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    WILLIAMSPORT - Sgt. Jeffrey L. McGinness, district office commander for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement in Williamsport, reported 79 complaints were received by his office in March.

    Six licensed establishments were checked for age compliance and one establishment was cited for selling alcohol to an underage buyer last month. Nine violation letters and 28 warning letters were issued for violations of liquor laws. One establishment was cited for furnishing or sales without a license and/or seizures.

    Theft at Lowe's

    MONROE TOWNSHIP - State police at Selinsgrove reported an unidentified male removed a trash can, Bosch jigsaw and Dewalt impact wrench from Lowe's along Routes 11-15 between 6:48 and 6:55 p.m. April 1.

    Theft of leased property

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Dawn Smith, 38, of 150 N. Locust St., Mount Carmel, was charged by Patrolman Chad Yoder with theft of leased property after she failed to make pre-arranged payments to Rent-A-Center in Coal Township or return Apple smartphones she was leasing from them.

    The value of the phones is $1,632.46, police said.

    Police said Smith entered into the lease agreement Dec. 23.

    Property owner cited

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Geraldine Conni, of 16 Deerfield Drive, Elysburg, was cited Wednesday by Coal Township Code Enforcement Officer Chris Petrovich for allowing garbage and rubbish to accumulate in the rear of a property she owns at 234 Main St., Ranshaw.

    City crash

    SHAMOKIN - Eddie Martin, 58, of 315 Luke Fidler Road, Coal Township, was cited for a stop sign violation relating to a two-vehicle accident Saturday afternoon at the intersection of Liberty and Water streets.

    Patrolman Scott Weaver reported Martin was driving a 2002 Ford west on Water Street at 12:15 p.m. when he failed to stop for a stop sign, causing his car to collide with a 1998 Ford driven south on Liberty Street by Nicholas Witkowski, 19, of 251 S. Diamond St., Shamokin. Witkowski's auto struck a utility pole.

    Police said Witkowski suffered injuries and was taken by a private vehicle to Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital. His passenger, Kelsey Deitz, 19, of 212 W. Fourth St., Mount Carmel, also was injured and transported by AREA Services to the same hospital. Both victims underwent emergency room treatment before being released.

    Martin escaped injury.

    Both vehicles were towed from the scene.

    Patrolman Raymond Siko II assisted at the scene.

    Overdose charges

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Courtney Marie Tongel, 20, of Newark, N.J., and a former resident at the Pregnancy Care Center, 1605 W. Lynn St., has been charged by Patrolman Christopher Lapotsky with possession of Spice and possession of drug paraphernalia involving a drug overdose at the center April 21, 2014.

    Police reported Tongel was smoking Spice when she overdosed and fell down the steps before being transported to Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

    In addition to Spice, police said two lighters, a cigarette rolling device, plastic baggies and a piece of burned tin foil were found in Tongel's dresser drawer at the center.

    Tongel has been prohibited from the returning to the center since the incident, police said.

    Road rage

    LEWISBURG - Peter Benjamin Almond, 41, and Jack Lyn Robbins Jr., 21, both of Sunbury, were cited by state police at Milton for harassment and disorderly conduct following a disturbance at 2:15 p.m. Sunday in the parking lot at Evangelical Community Hospital.

    Police said after being involved in a road rage incident while traveling north on Route 15 that started in Snyder County, Almond and Robbins pulled into the hospital parking lot and chased each other in their vehicles before exiting their vehicles and engaging in verbal and physical altercations.

    Police reported both men used obscene language and caused a public nuisance in the presence of hospital staff and visitors.


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  • 04/13/15--21:00: Police Briefs 4/14/2015
  • False firearm application

    State police at Towanda said on Nov. 11 that at about 6:45 p.m., a person tried to purchase a firearm while prohibited by the Uniform Firearms Act, state police said.

    Police said the attempted transaction took place at a gun store in Albany Township.

    The person falsified an application for the firearm purchase, stating the person was not prohibited from making the purchase, police said.

    Dirtbike stolen in Ridgebury

    A 2007 Baja Heat dirtbike was stolen on either April 7 or April 8 from a Ridgebury residence, Towanda state police said.

    Police said the actor or actors stole the bike and fled the Bucks Creek Road residence in an unknown direction.

    Police said the bike's vehicle identification numbers is LUAHYD1037100 and is black and red in color.

    Sayre man charged with resisting arrest, public intoxication

    Brandon Kristopher Lane, 28, of Sayre, was charged after an incident at the Sayre Police Department, according to authorities.

    On April 10, police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint from Robert Packer Hospital where Lane was a possible suspect, police said.

    Police arrived at 123 North Higgins St. in Sayre to speak with Lane, who refused to cooperate with officers, according to the report.

    About 20 minutes later, police heard banging on the door of the police department with Lane being the actor, the report continued.

    Lane was observed throwing an object at the front door and also noticed the handle of the front door lying on the ground, police said.

    Lane refused to listen and comply when told he was under arrest and attempted to run when officers apprehended him, police said.

    After being taken to the ground, Lane refused to comply by laying on his hands which caused the arresting officers to use force, police said.

    According to police, Lane required two sets of handcuffs due to his large stature.

    Police said Lane is a known drug user and showed signs of being under the influence of a controlled substance.

    Police said Lane spoke about "demons" when taken into custody and was in reference to the complaint filed by Robert Packer Hospital, which came after Lane delivered a graphic note to the facility.

    After reviewing security footage, Lane arrived at the department and was messing with the flag pole, then pulled the handle off the door before throwing it at the glass door, police said.

    Lane was charged with institutional vandalism, criminal mischief, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and public intoxication.

    Lane was remanded to the Bradford County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.

    He will appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on April 21 for his preliminary hearing.


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  • 04/14/15--21:00: Court Notes
  • Darline Bellumori (trustee) and Bellumori Trust to Kenneth W. Herron for $139,000; Laflin.

    John Martini and Roxann Donna Martini to Kyle D. Zola for $117,900; Butler Township.

    Henry A. Zimmerman and Carol J. Zimmerman to Elizabeth A. Simms and Michelle R. Doyle for $85,000; Plymouth.

    Roy Brown vs. Donna Brown.


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    Burglary

    SHAMOKIN - William Vantrieste, 19, whose last known address is in New Jersey, was charged by Patrolman Scott Weaver with felonies of burglary and criminal trespass after being found shortly after 1 p.m. Monday in an apartment in the 100 block of East Independence Street.

    Police said Vantrieste is accused of breaking into the apartment by damaging a door jam. He was found sleeping in the vacant apartment by building supervisor Richard Jilinski, who reported the incident to police.

    Vantrieste told police he recently came to Shamokin on a bus from southern New Jersey.

    He was arraigned by video at about 4 p.m. Monday by Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III and committed to Montour County Prison in Danville in lieu of $7,500 cash bail.

    Assisting Weaver at the scene were Chief of Police Darwin Tobias III, Patrolman Raymond Siko II and Coal Township Patrolman Jason Adams.

    Drug charges

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Patrolman Raymond Siko II has charged Michael J. Acevedo, 51, of 1627 W. Willow St., Coal Township, with felonies of possession with intent to deliver heroin and criminal use of a communication facility and misdemeanors of possession of drug paraphernalia and restrictions on alcoholic beverages relating to a March 24 drug transaction in the doorway area at Snappers Bar at Shamokin and Spurzheim streets.

    Acevedo is accused of possessing 11 heroin packets with the intent to sell them for $170 to a confidential informant at 5:30 p.m.

    Acevedo was arraigned at 9:10 p.m. Monday by Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III and committed to Snyder County Prison in lieu of $15,000 cash bail.


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  • 04/14/15--21:00: Police Briefs 4/15/2015
  • Sayre man charged with drug, paraphernalia possession

    Patrick Joseph Henderson, 24, of Sayre received several charges following a traffic stop conducted by Sayre Borough Police on April 13, Sayre police said.

    According to police, Henderson was stopped after failing to stop at a stop sign.

    Police said Henderson had several hypodermic needles on the passenger seat of his vehicle.

    Henderson had his 18-month-old child in the backseat of the vehicle as well, police said.

    After taking Henderson into custody, police searched his apartment where they found a green leafy substance, which tested positive for marijuana, a bent metal spoon, a glass pipe, and several plastic and glassine baggies police said.

    Henderson was charged with drug and paraphernalia possession, failure to obey stop signs, driving with an expired registration, and endangering the welfare of a child.

    Henderson was remanded to Bradford County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

    He will appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on April 28 for his preliminary hearing.

    DUI charges

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

    Amber Lynn Santo, 31, of Rome, by Athens Township Police, on March 29, on Front Street in Athens Township. Santo was also charged with driving with a suspended license. A blood alcohol test later revealed Santo's blood alcohol content was .149 percent on the day of her arrest. Santo has been issued a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on May 8 for her preliminary hearing.

    Lance Lee Staples, 36, of Athens, by Athens Township Police, on April 11, on Wolcott Hollow Road in Athens Township. Staples was also charged with careless driving and failure to use turn signals. Staples later refused to submit to a blood alcohol test to determine his blood alcohol content. Staples has been issued a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on May 8 for his preliminary hearing.


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    OD wasn't at Pregnancy Care Center

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Courtney Marie Tongel, 20, of Newark, N.J., was charged by Coal Township police with possession of Spice and possession of drug paraphernalia involving a drug overdose at a maternity home known as the Pinnacle Center, 1605 W. Lynn St., April 21, 2014.

    It was mistakenly reported in Tuesday's edition that the offense occurred at the Pregnancy Care Center, which is located in Shamokin. Tongel never lived at the Pregnancy Care Center, which doesn't accept residents.


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    SHAMOKIN - Three defendants pleaded guilty to criminal charges Tuesday and were ordered by Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III to pay fines and costs.

    - Michael J. Shingara, 21, of 555 N. Second St., Shamokin, pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia and was ordered to pay a $300 fine plus costs and placed on supervised probation for one year.

    He was charged by Patrolman Raymond Siko II after being found with three syringes March 2 at his residence.

    - Madlyne Kozlowski, 18, of 1420 W. Mulberry St., Coal Township, pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia and was ordered to pay a $300 fine plus costs and placed on supervised probation for one year.

    Kozlowski was charged by Coal Township Patrolman Jason Adams with possessing a syringe and five empty heroin packets in the 900 block of West Mulberry Street March 9.

    - Dane Earl Albertson, 28, of 3 Albertson Road, Orangeville, pleaded guilty to harassment and was ordered to pay a $100 fine plus costs. An additional charge of simple assault was withdrawn.

    Albertson was charged by Coal Township Patrolman Chad Yoder with striking his girlfriend in the mouth, causing her lip to swell and bleed, April 2 at 217 Third St., Ranshaw.

    Albertson also smashed the phone of another woman at the scene to prevent her from calling police, then left the residence before officers arrived, Yoder said.


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  • 04/15/15--21:00: Court notes 4/15/15
  • Lucinda Simms vs. George Simms.

    Wendy Patton vs. Jerome Patton.

    Gabrielle Erbacher vs. Fred Erbacher.

    Montressa Canty-Williams vs. Sidney Williams.

    Karma Miller vs. Diane Miller.

    William Arthur Sr. vs. Catherine Arthur.

    Ann Jones vs. Robert Jones.

    Patricia Stec vs. Gary Stec.

    Jessie Pencavage vs. Daniel Pencavage.

    Jennifer Scazafabo Rodzinak vs. Joseph Rodzinak.

    Elfreda Rose vs. David Rose.

    Ayayi Ayih vs. Sakiratu Bouraima.

    Christopher Wilson vs. Marliss Wilson.

    Edgar Cantres-Maldonado vs. Antwonette Ferguson.

    Stephen Courtney vs. Amy Courtney.

    German Martinez Gomes vs. Cassie Kasmarcik-Martinez.

    Robyn Rittel vs. Cillford Rittel.

    Joseph Yanochko vs. Judi Yanochko.


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    Pill bust

    ASHLAND - A Pottsville woman accused of selling prescription pain pills to an undercover police officer was arrested Tuesday.

    Karen Krainik, 43, of 618 Mahantongo St., was jailed at Schuylkill County Prison, Pottsville, after she was unable to post $25,000 cash bail. She was arraigned by on-call Magisterial District Judge Stephen J. Bayer, Tamaqua, on two felony counts of delivery of a controlled substance, two felony counts of possession of a controlled substance, a felony count of criminal use of a communication facility, and misdemeanor counts of misbranding a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    According to a criminal complaint, Krainik sold 60 oxycodone pills totaling $1,020 to the officer about 2:20 p.m. The buy was arranged through a confidential informant. Police said an additional 10 pills were sold for $150 to another male, later identified as Andrew Grosser. Krainik allegedly used a cell phone to call the male to the scene.

    The incident occurred at a borough residence. Grosser was taken into custody at Turkey Hill on Centre Street, and charges are pending. Police initiated a vehicle stop on Krainik and took her into custody at Ninth and Centre streets. She was allegedly in possession of a pill grinder and hollow pens used to snort powder.

    The arrest was conducted by members of the Schuylkill County Drug Task Force. Charges were filed by Ashland Patrolman Daniel Weikel III and task force agent Cynthia Shpakovsky.

    Walker struck

    HAMILTON - Police are seeking information on the driver of a pickup truck that struck a pedestrian about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in Upper Augusta Township and fled the scene.

    According to state police at Stonington, Jessica R. Rebuck, 33, of Williamsport, was walking north along the berm on Route 890 near Cider Press Road, about 1/2 mile south of Route 61, when the pickup's passenger-side mirror struck her left arm and shoulder. Impact caused the mirror to break from the pickup, which was last seen traveling north on Route 890. Rebuck suffered a moderate injury.

