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  • 07/09/15--21:00: Court notes 7/10/15
  • Edward Steel to Tami J. Axcell for $145,000; Black Creek Township.

    Cindy Foster and Mary Ann Guglielmini to Mercedes Paulino De Rodriguez for $77,500; Hazleton.

    Janice Divers to Kristyn Kile for $152,000; Slocum Township.

    Presidential Land Co. Inc. to Venard Scott Koerwer and Christine B. Koerwer for $469,900; Dallas Township.


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    Two vehicle crash

    COAL TOWNSHIP - No one was injured in a two-vehicle crash at 11:23 a.m. Wednesday in the area of Route 61 and Feeney Street.

    Police report a 1995 Ford Ranger truck, driven by David Nowroski, of 127 E. Spurzheim St., Shamokin, and a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox, driven by John Pogera, of 124 Railroad St., Locust Gap, were traveling north in the passing lane of Route 61. Pogera was stopped at the traffic signal for a yellow light when the Equinox was struck in the rear by the truck.

    Both vehicles sustained light damage, and police cited Nowroski for following too closely.

    Drug charges filed

    KULPMONT - Borough police charged Peggy Miller, 35, of 917 Chestnut St., Apt. B, with possession of a controlled substance, public drunkenness and disorderly conduct after a June 19 incident in the 700 block of Fir Street.

    Kulpmont Police Patrolman Patrick McAndrew reported officers were called to help state police for a patient evaluation. At the scene, Miller was being treated by ambulance personnel. Police say that in her possession was a red bag with the name "Kick" on the label, commonly used to package synthetic marijuana. Miller was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

    The charges were filed with Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones, of Mount Carmel, with a preliminary hearing scheduled for Aug. 5.

    Burglary

    SUNBURY - City police are investigating a residential burglary that occurred in the overnight hours Wednesday in the 400 block of Fairmount Avenue.

    Police say that someone entered a home through a back door while the resident wasn't home. The thief went through the home and removed several items, including a laptop, tablet, used cellphones and bank cards.

    Sunbury police are asking if anyone has any video surveillance of any suspicious people in the area, from 3 p.m. Tuesday through the early morning hours of Wednesday, or who may have information on the burglary, to contact the Sunbury Police at 570-286-4587 or 570-988-4539.

    Drug paraphernalia

    KULPMONT - Ryan A. McKenna, 29, of 835 Spruce St., Kulpmont, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia after his mother. Natalie Swank, reported seeing various items of drug paraphernalia in his room on May 4.

    Swank told police that she found two glass smoking pipes containing burned residue, 136 plastic bags commonly used to package drugs and a pocket scale. When questioned, McKenna told police the pipes were not his, but admitted to using the scale and bags to measure and weigh marijuana when he used to sell it.

    The charge against McKenna was filed by Kulpmont Police Chief Michael Pitcavage with Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones, of Mount Carmel. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 5.


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  • 07/10/15--21:00: Court Notes
  • Albert L. Karolchik and Joann M. Karolchik to Brian T. Buchman for $88,000; Forty Fort.

    James Noone and James M. Noone (attorney in fact) and Evelyn Novy Noone (per attorney in fact) to Sally Baskin for $170,000; Ross Township.

    Joan I. Browne to Michael P. Jr. Yodsnukis and Andrea Yodsnukis for $120,000; Hanover Township.

    Jeffrey Shook to Shannon McCann and Edward Grant for $150,000; Nanticoke.

    Nicholas F. Krutz and Claire Krutz to Jon L. and Rhonda M. Rabbit Revocable Trust and Rabbit John L. and Rhonda M. Revocable Trust for $137,000; Wilkes-Barre.

    Ronald Alfred Hanna to Richard Masso and Mildred Masso for $245,000; Fairmount Township.

    Anthony R. Neare and Karen Neare to Truman Brandt and Barbara Brandt for $330,000; Lehman Township.

    Claire Catherine Witt (executrix) and Helen Theresa McNelis (estate) to Jason C. Mustapich and Kristina M. Klokus for $134,000; Kingston Township.

    Fidelity Deposit and Discount Bank (trustee) and William D. Taylor Jr. Trust (per trustee) and William D. Jr. Trust Taylor (per trustee) to George Hebda and Cecilia Hebda for $123,000; Forty Fort.

    Michael Munar and Donna Munar to Patrick E. Castellani and Denise M. Castellani for $518,750; Butler Township.

    THD Realty Vestal LLC to Kidder Street Development LLC for $800,000; Wilkes-Barre.

    Ralph James Duesler and Michelle Ann Duesler to Brian W. Gensel for $172,000; Salem Township.

    U.S. Bank (trustee) and LSF8 Master Participation Trust (per attorney in fact) and Caliber Home Loans Inc. (Attorney in fact) to Megan Anderson and Lars Anderson for $185,500; Wilkes-Barre.

    Deborah L. Ziadie and Robert A. Ziadie to Bradley Crossin and Jessica Crossin for $210,000; Wright Township.


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  • 07/10/15--21:00: Police briefs, 7/11/15
  • Accident occurs in Cherry Township

    Molly T. Desmond, 20, of Painted Post, N.Y., suffered a moderate injury in a motor vehicle accident that occurred at 5:15 p.m. Sunday on Hochberg Road in Cherry Township, Sullivan County, police said.

    As Desmond was driving east on Hochberg Road, her vehicle left the roadway, overturned and struck a tree, state police at Laporte said.

    Monroeton man being cited for harassment

    On Wednesday, 32-year-old Timothy Joseph Johnson Jr. of Monroeton headbutted, punched and shoved a 17-year-old individual, police said.

