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    Drug charges

    MOUNT CARMEL - Emilio T. Spurgeon, 26, of 307 N. Turnpike St., Mount Carmel, has been charged by Patrolman Jason Drumheller with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia relating to an Aug. 17 incident at his home.

    DUI charges

    MOUNT CARMEL TOWNSHIP - Ryan J. Little, 18, of 144 Horvath Drive, Elysburg, has been charged by Patrolman David Tomtishen with driving under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and speeding involving an Aug. 15 incident at the intersection of Route 61 and School Street at Strong.

    Police said Little, who was traveling at 56 miles per hour in a 40 mile per hour zone, was driving under the influence of synthetic marijuana.

    Multiple charges

    MOUNT CARMEL - George L. Stankiewicz, 40, of 9 S. Walnut St., Mount Carmel, was charged by Patrolman Matthew Dillman with criminal attempt to commit burglary, criminal attempt to commit criminal trespass, stalking, loitering and prowling at night, invasion of privacy, disorderly conduct and harassment.

    The charges relate to an Aug. 31 late-night disturbance in which Stankiewicz was observed on the roof of a residence at 13 S. Walnut St. Police said Stankiewicz attempted to enter the home occupied by Jordann Bridy and her small child, who were alarmed by the incident.

    Hinders apprehension

    MOUNT CARMEL TOWNSHIP - Candace M. Bucher, 31, of 409 E. Fifth St., Mount Carmel, has been charged by Patrolman Kelly Campbell with hindering apprehension, receiving stolen property and possession of drug paraphernalia relating to a July 26 incident on Route 54 between the former Boylan's garage and Brennan's Farm Road.

    Police said Bucher was a passenger on an ATV operated by an unidentified male that was stopped by Campbell. Police said the driver fled into a wooded area and Bucher refused to identify him. Police reported the ATV was stolen from David Lamb, of North Vine Street, Mount Carmel.

    Police found three syringes and two glass smoking devices on Bucher's possession.

    An investigation is continuing.

    Mount Carmel Patrolman Matthew Dillman charged Bucher with possession of drug paraphernalia in an unrelated Aug. 20 incident at Poplar and Cherry streets in which she was found with two blue glassine heroin bags.

    Four complaints

    MOUNT CARMEL - Borough police have filed four criminal complaints involving theft and drug charges against Joseph C. Shoup, 31, of 222 Ogden St., Girardville.

    Shoup is charged by Police Chief Todd Owens with two counts each of theft and receiving stolen property in connection with vehicle break-ins July 24 and July 25 in the 100 and 200 blocks of South Locust Street.

    He also is charged by Patrolman William Adamski with two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, misbranding a controlled substance, retail theft and public drunkenness relating to a July 25 incident at Turkey Hill Minit Market, 130 E. Fifth St., in which he allegedly stole multiple items from the store.

    Adamski also charged Shoup with two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of possession of a small amount of marijuana involving a July 26 incident in the 500 block of East Fifth Street.

    Court matters

    SUNBURY - Scott Cronce was sentenced Thursday by President Judge William H. Wiest to 27 to 72 months in a state correctional facility and to pay fines totaling $1,250 on charges of possession with intent to deliver heroin and one count of DUI in two cases.

    Kevin Romine pleaded guilty to harassment Thursday and was sentenced by Wiest to 45 days in Northumberland County Prison.

    Drug paraphernalia

    MOUNT CARMEL - A charge of possession of drug paraphernalia was filed by borough police against Joseph Rodney McClain-Broden, 26, of 215 E. Saylor St., Atlas.

    McClain-Broden is accused of possessing a smoking pipe at 36 N. Vine St. Aug. 29.


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    Police Briefs

    Sayre men charged with loitering, prowling at night

    Sayre Borough Police filed charges against two Sayre men after Athens Borough Police reported individuals walking in a secluded area near the Enterprise Center on South Elmer Avenue in Sayre on Sept. 23, police said.

    Austin K. Hopson, 18, and Adrien A. Umber, 21, were charged with loitering and prowling at nighttime, according to Sayre police.

    Police said neither Hopson or Umber live in the area near the Enterprise Center and said they were walking from a Payne Street residence in Athens to their homes, but police said their route was "out of the way in which they would have been coming from."

    A third suspect was seen running when Athens police arrived, and Sayre police later saw the suspect again but he ran into a residence and refused to answer the door, police said.

    Hopson and Umber have been issued summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on Oct. 20 for their preliminary hearings.

    Truck damaged in Sheshequin

    Towanda state police said a 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 truck had all four of its tires damaged on Sept. 19 at about 10:15 p.m.

    The truck was parked in the Ghent Gospel Church parking lot in Sheshequin Township where the damage occurred, police said.

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

    Hit-and-run in Ridgebury

    An unknown vehicle crashed into a mailbox at about 2:05 a.m. on Sept. 19 at a Berwick Turnpike residence in Ridgebury Township, according to Towanda state police.

    Police said the vehicle was heading south when it struck a mailbox.

    The vehicle fled the scene undetected, police said.

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

    Burglary, theft in Smithfield

    Between Sept. 13 and Sept. 16, Towanda state police said an unknown actor or actors broke into a Smithfield residence and stole several items.

    Police said a Dewalt reciprocating saw, McCulloch Model 1010 chainsaw, Craftsman portable battery charger, and a red plastic five-gallon gas can were stolen from the residence after the actor or actors gained entrance to the structure.

    Police are investigating the incident.

    DUI charges

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

    Nathan Hughes Spencer, 27, of Granville Summit, by Canton Borough Police Department, following a traffic stop Aug. 2 on Lycoming Street in Canton.

    Spencer was also charged with violations of "restriction on alcoholic beverages" and "driving on roadways laned for traffic," according to court papers filed with the office of Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox of Troy.

    He was sent a summons and faces a preliminary hearing in DUI Court at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 23 at Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark's office in Towanda.

    Christopher Stephen Ribovich, 25, of Canton, by Canton Borough Police Department, following a crash around 2:14 a.m. Aug. 30 on Lycoming Street in Canton.

    Ribovich was also charged with violations of "registration and certificate of title required" and "driving on roadways laned for traffic," and reckless driving, according to court papers filed with the office of Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox of Troy.

    He was sent a summons and faces a preliminary hearing in DUI Court at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 23 at Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark's office in Towanda.

    John Martin Roloson, 21, of Troy, by Pennsylvania State Police, following a one-car crash on State Route 549, south of its intersection with State Route 328, at approximately 12:30 a.m. Aug. 30 in Wells Township.

    Roloson was also charged with violations of "driving on roadways laned for traffic," "driving vehicle at safe speed," and "restriction on alcoholic beverages," and careless driving, according to court papers filed with the office of Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox of Troy.

    He was sent a summons and faces a preliminary hearing in DUI Court at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 23 at Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark's office in Towanda.

    Amber Fawn Best, 26, of Columbia Cross Roads, by Pennsylvania State Police, following a crash Aug. 8 on Lake Hill Road in Canton Township.

    Best was also charged with recklessly endangering another person and violations of "drivers required to be licensed" and "driving on roadways laned for traffic," according to court papers filed with the office of Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox of Troy.

    She was sent a summons and faces a preliminary hearing in DUI Court at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 23 at Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark's office in Towanda.

    Wesley Richard Pellor, 21, of Gillett, by Pennsylvania State Police, following a traffic stop at approximately 8:58 p.m. Aug. 15 on Thompson Hill Road in Ridgebury Township.

    Pellor was also charged with criminal mischief, for striking an electronic flare of the Ridgebury Township Volunteer Fire Department at a crash scene, and careless driving, according to court papers filed with the office of Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox of Troy.

    He was sent a summons and faces a preliminary hearing in DUI Court at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 23 at Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark's office in Towanda.

    Matthew David Wood, 31, of Columbia Cross Roads, by Pennsylvania State Police, following a one-vehicle roll-over crash on Route 14 at Coryland Road at approximately 10:25 p.m. Aug. 22 in Columbia Township.

    Wood was also charged with violations of "driving on roadways laned for traffic," "driving vehicle at safe speed," "operation on streets and highways," and "operation in safe manner," and careless driving, according to court papers filed with the office of Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox of Troy.

    He faces a preliminary hearing in DUI Court at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 9.

    Michael Anthony Snay, 42, of Gillett, by Pennsylvania State Police, following a crash at approximately 5:30 p.m. June 28 on Thunder Road in South Creek Township.

