Dryer caused injuries to the victim's face during a Feb. 22 altercation.

    Elmira man charged with aggravated assault

    Kyle S. Salyga, 25, of Elmira, was charged with aggravated assault after choking his girlfriend Dana Y. Kelsall, of Athens, police said.

    According to police, Kelsall said Salyga got angry after her son spilled a drink.

    When Kelsall told Salyga that she would address the spilled drink, an argue ensued, police said.

    According to police, Salyga then placed his hands around Kelsall's neck and choked her in front of her son Kelsall said.

    Police said once Salyga let Kelsall go, she called police and Salyga ran from the home.

    Salyga was also charged with attempted simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, and harassment, police said.

    Salyga was arraigned Feb. 26 by Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw with non-monetary bail.

    Salyga is set to appear before Judge Shaw on June 9 for his preliminary hearing.

    Fence struck

    State police at Towanda said a fence was struck in a crash that occurred at 3 p.m. March 7 on McFadden Road in Canton Township.

    Police said an unknown driver was traveling south and for an unknown reason, the driver's vehicle struck a fence on the northbound shoulder, with its front end area. The driver then fled the scene in an unknown direction.

    Police said it's unknown if the driver was injured.

    Fraud reported

    State police at Towanda said a unknown male contacted a 68-year-old Ulster woman at various times between Feb. 13-22 at her residence on Slater Hill Road, via the phone, and informed her that she had won several prizes, including a 2015 Bentley sports car and $3.5 million.

    In order to claim the prizes, the woman was instructed to send money to several individuals in Miami, Fla., via Western Union and Money Gram. Police said she sent approximately $15,000.

    Medication missing

    State police at Towanda said Mary Hill, 66, of Troy, reported Feb. 1 that she was missing a bottle of prescription medication consisting of Oxycodone tablets from her residence on Lookout Road in Columbia Township.

    Police said an investigation continues.

    Person injured

    State police at Towanda said a 17-year-old Gillett male had a moderate injury in a crash that took place at 5 p.m. Feb. 1 on Route 14 in South Creek Township.

    Police said the driver was traveling northbound in a Honda Accord, lost control of the vehicle on the snow-covered roadway and struck a utility pole along the east side of the roadway, with the front driver's side.

    Corruption of minors reported

    Travis Allen Wieand, 36, of Slatington, Pa., faces a preliminary hearing at 2 p.m. March 25 before Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox of Troy on a charge of corruption of minors for an incident that took place between approximately 10 p.m. May 4 and 3 a.m. May 5, 2014 in Troy Borough, according to court papers.

    According to an affidavit, police spoke with the victim, who was 14 years old at the time. She told police Wieand called her late at night and was talking to her. She said he made a comment concerning inappropriate contact and asked her to take pictures of an inappropriate nature. Police said Wieand denied making the comment about inappropriate contact. In addition, Wieand told police that he asked the 14-year-old to send pictures of her mom, not her.


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  • 03/13/15--21:00: Court notes 3/14/15
  • Prologis Six Rivers Limited Partnership and BRE/IVP Cimmaron GP LLC (general partner) to Icon Owner Pool 4 Northeast/Midwest LLC for $22,776,838; Wright Township.

    Howard P. Kelley (executor) and Helen Belcastro (estate) to Ronald B. Sebastianelli and Michelle Sebastianelli for $119,000; Wyoming.

    Jeffrey T. Smith and Jennifer Smith to Robert A. Ziadie and Deborah L. Ziadie for $395,000; Wright Township.

    Michael A. Trojnacki and Frank P. Troy to Henry J. Henrich and Lorraine T. Harmanos for $90,000; Duryea.

    Bear Creek Commons LP and J.T. Posh Inc. (general partner) and Wolverine Development Group Inc. (general partner) to BBC Hospitality LP for $150,000; Wilkes-Barre.

    Donald H. Heness Jr. (co-executor), Debora A. Siebert (co-executor), Doreen Brown (co-executor) and Donald H. Heness Sr. (estate) to Kaitlin M. Wolfe and George Wolfe for $100,000; Hanover Township.


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

    Blaine Boyer, 25, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark to the offense of Possess of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor, and was sentenced to a fine of $100, and court costs. Agents of the Pennsylvania State Vice and Narcotics Unit arrested Boyer for the offense on Dec. 17, 2014, following investigation of a Possession of Drug Paraphernalia that occurred in Towanda Township.

    Todd Putnam, 30, Wysox, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton to the offense of Harassment, a summary, and was sentenced to a fine of $100 and court costs. Trooper Peter Federici of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Putnam for the offense on Feb. 20, 2015, following investigation of a harassment that occurred in Wysox Township.

    Todd Putnam, 30, Wysox, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton to the offense of Harassment, a summary offense, and was sentenced to a fine of $100 and court costs. Trooper Robert Edgerton of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Putnam for the offense in Feb. 7, 2015, following investigation of a harassment that occurred in Wysox Township.

    Emily Ahlstrom, 19, 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 a fine of $300 and court costs. Agents of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Ahlstrom for the offense in Sept. 10, 2014, following investigation of a Possession of Drug Paraphernalia that occurred in Athens Borough.

    Brian Vanderpool, 22, Wellsburg, W.Va., entered a plea of guilty before District Magisterial Judge Timothy Clark, to the offense of Harassment, a summary offense, and was sentenced to a fine of $75, and court costs. Trooper Michael O'Boyle of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Vanderpool for the offense on Dec. 25, 2014, following investigation of an assault that occurred in Burlington Township.

    Dustin Westbrook, 30, Burlington, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before District Magisterial Judge Timothy Clark, to the offense of Harassment, a summary offense, and was sentenced to a fine of $75 court costs. Trooper Michael O'Boyle of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Westbrook for the offense on Dec. 25, 2014, following investigation of a assault that occurred in Burlington Township.

    Jonathan Card, 25, Burlington, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before District Magisterial Judge Timothy Clark, to the offense of Harassment, a summary offense, and was sentenced to a fine of $75 and court costs. Trooper Michael O'Boyle of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Card for the offense on Dec. 25, 2014, following investigation of an assault that occurred in Burlington Township.

    Marvin Brotzman, 30, no address, entered a plea of guilty before District Magisterial Judge Timothy Clark to the offense of Theft, a misdemeanor of the third degree, and was sentenced to 10 days, restitution of $52, and court costs. Officer Joshua Lake of the Towanda Borough Police Department arrested Brotzman for the offense on Feb. 13, 2015, following investigation of a theft that occurred in Towanda Borough.

    Jack Stroud, 33, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before District Magisterial Judge Timothy Clark, to the offense of Theft, a misdemeanor of the third degree, and was sentenced to a fine of $100 and court costs. Officer Bryan Bellows of the Towanda Borough Police Department arrested Stroud for the offense on Feb. 10, 2014, following investigation of a theft that occurred in Towanda Borough.

    Russell Mathews, 23, Franklinville, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before District Magisterial Judge Timothy Clark, to the offense of Harassment, a misdemeanor of the third degree, and was sentenced to 10 days and court costs. Trooper Jeffrey Creedon of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Mathews for the offense on Jan. 6, 2015, following investigation of a harassment that occurred in Ulster Township.