    The incident occurred at a location on Brocktown Road in Monroe Township, police said.

    As a result of this incident, Johnson is being cited for harassment, state police at Towanda said.

    Burglary occurs in Dushore

    A burglary occurred sometime between June 7 and July 1 at a residence on Carpenter Street in Dushore, Sullivan County, police said.

    Someone entered the residence and stole money belonging to a 72-year-old man, state police said.

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

    Man charged after driving with stolen license plate in Towanda

    Valentin Sitas, 56, of Canton RR1 has been charged with receiving stolen property, Towanda Borough police said.

    Towanda Borough police said they pulled Sitas over Tuesday on Means Street after they noticed him driving with an expired inspection sticker and a stolen license plate.

    Another vehicle that Sitas owns, which was being repaired at Canton Auto Body, also had a stolen license plate, police said.

    Besides being charged with receiving stolen property, Sitas was cited for driving with a suspended license, driving without insurance, driving an uninspected vehicle, and driving with an expired registration, police said.

    DUI charge

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

    James Palfreyman, 31, of Ulster, by the Towanda police, on June 5 on Elm Street in Towanda Borough. Palfreyman's blood alcohol content was .116 percent on the day of his arrest.


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    One-vehicle crash

    DERRY TOWNSHIP - An Elysburg man was not injured in a one-vehicle crash at 5:20 p.m. Wednesday in the area of Continental Boulevard, near Hillside Drive, in Derry Township, Montour County.

    State police at Milton report a 2013 Ford Explorer, driven by Joseph A. Brokus, 57, was traveling east near the intersection of Continental and Hillside when Brokus drove off the right side of the road and down an embankment, striking several trees before the vehicle came to rest in a wooded area.

    Brokus was not injured and the vehicle had to be towed from the scene. Police cited the Elysburg driver for failure to drive on roadways laned for traffic.

    Littering

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Police cited Lea Richardson, 19, of 2188 Irish Valley Road, Paxinos, and Abrielle Snyder, 19, of 26 Hess St., for littering.

    Officers allege that Richardson and Snyder transported a number of large bags of household waste from a home in Mount Carmel and deposited them down an embankment at the southeast area of the Transfiguration Cemetery in late March.

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

    Disorderly conduct

    KULPMONT - Kendall L. Dennison, 23, and Lillian S. Astick, 25, both of 1130 Scott St., were cited by Kulpmont Police Patrolman David Tomtishen for disorderly conduct after neighbors heard them fighting and using profanity for several hours at 2:20 a.m. Tuesday.

    Code citations

    COAL TOWNSHIP - The following individuals and companies were cited by township code enforcement officer Chris Petrovich for various violations:

    - Lisa O'Day, of 528 Ruben Kehrer Road, Lot 147, Muncy, was cited Tuesday for high brush, grass and weeds at a property at 1570 Pulaski Ave.

    - Jennifer S. Sebasovich, of 1130 Tharp St., was cited Tuesday for an accumulation of appliances, tires, and old shower and garage doors beside a garage she owns on Tharp Street.

    - Miguel Gonzalez Jr., of 441 18th St., Brooklyn, N.Y. was cited Wednesday for high brush, grass and weeds at a property he owns at 1430 W. Walnut St.

    - Susquehanna Valley Enterprises Inc., c/o James Garman, was cited Wednesday for high brush, grass and weeds at properties at 941 and 943 W. Arch St.

    - Donald C. Kuntz, of 45 W. Fifth St., Mount Carmel, was cited twice Tuesday for high brush, grass and weeds in the front and rear yards at properties at 1525 and 1527 W. Walnut St.


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  • 07/11/15--21:00: Police Briefs 7/12/2015
  • Public drunkenness in Towanda

    Sequoyah Matthew Hunt, 41, of Towanda, has been charged by state police with disorderly conduct and public drunkenness relating to a July 10 incident on Railroad Street in Towanda Township.

    Construction site theft in Wysox

    State police are investigating a report of theft relating to an incident that occurred sometime between July 3 and July 6 at a construction site on Spencer Road in Wysox Township.

    According to police, an unknown person or persons stole six rolls of wire.

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

    Juvenile harassment charges in Warren Twp.

    An 11-year-old male from Warren Center has been charged with harassment after police said he shoved a 16-year-old male victim to the ground on July 9 on Runion Road in Warren Township.

    Charges have been filed at the courtroom of Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton, police said.


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

    Kenneth Wise, 62, Sayre, Pa., was sentenced to Probation supervision for a term of 12 months, fines, costs, restitution of $250.00, for the offense of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. Officer Bruce Hoffman of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Wise for the offense in November 2014.

    Dylan Olmstead, 21, Rome, Pa., was resentenced to a term of imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for one month to 12 months, fines, plus costs of $300, restitution of $2,000 for the offense of Receiving Stolen Property, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Trooper Miranda Musick of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Olmstead following investigation of an incident that occurred in Windham Township in April 2012.

    Kimberly Wise, 48, Sayre, Pa., was sentenced to Probation supervision for a term of 12 months, fines, plus court costs of $350, for the offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance, a misdemeanor. Officer Bruce Hoffman of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Wise for the offense in November 2014.

    Robert Evans, 38, Athens, Pa., was sentenced to a term in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 35 days to six months, fines and costs of $750, for the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Officer Andrew Stevens of the Athens Borough Police Department arrested Evans for the offense in January 2015.

    Louis Phillippi, 58, Rome, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for a flat 60 days, followed by County Intermediate Punishment. 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. Phillippi will pay fines, costs, restitution of $2,500, plus costs, for the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Trooper David Sweeney of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Phillippi following investigation if an incident that occurred in Windham Township in February 2015.

