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  • 06/29/15--21:00: Court Notes
  • John Ballard and Stacie Ballard to Nicole M. Gurski and Matthew Gurski for $282,500; Butler Township.

    Stephan Brady to Jeanette M. Bottesch for $200,000; Harveys Lake.

    Stephen T. Savaggio and Carolyn Salvaggio to Christopher Grymko and Jeanne Grymko for $258,000; Forty Fort.

    William A. Pfeiffer and Barbara J. Pfeiffer to Nicholas P. Chorey for $80,000; Swoyersville.

    Dorothy G. Burrell to Carl T. Faust and Carol Lawson for $137,000; Butler Township.

    Brian L. Mullen to Amy E. Basham for $136,450 for Dallas.

    Gordon O. Newcomer, Gordon D. Newcomer and Claudia J. Newcomer to Paul K. Kaminski and Amy Kaminski for $250,000; Salem Township.

    Robert M. Hogge and Krystal D. Hogge to Francis Lecitshon for $110,000; Slocum Township.

    Mark W. Kaufman and Marcia D. Kaufman to Mark Zulkoski and Maria Zulkoski for $208,650; Lehman Township.

    Elegant Homes LLC to Carlo A. Lamonica and Veronica M. Lamonica for $178,900; Kingston.

    Walter M. Schonfeld (co-trustee), Miriam W. Giotta (co-trustee) and Schonfeld Irrevocable Grantor Trust to Christina M. McDermott for $148,000; Butler Township.

    Mae M. Sylvia (per attorney in fact) and Christopher L. Kable (per attorney in fact) to William C. III Kishbaugh for $81,500; Salem Township.

    James D. Black and Elizabeth R. Black to Duane J. Deno and Amy C. Deno for $157,000; Jackson Township.

    Cindy Joy Levinson to Robert James Moses and Esther G. Moses for $111,000; Kingston.


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  • 06/29/15--21:00: Police Briefs 6/30/2015
  • Man charged with possessing stolen gun

    Brian Ian Williams, 36, of Sayre has been charged with receiving stolen property relating to an incident occurring between January 2012 and January 2013 at a residence located on Merry Go Round Road in Windham Township.

    According to police, Williams was found in possession of a Walther PPK 9mm pistol. Police found that the gun had been stolen from an Ulster resident in 2004.

    Williams was arraigned Sunday by Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark and released on non-monetary bail conditions. Williams is scheduled to appear before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton at 1 p.m. on July 7 for a preliminary hearing.

    Burglary in Warren Twp.

    State police are investigating a report of burglary that occurred sometime between the dates of June 11 and June 22 at a residence on Allyn Run Road in Warren Township.

    Police said an unknown person removed $20 from a money box located in a greenhouse. The actor also removed a lock box inside the residence which contained legal documents, police said.

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

    Child charged with hitting adult

    An 11-year-old male from Sayre has been charged with harassment after police said he allegedly struck a 32-year-old female from Rome multiple times in the arms. The incident occurred at approximately 5:20 p.m. on Saturday on Vought Road in Windham Township.

    Theft investigation in Windham Twp.

    State police are investigating a report of burglary that occurred sometime on June 21 or June 22 at a residence on Battlecreek Road in Windham Township.

    According to police, an unknown person stole a red and silver Road Warrior mountain bike from the front yard of a house.

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

    Vandalism investigation in Windham Twp.

    State police are investigating a report of criminal mischief that occurred around 7 a.m. on Friday at a residence on Ole English Road in Windham Township.

    According to police, an unknown person damaged a mailbox and street sign.

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

    Rape investigation begins in Warren Twp.

    State police are investigating a report of rape that occurred at various dates and times in Warren Township.

    Police said the victim is a juvenile and the suspect is a person known to the victim.


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    PFA violation

    SHAMOKIN - Nathan Olah, 25, of 406 E. Sixth St., Mount Carmel, was charged by Cpl. Jarrod Scandle with violating a protection from abuse order.

    According to a criminal complaint filed Tuesday at the office of Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III, Olah is accused of sending harassing and vulgar text messages to Sarah Britton, of Shamokin, which violated a PFA order issued Jan. 9. The order expires Jan. 9, 2018.

    Drug charge

    SHAMOKIN - Patrolman William Zalinski charged Matthew Derk, 19, of 322 E. Sunbury St., Apt. 6, Shamokin, with possessing two Percocet pills not prescribed to him at his apartment June 22.

    Theft, drug charges

    SHAMOKIN - Jesika McCann, 23, of 1008 N. Pearl St., Coal Township, was charged by Patrolman William Miner with theft and forgery for allegedly stealing checks belonging to Josephine Markle and forging and cashing five of the checks totaling $190 Oct. 1.

    McCann also was charged by Patrolman William Zalinski with possessing 10 Ativan pills not prescribed to her at 322 E. Sunbury St., Apt. 6, Shamokin, June 22.

    Charges dismissed

    SHAMOKIN - Charges of simple assault and harassment filed by Coal Township Patrolman Christopher Lapotsky against Agnes Coleman, 50, of 141 Coal Run Road, Coal Run, were dismissed Tuesday when her husband and alleged victim, James Coleman, refused to testify at a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III.

    Police reported Agnes Coleman was charged with allegedly stabbing her husband in the back with a butter knife at their home June 24. Police said James Coleman was injured and the blade of the knife was bent.

    Drug charges

    COAL TOWNSHIP - A 26-year-old Shamokin man taken by ambulance to an area hospital after being discovered in an alleged highly intoxicated state June 18 in a wooded area between Mulberry and State streets has been charged with drug offenses.

    Curtis Groom, of 1006 N. Orange St., is charged by Patrolman Jason Adams with possessing a small amount of marijuana and possessing drug paraphernalia including a clear plastic bag and multi-colored glass smoking pipe.

    Groom was found lying against a log, dozing in and out of consciousness, as Adams and Patrolman David Sage repeatedly asked for his name, his hometown, and what drugs he may have ingested. A neighbor said Groom had been seen in the woods the past few days.

    Drug offenses

    SHAMOKIN - Cpl. Bryan Primerano has charged Malcolm Carnaghan, 49, of 1141 Pulaski Ave., Coal Township, with possessing a small amount of marijuana, possessing drug paraphernalia and disorderly conduct involving a June 21 disturbance at 328 S. Pearl St.

    Police said Carnaghan, who allegedly pounded on the door at the residence demanding entry, was found in possession of a plastic bag containing marijuana.

    Hit and run

    SHAMOKIN - Gregory James Adams, 46, of 707 W. Chestnut St., Apt. B, Shamokin, was charged by Patrolman Shane Mowery with hit and run, failure to give information and render aid at an accident and reckless driving relating to a May 28 accident at 224-226 S. Diamond St.

    Police reported Adams drove a 1996 Chrysler into both structures before fleeing the scene. Police said the residents of 224 S. Diamond St. were home at the time of the crash.

    Drug paraphernalia

    SHAMOKIN - Patrolman Shane Mowery has charged Jeffery E. Barber Jr., 21, of 77 Raspberry Hill, with possession of drug paraphernalia involving a June 16 incident at Shamokin Police Station.

