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    Bradford County District Attorney Daniel J. Barrett has updated the status of the following criminal cases:

    SENTENCES

    James Buskirk Jr., 28, Rome, PA, was sentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 30 days, County Intermediate Punishment for 24 months; County Intermediate Punishment involves a combination of restrictions and supervision. It may include home confinement, electronic monitor, and substance abuse treatment. Violations can result in incarceration. Buskirk will pay fines of $500 plus court costs, also $200 in buy money; he will also lose his driver's license for six months, for the offense of Delivery of a Controlled Substance, a felony. Agents of the Pennsylvania State Police Vice and Narcotics Unit arrested Buskirk following investigation of an incident that occurred in Rome Borough.

    Candace Robinson, 21, Laceyville, PA, was resentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 48 days to 12 months and 90 days, fines, costs, restitution of $200, for the offense of Disorderly Conduct, a misdemeanor of the third degree and Harassment, a summary offense. Detective Albert Ogden of the Towanda Borough Police Department arrested Robinson for the offense in February 2014.

    Patrick Gallagher, 24, Towanda, PA, of Towanda, PA was sentenced to Probation supervision for a term of 12 months, fines, costs, restitution of $350, and $100 buy money, he will also lose his driver's license for six months, for the offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance, a misdemeanor. Agents of the Pennsylvania State Police Vice and Narcotics Unit arrested Gallagher following investigation of an incident that occurred in Towanda Borough.

    William Metzger, 46, Horsham, PA, was sentenced to Probation supervision for a term of 12 months, fines, costs, restitution of $1000, for the offense of Unsworn Falsification, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Trooper Miranda Musick of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Metzger following investigation of an incident that occurred in Albany Township.

    Casey Voorhees, 25, Corning, NY, was resentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for one month to 12 months, fines and costs of $500, restitution of $85, for the offense of Receiving Stolen Property, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Officer Timothy Cahill of the Athens Borough Police Department arrested Voorhees for the offense in July 27, 2013.

    Robert Hulbert, 35, Canton, PA, was resentenced to a term of imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 15 days to six months, fines, costs, restitution of $300, for the offense of Indirect Contempt.

    Corporal Joshua Thompson of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Hulbert following investigation of an incident that occurred in Canton Township.

    Bradford County District Attorney Daniel J. Barrett has updated the status of the following criminal cases:

    GUILTY PLEAS

    Krystal Griffin, 34, Gillett, PA, entered a plea of guilty to the offense of two counts of Retail Theft, a felony of the third degree. Griffin will be sentenced on July 16, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officers Roger Clink and Denny Slater both of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Griffin for the offenses in September 2014 and May 2015.

    Travis Kinner, 25, Towanda, PA, entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. Kinner will be sentenced on June 29, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Deputy Brian Wibirt of the Bradford County Sherriff's Department arrested Kinner for the offense in March 25, 2015.

    Jamie McGowan, 28, Wyalusing, PA, entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. McGowan will be sentenced on July 16, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Kevin Hibson of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested McGowan following investigation of an incident that occurred in Asylum Township.

    Cody O'Dell, 25, Wyalusing, PA, entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. O'Dell will be sentenced in July 16, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Corey McLinko of the Towanda Borough Police Department arrested O'Dell for the offense in Sept. 21, 2014.

    Michael Chacona, 49, Sayre, PA, entered a plea of guilty to the offense of two counts of Persons not to Possession a Firearm, a felony of the second degree. Chacona will be sentenced, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Nathan Ross of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Chacona for the offense in January 2015.

    Phillip Cosilman, 25, Athens, PA, entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Cosilman will be sentenced on July 16, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Andrew Stevens of the Athens Borough Police Department arrested Cosilman for the offense in Feb. 28, 2015.

    Robert Douglas, 40, Laceyville, PA, entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, misdemeanor. Douglas will be sentenced on July 13, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Christopher Schelling of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Douglas following investigation of an incident that occurred in Towanda Township in March 1, 2015.

    Joseph Johnson, 25, Towanda, PA, entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Johnson will be sentenced on July 13, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Bryan Bellows of the Towanda Borough Police Department arrested Johnson for the offense in Feb. 28, 2015.

    Robert Zammer, 55, Philadelphia, PA, entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Obstruction of Administration, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Zammer will be sentenced on July 13, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Michael O'Boyle of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Zammer following investigation of an incident that occurred in Armenia Township in Nov. 8, 2014.

    Bradford County District Attorney Daniel J. Barrett reported that the following persons recently was placed on the ARD program in the Bradford County Court of Common Pleas, Towanda:

    Micah Trowbridge, 27, Sayre, PA, charged with the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, was accepted into the ARD Program and placed on probation for a term of nine months. While on probation, Trowbridge will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Additionally, Trowbridge 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.

    Officer Andrew Stevens of the Athens Borough Police Department filed the charges in March 1, 2015, for the offense in Athens Borough.

    Alfred Priest, 47, Monroeton, 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 Priest will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Additionally, Priest 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 Timothy Keating of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Priest for the offense.

    Robert Stoeffler, 73, Canton, PA, charged with the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, was accepted into the ARD Program and placed on probation for a term of 12 months. While on probation, Stoeffler will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Additionally, Stoeffler 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.

    Officer Trey Kurtz of the Canton Borough Police Department filed the charges in Feb. 1, 2015 for the offense in Canton Borough.

    Tia Schoonover, 35, Monroeton, 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, Schoonover will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Additionally, Schoonover 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 Tyler Brackman of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Schoonover for the offense in Feb. 28, 2015 for the offense in Monroe Township.

    Joshua Jones, 34, Towanda, PA, charged with the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, was accepted into the ARD Program and placed on probation for a term of 12 months. While on probation, Jones will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Additionally, Jones 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 Christopher Schelling of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Jones for the offense in Feb. 28, 2015 for the offense in Towanda Borough.

    Christopher Wilson, 21, Rome, PA, charged with the offense of Theft, was accepted into the ARD Program and placed on probation for a term of nine months. While on probation, Wilson will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use.

    Additionally, Wilson must perform 40 hours community service. Trooper Caroline Rayeski of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Wilson for the offense in Aug. 25, 2014 for the offense in North Towanda Township.

    Cody Welles, 22, Nichols, NY, charged with the offense of Retail Theft, was accepted into the ARD Program and placed on probation for a term of six months. While on probation, Welles will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use.

    Additionally, Welles must perform 24 hours community service. Officer John Fedorchak of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Welles for the offense in Feb. 28, 2015 for the offense in Athens Township.

    Darrin Butters, 18, Ulster, PA, charged with the offense of Theft, was accepted into the ARD Program and placed on probation for a term of six months. While on probation, Butters will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use.

    Additionally, Butters must perform 40 hours community service. Officer Denny Slater of the Athens Township Police Department filed the charges in Jan. 22, 2015 for the offense in Athens Township.


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    Hit and run

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Coal Township police are investigating a hit and run during which a 2012 Chevrolet Cruze parked in the 1200 block of W. Arch St. was damaged at 4:42 p.m. Thursday.

    Police said the Cruze was struck by a vehicle traveling east. A red sedan driven by a female was seen leaving the area at the time of the call.

    Anyone with information should contact Coal Township police at 570-644-0333.

    Crash

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Police said a 1998 Saturn driven by Thomas Reed, 42, of 918 W. Spruce St., Coal Township, rear-ended a 2012 Toyota driven by Robert Rowe, 50, of 1049 W. Willow St., Coal Township, when Rowe was stopped at the traffic light at the intersection of Hospital Road and Route 61 shortly before 8 p.m. Sunday.

    No injuries were reported. Both vehicles sustained minor damage.

    Criminal mischief

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Gerald Clements, 1101 E. Race St., Coal Township, reported to Coal Township police that one or more people threw a can of paint into his swimming pool and spray painted the back door of his house and rear windows between 4:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday.

    Clements estimated the damage at $3,000.

    Littering

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Dennis Chandler, 48, of 2 N. Vine St., Shamokin, was charged by Coal Township police with littering.

    Police said a witness saw Chandler deposit garbage and litter in the area of the roundhouse in Big Mountain at 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

    Curfew violations

    SHAMOKIN - A 12 year old and a 13 year old were cited with curfew violations after police said they were discovered on the corner of Market and Chestnut streets at 1:47 a.m. Monday.

    The two juvenile boys were released into the custody of their mothers.

    Underage drinking

    SHAMOKIN - Matthew Kehler, 16, of 114 N. Shamokin St., Shamokin, was cited by police with underage drinking and public intoxication.

