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Tim Clark, Towanda


Thomas Scott Lewis, 48, Towanda, faces charges of aggravated indecent assault from an incident dated April 14 at approximately 10 p.m. Police allege that Lewis climbed into bed with his step-granddaughter, who is less than 13 years old, pulled down her underwear and rubbed her private parts. Police interviewed the girl on April 15 at her grandmother’s home where all involved resided. Lewis, who was removed from the home on May 14, faced a May 18 preliminary hearing.

Charles Todd Malenke, 45, faces charges for not registering his new address with proper authorities within 48 hours of his release from prison as per Megan’s Law. His last known address was in LeRaysville, but records indicate that he was evicted from that address. Malenke’s preliminary hearing was set for May 11.

Brad Lee Cordner, 35, Monroeton, faces charges for possession of controlled substances and paraphernalia, simple assault, and harassment after police investigated a domestic dispute on Glory Lane, Monroeton, at approximately 9:45 a.m. on May 10. Police reported that, as they arrived at the property, Cordner was found in the backyard attempting to hide some items in a pile of hay. He was alleged to also have on his person several different kinds of drugs. Several syringes and aluminum paper containing a white powder were found in the hay. Meanwhile, police found a female face down and apparently unconscious inside the house. As she came around, she told police that Cordner had assaulted her, including kicking her and hitting her in the back of the head with an ashtray, which resulted in a concussion. Cordner faced a May 18 preliminary hearing.

Keven Ray Hayhurst, 47, Towanda RR1, faces charges for driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance and related driving offenses. At about 10:15 p.m. on March 24, police allegedly observed Hayhurst crossing the center line and fog markings along Route 6 near Saco Road in North Towanda Township several times and initiated a traffic stop. The officer detected a slight odor of alcohol and subjected the defendant to field sobriety tests, which he failed. He was subsequently transported to Towanda Memorial Hospital, where a blood test yielded a BAC of .142. His preliminary hearing is set for July 1.

James Cody Heath, 31, League City, TX, faces charges for DUI and related driving offenses, including operating a vehicle without insurance. Heath allegedly lost control of his vehicle and went over an embankment on Old Plank Road at Sheppard Road in Towanda Township at 11:25 p.m. on April 23. He was in an ambulance being treated for injuries when police arrived at the scene. Heath allegedly admitted to having had three beers. He refused to submit to PBT test at the scene, but police later obtained a blood test result from Robert Packer Hospital that revealed that Heath had a BAC of .18. He faces a June 14 preliminary hearing.

Joseph Sheean Sturzen, Jr., 31, South Waverly, faces charges for driving under the influence of a controlled substance and related driving offenses for an incident dated Feb. 13. Police report that, at 2:25 p.m., Sturzen was driving erratically southbound on Route 220 in North Towanda Township. He was allegedly driving at a high rate of speed and passed several vehicles on the right berm. The reporting officer noticed a strong smell of alcohol when he pulled Sturzen over near Twin Pines Motel. The defendant allegedly admitted to drinking and taking a prescription medication that was not prescribed to him. After failing field sobriety tests, he was transported to Towanda Memorial Hospital, where a blood test yielded a BAC of .063 and 18 ng/mL of Oxycodone. Sturzen’s preliminary hearing is set for July 1.

Colin Dave Cormier, 21, Sayre, faces charges for driving under the influence of a controlled substance and related driving offenses on March 18 at about 9:50 p.m. Police were responding to a report that someone in a late model white pickup truck had almost hit a state trooper who was involved in a traffic stop along Route 220 at Patterson Blvd. in North Towanda Township. The reporting officer caught up to the pickup truck, driven by Cormier, and observed him driving at a slow rate of speed and crossing the white fog line several times. During the course of the traffic stop, police decided that Cormier was under the influence of both alcohol and synthetic marijuana, although subsequent blood testing by a certified DRE officer indicated that the primary substance of impairment was the synthetic pot—an amount 90 percent higher than legally allowed. Cormier’s preliminary hearing is set for July 1.

Garrett Wayland Douglas, 22, Sayre, faces charges for racing on highways, passing in a no-passing zone, and possible DUI or driving under the influence of controlled substances from an incident dated March 18 at approximately 2:35 a.m. Police report that they were observing a number of males parked in a car wash that were possibly fighting or exchanging banter. When the young men jumped into their vehicles, they revved the engines and took off quickly, tires squealing. One vehicle was pulled over quickly. State police requested assistance from Towanda Police Department to assist in the pursuit of the second vehicle. Douglas was reported as the driver of the stopped vehicle. Upon questioning, he told police that all involved were friends and not fighting. Police alleged an odor of alcohol on Douglas and asked him to participate in field sobriety tests, which he did not perform to their approval. He was transported to Towanda Memorial Hospital, where a blood test indicated a BAC of .115. Douglas faces a July 1 preliminary hearing.

Randall Jeffrey Russell, 50, New Albany, faces charges of driving under the influence of a controlled substance and careless driving. Police report that, on March 25, Russell failed to stop for a police officer using his flashing lights and siren after Russell allegedly passed numerous vehicles on an unsafe stretch of Route 220 near SR 2027. Russell was finally stopped on Route 6. Police initiated field sobriety tests and then transported Russell, who claimed he was on his way to the hospital to get prescriptions filled, to the state police station at Towanda where he submitted to a blood test. Results indicated that Russell was under the influence of a combination of at least six controlled substances. He faces a June 17 preliminary hearing. 

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