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  • 03/19/15--21:00: Court notes 3/20/15
  • Mary Jean Dragon vs. David Dragon.

    Richard Doninetz Sr. vs. Kelly Doninetz.

    Kenneth Scialpi vs. Tracey Scialpi.

    Janet Rupp vs. Kenneth Rupp.

    Evelio Grullon vs. Luz Grullon.

    Kelly Wilson vs. Robert Davidson Jr.

    Brian Parsons vs. Michelle Parsons.

    William T. Martin and Theresa Martin to Gregory M. Vandenberg and Kelly Vandenberg for $369,900; Fairview Township.

    Jeffrey T. Namey and Rochelle Koury to Francis J. Pinnacoli Jr. and Carisa Pinnacoli for $372,000; Jackson Township.

    Luzerne County to King’s College for $125,000; Wilkes-Barre.


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  • 03/20/15--21:00: Court notes 3/21/15
  • Sharon Hunsinger and Gerald Hunsinger to Angela C. Delucca for $84,000; Hazle Township.

    Patricia McGlynn (co-executrix) and Karen Walker (co-executrix) and Janet Arroyopabon (co-executrix) and Irene A. Copeland (estate) to Ashley A. Marsicano for $123,750; Conyngham.

    Jorge E. Hernandez and Judy L. Hernandez to Michael J. Matyas and Wendisue B. Matyas for $370,000; Sugarloaf Township.

    Jerome F. Scarpati and Veronica A. Scarpati to Getin Regep for $110,000; Rice Township.

    Fannie Mae (per attorney in fact) and Federal National Mortgage Association (per attorney in fact) and KML Law Group P.C. (attorney in fact) to Justin G. Thomas and Gina Marie Thomas for $143,500; Sugar Notch.

    Donald Wesley to David J. Schoewetter and Martine Schoewetter for $85,500; Kingston Township.


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    Truck rocked

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Bernard Pronick, 51, of 905 W. Pine St., discovered Wednesday morning that someone threw several large rocks at his 1996 Ford F-150 pickup truck, causing damage to the windshield, hood, headlights and passenger side fender. Anyone with information is asked to call Coal Township police at 570-644-0333.

    Two crash

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Two vehicles were towed after colliding on Reinhart Road at 9:22 p.m. Thursday, according to Coal Township police.

    Mark Campbell, 50, of 1274 Market St., Sunbury, was driving a 2001 Chevrolet west when he crossed into the oncoming lane and struck a 2002 GMC truck driven by Scott Hammaker, 51, of 138 S. Second St., Gratz. Both vehicles sustained moderate damage.

    Disorderly conduct

    KULPMONT - John Vincent Shustack, 49, and Mary Beth Goodlunas, 42, both of 545 Spruce St., Kulpmont, were cited by Kulpmont Police Chief Michael Pitcavage with disorderly conduct relating to a domestic disturbance March 3.

    Pitcavage said officers were dispatched to their home at 10:13 a.m. after witnesses reported hearing them argue for two hours using obscene language and making excessive noise.

    Shustack was later charged by Pitcavage with accidents involving damage to unattended property and driving with a suspended license related to a hit-and-run crash about 12:40 p.m. in the 500 block of Chestnut Street.

    Police said he drove into a road sign, causing damage to a fence at 510 Chestnut St., and fled the scene.

    Snow crash

    COAL TOWNSHIP - A 2009 Nissan minivan driven by Kathy Slotterback, of 16 N. Second St., Shamokin, slid from Venn Access Road near the Shamokin Area High School about 8:15 Friday morning, police said.

    All passengers escaped injury but the vehicle sustained light damage. Police attributed the crash to the slick, snowy roads.

    Fire injury

    WATSONTOWN - State Police in Milton say a Watsontown woman was listed in critical condition Friday at the Burn Recovery Center at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest after a fire heavily damaged an apartment building Thursday.

    Police said the fire broke out in the apartment of Diane L. St. James-Amoss, 59, of 26 E. Fourth St., Apt. 5, at 8:39 a.m. She was flown to the center by Life Flight.

    Ten other tenants escaped injury but were displaced. The building is owned by Beverly F. Wagner, 69, of Lewisburg. Damage is approximately $150,000.

    Strikes bank

    HERNDON - A Herndon man was cited after crashing into an embankment Thursday in Jackson Township.

    Gregory B. Escaro, 39, was driving a 1999 Saab 95 south on Mandata Road about 2:20 p.m. when he drove into the northbound lane, exited the roadway and crashed, according to state police at Stonington.

    Police said Escaro was wearing a seat belt and was not injured. The vehicle was towed.

    Trooper Daniel Wilk cited Escaro for violating the traffic code, roadways laned for traffic.


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  • 03/20/15--21:00: Police Briefs 3/21/2015
  • Man charged with furnishing alcohol to minors

    A Towanda man has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark to answer a charge of furnishing alcohol to minors.

    According to information filed in Clark's office, Michael A. Aingworth, 27, was cited by Towanda police for the above offense on March 7. Aingworth is accused of purchasing beer which he provided to juveniles at a party at a vacant house on Pratt Avenue.

    Aingworth is scheduled to appear before Judge Clark on April 22.

