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Police Briefs from Laporte, Gibson, Tunkhannock and Towanda

Jermyn Man Killed in Crash

Police released the name of the motorcyclist killed Sunday in a crash in Wyoming County's Clinton Township.

Bruce Bevilacqua, 41, was pronounced dead at the scene, which police say took place at 11:40 a.m. along Rt. 11. Police say Bevilacqua, who was reportedly not wearing a helmet, was traveling north on Rt. 11 and traveled into the southbound lane.

The motorcycle, a 1993 Yamaha, slid onto its left side in front of an approaching vehicle which was traveling in the southbound lane. That vehicle was being driven by Steven Bailey, of Nicholson. The truck, a 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee, struck the motorcycle.

Bailey was wearing a seat belt and was not injured.

Montrose Woman Found Dead

Barbara Jean Hankey, 43, 37 Maple St., Montrose, was found dead inside her apartment on Aug. 2 at 12:07 p.m. An investigation and autopsy continue.

No July Fatalities for Towanda State Police

Pennsylvania State Police in Towanda had some good news to report after a spring and summer in Bradford County that recorded more than its share of fatal traffic accidents. There were no fatalities reported in motor vehicle accidents during the month of July.

In their monthly statistical report, state police from that station responded to 33 motor vehicle accidents in which 18 people sustained injuries. Two of those accidents were reportedly DUI-related, and there were eight DUI arrests reported for the month. Other traffic stats for the month included six reported hit-and-run incidents and the issuing of 358 traffic citations—an average of more than 11 a day.

Under criminal activity, state police in Towanda investigated 103 founded criminal offenses during the month, making 63 criminal arrests and clearing 63 offenses.

Inmate Accused of Aggravated Assault

An inmate in the Susquehanna Jail has been arrested for assaulting a guard.

Victor Wagner, 21, was arrested after an altercation with Clement Naylor, 36, Hallstead, who is a guard at the jail. Naylor was treated and released at Endless Mountain Health System.

Wagner was arraigned before District Justice Watson Dayton and remanded back to jail on $10,000 bail.

Hit-and-Run Driver Sought after Crash

State police are looking for the driver of a vehicle who left the scene after a two-car collision on Rt. 220 in Towanda Township on Monday, Aug. 9, at 7:39 p.m.

According to police, Peter Charles Shumway, 48, of Monroeton, was traveling north on Rt. 220 when his 1994 Nissan was struck from behind by another car. The impact caused the Nissan to leave the roadway and land in a ditch. In the meantime, the other car failed to stop and drove from the accident scene. He was last seen northbound on Rt. 220 toward Towanda Borough.

It is believed there should be some damage to the right front end of the unknown hit-and-run vehicle, which is blue in color.

Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 265-2186.

     Driver Flees Scene in Standing Stone     

State police report that a 33-year-old Gillett driver was not injured when his pickup was involved in an accident on Creek Road in Standing Stone Township on July 25 at 5:45 p.m.

It was reported that Edward Johnson left the scene of the accident in which his northbound 2003 Dodge Dakota pickup truck lost control on a right curve and struck a bridge. Damage to the vehicle was described as moderate in this hit-and-run incident,

Burglars Strike Twice in Albany Twp.

Two Albany Township seasonal residences were burglarized sometime between July 26 and Aug. 6, state police have reported. The take included a 12-gauge shotgun and ammunition, Tasco binoculars, rain gear and camouflage hunting clothes, approximately 12 Motorola radios and assorted coins.

The residences are located on Heath Hill Road and were owned respectively by Richard Hatch, 56, of Sayre, and Samuel Wilson, 61, whose residence was identified as Lincoln University, PA.

Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to contact state police at 265-2186.

Mysterious Car Fire Investigated

State police at the Towanda barracks are investigating a vehicle fire on state game lands in Warren Township.