    Snay was also charged with a violation of "driving vehicle at safe speed" and careless driving, according to court papers filed with the office of Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox of Troy.

    He is awaiting a preliminary hearing, according to online public court records. His next action date is listed as Sept. 25.


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    DUI

    SELINSGROVE - Cameron Weaver, 22, of Selinsgrove, has been charged by state police at Selinsgrove with driving under the influence of alcohol and summary traffic offenses involving a Sept. 6 incident at the intersection of Market Street and University Avenue.

    Bad check

    MONROE TOWNSHIP - Gerald Snyder, 48, of Dalmatia, was charged by state police at Selinsgrove with issuing a bad check in the amount of $1,329.96 to Mulls Auto Sales on North Susquehanna Trail for auto repair work.

    Defiant trespass

    SHAMOKIN - Jason J. Ruskuski, 35, of 3 S. Shamokin St., Shamokin, was cited by Patrolman Raymond Siko II for defiant trespass and disorderly conduct involving an incident at 11:40 a.m. Thursday in the first block of South Shamokin Street.

    Police reported Ruskuski was involved a fight and ran from police through several yards.

    Drug paraphernalia

    SHAMOKIN - Robert Kaminski, 23, of 30 N. Vine St., Mount Carmel, was charged by Patrolman Matthew Dillman with possession of drug paraphernalia relating to an Aug. 20 incident at Poplar and Cherry streets.

    Drug offenses

    RIVERSIDE - Amber Lynn Esser, 22, of 118 R. Foust St., Danville, was charged by Officer Jennifer Goss with possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and endangering the welfare of a child in connection with a Sept. 2 incident at 604 Ave. D.

    Police reported Esser used a homemade device made out of a pen and socket to smoke marijuana in the presence of her four-month-old and two-year-old children.


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  • 09/25/15--21:00: Police Briefs 9/26/2015
  • Woman charged with simple assault

    Jennifer Lynn Gormley, 33, of Troy, has been charged by Pennsylvania State Police with simple assault and harassment for an incident that took place at 10:15 p.m. Sept. 3 at her residence on Porter Road in Columbia Township, according to court papers filed with the office of Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox of Troy.

    The charges note that she is accused of attempting to cause or intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causing bodily injury to Michael Paul Gormley, no age or address given, by using her mouth to bite him on the center left side of his back.

    According to public court records online, she is awaiting a preliminary hearing, with her next action date scheduled for Oct. 14.

    People injured

    Two people were injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Sept. 11 on Route 14, south of Gate Lane, in Troy Township, said state police at Towanda.

    According to police, drivers involved in the crash were Renee Silvernail, 57, of Horseheads, who was not injured, and Heather J. Covert, 32, of Troy, who was not injured.

    Two passengers in Covert's vehicle, John Gannon, 21, of Gillett, and Valerie Zurn, 32, of Gillett, had minor injuries, police said.

    Police said the collision occurred on Route 14, in the area of Alparon Park. Covert was traveling north, when a vehicle in front was stopped in the right lane of travel, waiting to make a left turn onto Gate Lane, police said. Then, Covert came to a controlled stop, and Silvernail, who was traveling behind Covert, failed to stop a safe distance behind Covert, police said. As a result, Silvernail's vehicle struck Covert's vehicle at the six-o'clock position, police said. Police said damage from the crash prevented Silvernail's vehicle from being driven while Covert's vehicle could be driven from the scene.

    Police said Silvernail was charged with "following too closely."

    Harassment reported

    State police at Towanda said a known 17-year-old Waverly, N.Y. male and a known 14-year-old Gillett female engaged in physical contact at approximately 7:30 p.m. Aug. 31 at a location on Route 14 in South Creek Township, resulting in both parties being harassed.

    Underage drinking

    State police at Towanda said three 20-year-old Gillett men and a 19-year-old Gillett man, whom police did not identify by name, were arrested for underage consumption of alcohol, after police were called to the location, at approximately 11:38 p.m. Sept. 7 at a property off Bird Creek Road in Wells Township.

    Burglary reported

    State police at Towanda said someone unknown illegally entered the home of Ronald Lloyd Smiley, no age or address given, sometime between Aug. 25-28 on Route 14 in Gillett, and stole a nickel-plated .357 handgun, with a black handle, as well as a leather holster belonging to Samuel Howard Miller, no age or address given.

    Driver flees

    State police at Towanda said an unknown driver fled the scene in an unknown direction at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 3 on Exchange Street in Troy, following a crash.

    According to police, the driver was traveling north, and for an unknown reason, struck a Ford Focus, as it was parked along the edge of the roadway. After impact, the Ford Focus remained in its original position, police said.

    Person injured

    State police at Towanda said Loretta J. Owen, 33, of Columbia Cross Roads was moderately injured in a crash that occurred Sept. 1 on Pisgah State Park Road in Troy Township.

    According to police, she was traveling west, and failed to negotiate a left curve in the roadway and then traveled onto the northern shoulder of the road, where her Ford Escape struck a ditch, causing it to overturn. It continued on its roof, westbound, in the ditch, before coming to final rest. Police said Owen had moderate injuries to her left side during the crash, and was wearing her seatbelt. Police said the vehicle was towed, due to disabling damage.

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

    Crash investigated

    State police at Towanda said they investigated a crash that took place at 8 p.m. Aug. 28 in Troy Borough.

    According to police, a Dodge Ram was legally parked in a parking lot behind Anthony's Bar and Grill, and while trying to maneuver through the parking lot, an unknown driver struck the vehicle, causing damage to the rear of the vehicle. The unknown driver did not stop and exchange information, and fled the scene, police said.

    The Dodge Ram remained in its original position, police said.

    Bumpers scraped

    State police at Towanda said a Toyota Corolla and a GMC Vandura sustained scrapes to their front bumpers and were able to be driven from the scene in a crash that took place at 7:20 p.m. Aug. 31 on Hillcrest Court in Troy.

    Police said the Corolla exited its parking stall, and made a series of turns while attempting to turn around to exit the parking lot, and struck the Vandura while it was parked in a nearby stall. Police did not identify anyone by name in the report.

    Man suffers moderate injury

    State police at Towanda said James D. Wheeler, 21, of Canton, was moderately injured in a crash that took place at 11:10 p.m. Aug. 24 on Austin Road in Canton Township.

    Police said he was beginning to travel south on Austin Road, from West Union Street, when he lost control of his Chevrolet Blazer, which resulted in the vehicle veering to the right, off the roadway. Police said the front of the vehicle struck a roadside ditch, causing it to overturn onto its roof. Police said it came to a resting position against the ditch.

    Police said Wheeler was charged with careless driving.

    Copper wire stolen in Ridgebury

    Towanda state police said about 75 pounds of copper wire were stolen at an unknown time on Sept. 13 from a Centerville Road residence in Ridgebury.

    Police said an unknown actor or actors broke into the victim's garage then took the copper wire.

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

    Three injured in Smithfield crash

    A single-car crash at about 12:50 p.m. on Sept. 12 in Smithfield Township injured the driver and two passengers, Towanda state police said.

    Police said Edmund E. Wolfe, 89, of Milan, was traveling west in a Jeep Grand Cherokee on Ulster Road when he was affected by a physical condition and lost control of the vehicle.

    The vehicle crossed the center line and left the left side of the road and drove into a ditch then struck a tree with the center of the vehicle's front end, police said.

    Elrena C. Wolfe, 85, and Wayne Scouten, 50, both of Milan, were passengers in the vehicle and sustained minor injuries along with the driver, police said.

    Edmund Wolfe was cited in the crash, police said.

    Coins stolen from Sheshequin residence

    Towanda state police said 40 $1 coins were stolen at about 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 9 from a Woodside Lane residence in Sheshequin Township.

    Police said the victim was away from the residence at the time the coins were stolen.

    Police are investigating the incident.

    Weapons stolen in Sheshequin

    A Sackett Road residence in Sheshequin Township was burgled between June 30 and Sept. 2, Towanda state police said.

    According to police, a muzzle loader rifle, a crossbow, a green Sentry gun safe, and Dale Earnhardt collectibles were stolen from the residence.

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


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

    William McClintic, 22, Monroeton, Pa., 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 21 days and court costs. Officer Bruce Hoffman of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested McClintic for the offense on July 16, 2015, following investigation of a Possession of Drug Paraphernalia that occurred in Sayre Borough.

