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Fred Wheaton, Wysox


James Rodger Winterringer, 21, Wysox, faces charges of resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and criminal mischief for events dated July 21. Police first responded to Jackson’s Trailer Court as per a report that numerous 911 hang-up calls had been generated from a home there. The state trooper questioned the home owner, who suggested that her boyfriend, Winterringer, likely made the calls. She indicated that he might have been using bath salts, had been in the bathroom but then apparently climbed out the bathroom window and left the home on foot. The patrolman was then notified that a man fiting Winterringer’s description was at the Country Cottage near the intersection of Routes 6 and 187, where he was allegedly causing a disturbance. Police found the defendant on an elevated patio at the store, where he had reportedly been disrobing and shouting obscenities. Winterringer allegedly admitted to using bath salts and put up quite a struggle when he was placed under arrest, denting the passenger door of the patrol car in the process. He faces an Aug. 31 preliminary hearing.

Tyrone Jeffery Brown, 42, Wysox, faces charges for simple assault and harassment from a domestic dispute at American Modern Homes Trailer Park in Wysox Township on Aug. 12 at about 6:45 p.m. The victim was listed as Linda Lee Taber, who said that Brown had pushed her to the ground, then held her down and repeatedly punched the back of her head. The state trooper reported that he observed redness and bruises on Taber that were consistent with her account of the incident. Brown faced an Aug. 24 preliminary hearing. 

Brandon Lawrence Reeves, 28, Towanda, faces charges for driving under the influence of a combination of drugs, possession of controlled substances, and numerous driving offenses. Reeves reportedly fell asleep at the wheel due to the use of bath salts and other medications while driving north on Lake Road in Wysox Township. His vehicle left the roadway near Hillside Road and struck a tree, and he reportedly fled the accident scene. It was found that Reeves was operating the vehicle while his license was revoked. Police tracked down the defendant and reportedly found a spoon on his person that he apparently used for ingesting crushed un-prescribed Percocet pills. He also allegedly admitted to having injected bath salts. The trooper noted that the combination of drugs is known as a “poor man’s speedball.” A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 31.

Leonard Edwin Watson, Jr., 33, Scranton, faces charges for DUI and unsafe driving, stemming from his allegedly operating a company vehicle while intoxicated. It was discovered also that his commercial driving privileges had been suspended by the state of New Jersey. Police encountered a white International Gin truck, with a pole raised in the back that had become entangled in a high-tension power line along Route 187, about a quarter mile south of Route 6 in Wysox Township. Two males, including Watson, were relegated to the cab of the truck as they waited for the power company to come and disable the power lines hanging on the truck. Watson was taken to Towanda Memorial Hospital, where blood was drawn that indicated a BAC of .099. His preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 21.

William Harris Lane, 47, LeRaysville, faces charges for high-rate DUI and careless driving after he was found “hung up on a curb” by state police at the Dandy Mini Mart in Wysox Township at about 9:35 p.m. on July 12. The trooper suspected that Lane was intoxicated and asked him to perform field sobriety tests, which he failed. He was taken to Towanda Memorial Hospital for a blood test, which indicated a BAC of .188. Lane faces a Sept. 21 preliminary hearing.

Jerricho Allan Wadkins, 22, Beebe, AZ, faces charges for theft for reportedly not returning a rented pickup truck to Enterprise Rent-a-Car in Wysox Township on time. Wadkins was found to have taken the vehicle to White County, Arkansas, where he was approached by police there and reportedly cooperated with authorities. His preliminary hearing here was set for Aug. 24.  

Colleen Denise Rought, 54, Towanda, faces charges for retail theft and receiving stolen property  for an incident that occurred at the Kmart store in Wysox Township at about 10:30 a.m. on July 24. Rought allegedly filled a cart with $320.57 worth of merchandise, which she attempted to pay for with a check but was declined by the cashier. Rought indicated that she was going to take up the matter with someone in the customer service department but, after standing in that line for a few minutes, left the store without resolving the issue, taking the merchandise with her. When police interviewed Rought at her home, she reportedly said that, while standing in the customer service line, she read the back of the check and misunderstood the “denial” notation and assumed that the check must have cleared the bank. The officer felt that the information provided on the back of the check was clear and that Rought should have known better. Her preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 14.

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