    Police said they found Kehler staggering and having a difficult time with balance at 6:16 a.m. Saturday on the 500 block of North Franklin Street.

    Public drunkenness

    SHAMOKIN - James O. Hill, 57, of 833 Center St., Coal Township, was cited with public drunkenness.

    Police said they found Hill sleeping on a bench outside of the lobby of Lincoln Towers, alarming residents, at 5:37 a.m. Saturday. Hill was intoxicated, they said.


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  • 06/22/15--21:00: Police Briefs 6/23/2015
  • New Albany man charged relating to domestic dispute

    Matthew Emmett Sanders, 37, of New Albany is being charged with harassment relating to a domestic dispute that occurred on June 20 at a residence located on Lawrence Street in New Albany Borough, state police said.

    Police said Sanders pushed a 23-year-old victim from Meshoppen.

    Charges have been filed at the office of Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark, police said.

    Police investigate smashed window in Rome

    State police are investigating a report of criminal mischief that occurred between June 6 and June 20 on state Route 187 near the intersection of North Rome Road in Rome Borough.

    According to police, an unknown person smashed a window out of a camper owned by Peter Miller, 46, of Wysox.

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

    Woman charged in domestic dispute

    Sara Lee McKean, 22, of Rome has been charged with harassment relating to a domestic dispute that occurred on June 8 on Crimson Maple Drive in Rome Borough.

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

    Man charged with harassment in Tuscarora Twp.

    Kyle Thomas Repsher, 26, of Laceyville has been charged with harassment after he was allegedly involved in a domestic dispute on Underhill Road in Tuscarora Township on June 11.

    According to police, Repsher had a verbal dispute with a 21-year-old female from Laceyville that turned physical.

    North Carolina man charged with PFA violation

    Marcus Jason Shanks, 37, of Huntersville, N.C. has been charged with violating a protection from abuse order after he allegedly sent three text messages and a Facebook message to a 36-year-old female from Rome Township between June 3 and June 6.


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  • 06/22/15--21:00: Court notes 6/23/15
  • Joseph R. Lohin to Michael C. Pevear Jr. and Jennifer M. Pevear for $221,650; Kingston Township.

    Thomas M. Muldowney, Joseph C. Bambera (trustee) and Sacred Heart of the Roman Catholic Church to Alba Properties LLC for $137,500; Wilkes-Barre.

    Patrick McElhenny and Maria McElhenny to Bethanne Deangelo and William Deangelo III for $108,000; Laflin.

    Roy A. Schuetz and Lisa H. Schuetz to Green Ridge Realty for $200,000; Hazle Township.

    Stephen J. Rosenthal and Adina S. Rosenthal to Karen L. Green for $251,000; Kingston.

    Jorge F. Abrantes and Slyvia K. Abrantes to Stephen J. Rosenthal and Adina S. Rosenthal for $395,000; Kingston.

    Amber L. Schmeer, Amber L. Sones and Brian Sones to Wayne T. Eddy and Mary R. Eddy for $80,000; Freeland.

    Michael J. Pantano and Elizabeth A. Pantano to Warren N. Herman and Nancy E. Herman for $443,500; Fairview Township.


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  • 06/23/15--21:00: Police Briefs 6/24/2015
  • Man charged with terroristic threats

    Dale Randolph Lafy, 61, of Ulster has pleaded not guilty to charges of terroristic threats and harassment, police said.

    The charges stem from an April 14 incident in Ulster Township, police said.

    The victim, Javon Stringham, told police that he had observed Lafy conversing with a Mark Sheeley on April 14 at a location on Beers Road in Ulster Township, according to a criminal complaint that the state police had filed against Lafy in Towanda District Court.

    According to Stringham, Lafy told Sheeley that Stringham better slow down when driving on Beers Road or Lafy would have to shoot him, the complaint states.

    According to Stringham, Lafy told Sheeley that Lafy had ways of "taking care" of Stringham, the complaint states.

    Stringham told police that he made eye contact with Lafy and saw Lafy pull his coat back, revealing a pistol tucked into his waistband, the complaint states.

    Following a preliminary hearing on May 27, Towanda Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark ruled that there is enough evidence to bind the case over to the Bradford County Court of Common Pleas.

    Lafy waived his arraignment in the Court of Common Pleas, which had been scheduled for June 18, court records show.

    Lafy's next court date has not yet been scheduled, court records show.

    Theft occurs in Wysox Township

    An individual stole Frances Elliott's Access card, Social Security disability bank card, and a photo ID from her wallet while cutting the grass at Elliott's residence in Wysox Township, police said.

    The theft occurred at 8 a.m. on June 9 at a location on River Road, state police said.

    State police said they are continuing to investigate the incident.

    Vehicle overturns in Monroe Twp.

    A baby girl suffered a minor injury in a recent motor vehicle accident in Monroe Township, police said.

    The accident occurred at 9:30 a.m. on June 17 as 26-year-old Christopher M. Brown of Wyalusing was driving a 2009 Honda Accord west on Wickham Falls Road, police said.

    The vehicle hit an embankment, overturned onto its roof, and came to rest in water, according to the state police at Towanda.

    The baby girl, who was a passenger in the vehicle, received bruises on her head, police said.

    The infant was in a child safety seat and Brown was using a seat belt, police said.

    Mildred woman cited for corruption of minors

    Valerie Michelle Land, 33, of Mildred was cited for the summary offense of corruption of minors after police conducted a traffic stop on her vehicle at 8:17 a.m. on June 12 in Hillsgrove Township, police said.

    During the traffic stop, Land was found to have three active bench warrants out of the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office, police said.

    In addition, she had her 8-year-old son with her, who was supposed to be in school, state police at Laporte said.

    Burglary occurs in Wysox Township

    A burglary occurred at Elizabeth Rae Benjamin's apartment on Golden Mile Road in Wysox Township, police said.

    Sometime between 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on May 23, someone entered the apartment and damaged household items, state police said.

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

    Towanda man victim of fraud

    Joseph M. Yonkin, 74, of Towanda was the recent victim of fraud, state police said.

    At 4:45 p.m. Friday, Yonkin was solicited via telephone by a male who identified himself as a computer software support employee with Metrix Idea, who works in conjunction with Microsoft, according to police.

    The victim subsequently sent a large amount of money via Western Union to a location in India, state police at Towanda said.

    Athens man charged with theft

    Aaron Nathaneal Barth, 27, of Athens, was charged with theft by unlawful taking or disposition by Athens Borough Police between June 5 and June 8 after Barth was found to be in possession of three checks belonging to Futures Community Support Services, Inc. and made out to Twin Rivers Terrace Apartments, Athens police said.

    According to police, Barth attempted to cash three checks, totaling $467, at Walmart and Tops in Sayre on June 6.

    Police said Barth signed all three checks with either different names or altered handwriting.

    Barth told police the checks were in his mailbox and that he thought they were rent rebate checks despite knowing his name was not on the checks, police said.

    Barth has been issued a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on August 4 for his preliminary hearing.

    Waverly woman facing retail theft charge

    Athens Township police charged Bonita M. English, 50, of Waverly, with retail theft on June 21 after English attempted to steal 23 items from the Elmira Street Walmart in Sayre, Athens police said.

    Walmart's asset protection associate witnessed English select items from the pharmacy then pick up and pay for a prescription at the pharmacy desk, police said.

    Police said English did not pay for some items in her cart and exited the store without attempting to pay for the other items.

    The associate confronted English, who cooperated and stayed at the store until police arrived, police said.

    The 23 items totaled $186.78, police said.

    English has been issued a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on August 4 for her preliminary hearing.

    Towanda woman charged with drug possession, DUI

    Sarah Jene Conklin, 22, of Towanda has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving under the influence of a controlled substance, failing to stay in her lane and careless driving relating to an Aug. 1, 2014 incident on State Route 187 in Asylum Township.

    According to police, Conklin crashed her vehicle on State Route 187 and state police responded to the incident.

    Police said when they arrived, Conklin was acting paranoid and made reference to hearing voices while driving alone in her vehicle.

    Conklin failed a field sobriety test at the scene of the crash, police said.

    A tin containing white powder was recovered from Conklin's purse after police searched her, according to documents filed with the courtroom of Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton.

    The white powder was identified as Alpha-PVP, a common ingredient found in bath salts, police said.

    On the night of her arrest, Conklin submitted to a blood test which revealed she was under the influence of Alpha-PVP and marijuana at the time of the incident, police said.

