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    Accident victim still serious

    DANVILLE - Edna Bachman, 82, of Freeburg, who was injured in a four-vehicle accident Saturday afternoon at the intersection of Route 890 and Brush Valley Road in Rockefeller Township, remained in serious condition Sunday at Geisinger Medical Center, according to a nursing supervisor.

    DUI

    MILLERSBURG - Shannon R. Kieffer, 40, of Dornsife, was charged by state police at Lykens with driving under the influence of alcohol and other offenses relating to a July 5 traffic stop at Church and North streets.

    DUI

    BUTLER TOWNSHIP - Stephen Ryan Ennis, 24, of Gordon, was charged by state police at Lykens with driving under the influence of alcohol and other offenses involving a June 24 traffic stop on Interstate 81 in this Schuylkill County township.

    Motorcycle chase

    GRATZ - James Ernest Machamer III, 18, of Gratz, has been charged by state police at Lykens with driving under the influence of a controlled substance, fleeing police, recklessly endangering and numerous traffic violations in connection with a July 14 motorcycle chase in the borough.

    Police said an attempt was made to stop Machamer for traffic violations on Route 25 near MI Windows and Doors at 5:50 p.m., but he fled on his motorcycle with a 23-year-old female passenger from Gratz. After turning into a parking lot, police reported Machamer traveled through the backyards of residences before re-entering Route 25 at a high rate of speed. Police said Machamer reached speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour during the pursuit before he came to a stop.

    Sexual offenses

    LYKENS - State police here have charged Brandon Sterling Kennedy, 30, of Newport, with sexually assaulting a girl between 2008 and 2013 in Dauphin County when she was between the ages of 5 and 11.

    Kennedy is charged with felonies of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, unlawful contact with a minor and corruption of minors, and misdemeanors of terroristic threats, indecent assault and indecent exposure.

    Police said Kennedy also threatened to kill the victim's mother if the girl did not perform oral sex on him.


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  • 07/27/15--21:00: Court notes
  • Raymond H. Lick to Marveric LLC for $105,000; Kingston.

    Edward G. Boehm Jr. and Regina E. Boehm to Timothy M. Smyer and Elizabeth R. Smyer for $280,000; Black Creek Township.

    Frank J. Pinkerton and Valerie A. Pinkerton to Lewis W. Evans and Jennifer M. Evans for $199,000; Harveys Lake.

    Betina Mejia and Fernando Martinez Rodriguez to Maria S. Veras for $73,404; Hazleton.

    Dante J. Bovani Sr. and Gloria Bovani to Adam T. Guilford and Shaina M. Partington for $87,500; West Pittston.

    Barbara Hydock (executrix) and Susan MacZuga (estate) to Andrew C. Petro and Beth Ann Petro for $164,900; Kingston Township.

    Henry E. Kody to Stephen Sutkowski Jr. for $115,000; Dupont.

    Joseph F. Mingey and Pamela A. Mingey to Aman Ali for $500,000; Dallas Township.

    Janine Frega, Janine Bobeck and John Joseph Bobeck to Adam Kamor and Amy Marie Kamor for $335,000; Dallas.

    Arlyne S. Barsh to Neil H. Brady and Dawn P. Brady for $75,000; Jackson Township.


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    Aggravated assault

    SCHUYLKILL HAVEN - Jerome Franklin Kimmel, 40, of Auburn, has been charged by state police with aggravated assault, simple assault, terroristic threats and recklessly endangering another person.

    Police said Kimmel attempted to strike his tenant, Eric Marx, 42, of Auburn, with his blue Toyota Tercel Sunday.

    Police are also investigating an allegation that Marx's residence was shot multiple times with a high-powered rifle while his three dogs were inside, police said.

    Kimmel was arraigned and taken to Schuylkill County Prison in lieu of $25,000.

    Theft

    STONINGTON - State police are looking for information on the theft of a license plate stolen from a 2010 Carry On trailer owned by Christine Lee Kohl sometime between July 5 and July 26.

    Police said the trailer was parked at 1067 Cherry St., Rockefeller Township, at the time of the theft. Anyone with information is asked to call 570-286-5601.

    Theft

    STONINGTON - State police are asking for information on the theft of a store unit located at BME Storage, 113 Miles Road, Shamokin Township, between April 30 and July 9.

    Police said an unknown actor entered the storage unit, rented by Richard Payne, of Shamokin, and stole various items. The majority of the items taken were model trains.

    Anyone with information is asked to call 570-286-5601.

    Crash

    PAXINOS - A Coal Township man escaped injury in a one-vehicle crash on Route 61 just south of Paxinos at around 8 p.m. Saturday.

    State police said Michael A. Delorso, 51, of Coal Township, crashed the 2006 Buick Lucerne he was driving into a rock embankment after he failed to negotiate a curve. The impact caused disabling damage to the front passenger side of the vehicle.

    Alcohol was a factor in the crash, police said.

    Crash

    TREVORTON - Two drivers were injured shortly before 1 p.m. July 27 when their vehicles collided at the intersection of West Shamokin and 10th streets.

    State police said Cheryl H. Smith Brubaker, 47, of Mifflintown, attempted to make a left turn from Shamokin Street onto Route 2044 and crossed into the path of a vehicle driven by a 17-year-old female from Coal Township.

    Smith Brubaker was taken to Geisinger Medical Center by AREA Services and the 17-year-old female was treated at the scene, police said.

    Smith Brubaker's 2010 Toyota Prius and the 17-year-old female's 2005 Volkswagen Jetta were towed by Troy's Automotive. Trevorton Fire Company assisted.


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  • 07/27/15--21:00: Police Briefs 7/28/2015
  • LeRaysville Cheese Factory's credit card used

    Between 4:34 and 4:59 p.m. on June 14, unknown person(s) made several out-of-state purchases with the LeRaysville Cheese Factory's credit card without permission, according to state police in Towanda. Anyone with information is asked to contact Towanda state police at (570) 265-2186.

    Camper break-in off Dutch Mountain Road

    Between noon on July 11 and 1:30 p.m. on July 24, someone forcibly entered a camper owned by Michael Weaver, 66, of Dushore at a private location off Dutch Mountain Road in Cherry Township. According to state police at Laporte, once inside the camper, the person(s) damaged the interior of the camper. Anyone with information is asked to contact state police at Laporte at (570) 946-4610.

    Man accused of harassing girlfriend

    At 6:40 a.m. on July 25, a female, 33, of Monroeton, was traveling to work with her boyfriend Andrew Gomez, 30, of Monroeton, on State Route 6 in Wysox Township, when Gomez allegedly put his hands on the woman's face and threw her out of the vehicle, according to state police at Towanda. Gomez was charged with harassment, police said.


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  • 01/12/15--21:00: Police Briefs 1/13/2015
  • Crash results in charges for Dushore man

    Two people suffered no injuries in a one vehicle crash that happened on Jan. 10 in Albany Township.

    According to state police, Michael Briegel, 21, of Dushore was driving a 1998 Dodge Avenger on Overton Road in Albany Township when he crossed the center line of traffic and struck an embankment.

