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  • 08/31/15--21:00: Police Briefs 9/1/2015
  • Lawn mower in Rome Twp. stolen

    A lawn mower and gas can owned by Eric Scott Fick, 24, of Rome was stole from a property on Crimson Maple Lane sometime between the dates of Aug. 8 and Aug. 19, according to a press release from state police.

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

    Cabin burglarized in Wilmot Twp.

    A cabin on Oak Hill Road in Wilmot Twp. belonging to Jacqueline Schmid, 74, of Philadelphia was broken into sometime between Aug. 2 and Aug. 20, according to a press release from state police.

    Although nothing inside the residence was taken or damaged, the cabin did sustain some damage while being broken into, police said.

    Anyone with information can contact state police at (570) 265-2186.

    Two women charged with disorderly conduct

    Macee Raub, 23, of Troy and Skylar Overpeck, 25, of Wysox have been charged with disorderly contact after police say they argued with each other and caused a public disturbance after being told to stop on Aug. 25 on Maximus Lane in Rome Township.

    Reckless driver in South Creek

    State police are investigating a report of criminal mischief that occurred at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 22 at the South Creek Fire Department in South Creek Township.

    According to police, an unknown person driving a white with black trim 1990s model Jeep Cherokee, which had a dent in the passenger side front door, entered the department's parking lot and did several donuts. The burnout sent several rocks into the fire station's glass entry door, causing damage.

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

    Man fires gun near neighbor

    Cletus Howard Roediger, 31, of Rome has been charged with a misdemeanor count of recklessly endangering another person and disorderly conduct relating to a 9:30 p.m. incident on Aug. 7 on Merry Go Round Road in Windham Township.

    According to police, Roediger saw a suspicious vehicle parked at the end of his neighbor's driveway and went outside with a friend to investigate. Inside the vehicle, Roediger's neighbor sat behind the driver's seat of a newly purchased vehicle, which Roediger did not recognize, as she finished listening to an audio book before parking the car.

    When Roediger and his friend approached the vehicle, Roediger's neighbor saw the two men illuminated by brake lights and rolled the window down, which is when Roediger discharged a .45 caliber handgun, police said.

    Roediger's neighbor asked if the two men just shot something at her, to which the men responded, "It was a firecracker," police said.

    According to police, when interviewing Roediger about the incident, he originally insisted that a firecracker caused the noise. However, after police confronted him with a .45 caliber shell casing found at the scene, Roediger admitted to firing his handgun, police said.

    He has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 15 for a preliminary hearing.

    DUI charge

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

    Allen Lamar Goodman, 35, of Waycross, Ga., by Athens Township Police, on Aug. 29, on U.S. Route 220 in Athens Township. Goodman has also been charged with driving with an expired registration. Goodman later refused to submit to a blood alcohol test to determine his blood alcohol content. Goodman was remanded to the Bradford County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bail. Goodman will appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on Sept. 8 for his preliminary hearing.


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    Juvenile car thief

    MOUNT CARMEL - A juvenile was charged with theft and related offenses after allegedly stealing the same car twice in two days last week.

    Mount Carmel Borough Police Cpl. David Donkochik reported a 17-year-old from Mount Carmel took a vehicle Thursday at Third and Locust streets then returned it to the same area only to steal the vehicle again Aug. 28.

    The juvenile was charged with two counts each of receiving stolen property, theft and drivers required to be licensed.

    Scattering rubbish

    MOUNT CARMEL - Diane M. Hutko, 47, of 230 S. Plum St., Mount Carmel, was cited for scattering rubbish by Mount Carmel Borough Police Patrolman Kevin Katch for throwing household items out the second floor window of her residence and onto the street at 3 p.m. Aug. 14.

    Harassment

    MOUNT CARMEL - Ashley R. Yorks, 22, of 216 W. Avenue, was cited for harassment after allegedly struck her mother, Sheila Labate, in the head at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 14. The citation was filed by borough police Cpl. David Donkochik.

    Underage drinking

    MOUNT CARMEL - Joseph R. Schmoyer, 18, of 215 S. Maple St., was cited for underage drinking by borough police Patrolman Matthew Dillman related to an incident at Fifth and Market streets at 4:30 a.m. Aug. 18.

    Public drunkenness

    MOUNT CARMEL - Borough police Patrolman William Adamski cited a 13-year-old Mount Carmel juvenile with public drunkeness after the youth was found under the influence of synthetic spice while in the gazebo area at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 19.

    Harassment

    MOUNT CARMEL - Jennifer Diamond, 36, and Lance Glenney, 27, both of 337 E. Seventh St., were cited by Patrolman Justin Stelma with harassment after a 6 a.m. disturbance Aug. 16. Police allege the individuals struck each other, causing injury.

    Dog running at large

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Miranda Canouse, 20, of 127 Main St., was cited by Patrolman Chris Lapotsky, for allowing her dogs to run at large Aug. 20.


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    DUI charges filed

    ELYSBURG - Ralpho Township Police charged Brent M. Forbes, 24, of 4499 Route 125, Coal Township, with driving under the influence, driving with the highest rate of alcohol in their system and driving with an open container of alcohol in the vehicle.

    The charges stem from a May 15 traffic stop by township police officer Chris Dailey in the area of Spruce Street, Elysburg. According to police, chemical testing showed his blood alcohol level to be .161 at the time of the stop. The vehicle he was driving also had a partially consumed beer can and several empty cans inside.

    The charges were filed with Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones, of Mount Carmel, with a preliminary hearing scheduled for Sept. 23.

    Defiant trespass

    MOUNT CARMEL - A borough woman faces trespassing charges after refusing to leave an East Avenue residence Aug. 22.

    Police reported Amanda M. Lotis, 32, of 137 W. Avenue was inside the home of another individual. Lotis told police she was there to get her clothes and cell phone, but was visibly under the influence of alcohol. Lotis was allegedly told the day before that she was not welcome at the residence.

    One individual, Kevin McCarthy, told police that Lotis allegedly through a cell phone at him and later slapped him in the face.

    Police charged Lotis with defiant trespass and harassment. The case is filed with Magisterial District Judge Hugh A. Jones. A preliminary hearing is scheduled Sept. 23.

    Needles found

    MOUNT CARMEL - Christine G. McIntyre, 47, of 322 N. Oak St., was charged with possession of a controlled substance after state parole agents found syringes and a spoon, used for ingesting narcotics into the body, during an Aug. 24 search of McIntyre's residence.

    The charges were filed by Lt. Chris Buhay of the Mount Carmel Borough Police Department with Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones, of Mount Carmel. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 23.

    DUI

    RUSH TOWNSHIP - Jason Davis, 39, of 22 S. Sherman St., Coal Township, was charged with driving under the influence and driving on roadway laned for traffic, and careless driving by state police trooper Todd Leiby following a traffic stop in State Route 4004 near Hill Road, Rush Township.

    Chemical testing showed Davis was under the infulence of drugs at the time of the stop. The charges were filed with Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones, of Mount Carmel with a preliminary hearing scheduled for Sept. 16.

    Disorderly conduct

    WILBURTON - A Kulpmont man was charged with two counts of disorderly conduct after giving residents along Wilburton Road a scare July 21.