    Further description of the vehicle was unavailable. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 570-286-5601.

    Phone found

    COAL TOWNSHIP - A Jitterbug cell phone was found near the Ferndale baseball fields about 8 a.m. Wednesday. The owner can claim the cell phone by contacting the Coal Township Police Department at 570-644-0333.

    Strikes pole

    SUNBURY - A Danville man escaped injury following a one-vehicle wreck that ended with his vehicle upside down in a small stream about 5:25 p.m. Tuesday in Upper Augusta Township, according to state police at Stonington.

    Police say Jonathan M. Mitchell II, 34, was driving a 2001 Toyota Camry west on Mile Post Road near Renn's Road, about one mile north of Sunbury, when the vehicle drifted across the oncoming lane and struck a utility pole. The vehicle continued down an embankment before rolling over. Impact of the crash caused downed power lines.

    According to police, it's unknown why Mitchell's vehicle drifted off the roadway. He was cited for violating the traffic code, driving on roadways laned for traffic.

    Pistol stolen

    SNYDERTOWN - Michael Morgan, of 45 S. Smith Road, Danville, about one mile northeast of Snydertown, reported to state police at Stonington that someone broke into his home between 7 a.m. and 4:40 p.m. Monday and stole a Smith & Wesson pistol. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 570-286-5601.

    School search

    SUNBURY - No illegal contraband was found inside lockers of the Shikellamy Middle/High School during a search Wednesday, according to Sunbury police.

    The building was locked down for more than one hour while seven K-9 units searched the building. It was the first locker search at the schools in more than five years; however, police Chief Brad Hare said it won't be the last.


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  • 04/15/15--21:00: Police Briefs 4/16/2015
  • Woman charged with harassment

    Andrea Ariel Smith, 24, of Troy was charged with harassment following an incident that took place at 7:20 p.m. April 8 on Leona Road in Springfield Township, said state police at Towanda.

    Police said Smith and the victim in the incident, Anna Mae Jaeckel, 40, no address given, had a verbal argument regarding rent money. During the argument, Smith shoved Jaeckel with both hands, police said.

    People charged with simple assault

    State police at Towanda said a 33-year-old woman and a 36-year-old man, whom they did not identify, were charged with simple assault following a domestic dispute that occurred at 11:50 p.m. April 8 in the 1000 block of East Canton Street in Granville Township.

    Police said the two people got into a verbal argument and a physical altercation, causing minor physical injury. Police did not specify who was injured.

    Person injured

    State police at Towanda said Danielle M. Pedrick, 37, of Elmira, N.Y., had a moderate injury in a one-vehicle crash that took place at 7 a.m. April 8 on Route 14 in South Creek Township.

    According to police, Pedrick was traveling south in a Ford Explorer and lost control of her vehicle for unknown reasons, traveled across the northbound lane and drove into the east roadside ditch, hitting an embankment with the driver side door. Then, it spun approximately 180 degrees, hitting the same embankment with the passenger side rear quarter panel, and rolled backwards, coming to final rest in the northbound lane, facing northeast, police said. Police said the driver sustained a moderate injury to the left and right arms and was transported to Arnot Hospital by Ridgebury EMS.

    She was charged with a violation of "driving at safe speed," police said.

    Crash reported

    State police at Towanda said a one-vehicle crash took place at 11:40 a.m. March 20 on Route 14 in Canton Township.

    Police said a 36-year-old Wysox man was traveling south on Route 14 and when negotiating a right curve, lost control of his vehicle for an unknown reason. Police said it traveled to the northbound shoulder and rolled over into a small embankment and came to final rest on the northbound shoulder of Route 14 on its driver's side, facing south.

    Police said it's unknown if the driver had any injury. He was charged with a violation of "roadways laned for traffic," police said.

    Man charged with simple assault

    State police at Towanda said Andrew Guy Osgood, 41, of Troy, was arrested at 7:35 p.m. April 8 on Leona Road in Springfield Township and charged with simple assault, terroristic threats, and harassment.

    Police said he and a 24-year-old Troy resident, who was the victim, had a verbal argument regarding rent money. During the argument, Osgood made a threatening statement to the victim while holding a pocket knife in his hand, police said.

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

    Criminal mischief reported

    State police are investigating an incident of criminal mischief that occurred recently in Windham Township.

    According to information provided by the police, an unknown person damaged the front passenger window of a 2006 Ford Taurus owned by Rick Loughin, 56, of Rome. The incident occurred between 10 a.m. and noon, according to police.

    Woman suffers minor injury from accident

    A Wyalusing woman suffered a minor injury recently when the car she was driving left the road and struck an embankment.

    According to state police, April J. Vargason, 21, was driving a 2006 Pontiac Torrent south on Twin Cuts Road in Wyalusing Township around 4:05 a.m. on April 13. Police said Vargason lost control of her vehicle on a curve, causing it to leave the road, and strike an embankment with its front end. The car then overturned, before coming to rest on its roof.

    Vargason, who was wearing her seatbelt when the accident occurred, was transported to Memorial Hospital for evaluation. Police said she will receive a citation for crossing the center line of traffic.

    Man charged with criminal mischief

    A man was cited by the state police recently on a charge of criminal mischief.

    According to state police, Raymond House, 26, no address given, was accused of the above offense on April 13. Around 11:30 p.m. that day, the report continued, House is reported to have thrown a padlock through the windshield of a vehicle owned by an unnamed 40-year-old man. Police said the incident occurred in the 7000 block of state Route 706 in Stevens Township.

    One hurt in crash

    One person was taken to the hospital recently, following a three-vehicle crash on U.S. Route 187 in Rome Borough.

    According to state police, that accident occurred around 9:55 a.m. on March 27. State police said the accident occurred when a 2003 Dodge Durango operated by Mitchel E. McPhillips, 21, of Barton, N.Y., struck the rear of a 2008 Chevrolet Trailblazer operated by Heather M. Barrett, 40, of Rome. Police said Barrett had stopped her vehicle and was in the process of making a left turn onto Bliss Road. Upon impact, the report continued, the Trailblazer was pushed across the road and in the process struck the front end of a 2008 GMC Yukon operated by Kristin A. Shores, 26, of Towanda, who was traveling north on Route 187 at the time.

    Barrett was transported by HOPS EMS to Memorial Hospital in Towanda for evaluation. Police said all passengers and drivers involved in the accident were wearing their seatbelts when it occurred. All vehicles were towed from the scene. Police said McPhillips will be charged with following too closely and operating a vehicle at an unsafe speed.

    Contractor faces theft charge

    State police reported recently filing a theft charge against a contractor from Moosic on allegations he failed to return $30,000 to a client.

    According to information provided by the state police, David D. Valenti, 62, owner of Wyoming Homes Inc., has been charged with theft by unlawful taking or disposition. The charge against Valenti stems from an incident that occurred on July 19, 2011.