    Conklin has been sent a summons to appear before Judge Wheaton on July 14 at 1 p.m. for a preliminary hearing.


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    Hit, run

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Alida Lukoskie, of 406 Schwartz Hill Road, Trevorton, reported that the passenger side of her 2008 Jeep Liberty was struck by a hit-and-run driver between 9:20 and 10:05 a.m. Monday in the parking lot of Annabelle's Restaurant. The quarter-panel, rear door and rear tire were damaged. Anyone with information is asked to call Coal Township police at 570-644-0333.

    Criminal mischief

    COAL TOWNSHIP - John Dorkoski, 58, of 1013 W. Pine St., was charged with criminal mischief after allegedly knocking over and then driving over a wooden door frame, owned by Kip Dorkoski, in the 900 block of Gowen Street, at 2:05 p.m. June 20.

    Curfew violation

    SHAMOKIN - A 16-year-old Berwick male and an 11-year-old Shamokin male were cited by Shamokin City Police Chief Darwin Tobias III for violating the city's curfew ordinance. The two youths were found in the area of Shamokin and Race Street at 2:13 a.m. Tuesday.

    Guilty plea

    SHAMOKIN - Shixela Rodriguez, 23, of 715 E. Dewart St., Shamokin, pleaded guilty to summary citations for disorderly conduct and harassment during a preliminary hearing Tuesday before Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III, of Shamokin.

    Rodriguez was charged by City police Cpl. Bryan Primerano after an incident at 717 E. Dewart St. June 18 when she threatened to stab two tenants in a home next door in the presence of police.

    Gembic sentenced Rodriguez to pay a total of $400 in fines and court costs. Misdemeanor charges of terroristic threats, simple assault and disorderly conduct were withdrawn.

    Unauthorized use of vehicle

    MOUNT CARMEL TOWNSHIP - Police chief Brian Hollenbush charged Patrick Pitts, 18, of unauthorized use of a vehicle, criminal conspiracy, failure to give immediate notice of an accident to the police department, following the investigation into a June 4 crash on Snake Road.

    According to court documents, Pitts was the passenger in a vehicle that another individual took on a joy ride, crashing it on Snake road at 7:10 a.m. June 4. The vehicle was registered to Mark Montgomery, of Gilberton, who was not able to provide a damage estimate at the time the charges were filed.

    The case was filed with Magisterial District Judge Hugh A. Jones, of Mount Carmel, with a preliminary hearing scheduled for July 29.

    DUI

    RIVERSIDE - Richard L. Hendricks, 67, of 1 E. Sunbury Road, Danville, was charged with driving under the influence and related traffic offense after a traffic stop on Sunbury Road at 8:59 p.m. June 10.

    Riverside Police Officer Timothy Kiefaber reported in court documents that Hendricks was stopped for a headlight out and appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. After Hendricks said he suffered from leg and joint pain that made some of the field sobriety tests impossible, police tested his gaze, which he failed. A preliminary breath test showed his blood alcohol level to be .16 percent at the time of the test, but Hendricks refused to take a chemical blood test.

    The charges were filed with Magisterial District Judge Hugh A. Jones, of Mount Carmel, with a preliminary hearing scheduled for July 29.

    Retail theft

    MOUNT CARMEL TOWNSHIP - Keifer M. Zsido, 23, of 400 Spruce St., Kulpmont, was charged with retail theft and public drunkenness by Mount Carmel Township Police Officer Kelly Campbell. According to court documents, Zsido allegedly took a paperback novel from the CVS Pharmacy, Locust Gap Highway, Mount Carmel, on Nov. 25, and was under the influence at the time of the theft.

    The charges were filed with Magisterial District Judge Hugh A. Jones, of Mount Carmel, with a preliminary hearing set for July 29.


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  • 06/23/15--21:00: Court notes 6/24/15
  • John H. Broda Jr. (trustee) and Broda Irrevocable Grantor Trust to John Edward Shaw and Sarah Ann Shaw for $185,000; Swoyersville.

    Ryan B. Adamczyk and Tonya L. Adamczyk to Anthony J. Piccola for $131,900; Butler Township.

    Thomas Perrillo to Robert F. Schuckers Jr. for $73,500; Plymouth Township.

    HCK Partners LLP and Hallinan Services Corp. (partner) to Pablo Rodriguez for $232,000; Hazle Township.

    Gerald D. Antonelli and John A. Antonelli to Jared W. Lukowski for $100,000; Nanticoke.


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  • 06/24/15--21:00: Police Briefs, June 25, 2015
  • Police Briefs

    Towanda man victim of fraud

    Alan David Douglas, 91, of Towanda was the recent victim of fraud, police said.

    A male, whose identity is unknown, posed as a computer technician, resulting in the victim giving him his personal bank information, police said. The victim was also charged a sum of money, as part of this fraud, police said.

    State police said they are investigating the incident, which occurred at 1 p.m. on June 10, according to the state police at Towanda.

    Theft occurs in Wysox Twp.

    Someone stole three painkiller prescriptions from a Towanda woman's vehicle while it was parked along Golden Mile Road in Wysox Township, police said.

    The theft occurred sometime between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on June 12, state police at Towanda said.

    Towanda female charged with making false report to police

    Carlinda Marie Benditt, 20, of Towanda has been charged with the second-degree misdemeanor of knowingly making a false report to the police that accuses another individual of committing a crime, police said.

    On May 22, Benditt told police that a male acquaintance of hers had raped her, Towanda police said.

    During the police's investigation of the alleged rape, police began to strongly suspect that Benditt's account of the alleged rape was untruthful, police said.

    On June 3, Benditt told police that she had not been raped and that she had made up the story about being raped, Towanda Police Chief Randy Epler said. She also signed a written confession that she had lied about being raped, police said.

    Benditt has been sent a summons which orders her to appear for a preliminary hearing on July 8 before Towanda Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark.

    Police investigating Ulster assault

    Towanda state police said they are investigating an indecent assault incident that took place between 11:30 p.m. on June 6 and 4:30 a.m. June 7 at an Ulster residence.

    Police said the 25-year-old suspect had indecent contact with a 20-year-old victim.

    Litchfield crash injures driver

    Carla D. Davidson, 43, of Monroeton, suffered minor injuries after crashing a 2002 Kia Sportage on June 18 on Rome Road in Litchfield Township, Towanda state police said.

    Police said Davidson was traveling north on Rome Road when she lost control of the vehicle.

    The vehicle drove off the road and into a roadside ditch, police said.

    Police said Davidson was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.

    Rome man assaulted

    Towanda state police said a Rome man was assaulted on June 21 between 1:30 a.m. and 2:15 a.m. in Ridgebury Township.

    Police said an unknown actor struck the victim in the face and fled the scene.

    Laptop, camera taken

    State police at Towanda said a Dell laptop, Pro Scan, Sony digital camera and a set of dishes worth a total of approximately $400 were allegedly stolen in a burglary that occurred sometime between 12:01 a.m. May 17 and 11:59 p.m. June 5 at a residence on Whispering Pines Drive in Wells Township.

    Police said the victim is Ashley L. Smith, 29, of Millerton.

    According to police, the burglar or burglars entered the residence by unknown means.

    Man charged with 'failure to comply'

    State police at Towanda said David Miller, 46, of Canton, has been charged with "failure to comply with requirements of sexual offenders" as he failed to update his employment, as required by Megan's Law.

    Police said the incident occurred Jan. 30 in North Towanda Township.

    Man not injured

    State police at Towanda said no injuries were reported in a one-vehicle crash that occurred at 2:30 a.m. June 4 on Lower Mountain Road in Canton Township.

    Police said Dale S. Anderson of Canton was traveling east, when his Ford F150 struck a cow in the eastbound lane. His vehicle sustained disabling damage and was towed by Palmer's Garage.

    Driver flees scene

    State police at Towanda said an unknown driver did not stop and fled the scene of a crash that took place earlier this month in Springfield Township.

    Police said the vehicle was traveling south on North Lake Road and was negotiating a left curve, when it left the roadway and went into the southbound berm and struck a stop sign at the intersection of North Lake Road and Big Pond Road.

    According to police, the driver fled west on Big Pond Road.

    DUI charges

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

    Kendall Taylor Tuten, 54, of Tuscon, Ariz., by the Towanda police, on May 6 on South Main Street in Towanda. A blood test showed that Tuten's blood alcohol content was .334 percent on the day of his arrest. Tuten lives on West Starr Pass Boulevard in Tuscon, but was staying in Towanda Township at the time of the incident.