    Both Briegel and his passenger, Spring Fassett of Dushore, were wearing their seatbelts and Briegel was charged with careless driving.

    Waverly man uninjured in crash

    According to state police, 66-year-old Lawrence Day of Waverly was uninjured after he swerved to avoid debris and struck a guide rail while driving a 2011 Nissan Sentra on Jan. 9 on State Route 220 in North Towanda.

    Day was wearing his seatbelt and was not charged as a result of the crash.

    Theft occurs in Tuscarora Township

    Two Laceyville men were recently the victims of burglary and theft following an incident that occurred on Jan. 4 in Tuscarora Township.

    According to state police, unknown actors entered the victim's sheds and vehicles and stole items from both.

    Tunkhannock man charged after crash

    A Tunkhannock man was charged with driving at an unsafe speed following a crash that occurred on Jan. 6 on State Route 6 near Wyalusing.

    According to police, Spencer Ball, 25, attempted to pass a water truck while traveling west on State Route 6 when he lost control of the 2013 Subaru BRZ he was driving before striking a ditch and overturning.

    Ball was wearing his seatbelt was not injured. Memorial EMS of Towanda and the Wyalusing Fire Company responded to the scene. The vehicle was towed from the scene by Jack Williams.

    Sayre woman charged with theft

    According to state police, Stacey Jo Garey, 38, of Sayre allegedly stole a $500 Christmas fund from the Asylum VFW on Nov. 11 in Asylum Township.

    Man not injured in Wysox crash

    According to state police, Brady Johnson, 20, of Towanda was injured following a crash that occurred on Jan. 7 in Wysox. Police say Johnson was driving his 2010 Chevrolet Silverado on State Route 187 when he slid on ice and struck a concrete barrier.

    Johnson was wearing his seatbelt and was not charged as a result of the crash.

    Towanda woman suffers minor injuries in crash

    A Towanda woman was not charged following a crash that occurred on Jan. 6 in Monroe Township.

    According to state police, Dawn Miller, 54, was traveling east on State Route 414 near Dunn Hill Road when the 2002 GMC Envoy she was driving lost traction due to the snow-covered road before striking an embankment and overturning.

    Miller was wearing her seatbelt at the time of the crash and was transported to Memorial Hospital in Towanda via ambulance for treatment of minor injuries.

    Bites result in charges

    On Dec. 14, Kara M. Schultz, 23, of Rome, was arrested by Pennsylvania State Police and charged with simple assault and harassment after an argument turned physical.

    State police responded to an emergency call from a residence in Windham Township where a victim stated that Schultz had vomited in the bedroom of their shared residence, which incited an argument between the two. During the fight, Schultz began to throw punches and at one point, while being held to the floor, Schultz bit the victim's fingers, causing cuts and swelling.

    The fight stopped when Schultz went to lay down on a couch in another area of the home.

    A witness to this incident relayed to police the same version of events as reported by the victim. Schultz was subsequently charged with simple assault and harassment. She was arraigned on Dec. 14 by Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark and received $5,000 bail. The assault charge was dismissed at a preliminary hearing and the harassment charges will be heard in non-traffic court.

    Domestic argument leads to multiple charges

    On Dec. 20, Athens Township Police responding to a 911 call reported the arrest of 24-year-old Sayre resident, Kevin R. Hoose Jr., after a physical altercation at a residence on Blue Spruce Lane.

    During their investigation, officers found a female victim at the residence, upset and crying, and Hoose, visibly intoxicated. At the time, officers observed several bladed weapons in plain sight, and Hoose subsequently removed a pocket knife from his jeans pocket.

    At this time, Hoose admitted that he and the victim were arguing and he claimed the victim struck him in the face. He then retaliated by breaking a glass vase. He then let officers know that he was a convicted felon.

    Another officer spoke with the victim about her version of events and she relayed that Hoose had struck her in the face after she slapped him after a "smart comment."

    It was during the investigation of this crime that officers discovered Hoose had purchased a 20 gauge shotgun earlier in the day from a co-worker, in violation of his parole.

    Hoose was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, simple assault causing injury, prohibited from possessing offensive weapons, and harassment with physical contact. He was arraigned on Dec. 20 by Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton and received $85,000 bail. He will return to face these charges on Jan. 20. for a preliminary hearing.

    Burglary arrest made

    On Dec. 20, Sayre Borough Police reported the arrest of 52-year-old Lyndon E. Johnson of Sayre, the result of an attempted burglary.

    Officers were dispatched to a residence on Cayuta Street for a possible burglary in progress. The complainant relayed to officers that they had observed someone in the residence with a flashlight and it sounded like they were trying to remove an air conditioner from a window. Upon their arrival, officers entered the residence and found a door ajar. Once inside, they made contact with Johnson, who was visibly intoxicated. He then stated that he "was just taking the air conditioner."

    When asked if he had permission, he responded, "no."

    Johnson was then placed under arrest for felony burglary, felony criminal trespass and theft by unlawful taking. He was arraigned on Dec. 20, and received $50,000 bail. He is set to return and face these charges on Jan. 20 for a preliminary hearing with Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw.

    DUIs

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

    David Michael Roberts, 22, of Troy, by Pennsylvania State Police following a single-vehicle crash at approximately 1:05 a.m. Nov. 23 on Route 514 in Granville Township, approximately one and a half miles west of Bailey Corners Road.

    According to court papers filed with the office of Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox of Troy, Roberts is also charged with a violation of "driving on roadways laned for traffic," a violation of "driving vehicle at safe speed," and careless driving. Police said his blood-alcohol content was .195 percent.

    Wilcox said a fast-track waiver was scheduled for Roberts.

    Suann Nicole Dyar, 32, of Columbia Cross Roads, by Pennsylvania State Police, who police said was arrested for operating a motor vehicle at 11:11 p.m. Nov. 7 on Seymour Drive in Columbia Cross Roads while under "suspicion of DUI."

    Police said charges were filed through District Court 42-3-01.


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    Retail theft

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Colby A. Sweitzer, 19, of Mount Carmel, and Cody Z. Horne, 20, of Shamokin, were cited by Patrolman Matthew Hashuga for retail theft relating to an incident at 9:30 p.m. June 24 at Walmart Supercenter.

    Police said Sweitzer and Horne, who are accused of stealing merchandise, were identified with help from a press release and photograph published in The News-Item July 14.

    Lawn mower theft

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Coal Township police said Joseph Broscious, 68, of Shamokin, reported someone stole a Sears lawn mower from 1025 W. Pine St., Coal Township, between July 18 and 28.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Coal Township police at 570-644-0333.


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  • 07/28/15--21:00: Court notes 7/29/15
  • Karen L. Reininger and Nancy S. Taylor to Rosalie Garcia for $89,900; 200 W. Main St., Wilkes-Barre.

    Ronald Severin, Karen Ann Severin, Raymond Severin, Susan Severin, Karen Michelin and Robert Michelin to Charles J. Holminski for $85,000; 326 Boyle St., Warrior Run.

    Alfonso Buceta to Terri L. Walker for $71,000; Lot 143, Plains Township.

