Police Briefs

Equipment stolen in Monroe Township

Someone recently stole a red Troy-Built riding lawnmower from the back yard of a residence in the 800 block of Heath Hill Road in Monroe Township, police said.

The residence is owned by Michael Yencha of Wilkes-Barre, police said.

The thief or thieves also stole a forest green 2001 Yamaha ATV and a Cornell log splitter from a storage shed on the property, police said.

The thefts occurred sometime between Sept. 18 and Sept. 20, state police said.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the state police at Towanda at (570) 265-2186.

Towanda man charged with theft

John W. Vanderpool, 53, of Towanda is accused of illegally entering an RV camper along James Street in North Towanda Township and stealing a bottle of vodka from the camper, police said.

After drinking the vodka, Vanderpool laid down on a front porch of a residence near the camper, police said.

The incident occurred on Sept. 17, state police at Towanda said.

Vanderpool, who lives on South Main Street, was charged with illegally entering a structure used for overnight accommodations, resisting arrest, theft from a motor vehicle, and public drunkenness, police said.

New Albany man charged with forgery

Matthew Patrick Gay, 22, of New Albany is accused of stealing three checks from his stepfather, 43-year-old David Allen of New Albany, police said.

Gay then forged the checks and cashed them, police said. The total amount of the three forged checks was $1,025, police said.

Gay is also accused of stealing a check in New York state, forging it in the amount of $100, and passing it to a Sayre woman in exchange for cash, police said.

Gay was charged with four counts of forgery, state police said.

Gay was arraigned on Sept. 20. His bail was set at $5,000.

DUI charges

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

Melanie Ray McGuire, 48, of Sayre, by Athens Township police, on Sept. 13, on Wilawana Road in Sayre. McGuire has also been charged with disorderly conduct and defiant trespassing. McGuire refused to submit to a blood alcohol test to determine her blood alcohol content. McGuire has been sent a summons to appear Nov. 5 before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw for a preliminary hearing.

Michael Kohler, 41, of Waverly, by Sayre Borough police, on Sept. 8, on North Lehigh Avenue in Sayre. A blood alcohol test revealed that Kohler's blood alcohol content was .19 percent on the day of his arrest. Kohler has been sent a summons to appear Nov. 12 before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw for a preliminary hearing.

Drug paraphernalia charge

Athens Borough police recently incarcerated a man on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to papers filed with Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw, Christopher William Allen, 19, was found to be in possession of a water bong, a soda can containing several holes and burnt marijuana residue and a marijuana grinder during an Aug. 30 welfare check at a South Elmira Street residence. Police said Allen was homeless at the time of his arrest.

Allen was arraigned Sept. 19 and remanded to the Bradford County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail. Allen's preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 1.

Two charged in Sayre

Sayre Borough police recently filed charges against two people following a Sept. 17 incident in the borough.

According to information filed with Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw, Harry E. Smith, 41, of Athens, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Police said Erica Christine Coolbaugh, 23, of Sayre, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a prohibited offensive weapon.

Police said an officer had made an unrelated traffic stop at about 10 p.m. Sept. 17 in the parking lot of the Dandy Mini Mart on Spring Street when a Ford truck operated by Smith attempted to exit the lot in an area blocked by the patrol vehicle.

Police said the officer walked over to the truck to notify Smith the stop would be complete shortly when he noticed a hypodermic needle and snort tube in the vehicle. A search of Coolbaugh's purse following her arrest turned up six other needles, metal spoons, cotton balls, matches, alcohol wipes and a spring-assisted knife, police said.

According to police, Coolbaugh later told police that the two had snorted bath salts in the parking lot prior to the arrest.

Smith and Coolbaugh are both scheduled to appear at preliminary hearings Nov. 5.

Woman arrested for heroin possession

A Barton, N.Y. woman was recently charged with possession of a controlled substance by Sayre Borough police.

According to information filed with Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw, Johanna Elaine Graham, 29, was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police said Graham was found to be in possession of a bindle of heroin, hypodermic needles, cotton balls, a rubber band, glass pipes and several other items of drug paraphernalia during investigation into a Sept. 3 domestic disturbance at a Tioga Street residence.

Graham's preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 5.

Athens man charged

Sayre Borough police recently charged an Athens man with possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to papers filed with Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw, Casey J. Voorhees, 24, was also charged with operating a motor vehicle without a license.

Police said Voorhees was found to be in possession of hypodermic needles, a cap and a digital scale after being stopped at a checkpoint May 26 on Spring Street.

Voorhees' preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 5.

Waverly police investigating incident

The Waverly Police Department recently received reports of an alleged incident or incidents of unwanted physical contact reported to have occurred at Waverly Middle School, according to a release from the department.

The alleged incident or incidents occurred between middle school students on school property, police said. Police are taking statements and interviewing those involved, according to police. Investigation into the incident continues.

Connecticut woman arrested

A Connecticut woman was recently arrested by Tioga County, N.Y. sheriff's deputies on a charge of endangering the welfare of a child.

According to information from the sheriff's office, Amy L. Guilford, 43, of Enfield, Conn., was also charged with criminal trespass.

Police said Guilford entered a residence Aug. 7 on State Route 17C in Barton and remained at the residence without permission.

Guilford will appear in Barton town court at a later date, police said.

Simple assault charge

A Sayre man was recently incarcerated by borough police on a charge of simple assault.

According to information filed with Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw, Robert William Pracht, 44, was also charged with harassment, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.

Police said Pracht choked and punched a female victim during a Sept. 24 domestic dispute at a borough residence.

Pracht was arraigned Sept. 24 and remanded to the Bradford County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail. Pracht's preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 1.

Man steals cell phone

James Vincent Barlow, 47, of Columbia Crossroads was recently charged with theft by unlawful taking or disposition relating to a Sept. 2 incident at Blue House Pizza on State Route 6 in Wysox Township.

According to police, Barlow stole a black AT&T cell phone belonging to an employee of the business.

Barlow has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton on Nov. 5 for a preliminary hearing.

Woman steals $2700 from previous employer

Alicia Mae Pedro, 34, of Mildred has been charged with forgery and theft by unlawful taking or disposition relating to a Aug. 27 incident at C&N Bank on State Route 6 in Wysox Township.

According to police, Pedro had previously been employed by C&P Trucking LLC, and used a company check to withdraw $2700 from the business' bank account. Pedro forged a signature of a person who she knew to be currently employed with C&P Trucking, police said.

Pedro has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton on Nov. 12 for a preliminary hearing.