Police Briefs 2/13/2013
Wysox man accused of PFA violation
Joseph Leighton, 28, of Wysox is accused of violating a PFA order by having direct contact with a 24-year-old woman, police said.
The incident occurred on Jan. 20 at a location in Wysox Township, police said.
As a result of this incident, Leighton has been charged with indirect criminal contempt, state police at Towanda said.
Man accused of assault in Towanda Twp.
Summer Ann Benjamin of Towanda Township has accused 39-year-old Kyle Lamont Middleton of punching her in the eye during a dispute over who would take care of their daughter, police said.
The incident occurred at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 16 at a location along Railroad Street in Towanda Township, police said.
As a result of this incident, Middleton has been charged with simple assault and harassment, state police at Towanda said.
Middleton, who lives in Jermyn, Pa., was arraigned by Towanda Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark on Feb. 7. He was then sent to the Bradford County jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.
Middleton must appear before Judge Clark for a preliminary hearing on Wednesday.
The following people were recently charged with driving under the influence in Bradford County:
- Charles R. Kenyon, 56, of Towanda, by the Towanda police, on Jan. 11, in the parking lot behind Finlan's Tavern in Towanda. A test revealed that the amount of alcohol in Kenyon's blood on the day of his arrest was .128 percent.
- James Aaron Allison, 28, of Chloe, W.Va., by the Towanda police, on Jan. 20, on York Avenue in Towanda. A test revealed that the amount of alcohol in Allison's blood on the day of his arrest was .178 percent.
State police at Towanda said some items belonging to a 26-year-old Canton man were taken in a burglary sometime between 12:01 a.m. Jan. 25 and 2 p.m. Feb. 1 at a residence on Route 414 in Leroy Township.
Trooper George W. Layaou reported that someone gained access to the residence by kicking/smashing open a rear basement entry door on the northwestern side, and stole a blued steel/synthetic stock Winchester .243 caliber Model 70 Bolt Action WSSM rifle with a Nikon scope from under a bed in a second-floor bedroom and a Play Station and XBOX game system and numerous game discs from the living room area, and fled with the stolen property.
An investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding the crime is asked to contact state police at (570) 265-2186.
State police at Towanda said that Eugene Grissom, 66, of Granville Summit, was charged for a violation of a Protection from Abuse order for an incident that took place at 11:32 a.m. Feb. 7 on Evans Road in Granville Township.
Trooper George W. Layaou said the victim was a 51-year-old Granville Summit woman, and Grissom made contact with her via telephone, violating an active PFA order.
State police at Mansfield said Tracy Hojnowski, 47, of Canton, wasn't injured in a one-vehicle accident at 4:10 p.m. Feb. 8 on Route 14, about one mile west of Taylor Road, in Canton Township.
Trooper William Hoppel said that the crash occurred as she was traveling east and lost control of her Ford Focus, which slid into a ditch on the north side of the road, spun in a counterclockwise direction and came to rest in the ditch.
Towanda man charged with possession of synthetic marijuana
John Anthony Diaz, 26, of Towanda is accused of having a package mailed to his residence that contained synthetic marijuana, police said.
Inside the package was a black and red bag labeled "7H hydro aromatic potpourri, 15 grams, not for human consumption," police said.
State police at Towanda said they investigated the incident on Dec. 15.
Diaz told the police that he did not know that it was illegal to possess synthetic marijuana in Pennsylvania.
As a result of this incident, Diaz has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, police said.
Diaz has been sent a summons which orders him to appear for a preliminary hearing on March 27 in Towanda District Court.
Towanda couple accused of selling drugs
Steven Thomas Nemeth and Cynthia Hammell, both of Towanda, are accused of with selling Vicodin and Oxycontin tablets on three occasions in 2012, police said.
On the three occasions, the pair sold a total of twenty 10-milligram tablets of Vicodin and seventeen 15-milligram tablets of Oxycontin, police said.
The sales occurred on April 18, April 30, and May 18 at a location along Main Street in downtown Towanda, state police said.
Hammell is Nemeth's girlfriend, police said.
Nemeth, 43, was charged with criminal conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility, police said.
Hammell, 39, was charged with delivery of a controlled substance and criminal conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance, police said.
Nemeth and Hammell were arraigned by Towanda Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark on Monday.
Nemeth and Hammell were then sent to the Bradford County jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.
Nemeth and Hammell must attend a preliminary hearing before Judge Clark on Feb. 20.
Unsolved burglary cases end in charges
Michael Briegel, 19, of Dushore and a 17-year-old juvenile have been charged by state police with three counts each of burglary, theft by unlawful taking or disposition, criminal trespass, receiving stolen property, and two counts of criminal mischief.
According to police, the charges stem from three incidents which occurred between Sept. 21 and Jan. 31.
One burglary occurred at French Creek Rd. in Albany Twp, another at the New Albany Elementary School in New Albany Borough, and another on Wyalusing New Albany Rd. in Terry Twp.
The items stolen from the farm on French Creek Rd. and the school in New Albany were sold as scrap metal.
Howard Freeman, 53, of New Albany has been charged by state police with three counts of harassment relating to Feb. 9 and Feb. 10 incidents in New Albany Borough.
On Feb. 9, police say Freeman went to the residence of a 31-year-old female from New Albany and, while intoxicated, pushed her and started a dispute.
According to police, Freeman showed up at the same residence the next day and struck a 23-year-old female and 19-year-old male in the face.
Ryker Jordan Packard, 19, of Towanda is facing charges related to burglary for stealing items from 227 2nd Street in Wyalusing Borough on Jan. 30.
According to police, Packard was renting an apartment from a 72-year-old female from Allentown and when he moved out, took items from his apartment and the apartment next door.
Woman charged with theft
Kristen Maryha Kinner, 23, of Wyalusing is charged with receiving stolen property and theft relating to a Feb. 10 incident at 360 Riverside Dr. Wyalusing Borough.
According to police, Kinner stole an I-Tablet worth $250 from a 35-year-old male from Wyalusing.
After the victim confronted Kinner, police said she returned the I-Tablet to him.