    Man cited for possession of drug paraphernalia

    A Gillett man was cited by state police recently on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

    According to information filed with Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark, Joseph Lee Granger, 43, was cited for the above offense on Dec. 17.

    Police reported spotting Granger in the parking lot of the Bucket of Blood bar on Dec. 17. Police said they knew there was a warrant out for Granger's arrest for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, and contacted other troopers to assist in his arrest.

    Granger got into his vehicle and police said they followed it until it stopped at the parking lot of Shaw's Furniture store on U.S. Route 220 in Monroeton. Granger was taken into custody, the report continued, and two hypodermic needles were discovered inside a jacket located on the back seat of the vehicle.

    Granger was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton, who ordered the defendant incarcerated in lieu of $25,000 bail. Granger is scheduled to appear for his preliminary hearing before Judge Clark on April 1.

    Woman charged with unauthorized use

    A Dushore woman was arrested by state police recently on a charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

    According to information filed with Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark, Candace Marie Chilson, 34, has also been charged with operating a motor vehicle without a license, and driving while her operating privilege was suspended or revoked.

    The charges against Chilson stem from an incident that occurred in March 2013. Police reported speaking to Robert Harry Churchman of Towanda, who informed them his vehicle had been used by another person without authorization. Churchman told the state police his insurance company had contacted him earlier, about a crash his vehicle had been involved in. Churchman said he was not aware of any crash, but when he checked his vehicle, he observed that the passenger-side door had been damaged. Churchman informed the police he discovered Chilson had driven his vehicle, and that she had been involved in a crash which occurred in Towanda Borough. Churchman said he had not given Chilson permission to drive his vehicle.

    Police said they later spoke to Chilson, who admitted driving Churchman's vehicle, because she had to go into town to take care of some business. A records check revealed that Chilson's license was suspended, police reported.

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

    DUI charges

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

    Joseph James Johnson, 25, of Towanda has also been charged by borough police with careless driving, operating a vehicle at night without lights, and driving while his license was suspended or revoked. Johnson was charged following a traffic stop in Towanda on the Farley Connector on Feb. 28. A blood test eventually revealed that Johnson's blood alcohol content was .144 percent on the day of his arrest. Johnson has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark on April 24.

    Alfred Scott Priest, 47, of Monroeton, has also been charged by state police with driving while under the influence of a controlled substance. Priest was charged on Feb. 22, after police responded to the parking lot of the Dandy Mini Mart in Monroeton to investigate a report of a man - later identified as Priest - slumped over the wheel of his vehicle. Following his arrest, Priest agreed to submit to a blood test, which eventually revealed that his blood alcohol content was .249 percent on the day of his arrest, and that the drugs Diazepan and Nordiazepam were in his system. Priest has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark on April 24.

    Joshua Patrick Jones, 34, of Towanda, has also been charged by state police with failure to notify the Department of Transportation of a change of address within 15 days, as required by law; driving on the wrong side of the road; failure to yield to a stop sign; and careless driving. Jones was charged following a traffic stop on Grant Street on Feb. 28. Following his arrest, Jones refused to submit to a blood test. Jones has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark on April 24.


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

    Christopher Pond, 31, Athens, Pa., was sentenced to a term of imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 105 days to 23 months, 29 days, fines, costs, restitution of $250, for the offense of Default in Required Appearance, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Deputy Brian Wibirt of the Bradford County Sheriff's Office arrested Pond for the offense on Oct. 1, 2013.

    Mark Donmoyer, 30, Towanda, Pa., was sentenced to Probation supervision for a term of 24 months, fines, costs, restitution of $750.00, for the offense of Simple Assault, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Officer John Werner of the Towanda Borough Police Department arrested Donmoyer for the offense on Sept. 13, 2014.

    Tracy Trainor, 25, of Towanda, Pa., was sentenced to Probation supervision for a term of 12 months, fines and costs of $200, plus, restitution of $17.50 for the offense of Theft by Unlawful Taking, a misdemeanor of the third degree. Trooper Brandon Allis of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Trainor following investigation of an incident that occurred in Burlington Township.

    Timothy Bailey, 34, of Pine City, N.Y., was sentenced to imprisonment in Bradford County Correctional Facility for 72 hours to six months, fines, costs and restitution of $750 fines plus costs for the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Trooper Michael Tribendis of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Bailey following investigation of an incident that occurred in Monroeton Borough.

    Veronique Rivera, 26, Sayre, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in Bradford County Correctional Facility for 162 days followed by Probation supervision for a term of 36 months, and fines and restitution of $500, plus court costs for the offense of Endangering the Welfare of Children, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Officer Andrew Stevens of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Rivera for the offense in September 2014.

    Lindsey Bashore, 20, Lockwood, N.Y., was re-sentenced to imprisonment in Bradford County Correctional Facility for 75 days to 12 months and fines and restitution of $250, plus court costs for the offense of Possession of drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. Trooper Joshua Fisher of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Bashore following investigation of an incident that occurred in Towanda Township.

    David Terry, 34, Wyalusing, Pa., was sentenced to Probation supervision for a term of 12 months, fines and restitution of $200, plus court costs, for the offense of Simple Assault, a misdemeanor of the third degree. Trooper Christopher Stecik of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Terry following investigation of an incident that occurred in Wyalusing Borough.

