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Fred Wheaton, Wysox


Randy Oscar Bennett, 52, Rome, faces charges of DUI and related driving offenses after he was pulled over in the area of the Saloon on Route 187 at Route 6 in Wysox Township at about 7:05 p.m. on July 30. Police used radar to determine that Bennett was traveling 61 mph in a 40 mph zone. After reportedly failing field sobriety tests, the defendant was taken to Towanda Memorial Hospital where a subsequent blood test indicated a BAC of .91. A preliminary hearing has been set for Sept. 28.

Jersi Eduardo Mendez, 21, Stevensville RR1, faces charges for aggravated and simple assault, harassment, and reckless endangerment after he reportedly stabbed another Stevensville-area man in the thigh and forearm with a kitchen knife at about 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 26. The victim was listed as Jaime Juventino Hernandez Gonzalez. Through an interpreter named in the report as Ashley Ann Vasquez, Gonzalez told police that he had been drinking with Mendez earlier in the evening at Mendez’ residence and went to take a nap while Mendez was arguing with someone on the phone about a phone that Mendez was claiming had been stolen from him. Gonzalez related that he awoke to the sight of Mendez coming at him with the knife. Vasquez exited the house to call the police, and Mendez reportedly followed her, at which time she reentered the home and locked him out. Mendez allegedly circled the house, threatening to kill Gonzalez and Vasquez, who were locked inside. Mendez was slated for a preliminary hearing on Sept. 7.

Willie Ray Simmons, 50, Linden, TN, faces charges of DUI, careless driving, and failure to wear a seat belt. State police at Towanda responded to a call about a one-vehicle accident with a minor injury near the intersection of Route 706 and Turkey Path Road in Wyalusing Township at about 9:15 p.m. on Aug. 19. A witness who approached the scene from the opposite direction informed police that Simmons’ Corvette first went off the road to the right and into a ditch, then shot across both lanes of the roadway and plunged down an embankment, where it struck several trees and stopped. Simmons reportedly told police that he had swerved to miss a deer crossing the road before admitting to having had 10 beers. He refused to cooperate with field sobriety or PBT tests and refused a blood test when transported to Towanda Memorial Hospital. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 21. The name of the passenger and the severity of his or her injuries were not detailed in the report.

Joseph David Goodman, Jr., 44, Sayre, faces charges for aggravated and simple assault, harassment, and making terroristic threats. Police reported that, at about 4:50 a.m. on Aug. 23, Goodman put a knife to the throat of Ellen Marie Johnson during a domestic dispute, cutting her in the process, as he threatened to kill her. The trooper had initially responded to the Garden Hill Lane, Standing Stone Township, residence after a 911 hang-up call about a woman who was supposedly high on bath salts. Upon arrival, police first interviewed Johnson and observed the cut on her neck. The trooper then talked with Goodman and noticed that his wrists were bleeding. Johnson indicated that she and her friend, Sheila Bump locked themselves in the bathroom when Goodman threatened to kill Johnson. According to Johnson and Bump, Johnson told Goodman through the bathroom door that she could no longer tolerate his behavior and that their relationship was over. He in turn allegedly responded that he was going to kill himself and began cutting his own wrists, which resulted in the bleeding observed by the reporting officer and the two women as they emerged from the bathroom. Goodman was transported to Robert Packer Hospital for medical and mental health evaluation and faced a Sept. 7 preliminary hearing.

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