Fred Wheaton, Wysox
Charlene Rae Clingerman, 45, LeRaysville, faces charges for simple assault and harassment after police investigated a domestic dispute between her and her husband at 10 p.m. on June 27. Clingerman reportedly punched, slapped, and kicked her husband, causing bruising to his chest. Her preliminary hearing is set for July 27.
Charges against Damon Anthony Grippo, 18, Wyalusing, have been updated by police in the wake of a continued investigation into Grippo’s alleged thefts from several seasonal residences, sheds, and a camper along Aeppli and Yankee Camp Roads in Herrick Township. Grippo has reportedly cooperated with police by identifying victims of his April 23 to May 7 burglary spree with codefendant Chad Harold Belcher, as well as the sale of many of the items to Andy Lamphere of Tuscarora Township. Damage to the properties alone is estimated at more than $400. Items taken, many of which police have recovered, include power tools, old guns, a battery-operated night light, CD radio, and a safe, which Grippo reportedly pulled with a chain through the wall of one of the cabins with his vehicle. A preliminary hearing was set for July 20. On the same date, Grippo was slated to answer to previous charges for forgery and theft by deception as related to incidents dated March 30 to April 8 that involved the theft of personal checks from an unlocked vehicle and the forgery and use of same at various Dandy Mini Marts and Peoples State Bank, where he apparently wrote himself a paycheck. The total misuse of the checks resulted in a loss to the victim of $268.
Chad Harold Belcher, 18, Stevensville RR1, faces charges for burglary, theft by unlawful taking, criminal mischief, and receiving stolen property for his participation with Damon Anthony Grippo in the burglary spree detailed above. Belcher’s preliminary hearing is slated for Aug. 17. There is no report yet of charges filed against Andy Lamphere of Tuscarora Township, to whom many of the stolen items were reportedly sold.
Garrett Thomas Wandell-McConnell, 24, Towanda, faces charges for DUI and related driving offenses after he was pulled over by state police on Sullivan Street in Wysox Township at about 3 a.m. on April 8. Police allege that Wandell-McConnell was driving without taillights, crossed into the left-hand-turn-only lane on Route 6 twice and turned onto Sullivan Street without using a turning signal. The defendant reportedly told police that he was on his way to work, had a wiring problem and was unaware of the problem with his rear lights, and that he had consumed a few drinks. After failing field sobriety tests, Wandell-McConnell was taken to Towanda Memorial Hospital, where a blood test revealed a BAC of .178. His preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 17.