    Zachary Imperi, 32, Sayre, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw to the offense of Disorderly Conduct, a misdemeanor of the third degree and was sentenced to 12 days and court costs. Officer Nikki Hoffman of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Imperi for the offense on Aug. 6, 2015, following investigation of a Disorderly Conduct that occurred in Sayre Borough.

    Mark Brundage, 30, Athens, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw to the offense of Driving under Suspension, (DUI related), a summary offense and was sentenced to a fine of $500 and court costs. Officer Bruce Hoffman of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Brundage for the offense on May 15, 2015, following investigation of a Driving under Suspension that occurred in Sayre Borough.

    Michael Armioia, 35, Towanda, Pa., entered pleas of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw to the offense of Unsworn Falsification, a misdemeanor of the third degree, and was sentenced to a fine of $200, and court costs. Officer Denny Slater of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Armioia for the offense on June 29, 2015, following the investigation of an Unsworn Falsification that occurred in Athens Township.

    Lyle W. Brown, 62, Canton, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox to the offenses of Disorderly Conduct, a summary offense, Public Drunkenness, also a summary offense and Possession of a small amount of Street Drugs, a misdemeanor, and was sentenced to 21 days in the Bradford County Correctional Facility and court costs. Trooper Peter Smith of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Brown for the offense on June 15, 2015, following the investigation of an incident that occurred in Canton Township.

    Emily Benjamin, 25, Waverly, N.Y., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw to the offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance, a misdemeanor and was sentenced to court costs. Sergeant James Shaw of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Benjamin for the offense on April 23, 2015, following investigation of a Possess of a Controlled Substance that occurred in Athens Township.

    Christopher Hammond, 48, Sayre, 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 $75 and court costs. Chief Christopher Hutchinson of the Athens Borough Police Department arrested Hammond for the offense on July 20, 2015, following investigation of an assault that occurred in Athens Borough.

    Brian Meagher, 42, Sayre, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw to the offense of Harassment, a summary offense, and was sentenced to fines and costs of $239. Officer Nathan Ross of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Meagher for the offense on July 19, 2015, following investigation of an assault that occurred in Sayre Borough.

    Joseph Benjamin, 48, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw to the offense of False Statement, a misdemeanor of the third degree, and was sentenced to a fine of $1,000 and court costs. Officer George Nichols of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Benjamin for the offense on June 30, 2015, following investigation of a False Statements that occurred in Sayre Borough.

    Brittany Evans, 22, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark to the offense of Criminal Mischief, a summary offense, and was sentenced to a fine of $25, restitution in the amount of $575 and court costs. Officer Ryan Edsell of the Towanda Borough Police Department arrested Evans for the offense on May 22, 2015, following investigation of a Criminal Mischief that occurred in Towanda Borough.

    Danielle Parsons, 38, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton to the offense of Simple Assault, a misdemeanor of the third degree, and was sentenced to a fine of $250 and court costs. Trooper Albert Levanavage of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Parsons for the offense on June 15, 2015, following the investigation of an incident that occurred in Rome Township.

    Edith Casselbury, 48, Rome Township, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton to the offense of Simple Assault, a misdemeanor of the third degree, and was sentenced to a fine of $250 and court costs. Trooper Albert Levanavage of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Casselbury for the offense on June 15, 2015, following the investigation of an incident that occurred in Rome Township.

    Kyle Bradley, 27, Gillett, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox to the offense of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and was sentenced to a fine of $200 and court costs. Trooper Terence Foley of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Bradley for the offense on July 1, 2015, following the investigation of a possession of drug paraphernalia that occurred in South Creek Township.

    Levi Chilson, 26, New Albany, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark to the offense of Harassment, a summary offense, and was sentenced to a fine of $200 and court costs. Trooper Terence Foley of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Chilson for the offense on Aug. 18, 2015, following the investigation of a possession of drug paraphernalia that occurred in New Albany Borough.

    Victoria Davis, 21, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark to the offense of Harassment, a summary offense, and was sentenced to 16 days and court costs. Trooper David Sweeney of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Davis for the offense on Aug. 25, 2015, following the investigation of an assault that occurred in Sheshequin Township.

    Tonya Putnam, 31, Waverly, N.Y., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Receiving Stolen Property, a felony of the third degree. Putnam will be sentenced following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer George Nichols of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Putnam for the offense in 2015.

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

    Nathan Ayers, 22, Millerton, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 150 days to 24 months, followed by probation supervision for a term of 36 months. Ayers also will be sentenced to fines of $2,000, plus court costs, he will also lose his driver's license for 36 months for the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor of the first degree and Driving under Suspension - DUI related, a summary offense. Trooper Joshua Fisher of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Ayers following investigation of an incident that occurred in Wells Township on Feb. 7, 2015.

    Steven Spencer, 38, Laceyville, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in a Pennsylvania State Correctional Facility for 12 months to 48 months, fines of $1,000 and court costs, for the offense of Receiving Stolen Property, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Trooper Nathan Lewis of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Spencer following investigation of an incident that occurred in Wysox Township in February 2015.

    Andrew Mathews, 39, Sayre, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 10 months to 23 months, 29 days, followed by Probation supervision for a term of 24 months, fines of $1,050 plus court costs, for the offenses of Criminal Trespass, a felony of the third degree and False Reports, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Trooper Gabriel Paduck and Trooper Nathan Lewis of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Mathews following investigation of incidents that occurred in Laceyville Borough and North Towanda Township in February 2015 and in March 2015.

    Tiffany Westbrook, 28, Ulster, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 44 days to 12 months, fines of $250, plus court costs, for the offense of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. Trooper Joshua Fisher of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Westbrook following investigation of an incident that occurred in Wilmot Township in January 2015.

    Richard Johnson, 21, Towanda, Pa., was sentenced to Probation supervision for a term of 12 months, and fines of $250, plus court costs, for the offense of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. Sergeant David Lantz of the Towanda Borough Police Department arrested Herman for the offense in October 2013.

    Richard Johnson, 28, Towanda, Pa., was resentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 45 days (flat), and fines of $350, plus court costs, for the offense of False Reports to Law Enforcement, a misdemeanor of the third degree. Trooper Michael Tribendis of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Johnson following investigation of an incident that occurred in Monroe Township in December 2013.

    Heather Norton, 21, Canton, Pa., was resentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 20 days, plus 17 days to 12 months, fines of $250 plus court costs, for the offenses of Harassment, a summary offense and Defiant Trespass, a misdemeanor of the third degree. Sergeant Trey Kurtz of the Canton Borough Police Department arrested Norton for the offense occurring in December 2014.

    Travis White, 28, Towanda, Pa., was resentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 22 days (flat), followed by County Intermediate Punishment for 11 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.) White will pay fines of $300, plus court costs, for the resentencing of the offense of Conspiracy to Commit Possession of a Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. Trooper Robert Hutchison of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested White following investigation of an incident that occurred in North Towanda Township in December 2013.

    Dustin Crawford-Albright, 21, of New Albany, Pa., was sentenced to Probation Supervision for a term of 18 months, fines, costs, of $1,000, plus court costs, for the offense of Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Delivery of a Controlled Substance, a felony. Trooper Mike Adams of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Crawford-Albright following investigation of an incident that occurred in Towanda Township in February 2014.

    Cody Shipman, 25, of Barton, N.Y., was sentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 145 days to 12 months, fines of $1,000, plus court costs, for the offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance, a felony. Officer Derek Watkins of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Shipman for the offense occurring in September 2013.

    James McKean, 29, of Towanda, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 30 days to six months, fines of $750, 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 McKean for the offense occurring in April 2015.

    Nichole Nichols, 36, of Barton, N.Y., was sentenced to Probation Supervision for a term of 24 months, fines of $1,000, plus court costs, for the offense of Theft by Unlawful Taking, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Trooper Terence Foley of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Nichols following investigation of an incident that occurred in Ulster Township in January 2015.

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

    Joshua VanBuren, 24, Canton, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Theft by Unlawful Taking, a misdemeanor of the second degree. VanBuren will be sentenced on Nov. 12, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Gabriel Paduck of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested VanBuren following investigation of an incident that occurred in Overton Township in March 2015.

    Sheryl Scalley, 57, Sayre, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Scalley will be sentenced on Nov. 12, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Roger Clink of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Scalley for the offense on June 3, 2015.

    Phillip Michael, 32, Mansfield, Pa., entered a guilty plea to the offense of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. Michael will be sentenced on Oct. 8, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Sergeant Keith Stackhouse of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Michael for the offense on April 6, 2015.

