Fred Wheaton, Wysox
Jeffrey Alan Roberts, 22, RR3 Rome, faces charges for theft by unlawful taking and reckless endangerment from an incident dated June 15 at about 3 p.m. Police responded to a call from employees of Lehigh Railroad that a man operating a blue SUV was loading steel material belonging to the railroad company into his vehicle. When the employees confronted the man, he reportedly emptied his SUV of the materials in question and fled the scene, but not before he allegedly struck a railroad employee with the driver’s side of his vehicle. Roberts contacted police when he heard that they were looking for him. He readily met state police at the Towanda barracks for an interview and related that he had asked a Pumpco employee (another company operating in the same area south of Route 6 near Route 187) if he could take the materials and was told that he could. Roberts told police that he would have stayed at the scene had he known that the police were coming, but he was afraid that the railroad employees intended to harm him. Police contend that Roberts’s actions could have caused serious harm to the individual he allegedly struck with his vehicle and filed charges against him. He faced a June 22 preliminary hearing.
Abby Marie Boss, 19, Ulster, faces charges for access device fraud and theft by unlawful taking for allegedly taking and using her mother’s credit card on various occasions, including on May 28 and 29. The credit card company contacted the mother to let her know that her card had been used excessively in a short period of time. When contacted by police, Boss allegedly admitted to using the card, saying that she needed items for her children and had no money. The preliminary hearing was set for June 29.
Lisa Maria Ann Brassfield, 28, and Dighton Eugene Lane, III, 28, both of Rome, face charges for retail theft after they allegedly entered the Dandy Mini Mart adjacent to the trailer court in which they both reside and removed three energy drinks (valued at $3.59 per can) without paying for them. The two reportedly admitted to the theft, which was also recorded by store surveillance cameras. A preliminary hearing for both has been scheduled for July 27.