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    Conditions updated

    DANVILLE - The condition of Sunbury resident Benjamin Herrold, who suffered serious injuries to his liver in a stabbing early Sunday outside a city tavern, has been upgraded from critical to serious, according to a spokeswoman at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

    The condition of Herrold's friend, James Herb, who also was allegedly stabbed by Tyrone W. Lee, 27, of Plymouth, remained fair as of Thursday afternoon.

    Sunbury police have not determined what triggered Lee to allegedly stab Herrold and Herb outside the FuBar, 13 N. Third St., shortly after 2 a.m. Lee had complied with a request by a bouncer to leave the tavern earlier in the evening because of his behavior and was given his knife back upon exiting the establishment located just off Market Street near Danley's Hotel and Bar by the railroad tracks.

    Lee was taken into custody by police shortly after stabbing Herrold and Herb in the abdomen.

    Herrold suffered a critical injury to his liver, while Herb was stabbed five times, causing injuries to his liver and abdomen, and cuts on his chest and right arm.

    Police said Lee claimed he was attacked by two white males outside the bar and did not elaborate further.

    Lee is scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 9 a.m. Tuesday before Magisterial District Judge Benjamin Apfelbaum on two counts of attempted criminal homicide and related offenses.

    Motorcyclist charged

    RIVERSIDE - A 23-year-old Danville motorcyclist was charged by Patrolman Timothy Kiefaber with multiple offenses including resisting arrest involving a vehicle stop at D&H Avenue and Route 54 at 9:45 p.m. Saturday.

    Blaine John Hartman, of 305 Third St., faces charges of resisting arrest, two counts of disorderly conduct, driving under suspension, operating a motorcycle without proper headgear and eye protection, operating a motorcycle without the proper license and operating a motorcycle without proper inspection.

    After being pulled over by Kiefaber, Hartman jumped off his motorcycle, which fell onto its side, and came toward the officer while yelling to him not to run his information on the computer. Kiefaber said Hartman refused several commands to stand back and had to be taken to the ground before being placed in custody.

    Guilty plea

    MOUNT CARMEL - Carl L. Fickinger, 41, of 145 S. Maple St., Mount Carmel, pleaded guilty Wednesday to possession of drug paraphernalia and was ordered by Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones to pay a $500 fine plus costs and placed on supervised probation for three months.

    Additional charges of simple assault, possession of a small amount of marijuana and harassment were withdrawn.

    Fickinger was charged by Police Chief Todd Owens with assaulting his live-in girlfriend, Shannon Stevens, and being in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia at their residence April 29.

    Burglary charges

    MOUNT CARMEL - Lt. Christopher Buhay has charged Michael McGinley, 28, of Mount Carmel, with two counts of criminal conspiracy, burglary, criminal trespass, theft, receiving stolen property and loitering and prowling at night relating to a Sept. 12 theft of a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu owned by Kyle Patrick, 113 N. Locust St.

    A co-defendant, Edward Joseph Kleman, 28, of Mount Carmel, was previously charged by Buhay with the same offenses.

    McGinley also was charged by Patrolman Jason Drumheller with loitering and prowling at night involving a Sept. 9 incident in the 200 block of South Peach Street.

    McGinley was arraigned on the charges Wednesday by Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones and committed to Northumberland County Prison at SCI-Coal Township in lieu of $51,000 bail.

    DUI

    MOUNT CARMEL TOWNSHIP - Patrolman Keith Tamborelli has charged Gina M. Mays, 45, of 113 N. White St., Shenandoah, with driving under the influence of alcohol, limitations on driving on the left side of the road and turning and stop sign violations.

    The charges relate to a March 27 incident at the intersection of Mid-Valley Highway (Route 2032) and North Vine Street.

    Police reported Mays had a blood-alcohol content of .274 percent.

    Robbery, hindering apprehension

    MOUNT CARMEL - Patrolman Matthew Dillman has charged Anamarie Soto, 25, of 24 E. Second St., Mount Carmel, with three counts of hindering apprehension and one count of resisting arrest.

    Police said Soto lied to officers Tuesday about not knowing the whereabouts of her husband, Keith L. Berry, 23, who was wanted on felonies of robbery and aggravated assault. Police said Soto and Berry were located in an apartment at 50 N. Maple St. at about 8:15 p.m. Tuesday after officers received information that Berry was hiding there. Police reported Soto offered resistance as they attempted to take her into custody.

    She was released on $25,000 bail at her arraignment before Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones.

    Berry was charged by Dillman with two counts of robbery and simple assault and one count each of aggravated assault, theft and receiving stolen property involving a disturbance at 24 E. Second St. at 1:41 p.m. Tuesday.

    Police said Berry is accused of striking Mary McGinley, of 131 W. Third St., Mount Carmel, in the face as she attempted to separate Berry and Soto from fighting. McGinley told police Berry wouldn't allow her to leave the residence and wrestled her cell phone from her so she couldn't call police for assistance.

    Police said McGinley suffered injuries to her nose and face that required medical treatment at Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital.

    Berry was committed by Jones to Northumberland County Prison at SCI-Coal Township in lieu of $75,000 cash bail.


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    SELINSGROVE - The Courtyard Theater will present "You Can't Take It With You" beginning today in its theater at the Susquehanna Valley Mall.