    Police said Barber was found with a silver, metal smoking pipe with burnt residue.

    Simple assault

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Detective Jeff Brennan has charged Brian Poplaskie, 47, of 3072 Upper Road, Shamokin, with simple assault and harassment relating to a June 12 disturbance at 1564 Pulaski Ave.

    According to a criminal complaint filed at the office of Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III, Poplaskie is accused of kicking 63-year-old Faith Smink, in the groin, causing injury. Police said the assault occurred outside Smink's home.

    Inmate charged

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Dustin Michael Mollany, 23, a Northumberland County Prison inmate being housed at SCI-Coal Township, has been charged by Northumberland County Detective Degg Stark with institutional vandalism.

    Police said Mollany is accused of causing $521.19 damage to a sprinkler head system in his cell June 15.


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  • 06/30/15--21:00: court notes
  • John J. Creaven and Carole A. Creaven to David P. Walton and Julia M. Walton for $435,000; Black Creek Township.

    Charlotte Franklin (trustee) and Franklin Nonmarital Trust (per trustee) and Franklin Marital Deduction Trust (per trustee) to Luzerne Capital Funding LLC for $675,000; Hazle Township.

    Laurian Denlinger (administrator) and Brian Halter (administrator) Robert E. Halter to Paul J. Wojcik for $172,500; Hazle Township.


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  • 06/30/15--21:00: Police Briefs 7/1/2015
  • Waverly woman facing drug charges

    Nicole Ann Searles, 34, of Waverly has been charged with several drug related charges by Towanda state police on Jan. 14 at the ALDI grocery store on Elmira Street in Sayre, state police said.

    According to police, Searles is facing two counts of possession with the intent to deliver and delivery of a controlled substance; two counts of possession of a controlled substance; and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

    On that date, police were notified by a confidential informant that Searles had bath salts for sale and that Searles could meet the informant in the Valley, police said.

    Police told the informant to ask for 3 grams of bath salts and Searles said it would cost $300.

    The informant got $300 from police along with a small video camera and while with police the informant got a phone call from Searles saying she was at ALDI, police said,

    The informant met Searles in the ALDI parking lot and gave her $200 for the drugs before Searles entered the store, police said.

    Searles exited the store, went to a silver Chevrolet Impala, and waved the informant over to the vehicle, police said.

    The informant left the parking lot and met with police where the informant turned over two Adderall capsules and a pill bottle containing a plastic baggie of suspected bath salts, police said.

    The informant told police Searles said the Adderall was free and the bath salts were only $200, police said.

    Police said the drugs field tested negative for bath salts, but after a lab analysis one of the drug items tested positive for amphetamine.

    Searles was released on $2,500 unsecured bail.

    Searles has been issued a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on July 14 for her preliminary hearing.

    Driver injured in Ulster crash

    Brock N. Hite, 26, of Canton, suffered moderate injuries following a crash on June 30 at about 1:20 a.m. on U.S. Route 220 in Ulster Township, Towanda state police said.

    According to police, Hite was heading north on Route 220 in a 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier when he lost control of the vehicle.

    The vehicle crossed the road and hit a ditch with its front end, police said.

    After rolling over, the vehicle came to a rest, police said.

    Hite was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, police said.

    Police cited Hite for driving at an unsafe speed.

    Litchfield attempted burglary under investigation

    Towanda state police are investigating an attempted burglary in Litchfield Township that took place between June 19 and June 22, state police said.

    Police said the actor or actors attempted to enter a residence by forcing a bathroom window open.

    When the actor or actors were unable to enter the residence they fled the scene in an unknown direction.

    Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact state police at (570) 265-2681.

    Man cited for harassment in Sheshequin

    A 59-year-old man has been cited for harassment following a June 25 incident that took place on Valley View Road in Sheshequin Township, according to Towanda state police.

    Police said the accused got into a verbal argument with the 25-year-old female victim over a paycheck and the accused became upset and pushed the victim.

    Harassment charges for Towanda man

    Towanda state police said a 53-year-old Towanda man was charged with one count of harassment after punching a 33-year-old woman in the face on June 26 at about 10 a.m.

    Police said the incident took place at Hornbrook Trailer Park in Sheshequin Township.

    Man injured

    State police at Towanda said Evan W. Brown, 22, of Canton, was moderately injured in a one-vehicle crash that occurred at 8:31 a.m. June 27 on Route 414 in LeRoy Township.

    Police said he was traveling east on Route 414, just east of VanFleet Road. While negotiating a left curve, he lost control of his Chevrolet Cobalt, which crossed over the westbound lane of travel and struck a ditch along the eastbound lane of travel, police said.

    According to police, it continued traveling east and spun out in the wet grass, struck another ditch and then rolled over. Police said it came to final rest in the ditch, alongside the eastbound roadside, on its roof and facing west. Police said he was partially ejected from the vehicle and was freed by non-mechanical means.

    The vehicle was towed from the scene by Junior's Towing, and the Canton Volunteer Fire Department and EMS assisted at the scene, police said.

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

    No injuries

    State police at Towanda said Roy M. Richardson, 22, of Columbia Cross Roads, was not injured in a one-vehicle crash that took place at 4:20 a.m. June 12 on Hall Road, 100 feet north of State Route 4014, in Springfield Township.

    According to police, he was traveling south, when his Ford F350 went off the west side of the dirt roadway and struck a set of mailbox posts to the right of the roadway on Hall Road. According to police, he fled the scene and was later located in the vehicle along Route 14 in Troy Township, where he was taken into custody for DUI. Police said he has been charged separately for both incidents.

    Police said he was charged for a violation of "driving vehicle at safe speed."

    Person injured

    State police at Towanda said Jamie M. Quick, 20, of Troy, was moderately injured in a one-vehicle crash that took place at 11:30 p.m. June 10 on Porter Road, three-tenths of a mile east of Ballard Hill Road, in Columbia Township.

    According to police, she was traveling east, when a deer entered the roadway. Her Ford Focus struck the deer in the roadway, and came to final rest facing east on the northside berm, police said.

    Crash reported

    State police at Towanda said a crash took place at 8:40 a.m. June 12 on Elmira Street in Troy Borough.

    Police did not identify the drivers. According to police, the vehicles involved in the crash were a Ford and a Nissan.

    Police said the driver of the Ford was traveling north on Route 14, and the driver of the Nissan was stopped in the southbound lane, with the vehicle's left turn signal on. As the Ford was passing the Nissan, the Ford's left mirror clipped the Nissan's left mirror. Police said the driver of the Ford was charged with a violation of "driving on roadways laned for traffic."


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    Beverage drop, car crash

    BLYTHE TOWNSHIP - A 9-year-old Mount Carmel girl suffered minor injuries in a crash on a section of Route 61 known as "The Grade" outside of Frackville Tuesday afternoon.

    State police at Frackville said a 1997 Ford Escort, driven by Tammy M. Brown, 30, of Mount Carmel, was traveling north at approximately 2:06 p.m. when she dropped her beverage, which rolled behind the brake pedal. She lost control of the vehicle and struck a guardrail.

