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Brian Russell Carey, 30, Towanda, faces charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and disorderly conduct, stemming from an incident dated Aug. 12 at about 1:10 p.m. Police were called to the North Towanda Township Dandy Mini Mart on Route 6, where Carey had reportedly parked his pickup truck behind a van driven by his ex-girlfriend, Kerry Chirwa, to prevent her from leaving. A state police officer noted that Carey got back into his truck as the police cruiser entered the parking lot of the store, but Carey apparently cooperated with the officer to the extent of permitting a “pat down” search that revealed a glass crack pipe with residue on it in his front pants pocket. Chirwa allegedly told police that, although she was scared enough to hide inside the store until police arrived, Carey had not made any specific threats against her. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 2.

Philip Brown III, 25, Towanda, faces charges of aggravated and simple assault and disorderly conduct. According to a report filed by Towanda Borough Police, Brown flew into a rage against staff members at Futures Residential Home on Third Street in Towanda at 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 25 and caused quite a bit of property damage in addition to throwing items at staff members in an attempt to harm them. Brown also allegedly struck Futures program specialist Lynne Pierce in the right ear, causing pain and redness. He faced a Sept. 28 preliminary hearing.

Mark Edward Beegle, 38, Dushore, faces charges for harassment and intimidation of witnesses or victims after he pulled his vehicle in front of the home of Cheyenne VanDerMark and Christopher Finan on Marsh Road in Albany Township at about 2:05 p.m. on Sept. 7 and repeatedly beeped his horn. Beegle had been arrested for a burglary that occurred at the Finan residence on Aug. 24, and he told police that he was trying to get VanDerMark to come out of the home on Sept. 7 so he could ask her if she planned to testify against him in the upcoming court case. A new preliminary hearing for Beegle was set for Sept. 28.

Jennifer Lynn Woodbeck, 36, Towanda, faces charges for aggravated and simple assault, as well as resisting arrest, and recklessly endangering another person from an incident dated Sept. 22 at 6:15 p.m. Towanda Borough Police responded to call from Natasha Keeney that she was being verbally assaulted by Woodbeck, whom police could hear yelling in the background of the call. When they reached the scene in the 600 block of Third Street, they found Keeney holding a baby and crying. She informed them that Woodbeck had thrown a phone at her and her baby. Woodbeck was observed on the porch of her nearby apartment with Timothy Hendershot, who, according to police, should not have been present as per conditions of his recent parole. Woodbeck allegedly shouted “run” to Hendershot before they both entered the apartment and slammed the door. Police called to Woodbeck to come back out of the apartment, and she allegedly opened the door and immediately raised her arm to strike the officer. The officer noted that he placed his hands on Woodbeck and attempted to remove her from the apartment entryway and get her away from Hendershot. Woodbeck reportedly affronted the officer’s intentions, took an aggressive stance and started swinging at him when he told her that she was under arrest. In addition to punching the patrolman several times, Woodbeck allegedly kicked the officer in the groin. According to the report, she stopped fighting just long enough to throw herself to the ground and pin her arms under her stomach, so that the police officer could not get handcuffs on her. The officer finally got Woodbeck into his patrol car as backup help arrived. Police interviewed Keeney and obtained a statement from Woodbeck that gave her perspective of the incident. She faced a Sept. 28 preliminary hearing. 

Danielle Yates, 31, Towanda, faces charges of simple assault and harassment for allegedly pushing Sandra Yates into a wall and also scratching her chest and arms repeatedly at a home on Main Street in Towanda at 1:20 p.m. on Aug. 30. The incursion with the wall reportedly left Sandra Yates with an injury to her head, and the officer indicated that he observed about a dozen scratch marks on her. Danielle Yates was slated for a Sept. 28 preliminary hearing.

Melinda Sue Kelly, 43, Sayre, faces charges of theft by deception for allegedly passing a bad check in the amount of $583.92 at Williams Oil and Propane in February 2010. Police indicated that Kelly initially submitted to participation in a payment plan to make restitution but never made a second payment, leaving a balance of $517.34 due to the victim. A preliminary hearing has been set for Oct. 21.

