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    Stabbing charges

    SHAMOKIN - A Shamokin man was formally charged on allegations he stabbed a man in the city's Fifth Ward earlier this month.

    Angel Mario Melendez, 35, of 212 S. Franklin St., is charged by Patrolman Raymond Siko II with aggravated assault, two counts of simple assault, disorderly conduct and possessing an instrument of crime. Melendez is accused of stabbing Jared Lehman, 21, of Northumberland, in his right arm in the 200 block of South Franklin Street about 9:30 p.m. Aug. 2. Lehman was treated at Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital, Coal Township.

    According to a criminal complaint, Lehman said Melendez attacked him over a relationship with a woman. Melendez struck him twice in the face and stabbed his arm, the complaint states. Melendez later turned himself over to police. He had blood on his clothing but stated he didn't know where it came from, and denied stabbing Lehman, police said.

    Fire charges

    SHAMOKIN - A city tenant who was allegedly high on spice when he set fire to his apartment has been charged with felony risking catastrophe and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and disorderly conduct.

    Cpl. Jarrod Scandle filed the charges against Matthew Allen, 36, of 45 S. Shamokin St. According to a criminal complaint, Allen said he was "too whacked out" to remember if he was smoking a cigarette in bed or if a pipe he was using to smoke spice, a synthetic marijuana, caused the fire Aug. 5.

    The fire sparked near the headboard on his mattress inside a third floor bedroom. All tenants were evacuated safely. Extensive damage was caused to the building's third floor. Allen suffered burns to his right hand, police said.

    Pipe possession

    SHAMOKIN - Linda J. Bojanac, 56, of 317 S. Coal St., is charged by Cpl. Jarrod Scandle with possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police said she was observed sitting in the 300 block of South Seventh Street with a smoking pipe and marijuana about 8:40 p.m. July 23. Bojanac admitted to possessing the pipe and marijuana, according to a criminal complaint.

    Disorderly conduct

    SHAMOKIN - Charles J. Propst, 57, of 124 E. Chestnut St., is charged by Patrolman Raymond Siko II with disorderly conduct and public drunkenness. Propst is accused of defecating behind the first block of West Independence Street at 8:50 p.m. Aug. 7. His pants were around his ankles and his penis and buttocks were exposed to passing motorists, according to a criminal complaint. Police said he smelled strongly of alcohol and admitted to drinking beer throughout the day.

    DUI crash

    PAXINOS - Shannon Noel Hommel, 24, of 334 Linden St., Sunbury, is charged by Trooper Jared Mowen, state police at Stonington, with two counts of driving under the influence and one count of drivers required to be license, driving on roadways laned for traffic, driving vehicle at safe speed, careless driving, reckless driving and occupant protection. Police said Hommel tested positive for prescription medication and marijuana following a rollover crash July 27 on Route 61 near Miles Road. The 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee she was driving twice crossed the cement median into the oncoming lane of traffic before rolling onto its roof. She was not wearing a seat belt and did not have a driver's license, police said.

    Kitchen fire

    SHAMOKIN - Sabrina Rose Hummel, 31, of 6 S. Franklin St., is charged by Patrolman Raymond Siko II with two felony counts of arson, felony risking a catastrophe, and a summary charge of arson-dangerous burning. Police said Hummel set fire to a trash can inside the kitchen of her home about 7:55 p.m. Aug. 1. Police said Hummel admitted to starting the fire. She was taken to Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, for a mental health evaluation, according to a criminal complaint.

    Drug charges

    DIAMONTOWN - Zachary Allen Starr, 29, of 503 E. Fifth St., is charged by Mount Carmel Township Patrolman David Tomtishen with possession of a controlled substance, possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and permitting violation of title. Police said a small amount of marijuana and heroin were found inside Starr's vehicle during a traffic stop about 11:30 p.m. July 22 near the viaduct on Route 61.

    Starr and Patricia M. Phelan, 29, of 336 S. Locust St., were passenger in the vehicle. Phelan is charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police said a small amount of marijuana was found inside her purse.

    The vehicle's driver, Kasey Lee Starr, 23, of 501 E. Fifth St., is charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving with a suspended license DUI related, driving while operating privilege is suspended, drivers required to be licensed, required financial responsibility, carrying and exhibiting a registration card, general lighting requirements and restraint systems.

    Careless driving

    MOUNT CARMEL - Susan Marie Medved, 46, of 335 W. Fifth St., is charged by Patrolman Matthew Dillman with driving under the influence, misbranding a controlled substance and two counts of careless driving. Police said Medved crashed a Ford sedan into a parked Ford Bronco in the 300 block of West Seventh Street about 12:30 a.m. July 20. Multiple prescription medications were discovered inside the vehicle, according to a criminal complaint.

    Theft charges

    MOUNT CARMEL - Joseph Smallets, 28, of 213 S. Oak St., Apt. B, and Andrew Stewart Colon, 26, of 645 N. Sixth St., Reading, is charged by Lt. Christopher Buhay with criminal conspiracy, theft and public drunkenness. The two are accused by police of rummaging through vehicles, attempting to enter locked vehicles and being highly intoxicated. Charges stem from an incident July 14 in the 300 block of South Poplar Street.

    Theft, drug charges

    MOUNT CARMEL - Joseph Charles Shoup, 31, of 501 E. Fifth St., is charged by Patrolman William Adamski with possession of drug paraphernalia, delivery of drug paraphernalia and possession of a small amount of marijuana. Police said empty heroin packets, a plastic baggie, prescription pill bottle and small amount of marijuana were discovered inside his home about 9:30 p.m. July 26 after police were dispatched to the area to investigate an alleged theft of money from a vehicle.

    Shoup is also charged by Adamski with possession of drug paraphernalia, delivery of drug paraphernalia, adulterated or altered controlled substance, retail theft and public drunkenness. Shoup is accused of stealing food, personal hygiene products, electronic accessories and beverages from Turkey Hill about 8:10 p.m. July 25. Total value of the items Shoup allegedly attempted to steal was approximately $143. Police said he also was in possession of prescription pills and a pen allegedly used to snort powder.

    Charges dismissed

    MOUNT CARMEL - Charges of simple assault and harassment filed by Ralpho Township Patrolman Chris Dailey against Tyrik W. Johnson, 27, of Bloomsburg, were withdrawn Wednesday when the alleged victim, Heather Roeder, of Orangeville, refused to testify at a preliminary hearing.

    Johnson was charged with assaulting Roeder at an Elysburg residence Sunday morning.

    DUI charges

    MOUNT CARMEL TOWNSHIP - Patrolman Kelly Campbell has charged Timothy W. Weaver, 36, of 336 S. Beech St., Mount Carmel, with two counts of driving under the influence of a controlled substance involving a June 23 traffic stop at the Mount Carmel Car Wash along Locust Gap Highway.

    Police said Weaver was under the influence of a painkiller.

    Drug offenses

    MOUNT CARMEL - Joseph M. Lamas, 33, of 243 Chestnut St., Mount Carmel, was charged by Patrolman Justin Stelma with possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving under the influence of a controlled substance and careless driving involving a June 26 incident in the 100 block of North Chestnut Street.

    Police reported Lamas was found in possession of heroin, 14 wrappers used for heroin, a syringe, spoon and glass smoking pipe. He also is accused of driving under the influence of morphine.

    Cruelty to animals

    MOUNT CARMEL - Edward J. Bolam, 46, of 512 W. Saylor St., Atlas, was charged by Lt. Christopher Buhay with cruelty to animals and two counts of disorderly conduct.

