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    Crash

    BARRY TOWNSHIP - Police said Tracy A. Snyder, 48, of Pitman, was uninjured after the engine of the 1999 Ford F250 she was driving north on Taylorsville Road, caught fire Tuesday.

    The vehicle was fully engulfed in flames when the Lavelle and Pitman fire companies arrived to extinguish it. It was then towed from the scene.

    Assault, drugs

    MOUNT CARMEL - Carl Luke Fickinger, 41, of 145 S. Maple St., Mount Carmel, was arraigned Wednesday on misdemeanor charges of simple assault, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia and a summary offense of harassment after borough police chief Todd Owens said he struck a woman Wednesday.

    Owens said the victim said Fickinger forced his way into the house by breaking the rear door and fell asleep. When he awoke, he began yelling at the victim and shoving her. He also grabbed and pulled her hair.

    Fickinger ran from the scene after the victim called police and was located by Patrolman Brian Carnuccio of the Mount Carmel Borough police and David Tomtishen of the Mount Carmel Township police near the corner of Fifth and Apple streets. Owens found a piece of foil containing marijuana in Fickinger's possession during a pat-down, and Fickinger admitted he intended to smoke the marijuana after he finished working.

    Fickinger was released on $5,000 unsecured bail.

    Crash update

    DANVILLE - Rosemary Sandoval, 20, of Chestnut Street, Kulpmont, was released from Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, Wednesday.

    Sandoval had been injured when her car went out of control on Snydertown Road, left the road and rolled over Tuesday.


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  • 04/29/15--21:00: Police Briefs, 4/30/15
  • Laceyville man charged with theft, trespassing

    Towanda state police said Kevin Charles Lewis, 33, of Laceyville, was charged with theft by unlawful taking or disposition, receiving stolen property, and criminal trespass after two shooting stands were reported stolen from the Tri County Gun Club in Laceyville.

    According to police, a member of the club saw the stands on an SUV on Feb. 12 at Lockburner scrap yard in Laceyville.

    Police said the scrap yard owner related that Lewis dropped off the stands in exchange for $53.

    Police said after confronting Lewis about the stands, he admitted to taking the stands and selling them for child support money.

    Lewis has been issued a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton on May 19 for his preliminary hearing.

    Charges filed in Panda Power Plant copper theft

    According to Towanda state police, charges were filed against Jesse Warren Gustin, 31, of Sayre, in connection to the theft of 12 feet of copper cable from the Panda Power Plant in Asylum Township on March 27.

    Police said a plant superintendent saw the cable in Gustin's truck bed and later in the truck's cab.

    After interviewing Gustin, police said Gustin told police he took the cable on March 27 and moved it into the cab because he did not want it to look suspicious, police said.

    Police charged Gustin with theft by unlawful taking or disposition and receiving stolen property, according to police.

    Gustin has been issued a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton on May 5 for his preliminary hearing.

    DUI charge

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

    Steven Wayne Johnson, 42, of Wysox, by state police, on March 13, at a Dandy Mini Mart in Rome Borough. Johnson was also charged with careless driving. A chemical blood test later revealed Johnson's blood contained several prescription medications including Diazepam and Oxycodone. Johnson has been issued a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton on May 26 for his preliminary hearing.


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  • 04/30/15--21:00: Police briefs, 5/1/15
  • Moosic man charged with theft, receiving stolen property

    According to Towanda state police, David Dominick Valenti, 62, of Moosic, Pa., was charged with theft by unlawful taking or disposition and receiving stolen property after failing to repay a customer.

    Police said Valenti was contracted by the victim on July 19, 2011 to install a modular home in Wysox Township.

    After the home was unable to be installed due to a zoning conflict, the victim requested his $30,000 be refunded by Valenti and his company, Wyoming Homes Inc., police said.

    The victim told police Valenti provided excuses as to why he was unable to refund the victim, police said.

    Valenti was arraigned April 15 and released on $2,500 unsecured bail.

    Valenti will appear before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton on May 26 for his preliminary hearing.

    Corning man charged after Wysox burglary

    Towanda state police charged James Frank Zuke, 46, of Corning, with Burglary, criminal trespassing, theft by unlawful taking or disposition, receiving stolen property, and disorderly conduct after breaking into Jack Williams garage in Wysox on April 11, state police said.

    According to police, Zuke's vehicle was taken to the garage for work and then held at the garage after Zuke was unable to pay for the maintenance.

    Zuke admitted to entering the garage through a window and to stealing two checks, police said.

    Zuke told police he attempted to locate his vehicle's keys so he could drive it from the garage, police said.

    Zuke was remanded to the Bradford County Jail in lieu of $85,000 bail.

    Zuke will appear before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton on May 5 for his preliminary hearing.

    DUI charge

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

    Samantha Marion Eberlin, 27, of Sayre, by Athens Township Police, on March 28, on Thomas Avenue in Sayre Borough. Eberlin was also charged with driving with a suspended license. A chemical blood test later revealed a form of bath salts called "flakka" and marijuana in her blood. Eberlin has been issued a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton on June 5 for her preliminary hearing.


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    Jewelry, electronics stolen

    RUSH TOWNSHIP - State police at Stonington are investigating a burglary involving the theft of approximately $20,000 in electronics, jewelry and silver coins from the home of Donna Jean Zarski, 54, of 2260 Snydertown Road.

    Police said the burglar entered the residence without force between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

    Anyone with information about the burglary is urged to call state police at 570-286-5601.

    Driver cited

    UPPER AUGUSTA TOWNSHIP - Rosemary R. Sandoval, 20, of Kulpmont, who was released from Geisinger Medical Center in Danville Wednesday after suffering injuries in a one-car accident Tuesday afternoon along Snydertown Road, has been cited by state police at Stonington for failing to drive in a single lane.

    Harassment

    LOWER MAHANOY TOWNSHIP - Scott Eric Snyder, of 285 Lower Road, Shamokin, and a 14-year-old male from Shamokin were cited by state police at Stonington for harassment involving trimming weeds.

    At 5:15 p.m. April 24, police said Snyder approached the teen about trimming weeds on a windy day. Police said Snyder was concerned the clippings from the weeds were blowing into his yard and claimed he was struck in the foot with the trimmer, at which time he kicked the trimmer operated by the juvenile. The trimmer then struck Snyder's legs, police said.

    Burglary

    SHAMOKIN TOWNSHIP - Stephanie Broda, 46, of 482 Dogwood Lane, Shamokin Township, told police someone broke a rear window to gain access to her residence and then stole various pieces of jewelry before fleeing the scene through the front door.

    Police said the burglary occurred between 7:50 a.m. and 5:50 p.m. Tuesday.

    Anyone with information about the burglary should call state police at 570-286-5601.

    Prison officer assaulted

    COAL TOWNSHIP - State police at Stonington reported charges are pending against a 51-year-old inmate at SCI-Coal Township for throwing an unknown liquid at a 50-year-old correctional officer from Danville at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday at the prison.

    Police said the inmate, who is from Erie, threw the liquid at the officer as he was preparing to remove the prisoner from his cell for a shower.

    Neither the inmate nor the officer was identified by police and no other details of the incident were released.

    Retail theft

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Benjamin Riegal, 36, of 409 Market Square, Apt. D9, Pottsville, was charged by Patrolman Edward Purcell with retail theft for allegedly stealing a 32-inch Vizio television valued at $238 from Walmart Supercenter April 19.

    False reports

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Mana A. Hill, 31, of 1647 Tioga St., Coal Township, was charged by Patrolman Edward Purcell with making false reports to law enforcement authorities.

    Police reported Hill called Northumberland County 911 Center at about 2:30 a.m. Monday to report she was assaulted by her girlfriend, Autumn Englehardt, at her residence. Hill later admitted it was a false report and that injuries to her neck and chest area were self-inflicted by scratching. Hill said she made the false report because she wanted to have her girlfriend arrested.

    Downed wires

    FRACKVILLE - No injuries were reported when a Sterling L90 dump truck driven by Jason Sebastian, 26, of Mount Carmel, caught wires on Main Street in Gilberton shortly before noon Friday.

    State police said a utility pole was pulled down and the wires landed on the vehicle traveling behind Sebastian, a 2007 Ford Fusion traveling driven by Marc A. Wislosky, 28, of Frackville.