    Robert Swackhammer, 19, Burlington, Pa., was sentenced to Probation supervision for a term of 12 months, fines and, costs of $500, plus costs and $800 restitution for the offense of Theft by Unlawful Taking, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Trooper Joshua Fisher of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Swackhammer following investigation of an incident that occurred in Burlington Township in December 2014.

    Scott Maloney, 33, Towanda, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in a Pennsylvania State Correctional Facility for eight months to 16 months, fines and costs of $1,000 plus restitution of $360, for the offense of Possession with intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance, a misdemeanor. Officer John Hennessey of the Towanda Borough Police Department arrested Maloney for the offense in December 2012.

    Scott Maloney, 33, Towanda, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in a Pennsylvania State Correctional Facility for eight months to 16 months, fines and costs of $1,000, for the offense of Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance, a felony. Trooper Michael Adams of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Maloney following investigation of an incident that occurred in Towanda Borough in March 2013.

    Travis Kinner, 26, Monroeton, Pa., was resentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 36 days (flat), followed by County Intermediate Punishment for a term of 10 months, 24 days, fines and costs of $300, for the offense of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. Trooper Mike Adams of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Kinner following investigation of an incident that occurred in Monroeton Borough.

    Travis Kinner, 26, Monroeton, Pa., was sentenced to Probation supervision for a term of 12 months, fines and costs of $400, for the offense of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. Deputy Brian Wibirt of the Bradford County Sheriff's Department arrested Kinner for the offense in March 2015.

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

    David Burdick, 32, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Accident Involving Damage to Attended Vehicle, a misdemeanor of the third degree. Burdick will be sentenced on Aug. 6, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Joshua Lake of the Towanda Borough Police Department arrested Burdick for the offense in March 2015.

    Peter Venegas, 33, Sayre, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. Venegas will be sentenced on Aug. 6, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Timothy Cahill of the Athens Borough Police Department arrested Venegas for the offense in March 2015.

    Mitchell Smith, 19, Canton, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Retail Theft, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Smith will be sentenced on Aug. 6, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer John Fedorchak of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Smith for the offense in January 2015.

    Dustin Root, 27, Sayre, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Root will be sentenced on Aug. 10, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Richard Horton of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Root for the offense in April 2015.

    Stacey Terry, 31, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. Terry will be sentenced on Aug. 10, 2014, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Nate Lewis of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Terry following investigation of an incident that occurred in Wysox Township in February 2015.

    Holden Taylor, 21, Troy, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Criminal Mischief, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Taylor will be sentenced on Aug. 10, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Michael O'Boyle of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Taylor following investigation of an incident that occurred in West Burlington Township in February 2015.

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

    Elizabeth Benjamin, 29, Wysox, Pa., charged with 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, Benjamin will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department, which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Trooper Tyler Brackman of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Benjamin for the offense in Wysox Township in March 2015.

    Kendra Young, 22, Towanda, Pa., charged with 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, Young will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department, which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Additionally, Young must perform community service with the DUI Litter Brigade and attend a Victim Impact Panel; she will also lose her Pennsylvania driving privilege for 30 days. Trooper Tyler Brackman of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Young for the offense in Ulster Township in January 2015.


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  • 07/12/15--21:00: Police Briefs, 7/13/15
  • ATV stolen in Litchfield Twp.

    An ATV was recently stolen from a property at 3319 Bumpville Road, Litchfield Township, police said.

    The ATV belongs to James E. Dickensheets, 59, of Ulster, police said. The vehicle was stolen sometime between 10 p.m. on July 5 and 6 a.m. on July 6, state police said.

    Later on July 6, the vehicle was recovered from a pond in the area where it was stolen from, police said.

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

    Burglary occurs in Ridgebury Twp.

    A burglary recently occurred at Jeffrey Beemer's residence at 11395 Berwick Turnpike in Ridgebury Township, police said.

    The burglar or burglars stole a Taurus .38 special revolver from the residence, police said.

    The burglary occurred sometime between 8 a.m. on July 1 and 3 p.m. on July 10, state police said.

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


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  • 07/13/15--21:00: Court Notes
  • Mariann Pierontoni vs. Nello Pierontoni.

    John Baranosky vs. Kim Baranosky.

    David Hess vs. Debbie Hess.

    Karolina Cimochowski vs. George Cimochowski.

    Cheryl Shemelewski vs. Andrew Shemelewski Jr.

    Patricia Burgess vs. Randy Burgess.

    Susan Dorbad vs. Michael Dorbad.

    Paul Miorelli vs. Rachel Galassi.

    Daniel Force vs. Dianne Force.

    Brandy Cilvik vs. Matthew Cilvik.

    Daryl Benn vs. Kathryn Benn.

    Gaudencia Martinez vs. Mario Martinez.

    Mary Williams vs. Michael Williams.

    Cyndi Phillips-Walsh vs. Conrad Walsh.

    Shane Wolfe vs. Melissa Wolfe.

    Patricia Lagana vs. James Lagana.

    Michael McGlynn vs. Marlyne McGlynn.

    Kristen Brisk vs. Daniel Brisk.

    Deborah Blockus vs. Thomas Blockus.

    Lisa Clement vs. Carmen Clement.

    Douglas L. Gebhardt and Claire E. Schecter to Edward Mishanski for $187,000; Wright Township.

    David Snyder and Michelle L. Snyder to Walter G. Malyndziak and Patricia G. Malyndziak for $107,500; Swoyersville.