    Deborah Meyer, 25, Barton, N.Y., was found guilty to the offense of Default in Required Appearance, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Meyer will be sentenced on Nov. 12, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Detective Kyle Wisel of the Bradford County District Attorney's Office arrested Meyer for the offense on Jan. 27, 2014.

    Samantha Brown, 31, Sayre, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Theft, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Brown will be sentenced on Nov. 12, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Denny Slater of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Brown for the offense on April 15, 2014.

    Matthew A. Everson, 35, Columbia Township, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offenses of Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse with a person under 16 years old, a felony of the first degree and Sexual Assault, a felony of the second degree. Everson will be sentenced on Nov. 12, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Brandon Allis of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Everson following investigation of an incident that occurred in Columbia Township.

    Dale Lafy, 61, Ulster, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Harassment, a misdemeanor of the third degree. Lafy will be sentenced in Nov. 12, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Peter Smith of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Lafy following investigation of an incident that occurred in Ulster Township.

    Breanna Herman, 22, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, misdemeanors of the second degree. Hermon will be sentenced following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Kyle Gruber of the Pennsylvania State Police Department arrested Herman following investigation of an incident that occurred in Wysox Township.

    Casey Seymour, 23, Athens, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Obstruction of Administration of Law, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Seymour will be sentenced on Nov. 12, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Chief Larry Hurley of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Seymour for the offense on Dec. 10, 2015.


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    Police Briefs

    Batteries taken

    State police at Towanda said they are investigating the theft of three "331 Heavy Duty Truck Batteries" that were removed from a parked Peterbilt dump truck between 3:30 p.m. Sept. 22 and 9:30 a.m. Sept. 23 in a parking lot, off Route 414, just east of Canton Borough and across the street from Cudd Energy.

    Police said the batteries belong to HRI, Inc. of Williamsport.

    Fugitive taken into custody

    State police at Towanda said Taylor Scott Myers, 34, of Doty Hill Road, Gileltt, was taken into custody by members of the Pennsylvania State Police at Towanda at 7:15 a.m. Sept. 22 on Doty Hill Road in South Creek Township.

    Police said he was a fugitive of justice, and had an active arrest warrant, due to a parole violation.

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

    Burglary investigated

    State police at Towanda said they are investigating a burglary that occurred between Aug. 21-24 in South Creek Township.

    According to police, the victim was a 37-year-old Gillett man.

    Police said they have developed suspects who are believed to be responsible for this incident.

    Man arrested

    State police at Towanda said Terry Satterly, Jr., 32, of Towanda, was arrested as a fugitive from justice Sept. 23 at the Bradford County Correctional Facility, as a result of an active warrant that existed for him from Waverly, N.Y. for "criminally using drug paraphernalia."

    Paintballs shot at residence

    State police at Towanda said that someone drove past the residence of a 54-year-old woman at 1:10 p.m. Sept. 21 in the area of 16000 Route 414, Franklin Township, and shot paintballs at the residence and fled in an unknown direction.

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


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  • 09/28/15--21:00: Police Briefs 9/29/2015
  • Trespass charges filed

    State police at Towanda said charges were filed through District Court 42-3-01 after Jeffrey C. Carts, 60, of Coudersport, entered and remained on the posted property of Jill C. Fluck, 51, of Bloomfield, without the permission or privilege to do so, at approximately 11 a.m., Aug. 5, on Fallbrook Road in Armenia Township.

    Person injured

    State police at Towanda said Eric A. Faust, Jr., 19, of Gillett, had a minor injury in a crash at 9:15 a.m., Sept. 11, on Checkerville Road in Springfield Township.

    According to police, the crash occurred as he was traveling south in a Ford F150 and lost control of the vehicle, which partially traveled off the west side of the roadway. Police said it then re-entered the roadway, traveled across both lanes, and partially traveled off the east side of the roadway. It continued south while re-entering the roadway and continued south on the roadway, before completely exiting the roadway on the east side. It then struck a tree and spun 45 degrees counter-clockwise before coming to final rest, police said.

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

    DWI arrest made

    On Friday, Sept. 25, Nicholas C. Peterson, age 20, of Chemung, N.Y., was arrested for misdemeanor DWI, misdemeanor DWI with BAC greater than .08 percent, and speeding following a traffic stop on Chemung Street, Waverly, N.Y. The time of his arrest was 1:33 a.m.

    Peterson is scheduled to answer the charges in the Village of Waverly N.Y. Justice Court on Oct. 1, 2015.


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    Huffing

    COAL TOWNSHIP - William Griffiths, 32, of 936 Chestnut St., Kulpmont, has been charged by Coal Township police with illegal use of certain solvents and noxious substances for an incident that took place at about 2:45 a.m. Sept. 6 at the entrance road to Walmart. Police said Griffiths was seen running around the area with no shirt on and yelling that he was bitten by bees.

    Police reported Griffiths was found to be in possession of two aerosol cans of Ultra Duster cleaner that he previously purchased at Walmart, and one of the cans was empty.

    East Cameron crash

    EAST CAMERON TOWNSHIP - Melvin R. Brown, 23, of Shamokin, will be cited by Pennsylvania State Police at Stonington with driving too fast for conditions as a result of an accident that occurred at 6:29 a.m. Saturday on Route 125 in East Cameron Township.

    According to Trooper Nathan Meissner, Brown's vehicle was going north on Route 125 when the driver failed to negotiate a right curve. The vehicle crossed the center line and soundbound lane, left the highway and struck an embankment. The trooper reported Brown left the accident scene.

    Citations issued

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Chris Petrovich, Coal Township code enforcement officer, reported citations have been issued against:

    - Donald Kuntz, of 45 W. Fifth St., Mount Carmel, for a property located at 1405 W. Walnut St. Kuntz was cited for high brush, grass and weeds.

    - Quisqueya Reynoso, of 2070 Seward Ave., Bronx, N.Y., for properties located at 1606 Tioga St. and 1608 Tioga St. for brush, grass and weeds.

    Vehicle accident

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Coal Township police continue to investigate a one-vehicle accident that occurred at about 5:14 p.m. Friday in the teachers' lot at Shamokin Area High School.

    According to police, Kyle Burns, 23, of Coal Township, was operating a 1994 Ford Ranger in the area of the lot when he lost control of the vehicle and drove over a guardrail and down an embankment, just off State Street. The truck proceeded across the lot into a wooded section where it came to rest.

    Police said Burns was transported via AREA Services ambulance to Geisinger Medical Center with minor injuries and for further evaluation.

    Retail theft

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Beth Ellen Morgan, 42, of Mount Carmel, has been charged by Coal Township police with one count of retail theft for an incident that occurred Aug. 30 at Walmart.

    Township police allege Morgan stole $205.98 worth of merchandise without paying full retail value. Police added tMorgan has three prior convictions for retail theft.


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    Walmart disturbance

    COAL TOWNSHIP - A Shamokin man has been charged with causing a disturbance at Walmart Supercenter that involved him stealing items from the store and huffing on duster cleaner.

    Peter Rory Birster, 24, of 136 S. Franklin St., is charged by Patrolman Chad Yoder with disorderly conduct, illegal use of certain solvents and retail theft relating to the July 13 incidents.

    According to a criminal complaint filed at the office of Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III, Birster is accused of removing a can of electronic duster from a shelf and inhaling it, causing him to become inebriated, yell unintelligent comments and fall into the shelves, knocking over merchandise onto the floor.

    Police said Birster also stole a flashlight from the store and threw it under a vehicle in the parking lot.

    He was taken into custody by police in a car in the parking lot at Walmart. Birster was later released to the custody of his girlfriend, Amanda Bebenek, who was in the car with him in the parking lot but wasn't charged.

    Burglary

    PAXINOS - State police at Stonington are investigating a burglary that occurred between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. Monday at the residence of Kyle Bradigan, of 1488 Cherry St.

    State police reported an unknown person entered a bedroom window from outside the ranch home. The burglar went through a lock box and removed a $20 bill. A cell phone was also taken. The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to contact state police at 570-286-5601.

    No injuries

    SHAMOKIN TOWNSHIP - Jonathan T. Hoffman, 30, of Paxinos, was not injured Sept. 21 when his car swerved and hit a tree after a deer ran onto the roadway.

    State police at Stonington reported the accident occurred on Dogwood Road. Hoffman was wearing a seat belt, state police said.

    Retail theft

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Stephanie Knorr, 28, of Mount Carmel, has been charged by Coal Township police with a third-degree felony count for an incident that occurred at Walmart Aug. 17.