    On that date, the report continued, an unnamed Wysox man entered into a contract with Valenti and Wyoming Homes to have a modular home installed on his property in Wysox. Total purchase price of the home was $59,600, and the man provided Wyoming Homes with a down payment of $30,000. However, due to the section of property being zoned for commercial use only, the man was not able to have the modular home installed on the property.

    As a result, the installation was canceled, and the man requested a refund of $30,000 from Wyoming Homes, less any expenses incurred by the company. But as of April 2015 the man has not received any portion of the $30,000 from Valenti or Wyoming Homes, according to the report.

    Police indicated they are also charging Valenti with receiving stolen property. Both charges are being graded as third-degree felonies, police said.

    Man charged with burglary

    A Corning, N.Y. man was cited by state police recently on a charge of burglary.

    According to state police, James Frank Zuke, 46, is accused of illegally entering Jack Williams Garage around 6 p.m. on April 12. Once inside, the report continued, Zuke took two checks and left the premises.

    Zuke was found nearby and taken into custody. State police said Zuke was arraigned on burglary, theft, and other charges, and then incarcerated in the Bradford County jail.

    Store burglarized

    State police are investigating a break-in that occurred recently at Miller's Hardware in Dushore.

    The incident occurred between 4:45 p.m. on April 8 and 8 a.m. on April 8. Police said the burglars stole several rolls of electric wire as well as an unspecified amount of money. Anyone with information about the incident is requested to contact the state police at (570) 946-4610.

    Tires stolen

    State police are looking for the perpetrators who recently stole four tires from a private business in Cherry Township, Sullivan County.

    State police reported that the incident occurred between 12:01 and 11 a.m. on April 8. The perpetrators removed four Goodyear Wrangler MTR tires with Kevlar sidewalls from a storage trailer at Steve O's Garage on U.S. Route 220. Anyone with information regarding the investigation is requested to contact the state police at (570) 946-4610.

    Dollar General store cited for false alarm

    A business in Wysox Township was cited by state police recently for "control of alarm devices and automatic dialing services."

    According to state police, the charge was filed against Dollar General after police responded to a commercial burglar alarm going off around 7:28 a.m. on April 9. Upon arrival, state police reported, they determined that it was a false alarm. State police said the charge was filed because it was determined that this was the sixth consecutive false alarm that occurred at the Dollar General store within a consecutive 12-month period.

    Two charged with criminal trespass

    A charge of criminal trespass was recently filed against two individuals by the state police.

    According to the report, Kalob Joseph Benjamin Fenton, 18, of Towanda, and an unnamed 17-year-old male juvenile were both cited for the above offense following an incident that occurred around 2:14 p.m. on April 9. On that date, the report continued, both individuals were accused of trespassing on railroad property in Wysox Township, owned by Lehigh Railway.

    Theft from vehicle occurs

    State police are investigating the theft from a business vehicle that occurred recently in North Towanda Township.

    According to police, perpetrators stole several items from a truck owned by Williams Lubricants Inc. of North Towanda. Police said the incident occurred between 9 p.m. on April 9 and 6 a.m. on April 10.

    Man charged with aggravated indecent assault

    A Granville Summit man was arrested by state police recently on a charge of aggravated indecent assault.

    According to state police, Daniel Charles Cole, 52, was cited for the above offense following an incident that occurred on March 19 in Athens Township. Cole is accused of touching a girl who is under 10 years old in an inappropriate manner while in his vehicle. Cole was arrested and later incarcerated at the Bradford County jail.

    Motel burglarized

    State police are investigating a burglary that recently occurred at Crystal Springs Motel in North Towanda Township.

    According to police, the incident occurred on March 19, around 11:40 p.m. Perpetrators forced their way into the motel office and removed $588 in cash. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the state police at (570) 265-2186.

    Furniture stolen

    Several pieces of furniture were reported stolen recently from a private residence in Eagles Mere Borough, Sullivan County.

    According to state police, the incident occurred between 9 p.m. on April 11 and 10 a.m. on April 13. Police said perpetrators stole the furniture from a large upstairs porch on the east side of the residence owned by Martin Milligan, 60, of Westport, Conn. Among the items stolen included a blue and white fabric couch, a yellow flower-printed couch, a yellow flower-print carpet, a blue and white carpet, two fabric blue and white swivel chairs, and two glass-and-brass end tables.

    Anyone with information regarding the stolen items is asked to contact the state police at Laporte at (570) 946-4610.

    Rubbish scattered

    A recent incident of scattering rubbish was reported in Monroe Township.

    According to state police, the incident occurred around 11:59 a.m. on April 13. Ronald Edward Judd, 52, of Florida, reported that someone threw a tire and a mailbox on his property on Stoney Lane.

    Police said they have no suspects at this time.

    Gasoline stolen

    State police are looking for the thieves who stole over 100 gallons of gasoline from a private pump owned by Forks Township.

    According to police, the incident occurred between 2 p.m. on April 10 and 6 a.m. on April 13. Perpetrators damaged the gas pump located at the Forks Township building on Warburton Hill Road, allowing them to steal the gasoline. Police said the thieves also stole a Moultrie D5 Game Cam from the scene. Anyone with information about the incident is requested to contact the state police at Laporte at (570) 946-4610.

    DUI

    The following people were arrested in Bradford County recently for driving while under the influence:

    James Steven Kithcart Jr., 27, of Wysox, has also been charged by Towanda police with failure to yield to a stop sign; driving on the wrong side of the road; and careless driving. Kithcart was charged around 2:35 a.m. on March 14, following a traffic stop at the Dandy Mini Mart in Wysox. After being taken into custody, Kithcart was transported to Memorial Hospital in Towanda where he agreed to submit to a blood test. The test eventually revealed that Kithcart's blood alcohol content was .188 percent on the day of his arrest. Kithcart has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark on May 22.

    Thomas Grant Gross, 49, of Towanda, has also been charged by borough police with careless driving; and failure to yield to a stop sign. Gross was charged around 1:54 a.m. on March 22, following a vehicle stop on Main Street. After being taken into custody, Gross was transported to Memorial Hospital in Towanda where he agreed to submit to a blood test. The test eventually revealed that Gross' blood alcohol content was .129 percent on the day of his arrest. Gross has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark on May 22.

    Kenneth Homet Howard, 54, of Wyalusing, has also been charged by state police with careless driving; and driving on the wrong side of the road. Howard was charged following a traffic stop around 5:50 p.m. on March 19. After being taken into custody, Howard was transported to Memorial Hospital in Towanda where he agreed to submit to a blood test. The test eventually revealed that Howard's blood alcohol content was .126 percent on the day of his arrest. Howard has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark on April 24.

