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Tim Clark, Towanda


Jon Ace, 47, Towanda, faces charges for possession of drug paraphernalia with the intent of containing and injecting, stemming from the locating by police of a hypodermic needle in the front pockets of his overalls, when police officers delivered a felony warrant to him at Captain Jack’s bar on Main Street in Towanda at about 4:50 p.m. on Dec. 5. Ace reportedly offered the information about the needle in the course of a pat-down search. Ace allegedly stated that he was holding the needle as a favor to a friend. Ace was also arraigned by Judge Fred Wheaton for a separate charge on June 13, when he allegedly sold Vicodin tablets to an undercover police officer. His preliminary hearing for both charges was set for Dec. 14 at Judge Clark’s office.

Carole Anne Wereski, 50, Towanda, faces charges for forgery and theft by deception after she allegedly removed a check from the Route 220 residence of George Scott and used it for a $100.38 purchase at Hurley’s Supermarket in Towanda Township at about 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 5. The Scotts alerted police to the misuse of the check after reviewing their bank account electronically, which led police to Hurley’s, where surveillance footage apparently showed Wereski writing out the check and tendering it for a purchase. Police report that Wereski admitted verbally to the offense when questioned on Dec. 9. Her preliminary hearing was set for Dec. 9.

Samantha Brittany Walters, 18, Towanda, faces charges for burglary and theft, as well for as breaking and entering for her alleged role in the burglary of the residence of Nancy Kulick and her son Patrick Kulick on Third Street in Towanda at about 5:45 a.m. on Nov. 26. Nancy Kulick reportedly woke up to the sound of Walters and Levi Barrett (no charges yet cited) rifling through her son’s bedroom while he was not at home. After realizing that the voices were not that of her son, Mrs. Kulick got up and confronted Walters. She did not report seeing Barrett. Walters allegedly told Mrs. Kulick that she was going through Pat Kulick’s belongings because he had supposedly stolen her wallet. Mrs. Kulick told Walters to leave immediately, or she would call the police, which she later did. Walters reportedly left the residence in a black diesel truck with a bed cap. Police recorded Mrs. Kulick’s account of the incident upon arrival at their home that afternoon, then interviewed Pat Kulick, who said that he’d been given Walters’ wallet by a friend to return to her. He had phoned another friend (known to both of them) and related that he had set the wallet out on the back porch for Walters to retrieve. Police asked Pat Kulick to compose a preliminary list of items missing from his room, which included knives and coins from around the world, the latter of which he deemed “priceless.” The weaponry, Kulick noted, was likely worth between $100 and $200. Walters faces a Dec. 21 preliminary hearing.

Larry Nichols Jr., 38, Towanda, faces charges for making terroristic threats, harassment, and criminal mischief after he allegedly threatened to kill Katina Nichols (relationship undefined) with a crowbar before flattening one of her car tires with it. Katina told police that she had witnessed Larry Nichols and Robbi White dumping trash on her Railroad Street property at about 4:05 p.m. on Nov. 6. Katina apparently phoned White and told him he had no right to dump his trash on her property and that she was bringing it back to him, which she reportedly did. She related to police that Larry Nichols came running toward her swinging a crowbar like a baseball bat as she backed into White’s driveway. Katina told police that White was able to temporarily calm Larry while White suggested another location on his property where Katina could leave the trash. As she moved toward that part of the property, Larry allegedly came after her again with the crowbar and slashed her tire, leaving her fearing for her life and contacting police. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Dec. 5.

Desiree Daff, 39, Laceyville, faces charges for conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance for her alleged involvement with Christina Pomaquiza and Calvin Moore in a heroin deal that was busted by state police in Hornbrook Trailer Court in Sheshequin Township on Aug. 16. Daff reportedly drove the other two defendants to New Jersey to purchase heroin, cocaine, marijuana, and Ecstacy to be sold in Bradford County. Pomaquiza and Moore reportedly offered to sell any of the drugs to Daff at cost and give her free heroin for driving them. Daff’s preliminary hearing is set for Dec. 21.

Travis Neal Phillips, 32, Cincinnati, IA, faces charges of trespass by motor vehicle and for possession of drug paraphernalia in conjunction with a DUI arrest at 12:05 a.m. on Oct. 29 on Elizabeth Street in Towanda. Phillips was allegedly observed revving his engine and spinning his tires as he exited a laundromat parking lot next to a bar. Police subsequently stopped Phillips, whose performance on field sobriety tests was apparently unsatisfactory. When asked, Phillips reportedly offered the location of a pot pipe in the console of his vehicle. He was transported to Towanda Memorial Hospital for blood testing that indicated a BAC of .152 and a TCH level of 13. A preliminary hearing has been set for Jan. 4.

Four additional DUI arrests were processed last week in Magisterial District 42-3-03. The following summaries of reports issued from Judge 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:

Wayne Gennady Gonzalez, 30, Sayre, Main Street in Towanda at 2:10 a.m. on Nov. 26, automatic highest-rate DUI charge due to refusal to submit to a blood test and additional traffic violations, Jan. 6.

Natalie Nicole Carlsen, 26, Sandy, UT, Route 6 at Walnut Street in Towanda at about 10:00 p.m. on Aug. 11, .325, additional traffic offenses, Jan. 4.

Earl Barber, Jr., 61, Monroeton, Route 414 near Sharcana Road in Monroe Township at about 1:10 a.m. on July 31, .177, additional traffic violations, Jan. 4.

Tiffany Lynn Westbrook, 25, Towanda, Route 6 at the PennDOT parking lot at about 10:50 p.m. on Aug. 18, driving under the influence of a combination of drugs, Jan. 4. 

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