Police Briefs, Dec. 3, 2013
Nichols man charged with conspiracy
A Nichols, N.Y. man was recently charged with conspiracy to commit retail theft by Athens Township police.
According to information filed with Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw, Justin R. Johnson, 29, was also charged with retail theft.
Police said Johnson and two female co-defendants attempted to remove $497.09 in merchandise Nov. 17 from the Walmart store in Athens Township. Police said the stolen merchandise included an electric mixer, wall decals, clothing, electronics, a handbag and food items.
Johnson's preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 7.
Man charged with harassment
A Ridgebury Township man was recently charged with harassment by state police at Towanda.
According to information from state police, Jeffrey Berry, 45, is accused of shutting the hand of an adult female in a clothes dresser drawer, causing a mark to her hand, on Nov. 25. Police said Berry pushed the woman's face from a window after she tried to summon help.
One charged following incident
An Albany Township woman was recently charged with harassment by state police.
According to information from state police at Towanda, Donna C. Upton, 64, is accused of spitting at and shoving an adult female while at the Dollar General store on Route 6 in Wyalusing Township. Police said store personnel also witnessed the incident, which occurred at about 2:48 p.m. Nov. 29.
Police filed charges against Upton in district court.
DUI charges pending
State police at Towanda recently arrested a man on suspicion of driving while under the influence.
According to state police, an officer stopped James Macdonald Jr., 38, no address given, at about 3:05 p.m. Nov. 30 for a traffic violation on Route 6 in Wyalusing Township. Macdonald showed signs of impairment and was arrested following the traffic stop, police said.
Charges are pending the results of a blood test, police said.
Police investigate Dushore hit-and-run
State police at Laporte recently investigated a two-car hit-and-run motor vehicle accident in Dushore Borough.
According to information from state police, at about 11:20 p.m. Nov. 29, a 2000 Chevrolet Impala ran a red light at the intersection of Route 220 and Main Street, striking a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer headed northbound on Route 220. The front of the Impala struck the front passenger side of the Trailblazer, according to police.
The unknown driver of the Impala then fled the scene and drove to a residence on Churchill Street, police said. The driver and a passenger then fled on foot, according to police.
None of the six people in the Trailblazer - four adults, a 13-year-old and a six-year-old - were transported to a local hospital for injuries, police said. Dushore Ambulance treated one adult passenger at the scene for a minor injury, according to police.
Three injured in Dushore crash
Several people were injured in a recent motor vehicle accident in Dushore, Sullivan County, police said.
The accident occurred as Katina L. Hodnett of Wyalusing, who was driving north on U.S. Route 220, was proceeding through a green light at the intersection with Main Street, police said.
Tyler C. Austin of Dushore, who was traveling west on Main Street, ran a red light at the intersection, and his 2000 Chevrolet Impala struck Hodnett's 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer, police said.
The Impala fled the scene and drove to a residence on Churchill Street, police said.
Austin and his passenger - 20-year-old Michael G. Briegel of Dushore - then fled on foot, police said.
Austin, 22, suffered a moderate injury and Briegel suffered a minor injury, state police at Laporte said.
Doris E. Hodnett, 67, of West Monroe, La., who was a passenger in Katina Hodnett's vehicle, also suffered a minor injury, police said.
Katina Hodnett, 50, was not injured in the accident, which occurred at 11:20 p.m. Friday, police said.
Towanda female charged with possession of drug paraphernalia
Breanna Nicole Herman, 20, of Towanda has been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, Towanda police said.
The charge stems from an Oct. 15 traffic stop in Towanda, in which Herman was found to be in possession of a glass pipe used to smoke marijuana, police said.
Herman waived her preliminary hearing, which had been scheduled for Nov. 27 in Towanda District Court, court records show.
Herman's case has therefore been transferred to the Bradford County Court of Common Pleas, where she is scheduled to be arraigned on Dec. 23.
Towanda man accused of selling drugs
Michael P. Burgess, 39, of Towanda has been charged with delivery of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance, police said.
The charges stem from a Feb. 13 incident at Burgess' residence, during which Burgess sold four Percocet pills to another individual, Towanda police said.
Burgess waived his preliminary hearing, which was scheduled for Nov. 13 in Towanda District Court, court records show.
Burgess' case has therefore been transferred to the Bradford County Court of Common Pleas, where he is scheduled to be arraigned on Dec. 19.