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Fred Wheaton, Wysox


Katherine Ann Kinsley, 28, New Albany, faces charges for criminal trespass and DUI in an unusual case that occurred at about 3 a.m. on July 17 at a residence on SR 2010 in Terry Township. The owner of the home phoned police to report that Kinsley had entered his home without invitation and had helped herself to a bath. The homeowner noted that he woke up and walked to the kitchen and back to his bedroom, passing Kinsley on the way but thinking that it was one of his children. The woman then passed through his bedroom, drew a bath, removed her clothing and got in. The police found her sleeping in the tub, woke her, and asked what she was doing there. Kinsley reportedly indicated that she had followed a male named Chris to the residence, had entered by herself through an unlocked back door and decided to take a bath when she couldn’t find anyone in the living room. Upon further questioning, Kinsley stated that she had driven to the residence in her truck, which was parked outside. The patrolman suspected that the woman was drunk and asked her to consent to field sobriety tests, which she failed. A subsequent blood test indicated a BAC of .195, and a preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 3.

Blaine Thomas Boyer, 21, Towanda, faces charges of driving under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, not using a seat belt, and other traffic offenses stemming from an incident dated May 6 at about 10:05 p.m. Police pulled Boyer over for allegedly crossing the center and fog lines several times on Route 6 near Tracy Road in Wysox Township. Two officers approached Boyer’s vehicle, one reporting that the defendant was “jumpy” and unwilling to make eye contact and the other indicating that he smelled marijuana. When asked if there was anything in the vehicle, Boyer reportedly said that there was not but looked directly at a back-pack on the passenger seat. When asked specifically if he had been smoking pot or K2 (a synthetic marijuana) or using bath salts, he said “no” and allegedly related that he had not used bath salts for more than a month. According to the police report, Boyer consented to a search of his vehicle by two officers, while the reporting officer conducted field sobriety tests, which Boyer allegedly failed and was placed under arrest for DUI. A black box found in his back-pack contained various drug paraphernalia, containers of bath salts, and commercial grade copper wire. Boyer was taken to Towanda Memorial Hospital, where he reportedly consented to a blood test for chemicals, results of which revealed a high level of bath salts in his blood stream. A preliminary hearing was set for July 20.

Patrick Joseph Duffy, 24, Indiana, PA, faces charges for DUI and related driving offenses after he was pulled over on Route 6 at Leisure Drive in Wysox Township at 12:50 a.m. on April 9. Police allege that Duffy was driving erratically and almost hit the wall of the Memorial Bridge on his way toward Wysox Township. He also did not have taillights. Duffy reportedly failed field sobriety tests and was taken to Towanda Memorial Hospital, where a blood test indicated a BAC of .20. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 17.

Juan Antonio Aponte-Lopez, 31, Cleburne, TX, faces charges of high rate DUI, possession of an open container of alcohol in his vehicle, and related traffic offenses for an incident dated April 24 at about 2 a.m. Aponte-Lopez was pulled over after he veered into the oncoming lane on the Route 6 Memorial Bridge at Towanda and narrowly avoided a head-on collision with the police. After failing field sobriety tests, he was transported to Towanda Memorial Hospital, where a blood test revealed a BAC of .177. Aponte-Lopez faced a July 20 preliminary hearing.

Craig Alan Fitzgerald, 30, New Albany, faces charges for DUI and related traffic offenses, including an expired inspection sticker, in association with a one-vehicle accident on SR 2010 in Terry Township, Bradford County, on July 7 at about 10:35 a.m. Fitzgerald reportedly indicated to police upon their arrival that his tire blew out as he was traveling south, and he lost control of the vehicle. The reporting officer noted that he smelled alcohol and asked Fitzgerald if he had been drinking, which he admitted he had. After failing field sobriety tests, Fitzgerald took a breathalyzer test that indicted a BAC of .081. A blood test taken later at Towanda Memorial Hospital revealed a similar BAC of .089. A preliminary hearing was set for Aug. 24.

Laci Anne Green, 22, Rome, faces charges for theft by unlawful taking in association with the theft of scrap metal from the Lehigh Railroad Yard near Routes 6 and 187 in Wysox Township. She was reportedly assisting her boyfriend, Jeffrey Alan Roberts, with the crime, which occurred on June 15 after 3 p.m. A Lehigh Railroad employee encountered the couple as they were loading railroad spikes into their vehicle. Green faces an Aug. 17 preliminary hearing. 

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