Tim Clark, Towanda
Jeffrey Alan Roberts, 22, Rome, has been named as a co-defendant in a case involving the illegal scrapping of copper wiring intended for use at the new Best Western Hotel on Route 6 in North Towanda. Roberts was implicated as an accomplice to Joshua Ray Vanderpool, of Rome, in a earlier report published in the Rocket-Courier. The thefts occurred on May 14/16 and May 18/19, at which time 4,000 feet of copper Romex electrical wiring belonging to LEC Contracting was removed from the construction site. The stolen material was apparently burned to make it look older before it was sold as scrap at Weitsman’s Scrap Yard in Owego, NY, for $300. Charges against Roberts include burglary, criminal trespass, theft, receiving stolen property, and criminal mischief. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for July 27.
Michael David Garinger, 40, Towanda, faces charges for simple assault and harassment, stemming from an incident dated June 7 in the evening. Police allege that Garinger was involved in a physical altercation with James Anthony Yates, 36, Towanda, at Garinger’s residence on Marcy Hill Road. Garinger told police that Yates attacked both he and his wife and smashed many items in their home, including a computer. Yates allegedly implicated Garinger as the aggressor and said that Garinger struck him several times with a golf club. Police photographed cuts and scrapes on Yates that were consistent with the reported attack as well as of the damage inside the house. Garinger faces a Sept. 21 preliminary hearing. No charges against Yates were available for publication.
Desiree Lynn Bump, 20, Towanda, faces charges of criminal conspiracy for her alleged participation in a check cashing scheme that netted Samantha Walters charges of theft by deception that occurred in mid July. Walters reportedly forged her father’s name on several checks before she and Bump bought gas, cigarettes, and bath salts. Police note that Bump’s involvement is documented by surveillance video from the bank where one check was cashed, as well as witnesses at Peoples State Bank. The young women also attempted to use a bad check at Tops Market, both businesses located in Wysox Township. Bump faced an Aug. 3 preliminary hearing.
Shawn Watkins, 39, Towanda, faces charges for burglary, criminal trespass, loitering and prowling at nighttime, and theft by unlawful taking after he allegedly entered the Fifth Street Towanda home of his ex-girlfriend at about 3 a.m. on July 22 after she had returned a text to him stating that he was not welcome there and that she would not open the doors, which were locked. Watkins allegedly arrived at the home at about 2 a.m. and pounded hard on the door for five to 10 minutes before “appearing” in the victim’s bedroom, presumedly entering through an open window that was discovered the next morning. She yelled at him to leave, and he reportedly took her cellphone as he exited. She had a child at home with her at the time. Watkins reportedly returned the cellphone the next day and told her that her doors were not locked. Charges were filed based on an interview of the victim and her written statement of the account. Watkins faces an Aug. 24 preliminary hearing.
Danielle Elaine Moe, 23, Ulster, faces charges of aggravated assault for allegedly biting the arm of a probation officer who was one of several who went to arrest her on Aug. 11 for “absconding from parole supervision.” The incident happened when the female parole officer attempted to keep Moe from harming herself by banging her head into the cage of the patrol car into which she was placed at about 8 p.m. A preliminary hearing has been set for Aug. 24.
Claude Aumick, 24, currently detained at Bradford County Jail, faces charges of DUI, driving while operating privileges were suspended, possession of a 16-ounce Busch “pounder,” and several moving violations, including following a car too closely (reported by a concerned father and daughter). Two Towanda State Police officers responded to a call at about 6 p.m. on June 5 about trouble brewing at Ulster’s primary intersection. When troopers arrived at the scene, they separated Aumick and Robert Keener, who had reportedly pulled Aumick’s keys from his ignition and would not allow him to leave because he was visibly intoxicated. Aumick had allegedly been following Keener’s vehicle South on Route 220, weaving in and out of construction traffic cones and pulling dangerously close to Keener’s back bumper several times. Keener stopped at the traffic light in Ulster, which caused Aumick to stop. Keener approached Aumick’s driver’s side window to “see what his problem was” and witnessed the open can of beer. Police confirmed Keener’s prior observations that Aumick’s eyes were bloodshot and his speech was slurred. A blood test at Towanda Memorial Hospital revealed a BAC of .252. His preliminary hearing was Aug. 17.
Duke Holden Russell, 23, Canton, faces charges for DUI, damage to a company-owned vehicle, unauthorized use of registration, driving without insurance, and several driving offenses as a result of an incident dated May 12 at about 9:40 p.m. Russell reportedly rolled a Dodge truck with Wyoming plates into a house on East Preacherbrook Road in Franklin Township. Initially, police did not find anybody at the scene but then noticed Russell running down Route 414. One of the officers caught up with Russell, who was apparently injured and uncooperative. He reportedly denied driving the truck or having any knowledge of the accident. He was taken to Towanda Memorial Hospital, where he refused to provide a blood sample. When contacted by police, an employee of Vanderra Resources, the Wysox Township company that owned the truck, told a patrolman that Russell had spoken to him after the crash and admitted to being the sole participant. His preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 7.
Michael Power, 37, Ulster, faces charges of DUI, driving without insurance, not wearing a seat belt, and additional moving violations after he was involved in an accident on Warner Hill Road in Sheshequin Township just after midnight on July 17. Police arrived to find Power’s vehicle sideways in the road. A witness who heard the crash told police that she then looked out her window to observe Power revving the motor, trying to move the vehicle before giving up and walking to the east. Power had apparently returned to his vehicle in the few minutes that it took for police to arrive, as he is reported to have been with his vehicle. Power allegedly smelled of alcohol and refused to participate in field sobriety testing. He did, however, consent to a PBT and blew a BAC of .241. A subsequent blood test registered a BAC of .269. Power faces a Sept. 14 preliminary hearing.
Robert Lee Fowler, 45, Towanda, faces charges for DUI and careless driving after he was stopped in the 200 block of Main Street in Towanda at about 11:10 p.m. on Aug. 4. Fowler had reportedly been observed swerving back and forth across the roadway and laying on the horn. Fowler, who reportedly admitted that he had been drinking at a nearby restaurant, failed field sobriety tests and was taken to Towanda Memorial Hospital, where a blood test was conducted that revealed a BAC of .279.