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

    Sentenced

    Cynthia Kennedy, 51, Columbia Cross Roads, Pa., was sentenced to Probation supervision for a term of 24 months and a fine of $1,000 plus court costs, restitution of $18,142.91, for the offense of Theft by Deception, a felony of the third degree. Officer Michael Northup of the Troy Borough Police Department arrested Kennedy for the offense in January 2014.

    Joshua Vanderpool, 26, Rome, Pa., was sentenced to a term of imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility from three months to 23 months, 29 days, fines of $300, and court costs, for the offense of Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Police Officer, a felony of the third degree. Officer John Fedorchak of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Vanderpool for the offense in February 2014.

    Heather McMahon, 27, Wysox, Pa., was sentenced to a term of imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility from four days to six days fines of $1,000 plus court costs, for the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Officer Bryan Bellows of the Towanda Borough Police Department arrested McMahon for the offense in May 2014.

    Tyler Cordner, 20, Troy, Pa., was sentenced to a term of imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility from 72 hours to six months, and a fine of $1,000 plus court costs, for the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Trooper William McDermott of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Cordner following investigation of an incident that occurred in Towanda Township.

    Tyler Kutz, 28, Canton, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 50 days to 12 months, fines of $100, plus court costs restitution of $409 for the offense of Access Fraud, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Trooper Michael Mislevy of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Kutz following investigation of an incident that occurred in Towanda Borough.

    Cody Parsons, 23, was sentenced to a term of imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility from two months to 24 months, fines of $250, plus court costs and restitution of $55, for the offense of Theft by Unlawful Taking, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Officer Corey McLinko of the Towanda Borough Police Department arrested Parsons for the offense in October 2014.

    Cody Parsons, 23, was sentenced to fines, and costs of $150, for the offense of Harassment, a summary offense. Officer Ryan Edsell of the Towanda Borough Police Department arrested Parsons for the offense in November 2014.

    Cody Parsons, 23, of the Bradford County Correctional Facility, was sentenced to a Pennsylvania State Correctional Facility for two months to 12 months, fines of $300 and court costs, for the offense of Criminal Trespass, a misdemeanor of the third degree, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, an ungraded misdemeanor. Officer Corey McLinko of the Towanda Borough Police Department arrested Parsons for the offense in November 2014.

    Cody Parsons, 23, of the Bradford County Correctional Facility, was sentenced to a Pennsylvania State Correctional Facility for 30 days flat plus one month to 12 months, fines of $350 and court costs, for the offense of Open Lewdness, a misdemeanor of the third degree and Disorderly Conduct, a summary offense. Trooper Robert Richter of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Parsons following investigation of an incident that occurred in Burlington Township.

    Terry Hackenberg, 27, of Lock Haven, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 90 days flat, followed by Probation supervision for a term of nine months for the offense of Simple Assault, misdemeanor of the second degree. Trooper Brandon Allis of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Hackenberg following investigation of an incident that occurred in Columbia Township.

    Nicholas Fitzpatrick, 20, of Waverly, N.Y., was sentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 87 days to 23 months, 29 days, fines of $250 plus court costs, and restitution of $10,466.08, for the Burglary, a felony of the second degree. Officer Denny Slater of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Fitzpatrick for the offense on Dec. 10, 2014.

    Tonya Cummings, 46, of Canton, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 120 days to 60 months, fines of $1,500 plus court costs; she will also lose her driver's license for 18 months, for the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Trooper Joshua Fisher of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Cummings following investigation of an incident that occurred in Granville Township.

    Robert Pierce, 44, of Wysox, Pa., was re-sentenced to imprisonment in Bradford County Correctional Facility for four months to 23 months, 29 days, fines of $500 and court costs for the Corruption of Minors, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Trooper David Pelachick of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Pierce following investigation of an incident that occurred in Bradford County.

    Guilty Pleas

    Alan Levin, 53, Hammondsport, N.Y., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Retail Theft, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Levin will be sentenced on June 18, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer John Fedorchak of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Levin for the offense on Nov. 9, 2014.

    Vicki McSparron, 46, Athens, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor, and Resisting Arrest, a misdemeanor of the second degree. McSparron will be sentenced on June 15, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Derek Dekar of the Athens Borough Police Department arrested McSparron for the offense in October 2014.

    Cody Parsons, 23, Troy, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Open Lewdness, a misdemeanor of the third degree and Disorderly Conduct, a summary offense. Trooper Robert Richter of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Parsons following investigation of an incident that occurred in West Burlington Township.

    Arissa Clymer, 20, Felton, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance, a misdemeanor. Clymer will be sentenced on June 18, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Agents of the Pennsylvania State Police Vice and Narcotics Unit arrested Clymer following investigation of an incident that occurred in Towanda Township.

    Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD)

    Matthew Turner, 23, Sugar Run, 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, Turner will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department, which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Additionally, Turner must perform community service with the DUI Litter Brigade and attend a Victim Impact Panel and he will lose his Pennsylvania driving privilege for 60 days. Sergeant David Lantz of the Towanda Borough Police Department filed the charges on Nov. 15, 2014, for the offense in Towanda Borough.

    Rodney Babcock, 53, Rome, Pa., charged with the offense of Unsworn Falsification, was accepted into the ARD Program and placed on probation for a term of six months. While on probation Babcock will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department, which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Trooper Miranda Musick of the Pennsylvania State Police Department arrested Babcock for the offense in September 2014 in Orwell Township.

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

    Sentenced

    Sean Lichtwaid, 31, of Wyalusing, Pa., was sentenced to a term of imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 45 days (flat) and a fine of $2,500, plus court costs, followed by County Intermediate Punishment for 24 months (County Intermediate Punishment involves a combination of restriction and supervision. It may include home confinement, electronic monitor, and substance abuse treatment. Violations can result in incarceration.), for the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Officer Joshua Lake of the Towanda Borough Police Department arrested Lichtwaid for the offense in October 2014.

    Cheryl Payne, 52, Columbia Cross Roads, Pa., was sentenced to a term of imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility from 90 days to 23 months, 29 days, followed by Probation supervision for a term of 12 months, fines of $1,500 plus court costs, for the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Trooper Gabriel Paduck of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Payne following investigation of an incident that occurred in Wyalusing Township in November 2014.

    Levi Cole, 20, Canton, Pa., was sentenced to Probation supervision for a term of 12 months, fines of $500, plus court costs, for the offense of Retail Theft, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Officer John Fedorchak of the Athens Township Police arrested Cole for the offense in September 2014.

    Jarred Jayne, 20, Canton, Pa., was re-sentenced to a term of imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 151 days to 18 months, fines of $500, plus court costs, for the offense of Escape, a misdemeanor second degree. Trooper Robert Edgerton of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Jayne following investigation of an incident that occurred in Canton Township in March 2014.

    Marcus Shanks, 37, Huntersville, N.C., was sentenced to a term of imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility from 33 days to 18 months, fines of $350, plus court costs, restitution of $1,261, for the offense of Simple Assault, a misdemeanor the second degree. Trooper Gabriel Paduck of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Shanks following investigation of an incident that occurred on Wyalusing Borough in November 2014.

    Justin Watson, 34, of Sayre, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in a Pennsylvania State Correctional Facility from 20 months to 84 months, fines of $2,000, plus court costs, for the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Officer Bruce Hoffman of the Sayre Borough Police arrested Watson for the offense in August 2014.

    Justin Hayslett, 45, formerly of Athens, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in a Pennsylvania State Correctional Facility to 12 months to 60 months, fines of $1,000.00, plus court costs, for the offense of Indecent Assault. Hayslett will be a registered sex offender for life due to the conviction. Officer Timothy Cahill of the Athens Borough Police Department arrested Hayslett for the offense in September.

    Dustin James Onofre, 24, Sayre, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 10 months to 23 months followed by Probation supervision for a term of seven years, fines of $1,500, plus court costs, for the offense of Possession with Intent to Deliver (Heroin), a felony, Criminal use of a Commutations Facility, a felony. Officer Bruce Huffman of the Sayre Police Department arrested Onofre for the offenses in January 2014.