    Police allege Knorr stole $108.06 worth of merchandise without paying full retail value. Knorr has four prior convictions for retail theft, police said.

    Retail theft

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Nathan Klemick, 21, of 222 Second St., Wilburton, and Bethany Lightstone, 20, of 68 N. Lehigh St., Frackville, will be cited for retail theft, Coal Township police said.

    Charges stem from an incident at Walmart on Sunday.

    According to township police, Klemick placed MTG cards, valued at $57.96 down his pants and attempted to walk out of the store without paying for them. Police said Lightstone placed various DVDs valued at $132.54 down her pants and also attempted to leave the store without paying for the merchandise.

    Citations were filed through Magisterial District Judge John Gembic's office.

    Harassment

    SHAMOKIN - Lorraine Pease, 52, of 304 N. Vine St., Shamokin, was cited by Patrolman Scott Weaver for harassment for allegedly pushing Aaron Shafer and throwing a wheel bearing that struck Shafer in the shoulder at 3:25 p.m. Sept. 23 in the 300 block of North Vine Street.

    Public drunkenness

    SHAMOKIN - Caitlin I. Bitler, 26, of 343 S. Diamond St., Shamokin, was cited twice by city police for public drunkenness within 24 hours.

    Bitler was cited by Patrolman William Miner in connection with an incident at 1:48 a.m. Friday at Turkey Hill Minit Market on Lincoln Street. She also was cited by Cpl. Jarrod Scandle for an incident at 10:36 p.m. Friday at Spruce and Market streets that required emergency medical services personnel to treat her.

    Dog owner cited

    SHAMOKIN - Brenda Keller, 51, of 331 S. Rock St., Shamokin, was cited by Patrolman Scott Weaver for allowing her dogs to run off her property onto another property and bite Al Golden, who was cutting grass.

    Police said the incident occurred at 3:15 p.m. Sept. 23.

    Retail theft

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Christopher E. Ransel, 47, of 236 S. Shamokin St., Shamokin, was charged by Patrolman Matthew Hashuga with retail theft for allegedly stealing $274.95 in merchandise from Walmart Supercenter between June 28 and July 20.


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  • 09/29/15--21:00: Police Briefs 9/30/2015
  • Towanda resident accused of shoplifting

    Jevin Vanderpool, 21, of Towanda will be cited for retail theft after he stole $54.36 worth of baby formula and baby food from the Tops supermarket in Wysox Township, police said.

    The incident occurred around 5 p.m. on Monday, state police at Towanda said.

    Accident occurs in Towanda Twp.

    Eva A. Brown, 57, of Towanda was uninjured in a recent motor vehicle accident in Towanda Township, police said.

    Brown was traveling west on Plank Road at 2:10 p.m. on Sept. 20 when her vehicle left the roadway, struck a ditch, and went down an embankment, police said.

    Wallet found in Wysox Twp.

    A wallet, which belongs to 36-year-old Lance Lee Staples of Warren Center, was found on Sept. 20 at the Wysox Laundromat in Wysox Township, police said.

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

    Towanda woman charged with disorderly conduct

    Patricia A. Martinet, 39, of Towanda has been charged with disorderly conduct and harassment, police said.

    The charges stem from a Sept. 6 incident in which Martinet allegedly attacked a female at 25 Walnut St. in Towanda after words were exchanged, police said.

    Martinet is accused of ripping the victim's shirt and leaving scratch marks on her left upper shoulder, Towanda police said.

    Martinet's preliminary hearing, which was originally scheduled for Sept. 16, has been postponed to Dec. 15, according to online court records.

    Unauthorized use of motor vehicle

    State police at Towanda said Stephanie Coolbaugh, 34, of Troy, failed to return a vehicle belonging to Elizabeth Hunter, 31, of Troy, when asked to do so sometime between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. Aug. 29 in Troy Township.

    According to police, Hunter falsely related that Coolbaugh never had permission to use the vehicle, implicating Coolbaugh in a felony.

    Fugitive arrested

    State police at Towanda said a crash investigation at approximately 8:48 p.m. Sept. 24 on Brague Road in Canton Township resulted in the arrest of Willie Thorpe, 24, of Canton as a fugitive of justice.

    Police said he had an active warrant out of Morris County, N.J., and was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton and remanded to the Bradford County Correctional Facility, pending a preliminary hearing.

    One injured in bus crash

    State police at Towanda said one person had a minor injury in a crash involving a school bus that took place at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 18 on Route 414, at its intersection with East Canton Road, in LeRoy Township.

    According to police, drivers involved in the crash were Sandra L. Navone, 71, of Canton, who had a minor injury but was not transported by EMS, and Charles L. Castle of Canton, who was not injured.

    Police said Navone was traveling east in a Jeep Liberty on Route 414 and was approaching the intersection with East Canton Road. While traveling, Navone failed to see Castle's vehicle, an International Harvester bus, as it was stopped in the roadway, waiting for traffic in the opposite direction to pass so that it could turn left.

    Then, police said, Navone's vehicle impacted Castle's vehicle, and pushed it approximately five to 10 feet east on Route 414. No passengers on the school bus were injured, and all were released to their family members, according to police. Police said there were five juvenile passengers in the bus, all from Canton.

    Navone's vehicle was towed from the scene by Canton Auto Body, police said. Police said the fire and ambulance in Canton Township assisted at the scene.

    Chainsaw removed

    State police at Towanda said someone unknown entered an unlocked portion of the barn of Ronald Dennis Ayres, no age given, of Troy sometime between 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23 and 7:30 a.m. Sept. 24 on Belair Drive in Troy Township.

    According to police, a red Jonesered chainsaw was carried away in the burglary, and a metal chain and lock from a separate portion of the barn was removed. The burglar or burglars fled the scene undetected, police said.

    Police said an investigation is continuing.

    Camera taken

    State police at Towanda said someone unknown removed a black stealth game camera sometime between 12:01 a.m. Sept. 22 and 5:30 p.m. Sept. 25 on Old Post Lane in Columbia Township, and fled the scene undetected.

    Police said the victim in the incident was Charles Simpson, no age given, of Elmira, N.Y.

    Burglary reported

    State police at Towanda said someone unknown made a forced entry into a residence sometime between 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25 on Griffin Lane in Canton Township and damaged property inside the residence.

    Police said unknown items were stolen from the residence.

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

    Towanda man injured in crash

    A 19-year-old Towanda man suffered minor injuries after crashing a Ford Escort at about 5 a.m. on Sept. 26 on James Street in Sheshequin Township, state police said.

    According to police, Dayton D. Cote was heading north on James Street when he lost control of the vehicle while navigating a curve.

    The vehicle left the road and struck a tree, then a telephone pole, continued north and overturned, police said.

    The vehicle came to rest on its roof along the northbound shoulder of James Street, police said.

    According to police, Cote was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash and the vehicle was towed by Junior's Towing with the Upper Sheshequin Fire and Ambulance Department assisting at the scene.

    Cote was cited for failure to obey traffic lanes, police said.

    Criminal mischief in Ridgebury

    State police said between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sept. 21, a vehicle was damaged at a Ridgebury Road residence in Ridgebury Township.

    Police said the incident is being investigated.


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    Car overturns

    COOPER TOWNSHIP - A cat was blamed for the cause of a one-vehicle accident in this Montour County township at 3:40 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28.

    State police at Milton said Sarah E. Wallich, 29, of Watsontown, was traveling east on Bloom Road when she said she was distracted by a cat under her feet. While she was looking down, the 2001 Mercury Sable she was driving left the roadway on the south berm. Wallich attempted to counter steer, but lost control, causing her car to go sideways. The front passenger side struck a ditch, causing the car to overturn and stop in a ditch facing west.

    Wallich was transported to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville with unknown injuries, but two minor passengers, a two-year-old male and an eight-year-old female, escaped injury.

    Wallich is being charged with careless driving by Trooper Maxwell Andres.

    Retail theft

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Jeffrey Cosgrove, 48, of Coal Township, has been cited by Coal Township Patrolman Matthew Hashuga for retail theft. Cosgrove allegedly stole $59.97 worth of merchandise from Walmart of Coal Township without paying full retail price Sept. 7.

    Vandalism

    SHAMOKIN TOWNSHIP - A window leading to the basement of Ash Grove United Methodist Church, Lilac Road, was smashed sometime between 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, said state police at Stonington. An unknown person used an object to break the window. The act of vandalism is being investigated by Trooper Nathan R. Messner.


