Police Briefs 1/21/2014
Man faces drug paraphernalia charge
A Towanda man has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark to answer a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to information filed in Clark's office, Gabriel Spencer, 38, was charged by Towanda police on Jan. 10 with the above offense. Police were summoned by Spencer to his residence around 7:11 p.m., according to reports, to investigate the possibility that an unauthorized person was inside. Police said they found no one inside the premises when they investigated, but did observe a hypodermic needle in the kitchen which could be used to inject a controlled substance into a person.
Spencer is scheduled to appear before Judge Clark on Jan. 29.
Two cited following dispute
Two people were cited by state police recently following a domestic dispute in Towanda.
According to papers filed with Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark, Gary Leigh Johnson Jr., 22, and Ashley Lynn Kerver, 22, both of Towanda, have each been charged with simple assault, and harassment. Both are accused of striking each other on Jan. 19 during an argument at their residence. Johnson is also accused of threatening to use a taser on Kerver during the incident.
Both have been sent a summons to appear before Judge Clark on Jan. 29.
Man fails to appear for sentencing
A New York man was ordered incarcerated in Bradford County jail recently on allegations he earlier failed to show up for a sentencing hearing in court.
According to information filed with Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark, Douglas Todd Williams, 41, of Malone, N.Y., has been charged with default in required appearance. Williams was scheduled to appear in Bradford County Court on Jan. 6, to be sentenced on a variety of offenses, including rape of a child, according to court papers. Williams failed to appear at the appointed time, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Williams was eventually located and extradited back to Bradford County, where he was incarcerated in lieu of $100,000 bail. His preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Jan. 29 before Judge Clark.
Two charged following fight
Two people were charged by Towanda police recently following an altercation that occurred at a private residence on Pine Street.
According to papers filed with Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark, Star R. Parker, 32, and Andrew R. Gomez, 29, both of Towanda, have each been charged with simple assault (mutual consent fight), and harassment. Police reported being called to the residence on Jan. 17 to investigate a disturbance. When they arrived, police said, they observed that both Parker and Gomez had suffered recent injuries, and determined from the two that they had earlier gotten into a physical altercation.
Both have been sent a summons to appear before Judge Clark on Jan. 22.
Man accused of theft
A New Albany man has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark to answer a charge of theft by unlawful taking.
According to information filed in Clark's office, Derek James Doss, 25, has also been charged by state police with criminal mischief. Doss is accused of stealing a purse of a New Albany woman on Dec. 30, which contained $150 and other items.
Doss is scheduled to appear before Judge Clark on Feb. 26.
Man charged with default
An Ulster man was ordered incarcerated in lieu of bail recently on a charge of default in required appearance.
According to information filed at Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark's office, Ryan Jon Hunsinger, 20, failed to appear for a sentencing hearing in Bradford County Court on Nov. 7. A warrant was issued for Hunsinger's arrest at the time, and he was recently taken into custody. Hunsinger's preliminary hearing before Judge Clark has been scheduled for Jan. 22.
Man charged with endangerment
A Troy man has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark to answer a charge of endangering the welfare of a child.
According to information filed at Clark's office, William Wilkinson, 24, has also been charged by Towanda police with corruption of a minor. Wilkinson is accused of having injected himself with morphine on Dec. 28 in Towanda in the presence of a 5-year-old boy. Wilkinson is scheduled to appear before Judge Clark on Feb. 21.
Man charged with criminal mischief
A Towanda man was cited by state police recently on a charge of criminal mischief.
Information filed with Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark indicated that Adonay Alvarez, 21, was cited for the above offense following an incident that occurred on Nov. 10. Alvarez is accused of having caused $1,400 in damages to a 2014 Dodge Ram owned by Kelvin Rivera as it was parked at his residence in Monroeton Borough.
Alvarez is scheduled to appear before Judge Clark on Feb. 19.
Two charged with drug violations
Two people were charged with violation of the controlled substances act following an investigation in Monroe Township.
According to information filed with Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark, Todd Michael Pierce, 36, of Monroeton, and Candice Joy Hercenberg, 28, of New Albany, have each been charged by state police with the above offense. On Nov. 27, the report continued, police were dispatched to the Pennsylvania Game Commission lands located off Weston Road in Monroe Township, to serve an arrest warrant on Pierce for an unrelated matter. When they arrived, police said, they found Pierce in a Chevrolet Trailblazer, and he was taken into custody. Also in the vehicle was Hercenberg, police said. While conducting an inventory search of the vehicle, the report continued, police found a number of items, including several hypodermic needles, as well as a white powdery substance in a clear plastic baggie.
Both are scheduled to appear before Judge Clark on Feb. 19.
Man cited for harassment
A Dushore man was cited for harassment by state police following an incident in Mill Street Apartments.
According to police, Randy Hunsinger, 24, has been accused of striking Jessy Walker, 21, in the stomach on Jan. 18.