    Guilty Pleas

    Kenneth Wise, 62, Sayre, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. Wise will be sentenced on June 29, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Bruce Hoffman of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Wise for the offense in November 2014.

    Kimberly Wise, 48, Sayre, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance, a misdemeanor. Wise will be sentenced, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Bruce Hoffman of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Wise for the offense in November 2014.

    Conway Garner, 30, Williamsport, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Default in required Appearance, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Garner was sentenced to 45 days to 90 days in Bradford County Correctional Facility, and a fine of $50. Deputy Donald Stringham of the Bradford County Sheriff's Officer Department arrested Garner for the offense on Dec. 9, 2014.

    Michael Engle, 31, Sayre, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Engle will be sentenced on June 29, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Andrew Stevens of the Athens Borough Police Department arrested Engle for the offense on Feb. 8, 2015.

    Brian Van Dyke, 34, Athens, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Resisting Arrest, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Van Dyke will be sentenced following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Chief Christopher Hutchinson of the Athens Borough Police Department arrested VanDyle for the offense on March 5, 2015.

    Placement in the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) Program

    Patricia Stroud, 51, 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 nine months. While on probation, Stroud will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department, which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Additionally, Stroud must perform community service with the DUI Litter Brigade and attend a Victim Impact Panel and he will lose his Pennsylvania driving privilege for 30 days. Trooper Robert Edgerton of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Stroud for the offense.

    Zachary Chilson, 21, Rome, 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, Chilson will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department, which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Additionally, Chilson must perform community service with the DUI Litter Brigade and attend a Victim Impact Panel and he will lose his Pennsylvania driving privilege for 60 days. Trooper David Sweeney of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Chilson for the offense.

    Guilty Pleas

    Daniel Bell, 65, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Sexual Abuse of Children (Possession of Pornography), a felony of the third degree, two counts of Possession of a Firearm by Person Convicted of a listed misdemeanor, misdemeanors of the first degree, two counts of Interrupting Communications, a felony of the third degree. Bell will be sentenced on May 18, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Detective Albert Ogden of the Towanda Borough Police Department arrested Bell for the offense in September 2014.

    Martin Miller, 44, Ulster, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Theft, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Miller will be sentenced on July 6, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Bryan Bellows of the Towanda Borough Police Department arrested Miller for the offense in November.

    Martin W. Miller, 44, Ulster, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Accident Resulting in Death, a felony of the second degree (leaving the scene of a fatal accident). Miller will be sentenced following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Robert Richter of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Miller following investigation of an incident that occurred in Ulster Township.


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    SUNBURY - Eleven defendants, including several charged with driving under the influence, were sentenced Monday in the Court of Common Pleas.

    n Jeremy Henninger, 31, of Wilburton, was sentenced by President Judge William Wiest to 21 to 60 months in state prison on a charge of unlawful contact with a minor. He was ordered to pay a $100 fine plus costs and must comply with Megan's Law registration requirements. Henninger must avoid contact with anyone under the age of 18 unless authorized by supervised authorities.

    Wiest also sentenced Henninger on a charge of corruption of minors to 1 to 3 years in state prison. That sentence, which involves a $100 fine plus costs, runs concurrent to the previous sentence.

    Henninger, who was given credit for 387 days previously served in prison, was charged by state police at Stonington in connection with a Feb. 18, 2014, incident.

    n Wiest sentenced Mitchell Shields, 21, of Altoona, to 1 to 3 years in state prison on possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance relating to an Aug. 10 incident in Mount Carmel. Shields was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine plus costs.

    Shields, who was given credit for 274 days previously served in prison, also received concurrent similar sentences for two additional counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance that call for a total of $1,000 in fines plus costs.

    n Jason Attinger, 44, of Sunbury, was sentenced by Wiest to 6 months intermediate punishment with the first 30 days on house arrest for DUI in connection with a June 26 incident. State police at Stonington filed the charge.

    Attinger was fined $1,000 plus costs and had his driver's license suspended for one year.

    n James Williams Jr., 51, of Williamsport, was sentenced by the president judge to 6 months intermediate punishment with the first 30 days on house arrest and fined $1,000 plus costs for DUI. Williams will lose his driver's license for one year.

    Wiest also imposed a similar concurrent sentence for driving under suspension that involves a $500 fine.

    The charges were filed by Shamokin police relating to a June 18 incident.

    n Wiest sentenced Chad Sienkiewicz, 21, of Shamokin, to 6 months intermediate punishment with the first 30 days on house arrest for DUI relating to a July 8 incident in Shamokin. He also was ordered to pay a $500 fine plus costs and had his driver's license suspended for one year.

    n Nathan Piestrak, 26, of Danville, was sentenced by Wiest to 6 months intermediate punishment with first 30 days on house arrest for DUI involving a Sept. 9, 2012, incident in Ralpho Township. Piestrak was fined $300 plus costs and will lose his driver's license for one year.

    n Heather Troutman, 23, of Coal Township, was sentenced by Wiest to 23 months intermediate punishment with the first 90 days on house arrest for corruption of minors. She also was fined $100 plus costs and ordered to comply with Megan's Law registration requirements.

    Troutman was charged by Shamokin police in connection with a March 7, 2014, incident.

    n Wiest sentenced Corey McCabe, 28, of Shamokin, to 6 months intermediate punishment with the first 30 days on house arrest for DUI. He was fined $500 plus costs and had his driver's license suspended for one year.

    McCabe was charged by Shamokin police relating to a Nov. 16 incident.

    n Judge Charles Saylor sentenced Jason Houtz, 37, of Trevorton, to 6 months intermediate punishment with the first 30 days on house arrest for DUI relating to a Sept. 21 incident in Coal Township. Houtz must pay a $500 fine plus costs and will lose his driver's license for one year.

    n Patrick Surace, 49, of Mount Carmel, was sentenced by Saylor to 3 days to 6 months in county prison and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine plus costs for DUI. He also will lose his driver's license for one year.

    Surace was charged by Kulpmont police involving a July 21 incident.

    n Christopher Fausnaught, 44, of Paxinos, was sentenced by Saylor to 2 years probation and fined $100 for simple assault relating to a Jan. 2 disturbance in Ralpho Township. He also must pay $14,172 in restitution to Geisinger Health System and/or the victim, Lewis Weikel. Fausnaught is prohibited from having contact with Weikel.

    Saylor also sentenced Fausnaught to 1 year probation, fined him $50 and ordered him to pay $296.83 in restitution to Nottingham Estates in Elysburg for criminal mischief in connection with the same incident. That sentence runs concurrent to the previous sentence.


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    Public drunkenness

    THARPTOWN - Patrolman Chris Lapotsky has charged Andre A. Stone, 33, of 912 N. Shamokin St., Shamokin, with public drunkenness involving an incident at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday.

    Police said Stone was found walking along Route 61 near the upper entrance to Tharptown while under the influence of alcohol.

    Harassment

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Pedro Carrasquillo, 51, of 1649 Tioga St., Coal Township, was charged by township police with harassment for a disturbance that occurred between 3:10 and 3:41 a.m. Saturday.

    Police reported Carrasquillo went onto the front porch of the home of Autumn Engleheardt and Maria Hill at 1647 Tioga St., pounded on the front door and continually yelled.

    Police were dispatched to the area and warned Carrasquillo not to return to the home. Police said Carrasquillo returned to the home, pounded on the door and began yelling again, shouting obscenities and threatening Engleheardt and Hill.

    Shamokin woman injured

    WEST BRUNSWICK TOWNSHIP - Coleen Lowry, 33, of Shamokin, was among two people injured Sunday morning in a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Route 61 and Summer Valley Road (Route 895) in this Schuylkill County township.

    State police at Schuylkill Haven reported Lowry was a passenger in a 2001 Nissan Altima operated by Michael Kripas, 37, of Reading. Lowry and Kripas were transported to West Reading Hospital after suffering injuries in the 11 a.m. crash.