    PPL and Service Electric cleaned up the wires and pole.

    Drug charges

    KULPMONT - Eugene J. Daya, 62, of 1217 Scott St., Kulpmont, was charged by Patrolman Patrick McAndrew with possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and disorderly conduct involving an incident at 1 p.m. Saturday at his home.

    After receiving a complaint from Daya's neighbors about a strong odor of marijuana coming from Daya's home that affected them and their children, police were given permission by Daya to search his home. Police said Daya, who admitted to smoking marijuana in his residence, was found in possession of a pill bottle containing marijuana and silver and wooden smoking pipes with burnt residue.

    Assault, drug charges

    MOUNT CARMEL - Carl L. Fickinger, 41, of 145 S. Maple St., Mount Carmel, has been charged by Chief of Police Todd Owens with simple assault, possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and harassment.

    According to a criminal complaint, Fickinger is accused of assaulting his live-in girlfriend, Shannon Stevens, kicking in the back door of their residence and being in possession of marijuana and a foil pipe at about 8 a.m. Wednesday.

    Owens said Fickinger fled the home, but was taken into custody a short time later by Mount Carmel Township Patrolmen Brian Carnuccio and David Tomtishen.

    Fickinger was arraigned Wednesday by Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones and committed to prison in lieu of $10,000 cash bail.


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  • 05/01/15--21:00: Court notes 5/2/15
  • Andrea Roberts (executrix) and David J. Roberts (estate) to Jacob Allan Claypoole and Lacey Ann Claypoole for $84,500; Kingston.

    Dolores A. Cusatis and Dolores J. Cusatis (per agent) and Elaine A. Lupco (agent) and Nancy D. Warble (agent) to Ronny Gaurie Rojas for $90,000; Hazleton.

    Richard H. Hutchins to Stephanie N. Bacchus and Leon M. Bailey for $84,000; Wilkes-Barre.

    Zofia Macinowski and Zofia Macinowska to Donna Vojtek for $140,000; Wright Township.

    Joanne Carpenter (executrix) and Joseph F. Pugliese (estate) to Robert Trottini for $267,800; Wyoming.

    Michael D. Fenner and Dorothy B. Fenner to Nicholas Hufford and Jessica Emrick for $199,900; Butler Township.

    Steven M. Weinstein and Bronwen Weinstein to David W. Saba and Brenda K. Saba for $415,000; Kingston Township.

    Patricia Ruger (trustee) and Patricia Ruger Harmsen (trustee) and Henry Scharff Irrevocable Real Estate Trust and Henry Scharff Irrevocable Real Estate Trust to Jeffrey D. Ritzman and Leroy D. Renno and Abe Y. Renno for $225,000; Lake Township.

    Neil A. Craig and Rosalie T. Craig to BAPA USA LLC for $450,000; Hazleton City.

    Loretta Darzinski to Miranda Stucker and Lonny Warner for $95,000; Dorrance Township.

    Albert Urzen and Joseph T. Dunn and Mary Ann Dunn for $185,000; Swoyersville.


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    Garbage violation

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Joshua R. Linn, 21, of 2549 state Route 61, Sunbury, is accused of dumping garbage in March along Bear Valley Road in the township's Second patch. He's charged by Police Chief William J. Carpenter with scattering rubbish.

    Harassment

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Kody Frank, 23, of 1218 Pottsville St., Pottsville, was charged by Detective Jeff Brennan with harassment involving an April 19 disturbance at Shamokin Area Junior-Senior High School.

    Police said Frank was participating in a Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Association tournament when he intentionally punched his opponent, Philip Luciani, 27, in the face after the match.


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  • 05/01/15--21:00: Police Briefs 5/2/2015
  • Pair charged with trespassing

    According to Towanda state police, Matthew Vangorder, 20, and Brittany Michelle Fassett, 22, both of Wyalusing were charged with criminal trespassing and overnight accommodations with no person present after police were notified to their unapproved presence at a Taylor Avenue residence in Wyalusing on April 12.

    Police said upon arriving at the residence, a neighbor related Fassett left the residence but Vangorder was still inside.

    After finding all doors to the residence locked, police were given permission to kick the door in, police said.

    After entering the home, police found Vangorder asleep on the couch and to be in possession of synthetic marijuana, police said.

    Vangorder was also charged with possession of a controlled substance and criminal mischief, police said.

    Police said Fassett was located at her home and was taken into custody.

    Vangorder's formal arraignment is scheduled for May 14.

    Fassett will appear before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton on May 26 for her preliminary hearing.

    Meshoppen man charged with drug possession, public drunkenness

    Richard Michael Harvey, 42, of Meshoppen, Pa., was charged with marijuana possession, paraphernalia possession, disorderly conduct, and public drunkenness by Towanda state police following an April 12 incident, state police said.

    According to police, troopers responded to a call about a disoriented male near the Bradford Towne Center Plaza in Wysox.

    Harvey was in the plaza parking lot where police said he seemed disoriented and had difficulty standing.

    When asked if Harvey had anything on his person, he showed police a packet of Xtreme Aroma Therapy Spice, police said.

    After searching Harvey, police also found a prescription pill bottle containing an unknown white pill and rolling papers.

    Harvey was remanded to the Bradford County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.

    Harvey will appear before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton on May 5 for his preliminary hearing.

    Rape investigation underway

    Towanda state police are investigating multiple instances of sexual assault that took place over several years, state police said.

    According to police, two juvenile victims were sexually assaulted multiple times in Wyalusing Borough.

    Police said the suspect in known to the victims.

    Harding man charged with theft, criminal trespassing

    Towanda state police said Brian Christopher Gashi, 42, of Harding, Pa., was charged with theft from a motor vehicle, criminal trespassing, disorderly conduct, and public drunkenness after police were called to respond to a suspicious person call at Spidle Turbeco in Wysox on April 13.

    Police found Gashi in the parking lot acting maniacally with rapid speech and constricted pupils, police said.

    Gashi told police he lived in Wysox and was looking for his coworker but later said he lived in Harding, Pa. and was working on the power plant in Asylum, police said.

    A Spidle Turbeco employee saw Gashi going through a truck that Gashi told police he arrived in, police said.

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

    Gashi's formal arraignment is scheduled for May 14.

    Radio controlled drone found in Warren Twp.

    Towanda state police found a radio controlled drone on game lands near Arbor Glade Road in Warren Township, according to state police.

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


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    Retail theft

    SELINSGROVE - Jordan Stavely, 24, of Sunbury, and a 14-year-old male from Sunbury were charged by state police at Selinsgrove with retail theft for allegedly stealing vehicle head lamps and cell phone accessories valued at $105.72 from Walmart Wednesday.


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

    Edward Schrader, 65, formerly of Sayre, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in a Pennsylvania State Correctional Facility for 20 months to six years, fines of $1,000, plus court costs, restitution of $750. Schrader was sentenced for two counts of Indecent Assault. Officer Sean Flynn of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Schrader in October. Officer Steven Burlingame of the Sayre Borough Police Department charged Schrader in January 2015. Schrader will receive credit for 119 days of time served.

    Todd Robinson, 54, of Sayre, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in Bradford County Correctional Facility for 45 days flat, 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), fines, costs, restitution of $1,500; he will also lose his driver's license for 18 months, for the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Officer Joshua Serfas of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Robinson for the offense on Aug. 30, 2014.

    Terry Reider, 43, of Towanda, Pa., was sentenced to a term of imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 45 days, to six months, fines, costs, restitution of $750 plus court costs, for the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Trooper William McDermott of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Reider following investigation of an incident that occurred in Monroe Township.

    George Marriott, 33, Rome, Pa., was sentenced to Probation supervision for a term of 12 months, fines of $340 and court costs for the offense of Simple Assault, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Officer Travis Snyder of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Marriott for the offense in September 2014.

    Justin VanBuren, 20, Towanda, Pa., was resentenced to a term of imprisonment in a Pennsylvania State Correctional Facility for four months to 12 months and fines, costs, and restitution of $300 for the offense of Receiving Stolen Property, a misdemeanor of the third degree. Officer Trey Kurtz of the Canton Borough Police Department arrested VanBuren for the offense in April 2014.

    Matthew Perry, 26, Athens, Pa., was sentenced to Probation supervision for a term of 12 months, for the offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance, a misdemeanor. Trooper Robert Hutchison of the Pennsylvania State Police Department arrested Perry following investigation of an incident that occurred in Athens Township.

