Jeffrey Hollister, Montrose
Susquehanna Sheriff’s Department deputies made a surprising discovery while attempting to serve a warrant in Meshoppen on July 28. Deputies Donald Bennett and Michelle Hillard went to the residence of Lawrence Salsman looking for Mark Shingler, who was not at the location, and instead found a three- to four-foot marijuana plant growing in a five-gallon plastic pail on the back porch. When Salsman, 56, answered the door and was questioned about the plant, he maintained that it was his plant and that he was intending to use it for a Christmas tree. The deputies seized the plant and placed it into evidence. Multiple charges were filed in district court against Salsman, including possession of a controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver. A hearing has been set for Aug. 29.
Ezra Jordan Decker, 18, Montrose, is also scheduled to appear before the district judge on Aug. 29 concerning charges stemming from a traffic stop in July. In the early morning hours of July 10, Montrose patrolman Justin Sprout stopped Decker on Grow Ave. in the borough for failure to have taillights illuminated on the vehicle he was driving. In the course of obtaining Decker’s license and registration information, Sprout noted a distinct smell of alcohol on the driver's breath. Decker was asked to step from the vehicle and agreed to a search of the car as well as a field sobriety test, which he failed. Assisting Officer Nathaniel Williams searched the vehicle and found eight carisoprodal pills, a muscle relaxer, in the ashtray, which Decker admitted were his, stating he had forgotten they were there. In addition to the taillight violation, Decker will answer other charges at the hearing, including driving under the influence and possession of a controlled substance.
A criminal complaint was filed on Aug. 12 against Kandi Warfle, Springville, by an agent from the Inspector General's Office out of Scranton. According to court papers, Warfle had been authorized to participate in the SNAP program (formerly known as Food Stamps), but from July 2009 through Oct. 2010 she received $4,038 in benefits to which she was not entitled, based on her neglecting to fully report household income resulting from her job at Lockhart's in South Montrose. Warfle faces felony charges and is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 12.