Police Briefs 5/29/2013
Woman arrested for striking police officer
Kenzie Lynn Rider, 22, of Canton has been charged by Towanda Borough Police for resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness relating to a May 20 incident outside of Finlan's Tavern on Main Street in Towanda.
According to police, Rider initiated multiple verbal confrontations with Patrolman Josh Lake before becoming physical with another female at the bar. Lake then attempted to place Rider under arrest as she hit him with an open hand in the face and chest.
Shortly after, as Rider was being placed in a patrol car, she struck Lake twice in the groin before finally cooperating with authorities.
Rider was released on non-monetary bail and is scheduled to appear before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark on May 29 for a preliminary hearing.
Man arrested for wiretapping
Michael Robert Bastion, 61, of Troy has been charged with recording a private conversation relating to a May 23 incident at the State Police barracks in Towanda. According to police, Bastion was called into the station for an interview to answer allegations made against him by an unnamed female.
Bastion then furnished police with a digital recorder which he said stored over 600 hours of conversation that would support his innocence.
Police informed him that it is illegal to record a private conversation without the other party's consent and Bastion stated he was unaware of said law.
Bastion was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox and held on $35,000 bail until his preliminary hearing on May 29.
Man faces hearing on marijuana charge
Quintin Ray Wandell, 20, of 35483 Route 14, Gillett, faces a preliminary hearing at 1 p.m. today before Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox of Troy on charges that he possessed a small amount of marijuana for personal use around 1:16 a.m. June 26 at Troy Hospital in Troy Borough, according to court papers.
The papers note that Wandell is also charged with using, or possessing with the intent to use, drug paraphernalia, namely a silver and red dice smoking pipe; and the purchase, consumption, possession or transportation of liquor or malt or brewed beverages.
According to an affidavit prepared by Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Kevin Hibson, Wandell was sitting in the waiting room of the emergency room area, and said that he was drunk and wanted to go to jail.
Wandell told police he was getting alcohol from "some guy he didn't know, in an alley, somewhere in the borough," and stated that he drank beer, whiskey and some other kind of mixed drink. Police said the smoking pipe and a plastic baggie with green vegetable matter that later tested positive for marijuana was found within a small pocket along the right side of Wandell's shorts. Test results indicated the presence of alcohol within Wandell's system (.11 percent), police said.
Wilcox said Wandell was sent a summons.
People charged with DUI
The following people were recently charged with driving while under the influence in Bradford County:
Shawn Allen MacDougall, 36, of 2 Mount Airy Road, Wellsville, Pa., by Pennsylvania State police for an incident around noon on Feb. 13 at the intersection of Route 6 and Orchard Hill Road in Troy Township.
In addition, MacDougall was charged with using, or possessing with the intent to use, drug paraphernalia (namely a metal smoking device); driving while operating privilege is suspended or revoked; and careless driving, according to court papers filed with the office of Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox of Troy. An affidavit notes that the residue in the metal smoking device was found to contain marijuana.
Trooper Kevin Hibson, who was dispatched to the area for the report of an erratic driver who may have been under the influence, said that he found a gold Dodge Intrepid pulled off the left side of Orchard Hill Road with the windshield smashed in two places and the front passenger window smashed out. MacDougall was identified as the operator of the vehicle, and appeared extremely uneasy and continued to have sudden body jerks and uncontrolled movements, according to the affidavit. The trooper asked MacDougall if he was under the influence of any illegal substances, or if he had used any recently. The trooper noted that MacDougall related that he used bath salts around 9:30 a.m.
Wilcox said that MacDougall was sent a summons for a preliminary hearing at 1 p.m. today.
Cain Douglas Ellsworth, 24, of 59 Twig Lane, Canton, by Pennsylvania State Police for a one-vehicle rollover crash that occurred around 10:50 p.m. April 7 along Brague Road, Canton Township.
In addition, Ellsworth was charged with a speeding violation, a seat belt violation, and careless driving, according to court papers filed with the office of Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox of Troy. Trooper David Sweeney said that the vehicle was off the west side of the roadway, with major disabling damage. A person who heard the crash saw a man holding a child, bleeding, and asking for a ride to the hospital, according to an affidavit. Police said the child was checked over by EMS personnel, but the operator of the vehicle, Ellsworth, refused treatment. Police said Ellsworth had a blood-alcohol content of .110 percent.
Wilcox said Ellsworth was sent a summons for a preliminary hearing at 1 p.m. today.