Police Briefs 2/20/2013
Man charged with simple assault
A Towanda man accused of hitting another person was arrested by borough police recently on a charge of simple assault.
According to information filed with Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark, John J. Lochner, 31, of 418 Bridge St., has also been charged with resisting arrest.
Towanda police officers Sgt. David Lantz and Officer Bryan Bellows reported responding to a domestic dispute in progress at 9:46 p.m. on Feb. 15 at 418 Bridge St. When they arrived at the scene, police reported, they spoke to Melissa Lochner who was on a stair way leading to an upstairs apartment. Noting a red mark on Melissa Lochner's face, Sgt. Lantz asked her of John Lochner had hit her, which she confirmed, the report continued.
John Lochner then emerged from the apartment, the report said, and yelled that he had grabbed her (Melissa Lochner). Police said they instructed John Lochner to step out of the apartment, because he was going to be arrested for domestic violence. John Lochner said they didn't have a warrant and attempted to close the door, according to the report. In the process, John Lochner resisted arrested, and had to be wrestled to the ground and threatened to be tasered before allowing himself to be handcuffed and be placed in the patrol car.
John Lochner was arraigned before Judge Clark, who ordered the defendant released on non-monetary bail. His preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Feb. 27.
Man charged with possession
A Troy man was arrested by state police recently on a charge of possession of a controlled substance.
According to papers filed with Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark, Derek Chad Baldwin, 24, has also been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, and operating a motor vehicle while his license was suspended or revoked.
Trooper Michael Adams reported observing a white Jeep Cherokee around 1:45 p.m. on Feb. 8 near Marcy Hill Road, which matched the description of a vehicle stolen earlier in Towanda Borough. Trooper Adams, along with Trooper Nathan Lewis and a third trooper, initiated a traffic stop as the vehicle pulled into a driveway along Marcy Hill Road.
Baldwin was identified as the driver of the vehicle, the report continued, and as he was being taken into custody, they observed a syringe on the ground next to him, and also discovered to other syringes in the vehicle.
The Cherokee was impounded, according to the report, and a further search conducted after a warrant was obtained revealed several more syringes and a container of dark liquid believed to be bath salts, as well as other items related to illegal drug use.
State police said they spoke to owner of the vehicle, who informed them that he had no personal items inside it when it was stolen. Baldwin was transferred to the custody of the Bradford County Sheriff's office, which had a bench warrant for the defendant's arrest. State police said they also determined that Baldwin's driver's license was suspended.
Woman faces possession charge
A Sayre woman was arrested by Towanda police recently on a charged of possession and/or delivery of a controlled substance.
According to information filed with Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark, Janet Marie Cobb, 25, of 213 Blackberry Ave., has been accused of selling the prescription drug Vicodin to an confidential police informant on Feb. 24, 2011.
Towanda police officers John Hennessy and David Lantz reported speaking to the confidential informant around 10 p.m. on Feb. 24, 2011, who informed them that Cobb was inside Smeck's Wayside Inn (Bucket O' Blood), attempting to sell the Vicodin pills. The officers, who are also members of the Bradford County Drug Task Force, arranged with the informant for the purchase of the Vicodin.
Police then allowed the informant to drive to Smeck's Wayside Inn, following in their own vehicle. At the inn, the reported continued, police said they observed Cobb hand the informant something. The informant then turned over a small clear plastic baggie containing 10 white oval pills later identified as Vicodin, police said.
Cobb was arraigned before Judge Clark, who ordered the defendant released on $3,000 bail. Cobb's preliminary hearing before Judge Clark is scheduled on Feb. 27.
Man accused of possession
A Towanda man was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark recently on a charge of possession of a controlled substance.
According to information filed in Clark's office, Michael David Garinger, was arrested by state police for the above offense on Feb. 8. Trooper Anthony Stempien reported stopping a green Subaru Legacy around 11:25 a.m. on U.S. Route 220, just south of Patterson Boulevard. A check revealed that Garinger was wanted on an unrelated matter, the report continued, and a pat down search revealed 11 packets of a white powder substance later determined to be heroin in his left front pants pocket. In Garinger's right front pants pocket, according to the report, Trooper Stempien discovered a white powder substance that later tested positive as bath salts.
Garinger's preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Feb. 27 before Judge Clark.
Arrest leads to possession charge
A Towanda man was arrested recently arrested by state police on a charge of possession of a controlled substance.