    "You Can't Take It With You" is the uproarious Pulitzer-Prize winning story of a crazy New York family whose daughter and her boyfriend bring his rich, strait-laced parents to dinner on the wrong night. The fireworks are in the basement, and, all in all, there's a heck of an explosion.

    "In the middle of the night it goes BOOM!" laughs Bob Taylor, the Courtyard Theater's artistic director.

    The extensively renovated theater, now in its second season inside the mall next to the former J. C. Penney store, has brought on stage a cast of 12 actors and seven actresses - only one fewer than the cast that ran through Feb. 22 on Broadway.

    "I was really happy when we cast this show," Taylor says. "It's great to be able to get 19 talented people for a comedy like this."

    Among the players in this absolute carnival of revolving doors will be Leon Broskey of Elysburg and Dylan Taylor of Coal Township.

    Taylor, whose life on the stage has covered more than 40 years, plays Grandpa Vanderhof, the show's eccentric paterfamilias, a role originally created by Lionel Barrymore and played on Broadway over the past winter by James Earl Jones.

    The play will run over two weekends, this weekend, and the following weekend - May 15, 16 and 17 - with evening shows at 7 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 ($16 for credit card sales) and can be bought by phone afternoons and evenings by calling 570-374-0060 or online at www.thecourtyardtheater.net.

    Renovations to the theater have brought the stage four feet closer to the audience, creating more room for the realistic and imaginative sets Taylor wants.

    This season the theater has devised a special new eight-part savings ticket that theatergoers can use in a variety of ways. "Use the ticket for eight shows or, for example, bring two or three friends to 'You Can't Take It With You.' We punch the ticket four times and the buyer still has admission to our other shows or can use it to bring guests until the eight punch-holes are filled," says Taylor. The season ticket costs $99, a savings of 20 per cent. Or theatergoers can buy a half-year ticket for $50.

    Taylor also has created a sponsorship program to help offset the cost of the theatrical licenses necessary to stage big shows like 'You Can't Take It With You.' Sponsors get prominent advertising on the inside cover of the colorful program for the play they sponsor, plus a full-page ad in the programs for every show throughout the year. "We charged $200 last season for a full-page ad," Taylor points out, "so sponsors are saving a lot of money."


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  • 05/08/15--21:00: Court notes
  • Brian Stackhouse vs. Breanne Stackhouse.

    John Terrana vs. Antoinette Terrana.

    Ann Marie Lavelle vs. Philip Lavelle.

    Frank Zupanic vs. Colleen Zupancic.

    Brain Donaghy vs. Jeana Donaghy.

    Antonio Wickham vs. Lynn Wickham.

    Olena Shemchuk vs. Omi Rivera.

    Denise Titus vs. Brian Titus.

    Jessie Pencavage vs. Daniel Pencavage.

    Jennifer Scazafabo Rodzinak vs. Joseph Rodzinak.

    Elfrenda Rose vs. David Rose.

     

    Kenneth R. Moules (executor) and Kenneth Moules (estate) to Jennifer Decker and Christina Lavan for $127,500; Wilkes-Barre.

    Fannie Mae (per attorney in fact), Federal National Mortgage Association (per attorney in fact) and Phelan Hallinan Diamond Jones LLP (attorney in fact) to Mary Jo Ruddy for $134,000; Butler Township.

    Victor C. Diehm Jr. and Elizabeth D. Bernstein to Michael A. Koltonuk and Kathleen Koltonuk for $163,400; Conyngham.

    George A. Andresky and Mary Helen Andresky to Richard Swiderski and Mari Jo Sullivan for $280;000; Hanover Township.

    Emilia Zito to Iren Leonor Valerio for $82,000; Hazleton.

    William E. Nicholas (per agent) and Kay Nicholas Schaffer (agent) to John Planer and Lynn M. Planer and Alex John Planer for $90,000; Wilkes-Barre.

    A Z Properties LLC to Natina Prioleau for $148,000; Wyoming.

    Slicia De Bellis Caropreso to Christopher R. Hawk and Kathryn M. Hawk for $178,000; Sugarloaf Township.

    National Mutual Insurance Company to Gerardo and Diana C. Cuello for $189,900; Fairview Township.


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    Bird bath stolen

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Police are investigating the theft of a bird bath decoration from a home in the 1000 block of West Willow Street.

    The decoration, described as having a bowl on top in the shape of a pedestal and a concrete base in the shape of a classical column or pillar, is believed to have been stolen between 8 p.m. Sunday and 2:20 p.m. Monday.

    Anyone with information in regard to the theft is requested to contact the department.

    Crash

    STONINGTON - Brittany A. Sodrick, 22, of Dalmatia, suffered moderate injuries when the 1998 Ford Escort she was driving veered from Route 3004 near the Line Mountain Race Track, Little Mahanoy Township.

    Sodrick's vehicle rolled over and struck a tree. She was taken by AREA Services Ambulance to Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital where she was treated and released.

    State police said Sodrick will be cited with a summary traffic violation.

    Harassment

    SHAMOKIN - Mark E. Barvitskie, 55, of 314 S. Coal St. was cited for harassment by city police Chief Darwin Tobias III after he allegedly threatened to assault a female through a voicemail message and made threatening statements to others about her at 9:42 p.m. Thursday.

    Disorderly conduct

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Township police said a 13-year-old boy and a 15-year-old boy were charged with disorderly conduct after they engaged in a fight inside the Shamokin Area Middle/High School at around 11 a.m. April 30.

