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  • 07/17/15--21:00: Court notes 7/18/15
  • A2 Spec Homes LLC to Choice Canning Co. Inc. for $250,000; Pittston Township.

    John M. Ecker to Joseph B. Vitro for $165,000; Hazle Township.

    Shaun F. Kenney to Jeffrey D. Chiampi II for $196,000; Harveys Lake.

    William D. Camp and Ann M. Camp to Shadow Real Estate LLC for $81,327; Luzerne.

    Carie Rojas to Sonia D. Batista De Rodriguez and Julian Rodriguez for $101,000; Hazleton.

    Richard J. Starrick Jr., Justine Starrick and Justine Yurchak to Kelly Ague for $103,000; Black Creek Township.

    Joseph M. Sorochinski and Marie Grace Sorchinski to Donald G. Rood and Beverly A. Mason for $170,000; Bear Creek Township.


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  • 07/17/15--21:00: Police Briefs, 7/18/15
  • Woman charged with theft

    Cindy Lynn Truby, 23, of Troy, faces a preliminary hearing at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 5 before Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox of Troy on a charge of theft by unlawful taking or disposition for an incident that occurred at 10:50 a.m. April 17 at Hillcrest Apartments in Troy, according to court papers.

    The papers note that Truby took control of the purse of Lauren C. Moody, no age or address given, a home health aide, with the intent of removing the contents contained therein.

    In an affidavit, Troy Police Chief Anthony Morelli said that Moody saw Truby bent over her purse, with her hand inside, and immediately confronted her. Chief Morelli said "there was nothing taken as she was caught her hand literally in the purse."

    Chief Morelli interviewed Truby, who said she was reading her cousin's papers from the doctor, and when she went to get up, she moved the chair she was sitting in, which resulted in the purse falling to the floor. She said she was picking the purse up off the floor, when she was told by Moody to get out of the purse and asked to leave, which she did, according to the affidavit.

     

    Man charged with recklessly endangering

    Jason Eric Garey, 40, of Sayre, faces a preliminary hearing at 1:30 p.m. July 29 before Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox of Troy on a charge of recklessly endangering another person for an incident that occurred at approximately 2:45 a.m. June 17 at his residence on Myers Road in Ridgebury Township, according to court papers.

    The papers note that Garey recklessly engaged in conduct which placed or may have placed Gregory VanDyke, 35, no address given, in danger of death or serious bodily injury by firing a round from a rifle in the air, within his proximity.

    Wilcox said Garey was sent a summons by certified mail.

    Phone taken

    State police at Towanda said Jeffrey R. Walborn, 20, of Elmira, N.Y. took a 17-year-old Gillett girl's cell phone after a verbal dispute that occurred sometime between 1 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. July 1 on Route 14 in South Creek Township.

    Police said charges have been filed at District Court 42-3-01.

     

    Wallet, phone taken

    State police at Towanda said Bonnie Linda Batterson, 58, of Elmira, N.Y. alleged that her wallet and cell phone were taken by Paul Douglas Bohlayer, 33, of Elmira, N.Y. at 3 a.m. July 5 in Gillett.

    According to police, the items have since been returned. Batterson has since said that she wants no criminal action to be taken, due to she and Bohlayer being friends, police said.

     

    Crash reported

    State police at Towanda said a two-vehicle crash between a Jeep Grand Cherokee and a Freightliner occurred recently on Springfield Road, at its intersection with Kennedy Road in Smithfield Township.

    Police did not identify the drivers.

    According to police, the crash occurred as the Jeep was making a left-hand turn onto Springfield Road. While the Jeep was making the turn, the Freightliner was traveling west on Springfield Road. For unknown reasons, the Jeep struck the Freightliner's front driver's side upper/lower quarter panel/front driver's side tire with its front end/front passenger quarter panel area, when attempting to make a left-hand turn onto Springfield Road, police said.

    Police said the Jeep came to final rest on the northbound shoulder of Kennedy Road and the Freightliner came to final rest on the eastbound shoulder of Springfield Road.

     

    Person injured

    State police at Towanda said Evan W. Brown, 22, of Canton, had a moderate injury in a crash that occurred June 27 on Route 414 in LeRoy Township.

    According to police, the crash occurred as Brown was traveling east in a Chevrolet Cobalt on Route 414, just east of VanFleet Road. While negotiating a left curve in the roadway, he lost control of the vehicle, crossed over the westbound lane of travel, and struck a ditch along the eastbound lane of travel, police said. His vehicle then continued traveling east and spun out in the wet grass, struck another ditch, and then rolled over. Police said the vehicle came to final rest in the ditch alongside the eastbound roadside, on its roof and facing west. According to police, he was partially ejected from the vehicle and was freed by non-mechanical means. Canton Volunteer Fire Department and EMS assisted at the scene.

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

     

    Wheel comes loose

    State police at Towanda said the front right wheel on a Dodge Grand Caravan came loose, due to broken lugs, while the driver was traveling northbound July 1 on Route 14 in South Creek Township.

    Police did not identify the driver.

    According to police, the driver was able to bring the vehicle to a safe stop on the eastern edge of the roadway, and was able to obtain new lugs and install them. The vehicle was driven from the scene after the minor repair was made.

     

    Driver flees

    State police at Towanda said the driver of a vehicle involved in a crash at 10:25 p.m. June 11 on Mud Creek Road, one-tenth of a mile west of Orchard Hill Road, in Troy Township, fled the scene.

    According to police, the driver was traveling in an Oldsmobile Alero and negotiating a left-hand curve, when the driver lost control and struck a pole off the north side of the roadway. The vehicle came to final rest about 100 feet into a grassy field, facing the southeastern direction, police said. Police said an investigation is continuing.

     

    No injuries

    State police at Mansfield said Cameron L. Heasley of Troy was not injured in a crash that occurred at 6:25 p.m. June 15 in Bloss Township, Tioga County, Pa.

    According to police, he was traveling east on Arnot Road in a Sterling water truck approximately a quarter-mile from State Route 15, and drove to the right shoulder of Arnot Road. As a result of the soft shoulder, the vehicle tipped onto its passenger side, police, said.

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

     

    Pills taken

    State police at Towanda said someone unknown removed 80 oxycodone 5 mg pills from the purse of Ronda Kimball, 53, of Columbia Cross Roads, during a medical incident sometime between 6 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. July 4 at the Kimball residence on Dubert Road in Springfield Township.

    She was transported from her residence to Guthrie Troy Community Hospital in Troy, police said. Police said an investigation continues.

     

    No one injured

    State police at Towanda said Jennifer L. Smith of Troy was not injured in a one-vehicle crash that occurred recently on Shaylor Drive in Springfield Township.

    According to police, she was traveling northbound in a Dodge Ram in the right northbound lane of travel and was attempting to negotiate a left curve in the roadway, when she lost control on the wet, gravel-covered roadway. Her vehicle left the east shoulder of the roadway, traveled approximately 30 feet, and struck a tree down a slight embankment from the roadway, causing major damage to the front end, police said. Police said the vehicle came to rest facing northeast, approximately 20 feet from the east shoulder of the roadway. A 17-year-old passenger from Canton was not injured.

    Police said she was charged with a violation of "driving vehicle at safe speed."


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    Drug charges

    MOUNT CARMEL - Siobhan N. Heiser, 36, of 342 W. Mahanoy Ave., Girardville, is charged by Patrolman Matthew Dillman with nine criminal counts for allegedly stealing prescription medication from a Mount Carmel couple.

    Heiser was arraigned Tuesday by Magisterial District Judge Hugh A. Jones on charges of burglary, criminal trespass, possession with intent to deliver, theft, receiving stolen property, tampering or fabricating evidence, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and misbranding a controlled substance. She was jailed at York County Prison on $50,000 bail.

    Heiser is suspected of entering an unlocked door at 214 S. Poplar St. about 1 p.m. Monday and stealing several pill containers from Vera and Dennis Bucher. A witness confronted Heiser outside the home. About 8:45 p.m. police learned pill containers belonging to Vera Bucher were discovered in the first block of North Pear Street. At 10:30 p.m., officers were dispatched to the rear of the 100 block of North Peach Street where Heiser allegedly repeatedly kicked the door of a residence.