    Jason Roach, 33, VanEtten, N.Y., entered a plea of guilty before District Magisterial Judge Timothy Clark, to the offense of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia that occurred in Towanda Township.

    Susan Graham, 56, Columbia Crossroads, PA, entered a plea of guilty before District Magisterial Judge Jonathan Wilcox, to the offense of Harassment, a summary offense, and was sentenced to a fine of $200 and court costs. Trooper Michael O'Boyle of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Graham for the offense on Feb. 16, 2015, following investigation of a harassment that occurred in Columbia Crossroads.

    Michael Deninger, 42, Philadelphia, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before District Magisterial Judge Jonathan Wilcox to the offense of Harassment, a summary offense, and was sentenced to 12 days in the Bradford County Correctional Facility and court costs. Trooper Keith Roman of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Deninger for the offense on Feb. 13, 2015, following invesitagation of a harassment that occurred in Canton Township.

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

    Donald L. Seeley Sr., 59, Elkland, Pa., was sentenced to a term of imprisonment in a Pennsylvania State Correctional Facility for 28 months to 84 months, fines, costs, restitution of $1,000, for the offense of two convictions for Indecent Assault upon minors. Seeley will be a lifetime registered sex offender as a result of the convictions. Trooper Miranda Musick of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Seeley following investigation of an incident that occurred in Springfield Township.

    Chad Baynak, 34, Waverly, N.Y., was sentenced to a term of imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for two months to 12 months, fines, costs, restitution of $200, plus costs, for the offense of Retail Theft, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Officer Richard Horton of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Baynak for the offense in October 2014.

    Matthew Dunn, 33, Troy, Pa., was sentenced to probation supervision for a term of nine months, fines, costs, restitution of $250 plus costs, for the offense of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. Trooper Christopher Stecik of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Dunn following investigation of an incident that occurred in South Creek Township.

    Kamry Smiley, 24, South Waverly, Pa., was resentenced to a term in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for a flat 30 days, followed by County Intermediate Punishment for 23 months. County Intermediate Punishment involves a combination of restrictions and supervision. It may include home confinement, electronic monitor, and substance abuse treatment. Violation can result in incarceration. Smiley will pay fines, costs, restitution of $250 plus costs for the offense of Retail Theft, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Officer Jason Serfas of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Smiley for the offense in March 2014.

    Kamry Smiley, 24, South Waverly, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for a flat 30 days, followed by County Intermediate Punishment. County Intermediate Punishment involves a combination of restrictions and supervision. It may include home confinement, electronic monitor, and substance abuse treatment. Violations can result in incarceration. Smiley will pay fines, costs, restitution of $500, plus costs, for the offense of Endangering the Welfare of Children, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Officer Derek Dekar of the Athens Borough Police Department arrested Smiley for the offense in November 2014.

    Cameron Solometo, 25, Elmira, N.Y., was resentenced to a term of imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility from 90 days to 12 months, fines, costs, restitution of $300, plus costs, for the offense of Retail Theft, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Officer Denny Slater of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Solometo for the offense in October 2009.

    Patrick Firestine, 21, Sayre, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 45 days flat, fines, costs, restitution of $225 plus court costs, for the offense of Harassment and Criminal Mischief, both summary offenses. Officer Jeremy Horton of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Firestine for the offense in October 2014.

    John Perry Jr., 32, Covington, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in Bradford County Correctional Facility for 74 days to 12 months, fines and costs of $500 plus restitution of $6,000, for the offense of Theft, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Trooper Thad Warnick of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Perry following investigation of an incident that occurred in Ridgebury Township.

    Clayton Forbes, 18, Ulster, Pa., was sentenced to probation supervision for a term of 12 months, fines and costs of $400, restitution of $363, for the offense of two counts of Theft by Deception, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Trooper Mark Sadowski of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Forbes following investigation of an incident that occurred in Towanda Township.

    Albert Harvey, 39, Rome, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 15 days to 12 months, fines, costs, restitution of $500, for the offense of Obstructing Administration of Law, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Trooper Kyle Gruber of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Harvey following investigation of an incident that occurred in Towanda Township.

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

    Whitney Kipling, 27, Athens, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Kipling will be sentenced on April 2, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer George Nichols of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Kipling for the offense on Dec. 3, 2014.

    William Schrader, 63, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Schrader will be sentenced on April 13, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Keith Roman of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Schrader following investigation of an incident that occurred in Towanda Township.

    William Schrader, 63, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. Schrader will be sentenced on April 13, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Brandon Allis of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Schrader following investigation of an incident that occurred in Monroe Township.

    Emily Kinsella, 22, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Kinsella will be sentenced on April 13, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Keith Roman of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Kinsella following investigation of an incident that occurred in Monroe Township.

    Suann Dyar, 32, Columbia Cross Roads, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Criminal Mischief, a felony of the third degree. Dyar will be sentenced on April 13, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Kyle Gruber of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Dyar following investigation of an incident that occurred in Columbia Township.

    Suann Dyar, 32, Columbia Cross Roads, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Dyar will be sentenced on April 13, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Kyle Gruber of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Dyar following investigation of an incident that occurred in Ridgebury Township.

    Bradford County District Attorney Daniel J. Barrett reported that the following persons were recently placed in the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) Program in the Bradford County Court of Common Pleas, Towanda:

    Paul Craig, 34, Sayre, Pa., charged with Simple Assault, was accepted into the ARD Program and placed on probation for a term of six months. While on probation, Craig will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department, which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Officer Jeremy Horton of the Sayre Borough Police Department filed the charges in December 2014 for the offense in Sayre Borough.

    Faith VanDyke, 39, Sayre, Pa., charged with 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, VanDyke will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department, which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Additionally, VanDyke must perform community service with the DUI Litter Brigade and attend a Victim Impact Panel; she will also lose her Pennsylvania driving privilege for 30 days. Officer Andrew Stevens of the Athens Borough Police Department filed the charges in Nov. 23, 2014, for the offense in Athens Borough.

    Jacklyn Brown, 32, Sayre, Pa., charged with 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, Brown will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department, which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Additionally, Brown must perform community service with the DUI Litter Brigade and attend a Victim Impact Panel; she will also lose her Pennsylvania driving privilege for 60 days. Officer Thomas VanFleet of the Athens Township Police Department filed the charges in Nov. 23, 2014, for the offense in Athens Township.

    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:

    Suann Dyar, 34, Columbia Crossroads, Pa., entered a plea of nolo contendere/no contest to Unauthorized Use a Motor Vehicle, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Dyar will be sentenced on April 13, 2015, following preparation of a pre-sentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. A no-contest plea is entered where the defendant cannot recall the event but will be held guilty and sentenced. Trooper Peter Smith of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Dyar following investigation of an incident that occurred in Columbia Township.


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    Purse stolen

    MONROE TOWNSHIP - State police at Selinsgrove reported a white female stole a purse belonging to Mary DeWire, 71, of Selinsgrove, from her shopping cart at Giant Markets in Monroe Market Place at about 10:40 a.m. Thursday before fleeing the store in a dark red Chevrolet HHR.

    Retail theft

    MONROE TOWNSHIP - Cameron Spaid, 19, of Mifflinburg, was charged by state police at Selinsgrove with retail theft for allegedly stealing merchandise from Kohl's Department Store in Monroe Market Place at 1:30 p.m. March 9.