    Mount Carmel Township Police charged Jeffrey S. Gabel, 30, of 640 Chestnut St., Apt. 5, after police received reports of a bloody man walking in the afternoon with a large butcher knife. Police found Gabel holding several large knives in between his fingers with his arms extended to the sides. When apprehended by the police, officers found numerous pieces of glass in his back pocket.

    The charges were filed with Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones of Mount Carmel, with a preliminary hearing set Sept. 23.

    Drug paraphernalia

    MOUNT CARMEL - Gregory Swatsky, 61, of 211 S. Poplar St., was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia after police, investigating an assault in the area, found a syringe, a spoon with cotton and white residue on it, and other items that Swatsky had placed on the ground when officers arrived.

    The charge was filed by Mount Carmel Borough Police Lt. Chris Buhay with Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones. A preliminary hearing is set Sept. 23.

    Driving while intoxicated

    SHAMOKIN - Koryne M. Dilliplane, 35, of 926 W. Spruce St., Coal Township, was charged with driving under the influence, failure to produce her driver's license on demand, driving without insurance and careless driving. The charges stem from a traffic stop made by state police Trooper Jared Mowen in the area of Spruce and Carbon streets, Shamokin Aug, 13.

    Dilliplane submitted a blood test, which showed her to be under the influence of a number of drugs at the time of the stop. The charges were filed with Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III, of Shamokin. A preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 6.

    Credit card theft

    RIVERSIDE - A Danville man faces charges after trying to activate stolen credit cards in front of police.

    Riverside Borough Police Patrol officer Jennifer Goss reported in court documents that while assisting Danville Police perform an Aug. 7 consent search on Tyler Davis, 25, of 406 E. Front St., Danville.

    Officers observed Davis sitting on a bench with two credit cards and calling the phone number on the cards to activate them. Police told him to do that later and he put the cards in his pocket.

    Later, during a search, Goss found the cards and discovered they were not in his name, but in the name of a woman he does work for in Riverside. Davis allegedly found them under a dresser while moving furniture in her home.

    The victim told police there was no reason for Davis to have the cards.

    Police charged Davis with theft, credit card fraud and receiving stolen property. The charges were filed with Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones, of Mount Carmel, with a preliminary hearing set for Sept. 23.

    Liquor law violations

    MONTOURSVILLE - Two local organizations were cited by the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement for various violations.

    The Brady Fire Company, 700 Maple St., Coal Township, was cited Aug. 20 for failing to charge and collect dues, failure to maintain complete and truthful records covering the operation of the business for a period of two years for the small games of chance act and failure to maintain records in conformity of the liquor code.

    The Mount Carmel Legion Memorial Association, 48-50 W. Avenue, Mount Carmel, was cited Aug. 21. for failing to operate small games of chance in conformity to regulations and selling liquor, malt or brewed beverages after their license expired March 31, 2015.

    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.


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  • 09/01/15--21:00: Police Briefs 9/2/2015
  • Man cited

    State police at Mansfield said a non-traffic citation was filed against Kevin N. Costas, 23, of Canton.

    According to police, Costas drove past a residence six to 10 times, yelling profanities and "you're dead" between approximately 12:30 p.m. and 12:50 p.m. Aug. 23 on Route 414 in Union Township, Tioga County, Pa.

    Burglary investigated

    State police at Towanda said they are investigating a burglary that occurred sometime between 5 p.m. Aug. 3 and 9 p.m. Aug. 9 on Burlington Turnpike in Towanda Township.

    According to police, someone unknown forcefully entered a property, but nothing was taken or disturbed.

    The victim in the incident was Carol J. Zukerman, 62, of Towanda, police said.

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

    People arrested

    State police at Towanda said a 64-year-old Towanda man and a 35-year-old Towanda woman were arrested for an incident that occurred at approximately 4:30 p.m. Aug. 9 on Covered Bridge Road in Burlington Township in which they engaged in a verbal altercation, which became physical.

    Police did not provide the names of the people who were arrested.

    Birds killed by dogs

    Robert Potcher, 66, of Granville Summit, told state police at Towanda that two unidentified large dogs, believed to be Great Danes, killed four chickens, one turkey and one duck at his farm at approximately 9:30 a.m. Aug. 22 on Baxter Hill Road in Granville Summit.

    According to police, one dog was described as gray and the other as spotted.

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

    Walmart theft leads to charge

    Porshea Linnette Moore, 30, of Waverly, was charged with retail theft by Athens Township Police on Aug. 27 when Moore fled the Elmira Street Walmart in Athens Township after being confronted about stealing merchandise, Athens police said.

    According to Walmart's asset protection associate, Moore placed items in her cart then exited the store without paying for them after being confronted.

    Police stopped Moore in her vehicle on Elmira Street and placed her under arrest, police said.

    The total cost of the items Moore attempted to steal is $282.74, police said.

    According to police, Moore had a prior conviction for retail theft from Sayre Borough Police in June.

    Moore was remanded to the Bradford County Correctional Facility in lieu of $20,000 bail.

    Moore will appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on Sept. 8 for her preliminary hearing.

    Columbia Cross Roads woman facing public drunkenness, disorderly conduct charges

    Athens Borough Police charged Tracey Lynn Austin-Osmond, 41, of Columbia Cross Roads, with public drunkenness and disorderly conduct, obscene language, on Aug. 28 after responding to an altercation in the Athens Borough municipal parking lot, Athens police said.

    According to an affidavit, police found Austin-Osmond arguing with a teenage male in the parking lot after she and another male were drinking at several bars.

    Austin-Osmond wanted the teen to ride with her in a vehicle, but the teen was scared due to Austin-Osmond's intoxication, police said.

    Police said Austin-Osmond's speech was slurred, she staggered when walking, and was leaning on a vehicle to stay standing.

    Austin-Osmond was using obscene language and police advised her several times to lower her voice and stop using profanities as minor children were nearby in Teaoga Square, police said.

    Police said Austin-Osmond continued to use profanities despite police telling her not to and police then took her into custody.

    Austin-Osmond has been issued a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on Sept. 29 for her preliminary hearing.

    DUI charges

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

    Lance Eugene Gesford, 32, of Athens, by Athens Borough Police, on July 13, on East Cooper Street and Dogwood Avenue in Athens Borough. Gesford has also been charged with failure to obey stop signs and reckless driving. Gesford later refused a blood alcohol test to determine his blood alcohol content. Gesford has been issued a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark on Sept. 25 for his preliminary hearing.

    Corey Michael Rose, 22, of Athens, by Athens Borough Police, on Aug. 2, on Church Street in Athens Borough. A blood alcohol test later revealed Rose's blood alcohol content to be .223 percent on the day of his arrest. Rose has been issued a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark on Sept. 25 for his preliminary hearing.


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    Van hits pole

    STRONG - John Thomas, 64, of 152 Second St., Strong, escaped injury Wednesday when a van he was driving on East Street crashed into and knocked over a utility pole.

    Mount Carmel Police Chief Brian Hollenbush said Thomas was driving a Chevrolet Venture south on Route 61 at about 4 p.m. when he lost his brakes while turning onto East Street and lost control. The pole, wires and a street light fell onto East Street.