    William Daniel Cassellbury, 54, of Towanda, has also been charged by state police with driving on the wrong side of the road; and careless driving. Cassellbury was charged following a traffic stop around 11:34 p.m. on March 14 at Beers Tractor Sales on U.S. Route 6 in Wysox Township. After being taken into custody, Cassellbury was transported to Memorial Hospital in Towanda where he agreed to submit to a blood test. The test eventually revealed that Cassellbury's blood alcohol content was .239 percent on the day of his arrest. Cassellbury has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark on April 24.

    Elizabeth Rae Benjamin, 29, of Wysox, has also been charged by state police with driving on the wrong side of the road; operating a vehicle at an unsafe speed; careless driving; general lighting requirements; and operating a vehicle without a certificate of inspection. Benjamin was charged following a traffic stop at 12:45 a.m. on March 14. After being taken into custody, Benjamin was transported by the state police to Memorial Hospital in Towanda where she agreed to submit to a blood test. The test eventually revealed that Benjamin's blood alcohol content was .096 percent on the day of her arrest. Benjamin has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark on April 24.

    Helen Elizabeth Barbey, 58, of Towanda has also been charged by borough police with windshield obstructions and wipers; careless driving; driving the wrong way down a one-way street; and failing to yield the right-of-way. Barbey was charged following a traffic stop on March 13 conducted by Towanda police on Main Street. After being taken into custody, Barbey was transported to Memorial Hospital in Towanda. Barbey's preliminary has been scheduled for May 8 before Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark.


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    Hit and run

    COAL TOWNSHIP - John Fox, 35, of Coal Township, was cited by Coal Township police for a hit-and-run accident that occurred at around 3:25 a.m. Thursday at Cedar and Spruce streets.

    Police said Fox was driving a 1998 Ford Mustang when he struck a legally parked Ford F-250 owned by GM McCrossin Inc., of Bellefonte. Fox also failed to stop at the scene, police said.

    No injuries were reported in the accident.


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  • 04/16/15--21:00: Article 1
  • Police Briefs

    Athens man charged with paraphernalia possession

    Scott Joe Morley, 28, of Athens was charged with drug paraphernalia possession by Athens Township Police after a family member notified police of Morley's drug use, Athens police said.

    The incident took place on Aug. 4, 2014 at a Wolcott Hollow residence where police found Morley, who was under the influence, and a syringe used to inject heroin, police said.

    Morley told police he didn't know why he used heroin, police said.

    Police advised Morley to seek treatment for his addiction and Morley agreed to do so, police said.

    Morley has been issued a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on May 19 for his preliminary hearing.

    Milan woman charged with trespassing at Walmart

    Athens Township Police said Angelina Rashele Hilton, 20, of Milan, was charged with defiant trespassing at the Elmira Street Walmart in Sayre after being told she was not permitted in the store, Athens police said.

    On April 15, police responded to Walmart after being notified that Hilton was in the store, police said.

    Walmart's Asset Protection Associate told police Hilton was barred from the store after a previous retail theft case, police said.

    Hilton has been issued a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on May 19 for her preliminary hearing.

    Break-in reported at Troy produce stand

    Someone broke into Bristol's Produce Stand sometime between April 4-11 at 15 South Railroad St. in Troy, according to Troy Borough Police.

    Police said nothing was taken, but there was damage in the amount of $300 to $400. An investigation is ongoing, police said.

    Man charged with theft of car batteries

    Killian Jacob Frey, 19, of Canton, faces a preliminary hearing May 13 before Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox of Troy for a charge related to a theft that took place sometime between Sept. 5-6 at the Canton Auto Body Scrap Yard in Canton Township, according to court papers.

    The papers note that Frey is charged with theft by unlawful or taking disposition for the theft of at least 16 used car batteries belonging to Thomas May, no age or address given.

    Wilcox said Frey was sent a summons by certified mail.

    DUI charges

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

    Rachael Fay Satterly, 22, of Sayre, by Athens Borough Police, on March 28, on West Pine Street in Athens Borough. Satterly was also charged with careless driving and driving on the wrong side of the road. Satterly was issued a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on May 8 for her preliminary hearing.

    Shannon Lee Cornish, 38, of Sayre, by Athens Borough Police, on April 3, on U.S. Route 220 in Athens Borough. Cornish was also charged with failure to use turn signals, failure to obey traffic lanes, and driving on the wrong side of the road. Cornish later refused to submit to a blood test to determine her blood alcohol content. Cornish has been issued a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on May 8 for her preliminary hearing.

    Dustin A. Root, 26, of Sayre, by Athens Township Police, on April 5, on West Lockhart Street in Athens Township. Root was also charged with driving without a valid license. A blood alcohol test later revealed Root's blood alcohol content to be .25 percent on the day of his arrest. Root has been issued a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on May 22 for his preliminary hearing.


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  • 04/16/15--21:00: Court notes 4/17/15
  • Charlotte M. Zubick and Kevin Hiraldo for $89,900; Hazleton.

    Charmain Bower (executrix) and Andrea Molski (estate) to ENS Real Estate LLC for $150,000; Dallas.

    Robert Rich to Todd Houseknecht for $138,000; Hazleton.

    Bank of New York Mellon (trustee) and Green Tree Servicing (attorney in fact) to Michael Handley for $95,000; Kingston Township.

    Robert A. Murphy and Jennifer L. Murphy to Gary Lee Cnudde Jr. and Christina Marie Cnudde for $330,700; Dallas Township.


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    Aggravated assault

    KULPMONT - A borough man was charged with assault after biting an emergency medical technician during a Feb. 23 emergency at 1560 Chestnut St.

    Kulpmont Police Chief Michael Pitcavage reported in court documents that police were called to a home to assist paramedics and found Kyler S. Swatsky, 20, of 701 Chestnut St., Kulpmont, lying on a bed semi-responsive and bleeding from the nose and mouth.

    When EMTs tried to help Swatsky, he became combative. Once handcuffed, Swatsky allegedly bit EMT Donald Kizer in the bicep, causing bruising and slight bleeding. Swatsky later allegedly told police he was under the influence of a controlled substance.

    Swatsky was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and harassment. He was arraigned Thursday before Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones, of Mount Carmel, and released on $10,000 unsecured bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 22.

    Car theft

    MOUNT CARMEL - Borough police charged Damion C. Emburg, 18, of 40 S. Vine St., Mount Carmel, with theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, theft by deception, and unauthorized use of an automobile for allegedly taking a neighbor's car March 28.

    Police said Emburg got the keys of a vehicle owned by Anna Augustine, of South Vine Street, under the guise of cleaning off her vehicle and parking spot after a snow storm. As police were conducting their investigation, Emburg pulled up in the vehicle and returned it, telling police he took the vehicle to pick up a friend up who needed a ride. The friend told police he did not call Emburg for the ride, saying that Emburg showed up in Shamokin driving the vehicle and took the friend to a local fast food place.

    Emburg was released on $15,000 bail and a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones, of Mount Carmel, will be held April 22.