    The child, who was a passenger in the car, was transported to Schuylkill Medical Center East for treatment while Brown and two other passengers, a 6-year-old female and a 3-year-old male, were not injured. Assisting police at the scene were members of the St. Clair Fire Department.

    Guilty plea

    SHAMOKIN - Christine Ann Gebhard, 36, of 1154 Poplar St., Kulpmont, pleaded guilty to criminal mischief Tuesday and was ordered by Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III to pay a $200 fine plus costs.

    Charges of theft of leased property and receiving stolen property were withdrawn.

    Gebhard was charged by Coal Township Patrolman Christopher Lapotsky with causing approximately $500 damage to a cell phone and iPad she leased from Rent-A-Center, Route 61, between Nov. 28 and March 14.

    Two escape injury

    CASS TOWNSHIP - Brian M. Drust, 35, of Coal Township, and Patricia M. Tokarchek, 61, of Pottsville, escaped injury in a two-vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon on Valley Road in this Schuylkill County township.

    State police at Frackville reported Tokarchek was pulling her 2013 Dodge Dart out of a private driveway onto Valley Road (Route 4002) at 2:45 p.m. when she failed to yield the right-of-way and pulled into the eastbound lane of Valley Road in front of a 2000 Subaru Outback operated by Drust. Police said Drust was unable stop in time to avoid a collision.

    After impact, Tokarchek's vehicle spun clockwise approximately 40 degrees before coming to rest partially on the south shoulder and in the eastbound lane. The Dart was towed. Drust was able to drive his vehicle from the scene.

    Both drivers were wearing seat belts.

    Tokarchek was cited for a traffic violation.


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  • 07/01/15--21:00: Court notes
  • Federal National Mortgage Association (per attorney in fact), Fannie Mae (per attorney in fact) and Servicelink (Attorney in fact) to Bruce Clause for $105,000; Buck Township.

    Sand Springs Development Corp. to Joseph J. Ferry and Sarah J. Elias for $323,000; Butler Township.

    Rosemarie J. Pierre and Jean M. Pierre to Kristy L. Straub for $159,000; Huntington Township.

    Ruthann Robson (administratrix) and Ruth Robson (estate) to Frank T. Sokolowski and Diana C. Sokolowski for $143,000; Hunlock Township.

    Richelle A. Baer and Richelle Baer McCarthy to Patricia A. Gayler and Philip D. Gallager for $100,000; Dallas Township.

    Rachel Hartung Emmerthal and Stephen R. Emmerthal to Amanda M. Peel for $114,500; Hanover Township.

    Dolores M. Gozikowski to Michael D. McCabe for $245,000; Dallas Township.


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  • 07/01/15--21:00: Police Briefs, July 2, 2015
  • Police Briefs

    Vandalism occurs in Wysox Twp.

    State police said they are trying to determine who committed an act of vandalism recently at Middendorf Homes on U.S. Route 6 in Wysox Township.

    Sometime between noon on June 27 and 8 a.m. on June 30, someone broke two vinyl spindles on a porch railing on a show home at the site, police said.

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

    Theft occurs at Wysox Twp. residence

    Amber Muzzy of Wysox reported that she left her residence in Wysox Township for approximately five days and, upon returning, found that a number of items had been stolen from her residence, police said.

    The stolen items included a Playstation 2, Beats by Dre headphones, and an Xfinity tablet, state police said.

    The theft occurred sometime between 4 p.m. on June 22 and 7 p.m. on June 26, state police said.

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

    Man injured in Wysox Township accident

    Jesse M. Zenewicz, 34, of Rome suffered minor injuries in a motor vehicle accident that occurred at 4:35 p.m. Saturday in Wysox Township, police said.

    Zenewicz was driving west on Route 6 when he lost control of his vehicle, which traveled off the north side of the road and struck an embankment, police said.

    Zenewicz was cited for driving at an unsafe speed, police said.

    The accident occurred 197 feet east of Red Rock Road, state police at Towanda said.

    Three injured in Towanda Twp. crash

    Three people were injured in a motor vehicle accident that occurred on U.S. Route 220 in Towanda Township, police said.

    Nicholas S. Sufleta, 22, of Warrington, Pa., was driving north on Route 220 when he lost control of his vehicle on a left curve, police said.

    Sufleta's 1994 Toyota Camry left the roadway and struck a tree, police said.

    Sufleta and his two passengers - 21-year-old Schuyler S. Stevens of Towanda and 21-year-old Douglas J. Weinman of Towanda - all suffered moderate injuries, police said. All three were transported to local hospitals for evaluation and medical treatment, police said.

    Sufleta was cited for driving at an unsafe speed, state police at Towanda said.

    The accident occurred three-tenths of a mile north of Patton Hill Road, police said.

    Columbia Cross Roads woman injured in crash

    Meghan C. Hotaling, 25, of Columbia Cross Roads, suffered a minor injury in a motor vehicle accident in Wysox Township, police said.

    Hotaling was traveling east on U.S. Route 6 when she allowed her Chevrolet Impala to travel off the south side of the roadway, police said.

    The vehicle struck a ditch and a group of mailboxes, state police said.

    Hotaling's passenger, 39-year-old Greg D. Coleman of Warren, Texas, was uninjured, police said.

    The accident occurred at 1 a.m. on June 3, four-tenths of a mile east of state Route 187, police said.

    Hotaling was cited for careless driving, state police at Towanda said.


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    Cables cut

    ELDRED TOWNSHIP - State police at Schuylkill Haven reported someone entered the PPL substation grounds along Taylorsville Road between May 26 and June 9 and cut approximately 22 copper ground cables from the perimeter fence before fleeing the scene.

    Anyone with information is urged to call state police and reference incident number L07-1369608.

    Bath salts charge

    MOUNT CARMEL TOWNSHIP - Patrolman Daniel Politza has charged George P. Hepler, 28, of 350 S. Vine St., Mount Carmel, with possessing bath salts and possessing drug paraphernalia relating to an April 13 incident along Merriam Highway (Route 2023), where Hepler was found walking.

    Theft charges

    MOUNT CARMEL TOWNSHIP - Chad Michael Neiman, 29, of 101 W. Coal St., Trevorton, was charged by Patrolman David Tomtishen with theft, receiving stolen property, driving under suspension and driving without a license involving a June 2 incident at 147 E. Saylor St., Atlas.

    According to a criminal complaint filed at the office of Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones, Neiman is accused of stealing an Xbox One and PS4 belonging to the sons of Stephanie Rodriguez.

    Disorderly conduct

    MOUNT CARMEL - Two counts of disorderly conduct and charges of simple assault, resisting arrest, a stop sign violation and driving under suspension were filed by Cpl. David Donkochik against Kevin Joe Stouffer, 26, of 244 S. Oak St., Apt. 2, Mount Carmel.

    Police reported Stouffer used obscenities and became combative with Donkochik after the officer stopped him for failing to stop for a stop sign at Fifth and Oak streets June 15. Donkochik, who was assisted at the scene by two male motorists in subduing Stouffer, had to use substantial force in taking the defendant into custody and almost needed to use a Taser on him.

