Police Briefs, Jan. 2, 2013
Man charged in accident
Dennis M. Reeve, 21, of Towanda, has recently been charged with failure to drive on roadways laned for traffic relating to a one car accident on Dec. 9 at 7 a.m. on State Route 706 in Wyalusing Township.
According to police, Reeve attempted to do a "donut" on the roadway and lost control of his 1993 Chevrolet Camaro. The vehicle traveled off of State Route 706, through a yard, and struck a wooden fence located on Water Street. No injuries were reported and Reeve was wearing his seat belt at the time of the accident, police said.
Woman charged in accident
Stephanie E. Lane, 24, of Towanda, has recently been charged with driving too fast for road conditions relating to a one vehicle accident that occurred on State Route 187 in Orwell Township on Dec. 19 at 6:10 a.m.. Police say Lane lost control of her vehicle because she was driving too fast for the icy road conditions. After losing control of her 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer, police say Lane struck an embankment which caused the vehicle to overturn and come to rest on its roof. According to police,
Lane was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident and was transported to Towanda Memorial Hospital because of minor injuries.
One-vehicle accident in Stevens Township
Alex Wilson, 23, of Lawton, has recently been charged with driving too fast for road conditions relating to a one vehicle accident that occurred on State Route 706 in Stevens Township on Dec. 19 at approximately 6:45 a.m.. Police say Wilson lost control of his vehicle because he was driving too fast for the icy road conditions. After losing control of his 1999 Oldsmobile Alero, police said Wilson struck an embankment which caused the vehicle to overturn and come to rest on its roof. Wilson's passenger, Timothy Beugger, 23, also of Lawton, sustained moderate injuries from shattering glass during the crash, but refused medical treatment. Wilson escaped without injury. Both occupants were wearing their seat belts at the time of the accident, police said.
The following peope were recently harged with driving while under the influence in Bradford County:
Richard Lynn Johnson, 53, of New Albany, by Laceyville Borough Police, on Dec. 28, at the intersection of Route 6 and 706 in Wyalusing. Johnson has also been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. According to police, Johnson refused to submit to a breath test and blood test at the hospital. Johnson has been remanded to the Bradford County Correctional Facility in lieu of $2,500 bail. Johnson has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Jan. 8 before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton in Wysox.
Zachary Kane Stell, 26, of Myrtle Beach, N.C., by Sayre borough police, on Jan. 1, on North Lehigh Avenue in Sayre. Stell has also been charged with failure to stop at a stop sign. Stell refused a blood alcohol test to determine his blood alcohol content. Stell was arraigned Jan. 1 by Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton and remanded to the Bradford County Jail in lieu of $10,000 unsecured bail. Stell is scheduled to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw Jan. 8 for a preliminary hearing.
The following people were recently charged with driving while intoxicated in Tioga County, N.Y.:
Travis E. Lantz, 34, of Ulster, by Waverly village police, on Dec. 24, on Fulton Street in Waverly. Lantz was also charged with driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher. Lantz was issued a ticket to appear Jan. 10 in village court to answer the charges.
Levi Robert Foux, 31, of Sugar Run has recently been charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia relating to a Nov. 20 incident at his residence. According to police, marijuana and a bong were found in plain view inside his residence while police were investigating an unrelated complaint. Foux has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton for a preliminary hearing on Jan. 22.
Trevor Morris, 23, of Berwick, PA has recently been charged with entering a residence when no one was present, criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking or disposition, and receiving stolen property relating to a Sept. 1 incident in Wilmot Township. According to police, Morris entered a residence and stole $324 in cash. Morris has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton for a preliminary hearing on Jan. 29.
Andrew N. Smith, 23, of Stevensville has recently been charged with operating a vehicle at an unsafe speed relating to a one car accident that occurred on Herrickville Rd. in Stevens Twp. on Dec. 24 at 10 p.m.. According to police, Smith lost control of his 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee while approaching a downhill left hand curve covered with snow on State Route 2012. The vehicle began to spin and struck a large tree located on the northern berm of the road. Smith escaped injury and was wearing his seat belt at the time of the accident, police said.