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

    Matthew Perry, 26, Sayre, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Possession of a controlled Substance, a misdemeanor. Perry will be sentenced on April 16, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Robert Hutchison of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Perry following investigation of an incident that occurred in Athens Township.

    Luiz Martinez, 32, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Simple Assault, a misdemeanor of the third degree. Martinez will be sentenced on April 16, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Sergeant David Lantz of the Towanda Borough Police Department arrested Martinez for the offense in July 2014.

    Charles Miner, 26, Waverly, N.Y., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Miner will be sentenced, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer George Nichols of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Miner for the offense on Dec. 13, 2014.

    John Garino, 26, Gillett, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Garino will be sentenced on April 16, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Peter Federici of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Garino following investigation of an incident that occurred in Troy Township on Nov. 12, 2014.

    Bradford County District Attorney Daniel J. Barrett reports that the following person(s) recently were accepted into the ARD Program in the Bradford County Court of Common Pleas, Towanda:

    Sara Johnson, 28, Monroeton, Pa., charged with the offense of Theft by Unlawful Taking, was accepted into the ARD Program and placed on probation for a term of 12 months. While on probation Johnson will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department, which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Trooper Brandon Allis of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Johnson for the offense.


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    Aggravated assault of 1 year old

    GRAZT - State police at Lykens are investigating an assault they say occurred against an unidentified 1-year-old victim at 107 S. Second St. at around 12:30 p.m. Friday.

    Girl, 6, hurt in three-vehicle crash

    WINFIELD - A young girl suffered a minor injury in three-vehicle crash on Route 15 at the Unioin-Snyder County line at 10 a.m. Friday.

    State police at Milton said Jessica M. Hughes, 26, of Jersey Shore, was traveling too fast for conditions when she lost control of her 2006 Ford Explorer on a wet road. She drove her vehicle over the center median and into oncoming traffic, striking a 2010 Ford F-150 driven by Colin R. Clayberger, 67, of Sunbury. Clayberger's vehicle then collided with a 2005 Ford Focus driven by Robert A. Ciecierega, 67 of Geneseo, N.Y.

    Hughes, Clayberger and Ciecierega were uninjured but a 6-year-old girl in Hughes' vehicle was treated for a minor injury at the scene. Hughes and Clayberger's vehicles were towed.

    Hughes will be cited with driving at an unsafe speed, police said.

    Charges from school threat

    ELIZABETHVILLE - State police at Lykens said they charged Warren C. Weaver, 18, of Lykens, with terroristic threats and disorderly conduct after he allegedly said Upper Dauphin Area High School needs a school shooting for people to realize how they treat others. The incident took place at noon Thursday, March 12, police said.


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    Police Briefs

    DUI Charges

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

    Brian Keith Seymour, 49, of Athens, by Athens Township Police on March 13 on U.S. Route 220 in Sayre. Seymour has also been charged with careless driving and driving on the wrong side of the roadway. Seymour later refused to submit to a blood test to determine his blood alcohol content. Seymour has been issued a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on April 24 for his preliminary hearing.

    Athens man charged with paraphernalia possession

    Jason Patrick Murray, 34, of Athens, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to obey traffic signals on March 13, police said.

    According to police, Murray was stopped after failing to stop at a red light on Keystone Avenue in Sayre.

    Police said Murray's passengers were known to be heroin and narcotics abusers and one passenger, Brandon Roberts, was taken into custody on a warrant.

    After searching Roberts, police found insulin and needles on his person, which led them to search the vehicle Murray was driving.

    Upon searching the vehicle, police said a Red Bull can used to cook heroin was found between the center console and passenger seat.

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

    Endicott man charged with public drunkenness, marijuana possession

    Terence C. Cooper, 45, of Endicott, was charged with public drunkenness, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia March 14 after police observed him urinating on a sidewalk on Spring Street in Sayre, police said.

    According to police, a search found Cooper to be in possession of a metal pipe with burnt residue on it and a sandwich bag with a green leafy substance that tested positive for marijuana.

    Police said Cooper admitted to having marijuana on his person and stated he does smoke marijuana.

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

    Theft charges filed for Sayre woman

    Angela L. Jones, 40, of Sayre, was charged with theft by unlawful taking after Jones' mother, Penny Youngs, notified police that Jones stole Percocet pills from Youngs' residence, police said.

    According to police, Jones was given $15 by Youngs to buy purchase items from a dollar store and never returned with the items.

    Police said Youngs wanted Jones arrested because she had a bad drug problem.

    Jones has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on April 28 for her preliminary hearing.


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  • 03/22/15--21:00: COURT NOTES
  • Earl J. Thompson Jr. and Tracey A. Cook and Tracey A. Thompson to Joseph Jason Redinski for $190,000; Jenkins Township.

    Cheryl Jencarelli and James Jencarelli to Margaret Rose Richards for $154,500; West Pittston.


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    Weapon on school property

    MOUNT CARMEL - A 12-year-old male from Mahanoy City was charged by Lt. Chris Buhay with possession of a weapon on school property and disorderly conduct for possessing a four inch folding knife while attending Compass Academy, 30 W. Third St., Mount Carmel.