    Retail theft

    SHAMOKIN - City police cited Brett Wolfgang, 22, of 1016 W. Independence St., Coal Township, for retail theft after allegedly stealing $7.53 worth of candy from the Dollar General store on Independence Street on March 14. The citation was filed by Patrolman William Zalinski.


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

    Craig P. Wassana, 44, of Weatherford, Okla., was sentenced to 30 days incarceration for failing to report to serve a sentence for Driving under the Influence. Wassana was sentenced on April 11, 2011 to a 10 day to six month sentenced for first offense DUI. Wassana appealed from the conviction, causing a delay in the sentence. When the appeal was denied, Wassana failed to appear and a bench warrant was issued. Wassana was arrested in Oklahoma in March, held on the Pennsylvania warrant then transported to Bradford County. Bradford County Detective, Kyle Wisel filed charges against Wassana for Default in Appearance. Those charges are pending before District Court Judge Jonathan Wilcox.

    Levi Sutton, 31, of Towanda, Pa., was sentenced to a term of imprisonment in Bradford County Correctional Facility for seven months to 23 months, 29 days, fines and costs of $750.00 plus court costs, for the offense of Criminal Trespass, felony of the third degree, Theft by Unlawful Taking, misdemeanor of the first degree. Officer Christopher Hutchinson of the Athens Borough Police Department arrested Sutton for the offense in October 2014.

    Andrew Bailey, 27, Towanda, Pa., was sentenced to Probation supervision for a term of 36 months, fines of $500.00, plus court costs and restitution of $160.00, for the offense of Possession with Intent to Deliver, a felony. Trooper Robert Hutchison of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Bailey following investigation of an incident that occurred in North Towanda Township.

    Luis Martinez, 32, of Towanda, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in Bradford County Correctional Facility for two months to 12 months, fines of $500.00 and court costs for the offense of Simple Assault, a misdemeanor of the third degree. Sergeant David Lantz of the Towanda Borough Police Department arrested Martinez for the offense in July 1014.

    Todd Eccleston, 46, of Waverly, N.Y., was sentenced to a term of imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 10 days to six months, fine of $500.00 plus court costs for the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Officer Derek Watkins of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Eccleston for the offense in September 2014.

    Joshua Lerche, 37, of Waverly, N.Y., was sentenced to State Intermediate Punishment for 24 months. State Intermediate Punishment is a two year program. It begins with at least seven months of regular state prison, followed by custody in a drug/alcohol addiction center, followed by restricted living in a residential program. The prison administration must be satisfied that the prisoner has made progress in rehabilitation from substance abuse. If not, the prisoner will be dismissed from S.I.P. and resentenced. If the S.I.P. Program is completed, the prisoner will be under probation supervision for two additional years and checked regularly for drug or alcohol use. If he/she violated during those two years, probation will be revoked and if there is a violation more incarceration will be imposed. Officer Jeremy Horton of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Lerche for the offence on Oct. 19, 2014. Trooper Wayne Dunkling of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Lerche following investigation of an incident that occurred in Athens Borough on Sept. 29, 2012.

    Brian Hennessy, 42, of Monroeton, Pa., was sentenced to State Intermediate Punishment for 24 months, (State Intermediate Punishment is a two year program. It begins with at least seven months of regular state prison, followed by custody in a drug/alcohol addiction center, followed by restricted living in a residential program. The prison administration must be satisfied that the prisoner has made progress in rehabilitation from substance abuse. If not, the prisoner will be dismissed from S.I.P. and resentenced. If the S.I.P. Program is completed, the prisoner will be under probation supervision for two additional years and checked regularly for drug or alcohol use. If he/she violated during those two years, probation will be revoked and if there is a violation more incarceration will be imposed.) fines of $500.00, buy money of $140.00 and court costs, for the offense of Delivery of a Controlled Substance, a felony. Agents of the Pennsylvania State Vice and Narcotics Unit arrested Hennessy following investigation of an incident that occurred in Towanda Township.

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

    David Crawn, 26, Waverly, N.Y., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Burglary, a felony of the second degree.

    Crawn will be sentenced on June 15, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Nathan Ross of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Crawn for the offense in January 2015.

    Logan Abbott, 24, Wysox, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance, a misdemeanor. Trooper Robert Hutchison of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Abbott following an investigation of an incident that occurred in Wysox Township.

    Curtis Clark, 25, Wyalusing, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Receiving Stolen Property, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Clark will be sentenced on June 15, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Keith Roman of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Clark following investigation of an incident that occurred in Monroe Township.

    Randi Potter, 25, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance, a misdemeanor. Potter will be sentenced on June 15, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Mike Adams of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Potter for the offense.

    Millard Decker III, 37, Ulster, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Decker will be sentenced on June 15, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Christopher Schelling of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Decker following investigation of an incident that occurred in Athens Township.

    Bradford County District Attorney Daniel J. Barrett announced that the following persons were recently accepted into the ARD Program in the Bradford County Court of Common Pleas, Towanda:

    Colleen Rought, 57, Towanda, Pa., charged with the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, was accepted into the ARD Program and placed on probation for a term of 12 months. While on probation, Rought will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department, which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Additionally, Rought must perform community service with the DUI Litter Brigade, attend a Victim Impact Panel and will lose Pennsylvania driving privileges for 60 days. Trooper William McDermott of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Rought for the offense in Rome Township on Dec. 12, 2014.