    Police said Kripas was driving north in the left lane of Route 61 due to construction at 11 a.m. when he failed to observe a 2004 Toyota Sienna operated by Michael Scandiffio, 62, of Neponsit, N.Y., who was stopped behind traffic for a steady red light. Police said the front end of Kripas' car struck the back end of the Sienna.

    Both vehicles were towed by A&K Towing and northbound traffic on Route 61 was backed up for several miles until the scene was cleared.

    Police said charges are pending against Kripas.

    Scandiffio and his two passengers, Denise Scandiffio, 58, and Sophia Janezic, 93, both of Neponsit, N.Y., escaped injury.

    Simple assault

    COAL TOWNSHIP - William Lee Taylor, 27, of 128 Iron St., Coal Township, was charged by Patrolman Edward Purcell with simple assault and harassment relating to a domestic disturbance Friday afternoon.

    Police reported Taylor is accused of throwing a soda bottle that struck his live-in girlfriend, Jennifer Broscious, in the face, causing her to suffer a swollen lip at about 3 p.m. He also allegedly pushed Broscious off the front of their residence, causing her to fall on her back and strike her head on the ground.

    Broscious was knocked unconscious temporarily and was treated at the scene by emergency medical personnel.

    Taylor was arraigned at 7 p.m. Friday by Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III and committed to prison in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.


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  • 05/18/15--21:00: Police Briefs 5/19/2015
  • Theft occurs in Franklin Twp.

    State police said they are trying to determine who stole a number of wheels and tires from a camp at the intersection of Mountain Road and Long Valley Road in Franklin Township.

    The property belongs to Ronald Miller of Springfield, Pa., police said.

    The theft occurred on Thursday, police said.

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

    Towanda man accused of scattering rubbish

    Norman Luther Rawls, 28, of Towanda is being charged with scattering rubbish after he dumped four bags of garbage on the property of the Wysox Dollar General, police said.

    The incident occurred Friday morning, police said.

    Woman charged with DUI after Colley Twp. crash

    A Wyoming County woman was charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol after she was involved in a motor vehicle accident in Colley Township, Sullivan County, police said.

    Ashley N. Ely, 24, of Monroe Township, Wyoming County, was driving north on state Route 87 when her vehicle struck a guide rail on the east side of the road with its undercarriage, police said.

    The vehicle then crossed both lanes of Route 87 and traveled into a ditch, state police said.

    Ely and her two passengers were uninjured, police said.

    Ely was subsequently arrested for suspicion of driving while under the influence of alcohol, state police at Laporte said.

    Towanda man charged with fleeing from police

    Brent Bailey, 38, of Towanda has been charged with the third-degree felony of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, police said.

    The charge stems from an April 15 incident in which Bailey ran a stop sign at the intersection of Colonial Drive and Patterson Boulevard in North Towanda Township, and then failed to stop for police once their emergency lights and siren were activated, police said.

    Bailey was operating a motorcycle at the time of the incident, state police at Towanda said.

    Bailey's preliminary hearing, which was originally scheduled for April 29 on Towanda District Court, has been postponed twice, and is currently scheduled to take place on June 17.

    Athens man charged with violation of Megan's Law

    Skylar Smith, 23, of Athens has been charged with failure to comply with the registration requirements of sexual offenders, police said.

    The charge stems from an April 14 incident, state police at Towanda said.

    Smith's preliminary hearing, which was originally scheduled for May 20 in Towanda District Court, has been postponed to May 27.

    DUI charges

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

    Howard Raymond Brown, 24, of Athens, by Athens Borough Police, on Jan. 28, on Spruce Street in Athens Borough. Brown was also charged with fleeing or attempting to elude police officers, driving with an open alcoholic beverage in the vehicle, careless driving, driving at an unsafe speed, driving on the wrong side of the roadway, operation of a vehicle without a valid certificate of inspection, and failure to notify change or name or address. A blood alcohol test later revealed that Brown's blood alcohol content was .24 percent on the day of his arrest. Brown was remanded to the Bradford County jail in lieu of $20,000 bail. Brown will appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on May 26 for his preliminary hearing.

    Jeffrey Ralph Sturzenegger, 62, of Sayre, by Athens Borough Police, on April 22, on North Elmira Street in Athens Borough. Sturzenegger was also charged with failure to obey posted speed limit, driving on the wrong side of the roadway, and operating a vehicle without official certificate of inspection. A blood alcohol test later revealed that Sturzenegger's blood alcohol content was .184 percent on the day of his arrest. Sturzenegger has been issued a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark on June 19 for his preliminary hearing.

    Christopher Lee Priest, 35, of Mcalester, Okla., by Sayre Borough Police, on May 16, on North Lehigh Avenue in Sayre Borough. Priest was also charged with public drunkenness. Priest later refused to submit to a blood test to determine his blood alcohol content. Priest has been issued a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark on May 26 for his preliminary hearing

    Sayre woman charged after physical altercation

    Athens Borough Police charged Chelsea Vanderpool, 18, of Sayre, with attempted simple assault, disorderly conduct, and harassment following a physical altercation in South Waverly on March 31, according to Athens police.

    According to a criminal complaint filed by police, Vanderpool attacked another woman when the woman "swung her arms toward her" when the woman and others were picking up clothing from Vanderpool's residence.

    The fight began with Vanderpool attacking the victim while the victim was seated in a car and subsequently spilled into the roadway, police said.

    Police said Vanderpool's grandmother stopped the altercation after others became involved.

    The victims of the altercation suffered facial abrasions and lacerations, as well as bites on the legs and lacerations on their hands.

    A victim told police she was unable to get away from Vanderpool because Vanderpool attacked her while she was seated in a car, police said.

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

    Drug charges for Athens man

    Kody James Konco, 20, of Athens, was charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana and paraphernalia possession by Athens Borough Police on April 30, according to Athens police.

    According to police, an Athens Borough Public Works employee told police he saw two young men "smoking suspicious items" near the municipal parking lot on South Elmira Street.

    When police arrived at the suspects' location, they found Konco and a juvenile smoking what appeared to be cigarettes, but police said they detected a scent of marijuana and the men attempted to put the lit cigarette in their pockets, police said.

    Both men admitted to smoking marijuana, and Konco said he has a medical condition and felts he needs the marijuana but did not have a prescription for marijuana, police said.

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

    Smithfield Twp. burglary, theft under investigation

    Towanda state police are investigating an incident that took place on May 1 at about 9:22 p.m. at a Ballantine Road location in Smithfield Township, police said.

    According to police, an 18-inch white, orange, and yellow Husqvarna chainsaw was stolen from the location.

    Police said the actor or actors also attempted to pry open a door to a camper and pried open the front door to the house trailer, causing damage to the door.

    Inside, the actor or actors stole a black 39 inch Vizio flat screen TV with the serial number LTYWNQAQ0853623 and a black Blu-ray disc player, police said.

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

    Anyone with information is asked to contact state police at (570) 265-2186 and reference incident number P05-0809918.

    Rape investigation

    State police at Towanda said they are investigating an allegation that a 51-year-old woman was sexually assaulted by a male individual known by her during May 2014 at a private residence in Troy Township.

    Mailbox damaged

    State police at Mansfield said they are investigating an incident that took place between 1:45 p.m. and 2 p.m. May 14 on River Road in Ward Township, Tioga County, Pa. in which two unknown actors in a small blue hatchback car with a cracked windshield damaged the mailbox of Curt Brennan, 63, of Troy.

    Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Pennsylvania State Police in Mansfield at (570) 662-2151.


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  • 05/18/15--21:00: Court Notes 5/19/15
  • PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS

    Richard A. Whitehair and Susan J. Whitehair to Martha Doughtery for $140,000; Black Creek Township.

    Marie S. Drehar and Marie S. Spess to Richard J. David and Margaret M. Davis for $110,000; Union Township.

    Bret Bruck to Katelynn J. Knick and Randy R. Taylor for $103,000; Pittston Township.

    Maria Augustine and Maria Augustine Baxter and Wayne Baxter to Cristal D. Seabrook-Delgado for $104,000; Larksville.

