Woman charged in Sayre break-in waives preliminary hearing
A Sayre woman arrested by borough police Nov. 6 for breaking into an apartment while armed with two firearms waived her preliminary hearing Tuesday in district court.
Sheila Marie Simpson, 57, is scheduled to appear at a formal arraignment Dec. 17 in county court for charges of burglary, criminal trespass, driving under the influence, possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal mischief, according to information filed in district court.
Simpson, who had been remanded to the Bradford County Jail in lieu of $75,000 bail following her Nov. 6 arraignment, was released on non-monetary bail Nov. 15 following a decision by Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw, according to district court information.
Borough police arrested Simpson after she broke into a Tioga Street apartment at about 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6, according to a criminal complaint filed by borough police.
Police said Simpson smashed out a window in a door to the apartment and appeared to have ransacked the residence, with several items smashed and thrown on the floor. Officers also heard screaming and the noise of items being smashed, police said.
Police found Simpson inside the residence with a handgun lying next to her and a long gun lying on the floor, police said. Police forced Simpson into custody following a brief struggle with police, according to police.
Police found a digital scale used to weigh drugs on Simpson's person, police said.
As police left the scene, a woman flagged down officers to report that her vehicle had been struck by another vehicle, police said. Simpson was later found to be the operator of the vehicle involved, police said. Simpson fled to the Tioga Street residence on foot following the accident, police said.
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