    Steven Gilipin and Associates Inc. to Dewits Cham for $140,000; 213 Exeter Ave., West Pittston.

    Brenda Burkhardt to Alison Lin for $148,900; 278 Overbrook Road, Dallas Township.

    Bajram Kolenovic and Nirveta Basic to Daniel Krivenko for $139,000; 17 Foothills Drive, Butler and Hazle townships.


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  • 07/29/15--21:00: Court Notes 7/30/15
  • John J. Murphy and Colleen Murphy to Kenneth Dewey and Amy Dewey for $195,000; Lot 65, Wilkes-Barre.

    Joseph D. Miller and Lori A. Miller to Mark D. Krafjack and Morgan Yanko for $190,000; 245 Gray Road, Ross Township.

    Edward G. Boehm Jr. and Regina E. Boehm to Timothy M. Smyer and Elizabeth R. Smyer for $280,000; 176 Sliver Cloud Lane, Black Creek Township.

    Fannie Mae (per attorney in fact) and Federal National Mortgage Association (per attorney in fact) and KML Law Group P.C. (attorney in fact) to Joel Filipek and Heather Wharton for $100,000; 2 Clyde St., West Pittston.

    Michael J. Thomas to Cindy Lou Ashton for $85,000; 134 Nicholson St., Wilkes-Barre.


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  • 07/29/15--21:00: Police briefs, 7/30/15
  • Two charged with trespass

    Shad Kenneth Douglas, 40, of Athens and Jason A. Rifenburg, 35, of Nichols, N.Y. are facing charges of criminal trespass after police said they were found hunting without permission on land owned by Elwood Charles Doll, 63, of Newark, Del. on Dec. 13, 2014 at a property on LeRaysville Road in Windham Township.

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

    Mailboxes damaged in Pike Twp.

    State police are investigating a report of criminal mischief relating to an 8 a.m. July 24 incident on Albert Davis Road in Pike Township.

    According to police, an unknown person ran over two mailboxes belonging to Richard Haire, 66, of LeRaysville.

    Fight in New Albany Borough

    Paige Mariah Williams, 21, of New Albany has been charged with harassment relating to a July 27 incident on Front Street in New Albany Borough.

    According to police, Williams used a closed fist to punch Jodi Yates, 42, of New Albany in the face multiple times after the two became involved in a verbal dispute.

    No injuries in two-car crash

    A two-vehicle accident that occurred at 9:50 a.m. on July 18 on State Route 706 in Wyalusing Township ended with no injuries, according to a press release from state police.

    Police said Christopher M. Kolbeck, 33, of Wyalusing was charged with a traffic citation after rear ending a 2011 Toyota Tacoma operated by Brian S. Keeler, 61, of Wyalusing.

    Kolbeck, who was driving a 2007 Mercury Mariner at the time of the accident, was charged with following a vehicle too closely, police said.

    Towanda man resists arrest, police deploy Taser

    Police used a Taser three times on Eric John Cook, 29, of Towanda after he refused to get out of his vehicle while being detained on suspicion of DUI relating to a early morning July 26 traffic stop in the parking lot of Golden Mile Auto Sales on Route 6 in Wysox.

    Cook has been charged with driving while under the influence, resisting arrest and careless driving, police said.

    According to police, Cook was combative with officers after being pulled over, and when asked to exit his vehicle to participate in sobriety testing, he refused.

    Cook then closed the window to his 2006 Nissan Pathfinder and police forcibly removed him from the vehicle, an affidavit of probable cause states.

    After being transported to Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital, Cook refused to consent to a blood test.

    Cook was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark on July 26 and remanded to the Bradford County Correctional Facility in lieu of $20,000 bail. The following day, Cook was bailed out by a bail bondsman, court records show.

    He is scheduled to appear before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton at a future date for a preliminary hearing.

    Waverly woman facing drug charge

    Chelsea Morgan Cole, 31, of Waverly has been charged with drug paraphernalia possession by Sayre Borough Police on April 12.

    Cole was found to be in possession of a hypodermic needle, a "snort tube," and a small baggie with white residue, Sayre Police said.

    The charges stem from an incident on the single lane bridge on North Thomas Avenue in Sayre where police found a person walking across the vehicle traffic only bridge as well as a vehicle parked by the bridge.

    Cole has been issued a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on Sept. 1 for her preliminary hearing.

    Sayre man and woman charged with drug paraphernalia possession

    Christine Lee Ierardi, 23, and Joseph Tompson Dewey, 29, both of Sayre, face charges following a May 29 incident at Dewey's residence, according to Sayre Borough Police.

    Dewey and Ierardi were charged with drug paraphernalia possession, as Dewey was found to have a glass water bong and a glass pipe, both with residue, in his residence and Ierardi had a glass pipe with residue as well as a bag of synthetic marijuana, police said.

    Ierardi was also charged with corruption of minors after police said she assisted a 17-year-old girl in smoking a controlled substance that Ierardi provided, police said.

    Dewey was charged with corruption of minors, obstructing the administration of law, and disorderly conduct during the incident as well.

    Dewey and Ierardi have been issued summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on Sept. 1 for their preliminary hearings.

    DUI charges

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

    Timothy S. Gillie, 37, of Chemung, by Athens Township Police, on June 18, on Highland Drive in Athens Township. A blood alcohol test later revealed that Gillie's blood alcohol content was .239 percent on the day of his arrest. Gillie has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark on Aug. 28 for his preliminary hearing.

    Jammie L. Lee, 47, of Athens, by Athens Township Police, on June 15, on Wolcott Road in Athens Township. Lee also was charged with recklessly endangering another person and passengers in open trucks. A blood alcohol test later revealed that Lee's blood alcohol content was .27 percent on the day of his arrest. Lee has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark on Aug. 28 for his preliminary hearing.

    Cassidy John Austin, 21, of Waverly, by Pennsylvania State Police, on June 16, on U.S. Route 220 in Athens Township. Austin also was charged with drug paraphernalia possession, operating a vehicle without registration, operating a vehicle without financial responsibility, failure to obey traffic lanes, and careless driving. A blood chemical test later revealed that Austin's blood contained synthetic cannabinoid drugs on the day of his arrest. Austin has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark on Aug. 28 for his preliminary hearing.

    Cori Tyler Wilcox, 19, of Waverly, by Athens Borough Police, on June 21, on North Elmira Street in Athens Borough. Wilcox also was charged with careless driving. A blood alcohol test later revealed that Wilcox's blood alcohol content was .042 percent on the day of his arrest. Lee has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark on Aug. 28 for his preliminary hearing.

    Andrew Ronald Bortle, 31, of Sayre, by Athens Borough Police, on June 23, on Pennsylvania Avenue in Athens Borough. A blood alcohol test later revealed that Bortle's blood alcohol content was .209 percent on the day of his arrest. Bortle has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark on Aug. 28 for his preliminary hearing.

