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  • 05/26/15--21:00: Police Briefs 5/27/2015
  • Sayre woman charged with theft, receiving stolen property

    Athens Township police charged Desprea Ann Grover, 19, of Sayre, with theft by unlawful taking or disposition and receiving stolen property on May 15, Athens police said.

    According to police, the victim contacted police and told them Grover stole a television belonging to her and her daughter from their home on state Route 199 in Athens.

    Police said the mother told police that her daughter saw Grover leave the residence, taking some items, including clothes and a comforter, with her.

    One item was a 42 inch Vizio television that the mother loaned to the daughter, police said.

    The daughter texted Grover, telling her to return the TV but Grover said she was not bringing the TV back and that it was her TV, police said.

    The daughter told Grover she was going to call police, but Grover related that she didn't care, police said.

    Police were not able to contact Grover and the mother said if Grover returned the TV she would not press charges, police said.

    Grover has been issued a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on July 7 for her preliminary hearing.

    Sayre Walmart theft leads to charges

    Valerie Adis Lamb, 55, of Waverly, was charged with retail theft and receiving stolen property by Athens Township Police following a May 17 incident at the Elmira Street Walmart in Sayre, Athens police said.

    Walmart's asset protection associate notified police of a woman, later identified as Lamb, who she suspected of taking items without paying for them, police said.

    The associate told police she watched Lamb remove tags from six reusable Walmart cloth bags and place three boxes of cat food in her cart, police said.

    Lamb was then seen on security cameras picking out flowers and two deli chickens and the associate said Lamb used the cloth bags to cover the items in the cart and exited the store without paying for them, police said.

    Then Lamb re-entered the store and the associate said she saw Lamb take 35 items before exiting the store without paying, police said.

    The associate stopped Lamb and took her to the asset protection office where police found seven unpaid pudding boxes in her purse, police said.

    Lamb denied stealing any items when she first entered Walmart, but after being told the asset protection associate would show officers the video, Lamb admitted to taking the flowers and cat food, police said.

    Lamb told police the items were at her house and she would return them the next day, police said.

    According to police, Lamb pleaded guilty to retail theft charges in 1983.

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

    Athens man charged with assault, disorderly conduct, harassment

    Athens Township Police charged Howard Richard Cook, 51, with simple assault, disorderly conduct, and harassment by physical contact after the attack of another man on May 22, Athens police said.

    Police said the victim told police he was at a friend's house and while sitting on the porch he was punched on the left side of his face "out of nowhere."

    The victim told police he was continuously punched in the head and kicked, then saw it was Cook who was attacking him, police said.

    The victim told Cook to stop and Cook began striking him harder, police said.

    When the attack stopped, the victim told police Cook said, "this isn't over yet," police said.

    Police observed swelling on the victim's face around his eyes and cheeks, police said.

    Cook told police he attacked the victim due to a previous incident between them, police said.

    Cook has been issued a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on July 7 for his preliminary hearing.

    DUI charge

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

    Austen Allyn McGee, 24, of Towanda, by state police, on May 11, on State Route 706 approximately half a mile from Water Street in Wyalusing Township.

    McGee was also charged with failing to stay in his lane and charges related to not stopping after being involved in an accident.

    A blood test revealed that on the night of his arrest, McGee had a blood alcohol content of .214 percent.

    McGee has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton on June 19 at 10:30 a.m. for a preliminary hearing.


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  • 05/26/15--21:00: Court notes
  • Senior Judge Chester B. Muroski, presiding over Luzerne County Domestic Relations Contempt Court on Tuesday, ordered the following defendants jailed for failure to pay child support:

    Willard S. Bidding Jr., Apt. 5, 95 Maffett St., Wilkes-Barre; $12,845, lodged 60 days.

    Jose Perez, 559 Main St., Weston; $2,914, lodged 120 days.

    Warrants were issued for the following defendants:

    Arthur Lee, Apt. B, 10 E. Carey St., Plains Township; $14,811 in two cases.

    Jeffrey Oelke, Floor 2, 16 Cook St., Ashley; $9,618.

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

    Lynn Kinney, Lynn Kinney (administratrix), David R. Kinney Sr. (estate) and Michelle Kinney (estate) to Plymouth Township for $90,000; Plymouth Township.

    William West Jr. and Lucinda West to Plymouth Township for $78,000; Plymouth Township.

    Verbena Properties LLC to Pennsylvania CVS Pharmacy LLC for $750,000; Hanover Township.

    Frank Kwiatkowski and Alice Kwiatkowski to Pennsylvania CVS Pharmacy for $630,000; Hanover Township.

    George J. Kempinski and Christine Kempinski to Pennsylvania CVS Pharmacy for $900,000; Hanover Township.

    Debra Lewis and Cheryl Ashton to Samuel L. Payne and Michael L. Payne for $90,000; Dallas Township.


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  • 05/27/15--21:00: Police Briefs 5/28/2015
  • Elmira man charged with drug paraphernalia possession

    Athens Township Police charged Steffan Jerome Miller, 27, of Elmira, with possession of drug paraphernalia on March 21 at the Fortune Buffet on Elmira Street in Athens, according to Athens police.

    Police said they were notified by a patron of the restaurant that his son witnessed a person with what he assumed was drug paraphernalia in the restroom.

    Upon arrival, the caller met police outside and told them he entered the restroom after his son exited it and the restroom smelled like someone cooked drugs, police said.

    The son exited the restaurant and told police the person was back in the restroom, police said.

    Police approached the man, later identified as Miller, while he was in the restroom and asked him where the bag and spoon were, police said.

    Miller handed over a metal spoon from his waistband that contained residue, police said.

    Miller told police he was using heroin and police took Miller into custody, police said.

    Police searched Miller and found two hypodermic needles, three empty wax papers, and a wax paper containing a powdery substance, police said.

    Miller has been issued a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on July 7 for his preliminary hearing.

    Vehicle damaged in Milan

    Towanda state police said between May 14 and May 15, an unknown actor or actors damaged a 1999 Dodge Durango on Water Street in Milan.

    Police said the vehicle was scratched on the driver and passenger side.

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

    No one injured in Ridgebury accident

    A single-car accident occurred on Ridgebury Road May 20 that left the vehicle on its roof, according to Towanda state police.

    Police said Amanda M. Howell, 26, of Sayre, was driving east on Ridgebury Road in a 2005 Honda Accord when she lost control while negotiating a downhill left hand curve.

    The vehicle struck a ditch on the westbound shoulder with its front end and rolled onto its roof, police said.

    Howell's passengers, 20-year-old Dylan T. Wilcox of Chemung and a 17-year-old male from West Point, Texas, were uninjured in the accident.

    Howell was cited for failure to obey traffic lanes.

    Burglary occurs in Ridgebury

    On May 24 between 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., an unknown actor or actors entered a residence on Berwick Turnpike in Ridgebury Township, according to Towanda state police.

    Police said the actor or actors stole multiple containers with prescription medication, two black laptops (one Toshiba, one HPNC) and a black Samsung MP3 player.

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

    Waverly woman facing drug charges

    Athens Township Police charged Colleen Patricia Comstock, 21, of Waverly, with two counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of paraphernalia possession on May 26 at the Valley Shopping Plaza following a traffic stop, according to Athens police.

