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Michael Shaw, Sayre


Jon K. Graebner, 44, Sayre, faces charges for disorderly conduct, aggravated assault, and resisting arrest after allegedly causing a disturbance and threatening residents at Blue Spruce Trailer Park in Athens Township at about 1 p.m. on April 26. Following up on reports from residents of the trailer park, police found Graebner near the Dandy Mini Mart offices on Elmira Street. When they questioned him about the reports, he became agitated and placed his right hand in his coat pocket, which the officer asked him to remove for his and their safety. Graebner allegedly began a struggle that continued after he had been placed in handcuffs, taken to the police station and placed in a holding room, from which he attempted an escape. It took numerous officers and a shot from a tazer gun to bring him under control. Police called EMS after the struggle to check and make sure that Graebner had not been injured. He faces a May 3 preliminary hearing.

Three young men face charges for possession of drug paraphernalia and small amounts of marijuana after they were caught together, allegedly smoking pot in and around a van in the Tops parking lot on Elmira Street in Athens Township. A patrolman making his rounds became suspicious of activity in the parking lot near 12:30 a.m. on April 24 that initially also included a pick-up truck that pulled away. The officer alleges that one man, Jonathan Michael Lafritz, 21, Athens, pushed something into his pocket as the patrolman approached the van. The officer questioned several people ranging in age from 18 to 22 who said that they were just hanging out after having finished work nearby. In a triplicated police report, the officer stated that he observed Lafritz, as well as Trevor-John Matthew Prough, 18, Athens, and David Scott Lattimer, 22, Sayre, to have “bloodshot and glassy eyes.” When he asked Lafritz what he had placed in his pocket, Lafritz produced a marijuana pipe and, eventually, a small bag of pot. Subsequently, the officer reported, Prough surrendered a small amount of marijuana, and Lattimer surrendered a second pipe. All three men are slated for a May 27 preliminary hearing.

Liza Jane Johnson, 18, Sayre, faces charges for theft from a motor vehicle, corruption of minors, and loitering or prowling at nighttime for allegedly stealing small amounts of money from unlocked vehicles on April 23. The reporting officer and another patrolman received a call at about 10:15 p.m. that two individuals in light-colored sweatpants and black “hoodies” were moving down Wilbur Street in Sayre, opening car doors along the way. When police stopped to talk to Johnson and a 15-year-old female who fit the description, the girls allegedly admitted to searching for change in numerous vehicles. Johnson was arrested after surrendering to police the $5.35 she had collected. Her preliminary hearing is set for May 3.

Ronald Eugene Wiles, 57, Athens, faces charges for a high rate DUI and careless driving after he allegedly fell asleep at the wheel and sheared off a telephone pole on April 15. The officer alleges that he could smell alcohol emanating from Wiles during questioning at about 11:30 p.m., that Wiles was “unsteady on his feet,” and that his speech was slurred. After failing field sobriety tests, Wiles was taken to Robert Packer Hospital, where a blood test produced a BAC of .14. He faces a May 27 preliminary hearing.

Stefan Evans, 60, Athens, faces charges for highest rate DUI and related driving offenses for an incident dated March 4 at 11:13 p.m. Police from Athens and Sayre arrived within minutes of each other at the Lockhart Street Bridge, where Evans’s vehicle was hung up on the guiderail. An anonymous caller had reported that Evans was trying to free the vehicle by himself to flee the scene. The reporting officer stated that Evans had initially crossed the bridge, but continued straight through a T-intersection on Riverside Drive, Sayre, where he damaged the lawn of a residence there, after which he backed across Riverside Drive, hit a road sign, and got himself hung up on the guiderail. Police allege that Evans consented to field sobriety tests, which he failed. He was taken to Robert Packer Hospital, where a blood test revealed a BAC of .23.

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