    Jermaine Torran Masker, 29, of Waverly, by Pennsylvania State Police, on July 4, on U.S. Route 220 in Athens Township. Masker also was charged with operating a vehicle without a license, driving at an unsafe speed, driving at excess speeds, and careless driving. A blood alcohol test later revealed that Masker's blood content was .144 percent on the day of his arrest. Masker has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark on Aug. 28 for his preliminary hearing.

    Mark William Vanderpool, 58, of Sayre, by Sayre Borough Police, on July 12, on North Thomas Avenue in Sayre Borough. A blood alcohol test later revealed that Vanderpool's blood alcohol content was .233 percent on the day of his arrest. Vanderpool has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark on Aug. 28 for his preliminary hearing.


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    Still critical

    DANVILLE - Kim Marie Allen, 56, of 193 Stoney Batter Road, who allegedly was shot Monday in the right shoulder by her 61-year-old live-in boyfriend, Charles Elwin Bower, remained in critical condition Wednesday at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

    Bower has been charged by state police at Milton with aggravated assault, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person. He remains in Montour County Prison.

    Harassment

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Robert Macminn, 66, of 1125 W. Walnut St., Coal Township, was charged by Cpl. Joshua Wynn with harassment for allegedly grabbing James Burkey, 53, of 1127 W. Walnut St., Coal Township, by the throat after both men were involved in an argument in their neighborhood at 10:45 p.m. Tuesday.

    Scales church

    SHAMOKIN - Joshua R. Brown, 18, of 419 S. Shamokin St., Shamokin, was cited by Cpl. Jarrod Scandle for disorderly conduct and criminal trespass for allegedly climbing onto the rear roof at Mother Cabrini Church in the 200 block of North Shamokin Street at 8:43 p.m. Tuesday, causing a hazardous condition.

    Harassment

    SHAMOKIN - Roger Samuel Miller II, 34, of 229 W. Sunbury St., Shamokin, was cited by Chief of Police Darwin Tobias III for harassment for allegedly hitting Ashley Milosek, 23, of the same address, with a carpet threshold at their residence at 11:34 a.m. July 18.

    Disorderly conduct

    SHAMOKIN - Police Chief Darwin Tobias III cited George King, 38, of 333 S. Fifth St., Shamokin, for harassment and disorderly conduct for allegedly shoving Billie Jean Howard, 31, of the same address, in the head at 2:30 p.m. Monday in the 300 block of South Fifth Street while they were arguing over a Social Security check.

    Retail theft

    KULPMONT - Patrolman Patrick McAndrew has charged Joseph Matthew Staskiel, 22, of 824 Spruce St., Kulpmont, with retail theft.

    Police reported Staskiel is accused of stealing $7.71 worth of merchandise from Turkey Hill Minit Market Street on Chestnut Street shortly after 7 p.m. June 23.


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  • 07/30/15--21:00: Court Notes 7/31/15
  • 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:

    William Keeney, 41 Pine St., Wilkes-Barre; $1,679; 210 days lodged.

    Warrants were issued for the following defendants:

    Angela Burgio, 218 Lehigh St., Avoca; $7,087.

    Toby Scott, 13 Indian Drive, Hickory JL, White Haven; $8,376.

    Jamie L. Coulter, 333 Hughes St., Swoyersville, $440.

    Najeeb Bilal, 75 Puritan Lane, Wilkes-Barre; $16,326.

    Glenn Hamilton, 394A Pond Hill Mountain Road, Wapwallopen; $15,188.

    Jesse J. Kneller, 20 Delbrook Way, Larksville; $4,634.

    Matthew D. McHenry, Sr., 1631 Steel St., Berwick; $793.

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

     

    Wells Fargo Bank to Robert J. Gavlick and Catherine L. Gavlick for $101,000; 32 Fairfield Drive, Laflin.

    Anthony C. Decusatis (administrator), Lucetta T. Decusatis (estate) and Theresa L. Decusatis (estate) to Claribel Ramirez-Feliz and Claribel Ramirez for $106,000; 835 W. 15th St., Hazleton.


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    Condition improves

    DANVILLE - The condition of Kim Marie Allen, 56, of 193 Stoney Batter Road, who allegedly was shot Monday in the right shoulder by her 61-year-old live-in boyfriend, Charles Elwin Bower, has been upgraded from critical to serious, according to a spokeswoman at Geisinger Medical Center.

    Bower has been charged by state police at Milton with aggravated assault, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person. He remains in Montour County Prison in lieu of $75,000 cash bail.

    PFA violation

    PENN TOWNSHIP - Pablo Hernandez-Roman, 24, of 717 E. Dewart St., Shamokin, was charged by state police at Selinsgrove with violating a protection of abuse order filed against him by a 24-year-old female.

    Police said the violation occurred on Minton Drive between 10 p.m. Sunday and 5 p.m. Monday. The victim was not identified by police.


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  • 07/30/15--21:00: Police Briefs, 7/31/15
  • Police Briefs

    Troy man charged with DUI, agricultural vandalism

    Athens Borough Police filed several charges against Brandon Jay Smith, 26, of Troy, with multiple crimes following an early morning incident at a South Main Street farm in Athens on June 27.

    Smith faces agricultural vandalism; agricultural trespassing on posted land; driving under the influence of alcohol with a blood alcohol content of .16 percent or higher; DUI, general impairment; accidents involving damage to unattended vehicle or property; trespassing by motor vehicle; and reckless driving.

    Police said the farm's owner called police telling them a vehicle struck something in his field and was spinning its tires.

    Police found the vehicle on a tractor path in the field and ordered the driver, later identified as Smith, out of the car at gunpoint, police said.

    Police said the vehicle had heavy front-end damage, it's side mirror broken, the driver's side window shattered, and orange paint on the driver's side door. Smith sustained cuts from the broken glass, police said.

    Police asked Smith if he'd been drinking after smelling alcohol on his breath and Smith said "well it's quite obvious I was," police said.

    Smith told police he was drinking at a bar and made a wrong turn into the field on his way back to Troy, police said.

    Smith admitted to breaking the law, police said.

    The farm's owner said Smith drove through corn and oat plants, struck the steel gate blocking the pasture, and struck the barn, which caused a partial collapse of the roof, ripping out a utility conduit from the barn, police said.

    Police said the approximate damage costs were $12,000.

    A blood alcohol test later revealed Smith's blood alcohol content to be .161 percent on the day of his arrest.

    Smith has been issued a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on Aug. 28 for his preliminary hearing.

    Towanda man facing felony gun charge

    Michael A. Armoia III, 35, of Towanda, has been charged with one count of felony providing false information purchasing a firearm and unsworn falsification to authorities by Athens Township Police after attempting to buy a rifle at the Elmira Street Walmart in Athens, Athens police said.

    Police said on June 29, Armoia checked "no" on the firearms transaction record form's question asking whether or not the buyer has been "convicted of a felony, or any other crime, for which the judge could have imprisoned you for more than a year, even if you received a shorter sentence including probation."

    Armoia was sentenced for criminal attempt to commit theft by unlawful taking or disposition - a misdemeanor - in 2002, for which he was sentenced to 76 days to one year imprisonment, police said.

    Armoia told police he did not think a misdemeanor would prevent him from buying a firearm, police said.

