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Retail theft charge

A New Jersey man was recently arrested by Pennsylvania state police on a charge of retail theft.

According to state police information, Franklin Delano Szotak, Jr., 50, of Linden, N.J., removed numerous items from the Dandy Mini Mart on state route 6 in Wyalusing without paying for them on Dec. 28. The total value of the items was $52, police said.

Szotak was cited with a retail theft charge in district court, police said.

Police seek bicycle owner

Pennsylvania state police are seeking the owner of a black and pink youth bicycle found Dec. 27 on Berwick Turnpike in Ridgebury Township.

According to state police information, the bicycle was found at a guardrail along the roadway. Anyone who may have any information or may own the bicycle is asked to contact state police at Towanda at (570) 265-2186.

Criminal trespass

A New Albany woman was recently charged with criminal trespass by Pennsylvania state police.

According to information from state police, Ashley Jo White, 25, entered a residence on North Street in Albany Township on Nov. 29 and refused to leave.

TV stolen in Ridgebury Township

Pennsylvania state police at Towanda are investigating a theft from a motor vehicle in Ridgebury Township.

According to information from state police, an unknown actor removed a 46-inch Sony television and an LG speaker stereo system from a parked car on Parrish Lane between Dec. 7 and 8.

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

Burglary charge

A Rome man was recently arrested by Pennsylvania state police on a charge of burglary.

According to information filed with Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton, Dustin Anthony Pedro, 18, was also charged with two counts of theft by unlawful taking and one count each of criminal trespass and receiving stolen property.

Police said Pedro entered a residence on Gulf Road in Orwell Township and removed two firearms - a Franchi 12-gauge shotgun and a Marlin 17-caliber bolt action rifle - from the residence. The shotgun was valued at $1,100 and the rifle at $400, police said.

According to magisterial court information, Pedro waived a preliminary hearing scheduled on Dec. 27 and is scheduled to appear in the Bradford County Court of Common Pleas for a formal arraignment on Jan. 30.

Towanda man charged with theft

A Towanda man was recently arrested by Pennsylvania state police on a charge of theft by unlawful taking.

According to papers filed with Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton, Brandon Freeman Rivera, 19, was also charged with theft of property lost, mislaid or delivered by mistake.

Police said Rivera took a Dell laptop computer valued at $200 from a customer at the Bee Clean Laundromat on state route 6 in Wysox.

Rivera was arraigned Dec. 19 and remanded to the Bradford County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail. Rivera's preliminary hearing, originally scheduled for Dec. 27, was continued until Jan. 17, according to court information.

Wysox burglary

An Ulster man was recently arrested by Pennsylvania state police on a charge of burglary.

According to papers filed with Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton, Andrew Joseph Brunson, 29, was also charged with criminal trespass and criminal mischief.

Police said Brunson unlawfully entered a tattoo parlor at the intersection of state routes 6 and 187 in Wysox Township. The owner told police nothing appeared to be missing from the tattoo parlor or adjoining office of the nearby saloon, police said. Brunson smashed in several windows to gain access to the building, police said. Brunson's wallet was found inside the tattoo parlor, police said.

Brunson was arraigned Dec. 13 and remanded to the Bradford County Jail in lieu of $75,000 bail. Brunson waived a preliminary hearing scheduled for Dec. 27 and is scheduled to face formal arraignment in the Bradford County Court of Common Pleas on Jan. 30, according to court information.

Possession charge

A Laceyville woman was recently arrested by Pennsylvania state police on a charge of possession of a small amount of marijuana.

According to information filed with Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton, Desiree N. Daff, 39, was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police said that Daff was with a man wanted in Wyoming County for failure to appear in court when police arrested the man on September 12. Upon searching Daff, police found a small cut straw with white residue inside it and a pill bottle with no label on it, police said. A small marijuana bud was also found inside a cigarette pack on Daff's person, police said.

Daff's preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 10.

Athens woman charged with DUI

An Athens woman was recently arrested by Pennsylvania state police on a charge of driving under the influence.

According to papers filed with Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw, Jade Elizabeth Smiley, 18, was also charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Police said an officer found a silver 2006 Chevrolet Aveo operated by Smiley parked in a dirt pull-off west of Sheshequin Road in Athens Township and stopped. The vehicle fit the description of one taken during an unauthorized use in Athens Borough, police said.

As police talked to Smiley, she appeared to be confused and slurred her speech, police said. Police found a Clonazepam pill and a small plastic baggie containing a white substance inside a purse in the vehicle, police said. Smiley failed a field sobriety test, police said.

A passenger in the vehicle, Robert Eugene Northrup III, 20, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to use, making false statements under oath, unsworn falsification to authorities and making false reports to law enforcement authorities.

Police said Northrup had a needle loaded with bath salts, a burnt tinfoil-covered spoon, a metal pipe for smoking and a cut straw on his person. A container of bath salts was also found in a tackle box at Northrup's feet, police said.

Northrup provided officers with the name and date of birth of another individual when asked for his identity, police said.

Smiley was arraigned Dec. 31 by Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark and released from the Bradford County Jail on non-monetary bail conditions. Smiley's preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 10.

Northrup was arraigned Jan. 1 by Judge Clark and remanded to the Bradford County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail. Northrup's preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 10.

Disorderly conduct charge

A Gillett man was recently arrested by Sayre borough police on a charge of disorderly conduct.

According to information filed with Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw, Bartholomew David Wilkins, 32, was also charged with simple assault, resisting arrest and aggravated assault.

Police said Wilkins punched two victims, one male and one female, in a parking lot between the Lehigh Tavern and the Flat Iron Bar and Grill. Wilkins then fled the scene, hiding in a dumpster and not exiting the dumpster after being told to do so, police said. The male victim had been knocked unconscious from Wilkins' punch and was taken to the Robert Packer Hospital emergency room to be treated for injuries consistent with a broken or dislocated jaw, police said.

Wilkins was arraigned Jan. 1 by Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark and remanded to the Bradford County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail. Wilkins' preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 10.

Illinois man charged with DUI

An Illinois man was recently arrested by Sayre borough police on a charge of driving under the influence.

According to papers filed with Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw, Steven Nathaniel Davidson, 25, of Chambersburg, Ill., was also charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct by engaging in fighting.

Police said officers responded late Jan. 2 to a possible motor vehicle accident in the borough's municipal parking lot on South Lehigh Avenue. Police said they observed the side front fender of a green Toyota operated by Davidson resting against the front wheel of a parked vehicle. Davidson appeared to be passed out behind the wheel, police said.

Once woken up by officers, Davidson attempted to drive off, scraping his vehicle along the side of the parked car, police said. After repeated attempts to get Davidson to exit the vehicle, he left the vehicle and threw a punch at an officer, grazing the side of his face, police said.

Davidson refused to take a blood alcohol test, police said.

Davidson was arraigned Jan. 2 by Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark and remanded to the Bradford County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail. Davidson's preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 10.

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