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Fred Wheaton, Wysox


Stephanie Renee Jenner, 28, Wysox, faces charges for simple assault for reportedly giving a patron of the Marie Antoinette Bar on Route 6 in Wyalusing Township two black eyes at about 10:30 p.m. on July 12. The injury was a result of a physical altercation between Jenner and Jamie Lynn Douglas that apparently started as a verbal confrontation about “flirting.” The victim told police that she sat at the bar to eat chicken wings after the argument and that Jenner then pulled her off the barstool by her hair and kicked her in the face several times. Douglas told police that she was acquainted with the defendant but had no idea why Jenner would want to fight her. She was taken to Towanda Memorial Hospital for treatment and did not contact police because she had been drinking. Jenner told police that Douglas had started the fight and that she sustained several bruises/contusions as a result. A preliminary hearing for Jenner has been set for Sept. 2. No information about charges against Douglas was available at press time.

David Paul Vernarec, 45, and Dana Gardner, 42, both of Ulster, face charges for violations of the controlled substance, drug, device and cosmetic act after the landlord found a box containing needles and various other drug paraphernalia in the room they rented from her while she was cleaning it in March. A preliminary hearing for the couple has been set for Aug. 17.

Carol Lynn Dimon, 54, Rome, faces charges for theft by deception after it was reported by her employer, Tops Market in Wysox Township, that she was discounting items as much as 75 percent and then purchasing the items at the end of her shift. Total loss to Tops as of the release of the magisterial report was $14.93, but that amount may be amended prior to Dimon’s scheduled Aug. 24 preliminary hearing.

Travis Clyde Belcher, 18, Monroeton, faces charges of theft from a motor vehicle, criminal mischief and harassment after he reportedly tried to break into a Jeep along Mountain Road in Wilmot Township at about 9:50 p.m. on July 1, while its three occupants were fishing in the river nearby. Just prior to the incident, Belcher had reportedly introduced himself to the people and asked them for a light for his cigarette, which they accommodated. When one of the three ran up over the riverbank to see what had caused the vehicle’s alarm to come on, he confronted Belcher, who had allegedly pulled on the Jeep’s door handle so hard that the top of the door had buckled outward as he opened it. A physical altercation ensued and the people who were fishing had to gain control of Belcher, who left the scene after he had calmed down. That was when one member of the party realized that his cell phone was missing from the vehicle. Two of the victims identified Belcher at the Towanda state police barracks. His preliminary hearing has been set for Aug. 24.

Dustin Michael Fassett, 25, Laceyville, faces charges for DUI, several related driving offenses, and littering from his vehicle. Police reported that at about 12:10 a.m. on June 19, Fassett was observed traveling less than two car lengths behind a water tanker as he driving east on Route 6 from Wyalusing Township into Wyalusing Borough. Fassett allegedly crossed the center line on several occasions and tossed a cigarette out the window before police initiated a traffic stop. The officer detected the smell of alcohol and indicated that Fassett consented to field sobriety tests, which he failed. He was transported to Towanda Memorial Hospital, where a blood test was conducted that revealed a BAC of .88. His preliminary hearing has been set for Aug. 17.

Matthew Jaylon Miller, 30, Wysox, faces charges for high rate DUI, disorderly conduct, harassment, and several driving offenses from an incident dated May 6 at about 5:55 p.m. Police allege that Miller crashed a car with New York state registration into a utility pole before it got stuck in mud about 100 feet from the impact point on River Road in Standing Stone Township. The patrolman indicted that Miller was initially calm and cooperative as his identification was authenticated but became less so when the officer indicated that he thought that the defendant was under the influence of alcohol and began to conduct field sobriety tests. After he determined that Miller was unable to drive safely and placed him under arrest, the patrolman reported that Miller became insulting and confrontational, eventually spitting on the officer after challenging him to a fight. Nearby residents told police that they ran from their driveway when they saw Miller coming down River Road at a high rate of speed and swerving. He crashed just beyond their home. He faces an Aug. 17 preliminary hearing.

Vincent Edward Sterling, 30, Towanda, faces charges for DUI, possession of a small amount of marijuana, and for driving without a license at about 3:30 a.m. on May 10. Sterling was reportedly found unresponsive and slumped over the center console in his vehicle in the Dandy Mini Mart parking lot in Wysox Township when police responded to a call about him. The vehicle was running, and the driver door was open. After he was arrested for DUI and cuffed, police allegedly found a small baggie of pot in his pants pocket. A subsequent blood test conducted at Towanda Memorial Hospital revealed a BAC of .021, as well as the presence of a number of other drugs, including THC and Diazepam. Sterling faces a preliminary hearing on Aug. 17.

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