    Armoia was released on non-monetary bail and has been issued a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on Aug. 4 for his preliminary hearing.

    Walmart theft leads to charge

    Marie Renee Stedge, 19, of Waverly, was charged with retail theft by Athens Township Police on July 6 after Stedge stole $299.94 worth of merchandise from the Elmira Street Walmart in Athens, police said.

    Walmart's asset protection office told police there were contact by a person Stedge lived with, saying that Stedge told the person she stole items from Walmart, police said.

    The person returned the items to Walmart, saying they did not want to be in possession of stolen property, police said.

    Police reviewed footage from May 1 where they witnessed Stedge and another woman select several items and leave the store without paying for them, police said.

    Stedge told police she needed rugs for her attic apartment, along with other items, police said.

    Stedge told police she had two prior retail theft arrests and convictions in New York when she was a juvenile, police said.

    Stedge has been issued a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on Sept. 8 for her preliminary hearing.

    Towanda man charged with retail theft

    Athens Township Police charged Dennis Zellner, 33, of Towanda, with retail theft on July 16 after Zellner attempted to steal a cellphone charger from the Elmira Street Walmart in Athens, police said.

    Police said a Walmart asset protection associate told police Zellner took an Apple iPhone charger from the electronic department to the hardware section where he attempted to open the package and ended up putting the package in his pocket when he couldn't open it.

    Zellner walked past the registers without paying and the associate stopped Zellner and requested the item back, police said.

    The cost of the charger was $39.92, police said.

    Zellner had a previous retail theft charge, to which he pleaded guilty, in November last year, police said.

    Zellner has been issued a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on Sept. 8 for his preliminary hearing.


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    DUI

    STRONG - Mount Carmel Township Police charged Jared White, 32, of 926 W. Walnut St., Coal Township, with driving under the influence, driving on roadways laned for traffic and failure to observe traffic signals following a traffic stop at the intersection of Routes 54 and 61 at 2:19 a.m. June 27.

    Mount Carmel Township Police Patrolman Daniel Politza reported in court documents that, while on patrol, he observed White travel through a red light, almost striking an ambulance stopped at the light. A preliminary breath test showed his blood alcohol level to be .189 percent, but White told police he would refuse to take a blood test.

    At the station and later at Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital, White became belligerent toward police, arguing and videotaping them during the argument.

    The charges were filed with Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones, of Mount Carmel, with a preliminary hearing scheduled for Aug. 26.

    Disorderly conduct

    MOUNT CARMEL - Edward J, Bolam, 46, of 512 W. Saylor St., Atlas, was cited by borough police Patrolman Kevin Katch for disorderly conduct after allowing his dog to continuously bark at 9:30 p.m. July 15 at 345 S. Locust St.

    Public drunkenness

    MOUNT CARMEL - Amanda M. Lotis, 32, of 137 W. Avenue, was cited by borough police Cpl. David Donkochik with disorderly conduct and public drunkenness after allegedly causing a disturbance near her residence at at the borough's police station at 10 p.m. July 14.

    Drug paraphernalia

    MOUNT CARMEL - Borough police charged Shelbey Dovi, 20, of 147 S. Maple St., with possession of drug paraphernalia after an investigation into the unauthorized use of a vehicle on July 3.

    When police checked Dovi's purse, they found a clear straw with white residue inside it.

    The charge was filed with Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones, of Mount Carmel with a preliminary hearing scheduled for Aug. 26.

    Harassment

    MOUNT CARMEL - Borough police cited Jessica Ann Duffy, 49, of 336 S. Chestnut St., Mount Carmel, for harassment after she allegedly kicked and then struck James Hughes with a cane at 6:30 p.m. July 21.

    Disorderly conduct

    MOUNT CARMEL - Christopher Keifer, 32, of 532 W. Third St., Mount Carmel, was cited by borough police Patrolman William Adamski with disorderly conduct after creating a disturbance in the 500 block of West Third Street at 11:30 a.m. July 21.

    Retail theft

    MOUNT CARMEL - A 15-year-old Mount Carmel female was charged by borough police Chief Todd Owens with retail theft after she removed and failed to pay for $16.96 worth of merchandise from the Dollar General Store at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

    Child endangerment

    MOUNT CARMEL - Randy Lee Campbell, 21, of 317 S. Vine St., Mount Carmel, was charged with a misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child in an incident at 12:10 p.m. July 15 in the 300 block of South Vine Street.

    Police reported in court documents that Campbell was watching a three-year-old male child found by police outside wearing only a diaper in need of changing in a drizzling rain. Witnesses reported the child had been outside for at least an hour before police arrived.

    The charges were filed with Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones, of Mount Carmel, with a preliminary hearing set for Aug. 26.

    Disorderly conduct

    MOUNT CARMEL - Robert Thurner, 31, of 228 W. Second St., was cited for disorderly conduct by borough police after a disturbance at his residence at 2 a.m. July 19.

    Simple assault

    MOUNT CARMEL - A 15-year-old Mount Carmel female was charged with simple assault, harassment and underage drinking related to an incident in 200 block of West Second Street at 2 a.m. July 19.

    Defiant trespass

    LOCUST GAP - An incident at a local stripping pit led police to file defiant trespass charges on a Womelsdorf man July 19 in the area called "The Slopes" on Route 901 between Locust Gap and Locust Summit.

    Mount Carmel Township Police Patrolman David Tomtishen reported in court documents he was on patrol in the area at approximately 6:48 p.m. when he heard someone calling for help. In the area of the stripping pit, eight individuals were found; one gave police a false name.

    The individual, Andrew R. Miller, 31, of 330 W. High St., Womelsdorf, told police he gave the false name because he had warrants against him in Berks County. Police noted that Miller seemed to be very hot, itchy and jittery. Miller told police that he took a large amount of bath salts at 1 a.m.

    Police charged Miller with giving false identification to law enforcement, public drunkenness and defiant trespass. The charges were filed with Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones, of Mount Carmel, with a preliminary hearing scheduled for Aug. 26.


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    Bradford County District Attorney Daniel J. Barrett reported the following criminal case resolutions in the Bradford County Court of Common Pleas, Towanda:

    SENTENCED

    Christopher Allen, 26, of Wellsboro, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 30 days to 12 months, fines of $300, plus court costs, for the offense of Possession w/Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance, a felony. Trooper Mike Adams of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Allen following investigation of an incident that occurred in Towanda Township in February 2014.

    Robert Douglas, 40, LeRaysville, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in Bradford County Correctional Facility for 15 days to six months, fines of $300, plus court costs, for the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Trooper Christopher Schelling of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Douglas following investigation of an incident that occurred in Towanda Township on March 1, 2015.

    Joseph Johnson, 25, of Towanda, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in Bradford County Correctional Facility for 72 hours to six months, fines of $500, plus court costs, he will also lose his driver's license for 12 months, for the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Officer Bryan Bellows of the Towanda Borough Police Department arrested Johnson for the offense occurring on Feb. 28, 2015.