    The van was demolished and towed by Dave's Auto Body. Employees from PPL responded to remove the pole. No power outages were reported.

    Also responding were Kulpmont Police Chief Michael Pitcavage, firefighters from Strong, AREA Services Ambulance and Mount Carmel fire police. The scene was cleared at about 4:45 p.m.

    Trevorton crash

    TREVORTON - No one was injured in a crash involving two parked vehicles and an alleged speeding vehicle at 4:06 p.m. Tuesday in the area of 129 W. Shamokin St.

    Zerbe Township Police Chief Robert John reported that Jared R. P. Stover, 26, of 3614 Upper Road, Shamokin, was traveling west on Shamokin Street in a 2009 Kia Spectra at a high rate of speed when, in pulling into a parking space at the address, he failed to stop in time and struck a parked 1988 Ford F-150 truck, owned by James E. Shingara, of 329 E. Shamokin St.

    The truck was pushed into a parked 2008 Chevrolet Malibu, owned by Jessica Ann Woodward, of 131 W. Shamokin St. Damage to the two parked vehicles was minimal, while Stover's vehicle had moderate damage.

    Police cited Stover for careless driving and driving without insurance.

    Rowdy at G-SACH

    COAL TOWNSHIP - A 15-year-old Shamokin male was cited for disorderly conduct after reportedly becoming unruly at Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital at 8:16 p.m. Friday.

    Township police say the youth, who was in the hospital's emergency room as a patient, became violent toward hospital staff and emergency personnel. The youth made threats and was combative, police said.

    After treatment, he was released to the custody of his parents. The citation was filed with Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III, of Shamokin.

    Garage burglary

    SHAMOKIN TOWNSHIP - State police at Stonington report sometime between Aug. 1 and 21, someone broke into a garage on Poplar Road and removed various vehicle parts owned by Warren Brubaker, of Sunbury, and Glen A. Haupt, of Paxinos.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact state police at 570-286-5601.

    Drug incident

    MOUNT CARMEL - A borough man was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, harassment and public drunkenness following the investigation into a domestic assault at 322 N. Oak St. at 8:55 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 20.

    Lt. Chris Buhay reported police were called to the residence by Christine McIntyre, who stated her boyfriend, David V. Brzostowski, 56, of 322 N. Oak St., struck her in the face and left the residence.

    Brzostowski was found in the area drinking and a preliminary breath test allegedly showed his alcohol level to be .24 percent. When searched, police found a clear glass smoking pipe in his pocket, used to ingest narcotics.

    The charges were filed with Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones, of Mount Carmel, with a preliminary hearing scheduled for Sept. 23.

    Loose tire hits car

    SHAMOKIN TOWNSHIP - No one was injured in a two-car crash on Route 61 in Shamokin Township at 9:30 a.m. Monday.

    State police at Stonington report a 2001 Chevrolet Tracker, driven by Courtney M. Wadeck, 19, of Northumberland, was traveling south on Route 61 when her left front tire came off her vehicle and rolled into the northbound lane, striking a 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier, driven by Betty A., Minium, 37, of Plymouth.

    Neither driver, nor Minium's passenger, Angel M. Minium, 33, of Shamokin, were injured.

    DUI crash

    SHAMOKIN TOWNSHIP - Michael A. Delorso, 51, of 1404 W. Pine St., Coal Township, was charged with driving under the influence, driving on roadways laned for traffic, failure to drive a vehicle at a safe speed and careless driving after the investigation into a one-vehicle crash July 25 on Route 61 near Reading Turnpike Road.

    State police said Delorso said he had been drinking, and as he was approaching a curve, a truck ran him off the road, where his vehicle struck a stone wall. Later, Delorso described it as a car, but there was no evidence at the scene of another vehicle, police said.

    Trooper Nicholas Berger gave Delorso a breath test which showed him to be over the legal limit. Chemical blood testing showed his levels to be at .16 percent at the time, according to police.

    The charges were filed with Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III, of Shamokin, with a preliminary hearing set for Oct. 6.

    Syrup theft

    KULPMONT - Jessica Lynn McCollum, 34, of 651 Chestnut St., was charged with retail theft by Kulpmont Police Chief Michael Pitcavage after allegedly stealing a container of syrup at the Sunoco store on Chestnut Street at 1:47 p.m. Aug. 19. The value of the item was $5.75.

    Disorderly conduct

    KULPMONT - Courtney N. Lynn, 25, of 91 Broad St., Ashland, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and disorderly conduct following an Aug. 10 incident at 11th and Chestnut streets.

    Kulpmont Police Chief Michael Pitcavage reported in court documents that police received a call about a couple in Town Park possibly high on drugs and a caller saying the female pulled a large knife out of a bag.

    When confronted by police, Lynn told officers that she put the knife back in her bag. They then found two yellow straws with a white residue inside them and a clear plastic bag used to package drugs. Lynn told police the bag belonged to someone else who went elsewhere to use the bathroom.

    Witnesses told authorities that Lynn was the only person with the bag.

    Charges were filed with Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones, of Mount Carmel, with a preliminary hearing set for Sept. 23.

    DUI charges filed

    COAL TOWNSHIP - State police at Stonington charged Michael J. Katinsky, 430 W. Fig St., Mount Carmel, with driving under the influence of alcohol and a number of traffic violations after a traffic stop in the area of Route 61 near Walmart on Aug. 12.

    Police stopped Katinsky for driving through a flashing red light and then stopping 100 feet before a steady red light on Route 61. Chemical blood testing showed his alcohol level to be .123 percent at the time of the stop, police said.

    Charges were filed with Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III, of Shamokin, with a preliminary hearing scheduled for Sept. 29.

    Riders cited

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Michael Rumberger, 19, of Trevorton, Bailey Stank, 20, of Coal Township, and Bradlee Shipe, 18, of Coal Township, were cited for trespassing by township police on Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area property.

    Police said Rumberger, on an ATV, and Stank and Shipe, on dirt bikes, rode past several no trespassing signs in the Third Patch of Bear Valley Road at 11:35 a.m. Saturday.

    Coal Township police and AOAA officials remind the public that those caught on AOAA property without permission will be cited for trespassing.


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  • 09/03/15--21:00: Police Briefs, Sept. 4, 2015
  • Police Briefs

    Spencer, N.Y. pair facing drug charges

    Village of Waverly Police charged Amber L. Herman, 23, and Allen R. Hiffner, 29, both of Spencer, N.Y., with drug crimes following a police investigation into a possible DUI.

    Herman was charged with misdemeanor criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degree and endangering the welfare of a child. Hiffner was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and operating a vehicle without a license, police said.

    Police said the suspected vehicle left a Cayuta Avenue business at about 5 p.m. on Aug. 28 and police stopped it on New York State Route 17.

    Hiffner was driving the vehicle and Herman, along with three children all under 7 years old, were passengers in the vehicle, police said.

    Herman and Hiffner are scheduled to answer the charges in the Village of Waverly Justice Court on Sept. 10.

    Felony DWI arrest in Waverly

    Michelle L. Ferguson, 41, was charged with felony DWI and felony aggravated DWI by Village of Waverly Police on Sept. 2, on Broad Street in Waverly, police said.