Car strikes deer
No injuries were reported when a car struck a deer on state Route 187 in Asylum Township.
State police reported that Daryll A. Lambert, 43, of Montour Falls, N.Y., was driving a 2011 Mercedes-Benz south on Route 187, when a deer jumped out in front of his vehicle, causing a collision. Police said Lambert was wearing his seatbelt when the accident occurred, and the vehicle had to be towed from the scene.
A driver was cited by state police recently following a two-vehicle collision on U.S. Route 6 in Standing Stone Township.
According to police, Rodney L. Minier, 43, of Unityville, was driving a 2001 Freightliner west on Route 6 on Jan. 11 around 12:58 p.m., when his vehicle crossed the center line of traffic for an unknown reason. The Freightliner struck the oncoming trailer of a truck operated by Michael A. Miller, 52, of Rome.
Neither driver was injured in the accident. Minier was cited for crossing the center line of traffic, police reported.
Vehicle leaves road
No injuries were reported when a vehicle left the road and traveled down an embankment on Fisher Road in Standing Stone Township.
According to state police, Nathaniel L. Dunbar, 29, of Troy was driving a 1997 Ford Explorer south on Fisher Road when he drove off the road onto the west side of the berm. The vehicle then struck the embankment and traveled down over into a creek bed before coming to rest on large rocks. Police said Dunbar was issued a citation for operating his vehicle at an unsafe speed.
Woman cited after crash
A Rome woman was cited for following too closely recently, following a two-vehicle accident on U.S. Route 6 in North Towanda Township.
According to state police, April N. Richardson, 25, of Rome was driving a 2003 Dodge Stratus east on Route 6 around 7:22 a.m. on Jan. 14. Traveling in front of the Stratus was a 1995 Dodge 1500 operated by Angela Jackson, 39, of Troy, who stopped her truck because of another vehicle that was in the process of making a turn. Police said Richardson was unable to stop her car in time, causing it to strike the rear of Jackson's vehicle.
No one was injured from the crash, police said.
Collision shuts down Route 220
State police are investigating a two-vehicle collision that occurred recently on U.S. Route 220 at Church Hill Road in Cherry Township, Sullivan County.
According to police, a 2006 Dodge Durango was traveling north on 220 around 7:10 p.m. on Jan. 15. The Durango traveled into the southbound lane of 220 for an unknown reason, and struck a Kenworth tri-axel. The Durango continued north and west before going off the road and striking an embankment, where it came to a halt. Route 220 was shut down for approximately 3 1/2 hours to remove the vehicles and clean up about 110 gallons of diesel fuel that spilling on the road after impact, police reported. The identity of the two drivers was not provided in the report, but police indicated they were both taken to Robert Packer Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
Police were assisted at the scene by units from PennDOT, Sullivan County Emergency Management, Dushore Fire and Ambulance, and the Mildred Fire Company.
The investigation into the crash is still on-going, police reported.
The following people were recently charged with driving while under the influence in Bradford County:
Mark L. Barrett, 42, of 813 Cemetery St., Towanda. Barrett was also charged by state police with driving on the wrong side of the road, and changing lanes of traffic without using the proper signal. Barrett was charged after being stopped by police around 6:58 p.m. on Nov. 29 in U.S. Route 6 in Burlington Township. A blood test eventually revealed that Barrett's blood alcohol content was .223 percent on the day of his arrest. Barrett has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark on Feb. 12.
Nancy Jean Tucker, 47, of 27 Dogwood Ln., Wysox. Tucker has also been charged by state police with driving on the wrong side of the road, operating a vehicle at an unsafe speed, and careless driving, after being stopped on Liberty Corners Road around 11:04 a.m. on Dec. 2 in Towanda Township. Tucker has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark on Feb. 28.
Timothy John Bailey, 34, of Pine City, N.Y. Bailey has also been charged by state police with operating a vehicle while his license was suspended or revoked, operating a vehicle without insurance, driving on the wrong side of the road, operating a vehicle at an unsafe speed, and careless driving. Bailey was charged following a vehicle crash on Shaw Boulevard in Monroeton around 4:55 p.m. on June 18, 2013. A blood test eventually revealed that Bailey's blood alcohol content was .125 percent on the day of his arrest. Bailey has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark on Feb. 19.
Ronald Kipp, 28, of Wyalusing. Kipp was charged following a traffic stop by state police on state Route 187 at Dixon Hill Road in Asylum Township around 7:07 p.m. on Jan. 13.
Harry Scott Cohen, 47, of Waverly, by Sayre Borough police, on Jan. 18, in the parking lot of Robert Packer Hospital. Cohen has also been charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving damage to an unattended vehicle, public drunkenness and disorderly conduct. Cohen refused a blood alcohol test to determine his blood alcohol content. Cohen was arraigned Jan. 18 by Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton and remanded to the Bradford County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail. Cohen's preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 21.