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  • 10/01/15--21:00: Police Briefs, 10/2/15
  • Man charged with DUI

    Willie Grey Thorpe Jr., 24, of Canton, faces a preliminary hearing on Nov. 6 in DUI court for charges that were filed against him following a one-vehicle crash that occurred Aug. 24 on Brague Road in Canton Township, according to court papers filed with the office of Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox of Troy.

    The papers note that Thorpe is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or controlled substance, summary careless driving, and summary violations of "drivers required to be licensed," "driving on right side of roadway," "driving vehicle at safe speed" and "occupant protection."

    According to an affidavit, Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Taylor Smith was dispatched for the report of a single-vehicle crash on Brague Road at approximately 8:24 p.m. on Aug. 24. Upon arrival, he observed a red Jeep Grand Cherokee over an embankment, at final rest against a tree on its passenger side. He saw one empty Bud Light can on the ground, beneath the driver's side door. He said the driver, Thorpe, was in a Western Alliance ambulance, being prepared to be flown to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. The passenger was in another Western Alliance ambulance being prepared to be transported to Troy Community Hospital. Thorpe told police he was going too fast, when he hit gravel, causing his vehicle to swerve. He said he got scared, and hit the brakes even harder, causing him to lose control completely. Thorpe said he hadn't drunk since 4 p.m. Aug. 24, and that he had four or five beers and three shots.

    Theft in Ulster

    Towanda state police are reporting a theft on U.S. Route 220 in Ulster Township.

    Police said a tree stand was stolen from an open field at 28093 Route 220 in Ulster between Sept. 1 and Sept. 27.

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


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    Harassment

    MOUNT CARMEL - Renee M. Lahr, 38, of 45 S. Poplar St., Mount Carmel, was cited by Patrolman Kevin Katch for harassment and disorderly conduct relating to an incident at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 3 at 2 N. Oak St.

    Police reported Lahr allegedly struck Felina Robbins in the face, causing injuries.

    Teens cited

    MOUNT CARMEL - Two Mount Carmel juveniles were cited by Patrolman William Adamski for criminal mischief relating to an Aug. 10 incident in the 200 block of South Poplar Street.

    Police said the incident occurred at 3:30 p.m.

    Harassment

    MOUNT CARMEL - Patrolman Matthew Dillman cited Trey A. Milewski, 19, and Matthew Milewski, 41, both of 130 W. Avenue, Mount Carmel, for harassment involving a 12:20 a.m. Aug. 23 disturbance at their residence.

    Retail theft

    MOUNT CARMEL - Janelle C. Thomas, 36, of 278 Third St., Coaldale, was cited by Patrolman William Adamski for retail theft relating to a 12:40 p.m. Sept. 8 incident at the Dollar General store, 240 S. Market St.

    Shannon L. Chapman, 38, of 129 W. Third St., Mount Carmel, also was cited by Adamski for the same offense involving a Sept. 8 incident at the Dollar General store.

    Harassment

    MOUNT CARMEL - Angela Koriesl, 35, of 36 N. Vine St., Mount Carmel, was cited by Lt. Christopher Buhay for harassment in connection with a 10:30 a.m. Sept. 12 incident.

    Police said Koriesl allegedly contacted her estranged husband after being told not to do so.

    Public drunkenness

    MOUNT CARMEL - Thomas J. Crumlic, 55, of 414 S. Market St., Mount Carmel, was cited by Patrolman William Adamski for public drunkenness relating to a disturbance at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at Seventh and Market streets.

    Scattering rubbish

    MOUNT CARMEL - Calvin D. Evans, 55, of 317 W. Fourth St., Mount Carmel, was cited by Lt. Christopher Buhay for scattering rubbish for allegedly dumping household garbage into a Dumpster owned by another person Sept. 18 at Third and Oak streets.

    Harassment

    MOUNT CARMEL - Kevin M. Phelan, 27, of 51 Westwood St., Minersville, was cited by Patrolman Kevin Katch for harassment involving an 8 p.m. Sept. 6 incident at 305 W. Second St.

    Disorderly conduct

    MOUNT CARMEL - Clinton Miller, 18, of 21 N. Hickory St., Mount Carmel, was cited by Patrolman Jason Drumheller for disorderly conduct and harassment in connection with a disturbance at 12:13 p.m. Sept. 7 at Town Park.

    Harassment

    MOUNT CARMEL - Amanda L. Morey, 32, of 10 N. Walnut St., Mount Carmel, was cited by Lt. Christopher Buhay for harassment relating to a 9:30 a.m. Sept. 24 incident at her residence.

    Police reported Morey allegedly threw a rock that struck her husband in the head and put a hole in the front screen door.

    Harassment

    MOUNT CARMEL - Barry Neidlinger Jr., 50, and Jeffery Deitrick, 49, both of 110 N. Beech St., Mount Carmel, were cited by Lt. Christopher Buhay for harassment involving a disturbance at 2:40 p.m. Sept. 23 at their home.

    Harassment

    MOUNT CARMEL - Patrolman Justin Stelma cited Kevin J. McCarthy, 38, of 308 S. Maple St., Mount Carmel, for harassment for allegedly having contact with Mary Kerstetter after being told not to do so.

    Police said the incident occurred between 2 and 4 p.m. Sept. 24.

    Retail theft

    MOUNT CARMEL - David A. Demarco, 429 W. Second St., Mount Carmel, was cited by Patrolman Jason Drumheller for retail theft involving a 6 p.m. Sept. 14 incident at the Dollar General store, 240 S. Market St.

    Juveniles cited

    MOUNT CARMEL - Three female juveniles from Mount Carmel, ages 13, 14 and 15, were charged by Cpl. David Donkochik with criminal mischief and disorderly conduct involving a 6:30 p.m. Sept. 21 incident.

    Police said the juveniles are accused of spreading paint over various areas including buildings, vehicles and streets.

    Constable assaulted

    MOUNT CARMEL - A 17-year-old male from Mount Carmel was charged by Lt. Christopher Buhay with aggravated assault, simple assault, obstructing administration of the law, disorderly conduct and harassment involving a 1 p.m. Sept. 21 disturbance in the 100 block of South Oak Street.

    Police said the teen allegedly assaulted state Constable Larry Rompallo while he was attempting to take the juvenile's mother into custody. Rompallo suffered injuries in the assault, police said.

    Megan's Law violation

    SHAMOKIN - Justin M. Wyland, 29, of 104 Second St., Ranshaw, was charged by Cpl. Christopher Hill of the Pennsylvania State Police Computer Crime Unit with a felony of failing to comply with Megan's Law registration requirements.

    Wyland is accused of failing to notify state police of posts on his Facebook page.

    He was arraigned Thursday by Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III and committed to Snyder County Prison in lieu of $25,000 cash bail. He later posted bail and was released from prison.

    Simple assault

    SHAMOKIN - James Vanness Jr., 23, of 203 E. Dewart St., Shamokin, was charged Thursday by Patrolman William Miner with simple assault, terroristic threats, disorderly conduct and harassment relating to a disturbance at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at 189 E. Dewart St.

    Vanness is accused of threatening to kill Chelsea Swartzlander, smashing items in her home, punching a door and banging a chair into the walls. Police said the disturbance stemmed from an argument Vanness had with Swartzlander over a dog.

    Police said Vanness also shouted and cursed.

    Vanness was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III and committed to Montour County Prison in lieu of $10,000 cash bail.

    Drug charges

    MOUNT CARMEL - Patrolman William Adamski has charged Ryan E. Clews, 26, of 1501 Centre St., Ashland, with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest and flight to avoid apprehension involving an incident at 11:22 a.m. Tuesday at Second and Oak streets.

    Following a pursuit, police found 15 blue glassine bags, a few of which contained small amounts of a white powdery substance.

    Clews was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones and committed to Snyder County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail.

    Drug offenses

    MOUNT CARMEL - Anthony M. Leggins, 28, of 14 E. Avenue, Mount Carmel, was charged by Chief of Police Todd Owens and Patrolman Matthew Dillman with delivery of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of criminal conspiracy.

    The charges relate to an incident at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 200 block of South Orange Street in which Leggins allegedly sold synthetic marijuana for $70 to an informant. Leggins also is accused of possessing three acetaminophen and oxycodone hydrochloride tablets.


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    MOUNT CARMEL - Six defendants pleaded guilty Wednesday to multiple charges and were ordered by Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones to pay fines and costs.