    Shawn Andrew Saxon, 29, of Towanda, by Athens Borough Police, on May 15, on North Main Street in Athens Borough. Saxon was also charged with two counts of driving on the wrong side of the road. A blood alcohol test later revealed Saxon's blood alcohol content was .209 percent on the day of his arrest. Saxon has been issued a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark on July 31 for his preliminary hearing.


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    Disorderly conduct

    SHAMOKIN - Derek A. Weaver, 18, of 406 E. Dewart St., was cited for disorderly conduct after he allegedly got into a physical altercation and threatened Karina Neidig at her residence on Harrison Street at 6:25 p.m. Tuesday. The citation was filed by Shamokin Police Patrolman Raymond Siko II.

    Harrassment

    COAL TOWNSHIP - James Sweeney, 51, of 9964 Ferndale St., Philadelphia, is accused of leaving multiple harassing messages on the answering machine of Randy Slodysko, 58, of Coal Township. Sweeney is charged by Patrolman Christopher Lapotsky with harassment.

    Simple assault

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Agnes Coleman, 50, of 147 Coal Run Road, Coal Township, is charged by Patrolman Christopher Lapotsky with simple assault and harassment. She's accused of stabbing someone with a butter knife inside her home. The knife did not penetrate the alleged victim's skin but did cause bruising, police said.

    Speed enforcement

    BLOOMSBURG - State police in Bloomsburg announced Wednesday it conducted State Police Aerial Reconnaissance and Enforcement (S.P.A.R.E.) along Interstate 80 in Columbia County from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

    The operation uses a state police aircraft and trained aerial observers to identify speeding violations. The S.P.A.R.E. site is surveyed and certified by PennDOT and has a series of lines painted on the roadway .3 miles apart. Personnel in the aircraft use a certified stop watch to clock the amount of time it takes for a vehicle to travel between the lines.

    During Wednesday's enforcement, 11 vehicles were stopped for speeding. The speeds of these vehicles ranged from 80 to 95 miles per hour, police said.

    Police said the program will be used again in the future.

    Curfew violation

    WATSONTOWN - Watsontown Police cited two 15-year-old juveniles, one from Watsontown and one from Damatia, with being out past curfew Wednesday at 2:55 a.m.

    Curfew in Watsontown covers everyone under 18 years of age and is from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. on a weeknight and midnight to 6 a.m. on a weekend night.

    Stemming from this incident, Watsontown Police recovered cigarettes on one of the 15-year-old juveniles. Through further investigation, Police found that the cigarettes were furnished to the juvenile by David S. Gotshall, 51, of 38 Pennsylvania Ave., Watsontown. Gotshall admitted to furnishing the cigarettes to the juvenile when interviewed.


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  • 06/24/15--21:00: Court notes 6/25/15
  • Jeanette M. Roppa Bottesch to Jorge Abrantes and Sylvia Abrantes for $250,000; Dallas Township.

    Laurie Dengler and Laurie Dengler-Rufolo to Marilee Beshada for $120,000; Rice Township.

    Car - Tran Real Estate Company Inc to Pramukh Real Estate LLC for $2,000,000; Hazleton.

    Edwina V. Lyons to Plymouth Township for $100,000; Plymouth Township.

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

    Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas (trustee) and Residential Accredit Loans Inc. to Mitchell P. Littleton for $122,000; Pringle.

    Matthew Wycallis and Stephanie Wycallis and Stephanie Simonitis to Andrew Morgantini for $164,900; Kingston Township.

    Jeffrey J. Triola and Heather M. Triola and Heather M. Turnbaugh to David Rosengrant and Jenny Rosengrant for $152,000; Plains Township.

    Corey Skula and Alison Skula to John R. Williams Jr. for $500,000; Dallas Township.

    Kathleen A. Cusatis and James J. Gregor and Joseph F. Gregor Jr. and Joseph F. Gregor Jr. to Benjamin S. Richards for $112,000; Butler Township.

    JP Morgan Chase Bank to Richard J. Swanson and Lisa Swanson for $115,990; Ross Township.

    Nicholas Romanowski to Cory R. Sienkiewicz and Alana P. Sienkiewicz for $145,000; West Pittston.

    Alcan Group LLC to Elizabeth Ann Pantano for $97,500; Forty Fort.

    Victor Berti and Melissa Berti to Roxanne Rizzo for $125,000; Dallas Township.

    Carol Ann Soika to Anthony L. Locascio and Kathi P. Locasico for $130,000; Hazle Township.

    Robert D. Potorski and Bridget Potorski to Jacqueline Biscontini for $228,000; Harveys Lake.

    Steve C. Sublett and Cheryl Sublett to N.P. Jr. (trustee) Dodge and The Trust Between National Equity Inc. and N.P. Dodge, Jr. (per trustee) and National Equity Inc. and N.P. Dodge Jr. Trust (per trustee) for $337,000; Butler Township.

    N.P Dodge Jr. (trustee) and N.P. Dodge Trust and Dodge, N.P. Jr. Trust and Nation Equity Inc. to Ronald R. Beer for $299,000; Butler Township.

    Luzerne County Sheriff and Thomas Nissen (per sheriff) and Corrine Nissen (per sheriff) to Ryan Stukowski for $130,000; Duryea.

    John M. Slaby and Mary G. Slaby to Margaret Mary Williams and Glenn Robert Willis and Glenn Robert Willis for $179,900; Dallas Township.

    Luzerne County Sheriff to Patricia A. Lombardo (per sheriff) to Goliath Properties Inc. for 104,100; Butler Township.

    Deborah McGough (executrix) and Dorothy C. McGough (estate) to Robert G. Stibick and Sharon R. Stibick for $176,000; Fairview Township.

    Elaine Zarosky and Neil T. Dwyer to KH Management Inc. for $155,000; Hazleton.

    John P. Delmar and Joyce B. Delmar to Steve D. Steransky for $158,000; Exeter Township.

    Christopher Kulig and Tiffany Kulig to Weichert Workforce Mobility Inc. for $228,500; Black Creek Township.

    Weichert Workforce Mobility Inc. to Stephen Cole and Alania Cole for $228,500; Black Creek Township.

    Michelle M. Wiechec and Michelle M. Samo to Sara Randle for $125,000; Rice Township.

    Misty L. Bartenope and Misty L. Riedel to Maria Paulino for $70,500; Hazle Township.

    Marijo Quigley and Marijo Sullivan to John Jacobs and Barbara Jacobs for $131,000; Hanover Township.


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  • 06/25/15--21:00: Court notes 6/26/15
  • Senior Judge Chester B. Muroski, presiding over Luzerne County Domestic Relations Contempt Court on Thursday, ordered the following defendants jailed for failure to pay child support:

    Paris Greene, no address listed; $7,628 total in two cases, lodged six months.

    Justin Hummel, 223 E. Church St., Nanticoke; $17,092, lodged six months.

    Warrants were issued for the following defendants:

    John Morgan IV, 39 Searle St., Pittston; $2,007.

    Kevin Barber, c/o 7011 Horizon Village, Mountain Top; $9,231.

    Antonio Powell, 77 Ashley St., Ashley; $250.

    Michael Gontz, 808 Hazleton Apts., Hazle Township; $884.

    Lee W. Atkinson Jr., 440 Shickshinny Valley Road, Shickshinny; $1,168.

    Randolph E. Ozehoski, 855 Wyoming Ave., Apt. 3, Kingston; $629.

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

    Edilma Bradley and Theodore T. Koch for $125,000; Hazle Township.

    Scott Griffith and Janet Griffith to Sharon McNeill and Jillian McNeill for $94,500; Hanover Township.

    Ronald L. Palermo and Barbara A. Palermo to Aquile Deleon for $79,900; Hazleton.

    Earl S. Harvey and Keith R. Kobesky to Gary J. Zurawski for $129,900; Forty Fort.

    Albert Turick and Marie Clark and Dorothy Wisemiller to Johan D. Blanco Reyes for $95,000; Hazleton.

    Anthony Paul Gigliotti to Leanne M. Hirneisen for $91,500; Exeter.

    St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Polish Congregation (per trustee) and Joseph C. Bambera (trustee) to Dominic B. Carsia and Joy A. Carisa for $162,225; Swoyersville.

    Rocco F. Yanora and Elizabeth J. Yanora and Jacqueline A. Eldrige to Joseph Lawerence and Jelly A. Lawerence for $155,000; West Wyoming.


