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Michael Shaw, Sayre


Raymond L. Vanderpool, 66, Sayre, is facing a charge of harassment by communication from June 3. A call had been made earlier to the police saying that Vanderpool was pounding on the door and appeared intoxicated. Upon arrival, the officer questioned Vanderpool as to what the problem was. Vanderpool was argumentative with the officer, who advised Vanderpool to not speak with the other tenants that evening and take up any concerns with the landlord. Vanderpool repeatedly called 911 requesting an apology from the officer who had been called out to his apartment complex on Stevenson Street that evening. Vanderpool was told to cease and desist and that he should only be calling 911 if it were an emergency. He was advised to answer his charges upon receipt in the mail and has a preliminary hearing set for July 8.

Christopher J. Bradway, 23, Sayre, faces charges of driving under the influence along with careless driving, reckless driving and accidents involving damage to unattended vehicle. On April 10, Bradway was driving from the Lehigh Tavern when his car struck a parked Jeep. He failed all the field sobriety tests he was given and blew a .237. After he was taken to the hospital to have his blood drawn, he was transported to his home. Bradway awaits a preliminary hearing set for July 5.

Dana S. Sealander, 22, Sayre, faces charges of driving under the influence with a level of .16 or higher and careless driving.  On May 15, police were patrolling Sayre Borough and observed a car traveling at a high speed along N. Wilbur Avenue. The officer avoided colliding with the car as Sealander failed to stop at a posted stop sign and watched as the car became airborne at a speed close to 100 mph. Due to the high speed Sealander was traveling at, he was unable to make a right turn and the car jumped the curb, passed between two telephone poles, skidded across a lawn and finally ended up crashing into the corner of Stroehmann’s Bakery. Sealander apologized to the officer and claimed he tried to run, because he wanted to get home. Sealander denied any injury from the crash.  He will face a preliminary hearing on July 8.

Richard J. Skovira, 24, Sayre, faces charges of driving under the influence of drugs, as well as for driving without a license on N. Elmer Street in Sayre near the Sayre Guthrie Credit Union Park. State police from Towanda were also involved with the investigation of the incident, which occurred at about 8:10 p.m. on April 28. Skovira was allegedly found passed out in his vehicle, holding down the brake pedal, with his headlights on. The reporting officer stated that, when awakened, Skovira was unsteady on his feet and “highly agitated.” The defendant reportedly denied drinking alcohol or taking drugs at first, but later admitted to taking an Opana pill. Officers also found what they suspected to be heroin in Skovira’s vehicle. A subsequent blood test indicated that Skovira was under the influence of a low amount of marijuana in addition to a narcotic analgesic and a Morphine-related substance. He faces a preliminary hearing on June 28.

James L. Carr, 20, Towanda, faces charges of fleeing or attempting to allude officers, driving without lights, driving with a suspended or revoked license, and possessing alcohol while being a minor on May 24 at 4:48 a.m. Officers were looking for a white car in relation to a theft investigation from Green’s Landing Dandy Mini Mart. The car was not at the Sayre Borough residence listed when they arrived and they were going to search for it when they noticed a car matching that description making its way down the street. Once the driver saw the police car, it took off at a high rate of speed. When police found the vehicle, it was pulled to the side of the road with its lights off. Carr was driving the vehicle and had a male passenger with him. Carr admitted to the officer that he was trying to get away from them and had turned the vehicle’s lights off to avoid detection. He denied drinking and did not register a reading, while the male passenger had a .095 blood alcohol level.

Stanley R. Brennan, 52, Athens, faces charges of simple assault and harassment in the form of physical contact. On Saturday, June 4, Brennan struck the victim about the face and proceeded in choking her. Police arrived at Sheshequin Road after receiving a call involving a domestic dispute and found Brennan in the driveway upon arrival. After speaking with the victim, they transported Brennan from the premises to the station. Bail was set at $25,000 and a preliminary hearing will be held June 14.

Brenda Lambert, 55, Ulster, faces charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving under the influence of alcohol at a rate of .16 or higher. Officers were called to the McDonald’s located at N. Keystone Avenue in Sayre on April 2 in regards to a person not moving their car in the drive thru lane. When the officer arrived, he found Lambert had moved the car, but that it was only halfway in a designated parking spot while also sticking into a lane vehicles use to travel through the parking lot. Lambert admitted to drinking earlier and the officer asked her to perform a series of sobriety tests. She refused to attempt these, while being verbally aggressive toward the police officers. While Lambert was advised that she was under arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, she tried to resist arrest. After submitting to a blood test that registered at .21, she was driven to her residence. Lambert’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 28.

Patrick Colter, 25, Sayre, faces charges of driving under the influence and driving under the influence with a level of .16 or higher, driving on right side of roadway, and required position and method of turning. On April 30, an officer reported that a car was headed west, but driving in the eastbound lane as well as crossing over the center of the roadway on several occasions. Colter was stopped at W. Lockhart Street and admitted to consuming “about 2” alcoholic beverages. Sobriety tests were performed and due to Colter’s performance, the officer placed him under arrest. Colter agreed to a blood alcohol test, which came back with a BAC of .19. He was transported to the Mountain View Manor. His preliminary hearing is set for July 5.

Patrick Michael Orshaw, 32, Sayre, faces charges of high-rate DUI and related traffic violations resulting from an incident dated May 21 at about 11:30 p.m., when he allegedly veered off Front Street in Athens Township and hit a utility pole before fleeing the scene in the gas company pickup truck he was driving. Firemen responding to a call about the accident reported to police that there was no vehicle at the scene, but a pickup truck bearing severe front-end damage, including a smashed windshield, was parked in a garage just down the road. Officers from both Athens Borough and Athens Township police departments investigated the crash and found a cooler in the bed of the truck with opened bottles of Captain Morgan rum and Coca Cola soft drink. After the police had been at the garage for a few minutes, Orshaw and a female came out of hiding from behind the garage, which belonged to a person known to Orshaw. Orshaw admitted that he was the driver of the vehicle and that he had had as many as 10 rum and coke drinks. A blood test conducted nearly two hours later at Guthrie Clinic Lab in Sayre produced a BAC of .23. The female passenger complained of pain but refused medical treatment after being observed by EMS personnel. Orshaw’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 5.

Justin M. Irons, 21, Sayre, faces charges for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, as well as criminal conspiracy, for incidents that occurred on June 28, 2010. Police responded to a call for a burglary in process at 67 Larch Road in Sayre at about 4:25 p.m. In a complicated case of he-said-she-said that involved the theft of drugs, as well as a baby and girlfriend unrelated to the crimes in a car, three arrests were initially made, including Irons. Since then, much of the case has been built up on authorized searches of vehicles and properties, as well as the review of incriminating text messages between several of the defendants. Irons faces a preliminary hearing on June 14 for the new charges. 

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