    Ferguson was also cited for moving from the lane and having an open alcohol container in her vehicle, police said.

    Police said Ferguson struck an unattended parked vehicle on Broad Street.

    No injuries were reported in the accident, police said.

    Ferguson is scheduled to answer the charges in the Village of Waverly Justice Court on Sept. 3.

    Waverly man facing multiple felony charges

    Adam J. Pettit, 35, of Waverly, was charged with misdemeanor criminal possession of a weapon, 4th degree; felony criminal possession of a weapon, 3rd degree; and felony criminal possession of stolen property, 4th degree, by Village of Waverly Police on Sept. 1 following an investigation into a burglary and stolen property report, Waverly Police said.

    Charges were filed after police enacted a search warrant on Pettit's home, where police found Pettit to be in possession of a stolen semi-automatic handgun, police said.

    Pettit is a convicted felon and cannot own or possess firearms, police said.

    Police said Pettit was arraigned in the Nichols, N.Y. Justice Court that evening and was remanded to the Tioga County, N.Y. jail to await further legal action.

    Retail theft charges filed against Waverly man

    Justin Aaron Staats, 25, of Waverly, has been charged with retail theft by Athens Township Police after attempting to steal merchandise from the Elmira Street Walmart in Athens on Sept. 1, Athens police said.

    Walmart's asset protection associate told police they apprehended a shoplifter, later identified as Staats, and said they witnessed him place electronic vehicle equipment and DVDs in a backpack, police said.

    Staats selected grocery items and paid for them at a self checkout aisle, but did not pay for the items in the backpack and exited the store, police said.

    The stolen items totaled $170.97, police said.

    Staats was remanded to the Bradford County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

    Staats will appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on Sept. 8 for his preliminary hearing.


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    Burglary

    MOUNT CARMEL - Borough police are seeking information on a burglary at 138 N. Oak St. that took place while the owner was away Aug. 30 to Sept. 2.

    Police said several items are missing from the residence, including an antique coin collection valued at $17,000; an American Eagle Coin Collection valued at $516; a women's platinum diamond ring, valued at $2,000; several pearl, gold and silver women's necklaces valued at $700, and several small household appliances and bottles of liquor.

    Lt. Christopher Buhay, who is leading the investigation, said several video surveillance cameras are being reviewed, along with other evidence left in the residence. He's asking anyone who may have witnessed suspicious activity to contact the police department at 570-339-6020.

    Hit and run

    MONROE TOWNSHIP - State police at Selinsgrove are continuing their search today for the driver of tractor-trailer involved in a hit-and-run accident at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday on Routes 11-15 near the Susquehanna Valley Mall.

    Police reported the tractor-trailer driver was traveling in the right northbound lane when the rig moved into the left lane and struck a tan Pontiac Sunfire operated by Donna K. Hummel, 59, of Freeburg, who escaped injury.

    Police said the tractor-trailer driver fled the scene.

    The rig is a white truck with a white trailer and has damage to its driver's side trailer area.

    Anyone with information about the accident should call state police at 570-374-8145 and reference incident number F07-1290701.

    Driver, passenger charged

    MOUNT CARMEL TOWNSHIP - Multiple charges have been filed by Patrolman Kelly Campbell against the driver and passenger of a vehicle stopped during a speed enforcement on Route 54 on top of the Natalie Mountain Aug. 11.

    Joanne Marie Rodgers, 45, of 214 Walnut St., Pottsville, is charged with speeding, possession of marijuana and bath salts and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Robert R. Lawson, 50, of 139 Centre St., Apt. 1, Ashland, a passenger in Rodgers' car, is charged with possession of marijuana and bath salts, possession of drug paraphernalia and restrictions on alcoholic beverages.

    Drug paraphernalia

    MOUNT CARMEL - Patrolman William Adamski charged Rick Anthony Wolkoski, 38, of Mount Carmel, with possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia.

    Adamski said Wolkoski was found overdosing on heroin Aug. 10 in the kitchen at 30 N. Vine St. The syringe police believe he used to inject the heroin and packaging for heroin was found nearby.

    Wolkoski was revived with Narcan.

    Disorderly conduct

    SHAMOKIN - John W. Muldor Jr., 23, of 129 N. Rock St., was cited for disorderly conduct by Shamokin City Police Patrolman Scott Weaver for an incident at about 7:22 p.m. Friday at the Shamokin Street playground in which he allegedly got into a disturbance with children and refused to leave.

    Public drunkenness

    SHAMOKIN - Nathan Jones, 49, of 723 E. Packer St., Shamokin, was charged with public drunkenness after he allegedly appeared on a public street intoxicated causing a disturbance outside his house at around 12:30 a.m. Saturday.

    DUI

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Cpl. Terry Ketchem has charged cited Kyler Swatsky, 21, of 701 Chestnut St., Kulpmont, with two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol, depositing waste on a highway or property and careless driving relating to an Aug. 14 incident at the Plaza at Coal Township.

    Ketchem said a traffic stop was initiated after Swatsky was spotted throwing a beer bottle out of the driver's side window and driving in a careless manner.

    Swatsky had a blood-alcohol content of .211 percent, according to Ketchem.

    Guilty pleas

    SHAMOKIN - Two defendants pleaded guilty Tuesday to different charges and were ordered by Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III to pay fines and costs.

    Linda Bojanac, 56, of 317 S. Coal St., Shamokin, pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia and was ordered to pay a $200 fine plus costs and placed on supervised probation for six months.

    An additional charge of possession of a small amount of marijuana was withdrawn.

    Bojanac was charged by Shamokin Cpl. Jarrod Scandle with possessing a smoking pipe and marijuana in the 300 block of South Seventh Street July 23.

    David Seger, 55, of 1026 E. Packer St., Shamokin, pleaded guilty to scattering rubbish and was ordered to pay a $200 fine plus costs and make restitution in the amount of $100 to Transfiguration Ukrainian Catholic Church.

    Seger was charged by Coal Township Patrolman Jason Adams with dumping used tires on the grounds of Transfiguration Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery between Sept. 13 and April 16.

    Public drunkenness

    SHAMOKIN - Roland A. Zerbe, 20, of 916 Cemetery St., Williamsport, was cited by Patrolman Raymond Siko II for public drunkenness and underage drinking relating to an Aug. 3 incident at Rock and Sunbury streets.

    Darren J. Moore, 19, of Muncy Valley, also was cited by Patrolman Scott Weaver for underage drinking involving the same incident.

    Open alcohol

    SHAMOKIN - Eric A. Merrill, 25, of 11 S. Market St., Apt. 2, Shamokin, and James A. Colross, 24, of 640 Hillside Ave., Shamokin, were cited by Police Chief Darwin Tobias III for possessing an open container of alcohol at 1:43 p.m. Tuesday at Market and Montgomery streets.

    Heroin possession

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Detective Jeff Brennan has charged Levi Reigle, 23, of 1244 Chemung St., Coal Township, with possession of heroin involving a May 11 disturbance at his home.

    Drug possession

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Beverly Rosenberger, 36, of 1545 W. Chestnut St., Coal Township, was charged by Detective Jeff Brennan with possessing methamphetamine at her home July 25.

