Police Briefs, Aug. 16, 2012
State police investigate death in Terry Township
State police said they investigated the death of a 29-year-old woman, which occurred Sunday in Terry Township.
State police at Towanda said the woman may have died from an accidental prescription drug overdose.
A ruling on the cause of death is pending the results of toxicology tests, state police said.
The 29-year-old woman who died is from Horseheads, N.Y., police said.
Two charged with robbing female in Towanda
Anthony Dale Dinelli and Micah Marie Wilcox, both of Towanda, are accused of assaulting and robbing a female in Towanda, police said.
Wilcox, 20, struck the victim, Katie Brown, in the arm and then pushed her down to the ground, police said.
Then the 22-year-old Dinelli struck Brown in the stomach, police said.
Dinelli and Wilcox then took $15 from Brown's pocketbook, and fled the scene, police said.
The incident occurred at 12:30 a.m. on July 9 near the intersection of Pratt Avenue and the Merrill Parkway in Towanda, according to the Towanda Borough police.
Wilcox and Dinelli have both been charged with robbery, theft by unlawful taking or disposition, simple assault, harassment, and disorderly conduct, police said.
Dinelli and Wilcox have both been sent a summons which orders them to appear for a preliminary hearing in Towanda District Court on Aug. 22.
Towanda teen charged with aggravated indecent assault
Marcus McNeal, 17, of Towanda has been charged with burglary, aggravated indecent assault, criminal trespass, indecent assault, and harassment, police said.
The charges stem from an incident in which McNeal entered a home on Pine Street without the occupants' permission and sexually assaulted a female in the residence, police said. The victim is under the age of 18, and McNeal knew the victim before the sexual assault occurred, police said.
The incident occurred at 12:30 p.m. on July 5, Towanda police said.
McNeal has been charged as an adult in this case, Towanda Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark said.
McNeal waived his preliminary hearing, which was scheduled for July 18 in Towanda District Court. The case has therefore been transferred to the Court of Common Pleas of Bradford County, where the case is still pending.
The following people were recently charged with driving while under the influence in Bradford County:
Michael Alan Fisch, 23, of Oklahoma City, Okla., by the state police, on June 27 on Weston Road in Monroe Township. Fisch, who was in a one-vehicle accident, was also charged with driving on the wrong side of the road and careless driving. A blood test revealed that his blood alcohol content was .122 percent on the day of the accident. Fisch, who has a local address of Wolcott Hollow Road in Athens, was originally scheduled to have a preliminary hearing in Towanda District Court on Aug. 15. However, the hearing has been postponed to a future date, which has not yet been set.
John Burton Maynard, 27, of Rome, by the Towanda police, on July 4, on Washington Street in Towanda. A blood test revealed that Maynard's blood alcohol content was .198 percent on the day of his arrest. Maynard has been sent a summons which orders him to appear for a preliminary hearing in Towanda District Court on Aug. 22.
Robert Edward Fletcher, 38, of Laceyville, by Athens borough police, on Aug. 12, on Spruce Street in Athens. Fletcher has also been charged with endangering the welfare of children and disorderly conduct. Fletcher later refused to submit to a blood test to determine his blood alcohol content. Fletcher was arraigned Aug. 12 by Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark and remanded to the Bradford County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail. Fletcher is scheduled to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw Aug. 21 for a preliminary hearing.
Athens man drives truck into river
An Athens man was recently arrested by Sayre borough police on a charge of criminal mischief.
According to information filed with Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw, David Allen Stowits, 40, was also charged with driving under the influence.
Police said Stowits drove a truck into the Susquehanna River near the Riverfront Park boat launch Aug. 11, then left the scene. The truck was a tow truck belonging to Sutty's Towing Company in Athens Township, police said. Police later found Stowits passed out at his home in Athens Borough, police said.
Stowits was arraigned Aug. 11 by Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark and remanded to the Bradford County Jail on $5,000 bail. Stowits' preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 21.