    Robert Zammer, 55, Philadelphia, Pa., was sentenced to Probation supervision for a term of 12 months, fines of $750 plus court costs, for the offense of Obstruction of Administration of Law, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Trooper Michael O'Boyle of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Zammer following investigation of an incident that occurred in Armenia Township on Nov. 8, 2014.

    John Sampson, 58, of Waverly, N.Y., was sentenced to Probation supervision for a term of six months, fines of $750, plus court costs, for the offense of Harassment, a summary offense, Confinement of Containment Required, also a summary offense and Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Officer Jeremy Horton, Officer Sean Flynn and Officer Nathan Ross all of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Sampson for the offense occurring on Oct. 19, 2014.

    Richard Vargson, 26, Towanda, Pa., was resentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 10 days to 12 months, fines of $500, plus court cost, restitution of $400, for the offense of Delivery of a Controlled Substance, a felony. Trooper Robert Hutchison of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Vargson following investigation of an incident that occurred in Athens Township on September 2013.

    Rachel Williams, 27, of Sayre, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in Bradford County Correctional Facility for 45 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), fines of $1,500, plus court costs, for the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Officer Andrew Stevens of the Athens Borough Police Department arrested Williams for the offense occurring in March 2015.

    Zachary Martin, 24, of Ulster, Pa., was resentenced to imprisonment in Bradford County Correctional Facility for 30 days to 12 months, fines of $500, plus court costs, restitution of $2,100, for the offense of Theft by Unlawful Taking, misdemeanor of the first degree. Trooper Mark Sadowoski of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Martin following investigation of an incident that occurred in Sheshequin Township in May 2014.

    GUILTY PLEAS

    Kristopher Reeves, 30, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Reeves will be sentenced on Sept. 10, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper James Dughi of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Reeves following investigation of an incident that occurred in Towanda Township on March 15, 2014.

    Timothy Short, 38, Wysox, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Theft, a misdemeanor of the third degree. Short will be sentenced on Sept. 10, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Joshua Fisher of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Short following investigation of an incident that occurred in Wysox Township on Sept. 21, 2014.

    Thomas Fabyan, 26, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Terroristic Threats, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Fabyan will be sentenced on Sept. 10, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Michael O'Boyle of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Fabyan following investigation of an incident that occurred in Towanda Borough on March 3, 2015.

    Jenna Nicholas, 29, Rome, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Nicholas will be sentenced on Sept. 10, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Peter Smith of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Nicholas following investigation of an incident that occurred in Rome Township.

    Mallory Manzer, 31, Gillett, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. Manzer will be sentenced on Sept. 10, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Sergeant James Shaw of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Manzer for the offense on Jan. 20, 2015.

    Haley Edsell, 19, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Access Device Fraud, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Edsell will be sentenced on Sept. 10, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Steve Steranski of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Edsell following investigation of an incident that occurred in Orwell Township on May 13, 2014.

    Brenda Jo Johnson, 56, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Delivery of a Controlled Substance, a felony. Johnson will be sentenced on Sept. 10, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Agents of the Pennsylvania State Police Vice and Narcotics Unit arrested Johnson following investigation of an incident that occurred in Towanda Township.

    Roger Evans, 18, Rome, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. Evans was sentenced to pay a fine of $100, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Joshua Fisher of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Evans following investigation of an incident that occurred in Orwell Township on Feb. 19, 2015.

    Ronald H. Simpson, 44, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor, and Recklessly Endangering another Person, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Simpson will be sentenced on Sept. 10, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Michael Tribendis of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Simpson following investigation of an incident that occurred in Troy Township.

    Charles Carr, 33, Wellsboro, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Home Improvement Fraud, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Carr will be sentenced on Sept. 10, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Jeffrey Sredenschek of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Carr following investigation of an incident that occurred in Ulster Township.

    William McClintic Sr., 50, Monroeton, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance, a misdemeanor and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. McClintic will be sentenced on Sept. 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 McClintic for the offense on Jan. 30, 2015.

    Levi Cole, 19, Canton, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. Cole will be sentenced on Aug. 27, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Chief Doug Seeley of the Canton Borough Police Department arrested Cole for the offense in January 2015.

    Abigail Ferguson, 23, Wyalusing, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Theft by Deception, a misdemeanor of the first degree, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. Ferguson will be sentenced, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Keith Roman of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Ferguson following investigation of an incident that occurred in Wysox Township on Jan. 25, 2015.

    Rebecca Crane, 27, Ulster, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Conspiracy/Delivery of a Controlled Substance, a felony. Crane will be sentenced on Aug. 24, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Nikki Hoffman of the Athens Borough Police Department arrested Crane for the offense on June 6, 2014.

    ACCELERATED REHABILITATIVE DISPOSITION (ARD)

    Abigail Ferguson, 23, 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 12 months. While on probation, Ferguson will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Additionally, Ferguson must perform community service with the DUI Litter Brigade and attend a Victim Impact Panel and will lose Pennsylvania driving privileges for 30 days. Trooper Christopher Schelling of the Pennsylvania State Police filed the charges on Jan. 4, 2015 for the offense in Standing Stone Township.

    Jessica Lamoreavx, 34, Sayre, Pa., charged with the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, was accepted into the ARD Program and placed on probation for a term of nine months. While on probation, Lamoreavx will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department, which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Additionally, Lamoreavx 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 Jeremy Horton of the Sayre Borough Police Department filed the charges on Feb. 22, 2015, for the offense in Sayre Borough.

    Chester Harris, 51, Sayre, Pa., charged with the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, was accepted into the ARD Program and placed on Probation for a term of 12 months. While on probation, Harris will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Additionally, Harris must perform community service with the DUI Litter Brigade and attend a Victim Impact Panel and he will lose his Pennsylvania driving privilege for 60 days. Officer Andrew Stevens of the Athens Borough Police Department filed the charges on Feb. 22, 2015, for the offense in Athens Borough.

    William Cassellbury, 54, Wysox, Pa., charged with the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, was accepted into the ARD Program and placed on Probation for a term of 12 months. While on probation, Cassellbury will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Additionally, Cassellbury must perform community service with the DUI Litter Brigade and attend a Victim Impact Panel and he will lose his Pennsylvania driving privilege for 60 days. Trooper Christopher Schelling of the Pennsylvania State Police filed the charges on March 14, 2015 for the offense in Wysox Township.

    Rachael Satterly, 22, Sayre, Pa., charged with the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, was accepted into the ARD Program and placed on Probation for a term of nine months. While on probation, Satterly will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Additionally, Satterly must perform community service with the DUI Litter Brigade and attend a Victim Impact Panel and she will lose her Pennsylvania driving privilege for 60 days. Officer Derek Dekar of the Athens Borough Police Department filed the charges on March 28, 2015 for the offense in Athens Borough.

    Robert Abrams, 21, Monroeton, Pa., charged with the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, was accepted into the ARD Program and placed on Probation for a term of nine months. While on probation, Abrams will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Additionally, Abrams 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 Corey McLinko of the Towanda Borough Police Department filed the charges on March 31, 2015 for the offense in Towanda Borough.