    She was taken into custody on a warrant from Lehigh County and was identified as a suspect in the reported burglary at the Buchers. Police say Heiser was found in possession of dozens of prescription pills and tablets, including some narcotics like oxycodone and other general medications for heart burn. Prescriptions belonging to Dennis Bucher were found in her purse, police say. She also allegedly possessed a straw and mirror, both with residue from a white powder.

    Fight charges

    SHAMOKIN - Two men arranged by text message to meet and fight over a woman, according to police.

    Brian Burke and Jonathan Mazak allegedly fought outside Dobson's Carpet Service, 545 W. Walnut St., at 3:35 a.m. May 31. As Burke charged Mazak with his hands in fists, Mazak pulled a baseball bat from a parked vehicle and swung it at Burke, according to a criminal complaint. The bat was taken away, but the fight continued on the ground in front of multiple bystanders, police say.

    The incident was reportedly captured on video. A vehicle was damaged in the process.

    Mazak, 31, of 351 S. Market St., Mount Carmel, is charged by Patrolman Scott Weaver with disorderly conduct, possessing an instrument of crime and simple assault. Burke, 41, of 1305 W. Arch St., Coal Township, is charged by Weaver with disorderly conduct.

    Retail theft

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Caitlin I. Bitler, 26, of 343 S. Diamond St., Shamokin, is charged by Patrolman Chad Yoder with retail theft. Police say she attempted to steal children's shoes, diapers and other merchandise valued at $46.61. The alleged incident occurred at 5:56 p.m. June 9 at Walmart Supercenter.

    Head shove

    SHAMOKIN - Michael Block, 62, of 318 N. Rock St., was cited by Chief Darwin Tobias III for harassment. Block allegedly reached into a vehicle and shoved the head of a 19-year-old Coal Township male at 2 p.m. Thursday.


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

    Monica Kitchen, 60, Dushore, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in Bradford County Correctional Facility for four days to six months, fines of $1,000, plus court costs, she will also lose her driver's license for 12 months, for the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Officer Ryan Edsell of the Towanda Borough Police Department arrested Kitchen for the offense in November 2014 following a vehicle collision. The sentence was run consecutive to another DUI offense for a combined sentence of seven days to 12 months with $2,000 in fines and a 24-month license suspension. Kitchen was given credit for nine days served.

    Monica Kitchen, 60, Dushore, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in Bradford County Correctional Facility for three months to six months, and fines of $1,000 plus court costs, she will also lose her driver's license for 12 months, for the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Trooper Michael Tribendis of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Kitchen following investigation of an incident that occurred in Towanda Township in April 2014.

    John Secor, 31, Towanda, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for six months to 23 months, 29 days followed by Probation supervision for a term of 36 months, for the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Trooper William McDermott of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Secor following investigation of an incident that occurred in Wysox Township.

    Michael Randall, 51, Duquesne, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for eight days to six months, fines of $1,000, plus court costs, for the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Trooper David Sweeney of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Randall following investigation of an incident that occurred in Wysox Township in April 2013.

    Dylan Olmstead, 22, Rome, Pa., was sentenced to Probation supervision for a term of 12 months, fines of $250, plus court costs, for the offense of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. Officer Andrew Stevens of the Athens Borough Police Department arrested Olmstead for the offense in October 2014.

    Stephen Gordon, 22, Wysox, Pa., was sentenced to Probation supervision for a term of 18 months, fines of $1,000.00, plus court costs and restitution of $240, for the offense of Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance, a felony. Trooper Robert Hutchison of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Gordon following investigation of an incident that occurred in Towanda Borough in June 2013.

    Dennis Bacon, 24, of Canton, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 84 days to 23 months, 29 days, for the offense of Delivery of a Controlled Substance, a felony. Chief Larry Hurley of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Bacon for the offense in June 2014.

    Derek Hunsinger, 24, Troy, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 72 hours to six months, fines, costs, restitution of $500 fines, plus court costs, for the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Officer Andrew Stevens of the Athens Borough Police Department arrested Hunsinger for the offense in April 2014.

    Austin Merritt, 19, New Albany, Pa., was sentenced to fines of $150 plus court costs, for the offense of Harassment, a summary offense. Trooper Peter Federici of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Merritt following investigation of an incident that occurred in Monroe Township in November 2014.

    Milton Frisbie, 65, Athens, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for six months to 23 months, followed by Probation supervision for a term of 24 months, for the offense of Indecent Assault, minor victim, a misdemeanor. Frisbie will be a registered sex offender for his lifetime and will be required to have sex offender evaluations and monitoring while on parole and probation. Trooper Jeffrey Sredenschek of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Frisbie following investigation of an incident that occurred in Litchfield Township.

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

    Anthony Sidonio, 24, of Delaware state, formerly of Ulster, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Sidonio will be sentenced on Aug. 24, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Richard Horton of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Sidonio for the offense in March 2015.

    Thomas Gross, 49, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Gross will be sentenced on Aug. 13, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Sergeant David Lantz of the Towanda Borough Police Department arrested Gross for the offense in March 2015.

    Blaze Schrader, 23, Canton, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offenses of Disorderly Conduct, a misdemeanor of the third degree and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. Schrader will be sentenced on Aug. 13, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Trey Kurtz of the Canton Borough Police Department arrested Schrader for the offenses in December 2014.

    Richard Labor, 26, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. Labor will be sentenced on Aug. 13, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Mike Adams of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Labor following investigation of an incident that occurred in Towanda Borough in May 2014.

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

    Jonathan Hutchins, 20, Waverly, N.Y., charged with the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, was accepted into the ARD Program and placed on probation for a term of nine months. While on probation, Hutchins will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department, which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Additionally, Hutchins must perform community service with the DUI Litter Brigade and attend a Victim Impact Panel and he will lose his Pennsylvania driving privilege for 90 days. Trooper Joshua Fisher of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Hutchins for the offense in Sheshequin Township in April 2015.

    Eric Singerhoff, 21, Elmira, N.Y., charged with the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, was accepted into the ARD Program and placed on probation for a term of nine months. While on probation, Singerhoff will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department, which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Additionally, Singerhoff must perform community service with the DUI Litter Brigade and attend a Victim Impact Panel and he will lose his Pennsylvania driving privilege for 60 days. Trooper Robert Edgerton of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Singerhoff for the offense in Ridgebury Township in April 2015.

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

    Michael Hamm, 44, Jessup, Pa., entered a plea of nolo contendere/no contest to Disorderly Conduct, a summary offense. Hamm will be sentenced on Aug. 13, 2015, following preparation of a pre-sentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. A no-contest plea is entered where the defendant cannot recall the event but will be held guilty and sentenced. Officer Mike Northup of the Troy Borough Police Department arrested Hamm for the offense in January 2015.

    Michael Hamm, 44, Jessup, Pa., entered a plea of nolo contendere/no contest to Receiving Stolen Property, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Hamm will be sentenced on Aug. 13, 2015, following preparation of a pre-sentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. A no-contest plea is entered where the defendant cannot recall the event but will be held guilty and sentenced. Officer Mike Northup of the Troy Borough Police Department arrested Hamm for the offense in January 2015.

    Heather Morse, 32, Sayre, Pa., entered a plea of nolo contendere/no contest to Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Morse will be sentenced on Aug. 13, 2015, following preparation of a pre-sentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. A no-contest plea is entered where the defendant cannot recall the event but will be held guilty and sentenced. Officer Nikki Hoffman of the Athens Borough Police Department arrested Morse for the offense in April 2015.

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

    Timothy Bailey, 35, Towanda, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 90 days (flat), followed by County Intermediate Punishment for 24 months. County Intermediate Punishment involves a combination of restrictions and supervision. It may include home confinement, electronic monitor, and substance abuse treatment. Violations can result in incarceration. Bailey was arrested for the offense of Delivery of a Controlled Substance, a felony. Trooper Robert Hutchison of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Bailey following investigation of an incident that occurred in Towanda Borough in September 2014.