    Police stopped a vehicle in the plaza and observed Comstock, a passenger in the vehicle, to have a knife in her possession, police said.

    Comstock showed police the contents of her purse which contained a plastic container with a white powder in it as well as a clear glassine baggie with ice cream cone decals on the bag which also contained a white powder, police said.

    Comstock admitted the powder in the container and baggie was bath salts, police said.

    After taking Comstock to the Athens Township Police Department, Comstock took two hypodermic needles and another clear bag with the same decals containing white powder out of her underwear area, police said.

    Comstock told police the bag contained bath salts, police said.

    She also told police she uses bath salts on a regular basis and that she used them earlier that day at her Waverly residence, police said.

    Comstock has been issued a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on July 7 for her preliminary hearing.

    Walmart theft leads to charges

    Brittany Marie Greeno, 28, of Sayre, was charged with retail theft by Athens Township Police on May 24 for stealing $201.55 worth of items from the Elmira Street Walmart in Sayre, Athens police said.

    Police said Walmart's asset protection associate followed a woman, later identified as Greeno, as she put clothes in her cart.

    The associate said Greeno then returned a pair of sandals and purchased a movie at the service desk, police said.

    Greeno exited the store without paying for the items in her cart and the associate and a witness confronted Greeno about the unpaid items, police said.

    Greeno has been issued a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on July 7 for her preliminary hearing.

    Athens man charged with assault, harassment

    Sayre Borough Police charged Dustin James Clifford Crispell, 25, of Athens, with simple assault and harassment on May 25 after a neighbor called police, Sayre police said.

    Police responded to a Desmond Street apartment in Sayre after a resident told police her neighbors were drunk and fighting and when police arrived the caller told police one man was screaming for help, police said.

    Upon arrival, the neighbor let police in the building where they heard two male voices coming from an apartment, police said.

    After knocking on the door, police said one male began screaming, "Help me, help me, he's beating me," and police forced their way into the apartment.

    Crispell told police to arrest him saying, "I'm the bad guy, just arrest me," according to the criminal complaint filed against Crispell.

    Police observed the victim knelt down on the living room floor naked and bleeding and Crispell apologized to the victim, police said.

    The victim told police he and Crispell were out drinking at a bar when he took Crispell back to his apartment then went back to the bar, police said.

    When the victim came home for the night, Crispell began a verbal argument and the victim got in the shower, police said.

    The victim told police that was when Crispell became violent and started smashing objects in the bathroom, police said.

    The victim told police Crispell ripped down the shower curtain and rod, causing the rod to strike the victim in the face, police said.

    The victim alleges Crispell struck him in the face causing bleeding and a contusion under his left eye, police said.

    Police observed the mentioned injuries and red marks on his arms, chest, and back, police said.

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

    Theft of services occurs in Wysox Twp.

    Someone, whose identity is unknown, placed bags of trash in the Dollar General's dumpster in Wysox Township, without the store's permission, police said.

    This theft of services occurred sometime between 9:30 p.m. on April 30 and 10 p.m. on May 2, state police at Towanda said.


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    Theft

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Andrew Brown, 29, of Shamokin, was cited by Patrolman Matthew Hashuga for two counts of retail theft. Brown is accused of making a fraudulent return of stolen merchandise totaling $74.16 April 23. Police said he attempted a similar return of $95.35 in merchandise March 25, but was denied. An alleged accomplice, Nicole Ramph, 24, of Kulpmont, is accused of returning that same merchandise later that day. She is cited for criminal conspiracy to commit retail theft.

    Knife at school

    MOUNT CARMEL - A 14-year-old Coal Township male was charged by Lt. Christopher Buhay with possessing a weapon on school property and disorderly conduct. The boy is accused of possessing a folding knife at Compass Academy, 30 W. Third St., at 12:10 p.m. May 18.

    DUI

    SHAMOKIN - Jeffery Cooney, 21, of 920 Spruce St., Ashland, was charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance, driving under the influence of enough drugs to be incapable of driving and careless driving following an investigation into an April 22 accident in the 500 block of East Sunbury Street. Blood testing showed that Cooney was allegedly under the influence of marijuana and morphine at the time of the crash, police said.

    The charges were filed with Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III, of Shamokin.

    Drug pipe

    MOUNT CARMEL - A 15-year-old Mount Carmel male was charged by Chief Todd Owens with possession of drug paraphernalia. The boy is accused of possessing a smoking pipe with unidentified narcotic residue at 2:10 a.m. May 16 in the 500 block of West Fig Street.

    Harassment

    COAL TOWNSHIP - A 15-year-old female student of Shamokin Area High School was charged by Patrolman Chad Yoder with harassment and disorderly conduct. The student is accused of punching another female student in the face May 21.

    Trash citation

    MOUNT CARMEL - Vanessa A. Steigerwalt, 26, of 412 N. Chestnut St., is accused of dumping household waste into someone else's Dumpster at 6:30 p.m. May 1. She was cited by Patrolman Jason Drumheller with scattering rubbish.

    DUI

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Police charged Gary M. Sabo, of 205 Third St., Coal Township, with three counts of driving under the influence following an investigation into a DUI checkpoint traffic stop Sept. 19, 2013, on Route 61, Coal Township.

    Sabo was stopped by officers and allegedly failed field sobiety tests at the scene. Chemical testing showed that his blood alcohol level at the time was .091, above the legal limit.

    Charges were filed with the office of Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III, Shamokin.

    Bathroom hideout

    MOUNT CARMEL - Nico A. Tovey, 23, of 25 S. Gold St., Shamokin, is accused of causing a disturbance at Turkey Hill Minit Market, Fifth and Market streets. Police said Tovey was intoxicated when he jumped into a stranger's vehicle and asked for a ride. He was refused and then exited the vehicle and entered the store. He was found hiding in the store bathroom about 4 a.m. May 3. He was cited by Patrolman William Adamski with disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.

    DUI, drugs

    SHAMOKIN - Matthew D. Beegle, 32, of 16 N. Park St., Richland, was charge with drug and DUI charges following an April 30 traffic stop on Route 61, near McDonald's.

    Shamokin City Police Patrolman Raymond Siko II was conducting a routine speed enforcement check when Beegle was clocked driving over the legal limit. After Beegle was stopped, the officer noticed a odor of burnt marijuana and several cases of beer in the vehicle.

    When the officer searched Beegle prior to performing field sobriety tests, he found a metal smoking pipe with marijuana residue in it, and a zip-lock bag containing marijuana. The driver later failed the tests and was taken to Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital for chemical blood testing. The lab work came back with Beegle testing positive for marijuana in his system at the time of the test.

    Beegle was charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving with enough drugs in his system to make him incapable of driving, and driving at a maximum speed limit. The charges were filed with Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III, of Shamokin.

    Drinking citation

    MOUNT CARMEL - Thomas J. Boylan, 20, of 827 Scott St., Kulpmont, was cited by Cpl. David Donkochik with underage drinking related to an incident at 6:45 p.m. May 5 in the 200 block of West Second St.