    DUI

    MERRIAM - James A. Fetterolf, 26, of 534 W. Second St., Mount Carmel, was charged with driving under the influence of a combination of drugs following the investigation into an accident on the Merriam Mountain March 7.

    Mount Carmel Township Police Patrolman Kelly Campbell reported in court documents Fetterolf appeared to be under the influence after the accident and failed field sobriety tests. After being taken into custody, Fetterolf admitted to ingesting heroin the night before and that morning and bath salts that afternoon.

    In addition, Fetterolf was charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance, driving on roadways laned for traffic, careless driving and failure to give immediate notice of accident to police. A preliminary hearing will be held May 6 before Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones, of Mount Carmel.


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  • 04/17/15--21:00: Court notes 4/18/15
  • Charles J. Mason to Richard A. Minnick and Denise A. Minnick for $228,300; Hazleton.

    James P. Kline Jr. and Dian R. Kline to Kiley Edward Austin-Young for $159,500; Butler Township.

    Randy A. Rodkey to David A. Hughes and Robyn L. Shillabeer for $200,000; Jackson Township.

    Robert A. Murphy and Jennifer L. Murphy to Gary Lee Cnudde Jr. and Christina Marie Cnudde for $330,700; Dallas Township.

    Dan C. Roe and Patricia M. Roe to Jarod Testa and Erica Lee Porpigla for $300,200; Butler Township.

    Robin L. Good to Kimberly Arnold for $167,000; Butler Township.

    Barbara G. Wojcik (administratrix) and Victor Gendek (estate) to Francis J. Collini and Susan J. Collini for $300,000; Harveys Lake.

    Patricia Watkins to Scott Stuchkus for $139,000; Jenkins Township.

    Thomas A. Burnett (estate) and Mary Bogart (administratrix) to Alfred John Delucca IV and Lindsey M. Ross for $141,000; Kingston.

    M&T Bank to LAT Realty, LLC for $84,000; Wright Township.

    Eric I. Huff to Bernard F. Magagna Jr. for $117,000; Luzerne.

    Lagana Properties I LP and Lagana Properties LLC (general partner) to 426 Airport Beltway L.P. for $3,485,000; Hazle Township.

    Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (per attorney in fact) and Udren Law Offices P.C. (attorney in fact) to James Michael Kean to $94,500; Dallas.


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  • 04/17/15--21:00: Police briefs, 4/18/15
  • Police Briefs

    Siding damaged in Smithfield

    Towanda state police said on April 11 at about 9 p.m., two juveniles and one adult male damaged the siding of 54-year-old Matthew Delauro's residence on Water Street in Smithfield Township.

    Police said the males were throwing paintballs at one another at the neighboring residence which led to the damage.

    Delauro decided not to press charges against the males, police said.

    Child endangered in Athens Township

    A 4-year-old girl was left alone with a Tier 3 Sexual Offender on March 19 between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., Towanda state police said.

    According to police, the 26-year-old male suspect left the child alone with the sex offender and police are investigating the incident.

    DUI crash occurs in Sheshequin

    Jonathan Hutchins, 20, of Waverly, crashed a vehicle on Sheshequin Road on April 1 at about 8:30 p.m. after driving under the influence of alcohol, Towanda state police said.

    Police said Hutchins lost control of the vehicle and subsequently struck a guard rail and two trees.


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  • 04/18/15--21:00: Police Briefs 4/19/2015
  • DUI charges filed

    Becca Louise Morgan, 23, of Troy, is accused in a DUI incident that took place at 8:02 p.m. March 28 on Evans Road, just north of the intersection with State Route 514, in Granville Township, said state police at Towanda.

    While on patrol, Trooper William McDermott observed a 2003 Ford Taurus stopped on the travel lane of Evans Road in Granville Township. He saw the operator of the vehicle seated in the driver's seat, with the engine running, the headlamps illuminated, and the hazard lamps activated. Upon further investigation, the operator displayed several indicators of intoxication/impairment and was determined to be driving under the influence, police said.

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

    Man suffers minor injury

    State police at Towanda said Glenn E. Guthrie III, 31, of Smithfield, had a minor injury in a crash that took place at 3:20 a.m. April 7 on Route 6 in Burlington Township.

    According to police, the crash occurred as he was traveling east along Route 6 and for an unknown reason, he lost control of his Freightliner. Police said it struck a guardrail and a street sign before traveling down an embankment and striking multiple trees before coming to final rest.

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

    Criminal mischief occurs in Franklin Twp.

    Sometime between April 3 and April 10, someone using a motor vehicle tore up the lawn of a 71-year-old Franklin Township resident on Mountain Road, police said.

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

    Towanda man charged with criminal mischief

    On Wednesday, 25-year-old Francis Eugene McKean of Towanda kicked in the door of a residence in Wysox Township, according to the state police at Towanda.

    He kicked in the door because 21-year-old Sarah Lee McKean, who lives in the residence, refused to answer the door, police said.

    As a result of this incident, there was damage to the door frame, and Francis McKean is being charged with criminal mischief, police said.

    Wysox man cited for disorderly conduct

    Joshua Marquise Coley, 23, of Wysox has been cited for the summary offense of disorderly conduct following an incident on Wednesday in Wysox Township, police said.

    During the incident, Coley made several threats to 26-year-old Erma Louise McKean of Wysox in a public area, according to the state police at Towanda.

    Monroeton male uninjured in a crash

    Markesh T. Woleslagle, 20, of Monroeton was uninjured Tuesday when he was involved in a motor vehicle accident on state Route 87 in Washington Township, Wyoming County, state police said.

    Woleslagle was traveling south on Route 87 at 10:15 a.m. when his vehicle crossed the northbound lane and struck a drainage ditch, state police at Tunkhannock said.


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

    Charles Miner, 26, Waverly, N.Y., was sentenced to a term of imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 90 days (flat), fines of $1,500.00, plus court costs, followed by County Intermediate Punishment for 24 months. County Intermediate Punishment involves a combination of restrictions and supervision. It may include home confinement, electronic monitor, and substance abuse treatment. Miner was sentenced for the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Officer George Nichols of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Miner for the offense in December 2014.

    Kimberly Morse, 28, Monroeton, Pa., was sentenced to Probation supervision for a term of 12 months, fines, costs, restitution of $150.00 fines, court costs, and restitution of $330.00, for the offense of Access Device Fraud, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Officer Corey McLinko of the Towanda Borough Police arrested Morse for the offense in September 2014.

    Karen Hagerman, 34, Towanda, Pa., was sentenced to Probation supervision for a term of 12 months, fines and costs, of $250.00, fines, court costs, and restitution of $934.55, for the offense of Theft by Unlawful Taking, a misdemeanor of the second degree.

    Trooper William McDermott of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Hagerman following investigation of an incident that occurred in Wysox Township.

    Tia-Jo Evans, 34, Towanda, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 72 hours to six months, fines of $1,000.00, plus court costs. She will also lose her driver's license for 12 months. Additional license suspension of 12 months will be imposed for refusal to submit to testing when arrested, for the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Trooper Michael Tribendis of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Evans following investigation of an incident that occurred in Towanda Township on June 2, 2014.