    Kenneth Howes, 31, St. Petersburg, Fla., was sentenced to Probation supervision for a term of 12 months, fines of $500, plus court costs and restitution of $60, for the offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance, a misdemeanor. Trooper Robert Hutchison of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Howes following investigation of an incident that occurred in Towanda Borough in January 2013.

    Derrick Seeley, 31, of Sayre, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 218 days to 23 months, 29 days, fines of $1,000, plus court costs, for the offenses of Possession w/Intent to Deliver, a felony, Liquefied Ammonia Gas, Possession of Precursors and Chemicals, a felony. Officer Bruce Hoffman of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Seeley for the offense in November 2014.

    Kyle Hillard, 21, of Laceyville, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in Bradford County Correctional Facility for 30 days (flat), County Intermediate Punishment for 24 months - County Intermediate Punishment involves a combination of restrictions and supervision; it may include home confinement, electronic monitor, and substance abuse treatment; violation can result in incarceration - fines of $500, plus court costs, for the offense of Theft by Unlawful Taking, a felony of the second degree. Trooper Joshua Fisher of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Hillard following investigation of an incident that occurred in Tuscarora Township in June 2014.

    Martin Miller, 44, New Jersey state, was sentenced to imprisonment in a Pennsylvania State Correctional Facility for 36 months to 120 months, and fines of $5,000, plus court costs, he will also lose his driver's license, for the offense of leaving the scene of a fatal accident, a felony of the second degree. Trooper Robert Richter of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Miller following investigation of an incident that occurred in Ulster Township in January 2015.

    Martin Miller, 44, New Jersey state, was sentenced to a fine of $300 and restitution of $950, plus court costs, for the offense of Receiving Stolen Property, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Miller was sentenced to Pennsylvania State Correctional Facility for leaving the scene of a fatal accident at the same sentencing. Officer Bryan Bellows of the Towanda Borough Police arrested Miller following investigation of an incident that occurred in Towanda Borough.

    Melissa Houghtalen, 41, Athens, Pa., was sentenced to Probation supervision for a term of nine months, fines of $250 plus court costs, for the offense of Hindering Apprehension, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Officer Timothy Cahill of the Athens Borough Police Department arrested Houghtalen for the offense in December 2014.

    Theresa Hayford-Baker, 50, Sayre, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in a Pennsylvania State Correctional Facility for 12 months to 60 months, and fines of $1,000, plus court costs, for the offense of Possession w/Intent to Deliver, a felony. Trooper Nathan Ross of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Hayford-Baker for the offense in January 2015.

    Joseph Dewey, 29, of Sayre, Pa., was sentenced to Probation Supervision for a term of 24 months, fines of $500, plus court costs, for the offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance, a misdemeanor and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, also a misdemeanor. Officer Andrew Stevens of the Athens Borough Police Department arrested Dewey for the offense in January 2015.

    Joseph Dewey, 29, of Sayre, Pa., was sentenced to Probation Supervision for a term of 12 months, fines of $400.00, plus court costs, for the offense of Possession w/Intent to Manufacture, a felony. Officer Roger Clink of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Dewey for the offense in January 2015.

    Michael Harrington, 33, of Ulster, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 30 days plus 60 days (flat) to 12 months, fines of $1,500, plus court costs, restitution of $2,800, for the offenses of two counts of Recklessly Endangering Another Person, misdemeanors of the second degree and Driving while License Suspended, a summary offense. Trooper Joshua Fisher of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Harrington following investigation of an incident that occurred in Windham Township.

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

    Michael Harrington, 62, Gillett, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Obstructing Administration of Law or other Government Function, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Harrington will be sentenced, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Brandon Allis of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Harrington following investigation of an incident that occurred in North Towanda Township in March 2015.

    Dale Burnett, 63, Troy, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. Burnett will be sentenced on Aug. 10, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Deputy Donald Stringham of the Bradford County Sheriff's Department arrested Burnett for the offense in December 2014.

    Bradford County District Attorney Daniel J. Barrett reports that the following person(s) recently were accepted into the ARD Program in the Bradford County Court of Common Pleas, Towanda:

    Michael Aingworth, 27, Towanda, Pa., charged with the offense of Furnish Liquor to Minors, was accepted into the ARD Program and placed on probation for a term of six months. While on probation Aingworth will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department, which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Officer Ryan Edsell of the Towanda Borough Police Department filed the charges in March 2015 for the offense in Towanda Township.


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  • 07/19/15--21:00: Court notes 7/20/15
  • Eugene J. Cardoni, Eugene J. Cardoni Jr., Keith R. Cardoni and Kevin J. Cardoni to Ryan J. Thomas and Danielle Gray for $108,047; Yatesville.

    David E. Ksiazkiewicz and Joan M. Ksiazkiewicz to Benjamin J. Ulitchney and Erin K. Ulitchney for $104,500; Plymouth.

    Presidential Land Co. LTD to David A. Long and Theresa M. Long for $444,900; Rice Township.

    Dana M. Randall to Richard M. Collins for $100,000; Wilkes-Barre.

    Juan Acosta and Ravinder S. Mangat and Jasprit Kaur for $95,000; Hazleton.

    Andrew Marshall, Michael G. Marshall, Nancy Whittaker and Susan Duboskas to Angela R. Sager for $115,000; Newport Township.

    Jason Gilroy and Pamela Gilroy to Nancy Paden for $169,500; Exeter.

    Steven E. Jordan and Deborah A. Jordan to Jeanette M. Neely and Honesha Chestnut for $124,000; Freeland.

    Robert A. Barnes to Eddy Jimenez Diaz for $80,000; Hazleton.

    Hector Genao and Paly Genao to Manuel Jimenez and Diomaris Sanchez for $167,000; Hazle Township.

    U.S. Anthracite Corporation to Three 7 Won LLC for $115,000; Hazleton.

    Clarence W. Wolfe Jr. and Tillie Ann Wolfe to Jeremy P. Neaman and Lisa Antolick for $212,810; Hazleton.

    Mary Grace Drob to John Slivkanch and Edward Zielger for $90,000; Dupont.


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  • 07/20/15--21:00: Court Notes 7/21/15
  • PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS

    Luzerne County Sheriff and Virginia M. Raklewicz (per sheriff) to 615 Wyoming Ave. LLC for $78,056.

    Landmark Community Bank to David E. Hines and David E. Hines II for $120,000; Pittston.

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


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    Domestic disturbance

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Maria Hill, 32, and Autumn Englehardt, 34, both of 1647 Tioga St., Coal Township, were charged by Patrolman David Sage with simple assault and harassment involving a disturbance at their home at 2:45 p.m. Sunday.

    Police said Hill is accused of throwing at Englehardt a television remote control device, which missed her. She also allegedly pulled Englehardt's hair and caused her to fall toward a staircase that had exposed carpet strips and nails. Police said Englehardt suffered an injury to the middle finger on her right hand and marks on her face.

    Englehardt is accused of fighting with Hill, who suffered scratch marks on her left arm.

    Both women were arraigned at 7:45 p.m. Sunday by on-call Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III and released on $5,000 unsecured bail apiece.

    Criminal trespass

    SHAMOKIN - Ronald Morgenstern, 45, of 156 E. Independence St., Apt. 2-A, Shamokin, was cited by Patrolman Shane Mowery for criminal trespass for allegedly entering a fenced yard area at Shamokin and Chestnut streets at 1:45 a.m. July 8.

    Criminal mischief

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Dennis Kroh reported to police someone damaged an interior garage door at his property at 809 Stevens St. between July 10 and 17. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 570-644-0333.

    Disorderly conduct

    SHAMOKIN - Megan Owen, 33, of 1059 Hoffman St., Elmira, N.Y., and Ramon E. Torres, 43, of 8 S. Franklin St., Shamokin, were cited by Patrolman Scott Weaver for disorderly conduct for allegedly fighting and yelling in the street at Franklin and Chestnut streets at 3:22 a.m. July 18.

