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Tim Clark, Towanda


Jeffrey Allen Martin, 39, Towanda, faces charges for false alarms, false reports, and disorderly conduct after he allegedly phoned in a report of a fire in progress in the first block of Bridge Street in Towanda at about 3:30 a.m. on Sept. 28 that had not occurred. According to the police report, Martin, who lives in the apartment house that he had indicated was on fire, was standing across the street from the building when the patrolman, who knew Martin, arrived. Martin told the officer that he smelled smoke and thought that the fire might be electrical in nature. The patrolman searched the building and found no evidence of a fire but noted Martin continued to insist that a glow emanating from a second floor apartment was fire, even though the patrolman told Martin that the light he saw was from a flickering television set. Martin said that he was going to wait until the fire inspector arrived to determine that it was safe for him to go back into the building, that he was timing the response of the fire company, and frustrated with their (apparently) slow response. The patrolman assured Martin that nobody else was on their way because there was no fire. Martin was reportedly relentless in his insistence that the fire company was needed on the scene and indicated that he was going to call 911 again, though the officer advised him not to do so. The police determined that Martin had made false statements to the 911 dispatcher. His preliminary hearing is set for Nov. 2.

In an update on the mid-May theft of electrical wiring from the Best Western Hotel construction site on Route 6 in North Towanda Township, Jeffrey Alan Roberts, 22, Rome, has been charged with burglary, criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, and criminal mischief for his alleged role in a crime that involved several other defendants. Roberts faces a Nov. 16 preliminary hearing.

William Joseph Hicks, 23, Towanda RR2, faces charges for possession of Oxycontin with intent to deliver and the theft of $100, as well as for using his cellphone to arrange for the transaction, which reportedly occurred at about 3:10 p.m. on Dec 21, 2009. State police at Towanda worked with a confidential informant to conduct the drug deal, which reportedly took place at Hicks’ Poplar Street, Towanda, residence. His preliminary hearing was scheduled for Oct. 12.

Seven DUI arrests were processed last week in Magisterial District 42-3-03. The following summaries of reports issued from Judge Tim Clark’s office include name, age, residency, location and date of arrest, BAC (if applicable), pertinent additional charges incurred by each of the defendants, and preliminary hearing dates:

Brenda Lee Burbage, 43, Robelling, NJ, SR2027 at Route 220 in Towanda Township at about 7:20 p.m. on Aug. 15, .223, accident involving personal property and operating with a suspended license, Nov. 23.

Joshua Cobb, 28, Monroeton, State Street and the Merrill Parkway in Towanda at about 1:20 a.m. on Sept. 3, .208, careless driving and stop and yield sign violations, Nov. 2.

Richard Michael Rehfeldt, 21, Towanda, WIC Nutrition Center parking lot at Main and Elm streets in Towanda at about 12:50 a.m. on Aug. 31, .150, careless driving, Nov. 9.

Kelly Ann Petrusky, 34, New Albany, 800 block of Main Street in Towanda at about 10:15 p.m. on Sept. 16, .136, traffic lane and signal violations, Nov. 2.

Brian David Crockett, 53, Ulster, Route 220 at SR2027 in Towanda Township at about 10:30 p.m. on July 21, .118, traffic lane violations, Nov. 4.

Laura Elizabeth Dinelli, 18, Towanda, North Towanda Township at about 3 p.m. on July 11, driving under the influence of a combination of drugs including bath salts, Nov. 23.

Jim Bob Young, 26, Kirbyville, TX, Route 6 at Cemetery Road in Burlington Township, driving under the influence of bath salts and numerous citations involving misuse of a company truck, waived preliminary hearing on Sept. 21. 

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