They report that on Aug. 5 at approximately 4:14 p.m., a two-door car was found ablaze just off the Owego-Montrose Road. There was no other information provided and anyone with information is asked to contact state police at 265-2186.

Criminal Trespass Alleged in Terry Twp.

State police are investigating an alleged incident of criminal trespass in Terry Township in which a 40-year-old Wyalusing woman was arrested after the victim said she returned to the scene after being ordered to leave his premises.

The accused, Hila Jane Kinner, allegedly became involved in an argument with Robert Chilson, Jr., 42, at his residence on Bailets Road on the evening of July 25. It is alleged Kinner was directed to leave the property and was arrested when she returned sometime later.

She was arraigned before District Justice Fred Wheaton in Wysox and released on $1,000 unsecured bail.

Tombstones Toppled in Troy Cemetery

A cemetery in Troy Township was the scene of an incident of criminal mischief in which four tombstones were knocked over.

State police say the incident occurred overnight on Aug. 5-6 at the Oakhill Cemetery along Rt. 14. State police are looking for information, including reports of suspicious activity at that location between 3 p.m. on the 5th and 8 a.m. the next morning. Call 265-2186, and you do not have to give your name.

Brothers Involved in Accidental Shooting

Two Wyalusing area brothers, both under the age of 12, were involved in an accidental shooting involving an air rifle on Aug. 6 around 6:15 p.m.

State police said the youngest brother was shot in the finger by a pellet when he reached down to pick up something on the ground while his brother was shooting an air rifle behind their home. The injured boy was reportedly taken to a local hospital emergency room for treatment by his parents.

     Teen Sustains Minor Injuries in Crash

A 17-year-old Wyalusing area driver sustained injuries described as minor when a car she was driving went off the road on the afternoon of Aug. 6 on Cold Creek Road just across the Herrick Township line.

It was reported that the girl lost control of her 1994 Saturn, went off the roadway, down an embankment and struck two trees in the 1:30 p.m. accident.

Pump-and-Run Reported in Gillett

Police are looking for a gas thief, possibly driving a blue Dodge Shadow or Spirit, who relieved Woody's Country Store on Rt. 14 in South Creek Township of $26.06 worth of gas.

It was reported that the regular unleaded gas was pumped at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 8, and then the driver, in a car with a New York license plate, fled without paying and with its headlights off.

Parked RV Entered by Suspect

On Aug. 7 at 3 a.m., someone entered an RV in the front driveway of Robert Cutsogeorge, 44, state Rt. 4004 (North Road), Bridgewater Township.

Nothing was taken by the suspect who was described as a white male wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and standing between five-feet-nine inches and five-eleven.

Beer and Tools Stolen from Vehicle

Someone entered a vehicle parked overnight at the John Biondo residence in Gibson on July 29. Biondo works for a beer distributor.

The suspect stole a stainless steel cooler with "Budweiser" on the side, along with a case of Anheuser "World Select" beer, two cordless Craftsman drills and a yellow toolbox.

ATV Driver Faces Charges after Crash

A Friendsville man faces charges after an ATV he was driving collided with a truck in Susquehanna County.

Thomas Traver was traveling west on an ATV on Township Rt. 693, Choconut Township, and failed to stay on his own side on a curve. This resulted in his colliding with Jerome Fives, truck driver, who was traveling east on the same road.

Traver was charged for driving an ATV on a roadway in this Aug. 2 incident.

Shoplifter's Take Valued at $100

A female left without paying for a shopping cart full of groceries at the Bi-Lo Food Mart, Great Bend Township, on Rt. 11 on Aug. 3 at 6 p.m. The groceries were valued at about $100.

Driver Escapes Injuries in Springville

Seth Stevens, Springville, lost control of his vehicle, which struck a speed limit sign, then a utility pole. The car spun around and stopped on top of a stone wall and against a tree.

The incident occurred on Aug. 1 at 4:45 p.m. on state Rt. 3004, Springville. No injuries were noted in the police report.

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