    Receiving stolen property

    MOUNT CARMEL - Brian Steven Nicola, 27, of 302 N. Oak St., Mount Carmel, was charged by Patrolman Matthew Dillman with receiving stolen property for allegedly operating a rented vehicle that he knew was overdue to be returned to the rental company.

    Police said the incident occurred June 23.

    Drug possession

    KULPMONT - Jeremiah D. Jones, 28, of Harrisburg, who is an inmate at Perry County Prison, was charged by Trooper Jared Mowen of state police at Stonington with possessing a controlled substance and false identification to law enforcement authorities relating to a June 15 traffic stop at Scott and Eighth streets.

    Police said Jones, who initially provided a false name, was found with marijuana and a black plastic bag containing a digital galaxy scale.

    Guilty plea

    MOUNT CARMEL - Zachary Robert Tocyloski, 19, of 136 S. Center St., Natalie, pleaded guilty June 24 to disorderly conduct and was ordered by Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones to pay a $100 fine plus costs.

    Additional charges of possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and underage drinking were withdrawn.

    Tocyloski was charged by Mount Carmel Township Patrolman David Tomtishen in connection with a May 9 traffic stop on Route 61 in Atlas.

    Retail theft

    KULPMONT - Christine L. Jeffery, 28, of 554 Chestnut St., Apt. 1, Kulpmont, was charged by Patrolman Patrick McAndrew with retail theft.

    According to a criminal complaint filed at the office of Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones, Jeffery is accused of stealing $30.27 worth of merchandise from Turkey Hill Minit Market on Chestnut Street.

    Cameron Bridge crash

    COAL TOWNSHIP - No injuries were reported in a two-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon on the Cameron Bridge.

    Coal Township police said Irvin P. Reiner, of 1050 W. Mulberry St., Coal Township, was stopped on the bridge in the Second Street area for a red traffic signal shortly after 1 p.m. in a 2009 Ford bus owned by Northumberland County when a 1999 Honda Accord driven by Miranda E. Orso, of 910 W. Chestnut St., Coal Township, struck the rear of the bus after traveling off Route 61.

    Both vehicles sustained moderate damage.

    Orso was cited by police for following a vehicle too closely.

    Furnishes alcohol

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Charles Amos Troup III, 21, of 536 N. Second St., Shamokin, was charged by Cpl. Joshua Wynn with selling or furnishing alcohol to minors.

    Police said Troup allegedly furnished beer to his 18-year-old girlfriend, Zoey Parker, who consumed the alcohol. Parker was cited for underage drinking, police said.

    Police reported the incident occurred early Saturday at Parker's apartment at 1120 W. Arch St.

    Forgery

    MOUNT CARMEL - Damion C. Emburg, 19, of 40 S. Vine St., Mount Carmel, has been charged by borough police with multiple counts of forgery and theft.

    Emburg is charged by Lt. Christopher Buhay with two felony counts of forgery and felonies of access device fraud, theft and receiving stolen property. He is accused of stealing checks from his mother, Kate Emburg, also of 40 S. Vine St., on May 18, forging them and cashing them for a total of $1,928.

    He also is charged by Chief of Police Todd Owens with felonies of forgery, theft and receiving stolen property for allegedly stealing and forging a $300 check belonging to Patricia McDowell, of 48 S. Vine St. Police said the offenses were committed between April 28 and June 4.

    Emburg was arraigned Tuesday by Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones and committed to Montour County Prison in a lieu of $30,000 cash bail on all charges.

    He is scheduled to face a preliminary hearing July 8 before Jones.

    Altered registration

    MOUNT CARMEL TOWNSHIP - Kierra J. Martin, 20, of 219 S. Market St., Mount Carmel, was charged by Patrolman Daniel Politza with altering a vehicle registration, driving an unregistered vehicle and driving without insurance involving a May 6 traffic stop along Route 901, east of Excelsior.


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  • 07/02/15--21:00: COURT NOTES
  • Paul J. Walsh and Linda Walsh to Paul T. Riggs and Catherine A. Schaeffer for $385,000; Wright Township.

    Steven F. Monico and Sandra L. Monico to Christian L. Kocher and Kevin Kocher for $75,000; Larksville.

    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 Linda L. Shupp and Thomas F. Schupp for $72,000; Courtdale.

    Barry J. Hodakowski (executor) and Carol Hodakowski (estate) to Ronald L. Scott and Audra Diamente Scott for $97,000; West Wyoming.

    Wayne F. Goldsworthy to Generation Mortgage Co. for $345,920; Butler Township.

    Gerald R. Tipler and Dori R. Tipler for Noah Floryshak for $89,500; Salem Township.

    Rodney K. Lewis and Debra A. Lewis to Brookfield Relocation Inc. $395,000; Wright Township.

    Ann Marie Stewart to Plymouth Township for $73,837; Plymouth Township.


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

    Arissa Clymer, 20, Felton, Pa., was sentenced to Probation supervision for a term of 12 months, for the offense of Controlled Substance, a misdemeanor. Trooper Michael Adams of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Clymer following investigation of an incident that occurred in Towanda Township in February 2015.

    Kristin Terry, 26, Canton, Pa., was resentenced to imprisonment in a Pennsylvania State Correctional Facility for 62 days to 12 months, fines and court costs of $250, restitution of $37.02, for the offense of Retail Theft, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Officer Trey Kurtz of the Canton Borough Police Department arrested Terry for the offense in November 2013.

    Alan Levin, 53, Hammondsport, N.Y., was sentenced to fines plus court costs of $200, for the offense of Retail Theft, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Officer John Fedorchak of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Levin for the offense on Nov. 9, 2014.

    Janielle Frantz, 23, Owego, N.Y., was resentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for two months to 23 months, 29 days, fines of $1,000, plus court costs and restitution of $3,747.83, for the offense of Theft by Unlawful Taking, a Felony of the third degree. Officer Eric Keir of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Frantz for the offense on Oct. 2, 2013.

    Mark Capwell, 20, 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. Officer Andrew Stevens of the Athens Borough Police Department arrested Capwell for the offense on Oct. 31, 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:

    Roberto Molina, 37, Canton, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Contempt of Court for violation of a Protective Order, (PFA). Roberto was also sentenced by Judge Beirne to 12 days in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for the offense. Trooper Albert Levanavage of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Molina for the offense on June 15, 2015 in Canton Township.

    Roberto Molina, 37, Canton, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Molina will be sentenced on a later date, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Trey Kurtz of the Canton Borough Police Department arrested Molina in Canton Township on Jan. 17, 2015.

    Tara Smith, 25, Athens, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Smith will be sentenced on Aug. 6, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Andrew Stevens of the Athens Borough Police Department arrested Smith for the offense on Jan. 17, 2015.

    Nicole Searles, 34, Waverly, N.Y., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor, and two counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, both misdemeanors. Searles will be sentenced on Aug. 6, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Nathan Ross of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Searles for the offense on Jan. 18, 2015 and April 1, 2015.

    Frederick Terrell, 44, Ulster, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Theft, a felony of the third degree. Terrell will be sentenced, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Miranda Musick of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Terrell following investigation of an incident that occurred in Wysox Township.