    Daniel Gonzalez, 35, Sayre, Pa., charged with the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, was accepted into the ARD Program and placed on probation for a term of nine months. While on probation, Gonzalez will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department, which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Additionally, Gonzalez must perform community service with the DUI Litter Brigade, attend a Victim Impact Panel. Trooper Christopher Schelling of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Gonzalez for the offense in Litchfield Township on Feb. 15, 2015.

    Joseph Pierce, 31, Towanda, Pa., charged with the offense of Theft by Unlawful Taking, was accepted into the ARD Program and placed on probation for a term of six months. While on probation, Pierce will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department, which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Trooper Michael O'Boyle of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Pierce for the offense in North Towanda Township on Dec. 1, 2014.

    Nicole Brown, 40, Athens, Pa., 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, Brown, 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 filed the charges in November 2014 for the offense in Athens Borough.

    Hanna Roach, 24, Ulster, Pa., charged with the offense of Theft by Unlawful Taking, was accepted into the ARD Program and placed on probation for a term of nine months. While on probation, Roach will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department, which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Officer Jason Serfas of the Athens Township Police Department filed the charges in January 2015 for the offense in Athens Township.

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

    Victoria Trindle, 33, Columbia Crossroads, Pa., entered a plea of nolo contendere/no contest to Receiving Stolen Property, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Trindle will be sentenced on June 15, 2015, following preparation of a pre-sentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. An no-contest plea is entered where the defendant cannot recall the event but will be held guilty and sentenced. Trooper Brandon Allis of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Trindle following investigation of an incident that occurred in Sylvania Borough in November 2013.


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  • 05/10/15--21:00: Court notes 5/11/15
  • Robert J. Towarnicki to Nelson J. Helbing and Helen A. Helbing for $119,000; Duryea.

    Brian Bennett and Julie Bennett to Craig A. Saunter and Julie I. Saunter for $190,000; Exeter Township.

    John A. Berti to Smith Family Irrevocable Trust for $148,000; Larksville.

    Donald John Romanoski and Joan M.L. Romanoski to Soro Properties LLC for $143,000; Nanticoke.

    Mark J. Luchi and Mary Beth Luchi to Matthew J. Walck and Amanda M. Strubinger for $199,900; Butler Township.

    Maranatha Fellowship Church to Michael Bloom for $125,000; Swoyersville.

    Lottie Detweiler (per agent) and Alicia Sanders (agent) and Melanie Detweiler and Alicia Sanders to Stephen Tosh and Jamie Tosh for $110,000; Dupont.

    Jonathan R. David Volunteer Fire Co. to Harveys Lake Fire and Ambulance Company for $87,305; Lehman Township.


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    Theft

    SUNBURY - Lawrence P. Toccket, 67, and Ruth E. Robinson, 54, reported about a combined $9 was stolen from their unlocked vehicles parked between 11 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday along Guyer Avenue, Upper Augusta Township. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at Stonington at 570-286-5601.


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    Simple assault

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Shane Geary, 31, of 1439 W. Fern St., Coal Township, was charged by Patrolman Chris Lapotsky with simple assault and harassment for allegedly assaulting his live-in girlfriend, Tara Duzick, 31, at their residence shortly before midnight Sunday.

    Police reported Geary allegedly pushed Duzick off a bed, poured beer over her head, called her obscenities, shoved her again and bit her finger, causing a bleeding injury.

    Geary was committed to Snyder County Prison on a probation detainer.

    Harassment

    SHAMOKIN - Lois A. Villari, 50, of 226 W. Dewart St., Shamokin, was cited by Patrolman Raymond Siko II for harassment for allegedly shoving William Tinley, 57, of the same address, in the chest at 7 p.m. Sunday at their residence.

    Public drunkenness

    SHAMOKIN - Scott A. Beaver, 45, of 124 E. Chestnut St., Shamokin, was cited by Cpl. Bryan Primerano for disorderly conduct and public drunkenness relating to a disturbance at 9:41 p.m. Sunday at Lincoln and Washington streets.

    Police reported Beaver shouted obscenities while being under the influence.


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  • 05/11/15--21:00: Court notes 5/12/15
  • DIVORCE DECREES

    Ayayi Ayih vs. Sakiratu Bouraima.

    Edgar Cantres-Maldonado vs. Antwonette Ferguson.

    Christopher Vicchitto vs. Vaidra Vicchitto.

    Robyn Rittel vs. Clifford Rittel.

    Angela Serafin vs. Jeffrey Serafin.

    Khalida Bakhriyea vs. Sardal Bakhriyea.

    Rebecca Zingaretti vs. David Zingaretti.

    James Heckrote Jr. vs. Kimberly Heckrote.

    Robyn Gruver vs. Franklin Gruver.

    Brandon Upshaw vs. Alexandrea Upshaw.


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  • 05/11/15--21:00: Police Briefs 5/12/2015
  • Lockwood man charged with paraphernalia possession

    Sayre Borough Police charged Bryan Richard Benninger, 23, of Lockwood, N.Y., with possession of drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop on May 8 on Bradford Street in Sayre, according to Sayre police.

    Police saw a vehicle make a sharp turn onto Bradford Street and strike a curb that resulted in sparks flying out from under the vehicle, police said.