    Theft-related charges

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Patrolman Edward Purcell has charged Thomas Meshach, 26, of Phillipsburg, N.J., with theft, receiving stolen property, criminal mischief, simple assault and harassment involving an Aug. 16 incident.

    According to a criminal complaint filed at the office of Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III, Meshach is accused of punching Jesse Miller in the face several times, causing him to seek medical treatment at a hospital. He also allegedly stole a gold, 2000 Chevrolet owned by Martha Doone and crashed it into a creek behind Anthracite Provision. The vehicle, which sustained moderate damage, had to be towed from the creek.

    Dangerous dog

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Frank Manley, 45, of 853 Center St., Tharptown, was charged by State Dog Warden Mark Rusinko with six misdemeanor counts of failing to comply with the Dog Law Act relating to incidents that began Aug. 15.

    Rusinko reported Manley owns a dangerous male Boxer mix dog named "Butkus" that is not validly registered because he didn't pay a $500 fee. He said the dog also is not properly enclosed and doesn't have a microchip to identify it. The dog warden said the dog is not spayed or neutered and Manley doesn't have a surety bond or liability insurance for it.

    Access device fraud

    MOUNT CARMEL TOWNSHIP - Brittany Ann Gerth, 21, of 141 S. Beech St., Mount Carmel, was charged by Patrolman Kelly Campbell with access device fraud, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and theft by deception for allegedly stealing a gift card from a customer and using it to purchase items while she was employed as a cashier at Boyer's Food Market.

    Police said the offenses occurred in June.

    Guilty plea

    MOUNT CARMEL - Nicholas F. Strohecker, 20, of 218 Strohecker Road, Herndon, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and was ordered by Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones to pay a $250 fine plus costs and placed on supervised probation for six months.

    An additional charge of scattering rubbish was withdrawn.

    Strohecker was charged by Trooper Nicholas Berger of state police at Stonington with dumping a pickup truck load of trash over an embankment along Painted Road in East Cameron Township June 3.


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  • 09/04/15--21:00: Court Notes
  • Thomas W. Jones and Roxie May Jones to Ronald J. Olshemski and Carol J. Olshemski for $218,000; 548 Charles Ave., Kingston.

    Aaron Mishoe (per agent) and Kelli Mishoe (per agent) and Al Deterding to Cartus Financial Corporation for $183,500; 25 Marina Drive, Harveys Lake.

    Cartus Financial Corporation to Matthew C. Mark for $183,000; 25 Marina Drive, Harveys Lake.

    Joseph Walter Yamulla and Barbara M. Yamulla to Joy A. Upright and Kirk A. Upright for $200,900; 111 Crest Road, Hazle Township.

    Vincent A. Malts and Marisa C. Malts to John Miller and Nicole Miller for $290,000; 35 Bow Creek Drive, Fairview Township.

    Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (per attorney in fact) and Phelan Hallinan Diamond & Jones LLP (attorney in fact) to Philip R. Sarti Jr. for $136,000; 33 Tedrick St., Pittston Township.


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  • 09/04/15--21:00: Police Briefs 9/5/2015
  • Man faces possession charge

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

    According to information filed in Clark's office, Paul Henry Dodd, 41, was cited by Towanda police for the above offense following a traffic stop on Aug. 8.

    Officer Corey McLinko reported stopping Dodd's vehicle on Main Street for not having a properly fastened registration plate. During the stop, McLinko reported noticing several open beer cans on the floor of the vehicle. McLinko obtained Dodd's permission to further search the vehicle, in which he found two hypodermic needles, two clear glass smoking pipes and one yellow and purple glass smoking pipe, according to the report. When McLinko asked Dodd who those items belonged to, he replied, "I just got my truck back a little bit ago, but it's my truck so they're mine," the report said.

    Dodd's preliminary hearing has been scheduled before Judge Clark on Oct. 29.

    Man accused of making false statements

    A New Albany man was cited by state police recently on a charge of making false statements to law enforcement authorities.

    According to information filed with Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark, Michael Patric McCarter, 28, was charged with the above offense following a traffic accident on Aug. 31 on U.S. Route 220 in Monroe Township. State police Trooper Joseph Bufalino arrived at the scene around 8:50 p.m. and spoke with McCarter, who identified himself several times as the driver of the vehicle that had earlier crashed at the scene. However, Bufalino reported that when he spoke to several witnesses at the scene they all informed him they had observed another person emerge from the driver's side of the vehicle after the crash, and that person was the only one in the vehicle when the crash occurred. Witnesses indicated the unidentified person fled the scene before the authorities arrived.

    McCarter was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton, who ordered the defendant released on $1,000 non-secured bail. McCarter's preliminary hearing before Judge Clark has been scheduled for Sept. 16.

    Woman charged with simple assault

    A Towanda woman was arrested by state police recently on a charge of simple assault.

    According to papers filed with Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark, Victoria Amber Davis, 21, has also been charged with harassment and criminal mischief.

    Davis is accused of striking and biting another person during a domestic dispute on Aug. 25 in Sheshequin Township. Davis was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton, who ordered the defendant incarcerated in lieu of $5,000 bail. Davis' preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Sept. 9 before Judge Clark.

    Woman charged with striking police officer

    A Towanda woman accused of recently striking and injuring a police officer was ordered incarcerated in lieu of bail.

    According to information filed with Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark, Patricia Joy Briar, 20, has also been charged by Towanda police with simple assault. Briar is accused of striking Patrolman Ryan Edsell in the face during an altercation, bloodying his nose in the process.

    The charges against Briar stem from an incident that occurred on Aug. 27 in Towanda Borough. Edsell reported being contacted by Futures Community Support Services, who advised that one of their residents, Briar, was striking and hitting staff members. Edsell responded to the scene and observed Briar emerge from the building and walk away from the scene at a steady pace. Edsell said he called to Briar and told her to stop as she approached. Briar failed to stop, Edsell reported, and tried walking away at a fast pace. The officer said he took a few steps after Briar and told her, "Patty stop now."

    "As I began to place my hands on the defendant's left arm, she turned around to her left and struck your affiant (Edsell) in the face with her right hand. The right hand of the defendant made contact with your affiant's nose," according to the affidavit.

    Briar was placed under arrest by Edsell, and was secured with handcuffs.

    "As I was placing her in handcuffs, I could feel blood running from both nostrils and could taste blood in my mouth," Edsell reported.

    In addition, the report indicated that Futures staff members witnessed Briar striking Edsell.

    Man charged with default

    A Granville Summit man has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark to answer a charge of default in required appearance.

    According to information filed with Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark, Carl Leonard Marcy, 40, was cited by the Bradford County Sheriff's Office for the above offense. Marcy is accused of failing to show up for a support conference on July 21, in which the accused was suppose to enter into an agreement with the court on the payment of $2,500 to Bradford County Domestic Relations for outstanding arrearage.

    As a result of his failure to appear, a bench warrant was issued for Marcy's arrest. His preliminary hearing before Judge Clark has been scheduled for Oct. 7.

    Man charged with possession

    A Towanda man was cited by borough police recently on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

    According to information filed with Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark, Sean Michael Rought, 18, has also been charged with underage drinking.

