Police Briefs

Man charged in burglary of Burlington Dandy Mini Mart

Jason Lee Rockwell, whose last known address was on Fairview Drive in Troy, is accused of participating in a burglary last year of the Dandy Mini Mart in Burlington Borough, police said.

Rockwell and another individual forced their way into the store through a rear loading dock door at approximately 12:38 a.m. on Jan. 15, 2011, and stole a safe containing approximately $8,500 in cash, state police at Towanda said.

Rockwell, 32, has been charged with burglary, criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking or disposition, receiving stolen property, and criminal mischief, police said.

Rockwell was arraigned on the charges on May 7, 2012 by Wysox Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton. Rockwell was initially incarcerated in lieu of $15,000 bail, and then his bail was reduced to $1,000 on Wednesday, court records show.

Rockwell waived his preliminary hearing, which was scheduled to take place on Wednesday. His case has therefore been transferred to the Court of Common Pleas of Bradford County, where he will be arraigned on June 18.

Towanda man charged with stalking

Kurt Edward Ritts of Towanda is accused of telephoning and texting his ex-girlfriend, Donna Esposito, on many occasions, even though police had told him on multiple occasions that she didn't want him communicating with her, police said.

Ritts, 46, is accused of calling her home phone over 100 times between April 29 and May 1, state police at Towanda said. On May 1, Ritts left a voice-mail message on her home phone in which he threatened to break her boyfriend's legs, police said.

After leaving the threatening voice-mail, Ritts continued to call Esposito, and Esposito told police that she fears for her safety and for the safety of her children, police said.

As a result of these actions, Ritts has been charged with the first-degree misdemeanor of stalking and the third-degree misdemeanor of harassment, police said.

Ritts was arraigned by Towanda Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark on May 2, Ritts was then released on non-monetary bail.

Ritts' preliminary hearing in Towanda District Court, which was scheduled for May 9, has been re-scheduled for June 6.

Sayre man pleads guilty to disorderly conduct

William Allen Ramsey, 49, of Sayre has pleaded guilty to the third-degree misdemeanor of disorderly conduct, police said.

The charge stemmed from an Oct. 17 incident in which Ramsey falsely reported to state police that his ex-girlfriend was involved in a domestic dispute with another male in which there were "shots fired," according to the state police at Towanda.

Numerous state police investigated Ramsey's report and found that no shots had been fired, and police said there was no domestic dispute.

Ramsey had used an assumed name when he telephoned in his false report to the state police, police said.

Ramsey, who lives on North Elmira Street, pleaded guilty to the disorderly conduct charge on May 9 in Towanda District Court, court records show.

The following people were recently charged with driving while under the influence in Bradford County:

Gabino Valdez Navarro, 53, of Cleveland, Ala., by the state police, on May 4, on state Route 706 in Stevens Township. The DUI charge stems from a one-vehicle accident that Navarro was involved in. A portable breath test indicated that Navarro's blood alcohol content was .22 percent on the day of the accident. Navarro was arraigned on May 4 in district court. Navarro was then sent to the Bradford County jail in lieu of $55,000 bail. Navarro's preliminary hearing, which was scheduled for May 8 in Wysox District Court, has been postponed to June 5.

Fred R. Place, 58, of Towanda RR6, by the Towanda Borough police, on April 16 on Main Street in Towanda. Place has also been charged with driving on the wrong side of the road and careless driving. A blood test revealed that Place's blood alcohol content was .22 percent on the day of his arrest. Place has been sent a summons which orders him to appear before Towanda Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark on May 30 for his preliminary hearing.