    Randall Frey, 43, Granville Summit, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for five days to six months, fines of $500.00 plus court costs. Frey will also lose his driver's license for 18 months, for the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor, and Driving without a License, a summary offense. Trooper Michael Tribendis of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Frey following investigation of an incident that occurred in Granville Township.

    Tara Hassler, 29, Canton, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in Bradford County Correctional Facility for four months to 23 months, 29 days, fines of $500.00, plus court costs, and buy money of $400.00. Hassler will also lose her driver's license for six months for the offense of Delivery of a Controlled Substance, a Felony. Agents of the Pennsylvania State Police Vice and Narcotics Unit arrested Hassler following investigation of an incident that occurred in Canton Borough.

    Kristopher Reeves, 30, Towanda, Pa., was sentenced to Probation supervision for a term of 12 months, fines of $500.00, plus court costs and $135.00 (buy money), for the offense of Delivery of a Controlled Substance, a felony. Agents of the Pennsylvania State Police Vice and Narcotics Unit arrested Reeves following investigation of an incident that occurred in Towanda Township.

    James Winterringer, 25, Wysox, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in Bradford County Correctional Facility for 45 days, County Intermediate Punishment for 24 months. 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. Winterringer was sentenced for Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Trooper Robert Edgerton of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Winterringer following investigation of an incident that occurred in Wysox Township on May 31, 2014.

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

    Walter Reynolds, 27, Monroeton, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Burglary, a felony of the first degree. Reynolds will be sentenced following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Keith Roman of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Reynolds following investigation of an incident that occurred in Monroe Township in January 2015.

    Angie Dolinich, 23, Sayre, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Delivery of a Controlled Substance, a felony.

    Dolinich will be sentenced on May 15, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Bruce Hoffman of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Dolinich for the offense in December 2014.

    Richard Henderson, 27, Athens, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Delivery of a Controlled Substance, a felony.

    Henderson will be sentenced on May 11, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Agents of the Pennsylvania State Police Vice and Narcotics Unit arrested Henderson following investigation of a incident that occurred in Athens Borough.

    Shannon Kellam, 37, Athens, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor, and Driving under Suspension/DUI related, a summary offense. Kellam will be sentenced on May 28, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Andrew Stevens of the Athens Borough Police Department arrested Kellam for the offense on Nov. 9, 2014.

    Angie Wise, 23, Sayre, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance, a misdemeanor. Wise will be sentenced on May 11, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department.

    Officer Bruce Hoffman of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Wise for the offense in August 2013.

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

    SENTENCED

    Michael Losey, 44, Canton, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 147 days to 12 months, followed by Probation supervision for a term of 12 months, fines of $750.00, and $750.00 Restitution, for the offense of Theft, a misdemeanor of the third degree and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Trooper Robert Edgerton of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Losey following investigation of an incident that occurred in Alba Borough.

    Frank Stout, 48, Rochester, N.Y., was sentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 49 days to six months and fines of $1,100.00, he will also lose his driver's license for 12 months, for the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor and Retail Theft, a summary offense. Officer Thomas VanFleet of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Stout for the offense on July 14, 2014.

    Matthew Jenner, 32, New Albany, Pa., was resentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for five months to 23 months, 29 days, followed by Probation supervision for a term of 24 months, fines, costs, restitution of $1,350.00, for the offense of False Imprisonment, a misdemeanor of the second degree, Simple Assault, misdemeanor of the second degree, Criminal Trespass, a misdemeanor of the third degree and Driving under Suspension, a summary offense. Trooper Michael Moser of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Jenner following investigation of an incident that occurred in New Albany Township.

    Robert Carlton, 33, Athens, Pa., was sentenced to Probation supervision for a term of six months, and fines of $300.00 plus court costs, for the offense of Simple Assault, misdemeanor of the second degree. Officer Travis Snyder of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Carlton for the offense in July 2014.

    Curtis Opdyke, 23, of Canton, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in Bradford County Correctional Facility for four days to six months, fines of $1,000.00, plus court costs, for the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Trooper Robert Richter of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Opdyke following investigation of an incident that occurred in Troy Township.

    Curtis Opdyke, 23, of Canton, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in Bradford County Correctional Facility for 35 days to six months, fines of $750.00, plus court costs, for the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Trooper William McDermott of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Opdyke following investigation of an incident that occurred in Canton Township.

    Curtis Opdyke, 23, of Canton, Pa., was sentenced to Probation supervision for a term of 12 months, fines of $300.00, plus court costs, for the offense of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. Trooper Tyler Brackman of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Opdyke following investigation of an incident that occurred in Springfield Township.

    Kristen Terry, 26, of Canton, Pa., was sentenced to Probation supervision for a term of 12 months, fines of $250.00, restitution of $37.02 and court costs, for the offense of Retail Theft, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Officer Trey Kurtz of the Canton Borough Police Department arrested Terry for the offense in November 2013.

    GUILTY PLEAS

    Shaking Jones, 32, New York, N.Y., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Theft by Deception, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Jones will be sentenced on June 1, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Richard Horton of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Jones for the offense on Dec. 7, 2014.

    Kenneth Shuss, 41, Boothwyn, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance, a misdemeanor and Possession of drug Paraphernalia, also a misdemeanor. Shuss will be sentenced following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Bruce Hoffman of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Shuss for the offense in November 2014 in Sayre Borough.

    Curtis Opdyke, 23, Canton, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor.

    Trooper William McDermott of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Opdyke following investigation of an incident that occurred in Canton Township.

    Michael Losey, 44, Canton, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.

    Losey will be sentenced following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Robert Edgerton of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Losey following investigation of an incident that occurred in Alba Borough.

    Carrie Labarr-McKean, 45, Ulster, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of delivery of a Controlled Substance, a felony.

    Labarr-McKean will be sentenced on May 28, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Agents of the Vice and Narcotics Unit arrested Labarr-McKean following investigation of an incident that occurred in Towanda Borough.

    Jennifer Smith, 37, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance, a misdemeanor.

    Smith will be sentenced on May 28, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer John Hennessy the Towanda Borough Police Department arrested Smith for the offense in December 2013 in Towanda Borough.

    Roni Vanness, 30, Athens, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor and Possession of a Controlled Substance also a misdemeanor. Vanness will be sentenced on June 1, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Nikki Hoffman of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Vanness for the offense in December 2014 in Athens Borough.

    James Taylor, 26, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Retail Theft, a misdemeanor of the second degree.

    Taylor will be sentenced on June 1, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Joshua Fisher of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Taylor following investigation of an incident that occurred in Wysox Township.

    NOLO CONTENDERE

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

    David Kithcart, 22, Lockwood, N.Y., entered a plea of nolo contendere/no contest to Burglary, a felony of the second degree.

