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Michael Shaw, Sayre


Timothy Todd Haxton, 33, faces charges for disarming a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, criminal trespass, and public drunkenness, stemming from an event dated Nov. 8 at about 9:25 p.m. Athens Township police responded to a call from the owner of Rustic Grotto on Route 199 to help remove an intoxicated customer who would not leave when asked to. The reporting officer noted that police asked Haxton to leave and told him that they would secure a ride home for him, but he again refused to leave and was placed under arrest. As two officers attempted to restrain Haxton, he reportedly was able to free one arm and reach for the gun in one of the patrolman’s holster. They then knocked him to the ground as Sayre Borough Police arrived to assist. Haxton allegedly continued to resist arrest and had to be tased, after which an extreme effort was still required to get him into a police cruiser. His preliminary hearing was set for Nov. 15.

Ilber Valesquez, 23, Sayre, faces charges for DUI, unauthorized use of a vehicle, disorderly conduct, public drunkenness, trespass by motor vehicle, and driving without a license, after he reportedly took possession of a van belonging to a John Johnson without the owner’s permission and proceeded to drive on a private lane along Wilawana Road in Athens Township and tear up the yard in front of a residence. The Nov. 12 incident reportedly included Valesquez abandoning the vehicle and running away from police into the woods along Vetter Road, where he was found and detained at about 1 a.m. with no identification other than a worker’s card that had been issued by the state of Florida. His preliminary hearing was set for Nov. 22.

Jeffery Leonard McKinery, 27, Sayre, faces charges for highest-rate DUI, and driving without insurance or proper vehicle registration. In the late afternoon on Nov. 1, McKinery allegedly started threatening people with a knife at Tanner’s Bar and was told to leave, after which he drove his dump truck to Rustic Grotto, where he reportedly set the knife on the bar temporarily and told people sitting near him that they didn’t “know who they were messing with.” Police caught up with him there and found the hunting knife on him. McKinery, who denied threatening anybody with the knife at Tanner’s Bar, failed field sobriety tests and refused repeated requests to allow a blood test to be performed. McKinery now faces a Dec. 9 preliminary hearing. 

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