    Public drunkenness

    SHAMOKIN - Robert Whiting, 34, of 406 E. Pine St., Shamokin, was cited by Patrolman Nathan Rhodes for public drunkenness involving an incident at 2:12 a.m. Sunday in the 100 block of East Independence Street.


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    Bizarre behavior

    SHAMOKIN - A Coal Township male is accused of running naked in the streets, jumping onto vehicles and resisting arrest when confronted by police.

    Brandon Dorsett, 18, of 1103 W. Mulberry St., was hit with a dry stun from a Taser, handcuffed at the wrists and flex-cuffed at the ankles as three officers attempted to take him into custody about 3:10 a.m. Sunday near Shamokin and Shakespeare streets, according to a criminal complaint.

    A witness told police he suspected Dorsett ingested an unknown type of drug. Police say Dorsett was heavily sweating and acting bizarrely by kissing and licking the ground as they attempted to communicate. He was taken to an area hospital for evaluation.

    A second witness told police she was stopped at Shamokin and Spurzheim streets when Dorsett jumped onto the hood and roof of her vehicle, causing damage. A third witness told police Dorsett was attempting to run into moving traffic and was jumping onto parked cars in the 400 and 500 blocks of North Shamokin Street.

    Dorsett is charged by Patrolman Nathan Rhodes with open lewdness, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief and public drunkenness. Patrolman Scott Weaver and Coal Township Cpl. Josh Wynn assisted.

    Domestic charges

    SHAMOKIN - Marilyn Hughes, 23, and Drew Wagner, 25, both of 831 E. Clay St., are charged by Patrolman Ray Siko II with simple assault and harassment for an alleged domestic disturbance inside their home about 5 p.m. July 15. Hughes claims Wagner shoved her into a wall and grabbed her by her neck in an attempt to pin her to the floor, while Wagner alleges she struck him in the face multiple times, according to a criminal complaint.

    TV for heroin

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Marquese T. Seger, 23, of 907 W. Mulberry St., Coal Township, is charged by Patrolman Jason Adams with theft and receiving stolen property for allegedly stealing a flat-screen television from his mother on June 13 at their home. The 48-inch Sanyo television is valued at $350. Police say Seger admitted to trading the television for heroin. He is currently jailed at SCI-Coal Township.

    Public intoxication

    SHAMOKIN - Dylan J. Frilot, 25, of 1769 Tioga St., Coal Township, was cited by Chief Darwin Tobias III with public drunkenness after he allegedly was observed urinating between parked vehicles at Water and Rock streets about 2:20 a.m. July 11.

    Harassment citation

    SHAMOKIN - Roger S. Miller II, 34, of 229 W. Sunbury St., is cited by Chief Darwin Tobias III with harassment. Police say Miller broke items inside his home and allegedly shoved and struck a 23-year-old female about 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

    Guilty plea

    SHAMOKIN - Jeffery E. Barber Jr., 21, of 77 Raspberry Hill, Shamokin, pleaded guilty Tuesday to possession of drug paraphernalia and was ordered by Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III to pay a $300 fine plus costs.

    Barber was charged by Shamokin Patrolman Shane Mowery in connection with a June 16 incident at the city police station.


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  • 07/21/15--21:00: Court notes 7/22/15
  • Kenneth G. Masker to Ronald A. Hanna for $100,000; Hunlock Township.

    Ronald J. Minnick to Michelle Jimson for $130,000; Hazleton.

    David A. Sellitto and Darena R. Sellitto to James C. Gattuso for $309,000; Kingston.

    Jonathan Bombulie and Nancy K. Bombulie to Patricia A. Digennari and Matthew D. Digennari for $119,000; Rice Township.

    Joseph C. Brozonis to Rafael A. Estrella and Mirian Vasquez for $95,000; Forty Fort.

    Michelle Kijek to John R. Owens for $116,600; Wilkes-Barre Township.

    Jason Troxell and Brooke Troxell to Jason Klem for $257,000; Plymouth Township.

    Mark Polizzi, Ann Polizzi and Ann Polizza to Salvatore Mantione Jr. for $130,000; Wilkes-Barre.

    Carl H. Pudim (administrator), Frances Pudim (administrator) and Christopher P. Hoover (estate) to Deborah Koss for $80,000; Exeter.

    Michael W. Lane and Judith L. Lane to John Ivan Moore and Barbara Ann Moore for $393,000; Jenkins Township.


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  • 07/21/15--21:00: Police Briefs 7/22/2015
  • Athens incident leads to assault charge

    A Sayre man is facing an assault charge after striking a woman during a domestic dispute Monday afternoon in Athens Borough, according to Athens Borough Police.

    Christopher Erick Hammond, 48, of Sayre, has been charged with one count of attempted simple assault, a misdemeanor charge, by Athens Borough Police after striking a female victim in the head, police said.

    Police responded to a call regarding a domestic dispute at the intersection of East Pine Street and Wells Avenue where they found the victim standing next to a vehicle and holding a bloody towel to her nose, police said.

    The victim told police Hammond struck her in the back of the head after slapping him in the face to keep him away from her while she attempted to drive the vehicle, police said.

    As a result of being struck, the victim said her face hit the steering wheel, police said.

    The victim told police she thought her nose was broken and that she chipped a tooth, police said.

    According to witnesses on scene, the victim struck Hammond, which led to Hammond striking the victim, police said.

    Police located Hammond, who was on foot, and Hammond admitted to striking the victim and that the force caused her to hit the steering wheel, police said.

    Hammond was released on $2,500 unsecured bail and has been issued a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on Aug. 4 for his preliminary hearing.

    Oxycodone pills stolen

    Between noon and 3 p.m. on July 18, a person broke into a home located on Place Lane in Towanda Township, belonging to Robert Lincoln Vanderpool, 65, of Towanda, and stole approximately 100 oxycodone pills while the resident was gone, according to state police. Anyone with information is asked to contact the state police at Towanda.

    Vehicle strikes deer

    At 6 a.m. on July 18, a vehicle operated by Gwen Schmeckenbecher, 32, of Monroeton struck a deer on Route 6 in Standing Stone Township, 526 feet west of Garrett Road.

    Schmeckenbecher was traveling east on Route 6 when a deer entered the road from the south side. Schmeckenbecher's vehicle hit the deer and continued for 50 yards until stopping at the eastbound roadside shoulder. The driver and her passenger were not injured, according to state police.

    The vehicle was later towed by Fulmer's Garage

    Burglary reported

    State police are investigating a burglary that occurred recently at a private residence in Franklin Township.

    According to police, the incident occurred between 4:30 p.m. on July 10 and 8 a.m. on July 19 at the residence of Theresa Ziegler, 57, of Boyertown. Police said the perpetrators gained entry to the residence, located at 5399 Schrader Creek Rd., by throwing a large rock through a window. It is unclear the intention of the burglars, police continued, because nothing appeared to be disturbed inside. The perpetrators then fled the scene, apparently undetected. Anyone with information about the incident is requested to contact the state police at (570) 265-2186.

    Two-car crash occurs in Wysox

    One person suffered minor injuries recently when a two-vehicle crash occurred on U.S. Route 6 in Wysox.

    According to state police, David E. Woodruff, 47, of Wysox, was driving a 1998 Ford Taurus west on Route 6 on July 18 around 2:10 p.m. Police said that Woodruff failed to stop his vehicle as it approached the traffic light at the intersection of U.S. Route 187, which was red at the time. In the process, the Taurus struck the rear of a 2013 Nissan Juke operated by Catherine L. Gramlich, 72, of Wyalusing, who had stopped her vehicle for the light.

    Gramlich was transported from the scene by Wysox ambulance for medical treatment. Police said that Woodruff will be cited for following too closely.

    Break-in reported

    State police are looking for the perpetrators who broke into a private residence recently in Wysox.

