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Tim Clark, Towanda


Kevin Andrew Parkhurst, 24, Rome, faces charges for theft and access device fraud after he allegedly took a credit card belonging to Charles Benninger and making ATM withdrawals and point of sale purchases totaling $2,672.93 between Sept. 15 and 19. Upon turning himself over to authorities, Parkhurst reportedly told police that he was checking Benninger’s mail and found a new ATM card and a pin number issued by Peoples State Bank in separate envelopes. Parkhurst explained to police that he had lived on Benninger’s property “almost rent free” for about three years, as the landlord had been friends with his father since Parkhurst was a child. Police indicated that Parkhurst used the card for four days and had lied to Benninger about having it in his possession. A preliminary hearing has been set for Nov. 23.

Manuela Brown, 36, Towanda, faces charges for simple assault and harassment from an incident dated Nov. 13 at about 8:05 p.m. Towanda Borough Police responded to a domestic dispute in progress on Poplar Street. The dispatcher indicated to police that the victim, Derek Kyle Fassett, was being assaulted while he was on the phone. When the officer arrived, he reportedly found Brown visibly intoxicated and nestled in the shrubbery. Fassett was found to have scratches on his neck, a bruised left eye, and a bite wound on his left forearm. Police also reported that several items in the home had obviously been unsettled and thrown about. Fassett said that he called police when Brown threatened him with a pair of scissors. A physical altercation ensued that spilled out onto the porch, where Fassett indicated to police that he had pushed Brown over the porch railing into the bushes in an effort to get her away from him. Brown’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 23.

Jessica Elizabeth Martin, 31, no current address provided, faces charges for criminal trespass. Police allege that Martin entered JP Auto Repair on Main Street in Ulster, removed a business phone and then made calls to the property owner, John Palfreyman, from her camper trailer, which was located on the property. Palfreyman told police that Martin did not have permission to enter the business, which she later allegedly admitted to doing through an unsecured side door. In addition to removing the cordless phone, surveillance footage showed Martin rummaging through a key rack, from which Palfreyman indicated that it appeared vehicle keys were missing. Martin faces a Nov. 23 preliminary hearing. 

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