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Michael Shaw, Sayre


Samuel John King, 39, Waverly, NY, faces charges of assault and physical harassment for allegedly slapping and pushing his estranged wife at the Guthrie Pediatric Center in Sayre on Sept. 21 while their six-year-old son was being treated there at about 8:45 a.m. Employees of the facility suggested to police that assault stopped because of a nurse entering the room. The child attested to the version of the story produced separately by his mother. King reportedly admitted to pushing the woman but denied hitting her, though the reporting officer made note of a bruise mark on her left cheek. A preliminary hearing was set for Sept. 27.

Erica Nicole Lantz, 21, Athens, faces charges of possession of heroine and drug paraphernalia, as well as for attempting to escape from Sayre police officers. According to the police report, the patrolmen were at a North Lehigh Avenue residence at about 11:10 p.m. on Sept. 22 with Bradford County Probation officers to revoke the probation of Jared Miller. The police waited at the residence and saw that Lantz dropped him off. The man went in to his home and would not answer the door for the officers.  Lantz returned and police asked for her assistance in bringing Miller to the door, but she was unsuccessful. For some reason that is not explained in the report, Lantz allegedly confessed to police that she was a drug user and had both drugs and paraphernalia on her. Police searched her purse and found hypodermic needles, a metal spoon with burn residue, and a pill believed to be suboxine. The officers then asked Lantz to stay put while they continued to try to coax Miller to the door, but Lantz ran down Lehigh Avenue and was later apprehended. She faced a Sept 27 preliminary hearing.

As a follow-up to an earlier published report concerning theft charges levied against Ryan Johnston, Tyler Gable, 20, Waverly, now faces charges for burglary, criminal conspiracy, criminal trespass, and criminal mischief for reportedly conspiring with Johnston to commit a crime. Athens Township police allege that Gable was involved in cutting a hole in the fence that surrounds Eastern Penn Supply Company on Pine Street in Athens Township on June 29 and moving 15 rolls of 22-gauge telephone wire to another area of the company’s yard with intent to retrieve it at a later time. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 11.

Michael A. Harrington, 30, Warren Center, faces charges of highest-rate DUI, possession of a small amount of marijuana and a glass pipe, as well as for careless driving, stemming from an incident dated Sept. 11 at about 2:15 a.m. Police were called to East Lockhart Street at the Sayre river bridge after it was reported that Harrington was giving fire personnel there a hard time about the continued closure of the span due to recent flooding. He apparently had a pickup truck at the scene but was attempting to climb over the barricades. Harrington and a passenger were back in his truck by the time police arrived with their emergency lights and attempted to drive around the patrolmen as they exited their vehicle. They yelled at him to stop, and he complied and provided identification. It was then that police noticed bullets of various calibers on the dash and in the center console. No firearms were found, but a pat-down search allegedly led to the discovery of a glass pipe and small baggie of marijuana on Harrington. Police also determined that the defendant had consumed a sufficient amount of alcohol that rendered him unable to drive safely. He was transported to the Guthrie Clinic Lab, where a blood test was conducted that revealed a BAC of .26. His preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 25.

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