    According to police, the incident occurred between 3 p.m. on July 4 and 9 a.m. on July 20. Police said burglars gained entry to the residence of Robert Benjamin, 65, of Sayre, by breaking the lock on a back door of the property, located at 1897 Lake Rd. in Wysox, and opening several drawers once they got inside. The perpetrators then fled the scene, apparently undetected. Anyone with information about the incident is requested to contact the state police at (570) 265-2186.

    Driver cited for hit-and-run

    A driver was cited for failing to report a collision that occurred recently in Wysox.

    According to state police, Thomas R. Masters, 57, of New Albany, was cited for Vehicle Code 3745 - Accidents Involving Damage. Police said that Masters is accused of striking the driver-side door of a Ford 150 pickup truck around 10:36 a.m. on July 13 as it was parked in the Auto Zone parking lot. Police said that Masters was driving a 2002 Dodge Grand Caravan when the incident occurred. According to the reports, Masters got out of his vehicle after the impact, and observed the damage that had occurred. Masters then re-entered his vehicle and fled the scene in an unknown direction, police said. No injuries were reported from the crash.

    No injuries reported from crash

    No injuries were reported when a three-vehicle crash occurred recently on U.S. Route 6 in Wysox.

    According to state police, James L. Johnston, 25, of Malone, N.Y. was driving a Chevrolet Silverado west on Route 6 around 5:30 p.m. on July 14. Police said that Johnston failed to bring his vehicle to a stop in time to avoid striking traffic that was in front of his vehicle, causing it to strike the rear of a Ford Explorer operated by Thomas O. Wood, 59, of Wysox, near the Bradford Towne Center. The impact then caused the Explorer to strike the rear of a 2012 Hyundai Elantra operated by Megan Snell, 30, of Towanda.

    The Silverado was removed by Fulmer's Towing, while the other two vehicles were driven from the scene. Police said that Johnston was cited for operating his vehicle at an unsafe speed.

    Dog found

    A small dog found recently by the state police was turned over to the Bradford County Humane Society.

    According to police, the dog - described as brown and black in color - was found around 5:30 p.m. on July 12 in the area of the U.S. Route 6 and U.S. Route 220 interchange. The dog had a collar, but no tags. Police said the Humane Society will hold the dog until an owner is reached or the animal is adopted.

    Man cited for harassment

    State police reported filing a harassment charge against a Wysox man following an incident that occurred recently in Wysox.

    According to police, Justin Janney, 28, was charged with the above offense on July 14. Around 8 p.m. on that date, the report continued, Janney is accused of having grabbed the arm of an 18-year-old female from Athens during a verbal argument. The woman suffered a minor bruise as a result, police said.

    Man charged after high-speed chase

    A man was recently ordered incarcerated in lieu of bail following a high-speed chase that occurred in Dushore Borough.

    According to state police at Laporte, Steven James Spencer, no address or age provided, was taken into custody on July 10 on a charge of theft. Around 10:05 p.m., according to the report, police were in the area of the Acorn gas station on U.S. Route 220, when they observed a white Dodge Ram pickup truck travel through the intersection of state Route 4018 at an apparent high rate of speed. Police said the pickup turned left onto Route 4018, almost striking a vehicle which had stopped at a stop sign in the process. The Dodge then increased its speed, traveling down on the wrong side of the road in the process.

    Police said they gave chase, activating their warning lights in the process, but the pickup accelerated to speeds of 65- to 70-miles-per-hour in a posted 35-mile-per-hour zone. The Dodge turned right onto Happy's Road, where Spencer stopped the vehicle, and fled into a densely wooded area. Police said they were unable to locate Spencer at the scene, and obtained a warrant for his arrest. Spencer was eventually located at 102 Carpenter St. in Dushore were he was taken into custody and arraigned before District Magistrate Jennifer Vandine, who ordered the defendant incarcerated at the Columbia County Correctional Facility in lieu of $15,000 bail.

    Woman faces obstruction charge

    A Towanda woman was recently cited by state police on a charge of obstruction of justice following an incident that occurred in Dushore Borough.

    According to state police at Laporte, Stacey Marie Terry was charged with the above offense on July 13. Around 10:38 a.m., the report continued, police were attempting to serve a warrant at 102 Carpenter St. for Steven James Spencer. Police said that Terry informed them Spencer was not on the premises. However, police said, they eventually located Spencer at the address, hiding on a second story flat roof against the house.

    Woman accused of possession

    A woman was cited by the Bradford County Sheriff's Office recently on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

    According to a report filed by the Sheriff's Office, Christina Marie Sneed, 31, of Beech Creek, was charged with the above offense following an incident that occurred on June 24 at the Bradford County Courthouse. The report said Sneed was in the process of entering the courthouse when she ran her purse through the x-ray machine at the main entrance. The machine revealed a pipe in Sneed's purse, which she confirmed upon questioning by sheriff's deputies. The pipe was taken into evidence by the deputies at the scene and Sneed was escorted to the Sheriff's Office for questioning.

    Sneed has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark on July 29.

    Woman charged with furnishing alcohol to a minor

    A Rome woman has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark to answer a charge of furnishing alcoholic beverages to a minor.

    According to information filed at Clark's office, Larissa Morgan Johnson, 21, was cited by state police for the above offense following a traffic stop that occurred on June 27. On that date, the report continued, state police stopped a vehicle at 627 Railroad St. in Towanda Township. The driver of the vehicle, Caleb Bennett, 20, was determined to have a blood alcohol content of .031 percent at the scene. Police said the owner of the vehicle, Johnson, was riding with Bennett when the stop occurred. Following Bennett's arrest for driving while under the influence, police said, they spoke with Johnson, who admitted to purchasing the alcoholic beverages for Bennett.

    Johnson is scheduled to appear before Judge Clark on Aug. 21.


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    One hurt in crash

    FRAILEY TOWNSHIP - Irene M. Tettemer, 81, of Dalmatia, suffered a minor injury in a one-vehicle crash at 5:01 p.m. Friday on Route 209 near Joliett Street in this Schuylkill County township.

    State police at Schuylkill Haven report Tettemer was traveling north on Route 209 in a 2012 Chevrolet Impala when she said her blood sugar dropped rapidly. The medical condition caused the driver to travel off the right side of the road of Route 209 and strike a utility pole, bringing the vehicle to a stop.

    Tettemer suffered minor injuries in the crash and was treated at the scene. Assisting police were Tremont EMS and members of the Donaldson Fire Department.


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  • 07/22/15--21:00: Court notes 7/23/15
  • HSFA LP, American Pride Builders Inc. and HSFA Management LLC (general partner) to Richard C. Shotto and Donna M. Shotto for $221,950; Duryea.

    Eileen K. Kishbaugh to John E. Reiser for $193,000; Sugarloaf Township.

    Secretary of Veterans Affairs to Robert J. Granick Jr. for $92,500; Kingston.


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  • 07/22/15--21:00: Police Briefs 7/23/2015
  • Woman sets fire to valuables

    Brittany Lynn Evans, 22, of Towanda has been charged with criminal mischief after allegedly setting fire to items belonging to Haley Edsell that were valued at approximately $575, police said.

    According to police, the incident occurred on May 22 on Main Street in Towanda Borough.

    Police interviewed Evans the same day as the incident, during which she denied any involvement. After interviewing her again on July 15, Evans told police "she may have been responsible for the damage" but also said she couldn't remember.

    Police subsequently filed charges at the office of Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark.

    Evans is scheduled to appear before Judge Clark at 11:15 a.m. on Aug. 26 for a preliminary hearing.

    Man charged after assault at a Towanda bar

    George Louis Heskell, 41, of Wyalusing has been charged with simple assault and harassment relating to a June 27 incident at The New Bucket Bar in Towanda Township.

    According to police, Heskell struck a man with a closed fist without saying anything to him, resulting in a bloody nose.

    Heskell admitted to punching the man in the face, police said.

    He has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark at 8:15 a.m. on Aug. 19 for a preliminary hearing.

