Tim Clark, Towanda
Brandon Lawrence Reeves, 28, Towanda, faces numerous charges, including criminal trespass, burglary, aggravated assault, theft, reckless endangerment, and terroristic threats toward an aunt and uncle from incidents that occurred on Forked Road and Railroad Street in Towanda Township on or about May 27. Several police officers responded to a call from the aunt of the defendant, who related to the patrolmen that Reeves had broken into a two-story farmhouse of her brother on Forked Road and stole a revolver, a rifle, a shotgun, fishing poles and tackle, and the homeowner’s Jeep. The victim of the theft and burglary had contacted his sister and suggested that they involve the police in retrieving the items from the nephew, some of which actually belonged to the aunt. The aunt reportedly went to the defendant’s Railroad Street trailer, which she owns, and retrieved the Jeep, a shotgun, and some fishing poles. As the full scope of the robbery became clearer, the adult siblings contacted the police and returned to the trailer in the Jeep. They recognized the fishing tackle boxes on the front porch, made contact with Reeves, and demanded that he return the remainder of the stolen items. Reeves allegedly shoved the stolen shotgun toward her and, as she turned around to hand the gun to her brother, pulled and cocked the barrel of a fully-loaded revolver, pointed it at the two of them and told her that she was not going to “see the end of the day.” He further threatened to kill both his aunt and uncle and the police when they arrived. According to the police, Reeves then threw the revolver and a propane cylinder at the Jeep, causing damage to the hood and disappeared. The aunt took possession of both guns, which she surrendered to police upon arrival. The reporting officer stated that separate interviews of the brother and sister corroborated their stories. Reeves was arraigned on June 1 and faced a June 8 preliminary hearing.
Arvey Lee Dyke, 27, Towanda, faces charges of receiving stolen property, reportedly on May 20, when a John Deere Gator valued at $8,500 and a utility trailer valued at $2,900 were stolen from a residence on McNeal Road in Burlington Township. The victim’s family posted “reward,” and, on June 1, an anonymous male caller spoke with the victim’s daughter and informed her that he had seen the Gator at Dyke’s residence, apparently parked with a “for sale” sign on it. The caller also furnished Dyke’s phone number, which the daughter called, pretending to be a prospective buyer of the vehicle. Dyke’s mother reportedly answered and said that she was not sure that her son still wanted to sell the Gator, as she had not seen him in two days. The reporting officer visited the residence, found Dyke at home and suggested that he was interested in buying the Gator, which was not immediately evident on the property. (There is nothing in the report that indicates whether or not the trooper was in uniform, but subsequent passages suggest that he was in plain clothes). Dyke allegedly told the officer that he wasn’t sure how much he wanted for the Gator and asked for the officer’s business card, at which time the patrolman showed him his police badge and asked where the vehicle was. The defendant complied and took the officer to the rear of the home, where the Gator and the utility trailer were parked in the weeds. Dyke claimed from the start that he was “the middle man” and implicated a male acquaintance reported as Stephen Engler as the actual thief, explaining that Engler hitched the trailer and Gator up to his truck and brought it to Dyke’s residence because, according to Dyke, Engler’s residence was not as isolated. According to police, Dyke conceded that the plan was to cut the trailer up and sell it for scrap and to sell the Gator for as much as they could get for it. Potential charges against Engler have not yet been filed.
Trevor Scott Lamphere, 22, Monroe Township, faces charges for theft, receiving stolen property, false reports to law enforcement, and harassment for an incident dated May 24 at 11 a.m. on Lamphere Road. Lamphere reportedly stole an antique hydraulic press and a welder up to four weeks prior, then sold them for $100 each without the consent of his uncle, who noticed on May 25 that the items were missing. The reporting officer interviewed the victim at 7 a.m. on May 26, at which time her learned that Lamphere had been scrapping metal over recent weeks, and the press was solid steel. After a family meeting, Lamphere was reportedly confronted but denied involvement, noting that he was not the only person that knew where the garage key was located. Police interviewed Lamphere at about 7:30 a.m., at which time he implicated at least four acquaintances in the robbery. Police asked the defendant for the receipts, which he allegedly said that he had thrown away but which never actually existed. (The salvage yard where the stolen items were sold has cooperated with police during the investigation). It was learned that Lamphere lives with his grandparents, is on probation, and is mandated to wear an ankle bracelet that monitors his travels. Lamphere’s preliminary hearing is set for June 20.