    According to a criminal complaint filed at the office of Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones, Bolam is accused of allowing his dog to continuously bark in a vacant property he owns at 345 S. Locust St. Police said the barking occurred between June 28 and July 17.

    Multiple charges

    RIVERSIDE - Serena Lee Beck, 31, of 1720 Maple Ave., Coal Township, was charged by Officer Timothy Kiefaber with two counts of driving under the influence of a controlled substance, two counts of possession of a misbranded substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, false identification to law enforcement authorities, two counts of driving under suspension and a turn signal violation.

    The charges relate to a July 1 traffic stop in the 100 block of Elysburg Road.

    Police reported Beck had phentermine, clonazepam, marijuana, oxycodone and oxymorphone in her blood system.

    DUI

    MOUNT CARMEL - Janelle Kristen Nye, 25, of 915 W. Montgomery St., Coal Township, was charged by Patrolman Jason Drumheller with driving under the influence of alcohol and a stop sign violation relating to a June 27 accident at Market and Second streets.

    Police reported Nye refused to submit to a blood test.

    Deceptive business

    MOUNT CARMEL TOWNSHIP - Charges of theft and deceptive business practices were filed by Chief of Police Brian Hollenbush against Joseph Thomas McGinley, 51, of 250 S. Poplar St., Mount Carmel.

    Police said McGinley is accused of receiving $3,520 from Sherry Doyle on Dec. 20, 2011, for repair work at a residence at 201 Wood St., Atlas, that he never completed. Doyle told police she gave McGinley cash for half of the total projected cost for the renovations because he had completed numerous other jobs for her in the past with no issues.


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  • 08/12/15--21:00: Court notes 8/13/15
  • Toni Salzer vs. Thomas Salzer.

    Anna Pugliese vs. Christopher Pugliese.

    Kelly Holland vs. Paul Holland.

    Jody Suda vs. Lynette Suda.

    Robin Rodriguez-Gilroy vs. Joseph Gilroy.

    Michael F. Flynn Jr. and Jaime L. Flynn to Kyle Kishbaugh for $166,000; 265 S. Main Road, Wright Township.

    Krista Civiletti to Brian A. Davis and Leigh Ann Marie Davis for $214,440; 444 Carverton Road, Kingston Township.

    Russell J. Jr. Hauze to Peggy Gerhard and William Schultz for $83,000; 838 Washington St., Freeland.

    Susan M. Gillespie to David Fazzino and Susan Fazzino for $230,000; 515 Deer Hill Road, Jackson Township.


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  • 08/12/15--21:00: Police briefs, 8/13/15
  • Police investigating reckless endangerment report

    According to a press release from state police, a unnamed 30-year-old man from Rome is suspected of discharging a firearm on property belonging to Martha A. Shuman, 52, of Rome between 9:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. on Aug. 7.

    Police said the incident occurred at 751 Merry Go Round Road in Windham Township and they are continuing to investigate.

    DUI charges

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

    - Briyarna Jade Mountfield-Fisher, 18, of Athens, by Sayre Borough Police, on July 24, on South Keystone Avenue in Sayre Borough. Mountfield-Fisher has also been charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. A blood test later revealed Mountfield-Fisher's blood alcohol content to be .193 percent on the day of her arrest, as well as the presence of marijuana and cocaine in Mountfield-Fisher's blood. Mountfield-Fisher has been issued a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark on Sept. 11 for her preliminary hearing.

    - William Keith Frisbie, 45, of Sayre, by Athens Township Police, on Elmira Street in Athens Township. A blood alcohol test later revealed Frisbie's blood alcohol content to be .192 percent on the day of his arrest. Frisbie has been issued a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark on Sept. 11 for his preliminary hearing.


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  • 08/13/15--21:00: Police Briefs Aug. 14, 2015
  • Police Briefs

    Firearm stolen in Ridgebury Twp.

    State police are investigating a report of a stolen firearm that occurred sometime between April 1 and July 26 at a residence owned by Brent Allen Yale, 39, on Green Mountain Road in Ridgebury Township.

    Police said an unknown person entered the property and stole the firearm.

    Car egged in Wyalusing Borough

    State police are investigating a report of an unknown person or persons who threw eggs at a vehicle between 12:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. on Aug. 12 in a driveway located in the 100 block of Taylor Avenue in Wyalusing Borough.

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

    No injuries in one-car crash

    Hila J. Kinner, 51, of Wyalusing was cited for driving at an unsafe speed after police say she crashed a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado at approximately 6:20 p.m. on July 26 on Route 6 in Wyalusing Township.

    According to police, Kinner allowed her vehicle to leave the roadway, causing the truck to strike a mailbox before traveling across a lawn, hitting an embankment and rolling over.

    Two passengers in the vehicle, Robert A. Chilson, 53, and Jason P. White, 35, both of Wyalusing, were uninjured during the accident.

    All occupants were wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash, police said.

    Man charged with receiving stolen property

    William Shawn Colbath, 49, of Troy, faces a preliminary hearing at 1 p.m. Sept. 2 before Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox of Troy on a charge of receiving stolen property, according to court papers.

    The receiving stolen property charge concerns a black 1998 Jeep Cherokee belonging to Michael Salerno, no age or address given.

    According to an affidavit, Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Tyler Brackman was dispatched at approximately 12:01 a.m. Nov. 25 to a report of a burglary/theft/assault on Wallace Road in West Burlington Township. While at the scene, the trooper learned that Colbath had broken into the house and committed several crimes inside and outside the residence. A witness said that she saw Colbath drive by the residence, prior to the incident, in a black Jeep SUV, matching the description of a stolen vehicle out of New York.

    On Dec. 3, the stolen vehicle was recovered at a residence on Wallace Road, just north of the home which was involved in the previous incident, according to the affidavit. The homeowner stated that the vehicle had been there since Nov. 25, but he did not report it until Dec. 3.

    Colbath was arraigned Aug. 4, with his ROR bail set and posted, Wilcox said.

     

    Man charged with simple assault

    Gregory Leon Fisher, 32, of Lawrenceville, Pa., faces a preliminary hearing at 1 p.m. Aug. 19 before Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox on charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, and harassment, according to court papers.

    Fisher is charged with causing serious bodily injury to a woman at approximately 6:17 p.m. July 20, under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life. According to the charges, he struck the female victim on the lower lip of her face, with his right hand with a closed fist and then struck her in the head approximately 10 times. He also kicked the victim in the buttocks area, and then choked and pulled her hair and threw objects at her.

    Police said the woman suffered a broken coxal bone, head injuries, multiple bruises, and disorder of the tail bone. At the time she was interviewed on July 21, she was hospitalized, due to her injuries, police said.

    Wilcox said Fisher had his preliminary arraignment Aug. 5, with his bail set at $40,000 and not posted. He was placed in Bradford County Correctional Facility.

     

    Man charged with theft

    Frederick Robert Ames, 29, of Troy, faces a preliminary hearing at 1 p.m. Sept. 16 before Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox of Troy on a charge of theft by unlawful taking or disposition, according to court papers.

    Ames is accused of using the company credit card of CS Trucking LLC to put gas in his personal vehicle several times, totaling $243.52, from April 10-12, 2014.

    Wilcox said Ames was sent a summons by certified mail.

     

    Canton man faces hearing

    Garrett James Owen, 31, of Canton, faces a preliminary hearing at 2:15 p.m. Aug. 19 before Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox on a charge of "prohibited acts; penalties," according to court papers.