    Jose N. Ventura to Edward Bonilla for $117,500; Hazleton.

    Rocco Anthony Ciavarella and Maryanne Ellen Ciavarella to Charlie Velazquez for $105,000; Hazleton.


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    Public drunkenness

    SHAMOKIN - Andrew Reich III, 22, of 720 N. Franklin St., was cited for public drunkenness by Shamokin City Police Patrolman William Zalinski after being found under the influence of alcohol in the 400 block of North Shamokin Street at 3:10 a.m. Saturday.

    Counterfeit money

    MONROE TOWNSHIP - State police at Selinsgrove are investigating the use of counterfeit money at several businesses along Routes 11 and 15 on Saturday.

    Police report the suspects, described as four black males used counterfeit bills to make purchases at Aldi's, Auto Zone, Panera Bread, Michael's and Walmart, between 5:45 and 7:15 p.m. Two of the males were described as wearing white t-shirts, a third was wearing a black and gray jacket and dark hat, while the fourth wore a red t-shirt.

    Police say the investigation continues into the incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact state police at 570-374-8145.

    Harassment

    SHAMOKIN - Richard D. Kleman Jr., 40, June E. Schaffner, 40, both of 545 S. Seventh St., and a 13-year-old female were all cited for harassment following the investigation into a Dec. 10 incident at Kleman's residence.

    According to Shamokin City Police Cpl. Jarrod Scandle, the offenses occurred in a family dispute when the juvenile struck Schaffner in the face, Schaffner had physical contact with the juvenile and Kleman struck the juvenile in the face, causing her nose to bleed.

    Guilty pleas

    SHAMOKIN - Jonathan Gregory, 29, of 869 W. Spruce St., Coal Township, and Charles Troup III, 21, of 439 W. Gowen St., Shamokin, were sentenced to one year probation and fined $300 each after the two men pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia during their preliminary hearings Tuesday before Magisterial District Judge John Gembic.

    The two men were charged by Coal Township Police after a traffic stop near Odd Fellows Cemetery Oct. 12.


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  • 05/20/15--21:00: Police Briefs 5/21/2015
  • Waverly woman charged with marijuana, paraphernalia possession

    Sayre Borough Police charged Molly R. Gentile, 21, of Waverly, with possession or distribution of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop on May 6, according to Sayre police.

    Police said while running speed enforcement, they observed a female, later identified as Gentile, driving with no hands on the wheel while holding and attempting to light a glass bowl.

    Police stopped Gentile, who admitted to trying to light a pipe filled with marijuana, police said.

    Gentile passed a field sobriety test and police retrieved a glass bowl containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana as well as a plastic bag containing a green leafy substance and a green grinder containing marijuana, police said.

    According to police, the substance tested positive for marijuana and weighed approximately 4 grams.

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

    Multiple charges filed against Lockwood, N.Y. man

    Sayre Borough Police filed several charges against Bryan Richard Benninger, 23, of Lockwood, N.Y., after witnessing a vehicle cut off another at the Spring Street Dandy Mini Mart in Sayre, according to Sayre police.

    On May 6, police saw a car pull into the Dandy Mini Mart parking lot at a high rate of speed and subsequently cut off another vehicle heading north on Spring Street, police said.

    Police approached the car and asked the driver, later identified as Benninger, why he was going so fast.

    When speaking with Benninger, police noticed an odor of burnt marijuana in the vehicle, police said.

    Benninger did not provide police with proof of registration or insurance, police said,

    Benninger told police he smoked marijuana in the car the day before, but he still had a pipe in the vehicle, which police found along with several empty blunt wrappers, police said.

    Police also found a smoked blunt containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana in the ashtray, police said.

    Benninger was charged with possession or distribution of a small amount of marijuana, paraphernalia possession, operating a vehicle without financial responsibility, driving with required registration and title certificate, operating a vehicle following suspension of registration, operating a vehicle without an official inspection certificate, and operating a vehicle with unapproved tires.

    Benninger has been issued a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on June 30 for his preliminary hearing.

    Theft at Advanced Auto Parts

    Christopher Martin Travis, 27, of Burlington was charged by state police with theft by deception, receiving stolen property and making false reports to law enforcement relating to an April 5 incident at Advanced Auto Parts in Wysox Township.

    According to police, Travis made a fraudulent purchase from the auto parts store under an account named "KC Automotive" that totalled $301.98.

    Travis then later attempted to receive a cash refund for the items, police said.

    Travis has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton at 3:45 p.m. on June 2 for a preliminary hearing.

    Wyalusing man charged

    Matthew Vangorder, 20, of Wyalusing has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, endangering the welfare of children, recklessly endangering another person and underage possession of alcohol relating to an April 11 incident on Taylor Avenue in Wyalusing Borough.

    According to police, Vangorder was involved in an incident that involved an overdose of a 13-year-old female who was flown to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville by helicopter to receive treatment.

    Police investigating the incident found Vangorder with two other juveniles and a 2-month-old child. The two juveniles and Vangorder were found to be under the influence of a type of depressant drug, police said.

    After obtaining consent to search the residence, police found synthetic marijuana, multiple glass pipes and an open container of alcohol hidden throughout the house.

    Vangorder has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton at 3:30 p.m. on June 2 for a preliminary hearing.


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  • 05/20/15--21:00: Court notes
  • John S. Gydosh to Gary Gall and Georgann Gall for $108,000; Yatesville.

    Mark W. Bosak and Diana Bosak to Thomas Romanyshyn and Nanci Romanushyn for $93,000; Rice Township.

    Thomas Romanyshyn and Nanci Romanushyn to Edward Lee Baker and Beverly S. Baker for $670,000; Rice Township.

    PNC Bank to Autumn C. Geiser and Nicholas Geiser for $176,200; Fairview Township.

    Shannon Layne to Neil L. Trautman and Michelle Trautman for $165,000; Fairview Township.

    Scott A. Logan and Erica C. Logan to John B. Koehler and Coreen M. Koehler for $257,500; Penn Lake.

    Robert G. Weiskerger and Deborah Lynn Weiskerger to Brian Fox for $140,000; Forty Fort.

    Michael Panzetta and Lori Panzetta to Joseph Casale for $104,000; Pittston.


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    Juveniles cited

    SHAMOKIN - Three juveniles, a 17-year-old Shamokin male, a 14-year-old Paxinos female, and a 15-year-old Mount Carmel female, were cited for underage drinking and violating Shamokin's curfew ordinance after being found intoxicated on Packer Street near Rock Street at 4:30 a.m. Saturday.

    Liquor law violations

    WILLIAMSPORT - An area fire company and a Mount Carmel business were cited Thursday by the Pennsylvania State Police's Bureau for Liquor Enforcement.

    The Brady Fire Association No. 1 of Johnson City, of Ranshaw, was cited for failing to maintain complete and truthful records covering the operation of the licensed business for a period of two years, immediately preceding April 2 concerning the local option small games of chance act. The fire company also used, or permitted to be used on the inside of the licensed premises, a loudspeaker or similar device where the sound of music or other entertainment could be heard beyond the property line.

    The 5 C's, 15 E. Fifth St., Mount Carmel, was cited for failing to maintain complete and truthful records covering the operation of the licensed business for a period of two years, immediately preceding Jan. 13.

    The charges will be brought before an administrative law judge, who has the authority to impose penalties ranging from $50 to $1,000 for minor offenses and up to $5,000 for more serious offenses. In addition, the judge can impose a license suspension or revocation of the license based on the severity of the charge and can mandate training for the licensee.


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    Counterfeit bills

    MONROE TOWNSHIP - State police at Selinsgrove reported a black male between the ages of 18 and 25 passed two counterfeit $50 bills at Giant in the Monroe Market Place at 6:20 p.m. Saturday.

    Police said the man who passed the counterfeit money is 6 feet, 3 inches tall with a thin build. He was wearing a white T-shirt and knee-length blue shorts.