    Neighbor dispute

    SHAMOKIN - David Sheesley, 63, of 326 S. Market St., was cited by Patrolman Scott Weaver for harassment. Sheesley is accused of threatening a neighbor and striking her during an incident about 7:50 a.m. May 22.

    Drinks stolen

    SHAMOKIN - William Vantrieste, 19, no known address, was cited by Patrolman Scott Weaver with retail theft for allegedly stealing a pair of energy drinks from Dollar General. The drinks were valued at a combined $4.77.

    Screams

    MOUNT CARMEL - A pair of 14-year-old Mount Carmel girls who allegedly refused demands to stop screaming were cited by Cpl. David Donkochik with disorderly conduct. The incident occurred about 9 p.m. May 9 in the 100 block of West Fourth Street.

    Tosses items

    MOUNT CARMEL - Cathy M. Alexander, 35, of 439 E. Seventh St., was cited by Lt. Christopher Buhay with disorderly conduct. Police said she threw items from her home onto the sidewalk and attempted to set clothing on fire about 11:45 p.m. May 9.

    Yells

    MOUNT CARMEL - Kevin J. Stouffer, 26, of 244 S. Oak St., was cited by Lt. Christopher Buhay with disorderly conduct for allegedly yelling from his second floor porch about 12:45 a.m. May 10.

    Disorderly behavior

    MOUNT CARMEL - David P. Bucher, 47, of 244 E. Avenue, was cited by Lt. Christopher Buhay for disorderly conduct for allegedly screaming and claiming to be armed with a pistol during a disturbance in the first block of North Chestnut Street about 11:15 a.m. May 15.

    Underage drinking

    SHAMOKIN - Patrolman Shane Mowery cited Patrick Pitts Jr., 18, of 338 S. Pear St., Mount Carmel, with underage drinking for an incident about 12:01 a.m. May 23 at the Shamokin police station, 511 N. Franklin St.

    Disorderly conduct

    MOUNT CARMEL - Nicholas A. Fobia, 60, of 318 S. Maple St., was cited by Patrolman Matthew Dillman with disorderly conduct after he was allegedly found urinating on a wall inside the Dollar General, Sixth and Market streets, about 7:30 p.m. May 21.

    Dispute at court

    MOUNT CARMEL - James T. Faust, 27, of 231 S. Hickory St., was cited by Patrolman Matthew Dillman for harassment for allegedly causing a disturbance at the office of Magisterial District Judge Hugh A. Jones about 10:45 am. May 5.


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  • 05/27/15--21:00: Court Notes 5/28/15
  • PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS

    Geraldine G. Tellie to Cathy Serpe for $112,000; Kingston.

    Almeda Patts (per agent) and Almenda Jane Patta (per agent) and Thomas Patts (agent) to LFL Realty LLC for $100,000; Plains Township.

    Peter Ciavarella and Laura Lee Ciavarella to Freddy L. Jimenez-Penalo for $80,000; Hazleton.

    Michael C. Kuczura to Brian Miller for $365,000; Bear Creek Township.

    Charter Development Group Inc. to Danielle M. Harper for $85,000; Duryea.


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  • 05/28/15--21:00: Police Briefs, 5/29/15
  • DUI charge

    Rene Cruz Salazar, 31, of Dushore, has been charged with DUI and other vehicle code violations relating to a motor vehicle accident that occurred on State Route 706 in Wyalusing Borough on May 10 at approximately 6:24 p.m., according to state police.

    Police said Salazar lost control of his vehicle and hit a guardrail on the shoulder of the oncoming lane of travel and flipped down an embankment before coming to rest in a creek.

    Police said charges have been filed at the office of Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton.

    PFA violation

    Lee Michael Carter, 36, of Lawton has been charged with violating a protection from abuse order after state police found that he violated the order placed against him by a 32-year-old from Laceyville.

    Police said charges were filed against Carter in relation to the incident that occurred on May 25 in Tuscarora Township.

    Dushore man charged for role in car accident

    Chad E. Gadsby, 30, of Dushore was cited with a moving violation after police said he struck a 2006 Jeep Patriot on State Route 220 in Dushore.

    Police said Gadsby was driving his 2007 Ford Ranger when he ran a red light and impacted a vehicle in the south bound lane of State Route 220 at its intersection with Main Street.

    No injuries occurred during the crash, police said.

    Cash stolen in Ulster

    State police are investigating a report of theft that occurred in Ulster Township on State Route 220 on April 24 at approximately 2:30 p.m.

    Police said the victim, Karyce Kuhl, 21, of Ulster, had her wallet fall off the roof of a vehicle and cash fell onto State Route 220.

    Police said the wallet was located but no money was recovered.

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

    Police investigate theft at Stropes Wrecking Yard

    State police are currently investigating a report of theft that occurred at Stropes Wrecking Yard in Burlington Township on May 14.

    Police said unknown actors stole cutting torches from the wrecking yard.

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

    Woman injured in crash by post office

    State police at Towanda said an Ulster woman had a minor injury in the crash that took place at 3:30 p.m. April 29 on Route 6 at the Burlington Post Office.

    Police said Catherine M. Wrisley, 73, of Ulster was traveling east, when her Dodge Durango traveled off the southern shoulder, striking a road work sign and two utility poles.

    Police said she was charged with a violation of "driving within single lane."

    Man not injured

    State police at Towanda said a Columbia Cross Roads man was not injured in a one-vehicle crash that occurred at 8:30 p.m. April 8 on Route 6 in Burlington Borough.

    Police said Kyle L. Stevens, 32, of Columbia Cross Roads lost control of his Ford Escape, which exited the south shoulder of the roadway, traveled through a yard, and struck a traffic sign. After striking the sign, it re-entered the roadway and struck a guide rail, with the passenger side of the vehicle, police said.

    According to police, Stevens displayed signs of intoxication during the course of the investigation, and was taken into custody for suspicion of DUI. Police said he was transported to Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital in Towanda for a legal blood draw.

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

    No one injured

    State police at Towanda said John R. Beach, 47, of Canton, was not injured in a one-vehicle crash that took place at 6 p.m. April 21 on Route 14 in Canton Township.

    According to police, the crash occurred as he was traveling north on Route 14 in his 2010 Kawasaki tractor-trailer and was negotiating a right curve at a high rate of speed. Police said he lost control of the vehicle, striking a utility pole. Police said the vehicle flipped onto its driver's side.

    Police said Beach was charged with a violation of "driving too fast for conditions."

     

    Man faces hearing on harassment

    Gary Jeffrey Page, 42, of Millerton, faces a preliminary hearing at 1:30 p.m. June 3 before Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox of Troy on a charge of harassment for incidents that took place various times between Jan. 3 and Feb. 11 in Canton Township in which he is accused of sending 182 text messages to a female victim, according to court papers.

    The papers noted that he was told repeatedly by the victim to stop contacting her.


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  • 05/28/15--21:00: Article 0
  • Minor accident

    COAL TOWNSHIP - No one was injured in a two-car crash involving a parked car at 9:25 p.m. Wednesday in the area of Poplar and Mulberry streets.

    Township police said a 16-year-old girl was attempting to back up a 2007 Dodge van from a parked position on Poplar Street and mistakenly put the vehicle in drive, striking the rear of a parked 2009 Ford F-150 truck owned by Al J. Shevitski, of 1051 W. Mulberry St.