    Kenneth Rider, 56, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Rider will be sentenced, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Robert Edgerton of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Rider following investigation of an incident that occurred in Monroeton Township in March 2015.

    Nathan Ayers, 22, Mansfield, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor of the first degree and Driving while operating Privilege Suspended/revoked, a summary offense. Ayers will be sentenced on July 30, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Joshua Fisher of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Ayers following investigation of an incident that occurred in Wells Township in February 2015.

    Kevin Hoose Jr., 24, Sayre, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Person not to Possess Firearm, a felony of the second degree. Hoose will be sentenced on July 30, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Thomas VanFleet of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Hoose for the offense on Dec. 20, 2014.

    Bradford County District Attorney Daniel Barrett reported that the following people were placed on ARD recently in the Court of Common Pleas in Towanda:

    Brian Fulda, 53, Athens, 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 Fulda will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Additionally, Fulda 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. Corporal Joshua Thompson of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Fulda for the offense in March 2015, in North Towanda Township.

    Shannon Cornish, 38, 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 12 months. While on probation Cornish will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Additionally, Cornish 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. Officer Derek Dekar of the Athens Borough Police Department filed the charges in April 2015 for the offense in Athens Borough.

    Ann Shrimp, 42, Waverly, N.Y., charged with the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor, was accepted into the ARD Program and placed on probation for a term of 12 months. While on probation, Shrimp will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department, which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Additionally, Shrimp must perform community service with the DUI Litter Brigade and attend a Victim Impact Panel and she will lose her Pennsylvania driving privilege for 30 days. Officer Andrew Stevens of the Athens Borough Police Department filed the charges in January 2015 for the offense in Athens Borough.

    Lori Vanderpool, 44, Monroeton, Pa., charged with the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor, was accepted into the ARD Program and placed on probation for a term of nine months. While on probation, Vanderpool, will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department, which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Additionally, Vanderpool 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 Tyler Brackman of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Vanderpool for the offense in August 2014 in Monroe Township.

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

    Stephanie Harding, 28, Ulster, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark to the offense of Harassment, a summary offense and was sentenced to a fine of $50.00, and court costs. Trooper David Sweeney of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Harding for the offense on May 27, 2015, following investigation of an assault that occurred in Ulster Township. John Harding also pled to Harassment, fined $50.00, same incident.

    Jace Borden, 24, Waverly, N.Y., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw to the offense of Defiant Trespass, a misdemeanor of the third degree and was sentenced to 11 days and court costs. Officer Bruce Hoffman of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Borden for the offense on June 13, 2015, following investigation of a Defiant Trespass that occurred in Sayre Borough.

    Destinie Pruyne, 22, LeRaysville, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw to the offense of Defiant Trespass, a misdemeanor of the third degree and was sentenced to 10 days and court costs. Officer Rich Horton of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Horton for the offense on June 13, 2015, following investigation of a Defiant Trespass that occurred in Athens Township.

    Kody Konco, 20, Athens, Pa., entered pleas of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw to the offense of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor, and was sentenced to a fine of $350.00, and court costs. Officer Andrew Stevens of the Athens Borough Police Department arrested Konco for the offense on April 30, 2015, following the investigation of a Possession of Drug Paraphernalia that occurred in Athens Borough.

    Bryan Benninger, 41, Sayre, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw to the offenses of two counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor, and was sentenced to a fine of $600.00 and court costs. Officer Andrew Stevens of the Athens Borough Police Department and Officer Thomas Zebrowski of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Benninger for the offense on May 8, 2015, and May 31, 2015, following the investigation of a Possession of Drug Paraphernalia that occurred in Athens and Sayre Borough.

    Randy Talada, 24, Sayre, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before District Magisterial Judge Michael Shaw to the offense of Harassment a summary offense, and was sentenced to court costs. Officer Eric Keir of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Talada for the offense on April 30, 2015, following investigation of a Harassment that occurred in Sayre Borough.

    Charles Wolcott, 34, Sayre, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before District Magisterial Judge Michael Shaw, to the offense of Harassment, a summary offense, and was sentenced to time served and court costs. Officer Rich Horton of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Wolcott for the offense on April 4, 2015, following investigation of a Harassment that occurred in Athens Township.


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

    John Gembic III

    Brian Kinn, of Trevorton, against Joseph Cramer and Angela Fausey, of Coal Township, for $3,219.50, filed July 2. A hearing is scheduled for July 16.

    Ted A. Long, of Catawissa, against Richard and Stephanie Johnston, of Coal Township, for $1,360, filed June 30. A hearing is scheduled for July 13.

    Leonard Feese, of Coal Township, against Leon Fite Jr., of Shamokin, and Lottie Reiprich, of Shamokin, for $2,800, filed June 30. A hearing is scheduled for July 13.

    Robert and Bonnie Rowe, of Coal Township, against Joshua Rowe, of Coal Township, and Brittany Jordan, of Coal Township, no amount listed, filed June 30. A hearing is scheduled for July 13.

    Muncy Bank and Trust Company, of Muncy, against Breann Sulouff, of Shamokin, and Blake Dunbar, of Shamokin, filed June 9, withdrawn June 22.


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  • 07/06/15--21:00: Court notes
  • Mark Kotch (trustee) and Kotch Irrevocable Grantor Trust to Andrew Mudlock Jr. and Deborah Mudlock for $156,250; Larksville.

    Brenda L. Nestorick and Paul W. Nestorick to Peak 7 Investments LLC for $170,000; Dallas Township.

    John A. Kearney (estate) and Robert J. Kearney (executor) and Robert J. Kearney (trustee) and Kearney Family Trust to Nell-Ann Kappler for $140,000; Dallas.

    William H. Lewis Jr. and Kathy M. Lewis to Mark J. Alles and Lorraine S. Alles for $685,000; Harveys Lake.

    John P. Swirble and Carmine Swirble to Cristina Yinel Perez Moran for $78,000; Hazleton.

    Donald D. Reese to Eric C. Bush and Lori A. Bush for $113,000; Larksville.

    Brian P. Koscelansky and Aphrodite C. Koscelansky to Melissa A. Heffron and Brad A. James for $230,000; Kingston Township.

    Dean Piazza and Carol Piazza to DeMian A. Reisinger for $79,000; Swoyersville.

    James B. Morgan and Matthew Joseph Sokola and Frank John Sokola for $117,000; Lehman Township.

    Jason M. Berndt and National Nominee Services Inc. for $396,000; Dallas Township.

    National Residential Nominee Services Inc. to Joseph Kopalek and Brena Kopalek for $396,000; Dallas Township.


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  • 07/06/15--21:00: Police Briefs 7/7/2015
  • Sayre man injured in crash

    State police at Towanda said a driver was recently injured in a one-vehicle crash on Centerville Road in Ridgebury Township.

    Donald N. Morgan, 58, of Sayre, 58, was heading west in a 2009 Chevrolet Silverado truck on June 27 at about 10:50 a.m. and lost control while on a left downhill curve, police said.

    The vehicle struck a tree on the westbound shoulder with the truck's bed and then struck another tree with its front end, police said.