    Drunk in public

    MOUNT CARMEL - Richard Conner, 47, of 343 S. Oak St., Mount Carmel, was cited with public drunkenness by borough police chief Todd Owens for an incident that occurred in the 300 block of S. Oak St. at 9:30 p.m. Feb. 27.

    Owens said he observed Conner severely intoxicated.

    Conner was also listed as a wanted person through Northumberland County Adult Probation and was taken into custody.

    Disorderly conduct

    MOUNT CARMEL - Wendy L. Green, 48, of 120 E. Fourth St., Mount Carmel, was cited by Patrolman Matthew Dillman with public drunkenness and disorderly conduct for an incident at the Turkey Hill Minit Market, Fifth and Market Streets, at 9 p.m. March 2.

    Police were summoned to the store for Green who was allegedly causing a disturbance and found her hiding in the walk-in cooler. She was intoxicated and also had urinated herself, they said.

    Green is also cited by Lt. Chris Buhay for an incident at the Top Star Minit Market, Third and Maple streets, at 8 am. March 8.

    Green was found in the bathroom of the store under the influence and had to be transported to the hospital by ambulance, police said.

    Drunk in public

    MOUNT CARMEL - Joshua M. Plasters, 28, of 136 S. Oak St., Mount Carmel, was cited by Patrolman Jason Drumheller with public drunkenness for an incident at 1 a.m. March 9.

    Police said they were summoned to the Turkey Hill Minit Market at Fifth and Market streets and found Plasters intoxicated and unresponsive.


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    Public drunkenness

    BUTLER TOWNSHIP - Kevin Ulrich, 26, of Paxinos, was cited by state police at Frackville for public drunkenness relating to an incident Saturday afternoon on State Run Road.

    Police said Ulrich was heavily intoxicated and walked, knelt and fell onto the road at 3:40 p.m.

    Two-vehicle crash

    SHAMOKIN TOWNSHIP - No one was injured in a two-vehicle crash at 11:30 a.m. Thursday along Route 61 at the intersection with Old Country Club Road.

    State police at Stonington report a 2005 Pontiac Montana, driven by Blain E. Clark, 71, of Paxinos, traveled across the oncoming lane of Route 61 and onto the road's shoulder to check his mailbox. When he went across the road, Clark's vehicle was struck from behind by a 2010 Hyundai Elantra, driven by Christopher D. Feaster, 32, of Sunbury. Both units traveled off the right side of Route 61 near Old Country Club Road.

    Neither driver or Feaster's passenger, a 10-year-old female, was injured in the crash, and police cited Clark for a traffic violation.

    Hit and run

    SNYDERTOWN - Police are searching for a vehicle that damaged two parked cars in a crash at 3:15 a.m. Sunday on Snydertown Road near Mill Road.

    State police say the unknown vehicle was traveling east on Snydertown Road while two other vehicles, a 2013 Ford Edge and a 2007 Dodge Ram, was parked at a home at 2000 Snydertown Road. Police said the driver lost control of his vehicle and traveled off the roadside and struck the back passenger side of the Ford Edge. The front driver's side of the Edge struck a tree and its rear drivers side struck the Ram.

    The unknown vehicle then left the scene, traveling east on Route 61. Anyone with information on the crash is asked to contact state police at 570-286-5601.

    One-vehicle crash

    UPPER MAHANOY TOWNSHIP - A Leck Kill teen was not injured in a crash at 1:45 p.m. Friday on Schwaben Creek Road.

    State police at Stonington said Jared Specht, 18, of Leck Kill, was traveling east on Schwaben Creek Road in the right lane while negotiating a downhill left curve. Specht's vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree with its front end.

    Police cited Specht for driving too fast for road conditions.

    No injuries in crash

    RIVERSIDE - No one was injured in a crash at 10:25 a.m. Friday on Elysburg Road near Hower Road, Riverside.

    State police at Stonington report a 2008 Mercury Milan, driven by Debra Carnuccio, 59, of Shamokin, was traveling west on Elysburg Road when the vehicle exited the lane of travel and entered the eastbound lane of Route 54. The Milan struck an embankment off the eastbound shoulder, and then spun counterclockwise, crossing both lanes of the road, and coming to rest on the westbound shoulder.

    Carnuccio was not injured, but was cited by police for driving at an unsafe speed for road conditions.


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  • 03/23/15--21:00: Police Brief 3/24/2015
  • Chemung man charged with assault

    Andrew R. Russo, 30, of Chemung, was charged with simple assault, criminal mischief, and harassment by physical contact, police said.

    According to police, Russo and a woman got into an argument about a tattoo after Russo had been drinking on March 20.

    Police said Russo threw the woman from a bed and into a wall at which point the woman told Russo to leave her but he did not.

    Police said Russo grabbed the woman by the neck and held her down on the bed.

    During the altercation, police said Russo broke the woman's Samsung Galaxy S5 cell phone, valued at $500.

    Police said the woman had visible bruising on her right shoulder and collarbone and also suffered a laceration under her lip in her mouth.

    According to police, the woman said the cut happened when Russo grabbed her neck and his hand hit her mouth.

    Russo has been issued a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on April 14 for his preliminary hearing.


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  • 03/23/15--21:00: Court Notes 3/24/15
  • PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS

    Villas at Waterwood LLC to Brian F. Russoniello and Alesia Ambrose Russoniello for $351,800; Harveys Lake.