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    Drug possession

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Police charged David Demarco, 25, of Mount Carmel, with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia after the investigation into an incident at 1 a.m. June 20 in the McDonald's restaurant parking lot.

    According to Coal Township Police Patrolman Matthew Hashuga, Demarco was in possession of a small amount of synthetic marijuana and a small metal pipe.

    Stolen vehicle recovered

    MILTON - State police in Milton said they recovered a blue Geo Tracker belonging to Kathy Derck, of Paxinos, in the Sun Ortho parking lot, Buffalo Township, around 10 p.m. June 18.

    The vehicle had been taken from Coal Township by an unknown person. Anyone with information is asked to call police.

    Harassment

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Victoria Steckler, 47, of 2371 Stetler Drive, will be cited for harassment by Coal Township Police after she allegedly got involved in an altercation with an ex-boyfriend at 8:15 p.m. Monday.

    Police report David Reed, 47, of North Rock Street, was walking his dog on Shamokin Area Middle/High School property with his girlfriend when the two were approached by Steckler, who was in her vehicle. Steckler allegedly tried to get the dog away from Reed, and slapped, harassed and cursed at him.

    Teen cited in crash

    BERRYSBURG - A Dalmatia teen was cited for a stop sign violation following a crash at the intersection of North Main Street and Route 225 at 3:22 p.m. Tuesday.

    State police at Lykens report a 2001 Ford Focus driven by the teen was traveling east on North Second Street while a 2012 Freightliner Business Class M2 truck, driven by Brian A. Boyer, 48, of North Huntingdon, was traveling south on Route 225.

    Police said the teen stopped the car at the stop sign, but continued into the intersection as Boyer passed through. The Focus struck the right rear tire of the Freightliner. After the impact, Boyer pulled to the berm of the road, while the teen left the scene, traveling north on Route 225. Witnesses reported the license plate to police.

    No one was injured in the crash, and the citation was filed with Magisterial District Judge Rebecca Jo Margerum, of Elizabethville.

    Two-vehicle crash

    TREVORTON - A Sunbury woman was cited for traffic violations after a two-vehicle crash at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday in the area of Sixth and Shamokin streets.

    Zerbe Township Police Chief Robert John said he was approached by a 1997 GMC Yukon, driven by Ronald Schrader, 48, of 137 Dan's Way, Coal Township. Schrader said a person did a u-turn in front of his vehicle and struck his vehicle.

    After both vehicles were stopped, the other driver, Lelo L. Shingara, 48, of 311 Shingara Lane, Sunbury, said another person was attempting to start the vehicle but couldn't do it. Shingara said she got behind the wheel and while other individuals were pushing it, she popped the clutch and got it started. She said she was in the process of turning around to go back up the street when she pulled out, sideswiping Schrader's vehicle.

    Shingara was cited for failure to observe stop signs and yield signs and driving with a suspended license.

    Scattering rubbish

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Richard Martin, 39, of 140 S. Franklin St., Shamokin, and Frank Nahodil, 40, of 35 N. Franklin St., Shamokin, were cited by Coal Township Police for scattering rubbish after allegedly dumping a couch in an area known as "the Shuffleboard" between June 4 and 5.

    Disorderly conduct

    ZERBE TOWNSHIP - Police chief Robert John cited Norman E. Purcell, 70, of 6147 Route 225, Shamokin, for disorderly conduct after he allegedy got into verbal argument with Mitchel Raker, of Pleasant View Street, Zerbe Township, at 2:40 p.m. Wednesday.

    Raker told police Purcell yelled and cursed at Raker in public, accusing him of having the Zerbe Township Street Department cut brush away near Purcell's property.

    Bikes found

    LOWER AUGUSTA TOWNSHIP - State police at Stonington said a property owner on East Ridge Road, Sunbury, reported he found two mountain bikes over an embankment at approximately 7 p.m. Sunday. Anyone with information can contact police at 570-286-5601.

    Code violations

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Code enforcement officer Chris Petrovich cited the following individuals for violating the township's ordinance on brush, grass and weeds:

    - Miguel Gonzalez Jr., of 441 18th St., Brooklyn, N.Y., was cited June 19 for having high brush, grass and weeds in the rear yard and sidewalk of a property at 1704-1706 Mohawk St.

    - Ray M. Hancock Jr., of 1047 W. Mulberry St., was cited June 24 for having high brush, grass and weeds in the rear and side yards of a property at 1045-1047 W. Mulberry St.


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  • 06/25/15--21:00: Police Briefs, June 26, 2015
  • Police Briefs

    Man charged with prohibited acts

    Timothy Jason Ortiz, 28, of Towanda was charged with prohibited acts following an incident which occurred on May 23 at an apartment building on York Avenue in Towanda, police reported.

    According to Towanda Borough Police, an officer was called to investigate a possible gas leak at the building and when the police officer arrived, the odor was so strong it caused the officer's eyes to burn.

    The officer contacted the Towanda Fire Department to come and check the house for a leak, police said.

    As two people came out of their apartment, the officer asked if they smelled the odor and they replied that they did not, police said. The officer asked to see their identification, which was provided, police said.

    Then, according to the police report, Ortiz exited his apartment and the officer asked him if there was anyone else in the apartment. He said, "No. Go and look."

    The officer went into the apartment to check for other people and found in plain view a glass smoking device commonly used for smoking marijuana, police said. After checking Ortiz's apartment and the other apartments in the building for other people, the officer informed Ortiz he was not under arrest, but that he would be detained and placed in the back of the patrol car until the fire department was ready to leave, police said.

    Ortiz admitted the smoking device was his and said that he had a prescription for medical marijuana in California.

    Ortiz told the officer that he was not on probation, that it was revoked and that he was awaiting resentencing, police said. The Bradford County Probation Department informed the officer that Ortiz was still on probation.

    Charges were filed and Ortiz was released, police said.

    A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 11 a.m. on July 24, before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark.

     

    Man reports access device fraud

    Joseph C. Vermilya, 68, of Towanda reported to police that his bank card was used at various department stores in the Wysox area without his permission, police reported.

    According to state police, the incidents occurred around 9 a.m. on May 25.

     

    Paintball gun reported stolen

    Alex J. Boyer, 18, of Wysox reported to police that a JT Tactical Paintball Gun was stolen, police said.

    According to police, the theft occurred sometime between 2:30 p.m. on June 6, and 6 p.m. on June 7, during a weekend the victim was holding a rummage sale on Route 187, in Wysox.

    Police said the items were left outside, unsecured overnight and that the person that took the paintball gun was believed to have attended the yard sale during the daytime and returned at night to take the gun which was valued at $130.

    Sayre woman, Towanda man charged after vehicle break ins

    Sayre Borough Police filed several charges against Carmen A. Dutra, 18, of Sayre, and Derek Malawski, 19, of Towanda, who are facing the charges after stealing items from several vehicles in Sayre Borough on June 23, Sayre police said.

    According to criminal complaints filed against Dutra and Malawski, Dutra has been charged with theft from a motor vehicle, possession of a small amount of marijuana, loitering and prowling at nighttime, and receiving stolen property, while Malawski has been charged with theft from a motor vehicle, receiving stolen property, and prohibited offensive weapons.

    Police received a call stating two individuals were seen in the caller's neighbor's vehicle at about 3:18 a.m., police said.

    Police looked in the vehicle and saw items scattered around inside, police said.

    Another officer told police he was with two individuals, later identified as Dutra and Malawski, at the corner of North Hopkins Street and Stevenson Street in Sayre, police said.

    Police spoke with Dutra and Malawski, who were in possession of a backpack and blue rolling cooler, which Dutra said they found and took while walking, police said.

    Police asked Dutra if she had anything on her person or in her bra, to which she said no and "I don't believe so," police said.

    Police asked Dutra to pull her bra and upon doing so Dutra pulled out a small baggie of marijuana and was placed in custody, police said.

    Malawski told police that Dutra entered the vehicles, police said.

    Dutra confirmed with police she had entered vehicles and said a friend told her "car shopping was a rush," police said.

    Dutra told police the backpack Malawski had contained more items and police found a Garmin GPS, multiple CDs, and a bottle of pills that did not belong to either Dutra or Malawski, police said.

    Malawski also possessed a cane that contained a small sword, police said.

    Dutra and Malawski were released on $1,000 unsecured bail.

    Dutra and Malawski will appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on July 7 for their preliminary hearings.