    Peter Bruni and Rosemarie Bruni and Bruni Auto Sales Inc to Steven H. Shannon to $150,000; Plymouth Township.

    Edward B. Mishanski to Lindsay Shook for $159,000; Wilkes-Barre.

    Pamela S. Tahan (per agent), Anthony Tahan (per agent) and Cartus Financial Corp. to Joseph E. Toole and Tracy L. Toole for $389,9000; Rice Township.

    Jillian M. Welch and Shawn R. Welch to Chris A. Meeker for $94,000; Salem Township.


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    Two-vehicle crash

    COAL TOWNSHIP - One person was injured in a two-vehicle crash on Route 61 near the area known as the Brewery Curve at approximately 7 p.m. Saturday.

    Township police Patrolman Matthew Hashuga reported a 2006 Dodge Caravan, driven by Albert Walters, 53, of Shamokin, was traveling west on Center Street. After stopping at the intersection with Route 61, he pulled out and attempted to cross four lanes of traffic to turn left and travel south on Route 61.

    A 2014 Dodge Caravan, driven by Marilu McGirk, 49, of Coal Township, was traveling north on Route 61 and Walters pulled out into her lane of travel, causing a collision. A front-seat passenger Walters' vehicle, Amber Jweid, of Shamokin, and McGirk, complained of injuries and both went to Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital by private vehicle for treatment.

    The investigation is continuing.

    Littering

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Police are investigating a littering/dumping incident near Big Mountain Road, when someone dumped the entire body and contents of a Vega trailer. Anyone with information is asked to contact Coal Township Police.


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  • 07/14/15--21:00: Court notes 7/15/15
  • Senior Judge Chester B. Muroski, presiding over Luzerne County Domestic Relations Contempt Court on Tuesday, issued warrants for the following defendants for failure to pay child support:

    Thomas Kurtis, 296 Wyoming Ave., Apt. 3, Wyoming; $14,236 in three cases.

    Pedro Hernandez, 134 Donato Dr., Ashley; $358.

    Wilson Cabrera, 555 Alter St., Hazleton; $2,546 in two cases.

    Truit Jackson V, 291 New Hancock St., Wilkes-Barre; $9,170.

    Mark Reese, 405 S. Main St., Pittston; $540.

    Robert Newman, 63 Park Place, Kingston; $1,354.

    Oscar Allen, 229 St. Clair St., Wilkes-Barre; $767.

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

    Janine Kravitz vs. Anthony Kravitz.

    Alexandria Lewis vs. Peter Lestourgeon.

    Nannetter Hurley-Meckes vs. Kevin Meckes.


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  • 07/14/15--21:00: Police Briefs 7/15/2015
  • Rape reported

    State police at Towanda said an 18-year-old Canton woman reported that she was raped by an unknown Hispanic male sometime between 7 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. May 21 in Bradford County.

    Police said the location is "unknown."

    Report investigated

    State police at Towanda said they received a report of a 60-year-old Columbia Cross Roads woman being touched inappropriately by someone known to her at an unknown date/time on Laurel Lake Road in Columbia Township.

    Police said an investigation is ongoing.

    Theft in Smithfield Twp.

    State police are investigating a report of theft by deception relating to a July 6 incident on Pinewood Hill Road in Smithfield Township.

    According to police, a person deceived a victim into sending $1,275 to them as payment for a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever puppy.

    The victim was then continually asked to send more money through MoneyGram, police said.

    DUI charge

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

    Adam Paul Yoachim, 36, of Rome, by the state police, on April 15 at the intersection of Sheshequin and Hornbrook roads in Sheshequin Township. Police say that Yoachim was under the influence of marijuana at the time.


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    Assault charge

    SHAMOKIN - David A. Demarco, 25, of 429 W. Second St., Mount Carmel, is charged by Chief Darwin Tobias III with simple assault, disorderly conduct and harassment. Demarco is accused of slapping a woman before grabbing her throat and pulling her hair at 9:51 a.m. Monday in the 300 block of North Vine Street. Police said Demarco threatened to kill the accuser, who reportedly suffered visible injury to her throat and left arm.

    Lewd remarks

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Robert Montefusco, 47, of 508 E. Spurzheim St., Shamokin, is charged by Cpl. Terry Ketchem with harassment for allegedly making lewd remarks to a woman at The Shepherd's Table soup kitchen, Oak and Chestnut streets, at 5:20 p.m. Thursday.

    DUI crash

    SHAMOKIN - Jennifer Ryder, 24, of 32 Sherman St., Coal Township, is charged by Cpl. Bryan Primerano with two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol and a summary charge of accidents involving damage to unattended property. Police said Ryder was intoxicated when she crashed a sport utility vehicle into a parked car in the 400 block of South Shamokin Street at 3:12 a.m. June 19. Open container of beer and alcohol were found inside the SUV, police said. Ryder exhibited physical signs of intoxication and failed field sobriety testing, police said. Her blood alcohol content was 0.205 percent, according to a criminal complaint.

    Drug counts

    SHAMOKIN - Cody Z. Horne, 20, of 221 S. Diamond St., Shamokin, is charged by Cpl. Jarrod Scandle with misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Horne is accused of possessing suboxone without a prescription and also possessing small plastic baggies, a spoon with cocaine residue and a homemade pipe allegedly used to smoke crack cocaine. The incident occurred at 8:14 p.m. June 16 during a visit to his home by county probation officers.