    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:

    NOLO CONTENDERE

    Porshea Moore, 30, Waverly, N.Y., entered a plea of nolo contendere/no contest to Theft by Unlawful Taking, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Moore will be sentenced on Aug. 27, 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 Daniel Thomas of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Moore for the offense in April 2015.


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  • 08/01/15--21:00: Police Briefs 8/2/2015
  • Vehicle strikes trees in Overton Twp.

    Jason J. Gallagher, 33, of Overton was uninjured in a recent accident on Morris Road in Overton Township, police said.

    Gallagher was traveling east on Morris Road when his vehicle's rear end seized, causing Gallagher to lose control of the vehicle on the dirt roadway, police said.

    Gallagher's 1984 Chevrolet C10 traveled off the left side of the roadway and down an embankment, striking several trees, police said.

    The accident occurred at 9:19 p.m. on July 21, state police at Towanda said.

    Sayre woman charged with criminal mischief

    Liza Jane Johnson, 22, of Sayre is accused of smashing out the side window of a trailer on Tulip Lane in Wysox Township.

    During the incident, Johnson also allegedly damaged the front door of the trailer, police said.

    The trailer is owned by 57-year-old William Edward Grogan of Towanda, police said.

    The incident occurred at 4:12 p.m. on July 26, police said.

    Johnson has been charged with criminal mischief, state police at Towanda said.

    Stolen vehicle recovered in Cherry Twp.

    A stolen black 2000 Mercury Mountaineer SUV was located at the end of the entrance to the Fairview Cemetery, off Horseshoe Road in Cherry Township, police said.

    The vehicle had been reported stolen from the parking lot of the Columbia County Mall in Bloomsburg, police said.

    The incident occurred between July 11 and July 12, state police said.

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

    Man charged with assault in Towanda

    Julian Jesus Cantu, 26, of Towanda has been charged with simple assault, disorderly conduct, and harassment, police said.

    The charges stem from a July 23 incident in which Cantu allegedly punched a man in the face at Finlan's Tavern on Main Street in Towanda, police said.

    The victim suffered a swollen left eye and a bloody nose, and was treated for his injuries at Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital, Towanda police said.

    Cantu was arraigned on July 23 by Towanda Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark. Cantu was then sent to the Bradford County jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.

    Cantu's preliminary hearing, which was originally scheduled for July 29, has been postponed to Aug. 12.


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    Jeep driver sought

    ELYSBURG - Ralpho Township police seek information on a female motorist who fled the scene of a rear-end accident Thursday along Route 54.

    According to police, James Herman, of Liverpool, was attempting to turn an unidentified vehicle left into a private parking lot near Southview Drive about 11:30 a.m. when he was struck from behind by a white Jeep Liberty.

    The Jeep's driver is described as a blonde woman in her 40s or 50s. She was traveling with a front-seat passenger. The vehicle had a disabled veteran license plate, and likely sustained damage to its driver-side front end. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 570-672-9892.

    Harassment

    KULPMONT - Vincent M. Addaman, 29, of Mount Carmel, and Amber R. Addaman, 27, of Kulpmont, were each cited by Patrolman Patrick J. McAndrew for harassment for an incident at 6:41 p.m. Monday at 733 Chestnut St.

    Public drunkenness

    KULPMONT - Sherry Vellner, 38, of Kulpmont, was cited by Patrolman Patrick J. McAndrew for public drunkenness for an incident at 10:18 p.m. July 8 in the 800 block of Chestnut Street.

    Theft at Kohl's

    MONROE TOWNSHIP - State police at Selinsgrove said Joelle Sue Jackson, 39, of New Berlin, has been charged with retail theft for allegedly concealing and attempting to steal three clothing items valued at $116 from Kohl's department store at 12:30 p.m. Thursday.


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  • 08/03/15--21:00: Police Briefs 8/4/2015
  • Man charged with aggravated assault

    A Towanda man accused of striking and injuring another man recently was ordered incarcerated in lieu of bail on a charge of aggravated assault.

    According to information filed with Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark, Dennis James Singleton, 47, has also been charged by state police with entering a residence when he had not been given permission to do so; criminal trespass; simple assault; harassment; and public drunkenness.

    Singleton has been accused of striking and injuring E.J. Stewart on July 28 at Stewart's residence in Towanda. Police said Stewart and Bobi Jo Noto, who was at the scene when the incident occurred, reported that Singleton came up on the porch and attacked Stewart. During the incident, Singleton is alleged to have picked up a hammer and struck Stewart in the area of the left eye, injuring him in the process. A neighbor, Edward Webster, heard the altercation and was able to separate Singleton from Stewart. Singleton then fled the scene and was later picked up by the state police on Main Street in Towanda near the bridge.

    Singleton was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw, who ordered the defendant incarcerated in lieu of $25,000 bail. Singleton's preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 5 before Judge Clark.

    Crash injures one

    One injury was reported when a two-vehicle crash occurred recently in Monroe Borough, at the intersection of U.S. Route 220 and state Route 414.

    According to state police, Robert C. Bell, 44, of Birdsboro, Pa., was driving a 2001 Chevrolet 2500 north on U.S. Route 220 on Aug. 1. Police said the crash occurred when Bell turned his vehicle into the southbound lane, intending to go left onto state Route 414. In the process, the report continued, the Bell's vehicle struck a 2011 Cadillac operated by Carimar S. Patrician, 74, of Towanda.

    The Chevrolet sustained minor front-end damage, while the Cadillac had moderate front-end damage. Patrician suffered a minor injury from the accident police said. All involved were wearing their seat belts when the accident occurred. Police said that Bell will be cited as a result of the accident.

    Several injured in crash

    Several people suffered minor injuries recently, following a two-vehicle crash that occurred recently in Laporte Township, Sullivan County.

    According to state police, Adalene McDaniel of Laporte was driving a red GMC Terrain on Lake Road around 6:10 p.m. on July 30, and had stopped for a stop sign at the intersection of U.S. Route 220. The Terrain proceeded into the intersection to cross Route 220 to travel west onto state Route 3006, which intersects with Route 220 at the four-way intersection, police said. In the process, the Terrain encroached into the path of a Nissan Pathfinder operated by Thomas Leipold of Paoli, who was traveling south on Route 220 at the time. The front end of the Pathfinder struck the front right side of the Terrain. Both vehicles then traveled a short distance before coming to rest.

    Several passengers who were in the Leipold vehicle suffered minor injuries as a result of the crash, but it was not reported if they required medical assistance.

    Indecent assault

    A Towanda man has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark to answer a charge of indecent assault.

    According to information filed at Clark's office, John Joseph Drob, 61, has also been charged by state police with harassment. Police reported that Drob has been accused of touching a woman in an inappropriate manner, as well as inappropriate behavior. The incidents occurred in January in Towanda Borough, state police reported.

    Drob is scheduled to appear for his preliminary hearing before Judge Clark on Sept. 2.


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    School break-in

    RIVERSIDE - Authorities continue to investigate an incident of criminal trespass at the Riverside Elementary School July 7.

    State police at Stonington report an unknown person or people entered the building without permission on that date. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 570-286-5601.