    - Neil E. Swatsky, 32, of 211 S. Poplar St., Mount Carmel, pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia and was ordered to pay a $500 fine plus costs and placed on probation for 6 months.

    An additional charge of possession of suboxone was withdrawn.

    Swatsky was charged by Mount Carmel Cpl. David Donkochik in connection with a July 16 incident in the 200 block of South Poplar Street.

    - Matthew S. Moyer, 20, of Boyertown, pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia and was ordered to pay a $500 fine plus costs and placed on probation for 12 months.

    Charges of criminal trespass and possession of a small amount of marijuana were withdrawn.

    Moyer was charged by Mount Carmel Township Patrolman Kelly Campbell in connection with an Aug. 23 incident in an area known as "The Slopes" off Route 901 between Locust Gap and Locust Summit.

    - Tyler W. Davis, 25, of Danville, pleaded guilty to theft and was ordered to pay a $500 fine plus costs and placed on probation for 12 months.

    Additional charges of possessing credit cards belonging to Sharon and Gerald Boyer and receiving stolen property were withdrawn.

    The charges filed by Riverside police officer Jennifer Goss relate to incidents between Aug. 3 and Aug. 7 at 7 Boyce Road, Riverside.

    - Joseph R. McClain-Broden, 26, of 215 E. Saylor St., Atlas, pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia and was ordered to pay a $500 fine plus costs and placed on probation for 12 months.

    McClain-Broden was charged by Mount Carmel police relating to an Aug. 29 incident at 36 N. Vine St.

    - Kasey Lee Starr, 24, of 501 E. Fifth St., Mount Carmel, pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia and was ordered to pay a $500 fine plus costs and placed on probation for 12 months.

    Charges of possession of a controlled substance, two counts of driving under suspension, driving without a license, driving without insurance, failure to carry and exhibit a registration card, a lighting violation and failure to wear a seat belt were withdrawn.

    - Zachary Allen Starr, 30, of 14 E. Avenue, Mount Carmel, also pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia and was ordered to pay a $500 fine plus costs and placed on probation for 12 months. Additional charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of a small amount of marijuana were withdrawn.

    The Starrs were charged by Mount Carmel Township Patrolman David Tomtishen relating to a July 22 incident at the Viaduct on Route 61.


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    Keys found

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Police recovered a set of keys recently. The owner can claim them by calling 570-644-0333.

    Harassment

    COAL TOWNSHIP - A 14-year-old male student at Shamokin Area Middle/High School was cited by Cpl. Joshua Wynn for harassment for allegedly pushing and striking a 13-year-old male student at the school Thursday.


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    SUNBURY - District Attorney Ann Targonski announced the following actions occurred Friday in the Court of Common Pleas:

    - Jeannette Klinger, 48, of Selinsgrove, arrested for theft entered a plea. Sentencing was deferred to Nov. 2. The charges were filed by Shamokin police.

    - Curtis Groom, 26, of Shamokin, pleaded guilty to possession of paraphernalia and was sentenced to nine months probation. The charges were filed by Coal Township police.

    - Frederick Russo, 49, of Coal Township, pleaded guilty to possession of heroin and possession with intent to deliver. His sentence was deferred. The charges were filed by Shamokin police.

    - Christian Kehler, 37, of Shamokin, pleaded guilty. His sentence was deferred. Charges were filed by Mount Carmel Township police.

    - Robert Ferrick, 27, of Shamokin, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance. He received a mitigated range sentence of four years probation and a $250 fine in exchange for his cooperation. The charges were filed by Shamokin police.

    - Charles Bortell, 57, of Mount Carmel, pleaded guilty to terroristic threats. He received 30 days to 15 months in county prison plus a $100 fine. The charges were filed by Mount Carmel police.

    - Angel Lopez, 26, of Mount Carmel, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to deliver marijuana. He was sentenced to ninth months of probation plus a $250 fine.

    - Bobbi Jo Lopez, of Mount Carmel, pleaded guilty to two counts of possession with intent to deliver and paraphernalia. He was sentenced to 11.5 to 23 months in county prison, plus a year of probation.

    - Christopher Long, 51, of Shamokin, arrested for simple assault and resisting arrest, was sentenced to 17 days to a year in county prison. The charges were filed by state police at Stonington.

    The following cases were continued:

    - Debra Horvath, of Coal Township, arrested by Coal Township police for drug related offenses.

    - Ocufi Lawrence, of Shamokin, arrested by Shamokin police, to file pre-trial motions.

    - Michael Klinger, 26, of Locustdale, failed to appear. He was arrested by Coal Township police.

    - Frank Bogus, 54, of Coal Township, arrested by Shamokin police, due to outstanding motion.

    - Timothy Smith, 24, of Shamokin, arrested by Shamokin police, new counsel.

    - Adam Hendrick, 36, of Mount Carmel, arrested by Mount Carmel police.

    - Jon Patterson, 39, Elysburg, arrested by Point Township police, to obtain counsel.

    - Melanie Guinther, 34, of Elysburg, cases continued because defednant has new attorney.

    - Christopher Mitchell, 35, of Shamokin, arrested by Shamokin police, counsel needs more time to prepare.

    - Nicholas Villarreal, 36, of Shamokin, arrested by state police at Stonington and Coal Township police, to be scheduled for trial.

    - Damian Motter, 32, of Dalmatia, arrested by state police at Stonington, counsel was not prepared for trial.

    - Bonnie Klinger, 25, of Ashland, arrested by Coal Township police, to obtain counsel.

    Bench warrants were issued for the following defendants:

    - Danial Joraskie, 32, of Kulpmont, who was arrested for possession with intent to deliver heroin.

    - Brad Nahodil, 34, of Ranshaw, arrested by Coal Township police for retail theft and Kulpmont police for theft.

    - Eric Smith, 43, of Shamokin, arrested by Shamokin police for disorderly conduct and harassment.


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  • 10/02/15--21:00: Police Brief 10/3/2015
  • Athens woman charged with attempted assault, harassment

    Athens Borough Police charged Randi Lynn Keene, 28, of Athens, with simple assault and harassment on Oct. 1 after Keene was involved in a domestic violence incident, Athens police said.

    At about 5:20 p.m. on Oct. 1, police responded to a Spruce Street residence in Athens after receiving reports of screaming and thumping from an apartment, police said.

    When police arrived, Keene said there was no need for police involvement, but police observed physical injuries on the victim, who was with Keene while she talked to police, specifically both sides of the victim's face, police said.

    The victim told police the fight began when the victim addressed Keene's alleged substance abuse and the victim took Keene's cell phone, which then led to her striking the victim, police said.

    The strikes caused an abrasion and a laceration, which led to bleeding, on the victim's face, police said.

    Keene told police the victim held her down and choked her, but police did not see any signs of physical abuse on Keene.

    Keene was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark on Oct. 1 and released on nonmonetary bail.

    Keene has been issued a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on Oct. 6 for her preliminary hearing.


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

    SENTENCED

    Michael Annesi, 36, Binghamton, N.Y., was sentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 15 days to six months, fines of $400.00, plus court costs, for the offense of Retail Theft, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Officer John Fedorchak of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Annesi for the offense occurring on Feb. 25, 2015.

    Timothy Colton, 34, Troy, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for two months to 23 months, 29 days, followed by Probation supervision for a term of 24 months, fines of $1,000.00 plus court costs. Colton also is a lifetime registrar for sexual offenders. Colton was sentenced for the offenses of two counts of Indecent Assault, misdemeanors of the second degree. Trooper Brandon Allis of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Colton following investigation of an incident that occurred in Troy Township.

    Chris Evans, 20, Canton, Pa., was sentenced to Probation supervision for a term of 12 months, fines of $300.00 plus court costs, for the offense of Receiving Stolen Property, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Trooper Gabriel Paduck of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Evans following investigation of an incident that occurred in Overton Township in March 2015.

    Mark VanHorn, 28, Tioga, Pa., was resentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for a term of 24 months (flat), followed by Probation supervision for a term of 24 months, fines of $850.00, plus court costs, for the offenses of Hindering Apprehension, a misdemeanor of the second degree and Defiant Trespass, a summary offense.

    Officer Quentin Reinford of the Troy Borough Police Department arrested VanHorn for the offense occurring in February 2014.

    Brianna Herman, 22, Towanda, Pa., was resentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for two months to 11 months, 29 days, fines of $250.00 plus court costs, for the offense of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. Sergeant David Lantz of the Towanda Borough Police Department arrested Herman for the offense occurring in October 2013.