    Susan A. Rhoads (administratrix) and Mark Peter Hetman (estate) to Cheri-Kim Race for $95,000; Warrior Run.

    Arthur R. Hoats Jr. and Debra E. Hoats to Joshua E. Bridge for $82,000; Wright Township.


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    TVs stolen

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Two brothers are accused of stealing multiple televisions from Walmart Supercenter, Route 61, earlier this year.

    Justin A. Klinger, 23, of 1724 Maple Ave., Coal Township, was arraigned Tuesday morning by Magisterial District Judge John Gembic on two counts of retail theft and a count of criminal conspiracy. He's held in Snyder County Prison, Selinsgrove, on $5,000 bail.

    Michael T. Klinger, 26, of 39 Middle St., Locustdale, was expected to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon on three counts of retail theft and a count of criminal conspiracy. Bail also was expected at $5,000. He's currently held in Schuylkill County Prison, Pottsville, on another case.

    The brothers were allegedly together for thefts on Jan. 16 and Jan. 19 of five TVs valued at a combined $677.50. Michael T. Klinger is also accused in a third theft Feb. 2 of three TVs valued at $905 total. Police say the brothers were filmed by surveillance cameras taking the TVs and walking out the store's front entrance. They're also accused of a similar theft at the Buckhorn Walmart.

    'Magic' theft

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Thomas Smith, 36, of 249 S. Franklin St., Shamokin, is charged by township Patrolman Jason Adams with retail theft and criminal trespass. Smith is accused of stealing 62 packs of "Magic: The Gathering" cards on March 10 from Walmart Supercenter, Route 61, valued at $259.16. He had previously been barred from entering the store.

    Drunk driving

    SHAMOKIN - Lucille Alma Dunleavy, 58, of 305 S. Harrison St., Shamokin, is charged by city Patrolman Shane Mowery with two counts of driving under the influence and one count of careless driving. Police say Dunleavy failed field sobriety testing after she drove a car into a utility pole at Water and Diamond streets behind the city's downtown on Feb. 8. Her blood alcohol content was 0.228 percent, according to a criminal complaint.

    Card stolen

    SHAMOKIN - Rosemary Reigle, 49, of 804 N. Washington St., Apt. 1, Shamokin, is charged by city Chief Darwin Tobias III with access device fraud and theft. Reigle is accused of stealing a debit card from Megan Corbacio on March 7 and using it to buy a pack of cigarettes for $5.72 and withdraw $100 from an ATM.

    Pipe, needle

    SHAMOKIN - Tina Moyle, 41, of 425 N. Shamokin St., Apt. 4, Shamokin, is charged by city Chief Darwin Tobias III with possession of drug paraphernalia. Moyle is accused of possessing a tinfoil smoking pipe, a syringe and a spoon during a check of her apartment by Northumberland County Probation officers on March 11. Police say she admitted to using the items to ingest "spice" and heroin.

    Domestic violence

    SHAMOKIN - Jimmie Howard, 53, of 139 S. Pearl St., Shamokin, is charged by city Cpl. Jarrod Scandle with simple assault and harassment. Howard is accused of choking a woman and bitting her upper lip during an assault inside his home March 10. The alleged victim suffered bruising and bleeding but refused medical treatment, according to a criminal complaint.

    Pleads guilty

    SHAMOKIN - Elizabeth Marie Cruz, 33, of Shamokin, pleaded guilty Tuesday to summary harassment and was ordered by Magisterial District Judge John Gembic to pay a $200 fine plus court costs. She was cited by city Patrolman William Zalinski for striking two people March 9 inside 914 E. Chestnut St. Two counts of simple assault were withdrawn.


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  • 03/24/15--21:00: Court notes 3/25/15
  • Senior Judge Chester B. Muroski, presiding over Luzerne County Domestic Relations Contempt Court on Tuesday, ordered the following defendant jailed for failure to pay child support:

    Jesse Kneller, 20 Delbrook Way, Larksville; 180 days, $4,284.

    Warrants were issued for the following defendants:

    Tiffany A. Lynott, c/o 212 Brook St., Wilkes-Barre; $11,512 in two cases.

    David Kostrzewski, 163 Bilby Road, Shickshinny; $6,756.

    David Andrascavage, c/o 725 Metcalf St., Wilkes-Barre; $4,636.

    Deron Isaac, 91 Logan St., Wilkes-Barre; $1,233.

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

    PHH Mortgage Corp. to William B. Jozefowicz Jr. and William B. Jozefowicz for $230,000; Butler Township.

    Michael Desiderio (executor), James M. Desiderio Jr. (estate), Michael Desiderio and Michelle M. Desiderio to Alfred H. Everetts and Laura A. Everetts for $130,000; Wilkes-Barre Township.

    Cheryl Jencarelli and James Jencarelli to Margaret Rose Richards for $154,500; West Pittston.

    Toni A. Rizzo (executrix), Roxanne Santey (executrix) and Helen Mary Sekera (estate) to James D. Black and Elizabeth R. Black for $225,000; Dallas Township.

    Joan M. Steibler and Colleen A. Denight to Juan E. Mateo for $85,000; Hazleton.

    PNC Bank (trustee) and Anne Patton McGready Trust to Hector L. Andrades Reyes for $78,500; Hazleton.