    In an affidavit, Canton Police Sgt. Trey Kurtz said he decided to try to locate Owen July 6 because he needed to speak with him about an open investigation and several attempts to contact him by phone were unsuccessful. He drove up to an address on Twigg Lane in Chesterfield Estates in Canton Township, looking for Owen and another person. Kurtz walked to the front door of the trailer and there was no door. Then, he looked inside and saw the door laying on the living room floor, with a muddy footprint on it, where it had been kicked in. Kurtz didn't know if this had just happened or if anyone was in any kind of danger, so he decided to enter and conduct a welfare check. He announced himself several times, stating, "Canton Police Department! Is anyone home?!" When he got no response, he continued back into the hallway, stating, "Canton Police! If anyone is in here, make yourselves known now!"

    When he was clearing the rear bedroom, he looked into an already open closet and discovered two hypodermic needles on a shelf beside a package of "CO2 Jets." Then, he finished clearing the residence for people, but found no one. He contacted Pennsylvania State Police because the location was in Canton Township, and was given permission to investigate the incident within their jurisdiction. He gathered the contraband that was in plain view and cleared the scene.

    Wilcox said Owen was sent a summons by certified mail.


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    Two-vehicle crash

    COAL TOWNSHIP - No injuries were reported in a two-vehicle accident Wednesday morning on Route 61 at Burger King.

    Coal Township Patrolman Chad Yoder reported Larry Smith, 74, of Atlas, had his 2011 Jeep stopped at the intersection waiting to turn left to travel south on Route 61 shortly before 11:30 a.m. when a Disposal Management Services garbage truck operated by Alexander Epley, 35, of Bloomsburg, struck the passenger side of Smith's vehicle. Police said Epley was attempting to turn right onto Route 61 from the jughandle.

    The Jeep sustained damage to its passenger side from the rear bumper to front fender.

    Smith, Epley and a passenger in Smith's Jeep, Kathy Gallagher, 44, of Shamokin, escaped injury.


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  • 08/14/15--21:00: Court notes 8/15/15
  • Barbara Ruda and Mary Catherine George and Frances Wroblewski to Christine Scatena for $80,000; 1123 School St., Avoca.

    Robin E. Gwynn and Andrea J. Gwynn to Lawrence W. Ricker and Diana Ricker for 190,000; 138 Kingswood Drive, Dallas Township.

    Marissa L. Scala and Marissa L. Sala-Mamedov to Robert E. Fisher and Jill A. Fisher for $125,000; 1201 E. Second St., Salem Township.

    Anthony J. Baldoni and Dana S. Baldoni to Megumi Woltermann and Kevin Kluk for $220,000; 42 Claude St., Dallas Township.

    Kathleen Feschuk (executrix) and Irene M. Lapchak (estate) and Irene Lapchak (estate) to Colton E. Eyerly for $100,000; 207 St. John’s Drive, Foster Township.


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    Route 61 crash

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Luis Martinez-Medina, 19, of 1014 N. Pearl St., Shamokin, faces traffic citations from Coal Township police following a crash Thursday night along Route 61.

    Martinez-Medina was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt north shortly before 11 p.m. when he lost control of the vehicle while rounding "brewery curve." The vehicle crossed the median and struck the driver-side of a southbound 2014 Ford Escape driven by Bryan Hornberger, 42, of 1424 Hemlock St., Coal Township.

    Martinez-Medina's vehicle continued into a guide rail, while Hornberger's vehicle crossed the median and both northbound lanes of travel and traveled into an embankment.

    A third vehicle, a 2008 Ford Escape driven north by Andrea Ignaszewski, 32, of 1550 Wabash St., Coal Township, struck a bumper laying in the road that came loose from Martinez-Medina's vehicle. Ignazsewski's vehicle sustained minor damage. The other vehicles sustained moderate to heavy damage and were towed. Police did not release information on the drivers' conditions.

    Drug charges

    MOUNT CARMEL - Neil Edward Swatsky, 32, of 211 S. Poplar St., is charged by Cpl. David Donkochik with possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. Mary Beth Goodlunas, 42, same address, is charged with intent to use drug paraphernalia.

    Police say Swatsky had four needles and a piece of a Suboxone tablet, and that Goodlunas had a glass stem with burned residue when they were confronted outside their home about 7:20 p.m. July 16.

    Lotto theft

    MOUNT CARMEL - Joey James Levesque, 21, of 338 S. Pear St., and Kelly Jo Dziadosz, 18, of 33 E. Sixth St., are charged by Cpl. David Donkochik with theft, receiving stolen property, criminal conspiracy to commit theft and criminal conspiracy receiving stolen property.

    Police say Levesque was working part-time at Turkey Hill Minit Markets on June 30 when he stole lottery tickets or gave them away to Dziadosz and a 17-year-old male, who faces the same charges in juvenile court. According to a criminal complaint, Levesque is responsible for $900 in cash or lottery tickets allegedly stolen from the store.


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

    Angelina Hilton, 20, Milan, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw, to the offense of Defiant Trespass, a misdemeanor of the third degree, and was sentenced to a fine of $50.00, plus court costs. Sergeant Keith Stackhouse of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Hilton for the offense on April 15, 2015, following investigation of a Defiant Trespass that occurred in Athens Township.

    Megan Fairchild, 36, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark, to the offense of Theft, a misdemeanor of the third degree, and was sentenced to a fine of $75.00, restitution in the amount of $10.00, plus court costs. Deputy David Hart of the Bradford County Sheriff's Office arrested Fairchild for the offense on June 15, 2015, following investigation of a Theft that occurred in Sheshequin Township.

    Brandon Oakley, 27, Monroeton, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark, to the offense of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and was sentenced to a fine of $100.00 and court costs. Trooper Peter Smith of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Oakley for the offense on May 23, 2015, following investigation of a Possession of Drug Paraphernalia that occurred in Monroe Township.

    Heather Allen, 32, Sayre, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw to the offense of Retail Theft, a summary offense, and was sentenced to 20 days. Officer John Fedorchak of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Allen for the offense on Feb. 8, 2015, following investigation of a Retail Theft that occurred in Athens Township.

    Brittany Greens, 28, Sayre, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw to the offense of Retail Theft, a summary offense, and was sentenced to a fine of $250.00, plus court costs. Officer Jason Serfas of the Athens Township Police arrested Greens for the offense on May 24, 2015, following investigation of a Retail Theft that occurred in Athens Township.

    Stefan Miller, 27, Elmira, N.Y., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw, to the offense of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor and was sentenced to a fine of $250.00, plus court costs. Officer Jason Serfas of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Miller for the offense on March 21, 2015, following investigation of a Possession of Drug Paraphernalia that occurred in Athens Township.

    Brandon Sweet, 29, Waverly, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before District Judge Michael Shaw, to the offense of Theft, a misdemeanor of the third degree, and was sentenced to a fine of $250.00 and court costs. Officer Jason Condusta of the Athens Borough Police Department arrested Sweet for the offense on Jan. 28, 2015, following investigation of a Theft that occurred in Athens Borough.

    Howard Cook, 53, Athens, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw, to the offense of Harassment, a summary offense, and was sentenced to a fine of $200.00, plus court costs. Officer Denny Slater of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Cook for the offense on May 22, 2015, following investigation of an assault that occurred in Athens Township.

    Timothy Thurston, 33, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark, to the offense of Simple Assault, a misdemeanor of the third degree, and was sentenced to a fine of $100.00, plus court costs. Officer Joshua Lake of the Towanda Borough Police Department arrested Thurston for the offense on May 24, 2015, following investigation of a simple assault that occurred in Towanda Borough.