    Whitney Point, N.Y. man facing stalking charges

    James Matthew Greenwood, 32, of Whitney Point, N.Y., has been charged with stalking, loitering and prowling at night, prohibited offensive weapons, criminal trespass, and disorderly conduct by Sayre Borough Police after a June 25 incident on North Wilbur Avenue in Sayre, police said.

    Police were dispatched to a North Wilbur Avenue residence at about 1:30 a.m. after a female caller said her ex-boyfriend was walking in her lawn and looking in her windows, police said.

    The caller also said he may have weapons in his possession, police said.

    Police arrived and saw a male, later identified as Greenwood, walking out of the caller's gated lawn, police said.

    Police asked Greenwood to remove his hands from his pockets and after placing him in handcuffs found brass knuckles in his jacket pocket, police said.

    Greenwood told police he was in town to see a friend on Valor Street, which is nine blocks from the residence, and said, "It's not what you think," police said.

    Police said Greenwood had an alcoholic odor on his breath and had bloodshot eyes. Greenwood told police he "had a few," police said.

    Police said Greenwood blew a .084 percent when given a breathalyzer test.

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

    Greenwood will appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on June 30 for his preliminary hearing.

    Towanda man charged with theft

    Travis Alan White, 28, of Towanda has been charged with theft by unlawful taking or disposition and receiving stolen property relating to an April 26 incident at the Sears store in Wysox Township.

    According to police, White stole a money bag containing $1,851.36 from the store's safe. White was employed by the store at the time of the incident and was one of two employees who closed the store on the night of the theft.

    Police said White contacted them on June 16 and said he relapsed on heroin and that he had taken the money from Sears in order to buy drugs.

    Police said White provided a written confession in regard to the theft.

    White has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton at 3:30 p.m. on July 21 for a preliminary hearing.

    Couple charged during domestic dispute inside barn

    Duane Norman Hunsinger, 52, and Stacey Margene Hunsinger, 53, both of Sayre, have been charged with simple assault and harassment relating to a domestic dispute that occurred in a barn on Labarre Road in Rome Township.

    Police said the two both caused injury to each other during the fight.

    Stacey Hunsinger told police that she brought a baseball bat to the scuffle, according to court documents.

    Duane Hunsinger suffered injuries to his forehead that were caused by the baseball bat, police said.

    Stacey Hunsinger suffered injuries to her forehead and also received bruising on her right arm and a small abrasion on her left knee, police said.

    The couple were arraigned on June 14 by Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox and released on $5,000 unsecured bail. The two are scheduled to appear before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton at 1:15 p.m. on July 14 for a preliminary hearing.

    Woman accused of stealing jewelry

    Haley Ann Edsell, 19, of Towanda has been charged with theft by unlawful taking or disposition, receiving stolen property and criminal trespass relating to an incident on June 11 at a residence in Orwell Township.

    According to police, Edsell stole two rings and an earring, valued at approximately $150, from a private residence in Orwell Township. Police said Edsell then pawned the three items for $34 at Towanda Coin Jewelry and More, police said.

    Police reported that Edsell did admit to stealing the jewelry and that she used the money for gas and cigarettes.

    Edsell has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton at 3:30 p.m. on July 21 for a preliminary hearing.

    Police investigate school incident

    State police are investigating an incident that occurred at 10:30 a.m. on April 22 at the Northeast Bradford School in Orwell Township.

    According to police, a 12-year-old suspect brought a plastic bag containing a white powder to the school. Police said the substance was submitted to a lab for forensic analysis.

    The investigation remains open pending the lab results, police said.

    Unlawful contact with minor

    State police are investigating an incident that occurred sometime during June when an unknown individual had inappropriate contact with a 10-year-old female victim on the message application known as Snapchat, police said.

    Police said the incident occurred in Rome Township.

    The investigation continues, police said.

    Harassment charges filed

    A 24-year-old male and 20-year-old female have been charged with harassment relating to an incident that occurred at 11:50 p.m. on June 21 on the 800 block of Main Street in LeRaysville Borough, police said.

    Police said the two people got involved in a physical altercation during which both parties slapped each other multiple times.

    The names of the two suspects were not released by state police.

    DUI charges

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

    Levi Curtis Chilson, 26, of Wyalusing, by state police, on April 16, on Wyalusing New Albany Road in Terry Township. Chilson was also charged with speeding and careless driving. A blood test later revealed Chilson had detectable amounts of THC and Hydrocodone-Free in his blood. Chilson has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark at 10:30 a.m. on July 17 for a preliminary hearing.

    Dane Leon Woodruff, 21, of Millersville, by state police, on May 23, on Shaffers Notch Road in Terry Township. Woodruff was also charged with driving in the wrong lane, driving at an unsafe speed and careless driving. A blood test later revealed Woodruff's blood alcohol content was .243 percent on the day of his arrest. Woodruff has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark at 10:30 a.m. on July 17 for a preliminary hearing.

    Zachary Tyler Keeney, 23, of Towanda, by state police, on May 16, on State Route 187 in Asylum Township. Keeney was also charged with failing to stay in his lane and careless driving. A blood test later revealed Keeney's blood alcohol content was .175 percent on the day of his arrest. Keeney has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark at 10:30 a.m. on July 17 for a preliminary hearing.


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  • 06/26/15--21:00: Police briefs, 6/27/15
  • Police Briefs

    Couple charged during domestic dispute inside barn

    Duane Norman Hunsinger, 52, and Stacey Margene Hunsinger, 53, both of Sayre, have been charged with simple assault and harassment relating to a domestic dispute that occurred in a barn on Labarre Road in Rome Township.

    Police said the two both caused injury to each other during the fight.

    Stacey Hunsinger told police that she brought a baseball bat to the scuffle, according to court documents.

    Duane Hunsinger suffered injuries to his forehead that were caused by the baseball bat, police said.

    Stacey Hunsinger suffered injuries to her forehead and also received bruising on her right arm and a small abrasion on her left knee, police said.

    The couple were arraigned on June 14 by Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox and released on $5,000 unsecured bail. The two are scheduled to appear before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton at 1:15 p.m. on July 14 for a preliminary hearing.

    Woman accused of stealing jewelry

    Haley Ann Edsell, 19, of Towanda has been charged with theft by unlawful taking or disposition, receiving stolen property and criminal trespass relating to an incident on June 11 at a residence in Orwell Township.

    According to police, Edsell stole two rings and an earring, valued at approximately $150, from a private residence in Orwell Township. Police said Edsell then pawned the three items for $34 at Towanda Coin Jewelry and More, police said.

    Police reported that Edsell did admit to stealing the jewelry and that she used the money for gas and cigarettes.

    Edsell has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton at 3:30 p.m. on July 21 for a preliminary hearing.

    Police investigate school incident

    State police are investigating an incident that occurred at 10:30 a.m. on April 22 at the Northeast Bradford School in Orwell Township.

    According to police, a 12-year-old suspect brought a plastic bag containing a white powder to the school. Police said the substance was submitted to a lab for forensic analysis.

    The investigation remains open pending the lab results, police said.

    Unlawful contact with minor

    State police are investigating an incident that occurred sometime during June when an unknown individual had inappropriate contact with a 10-year-old female victim on the message application known as Snapchat, police said.

    Police said the incident occurred in Rome Township.

    The investigation continues, police said.

    Harassment charges filed

    A 24-year-old male and 20-year-old female have been charged with harassment relating to an incident that occurred at 11:50 p.m. on June 21 on the 800 block of Main Street in LeRaysville Borough, police said.

    Police said the two people got involved in a physical altercation during which both parties slapped each other multiple times.

    The names of the two suspects were not released by state police.

    Lost wallet

    State police are investigating a report of a lost wallet that was misplaced sometime between the dates of June 15 and June 17 on Turkey Path Road in Wyalusing Township.

    According to police, the wallet belonged to Benjamin Allen, 25, of Jersey Shore.

    New Castle, Pa. man facing paraphernalia charge

    Athens Township Police charged 28-year-old Scott Joe Morley Jr., of New Castle, Pa., with possession of drug paraphernalia on June 22 after responding to a call of an unresponsive man at the Elmira Street Walmart in Sayre, Athens police said.

    According to police, they were dispatched to Walmart for an unresponsive male who was turning blue in the store's men's restroom and also a report of a hypodermic needle on the floor next to the male.

    Police identified Morley after checking his driver's license and when Greater Valley EMS arrived Morley was given a shot of Naloxone, which is used for drug overdoses, police said.

    Morley denied doing drugs to police after we awoke and told police another male that entered the restroom "must have done something to him," he said.