    ATV theft

    ROCKEFELLER TOWNSHIP - A Sunbury juvenile was taken into custody after an ATV theft at 3:42 a.m. July 7 on Houser Road.

    State police at Stonington report that information was received at their barracks about stolen all-terrain vehicles belonging to Wayne Reed, of Sunbury, and another unknown individual. The juvenile was later encountered traveling on Route 890 and pursued, eventually apprehended by police.

    Police said the investigation will continue.

    Vehicle into creek

    WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP - A Dornsife man was injured in a July 10 crash on Slutter Valley Road.

    State police at Stonington reported a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado truck, driven by William Whary, 78, of Dornsife, was travel west on Slutter Valley Road when he exited the roadway off the south berm for an unknown reason then drove into a creek.

    Whary was injured in the crash, but police did not note the severity of the injuries.

    Two vehicle crash

    SHAMOKIN TOWNSHIP - A truck driver was cited in a two-vehicle crash at 10:12 a.m. July 17 at Route 61 near the intersection with Route 487.

    State police at Stonington report a 1992 Freightliner truck, driven by Michael L. Honicker, 59, of Mount Carmel, was traveling north on Route 61 and making a right hand turn into the parking lot of Ken Snyder Inc., just before the intersection with Route 487. A 1994 Chevrolet sedan, driven by Dannie J. Good, 58, of Shamokin, came up on the right side of the truck in the turning lane.

    Police said Honicker had activated the truck's hazard lights instead of its turn signal so Good did not know the truck was turning. The Freightliner struck the sedan on the driver's side with its passenger side trailer tires, and Good's vehicle struck the curb.

    Neither driver was injured, but police cited Honicker for improper use of hazard signals.

    Scattering rubbish

    UPPER AUGUSTA TOWNSHIP - Steven T. Renn, of 300 State St., Sunbury, reported to state police at Stonington someone dumped six trash bags at the old Sunbury Animal Hospital building on Route 61 between noon July 5 and 8:30 p.m. July 6. Anyone with information is asked to contact state police at 570-286-5601.

    Harassment

    SHAMOKIN TOWNSHIP - State police are investigating a harassment incident that occured noon July 25 at 4012 Route 61.

    Police say Marlene E. Bennett, 44, of Pen Argyl, and Karen R. Arnold, 70, of Sunbury, engaged into a verbal confrontation. Later in the dispute, Bennett allegedly subjected Arnold to physical contact. The investigation continues.

    Burglary

    KULPMONT - Elizabeth Bogutski, 71, of Kulpmont, reported to state police at Stonington someone entered her unlocked residence on Poplar Street and removed a bottle of pills between 7 and 9 p.m. July 25. Anyone with information is asked to contact state police at 570-286-5601.

    Two-vehicle crash

    BEAVERTOWN - All involved escaped injury in a two-vehicle crash at 9:19 a.m. Sunday at the intersection of West Market and North Center streets.

    State police at Selinsgrove said a 1995 Ford F-150 truck, driven by Jeffrey L. Anderson, 54, of Trevorton, was traveling south on West Market Street while a 2007 Hyundai Tucson, driven by David A. Rheam, 70, of Beavertown, was stopped at a stop sign on Center Street.

    According to police, Rheam attempted to make a right turn onto Market Street but pulled into the path of Anderson's truck, striking the rear passenger side of the F-150 with the Tuscon's front bumper.

    Neither driver nor Rheam's passenger, Jean Rheam, 65, of Beavertown, were injured in the crash. Police cited Rheam for a stop sign violation.

    DUI

    SHAMOKIN TOWNSHIP - Shanda L. Marquette, 40, of 3795 State Route 61, Sunbury, was charged with two counts of driving under the influence and careless driving following an incident at the state police barracks at Stonington.

    Trooper Jared Mowen reported in court documents Marquette drove to the Stonington barracks July 11 in reference to another incident. Officers noticed she showed signs of impairment, such as slurred speech and droopy eyes, and told police she had taken a Xanax pill two hours prior.

    Marquette was placed under arrest for suspicion of DUI and taken to Sunbury Community Hospital for blood testing. The results, received July 21, showed Marquette had several controlled substances in her system.

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

    Tire violation

    SHAMOKIN - Cody J. Rosenberger, 23, of 129 Cabin Drive, Catawissa, was cited for disorderly conduct and unlawful squealing of tires by Shamokin city police Patrolman Raymond Siko II after Rosenberger allegedly spun his tires, kicking up dirt at Independence and Franklin streets at 7:55 p.m. Sunday.

    Burglary

    DORNSIFE - Sarah Ritchie, 71, of Dornsife, reported to state police at Stonington someone pried open a rear door at a residence on State Road, Little Mahanoy Township, and gained entry, taking two hand guns from the residence between July 23 and 30.

    DUI

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Township police Patrolman Matthew Hashuga charged Albert P. Walters with two counts of driving under the influence and failure to observe stop signs after the investigation into an accident July 11 at the intersection of Route 61 and Center Street, near Tharptown.

    Walters was taken to Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital, and chemical testing showed his blood alcohol level to be .239 percent.

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


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    SELINSGROVE - In 1925, the state of Tennessee prosecuted a substitute school teacher, John Scopes, for telling students about the theory of evolution.

    The case soon became known as the "Scopes Monkey Trial," and two of the country's most famous lawyers took opposing sides. Clarence Darrow defended the teacher, and William Jennings Bryan argued the prosecution's case.

    Decades later, playwrights Robert Edwin Lee and Jerome Lawrence wrote a fictional drama called "Inherit The Wind," which was little more than a thinly veiled retelling of the Scopes case. Successful as a play, a movie and a television production, the drama mounts a highly charged argument in favor of freedom of thought.

    "The issue remains controversial today," said Bob Taylor, artistic director of The Courtyard Theater in the Susquehanna Valley Mall. The theater will present six performances of "Inherit The Wind," which is now in rehearsal. The show dates are Aug. 21 to 23 and Aug. 28 to 30.

    Taylor said that Kyle Essick has been cast as Bertram Cates, the teacher who's standing trial. The defense attorney, Henry Drummond, will be portrayed by Fred Hooper, and Taylor will play the part of Matthew Harrison Brady, the prosecuting attorney.

    Playing E. K. Hornbeck, the big city newspaper writer, will be Adam Randis.

    Others in the cast include Kimberly MacAlister as Rachel Brown; Jim Micklow as the Rev. Jeremiah Brown; Isaac Connor as the trial judge; Justin Moore as Tom Davenport; Jason Kriner as the mayor of Hillsboro. Joanne Lauer will play Sarah Brady.

    The production will be sponsored by Garfield's Restaurant.

    The Friday and Saturday shows will begin at 7 p.m., and the Sunday performances will be matinees, starting at 2 p.m. Tickets will cost $15. Call the box office for reservations at 570-374-0060 .Walk-ins are welcome. Cash and credit cards accepted.

    The theater will also offer a dinner, catered by That Kitchen Witch of Lewisburg, an hour prior to each performance. The cost is $35 for dinner and show, and reservations are needed for the dinner.


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