    Sunbury man hospitalized

    WEST CHILLISQUAQUE TOWNSHIP - Maurice Wilkinson, 68, of Sunbury, was transported by Milton Ambulance to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville after suffering a medical emergency that led to an accident Wednesday afternoon in front of 4635 Route 405 in this Northumberland County township.

    State police at Milton reported Wilkinson was driving a 2002 GMC Sierra south shortly after 1 p.m. when he had a medical emergency, causing his vehicle to exit the right side of the road, strike a traffic sign, descend an embankment and hit a parked 1995 tractor-trailer.

    Wilkinson's vehicle sustained disabling damage while the tractor-trailer had minor damage.

    Inmate charged

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Gregory Garrett Brown, 51, an inmate at SCI-Coal Township, was charged by Trooper David Myers of state police at Stonington with aggravated harassment by a prisoner and harassment relating to an April 29 incident at the state prison.

    Police reported Brown allegedly threw urine from his cell at Correctional Officer Jose Brito. Police said the urine struck Brito in the face and chest.


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  • 05/21/15--21:00: Court notes 5/22/15
  • Josephine Radginski (per agent) and Robert A. Radginski to Joseph E. Sofa and Nora B. Gorzella for $97,000; Jenkins Township.

    Mauri C. Anderson to Phillip W. Straub and Maureen M. Straub for $212,000; Harveys Lake.

    Justine P. Arnold to George J. Schatzel Jr. and Melissa Schatzel for $150,000; Wilkes-Barre.

    Seymor Holtzman and Evelyn Holtzman to Turkey Hill LP for $525,000; Wilkes-Barre.

    Matthew M. Sundholm to Stephen R. Gittens and Kimberly A. Gittens for $134,000; West Wyoming.

    Barbara Gilgallon and Charles Jamiolkowski to Brittany M. Partington for $88,500; Wilkes-Barre.

    Susan L. Sellani-Hosage, Peter J. Sellani, John P. Sellani Jr., Sandra L. Sellani and Sandy L. Sellani to SDS Realty for $96,000; West Pittston.

    Joan E. Rinehimer and Floyd A. Rinehimer to Bryon Knapich and Amy Knapich for $113,500; Hanover Township.

    Shirley Larock to Donald Larock, Dorothy Larock and George Larock for $220,000; Sugarloaf Township.

    Robert Barrett to Michelle M. Phillips and Joel Desanto for $149,500; Pittston.


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  • Police Briefs

    Trespassing charges filed against Athens man

    According to Athens Borough Police, Michael B. Nichols Jr., 45, of Athens, was charged with defiant trespassing, scattering rubbish, and trespassing by motor vehicle by Athens police following a May 9 incident in Athens Borough.

    Police said Nichols' girlfriend called police after he kicked in the door at her residence and passed out on her couch.

    Nichols' girlfriend told police that he was heavily intoxicated and that he was driving his Jeep on the Chemung River dike, police said.

    She also told police Nichols smashed the basement door after becoming angry when she told Nichols he was not permitted to drive on the dike, police said.

    Police observed Nichols' Jeep, a kayak and trailer, fishing equipment, and several beer cans at the dike, police said.

    Police woke Nichols at the residence, where they found several cases of beer, and asked him why he was drinking while on probation, police said.

    Police said Nichols told police he was not drinking, but police smelled alcohol on Nichols as well as observed his glassy, bloodshot eyes.

    Nichols admitted to having his Jeep on the dike despite postings prohibiting vehicles on the dike, police said.

    Nichols told police he was drinking by the river then passed out again on the couch, police said.

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

    Gillett man charged with violating PFA order

    Towanda state police said Anthony J. Steenberge, 23, of Gillett, violated a protection from abuse order.

    According to police, Steenberge was taken into custody after police discovered the active no contact PFA existed with Steenberge's wife as the plaintiff and Steenberge as the defendant during an investigation of a verbal altercation on May 11 at about 10:55 a.m.

    Police said Steenberge was charged with contempt for violation of order or agreement.

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

    Gillett woman charged with retail theft

    Danielle Lynn Smith, 33, of Gillett, was charged with retail theft by Athens Township Police on May 14 after attempting to take items from the Elmira Street Walmart in Sayre, according to Athens police.

    Police said Walmart's asset protection associate was notified by a cashier that two women, one later identified at Smith, were not paying for all of the merchandise they were bagging at the self-checkout register.

    The associate witnessed Smith scan some items and not scan others then put the items in her bag, police said.

    The associate stopped Smith before she exited the store and took Smith to her office where she added up 45 unpaid items, totaling $257.68, police said.

    Police said Smith pleaded guilty to retail theft charges in 2004.

    Smith has been issued a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on June 30 for her preliminary hearing.


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    Trevorton Road accident

    COAL TOWNSHIP - No injuries were reported in a two-vehicle accident Thursday afternoon in front of 1620 Trevorton Road near Annabelle's Restaurant.

    Patrolman Matthew Hashuga said Margaret Bednarcik, 91, of Coal Township, was driving a 2003 Buick Century south on Route 225 shortly before 4 p.m. when she signaled to make a left turn near Annabelle's. Police said Bednarcik slowed down and came to a stop in the southbound lane while waiting for northbound traffic to pass so she could make a left turn into a driveway at 1620 Trevorton Road.

    At that point, Hashuga said a 2003 Mazda Protege operated by Erin Dehart, 18, of Saint Thomas, who was traveling south on Route 225, rear-ended Bednarcik's car. Police said Dehart attempted to stop to avoid a collision, but was unable to do so.

    Both drivers were evaluated at the scene by emergency medical personnel.

    Dehart's car sustained front-end damage and was towed from the scene. Bednarcik's auto sustained rear-end damage.

    Dehart was cited by Hashuga for careless driving.

    Route 61 crash

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Two drivers escaped injury in a rear-end collision Friday morning at the intersection of Route 61 and traffic signal at Burger King.

    Patrolman Chris Williams, who investigated the 7 a.m. crash, reported Catherine H. Burns, of 34 S. First St., Shamokin, had her 2013 Toyota stopped on Route 61 for a red light when a 1988 Chevrolet truck driven south on the highway by Robert T. Neidig Jr., of 125 S. Franklin St., Shamokin, slid into the rear of Burns' vehicle after being unable to stop.

    Burns' car sustained moderate damage while Neidig's truck sustained minor damage.

    Neidig was cited by Williams for following a vehicle too closely.

    Scattering rubbish

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Terrance Hoey II, 32, of 1256 Pulaski Ave., was cited by police for scattering rubbish after allegedly dumping household trash on Susquehanna coal lands, near Coal Run, between March 25 and May 22.


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  • 05/22/15--21:00: Court notes 5/23/15
  • Steven L. Fraind and Sherry L. Fraind to Jason Marc Fairchild and Nicole Elizabeth Fairchild for $300,000; Salem Township.

    Daniel J. Gildea and Nancy Gildea to Robert L. Wasilewski for $157,000; Laurel Run.

    Nicole E. Fairchild and Jason M. Fairchild to Carl Lee Lemick and Shelly A. Lemick for $232,000; Salem Township.

    Randy L. Marchetti to Sarah Ann Pogor for $85,000; Hazleton.

    Anthony Joseph Dreier, Ann Frances Jackloski and Marie Louise Dreier-Lewis to Raymond F. Hooper, Michele M. Hooper and Dennis X. Hooper for $125,000; Laurel Run.

    Christine Placek (executrix) and Michael J. Dunay (estate) to Robert N. Tomko Jr. and Holly L. Tomko for $78,500; Swoyersville.

    Christopher Shedletsky to John Giovanelli for $106,000; Kingston.


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  • 05/22/15--21:00: Police Briefs
  • Police Briefs

    Canton crash reported

    Canton police said that they were called to a two-car motor vehicle crash at approximately 7:44 a.m. May 20 in front of Canton High School.

    According to a news release, police arrived to find both vehicles had been removed from the point of impact. The driver of one of the vehicles was Gerald Spencer, 90, of Canton. Police said he was driving his 2010 red Jeep north on Little Street, came to the stop sign, and pulled out onto East Main Street and into the path of a 2000 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by James Horton of Canton, which was traveling west on East Main Street.