    Police said when following the vehicle, marijuana odors were present and upon stopping the vehicle, police noticed the smell even more and that it was emanating from the vehicle.

    When a passenger in the vehicle, later identified as Benninger, opened the glove box to find registration papers, police noticed a small metallic object with a skull on it, police said.

    Police said the item was believed to be a grinder used to grind marijuana into smaller pieces and asked Benninger to hand it over.

    Police confirmed the grinder as drug paraphernalia and asked Benninger to step out of the vehicle where they inquired about drugs in the car, police said,

    Benninger told police there were no more drugs in the car, but a tin container may have contained marijuana residue, police said.

    The tin was empty and no other drugs or paraphernalia were found in the vehicle, police said.

    Police said the vehicle smelled very strongly of marijuana and a six-year-old boy was in the vehicle as well.

    Benninger has been issued a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on June 23 for his preliminary hearing.

    Burglary occurs in Athens Twp.

    Athens Township Police are investigating a burglary at a seasonal hunting residence in the township.

    According to Athens police, the actor or actors entered the Murray Creek Road residence sometime between 12:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on May 4.

    Two flat screen TVs, person property, and a black Bersa semi-automatic .380 caliber handgun were taken, police said.

    Police said the actor or actors fled the scene in an unknown direction by unknown means.

    Police are asking anyone with information to contact Athens Township Police at (570) 888-2200.

    Juvenile cited for disorderly conduct

    A 15-year-old male juvenile was cited by state police recently on a charge of disorderly conduct.

    According to police, the juvenile had returned home around 7 p.m. on May 6 after being considered a runaway for three days. Police said they arrived at the juvenile's home, intending to interview him which would allow them to remove his name from the National Crime Information Center network as a missing person. But when they arrived, police continued, the juvenile jumped out the window and fled on foot. Police said they pursued the juvenile, and eventually apprehended him and returned him home.

    Two-vehicle crash reported

    No injuries were reported when a two-vehicle crash occurred recently on York Avenue near Hospital Drive.

    According to state police, Julie A. Powers, 28, of Athens, was driving a 2008 Toyota Camry around 3 p.m. on May 6 on U.S. Route 6 when her vehicle struck the rear of a 2008 Jeep Liberty operated by Robert J. Weiss, 70, of Monroeton, who had stopped, intending to turn left into Hurley's parking lot. Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts when the accident occurred, police said. Powers was cited for operating a vehicle at an unsafe speed.

    Woman accused of harassment

    A Towanda woman was recently cited by state police on a charge of harassment.

    According to police, Cynthia Charmaine Thames, 58, of Towanda, was cited for the above offense around 11 a.m. on May 5. Thames is accused of verbally harassing Colleen Denise Roujght, 57, of Towanda, during an argument on Liberty Lane in Asylum Township.

    Burglary investigated

    State police are investigating a commericial burglary that occurred recently in Wysox Township.

    According to police, perpetrators removed approximately $3,420 in equipment from Wysox Sand and Gravel, located on Leisure Drive. The incident occurred between 4:30 p.m. on May 5, and 1 p.m. on May 7. The thieves removed parts used in a 3-ton asphalt mixer, including 20 mixer tips, 18 mixer arms, and two wear plates. Anyone with information is asked to contact the state police at (570) 265-2816.

    Theft reported

    State police are looking for an unidentified male suspected of stealing a money bag from the Sears store in Wysox Township.

    According to police, the perpetrator stole the bag from the safe in the store between 5 p.m. on April 16 and 9 a.m. on April 17. The bag contained $1,851 in currency, and a check for $100. Police said interviews are still being conducted at this time.

    DUI charge

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

    Daryl James Dieffenbach, 41, of Wyalusing, was also charged by state police with careless driving. Dieffenbach was charged by the state police following a traffic stop on U.S. Route 220 near Kellogg Road in Monroe Township. After being taken into custody, Dieffenbach was transported to Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital, where he agreed to submit to a blood test. The test eventually revealed that Dieffenbach's blood alcohol content was .164 percent on the day of his arrest.


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  • 05/12/15--21:00: Police Brief 5/13/2015
  • Athens man charged in domestic disturbance

    Evrald Mombo, 26, of Athens, was charged by Athens Borough Police with attempted simple assault and physical harassment after an altercation on May 12 in Athens, police said.

    According to police, police were dispatched to Twin Rivers Terrace on Spruce Street in Athens at about 1:12 a.m. for a domestic disturbance.

    Upon arrival, police saw Mombo holding his 2-month old daughter and fighting with the female victim, police said.

    Police said the victim arrived home from shopping with a neighbor and found Mombo passed out on the couch.

    The victim told police Mombo got off the couch, grabbed his child, and started a verbal argument with the victim, police said.

    Police said Mombo placed his hands around the victim's neck but she broke free and began stomping to alert neighbors below of the incident.

    The victim told police Mombo slapped the left side of her face, which police said was very red.

    Police said when outside of the apartment, Mombo tried to kick the victim down the steps twice while he was holding his child.

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

    Mombo will appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on May 26 for his preliminary hearing.


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  • 05/12/15--21:00: Court Notes 5/13/15
  • PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS

    Sand Springs Development Corp. to Joseph Chocolas and Susan Chocolas for $181,000; Butler Township.

    Matthew A. Berger and Susan C. Berger to Wade Herrera for $85,000; Union Township.