    Both vehicles sustained minor damage in the crash. The driver and her mother were uninjured.


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  • 05/29/15--21:00: Court notes 5/30/15
  • Earth Conservancy to Jeffrey Joseph Kotz and Christie Elyse Kotz for $80,000; Nuangola.

    Michael James Abate (trustee) and Pauline Marie Abate (trustee) and Family Trust Abate to William Bovian and Patice Bovain for $76,000; Pittston.

    William J. Price Jr. and Donna M. Price to Wendy Moore Molino for $140,000; Butler Township.

    John Dibernardino and Cathy Dibernardino to Juan Javier Castillo Castro for $147,000; Butler Township.

    Nancy Marie Hart (per agent) and Nancy M. Hart (per agent) and Delroy J. Hart (agent) to Steven L. Fraind for $150,000; Salem Township.

    Joseph I. Killeen Jr. and Gail T. Killeen to Jeffery R. Ropietski and Kimberly Ropietski for $187,000; Dallas Township.


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    Code citations

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Code Enforcement Officer Chris Petrovich issued the following code citations:

    - Donald C. Kuntz, of 45 W. Fifth St., Mount Carmel, was cited May 6, 7, 14, 20 and 27 for hazardous and unsanitary premises and faulty weather protection at 1405 W. Walnut St., Coal Township. Petrovich said the home has a severe mold problem, causing a health hazard, and ineffective waterproofing on the main rear roof. The roof is deteriorated and leaks, causing damage to an adjoining property.

    - Maxine Scott, 1011 W. Willow St., Coal Township, was cited May 26 for an accumulation of garbage at the rear of her home on the upper and lower porches.

    - Christopher Kern, of 1435 Pulaski Ave., Coal Township, was cited May 26 for an accumulation of garbage and rubbish at the front, side and rear of his home on the upper and lower porches.

    - George A. Atiyeh, of 147 Maple St., Mount Carmel, was cited May 27 for faulty weather protection for a deteriorating roofing on the main roof of a property at 19 Eagle Ave., Coal Township.


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  • 05/29/15--21:00: Police Briefs, May 30, 2015
  • Police Briefs

    Missing Canton teenager

    Heather Nicole Carter, 17, of Canton Township has been declared missing, according to a press release from the Pennsylvania State Police.

    Police said Carter has been missing since May 26 at approximately 8:45 p.m., where she was last seen at the Mosher residence on 7 Campbell Lane in Canton. The authorities received a report of Carter's disappearance on May 28, police said.

    Police said Carter is described as 5'1", approximately 200 pounds with blonde, shoulder length hair, hazel eyes, and wearing a blue T-shirt and blue jeans.

    Anyone with information concerning the location of this individual is encouraged to call state police at (570) 265-2186.

    DUI charges

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

    Richard John Presutti III, 22, of Louisville, Ohio, by state police, on May 10, on State Route 6 at its intersection with State Route 187 in Wysox Township.

    Presutti has also been charged with hit and run, failing to stay in his lane and careless driving.

    On the night of his arrest, a blood test revealed Presutti had a blood alcohol content of .18 percent.

    Presutti has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark on June 19 at 10:30 a.m. for a preliminary hearing.

    Jon Paul Dykes, 46, of Towanda, by state police, on April 11, on Shores Hill Road in Wysox Township.

    Dykes has also been charged with trespass by motor vehicle.

    On the night of his arrest, a blood test revealed Dykes had a blood alcohol content of .193 percent.

    Dykes has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark on June 19 at 10:30 a.m. for a preliminary hearing.

    Alexanderia Leigh Nez, 28, of Wysox, by state police, on April 20, on State Route 6 in Wysox Township.

    Nez has also been charged with driving without a license, failing to stay in her lane, not wearing protective headgear and careless driving.

    On the night of her arrest, a blood test revealed Nez had a blood alcohol content of .149 percent.

    Nez has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark on June 19 at 10:30 a.m. for a preliminary hearing.


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    Driver seriously hurt

    LIBERTY TOWNSHIP - John D. Nogle Jr., 67, of Danville, suffered a serious injury Thursday morning in a one-vehicle crash on Liberty Valley Road (Route 642) in this Montour County township.

    State police at Milton reported Nogle was driving a 2002 Jeep Wrangler west at 10:50 a.m. when his vehicle went off the south side of the road for an unknown reason and crashed into a tree with its front right bumper. It came to rest approximately 20 feet from the road.

    Police said Nogle, who was not wearing a seat belt, was transported by Danville Ambulance to Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, where he remained Saturday in serious condition, according to a nursing supervisor.

    Nogle was cited by police for failure to drive in a single lane.


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

    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, 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 Police 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 her 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 for the offense 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.

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

    Derrick Rieco Jr., 22, Canton, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in Bradford County Correctional Facility for 45 days to six months, fines, costs, restitution of $300 for the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Officer Joshua Heckman of the Canton Borough Police Department arrested Rieco for the offense in April 2013.

    Thomas Decker, 53, Ulster, Pa., was sentenced to a term of imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 15 days to six months, and fines, costs, and restitution of $1,000, for the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Trooper Jeffrey Creedon of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Decker following investigation of an incident that occurred in Smithfield Township in August 2014.

    Montana Wickwire, 25, Towanda, Pa., was sentenced to a term of imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 48 hours to 12 months and fines, costs, restitution of $100, for the offense of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. Trooper Michael Adams of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Wickwire following investigation of an incident that occurred in Monroeton Borough in August 2014.

    Michael Walter, 22, Troy, Pa., was sentenced to Probation supervision for a term of 18 months and fines, costs, restitution of $4,040 for the offense of Theft by Unlawful Taking, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Trooper Christopher Schelling of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Walter following investigation of an incident that occurred in Tuscarora Township in November 2014.

    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:

    Melissa Houghtalen, 41, Athens, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Hindering Apprehension, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Houghtalen will be sentenced on July 6, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Timothy Cahill of the Athens Borough Police Department arrested Houghtalen for the offense for the offense in December.

    Nioma Bernstein, 42, Laceyville, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor, a misdemeanor of the third degree. Bernstein was sentenced to 12 months of probation and a fine of $1,000, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Brandon Allis of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Bernstein following investigation of an incident that occurred in Wyalusing Borough in September.

    Michael Harrington, 33, Rome, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of (2 counts) Recklessly Endangering another person, Driving under Suspension/DUI related, a summary offense. Harrington will be sentenced on July 6, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Joshua Fisher of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Harrington following investigation of an incident that occurred in Windham Township.

    Cody Shipman, 24, Waverly, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance, a misdemeanor. Shipman will be sentenced on July 6, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Derek Watkins of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Shipman for the offense on Sept. 2, 2013.

    John Sampson, 57, Waverly, N.Y., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor, and two summary offenses. Sampson will be sentenced on July 13, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officers Nathan Ross, Jeremy Horton and Sean Flynn all of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Sampson for the offense on Nov. 19, 2014.

    Molly Shulas, 70, Ulster, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Defiant Trespass, a misdemeanor of the third degree. Shulas was sentenced to Probation of one year and fines of $100, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Denny Slater of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Shulas for the offense on Dec. 23, 2014.