    John Garino, 23, Gillett, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 72 hours to five months, 29 days, fines, costs of $1,000, for the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Trooper Peter Federici of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Garino following investigation of an incident that occurred in Troy Township.

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

    William Metzar, 46, Horsham, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Unsworn Falsification, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Metzar was sentenced on June 11, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Miranda Musick of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Metzar following investigation of an incident that occurred in Albany Township on April 19, 2014.

    Matthew McClinko, 21, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offenses of two counts of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, one a misdemeanor, the other, a misdemeanor of the first degree. McClinko will be sentenced on May 11, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Troopers Christopher Schelling and Brandon Allis, both of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested McClinko following investigation of an incident that occurred in Athens Township on Aug. 31, 2014 and Dec. 6, 2014.

    Patrick Gallagher, 24, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance, a misdemeanor. Gallagher will be sentenced on June 11, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Robert Hutchison of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Gallagher following investigation of an incident that occurred in Towanda Borough.

    Mark Capwell, 20, Rome, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Capwell will be sentenced following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Andrew Stevens of the Athens Borough Police Department arrested Capwell for the offense in October 2014.

    Timothy Belloma, 28, Elmira, N.Y., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance, a misdemeanor and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia of the second degree. Belloma will be sentenced on June 11, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Bruce Hoffman of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Belloma for the offense in February 2015.

    Christopher Allen, 26, Wellsboro, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance, a felony. Allen will be sentenced on June 11, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Michael Adams of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Allen following investigation of an incident that occurred in Towanda Township.

    James Buskirk, 29, Ulster, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance, a felony. Buskirk will be sentenced on June 11, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Michael Adams of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Allen following investigation of an incident that occurred in Rome Borough.

    Timothy House, 19, Sayre, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. House will be sentenced following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Sergeant James Shaw of the Athens Township Police Department arrested House for the offense on Oct. 9, 2014.

    John Secor, 21, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offenses of two counts of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, one a misdemeanor, the other, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Secor will be sentenced on June 11, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper William McDermott of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Secor following investigation of an incident that occurred in Wysox Township.

    Duane Demellier, 35, Wysox, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Failure to Register, a felony. Demellier will be sentenced following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Miranda Musick of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Demellier following investigation of an incident that occurred in Wysox Township.

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

    Hailey Chacona, 20, Elmira, N.Y., charged with the offense of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, was accepted into the ARD Program and placed on Probation for a term of 12 months. While on probation Chacona will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Officer Andrew Stevens of the Athens Borough Police Department arrested Chacona for the offense in Athens Borough.


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  • 05/02/15--21:00: Police Briefs 5/3/2015
  • One car involved in Stevens Twp. crash

    State police at Towanda said a 1998 Mercury Sable crashed on state Route 706 on April 23 at about 16:26 in Stevens Township.

    According to police, Timothy J. Walsh, 61, of Stevensville, was driving east on Route 706 when he left the roadway after driving too fast.

    The vehicle struck a guide rail, spun, and struck the guide rail a second time, police said.

    Police said Walsh was wearing a seatbelt during the crash and was uninjured.

    The vehicle was towed by Peck's Garage and Leraysville Pike Fire Department and Towanda Memorial assisted with the scene, police said.

    Walsh was cited for driving failure to obey traffic lines.

    Candor, N.Y. woman charged with false identification

    According to Athens Borough Police, Tracy Jean Jordan, 49, of Candor, N.Y., was charged with false identification to law enforcement following an April 23 incident.

    Police said Jordan told police name was "Tracy K. Jordan" several times while police were investigating whether or not Jordan and other passengers in a vehicle with her were under the influence of drugs.

    Jordan then told police her real name and advised them that she may have warrants for her arrest in New York, police said.

    Jordan had several warrants in New York, but police said they were not extraditable.

    Jordan has been issued a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on June 2 for her preliminary hearing.

    Burglary in New Albany Borough

    Between April 24 and April 25, Towanda state police said a burglary occurred on Front Street in New Albany Borough.

    According to police, 34 Zippo lighters and six Bear and Son Cutlerly knives were stolen from the location.

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

    Minor injury in Orwell crash

    State police at Towanda said one person was injured in a single-car crash on Bonin Road in Orwell Township on April 24 at about 10 p.m.

    Police said Christopher Montemurno, 26, of Leraysville, was driving south in a 2003 Honda Pilot on Bonin Road and lost control.

    The vehicle spun and left the road where it struck a tree with the driver's side of the vehicle, police said.

    The vehicle was disabled in the crash and towed by Babcock's Towing, police said.

    On passenger, a 14 year old female from Rome, suffered minor injuries in the crash, police said.

    Montemurno was cited for driving at an unsafe speed and driving without a license.


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  • 05/03/15--21:00: Court notes
  • Betty J. Mokychick and John Mokychick and Robert W. Cyphers and Pamela Cyphers to Raymound H. Litz and Lynn D. Litz for $78,000; Franklin Township.

    Tracey Bozek (executrix) and Lois M. Sterling (estate) and Tracey Bozek and Deborah Zielinski to Shaun Rios and Kelly Rios for $100,000; Fairview Township.

    Edward G. Lemelin and Tammy A. Lemelin to Jose Cintron and Jason Cintron for $109,500; Plymouth Township.


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  • 05/04/15--21:00: Court Notes
  • Season Seferyn (executrix) and David Seferyn (estate) to Robert Hollingshead and Karen Hollingshead for $140,000; Conynham Township.

    Federal National Mortgage Associated (per attorney in fact) and Fannie Mae (per attorney in fact) and Phelan Hallinan LLP (attorney in fact) to Brandon L. Tutko for $84,000; Butler Township.

    Norbert J. Dotzel Jr. and Joanne M. Dotzel to Philip R. Bankes and Linsey Bankes for $80,900; Salem Township.

    Fannie Mae (per attorney in fact) and Federal National Mortgage Association (per attorney in fact) and Phelan Hallinan Diamond and Jones LLP (attorney in fact) to Charles Consagra for $210,000; Yatesville.

    Nicholas Geiser and Autumn Geiser to James Roberts for $115,500; Rice Township.


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  • 05/04/15--21:00: Police Briefs 5/5/2015
  • Waverly woman charged with drug, paraphernalia possession

    Emily Dawn Benjamin, 25, of Waverly, was charged with possession of a controlled substance and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia by Athens Township police on April 23, Athens police said.

    According to police, Benjamin was taken into custody on a warrant when police saw her in the parking lot of the station on Herrick Avenue in Athens.

    Police said upon entering the station, Benjamin put her purse down and in plain view in the purse were a glass pipe, a hypodermic syringe, and a Benzomatic torch.

    Benjamin admitted to police that the items were hers and that she used them to do bath salts, police said.

    Police said Benjamin produced a baggie with a white powder in it that she said was bath salts.

    Benjamin has been issued a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on June 9 for her preliminary hearing.

    Crash reported

    State police at Towanda said a two-vehicle crash occurred at 1 p.m. April 2 on Route 14 in Canton Township.

    Police did not identify the drivers by name in their news release. This information was left blank in the "people involved" section of the news release. No names, ages, or addresses were provided.

    Police would only say that a 2003 Cadillac CTS and 1992 Ford F160 were the vehicles involved in the crash. Police said the driver of the Cadillac was charged with a violation of "duties at stop signs."

    According to police, the Ford was traveling south on Route 14, approaching the intersection with McMurray Road, and the Cadillac was making a left turn from McMurray Road onto Route 14 South and failed to yield to the Ford.

    Police said the Cadillac then struck the Ford in the bed area of the vehicle. After impact, both vehicles continued traveling on Route 14 South before coming to a stop just south of McMurray Road, police said.

    Police said the Cadillac had minor damage to its front end and the Ford had minor damage to its bed.

    The Canton Volunteer Fire Department and Western Alliance assisted at the scene.

    Man charged with harassment

    Patrick Michael Stapleton, 47, of Little Egg Harbor, N.J. has been charged with harassment after repeatedly contacting Katrina Dawn Stapleton, 34, of Laceyville.

    Police said Patrick Stapleton was told to stop contacting Katrina Stapleton, but continued to do so.

    The incident that resulted in charges being filed occurred on April 29, at 8 a.m. at a residence in Tuscarora Township.