    Richard Federici and Linda Federici to Lorenzo Herrera for $85,000; Hazleton.

    Y-2-Z LLC to Children’s Service Center of Wyoming Valley for $193,000; Wilkes-Barre.

    Lasalle Investments LLC to Children’s Service Center of Wyoming Valley for $140,000; Wilkes-Barre.

    Randolph G. Kelly to Lisa A. Brogan for $183,500; Swoyersville.

    Mary Catherine Leo and Robert Matthew Leo to Regina Marie Beierle for $109,400; Rice Township.

    Carmella Dougar and Joseph Shandra to Joseph W. Simkulak and Lisa M. Simkulak for $85,000; Hanover Township.

    Allison A. Zielinski and Allison A. Yonki and Christopher Yonki to Leonard P. David for $167,000; Duryea.

    John Henry Kemrite to Donna Schuch for $80,000; Swoyersville.

    DIVORCES

    Brian Sudul vs. Stacey Sudul.

    Amarprett Rai vs. Gurpartap Dabhia.

    Crystal Hanlon vs. Jason Henicheck.

    Ronald German vs. Leslie German.

    Heather Almedia vs. Joey Almedia

    Patrick Baran vs. Brooke Baran.

    William Mutchler vs. Duane Mutchler.

    Deanna Mason vs. Stewart Mason.


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  • 05/13/15--21:00: Police briefs, 5/14/15
  • Wyalusing DUI

    Nathan James Murray, 39, of Wyalusing has been charged with driving while under the influence relating to an April 26 incident on State Route 6 in Wyalusing Township.

    According to police, Murray was pulled over for failing to maintain travel within a single lane and during the course of the stop showed signs of intoxication.

    Police said Murray was placed under arrest for DUI and was transported to the Towanda Memorial Hospital for a blood test.

    Charges were filed with the office of Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton.

    Truck vandalized in Albany Township

    Police said a Ford F150 belonging to Jason Wesley Keeney, 40, of New Albany was scratched with a key sometime between the dates of May 8 at 5 p.m. and May 10 at noon at 4262 State Route 220 in Albany Township.

    Police said the truck was keyed on the driver and passenger side doors.

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

    Suspected burglary in Windham Township

    State police are currently investigating the report of a burglary that occurred at the residence of Samuel Stephen Scarantino, 54, on Cotton Hollow Road in Windham Township between the dates of April 25 and May 9.

    Police said an unknown person made an unlawful entry to a premise and caused damage in the process.

    Credit card fraud

    State police are investigating a report of a stolen credit card, belonging to Kimberly Ann Horne, 49, of Warren Center, which was used to purchase $1,845.50 in merchandise from a store in Las Vegas, Nev.

    Police said the incident occurred on April 24.

    Rock thrown through truck window in Windham Township

    According to police, a rock was thrown through the rear window of a 1999 Dodge Durango owned by Cindy Lou Raymond, 56, of Rome, while the vehicle was parked along the Battle Creek Road in Windham Township on May 1 at 10:55 p.m..

    Woman charged with scattering rubbish

    Marilyn Mosher, 25, of Wyalusing has been charged by state police with illegally dumping multiple bags of trash along Divine Road in Stevens Township on May 4.

    Police said charges were filed with the office of Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton.

    Man charged after pushing woman

    William Edward Bossong Jr., 56, of Wyalusing has been charged with harassment relating to a May 2 incident on Front Street in Wyalusing Township.

    According to police, Bossong walked over to Jane Sharon McCann, 57, of Wyalusing, and shoved her.


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    Bank card theft

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Levi Jacob Reigle, 23, of 1244 Chemung St., Coal Township, was charged by Patrolman Christopher Lapotsky with theft for allegedly stealing a bank card from his girlfriend, Kaitlyn Klemick, and using it to withdraw $100 from her account at M&T Bank on April 14.

    Marijuana charge

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Patrolman Jason Adams has charged Eli Long, 23, of 1187 Bear Valley Road, Coal Township, with possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia involving an April 30 incident at Mulberry and Maple streets.

    Police said Long possessed marijuana in a small metal container, a rolled marijuana cigarette and two glass smoking pipes.

    Crash near mall

    HUMMELS WHARF - Two people were injured Tuesday in a crash at the traffic light at the entrance to the Susquehanna Valley Mall and Walmart Supercenter on Routes 11-15.

    State police at Selinsgrove said John Bickert, 48, of Shamokin, was driving a 1993 Ford south about 7 p.m. when he failed to stop for a red light. Bickert's vehicle struck a 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan driven across the highway from Walmart toward the mall by Holly R. Kerstetter, 59, of Port Trevorton.

    Bickert and a passenger in the van, Abigail Kerstetter, 20, of Port Trevorton, were injured and taken by ambulance to local hospitals. Holly Kerstetter was not injured, police said. An investigation continues.


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  • Senior Judge Chester B. Muroski, presiding over Luzerne County Domestic Relations Contempt Court on Wednesday, issued warrants for the following defendants for failure to pay child support:

    Emmett Fonte, 153 Upper Greenhill Road, Kunkletown; $1,779.

    Spring Sey, 343 S. Grant St., Wilkes-Barre; $1,308.

    Kody Cragle, 924 Kosciuszko St., Nanticoke; $2,552.

    Shawn Jackson, c/o Freeland Village, Building 17, apartment 1, Freeland; $750.