    Brianna Herman, 22, Towanda, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for one month to 12 months, fines of $350.00 plus court costs, for the offense of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Trooper Kyle Gruber of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Herman following investigation of an incident that occurred in Wysox Township in September 2014.

    Brandon Lane, 28, Sayre, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 110 days (flat), followed by County Intermediate Punishment for 21 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. There will be fines of $600.00 plus court costs, restitution of $430.00, for the offenses of Criminal Mischief, a misdemeanor of the third degree and Disorderly Conduct, a misdemeanor of the third degree. Officer Sean Flynn of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Lane for the offense occurring in April 2015.

    Brandon Ropraz, 19, Towanda, Pa., was sentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for 90 days (flat), followed by County Intermediate Punishment of 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. There will be fines of $1,250.00, plus court costs, for the offenses of Burglary, a felony of the second degree and Loitering and Prowling at Night, a misdemeanor of the third degree. Sergeant David Lantz of the Towanda Borough Police Department arrested Ropraz for the offense in April 2015.

    GUILTY PLEAS

    Shane Furman, 26, Wysox, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Burglary, a felony of the second degree. Furman will be sentenced, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Bruce Hoffman of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Furman for the offense in July 2015.

    James Wells, 45, Athens, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Criminal Trespass, a misdemeanor of the third degree.

    Wells will be sentenced following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Denny Slater of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Wells for the offense on May 20, 2015.

    Francis Hall, 25, Wyalusing, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance, a misdemeanor.

    Hall will be sentenced on Nov. 19, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Andrew Stevens of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Hall for the offense on May 23, 2015.

    Theresa Strope, 50, Sayre, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offenses of Possession of a Controlled Substance, a misdemeanor, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, also a misdemeanor. Strope will be sentenced on Nov. 19, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Nathan Ross of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Strope for the offense on April 1, 2015.

    Elizabeth Benjamin, 29, Wysox, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Benjamin will be sentenced on Nov. 12, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Benjamin had been sentenced to probation but failed to comply with the conditions. Probation was revoked and the case was set for resentencing. Trooper Tyler Brackman of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Benjamin following investigation of an incident that occurred in Wysox Township.

    Scott D. Allis, 24, Wysox, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor.

    Allis will be sentenced on Nov. 12, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Allis had been sentenced to probation but failed to comply with the conditions. Probation was revoked and the case was set for resentencing. Trooper David Sweeney of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Allis following investigation of an incident that occurred in Wysox Township.

    Ebed Delozier, 30, Wyalusing, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Delozier will be sentenced, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department.

    Delozier had been sentenced to probation but failed to comply with the conditions. Probation was revoked and the case was set for resentencing. Trooper Peter Smith of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Delozier following investigation of an incident that occurred in Terry Township in 2013.

    Brian Murphy, 51, Bristol, Conn., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Aggravated Assault, a felony of the second degree.

    Murphy will be sentenced on Nov. 23, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer John Werner of the Towanda Borough Police Department arrested Murphy for the offense on Aug. 19, 2014.

    Donald J. Roof, 53, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.

    Roof will be sentenced on Nov. 23, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Trooper Michael Adams of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Roof following investigation of an incident that occurred in Towanda Borough.

    Mark K. Schultz, 46, Monroeton, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.

    Schultz will be sentenced on Nov. 23, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Deputy Brian Wibirt of the Bradford County Sheriff's Office arrested Schulz for the offense in November 2014.

    Jesse Gallagher, 36, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Hindering Apprehension, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Gallagher will be sentenced on Nov. 23, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Deputy Donald Stringham of the Bradford County Sheriff's Department arrested Gallagher for the offense in Towanda in November 2014.

    James M. Shay, 30, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Recklessly Endangering another Person, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Shay will be sentenced on Nov. 23, 2015, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Brian Bellows of the Towanda Police Department arrested Shay for the offense in March 2015.

    Joseph Lee Granger, 44, Gillett, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.

    Granger will be sentenced following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. Officer Andrew Stevens of the Athens Borough Police Department arrested Granger for the offense in March 2015.

    Bradford County District Attorney Daniel J. Barrett reported the following recent Bradford County criminal case resolutions:

    Magisterial District Court

    Terry Satterly, 32, 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 seven days plus court costs, and a fine of $100.00. Officer Corey McLinko of the Towanda Borough Police Department arrested Satterly for the offense on Jan. 10, 2015, following investigation of a Possession of Drug Paraphernalia that occurred in Towanda Borough.

    Ashley Musgrave, 24, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark to the offense of Harassment, a summary offense and was sentenced to a fine of $100.00, plus court costs. Officer Bryan Bellows of the Towanda Borough Police Department arrested Musgrave for the offense on Sept. 9, 2015, following investigation of an assault that occurred in Towanda Borough.

    Chelsea Cole, 31, Waverly, 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 six days plus court costs. Officer Derek Watkins of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Cole for the offense on April 12, 2015, following investigation of a Possession of Drug Paraphernalia that occurred in Sayre Borough.

    Edward Smith, 56, Sayre, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw to the offense of Disorderly Conduct, a misdemeanor of the third degree and was sentenced to 10 days plus court costs. Officer Bruce Hoffman of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Smith for the offense on Sept. 15, 2014, following investigation of a disorderly conduct that occurred in Sayre Borough.

    Tyler VanHousen, 23, Sayre, 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 $100.00, plus court costs. Officer Bruce Hoffman of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested VanHousen for the offense on July 31, 2012, following investigation of an assault that occurred in Sayre Borough.

    Gabriel Wilkins, 37, Athens, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw to the offense of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and was sentenced to 130 days suspended and court costs. Officer Nathan Ross of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Wilkins for the offense on Feb. 23, 2015, following investigation of a Possession of Drug Paraphernalia that occurred in Sayre Borough.

    Joshua Coley, 23, Sayre, 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 $75.00, and court costs. Officer Thomas VanFleet of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Coley for the offense on Sept. 15, 2012, following investigation of an assault that occurred in Athens Township.

    Larissa Johnson, 21, Rome, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark to the offense of Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor, a misdemeanor of the third degree, and was sentenced to a fine of $1,000.00 and court costs. Trooper Taylor Smith of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Johnson for the offense on June 27, 2015, following investigation of a Furnishing Alcohol that occurred in Towanda Township.

    Timothy Short, 38, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark to the offense of Harassment, a summary offense, and was sentenced to 30 days plus court costs. Trooper Albert Levanavage of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Short for the offense on Aug. 12, 2015, following investigation of an assault that occurred in Towanda Township.

    Darwin Pitty-Deleon, 26, Towanda, Pa., entered a plea of guilty before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark to the offense of Furnishing Alcohol to Minors, a misdemeanor of the third degree, and was sentenced to a fine of $1,000.00, plus court costs.

    Trooper Nicholas Stroud of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Pitty-Deleon for the offense on July 22, 2015, following an investigation of a Furnishing Alcohol to Minors that occurred in Towanda Borough.


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    Commissioner debate Thursday

    SUNBURY - The seven candidates who are on the ballot for Northumberland County commissioner are scheduled to participate in a debate at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Sunbury Elks lodge.

    The Daily Item will host the debate. Invited to participate are Democrats Kymberley Best and George Zalar; Republicans Rick Shoch, an incumbent, and Sam Schiccatano; Libertarians Ed Quiggle Jr. and John Burd; and independent Bill Shambach. The debate is expected to last two hours.

    A debate last week, also sponsored by The Daily Item, featured the candidates for district attorney.

    Audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions, as will journalists representing The Daily Item, Sunbury Broadcasting Co., the Milton Standard-Journal and The News-Item.

    Candidates will not know the questions in advance. Each will be asked to respond to the same question.


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  • 10/06/15--21:00: Police Briefs 10/7/2015
  • Towanda woman arrested for harassment

    According to state police in Towanda, a 40-year-old Towanda woman has been arrested for harassment.

    Police said at about 1:35 a.m. on Oct. 3 at a residence off Woodside Terrace in Sheshequin Township, Florence M. Sherwood was involved in an argument with the victim and subsequently slapped the victim.

    Prescription drugs stolen in Ridgebury

    Towanda state police said narcotic pills were stolen from a Ridgebury residence recently.

    Police said an actor stole between 48 and 60 oxycodone pills from a Berwick Turnpike residence in Ridgebury Township.

    Police said the theft took place between Aug. 5 and Oct. 5.

    Police are investigating the incident.


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