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Police Briefs Gathered from the Laporte, Towanda, Tunkhannock and Gibson Barracks

Pedestrian Dies Days after Being Hit by Car

A Susquehanna County man became a pedestrian traffic fatality last month.

Samuel Bianchi, 78, Waymart, died 12 days after he was hit while crossing state Rt. 106 in Clifford Township. He had attempted to cross the road at Northeast Equipment Sales and walked into the path of a 1996 Plymouth Voyager driven by Colleen Nichols, New Milford, on Aug. 9.

Bianchi was taken to CMC in Scranton where his condition deteriorated, state police reported this week. He was pronounced dead on Aug. 21 by the Lackawanna County Coroner.

Meshoppen Woman Injured in Crash

A 32-year-old Meshoppen woman reportedly sustained moderate injuries in a one-vehicle accident in Susquehanna County.

State police in Gibson say Sandra Edmonds lost control due to excessive speed of a 1994 Chevy Cavalier on Aug. 29 at 2:55 p.m. on state Rt. 3001, Dimock Township. They reported the car struck a tree.

Material Stolen from Construction Site

State police are investigating a theft at a construction site in Canton Township in which materials valued at $1,350 were stolen.

Removed from the location along Rt. 14 near the Rt. 414 intersection were 50 four-by-eight-foot sheets of five-eighth-inch plywood manufactured by Georgia Pacific. It is believed the theft occurred between 5 p.m. on Aug. 27 and 8:30 a.m. Aug. 30.

"Due to the weight of the wood, it is presumed the actors would have likely made several trips with some type of vehicle to haul it away," state police reported.

State Police: Alarm Catches Burglar in Act

A Susquehanna County man faces attempted burglary charges after state police say they caught him at a private residence after being alerted by an alarm.

Leo Mazepa, 26, Thompson, was found at a home on state Rt. 1005, about a mile from Thompson Borough, after a burglary alarm alerted police who responded by going to the home. A check revealed an attempt to disable the alarm to enter, but no entry was made.

Mazepa was charged with attempted burglary, attempted criminal trespass and criminal mischief and sent by District Justice Peter Janicelli to the Susquehanna County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail. The incident occurred on Aug. 29 at 7:30 p.m.

Local Woman's Handbag Stolen in Store

A Wyalusing woman, shopping at Wal-Mart near Tunkhannock, was the victim of theft.

Police report that someone stole a handbag from Virginia Hoover's shopping cart on Sept. 2 at about 2:05 p.m. Hoover was shopping in Wal-Mart at the time the incident occurred. Videotapes from surveillance cameras in the store are being enhanced to determine the identity of the thief.

Police say the thief took the handbag and then went into the store's ladies' restroom, removed the money and the credit cards from the handbag and left it there. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call state police in Tunkhannock.

Parked Car's Fog Lights Smashed

State police are investigating an incident of criminal mischief in Wysox in which they say the fog lights of a car, parked outside a restaurant, were smashed.

The incident occurred between 11:30 p.m. and 12:15 a.m. overnight on Aug. 28-29 in the parking lot outside of Sammy's Restaurant. The victim was identified as Brock Bayer, Dushore.

Couple Escapes Serious Injury in Beech Glen

There were no serious injuries reported in a one-car accident Friday, Sept. 3, on Rt. 42 just outside of Beech Glen in Sullivan County's Davidson Township.

State police report that Ernest G. Freed, 80, Green Lane, PA was driving north on Rt. 42 when he lost control of his 1993 Chevrolet Lumina on a left-hand curve. The car struck an embankment at 8:45 p.m. before coming to rest over another embankment along the roadway. There was a report of a minor hand injury to the driver, and his passenger, 69-year-old Gloria M. Freed, reportedly complained of back pain.

Both were wearing seat belts.

Car Rolls with Child Left Inside

Although the child was not injured, a Susquehanna County man faces child endangerment charges.

State police say John F. Baker, 32, Great Bend, was operating a vehicle on Orchard Road, Great Bend Township, with his 20-month-old daughter in the front seat without a child safety seat. He then left the child unattended and the vehicle rolled down a driveway, across Orchard Road and into a field.

Several charges were filed.

Wyalusing Man's Car Vandalized in Dushore

State police in Sullivan County are investigating an incident of criminal mischief in Dushore Borough last week in which a parked car sustained substantial damage.

It was reported that on Thursday, Sept. 2, between 9 and 11 a.m., a black 1991 Oldsmobile Bravada owned by Charles Knight, 28, of Wyalusing, had its rear window smashed out and the paint scratched on all sides of the vehicle. The car was located between the Acorn Market and the basketball courts at nearby Dushore Park.

Anyone with information is asked to contact state police at 946-4610.

Minor Injuries Reported in New Milford

Otis Anderson, New Milford, received minor injuries when he lost control of his vehicle on state Rt. 1021 at Hall Road, New Milford Township, on Aug. 21 at 1:30 a.m., hitting several small trees and rolling onto its roof.

His passenger, Sarah Perera, Hallstead RR 1, also had minor injuries.

Trailer Burglary, Vandalism Investigated

Someone forced open a padlocked trailer door, then went through the trailer and broke all the windows and fled.

The incident occurred sometime between Feb. 1 and Aug. 28 off state Rt. 267, Choconut Township.

Stolen Van Abandoned near New Milford

Someone stole a Ford Aerostar van from Katherine Lovelace, Schenectady, and the van was found abandoned at the Ho-Mart, state Rt. 492, New Milford Township, on Sept. 3 at 10:20 a.m.

Criminal Mischief Alleged at Animal Hospital

Between 10 p.m. on Sept. 2 and 8 the next morning, someone threw rocks through a window at the Hometown Animal Hospital, state Rt. 11, Great Bend Township.

Archery Gear Stolen from Hunting Trailer

Someone entered Jack Carlsen's hunting trailer located on Township Route 676 (Three Lakes Road), New Milford Township, and removed a bow and arrow valued at $600 between Aug. 22 and Sept 1.

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