    Underage, rubbish

    SHAMOKIN - Darcey Swift, 18, of 109 W. Commerce St., Shamokin, was cited by Cpl. Jarrod Scandle for underage drinking. Dylan Sessions, 21, of 332 S. Seventh St., Shamokin, was cited for scattering rubbish in the same incident. The two were discovered in a wooded area near Rock and Spruce streets at 12:12 a.m. Tuesday. Police said Sessions admitted to scattering beer cans and glass bottles in the area, where a concrete staircase leads from Gold Street on Academy Hill to Rock Street.

    Punch to face

    SHAMOKIN - Joyce A. Reitz, 45, of 3821 Schwaben Creek Road, Rebuck, was cited by Patrolman William Zalinski for harassment after allegedly striking a 23-year-old man in the face in the 500 block of North Market Street at 5:39 p.m. June 28. The accuser suffered a cut to his lower lip, police said.

    Dog at large

    SHAMOKIN - Kelly M. Haines, 34, of 418 E. Cameron St., was cited by Patrolman Raymond Siko II for a dog ordinance violation at 11:20 p.m. Saturday. Police said Haines allowed her dog to run at large. The canine was allegedly observed in the streets, on neighboring porches and chasing other animals.

    Public intoxication

    SHAMOKIN - Three area residents were cited for public drunkenness stemming from separate incidents.

    Kristin L. McCormick, of 41, of 1411 W. State St., Coal Township, was cited by Patrolman Mark Costa. She was allegedly under the influence of alcohol when she was observed at Shamokin and Shakespeare streets at 2 p.m. Friday.

    Jeffery Barber, 21, of 77 Raspberry Hill, Shamokin, was cited by Cpl. Jarrod Scandle. He was allegedly passed out while lying on a path between the Patsy Steps and Terrace Avenue at 6:01 p.m. July 3.

    Corey Feese, 25, of 530 Bear Valley Ave., Shamokin, was cited by Cpl. Jarrod Scandle. He was allegedly under the influence of alcohol when observed in the 200 block of South Pearl Street at 4:18 a.m. June 20.

    Obscene language

    SHAMOKIN - Christopher L. Pielacha, 29, of 5521 Upper Road, Helfenstein, was cited by Cpl. Jarrod Scandle for disorderly conduct. Pielacha is accused of screaming obscenities at a juvenile female and her father while at the rear of the 800 block of North Sixth Street at 11:38 p.m. July 4.

    Guilty plea

    SHAMOKIN - Mark Carnuccio, 42, of Coal Township, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a charge of summary harassment and was ordered by Magisterial District Judge John Gembic to pay a $200 fine plus court costs. A charge of simple assault was withdrawn. Carnuccio was released from jail, where he had been held since his arrest June 17.

    False reports

    SHAMOKIN - Calye Goldman, 26, of 107 Nottingham Drive, Elysburg, is charged by Cpl. Bryan Primerano with false reports. Police said Goldman initially reported on July 11 her grandmother's vehicle was damaged by a hit-and-run driver. She provided verbal and written statements to police before allegedly confessing that she lent it to a friend who reportedly caused the damage.

    Shawn Wondoloski, of 450 S. Shamokin St., reported to police that his vehicle and trailer was damaged by a hit-and-run driver on July 11, and provided vehicle information matching Goldman's grandmother's vehicle, according to a criminal complaint.

    Pot charge

    SHAMOKIN - Curtis Groom, 26, of 1006 N. Orange St., Shamokin, is charged by Patrolman Shane Mowery with possession of a small amount of marijuana and public drunkenness. Police said Groom admitted to being intoxicated when he was discovered at 9:22 p.m. June 19 at Market and Willow streets looking in a parked vehicle. He's accused of possessing a small cigar containing marijuana.

    Retail theft

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Marcie Anne Howerter, 34, of 338 S. Beech St., Mount Carmel, is charged by Patrolman Jason Adams with retail theft for allegedly attempting to steal $73.49 in clothing and accessories from Walmart Supercenter at 4:58 p.m. June 27.

    Curfew violation

    SHAMOKIN - Two city males ages 16 and 15 were cited by Patrolman Raymond Siko II for curfew violations after they were observed near Water and Cleaver streets at 2:12 a.m. Friday.

    Crash charges

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Thomas A. Reed, 42, of 918 W. Spruce St., Coal Township, is charged by Patrolman Edward Purcell Jr. with two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol and counts of driving with a suspended license related to DUI and careless driving. Police said Reed was intoxicated when he rear-ended another vehicle at Route 61 at Hospital Road at 7:51 p.m. June 21. He exhibited physical signs of intoxication and failed field sobriety testing, police said. His blood alcohol content was found to be 0.124 percent, according to a criminal complaint.


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  • 07/15/15--21:00: Court notes 7/16/15
  • Robert M. Jr. Hogge and Monica E. Hogge to Frank J. Szcucki and Lisa Szcucki for $143,000; Slocum Township.

    Stephen T. Nowroski and Jamie L. Nowroski to Jorge Balbuena and Angela P. Balbuena for $72,000; Hazleton.

    Christina Parlatore and Christina Sherwood to Jorge Balbuena and Angela P. Balbuena for $72,000; Hazleton.

    Joanne Kupris to Anthony J. Barney for $171,000; Fairview Township.

    Nicholas L. Bressler and Jennifer L. Bressler to Michael J. Dessoye and Elizabeth M. Dessoye for $194,000; Duryea.

    Patrick Jr. Kelly and Kyoko Kelly to Robert Edward Miller and Stephanie Laura Miller for $510,000; Kingston.

    Dennis Wengrzynek to Parkside Automotive and Truck Service Inc. for $280,000; Dorrance Township.

