Jeffrey Hollister, Montrose
Gabriel Thomas Maginley, Montrose, faces charges of burglary, criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking and criminal mischief stemming from incidents occurring in Bridgewater Township. On July 15, state police responded to a call from a resident of Terrace Park (Hart's Trailer Park) who claimed that Maginley had unlawfully entered her residence that morning and removed certain items. The resident stated that Maginley knocked at her door and when there was no answer, he proceeded to gain entrance by picking the lock using a card and breaking a chain lock, whereupon he removed $100 in cash and a Sony MP3 player from a desk. At that time, Maginley spotted the resident's daughter's cell phone and then the daughter herself in another room and fled. He then went to another residence in the same trailer park and took a boy's BMX bicycle. Charges were filed against Maginley in district court on July 22, with a hearing set for Aug. 15.
A Montrose resident was charged with simple assault and harassment in an Aug. 24 incident involving his wife. According to reports, Montrose Borough officers were called to a domestic dispute, wherein Justin T. Giberson pushed his wife Jennifer down, causing her to strike her head against a wall, slapped her in the stomach and held his hand over her mouth when she screamed for help. Mrs. Giberson’s mother came to her rescue, according to reports, and drove off her assailant by throwing a book at him. Giberson answered the charges in district court on Aug. 1, pleading guilty, and was sentenced to a fine of $200 plus court costs and 12 months’ probation.
Matthew Drogan, Tunkhannock, was charged and sentenced on July 25 in district court with theft by deception and writing bad checks following an incident at the Elk Lake Store in Dimock on July 21. According to reports, Drogan wrote a check to the store in the amount of $180 to be drawn on an account that was either closed or had insufficient funds, causing the store to incur $30 in bank fees in addition to the loss of the bad check. When notified in writing by the store of the incident, Drogan did not respond, but pleaded guilty at the hearing and will pay a fine of $50, restitution totaling $210, plus court costs. He will also serve 12 months’ probation.