    Police said damage to Horton's truck was on the driver's side and there was front-end damage to Spencer's vehicle. According to police, Horton and his passengers were not injured, and Spencer refused treatment by Western Alliance, but was talked into going to the hospital to be checked out, as he was having trouble breathing. Police said he went by private vehicle. Canton police were assisted at the scene by Western Alliance and Canton Fire Department. Both vehicles were driven from the scene, police said.

    Theft charges for Nichols woman

    Athens Township Police have charged Jennifer Faye Norton, 30, of Nichols, with retail theft and receiving stolen property after Norton attempted to steal $145.31 of merchandise from the Sayre Walmart, Athens police said.

    According to police, Walmart's asset protection associate saw two women she suspected of taking items without paying for the items.

    The associate told police one of the women, later identified as Norton, took a cart full of merchandise to the self checkout and scanned a few items in the cart and used a UPC bar code valued at .50 cents in her hand to scan the other, police said.

    A video showed Norton scanning the items then using the UPC code in lieu of the actual item's code as well as Norton placing unscanned items in her bag, police said.

    Police said the .50 cent UPC code was used 12 times and 23 items were placed in Norton's bag and never paid for.

    The unpaid items totaled $145.31, police said.

    Police said Norton previously pleaded guilty to a summary retail theft charge in 2005.

    Norton has been issued a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on June 30 for her preliminary hearing.

    Athens woman facing drug paraphernalia charges

    Alexandra Kaitlyn Anderson, 19, of Athens, was charged with two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia by Athens Township Police after a May 16 incident, according to Athens police.

    Police responded to a call regarding a drug overdose where they spoke with a witness who said she saw Anderson unresponsive in her vehicle, police said.

    Anderson was taken into a Greater Valley EMS ambulance and police found four wax papers with "SHINE" and a diamond printed on them in plain view in Anderson's purse, police said.

    Police later made contact with Anderson at Robert Packer Hospital where she told police she injected heroin with a hypodermic needle in her leg, police said.

    Police seized the needle, which was in Anderson's jacket.

    Anderson has been issued a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on June 30 for her preliminary hearing.

    Sayre woman charged with terroristic threats

    Sayre Borough Police charged Rosemary Scholes, 47, of Sayre, with terroristic threats with intent to terrorize another, harassment, and disorderly conduct after Scholes threatened her brother on May 17 at his residence, Sayre police said.

    Police said Scholes was attempting to get property back from her brother that he was keeping as evidence in a civil case against Scholes.

    When her brother told Scholes to leave, she began threatening him, saying she would "blow up his vehicles and destroy his home," according to the criminal complaint filed against Scholes.

    Her brother threatened to call police and Scholes told her brother she "would have his legs broken," police said.

    Her brother also told police Scholes had numerous individuals with her for an intimidation factor and that every time Scholes made a threat, they would make cheering noises in support of her threats, police said.

    Scholes' brother told police he was in fear of his life and feared Scholes may damage his property, police said.

    Scholes has been issued a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on June 30 for her preliminary hearing.

    Athens man charged with trespassing, public drunkenness

    James Thomas Wells Sr., 45, of Athens, was charged with criminal trespassing, disorderly conduct, and public drunkenness by Athens Township Police on May 20, according to Athens police.

    Police said they received a report of a man who entered a residence, causing a female to flee the residence.

    Police said the woman, who owns the residence, told police she was inside when a man opened her back door and entered the residence.

    She asked the man what he wanted and he mumbled a response then walked toward her, police said.

    She grabbed her phone, ran outside, and called 911, police said.

    Police found Wells under the influence sitting at her kitchen table and took him into custody, police said.

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

    Wells will appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on June 2 for his preliminary hearing.

    Towanda man spends money after receiving funds in error

    David Samuel Parker Jr., 21, of Towanda has been charged with theft relating to a March 11 incident that occurred at the Craftmaster Federal Credit Union in Wysox Township.

    Police said an IRS tax refund was mistakenly sent to Parker's account in the amount of $1,366 on March 3, and on March 11 Parker withdrew $1,350 from his account.

    Craftmaster realized the mistake on March 16 and contacted Parker to repay the money, police said. Parker then told Craftmaster that he was unable to repay the money because he had spent it, police said.

    Parker has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton on June 23 at 1 p.m. for a preliminary hearing.

    DUI charges

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

    Crystal Lynn Tracy, 28, of Wyalusing, by state police, on April 25, on State Route 706 in Wyalusing Township.

    Tracy has also been charged with failing to stay in her lane, careless driving and driving without a seatbelt.

    A blood test revealed that on the day of her arrest Tracy had a blood alcohol content of .187 percent.

    Tracy has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton on June 5 at 10:30 a.m. for a preliminary hearing.

    Mitchel Edward McPhillips, 21, of Barton, N.Y., by state police, on April 29, on State Route 187 in Rome Township.

    McPhillips has also been charged with failing to stay in his lane and careless driving.

    A blood test revealed that on the day of his arrest McPhillips had a blood alcohol content of .174 percent.

    McPhillips has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton on June 5 at 10:30 a.m. for a preliminary hearing.

    Nathan James Murray, 39, of Wyalusing, by state police, on April 26, on State Route 6 in Wyalusing Township.

    Murray has also been charged with failing to stay in his lane and careless driving.

    A blood test revealed that on the day of his arrest Murray had a blood alcohol content of .175 percent.

    Murray has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton on June 5 at 10:30 a.m. for a preliminary hearing.


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

    Rhonda Rogers, 37, Sayre, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw to the offense of Harassment, a summary, and was sentenced to court costs. Officer George Nichols of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Rogers for the offense on Feb. 11, 2015, following investigation of a Harassment theft that occurred in Sayre Borough.

    Jesse Gustin, 31, Sayre, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton to the offense of Theft by Unlawful Taking, a misdemeanor of the third degree and was sentenced to court costs. Trooper Terence Foley of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Gustin for the offense on March 28, 2015, following investigation of a Theft that occurred in Asylum Township.

    Richard Harvey, 42, Meshoppen, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton to the offense of Possession of a Small amount of Marijuana, a misdemeanor and was sentenced to 30 days and court costs. Trooper Peter Federici of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Harvey for the offense on April 12, 2015 following investigation of a Possession Charge that occurred in Wysox Township.

    Stacy Mann, 40, Waymart, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton to the offense of Receiving Stolen Property, a misdemeanor of the third degree and was sentenced to time served, plus restitution to be determined and court costs. Trooper Nathan Lewis of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Mann for the offense on March 13, 2015, following investigation of a Receiving Stolen Property that occurred in Asylum Township.

    Terence Cooper, 45, Endicott, N.Y., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw to the offense of Public Drunkenness, a summary offense, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor, and was sentenced to 30 days (suspended), a fine of $500, and court costs. Officer George Nichols of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Cooper for the offense on March 14, 2015, following investigation of a Public Drunkenness that occurred in Sayre Borough.

    Derek Hovan, 19, Rome, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark to the offense of Possession of Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor and was sentenced to a fine of $100 and court costs. Officer Corey McLinko of the Towanda Borough Police Department arrested Hovan for the offense on Jan. 9, 2015, following investigation of a Traffic Incident that occurred in Towanda Borough.

    Jasmine Burns, 19, Wysox, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before District Magisterial Judge, Fred Wheaton, to the offense of Theft by Unlawful Taking, a misdemeanor of the third degree, and was sentenced to restitution in the amount of $394 and court costs. Trooper Christopher Stack of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Burns for the offense on Feb. 25, 2015, following investigation of a Theft that occurred in Wysox Borough.

    Victoria Trindle, 34, Sayre, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before District Magisterial Judge, Michael Shaw, to the offense of Driving under Suspension (DUI Related), a summary offense and was sentenced to 60 days and court costs.

    Christopher Pozzi, 34, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before District Magisterial Judge Timothy Clark to the offense of Theft, a misdemeanor of the third degree and was sentenced to a fine of $100, and court costs. Officer Ryan Edsell of the Towanda Borough Police Department arrested Pozzi for the offense on Feb. 18, 2015, following investigation of a Theft that occurred in Towanda Borough.