    Jeremy Roberson, 30, Elmira, N.Y., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Delivery of a Controlled Substance, a felony. Robinson will be sentenced on July 9, 2015, following preparation of a pre-sentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Bruce Hoffman of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Robinson for the offense in February 2015.

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

    Joseph Dewey, 29, Sayre, Pa., entered a plea of nolo contendere/no contest to Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, both misdemeanors. Dewey will be sentenced on July 6, 2015, following preparation of a pre-sentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. A no-contest plea is entered where the defendant cannot recall the event but will be held guilty and sentenced. Officer Andrew Stevens of the Athens Borough Police Department arrested Dewey for the offense in January 2015.

    Joseph Dewey, 29, Sayre, Pa., entered a plea of nolo contendere/no contest to Possession with intent to Manufacture, a felony. Dewey will be sentenced on July 6, 2015, following preparation of a pre-sentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. A no-contest plea is entered where the defendant cannot recall the event but will be held guilty and sentenced. Officer Roger Clink of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Dewey for the offense in January 2015.


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  • 05/31/15--21:00: COURT NOTES
  • Rodney M. Stout and Althea E. Stout and Jackie R. Beck Jr. for $80,500; Salem Township.

    Chad N. Tinsley and Cassandra L. Tinsley to Elizabeth C. Sabatini and Richard R. Stoddard for $245,000; Wright Township.

    Federal National Mortgage Association (per attorney in fact) and Fannie Mae (per attorney in fact) and Udren Law Offices P.C. (attorney in fact) to Lawrence L. Larue and Caitlin L. Akins for $76,500; Dallas Township.

    Shirley Fluri to Wilkin R. Solano for $89,900; Hazleton.

    Fannie Mae (per attorney in fact) to Federal National Mortgage Association (per attorney in fact) and KML Law Group P.C. to Jason L. Patience and Sheila K. Patience for $92,000; Butler Township.

    Luzerne County Sheriff and Anna Ciecura (per sheriff) and Peter Ciecura (per sheriff) to Hallmark Homes Inc. for $73,800; Rice Township.

    Luke Lichota to Danielle Cossen for $140,000; Wilkes-Barre.

    Keith A. Jones and Catherine J.K. Jones to Kenneth H. Tomczyk and Jennifer T. Tomczyk for $425,000; Rice Township.

    Joseph E. Kras and Paula M. Chaiken to Matthew E. Joseph for $265,000; Kingston.

    Sand Springs Development Corporation to Hugh Richard Epstein and Donna Epstein for $232,000; Butler Township.

    Richard Freundlich to Yaakov Perlman for $132,500; Kingston.

    Anna L. Pugliese and Christopher F. Pugliese to Renee L. Rosier for $81,370; Forty Fort.

    Stanley Smyth Davies (per attorney in fact), Stanley S. Davies (per attorney in fact), Anne Davies Newman (per attorney in fact), Patricia Smith, Patricia Davies and Ann Davies Newman to Ecumenical Enterprises Inc. for $650,000; Dallas Township.

    Eric Symeon to Ross J. Latona for $164,500; Hughestown.

    Stauffer Pointe Development Group LLC to Vincent P. Manganiello and Elisa Colonna for $300,000; Pittston.

    Charles A. Leo Jr. and Elizabeth A. Leo to Casey C. Haines and Michele M. Haines for $262,500; Jackson Township.

    Joseph T. Lawrence, Kelly A. Lawrence and Kelly A. Heckman to Tony Barber and Jennifer Barber for $98,000; Forty Fort.


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    Terroristic notes

    UPPER AUGUSTA TOWNSHIP - State police at Stonington are searching for two females between the ages of 10 and 14 who allegedly placed threatening notes in five mailboxes and on road signs on Mount Pleasant Road between 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday.

    The victims include four males from Sunbury who are 59, 35, 39 and 28, and a 56-year-old Sunbury woman.

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

    Tools stolen

    LOWER AUGUSTA TOWNSHIP - State police at Stonington reported someone stole approximately $2,000 in carpentry tools from a new home under construction along Little Mountain Road between May 12 and May 15.

    Stolen from James Yocum, of Herndon, were two Stanley Bostitch framing nails, a Stanley Bostitch pancake air compressor, a Dewalt radio and battery charger, two Poulan chainsaws, a Kobalt seven-inch saw, two Bosch cordless impact drills, an electric hand planer, a router and Senco screw gun.

    Motorcycle/deer collide

    LOWER MAHANOY TOWNSHIP - Deneen R. Grimes, 48, of Montoursville, suffered a minor injury Saturday night when a motorcycle she was riding along Route 147 struck a deer.

    According to state police at Stonington, Grimes was driving a 2008 Harley-Davidson Sportster in the 3100 block of Route 147 shortly after 8 p.m. when the deer ran out of the woods on the left side of the road and collided with the cycle. After hitting the deer, Grimes laid the cycle on its left side and skidded approximately 50 feet before coming to rest in a ditch.

    Police said Grimes, who was wearing a helmet, was transported by Herndon Ambulance to Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

    Minor injury

    STONINGTON - Stephanie B. Krieger, 25, of Sunbury, suffered a minor injury in a two-vehicle crash May 18 on Route 61 near Stonington Fire Company.

    State police at Stonington reported Krieger was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier north at 3:30 p.m. when she stopped to turn left into a parking lot at Stonington Fire Company. Police said Krieger turned in front of a southbound 2006 Buick Lucerne operated by Gary W. Moyer Jr., 41, of Paxinos, causing a collision that resulted in extensive damage to the Cavalier. Krieger's vehicle spun clockwise 180 degrees before coming to rest along the road.

    Krieger was taken by Americus Ambulance to Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital. Moyer escaped injury.

    Krieger was cited for a turning violation.

    Mower stolen

    SHAMOKIN TOWNSHIP - John James Clark, 57, of 1037 Irish Valley Road, reported someone stole his push mower from his property between May 8 and 15.

    Three-vehicle accident

    SHAMOKIN TOWNSHIP - Three people were injured in an accident involving three vehicles along Route 61 near Shamrock Road on May 22.

    State police at Stonington said Marcia Sten, 63, of Shamokin, was driving a 2014 Jeep Cherokee south at 6:35 p.m. when she attempted to pull into a parking lot, but traveled into the path of a 2014 Dodge Durango driven north by Jonathon J. Anderson, 40, of Shamokin, causing a collision in the northbound lane. Sten's vehicle then bounced off Anderson's Durango and struck a 2012 Ford F-150 truck operated by Scott J. Friel, 43, of Beaver Springs, as Friel traveled onto the west berm in an attempt to avoid a collision.

    Sten was cited for failure to drive in a single lane.

    Sten and Anderson suffered minor injuries. Anderson's passenger, Kristie Anderson, 37, of Shamokin, suffered a moderate injury. They were treated at the scene by Elysburg Ambulance personnel. Three other passengers in Anderson's vehicle, a 6-year-old male, a 6-year-old female and a 10-year-old male, all of Shamokin, escaped injury as did Friel's passenger, Stephanie Friel, 40, of Beaver Springs.