    The truck came to rest with its front and rear panel against two trees on the westbound shoulder, police said.

    Morgan was wearing his seatbelt during the crash but suffered moderate injuries, police said.

    Police said Morgan was taken to Robert Packer Hospital.

    Morgan was cited for failure to obey traffic lanes, police said.

    Towanda man, woman facing harassment charges

    A 51-year-old man and a 37-year-old woman, both of Towanda, have been charged with harassment by Towanda state police following a June 29 incident in Sheshequin Township.

    Police said they responded to a domestic dispute that became physical at about 8:30 a.m.

    Felony sexual assault charges filed against Sayre man

    Jeffrey Allen Woodruff, 33, of Sayre, was charged with two counts of statutory sexual assault, a first degree felony charge; two counts of aggravated indecent assault with the complainant being less than 16 years of age, a felony charge; and two counts of indecent assault with the complainant being less than 16 years of age, a misdemeanor charge by Sayre Borough Police following a July 1 incident, Sayre police said.

    According to police, Woodruff was found in bed with an underage girl on that date.

    The girl later told police she had had sexual contact with Woodruff between June 14 and July 1 at Woodruff's residence, police said.

    Woodruff was remanded to Bradford County Jail in lieu of $75,000 bail.

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

    Sayre man charged with theft, receiving stolen property

    Athens Township Police charged Kevin M. Alger, 43, of Sayre, with theft by unlawful taking or deception and receiving stolen property following a July 3 incident at the Elmira Street Walmart in Athens Township, Athens police said.

    Police said they were notified by a person whose cooler was stolen from the bed of his truck while parked at Walmart.

    Police reviewed security footage from the store and saw a truck parked next to the victim's truck, police said.

    A male exited the store and entered the truck next to the victim's and began to pull out of the parking spot before pulling back in, grabbing the cooler from the victim's truck, then exiting the parking lot, police said.

    The next day, the victim told police a truck of the same description was seen on Allison Street in Sayre Borough.

    Police went to the Allison Street location and talked with Alger, who met the description of the male in the video, police said.

    Alger was taken into custody and police recovered the cooler, which was subsequently identified by the victim, from the residence.

    Alger posted $10,000 bail and has been issued a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on July 14 for his preliminary hearing.

    State police seeking information on attempted burglary

    Towanda state police said between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. on July 3, an unknown actor or actors attempted to gain entry into a Sheshequin Township residence.

    Police said the actor or actors were unable to enter the residence.

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

    Mildred woman charged with DUI

    Valerie Michelle Land, 33, of Mildred has been charged with DUI, recklessly endangering another person, endangering the welfare of children, corruption of minors, and several traffic violations, police said.

    The charges stem from a June 5 incident in which Land was pulled over by the state police for driving at a high rate of speed on U.S. Route 220 in Laporte Township, police said.

    Land exhibited signs of impairment during the traffic stop, and a 4-month old male in her vehicle was found unsecured in a child safety seat in the rear seat of the vehicle, police said. Also in the vehicle was an 8-year-old boy, police said.

    Winery burglarized in Colley Township

    State police said they are trying to determine who recently burglarized several different structures at the Lopez Winery on state Route 487 in Colley Township, Sullivan County.

    Stolen from the structures were brass key blanks, furnace motors, stainless steel, and other metal items, state police said.

    The burglary occurred sometime between 9 a.m. on June 2 and 4 p.m. on June 18, state police said.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact the state police at Laporte at (570) 946-4610.

    Car vandalized in Dushore

    Someone entered a Saturn car when it was parked in Dushore and vandalized the driver seat, police said.

    The car is owned by Paula Larrabee of Dushore, police said.

    The vandalism occurred sometime between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. on June 28, when the car was parked in a parking lot at 205 Boxer Drive in Dushore, police said.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact the state police at Laporte at (570) 946-4610.

    Accident occurs in Wysox Township

    Duane E. Colter, 51, of Monroeton was uninjured in a motor vehicle accident in Wysox Township, police said.

    Colter was driving north on state Route 187 at 12:05 a.m. on June 13 when he lost control of his vehicle, police said.

    Colter's 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier went off the roadway and struck a tree, state police at Towanda said.

    The accident occurred just south of Claverack Road, police said.

    Colter was cited for driving at an unsafe speed, police said.

    Car vandalized in Wysox Twp.

    Someone used a rock to break the windshield, rear window and taillights of a vehicle that was parked at a Dandy Mini Mart in Wysox Township, police said.

    The vehicle belongs to a 17-year-old female, police said.

    The vandalism occurred between 7 p.m. on June 20 and 2:15 a.m. on June 21, state police said.

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


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    SUNBURY - Three defendants were sentenced in Northumberland County Court Monday on various charges.

    - Judge Charles Saylor placed Stanley M. Stanchick, 40, of Coal Township, on six months probation and ordered him to pay a $300 fine plus costs for driving under the influence of alcohol. Stanchick also must undergo counseling and complete DUI-related schooling. He is prohibited from attending bars.

    Since it was Stanchick's first DUI offense and the incident didn't involve an accident, the defendant will not have his driver's license suspended.

    He was charged by Shamokin police in connection with a March 18 incident at Race and Shamokin streets.

    Additional charges of careless driving and squealing tires were not prosecuted.

    - Maria Bridy, 29, of Mount Carmel, was ordered by President Judge William H. Wiest to complete 23 months intermediate punishment with the first six months on house arrest for acquiring a controlled substance (Adderall) by forgery. She also must pay a $200 fine plus costs.

    The charge was filed by Mount Carmel police in connection with a Sept. 2 incident.

    An additional charge of forgery was not prosecuted.

    - Laborah Evans, 27, of Philadelphia, was sentenced by Saylor to 69 days previously served in prison and fined $50 for possessing with intent to deliver marijuana relating to a March 21 incident at SCI-Coal Township.

    Evans, who was granted immediate parole, has been incarcerated at SCI-Muncy since her arrest. An additional charge of contraband was not prosecuted.

    She was charged by state police at Stonington with twice entering a rest room and placing balloons stuffed with contraband inside her mouth before kissing Michael Dingle, 25, an inmate at SCI-Coal Township.

    Nine balloons were passed in all. They were discovered after Dingle passed them while defecating. Seven balloons were each filled with one gram of marijuana, police said. Thumb drives uploaded with pictures, porn videos and music were in the other two balloons.

    Dingle was sentenced on similar charges last week by Wiest to two to four years in state prison and fined $500. The sentence is concurrent to the 26 to 52 years he's currently serving for crimes in Philadelphia County.


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    Rubbish scattered

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Austin Barry, 19, and Jennifer Hancock, 18, both of 130 E. Dewart St., Apt. 3, Shamokin, will be cited for allegedly dumping a truck load of garbage into the woods near Big Mountain Road Thursday.

    High grass

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Helen Kolody, Esther Kolody, Pauline Kolody and Russell Kolody were all issued citations June 30 by code officer Chris Petrovich for high grass at a slew of township properties: 406 Cypress St., 1550 W. Lynn St., 1445-1451 W. Chestnut St., 5-7 N. Bay St. The Kolodys' home address is listed by Petrovich as 603 W. Mulberry St., Shamokin. All properties are involved in the township's continuing attempt through county court to gain conservatorship and demolish the blighted structures.