    William J. Lopasky and Janice A. Lopasky to Robert F. III O’Toole and Amanda O’Toole for $300,000; Lehman Township.

    Leonard Belotti and Mary Belotti to Karotko Property Management Services LLC for $70,000; Duryea.

    William Hodakowski and Casey Hodakowski to Michael J. Thomas for $72,000; Lake Township.

    Jonathan K. Roxby and Heather C. Roxby to Stephanie Zbylicki and Joseph T. Lapsansky for $118,000; Jenkins Township.


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    Keys found

    COAL TOWNSHIP - A set of keys was found near the Maple Avenue playground and turned over to township police at 3 p.m. Tuesday. The owner can claim them by visiting the department at 805 W. Lynn St. or by calling 570-644-0333.


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  • Towanda man charged with possession of drug paraphernalia

    Jesse Michael Gallagher, 35, of Towanda has been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.

    The charge stems from a Jan. 22 incident at the North Towanda Dandy Mini Mart where Gallagher was in possession of a glass smoking pipe with a burnt residue and a plastic baggie containing a white residue, state police at Towanda said.

    Gallagher was arraigned by Towanda Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark on Tuesday. He was then released on non-monetary bail. Gallagher must attend a preliminary hearing before Judge Clark on July 22.

    DUI charges

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

    Jarred Von Finkbeiner, 36, of Troy, by Pennsylvania State Police following a single motor vehicle crash that occurred at 12:35 p.m. June 1 on State Route 514, in the area of Spencer Hill Road, Granville Twp. He was also charged by police for a lane violation, a violation of "driving vehicle at safe speed," careless driving, and not wearing a properly adjusted and fastened safety seat belt system, according to court papers. According to police, his silver Dodge Ram came to final rest outside the southbound lane of State Route 514, facing east. Finkbeiner had a blood alcohol content of .24 percent, police said. According to police, he was extricated from the vehicle, and became uncooperative with EMS personnel. Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox of Troy said Finkbeiner was sent a summons by certified mail, and has a DUI court hearing scheduled for July 31 before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark.

    Brandon Michael George, 22, of Montoursville, by Pennsylvania State Police following a crash that took place at approximately 3:23 p.m. April 19 on State Route 14 in South Creek Township. He was also charged by police for a lane violation and a violation of "driving vehicle at safe speed," according to court papers. In an affidavit, Trooper Steve Steransky said someone said that he saw George reposition his boxer briefs, and saw white pills fall out. George said they were prescription pills, but his statements were not consistent on what type of prescription pills they were, police said. The trooper said he asked George when he last took the prescription pills, and George's statements regarding when he last took the prescription pills were not consistent and accurate. A lab report was received indicating that George's blood contained 120 ng/ml of Alprazolam, according to an affidavit. George was sent a summons by certified mail, and is scheduled to appear in DUI Court July 31 before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark, according to Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox of Troy.

    Jenna Lee Ashby, 28, of Milan, by Pennsylvania State Police following a two-vehicle crash that occurred at approximately 11:34 p.m. May 23 on Route 14 in the area of Alparon Park in Troy Township. She was also charged by police for a lane violation, careless driving, and not wearing a properly adjusted and fastened safety seat belt system, according to court papers. Trooper Christopher Schelling said he saw a blue Nissan Altima in the south lane and shoulder of Route 14, with disabling damage to its front end and a white H3 Hummer, on its passenger side in the northbound lane/shoulder. The trooper said that he interviewed the driver of the Altima at the scene, Charles Murphy, 50, no address given, who said he was traveling south on Route 14, when he saw the Hummer traveling north on Route 14 and into his lane. He said that he slowed down immediately, and tried to swerve to the right, but the Hummer hit his vehicle. The trooper asked Ashby, who was the operator of the Hummer, what happened, and she said that she must have passed out at the wheel, according to the court papers. Both Murphy and Ashby were transported to the hospital. Ashby's blood revealed a blood-alcohol content of .127 percent, according to an affidavit. Ashby was sent a summons by certified mail, and is scheduled to appear in DUI Court July 17 before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark.

    Ira Ray McCartney, 35, of Milan, by Pennsylvania State Police following a crash that occurred at 11:40 p.m. May 16 on Ridgebury Road, at the intersection with Rumsey Road, in Ridgebury Township. McCartney was also charged by police with possessing a small amount of marijuana for personal use; using, or possessing with the intent to use, drug paraphernalia, namely a maroon and white-colored glass pipe with residue; a lane violation; a violation of "driving vehicle at safe speed;" careless driving; and operation of vehicle without official certificate of inspection, according to court papers. Trooper Robert Edgerton said he saw McCartney's truck stopped east of the roadway, facing east on a roadside lawn against a utility pole, where it had been driven off the roadway as a result of a crash. The trooper said a blood sample was drawn from McCartney's right arm. The blood-alcohol content result was .166 percent, and active ingredients of marijuana were detected in the blood test, according to an affidavit. His truck had an expired inspection sticker. McCartney was sent a summons by certified mail, and is scheduled to appear in DUI Court July 17 before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark of Towanda, according to Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox of Troy.

    Wayne Gennady Gonzalez, 34, of Towanda, by the Towanda police, on June 27 on Main Street in Towanda. A blood test showed that Gonzalez's blood alcohol content was .212 percent on the day of his arrest.

    Dylon Allan Hinckley, 19, of Monroeton, by the Towanda police, on June 20, on Bridge Street in Towanda. A blood test showed that Hinckley's blood alcohol content was .077 percent on the day of his arrest.


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  • Frank N. Massara to Stephanie Lynch for $76,100; Wyoming.

    Charles Kindler and Jennifer Kindler to Kenneth C. Worthington and Lori Ann Rager for $215,000; Wright Township.

    Bonny Flesher (co-executor) Dennison and Martha Ann Powers (co-executor) and Bethel R. Flesher (estate) to Shane P. Malia and Jessica R. Malia for $160,000; Nescopeck.

    Marilyn Kenzakoski and Marilyn Kenzakoski (administratrix) and Joseph Kenzakoski (estate) and Joseph Kenzakowski Jr. (estate) and Richard Kenzakowski and Edward Kenzakowski and Kenzakowski Brothers’ Partnership to JCJ Holdings II LLC for 3,800,000; Plains Township.

    Frank A. Ksiazek (trustee) and Catherine J. Wilson (trustee) and Ksiazek-Wilson Family Trust to Joseph Onda and Danyelle L. Lishon for $435,000; Dallas Township.

    Candace C. Trusavage to Becky M. Long and William J. Jones for $104,940; Jenkins Township.

    Edward Ellis Carle to Real Estate Magnate, LLC for $75,000; Kingston.

    Stacie Breslin to Paul T. Winkler for $120,000; Rice Township.

    David L. Pugh and Tammy M. Pugh to Wendy A. Hall for $123,500; Swoyersville.

    Robert Acacio to L & S Assets LLC for $100,000; Plains Township.

    Richard Lee Frisco to Deana Tommaselli for $118,450; Pittston.


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    MOUNT CARMEL - The following cases were adjudicated Wednesday before Magisterial District Judge Hugh A. Jones:

    n Charles A. Klischer, 32, of 902 Spruce St., Kulpmont, pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia and was ordered to pay a $50 fine plus court costs. He was charged by Kulpmont Chief Michael Pitcavage with possessing two syringes, a glass pipe and a piece of foil with burnt residue following a probation visit to his home May 7.

    n Charges of unlawful restraint, terroristic threats, simple assault and harassment were dismissed against Matt Lee Vallati, 33, of 522 W. Olive St., Mount Carmel, when the alleged victim refused to testify. Mount Carmel Patrolman Justin Stelma arrested Vallati on allegations that he assaulted a woman inside his home June 8, restrained her in a vehicle while driving to Halifax and threatened to kill her.


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    Run-away vehicle

    COAL TOWNSHIP - A woman suffered a minor injury after attempting to stop her runaway vehicle about 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Rhonda Zagata, 38, of 843 W. Wood St., injured her arm after attempting to stop her 2001 Chevorlet Malibu that she failed to put completely in park while parking in front of her home, according to Coal Township police. Zagata attempted to jump into the vehicle, but she got her arm stuck, causing the vehicle to drag her. The vehicle then struck a parked vehicle, owned by Marianna Persing, of 483 S. Shamokin St., then careened into a large tree. Both vehicles had minor damage.

    Public drunkenness

    MOUNT CARMEL - Christopher R. Schultz, 27, of 236 S. Poplar St., was cited by Patrolman Jason Drumheller with public drunkenness after he was allegedly found in a highly intoxicated state and lying in the street in the 00 block of South Vine Street at 5:50 a.m. June 27.

    Underage drinking

    SHAMOKIN - A 17-year-old Coal Township male was cited for disorderly conduct, underage drinking and public drunkenness by Police Cpl. Jarrod Scandle. Police say he was discovered in near Sunbury and Franklin streets in an intoxicated state with several cans of beer at 6:16 a.m. June 20. The teen is accused of using obscenities toward police while taken into custody.

    Vandalism

    MOUNT CARMEL - Two 13-year-old Mount Carmel females were cited by Patrolman William Adamski for criminal mischief. The girls allegedly damaged flower beds along Oak Street between 2 and 3:30 a.m. June 6.

    Disorderly conduct

    SHAMOKIN - John R. Valenskie, 37, of 325 E. Water St., was cited by Cpl. Jarrod Scandle for disorderly conduct and public drunkenness. Police say Valenskie was discovered intoxicated on a porch at 410 N. Rock St. at 12:33 a.m. July 9, and was in possession of a bottle of whiskey. Valenskie allegedly took a ladder from a garage and placed it on the roof of the home to try to get inside.

    Harassment at store

    MOUNT CARMEL - Police cited Thomas Crumlic, 55, of 414 S. Market St., with public drunkenness and harassment following a disturbance at 3:30 p.m. June 20 at the Puff's Tobacco Store on South Oak Street.

    Harassment

    SHAMOKIN - Jennifer Aston, 43, of 1132 Tharp St., Coal Township, was cited by Patrolman Scott Weaver for harassment. She allegedly struck a man twice with a closed fist during an altercation on Walnut Street at 3:35 a.m. May 31.

    Disorderly conduct

    MOUNT CARMEL - Theresa L. Karim, 55, of 221 S. Oak St., was cited by Patrolman Matthew Dillman with disorderly conduct after an alleged disturbance at her residence at 12:30 a.m. July 4.

    Fight in home

    SHAMOKIN - Leon Fite, 32, of 250 S. Wood St., and Allen Derk, 48, of 244 S. Wood St., were both cited by Patrolman Nathan Rhodes for an alleged altercation at 1 a.m. Wednesday.

    Police allege Fite slapped and pushed Derk inside Derk's home and then refused to leave. Derk allegedly struck Fite in the face.

    Both men were cited for disorderly conduct while Fite also was cited for harassment after he allegedly yelled in the street and refused to leave the area after police ordered him to do so.