Woman injured in accident
Jessica M. Schwenk, 25, of Owego, N.Y. has recently been charged with operating a vehicle at an unsafe speed relating to a one car accident that occurred on Route 699 in Warren Twp on Dec. 21 at 7:40 a.m. According to police, Schwenk lost control of her 2009 Toyota Rav 4 after she drove through a flooded portion of the road. Schwenk then left the road and collided with a tree head on, police said. Schwenk reportedly sustained minor injuries and was wearing her seat belt at the time of the accident, police said.
Police investigating vandalism
State Police in Towanda are investigating an incident of criminal mischief that occurred on State Route 187 in Rome Twp. the night of Dec. 12 into Dec. 13. According to police, an RV that was parked along the road overnight was damaged on the exterior and interior of the vehicle by unknown actors. State Police in Towanda are continuing to investigate this report and anyone with information is asked to call them at (570) 265-2186.
Police investigating burglary
State Police are continuing to investigate a report of burglary at 172 Church St. in Wyalusing Borough that occurred Dec. 24 between the hours of 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.. According to the complaint, a 32" Sony TV was stolen along with a Mr. Coffee coffee maker. Anyone with information is asked to contact the State Police in Towanda at (570) 265-2186.
Police seek information on vandals
State Police in Towanda are continuing to investigate a report of criminal mischief that occurred Dec. 21 at 7:45 p.m. on North Rome Rd. in Rome Twp.. According to the complaint, an unknown actor shot the victim's house with paintballs. Anyone with information is asked to contact the State Police in Towanda at (570) 265-2186.
Police investigating mailbox damage
State Police in Towanda are continuing to investigate a report of a damaged mailbox on Dry Run Rd. in Tome Twp.. The incident occurred on Dec. 21 between 5:15 p.m. and 9 p.m. when an unknown actor used an instrument to cause damage to the victim's mailbox. Anyone with information is asked to contact the State Police in Towanda at (570) 265-2186.
Sayre man arrested
State police at Towanda recently charged a Sayre man with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance.
According to information filed with Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw, Howard Russell Edger, 56, was also charged with two counts each of criminal use of a communication facility and possession of a controlled substance.
Police said Edger sold oxycodone and hydrocodone to confidential informants during two separate instances in May of 2012.
Edger was arraigned Jan. 2 and remanded to the Bradford County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail. Edger's preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 8.
Waverly man charged for trespassing
A Sayre man was recently charged with trespassing by Waverly village police.
According to village police information, Clarence E. Hall, 33, was charged following investigation into a Dec. 24 domestic incident reported at a village residence.
Police said Hall was issued a ticket to appear Jan. 8 in Village of Waverly court.
Woman arrested for harassment
A Chemung, N.Y. woman was recently arrested by Waverly village police on a charge of harassment.
According to information from village police, Vanessa I. Ward, 22, was arrested following a reported domestic incident Dec. 22 at a Garfield Street residence. Police said Ward allegedly placed her hands on a male complainant.
Ward was issued a ticket to appear Jan. 8 in Village of Waverly court.
Waverly man arrested
A Waverly man was recently arrested by village police on a charge of harassment.
According to village police information, Zachary M. Ward, 22, allegedly pushed a female complainant to the ground during a Dec. 22 altercation at a village residence.
Ward was issued a ticket to appear Jan. 17 in Village of Waverly court.
Three arrested during Waverly warrant investigation
An Athens man was recently arrested by Waverly village police during an active warrant investigation.
According to village police information, Casey J. Dibble, 24, was wanted by village police for a previous charge of criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Police said officers found Dibble hiding in a closet Dec. 23 at a Route 17C residence. Police said Dibble was also found to be in possession of ecstasy during his arrest and was charged with fourth-degree felony criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Dibble was arraigned in Village of Waverly court and sent to the Tioga County Jail to await further court action.
Teresa Hayford, 47, and Malinda S. Myers, 25, both of Waverly, were also arrested and charged with obstructing governmental administration during the investigation, police said. Hayford and Myers are accused of aiding Dibble from apprehension by assisting him with transportation and hiding him from law enforcement, police said.