    Michael J. Benjamin, 30, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before District Magisterial Judge Timothy Clark to the offense of Scattering Rubbish, a misdemeanor of the third degree and was sentenced to a fine of $100.00, and court costs. Trooper Joseph Bufalino of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Benjamin for the offense on Jan. 5, 2015, following investigation of a Scattering Rubbish that occurred in Ulster Township.

    Russell Conklin, 34, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before District Magisterial Judge Timothy Clark to the offense of Harassment, a summary offense and was sentenced to a fine of $75 and court costs. Officer Corey McLinko of the Towanda Borough Police Department arrested Conklin for the offense on April 18, 2015, following investigation of an Assault that occurred in Towanda Borough.

    Bradlee Elliott, 21, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before District Magisterial Judge Timothy Clark, to the offense of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor, and was sentenced to a fine of $100 and court costs. Officer Corey McLinko of the Towanda Borough Police Department arrested Elliott for the offense on March 3, 2015, following investigation of a Possession of Paraphernalia that occurred in Towanda Borough.

    Matthew McKernan, Monroeton, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before District Magisterial Judge Timothy Clark, to the offense of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor and was sentenced to a fine of $100, and court costs. Trooper Tyler Brackman of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested McKernan for the offense on Oct. 21, 2014, following investigation of a Possession of Drug Paraphernalia that occurred in Franklin Township.

    Brandy Eakins, 31, Granville Summit, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before District Magisterial Judge Jonathan Wilcox to the offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance, a misdemeanor and was sentenced to time served and court costs. Trooper Tyler Brackman of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Eakins for the offense on March 20, 2014, following investigation of a possession that occurred in West Burlington Township.

    Daniel Grubb, 32, Ulster, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before District Magisterial Judge Jonathan Wilcox to the offense of Harassment, a summary offense, and was sentenced to time served and court costs. Trooper Richter of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Grubb for the offense on April 4, 2014, following investigation of a harassment that occurred in Smithfield Township.

    Darrell Struble, 33, Troy, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before District Magisterial Judge Jonathan Wilcox to the offense of Furnishing Drug Free Urine, a misdemeanor of the third degree and Possession of Controlled Substance, a misdemeanor, and was sentenced to five months and court costs. Trooper Caroline Rayeski of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Struble following investigation of a possession of a controlled substance that occurred in Troy Township.

    Andrew Osgood, 42, Troy, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before District Magisterial Judge Jonathan Wilcox to the offense of Harassment, a summary offense, and was sentenced to a fine of $200 and court costs. Trooper Steve Steranski of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Osgood for the offense on April 8, 2015, following investigation of a harassment that occurred in Springfield Township.

    Levi Cole, 19, Canton, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before District Magisterial Judge Jonathan Wilcox to the offense of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor and was sentenced to a fine of $200 and court costs. Chief Douglas Seeley of the Canton Borough Police Department arrested Cole for the offense on Jan. 14, 2015, following investigation of a possession that occurred in Canton Borough.

    Tawni Whyte, 20, Monroeton, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before District Magisterial Judge Timothy Clark to the offense of Disorderly Conduct, a misdemeanor of the third degree and was sentenced to restitution of $100 and court costs. Sergeant David Lantz of the Towanda Borough Police Department arrested Whyte for the offense on Feb. 3, 2012, following investigation of an assault that occurred in Towanda Borough.

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

    Daniel L. Bell, 65, of Towanda, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in a Pennsylvania State Correctional Facility for two years to 19 years for the offenses including unlawful firearm possession, possession of child pornography and unlawfully recording another person, three felonies and two misdemeanors. Bell's sentence will run consecutive to a 23 month sentence imposed for an earlier case. Bell will be a lifetime registered sex offender as a result of the sentence. Detective Albert Ogden of the Towanda Borough Police Department arrested Bell for the offenses in 2014.

    Matthew McLinko, 21, of Towanda, Pa., was sentenced to a term of imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for four days to six months for one count of DUI and 15 days (flat), followed by County Intermediate Punishment for 24 months, on another count of DUI (County Intermediate Punishment involves a combination of restrictions and supervision. It may include home confinement, electronic monitoring, and substance abuse treatment. Violations can result in incarceration.), fines, costs and restitution of $2,500. He was also ordered to lose his driver's license for 30 months. He was also ARD revoked on one count, for the offense of two counts of DUI, a misdemeanor, and one count, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Trooper Brandon Allis of the Pennsylvania State Police and Trooper Christopher Schelling also of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested McLinko following investigation of incidents that occurred in Athens Township.

    Jonathan Houghtalen, 29, Waverly, N.Y., was sentenced to a term of imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 90 days to 23 ½ months, fines of $1,500 and court costs for the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Officer Derek Dekar of the Athens Borough Police Department arrested Houghtalen for the offense in September 2014.

    Joshua Brown, 33, Canton, Pa., was resentenced to a term of imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for six months to 12 months, fines of $250 plus court costs and restitution of $2,425.03, for the offense of Theft by Unlawful Taking, a misdemeanor of the third degree. Trooper George Layou of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Brown following investigation of an incident that occurred in Canton Township in November 2012.

    Angie Wise, 24, of Sayre, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 156 days to 23 ½ months and restitution of $120, for the offense of Delivery of a Controlled Substance, a Felony. Officer Bruce Hoffman of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Wise for the offense in December 2014.

    Angie Wise, 24, of Sayre, Pa., was sentenced to Probation supervision for a term of 12 months, for the offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance, a misdemeanor. Officer Bruce Hoffman of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Wise for the offense in August 2013.

    Richard Henderson, 27, Athens, Pa., was sentenced to Probation supervision for a term of two years, fines of $500.00, plus court costs and restitution of $200 for the offense of Delivery of a Controlled Substance, a felony. Trooper Robert Hutchison of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Henderson following investigation of an incident that occurred in Athens Borough in December 2013.

    Charles Kenyon, 58, Towanda, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 30 days to six months, fines of $750 plus court costs for the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Trooper James Dughi of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Kenyon following investigation of an incident that occurred in Albany Township.

    Levi R. Foux, 33, Sugar Run, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Harassment, a summary offense. Foux was also sentenced this day to eight days in the Bradford County Correctional Facility. Trooper Joseph Bufalino of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Foux following investigation of an incident that occurred in Wilmot Township.

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

    Kyle Hillard, 21, Laceyville, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Theft, a felony of the second degree. Hillard will be sentenced July 6, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Joshua Fisher of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Hillard following investigation of an incident that occurred in Tuscarora Township

    Theresa Hayford-Baker, 50, Sayre, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance, a felony. Hayford-Baker will be sentenced on July 6, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Nathan Ross of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Hayford-Baker for the offense on Jan. 18, 2015.

    Shane Furman, 34, Wysox, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Delivery of a Controlled Substance, a felony. Furman will be sentenced July 6, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Agents for the Pennsylvania State Police Vice and Narcotics Unit arrested Furman following investigation of an incident.

    Derrick Seeley, 31, Sayre, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Delivery of a Controlled Substance, a felony and Possession of Precursors to Manufacture Methamphetamines, a felony. Seeley will be sentenced July 6, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Bruce Huffman of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Seeley for the offense on Nov. 30, 2014.

    Austin Merritt, 19, New Albany, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Harassment, a summary offense. Merritt will be sentenced July 2, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Peter Federici of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Merritt following investigation of an incident that occurred on Nov. 1, 2014 in Monroe Township.

    Derek Hunsinger, 24, Sayre, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Hunsinger will be sentenced on July 2, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Andrew Stevens of the Athens Borough Police Department arrested Hunsinger for the offense on April 13, 2014.

    Timothy Bailey, 35, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Delivery of a Controlled Substance, a felony. Bailey will be sentenced on July 6, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Agents of the Pennsylvania State Police Vice and Narcotics Unit arrested Bailey following investigation of an incident that occurred in Towanda Borough.