    Injuries updated

    BLOOMSBURG - State police at Bloomsburg reported a 17-year-old Shamokin male, who was driving a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck that crashed into a wooded area Saturday afternoon near the intersection of Mid-Valley Highway and Route 42 in Aristes, and a 14-year-old female passenger from Mount Carmel suffered moderate injuries in the accident.

    Police said a 16-year-old female passenger from Coal Township suffered serious injuries, while a 15-year-old male passenger from Coal Township suffered minor injuries.

    All four teens were transported by ambulance to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, but their conditions couldn't be obtained because their identities were not revealed by state police in accordance with their policy not to release the names of juveniles involved in accidents or other incidents.


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    Scattering rubbish

    COAL TOWNSHIP - John Shoup, 51, of 115 Webster St., Ranshaw, was cited by Coal Township Patrolman Chris Lapotsky for scattering rubbish for allegedly dumping several bags of household trash in a mountain area behind Coal Run on land owned by Kenneth Snyder, 36, of 5351 Route 61, Paxinos.

    Police said Shoup allegedly dumped the trash between Feb. 14 and March 3.

    Unknown vehicle damages lawn

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Police here reported a vehicle damaged a large section of lawn at the gazebo on Tioga Street by driving onto the grass and over to a nearby playground between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday.

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

    Glass broken

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Lee Conrad, 34, of Conrad Trucking on Fifth Street, reported someone broke a pane of glass on a garage door at his business between 7 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. Friday.

    The cost to repair the glass is $30.

    Vehicle damage

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Nicholas Graboski, 34, of 1025 W. Montgomery St., Coal Township, reported someone damaged his 2008 Ford while it was parked near his residence between 7 p.m. Wednesday and 3 p.m. Thursday.

    The damage consisted of a dent in the lower portion of the trunk.

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

    DUI

    JACKSON TOWNSHIP - Joseph Allen Tomcavage, of 159 E. Old Reading Road, Catawissa, was charged by state police at Lykens with driving under the influence of alcohol in connection with a Feb. 9 traffic stop on Route 225 near Lake Tobias.

    DUI

    SHAMOKIN - Jason J. McCormick, 33, of 830 Lott St., Coal Township, has been charged by Cpl. Jarrod Scandle with two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol and one count of careless driving involving a Feb. 14 accident at Lincoln and Grant streets.

    Police reported McCormick had a blood-alcohol content of .233 percent.

    DUI

    SHAMOKIN - Cpl. Jarrod Scandle has charged Robert F. Ferrick, 50, of 25 N. Second St., Shamokin, with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence of a controlled substance, driving under the influence of a combination of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia involving a Feb. 14 incident in the first block of North Second Street.

    Police reported Ferrick had a blood-alcohol content of .219 percent, had marijuana in his blood system and possessed a copper pipe containing marijuana residue when he was found slumped behind the steering wheel of his vehicle with the engine revving.

    Drug paraphernalia

    SHAMOKIN - Michael J. Shingara, 21, of 555 N. Second St., Shamokin, was charged by Patrolman Raymond Siko II with possession of drug paraphernalia after being found with three syringes March 2 at his residence.

    Receiving stolen property

    SHAMOKIN - Casey D. Raab, 25, of 1440 Hemlock St., Coal Township, was charged by Patrolman Scott Weaver with receiving stolen property.

    According to a criminal complaint filed at the office of Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III, Raab was caught trying to sell rings to Ye Olde Coin Shop that he knew had been stolen from a home along Old Reading Road in Paxinos.

    Police said the offense occurred Feb. 10.

    Drug paraphernalia

    SHAMOKIN - Cpl. Bryan Primerano has charged Christina J. Hepner, 27, of 19 E. Independence St., Apt. 7, Shamokin, with possession of drug paraphernalia after being found with a syringe March 4 during a search at Shamokin Police Station.

    DUI

    SHAMOKIN - Patrolman William Zalinski has charged Bernadette Wysock, 63, of 330 S. Market St., Shamokin, with two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol, possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and careless driving relating to a Feb. 22 accident in the first block of East Lincoln Street.

    Police reported Wysock had a blood-alcohol content of .257 percent, a clear plastic baggie containing marijuana and a metal smoking pipe.

    Criminal mischief

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Matthew Kleman, 18, of 614 W. Chestnut St., Shamokin, was charged by Patrolman Joshua Wynn with criminal mischief for allegedly damaging a car parked outside 1887 Trevorton Road on March 9.

    Police reported Kleman intentionally kicked the rear driver's side door of a 2012 Nissan Rogue, causing $1,113 in damage.

    Hit-and-run charges

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Wayne D. Thompson, 27, of 532 Edison Ave., Sunbury, was charged by Patrolman Matthew Hashuga with accidents involving damage to an attended vehicle or property, failure to give information or render aid at an accident, failure to give immediate notice of an accident to police, driving under suspension and failure to stop for a red light relating to a Feb. 22 hit-and-run accident at Hospital Road and Route 61 in Tharptown.

    Drug paraphernalia

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Patrolman Jason Adams has charged Madlyne Kozlowski, 18, of 1420 W. Mulberry St., Coal Township, with possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Police reported Kozlowski is accused of possessing a syringe and five empty heroin packets in the 900 block of West Mulberry Street on March 9.

    Marijuana charge

    SHAMOKIN - Patrolman Scott Weaver has charged Zolange Otero, 30, of 231 W. Willow St., Shamokin, with possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia relating to a March 11 incident at her home.

    Police said Otero possessed marijuana, a blunt and rolling papers.


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  • 03/16/15--21:00: Police Briefs 3/17/2015
  • No one injured, cited in Smithfield crash

    On March 2 at about 12:40 p.m., police said a 2006 Pontiac was stuck in a snow bank on Burlington Road in Smithfield.

    The Pontiac was still on the northbound lane of the road when a 2002 Kia Sedona was heading north on the same road, police said.

    The Kia was unable to navigate around the Pontiac and hit the Pontiac, police said.

    According to police, the Kia sustained disabling damage.

    Police said no one was cited as weather conditions were poor.

    Endicott couple charged in Walmart theft

    Michael Joseph Annesi Jr., 36, and Colleen Marie Annesi, 34, both of Endicott, were charged with retail theft and receiving stolen property on Feb. 25, police said.

    Police said Michael Annesi walked out of the Elmira Street Walmart in Sayre without paying for a 42 inch LG TV, a TV remote, a Bluetooth headset, and peanut M&M's, a total value of $445.94.

    After being detained by police, Michael Annesi was allowed to call Colleen Annesi, police said.

    According to police, Colleen Annesi arrived at the patrol vehicle where Michael Annesi was being held without the shopping cart she was seen pushing.

    Police said Colleen Annesi said she did not pay for the items in the shopping cart that she left at the outside entrance of the store.

    According to police, after taking Michael Annesi to the Athens Township Police Department where Colleen Annesi met them, police received a fax from Walmart saying the merchandise Colleen Annesi had totaled $287.86 in value.

    The couple have been sent summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on March 31 for their preliminary hearings.

    Two charged in TV theft

    Tyler A. Belles, 23, and Brittney Marie Stevens, 19, both of Athens, were charged with retail theft after stealing a TV from Walmart on Elmira Street in Sayre, police said.

