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Tim Clark, Towanda


Daniel Stroud, 31, Towanda, faces eight charges from an incident dated Aug. 16 at about 3:45 a.m., including burglary, criminal trespass, simple assault, harassment, disorderly conduct, stalking, and making terroristic threats. Towanda Borough Police allege that Stroud broke into an apartment in the 400 block of Main Street, Towanda, shared by Karen Martin and Shane Huffman. They related to police that Stroud had pushed and shoved both of them around, resulting in minor injuries to Martin. Stroud also reportedly busted up some furniture in the apartment, which was evident to the patrolman. Stroud had also allegedly made threats against Martin and Huffman, as well as several other tenants whom he managed to wake up during the incident before he fled the scene. Stroud called Martin after police arrived and the reporting officer could overhear Stroud yelling threats and obscenities to her over her phone. The officer took the phone from Martin and reportedly heard Stroud make additional derogatory comments. He announced himself to Stroud and told him to calm down and talk to him. Stroud allegedly continued to spew profanities at the officer, who then told Stroud that he was going to secure a warrant for his arrest. A few minutes later, police related that Stroud’s girlfriend, Tenna Smith-Hallsey, phoned Martin and also verbally harassed the woman. Martin indicated that the harassment had been going on for some time and she wanted it to stop. Stroud’s preliminary hearing was set for Aug. 24. No charges against Smith-Hallsey have yet been announced.

Brandon Lawrence Reeves, 28, Towanda, faces charges of aggravated assault, burglary, criminal trespass, theft, receiving stolen property, making terroristic threats, possession of a controlled substance, simple assault, reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, and unauthorized use of an automobile. A report issued on July 29 provides an update to the early arrest and charges attributed to the defendant for events that occurred on Railroad Street and Forked Road in Towanda Township between Maye 20 to 27, when he allegedly stole firearms, among other items, from Dee Reeves and Steven Reeves, threatening to use the firearms against Reeves and police should they confront him. Dee Reeves and Myron Lewis were reportedly assaulted by Brandon Reeves when they managed to get firearms away from him the first of two times that he allegedly stole guns. A preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 28.

Warren Albert Brady, 57, Athens RR2, faces charges for theft and receiving stolen property after he allegedly removed five lengths of pipe on May 28 or 29 that were laid along the berm of Ridge Road in Sheshequin Township by PennDOT. Brady was apparently observed by both a nearby resident and a PennDOT employee slowing down in the area of the pipe stockpile in his red pickup truck and red trailer. A white pickup truck had also been seen at the site. The resident had also reportedly seen Brady and another man load the pipe onto the trailer. The resident notified PennDOT, an associate of which drove past Brady’s nearby residence and spotted the truck, trailer, and pipe consistent with that which was stolen. When police went to Brady’s home, they reported that he had recently utilized the pipe in his backyard as part of a drainage project. One piece of the pipe sat off to the side, unused. Brady reportedly claimed that he had bought the pipe from “some Mexicans” for $500. When police suggested to Brady that the pipe had been stolen from the nearby PennDOT stockpile, Brady reportedly offered to dig up the pipe and return it to PennDOT, but he lamented that he would be out the $500. Brady’s stepson said that he helped to remove the pipe from the trailer for the project, which was completed over Memorial Day Weekend, but he did not know how it got there. Brady contacted police on June 7 and related that his lawyer had recommended that he dig up the pipe and give it back. On July 5, police contacted PennDOT to alert them that the pipe was ready to be picked up, but it was found to be damaged and unacceptable. Brady’s preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 28.

Josh Hurd, 25, Charleston, ME, faces charges for simple assault, harassment, public drunkenness, and disorderly conduct from an incident that occurred at Finlan’s Tavern on Main Street, Towanda, at about midnight on Aug. 16. Borough police report that Ray Finlan notified them that there were four people on his back deck who had caused trouble in the bar whom he wanted removed from the property. Hurd had allegedly struck Finlan in the head and about his face and struggled with him and pushed the bar owner to the floor. Finlan was apparently serving as bartender when Hurd flung a beer bottle at him and would not leave the establishment when asked to do so. All four people were taken into custody, cited and released, with Hurd left facing the assault charge for which he answered to a judge at an Aug. 24 preliminary hearing.

Jasmine India Fulton-May, 25, Canton, faces charges for burglary, criminal trespass, harassment, and disorderly conduct after she allegedly entered the McClintic residence on Route 414 in Franklin Township on Aug. 19 and would not leave despite repeated requests for her to do so. Fulton-May reportedly told police that she had been instructed by her brother, Cory Tucker, to “lay outside a shed on the property, under a piece of wood.” William McClintic told police that he knew the woman, whom police encountered on the property at about 8:45 a.m., only vaguely through his sister. Tucker does apparently stay at the residence but that he had left for work at about 4:30 a.m. Tucker later told police, who contacted him by phone, that Fulton-May was not his sister, just a family friend with whom he had not spoken in about a month. He further told police that he did not tell her to be at the residence. Another resident of the home, Jessica Lynn Schultz, told police that the defendant had earlier accosted her after coming through a bedroom window. Fulton-May faces an Aug. 31 preliminary hearing. 

Janelle Rae Beers, 24, Towanda RR 5, faces charges of high-rate DUI, careless driving, and failure to use turn signals after she was stopped by state police in the area of the Merrill Parkway and Elizabeth Street in Towanda at about 11:30 p.m. on July 21. Beers allegedly admitted to the trooper that she had consumed three beers earlier in the evening. She reportedly performed poorly on field sobriety tests and was taken to Towanda Memorial Hospital, where a blood test revealed a BAC of .131. Beers’ preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 21.

Phillip Daniel Thornton, 38, Springville, faces charges of DUI, careless driving and several other vehicle offenses after he allegedly skidded to a stop at the Towanda side of the Veterans’ Memorial Bridge. The report suggests that Thornton was driving across the bridge at a high rate of speed when the traffic light turned red. He was pulled over in the area of Elizabeth and Second Streets, where he failed field sobriety testing and was taken to Memorial Hospital for a blood test, the results of which have not been provided. Thornton was found to be driving without a seat belt and without proper insurance. His preliminary hearing was scheduled for Aug. 24.

Brian Gerald Potter, 48, Towanda, faces charges of DUI and careless driving from an incident dated June 23 at about 11:30 p.m. Police report that Potter was observed crossing the fog and center lines of Route 220 in Ulster as he approached the intersection with Bridge Street. The officer pulled Potter over in the Dandy Mini Mart lot and asked him to perform field sobriety tests after allegedly detecting a strong odor of alcohol. A subsequent blood test performed at Towanda Memorial Hospital indicated a BAC of .096. Potter faces a Sept. 28 preliminary hearing.

Thomas William Casselbury, 41, Granville Summit, faces charges for failure to appear for an annual update under the terms required of sexual offenders. His preliminary hearing has been set for Aug. 31.

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