    Criminal mischief in Stevens Twp.

    State police in Towanda are currently investigating a report of criminal mischief that occurred on May 1 at 11:53 a.m. on State Route 706 in Stevens Township.

    According to police, an unknown person drove through a yard owned by Patrick Henry Sandor, 52.

    State police said there are no suspects at this time.

    Man injured in Wyalusing Twp. crash

    Russell E. Malina, 49, of Hop Bottom, Pa. was charged with careless driving after he failed to negotiate a left hand curve, travelled off the roadway and into a culvert on April 30.

    Police said Malina was driving a 2014 Kenworth Truck on State Route 706 in Wyalusing Township when the accident occurred.

    Malina was transported to Robert Packer Hospital with moderate injuries, state police said.

    Driver charged in one vehicle accident

    Sara E. Slater, 33, of Towanda suffered minor injuries during a one vehicle crash on April 30 on Route 6 in Wyalusing Township.

    State police said Slater was charged with failing to stay in her lane after the vehicle she was driving, a 2005 Jeep Liberty, veered off the roadway and into a berm.

    Slater was transported via Memorial EMS to Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital, police said.

    Man accused of selling heroin

    A Springville man was cited by state police recently on a charge of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

    According to information filed with Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton, John Matthew Barnes, 36, has also been charged with possession of a controlled substance; and criminal use of a communication facility.

    Barnes is accused of selling heroin to an undercover police informant on July 10, 2014 at the parking lot of the Dandy Mini Mart on U.S. Route 6 in Wyalusing for $320. Barnes has been sent a summons to appear before Judge Wheaton on May 5.

    Truck leaves road

    No injuries were reported when a one-vehicle accident occurred recently on Lake Road in Rome Township.

    According to state police, Mark S. Roy, 56, of Athens was driving a Ford F-150 pickup truck north on Lake Road around 7 p.m. on April 5. Police said Roy lost control of his vehicle, causing it to leave the edge of the roadway. The pickup struck a mailbox and "No Passing" sign before re-entering the roadway, and continuing north from the scene. The pickup eventually stopped at the parking lot of North Rome Christian School, where it was towed from the scene.

    Theft reported

    State police are investigating a theft that occurred recently at the Miller Laundry/Carwash in Dushore.

    According to police, unknown persons used a key to steal money from the soda machine. Police said the incident occurred between 2 p.m. on April 28 and 7:30 a.m. on April 29. Anyone with information about the incident is requested to contact the state police at Laporte at (570) 946-4610.

    Car rolls over

    No injuries were reported when a one-vehicle crash occurred recently on U.S. Route 6 in North Towanda Township.

    State police reported that Thomas R. Heasley, 26, of Towanda, was driving a 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix west on Route 6 around 4:45 p.m. on May 1. Police said Heasley lost control of his vehicle near the intersection of Saco Road, possibly due to steering system failure. The car crossed over the eastbound lane of travel and struck an embankment on the driver's side. The car then continued traveling west, and rolled over before coming to final rest on its roof.

    The Pontiac was towed from the scene by Fulmer's Towing. State police were assisted at the scene by an ambulance from Memorial Hospital, as well as Towanda Township Fire Department and fire police.

    Man hurt in collision

    A man was slightly injured recently in a two-vehicle collision on state Route 414 in Franklin Township.

    According to state police, Vonada W. Ranck, 63, of Watsontown, was driving a 1995 Jeep Cherokee west on Route 414 around 9:20 a.m. on April 28. Traveling in the opposite direction, according to the report, was a 2003 International Harvester 7500 operated by James A. Yoder, 65, of Belleville.

    Police said that as the Cherokee approached the Harvester, it crossed into the eastbound lane of travel, causing it to strike the Harvester on the driver's side fender and door. The Jeep then turned sideways, partially in the east and west bound lanes of travel, rolling over multiple times at the impact before coming to rest on its roof.

    Police said that Ranck was cited for crossing the center lane of traffic. Ranck suffered a minor injury in the crash, but it was not reported if he received medical treatment.


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    Disorderly conduct

    SHAMOKIN - Brenda J. Snyder, 49, of 1123 W. Water St., Coal Township, was cited by Patrolman Scott Weaver for disorderly conduct and public drunkenness relating to a disturbance at 8:35 a.m. Friday at Turkey Hill Minit Market on North Second Street.

    Police said Snyder, who was under the influence of a controlled substance, was "casing" the store for about an hour, spilled a drink and knocked items off a shelf.

    Criminal trespass

    SHAMOKIN - Carl Marchetti, 55, of 453 S. Shamokin St., Shamokin, was cited by Patrolman Mark Costa for criminal trespass and disorderly conduct involving an incident at his neighbor's residence at 3:35 a.m. Saturday.

    Police reported Marchetti went onto the front porch of Mark Wood, 455 S. Shamokin St., shouted obscenities and spit on the front door.

    Public drunkenness

    SHAMOKIN - Raymond K. Eltringham, 33, of 309 S. Fifth St., Shamokin, and Michael Hughes, 34, of 300 S. Maple St., Apt. 1, Mount Carmel, were cited by Patrolman Mark Costa for public drunkenness in connection with an incident at 3:45 a.m. Friday at Willow and Fifth streets.

    Creek channel runner

    SHAMOKIN - Patrolman Mark Costa cited Daniel Martin, 29, of 504 Center St., Tharptown, for public drunkenness after he was found running in a creek channel at Willow and Sixth streets at 4 a.m. Friday.

    DUI

    SHAMOKIN - Brian L. Petrovich, 37, of 34 N. Second St., Shamokin, has been charged by Patrolman Raymond Siko II with two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol relating to an April 11 accident at the intersection of Walnut and Sixth streets near Weis Markets.

    Police said Petrovich had a blood-alcohol content of .214 percent.

    Drug charges

    SHAMOKIN - Charges of possession of spice and possession of drug paraphernalia were filed by Patrolman Scott Weaver against Michael Leiby, 30, of 1333 W. Water St., Coal Township.

    Police reported Leiby was found in possession of spice, cigars and rolling papers Feb. 9 in the rear parking lot of Weis Markets.

    Pizza melee

    SHAMOKIN DAM - Michael Joseph Runko, 28, of Shamokin Dam, is accused of assaulting two people Sunday at the Papa John's on Routes 11/15 while attempting to steal pizza and money from the victims.

    According to police, Runko entered the restaurant in Monroe Township, Snyder County, about 11:45 p.m. and demanded free pizza before running behind the counter and grabbing several pies. He allegedly assaulted an employee, exiting the store and assaulting a second person - demanding money before punching the victim's face. Runko's accused of throwing a brick at someone before fleeing the area.

    State troopers spotted Runko, who reportedly fled on foot. He was found hiding in a bush near Chubb Alley.

    Runko is charged by Trooper Rodney D. Shoeman Jr. with 29 criminal counts including aggravated assault and robbery. He was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge John H. Reed, Selinsgrove, and remanded to Snyder County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail.

    Rash of thefts

    SUNBURY - Sunbury police are investigating two burglaries and five thefts that occurred since April 23.

    A home in the 800 block of North Seventh Street was burglarized between April 23 and 27 when someone cut a window screen and removed a window. Nothing was reported missing. The second reported burglary occurred at a home in the 100 block of South Front Street between 3 and 7 p.m. April 27, with unidentified items reported stolen.

    Between April 23 and 26 the window of a vehicle parked in the 800 block of North Seventh Street was smashed, the door pried and the ignition tampered. The vehicle's radio was stolen. A woman's purse was stolen from the Pennsylvania CareerLink on Market Street between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Money, credit cards and keys were inside the purse.

    Between 9:30 p.m. Saturday and midnight Sunday someone jumped on a vehicle roof on the 500 block of Reagan Street, entered the vehicle and stole unidentified items. Two cement geese were stolen from a front porch on the 500 block of Line Street between 7 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday. A license plate was stolen from a motorcycle Sunday on the 900 block of Susquehanna Avenue.

    Police ask that anyone with surveillance footage or information on suspects or suspicious activity to call the department at 570-286-4587.

    Credit fraud

    SUNBURY - Benjamin Snyder, 29, of Sunbury, reported someone fraudulently used his credit card to charge approximately $1,700 in purchases from Lowe's website on Wednesday. An investigation continues.