    Marc Petrucci, 29, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark, to the offense of Public Drunkenness, a summary, and was sentenced to six days in the Bradford County Correctional facility and a fine of $75.00, plus court costs. Officer Joshua Lake of the Towanda Borough Police Department arrested Petrucci for the offense on May 24, 2015, following investigation of public drunkenness that occurred in Towanda Borough.

    Jennifer Norton, 30, Nichols, N.Y., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw, to the offense of Disorderly Conduct, a summary offense, and was sentenced to a fine of $200.00, plus court costs. Officer John Fedorchak of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Norton for the offense on May 7, 2015, following investigation of disorderly conduct that occurred in Athens Township.

    Valerie Lamb, 57, Waverly, N.Y., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw, to the offense of Retail Theft, a summary offense, and was sentenced to a fine of $250.00, plus court costs. Officer John Fedorchak of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Lamb for the offense on May 17, 2015, following investigation of Retail Theft that occurred in Athens Township.

    Jason Garey, 38, Sayre, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox, to the offense of Disorderly Conduct, summary, and was sentenced to a fine of $200.00, and court costs. Trooper Christopher Schelling of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Garey for the offense on June 17, 2015, following investigation of a Disorderly Conduct that occurred in Ridgebury Township.

    Brandon Moore, 29, Waverly, N.Y., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw, to the offense of Public Drunkenness, summary offense, and was sentenced to community service and court costs. Officer Derek Watkins of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Moore for the offense on June 3, 2015, following investigation of a Public Drunkenness that occurred in Sayre Borough.

    David Hadlock, 35, Barton, N.Y., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw, to the offense of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor, and was sentenced to a fine of $250.00 and court costs. Officer Derek Watkins of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested him for the offense on April 12, 2015, following investigation of a Possession of Drug Paraphernalia that occurred in Sayre Borough.

    Wayne Sitzer, 35, Barnesville, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw to the offense of Disorderly Conduct, misdemeanor of the third degree and was sentenced to a fine of $300.00 and court costs. Officer Bruce Hoffman of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Sitzer for the offense on April 18, 2015, following investigation of a disorderly conduct that occurred in Sayre Borough.

    Christian Sneed, 31, Beech Creek, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark, to the offense of Disorderly Conduct, a summary offense, and was sentenced to a fine of $75.00, plus court costs. Deputy Jason Sonnema of the Bradford County Sheriff's Office arrested Sneed for the offense on June 24, 2015, following investigation of a disorderly conduct that occurred in Towanda Borough.

    Timothy Ortiz, 27, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark, to the offense of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor and was sentenced to 30 days and court costs. Officer Corey McLinko of the Towanda Borough Police Department arrested Ortiz for the offense on May 23, 2015, following investigation of a possession of drug paraphernalia that occurred in Towanda Borough.

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

    SENTENCED

    Rodney Randall, 33, of Nichols, N.Y., 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 violated during those two years, probation will be revoked and if there is a violation more incarceration will be imposed. Randall will pay fines of $1,000.00 plus court costs; he will also lose his driver's license for six months, for the offenses of Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance, a Felony and Criminal Use of a Communication Facility, a felony of the third degree. Officer Bruce Hoffman of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Randall for the offense occurring on Dec. 6, 2014 and October 2014. Agents of the Pennsylvania State Police Vice and Narcotics Unit also arrested Randall following investigation of the incidents.

    Lyndon Johnson, 52, Sayre, 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 violated during those two years, probation will be revoked and if there is a violation more incarceration will be imposed. Johnson will pay fines of $1,750.00 and restitution of $100.00, for the offenses of Persons not to Possess a Firearm, a felony of the second degree and Criminal Trespass, a felony of the third degree. Officers Nathan Ross and Travis Snyder both of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Johnson for the offenses.

    Jared Keeney, 35, Canton, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 12 months to 48 months, fines of $1,000.00, plus court costs, restitution of $25.00, for the offense of Theft of Licensed Property, felony of the third degree. Trooper Nathan Lewis of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Keeney following investigation of an incident that occurred in Springfield Township.

    Anthony Stone, 26, Gillett, Pa., was sentenced to fines, plus court costs, for the offense of Harassment. Trooper Keith Roman of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Stone following investigation of an incident that occurred in South Creek Township.

    Jeffrey Hoey, 43, Athens, Pa., was resentenced to a term of 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, fines of $1,500.00, plus court costs, he will also lose his driver's license for 18 months, for the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor the first degree. Officer Travis Snyder of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Hoey for the offense occurring on March 22, 2014.

    Benjamin Johnson, 35, of Eufaula, Okla., was sentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 72 hours to six months, fines of $1,000.00, 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. Trooper Christopher Stecik of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Johnson following investigation of an incident that occurred in Wysox Township on Feb. 13, 2015.

    Andrew Drake, 29, Wellsburg, N.Y., was sentenced to Probation supervision for a term of 12 months, fines of $5,000.00, also buy money $110.00, he will lose his driver's license for six months, for the offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance, a misdemeanor. Agents of the Pennsylvania State Police Vice and Narcotics Unit arrested Drake following investigation of an incident that occurred in North Towanda Township.

    Phillip Cosilmon, 25, Sayre, Pa., was sentenced to Probation supervision for a term of six months, fines of $300.00, plus court costs, for the offense of Driving under the Influence, a misdemeanor. Officer Andrew Stevens of the Athens Borough Police Department arrested Cosilmon for the offense on Feb. 28, 2015.

    Joshua Kepner, 28, Wysox, Pa., was sentenced to Probation supervision for a term of 12 months, fines of $500.00, plus court costs, restitution of $150.00 for the offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance, a misdemeanor. Trooper Mike Adams of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Kepner following investigation of an incident that occurred in Towanda Borough in January 2014.

    Shanone Furman, 28, Wysox, Pa., was sentenced to Probation supervision for a term of 12 months, fines of $250.00, plus court costs, restitution of $400.00 for the offense of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. Trooper Mike Adams of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Furman following investigation of an incident that occurred in Towanda Borough in January 2014.

    Trey Ackley, 20, of Canton, Pa., was re-sentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for four months to 11 months, 29 days, probation supervision for a term of 12 months, fines of $400.00, plus court costs, restitution of $10,051.35, for the offense of Criminal Mischief, misdemeanor of the second degree. Officer Trey Kurtz of the Canton Borough Police Department arrested Ackley for the offense occurring on Oct. 12, 2014.

    Jamie McGowan, 28, of Wyalusing, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 21 days to six months, fines of $300.00, plus court costs, for the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Trooper Kevin Hibson of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested McGowan following investigation of an incident that occurred in Asylum Township in June 2013.

    Katie Watkins, 24, of Towanda, Pa., was sentenced to probation supervision for a term of 12 months, fines of $250.00, plus court costs, for the offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance, a misdemeanor. Trooper Robert Hutchison of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Watkins following investigation of an incident that occurred in North Towanda Township in December 2014.

    Cody Odell, 25, of Wyalusing, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 30 days to six months, fines of $750.00, plus court costs, for the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Officer Corey McLinko of the Towanda Borough Police Department arrested Odell for the offense occurring on Sept. 21, 2014.

    Clayton Tillotson, 21, of Canton, Pa., was sentenced to fines of $100.00, plus court costs, for the offense of Purchase, consumption, possess, transport of liquor, a summary offense. Officer Trey Kurtz of the Canton Borough Police Department arrested Tillotson for the offense occurring on Aug. 9, 2014.

