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Tim Clark, Towanda

Gene Wayne Nailon, Jr., 19, New Albany RR 1, faces prosecution for statutory sexual assault, a felony, and corruption of minors for alleged offenses on Feb. 21 at 11:30 p.m. in Albany Township. It is alleged that Nailon had consensual sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old minor female and that he desisted when she asked him to stop. There was another minor female, a friend of the victim present in the automobile in which the alleged offense occurred. The victim allegedly told police that it was not her first time and stated, "she is sexually active and has lots of intercourse." Nailon allegedly admitted having sex, but stated that he believed she was 16 and he would have been 18 at the time. However, the state trooper who interviewed him said he later made reference to her being 14 and had not been given that information at the time. Statutory sexual assault requires that the victim be under the age of 16 and that the perpetrator be at least four years older.

Matthew Giblets, 19, Towanda, faces prosecution for criminal trespass and criminal mischief, as well as theft of services, in two unrelated incidents in Towanda Borough in August. In the criminal trespass case, Giblets is accused of entering a residence on Fifth Street in Towanda Borough without permission to do so on Aug. 18. It is alleged that Giblets exhibited threatening behavior to a 17-year-old resident and that, prior to leaving the building, tossed items in the house in a stairway. One, an antique handsaw valued at $250, was damaged. In another case occurring between Aug. 9 and 16, Giblets is alleged to have used the phone of a Main Street resident without her permission, making long-distance calls estimated at more than $82 in additional expense to the victim.

Brook E. Hoover, 19, Towanda RR 3, faces prosecution for criminal trespass, theft, receiving stolen property, corruption of minors, possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia (glass smoking pipe) and underage purchase and consumption of alcoholic beverages for alleged offenses on Aug. 9 at 10 p.m. at residences on Spruce Street, Ann Street and Main Street in Towanda. It is alleged that Hoover, accompanied by two juveniles, entered residential sheds at those locations and removed $900 in items, including gas cans and two bicycles. His scheduled preliminary hearing date is Sept. 15.

Todd Pierce, 27, Towanda, faces prosecution for theft of services for alleged offenses on July 28 at a residence on Second Street in Towanda. It is alleged that Pierce obtained unauthorized use of cable services from Adelphia Cable by reconnecting his cable wire to a service box after he was disconnected for failing to pay his bill. It was reported that the bill for the unauthorized hook-up and subsequent service calls came to $460.94 and his past-due balance was $598.14. His preliminary hearing date is Sept. 17.

David Lynn Griffith, 39, Monroeton, faces prosecution for disorderly conduct and public drunkenness for alleged offenses on Aug. 22 at 3:40 a.m. on Main Street in Towanda. It is alleged that Griffith, following a traffic stop in which he was cited for other offenses, caused a disturbance on Main Street in Monroe Borough and persisted despite repeated warnings from a municipal police officer. His preliminary hearing date is Sept. 15.

The following individuals, all with scheduled Sept. 17 preliminary hearing dates, are being prosecuted through District Justice Clark's office on charges of bad checks and/or theft by deception:

—Judy M. Burke, Towanda RR 4, for bad checks, a first-degree misdemeanor, for writing a check in the amount of $315.36 to the Towanda Creek Animal Hospital on Sept. 15, 2003. Attempts made to collect payment and penalty charges were unsuccessful, it was reported;

—Patricia J. Smith, Meshoppen RR 2, for bad checks, a first-degree misdemeanor, for writing two checks in the amounts of $286.85 and $200 to the Towanda Creek Animal Hospital in November of last year. Attempts made to collect payment and penalty charges totaling $486.85 were unsuccessful;

—Brian Ford, Canton RR 1, for bad checks and theft by deception for writing a check in the amount of $68.57 to Hurley's Supermarket in North Towanda on July 30 of this year. The account on which the check was written was allegedly closed;

—Louis Wright, Sayre, for bad checks and theft by deception for writing two checks to Hurley's Supermarket on July 2 of this year, allegedly knowing the account on which the checks were written was closed. The amounts of the checks were $682.89 and $77.77, and

—Elizabeth Hicks, Towanda RR 5, for bad checks and theft by deception for writing four checks to Hurley's Supermarket between June 2 and 4 in the amounts of $190.46, $161.99, $105.15 and $30.21.

Lucinda Saxon, Towanda, faces prosecution for violation of Pennsylvania Dog Laws, notably harboring and owning a dangerous dog that was allowed out in public to endanger the safety of other individuals. It is alleged that the dog, a boxer, charged at a man and his two young children on at least two occasions while they were outside playing ball in Towanda Borough. The adult victim reportedly used a metal bat to keep the animal at bay while the children sought safety in their nearby home. However, he stated he did not strike the dog but wielded the bat in a threatening manner. Saxon's preliminary hearing date is Sept. 17.

Jeffrey J. Knolles, 29, Athens RR 1, faces prosecution for DUI for alleged offenses on July 24 of this year in the village of Ulster. His BAC was reported at .26. He was also cited for careless driving. His preliminary hearing date is Sept. 17.

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