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Mike Shaw, Sayre

Albert W. Fenton, 58, Athens, faces charges for simple assault and harassment as part of a domestic dispute that started in front of the Lehigh Tavern in Sayre in the evening of April 5. Fenton allegedly injured the passenger of a white van who had attempted to prevent him from driving from the bar because he was intoxicated. His preliminary hearing was slated for April 12. Glenn William Forbes, 36, Sayre, faces charges for simple assault and harassment by physical contact for an incident that occurred near 11 p.m. on April 8 in Sayre. Forbes allegedly assaulted his girlfriend, who managed to call police to report that she was being “held hostage” before she escaped and ran to her mother’s house next door, from which she again called the police. The reporting officer observed red marks on the victim’s neck and forehead. When Police went next door to question Forbes about the allegations, he said, “I’m pleading the fifth,” at which point he was placed under arrest. Forbes was arraigned on $20,000 bail and faces an April 19 preliminary hearing. Gary Allen Bennett, II, 41, Athens Township, faces charges for disorderly conduct and retail theft. The police first made contact with Bennett on March 29 in response to a report that he had lent a BB gun to a teenage boy who shot himself in the hand on March 27. When officers from the Athens Police Department knocked on Bennett’s door, they allege that he refused admittance of the patrolmen to his home in DeSisti’s Trailer Court in Athens Township and threatened them with an aggressive German Shepherd and an (unseen) gun, after which they pursued a warrant for his arrest. The reporting patrolman was again called to the trailer park in response to a pair of noise complaints, stemming from Bennett allegedly playing music too loudly near midnight on April 6/7. Due to their March 29 encounter, the Athens police officers requested backup from Sayre police before approaching the home. After several attempts to get Bennett to surrender himself, two patrolmen were able to get ahold of Bennett, but it took four patrolmen to restrain and handcuff him. Bennett allegedly admitted that he had used bath salts earlier on April 6. He was arraigned on $25,000 bail, and he was scheduled for an April 12 preliminary hearing, which he waived. Stephen D. Butts, 32, Sayre, faces charges for retail theft and receiving stolen property. Police allege that Butts stole a television set valued at $398 from Walmart in Athens Township on Dec. 13, 2010. With assistance from the Waverly Police Department and surveillance photos, police were able to track down Butts via his license plate number. A preliminary hearing has been set for May 10. Shane Anthony Cetrone, 28, Towanda, faces charges for DUI, stemming from an incident dated March 5. Police allege that Cetrone and a passenger were found asleep in his vehicle, which sat idling along the side of South Main Street, Athens, at about 6 a.m. After noticing a strong odor of alcohol, the reporting officer administered a variety of field sobriety tests, which indicated that Cetrone, who allegedly admitted to drinking in Towanda, was intoxicated. A preliminary breath test and subsequent blood test indicated that Cetrone had a high level of alcohol in his system. He faces a May 10 preliminary hearing.

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