    Daniel Martinez, c/o 70 W. Chestnut St., Wilkes-Barre; $50,827 in two cases.

    Shane Purdy, 1760 Old Tioga Turnpike, Stillwater; $25,076.

    Laura Bigus, 1 Rock St., apartment 194, Glen Lyon; $5,485.

    Burton Mulroy, no address listed; $1,685.

    Michael W. Murphy and Susanna Murphy to Margaret A. Minnick and Timothy Minnick for $109,000; Bear Creek Township.

    Scott J. Fenton to Tyler A. Wall and Kaci L. Biroski for $120,000; Hanover Township.

    Joseph M. Didario to John M. Tomascik for $144,900; Kingston.

    Robert Baron to Melissa Francis for $130,000; Duryea.

    Lawerence Wynn (executor) and Robert P. Wynn (executor) and Jean B. Winiewicz (estate) and Jean B. Wynn and Jean Wynn (estate) to Jordana Shane and Brian Peice for $108,000; Plains Township.

    Michael T. Petro and Joan M. Petro for Michelle Bugonowicz for $78,000; Hanover Township.

    Morgan R. Peterman to 335 River Street LLC for $78,500; Wilkes-Barre.

    Joseph S. Zoldi and Lois E. Zoldi to Andrew D. Ochs and Jennifer L. Ochs for $112,000; Conyngham.

    Robert T. Floyd and Dawn M. Floyd to Weichert Workforce Mobility Inc for $370,000; Rice Township.

    Weichert Workforce Mobility Inc. to Roger Anderson and Lynn A. Anderson for $370,000; Rice Township.

    George T. Elko to Sharon McNeil for $110,000; Wilkes-Barre Township.

    Affordable Housing Alternatives LLC to Michael S. Lamaster for $86,500; Ashley.

    Pamela Elaine Thomas (co-executor) and Thomas S. Cox Jr. (co-executor) and Thomas S. Cox (estate) to Mohammed Alanjeh and Batoul Bakkali for $77,500; Fairview Township.

    Louise A. Groner and Elwood L. Groner Jr. to Jean Montrose and Jean Rony Montrose for $100,000; Wilkes-Barre.

    Barbara A. Yekel and Randy J. Jaffee for $114,000; Foster Township.


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  • Clayton Karambelas and Theresa Karambelas to Thomas Gore Eagen and Megan Daphne Eagen for $160,000; Kingston.

    Fevzi Akinci to Samantha Fenicchia and Geoffrey Perkowski for $115,000; Rice Township.

    John Kunicki (estate) and John J. Kunicki (estate) and Susan Doxbeck (co-executix) and Ann Marie Delasandro (co-executrix) to Daniel Arena Jr. for $70,000; Dupont.

    Dawn Rattigan (administratrix) and Michael Jacobs (estate) to Dawn Marie Rattigan for $100,000; Kingston.

    Terri A. Short and Robert B. Topolski to Whanilda Camilo for $89,500; Hazleton.

    Elizabeth Delaney to Jose Barreto for $71,134; Wilkes-Barre.

    Leonard A. & Marcia Prebis Family Trust and Prebis Leonard A. & Marcia Family Trust and Leonard A. Prebis and Marcia Prebis (trustee) and David Bussenger and Sandra Bussenger to Adam Jones and Marissa Jones for $185,000; Bear Creek Villiage.

    Joleen N. Beltrami-Schell (executrix) and Joseph R. Beltram (estate) to Patrick L. Clasen for $495,000; Sugarloaf Township.

    Barbara Boutros and Zenon Szczepanski to Jesenia Roman Nieves for $82,000; Hazleton.

    Federal National Mortgage Association (per attorney in fact) and Fannie Mae (per attorney in fact) and Phelan Hallinan Diamond and Jones LLP (attorney in fact) to John Zola and Michael Zola for $175,000; Butler Township.


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    Public drunkenness

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Police cited a man for public drunkenness for an incident at 10:59 p.m. Monday in the 1500 block of West Lynn Street.

    Officers were dispatched for an intoxicated male knocking on doors in the area. Charles Amos Troup III, 21, was found staggering down Water Street near Poplar Street, and showed signs of being under the influence of a controlled substance, police said. Troup told police he was homeless, but last lived in Shamokin.

    Disorderly conduct

    SHAMOKIN - Todd M. Hummel, 49, of 124 E. Chestnut St., was cited by Shamokin Police Patrolman Raymond Siko II for public drunkenness and disorderly conduct after allegedly being found lying in a public area on Terrace Avenue under the influence of alcohol at 5:47 p.m. Monday.

    Siding damaged

    UPPER PAXTON TOWNSHIP - Ronald Klinger, of Dalmatia, reported to state police at Lykens someone damaged the vinyl siding of a detached shed on a property he owns on Paxton Drive, Upper Paxton Township, Dauphin County, between 3:35 p.m. May 5 and 6 p.m. May 6.


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  • Disturbance caused

    State police at Towanda said Colette Marie Fluck, 50, of Ulster, caused a disturbance, while under the influence of alcohol, at 10:15 p.m. May 5 on Bourne Mills Road in West Burlington Township.

     

    Rubbish scattered

    State police at Towanda said someone threw several bags of garbage over an embankment at 10 a.m. May 8 on Lynch Road in Burlington Township.

    Police said the victim was Gerald Landis, 54, of Towanda.

    Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact state police at Towanda at (570) 265-2186. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-4PATIPS or 1-800-426-TIPS.

     

    No injuries

    State police at Towanda said no one was injured in a one-vehicle crash that occurred May 9 on Austinville Road in Columbia Township.

    According to police, the driver, Damien M. Avery, 27, of Millerton, was traveling west in a Suzuki Aerio, when he lost control of his vehicle for unknown reasons. Police said it then struck a ditch on the westbound shoulder, with its front end/front passenger side quarter panel area, and came to final rest, facing west on the westbound shoulder of the road.

    Police said the driver and the two passengers in the vehicle were not injured.

     

    Citation filed

    State police at Towanda said a non-traffic citation for summary public drunkenness has been filed against Keith Reininghaus, 46, of Troy, through Magisterial District Court 42-3-01.

    According to police, Reininghaus was walking along Route 6, while under the influence of alcohol to the degree that he may have endangered himself, at approximately 10:27 p.m. May 7 in Troy Township.

     

    Wallet lost

    State police at Towanda said an 18-year-old Columbia Cross Roads woman lost a brown-colored women's wallet sometime May 10 at the Mansfield Walmart in Richmond Township, Tioga County, Pa.

    Anyone who recovers the wallet should contact state police at Towanda at (570) 265-2186.

     

    Items removed

    State police at Towanda said someone entered a PennDOT shed sometime between April 24 and April 27 on Grover Road in Canton Township and removed some items from within the shed.

    Police said a suspect has been identified, and is being investigated.

     

    Man charged

    State police at Towanda said misdemeanor harassment charges were filed on April 28 against Gary Page, 42, of Millerton, after he sent Helen Parker, 50, of Canton more than 180 unwanted text messages.

    Police said the incident took place between 8 a.m. Jan. 3 and 11 p.m. Feb. 11 on Grantier Lane in Canton Township.

     

    Field damaged

    State police at Towanda said they are investigating an incident that took place April 11 on Byers Road in South Creek Township in which a 17-year-old Gillett male used a vehicle to damage a farm field owned by a local farmer.

     

    Woman charged with access device fraud

    Cheryl J. Nienhueser, 43, of Gillett, faces a preliminary hearing at 3:30 p.m. May 27 before Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox of Troy on a charge of access device fraud for incidents that took place Feb. 26, Feb. 27, and March 4 on Thompson Hill Road in Ridgebury Township, according to court papers.

    The papers note that Cheryl J. Nienhueser used an access device, a bank card, to obtain or attempt to obtain online payments to Tri-Co Electric in the amounts of $300, $300, and $534.32 and Old Navy for $245.09, with the knowledge that the access device was issued to another person, Ira Nienhueser Jr., no age given, of Thompson Hill Road, Gillett, who did not authorize its use.

    Wilcox said her ROR bail was set and posted.


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    Drug charges

    SHAMOKIN - Georgina M. Dewitt, 32, of 616 E. Cameron St., Shamokin, was charged by Patrolman Raymond Siko II with possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia involving an incident at 8:11 p.m. Monday at her residence.

    In addition to marijuana, police found two glass smoking pipes at the home.

    The charges were filed at the office of Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III.

    Drug paraphernalia

    MARION HEIGHTS - A Marion Heights couple were charged by Mount Carmel Township Patrolman David Tomtishen with possessing drug paraphernalia at their residence April 30.

    Police reported Debbi J. Wolfe, 55, and her husband, Michael Anthony Wolfe, 58, of 437 E. Melrose St., are accused of possessing a four-inch straw with a white powdery substance stuck to both ends.

    Anthra Plaza crash

    COAL TOWNSHIP - No injuries were reported in a two-vehicle crash shortly before noon Friday at the intersection of Route 901 and the entrance to the Anthra Plaza.

    Coal Township Patrolman Chris Williams reported Charles H. Engelberger, of Ashland, had his 1990 Jeep Cherokee stopped for a stop sign on the off ramp of Route 61 leading to Route 901 when he pulled out into the intersection. Police said Engelberger pulled his Jeep into the path of a 1997 Chevrolet Silverado operated by Michael T. Kleman, of Kulpmont, who was traveling east on Route 901.

    The collision resulted in extensive damage to Kleman's truck and moderate damage to the Jeep. Both vehicles were towed from the scene.

    Williams said Engelberger will be cited for duties at a stop sign.

    Williams, Engelberger and passengers in the vehicles escaped injury.

    Assisting at the scene were Shamokin police, AREA Services personnel, firefighters from Brady Fire Company, township fire chiefs Russ Feese and Michael Timco, Coal Township Rescue Squad and fire police.


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  • Janet Kamon Hutley and Mark Kamon and Joseph Kamon to Katherine A. Traher and John D. Traher for $118,500; Nanticoke.

    Anna Marie Wright to Charles J. Smith Jr. and Rachel W. Keefe for $173,500; Wright Township.

    Maryann Samonek and Dominic Carnarini to Susan Barbara Price and Kayla Eckrote for $75,000; Conygham Township.

    John W. Plucenik (per agent) and Petra S. Plucenik (agent) and Petra S. Plucenik to Richard J. Thomas and Melanie Thomas for $130,000; Kingston.

    Wayne J. Smith Sr. and Margaret A. Smith to Marisa C. Orloski for $205,000; Rice Township.


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