    Timothy Ortiz, 27, of Towanda, Pa., was resentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 35 days to six months, fines of $600.00, plus costs for the Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Officer John Werner of the Towanda Borough Police Department arrested Ortiz for the offense occurring on Feb. 14, 2014.

    Krystal Griffin, 34, of Gillett, Pa., was sentenced to Probation supervision for a term of 18 months, fines of $100.00, plus court costs, for the offenses of two counts of Retail Theft, felonies of the third degree. Officer Roger Clink and Officer Denny Slater of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Griffin for the offense occurring on Dec. 8, 2014 and March 12, 2015.

    Scott Vietzen, 32, of Canton, Pa., was resentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for a flat 90 days, 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. Vietzen will pay fines of $750.00, plus court costs, plus restitution of $245.00, for the offense of Theft, a felony of the second degree. Corporal Norman Strauss of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Vietzen following investigation of an incident that occurred in Canton Township.

    GUILTY PLEAS

    Clayton Tillotson, 21, Canton, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Purchase, Consumption, Possess, transport of Liquor a summary offense. Officer Trey Kurtz of the Canton Borough Police Department arrested Tillotson for the offense in August 2014.

    Anthony Stone, 26, Gillett, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Harassment, a summary offense. Trooper Keith Roman of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Stone following investigation if an incident that occurred in South Creek Township.

    Christopher Evans, 19, Canton, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Receiving Stolen Property, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Evans will be sentenced on Sept. 17, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Gabriel Paduck of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Evans following investigation of an incident that occurred in Overton Township.

    Michael Annesi, 36, Endicott, N.Y., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Retail Theft, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Annesi will be sentenced on Sept. 17, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer John Fedorchak of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Annesi for the offense in February 2015.

    Rodney Randall, 33, Nichols, N.Y., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Criminal Use of Communication Facility, a felony of the third degree. Randall was to be sentenced on July 17, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Agents of the Pennsylvania State Police Vice and Narcotics Unit arrested Randall following investigation of an incident that occurred in Sayre Borough.

    Tiffany Westbrook, 28, Horseheads, N.Y., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. Westbrook will be sentenced on Sept. 14, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Joshua Fisher of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Westbrook following investigation of an incident that occurred in Wilmot Township on Jan. 30, 2015.

    James McKean, 29, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. McKean will be sentenced on Sept. 14, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Corey McLinko of the Towanda Borough Police Department arrested McKean for the offense on April 12, 2015.

    Nichole Nichols, 36, Nichols, N.Y., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Theft, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Nichols will be sentenced on Sept. 14, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Terence Foley of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Nichols following investigation of an incident that occurred in Ulster Township.

     

    PLACEMENT IN THE ACCELERATED REHABILITATIVE DISPOSITION (ARD) PROGRAM

    Elizabeth Benjamin, 29, 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 nine months. While on probation, Benjamin will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department, which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Additionally, Benjamin must perform community service with the DUI Litter Brigade. Trooper Tyler Brackman of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Benjamin for the offense on March 14, 2015 for the offense in Wysox Township.

    Brittany Amentler, 24, Athens, Pa., charged with the offense of Recklessly Endangering another Person, was accepted into the ARD Program and placed on probation for a term of 12 months. While on probation, Amentler will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department, which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Officer Timothy Cahill of the Athens Borough Police Department filed the charges in March 2015 for the offense in Athens Borough.

    Mitchell McPhillips, 21, Barton, 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 McPhillips will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Additionally, McPhillips 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 Terence Foley of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested McPhillips for the offense.


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  • 08/15/15--21:00: Police briefs, 8/16/15
  • DUI charges

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

    Michael Evan Losey, 44, of Canton, by Pennsylvania State Police for a crash at 10:20 a.m. June 22 on McFadden Road in Canton Township.

    Losey was also charged with two counts of "The Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act: Prohibited Acts; Penalties," according to court papers filed with the office of Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox of Troy. Trooper Joseph Bufalino said the driver of the vehicle in the crash had fled the scene, and was located and detained by the Canton Borough Police Department on Route 414, approximately one-half mile east of the crash scene. He was brought back to the crash scene, in custody of the Canton Borough Police. The driver was identified as Losey. According to the trooper, Losey's pupils were constricted and his voice was slurred and raspy. After a standardized field sobriety test, Losey was placed under arrest for DUI. An affidavit notes that Losey's blood was drawn and laboratory tests indicated the presence of 24 ng/mL of Alprazolam and 97 ng/ML of morphine (free).

    Losey was scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing in DUI court Aug. 14 before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark.

    Alicia Rebecca Brickey, 18, of Saylorsburg, Pa., by Canton Borough Police following a traffic stop late July 2 along Route 14 near the intersection of Route 14 and Windfall Road in Alba.

    Brickey was also charged with careless driving, a violation of "driving on roadways laned for traffic," and a violation of "maximum speed limits 55 mph zone," according to court papers filed with the office of Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox of Troy.

    After receiving a report of a reckless driver around 10:38 p.m. in Canton, Canton Police Sgt. Trey Kurtz said he saw a 2002 Saturn sedan traveling north on Route 14, and according to his calibrated and authorized speedometer, the vehicle appeared to be traveling at approximately 74-76 mph in a clearly posted 55 mph zone. Also, he saw both of the driver's side tires cross the double yellow line on three occasions and the passenger side tires cross the white fog line on two occasions, all within a distance of approximately a mile. He activated his emergency lights and sirens, and initiated a traffic stop along Route 14 near the intersection of Route 14 and Windfall Road. He identified the driver as Brickey. Kurtz observed Brickey and her passenger making slow, sluggish movements while trying to locate their paperwork. Around 1:36 p.m. July 20, Kurtz received a fax informing him that Brickey's blood contained findings of marijuana (Delta-9 THC) and morphine the night of her arrest.

    Wilcox said Brickey is scheduled to appear in DUI court Aug. 28 before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark of Towanda.


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    One injured in crash

    CLEVELAND TOWNSHIP - A Catawissa man was injured in a one-vehicle crash at 5:35 p.m. Saturday in the area of Pine Swamp Road, Cleveland Township.

    Locust Township Police Cpl. Christopher Snyder reported a 2007 Nissan Frontier, driven by Jacob A. Schoch, 30, of 31 Birch Lane, was traveling north on Pine Swamp Road when he struck a tree head-on.

    Schoch was taken to Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, where he was treated and released while the vehicle had to be towed from the scene. Snyder said that charges are pending the results of toxicology tests.

    Assisting Locust Township Police at the scene were Ralpho Township Cpl. Bryon Chowka, and members of the Valley Chemical Fire Department, Roaring Creek Valley Quick Response Squad, the Bloomsburg Ambulance Company and the Berwick Ambulance Company.


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  • 08/16/15--21:00: Court notes
  • Keith Wintersteen and Tammy Wintersteen to Jamie Ryan Conklin for $127,000; 689 Ridge Road, Hollenback Township.

    Adam M. Kamor and Amy Decker to Michael J. Cleary and Cheryl Cleary for $242,000; 37 Reliance Drive, Wilkes-Barre.

    Nancy T. Kanjorski (per attorney in fact) and Russell Kanjorski (attorney in fact) to Zachary C. Pientka and Carrie M. Winters for $124,000; 117 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke.


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  • 08/17/15--21:00: Police Briefs 8/18/2015
  • Towanda teen victim of theft

    Someone stole two lug nuts on a passenger side front tire of a vehicle operated by 19-year-old Haley Edsell of Towanda, police said. A third lug nut had been loosened, state police said.

    Edsell discovered the theft after she found there was an obvious malfunction in her vehicle's steering at 6:45 p.m. on Aug. 7 on James Monroe Avenue in Monroe Borough, police said.