    Hit/run

    KULPMONT - State police at Stonington seek information on the vehicle and driver who crashed into the driver side a 2005 Kia Sedona parked on Chestnut Street (Route 61) near 10th Street about 5 p.m. Thursday. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 570-286-5601.

    Car damage

    KULPMONT - A 2005 Pontiac Sunfire owned by Angela M. Hall, of Kulpmont, was damaged while it was parked in the Turkey Hill lot on Chestnut Street between 7 and 11 p.m. Saturday. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 570-286-5601.

    Bike found

    COAL TOWNSHIP - A pink Next bicycle was found in the 1600 block of West Pine Street and turned over to the township police department. The owner can claim it by contacting the department, 570-644-0333.

    Disorderly behavior

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Robert F. Santore, 37, of Ranshaw, is charged by Patrolman Matthew Hashuga with disorderly conduct. Santore allegedly screamed, yelled and pounded on doors at Third and Webster streets, Ranshaw, about 11:35 p.m. Sunday.

    Thefts

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Two people are cited by Patrolman Matthew Hashuga with retail theft in separate incidents at Walmart Supercenter, Route 61.

    Eric Zlotorzynski, 37, of Shamokin, is accused of stealing $67.48 in merchandise about 1:25 p.m. April 22, and Kaitlyn Else, 26, of Trevorton, is accused of stealing $79.68 in merchandise about 5 p.m. March 13. Else also is accused of making a fraudulent return.

    Scattering rubbish

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Wayne Kratzer, 51, of 617 W. Pine St., Shamokin, was charged by Chief of Police William Carpenter with scattering rubbish for allegedly dumping household trash along a mountain road north of Coal Run between March 16 and Monday.

    DUI defendant sentenced

    SUNBURY - Randy Wiest, 48, of Kulpmont, was sentenced Monday by Northumberland County Judge Charles Saylor to six months intermediate punishment with the first 90 days on house arrest for driving under the influence.

    Wiest, who was charged by Shamokin police with DUI relating to an Oct. 27 incident, also was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine plus costs and had his driver's license suspended for 12 months. He is prohibited from attending bars and drinking alcohol.

    Saylor also sentenced Wiest to pay $50 in fines plus costs for summary offenses of failure to drive in a single lane and careless driving.

    2-vehicle crash

    COAL TOWNSHIP - A Pitman man was cited following a two-vehicle crash at the traffic light on Route 61 at Tharptown.

    Coal Township police said Cody Glosek, of 1563 Creek Road, pulled forward in a 1991 Ford pickup truck when the light turned green and drove into the rear of a 2007 Dodge 2500 van that was stopped at the signal. The van was driven by Claude W. Raudenbush, of 194 Badman's Hill Road, Paxinos.

    Neither Glosek nor Raudenbush was injured, police said. A passenger in the van, Sharon Raudenbush, complained of back pain.

    Glosek was cited by Patrolman Christopher Williams with traffic citations, following too closely and tire equipment and traction surfaces.


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  • 05/05/15--21:00: COURT NOTES
  • Patrick V. Perin to Michael Cimorelli and Celeste Cimorelli for $100,000; Foster Township.

    Hazleton Creek Realty LLC and Hazleton Creek Properties LLC for $4,050,000; Hazleton.

    Plains Real Estate Incorporated to Patrice Pergugini-Hosmer and Susan Marie Turner for $121,000; Swoyersville.

    Marlene Koter to Rebecca J. Harowicz for $71,000; Wilkes-Barre.

    John P. Choma and Barbara T. Choma to Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company for $189,900; Fairview Township.

    Anthony G. Persico Jr. and Matilda Jayne Persico to Cindy M. Milan Ortiz for $97,000; Hazleton.

    Rosemary Nasko and Marianne Martens to Joseph Billig for $150,000; Hazle Township.

    Sarah F. Yustat to Thomas J. Ramsey for $122,500; New Columbus.

    Robert J. Zielinski and Lori A. Zielinski to Joseph Klimek and Nancy Klimek for $120,000; Wilkes-Barre.

    Alberto Lozano and Debra Lozano to Rachel Antosh for $134,500; Kingston.

    Donald Robbins (executor) and William S. Robbins (estate) to James C. Rogers III and Barbara L. Rogers for $230,000; Bear Creek Villiage.

    Muriel Decker to Nicholas Romanowski and Rebecca A. Romanowski for $325,000; Hanover Township.


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  • 05/05/15--21:00: Police Briefs 5/6/2015
  • Police looking for information on scattered garbage

    State police in Towanda received a report of scattered rubbish on April 16 at 7:55 p.m. on Weston Road in Monroe Township.

    According to police, the garbage was thrown over an embankment off the side of Weston Road.

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

    Hit and run investigation

    State police are looking for information relating to a hit and run that occurred at 2:56 p.m. in the parking lot of Colonial Towers in North Towanda Township.

    According to police, an unknown person hit a parked and unoccupied vehicle in the parking lot.

    Police said there are no suspects or vehicle descriptions relating to the incident.

    Wysox man charged with DUI

    Charles Michael Howell, 38, of Wysox has been charged with driving under the influence relating to a traffic stop that occurred on April 22 at 11:44 p.m. on State Route 187 less than a mile north of State Route 6 in Wysox Township.

    Police said Howell was stopped for failing to maintain travel within a single lane. During the course of the stop, Howell displayed signs of impairment and intoxication and was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.

    According to police, Howell was then placed into custody for DUI and transported to Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital for blood testing.

    Waverly man charged after 2013 drug deal

    Sayre Borough Police charged Kevin Charles Shipman, 26, of Waverly, with delivery and possession of a controlled substance as well as criminal use of a communication facility after an Oct. 21, 2013 drug deal, Sayre police said.

    According to police, a confidential informant told police they made arrangements to purchase 6 grams of bath salts from Shipman.

    Police said Shipman arranged the sale via cell phone and planned to meet the informant at the Spring Street Dandy Mini Mart in Sayre.

    After the informant met with Shipman, they handed police a cigarette pack containing a plastic bag which contained a white powder, police said.

    Shipman was remanded to Bradford County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.

    Shipman will appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on May 12 for his preliminary hearing.

    Man, woman charged with drug, paraphernalia possession

    Athens Borough Police charged Stephanie Jill Evans, 32, of Athens, and Antoine Jesten Butler, 28, of Waverly, with drug possession and paraphernalia possession on April 24, Athens police said.

    According to police, Evans and Butler were seen sitting in a car with the lights and engine off in the Twin Rivers parking lot on Short Street in Athens at about 11:41 p.m.

    Police approached the car and upon Butler opening the door, a cloud of smoke smelling like burnt marijuana rolled out of the car, police said.

    Evans and Butler admitted to smoking marijuana in the car and told police they used a glass pipe, which they handed over, to smoke it, police said.

    Police said Butler provided them with a baggie containing a green leafy substance.

    Evans and Butler have been issued summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on June 9 for their preliminary hearings.

    Vinyl records stolen in Sheshequin

    Towanda state police said Megan Fairchild, 35, of Towanda, is accused of stealing vinyl records.

    Police said between Sept. 1 and March 30, Fairchild took records from a Wallyworld Lane location in Sheshequin Township without permission from the victim.

    One injured in Rome crash

    A woman was sent to the Robert Packer Hospital after a two-car crash on North Rome Road in April, according to Towanda state police.

    Police said Kelli A. Morningstar, 44, of Athens, was heading north when the 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt she was driving slid and crossed the solid double yellow lines where it struck the 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt that Barbara A. Casselbury, 62, of Athens, was driving.

    Police said the 2008 Cobalt hit the front driver's side of the 2009 Cobalt with its front driver's side corner.

    Furman and Jones towed both vehicles from the scene and Casselbury was taken to Robert Packer Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

    Morningstar was cited for failure to obey traffic lanes.

    Window broken in Ridgebury

    Towanda state police said between April 24 and April 27, an unknown actor or actors broke a window of a cabin on Berwick Turnpike.

    Police said the victim found the cabin's door window smashed out.

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

    Juvenile girl charged with disorderly conduct

    Towanda state police charged a 15-year-old Smithfield Township girl with disorderly conduct, state police said.

    According to police, the teen ran away from her residence on April 26 at about 2 p.m.