Bradley Joseph Battin, 50, Dushore, has been charged with stalking and harassment for driving past the home and place of employment of a North Towanda Township woman on numerous occasions between Feb. 14 and April 26. Battin has already been convicted of stalking the same victim in 2008 and has four violation of parole arrests to his name as well. On at least seven occasions in recent months, Battin was observed by the victim and her daughters driving a purple sedan in the area of the Monroeton Post Office and up and down Pine Grove Road in North Towanda, in addition to showing up in parking lots of businesses and other entities where the victim was also. The victim noted to police that Battin resides in Dushore and has no legitimate purpose for being nearby on so many occasions. Battin faces a June 15 preliminary hearing.
Russell Willis Vanderpool Jr., 41, Ulster, faces charges for simple assault, reckless endangerment, and harassment, stemming from a June 5 incident during which he allegedly struck his juvenile step-daughter several times with a baseball bat, causing injury to her legs and upper back, near her head, at about 3:30 that afternoon, before dragging her around the house, causing further injury. The girl then hid in a bedroom closet until she could be rescued by her adult sister, who took the victim to her home in Ridgebury Township. Four hours later, at the police station, Vanderpool reportedly admitted only to grabbing the girl by the arms and forcing her to go to her bedroom as apparent punishment for bumping into him earlier and causing injury to his lip from the baseball bat that he was holding at the time. Vanderpool’s preliminary hearing is set for June 15.
Jamie Lyn Crayton, 33, Towanda, faces charges for driving under the influence of a combination of alcohol and drugs, including hydrocodone, a narcotic analgesic, and an antidepressant; driving with a suspended or revoked license; careless driving offenses; and reckless endangerment of a little girl riding with her. Police reported that Crayton was stopped because she was observed driving erratically on York Avenue and Main Street in Towanda. Even after the officer turned on his emergency lights, Crayton reportedly continued south on Main Street, crossing the center line several times. The officer attempted to administer field sobriety tests but discontinued them for the victim’s safety, when it appeared that she might fall and hurt herself. Crayton was arrested and taken to Towanda Memorial Hospital for blood tests which revealed a combination of numerous prescription and nonprescription medication in her bloodstream. Bradford County Sherriff C.J. Walters saw to it that the child was placed in protective custody and placed into the care of a relative as soon as possible. Crayton faces a July 20 preliminary hearing.
Brock Eugene Hoover, 25, Towanda, faces charges for DUI and related traffic offenses, as well as restriction on alcoholic beverages and giving false reports to police for an incident dated May 11 at about 4:30 a.m. Hoover reportedly lost control of his vehicle on Plank Road after dropping his cigarette, crossed the roadway and impacted the westbound berm. Hoover allegedly told police that he waited for about a half hour for assistance before deciding to walk to his mother’s house, then changing his mind and walking instead to a friend’s house, where he changed clothing and “passed out.” During an interview at the Towanda state police barracks at about 11:20 a.m., the reporting officer detected the odor of alcohol from the defendant and asked Hoover if he had been drinking before or after the crash, which he denied. He also reportedly admitted that there were phones available to him, but he failed to notify police of the crash. With the assistance of another officer, it was determined that Hoover was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the interview. He was taken to Towanda Memorial Hospital, where blood was drawn, but the resulting BAC was not reported. The preliminary hearing is set for June 29.
Kirby Scott Vandermark, 47, Towanda, faces charges for high-rate DUI and related driving offenses for an incident dated May 29 at 1 a.m. A police officer following Vandermark north on Main Street from Bridge Street reported that his speed fluctuated dramatically, from 20 m.p.h. to an estimated 40 m.p.h. as the vehicle continued up York Avenue on Route 6 before taking an excessively wide right turn onto the Merrill Parkway where Vandermark and a passenger were pulled over. The officer detected the odor of alcohol and asked Vandermark to participate in field sobriety tests, which he failed. He was placed under arrest and taken to Towanda Memorial Hospital, where a blood test was conducted, revealing a BAC of .175. He faces a July 20 preliminary hearing.
A summons has been issued by the Hon. Tim Clark for Michael Benjamin, 26, Towanda, for allegedly writing two bad checks at Bishop’s True Value in Ulster in November 2009 and May 2010. The total amount of the checks, written against Peoples State Bank, was $75, plus $75 in charges. The preliminary hearing is set for July 6.