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

    Two charged with theft in Wysox Twp.

    James Taylor, 27, of Monroeton and a 15-year-old male from Towanda are accused of stealing approximately 15 steel railroad tie plates from an area of the railroad tracks near Shiner Road in Wysox Township, police said.

    After taking the items, the duo cashed the plates in for money at Towanda Iron & Metal in Towanda, police said.

    Taylor and the 15-year-old male were both charged with theft by unlawful taking, state police said.

    The incident occurred at approximately 1 p.m. on July 28, police said.

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

    Warren Center man charged with theft

    Jonas S. Mast, 23, of Warren Center is accused of renting a Heatstar HS75KT heater from Best Line Equipment for one week, and never returning it, police said.

    The rental of the heater occurred in November 2014, police said.

    As a result of this incident, Mast has been charged with receiving stolen property and theft of leased property, police said.

    Best Line Equipment had sent certified letters to Mast to try to get him to return the heater, police said.

    Mast has been sent a summons which orders him to appear for a preliminary hearing on the charges on Sept. 9 in Towanda District Court.

    Burglary in Towanda Twp.

    State police are investigating the report of a burglary that occurred sometime in the month of March at a residence on State Route 220 in Towanda Township.

    According to police, an unknown person cut the screen door of a residence before going inside and stealing a jewelry box containing a wedding band and two necklaces.

    Mailboxes damaged in Wyalusing Twp.

    State police are investigating a report of criminal mischief that occurred during the early hours of Aug. 13 on Sterling Hill Road in Wyalusing Township.

    According to police, an unknown person damaged the mailboxes of Valerie Millard, 50; Rodney Millard, 77; and Douglas Brown, 64.

    DUI charges

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

    Stephanie Defelice, 18, of Canton, by the Canton Borough Police Department following a traffic stop at 2:02 a.m. July 20 on South Minnequa Avenue in Canton.

    Defelice was also charged with DUI: Minors - First Offense, a summary violation of "driving on roadways laned for traffic," and summary careless driving, according to court papers filed with the office of Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox of Troy.

    According to an affidavit, Defelice's blood-alcohol content was .038 percent.

    An employee at Wilcox's office said Defelice faces a preliminary Sept. 11 in DUI Court before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark of Towanda.

    Roy Matthew Richardson, 22, of Columbia Cross Roads, by Pennsylvania State Police following an incident at 4:50 a.m. June 12 on Route 14 in the area of Cummings Lumber in Troy Township.

    Richardson was also charged with two counts of a violation of The Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act: Prohibited Acts; Penalties; summary stopping, standing, and parking outside business and residence districts; and summary careless driving, according to court papers filed with the office of Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox of Troy.

    Trooper Albert Levanavage noted in an affidavit that he saw a pickup truck facing southwest, with half of the truck on the southbound lane of travel, with the front onto the west side roadway edge. He said the truck had heavy right front end damage, with both right side tires flat, and it was clear that it had been involved in a crash at another location. Richardson was observed behind the steering wheel, and was acting as if he were intoxicated.

    Richardson's blood test showed that he had Alprazolam, Alpha-Hydroxyalprazolam and oxycodone in his system, while operating a motor vehicle, police said.

    He faces a preliminary hearing in DUI Court Aug. 28.


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    Crash

    RALPHO TOWNSHIP - Police here are investigating a one-vehicle crash that occurred at 12:49 p.m. Monday when a silver Honda Accord sedan driven by Steven Hricenak, 18, was traveling west on Route 54 and lost control while attempting to turn on to Bear Gap Road. According to Ralpho Township Police, the Elysburg man struck a utility pole and heavily damaged his car. Hricenak sustained no injuries and his car was towed from the scene by Tire Ranch, Elysburg. Assisting Ralpho Township Police Chief Stu Appel at the scene were the Elysburg and Overlook fire departments, Elysburg Ambulance and fire police. Crews from PPL's Marion Heights substation responded to replace the damaged pole.

    Retail theft

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Police charged Christopher E. Ransel, 46, of 236 S. Shamokin St., Shamokin, with retail theft for allegedly attempting to take merchandise valued at $89.88 from Walmart Supercenter July 20.

    Drug paraphernalia

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Charles Troup III, 21, of 536 N. Second St., Shamokin, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia after police said he was found with drug paraphernalia at the intersection of Owl and Independence streets shortly before midnight Aug. 2.

    Theft

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Tiffany Haddock, 31, of 719 E. Independence St., Shamokin, faces charges of theft and receiving stolen property after police said she stole blank checks from John Oravitz's residence, 612 S. Shamokin St., Shamokin, sometime between July 11 and 15.

    Police said Haddock used the checks to make purchases to her own benefit totalling $912.55 at Walmart Supercenter.

    Criminal mischief

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Heather Buch, of 933 W. Spruce St., reported an unknown person scratched her 2002 Hyundai Sonata while it was parked on Spruce Street near her house.

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


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  • 08/18/15--21:00: Police Briefs 8/19/2015
  • Sayre arrest leads to drug charges

    Alexander William Joseph Arnold, 23, of Lawrenceville, was charged with drug possession and drug paraphernalia possession by Sayre Borough Police on June 25, according to Sayre police.

    Police said they observed two males talking then walk in separate directions after seeing the patrol vehicle.

    One male, later identified as Arnold, was stumbling while walking and appeared to be hiding something in his hand, police said.

    Police said they saw Arnold drop four baggies containing white powder on the ground.

    After arresting Arnold, police found a hypodermic needle, a metal spoon, two empty baggies with powder residue, and a pipe with burnt marijuana residue, police said,

    The substance in the four baggies Arnold dropped tested positive for heroin, police said.

    Arnold has been issued a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on Sept. 22 for his preliminary hearing.

    Sayre man charged with assault

    Sayre Borough Police charged Tyler James Vanhousen, 22, of Sayre, with two counts of simple assault and two counts of harassment on July 31 after Vanhousen punched two individuals, according to Sayre police.

    Police said the victims saw three individuals, one of which was yelling profanities, walking by one of the victim's residences.

    The individuals later walked by again and the same person yelled at the victims, police said.

    The individual, later identified as Vanhousen, approached the victims and began insulting them and demanded cigarettes, police said.

    When the victim told Vanhousen "no," Vanhousen punched him in the face causing his nose to bleed, then turned to the other victim and punched him in the temple, knocking the victim's glasses off, police said.

    Vanhousen's friend pulled him back and Vanhousen ran off after the victims said they would call police, police said.

    Vanhousen has been issued a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on Sept. 22 for his preliminary hearing.

    Sexual assault in Windham Twp.

    State police are investigating a report of sexual assault relating to a June 29 incident in Windham Township.

    According to police, a 7-year-old male is suspected of sexually assaulting two males aged 7 years old and 5 years old.


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    Underage drinking

    SHAMOKIN - Cpl. Jarrod Scandle has cited six teens for underage drinking involving a party at 116 S. Second St. in the early morning hours of Aug. 5.

    Cited were Christopher McCabe, 19, of 52 Berry St., Coal Township; Cheyenne Popewczak, 19, of 3560 Upper Road, Shamokin; Jacob P. Schweitzer, 18, of 1700 Pulaski Ave., Coal Township; Catelin Pancher, 19, of 4254 Upper Road, Shamokin; a 17-year-old Paxinos female, and a 17-year-old Elysburg female.