    Officer Corey McLinko reported going to Rought's residence on Aug. 22 to speak to him about his vehicle, which was parked at the Little League field on Memorial Park Drive. McLinko said that Rought's mother answered the door and invited him into the residence. McLinko said he went to Rought's room and started speaking to him about his car. While talking to Rought, McLinko said, he noticed a silver grinder in plain sight of the type used to grind up marijuana. McLinko said Rought identified the item as a grinder. When he opened the grinder, McLinko said, he observed marijuana residue inside.

    In addition, the report continued, McLinko noticed a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Rought. Although Rought initially denied he'd been drinking alcoholic beverages, McLinko said that he administered an HGN test - which Rought agreed to - indicating that Rought had been drinking. When asked again if he'd been drinking, Rought admitted that he had consumed vodka earlier in the night, according to the report.

    Rought has been sent a summons to appear before Judge Clark on Oct. 2.

    Items stolen

    State police are looking for the thieves who recently stole items from the Shores Sisters Farm Market on the Golden Mile in Wysox.

    According to police, the incident occurred between Aug. 9 and 23. Police said the perpetrators removed several plants and a metal water can from the premises and left without paying for the items.

    Wallet missing

    A Monroeton woman reported to the state police recently that her wallet is missing.

    Police said that Misti Jackson, 27, informed them that her wallet was missing from her vehicle on Aug. 20. The wallet is described as a black and white zebra print female wallet. Anyone with information regarding the incident may contact the state police at (570) 265-2186.

    Stolen property recovered

    Towanda Borough Police have reported recovering a substantial amount of property under circumstances that indicate some of it may have been stolen months prior to its recovery.

    The property in question consists of jewelry, military medals, precious metals, electronic devices, old coins, as well as other items.

    Anyone who has been the victim of a burglary or theft who wishes to attempt to identify any of the property being held by the department may contact Officer Ryan Edsell, Detective Albert Ogden, or Chief Epler at (570) 265-2522 to arrange an appointment.

    The police have also indicated that potential victims should be aware of the following:

    1. The property in question would have to have been stolen prior to Nov. 5, 2014 in order for it to be part of the recovered items.

    2. All claims against the property will have to be made prior to Oct. 1, 2015.

    Found property

    Towanda police are holding a piece of property which was recently found at 127 William St.

    According to police, a black leather case containing a silver Dell projector was located on Aug. 23. Anyone wishing to claim the item may contact the Towanda police at (570) 265-2522.

    Identity theft

    State police at Laporte are investigating a case of identity theft that occurred recently to a pastor in Dushore.

    According to police, Father Richard Rojas, pastor at St. Basil's Church in Dushore, reported that someone had accessed his G-mail account and blocked him out of it. Police learned that the perpetrators then sent emails to people listed on Rojas' friends list, requesting money for a lifesaving medical procedure.

    After discovering that his identity had been compromised, the report continued, Rojas sent a post, indicated that those emails had not been sent by him, and that he was not in need of any medical treatment.

    As of this date, Rojas has not sustained any financial loss from the incident.

    State police are continuing their investigation of the incident.

    Access device fraud

    State police are investigating a case of access device fraud that occurred recently in Wysox Township.

    According to police, Thaddius Brent Lathrop, 27, of Hazelhurst, Pa., used a company fuel card owned by Elk Environmental Services of Wysox, to purchase fuel for his personal vehicle without company permission several times between May 30 and July 27.


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    Minor assaulted

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Police charged Bridget Ann O'Connell, 34, of 1727 Park Ave., with simple assault, harassment and endangering the welfare of children after an assault at 10:04 p.m. Thursday at her residence.

    Police Cpl. Terry Ketchem reported in court documents that O'Connell allegedly struck a 12-year-old female on the thigh with a wooden toilet plunger handle during a dispute. In an interview with police, the youth said that O'Connell had done the same in the past.

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

    DUI, hit and run

    SHAMOKIN - Charges of driving under the influence, causing an accident, failure to give aid or information and reckless driving were filed against Jenna M. Wasakoski, 37, of 4 S. Shamokin St., based on an investigation into an Aug. 22 crash at Market and Walnut streets.

    According to court documents filed by Shamokin City Police Patrolman Raymond Siko II, officers observed a white car travel from the area of the Susquehanna Bank drive-thru onto Water Street with only one headlight illuminated and something dragging from the front of the vehicle.

    Police allege the car, driven by Wasakoski, had just struck a 2005 Ford driven by Robert Feeney on Market Street. Feeney told police the other vehicle was traveling east on Walnut Street from a stop sign and had crossed through the "island" intersection area but failed to yield to his northbound car. Wasakoski's car struck the Feeney vehicle in the left front fender, then drove away from the scene, police said. Feeney and a passenger, Catherine Feeney, were not injured and their car was drivable, police said.

    Police stopped Wasakoski at Shamokin and Chestnut streets. She failed police sobriety tests and was taken to Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital, where testing showed a blood-alcohol level of .294, police said.

    Police filed the charges with Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III, of Shamokin.

    Drug charges filed

    SHAMOKIN - Kyle Hoffman, 21, of 1010 N. Franklin St., was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia after county probation officers found alleged synthetic marijuana and a soda can turned into a smoking device on his bed. The items were found during a home visit at 10:10 a.m. Wednesday.

    The charges were filed by city police Patrolman Raymond Siko II to the office of Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III.


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  • 09/06/15--21:00: COURT NOTES
  • Diane Shaw and Diane Pick to Devin M. Lacey and Mark A. Lacey and Margaret A. Lacey to $120,000; 70 N. Atherton Ave., Kingston.

    Kerry Ann Mele to Bohdan A. Bobynskj for $289,900; 6 Chelsey Drive, Wright Township.

    Ricardas Ilciukas to Elizabeth Mari Maniero for $110,000; 30 Ross St., Kingston.

    Louise Petro (estate) and Louise P. Petro (estate) and Stephen Matuka (executor) and Stephen Matuka to Donna M. Baran and Frank J. Butz for $100,000; 17 state Route 93, Sugarloaf.

    Fannie Mae (per attorney in fact) and Federal National Mortgage Association (per attorney in fact) and Martha E. Von Rosentiel (attorney in fact) to Joshua Brody for $91,500; 204 Bilby Hill Road, Union Township.

    Federal National Mortgage Association (per attorney in fact) and Fannie Mae (per attorney in fact) and Phelan Hallinan Diamond and Jones LLP (attorney in fact) to Mark Velehoski for $70,000; 307 Buck Saw Drive, Butler Township.


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    ATV crash

    SHAMOKIN TOWNSHIP - State police at Stonington are investigating an ATV crash that occurred 4:30 p.m. Sunday in the area of Hosta Road, between Irish Valley and Stonington.

    Police said at the scene Bryon Griffith, 63, of Hosta Road, was traveling on the all-terrain vehicle when he lost control while rounding the curve, flipping the vehicle.

    Witnesses told police Griffith was thrown from the vehicle as it overturned on the berm of the road.

    Police said Griffith suffered cuts and abrasions on his arms, back and legs, but was transported to an area hospital to check for internal injuries.

    Assisting at the scene were members of the Stonington Fire Company and Americus Ambulance, Sunbury.