According to papers filed with Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark, Joel Duane Vanderpool, 30, of 3713 Liberty Corners Road, has also been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
Court papers indicated that state police Trooper Robert W. Hutchison, Sergeant James Warner, Corporal Doug Smith, Trooper Michael Adams, as well as members of the the Bradford County Sheriff's Department, were in the process of taking Vanderpool into custody on an unrelated felony warrant on Dec. 21 at a private residence on Marcy Hill Road. Druing the process, police said, they discovered several pills of what was determined to be a controlled substance, along with a hypodermic needle.
Vanderpool was arraigned before Judge Clark, who ordered the defendant incarcerated in lieu of $10,000 bail. His preliminary hearing is scheduled today.
Man arrested for simple assault
A man was arrested by state police recently on a charge of simple assault.
Information filed with Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark indicated that Jorge Cordero, 21, no known address, was also charged with harassment, following an incident that occurred around 5 p.m. on Feb. 8 in New Albany.
State police Trooper John Youngblood reported being called to 88 Front St., Apartment 1, in New Albany to investigate an assault. Youngblood spoke to Robert and Amber Muzzy, who explained that they had been involved in a dispute earlier with Antonio Hawley -- later identified as an alias for Jorge Cordero. Amber Muzzy explained that Hawley (Cordero) had been living at their residence, but they had informed him he had to move out. During the argument, according to the report, Hawley pushed Amber Muzzy, and when Robert Muzzy intervened, Hawley punched him in the face, injuring him in the process.
Cordero had fled the scene before the state police arrived, but was later picked up and arraigned before Judge Clark, who ordered the defendant incarcerated in lieu of $10,000 bail. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 27.
Man charged with obstruction
A Towanda man was recently cited by the Bradford County Sheriff's office recently, on a charge of obstructing the administration of the law or other government function.
According to papers filed with Magisterial District Justice Tim Clark's office, Harry Fay Yates Jr., 55, of 204 State St., was charged with the above offense following an incident on Feb. 11. Bradford County Deputy Brian J. Wibirt reported going to 113 Bridge St. in Towanda with Deputy James Hart, to serve a bench warrant. When they arrived at the address, Wibirt reported, a man - later identified as Yates - answered the door. When they told them why they were there, Wibirt said, Yates informed them the man they were looking for was not there. When he asked Yates if they could come in and look around, Wibirt continued, Yates again informed them the man they were looking for was not on the premises. Wibirt said he told Yates if he had lied to them, he could be arrested. Yates then said, "You can not arrest me."
Wibirt and Hart then entered the apartment and discovered the man for whom they had warrant, who was taken into custody without incident. Yates was later arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox, who ordered the defendant released on $35,000 unsecured bail. Yates is scheduled to appear today before Judge Clark for his preliminary hearing.
Woman accused of sexual assault
A Towanda woman was arrested by borough police recently on a charge of statutory sexual assault.
According to information filed in Magisterial District Judge Clark's office, Mindy Rose Burnett, 24, of 211 Maple St., has also been charged with corruption of a minor, and indecent assault. Burnett is accused of having had sexual contact with an underage juvenile male on three separate occasions in January.
Towanda police Officer Ryan Edsell reported receiving information from Bradford County Children and Youth Services on Feb. 13, in which Burnett was accused of the above offense. Edsell interviewed the juvenile, as well his mother, who confirmed the information, the report said.
The next day, the report continued, Edsell interviewed Burnett, in which she admitted to having had sexual contact with the juvenile.
Burnett's preliminary hearing has been scheduled today before Judge Clark.
Woman charged with theft
Katie Marie Brown, 18, of Monroeton has recently been charged with Retail Theft for stealing a white Samsung Galaxy Note valued at $599.99 from AT&T on Nov. 1 in Wysox Township.
Brown has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton on March 12 for a preliminary hearing.
The following people were recently charged with driving while under the influence in Bradford County:
Amanda Sue Kithcart, 25, of Towanda, by state police, on Feb. 6, on 1863 Mercur Hill Road in Wysox Township.
Kithcart was also charged with felony fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, criminal mischief, criminal trespass, driving at an unsafe speed, careless driving, and reckless driving.
According to police, they were called to a residence for a domestic disturbance when they witnessed Kithcart staggering outside of the house, with a strong smell of alcohol on her breath.
While police spoke with the home owner, Kithcart fled the scene in a 2012 Honda Sedan at a high rate of speed. Police gave chase but decided soon after to terminate the pursuit due to unsafe road conditions and speed.
Kithcart has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton on March 12 for a preliminary hearing.