    Dennis Bacon, 24, Canton, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Delivery of a Controlled Substance, a felony. Bacon will be sentenced on July 2, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Agents of the Bradford County Drug Task Force arrested Bacon for the offense on June 5, 2014.

    Stephen Gordon, 22, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Delivery of a Controlled Substance, a felony. Gordon will be sentenced on July 2, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Agents of the Pennsylvania State Police Vice and Narcotics Unit arrested Gordon following investigation of an incident that occurred in Towanda Borough.

    Robert Swackhammer, 19, Burlington, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Theft, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Swackhammer will be sentenced on June 29, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Joshua Fisher of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Swackhammer following investigation of an incident that occurred in Burlington Township on June 23, 2014.

    Louis Philippi, 58, Rome, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Philippi will be sentenced on June 29, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper David Sweeney of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Philippi following investigation of an incident that occurred in Windham Township.

    Robert Evans, 38, Athens, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Evans will be sentenced on June 29, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Andrew Stevens of the Athens Borough Department arrested Evans for the offense on Jan. 26, 2015.

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

    Ashley Perry, 28, Athens, Pa., charged with the offense of Theft by Unlawful Taking, was accepted into the ARD Program and placed on probation for a term of 12 months. While on probation, Perry will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department which will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Additionally, Perry must perform community service. Officer John Fedorchak of the Athens Township Police Department filed the charges.

    Derek Wells, 18, 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, Wells will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department which will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Officer Jason Serfas of the Athens Township Police arrested Wells for the offense in January 2015, for the offense in Athens Township.

    Cynthia Larson, 44, Wysox, 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, Larson will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department which will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Additionally, Larson must perform community service with the DUI Litter Brigade and attend a Victim Impact Panel and she will lose his Pennsylvania driving privilege for 60 days. Trooper David Sweeney of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Larson for the offense.

    Kristy Houseknecht, 26, Athens, Pa., charged with the offense of Retail Theft, was accepted into the ARD Program and placed on probation for a term of 12 months. While on probation Houseknecht will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department which will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Additionally, Houseknecht must perform 24 hours of community service. Officer Jason Serfas of the Athens Township Police arrested Houseknecht for the offense on Dec. 21, 2014 in Athens Township.

    Richard Moss, 75, Milan, 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, Moss will be subject to supervision which will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Additionally, Moss must perform community service with the DUI Litter Brigade and attend a Victim Impact Panel and he will lose his Pennsylvania driving privilege for 30 days. Trooper Jeffrey Creedon of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Moss for the offense.


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    The following landlord/tenant claims or judgments were filed in magisterial district court:

    John Gembic III, Shamokin

    T&V Partners, of Sunbury, against Ken Pilkus and Stephanie Stewart, of Shamokin, for $968, filed May 21. A hearing is scheduled for June 4.

    John and Renee Brown, of Catawissa, against Matt Stevens, of Shamokin, for $1,300, filed May 19. A hearing is scheduled for June 4.

    Hugh A. Jones, Mount Carmel

    Kerry Blum, of Martins Creek, against Edward Bolam, of Mount Carmel, for $450, filed May 19. A hearing is scheduled for May 28.

    Twin Management, of Mount Carmel, against Ana Marie Soto and Keith Berry, of Mount Carmel, for $905, filed May 21. A hearing is scheduled for June 4.


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  • Stanishefski Irrevocable Grantor Trust, Lori Shatley (co-trustee), Cheryl Wallitsch (co-trustee) and Lisa Romanelli (co-trustee) to Richard Allen Kolesar for $100,000; Swoyersville.

    Danielle E. Bennet to Nathan P. Lee for $136,000; Dallas Township.

    Theresa A. Alexander to Brian S. Dean and Bridget T. Dean for $145,000; Dallas.

    Bertha E. Helmer (per agent) and Ralph Yeust (agent) to Michael King, Thomas Clause and Jennifer King for $100,000; Dennison Township.

    Irene Evelock (co-executor), Edward Evelock (co-executor) and Stacia R. Antall to Charles A. Jamiolowski and Barbara R. Gilgallon for $105,000; Hanover Township.

    Brian Lutz to Cathy Lee Warner for $92,000; Butler Township.

    John S. Montone to Steven M. Schutz and Ronald E. Schutz for $164,000; Butler Township.

    Maurice Gaudio (estate), Joseph Gaudio (executor) and Joseph Vitaliano (executor) to Antonia De Leon Romero for $79,500; Hazleton.

    12 Stone LLC to Joseph L. Ahearn for $77,500; Hanover Township.

    Paul C. Story Jr. to National Residential Nominee Services Inc. for $215,000; Duryea.


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  • Carl E. Ankiewicz and Gwendolyn A. Ankiewicz to Richard M. Supkowski and Mary Lynn Supkowski for $252,580; Dorrance Township.

    John J. Nemic and Nicole P. Nemic to Todd Knouse and April Knouse for $135,000; Plains Township.

    Brett W. Vallet and Tara Vallet to John R. Bulford, Lynn Scotti and Amanda Brown for $125,000; Avoca.

    Evergreen Hills Estate Inc. to Ricardas Ilciukas and Martina M. Ilciukas for $205,000; Wright Township.

    Champion Mortgage Company (per attorney in fact) and Singlesource Property Solutions LLC (attorney in fact) to Joseph Usefara and Kevin Usefara for $72,000; Larksville.

    Steven Kutney to James M. Kosco and Amy L. Kosco for $152,500; Forty Fort.

    National Residential Nominee Services Inc. to Richard Stegman and Jennifer Stegman for $215,000; Duryea.

    Mary Lynn Supkowski and Richard M. Supkowski Jr. to Jeffrey S. Dorris and Elizabeth June Dorris for $162,000; Dorrance Township.

    Thomas P. Sokola, Patricia Sokola, Frank M. Sokola and Donna Sokola to Henry C. Graboske for $162,000; Hanover Township.


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    Theft of leased property

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Christine Gebhard, 35, of 1154 Poplar St., Kulpmont, was charged by Patrolman Chris Lapotsky with theft of leased property and receiving stolen property.

    Police said Gebhard leased a stove, refrigerator, sofa, recliner, computer tablet, bunk beds, washer and dryer and two cell phones from Rent-A-Center on Route 61 between Nov. 28 and March 3, but stopped making payments and retained all the items except for the computer tablet and cell phones. Police reported Gebhart owed a balance of $6,429.96.

    Underage drinking

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Cpl. Terry Ketchem issued 15 citations for underage drinking after responding to a suspected underage drinking party at 1631 E. Webster St. May 15.

    Alyson Benzhafer, Kathleen Knowles, Marissa Maceira, Emelia Lee, Bryan Pacan, Leah Mulholland, James Rosas, Sean Murray, Amanda Fagan, Ronald Shousky III, Tyler Mcveigh, Jessica Beiderman and Johnathan Wojtiq, all 18; Charles Gangloff, 19, and Adam Valentin, 20, all of Philadelphia, were cited for underage drinking.

    Ketchem said police seized more than 18 cases of beer, several coolers of beer, several bottles of liquor and several bags containing alcohol. An adult relative drove from Philadelphia to Coal Township to stay with the teenagers to keep them from leaving the residence until the next day.

    Ketchem also noted the home, rented by Russel Rentals, had deplorable conditions, including a non-working toilet. A rusted jagged pipe sticking out of the ground caused a female teenager to suffer a laceration to her leg, sending her to the hospital for stitches, he said. The property is described on www.russel-rentals.com as a "remodeled cozy cottage" that sleeps up to 10 people.

    Domestic disturbance

    THARPTOWN - Coal Township Cpl. Joshua Wynn has charged James Fuchek, 49, of 118 Tharp St., Tharptown, with simple assault and harassment relating to a domestic disturbance shortly after midnight Sunday.

    Police reported Fuchek is accused of punching his live-in girlfriend, Dianna Grazul, in the face at their home. Grazul suffered a bruise on her face, police said.

    Fuchek was arraigned by on-call Magisterial District Judge Benjamin Apfelbaum of Sunbury and committed to Snyder County Prison in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.


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