    Crash

    PAXINOS - No injuries were reported after a Northumberland woman crashed into a utility pole along Route 61 in Shamokin Township on Saturday.

    Kayla C. Fisher, 21, was driving a 1999 Toyota Camry north about 5:10 a.m. when the vehicle veered off the west side of the road, sheared the pole, and continued into a residential yard, according to Trooper Nathan Messner, state police at Stonington.

    Fisher, who was wearing a seatbelt, was cited for violating the vehicle code, driving vehicle at a safe speed. A 1-year-old male passenger was secured in a child seat.

    Fleeing charge

    SUNBURY - Walter E. Hyde, 73, of Shamokin, was charged with fleeing or eluding police and disorderly conduct hazardous condition along with seven summary traffic violations following a traffic stop June 8 near Walnut and 10th streets, according to Trooper Nicholas L. Bressler, state police at Stonington.

    Stolen hearing aids

    AUGUSTAVILLE - Police seek suspects in the theft of two hearing aids from the home of a 90-year-old man in Rockefeller Township. The theft reportedly occurred between June 1 and 10. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 570-286-5601.

    Truck keyed

    HAMILTON - Someone reportedly used keys to scratch a Ford F-150 June 12 near 226 State St. (Route 61), Upper Augusta Township. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 570-286-5601.

    Boxes dumped

    HERNDON - State police are investigating the illegal dumping of empty meat boxes into a Dumpster at Schiano's Ice Cream, Route 147, Jackson Township. Police say the suspect vehicle is a black Chevrolet S-10 with a white freezer box in the truck bed. The offense occurred between 12:30 and 1 p.m. July 1. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 570-286-5601.

    Liquor law violations

    WILLIAMSPORT - An area fire company was cited Thursday by the Pennsylvania State Police's Bureau for Liquor Enforcement.

    The No. 1 Rescue Fire Engine and Hose Company, Lincoln and Liberty streets, Shamokin, was cited for possession and operation of gambling devices or paraphernalia, or permitted gambling or lotteries, poolselling and/or bookmaking on the licensed premises. The offenses occurred on Feb. 12 and 13.

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


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  • 07/07/15--21:00: Police Briefs 7/8/2015
  • Dushore man charged with DUI

    Richard Lester Tyson, 71, of Dushore will face a charge of driving while under the influence of alcohol at a preliminary hearing on July 21 in Laporte District Court, according to online court records.

    The charge stems from a traffic stop that occurred at 9:39 p.m. on April 24, when Tyson was observed driving without his headlights illuminated on state Route 87 in Dushore, according to the state police at Laporte.

    Theft occurs in Wysox Twp.

    On June 21, state police investigated the theft of an 8-foot Werner step ladder from a location on state Route 187 in Wysox Township.

    The step ladder is yellow and has the words "Towanda Gun Club" written on one of its legs, state police said.

    Anyone with information about this incident can call the state police at Towanda at (570) 265-2186.

    Forced entry attempted at Wysox business

    At approximately 1:30 a.m. on July 1, someone tried to make a forced entry into a building at the Bishop Brothers blacktop plant on Leisure Drive in Wysox Township, police said.

    State police at Towanda said they are continuing to investigate the incident.

    Man charged with Megan's Law violations in Bradford County

    Cody Robert Stanley, 21, of Freeville, N.Y., has been charged by the state police at Towanda with failing to comply with the registration requirements of Megan's Law, police said.

    Stanley failed to arrive at an approved registration site to verify his information between April 23 and May 2, police said.

    Stanley also failed to notify the Pennsylvania State Police that he was leaving Pennsylvania and moving to New York state within the required three business days, according to the state police at Towanda.

    DUI charge

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

    Brock Nathan Hite, 26, of Canton, by the state police, on May 30, on U.S. Route 220 in Ulster Township. Hite exhibited signs of alcohol intoxication following a motor vehicle accident.


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    Packages stolen

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Susan Clements, 53, of 1101 E. Race St., reported to Coal Township Police sometime between June 20 and 27, someone stole two packages that were delivered to her residence.

    Anyone with information regarding the theft is asked to contact Coal Township Police at 570-644-0333.

    Disorderly conduct

    SHAMOKIN - Krista Merlino, 18, and Joel Santiago, 18, both of 1008 W. Lynn St., Coal Township, were cited for disorderly conduct after an incident at 4:20 a.m. Saturday at 236 S. Shamokin St.

    Shamokin City Police Patrolman Nathan Rhodes reported the two were involved in an altercation with Merlino yelling into the street after Santiago allegedly threw a chair through a window at that location.

    Failure to register

    SUNBURY - Robert L. Shaffer, 45, with a last known address of 424 Race St., Sunbury, was charged with failure to comply with registration requirements by Sunbury City Police after an investigation that began on June 1.

    According to court documents filed by Sunbury Police Sgt. Christopher Blase, city police received a request to realease a community notification for Shaffer, a Megan's Law violator. Chief Bradley Hare proceeded to the address given by Shaffer, the occupants stated they knew Shaffer, but he did not live there. They also stated they did not give Shaffer permission to use their address, and that he was currently homeless.

    Shaffer was located and arraigned Friday before on-call Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III, of Shamokin, and placed in prison on $5,000 bail. A preliminary hearing on the charge was scheduled for Tuesday before Magisterial District Judge Benjamin Apfelbaum, of Sunbury.

    Skateboard citation

    SHAMOKIN - A 14-year-old Shamokin male was cited by Shamokin City Police Patrolman First Class Scott Weaver for violating a city ordinance after being found trespassing and skateboarding in the area of the bandstand at Claude Kehler Park, West Arch Street, at 2:05 p.m. Monday.

    Harassment

    SHAMOKIN - Victoria Steckler, 47, of 2371 Stetler Drive, Coal Township, was cited for harassment by Shamokin City Police after allegedly texting and calling her ex-boyfriend, David Reed, numerous times at 11 a.m. Monday after being told by Reed and the police to stop doing so. The citation was filed by Patrolman Scott Weaver and filed with Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III, of Shamokin.

    Disorderly conduct

    SHAMOKIN - William Miller, 62, of 433 W. Pine St., was cited for disorderly conduct by Shamokin City Police Patrolman Shane Mowery after allegedly urinating in public in the area of Ninth and Independence streets at 1:40 p.m. on June 26.

    Graffiti warning

    CENTRALIA - In light of recent news coverage on the abandoned section of Route 61 in Centralia, sometimes referred to as "The Graffiti Highway," the Pennsylvania State Police reminds the public that spray painting the highway is a violation of the law.

    Anyone caught in the act of spray painting the highway will face criminal mischief charges.


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  • 07/08/15--21:00: Police Briefs 7/9/2015
  • Brake lines cut in Camptown

    State police are investigating a report of criminal mischief relating to an incident that occurred between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. on June 30 on Church Street in Camptown, Wyalusing Township.

    Police said an unknown person cut brake lines to a truck belonging to Dennis Reeve, 23, of Wyalusing.

