Police Briefs 6/18/2014
Man faces hearing on drug paraphernalia charge
Travis Levi Ott, 37, of Canton, faces a preliminary hearing at 2:45 p.m. today before Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox of Troy on a drug paraphernalia charge and another charge for an incident that occurred at 10:10 p.m. May 30 at his residence, according to court papers.
According to an affidavit, Canton Police Officer Trey Kurtz was dispatched to the address for an unresponsive male who had overdosed. Ott, however, told police that there was nothing wrong with him. Kurtz said Ott displayed poor balance, reddened eyes, and lack of motor skills and was "nodding off."
Kurtz glanced around Ott's room and saw, in the closet, a hypodermic needle on top of some pill bottles, all in a blue container. He said one of the bottles had someone else's name on the label, as the owner.
Kurtz informed Ott that he would be charged with the unlawful possession of another person's prescription and the paraphernalia charge for the needle, at a later date.
Wilcox said Ott's unsecure bail was set at $10,000 and was posted.
Inmate charged with assault
Wayne Harold Blow, 58, of Monroeton faces a preliminary hearing at 1 p.m. today before Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox of Troy on a charge of aggravated harassment by prisoner and other charges for an incident that took place at approximately 7:40 p.m. June 5 at the Bradford County Correctional Facility in West Burlington Township, according to court papers.
The papers note that Blow is also charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and harassment.
According to an affidavit, Blow, an inmate at the prison, assaulted correctional officers and spit in one officer's face.
Wilcox said Blow was unable to post his bail, which was set at $80,000.
Towanda man charged with assault
John Thomas Parker Jr., 32, of Towanda was recently charged with simple assault and harassment, police said.
The charges stem from a June 7 incident in which Parker punched a woman in the right eye, which caused the eye to become swollen shut, police said.
During the incident, the victim also suffered a bloody nose at the hands of Parker, state police said.
The incident occurred in Towanda Township, police said.
Parker, who lives on Center Street, was arraigned by Wysox Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton on June 8.
Parker was then sent to the Bradford County jail in lieu of $15,000 bail, police said.
Parker must attend a preliminary hearing today before Towanda Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark.
Man faces hearing on drug charges
Benjamin Clifford Talada, 56, of Gillett, faces a preliminary hearing at 1:30 p.m. July 16 before Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox of Troy on drug-related charges for an incident that occurred in May on the Berwick Turnpike, Ridgebury Township, according to court papers.
According to an affidavit, Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Steve Steransky was dispatched to Talada's residence at approximately 1 p.m. May 30 for a report of Talada making certain statements, with a possible weapon.
After he was searched, police found a small amount of suspected marijuana, in a clear plastic bag, in Talada's front left pocket.
Troopers searched inside his residence, over concerns for the safety of nearby residents, and the search revealed that Talada had a small white glass pipe, with suspected marijuana residue, and a pellet pistol on a coffee table. The search also found five pots, with four suspected marijuana pots in each pot, on a desk in the northern rear bedroom of the residence. There was also one pot that was on a separate wooden stand, inside the bedroom. In addition, police found a glass jar that was turned into a water bong, on the same table of the four pots.
Talada is charged with possessing a small amount of marijuana for personal use and use, or possessing with intent to use, drug paraphernalia.
Wilcox said he was sent a summons by certified mail.
Man faces theft charges
A man whose address is listed as the Lackawanna County Prison in Scranton was arrested recently on warrants for two separate incidents involving theft.
According information filed with Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton, Jared Donald Keeney, 34, has been charged by the state police with theft involving property. The first incident, according to court papers, occurred on March 29, 2012 at a construction site located along Leona Road, just south of state Route 4014 in Springfield Township. The charges from that incident include receiving stolen property and theft of leased property. Keeney is accused of obtaining a Caterpillar excavator valued at $70,200 from Austin Excavating and Paving via a rental agreement, then later selling it to Cleco Corporation in Russell County, Va., for $35,000.
In the second incident, which occurred on May 24, 2013, Keeney is accused of obtaining a Bobcat E45 Mini Excavator from the owner with the idea of having it appraised for possible purchase. The transaction occurred at a construction site located in the "Spring Lake" area of Terry Township. Instead, the report continued, Keeney took the equipment to Bobcat of Buffalo in Lockport, N.Y. where he sold it for $40,000. For this incident, Keeney has been charged by state police with theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.
Keeney's preliminary hearings for both sets of charges have been scheduled before Judge Wheaton on July 1.
Woman charged with reckless endangerment
A Towanda woman accused of striking another person with her vehicle has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton.
According to information filed in Wheaton's office, Kelsey Marie Parsell, 30, has been charged by state police with recklessly endangering another person as well as defrauding secured creditors.