    DUI charges

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

    Erica Tiffany Parkhurst, 26, of Rome, by state police, on June 13, on Route 6 near State Route 187 in Wysox Township. Parkhurst was also charged with careless driving. A blood test later revealed that Parkhurst's blood alcohol content was .167 percent on the day of her arrest. Parkhurst has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark at 10:30 a.m. on July 31 for a preliminary hearing.

    Joseph Warren Robinson, 56, of Laceyville, by state police, on June 6, on Spring Hill Road in Tuscarora Township. Robinson was also charged with failing to stay in his lane and careless driving. A blood test later revealed that Robinson's blood alcohol content was .157 percent on the day of his arrest. Robinson has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark at 10:30 a.m. on July 31 for a preliminary hearing.

    Dwayne Edward Colter, 51, of Monroeton, by state police, on June 13, on State Route 187 in Wysox Township. Colter was also charged with recklessly endangering another person, failing to stay in his lane, driving at an unsafe speed, reckless driving and careless driving. A blood test later revealed that Colter's blood alcohol content was .185 percent on the day of his arrest. Colter has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark at 10:30 a.m. on July 31 for a preliminary hearing.

    Matthew Michael Partridge, 24, of Wyalusing, by state police, on Sept. 4, 2014, on Wyalusing New Albany Road in Terry Township. Partridge was also charged with failing to stay in his lane and driving at an unsafe speed. A blood test later revealed that Partridge's blood alcohol content was .143 percent on the night of his arrest. Partridge has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark at 10:30 a.m. on July 31 for a preliminary hearing.

    Edward Fitzgerald Francis III, 31, of Towanda, by Towanda Borough Police Department, on July 4, on York Avenue in Towanda Borough. Francis was also charged with failing to wear a seat belt, driving without a license, failing to stay in his lane and careless driving. A blood test later revealed that Francis' blood alcohol content was .136 percent on the day of his arrest. Francis has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark at 9 a.m. on Aug. 24 for a preliminary hearing.

    Kevin Rae Coon, 66, of Monroeton, by state police, on June 13, on Shaw Boulevard in Monroeton. Coon was also charged with public drunkenness and careless driving. A blood test later revealed that Coon's blood alcohol content was .274 percent on the day of his arrest. Coon has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark at 9 a.m. on Aug. 28 for a preliminary hearing.

    Robin Stratford Warman, 56, of Elmira, N.Y., by state police, on June 20, on Route 6 in Burlington Township. Warman was also charged with failing to stay in her lane and careless driving. A blood test later revealed that Warman was under the influence of a combination of drugs, including Baclofen and Clonazepam. Warman has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark at 9 a.m. on Aug. 28 for a preliminary hearing.


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    Hit and run

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Township police are searching for the driver of a vehicle involved in two hit-and-run accidents within moments of each other at about midnight Thursday on Race and Chestnut streets.

    Police said the hit-and-run vehicle, which may be a Jeep Grand Cherokee, struck a parked 2000 Ford truck in the driver's side rear quarter panel, causing minor damage. The truck is owned by Gerald Clements, of 1101 E. Race St., Coal Township.

    Police said the driver of the hit-and-run vehicle then fled from the area on Hunter Street before turning onto Chestnut Street, where it struck a parked 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee owned by Dina Ducharme, of 1027 E. Chestnut St., Coal Township. Ducharme's vehicle sustained minor damage to its driver's side rear quarter panel and door.

    The hit-and-run vehicle, which continued east on Chestnut Street, should have damage to its passenger side front head light and quarter panel.

    Anyone with information about the accidents should call Coal Township police at 570-644-0333.

    Public drunkenness

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Danielle Aikey, 26, of Shamokin, was cited by Patrolman Matthew Hashuga for public drunkenness and disorderly conduct involving a disturbance at 4:39 a.m. Thursday inside and outside Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital, while seeking treatment at the emergency room.

    Disorderly conduct

    SHAMOKIN - Carole Whiting, 49, of 1211 N. Pearl St., Shamokin, was cited by Patrolman William Zalinski for disorderly conduct and public drunkenness relating to a disturbance at 9:23 a.m. Tuesday in her block.


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  • 07/23/15--21:00: Court notes 7/24/15
  • George M. Yenchko and Angeline F. Yenchko to Juan R. Valerio Reico for $124,000; Hazleton.

    Hanover Associated and Marvin L. (general partner) Slomowitz to New Marion Associates, LP for $10,890,000; Hanover Township.

    Walter Muntzer to Mark S. Paugh and Linda A. Paugh for $130,000; Foster Township.

    David H. Farrand and Melissa J. Farrand to Robert Parmegiani and Julie Parmegiani for $132,500; Forty Fort.

    Charlene J. Luthi and David E. Jr. Luthi to James B. Frisbie for $86,413; Nescopeck.

    Charles E. Kishbaugh and Marjorie L. Kishbaugh and Marjorie L. Kisbaugh to John A. Dalomba and Elaina J. Dolomba for $200,000; Dallas Township.

    Merrybeth Andress to Charles R. II Drummond for $174,000; Forty Fort.

    John Sr. Larose and Caroline Larose to Yhoandy Rodimar Del Jesus Sanchez for $83,000; Hazleton.

    Mark F. Dirsa and Cheryl A. Dirsa to Randall M. Marcotte and Merrybeth Andress for $335,000; Kingston Township.

    Jonathan M. Fladd and Shawnta T. Fladd to Keith Barry and Lori Barry for $171,900; Wright Township.


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  • 07/24/15--21:00: Court notes 7/25/15
  • Senior Judge Chester B. Muroski, presiding Tuesday over Luzerne County Domestic Relations Contempt Court, ordered the following defendants jailed for failure to pay child support:

    Thomas Andrejack, 162 S. Hanover St., Nanticoke, $3,485, lodged 120 days.

    Michael Neil, 22 W. Fallbrook Ave., Dallas, $1,367; lodged 30 days.

    John Krochmaluk, 544 Rutter Ave., Kingston, $10,829; lodged 120 days

    Warrants were issued for the following defendants:

    Seth Rollins, 79 S. Welles St., Wilkes-Barre; $1,383.

    Dominic Kustrin, 43 Warner St., Plains Township; $2,105.

    Glenn Eberhardt, 119 Hill St., Wilkes-Barre; $24,582 in three cases.

    Dori Suda, 252 McLean St., Wilkes-Barre; $1,385.

    Nicole Alberino, 1100 Browntown Road, Pen Argyl; $514.

    Michael Palchanis, 595 Wilkes Barre St., Hanover Township; $6,118

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


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    Harley theft

    ATLAS - Sean Michael McDermott, 46, of 497 S. River Breeze Ave., Winfield, is charged by Mount Carmel Township Police Chief Brian Hollenbush with felony counts of theft and receiving stolen property. McDermott is accused of stealing Jeffrey Herman's 2006 Harley-Davidson from the rear of Jennifer Rudy's home at 448 E. Columbia Ave. between 10:30 p.m. Wednesday and 6:30 a.m. Thursday. The motorcycle was located undamaged in a wooded area about a quarter-mile from the scene. McDermott was arraigned Wednesday by Magisterial District Judge Hugh A. Jones and released on $10,000 unsecured bail. A preliminary hearing is set for July 29.

    False identity

    MOUNT CARMEL - Alex Christopher Long, 25, of 322A W. Main St., Girardville, is charged jointly by Patrolman Matthew Dillman and Chief Todd Owens with felony forgery, two counts each of tampering with records or identification and theft and a single count of false identification to law enforcement, all misdemeanor counts.

    Police say Long used his brother's name and photo identification to register as an informant for the Northumberland-Montour Drug Task Force. He is accused of using drug-buy money to purchase bath salts, which he allegedly ingested before he was taken into custody June 9 at 137 W. Fourth St. Police say he had 1.44 grams of bath salts in his possession.

    Additional related charges of felony forgery and misdemeanors tampering with records of identification, false identification to law enforcement, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia were filed jointly by Dillman and Patrolman Jason Drumheller.

    He was arraigned Tuesday by Magisterial District Judge Hugh A. Jones and jailed on a combined $30,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is set for Wednesday.

    'Spice' arrest

    KULPMONT - Brad Edward Kashner, 24, of 35 S. Fifth St., Apt. 3, Shamokin, is charged by state Trooper Jared Mowen of the Stonington station with possession of a non-controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and prohibited offensive weapons. Kashner was detained on a bench warrant following a traffic stop at Eighth and Scott streets at 8:15 p.m. June 15. According to a criminal complaint, police seized 10 bags of synthetic marijuana, known as "spice," plus a digital scale, two smoking devices and a set of brass knuckles. The spice packets were labeled Ninja, Blue Giant, Xtreme Aroma and Bomb Marley. He was arraigned Tuesday by Magisterial District Judge Hugh A. Jones and jailed on $20,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is set for Wednesday.

    Paraphernalia

    ATLAS - Lelo Lorraine Shingara, 48, of 311 Shingara Lane, Sunbury, is charged by Mount Carmel Township Patrolman Kelly Campbell with possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while operating privilege is suspended. The charges followed a traffic stop about 5:30 p.m. April 23 in the 200 block East Saylor Street. Police say Shingara was driving a 1990 Chevrolet pickup and had a suspended license. A piece of aluminum foil with burnt residue and a small plastic baggie containing a green leafy substance were allegedly found in the vehicle, according to a criminal complaint. A summons was issued for her arrest, and a preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 26.

    DUI

    MOUNT CARMEL - Jessie Lee Gebhart, 31, of 304 W. Third St., Mifflinville, is charged by Mount Carmel Township Patrolman Kelly Campbell with two counts of driving under the influence of a controlled substance, one count of driving under the influence, and counts of endangering the welfare of a child, careless driving and reckless driving. Police say Gebhart crashed a 2001 Buick LeSabre at 4:40 p.m. June 12 into the center guide rail along Route 61 near the soccer fields just east of the borough. A young child was a passenger. Blood testing returned positive for five types of prescription medication exceeding legal limits, according to a criminal complaint. A summons was issued for her arrest, and a preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 26.

    Assault charge

    MOUNT CARMEL - Jordan Michael Politza, 25, of 545 E. Second St., is charged by Patrolman Kevin Katch with simple assault, disorderly conduct and harassment. Police say Politza repeatedly punched a male inside Schicky's Wings-N-Things, 34 N. Oak St., at 4:08 a.m. May 17. The assault was recorded by the restaurant's video surveillance system, and allegedly involved over an allegation that Politza groped the alleged victim's girlfriend, according to a criminal complaint. The male suffered a fractured leg and required surgery as a result of Politza allegedly stomping on his leg, the complaint states. Police say Politza denied groping the woman and claimed self-defense.

    Pipe charge

    KULPMONT - Charles H. Dorney, 53, of 222 N. Chestnut St., Mount Carmel, is charged by state Trooper Nicholas Berger of the Stonington station with possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. According to a criminal complaint. Dorney was working as a bartender at 9:55 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Jan Sobieski Club, 10th and Scott streets, when a state Liquor Control Enforcement agent was on scene. The agent told police Dorney walked outside and placed a small metallic pipe on a tire of his vehicle. A summons was issued for his arrest, and a preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 2.


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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:

    Lindsay Hart, 26, of Towanda, Pa., was sentenced to State Intermediate Punishment for 24 months (State Intermediate Punishment is a two year program. It begins with at least seven months of regular state prison, followed by custody in a drug/alcohol addiction center, followed by restricted living in a residential program. The prison administration must be satisfied that the prisoner has made progress in rehabilitation from substance abuse. If not, the prisoner will be dismissed from S.I.P and resentenced. If the S.I.P. program is completed, the prisoner will be under probation supervision for two additional years and checked regularly for drug or alcohol use. If he/she violates during those two years, Probation will be revoked and if there is a violation more incarceration will be imposed) for the offense of Delivery of a Controlled Substance, a felony. Trooper Robert Hutchison of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Hart following investigation of an incident that occurred in Wysox Township in March 2014.

    Lindsay Hart, 26, of Towanda, Pa., was sentenced to State Intermediate punishment 24 months (State Intermediate Punishment is a two year program. It begins with at least seven months of regular state prison, followed by custody in a drug/alcohol addiction center, followed by restricted living in a residential program. The prison administration must be satisfied that the prisoner has made progress in rehabilitation from substance abuse. If not, the prisoner will be dismissed from S.I.P and resentenced. If the S.I.P. program is completed, the prisoner will be under probation supervision for two additional years and checked regularly for drug or alcohol use. If he/she violates during those two years, Probation will be revoked and if there is a violation more incarceration will be imposed) for the offense of Delivery of a Controlled Substance, a felony. Trooper Mike Adams of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Hart following investigation of an incident that occurred in Wysox Township in February 2014.

    Mark Brundage, 30, of Athens, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in Bradford Correctional Facility for 90 days (flat); and County Intermediate Punishment for 12 months (County Intermediate Punishment involves a combination of restrictions and supervision. It may include home confinement, electric monitor, and substance abuse treatment. Violation can result in incarceration), fines of $600, plus court costs. This resentencing is consecutive to other sentences, for the offenses of Disorderly Conduct, a misdemeanor of the third degree and Public Drunkenness, a summary offense. Sergeant James Shaw of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Brundage for the offense occurring on April 27, 2014.

    Michael Engle, 31, Athens, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Faculty for 45 days (flat), County Intermediate Punishment for 24 months (County Intermediate Punishment involves a combination of restrictions and supervision. It may include home confinement, electric monitor, and substance abuse treatment. Violation can result in incarceration), fines of $1,500, plus court costs; he will also lose his driver's license for 18 months for the Influence of Alcohol, misdemeanor of the first degree. Officer Andrew Stevens of the Athens Borough Police Department arrested Engle for the offense occurring on Feb. 8, 2015.

    John Minnier, 22, Dushore, Pa., was resentenced to probation Supervision for a term of 18 months, fines of $500, plus court costs, restitution of $117.25, for the offense of Theft by Deception, misdemeanor of the second degree. Officer Timothy Cahill of the Athens Borough Police Department arrested Minnier for the offense occurring on Jan. 30, 2011.

    Joshua Parsons, 19, of Towanda, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in Bradford County Correctional Facility of four months to 12 months, followed by supervision for a term of 36 months, fines of $4,500, plus court costs and restitution of $3,484, he will also lose his driver's license for 24 months, additional license suspension of 12 months will be imposed for refusal to submit to testing when arrested. Parsons was arrested for the offenses of two counts of Theft, felonies of the third degree, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, misdemeanor of the second degree, and two counts of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, both misdemeanors. Officer Sean Flynn of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Parsons for the offense occurring on June 23, 2015. Trooper William McDermott and Trooper Kyle Gruber of the Pennsylvania State Police also arrested Parsons following investigation of an incident that occurred in Wysox and Sheshequin townships.

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

    Joshua Woodruff, 21, Wysox, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Woodruff will be sentenced on Aug. 24, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper William McDermott of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Woodruff following investigation of an incident that occurred in Wysox Township on Feb. 15, 2015.

    Kyle Cook, 26, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Theft by Unlawful Taking, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Cook will be sentenced on Aug. 24, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Michael O'Boyle of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Cook following investigation of an incident that occurred in Rome Borough in January 2015.

    Joshua Decker, 21, Nichols, N.Y., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Aggravated Assault by Vehicle, a felony of the third degree. Decker will be sentenced on Aug. 10, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Sergeant David Lantz of the Towanda Borough Police Department arrested Decker for the offense in December 2014.

    Eamon Daley, 21, Lebanon, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Daley will be sentenced on Aug. 24, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Derek Dekar of the Athens Borough Police Department arrested Daley for the offense on Feb. 22, 2015.

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

    Becca Morgan, 23, Troy, Pa., charged with the offense of Driving under Influence of Alcohol, was accepted into the ARD Program and placed on Probation for a term of nine months. While on probation, Morgan will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Additionally, Morgan 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. Trooper William McDermott of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Morgan for the offense on March 28, 2015 in Granville Township.

