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Tim Clark, Towanda


Matthew John Jenner, 29, New Albany, faces charges of making terroristic threats, as well as simple assault and harassment for events dated Nov. 6 at about 11 p.m. Police allege that Jenner physically assaulted his wife, Stephanie Jenner, during an argument during which the defendant accused her of having an affair with John David Ackley, who lives in the same apartment house on Front Street in New Albany. Matthew Jenner then reportedly knocked on Ackley’s door and asked him to accompany him to the Jenner apartment, where Stephanie was sitting on the couch. At that time, according to Ackley, the defendant was holding a baseball bat in his hand and threatened to hit him in the head, as he had already done to his wife. The police observed a bruise on the side of Jennifer Jenner’s neck, as well as slight swelling above her eye and a cut inside her upper lip. A preliminary hearing will be held on Nov. 16.

 Cody Benjamin, 21, Towanda, faces charges for burglary, theft, criminal trespass, and receiving stolen property after he allegedly stole items from the residence of Wayne and Elizabeth Cheatle on Ward Avenue in Towanda during October, including two pieces of jewelry valued at about $666 each and a coin collection valued at $2,000. The couple had been traveling out of town over the course of several weekends and told police that they had asked Benjamin, their next-door neighbor, to “watch over the place.” Elizabeth Cheatle later informed police that she had located the missing jewelry at C&G Wilcox on Main Street in Towanda, the owners of which produced a receipt showing that they had paid Benjamin $120 for the pieces on Oct. 12. When questioned by the police, Benjamin reportedly admitted to taking the items while he was intoxicated. He apparently cashed the coins in at a local bank at face value. His preliminary hearing is set for Dec. 16.

Samantha Brittany Walters, 18, Towanda, faces charges for theft, unauthorized use of vehicles, theft from a motor vehicle, and operating a vehicle without being properly licensed, stemming from an incident dated Nov. 4 at about 11:40 a.m. Police have accused Walters of driving off in a Pontiac Sunfire owned by Annette Tinkham that was parked in the lot of the Dandy Mini Mart in North Towanda Township after a friend of Tinkham’s had borrowed it. A witness who had observed Walters hanging around the parking lot earlier identified the woman seen taking the car on surveillance footage as Walters, who apparently does not possess a driver’s license. Walters reportedly drove the car to the North Rome Christian Church parking lot, where she allegedly rummaged through the glove box prior to abandoning the vehicle. She reportedly took the keys with her. Walters now faces a Nov. 16 preliminary hearing.

Jason Harvle Hayes, 44, Towanda, faces charges for criminal use of a communication facility and for two violations of the controlled substance act after he allegedly had prescriptions filled for his own use that were not issued in his name. The charges are the result of an ongoing investigation that reaches back to April, when Hayes allegedly removed two pill bottles from the residence of Judy Ann Decker and had them refilled after she told him that she would purchase them for him. Numerous other people are named in the report as being involved in various elements of the ruse, which took several weeks to pull off, but no charges have been yet been levied against the additional named persons. Hayes’ preliminary hearing is set for Dec. 7.

Harold James Howell, Jr. faces charges for disorderly conduct after he reportedly created a “hazardous or physically offensive” situation at the Bradford County Courthouse by impeding the escort by deputy sheriffs of Harold Howell, Sr. out of courtroom number 1 at about 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 1. Despite repeated orders by the officers for Harold, Jr. to back up, they allege that he was uncooperative and became belligerent in the public area of the third floor of the courthouse. A preliminary hearing was set for Nov. 9.

 Scott Tuttle, 34, Towanda, faces charges of theft by deception/false impression and for allegedly writing a bad check in the amount of $58 at Williams Propane in Towanda Township on Dec. 12. An attempt was made by mail to get Tuttle to correct the situation, but he reportedly did not reply. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 2.

Brandon Lee Carey, 31, Athens, faces a criminal complaint for a bad check written to Phillip Robertson of Meshoppen in the amount of $350 on Aug. 10.

Three 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:

Kenneth Wayne Gillie, 30, Milan, Main Street in Towanda at about 6:50 p.m. on Oct. 25, .158, careless driving and turn signal violations, Dec. 14.

Nazario Ruiz Venegas, 33, Montrose, Route 220 in Ulster Township at about 10:20 p.m. on July 3, .120, careless driving and not properly licensed, Dec. 7.

Jonathan Wayne Brown, 21, Towanda, Pine Street in Towanda at about 4:25 p.m. on Oct. 11, 18ng THC count, driving at unsafe speeds under the influence of marijuana, Dec. 14.

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