Joshua Michael Elliott, 34, Iola, TX, faces charges of DUI and related traffic offenses after he was stopped by police on Route 6 in North Towanda Township in the area of Williams Oil and Propane service station at 9:20 p.m. on Aug. 16. State police report that Elliott entered the highway perpendicular to the flow of traffic, stopped in the lane and caused traffic to come to a complete stop before he backed up into a parking lot. The patrolman detected the odor of alcohol, initiated field sobriety tests, determined that Elliott was unfit for driving and took him to nearby Towanda Memorial Hospital, where he refused a blood test. He also refused a PBT (breath test) and was therefore charged with high-rate DUI. His preliminary hearing is set for Nov. 9.

Pedro Trevino, 28, Judsonia, AR, faces charges for high-rate DUI and related traffic offenses after he was stopped by police at 10:35 p.m. on Aug. 16 at the intersection of SR2027 and Grant Street in Towanda. Police allege that Trevino ran a stop sign, failed field sobriety tests, and produced a BAC of .150 via a blood test conducted at Towanda Memorial Hospital. His preliminary hearing is set for Nov. 9.

Anthony Charles Sidonio, 47, Ulster, faces charges of DUI and unsafe driving after police allege that he was driving at a high rate of speed and weaving across the center line on Saco Road north of Route 6 in Ulster Township at about 1:55 p.m. on Aug. 24. He did not perform field sobriety tests to the satisfaction of the patrolman and was transported to Towanda Memorial Hospital, where a blood test indicated a BAC of .089. A preliminary hearing for Sidonio has been scheduled for Nov. 9.

Matthew Andrew Thompson, 33, New Albany RR1, faces charges for high-rate DUI and related driving offenses after he reportedly narrowly missed hitting a vehicle driven by William Barry, Jr. head-on on Route 220 near New Albany. Barry, who was initially forced into a ditch by the defendant’s erratic driving, turned around and followed Thompson back into town and into the Dandy parking lot. Thompson allegedly exited his vehicle and fled the scene on foot, and Barry removed the keys from the ignition of Thompson’s vehicle and waited for police. He reportedly returned to the scene as two police officers arrived and detained him until a third officer arrived. Thompson did not perform field sobriety tests to the satisfaction of the patrolman and was placed under arrest for DUI and taken to Towanda Memorial Hospital, where a blood test indicated a BAC of .251. A preliminary hearing has been set for Nov. 9.

Dennis Rodney Manuel, 25, New Albany, faces charges for high-rate DUI and several driving offenses, stemming from an incident dated Aug. 13 at about 9:45 p.m. State police arrived on the scene on Front Street in New Albany to find Manuel’s abandoned vehicle, which had come to rest near two damaged mailboxes that flanked a driveway along Route 220. Skid marks in the nearby lawn indicated to the reporting officer that Manuel’s vehicle had left and returned to the roadway. The patrolman interviewed Manuel’s brother, DeVaughn Manuel, who reportedly disclosed that Dennis had been drinking heavily at a party at his house before getting upset and, in the process of trying to leave the residence, hit the mailboxes separately as he was trying to turn around at the end of the driveway. Another party guest, Jeffrey McIntire, of New Albany, apparently corroborated DeVaughn’s version of the incident. When police caught up with Dennis, who was walking to his nearby apartment, he reportedly rendered a similar version of the story and was asked to perform field sobriety tests, which led the officer to the conclusion that Dennis shouldn’t have been behind the wheel of a vehicle. A subsequent blood test conducted at Towanda Memorial Hospital revealed a BAC of .18. Dennis Manuel’s preliminary hearing is set for Nov. 2.

Ryan Joseph Dartez, 20, Crowley, LA, faces charges for under-age DUI and related driving offenses after being pulled over by state police on SR2027 at Airport Road in Towanda Township at about 11:40 p.m. on July 5. His BAC was listed at .139. Dartez faces a Nov. 4 preliminary hearing.

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