    Furnishing charge

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Charles Amos Troup III, 21, of 536 N. Second St., Shamokin, was charged by Cpl. Joshua Wynn with furnishing beer to an 18-year-old female June 27 in the 1100 block of West Arch Street.

    Troup also was charged by Patrolman Christopher Lapotsky with possession of drug paraphernalia involving an Aug. 2 incident at Independence and Owl streets, where he was found with a tinfoil smoking pipe.

    He was arraigned Tuesday by Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III and committed to county prison in lieu of $6,000 bail on both charges.

    Guilty pleas

    SHAMOKIN - Three defendants pleaded guilty to charges Tuesday and were each ordered by Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III to pay a $200 fine plus costs.

    Rachel Graham, 32, of 343 S. Diamond St., Shamokin, pleaded guilty to a summary of retail theft. An additional charge of criminal conspiracy to commit retail theft was withdrawn.

    Graham was charged by Coal Township Cpl. Joshua Wynn with stealing $327.30 worth of merchandise from Walmart Supercenter Oct. 24.

    Drew Wagner, 25, and Marilyn Hughes, 23, both of 831 E. Clay St., Shamokin, pleaded guilty to harassment. An additional charge of simple assault was withdrawn against both defendants.

    The couple were charged by Shamokin Patrolman Raymond Siko II in a July 15 domestic dispute.

    DUI

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Theodore Pietkewicz, 42, of 904 E. Sunbury St., Shamokin, was charged by Patrolman David Sage with two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol relating to a July 13 incident on Reinhart Road.

    Police said Pietkewicz had a blood-alcohol content of .169 percent.

    Disorderly conduct

    SHAMOKIN - Alysia A. Haller, 32, of 29 N. Seventh St., Shamokin, was cited by Patrolman Raymond Siko II for two counts of disorderly conduct involving a disturbance at 6:45 p.m. Aug. 7 in the first block of North Seventh Street.

    Police reported Haller is accused of screaming at a neighbor, throwing garbage and breaking glass in the street.

    Ibn M. Islam, 38, of 25 N. Seventh St., Shamokin, was cited by Siko for disorderly conduct for screaming at a neighbor relating to the same disturbance.

    Disorderly conduct

    SHAMOKIN - A 17-year-old boy, a 16-year-old boy, a 14-year-old boy and a 13-year-old boy, all of Shamokin, were cited by Patrolman Shane Mowery for disorderly conduct after they cursed, screamed and threatened to assault someone in the 300 block of South Pearl Street at 6:48 p.m. Friday.

    Jose Caban, 32, of 17 S. Rock St., Shamokin, was also cited by Mowery for disorderly conduct for cursing, screaming and threatening a man while holding a shovel during the same incident.

    Criminal mischief

    SHAMOKIN - Stefani Manzoni, 24, of 716 Follies Road, Dallas, was cited by Cpl. Bryan Primerano with criminal mischief after police said she intentionally damaged a window at 1 E. Arch St. at 7:23 a.m. Aug. 8.

    City police requested Manzoni pay $98.36 in restitution.

    Trespass

    SHAMOKIN - A 15-year-old Coal Township boy and two 15-year-old Shamokin boys were cited by Patrolman Scott Weaver with criminal trespass and violating a city curfew ordinance after police said they entered the Lawton W. Shroyer Memorial Pool through a fence shortly before 1 a.m. Aug. 4.

    Harassment

    SHAMOKIN - Kyle Gulliver, 18, of 805 E. Dewart St., Shamokin, was cited by Patrolman Shane Mowery with harassment for allegedly striking and shoving another person at around 10:30 p.m. Friday at 140 W. Lincoln St.

    Underage drinking

    SHAMOKIN - A 17-year-old Shamokin boy was cited by Patrolman Raymond Siko II for underage drinking, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness after police said he was found intoxicated at around 11 p.m. Aug. 7 at the intersection of Pearl and Willow streets.


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  • 08/19/15--21:00: Court notes 8/20/15
  • Federal National Mortgage Association (per attorney in fact) and Fannie Mae (per attorney in fact) and Urden Law Offices P.C. (attorney in fact) to Donna S. Ashley for $75,000; 258 Snow Valley Drive, Butler Township.

    Wells Fargo Bank to Stephen R. Williams and Mary Ann Williams for $100,000; 981 Swamp Road, Lehman Township.

    Carmen Bolin and Mary Beth Bolin to Center Street Holdings LLC for $101,000; 19 W. Dorrance St., Kingston.

    John Hicks and Erin Hicks to Weichert Workforce Mobility Inc. for $218,000; 12 Independence Road, Wright Township.

    Weichert Workforce Mobility Inc. to Nicole Oravic for $218,000; 12 Independence Road, Wright Township.

    William A. Javer (per attorney in fact) and Shirley D. Javer and Shirley Javer (attorney in fact) and Shirley Javer to William E. Quinn and Melissa Quinn for $110,000; 1301 Lakeside Drive, Harveys Lake.

    David W. Stull and Thomas M. Stull and Gary T. Stull to Many L. Lloyd for $75,000; 226 Taft St., Hanover Township.


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    Liquor law violation

    MOUNT CARMEL - Nicholas M. Gummel, owner of the Silver Spur at 249-251 S. Oak St., Mount Carmel, has been cited by the state Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement for selling liquor and/or malt beverages after his liquor license expired March 31.

    Police said the offense occurred April 3 and April 4.

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

    Disorderly conduct

    SHAMOKIN - Brenton Foreman, 18, of 405 S. Fifth St., Shamokin, was cited by Patrolman Scott Weaver for disorderly conduct involving a disturbance at the Fifth Street playground at 9:40 a.m. Tuesday.

    Retail theft

    SHAMOKIN - Patrolman William Miner has charged Julie A. Bielski, 50, of 124 W. Mulberry St., Shamokin, with retail theft for allegedly removing two pain relief pills and consuming them at the Dollar General at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 1.

    Public drunkenness

    SHAMOKIN - David J. Swatski Jr., 33, of 543 E. Arch St., Shamokin, was cited by Patrolman William Miner for public drunkenness and disorderly conduct relating to a disturbance at 5:30 a.m. Aug. 7 in the 300 block of South Diamond Street.

    Police said Swatski pounded on a door and challenged people to fight.

    Criminal mischief

    MONROE TOWNSHIP - An unknown person or persons shot windows of Tedd's Landing, 45 Route 11, with a BB gun between 2 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday in this Snyder County township. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at Selinsgrove at 570-374-8145.


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  • 08/19/15--21:00: Police briefs, 8/20/15
  • Monroeton man arrested on charges of theft

    James Arnold Taylor, 27, of Monroeton has been charged with theft by unlawful taking or disposition, corruption of minors and criminal trespass relating to a July 28 incident at railroad tracks near Shiner Road in Wysox Township.

    According to police, Taylor stole approximately 15 railroad tie plates and subsequently scrapped them at Towanda Iron and Metal.

    Taylor committed the crime while with a juvenile male, police said.

    Taylor has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton at 1 p.m. on Sept. 8 for a preliminary hearing.

    Towanda man charged for lying to police

    Derick C. Fabyan, 27, of Towanda has been charged with making false reports to law enforcement after police say he lied about being raped on Aug. 9 on Mix Avenue in Towanda Borough.

    Megan's Law investigation

    State police are investigating the report of a 33-year-old male from Laceyville failing to comply with registration requirements regarding the Megan's Law sex offender registration.

    According to police, the report was received on Aug. 4 at the state police barracks in Towanda.

    Man accused of kicking dog gets charged

    Zakary R. Pentycofe, 21, of Lowman, N.Y. has been charged with cruelty to animals after police say he punched and kicked his dog on Aug. 11 at a property on Monkey Run Road in Ridgebury Township.

