Wyalusing man faces multiple charges

Phillip Mark Warfle Jr., 23, of Wyalusing has recently been charged with hindering the apprehension of a fugitive and possession of a controlled substance relating to two incidents on Feb. 20 and Feb. 21 in Wyalusing Township.

According to the Bradford County Sheriff's Office, on Feb. 20 they received a tip that fugitive Timothy Belcher was staying at Warfle's residence. When police went to the location, Warfle denied that Belcher was inside of the house at which time an unidentified female told police he was inside. Police then entered the home and placed Belcher in custody.

The next day deputies went to the Dunkin Donuts in Wyalusing to place Warfle under arrest while he was working. According to police, four Vicodin pills were found in a pack of cigarettes Warfle had in his pocket. Warfle did not have a prescription for the pills.

Warfle was remanded to the Bradford County Correctional Facility in lieu of $5,000 bail and has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Feb. 26 before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton.

Men charged in sexual assault

Two Gillett men have been charged in a statutory sexual assault/rape involving a 15-year-old female victim that took place from August to October in South Creek Township, according to state police at Towanda.

Trooper Miranda R. Musick said that Jesse Kelvin Briggs, 23, of Gillett, was charged with statutory sexual assault and corruption of minors, while Mark Arlan Briggs, 45, of Gillett, was charged with rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and corruption of minors for allegedly forcing the same victim have sexual contact with him.

Charges were filed at the office of Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox of Troy, and warrants were served, with both of the men posting bail.

Wilcox said the men face preliminary hearings March 6.