Police Briefs

Harassment charge filed

State police at Towanda recently investigated a harassment incident that took place at a Ridgebury Township location.

According to state police information, at about 8:45 p.m. Nov. 30, James Douglas Harris, 27, of Nanticoke, Pa., struck a 48-year-old female victim in the face and shoved a 16-year-old female victim at a Creekview Lane location.

Man charged with home improvement fraud

Athens Borough police recently arrested a man on a charge of home improvement fraud.

According to information filed with Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw, Todd Michael Pierce, 35, last known to live in Monroeton, was also charged with deceptive or fraudulent business practices.

Police said Pierce, of Pierce Construction in Towanda, provided multiple misleading contracts to the owners of a home on Elmira Street that contracted him to replace some ceilings in the residence in April 2012. Pierce then completed minimal work on the project, failed to show up after May 17 and had not returned calls left by the homeowners, police said. The homeowners paid Pierce a total of $3,569, although the original cost of the project was $1,595.42, police said.

Police said Pierce also fraudulently represented himself as a state registered and licensed contractor and that the written contract between Pierce and the homeowners did not contain items required by state law.

Pierce was arraigned Feb. 12 and remanded to the Bradford County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail. Pierce's preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 19.

Man arrested on retaliation charge

An Athens man was recently incarcerated by township police and charged with two counts of retaliation against a witness or victim.

According to information filed with Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw, Ralph W. Hobbie III, 46, was also charged with two counts each of terroristic threats and harassment.

Police said Hobbie threatened to kill two witnesses that had testified in a sexual assault case against a relative. The relative recently passed away, police said.

Hobbie was arraigned Feb. 13 by Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark and remanded to the Bradford County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail. Hobbie's preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 19.

Waverly police make arrests

According to the Waverly Police Department, village police arrested the following between Feb. 8 and Feb. 12:

Lorenzo N. Bester, 28, of Waverly, for criminal possession of a controlled substance, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and unlawful possession of marijuana. Police found cocaine in Bester's possession, according to police.

Daniel A. Miller, 28, of Chemung, N.Y., for criminal possession of a controlled substance. Miller was arrested for possession of heroin, police said.

Aaron P. Everson, 25, of Barton, for aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Desiree M. Robinson, 23, of Waverly, for aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Debrah M. Wright, 37, of Elmira, N.Y., for aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Michael R. Cooley, 24, of Sayre, for criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Edwin L. Soper Sr., 45, of Waverly, for criminal contempt.

Man in serious condition after accidental fall in Towanda

A Minnesota man was transported to a local hospital after he was found late Wednesday lying unconscious in the Merrill Parkway in Towanda, the Towanda police chief said.

Michael Pulczinski, 28, was intoxicated when he accidentally fell onto the sidewalk next to the parkway from the area of the retaining wall at the east end of Bridge Street, Chief Randy Epler said.

Police believe that Pulczinski fell approximately five feet from a landing in the stairway that is built into the retaining wall, Epler said.

After landing on the sidewalk, Pulczinski then apparently rolled or crawled into the roadway, Epler said.

Epler said he did not know how close to the curb Pulczinski was when he was found.

Some of the details of what happened are unknown, because Pulczinski was alone when the incident occurred, Epler said.

Pulczinski may have been standing against the landing's railing and then accidentally flipped over the railing, landing on the sidewalk, Epler said.

At approximately 11:54 p.m., Pulczinski was spotted lying unconscious in the southbound lane by a motorist driving in the northbound lane, Epler said.

Pulczinski was first transported to Memorial Hospital. He was then transported by emergency medical helicopter from Memorial Hospital to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Epler said.

Pulczinski was listed in serious condition Thursday night at Robert Packer Hospital, a spokesperson for the hospital said.