    Two cited in fight

    MOUNT CARMEL - Police cited Tara L. Brabitz, 41, of 624 Hillside Ave., Shamokin, and Shawn J. Matukaitis, 39, of 40 S. Maple St., Mount Carmel, for harassment for an alleged disturbance at Matukaitis's home at 3:30 a.m. July 6.

    Disorderly conduct

    SHAMOKIN - Daniel Vercruyssen, 36, of 311 S. Shamokin St., was cited by Patrolman Scott Weaver for disorderly conduct after allegedly ripping a woman's shirt during an altercation at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday in the 200 block of South Shamokin Street.

    Underage drinking

    MOUNT CARMEL - Cody J. Little, 18, of 154 Montana Drive, Kulpmont, was cited by Patrolman Jason Drumheller for underage drinking following a traffic stop at 1:45 a.m. July 11 in the 00 block of North Oak Street.

    DUI

    STRONG - Dustin J. Murray, 19, of 505 E. Melrose St., Marion Heights, is charged by Mount Carmel Township Patrolman Matthew Filarski with two counts of driving under the influence and one count each of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, tampering with physical evidence and a summary traffic violation, driving on roadways laned for traffic.

    Police say Murray was driving a 2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse at 12:19 a.m. May 23 when the vehicle was allegedly observed swerving in the northbound lanes of Route 61. A vehicle stop was initiated near the Kulpmont borough line.

    Murray allegedly failed field sobriety testing, and blood testing found marijuana in his system, according to a criminal complaint. Two methadone tablets, a glass jar with suspected marijuana residue and a crushed aluminum can allegedly used as a smoking device were discovered in his car, police said.

    After Murray was remanded to Montour County Prison, Danville, a subsequent search of the police vehicle turned up a bag of marijuana and a marijuana cigarette, police said.

    Urine charge

    MOUNT CARMEL - Heather Ann Frank, 30, of 331 N. Vine St., is charged by Chief Todd Owens with furnishing drug-free urine and tampering with physical evidence. Parole agents told police Frank attempted to submit a false urine sample during a home visit at 7 a.m. June 25.

    DUI arrest

    MOUNT CARMEL - Brian G. Madden, 31, of 255 W. Saylor St., is charged by Patrolman William Adamski with two counts of driving under the influence and a summary charge of careless driving.

    Police say Madden was driving a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am that was stopped in the intersection of Second and Oak streets at 2:17 p.m. May 11. A witness reportedly took the keys from the vehicle's ignition along with Madden's wallet, and reports say Madden and a passenger were each passed out.

    Madden failed field sobriety testing, police said. Blood testing found marijuana in his system, according to a criminal complaint.

    Food theft

    KULPMONT - Stephanie Lynn Marlow, 29, of 1333 Scott St., is charged by Chief Michael Pitcavage with retail theft. She's accused of stealing $15.75 in food from Turkey Hill, 862 Chestnut St., at 1:55 p.m. July 2.

    Pot charges

    MOUNT CARMEL - Abbigail Lee Seritsky, 18, of 916 Centre St., Ashland, is charged by Patrolman Matthew Dillman with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Seritsky was a passenger in a vehicle stopped at 10:19 p.m. March 13 following a traffic light violation at Third and Oak streets, according to a criminal complaint. Police say she possessed a glass smoking pipe, a marijuana grinder and less than one gram of marijuana inside her purse.


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  • Door kicked in at Warren Twp. rental property

    Between 7 p.m. on July 1 and 7 p.m. on July 2, an unknown person kicked in the door of a rental property located on Montrose Turnpike in Warren Township, belonging to Micah Chrispell, 51, of Rome, according to state police at Towanda.

    Pool shot at in Orwell Twp.

    A pool belonging to Leonard Wurst, 53, of LeRaysville was shot at by an unknown person between 12:30-5:30 p.m. on July 4 on Gorham Road in Orwell Township, according to state police at Towanda. Anyone with information is asked to contact state police at (570) 265-2186.

    Copper piping stolen at rental property

    An unknown person broke into a rental property at 9567 Battle Creek Rd. in Windham Twp. belonging to John Kizale, 73, of Sayre, and stole copper piping between noon on July 4 and 9 a.m. July 5 according to state police at Towanda. Anyone with information is asked to contact state police at (570) 265-2186.

    Truck tire punctured, beer and truck key stolen in Wilmot Twp.

    Between 9:30 p.m. on July 12 and 7:30 a.m. on July 13, an unknown person punctured the tire of a pickup truck while it was parked at a residence on Quick Bends Road in Wilmot Township, belonging to Roger Sharts, 44, of Sugar Run, according to state police in Towanda.

    Additionally a six-pack of Old Milwaukee beer and the truck key was stolen out of the truck. Anyone with information is asked to contact state police at (570) 265-2186.

    Mailboxes stolen

    Between the hours of 6 p.m. June 30 and 12:30 p.m. July 1. an unknown person(s) took two black mailboxes from properties within a mile stretch of one another on the western end of Austinville Road in Columbia Township, belonging to Robert Staudt, 68, of Troy, according to state police at Towanda.

    Damaged mailbox

    Between 3:30 p.m. June 30 and 7 p.m. July 1, an unknown person damaged one mailbox at a property on Iron Mine Road in Sylvania Borough belonging to Brian Robson, 44, of Troy, according to state police at Towanda.

    Registration plate stolen

    An unknown person removed a DCNR registration plate off of an ATV and then fled undetected from a property between June 1 and July 10 on Starbright Lane, belonging to Joseph Thomas, 86 of Honeybrook in Granville Township, according to state police at Towanda. Anyone with information is asked to contact state police at (570) 265-2186.


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