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

    SUV crash in Albany Twp.

    Jose L. Garcia, 35, of Pharr, Texas, has been charged with a traffic offense relating to a one vehicle accident that occurred at 4:52 a.m. on June 29 on State Route 220 in Albany Township.

    According to police, Garcia lost control of a 2004 Ford Expedition for unknown reasons and hit an embankment on the east side of the roadway.

    The vehicle then crossed both lanes of travel and hit a guardrail, police said.

    Garcia was not injured during the accident. He was the lone occupant of the vehicle.

    Vandals loot and damage Warren Twp. cabin

    An unknown person or persons entered a cabin owned by a 62-year-old man from New Jersey and stole numerous items sometime between the dates of June 17 and July 1, according to a press release from state police.

    Police said several items were stolen during the burglary, including a shotgun, BB gun, food and beverages and a five gallon gas can. The actor or actors damaged electric items in the cabin by cutting off power cords and also sprayed a fire extinguisher throughout the interior of the residence.

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

    Firearm stolen

    State police are investigating a theft from a motor vehicle after an unknown person stole a firearm belonging to Justin Brown, 23, of Rome sometime between June 26 and June 29, police said.

    The firearm was stolen out of the truck while it was parked in a driveway on Merry Go Round Road in Windham Township, or while it was parked at the Walmart in Athens, police said.

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

    Cabin burglary in Warren Twp.

    An unknown person broke into a cabin sometime between June 9 and July 3 at its location on Painter Road in Warren Township.

    According to police, an unknown person entered the cabin, which is owned by Frank Woodbury Miller, 76, of Brooklyn, N.Y., and stole miscellaneous items from the residence.

    Police said the actor or actors gained entrance by breaking a window.

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

    Criminal trespass in New Albany

    Tiffany Walter, 21, of New Albany has been charged with criminal trespass after she allegedly refused to leave a property on Front Street in New Albany.

    State police said the property owner, Desiree Murdock, 32, of New Albany told Walter to "stop hanging out with her juvenile son" and Walter remained in her yard.

    The incident occurred at approximately 6:30 p.m. on June 28.

    Truck batteries stolen from PennDOT

    State police are investigating a report of theft relating to an incident that occurred sometime between July 2 and July 6 at a PennDOT property located on State Route 706 in Wyalusing Township.

    According to police, an unknown person or persons stole three "3100 heavy duty truck batteries."

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

    Towanda man charged with assault

    Michael Joseph Davis, 54, of Towanda has been charged with simple assault and harassment, police said.

    The charges stem from a July 2 incident in which Davis punched a female several times, injuring her lip and left eye and causing bruises on her arm and back, police said.

    The incident occurred in Towanda Borough, Towanda police said.

    Davis, who lives on North Main Street, was arrested and arraigned by Towanda Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark. Davis was then sent to the Bradford County jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.

    Towanda woman charged with theft

    Megan Rae Fairchild, 36, of Towanda is accused of stealing a wall-mounted air freshener from a restroom at Larnard-Hornbrook County Park in Sheshequin Township, according to the Bradford County Sheriff's Office.

    The air freshener, which is valued at $10, was stolen on June 15, according to the Sheriff's Office.

    As a result of this theft, Fairchild has been charged with theft by unlawful taking or disposition and receiving stolen property, according to the Sheriff's Office.

    DUI charges

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

    Michelle Brown, 31, of Towanda, by the Towanda police, on April 29, at the Dandy Mini Mart on Main Street in Towanda. Brown, who lives on Main Street, was involved in a non-reportable motor vehicle accident.

    Nicholas Joseph Sufleta, 22, of Warrington, Pa., by the state police, on June 11, on U.S. Route 220 in Towanda Township. Sufleta was in a motor vehicle accident, and a blood test showed that his blood alcohol content was .132 percent on the day of his arrest.

    Gary Edward Benjamin II, 24, of Towanda, by the state police, on May 25, on U.S. Route 220 in Ulster. A blood test showed that Benjamin's blood alcohol content was .156 percent on the day of his arrest, and the test showed there was also Delta-9 THC and Delta-9 Carboxy THC in his blood.


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    Brewery Curve accident

    THARPTOWN - No injuries were reported in a two-vehicle accident Sunday night on Route 61 at the Brewery Curve.

    Coal Township police said Barbara Bernotas, 61, of Coal Township, was driving a 2012 Ford Fusion north at 6:37 p.m. when a 2015 Nissan Altima operated by Samantha Kripaitis, 45, of Woodbridge, N.J., moved from the right lane into the passing lane and struck the passenger side of Bernotas' car.

    Both vehicles, which sustained moderate to major damage, came to rest in the center of the highway.

    Both drivers, two adult female passengers and a 3-year-old child in Kripaitis' auto escaped injury.

    Two-vehicle crash

    LOCUST TOWNSHIP - An early-morning crash Wednesday in front of Southern Columbia Area High School resulted in no injuries.

    Locust Township Patrolman Jason Sudol said shortly before 5:45 a.m. Ryan Gajkowski, 38, of Rhodestown Road, Catawissa, was making a left turn from Bethel Road onto Southern Drive when he pulled into the path of a car traveling north on Southern Drive driven by Stacey Diggan, of Bear Hollow Road, Elysburg.

    Upon impact, Diggan's 2005 Chrysler Sebring left the road and Gajkowski's 2010 Ford Fusion spun around. Citations are pending an investigation.

    Police were assisted by Catawissa Hose Company No. 1.

    Defiant trespass

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Charles Troup III, 21, of 536 N. Second St., Shamokin, was charged by Coal Township police with defiant trespass relating to an incident at 7:30 a.m. Sunday at 1120-B W. Arch St.

    Police said Troup is accused of entering the residence of Zoey Parker, 18, and staying there after being told by Parker not to come to her home.

    Multiple offenses

    KELLY TOWNSHIP - Johannes Stahl, 19, of Allenwood, and a 21-year-old male from Lewisburg who has not yet been identified by police are facing multiple charges in connection with the theft of a vehicle, arson and vandalism.

    State police at Milton said the suspects are accused of stealing a vehicle, lighting a piece of paper on fire and placing it in another unoccupied vehicle, entering several vehicles and removing various items. They also allegedly damaged several pools by slashing the liners.

    Police said the incidents occurred between 1 and 5 a.m. Tuesday on Walnut Street, Yarger Road, Harold Pawling Lane, Willow Brook Boulevard, JPM Road and William Penn Drive in this Union County township.

    Stahl was arraigned on charges and committed to Union County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail.

    An investigation is continuing.

    Defendant sentenced

    SUNBURY - Jonathan Shacklton, 30, of Shamokin, was sentenced Tuesday by Northumberland County Judge Charles Saylor for driving under the influence of alcohol to five years intermediate punishment with the first 90 days on house arrest.

    Shacklton must pay a $1,500 fine plus costs and fees and will lose his driver's license for 18 months. He also is prohibited from frequenting bars or drinking alcohol during his intermediate punishment period.

    The defendant was charged by Shamokin police in connection with a May 28, 2014, incident.


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