    Police said they found a Walmart bag with hypodermic needles on the restroom counter, which Morley denied was his and said the other male purchased them.

    Police reviewed security footage and saw Morley purchasing the needles at the Walmart pharmacy then enter the restroom with another male, who exited the restroom before Morley and waited outside the restroom, police said.

    Police said the other male went back into the restroom then came out and had Walmart employees come to the restroom.

    After getting employees to the restroom, the male ran from the store, police said.

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

    Morley will appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on July 7 for his preliminary hearing.

    DUI charges

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

    Levi Curtis Chilson, 26, of Wyalusing, by state police, on April 16, on Wyalusing New Albany Road in Terry Township. Chilson was also charged with speeding and careless driving. A blood test later revealed Chilson had detectable amounts of THC and Hydrocodone-Free in his blood. Chilson has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark at 10:30 a.m. on July 17 for a preliminary hearing.

    Dane Leon Woodruff, 21, of Millersville, by state police, on May 23, on Shaffers Notch Road in Terry Township. Woodruff was also charged with driving in the wrong lane, driving at an unsafe speed and careless driving. A blood test later revealed Woodruff's blood alcohol content was .243 percent on the day of his arrest. Woodruff has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark at 10:30 a.m. on July 17 for a preliminary hearing.

    Zachary Tyler Keeney, 23, of Towanda, by state police, on May 16, on State Route 187 in Asylum Township. Keeney was also charged with failing to stay in his lane and careless driving. A blood test later revealed Keeney's blood alcohol content was .175 percent on the day of his arrest. Keeney has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark at 10:30 a.m. on July 17 for a preliminary hearing.


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  • 06/26/15--21:00: Court notes 6/27/15
  • Kathi S. Flack to Christopher Siegel and Maureen Siegel for $100,000; Lehman Township.

    Anthony P. Urillo to Marcial Anziani for $70,000; Hazleton.

    Kondaur Capital Corporation (trustee) to Alyse M. Brezinski for $118,500; Lake Township.

    Sand Springs Development to William Colon for $270,000; Butler Township.


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    Barking dogs

    SHAMOKIN - Michelle McCrary, 30, of 101 S. Franklin St., was cited by Patrolman Scott Weaver for allegedly allowing her dog to bark continuously early Friday. The incident was reported about 2:30 a.m.

    Theft

    ROCKEFELLER TOWNSHIP - Angela R. Musser, 40, of Sunbury, is accused of taking jewelry from the home of Frank J. Galasso, 62, of Sunbury, between June 15 and June 18 and attempting to pawn the jewlery in Selinsgrove, according to state police at Stonington.

    Theft

    UPPER AUGUSTA TOWNSHIP - State police at Stonington reported an unknown person used information from a debit card issued to Troy Zeigler, of Sunbury, and used it to withdraw money from an ATM near Philadelphia on three different occasions between 7:10 p.m. June 22 and 6:46 a.m. June 24.

    Theft

    UPPER AUGUSTA TOWNSHIP - State police at Stonington reported an unknown person removed a Stihl concrete saw from a garage owned by Scott Adams, of Sunbury, between 6 a.m. June 4 and noon June 11. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at Stonington at 570-286-5601.


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    Male in custody

    MOUNT CARMEL - An unidentified male was taken into custody shortly before 8 p.m. Friday when police stopped his vehicle following reports of an erratic driver.

    Borough officers handcuffed the male and placed him in a squad car as they searched the Chevy Tahoe he was driving. Several items were confiscated, including suspected narcotics. Additional information is pending result of blood testing. The vehicle was towed.

    The traffic stop was initiated on Chestnut Street, between Fourth and Fifth streets. At the scene were Lt. Christopher Buhay, Cpl. David J. Donkochik and Patrolman Justin Stelma, along with Mount Carmel Township Patrolman Daniel Politza.

    Additional charges

    SHAMOKIN - Markist Kareem Moore, 38, of 31 N. Marshall St., who was arrested in a drug bust Thursday, is also charged with felony delivery of "spice," a synthetic drug, and misdemeanor counts of possession of spice and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    The charges stem from a controlled buy conducted Monday by Shamokin police where Moore allegedly sold a $10 packet of spice to a confidential informant. Charges were filed by Cpl. Bryan Primerano.


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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

    Brittney Ferraro, 25, of Towanda, Pa., was sentenced to State Intermediate Punishment of 24 months (State Intermediate Punishment is a two year program. It begins with at least seven months of regular state prison, followed by custody in a drug/alcohol addiction center, followed by restricted living in a residential program. The prison administration must be satisfied that the prisoner has made progress in rehabilitation from substance abuse. If not, the prisoner will be dismissed from SIP and resentenced. If the SIP program is completed, the prisoner will be under probation supervision for two additional years and checked regularly for drug or alcohol use. If he/she violates during those two years, probation will be revoked and if there is a violation more incarceration will be imposed), fines, costs and restitution to be charged for the offenses of Delivery of a controlled Substance, a felony and Access Device Fraud, a misdemeanor of the second degree.

    Officer Bryan Bellows of the Towanda Borough Police Department arrested Ferraro for the offense on Nov. 20, 2013 and Agents of the Pennsylvania State Police Vice and Narcotics Unit arrested Ferraro following investigation of an incident that occurred in North Towanda Township.

    David Irons Jr., 28, Sayre, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 33 days to 12 months, fines, costs, restitution of $1,250; he will also lose his driver's license for 24 months for two counts of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, misdemeanors. Officer Thomas Zebrowski from Sayre Borough Police Department and Officer Andrew Stevens from Athens Borough Police Department arrested Irons in February and March 2015.

    Timothy Hoose Jr., 19, Sayre, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 72 hours to six months, fines, costs, restitution of $1,000; he will also lose his driver's license for 12 months for the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Sergeant James Shaw of Athens Township arrested House for the offense on Oct. 9, 2014.

    Duane Demellier, 34, Wysox, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in a Pennsylvania State Correctional Facility for 27 months to 54 months, for the offense of Failure to Verify Address, a felony of the second degree. Trooper Miranda Musick of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Demellier following investigation of an incident that occurred in North Towanda Township.

    Vicki McSparrow, 46, Athens, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in Bradford County Correctional Facility for five days to six months, followed by Probation supervision for one year, fines, of $300, plus court costs, for the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor, and Resisting Arrest, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Officer Derek Dekar of the Athens Borough Police Department arrested McSparrow for the offense on Oct. 19, 2014.

    David Crawn, 26, Waverly, N.Y., was sentenced to a term of imprisonment in a Pennsylvania State Correctional Facility for 16 months to eight years, restitution of $473.28, plus costs, for the offense of Burglary, a felony of the second degree. Officer Nathan Ross of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Crawn for the offense in January 2015.

    Sabrina Teneyck, 39, Monroeton, Pa., was resentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for three months to 12 months, for the offense of Possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. Officer John Werner of the Towanda Borough Police Department arrested Teneyck for the offense in March 2012.

    Victoria Trindle, 34, of Columbia Cross Roads, Pa., was sentenced to Probation supervision for a term of two years, costs and restitution of $209.56, for the offense of Receiving Stolen Property, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Trooper Brandon Allis of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Trindle following investigation of an incident that occurred in Sylvania Township in November 2013.

    Logan Abbott, 23, of Wyalusing, Pa., was sentenced to Probation supervision for a term of one year, for the offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance, a misdemeanor. Trooper Robert Hutchison of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Abbott following investigation of an incident that occurred in Wysox Township in October 2013.

    Curtis Clark, 25, of Wyalusing, Pa., was sentenced to Probation supervision for a term of six months, fines of $300.00 plus court costs, restitution of $290, for the offense of Receiving Stolen Property, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Trooper Keith Roman of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Clark following investigation of an incident that occurred in Monroe Township in January 2015.

    Millard Decker, 37, of Ulster, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 72 hours to six months, fines, costs of $1,000, for the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Trooper Christopher Schelling of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Decker following investigation of an incident that occurred in Athens Township in November 2104.

    Randi Potter, 26, of Towanda, Pa., was sentenced to Probation supervision for a term of six months, costs and restitution of $120, for the offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance, a misdemeanor. Trooper Mike Adams of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Potter following investigation of an incident that occurred in Towanda Borough in October 2014.

    Timothy Belloma, 28, of Elmira, N.Y., was sentenced to imprisonment in Bradford County Correctional Facility for 72 days to 12 months followed by Probation supervision for a term of 12 months, fines, costs, restitution of $750; he will also lose his driver's license for six months for the offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance, a misdemeanor, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, also a misdemeanor. Officer Bruce Hoffman of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Belloma for the offense on Feb. 3, 2015.