    Amber Santo, 31, Rome, Pa., charged with the offense of Driving under Influence of Alcohol, was accepted into the ARD Program and placed on Probation for a term of 12 months. While on probation, Santo will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Additionally Santo 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 Thomas VanFleet of the Athens Township Police Department filed the charges on March 29, 2015, for the offense in Athens Township.

    Crystal Tracy, 28, Wyalusing, Pa., charged with the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, was accepted into the ARD Program and placed on Probation for a term of nine months. While on probation, Tracy will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Additionally, Tracy 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 Joshua Fisher of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Campbell for the offense on April 25, 2015 for the offense in Wyalusing Township.

    Brian Seymour, 49, Athens, Pa., charged with the offense of Driving under Influence of Alcohol, was accepted into the ARD Program and placed on Probation for a term of 12 months. While on probation, Seymour will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Additionally, Seymour must perform community service with the DUI Litter Brigade and attend a Victim Impact Panel and he will lose his Pennsylvania driving privilege for 60 days. Officer Jason Serfas of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Seymour for the offense in Athens Township.

    Helen Barbey, 58, Towanda, Pa., charged with the offense of Driving under Influence of Alcohol, was accepted into the ARD Program and placed on Probation for a term of 12 months. While on probation, Barbey will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Additionally, Barbey 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 Corey McLinko of the Towanda Borough Police Department arrested Barbey and filed the charges on March 13, 2015, for the offense in Towanda Borough.

    Bradford County District Attorney Daniel J. Barrett reported that the following person entered a plea of "no contest" (the plea has the same effect as a guilty plea; it is entered when a defendant cannot recall the crime charged):

    Randolph Potter, 50, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of nolo contendere/no contest to Criminal Trespass, a misdemeanor of the third degree and Public Drunkenness. Potter will be sentenced following preparation of a pre-sentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. A no-contest plea is entered where the defendant cannot recall the event but will be held guilty and sentenced. Officer John Werner of the Towanda Police Department arrested Potter for the offense in November 2014.


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    Harassment

    MOUNT CARMEL - Chastity M. Dewees, 34, of 327 S. Oak St., Apt. 1, Mount Carmel, was cited by Chief of Police Todd Owens for harassment relating to a disturbance at 12:35 a.m. June 28.

    Police reported Dewees struck her spouse, Roxanne L. Misner-Dewees, of 343 S. Oak St., causing minor injuries.

    Animal cruelty

    MOUNT CARMEL - James J. Lindenmuth, 52, of 24 E. Third St., Apt. 302, Mount Carmel, was cited by Police Chief Todd Owens for cruelty to animals involving an incident at 12:15 p.m. July 19.

    Police were called for a canine locked inside a vehicle with the windows only partially open. At the time of the call, the temperature was approximately 94 degrees outside.

    Police reported Lindenmuth, who owns the dog, exited his building and the canine was immediately removed from the vehicle. The dog did not require medical attention.

    Police reminded pet owners that any type of animal should not be left in a vehicle on hot days as they can experience a heat-related emergency very quickly.


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  • 07/25/15--21:00: Police Briefs 7/26/2015
  • Rock thrown at window of truck

    Between 3 p.m. on July 3 and 8 a.m. on July 6, an unknown person threw a rock through the rear window of a truck belonging to Gary Brian Sessaman, 57, of Athens on Goose Hollow Road in Sheshequin Township, according to state police at Towanda. Anyone with information is asked to contact Towanda state police at (570) 265-2186.

    Air let out of tires and radio scratched in Albany

    An unknown person let the air out of both driver side tires on a vehicle belonging to Lisa Tyrrell, 37, of New Albany, according to state police at Towanda. The person also scratched the touch screen of the vehicle's radio, rendering it partially disabled. The incident occurred between 11 p.m. July 17 and 11 a.m. on July 18 on Fawcett Avenue in Albany Borough. Anyone with information is asked to contact Towanda state police at (570) 265-2186.

    Actor posed as lawyer and grandson for money

    At 8 a.m. on July 7, an actor posed as a lawyer and the grandson of Alda Vioma Kiser, 85, of Troy, resulting in Kiser mailing the actor money under false pretense, according to state police at Towanda. Towanda state police are still investigating.

    Person attempts to buy firearm

    At 2:10 p.m. on Feb. 23, a person attempted to purchase a firearm at a gun store located in Smithfield Township. The person was allegedly prohibited from doing so based on prohibitions under Federal Law, according to state police at Towanda. The investigation is still ongoing.

    Merchandise stolen from Hurley's Supermarket in Towanda

    At 11 a.m. on July 15, Ann Raupers, 74, of Towanda is accused of attempting to steal $22.29 of merchandise from Hurley's Supermarket located at 93 Reuter Blvd. in Towanda, according to state police at Towanda. Charges were filed with Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark, state police said.

    Two arrested in Towanda

    Between 1:52 p.m. and 2:40 p.m. on July 23, Towanda state police arrested Chrissanna R. Parker, 19, of Towanda for consuming alcoholic beverages under the age of 21 in the rear parking lot of Finlan's Bar in Towanda Borough, according to state police. State police also arrested Darwin Pitty De Leon, 26, of Towanda for furnishing alcohol to minors, according to state police at Towanda.

    Driver strikes tree

    At 5 p.m. on May 23, Matthew J. Chambers, 38, of Sayre was driving on Route 1049, LeRaysville Road, 197 feet north of Gulf Road in Warren Township, when he traveled across the oncoming traffic lane and exited the east shoulder of the roadway, according to state police in Towanda. Chambers' Ford Escape then traveled into a ditch and impacted a tree.

    Chambers was transported to Robert Packer Hospital by Little Meadows EMS with minor injuries. Chambers was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, according to state police in Towanda. State police added that Chambers was charged with violations of driving on roadways laned for traffic and restraint systems.

    Man taken into custody

    State police at Towanda said that Lyle W. Brown, 62, of Canton Township, was caught urinating on the front lawn of the property of Paul Pepper, 49, of Canton Township, at 2:40 p.m. July 9, on Springbrook Drive, Canton Township, adjacent to Route 14.

    When confronted by Pepper, Brown attempted to strike him, police said.

    Police said Brown then fled south on Route 14 to an unknown location. An arrest warrant for indecent exposure, public drunkenness, disorderly conduct, and harassment was issued, and Brown was located and taken into custody on July 17, police said.

    Marijuana found on man

    State police at Towanda said Lyle W. Brown, 62, of Canton Township, was taken into custody, based on an active arrest warrant, at 5:03 p.m. July 17, on Route 14 in Canton Borough.

    While conducting a search of him, troopers found a small amount of marijuana and paraphernalia, police said. He was committed to the Bradford County Correctional Facility, in lieu of bail. The Canton Borough Police Department assisted.

    Indecent exposure

    State police at Towanda said Brandon M. Seymour-Baker, 21, of Sunbury was taken into custody and arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox of Troy for indecent exposure, harassment, public drunkenness, disorderly conduct, and criminal mischief following an incident that took place at 10:30 a.m. July 12 at the Canton Fairgrounds and Canton Pump N Pantry in Canton Township.

    According to police, Seymour-Baker was publicly intoxicated and urinated on and damaged the camper of Christina Benner, 40, of Middleburg, Pa. at the Canton Fairgrounds. In addition, Seymour-Baker attempted to strike Jerome Billups, 34, of Williamsport, and fled to Canton Pump N Pantry, police said. While at the Pump N Pantry, Seymour-Baker had his penis exposed in the store, police said.

    Woman charged with public drunkenness

    State police at Towanda said Portia Watson, 35, of Elmira, N.Y. was present at District Court 42-3-01 at 3:44 p.m. July 15 in Troy to testify as a victim of a crime, and the hearing was subsequently continued, due to Watson being visibly under the influence of alcohol and/or a controlled substance.

    Police said she was transported back to her home in Elmira, N.Y. by a fellow witness, from the office of Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox at 123 Canton St. Charges for public drunkenness were then filed through District Court 42-3-01.


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