    James J. Duffy Jr. and Kathryn M. Duffy to Marie A. Limongelli for $270,000; West Pittston.

    Neighborlee Homes LLC to Charles R. Dewald for $105,924; Nanticoke.

    Peter G. George (trustee), Peter G. George, Mary M. George Revocable Living Trust and Peter G. and Mary M. George Revocable Living Trust to Stephen Paul Edmondson Sr. for $73,000; Kingston.

    Kenneth Lore and Crystal L. Lore to Charles M. Glaush and Candace M. Ruggere for $123,000; Newport Township.


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  • 03/24/15--21:00: Police Briefs 3/25/2015
  • Police Briefs

    Purse stolen in North Towanda

    Someone recently stole a purse from a vehicle that was parked in the Burger King parking lot along U.S. Route 6 in North Towanda Township, police said.

    The purse belongs to 72-year-old Colleen Ann Calaman of New Albany, state police said.

    The purse, which is described as a blue, over-the-shoulder purse, was stolen sometime between 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on March 18, police said.

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

    Vehicle strikes trees in Monroe Boro

    Kym A. Strickland, 50, of Monroeton was uninjured in a recent motor vehicle accident on state Route 414 in Monroe Borough, police said.

    The accident occurred when Strickland lost control of her vehicle for unknown reasons as she was traveling east on Route 414, police said.

    The vehicle went off the south side of the roadway and struck a mailbox and two trees, police said.

    Strickland was cited for traveling at an unsafe speed, state police at Towanda said.

    The accident occurred at 8:35 a.m. Friday, state police said.

    Man charged with selling heroin in N. Towanda

    Andrew M. Drake, 29, of Ashland, N.Y. is accused of selling $90 worth of heroin to an individual at a location in North Towanda Township, police said.

    The sale of the heroin occurred on July 25, 2012, state police at Towanda said.

    Drake was charged with delivery of a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility, and possession of a controlled substance, police said.

    Drake was arraigned by Athens Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on March 18, 2015, who set Drake's bail at $50,000.

    Drake must attend a preliminary hearing today (March 25) in Towanda District Court.

    Vehicle overturns in Monroe Boro

    Elizabeth E. Kapler, 22, of Canton suffered minor injuries in an accident that occurred at 9:30 a.m. Saturday on state Route 414 in Monroe Borough, police said.

    Kapler was driving east on Route 414 when she lost control of her vehicle on the wet, slushy roadway while negotiating a left-hand curve, police said.

    The vehicle traveled off the roadway, struck an embankment, and overturned, state police at Towanda said.

    Two passengers in the vehicle - a one-year-old girl and a baby boy - were uninjured, police said.

    Two injured in Ulster crash

    State police said the driver of a 2012 Jeep Patriot and a passenger in a 2007 Nissan Titan were transported to Robert Packer Hospital after the Nissan failed to stop and hit the Jeep.

    According to police, Kaitlyn E. Wright, 23, of Monroeton, was heading south on U.S. Route 220 in Ulster on March 13 when she stopped to turn left onto a pull off.

    Christopher E. Blanton, 30, of Sayre, was behind Wright in his Nissan and failed to stop, striking the Jeep in the rear portion, police said.

    Both vehicles sustained disabling damage and were towed by Sutton's Towing, police said.

    Wright and Blanton's passenger, Brianna A. Farr, 23, of Johnson City, were taken to Robert Packer Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries, police said.

    Write, Blanton, and Farr were wearing seatbelts, police said.

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

    Paintballs shot at vehicle in Litchfield

    State police said George Seeley, 63, of Sayre, reported somebody shot his vehicle with paintballs on March 15, between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m.

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

    Sheshequin crash injures two

    According to state police, Lisa Jo Hoffman, 47, of Ulster struck the rear driver's side of a 2000 Jeep Cherokee driven by Amy Kaczar, 43, of Sugar Run, with her 2010 Dodge Ram 1500.

    The accident happened on March 16 on Sheshequin Road in Sheshequin Township, police said.

    According to police, Kaczar was stopped on the road while delivering mail at about 3:48 p.m. when Hoffman struck the Jeep.

    Both drivers were wearing seatbelts and suffered minor injuries, police said.

    Jack Williams Towing and Shelby's Towing removed both vehicles, which sustained disabling damage, from the scene, police said.

    Hoffman was cited with overtaking a vehicle on the left and Kaczar was cited for operating a vehicle without inspection.

    Ridgebury woman victim of credit card fraud

    State police said a Ridgebury woman's credit card information was used to make several purchases without her consent between March 16 and 19.

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

    DUI

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

    Brian Fulda, 52, of Towanda, by the state police, on March 6, on U.S. Route 6 in North Towanda Township.


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  • 03/25/15--21:00: Court notes 3/26/15
  • United States Postal Service to Wilkes-Barre Carrier Annex LLC for $510,000; Hanover Township.

    Joseph Vital Sr. and Barbara Vital to Laurel Run Lodge LLC for $188,000; Laurel Run.

    Frank J. Artiz (executor) and Robert D. Yakaski (estate) to Jeffrey Spaide for $156,000; Plains Township.