    Chickens stolen from Sheshequin pen

    Between 6:30 a.m. April 26 and 8 p.m. April 27, Towanda state police said 10 chickens were stolen from a pen on Dairy Lane in Sheshequin Township.

    Police said the pen was locked and no predator damage was observed on the pen.

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

    Equipment, keys stolen from Sheshequin construction site

    Towanda state police said an unknown actor or actors stole two keys from excavators, a welding helmet, and copper leads from a construction site on state Route 1043 in Sheshequin Township between 8:30 p.m. April 30 and 6:30 a.m. May 1.

    The victims, Dobrinski Brothers Inc. and Sapp Drilling reported the windshield and front passenger side windows of a truck were smashed as well, police said.

    Burglary reported

    State police are investigating a burglary that occurred recently in Sullivan County.

    According to police, the incident occurred between 7 a.m. and noon on April 30 at property on White Deer Lane in Colley Township, owned by Peter John Zarelli of West Chester, Pa. Police said the perpetrators gained access to the property by forcefully smashing a lock open.

    Anyone with information about the incident is requested to contact the state police at (570) 946-4610.

    Two injured in crash

    Two people were injured recently during a two-vehicle crash that occurred recently on U.S. Route 220 in North Towanda Township.

    According to state police, Paul S. Sweitzer, 65, of Towanda, was driving a 2006 Chevrolet Impala north on 220 around 3:35 p.m. on April 30. Traveling in front of the Sweitzer vehicle in the same direction was a 2012 Ford Edge operated by Paula L. Whitney, 48, of Athens.

    Police said the Edge began to slow down as the vehicle in front of it began to make a left turn. In the process, police said, Sweitzer could not stop his vehicle in time, causing the front of the Impala to strike the rear of the Edge. Both vehicles came to rest in the northbound lane of travel.

    Sweitzer suffered minor injuries from the crash, while Whitney suffered moderate injuries, but it was not reported if they required medical assistance. Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts when the collision occurred. Police said Sweitzer will be cited for operating a vehicle at an unsafe speed.

    Two accused of harassment

    Two people were cited for harassment by the state police recently, following an incident in Wysox Township.

    According to police, Cory Lee Bride, 28, of Towanda, and Madison Rogers, 20, of Towanda, were charged with the above offense on April 30. The two are accused of verbally harassing each other on Leisure Drive.

    Store cited for false alarms

    The AT&T store at the Bradford Towne Center in Wysox Township was recently cited by the state police for false alarms.

    According to police, a false alarm was reported at the store on May 1, around 12:30 a.m. Police said this is the fourth false alarm reported on the premises within a 12-month period. The store was charged with control of alarm devices and automatic dialing devices.

    Catalytic convertors stolen

    State police are investigating the theft of two catalytic convertors from vehicles that occurred recently in Wysox Township.

    According to police, the incident occurred between 4:30 p.m. on April 28 and 7 a.m. on April 29. Police said the thieves cut and removed the catalytic convertors from vehicles owned by Midwest Hose and Specialty, and Aaron M. Horner of Sayre as they were parked on Wickwire Lane. Anyone with information about the incident is requested to contact the state police at (570) 265-2186.

    Break-in attempted

    An attempted burglary was reported recently at the Endless Mountains Vet Center in Dushore.

    According to state police, the incident occurred between 9 p.m. on April 24 to 8 a.m. on April 28. Police said the perpetrators attempted to gain entry to the building by forcing the back door with a pry bar, but were unsuccessful.

    Anyone with information about the incident is requested to contact the state police at Laporte, referring to incident number P02-0809633.

    Two charged with criminal mischief

    Two out-of-state men accused of causing extensive damage to a room at the Bradford County B&B Inn have each been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark.

    According to information filed in Clark's office, Joshua L. Hussey, 27, of Mexico, Maine, and Jeremy J. Brooks, age unknown, of Buckfield, Maine, have each been charged by Towanda police with criminal mischief. The two men have been accused of doing extensive damage to a room they occupied at the Bradford County B&B Inn on March 31. Among the damage reported by the manager included a mattress that was urinated on, garbage strewn about the room, a rug with a large stain on it, and a refrigerator left open. Cost to repair the damage was estimated at $1,433.

    Police reported contacting the two men, who indicated they would make restitution. However, no restitution was received as of April 7, according to the report, and the charge was later filed against the two men.

    Both men are scheduled to appear before Judge Clark for their preliminary hearings on June 3.

    Woman charged with harassment

    A Towanda woman has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark to answer a charge of harassment by communication.

    According to information filed in Clark's office, Melanie McGuire, 41, has also been charged by Towanda police with harassment by communication for using threatening language.

    McGuire is accused of sending multiple text messages - some containing threatening language - to her ex-boyfriend, despite being instructed several times to stop doing so. After reviewing information provided by the ex-boyfriend, police determined that McGuire had called him 82 times over an eight-hour period on April 13. Some included text messages stating: "If u with someone else I'll kill you (expletive deleted)" and "After I run you over."

    McGuire is scheduled to appear before Judge Clark on June 3.

    Rubbish scattering

    State police are looking for the persons who recently discarded two damaged televisions on Old Plank Road in Towanda Township.

    Police said the incident occurred around 4:31 p.m. on April 15. Anyone with information about the incident is requested to contact the state police at (570) 265-2186.

    Hit-and-run reported

    A man accused of leaving the scene of an accident without reporting to the authorities has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark to answer a charge of accident involving damage to an attendant vehicle.

    According to information filed at Clark's office, David Burdick, 32, has also been charged by Towanda police with abandonment of a vehicle; reckless driving; and careless driving.

    Burdick was charged following a hit-and-run accident that occurred around 1:25 a.m. on March 28 at 616 Main St. Police said they spoke to the owner of the vehicle that had been struck. Two days later, Burdick contacted the investigating officers, admitting that he had been driving in the area when the accident occurred, but had not realized he had struck another vehicle at the time.

    Burdick is scheduled to appear before Judge Clark on May 29.

    Canoe located

    State police at Laporte have reported recovering a fiberglass canoe from a property in Cherry Township, Sullivan County.

    Police said the canoe was recovered on April 15, and may have possibly come from the Lake Mokama area of Sullivan County. Anyone wishing to claim ownership of the canoe may or anyone that has information about it may contact the state police at (570) 946-4610.


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    Property violation

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Donald C. Kuntz, of 45 W. Fifth St., Mount Carmel, is accused of ordinance violations at his property at 1405 W. Walnut St. The home has a "severe mold problem" and a leaking roof is causing damage to an adjoined property, according to Chris Petrovich, township code officer. Kuntz is cited with hazardous/unsanitary premises and faulty weather protection.

    Harassment

    MOUNT CARMEL - Leroy C. Dunkle, 30, and Rose M. Dunkle, 33, both of 311 W. Fig St., Mount Carmel, are cited by Patrolman William Adamski with harassment for a physical altercation at 5:45 p.m. April 6.

    Scattering rubbist

    MOUNT CARMEL - Three people are cited by borough police with scattering rubbish for allegedly tossing trash into someone else's Dumpsters.

    Susan M. Medved, 45, of Mexico Street, Altmar, N.Y., is cited by Patrolman Matthew Dillman for an incident March 17 at the Flying Tortilla restaurant. Cathy M. Alexander, 35, of 439 E. Seventh St., Mount Carmel, is cited by Cpl. David Donkochik for an incident April 6. Damion Emburg, 18, of 40 S. Vine St., Mount Carmel, is cited by Donkochik for an incident April 17 in the 100 block of North Walnut Street.

    Harassment

    MOUNT CARMEL - Jason Dillow, 31, of 434 N. Walnut St., Mount Carmel, is cited by Patrolman Matthew Dillman with harassment for allegedly pushing a woman and shoving her to the ground at 5 p.m. April 23 in the 200 block of West Sixth Street.

    Drunk in public

    MOUNT CARMEL - Andrew McCormick, 26, of Barton Ferry Road, West Point, Miss., is cited by Patrolman Matthew Dillman with public drunkenness for an incident at 3:30 a.m. April 4 in the 00 block of North Oak Street.

    Disorderly conduct

    MOUNT CARMEL - Russel J. Brocious, 35, of 10 S. Market St., Mount Carmel, is cited by Lt. Christopher Buhay with disorderly conduct for allegedly creating a disturbance at 12:30 a.m. April 8 in the 00 block of East Fifth Street.

