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Jeffrey Hollister, Montrose


According to documents filed in district court, Ian Ball, 24, currently residing in the Susquehanna County Correctional Facility, will face charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell and possession of paraphernalia, in addition to burglary, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property. Reports allege that when Ball was apprehended on Oct. 2 during a stop in Bridgewater Township, it was on a warrant stemming from a previous complaint, in which a Dimock Township resident claims Ball removed items from his property without permission in August of this year. Ball was questioned at his current residence regarding the burglary incident, and according to reports, admitted to police that he did take scrap metal, batteries and radiators from the Hunsinger property but did not enter the house and did not have an accomplice. Reports further allege that he maintained he sold the scrap to a Nicholson scrap yard for money to buy drugs.

Joshua Baker is also facing burglary, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property charges resulting from an incident that occurred earlier this year. According to court documents, Gina Olshan, Auburn Township, reported to police that she suspected Baker of removing from her home a television, DVD player, Wii game system and assorted DVDs and games, valued at approximately $1,850 in March. Her suspicions arose from a witness who saw a car known to belong to Baker’s friend in the vicinity at the time of the theft, as well as an alleged text message her daughter received concerning the television. Court records state that the friend was questioned about the car and admitted to loaning it to Baker, who in turn abandoned it at Cook’s Trailer Park. Baker was interviewed in May regarding the stolen items and maintained that he would never take anything from Olshan, who is like family to him, but reports allege he did admit to borrowing the car to drive to Wilkes-Barre on the date in question. Additional information led to a witness who admitted, according to court documents, to being with Baker when he took the stolen items to Wilkes-Barre in the borrowed car and traded them for heroin. The witness further alleged that the intent was to take the heroin to North Carolina to sell it. Baker is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Nov. 7.

A Texas truck driver will face charges of agricultural vandalism and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle stemming from an incident that occurred in the early morning hours of Oct. 18. Court records indicate that Justin Potter, Euless, TX, was scheduled to make a delivery to a well site in Liberty Township on the previous day but became stuck in a field en route. The next morning, a representative from Hoffman Construction Services LLC contacted police regarding one of their bulldozers, reporting that it had been used to pull out a truck stuck in a field near the site. According to court documents, police spoke with the landowner where the truck had been stuck, and he confirmed that a bulldozer had come in the middle of the night and moved the truck, causing about $2,000 worth of damage to property. Potter posted bail and is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 8.

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