    Shawnnah Card, 24, of Burlington, Pa., was sentenced to Probation supervision for a term of 24 months, fines, costs, restitution of $500 plus $120; she will also lose her driver's license for six months, for the offense of Delivery of a Controlled Substance, a felony. Agents of the Pennsylvania State Police Vice and Narcotics Unit arrested Card following investigation of an incident that occurred in North Towanda Township.

    GUILTY PLEAS

    Thomas Minder, 26, Canton, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Simple Assault, a misdemeanor of the second degree, Recklessly Endangering another Person, a misdemeanor of the second degree, Harassment, a summary offense and Disorderly Conduct, also a summary offense. Minder will be sentenced on Aug. 6, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Chief Doug Seeley of the Canton Borough Police Department arrested Minder for the offense in February 2015.

    Brian Williams, 36, Sayre, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Simple Assault, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Williams will be sentenced on July 27, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Nikki Hoffman of the Athens Borough Police Department arrested Williams for the offense in October 2014.

    Eric Harrigan, 31, Sayre, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Retail Theft, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Harrigan will be sentenced on July 27, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Daniel Thomas of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Harrigan for the offense in January 2015.

    Eric Harrigan, 31, Sayre, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Tamper with Evidence, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Harrigan will be sentenced on July 27, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Sean Flynn of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Harrigan for the offense in December 2014.

    Michael Rought, 32, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, misdemeanor. Rought will be sentenced on July 27, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Corey McLinko of the Towanda Borough Police Department arrested Rought for the offense in November 2014.

    Michael Howard, 47, Rome, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor and Driving Under Suspension (DUI Related), a summary offense. Howard will be sentenced on July 27, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper William McDermott of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Howard following investigation of an incident that occurred in Sheshequin Township.

    David Irons Jr., 28, Sayre, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offenses of two counts of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, both misdemeanors. Irons was sentenced on June 15, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Andrew Stevens and Officer Thomas Zebrowski both from the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Irons for the offense on Feb. 20, 2015 and March 14, 2015.

    Devin Hubert, 19, Athens, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Criminal Trespass, a felony of the third degree. Hubert will be sentenced on July 27, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Thomas VanFleet of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Hubert for the offense on May 10, 2015.

    John Gundaker, 44, S.C.I. Coal Township, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Delivery of a Controlled Substance, a felony, and two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance. Gundaker was sentenced to one year of probation supervision, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Agents of the Bradford County Task Force arrested Gundaker for the offense in April 2014.

    Bridget Dauberman, 25, Nichols, N.J., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Retail Theft, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Dauberman will be sentenced on July 27, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Thomas VanFleet of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Dauberman for the offense on March 10, 2015.

    Timothy Colton, 34, Troy, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of two counts of Indecent Assault, misdemeanors of the second degree. Colton will be sentenced, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Brandon Allis of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Colton following investigation of an incident that occurred in Troy Township.

    Nancy Benjamin, 26, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. Benjamin will be sentenced on July 30, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Keith Stackhouse of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Benjamin for the offense in April 2015.

    Nancy Benjamin, 26, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. Benjamin will be sentenced on July 30, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Corey McLinko of the Towanda Borough Police Department arrested Benjamin for the offense in October 2014.

    Andrew Mathews, 39, Sayre, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Criminal Trespass, a felony of the third degree, Conspiracy/False Reports, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Mathews will be sentenced on July 30, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Nathan Lewis and Trooper Gabriel Paduck both from the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Mathews following investigation of an incident that occurred in North Towanda Township and LeRaysville Borough.

    Melissa Hartford, 39, Roaring Branch, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving under Suspension, a summary offense, and Required Financially Responsibility, also a summary offense. Hartford was sentenced to pay fines of $500, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Caroline Rayeski of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Hartford following investigation of an incident that occurred in Canton Township.

    Donna Holland, 52, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Delivery of a Controlled Substance, a felony. Holland will be sentenced on July 30, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Agents of the Pennsylvania State Police Vice and Narcotics Unit arrested Holland following investigation of an incident that occurred in Towanda Borough.

    Timothy Oliver Jr., 18, Gillett, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Corruption of Minors, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Oliver will be sentenced, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Robert Richter of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Oliver following investigation of an incident that occurred in South Creek Township.

    Lynn Kinch, 58, Granville Summit, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Recklessly Endangering, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Kinch will be sentenced on July 27, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Kyle Gruber of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Kinch following investigation of an incident that occurred in Granville Township.

    Jacob Mosier, 26, Waverly, N.Y., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Disorderly Conduct, a misdemeanor of the third degree. Mosier will be sentenced on July 2, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Bruce Hoffman of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Mosier for the offense on Aug. 31, 2013.

    Shawn McKean, 29, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Obstruction of Administration of Law, a misdemeanor of the second degree. McKean will be sentenced on July 27, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Robert Richter of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested McKean following investigation of an incident that occurred in North Towanda Township on Dec. 18, 2014.

    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:

    Aaron Blanton, 37, entered a plea of nolo contendere/no contest to Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Blanton will be sentenced on July 30, 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 John Werner of the Towanda Borough Police Department arrested Blanton for the offense on March 5, 2015.


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  • 06/28/15--21:00: Police Briefs, June 29, 2015
  • Police Briefs

    Man charged with DUI in Rome

    William B. Fenton, 30, of Athens has been charged with DUI relating to an incident on June 27 at 1:29 a.m. at the Dandy Mini Mart in Rome Borough.

    According to police, Fenton was found passed out behind the wheel of a vehicle.

     

    Criminal mischief investigation

    State police are investigating a report of criminal mischief relating to a June 26 or June 27 incident on Walters Lane in Towanda Township.

    According to police, an unknown person broke the door of a mail box belonging to Danielle Lynn Kobbe, 30, of Towanda.

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

     

    Police investigate smashed windshield

    State police are investigating a report of criminal mischief that occurred at Sherwood Groves between June 24 and 25 in Wysox Township.

    According to police, an unknown person smashed a rear windshield to a vehicle parked in the new car lot.

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

    Driver charged in Franklin Twp. crash

    Matthew R. Bartholomew, 19, of Monroeton has been cited for driving at an unsafe speed relating to a June 24 crash on State Route 414 in Franklin Township.

    According to police, Bartholomew, who was driving a 2010 Ford F-250, lost control for unknown reasons and struck two guardrails and a berm before driving over an embankment and striking a tree.

    Bartholomew's truck came to rest in the front yard of a residence on State Route 414.

    Both Bartholomew and a 17-year-old female passenger suffered moderate injuries during the crash, police said.

    At the scene of the accident, Franklin Township Fire Chief Don Stranger told The Review that neither occupant was wearing their seatbelt at the time of the crash. However, a press release from state police lists the female passenger as having worn her seat belt during the crash and states Bartholomew did not.


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    Teen driver charged

    COAL TOWNSHIP - A Shamokin teen was charged with various vehicle offenses following an investigation into a June 21 crash on Tioga Street near Route 901, near an area known as "The Rock Cut."

    According to Coal Township Police, Wesley Tadd McKinney, 18, of 1010 E. Race St., Shamokin, was driving a 2008 Nissan Altima east on Route 901 at a high rate of speed. When he attempted to turn onto Tioga Street, the rear end of the vehicle slid, causing him to lose control of the vehicle.

    McKinney then accelerated, cauing the vehicle to cross over the low part of a guard rail and to into an area north of Tioga Street covered with brush and trees. The driver and his four passengers were not injured in the crash, but police had to tow the vehicle because it was not insured. The investigation showed McKinney did not have a driver's license.

    Police charged McKinney with driving without a license, driving a vehicle at an unsafe speed, careless driving and driving an uninsured vehicle. In addition, police cited the Altima's owner, Patricia Persing, 38, of 1010 E. Race St., Shamokin, for allowing McKinney to operate the vehicle with the knowledge that there was no insurance.

    Assisting police at the scene of the crash were members of the Coal Township Fire Department, Coal Township Rescue Squad, Coal Township Fire Police and AREA Services personnel.

    Drug paraphernalia

    RANSHAW - Joseph Staskiel, 22, of 824 Spruce St., Kulpmont, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia after being found with syringes, pills and a spoon after he passed out on the sidewalk at 11:50 a.m. Wednesday in the 400 block of Main Street. Staskiel was transported to Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital for treatment.


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