    Driver escapes injury

    JORDAN TOWNSHIP - Lynn L. Deibert, 45, of Herndon, escaped injury May 20 when he swerved his vehicle to avoid striking a deer at the intersection of Routes 3018 and 49007.

    According to state police at Stonington, Deibert was driving a 2002 Chevrolet K1500 at 9 p.m. when his vehicle veered off the road, entered a field and flipped over after avoiding a deer.

    Domestic dispute

    HERNDON - A 19-year-old Herndon man and a 22-year-old Pillow woman were cited by state police at Stonington for harassment involving a domestic disturbance at 6:45 a.m. May 11 at 1324 State Route 225.

    Police said the female is accused of punching the male in the face. The male then grabbed the female and shoved her down, police reported. Both combatants sustained minor injuries.

    Even though they are both adults, police did not release the names of the combatants because the incident involved a domestic dispute.

    Vehicle recovered

    MAHANOY TOWNSHIP - A stolen 1998 Audi A4 owned by Jeremy Orlando Toro, of Ranshaw, was recovered at 3:50 p.m. Sunday by state police at Frackville on Interstate 81 at northbound mile marker 131 in Mahanoy Township.

    The vehicle was turned over to Shamokin police for further investigation.


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  • 06/01/15--21:00: Police Briefs 6/2/2015
  • DUI charges

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

    Margot E. Chilson, 51, of Waverly, by Sayre Borough Police, on March 28, on Yanuzzi Drive in Sayre Borough. Chilson was also charged failure to use turn signals, failure to obey stop signs, possession of controlled substance, and access device fraud. A blood chemical test later revealed 38 nanograms per milliliter of Alpha-PVP, an analogous chemical to a main chemical found in bath salts, in Chilson's blood. Chilson will appear before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark on July 17 for her preliminary hearing.

    Susan M. Keener, 50, of Athens, by Sayre Borough Police, on April 5, on Madison Street in Sayre Borough. A blood alcohol test later revealed that Keener's blood alcohol content was .213 percent on the day of her arrest. Keener has been issued a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on June 17 for her preliminary hearing.

    Travis Michael Ruvolo, 24, of Sayre, by Athens Borough Police, on May 3, on Wells Avenue in Athens Borough. Ruvolo was also charged with careless driving, driving at unsafe speeds, failure to obey stop signs, and following too closely. A blood alcohol test later reveal Ruvolo's blood alcohol content was .143 percent on the day of his arrest. Ruvolo has been issued a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark on July 17 for his preliminary hearing.

    Eric Wade Johnson, 37, of Washington, Pa., by Athens Borough Police, on May 3, on West Pine Street in Athens Borough. Johnson was also charged with failure to obey traffic signals. A blood alcohol test later revealed Johnson's blood alcohol content was .247 percent on the day of his arrest. Johnson has been issued a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark on July 17 for his preliminary hearing.

    Brock E. Stillman, 31, of Waverly, by Sayre Borough Police, on October 24, 2014, on Cayuta Street in Sayre Borough. Stillman was also charged with driving in excess of the maximum speed limit. A blood chemical test later revealed 35 nanogram per milliliter of Alpha-PVP, an analogous chemical to a main chemical found in bath salts, in Stillman's blood as well as 9.1 nanograms per milliliter of THC in his blood. Stillman has been issued a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark on July 17 for his preliminary hearing.

    Barnesville man charged with simple assault, disorderly conduct

    Sayre Borough Police charged Wayne E. Sitzer, 35, of Barnesville, Pa., with simple assault and disorderly conduct after an incident near a liquor store on Elmira Street in Sayre on April 18.

    According to reports, Sayre police were dispatched to assist Athens Township Police with an unwanted person, later identified as Sitzer, at the store.

    Police said Sitzer was stumbling and almost fell in the roadway and told them he was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

    When they attempted to place Sitzer in custody, Sitzer pulled away and took a defensive stance with his fists clenched, police said.

    Sitzer was placed on the ground and handcuffed then taken to Athens Township Police Department where he again took a fighting stance and attempted to strike an officer, police said.

    Sitzer was tasered after failing to comply with their orders, police said.

    While in the holding cell, Sitzer was yelling for his girlfriend and told police "I know you're hiding her," despite his girlfriend never being with him then, police said.

    Greater Valley EMS took Sitzer to Robert Packer Hospital after police noticed Sitzer sweating profusely, and while in the ambulance, Sitzer attempted to bite an EMT several times, police said.

    At RPH, Sitzer again began yelling for his girlfriend and claimed he was the "God of Thor as well as other things that a rational person wouldn't say," according to the criminal complaint filed against Sitzer.

    Police said Sitzer also threatened to kill RPH employees if they injected him with anything.

    Sitzer has been issued a summons to appear before Magisterial District judge Michael Shaw on July 14 for his preliminary hearing.

    Drug paraphernalia charges for Sayre woman

    Casey Marie Stillman, 21, of Sayre, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia by Sayre Borough Police following a May 11 incident.

    Police said they approached Stillman after noticing she was driving a car that had been previously reported stolen.

    When speaking to Stillman, police said they observed a cigarette pack with needle caps and other drug paraphernalia inside.

    Stillman indicated there was a backpack in the vehicle and police said they found needles, a spoon, and other drug paraphernalia items in the backpack.

    Stillman told police she had a needle in her bra as well, and told them she needed help for her drug use.

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

    Sayre woman facing corruption of minors, alcohol-related charges

    Athens Borough Police charged Anita Dawn Evans, 20, of Sayre, with corruption of minors, furnishing alcohol to minors, and underage drinking, according to Athens police.

    Police noticed two males - one a juvenile - and 19-year-old Kody James Konco, walking on the street past curfew on May 19 and found a bottle of vodka on Konco, police said.

    The Konco told police they were drinking at Evans' apartment in Sayre.

    Later, while being questioned at her apartment, Evans told police she and the males were drinking and police found a similar bottle of vodka on Evans' kitchen counter, according to the report.

    She told police the bottle Konco had was from her freezer, police said.

    Evans has been issued a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on July 17 for her preliminary hearing.

    Sayre man charged with paraphernalia possession

    Athens Township Police charged Daniel Lawrence Heller, 21, of Sayre, with two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia following a May 24 traffic stop, Athens police said.

    Police stopped a car in the Valley Shopping Plaza where they found Heller in the passenger seat, police said.

    Police said Heller told police that two Walmart bags in the car where his and police found six hypodermic syringes, a case with glassine baggies with ice cream cone decals on the baggies, and a torch.

    Police said Heller appeared to be under the influence of a narcotic and Heller told police he used bath salts with other passengers in the vehicle before the traffic stop.

    Heller told police he stole socks from Walmart before the traffic stop, as well.

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

    Waverly man facing harassment, disorderly conduct, and drug charges

    Dustin Tyler Miller, 30, of Waverly, was charged with harassment, disorderly conduct, and possession of a small amount of marijuana on May 26 after being dispatched to a Sayre apartment where Miller was unwanted, Sayre police said.

    Miller was observed walking when they stopped him and arrested him for harassment and disorderly conduct, police said.

    Police also found a sandwich bag with a substance that tested positive for marijuana, according to the report.