    According to police, Belles and Stevens were observed by Walmart's asset protection associate feigning scanning a 40 inch Phillips TV after taking the TV to the store's hardware section, where they removed the anti theft wire and alarm from the TV which was seen on video surveillance.

    The Walmart employee reviewed the electronic records to see if Belles actually paid for the TV, but the records showed Belles did not actually scan the TV's UPC code, police said.

    Police said the Walmart employee couldn't get to Belles in time to confront him, but managed to see the registration of the vehicle Belles was driving.

    Police said Belles came to the Athens Township Police Department and told police he knew the TV wasn't paid for.

    Police said Stevens denied any involvement in stealing the TV despite being shown pictures from the surveillance video.

    Both Belles and Stevens were sent summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on April 14 for their preliminary hearings.

    Hit and run in Tuscarora

    Zachary Scott Smith, 22, of Nicholson, crashed his 2007 Mercury Mariner on state Route 6 in Tuscarora Township on Feb. 28 at about 8 a.m., police said.

    According to police, Smith was heading west on Route 6 when he lost control of the vehicle and traveled off the south shoulder of the road.

    Police said the vehicle struck several trees with the front end, which left disabling damage to the vehicle.

    Smith fled the scene of the crash before police arrived, police said.

    According to police, Smith has been cited with failure to notify police, driving at an unsafe speed, failure to obey traffic lanes, and driving on the wrong side of the road.

    Nichols man charged in Walmart theft

    Police said Cody James Welles, 22, of Nichols, was charged with retail theft and receiving stolen property.

    On Feb. 28, Welles was seen leaving the Elmira Street Walmart in Sayre without paying for the merchandise in his cart, police said.

    Walmart's Asset Protection Associate saw Welles filling reusable Walmart bags in his cart with merchandise, police said.

    The employee then saw Welles walk out of the store and asked him to return the over 100 unpaid items, which totaled $753.96, police said.

    Welles told police after he realized he did not have enough money to pay for all of the items he attempted to leave without paying, police said.

    Welles has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on April 7 for his preliminary hearing.

    Route 6 accident involved Texas man

    Lee N. Justice, 46, of Cookville, Texas, crashed his 2010 GMC Sierra on March 1 at about 3:30 p.m., according to police.

    Police said Justice was heading east on state Route 6 in Tuscarora Township when he lost control of his truck due to poor road conditions.

    According to police, the truck struck an embankment, sustaining disabling damage.

    Justice moved his truck from the roadway and left the scene before police arrived, police said.

    According to police, Justice was unaware he needed to notify police of the crash.

    It is unknown if Justice was injured, police said.

    Fulmer's Towing assisted on scene, police said.

    Police said Justice was cited with failure to obey traffic lanes.


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    Retail conspiracy

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Michael A. Klinger Jr., 26, of 39 Middle St. P.O. Box 42, Locustdale, has been charged by Patrolman Matthew Hashuga with stealing more than $1,500 from Walmart Supercenter.

    According to a criminal complaint filed at the office of Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III, Klinger stole $415, $262.50 and $905 worth of merchandise Jan. 16, Jan. 19 and Feb. 2, respectively, and conspired to steal with Justin A. Klinger, 23, of 1724 Maple Ave., Coal Township, $677.50 in merchandise Jan. 16 and Jan. 19 from the store.

    Michael Klinger is charged with three counts of retail theft and one count of criminal conspiracy to commit retail theft.

    Justin Klinger is charged by Hashuga with two counts of retail theft and one count of criminal conspiracy for the Jan. 16 and 19 thefts and for conspiring with Michael Klinger for the alleged thefts on those dates.

    Police did not indicate if the Klingers are related.

    Hit and run

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Township police reported Tuesday that Kristine Cuthie, 32, of 329 S. Vine St., Shamokin, will be cited for failing to give immediate notice of an accident to police and accidents involving damage to an unattended vehicle or property relating to a Feb. 1 hit-and-run accident in the 1600 block of Tioga Street.

    Police said Cuthie was operating a 2002 Volkswagen west on Tioga Street at 3:29 a.m. when her car struck a parked 2004 Toyota that was pushed into a parked 2009 Chevrolet. Both vehicles are owned by Dennis and Nicole Zuech, of 1636 Tioga St.

    The Toyota sustained moderate damage to its driver's side front and was towed. The Chevy sustained minor damage to its front bumper.

    SUV scratched

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Heather Hannah, 42, of 1145 E. Webster St., reported someone used a sharp object to scratch the driver's side of her 2004 Ford sport utility vehicle while it was parked in front of her residence between 7:30 p.m. Sunday and 1:30 p.m. Monday.

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

    Offender didn't register

    SHAMOKIN - Megan's Law offender Jeffrey Scott Miller, 44, formerly of 29 N. Seventh St., Shamokin, has been charged by Patrolman Mark Costa with failing to register a new address with state police as required by law.

    Police said Miller left 29 N. Seventh St. in September but did not report his new address.

    He's since been incarcerated in Jefferson County Prison.

    Route 61 DUI

    STONINGTON - Edward J. Kleman, 28, of 319 E. Water St., Mount Carmel, was charged by Trooper James Nestico of state police at Stonington with two counts each of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving under the influence of a controlled substance, driving under suspension, failure to drive in a single lane, careless driving and failing to wear a seat belt involving a Feb. 25 traffic stop in the parking lot at Walmart Supercenter.

    Police reported Kleman was observed driving carelessly south on Route 61 and had a blood-alcohol content of .174 percent. He also had marijuana in his blood system, they charge.

    Drug charges

    RIVERSIDE - Christopher JC Riley, 23, of 117 N. Ardmoor Ave., Danville, was charged by Patrolman Timothy Kiefaber with possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol and a lighting violation involving a March 8 traffic stop in the parking lot at Routes 54 and 11.

    Police said Riley had a blood-alcohol content of .102 percent and was found in possession of a blue glass smoking pipe and small plastic bag containing marijuana.

    Spice offenses

    MOUNT CARMEL - Charles Anthony Parkansky, 19, of 520 W. Second St., Mount Carmel, was charged by Patrolman Matthew Dillman and Chief of Police Todd Owens with delivery of Spice, possession with intent to deliver Spice, possession of Spice, endangering the welfare of a child, corruption of minors and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Police reported Parkansky allegedly sold five grams of Spice to a confidential informant for $50 and possessed Spice and drug paraphernalia in the presence of a 15-year-old on March 7 in the first block of West Avenue.

    Parkansky was arraigned Tuesday by Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones and released on $10,000 bail.

    Pot possession

    MOUNT CARMEL TOWNSHIP - Damian Thomas Spade, 18, of 142 N. Oak St., Mount Carmel, has been charged by Patrolman Daniel Politza with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a small amount of marijuana.

    Police reported Spade possessed 3.8 grams of marijuana, a cylinder and prescription pill bottle in his vehicle at Routes 54 and 61 on Nov. 2.

    Garbage money stolen

    MOUNT CARMEL - Charges of theft and receiving stolen property were filed by Lt. Christopher Buhay against Michael J. Conches, 32, of 125 E. Avenue, Mount Carmel.