    Johanna B. Hendon (executrix), Joan B. Hendon (executrix) and Leonard F. Boroski (estate) to Mark A. Hirko for $80,000; Plains Township.

    Harry W. Skene and Catherine M. Anderko to Ryan J. Alfieri and Elise E. Eckes for $120,000; West Pittston.

    Brenda L. Bobeck to Joseph T. Valentine III for $177,500; Swoyersville.

    Cathy A. Mrackoski, Stanley M. Mrackoski, Patricia M. Cimakasky and Theresa S. Novak to Kimberly M. Pettigrew for $78,000; Kingston.


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    Teen damages school

    NEW CASTLE TOWNSHIP - State police at Frackville will cite a 16-year-old Frackville male with criminal mischief and disorderly conduct for allegedly using vulgar language and putting a hole in a wall at Schuylkill Technology Center at 9:14 a.m. Tuesday.


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  • State police investigate Laceyville woman's death

    State police said Julie Ryan, 46, of Laceyville, died Feb. 24 at about 6:16 p.m.

    The manner of death will be determined following autopsy and toxicology reports.

    Ulster man's bank account robbed

    State police said John William Lewis, 66, of Ulster reported someone stole about $540 from his bank account through an online transaction.

    Police said the incident took place between March 21 and 23.

    Police said there are no suspects at this time.

    Towanda woman involved in Sheshequin crash

    Amber J. McCarthy, 29, of Towanda, was traveling on Ghent Hill Road in Sheshequin on March 21 when the 2014 Subaru Cross Tec she was driving slipped on ice at about 7:30 a.m., according to state police.

    Police said McCarthy lost control of the vehicle and left the roadway, crashing into a ditch.

    Police said McCarthy was wearing a seatbelt and was uninjured in the crash.

    McCarthy was cited for driving too fast for road conditions.

    Mailbox damaged in Ridgebury

    State police said a mailbox owned by Dale Robert Henley, 46, of Milan, was damaged March 22 at about 12:05 a.m.

    Police said a mid-sized passenger car, possible silver in color, was seen leaving the area.

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

    Ulster man uninjured in crash

    Joel C. Ehst, 67, of Ulster, crashed the 1995 Tracker he was driving after losing control due to unknown reasons, state police said.

    According to police, the vehicle left the road and struck a tree.

    Police said Ehst was wearing a seatbelt and was uninjured in the crash, though the vehicle was towed from the scene.

    Police said Ehst was cited for driving too fast for road conditions.

    Sayre man charged with drug, paraphernalia possession

    Peter L. Venegas, 33, of Sayre, was charged with marijuana possession and paraphernalia possession after Athens Police took Venegas into custody on a warrant on March 23, Athens Police said.

    An officer observed Venegas walking on South Street in Athens and knew of the warrant, police said.

    After searching Venegas' backpack, police found a grinder with a leafy green substance in it, later field tested as marijuana, as well as a glass pipe with burnt residue, police said.

    The grinder also contained two unidentified pills and a white residual substance, police said.

    Police said Venegas was remanded to Bradford County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.

    Venegas will appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on March 31 for his preliminary hearing.

    Police seek info on Asylum Township incident

    A 45-year-old Towanda woman tried to commit suicide by cutting herself at the conclusion of a recent domestic dispute, police said.

    Due to the nature of the incident, the woman was transported afterward to Robert Packer Hospital for a mental health evaluation, state police said.

    The incident occurred at 9:30 p.m. on March 13 at a location in Asylum Township, state police said.

    Anyone with information about this incident can contact the state police at Towanda at (570) 265-2186.

    Employee charged with stealing from Wysox Kmart

    Jasmine Burns, 19, of Wysox is accused of stealing money and food from the Kmart in Wysox Township while she was an employee at the store, police said.

    Burns admitted to police that she stole $689 in money and food products from the store, according to the state police. Burns said the thefts occurred over a two-month period that began on Dec. 19, according to the police.

    Burns was charged with theft and receiving stolen property, state police at Towanda said.

    She must attend a preliminary hearing on the charges on April 28 in Wysox District Court.


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  • Police Briefs

    Assault reported

    State police at Towanda said they are investigating an assault that occurred at 11 p.m. March 14 on Route 14 in Canton Township.

    Police said a 17-year-old female, the victim in the incident, reported that she was struck in the face by a 19-year-old man.

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

    Rubbish scattered

    Robert E. Buckley, 32, of Towanda Township, told state police at Towanda that an unknown person disposed of a small Kohler engine and various pieces of scrap metal on his property sometime between 2 p.m. and midnight on March 20 on the Burlington Turnpike in Towanda Township.

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

    Loitering and prowling reported

    State police at Towanda said they are investigating an incident that took place sometime between approximately 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. March 20 on Route 514 in Granville Township in which two unknown white males walked around the outside of a home, pounding doors and shining lights inside the windows.

    Police said the victim is a 72-year-old Granville Township resident.

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

    Hinge broken

    State police at Towanda said they are investigating an incident in which someone broke the front gate hinge on the fence of Sharon Joiner, 67, of Canton, sometime between 1 a.m. and 9 a.m. March 18 on Dauber Road in Canton Township, and fled the area.

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

     

    Access device fraud attempted

    State police at Towanda said an unknown person tried to use the credit card information of Jason Z. McNett of Springfield Township at 9 a.m. March 18 in Springfield Township to make a $400 purchase on the Sears website, but was unsuccessful.