    The reported victims said that Miller pounded the door of the apartment and refused to leave the porch of their residence, police said.

    Police said they have dealt with Miller six times since the start of the year, with all incidents being related to the victims.

    Miller has been issued a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on July 7 for his preliminary hearing.

    Sayre man charged with obstructing police, corruption of minors

    Sayre Borough police charged Joseph Tompson Dewey, 29, of Sayre, with corruption of minors, obstructing the administration of law, and disorderly conduct on May 29, Sayre police said.

    Police were notified by a 17-year-old girl's mother that her daughter was at Dewey's residence on Westbrook Street in Sayre despite her being forbidden to go there due to believed drug activity, police said.

    A younger sister attempted to get the 17-year-old from the residence, police said, but Dewey refused to let the girl speak to her sister and slammed the door in her face.

    When police arrived, they met the mother and approached the residence together where Dewey answered the door and told them the daughter was not inside, police said.

    Police said Dewey did not allow police to look inside the residence for the girl and started to walk away when police grabbed Dewey's arm believing he was going to run from them.

    Dewey pulled away, said police were invading his space, started yelling and backing away, police said.

    Police said Dewey dropped to the ground in the carport and began to convulse then grabbed a cooler to reach inside, then police placed Dewey in handcuffs.

    Police searched the rear of the apartment complex and found the daughter hiding in a utility closet and they also found another woman in the residence who told police she saw the daughter smoke synthetic marijuana in the residence, police said.

    Police found a glass pipe with a green leafy substance inside as well as a packet of synthetic marijuana outside the residence, police said.

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

    Dewey will appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on June 9 for his preliminary hearing.

    Police investigate Wyalusing business burglary

    State police are investigating the report of a burglary that occurred at Sanford and Son Antiques on State Street in Wyalusing Borough between the hours of 8 p.m. and 10:26 a.m. the night of May 30 and May 31.

    Police said an unknown person forcibly entered the location and removed cash from the register.

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

    Charges pending against New Albany man

    According to state police, Dustin Lee Turner, of New Albany was arrested on suspicion of DUI relating to an incident on State Route 220 in Cherry Township on April 18. Police said charges are currently pending in the Sullivan County District Court.

    Criminal mischief in Rome Twp.

    State police are reporting that on the night of May 28 or the early morning of May 29, an unknown person damaged a vehicle belonging to Samantha Teeter, 24, of Ulster while her car sat on the shoulder of Battle Creek Road in Rome Township.

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

    Property stolen in Wilmot Twp.

    State police are investigating a report of theft that occurred on Cotter Road in Wilmot Township at approximately 12:20 p.m. on May 4.

    According to police, an unknown person stole a Multiquip Thumper construction rammer and a red Honda Generator before fleeing the scene in an unknown direction.

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

    Door damaged

    Michelle Boyer, 24, no address given, told state police at Towanda that someone unknown damaged the rear door to her residence at 10:30 p.m. May 22 in the 1100 block of Redington Avenue in Troy Borough.

    Police said anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact state police at Towanda at (570) 265-2186.

    Door dented

    State police at Towanda said Albey Braster, Jr., 56, of Gillett, intentionally dented a door on the 2000 Chevy Cavalier of Melissa Hadlock, 50, of Gillett, and put sugar in the vehicle's tank sometime between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. May 17 at a residence on Roaring Run Road in South Creek Township.

    Vehicle strikes deer

    State police at Towanda reported a crash that occurred May 20 on Route 6 in West Burlington Township in which a 2004 Buick Rainier struck a deer with its front-end area and came to final rest facing east on the shoulder of Route 6.

    The name of the driver in the crash, which occurred 607 feet east of Pisgah Road, was not provided.

    People arrested

    State police at Towanda said they were dispatched to a domestic incident in which a verbal argument was allowed to become physical at approximately 1 a.m. May 18 on the Berwick Turnpike in Springfield Township.

    According to police, a 34-year-old Milan woman was arrested for physical contact and a 43-year-old Milan man was arrested for threatening physical harm.

    Police did not provide the names of the people.

    Narcotics stolen

    State police at Towanda said they are investigating the theft of controlled narcotics from a county facility located in West Burlington Township that occurred between April 13 and May 7.

    Police did not identify the facility.

    DUI stop made

    State police at Towanda said a 45-year-old Canton man was stopped for suspicion of DUI at 7:17 p.m. May 4 on Minnequa Main Road in Alba Borough.

    Police said an investigation continues.

    Police did not identify the suspect.


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    DUI, hit and run

    MOUNT CARMEL - Jedidah David Labella, 20, of 27 Third St., Berwick, was charged by Patrolman Kevin Katch with misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence and making fictitious police reports and summary offenses of underage consumption of alcohol, accidents to unattended property, failing to notify police of an accident, careless driving and violating rules of a learners permit for an incident that occurred May 2.

    Katch said Labella struck several vehicles near Fifth and Market streets before police located him. Labella was visibly intoxicated, said Katch, and admitted to consuming three or four shots of alcohol. Labella only had a learners permit and had been driving the car alone when the accident occurred.

    When police initially contacted Labella concerning the accident, he claimed the vehicle had been stolen. Katch said Labella had dust from deployed air bags in his hair.

    Burglary

    MOUNT CARMEL - Dustin Michael Mollany, 23, of 909 E. Chestnut St., Apt. 3, Mifflinburg, was arraigned Monday on felony counts of burglary, criminal trespassing, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property and a misdemeanor count of loitering and prowling at night for an incident that occurred around 1 a.m. Jan. 14, 2012.

    Cpl. David Donkochik said information from a confidential informant matched descriptions from the victim, Ronald Halcovich, allowing police to crack the case.

    The confidential informant said Mollany was employed by a contractor performing work on Mollany's house when he discovered a white fireproof lock box. He paid someone $1,000 to drive him from Mifflinburg to Mount Carmel and quietly made his way through the house while Halcovich was sleeping. The safe was not on its original location.

    Mollany went into Halcovich's bedroom and found the box in the bedside table, the informant said. Halcovich woke up, saw Mollany and yelled. Mollany ran down the steps and to the basement, where he fled from the building with the box to the awaiting getaway car.

    The box contained $11,600 in cash and personal papers.

    Mollany was released on $50,000 unsecured bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 10.

    DUI, careless driving

    MOUNT CARMEL - Eric Galen Filipczak, 20, of 301 E. Melrose St., P.O. Box 186, Marion Heights, was charged by township police with a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence and summary offenses of underage drinking, driving with an open container, careless driving and failing to stay within a lane for an incident that occurred around 2 a.m. May 5.

    Patrolman David Tomtishen said he observed Filipczak driving erratically in a Jeep Wrangler on Route 61 near the intersection with Route 54. Filipczak appeared intoxicated and failed a field sobriety test. Multiple open cans and bottles of beer were located in the vehicle.

    Tomtishen said he tried to send Filipczak to the hospital for a blood test but Filipczak began yelling. According to the criminal complaint, at one point Filipczak said, "No wonder you guys are being shot and killed down in Baltimore."

    A passenger in the vehicle, Zachary Robert Tocyloski, 19, of 136 S. Center St., Natalie, was charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia and a summary offense of underage drinking.