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  • 09/08/15--21:00: Court notes 9/9/15
  • Thomas P. James and Lois A. James to Robert M. Leroy for $139,000; 368 Lockville Road, Pittston Township.

    Mary Ann Beechay and Lynn M. Beechay Feola to Michael S. Klesh and Michele A. Klesh for $145,000; 1045 Linda Lane, Hazleton.

    John J. Kosek and Erica Lynn Kosek to Paul Hutter and Erica Lynn Kosek for $183,000; 1667 Laurel Run Road, Bear Creek Township.

    Chester D. Kaufer Jr. to Cody John Puterbaugh for $83,000; 46 W. Liberty St., Hanover Township.

    Barry R. Swartz and Noreen M. Swartz to Alice Hixson for $87,000; 253 S. Mead St., Wilkes-Barre.

    Secretary of Veteran Affairs and United States of America Department of Veteran Affairs to Joseph Baluski for $81,500; 835 Broadway Road, Ross Township.


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    Liquor law violation

    MOUNT CARMEL - The Pizza Hut restaurant, 290 Luke Fidler Road, Coal Township, was cited by the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement on Sept. 3 for failing to have the restaurant's board approved manager complete Responsible Alcohol Management program (RAMP) Training within 180 days of the board's approval of the appointment. The violation occurred between June 23 and July 7.

    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.


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  • 09/08/15--21:00: Police Briefs, Sept. 9, 2015
  • Sayre woman charged with child endangerment

    Athens Township Police charged 44-year-old Penny Lynne Probst with endangering the welfare of a child after two people found a young child in Probst's care walking on Elmira Street in Athens Township on Aug. 20, Athens police said.

    According to police, two women saw the child, about 3 years old, on the street around 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 20 and attempted to locate the child's home.

    A neighbor to Probst helped the women find the home, but nobody answered the door when the three knocked, police said.

    The neighbor entered the residence through an unlocked door and found Probst asleep, police said.

    When awakened, Probst told them the child lived with her. The witnesses said the child was then left with Probst, police said.

    One witness told the police the child had diaper rash, "fleas," and a urine-soaked diaper as well reporting the home had toilet paper "all over" and a sink was left running.

    Police notified Bradford County Children and Youth Service to the issue and an agent arrived at Probst's residence, police said.

    Probst told the agent that she fell back asleep in the morning after another person left the residence and that's when the child got out of the house, police said.

    Probst has been issued a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on Oct. 13 for her preliminary hearing.

    Assault, harassment charges filed against Sayre man

    Joshua Marquise Coley, 23, of Sayre, has been charged with two counts of recklessly endangering another person, one count of simple assault, and one count of harassment by Athens Township Police following Sept. 5 incident at the Mountain View Manor apartments in Athens Township, police said.

    According to police, the victim and Coley began arguing about text message and wrestled for a cell phone.

    Coley grabbed the victim by the head and hit the victim's head off a wall, then Coley pushed the victim, who was holding two young children in an attempt to leave the apartment, police said.

    The victim fell but was able to protect the children, then Coley left the apartment with the key, locking the victim out, police said.

    Police later entered the apartment and found Coley inside where the took him into custody, police said.

    Coley was released on $35,000 unsecured bail after being arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox.

    Coley has been issued a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on Sept. 15 for his preliminary hearing.

    Athens man facing simple assault, harassment charges

    After reporting to an assault in progress on Sept. 7, Athens Borough Police charged Lance Eugene Gesford, 32, of Athens Borough, with simple assault and harassment , Athens police said.

    Police said the victim told police Gesford has been verbally and physically abusive toward the victim for several weeks and that on Sept. 7 he grabbed, shook, pushed, and hit the victim.

    Police observed bruising and redness on the victim's arms and face where Gesford grabbed and hit the victim, police said.

    Gesford was remanded to the Bradford County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

    Gesford will appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on Sept. 22 for his preliminary hearing.


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    Police Briefs

    Rape investigated

    State police at Towanda said they are investigating a rape/sexual assault involving a 15-year-old Towanda female that took place sometime between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. Aug. 1 in Troy Township.

    Police said the person who committed the act was someone known to her.

    Burglary reported

    Stephen Edward Price, 57, no address given, told state police at Towanda that someone entered his residence at 8:08 a.m. Sept. 4 in Springfield Township, from the east end of the property, and, once inside, stole a green trail camera and a Smith and Wesson handgun and then fled in an unknown direction by unknown means.

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


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    Guilty plea

    SHAMOKIN - Robert Whispell III, 28, of 720 E. Commerce St., Shamokin, pleaded guilty Tuesday to possession of drug paraphernalia and was ordered by Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III to pay a $300 fine plus costs and placed on supervised probation for one year.

    Additional charges of flight to avoid apprehension, public drunkenness and disorderly conduct were withdrawn.

    Whispell was charged by Shamokin Patrolman Raymond Siko II in connection with an Aug. 22 incident at his home.

    Public drunkenness

    SHAMOKIN - Dennis M. Chandler, 48, of 2 N. Vine St., Shamokin, was cited by Patrolman Scott Weaver for public drunkenness, disorderly conduct and violating the city's noise ordinance.

    Police reported Chandler is accused of chasing after his son and a baby and disturbing the peace by doing a "burnout" with his vehicle in front of his house at 7:12 p.m. Sunday.

    Disorderly conduct

    SHAMOKIN - Tajuan Crum, 19, of 26 S. Franklin St., Shamokin, was cited by Cpl. Jarrod Scandle for disorderly conduct and public drunkenness for allegedly yelling at people and swinging and kicking at Sixth and Walnut streets, and East Independence Street at 10:10 p.m. Monday.

    Cruelty to animals

    SHAMOKIN - Gregory T. Clifford, 18, of 26 S. Franklin St., Shamokin, was cited by Cpl. Jarrod Scandle for cruelty to animals and allowing his two dogs to run at large involving a disturbance at 4:24 p.m. Sunday in the first block of South Shamokin Street.

    Police reported Clifford allegedly punched his dogs in the face while attempting to control them.

    Backyard fire

    SHAMOKIN - William Dales, 39, of 27 S. Franklin St., Shamokin, was cited by Cpl. Jarrod Scandle for igniting a large pile of brush in his backyard at 7 p.m. Saturday, causing firefighters to be pressed into service.


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    Police Briefs

    Theft by deception

    State police at Towanda said they are investigating a complaint by an 83-year-old Columbia Cross Roads woman of theft by deception and home improvement fraud that occurred in May-August 2013 in Springfield Township.

    According to police, the woman entered into a verbal agreement with a contractor to have her barn dismantled and the wood re-sold for profit. However, the contractor allegedly failed to reimburse her the amount of money he received for the wood removed from her property, police said.

    BB gun found

    State police at Towanda said a black Taurus BB gun was found at 8:15 a.m. Sept. 1 on Berry Road in Springfield Township as it lay on the roadside.

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


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    Pills sold

    MOUNT CARMEL - Borough police charged Deborah J. Dickman, 45, of 213 E. Buick St., with eight counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance following an investigation into her sale of her prescription pain medication.

    Police Cpl. David Donkochik reported in court documents that on July 7, they received information from Dickman's boyfriend that she recently got her prescription filled for hydrocodone and was actively selling the pills to other individuals.