    Harassment

    MOUNT CARMEL - Robert Andruscavage, 73, of 27 S. Locust St., Mount Carmel, is cited by Patrolman William Adamski with harassment. He's accused of yelling and spitting on someone walking in the area of Fourth and Locust streets at 2:45 p.m. April 6.

    Underage drinking

    MOUNT CARMEL - A 15-year-old Center Valley boy and two Mount Carmel girls, 13 and 15 years old, are cited by Patrolman Matthew Dillman with underage drinking for a disturbance at 9:20 p.m. April 21 in the 00 block of North Vine Street.


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  • 05/06/15--21:00: Court notes 5/7/15
  • Martin Friedman vs. Gloria Friedman.

    Allan Barber vs. Ellen Barber.

    Charles Kauffman vs. Gail Kauffman.

    Dominic Yannuzzi III vs. Lyndall Stout.

    Joseph Mautz vs. Radune Mautz.

    Brenda Eaton vs. George Shadie.

    Lisa Podlesny vs. Richard Podlesny.

    Deana Pickett vs. Paul Pickett.

    Jaitza Melendez vs. Miguel Torres Rivera.

    Roberta Zink vs. David Zink.

    Thomas Butch vs. Susan Butch.

    Michelle Jancouskas vs. Mark Jancouskas.

    Roy Brown vs. Donna Brown.

    Lucinda Simms vs. George Simms.

    Mary Oscielowski vs. Eugene Oscielowski.

    Lenore Stefanski vs. Joseph Stefanski.

    Steve Steransky vs. Tyler Ryan.

    Matthew Deremer vs. Billie Deremer

    Deborah Vazquez vs. Darison Gonzalez Arman.

    Gabrielle Erbacher vs. Fred Erbacher.

    Jessica Barrouk vs. Gregory Barrouk.

    Dan Luther vs. Natalya Luther.

    Property transactions

    Cassandra M. Hancharick and Cassandra M. Genetti to Jack Buck and Anna Miller for $193,000; Butler Township.

    Adele Ann Tavella to Crystal L. Kane for $115,000; Pittston.

    Kevin J. Keyes, Donna M. Keyes, Kimberly Krushnowski and Stephen Krushnowski to Jill Buceta for $129,000; Plains Township.

    Adrian Secheresiu and Emilia Secheresiu to Eugenio Sosa for $106,382; Hazleton.

    Richard J. Pace and Brandi L. Pace to Joseph Wood for $269,000; Dennison Township.

    Sandra A. Jesse, Sandra A. Ross and David Ross to Dane Doornbos and Jessica Doornbos for $170,000; Dallas.

    Donna Baird (co-executor), Debbie Chase (co-executor) and Joann R. Biros (estate) to Carol Amos for $83,000; Wilkes-Barre.

    Atlantic Funding LLC to Alexander Rivera for $115,000; Butler Township.


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  • 05/06/15--21:00: Police Briefs 5/7/2015
  • Burglary occurs at Towanda sewage treatment plant

    A burglary occurred recently at the Towanda Municipal Authority's sewage treatment plant in Towanda Borough, police said.

    On April 30, someone entered the plant and stole items from inside, the Towanda police said.

    Anyone with information about this incident can contact the Towanda Borough Police Department at (570) 265-2522.

    Apartment burglarized in Towanda

    On April 28, a burglary occurred at an apartment at 616 Main St., Towanda, police said.

    Items were stolen from the apartment, Towanda police said.

    Anyone with information about this incident can contact the Towanda Borough Police Department at (570) 265-2522.

    Sayre woman charged with disorderly conduct

    Athens Township Police charged Kristi Jo Comstock, 25, of Sayre, with disorderly conduct after a domestic disturbance on May 3, Athens police said.

    According to police, Comstock and her boyfriend began arguing at about 12:54 a.m. at their Desisti Lane residence.

    The boyfriend was leaving the residence to take some children home when Comstock threw a TV at the boyfriend and missed, police said.

    Comstock locked the boyfriend out of the trailer and refused to let him in, police said.

    Police said Comstock admitted she was intoxicated, argued with her boyfriend, locked him out and threw the TV at him.

    Police said no one was injured in the incident.

    Comstock has been issued a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on June 9 for her preliminary hearing.

    DUI charges

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

    Brandon Michael Scott, 21, of Las Vegas, Nev. Scott was also charged by state police with disorderly conduct; driving on the wrong side of the road; depositing waste or other materials on a highway; and careless driving. Scott was arrested around 2:38 a.m. on April 25, following a traffic stop on U.S. Route 6 in Wysox Township. After being taken into custody, Scott refused to submit to a blood test, and also refused to be fingerprinted and processed. While at the station, Scott became verbally combative with one of the officers. Scott was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton, who ordered the defendant incarcerated in lieu of $20,000 bail. His preliminary hearing has been scheduled for May 5.

    James R. McKean, 29, of Towanda, has also been charged by borough police with operating a vehicle while his driver's license was suspended or revoked for a (previous) DUI-related offense; careless driving; and general lighting requirements on a vehicle. McKean was charged following a traffic stop around 8:15 p.m. on Main Street in Towanda. After his arrest, McKean was transported to Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital, where he agreed to submit to a blood test. The test eventually revealed that McKean's blood alcohol content was .153 percent on the day of his arrest. McKean has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark on June 5.

    Robert Chase Abrams, 21, of Monroeton, has also been charged by Towanda police with careless driving; and driving a vehicle at night without activating the headlights.

    Abrams was arrested around 11:30 p.m. on March 31 following a traffic stop on River Road. After being taken into custody, Abrams was transported to Memorial Hospital where he agreed to submit to a blood test. The test eventually revealed that Abrams' blood alcohol content was .163 percent on the day of his arrest. Abrams has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark on May 22.

    Jonathan Roy Hutchins, 20, of Waverly, N.Y., has also been charged with underage drinking; crossing the center line of traffic; and careless driving. Hutchins was charged by state police who responded to a one-vehicle crash around 9:12 p.m. on April 1 on Sheshequin Road in Sheshequin Township. After being taken into custody, Hutchins was transported to Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital in Towanda, where he agreed to submit to a blood test. The test eventually revealed that Hutchins' blood alcohol content was .141 percent on the day of his arrest. Hutchins has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark on May 22.

    Jon Raymond Watkins, 30, of Sayre, has also been charged by state police with crossing the center line of traffic; and careless driving. Watkins was charged following a traffic stop around 1:59 a.m. on April 3 on U.S. Route 220 just north of the Bradford County Humane Society. After being taken into custody, Watkins was transported to Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital in Towanda where he agreed to submit to a blood test. The test eventually revealed that Watkins' blood alcohol content was .139 percent on the day of his arrest. Watkins has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark on June 5.

    Jerry R. Cook-Bockus, 52, of Kingsley, has also been charged with careless driving. Cook-Bockus was charged by Towanda police around 12:24 a.m. on April 6, following a traffic stop on the Merrill Parkway. Cook-Bockus was taken into custody and transported to Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital, where she agreed to submit to a blood test. The test eventually revealed the presence of Butalbitl and Phenobarbital in Cook-Bockus' blood stream, above the legal limit. Cook-Bockus has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark on June 5.

    Peter Blaine Boyer, no age provided, of Mildred, was charged by state police at Laporte around 10:38 p.m. on April 4 on state Route 487 in Cherry Township.

    Timothy Paul Boyer, no age provided, of Mildred, was charged by state police at Laporte around 11:44 p.m. on April 4, following a traffic stop conducted on state Route 487 in Cherry Township.

    Charles Michael Howell, 38, of Wysox has also been charged by state police with possession of drug paraphernalia; failure to wear his seatbelt; and crossing the center line of traffic. Howell was charged following a traffic stop conducted around 11:44 p.m. on April 22 on U.S. Route 187 in Wysox Township. After being taken into custody, Howell informed the arresting officer several times that he would not consent to a blood test. Howell has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton on May 19.