    Tomtishen said in addition to being intoxicated, Tocyloski admitted to owning a pipe and marijuana that had been thrown from a window of the vehicle and was laying near the rear passenger side tire.

    Filipczak, Tocyloski and two passengers were taken to the station where they received a ride home from the father of one of the passengers.

    Simple assault

    MOUNT CARMEL - Cory William Long, 34, of 216 W. Valley Ave., Elysburg, was charged by Ralpho Township Patrolman Chris Grow with one misdemeanor count of simple assault and a summary offense of harassment.

    Grow said at around 1 a.m. May 25 Long assaulted his live-in girlfriend at his house. The woman had a red abrasions near her left armpit and on her left forearm and right arm.


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  • 06/01/15--21:00: Court Notes 6/2/15
  • Patrick V. Perin to Michael Cimorelli and Celeste Cimorelli for $100,000; Foster Township.

    Gary Hines to Michael J. Rynkiewicz for $115,000; Exeter.

    Bernadine E. Sadowski to Paul Szykman and Cheryl Szykman for $111,000; Harveys Lake.

    Linda Grink to William Planutis III for $95,000; Hazle Township.

    Ronald H. Taylor and Karen E. Taylor to Carl Passler Jr. and Kerry L. Passler for $204,900; Butler Township.

    Richard H. Powell and Carol L. Powell to Yolanda L. Riggsbee for $80,700; Wilkes-Barre.

    Andrew Kopczynski to Timothy Rutkoski and Megan Rutkoski for $75,000; Lehman Township.

    Joni Owens (executrix) and Albert F. Geurin (estate) to Ronald F. Melodick Jr. and Roxanne Melodick for $80,000; Larksville.

    Donna Hollock (administratrix) and Walter Goodstein (estate) to Shaliyah M. Jones for $118,000; Fairview Township.


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    SUNBURY - Five defendants charged with various offenses were sentenced Monday in the Court of Common Pleas.

    n Wade Smink, 40, of Coal Township, was sentenced by Northumberland County Judge Charles Saylor to 72 hours to six months in county prison for driving under the influence of a controlled substance. He was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, had his driver's license suspended for one year and is prohibited from drinking alcohol or attending bars.

    The defendant was charged by Mount Carmel Township police with DUI involving a Nov. 19, 2013, incident.

    Smink also was sentenced to five years probation and fined $100 on two counts of conspiracy to possess with intent to deliver cocaine and heroin relating to a July 1, 2012, incident involving an investigation conducted by Shamokin police and state Attorney General's Office.

    The defendant received an additional two years probation and $50 fine for acquiring or obtaining a controlled substance by misrepresentation relating to a Feb. 2, 2013, incident involving an investigation conducted by Sunbury police and state Attorney General's Office. That sentence runs consecutive to the sentenced imposed in the Shamokin case.

    Smink will begin serving his sentence June 20.

    n David Sadusky, 35, of Gordon, was sentenced by Saylor to six months probation and fined $300 for driving under the influence of alcohol. Sadusky will not have his license suspended because the Aug. 11, 2014, incident in Mount Carmel Township that he was charged in was his first offense and did not involve an accident or blood-alcohol test refusal.

    Sadusky is prohibited from drinking alcohol or attending bars and must complete driving safety school classes.

    n Saylor sentenced David Gulba Jr., 36, of Trevorton, to one year probation and fined him $500 for criminal mischief involving a Dec. 27, 2013, incident in Coal Township. Gulba was ordered to make $1,000 restitution to the victim, Ted Long.

    Gulba was found guilty of the offense May 1 during a jury trial.

    n Northumberland County President Judge William H. Wiest sentenced Matthew Kern, 23, of Mahanoy City, to one year probation and fined him $150 for possession of marijuana involving an Oct. 13, 2013, incident in Mount Carmel.

    Kern is prohibited from drinking alcohol or attending bars and cannot have contact with drug users or dealers.

    n Natasha Kukuk, 23, of Williamstown, was sentenced by Wiest to nine months probation and fined $100 for retail theft. Kukuk was charged by Coal Township police in connection with a June 30 incident.


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    Drunk in public

    SHAMOKIN - Heather M. Nolter, 26, of 622 Hillside Ave., was cited for public drunkenness by Shamokin City Police Cpl. Jarrod Scandle after being found in an intoxicated state in the area of Market and Independence Streets at 3:30 a.m. Saturday.

    Dogs running loose

    SHAMOKIN - Shawn Bowers, 44, of 334 S. Fifth St., was cited by Shamokin City Police Patrolman Mark Costa with violating Shamokin's animal ordinance after police said he allowed his two dogs to run at large and dig under a fence to gain entry into the neighbor's yard at 8 p.m. Friday.

    Liquor law violation

    MONTOURSVILLE - The Garden Terrace, 160 S. Market St., Elysburg, was cited May 28 by the state Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement for failing to return its liquor license after closing for more than 15 consecutive days between Aug. 31 and Jan. 30.

    Drunk in public

    SHAMOKIN - Louis Parakowski, 18, of 1118 Chemung St., Coal Township, was cited for public drunkenness by Shamokin City Police Chief Darwin Tobias after he was found in an intoxicated state in the area of Spruce and Pearl streets at 10:05 p.m. on May 26.

    Retail theft

    SHAMOKIN - Brian Tehansky Jr., 22, of 344 S. Case St., was cited twice for retail theft after allegedly stealing two cartons of cigarettes from the Turkey Hill Minit-Market on Lincoln Street at 12:31 a.m. May 13, and 1:51 a.m. May 2. The total amount of loss in each theft was $131.58.


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  • 06/02/15--21:00: Police Briefs 6/3/2015
  • Waverly man facing sexual charges

    Waverly police charged Zachary A. Penrose, 25, of Waverly, with felony sexual abuse in the 1st degree, felony criminal sexual act, and misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child on May 31, Waverly police said.

    Penrose was arrested following a police investigation into a report of the sexual abuse of a child that was reported to law enforcement officials on May 30, police said.

    Penrose is accused of having sexual contact in December 2014 and then again in May with an 11-year-old female victim.

    Penrose was arraigned in the Village of Waverly Justice Court May 30.

    Penrose was remanded to the Tioga County NY Jail on $15,000.00 cash bail.

    Athens man charged with simple assault, harassment

    Joseph A. Arcesi, 79, of Athens, was charged with simple assault and harassment by physical contact by Athens Township Police following a domestic disturbance on June 1, according to Athens police.

    Police responded to a residence on Eaglewood Drive after receiving a call about an assault, police said.

    Upon arrival, police interviewed the victim outside the residence and she told police her husband, Arcesi, was out drinking during the day and the pair got into an argument about his drinking.

    The victim told police Arcesi "chases" her when they argue, but she always has been able to get away from him, police said.

    But the victim told police Arcesi caught her and subsequently hit her face; left bruises on her arms after grabbing her; threw her to the ground then kicked her and stomped her while she was down, police said.

    Police observed bruises, redness, and scratches on the victim's arms, face, and legs from Arcesi's assault, police said.

    Arcesi was remanded to the Bradford County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.

    Arcesi will appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on June 9 for his preliminary hearing.


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