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

     

    No one injured

    State police at Towanda said Jane E. Ehrlich of Granville Summit was not injured in a one-vehicle crash that occurred at 8 p.m. March 20 on Route 6 in West Burlington Township.

    Police said she was traveling east in a Chevrolet Cobalt, approximately .2 miles west of the Berwick-Burlington Turnpike, in West Burlington Township, and lost control of the vehicle while negotiating a right curve in the road. The vehicle then left the roadway, struck a ditch on the north side of the road and then continued traveling east in the ditch until it struck a utility pole. After impact, the vehicle came to final rest in the ditch, still in contact with the utility pole, police said.

    Police said the vehicle was towed by Junior's Towing and Troy Volunteer Fire Department and Western Alliance Ambulance assisted at the scene.

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

     

    No injuries in crash

    State police at Towanda said Rebecca L. Carpenter, 24, of Schenectady, N.Y. was not injured in a one-vehicle crash that occurred at 10:22 a.m. March 20 on Route 14 in Canton Township.

    According to police, she was traveling south on Route 14, north of Owens Road, and was exiting a right curve when she lost control of her Kia Soul for unknown reasons. Police said the vehicle traveled to the northbound shoulder of Route 14 and down a small embankment. Then, it struck a tree with its driver's side roof/passenger door area and another tree with its front end area. Police said it came to final rest on the northbound shoulder of Route 14, facing east, with its front end area against the tree.

    Police said she was cited with a violation of "roadways laned for traffic."

     

    No injuries reported

    State police at Towanda said no one was injured in a one-vehicle crash that took place March 21 on Route 549, at its intersection with Route 328, in Wells Township.

    Police said Rosie J. Simons, 39, of Elkland, Pa. was driving east on Route 328 and was approaching the intersection with Route 549 and applied the brakes to stop at the stop sign. According to police, her Nissan Frontier began to slip on the ice-covered roadway and slid through the intersection, striking a ditch alongside the eastbound lane of travel of Route 328, where it came to final rest, facing northeast.

    Police said neither Simons nor a passenger in her vehicle were injured. Police said Simons was charged with a violation of "roadways laned for traffic."

     

    Crash reported

    State police at Towanda said a one-vehicle crash occurred at 1 a.m. March 21 on Springfield Road in Springfield Township.

    Police said the unknown driver was traveling south on Checkerville Road and approached the intersection with Springfield Road. While traveling toward the intersection, the driver lost control of the vehicle for an unknown reason and slid through the intersection. Police said the vehicle then traveled into a front yard and struck a mailbox at 1712 Springfield Rd. After impact, the driver/vehicle fled the scene, police said.

    Three involved in Ulster crash

    State police said a 2003 Pontiac Montana collided with a 2013 Dodge Ram on U.S. Route 220 March 20 in Ulster.

    According to police, Steven R. Althoff, 28, of Sayre was heading south on Route 220 in the Dodge when he saw the Pontiac, driven by 42-year-old Heidi Bidwell, of Towanda, coming toward him in his lane after losing control for unknown reasons.

    Police said Althoff attempted to avoid the Pontiac by pulling left, but the Pontiac hit the rear fender and tail light of the Dodge.

    Both vehicles came to rest and Althoff went to check on Bidwell and her passenger Gene Bidwell Jr., 48, also of Towanda, police said.

    Police said the Pontiac had scratches on the passenger side doors and the mirror was broken off.

    The Dodge sustained a broken tail light and a dent on the rear fender, police said.

    All three were wearing seat belts, but police said it was unknown if the Bidwells were injured.

    The Pontiac was towed from the scene by Fulmers, police said.

    Heidi Bidwell was cited for failure to obey traffic lanes.


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    Identity theft

    ROCKEFELLER TOWNSHIP - State police at Stonington reported someone acquired the Social Security number of Wilfred Allen Henderson, 68, of 776 Twin Hill Road, and filed a federal income tax claim with the Internal Revenue Service. Police said the incident occurred March 16.

    Burglary

    UPPER AUGUSTA TOWNSHIP - George Martin, 59, of 1231 Mount Pleasant Road, told state police at Stonington someone entered his front door and stole jewelry and two handguns between 12:45 and 4 p.m. Wednesday.

    DUI

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Ryan Wendell, 23, of Millersburg, will be charged by Trooper David Boucher of state police at Stonington for driving under the influence of alcohol relating to an incident at 12:54 a.m. Thursday along Route 61, just east of Route 225 in Coal Township.

    Upon stopping to see if Wendell needed assistance with a flat tire, Boucher said he smelled a strong odor of alcohol. A field sobriety test was conducted and Wendell was taken into custody. He refused to submit to a blood test.

    Route 61 accident

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Nathan Hinkle, 22, of 51 Church St., Locust Gap, escaped injury in a one-vehicle accident at 6 a.m. Thursday on Route 61 near East End Automotive. Patrolman Chris Lapotsky said Hinkle was driving south when he lost control of his vehicle, which struck a utility pole on the side of the highway. Hinkle's vehicle sustained severe damage and was towed from the scene.

    Personnel from Coal Township fire and AREA Services Ambulance assisted.


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