    According to police, charges are currently pending through the courtroom of Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox.

    Weedwacker reported stolen

    State police are investigating a report of theft relating to a stolen weedwacker, which was taken sometime between July 12 and July 13 from a property on Bumpville Road in Rome Township.

    According to police, the lawn equipment belonged to Leon Wade Mosier, 51, of Ulster. The investigation continues, police said.

    Hit-and-run accident occurs in Wysox Twp.

    An unoccupied Chrysler Sebring was recently struck in the rear end by a hit-and-run driver when it was legally parked at the Tops supermarket in Wysox Township, police said.

    The Chrysler Sebring is owned by Alice L. Krotzer of Towanda, police said.

    The vehicle that struck the Chrysler was a silver-colored Jeep, which was occupied by two males, state police said.

    The accident occurred at 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 9, state police at Towanda said.

    Towanda woman charged with criminal trespass

    Elizabeth Rae Benjamin, 29, of Towanda was recently charged with criminal trespass, police said.

    The charge stems from an Aug. 12 incident in which Benjamin was allegedly on Catherine Short's property in Towanda Township, knowing that she was not allowed to be there, police said.

    Short has full custody of the children of Benjamin and her son, and Benjamin is allowed to be on Catherine Short's property only during her supervised visits, state police said.

    Towanda man charged with supplying alcohol to minor

    Darwin Dario Pitty-Deleon of Towanda is accused of supplying beer on the night of July 22 to a 19-year-old female, police said.

    Pitty-Deleon, 26, was charged with the third-degree misdemeanor of selling or furnishing liquor or malt or brewed beverages to a minor, police said.

    State police at Towanda said they interviewed Pitty-Deleon and the female about the crime in the early morning hours of July 23 in a parking lot off State Street in Towanda.

    Ulster man injured in crash

    Riley J. Gorsline, 18, of Ulster, suffered minor injuries after crashing a Buick Century on James Street in Sheshequin Township on July 28 at about 9:33 p.m., Towanda state police said.

    Gorsline was heading north along a left curve and traveled off the east side of the roadway, police said.

    The Buick struck a tree after leaving the road, police said.

    Gorsline was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident, police said.

    Police said Gorsline was taken to Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital for his injuries.

    Gorsline was cited for driving at an unsafe speed, according to police.

    BB gun found in Ridgebury Twp.

    Towanda state police found a Daisy BB gun in a field on Thompson Hill Road in Ridgebury Township on Aug. 13, police said.

    Anyone with information regarding the owner of the BB gun is asked to contact state police at (570) 265-2186 and reference incident number P05-0819255.

    Gillett man charged with DUI

    Wesley Richard Pellor, 21, of Gillett, was charged with driving under the influence by Towanda state police on Aug. 15 after striking an electronic flare that belonged to the Ridgebury Township Fire Company at a crash scene, police said.

    Retail theft charge filed against Sayre man

    Athens Township Police charged David Joseph Fassett with retail theft and drug paraphernalia possession on Aug. 18 after Fassett attempted to steal $232.01 worth of merchandise from the Elmira Street Walmart in Athens Township, Athens police said.

    Fassett was charged after Walmart's asset protection associate witnessed him remove several items from their packaging and place them in his pockets before leaving the store through the garden section, police said.

    When police searched Fassett, they found a hollowed out pen that had a strong odor of burnt marijuana, police said.

    According to police, Fassett pleaded guilty to a retail theft charge in the past and was arrested on July 30 for retail theft at the Elmira Street K-Mart in Athens Township.

    Fassett was remanded to the Bradford County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.

    Fassett will appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on Aug. 25 for his preliminary hearing.

    DUI charges

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

    Barbara Jane Powell, 52, of Wyalusing, by state police, on Aug. 1, on Route 6 near Goff Road in Standing Stone Township. Powell has also been charged with failing to stay in her lane, littering from a vehicle and careless driving. A blood test revealed on the day of her arrest Powell had a blood alcohol content of .244 percent. She has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark at 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 11 for a preliminary hearing.

    Katlyn Theresa Fuller, 23, of Wysox, by the Towanda police, on June 13, on Main Street in Towanda. A blood test showed that Fuller's blood alcohol content was .258 percent on the day of her arrest.


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    Money stolen

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Rosemarie Dunick, of Coal Run Road, reported to township police someone broke into her home and stole $270 in cash between 1 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Monday. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 570-644-0333.

    Jewels stolen

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Taylor Marie Dettrey, 28, of 2012 N. Fourth St., Harrisburg, is charged by Patrolman Chris Lapotsky with two counts each of theft and receiving stolen property for separate incidents.

    Dettrey is accused of stealing $927 in jewelry from the home of Janet Eveland, 48, of 832 W. Pine St., between Dec. 6, 2013, and Jan. 6, 2014. Dettrey also is accused of stealing jewelry from the home of Kenneth Kline, 46, of 1750 W. Gowen St., and pawning it in Shamokin for $235.15 Feb. 4, 2013.

    Drug charges

    SHAMOKIN - Cpl. Bryan Primerano has charged Kenneth R. Sampsell Jr., 20, of 135 Birch St., Shamokin, with felonies of delivery of spice, possession with intent to deliver spice, criminal conspiracy and criminal use of a communication facility and a misdemeanor of possession of spice.

    The charges relate to a June 16 incident in the city in which Sampsell allegedly sold spice to an informant for $30.

    DUI

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Jose A. Caban, 32, of 17 S. Rock St., Shamokin, was charged by Cpl. Terry Ketchem with two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol, careless driving and driving without a license relating to an Aug. 1 accident on Route 61 near Palmer's Diner.

    Police reported Caban, who had a blood-alcohol content of .127 percent, was operating a vehicle that struck a road sign and several reflectors, causing a flat tire and damage to the front headlight assembly and oil pan.

    DUI

    SHAMOKIN - Patrolman William Miner has charged Jarid M. Spears, 24, of 923 W. Mulberry St., Coal Township, with two counts of driving under the influence of a controlled substance, driving under suspension and careless driving involving a July 17 accident at 2 N. Eighth St.

    Police said Spears, whose vehicle struck a parked vehicle, was driving under the influence of lorazepam and morphine.


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  • 08/20/15--21:00: Court notes 8/21/15
  • Senior Judge Joseph Augello, presiding Thursday over Luzerne County Domestic Relations Contempt Court, ordered warrants issued for the following defendants:

    Darison Gonzalez Arman, 318 Juniper St., Hazleton; $16,497.

    Carlos Taveras, 55 N. Laurel St., Apt. 3N, Hazleton; $1,364.

    Keith Wasiakowski Jr., 67 Sylvanus St., Wilkes-Barre; $676.

    William Youells III, 148 Jackson St., Edwardsville; $2,388.

    Susan Sarin, 123 Summit St., Kingston; $1,085.

    Michael Telesco, 413 E. Mountain Ridge MH, Plains Township; $258.

    Christopher Simonson, 93 Trethaway St., Wilkes-Barre; $2,754.

    Jon Grissom, 277 E. Grove St., Kingston; $2,314.

    David Lesh, 75 R. Rock St., Hughestown; $4,267.

    Kenneth Shefler, HC 1 Box 172A, Thornhurst; $488.

    Earl C. Allen, 1424 N. Sherman St., York; $1,430.

    John Derhammer Jr., 129½ E. Broad St., Nanticoke; $3,930.

    Charles Brooks Sr. 11 E. Grand St., Nanticoke; $817.

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


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