    Kithcart will be sentenced on May 28, 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.

    Officer Nathan Ross of the Sayre Borough Police arrested Kithcart for the offense on Jan. 11, 2015.

    CRIMINAL CASE RESOLUTIONS

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

    Magisterial District Court

    Blaine Boyer, 25, Towanda, 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 14 days and court costs. Officer Andrew Stevens of the Athens Borough Police Department arrested Boyer for the offense on March 15, 2015, following investigation of a Possession of drug Paraphernalia that occurred in Athens Borough.

    Kevin Salsman, 54, Sayre, 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 $200.00, and court costs. Officer Andrew Salsman of the Athens Borough Police Department arrested Salsman for the offense on Feb. 16, 2015, following investigation of a Possession of Paraphernalia that occurred in Sayre Borough.

    Samantha Decker, 26, Monroeton, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox to the offense of Theft by Unlawful Taking, a misdemeanor of the third degree and was sentenced to restitution of $139.00, and court costs.

    Trooper Steve Steranski of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Decker for the offense on Oct. 8, 2015, following investigation of a Theft that occurred in West Burlington Township.

    Shane Furman, 26, Wysox, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton to the offense of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor of the third degree and was sentenced to court costs. Deputy Donald Stringham of the Bradford County Sheriff's Office arrested Furman for the offense on Feb. 20, 2015, following investigation of a Possession of Drug Paraphernalia that occurred in Wysox Township.

    Shawn Lewis, 36, Wysox, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark to the offense of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor and was sentenced to a fine of $100.00 and court costs. Agents of the Pennsylvania State Police Vice and Narcotics Unit arrested Lewis for the offense on Aug. 15, 2014, following investigation of a possession of drug paraphernalia that occurred in Towanda Township.

    Aaron Vanderpool, 33, Wysox, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark to the offense of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor and was sentenced to a fine of $100.00, and court costs. Agents of the Pennsylvania State Police Vice and Narcotics Unit arrested Vanderpool for the offense on Aug. 15, 2014, following investigation of a Possession of Paraphernalia that occurred in Towanda Township.


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  • 04/19/15--21:00: COURT NOTES
  • Rose Marie Bodnar, Michael R. Bodnar, James Bodnar, Thomas L. Bodar, Ruth Goral to Carol Sanchez for $98,000; West Hazleton.

    Donna Coslett to Kristin R. Summa for $120,000; Swoyersville.

    Lorraine T. Karchner (co-partner), Harold Karchner (co-partner) and Karchner Realty to Michael J. McLaughlin and Michael H. DeThomas for $252,000; Black Creek Township.

    Olga Abaskalova to Edward Evans and Rose Ann Evans for $182,000; Wilkes-Barre.

    Lorraine Mortimer to Jeffrey Zdancewicz and Nicole Zdancewicz for $148,000; Swoyersville.

    Mark Hallowich (per agent) and Rhonda Hallowich (agent) and Rhonda Hallowich to Steven Young for $163,500; Nescopeck Township.

    James A. Misewich to Michael Daniel Grant and Maureen Grant for $95,000; West Wyoming.

    Herbert J. Wiedlich and Rose A. Yarmel to Brittney Lee Kelly and Nicholas Nathan Kuscavage for $125,000; Kingston.

    Amarpreet Rai vs. Gurpartap Dabhia.

    Ronald German vs. Leslie German.

    Heather Almeida vs. Joey Almeida.

    Patrick Baran vs. Brooke Baran.

    William Mutchler vs. Duane Mutchler.


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  • 04/20/15--21:00: Police Briefs, 4/21/15
  • None injured in Ulster crash

    A driver fell asleep at the wheel on April 14 on U.S. Route 220 in Ulster Township, causing an accident with another vehicle, according to Towanda state police.

    Brad D. Fuller, 23, of Waverly, fell asleep while driving a 1998 Mazda B3000 on Route 220, police said.

    After falling asleep, the vehicle struck a 2009 Volkswagen Passat driven by 50-year-old Robert A. Jones of New Albany on the front passenger side, according to police.

    Neither Fuller or Jones were injured, but Jones was taken to Towanda Memorial Hospital for precautionary measures, police said.

    Police said Huckles Garage towed both vehicles from the scene.

    Fuller was cited for careless driving.

     

    Towanda man charged with harassment

    Towanda state police said Kevin Clifton Sorensen, 50, of Towanda, harassed his neighbor on April 15.

    At about 5 p.m. on said date, police said Sorensen verbally harassed his neighbor while the neighbor was doing yardwork.

     

    Theft from vehicle in Litchfield

    Between 9:30 p.m. April 17 and 1 a.m. April 18, Towanda state police said unknown actor(s) stole money from a glove box in a car on Snow Road in Litchfield.

    According to police, $260 was taken from the glove box.

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

     

    Woman charged with stalking in Sayre

    Sayre Borough Police said Marie Renee Stedge, 19, of Erin, N.Y., was charged with stalking and harassment after several instances of harassment.

    According to police, Stedge was stalking and harassing a woman after a physical altercation between the two that took place several weeks ago.

    Since the altercation, police said Stedge would wait in the parking lot of the victim's workplace, make gestures to the victim, follow the victim, and harass the victim verbally.

    Police spoke with Stedge at her father's residence in Waverly where she denied being in the parking lot of the victim's workplace, but Stedge's brother told police they were in the parking lot of the victim's workplace, police said.

    Stedge has been issued a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on May 26 for her preliminary hearing.

     

    Garbage, coyote carcasses dumped in Sheshequin

    Towanda state police said several bags of garbage and three skinned coyote carcasses were dumped over an embankment in Creed Road in Sheshequin Township on April 18 at about 2:35 p.m.

    Police are asking anyone with information to contact them at (570) 265-2186.

     

    Burglary occurs in Wysox Twp.

    State police said they are investigating a burglary at a residential property on state Route 187 in Wysox Township.

    The property belongs to Raymond E. McGuire, 49, of Wysox, police said.

    Stolen during the burglary were various tools, including wrenches, sockets, impact guns, die grinders and saws, according to the state police.

    The burglary occurred sometime between Feb. 16 and April 18, police said.

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

     

    Burglary occurs in Franklin Twp.

    State police said they investigating a recent burglary that occurred at a property on Mountain Road in Franklin Township.

    The property is owned by Merlin J. Horn of Franklin Township, police said.

    Sometime between April 3 and April 10, someone forced entry to commit the burglary, according to the state police at Towanda.

     

    DUI charges

    The following people were recently charged with driving while under

    the influence in Bradford County:

    Cambria Ashley Durfee, 30, of Athens, by Athens Borough Police, on April 19, on Spruce Street in Athens Borough. Durfee was also charged with disorderly conduct, public drunkenness, and driving without a valid inspection. Durfee was remanded to Bradford County Jail in lieu of $30,000 bail. Durfee will appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on April 28 for her preliminary hearing.


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