State police Trooper Anthony Stempien reported speaking to an employee of Upstate Recovery on May 21, who said she was in the process of repossessing Parsell's vehicle earlier in the day - a 2010 Mercury Milan. The employee indicated that she and her partner pulled into Parsell's driveway in a flatbed truck, and then noticed Parsell pulling in behind them. The employee said she got out of her vehicle and approached Parsell's vehicle to speak with her. When she opened the passenger side door of the Mercury and identified herself, the employee explained, Parsell stated "you're not taking my car." Parsell then put the vehicle in reverse, struck the employee with the passenger side door, then fled the scene, according to reports.
Parsell is scheduled to appear before Judge Wheaton on July 1.
Man accused of simple assault
An Athens man accused of firing a rifle at another person was cited by state police recently on a charge of simple assault.
According to information filed with Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton, George Janton Lewis, 73, has also been charged with disorderly conduct.
Police said that the incident occurred on May 30 on Lewis' property along North Rome Road in Litchfield Township. Lewis got into an argument with a neighbor over a fence, according to the report, and during the incident discharged a .22 caliber rifle from his front porch in the direction of the neighbor's vehicle.
Lewis has been sent a summons to appear before Judge Wheaton on July 15.
Man accused of 'sexting'
A Meshoppen man accused of sending sexually explicit communications to an underage girl waived his preliminary hearing recently before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton.
According to information filed in Wheaton's office, Randy Charles Trible, 26, has been charged with "sexting" a teenage girl via his cell phone beginning in January for approximately 4 months. Trible is also accused of sending sexually explicit pictures to the girl, even though he knew she was under 18 years of age.
Trible remains free on $5,000 unsecured bail. His case has been sent to the Bradford County Court.
Man accused of smashing windows
A man accused of using a rock to smash the windows of vehicles during a dispute remains incarcerated in the Bradford County Correctional Facility in lieu of bail.
According to papers filed with Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton, Christopher Quintana, 25, of Rome has been charged by state police with aggravated assault; criminal mischief; simple assault; recklessly endangering another person; disorderly conduct; and harassment.
Police reported being dispatched to Jackson's Trailer Court in Wysox on May 23 for an incident involving a man smashing vehicle windows. When they arrived at the scene, police said, they spoke with three people, and observed the windows of a number of vehicles had been smashed out. The people at the scene accused Quintana of attempting to punch out the windows of the vehicles, and when he could not do it, he grabbed a rock and used it to smash the windows.
Quintana was taken into custody and arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw, who ordered the defendant incarcerated in lieu of $45,000 bail. Quintana's case has been sent to the Bradford County Court.
Man charged with theft
A Laceyville man has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton to answer a charge of theft by unlawful taking.
According to information filed in Wheaton's office, Joshua Alan Manning, 22, has been accused of removing $50 from a vehicle of another person on April 19 as it was parked on Sawmill Road in Leraysville.
Manning is scheduled to appear before Judge Wheaton on July 15.
Man charged with simple assault
A Rome man was arrested by state police recently on a charge of simple assault.
According to information filed with Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton, Justin Eugene Gill, has also been charged with harassment. Gill is accused of striking and injuring a woman on June 11 at a private residence in Windham Township.
Gill was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark on June 11, who ordered the defendant incarcerated in lieu of $5,000 bail. Gill's preliminary hearing was Tuesday before Judge Wheaton.
The following people were charged recently with driving while under the influence in Bradford County:
Eric Christopher Johnson, 42, of Atwood, Ill., has also been charged with operating a vehicle without a license; operating a vehicle while his license was suspended or revoked; driving on the wrong side of the road; using a wireless communication device while driving; and careless driving. Johnson was charged by state police following a traffic stop on U.S. Route 187 in Orwell Township. Police said Johnson refused to submit to a blood test when asked if he would allow himself to be tested. Johnson waived his preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton, and his case has been sent to Bradford County Court.
Larry Dale Harbst, 26, of Towanda, has also been charged with operating a vehicle without a license; failure to notify the authorities of a change of address for his license; and reckless driving. Harbst was charged by state police after he was observed unconscious in his vehicle at the McDonald's parking lot at the Bradford County Towne Center along U.S. Route 6 in Wysox Township on May 8. A blood alcohol test eventually revealed that Harbst's blood alcohol content was .213 percent on the day of his arrest. Harbst's preliminary hearing has been scheduled for June 24 before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton.
Jared Edwin Hoffmire, 37, of Rome, has also been charged by state police with driving on the wrong side of the road; and careless driving. Hoffmire was charged following a one-vehicle crash that occurred on Cotton Hollow Road in Litchfield Township on April 4. A blood test eventually revealed the presence of pseudoephedrine, amphetamine, methamphetamine and alprazolam in Hoffmire's blood on the day of the accident. Hoffmire has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton on June 24.
Jenna Laine Nicholas, 28, of Rome, has also been charged by state police with driving on the wrong side of the road; and operating a vehicle in which a passenger in the front seat was not wearing a seatbelt, following a one-vehicle crash on Battlecreek Road in Rome Township on March 16. A blood test eventually revealed that Nicholas' blood alcohol content was .159 percent on the day of the crash. Nicholas appeared Tuesday for her preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton.