Police Briefs, Feb. 28, 2013
Man charged with simple assault
Robert James Jones, 24, and Jason Raymond Rought, 33, both of Laceyville have recently been charged with simple assault and harassment relating to a Jan. 25 incident in Tuscarora Township. According to police, Jones and Rought punched and kicked an unidentified victim. The victim had several deep lacerations on the left side of his face, a large cut in his upper lip, a cut on his left cheek and multiple lacerations on his left forehead, police said. Both men have been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton on March 26 for a preliminary hearing.
The following people were recently charged with driving while under the influence in Bradford County:
- James Alan Zafonte, 47, of Montour Falls, NY, by state police, on Feb. 20, on state Route 187 at North Rome Rd. in Rome. Zafonte has also been charged with careless driving. Zafonte has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton on April 2 for a preliminary hearing.
- Mary Blokzyl, 43, of Towanda, by state police, on Feb. 8, at the Wendy's on Golden Mile Road in Wysox. A blood test later revealed that Blokzyl had MDPV in her system at the time of arrest. MDPV is an active ingredient in bath salts. Blokzyl has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton on March 26 for a preliminary hearing.
- Jon V. Perry, 22, of Waverly, by Sayre borough police, on Jan. 24, on North Lehigh Avenue in Sayre. A blood alcohol test revealed that Perry had a blood alcohol content of .19 percent on the day of his arrest. Perry has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on March 19 for a preliminary hearing.
- Tonya Louise Mize, 26, of Athens, by Athens Township police, on Feb. 16, on Riverside Drive in Athens Township. Mize has also been charged with failing to drive on the right side of the roadway and careless driving. A blood alcohol test later revealed that Mize's blood alcohol content was .15 percent on the day of her arrest. Mize has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw March 19 for a preliminary hearing.
Waverly man charged with possession
A Waverly man was recently arrested by village police on a charge of criminal possession of a controlled substance.
According to information from village police, David A. Soprano, 50, was also charged with misdemeanor criminal possession of a weapon.
Police said Soprano was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and several weapons, including a billy club, several knives and a BB gun with its safety markings removed, during a traffic stop in the village.
Further investigation revealed that Soprano had been out selling methamphetamine and bath salts at the time of the stop, police said. A search warrant executed on Soprano's residence turned up additional narcotics and a gun, police said.
Soprano was arraigned in Waverly village court and remanded to the Tioga County Jail, police said. Police expected further charges to be filed against Soprano following the investigation.
Waverly police make arrests
The following people were recently arrested by Waverly village police:
- James D. Rogers, 21, of Waverly, on a bench warrant for harassment.
- Chris W. Robertson, 22, of Barton, for aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. Robertson was arrested following a traffic stop, police said.
- Allen Crawn, 23, of Barton, for petit larceny. Police said Crawn is accused of stealing a mini bike.
- Dakota A. Yerkes, 18, of Elmira, N.Y., for driving while intoxicated, driving with .08 percent or higher blood alcohol content and underage possession of alcohol. Yerkes was arrested following a traffic stop, police said.
Man arrested for harassment
A Waverly man was recently arrested by Tioga County, N.Y. sheriff's deputies on a charge of aggravated harassment.
According to information from the sheriff's office, Robert C. Corby Sr., 30, was arrested Feb. 21 after allegedly continuously sending aggravating and annoying text messages to a female victim.
Corby was arraigned in Barton town court and remanded to the Tioga County Jail in lieu of $500 bail or $1,000 bond. Corby is scheduled to reappear in court March 5.
Woman charged with assault
A Burlington woman was recently arrested by Athens Township police on a charge of simple assault.
According to papers filed with Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw, Tracey L. Weldy, 36, was also charged with harassment.
Police said that at about 12:35 a.m. Feb. 23, Weldy struck and scratched a male victim operating a vehicle at the intersection of routes 199 and 220.
Weldo was arraigned Feb. 23 and remanded to the Bradford County Jail in lieu of $2,500 bail. Weldy's preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 5.
Man charged following Walmart incident
A Nichols, N.Y. man was recently arrested by Athens Township police on a charge of retail theft.
According to information filed with Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw, Daniel J. Butler, 26, was also charged with public drunkenness and disorderly conduct.
Police said Butler consumed snacks and destroyed merchandise worth about $224 at about 1:52 a.m. Feb. 23 at the Walmart on Elmira Street. Butler also urinated on the shelves, police said. Butler had a strong odor of alcohol, had bloodshot eyes and passed out in the chip aisle, police said.
Butler was arraigned Feb. 23 and remanded to the Bradford County Jail in lieu of $2,500 bail, which he later posted, according to information from district court. Butler's preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 12.
Man faces hearing on fraud charge
Russell Allen Mathews, 21, of Green Mountain Road, Gillett, is accused of stealing a check and using the account information to pay for calls to sex hotlines from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31 at a residence on Green Mountain Road in Ridgebury Township, according to court papers filed with the office of Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox of Troy.
In an affidavit, Pennsylvania State Police Trooper David Pelachick said that his investigation began when the victim, Patricia Ann Mathews, 54, of Gillett, stated that her son, Russell Allen Mathews, had stolen one of her checks from her checkbook and used her account information for the calls.
She had noticed three debits totaling more than $1,000 and reported the fraudulent activity to the bank.
Russell Allen Mathews, who was charged with access device fraud, admitted to the theft. Each call was about one or two hours in length.
Wilcox said Russell Allen Mathews' bail was set at $20,000, which wasn't posted. He was placed in Bradford County Correctional Facility.
He faces a preliminary hearing at 1:30 p.m. March 6 before Wilcox.
Man charged with terroristic threats
Shane Nicholas Stout, 18, of Columbia Cross Roads has been charged with terroristic threats for threatening to shoot someone at his residence on Big Pond Road in Springfield Township, according to court papers filed with the office of Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox of Troy.
In an affidavit, Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Frank Naughton said that the victim, Taylor Gordon, no age or address given, went to Stout's house around 3:50 p.m. Feb. 7 to pick up some of her belongings that she had left there. Stout is her ex-boyfriend. She was with her brother, Dillon Gordon, no age or address given, and her brother's friend, Nate Horton, no age or address given, according to the affidavit.
While getting her belongings, she and Stout got into an argument over property. Eventually, she said, Stout "got real upset" and told them to leave "or he would shoot them." Stout went back into the house and came out with a gun and fired it up into the air over her head, according to the affidavit.
Stout admitted to shooting the gun into the air, Naughton said.
In addition, Stout has been charged with recklessly endangering another person.
Stout faces a preliminary hearing at 1:15 p.m. March 27 before Wilcox. He was sent a summons.
Man faces hearing on terroristic threats
Travis Levi Ott, 36, of Alba, has been charged with terroristic threats and harassment for threatening someone with a knife around 11:50 a.m. Feb. 10 on Route 14 in Alba, according to court papers filed with the office of Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox of Troy.
Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Brandon Allis said in an affidavit that he was dispatched to Alba for a report of someone armed with a knife who was making threats.
Tango Marbaker, no age or address given, told police that she and Ott, her brother, got into an argument "over his drug addiction and his refusal to report to a rehab center," and Ott then grabbed a knife and pointed it toward her, stating, "anybody tries to come near me and they'll be dead." She said that she immediately left the room and called 911.
Ott faces a preliminary hearing before Wilcox at 1 p.m. April 3.
Woman faces hearing on theft
Jennette Lorraine Van Ness, 21, of Fairhope, Ala. faces a preliminary hearing at 1 p.m. March 6 before Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox on charges of theft by unlawful taking or disposition, theft by deception, and bad checks for an incident that took place Sept. 15-16, 2011 at First Citizens National Bank in Wells Township, according to court papers.
In an affidavit, Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Thad Warnick said that Van Ness opened a checking account and deposited a business check for $2,750 into the account on Sept. 15, and returned to the bank on Sept. 16 and withdrew $1,300 in cash and then $1,400. On Sept. 20, the bank was advised through their main branch that the check was not authorized.
Wilcox said that Van Ness' bail was set at $65,000, and she was placed in Bradford County Correctional Facility.