    Police said Conches is accused of stealing an envelope containing a $40 check issued by Leslie Mattucci, of 407 W. Fourth St., to her garbage collection company. Police said Conches stole the check from Mattucci's mailbox March 6.

    Paraphernalia charges

    MOUNT CARMEL - Steven W. Schlief Jr., 21, of 4540 State Route 61, Paxinos, was charged by Lt. Christopher Buhay with possession of drug paraphernalia after being found with a wooden corn cob pipe containing residue consistent with the use of Spice or marijuana.

    Police said in filing the charges this week that the incident occurred Sept. 27 at Seventh and Poplar streets.

    In a separate case, a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia was filed by Patrolman Matthew Dillman against Jeremiah A. Johnson, 19, of 24 Dutch Road, Ashland.

    Police said Johnson was found in possession of a smoking pipe, rolling papers and brass filters used to ingest Spice in an apartment in the first block of East Third Street on March 3.


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  • Athens man charged with indecent assault, exposure

    Christopher Josier Cron, 19, of Athens, has been charged with multiple charges stemming from incidents in September through November, police said.

    According to police, Cron was charged with indecent assault, indecent exposure, corruption of minors, and disorderly conduct after having sexual contact with an 11-year-old boy.

    Police said Cron also exposed himself to the same boy and another 9-year-old boy.

    According to police, Cron corroborated the events described by the 11- and 9-year-old boys when interviewed by police.

    Cron will face Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on March 24 for his preliminary hearing.

    Athens men charged with property damage, burglary

    David Andrew Wales, 21, and Devin Lee Hubert, 19, both of Athens, were charged after entering the Athens Stock Yards and destroying property in the building, police said.

    According to police, Wales and Hubert entered the building illegally several times and broke numerous ceiling lights, scattered hundreds of papers, and drew on the walls among other damage that police said was too numerous to include in their report.

    The pair have been charged with three counts of burglary and three counts of criminal trespassing along with criminal mischief and criminal conspiracy.

    Wales will face Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on March 24 for his preliminary hearing.

    Hubert's formal arraignment will take place April 2.

    Wyalusing man charged with home improvement fraud

    Charles F. Sanders, 37, of Wyalusing, defrauded the victim of $63,168.94 for home improvement projects, police said.

    Sanders was to complete a list of projects in a 75-day time frame, according to police.

    Sanders' company, Scorpion Enterprises LLC, had not completed any of the projects specified in the contract and 221 days passed between the date the project began and when the victim brought the issue to state police.

    Sanders will face Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton on March 24 for his preliminary hearing.

    Athens man charged with resisting arrest

    Brian Maynard Vandyke, 33, of Athens, was charged with resisting arrest after police attempted to execute a felony warrant for Vandyke, police said.

    On March 5, police said when confronted with the warrant, Vandyke began cutting his wrist with a knife after saying he did not want to go to jail.

    Police said after grabbing Vandyke's wrists, Vandyke attempted to cut the officer with the knife and kick the officer.

    Police said a taser was used on Vandyke to subdue him and he was subsequently taken into custody.

    Vandyke was issued a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw for his preliminary hearing on April 14.

    Burglary reported in Litchfield

    Police said a 47-inch TV, a CB radio, and Xbox video game system, and a bag of clothes were stolen from a Litchfield home between March 3 and March 6.

    Donald Edward Seelye, 36, of Sayre, told police someone gained access to his residence on Blackberry Lane in Litchfield where the above mentioned items were taken.

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

    None injured in Ulster crash

    Police said no one was injured after a 2006 Honda CRV crashed into the rear end of a 2001 Buick Century on U.S. Route 220 in Ulster.

    On March 5, Carol B. Quincy, 46, of Norwich ran into the Buick driven by Elizabeth M. Cain, 32, of Elmira, after Cain was stopped on Route 220, police said.

    Police said all drivers and passengers were wearing seat belts.

    Quincy was cited for driving at an unsafe speed, police said.

    Athens woman charged with harassment

    Police said Nicole Brown, 40, of Athens, was charged with harassment after Carla Northrup, 26, of Sayre, went to Brown's residence to pick up her daughter.

    Police said a verbal altercation ensued between Brown and Northrup, which led to Brown shoving and striking Northrup on March 5 at about 9 p.m. on Cotton Hollow Road in Litchfield.


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  • Police Briefs

    Columbia Cross Roads man charged with harassment

    Justin Adam Dionne, 25, of Columbia Cross Roads, was charged with harassment, police said.

    The charges stem from a March 6 incident in which Dionne and a female engaged in a verbal argument over baby chickens, police said.

    According to police, Dionne put the female victim in a headlock after the argument turned physical.

    Drug charges filed against Waverly woman

    Anita Dawn Evans, 19, of Waverly, was charged with marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession, police said.

    According to police, Evans was seen walking on Desmond Street in Sayre when a Sayre police officer recognized Evans, knowing she had several active warrants issued by Towanda state police.

    After taking Evans into custody, police said Evans was found to have a glass pipe commonly used to smoke marijuana and a leafy green substance, which field tested positive for marijuana, on her person.

    Evans has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on April 14 for her preliminary hearing.

    Athens man charged with weapon possession

    Carl Edward Johnston Jr., 48, of Athens, was charged with possession of a weapon and marijuana possession after police stopped him on March 8, police said.

    Police found a stun gun in the truck Johnston was driving after stopping him due to lacking registration information on the truck, police said.

    Johnston, a convicted felon, is not allowed to possess a weapon by law, police said.

    Police also found a plastic bag containing a green leafy substance consistent with marijuana in the truck, police said.

    Police said a cooler containing a lab was found in the truck as well.

    Johnston will face Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on April 21 for his preliminary hearing.

    Milan woman charged with retail theft

    Bridget Ann Dauberman, 25, of Milan, was charged with retail theft after Athens Township Police observed her loading unbagged items into a vehicle at the Elmira Street Walmart in Sayre, police said.

    According to police, an Athens Township Police officer was pulling into Walmart to conduct a follow-up investigation on March 9 where he witnessed Dauberman acting suspiciously after seeing the officer.

    Police said Dauberman began moving more quickly after seeing the officer and loaded her vehicle in a hurried manner.

    The officer noticed no items were bagged or packaged in a manner indicating they were paid for and approached Dauberman, police said.

    Police said Dauberman admitted to not having a receipt and not paying for the items.

    The 37 items totaled $238.34 in value, police said.

    Dauberman was remanded to the Bradford County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bail, police said.

    She will appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on March 24 for her preliminary hearing.

    Sayre man charged in Walmart theft

    Elias David Chilson, 22, of Litchfield, was charged with theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property on March 10, police said.

    According to police, Walmart's Asset Protection Manager informed police that Chilson, a Walmart employee, purchased an auto kit and socket set on March 1, only to return it for a cash refund on March 4.

    Police said the manager told them on March 5, Chilson returned to Walmart where he attempted to use the same return receipt a second time after taking the same auto kit and socket set to the customer service desk without purchasing it.

    According to police, Chilson got the cash refund for the kit and set for which he did not pay.

    Police said Chilson admitted to the theft in a typed statement.

    Chilson has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on April 21 for his preliminary hearing.

    Pair arrested in Ulster traffic stop

    Donald Joseph Ramey, 47, of Wyalusing, and Gina M. Olshan, 46, of Laceyville, were arrested after a traffic stop on U.S. Route 220 in Ulster Township on March 12, police said.

    According to police, Olshan was taken into custody after police discovered she had two actives warrants out of Susquehanna and Wyoming counties.

    Police said Ramey consented to a search of his vehicle, which yielded multiple items used to manufacture methamphetamine and several pieces of drug paraphernalia.

    Police said Ramey was arrested on felony charges related to the controlled substance and cosmetic drug act.

    Ramey was remanded to the Bradford County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail, which was later reduced to $25,000.

    DUI

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

    Jacob Andrew Tyler Barrett, 23, of Gillett, by Sayre police, on March 1 on South Elmer Avenue in Sayre Borough. Police stopped Barrett after observing him drive faster than the 15 mile per hour speed limit and roll through a stop sign. A blood alcohol test later revealed Barrett's blood alcohol content to be .196 percent on the day of his arrest. Barrett has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw for his preliminary hearing on April 10.


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  • Police Briefs

    Man suffers minor injury

    State police at Towanda said Lewis F. Rheppard Jr. of Granville Summit had a minor injury in a crash that took place at 2:50 p.m. Feb. 11 on Route 14 in Columbia Township.

    According to police, a "witness," who was not identified, was traveling northbound and attempted to turn left into the former AMZAC/Radio Shack parking lot. Police said Rheppard was also traveling northbound on Route 14, approaching from the rear. He attempted to go around the "witness" on the left and struck the guiderail along the west side of Route 14. His vehicle, a Peterbilt truck, rolled over onto its passenger's side, coming to final rest on top of the guiderail, facing east.

    Police said Rheppard was charged with a violation of "driving on roadways laned."

     

    Failure to comply reported

    State police at Towanda said Duane DeMellier, 34, failed to sign his updated Megan's Law registration while he was incarcerated sometime between 1:10 p.m. and 1:21 p.m. Jan. 5 at the Bradford County Correctional Facility in West Burlington Township.

    Police said he was charged with one count of "failure to comply with sexual offenders requirements."

     

    Vehicle struck

    State police at Towanda said an unknown vehicle struck another vehicle at 5 a.m. March 11 in the parking lot of the Dandy Mini Mart in Burlington.

    Police said the unknown vehicle was being driven through the parking lot at the Dandy Mini Mart and struck a 2000 Audi, as it was in a parked position. The Audi sustained minor damage to its rear end while the unknown vehicle had unknown damage. The Audi was pushed slightly, as a result of the impact with the unknown vehicle and came to final rest in the parking area, approximately two feet from its original position. The driver of the unknown vehicle fled the scene, police said.

     

    Tattoo without consent

    State police at Towanda said a Troy man gave a juvenile a tattoo, without consent from the juvenile's parent/guardian and without the parent being present, March 2 in Alba Borough.

    Police said the victim was a 15-year-old Troy female.

     

    Vehicle strikes tree

    State police at Towanda said Danielle L. Przybylski, 26, of Canton, was not injured in a one-vehicle crash that occurred at 5 p.m. March 8 on Brague Road in Canton Township.

    Police said she was traveling south at approximately 5 p.m. on Brague Road, and was negotiating a right curve, when she slid off the left side of the roadway and struck a tree. Police said she stated she was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash and was not injured. Police said there were no adverse weather conditions to report at the time of the crash. In addition, police said that because Brague Road is a dirt/gravel road and is curved in this area, there are no pavement markings in this area. Police said she will be cited with a violation of "immediate notice of accident to police department" and a violation of "driving on right side of roadway."

     

    People injured

    State police at Towanda said two people were injured in a one-vehicle crash that took place at 5:58 p.m. March 10 on Springbrook Drive in Canton Township.

    Those involved in the crash were the driver, Brittany Conklin, 25, of Canton, who had a minor injury, and her passenger, Brenda S. Conklin of Canton, who had a moderate injury, police said.

    According to police, the crash occurred as they were traveling south on Route 14, and negotiating a left curve. For an unknown reason, Brittany Conklin lost control and her Ford Escort then traveled onto the southbound shoulder of Route 14, striking a ditch with its front end area. It then came to final rest, facing south on the southbound shoulder of Route 14.

    Police said Brittany Conklin was charged with a violation of "roadways laned for traffic."

     

    No injuries in crash

    State police at Towanda said no one was injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred recently on Grover-Wheelerville Road at its intersection with Brague Road in Canton Township.

    According to police, drivers involved in the crash were Carl A. Winslow, 32, of Bath, N.Y., who was driving a Chevrolet Silverado, and Edward F. Vonohlen Jr., 49, of Laceyville, who was driving a Kenworth. They and their passengers were not injured, police said.

    Police said Winslow was traveling south on Brague Road, failed to stop at a properly posted stop sign at the intersection, entered the intersection and struck Vonohlen's vehicle, as it was traveling west on Grover Road. After impact, Winslow's vehicle came to final rest in the westbound lane of Grover Road and Vonohlen's vehicle came to final rest in the eastbound lane, facing west and blocking the intersection. Both vehicles had disabling damage as a result of the crash, police said.

    Police said Winslow was cited for a violation of "stop signs and yield signs" through District Court 42-3-01.

     

    Driver not injured

    State police at Towanda said Brittney J. Owen, 23, of Towanda was not injured in a one-vehicle crash that occurred March 8 on Route 6 in Wyalusing Township.

    Police said she was traveling west along Route 6, when a deer ran into the roadway. Her Dodge Dart struck the deer, police said.

     

    Arrest prior to requisition

    State police at Towanda said Veronique Rivera, 26, of Athens, was charged with "arrest prior to requisition" sometime between 1:15 p.m. and 1:45 p.m. March 9 at the Bradford County Correctional Facility in West Burlington Township, due to the fact that Tioga County, N.Y. has an active, full extradition warrant for her.

     

    Driver injured

    State police at Towanda said Desiree A. Garrity, 20, of Wysox, had a minor injury in a one-vehicle crash that occurred at 3 a.m. March 10 on Route 6 in Burlington Township.

    Police said Garrity was traveling west on Route 6, when she allowed the vehicle to travel off the north side of the roadway. Police said the Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight struck a ditch.

     

    Vehicle hits fence

    State police at Towanda said an unknown driver was involved in a crash at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 9 on Grover-Wheelerville Road in Canton Township in which the driver's vehicle struck a fence.

    According to police, the vehicle, a 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee, was traveling west on the road, between Graham Road and Brague Road. Then, the driver left the roadway for an unknown reason and struck a fence that was situated along the north side of the roadway. It continued traveling and became stuck after striking an embankment on the north side of the roadway. After impact, it came to a final rest in the roadside along the westbound lane. Police said the driver fled the scene.

     

    Suspect taken into custody

    State police at Towanda said they investigated a one-vehicle crash that took place at 6:41 p.m. March 1 on Route 6, east of Troy Borough, in Troy Township.

    Police said the suspect, a 31-year-old Troy woman, was taken into custody on suspicion of DUI. Charges are pending for DUI and related traffic offenses through District Court 42-3-01.

     

    No injuries in crash

    State police at Towanda said Lindsey N. Chapman, 24, of Athens, had a moderate injury in a crash that took place at 2:45 p.m. March 3 on Route 6 in West Burlington Township.

    Police said Chapman was traveling west, approximately .3 miles west of Burlington Township, and lost control of a Chevrolet Aveo on the ice-covered roadway. The vehicle struck a guide rail on a bridge, continued traveling, and then struck a concrete barrier. After impact, the vehicle continued traveling approximately 10 feet and came to final rest in the eastbound lane of Route 6, facing west.

    The vehicle was towed from the scene by Junior's Towing. The Troy Volunteer Fire Department, Memorial EMS and Western Alliance EMS assisted at the scene.

    Police said there was EMS transport by Western Alliance to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.

     

    Indecent acts reported

    State police at Towanda said they are investigating an incident that took place at approximately 9:25 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Bradford County Correctional Facility in West Burlington Township in which indecent acts were performed by a prison inmate and were observed by a cellmate.

    Police said Cody Charles Parsons, 23, is accused in the incident. Charges were filed in District Court 42-3-01, police said.

    Police said the victim was a 50-year-old man.

     

    Theft by deception reported

    State police at Towanda said someone committed theft by deception by posing as a pharmaceutical representative to a Burlington woman recently.

    According to police, the victim, Jayne Petruci, 64, of Burlington, sent money to the person via Western Union at 8 a.m. Feb. 23 in Burlington Township.

    Police said they are investigating the incident.

     

    Bad check sent

    State police at Towanda said someone sent William Jess Steele, no age given, of Gillett, a bad check via mail, which prompted Steele to cash the check and return him a portion of the money.

    Police said the incident took place at 8 a.m. Feb. 17 in Springfield Township. Police said they are investigating.

     

    No injuries in accident

    State police at Towanda said Lontez J. Brooks, 19, of Elmira, N.Y. was not injured in a one-vehicle crash that took place at 4 a.m. Feb. 14 on Route 14, approximately one-fourth mile south of Doty Hill Road, in South Creek Township.

    Police said they investigated a crash that occurred as Brooks' Ford Explorer was traveling south on Route 14. As he was attempting to negotiate a slight left hand curve, he lost control of the vehicle, which left the roadway and traveled into a field on the west side of Route 14. It then rolled over and landed upright in the field, police said. Police said Brooks and his passenger, who was not injured, were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash.

    Police said Brooks was charged with a violation of "roadways laned for travel." The South Creek Fire Department, Chemung County Sheriff and Junior's Towing assisted at the scene.

     

    Identity theft reported

    State police at Towanda said someone used the personal information of a 44-year-old Canton woman sometime between Feb. 1-19 on Southside Road in Leroy Township to fraudulently file for unemployment compensation.

     

    Vehicle strikes snowbank

    State police at Towanda said Aimee L. Bailey, 30, of Canton, suffered a minor injury in a one-vehicle crash that took place at 10:45 a.m. Feb. 13 on Springfield Road in Springfield Township.

    Police said the crash occurred as Bailey was traveling west in a Dodge Ram on Springfield Road and hit a patch of ice, which caused the vehicle to fishtail and strike the snowbank on the southern shoulder of the road.

     

    Theft attempted

    State police at Towanda said someone tried to steal a metal pipe from the property of Harry Ronald Morse, no age given, of Canton, at 10:20 a.m. Feb. 22 on Southside Road in Canton Township.

    Police said they are investigating.

     

    Man has minor injury

    Jay R. Benson, 23, of Tioga, Pa., suffered a minor injury in a one-vehicle crash that took place Feb. 18 on Simcoe Road in Springfield Township, according to state police at Towanda.

    Police said he was traveling in a Dodge Ram south on Simcoe Road and was negotiating a right hand curve when, for unknown reasons, his vehicle drove across the northbound lane and struck a tree on the west roadside. According to police, Benson suffered a minor injury to his right hand and was transported to Robert Packer Hospital by Ridgebury EMS.

    Police said Benson was later determined to be under the influence of alcohol and was charged with DUI, along with multiple traffic offenses. His vehicle was towed by Keleher's Garage. Ridgebury Fire assisted on scene.

     

    Forgery reported

    State police at Towanda said a 67-year-old woman on Feb. 6 unknowingly cashed a fraudulent check that she had received from someone to whom she was engaged in an online relationship.

    Police said the incident took place on Grover Road in Canton.

     

    Man not injured

    State police at Mansfield said Jay R. Krise, 24, of Canton, was not injured in a one-vehicle crash that took place at 11:30 p.m. Feb. 24 on River Road in Ward Township, Tioga County, Pa.

    Police said Krise was traveling east along the road in a 2014 Subaru BRZ. According to police, he was attempting to negotiate a left hand curve at a speed too fast for conditions, when he lost control of the vehicle on the snow/ice-covered roadway. The vehicle slid off the roadway, via the south berm, and struck the rear of a parked, unoccupied vehicle with its front end. It came to rest pointing east, upon impact. The other vehicle, a Ford Ranger, was pushed approximately 30 feet in a northeast direction, where it came to rest pointing northeast.

    Police said Krise was charged with a violation of "driving vehicle at safe speed."

     

    Crash details released

    State police at Towanda have provided their report on the 8:30 a.m. Feb. 24 crash on Porter Road in Troy Township in which a driver in a Pontiac Aztec struck a Freightliner Coronado in the southbound lane.

    According to police, Justus R. Garrison, 67, of Troy, driving the Aztec, was traveling south on Porter Road while the Freightliner was parked in the southbound lane of the road. Police said Garrison approached and struck the Freightliner in the southbound lane. Garrison's vehicle was deflected off the Freightliner into the east roadside ditch, facing west, and Garrison suffered several broken ribs and was transported to Arnot Hospital by Western Alliance EMS. The driver of the Freightliner, Dennis L. Crayton, 50, of Towanda, was not injured, police said. Garrison's vehicle was towed by Columbia Cross Roads Equipment and the Freightliner was towed by Burkholder's. The Troy Fire Department assisted on the scene.

    Police said Garrison was charged with a violation of "driving at safe speed."

    Accident occurs in Asylum Twp.

    At approximately 10 p.m. on March 14, a Chevrolet Silverado was traveling west on Tip Top Road in Asylum Township when, for unknown reasons, it traveled off the south side of the road and struck a tree, police said.

    The operator of the vehicle fled the scene, state police at Towanda said.

    The vehicle had to be towed from the scene, police said.

    No one injured in Wysox Twp. crash

    Rinia A. Eleazar, 36, of Towanda was uninjured when she was involved in a motor vehicle accident at 3:45 p.m. Monday in Wysox Township, police said.

    The accident occurred when, for unknown reasons, Eleazar lost control of her vehicle on a right curve as she was traveling south on Shores Hill Road, police said.

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

    No one injured in Forks Twp. crash

    Jay Couch, 54, of Wyalusing was uninjured when he was involved in a motor vehicle accident at 7 a.m. Saturday on Campbellsville Road in Forks Township, police said.

    Couch was traveling west on Campbellsville Road when he lost control of his 2000 Ford Focus on the icy roadway, police said.

    The vehicle traveled off the north side of the road, pushed through a guard rail cable, traveled down an embankment and struck a tree, state police said.

    Theft occurs in Cherry Twp.

    State police said they are investigating the theft of copper wire from Aerion LLC on U.S. Route 220 in Cherry Township, Sullivan County.