Hayford and Myers were both issued tickets to appear Jan. 10 in Village of Waverly court.
A Sayre man was recently arrested by Tioga County, N.Y. sheriff's deputies on a charge of trespassing.
According to information from the sheriff's office, Jon R. Watkins, 28, is accused of entering a garage on Route 17C in Barton. Watkins was issued a ticket to appear Jan. 15 in Town of Barton court.
Bradford County residents charged with insurance fraud
Dawn G. Hibbert of Monroeton and her brother, David Lynn Griffith of Towanda, have both been charged with the third-degree felony of insurance fraud and the second-degree misdemeanor of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, police said.
The charges stem from an incident in early September in which Hibbert falsely reported to her insurance company that her 2007 Jeep Commander had been stolen, in the hopes of getting a payout from her insurance company, police said.
Around that time, Hibbert also falsely reported to the Towanda police that the vehicle was missing from where she had parked it in a municipal parking lot in the borough, according to police.
In fact, Hibbert and Griffith had arranged to have Griffith drive the vehicle to a remote location on Barclay Mountain in the southern part of Bradford County, so that it would not be located by the police, according to the Towanda police.
Hibbert, 41, was also charged with unsworn falsification to authorities and false reports to law enforcement authorities, police said.
Griffith, 47, and Hibbert have been sent summonses ordering them to appear before Towanda Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark on Jan. 30 for a preliminary hearing.
Chief Randy Epler, Patrolman Brian Wibert, and Patrolman Ryan Edsell of the Towanda police investigated this case, as did the state police.
Theft occurs in Cherry Township
State police said they are trying to determine who stole various items from 71-year-old Edward John Zinser of Mildred.
The stolen items included gold coins, U.S. and Canadian Mint coin sets, a 32 degree Masonic lapel pin, an Omega gold watch, a Braun electric razor, and assorted U.S. coins, police said.
The theft occurred sometime between Aug. 23, 2011 and Dec. 8, 2012 at a location along state Route 487 in Cherry Township, Sullivan County, police said.
Anyone having information about this crime is asked to contact the state police at Laporte at (570) 946-4610.
Drill bit lost in the area
A drill bit for gas drilling was lost from the bed of a pickup truck somewhere between the Fed-Ex facility in the Montoursville area and Dushore Borough, police said.
The owner of the drill bit, which weighs approximately 235 pounds, is Varel International of Carrollton, Texas, police said.
The loss occurred sometime between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Dec. 27, police said.
The drill bit is a "PDC" (Premier Diamond Cutter) brand and it was contained in a metal container.
The container is green, round, approximately 1 foot tall and 1 foot in diameter.
Anyone locating the drill bit is asked to contact the state police at Laporte at (570) 946-4610.
Parked vehicle gets into accident after it starts rolling in Dushore
An unattended, parked 2007 Volvo S40 was involved in an accident after it began rolling in Dushore Borough, police said.
The accident occurred at 11:45 a.m. on Dec. 26, when the vehicle was parked in front of the Dushore Market, facing east, police said.
The vehicle began to travel west, striking a stop sign at the intersection of Water Street and South Turnpike Road, police said.
The vehicle continued traveling west before striking an unattended 2013 Ford Taurus that was parked off the north side of Water Street, police aid.
The Volvo S40 also struck a cement wall of a bridge before coming to a final rest, state police at Laporte said.
Accident occurs in Wysox Twp.
No one was injured in a recent motor vehicle accident in Wysox Township, police said.
The accident occurred as William J. Matson Jr. of Rome was driving west on Hillside Drive and 42-year-old Timothy L. Frisbie of Towanda was driving north on Lake Road, police said.
Matson, 29, was unable to stop his vehicle from traveling into the intersection, and it struck the passenger side of Frisbie's vehicle, police said.
Matson was cited for driving at an unsafe speed at the time of the accident, which occurred at 2:50 p.m. on Dec. 26, state police at Towanda said.