    When confronted with the information, Dickman allegedly admitted making the sale, selling the pills for $3 to $4 each.

    Dickman was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones, of Mount Carmel, and placed in prison on $15,000 cash bail. A preliminary hearing on the case is set for Sept. 30 before Jones.

    Aggravated assault

    KULPMONT - A borough woman who became belligerent with police and her family was placed in prison on charges of aggravated assault after going after police.

    Kulpmont Police Patrolman David Tomtishen reported they were called to a Chestnut Street residence at 1:31 a.m. Saturday for a domestic argument. While officers were speaking with a man at the scene, Georgette Olear, 45, of 705 Chestnut St., Kulpmont, allegedly in a highly intoxicated state, began yelling at the man. Police took Olear into custody. At the station, Olear slipped out of her cuffs, but refused commands to get out of the police vehicle, causing officers to use force to get her out. Police cited her for public drunkenness.

    When police took her back home, Olear continued to threaten the male, and an officer and a constable took her into custody again.

    Olear resisted and continued to flail her arms and kick her legs. The constable was kicked in the groin.

    She was charged with aggravated assault, terroristic threats, simple assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, harassment and placed in prison on $15,000 bail. Olear waived her right to a preliminary hearing Sept. 9 and will face a formal arraignment in Northumberland County Court Oct. 13, where she can either plead guilty or no contest, or plead not guilty and seek a trial.

    Hit and run

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Donald Smith Jr., 47, of 1006 Centre St., Ashland, was cited for a hit-and-run crash at 3:14 a.m. Tuesday, in the area of Tioga Street, just west of Route 901.

    Township police say Smith allegedly struck a guide rail with his vehicle, which became stuck on the guide rail, partially on the roadway. Smith then fled the area on foot.

    The vehicle had to be towed from the scene and the guide rail was damaged.

    Disorderly conduct

    SHAMOKIN - Justin Fisher, 24, of 909 N. Vine St., and Fabian Roque, 34, of 911 N. Vine St., were cited for disorderly conduct after the two threatened each other during a verbal argument at their residences at 6:46 p.m. Tuesday.

    Drug charges filed

    MARION HEIGHTS - David R. Dietz, 26, of 455 Madrid Ave., Bloomsburg, was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and public drunkenness, after being involved in a medical emergency in Marion Heights at 3:40 p.m. Aug. 17.

    Mount Carmel Township Police Officer Kelly Campbell reported in court documents that Dietz needed medical attention in his vehicle, which was parked at a business at Park Avenue.

    Police obtained a search warrant for Deitz's vehicle, where they found heroin, Xanax and assorted items of drug paraphernalia.

    The charges were filed with Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones, of Mount Carmel with a preliminary hearing set for Sept. 30 before Jones.

    Public drunkenness

    SHAMOKIN - Police cited John Valenskie, 38, of 1654 W. Wood St., Coal Township, for public drunkenness after being allegedly found intoxicated at Independence and Cleaver streets at 11:33 p.m. Tuesday.

    Drug charges

    MOUNT CARMEL - Tracy Hughes, 48, of 1500 Walnut St., was charged with two felony counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and tampering with physical evidence after the investigation into a traffic stop July 3 on Route 61 at Harmony Road.

    Hughes was a passenger in a vehicle stopped for a cracked windshield. As police were speaking to the driver, an officer saw a blue capsule on the floor of the vehicle. Police took both occupants into custody.

    As Hughes was being escorted out of the vehicle, a glass smoking pipe fell from her person. At the station, another officer found another pipe and a container which held bath salts and the drug "Molly" in it. Borough police chief Todd Owens said in court documents that Hughes was the only individual to ride in that section of the car after it was checked by other officers.

    Hughes was arraigned Wednesday on the charges before Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones, of Mount Carmel and placed in prison on $20,000 cash bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 16.

    Crash

    LIMESTONE TOWNSHIP - State police in Milton reported Michael G. Moser, 62, of Catawissa, suffered a minor injury when he crashed his 2000 Volkswagen Jetta along Route 45 at around 3 p.m. Monday.

    Police said Moser was distracted and traveled into the eastbound lane. He overcorrected and veered from the north side of the roadway, striking a telephone pole and rolling his vehicle onto its roof, police said.

    Trespassing

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Patrolman Joshua M. Wynn cited Nicholas Dalesandro, 18, of 203 Watershed Road, Klingerstown, with defiant trespass.

    Wynn said Dalesandro was found operating a Jeep and an ATV on Anthracite outdoor Adventure Area property Aug. 30 and 31.

    Crash

    COAL TOWNSHIP - No injuries were reported in a two-car accident that occurred on Route 61 at the Walmart intersection.

    Police said Renee Smedley, 24, of 247 E. Fourth St., Mount Carmel, was attempting to turn into Walmart in a 2000 Dodge Calibur, when she was struck in the passenger side by a 2015 GMC Terrain driven by Aaron Walter, 32, of 1308 Poplar St., Kulpmont.

    Smedley's vehicle sustained moderate damage on the passenger side, and Walter's vehicle sustained moderate damage to the passenger side front bumper, police said. Both vehicles were driven from the scene.

    Drug paraphernalia

    MOUNT CAMREL - Lt. Christopher Buhay charged Robert Jude Kaminski, 23, of 30 N. Vine St., Mount Carmel, with possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia for an Aug. 30 incident.

    Buhay said while performing a welfare check on Kaminski requested by the co-owner of his home, numerous items of drug paraphernalia including syringes, cooking equipment and straws were discovered in the bedroom.

    Trespass, drugs

    MOUNT CARMEL - Matthew Scott Moyer, 20, of 710 E. Fifth St., P.O. Box 346, Boyertown, was charged by Patrolman Kelly Campbell with criminal trespassing, possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia.

    Campbell said shortly before 2:30 Aug. 23, he found several young males including Moyer in a gated area known as "the slopes" off Route 901. He said he saw Moyer smoking a marijuana cigarette, which Moyer turned over to him along with a small amount of marijuana in a Ziploc bag.

    Campbell said Moyer said he had a permit to ride on Reading Anthracite Company land. That permit did not allow drug use on the property, and Campbell informed Moyer of this.


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  • 09/12/15--21:00: Police Briefs 9/13/2015
  • Burglary investigation

    An unknown person broke into a private residence on Hess Road in Sheshequin Township on Aug. 26, according to a press release from state police.

    Police said the actor stole a 32" Vizio television, an air compressor, a framing nailer, a portable car charger, a JC Higgins 20-gauge shotgun, a .22LR bolt action rifle and scrap copper.

    The investigation continues.

    Man tries to purchase gun illegally

    State police are investigating an incident that occurred at Shermbob's Guns and Ammo in South Creek Township in November 2014.

    According to police, a 54-year-old Athens male attempted to purchase a handgun but was declined by the Pennsylvania Instant Check System, which conducts automated background checks. Police said the system denied the purchase.

    Harassment charge in New Albany

    Patty A. Manuel, 44, of New Albany has been charged with harassment relating to a Sept. 6 incident that occurred on Front Street in New Albany Borough, according to state police.

    Police said Manuel struck Amanda A. Coady, 23, of Wysox in the face.


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