    Christopher Scott Cassellbury, 23, of Towanda, has also been charged by borough police with careless driving; driving on the wrong side of the road; possession of drug paraphernalia; and possession of a counterfeit substance without a prescription. Cassellbury was arrested following a traffic stop around 8:15 p.m. on March 30 on South Main Street in Towanda. After being taken into custody, Cassellbury was transported to Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital in Towanda, where he agreed to submit to a blood test. The test eventually revealed five different positive findings for illegal drugs in Cassellbury's blood on the day of his arrest. Although the drugs were not identified, according to the report, Cassellbury did admit to the investigating officer that he had smoked marijuana about 30 minutes before his arrest. In addition, police found Cassellbury to be in possession of Klonopin, a controlled substance for which he did not possess a prescription, as required by law. Cassellbury has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark on June 5.

    Dennis Zellner, 32, of Towanda, has also been charged by borough police with operating a vehicle while his license was suspended or revoked; careless driving; and accidents involving damage to unattended vehicle or property. Zellner was charged around 7:30 p.m. on April 8, following an incident at 113 Bridge St. After being taken into custody, Zellner refused to submit to a blood test. Zellner has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark on June 5.

    Cynthia Lynn Webster, 43, of Sayre, by Athens Borough Police, on April 26, on North Elmira Street in Athens Borough. Webster has also been charged with driving with a DUI-related suspended license and failure to obey posted speeds. Webster later refused to submit to a blood test to determine her blood alcohol content. Webster has been issued a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark on June 5 for her preliminary hearing.


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    Vehicle theft

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Coal Township police are investigating the theft of a tan 1995 Jeep Cherokee from the 1400 block of West Holly Street.

    Police say the theft occurred sometime between Friday and Saturday. The Jeep has damage to the right front fender. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 570-644-0333.

    Retail theft

    SHAMOKIN - Edward Balch, 19, of 219 S. Maple St., Mount Carmel, was cited by Cpl. Jarrod Scandle for retail theft for allegedly stealing a $3 pack of Slim Jims from the Dollar General, 30 E. Independence St., at 8 p.m. April 12.

    Criminal mischief

    SHAMOKIN - Cpl. Jarrod Scandle cited Melissa Ann Barker, 29, of 1333 W. Walnut St., Coal Township, for criminal mischief for smashing a window pane on the kitchen door at the residence of Nancy Miller, 319 E. Dewart St., Apt. 2, at 6:37 p.m. April 26.

    Guilty pleas

    SHAMOKIN - Ian M. Hancock, 19, and Mark D. Melnick, 27, both of 218 W. Independence St., Shamokin, pleaded guilty Tuesday to possession of drug paraphernalia and were each ordered by Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III to pay a $300 fine plus costs and placed on supervised probation for one year.

    An additional charge of possession of spice was withdrawn against both defendants.

    Hancock and Melnick were charged by Coal Township Detective Jeff Brennan in connection with a Sept. 29 incident in the 1000 block of West Mulberry Street.

    Spits at officer

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Derek Clifton, 26, an inmate at SCI-Coal Township, has been charged by Trooper Kevin Kearney of state police at Stonington with aggravated harassment by a prisoner for spitting in the face of Sgt. Thomas Erdly while being informed of moving to a different cell at the prison March 23.

    DUI

    SHAMOKIN - Jonathan M. Dupnock, 24, of 2315 Captain Bloom Road, Sunbury, has been charged by Trooper Nicholas Berger of state police at Stonington with two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol, failing to report a change of address within 15 days, careless driving, a lighting violation and failing to wear a seat belt.

    Police said the charges relate to an April 12 vehicle stop at Turkey Hill Minit Market on North Second Street in Shamokin.

    Police reported Dupnock had a blood-alcohol content of .170 percent.

    Theft charges

    SHAMOKIN TOWNSHIP - Charges of theft, receiving stolen property and criminal trespass were filed by Trooper James Nestico of state police at Stonington against Casey D. Raab, 25, of 112 Short St., Ranshaw.

    Police reported Raab is accused of stealing four Alcoa 24.5 aluminum truck wheels belonging to Jim Bressi from 1391 Old Reading Road, Shamokin Township.

    Police said the theft occurred between March 13 and March 16.

    The wheels have a scrap value of $120, police said.

    Criminal mischief

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Rachelle Lynn Maclaren, 19, of 838 W. Shamokin St., Trevorton, was charged by Patrolman Jason Adams with criminal mischief for allegedly kicking the front driver's side bumper of a car owned by Joseph Drost, causing $746.82 in damage.

    Police said the incident occurred at 25 Eagle Ave. April 27.

    Drug charges filed

    SHAMOKIN - City police charged Clyde Metzger, 57, of 137 S. Sixth St., Shamokin, with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia following a investigation into a drug purchase on March 24 on East Spurzheim Street.

    According to court documents filed by Shamokin Police Patrolman Ray Siko II, Metzger was found with another individual during a controlled drug buy with a confidential informant. A search of Metzger's person found a plastic baggy with seven alprazolam tablets for which he did not have a prescription.

    The charges were filed with Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III, of Shamokin, and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 9.

    DUI of drugs

    SHAMOKIN - Charles C. Brunson Jr., 28, of 14 S. Market St., Shamokin, was charged with misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of drugs, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia and summary offenses of unauthorized transfer of registration, operating a vehicle without financial responsibility and driving without a license following the investigation into a March 22 incident at Second and Pine streets.

    After being found slumped over the wheel of his vehicle by pedestrians, Brunson allegedly drove away, striking two vehicles. Police found an uncapped syringe filled with a clear liquid inside Brunson's vehicle along with 42 white pills in a pill bottle later determined to be Tramadol, police said.

    Blood testing showed that Brunson was allegedly under the influence of fentanl and norfentanyl at the time of the incident.

    The charges were filed with Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III, of Shamokin, with a preliminary hearing scheduled for June 9.

    Drug charges

    SHAMOKIN - Patrolman Raymond Siko II has charged Blaine M. Hoover IV, 25, of 1400 W. State St., Coal Township, with drug-related offenses following a May 1 disturbance at Turkey Hill Minit Market on North Second Street.

    Hoover is charged with possession of suboxone, possession of drug paraphernalia and disorderly conduct.

    DUI

    MOUNT CARMEL TOWNSHIP - Patrolman Kelly Campbell has charged Jordan M. Politza, 25, of 545 E. Second St., Mount Carmel, with two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol, failure to drive in a single lane and restriction on alcoholic beverages.

    Police said Politza, who had a blood-alcohol content of .274 percent, was charged in connection with an April 12 vehicle stop in the parking lot at Turkey Hill Minit Market in Strong.

    Guilty pleas

    MOUNT CARMEL - Two defendants pleaded guilty to charges Wednesday before Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones.

    Danielle Marie Lawler, 22, of 125 Oak Lane, Shady Acres, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and public drunkenness and was fined $500 plus costs. Additional charges of resisting arrest and simple assault were withdrawn.

    Lawler was charged by Mount Carmel Patrolman Kevin Katch in connection with a March 28 disturbance at North Oak and West Fourth streets.

    Michael John Conches, 42, of 125 E. Avenue, Mount Carmel, pleaded guilty to theft and was ordered to pay a $500 fine plus costs. An additional charge of receiving stolen property was withdrawn.

    Conches was charged by Mount Carmel Lt. Christopher Buhay with stealing an envelope containing a $40 check for garbage collection from the mailbox of Leslie Mattucci, 407 W. Fourth St., on March 6.

    Bad check

    RALPHO TOWNSHIP - Cpl. Bryon Chowka has charged Tyler A. Heitzman, 30, of 680 Hebe Bypass Road, Herndon, with issuing a bad check in the amount of $344.85 to Miller's Gas & Oil on Route 61 in Weigh Scales Jan. 29.

    DUI offenses

    MOUNT CARMEL TOWNSHIP - Kelly A. Ozlanski, 41, of 963 Scott St., Kulpmont, was charged by Patrolman Kelly Campbell with two counts of driving under the influence of a controlled substance, failure to drive in a single lane and careless driving relating to a March 31 one-vehicle accident on Brennan's Farm Road near St. Mary's Cemetery.

    Police said Ozlanski had Lorazepam and Benadryl in her blood system.

    DUI on bicycle

    MOUNT CARMEL TOWNSHIP - Nicholas Christian Elliott, 21, of 1240 Poplar St., Kulpmont, was charged by Patrolman Kelly Campbell with driving under the influence of marijuana, possession of marijuana, driving without a license, possession of drug paraphernalia and operating a bicycle at night without lights involving a March 21 incident between Brennan's Farm Road and Route 54.


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