    Sometime between Feb. 10 and March 10, individuals arrived on scene and cut and removed the power cords from a number of rental vacuum/power washer units, police said.

    Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Trooper Tereska at the state police barracks in Laporte at (570) 946-4610.

    Crash reported in Sheshequin

    One person suffered moderate injuries after a March 13 collision on James Street in Sheshequin Township, police said,

    According to police, John J. Knecht, 83, of Towanda was heading north on James Street in a 2002 GMC 3500 when a 1992 Dodge Stealth, driven by 42-year-old Michael M. Cranmer, of Wysox, came around a left curve in the middle of the road while traveling south.

    Police said Knecht pulled to the right to avoid Cranmer but couldn't avoid being hit in the driver's side.

    Police said Cranmer's passenger, Skyler Overpeck-Cordner, 24, of Rome suffered facial injuries and an infant in the rear seat was transported for evaluation.

    The Dodge was towed from the scene by Fulmer Brothers Towing of Wysox, police said.

    Cranmer was cited for failure to obey traffic lanes, police said.

    Sayre man charged with assault

    Casey J. Dibble, 26, of Sayre, was charged with simple assault and harassment on March 15, police said.

    According to police, Dibble was involved in a domestic dispute, which turned violent, with a female victim.

    Police said they were called and told that Dibble was assaulting the victim.

    When police arrived, the victim said nothing happened, but police noticed a large red mark on her neck which, police said, was consistent with having been grabbed by the neck.

    Police said it was reported to them that Dibble threw the victim to the ground.

    Dibble will appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on March 24 for his preliminary hearing.

    Two taken into custody after Athens traffic stop

    Blaine Thomas Boyer, 25, of Towanda, and Joseph Lee Granger, 43, of Gillett, were arrested after police conducted a traffic stop in Athens Borough, police said.

    Police said they stopped Boyer in his Nissan truck after observing it swerve in its lane and cross the center line.

    Police said Granger was ordered out of the vehicle after failing to show the officers his hands.

    Granger lied to police about his identity due to warrants for his arrest, police said.

    Upon searching the vehicle, police said they found items used to "cook" narcotics, drug paraphernalia, and two bags containing bath salts.

    Granger was charged with possession of bath salts, paraphernalia possession, and giving a false name to police, police said.

    Police said Boyer was charged with possession of bath salts, paraphernalia possession, driving on the wrong side of the road, and failure to display his license plate.

    Granger and Boyer were remanded to the Bradford County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail, each, police said.

    Granger and Boyer will appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw for their preliminary hearings on March 31.

    Athens woman charged after not returning vehicle

    Tanya Y. Kithcart, 40, of Athens, was charged with theft by unlawful taking and driving with a suspended license after not returning Gary Brown's 2001 Jeep Cherokee, police said.

    According to police, Brown loaned Kithcart his vehicle on March 12 to drive to work in Horseheads.

    Brown had not heard from Kithcart after multiple attempts to contact her and on March 15, Brown notified police Kithcart had his vehicle, police said.

    Kithcart has been issued a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on April 21 for her preliminary hearing.

    Sayre man charged with providing alcohol to underage woman

    Patrick Joseph Henderson, 24, of Sayre, was charged with furnishing alcohol to a minor after providing a 19-year-old woman of Waverly, alcohol on March 16, police said.

    According to police, Henderson had the woman at his apartment on Desmond Street in Sayre, where they drank beer and shots of liquor.

    Police said Henderson kicked her out of his apartment at 8 a.m. March 16 because his girlfriend was coming over to his apartment.

    Police said the woman was found passed out in the South Elmer Avenue Dandy Mini Mart bathroom in the morning on March 16.

    Henderson has been issued a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on April 21 for his preliminary hearing.

    Athens woman charged with drug possession

    Nikki L. Vandyke, 36, of Athens, was charged with drug possession after being searched in the Magisterial District Judge office on Herrick Avenue in Athens, police said.

    According to police, Vandyke was being taken into custody at Judge Michael Shaw's office for a hearing related to a retail theft charge.

    Police said Vandyke was searched before being taken into custody and was found to have two white pills identified as Percocet on her person.

    Vandyke told police she had a prescription for the pills, but provided no proof and kept the pills in a small glass container rather than a pharmacy-issued medication container with a valid label.

    Vandyke has been issued a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on March 31 for her preliminary hearing.


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    Bus business burglarized

    ZERBE TOWNSHIP - Township police are investigating a break-in at Catawese Coach, 862 Trevorton Road, that occurred sometime between 6 p.m. Friday and 7:50 a.m. Monday.

    Police said an unknown person entered the office area by damaging a door. They went into another room and ransacked desks and content. It's not yet known if anything was stolen.

    Anyone with information is asked to call police at 570-797-4637.

    Warrants for no-shows

    MOUNT CARMEL - Bench warrants will be issued by Northumberland County Court after two Mount Carmel defendants failed to show for preliminary hearings Wednesday before Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones.

    Jonathan Garcia, 22, of 428 W. Fig St., did not appear for his hearing on charges of driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license, stemming from a July 25 traffic stop by Ralpho Township Police Patrolman Chris Dailey at the Glosser Motor Inn, Route 487.

    Jake Stellar, 25, of 245 E. Fourth St., failed to show for his hearing on criminal mischief and disorderly conduct charges filed by Mount Carmel Borough Police Patrolman Matthew Dillman regarding a Jan. 2 incident on South Oak Street.

    In the defendants' absence, both cases were ordered held for county court by Jones on Wednesday.

    Fuel stolen

    TREVORTON - Zerbe Township police are investigating two cases of diesel fuel being siphoned out of vehicles parked on Mahanoy Street near Ninth Street.

    Police did not identify the owners of the vehicles, but said one vehicle, parked unattended from 1:30 p.m. Saturday to 1 p.m. Monday, had approximately 25 gallons stolen. The other had an undetermined amount taken, with no time frame provided.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 570-797-4637.

    Sign damaged; driver flees

    STONINGTON - State police at Stonington are looking for the driver of a vehicle that damaged a road sign at 4:25 p.m. Wednesday along Route 61 east of Maple Road.

    Police said a red Chrysler Town and Country minivan was traveling west near Northumberland Memorial Park when, for an unknown reason, it veered off the road and struck a speed limit sign. The driver did not stop, police said.

    Damage should be evident on the right front corner of the vehicle.

    Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 570-286-5601.

    DUI charges filed

    ELYSBURG - Ryan J. Pensyl, 20, of 656 Pine St., Kulpmont, was charged with three counts of driving under the influence, failure to drive on the right side of the road, driving on roadways laned for traffic, driving with a suspended or revoked license and underage drinking following an investigation into a Feb. 21 traffic stop on Route 54 near Vought's Equipment Rental.

    Ralpho Township Police Patrolman Chris Dailey said he stopped a vehicle Pensyl was driving after observing him swerving across the center and fog lines and putting on turn signals where no turns existed. Once stopped, Pensyl refused to take field sobriety tests and was taken into custody, police said. They said a mostly consumed half-gallon bottle of vodka was found in the rear seat area. Pensyl was taken for chemical testing and results showed his blood alcohol level was .234 percent.

    Charges were filed with Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones, of Mount Carmel, with a preliminary hearing scheduled for April 22.


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