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Police Notes from Towanda, Tunkhannock, Gibson and Laporte Barracks

Death Investigation Reported

Pennsylvania State Police served notice that an investigation has been initiated into the death of a 25-year-old man who was found dead at his residence in the village of Mildred in Sullivan County on Monday, March 7, at 11:40 a.m.

They gave no indication that there was anything regarded as suspicious, beyond the young age of the victim, and would only state that "the investigation continues." They were assisted at the scene by the Sullivan County Coroner as well as members of the Mildred Volunteer Fire Company.

Three Dozen iPods Stolen

A man and woman are the suspects in a burglary and theft at the Walmart outside of Tunkhannock in which 36 iPods valued at $7,541 were removed from a display case in the electronics department that was forced open.

The crimes occurred on Saturday, March 5, at 1:03 a.m. but there was no description of how the perpetrators, identified as a black male and white female, got into the business. After entering, state police say "they walked around the store to the electronics department" and that the male suspect forced open the display case and then both of them removed the iPods and left the establishment.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Pennsylvania State Police in Tunkhannock at 570-836-2141.

Driver Leaves Crash Scene

State police are looking for an unknown driver who apparently went off Route 706 about a quarter of a mile north of the Turkey Path in Wyalusing Township, struck a pair of fences and went into a field before fleeing the scene back on the early morning of Feb. 20.

It is believed the unidentified vehicle was northbound at 2 a.m. when it went off the west side of the roadway. It was reported that about 300 feet of barbed wire fencing and 50 feet of electric fence was damaged in the incident,

Anyone with information is asked to contact state police at 570-265-2186.

Teen Driver Injured in Crash

A Toyota Camry operated by a 17-year-old male allegedly turned into the path of a pickup truck attempting to make a left turn from Route 6 onto Second Street in Wyalusing Borough. The driver of that vehicle, who was not identified, sustained moderate injuries in the Feb. 18 accident shortly before 6 p.m. and was transported via ambulance to Memorial Hospital in Towanda.

The driver of the eastbound pickup truck, a 2005 Ford F-150, was Chadd E. Tinna, 21, Mehoopany, and he was not injured. His vehicle struck the passenger side of the 1996 Camry, which then struck the driver's side of a 1997 Chevrolet Blazer operated by Ciera J. Sisco, 22, Wyalusing. Neither Sisco nor three passengers—an adult, a 12-year-old female and an infant—was injured in the accident.

The injured teen driver faces a citation for making a prohibited left turn. Wyalusing Valley Volunteer Fire Department personnel responded to the scene.

Vandalism on Senate Street

A Wyalusing resident arose on the morning of Feb. 27 to discover that the windshield of his car parked in his driveway on Senate Street had been smashed.

State police say the incident of criminal mischief probably occurred between 12:30 and 8 a.m. Anyone with information is asked to contact state police at 265-2186.

Only Two Injured in February

Pennsylvania State Police in Laporte released their February statistics, and the good news is that there were only 18 motor vehicle accidents that month and only two people injured. There were also two DUI arrests reported and two hit-and-run accidents investigated.

However, they did issue 121 traffic citations during the month and handed out 43 warning notices.

Under criminal activity, they investigated 23 total founded offenses, made 19 arrests and cleared 22 cases.

Car Collides with Truck

A car that was moving into the left-turn center lane on the Golden Mile in Wysox on the afternoon of Friday, March 4, apparently strayed too far and was sideswiped by a Peterbilt truck coming in the opposite direction.

State police say that Frederick A. Lavely, 54, Rome, who was traveling west, may have traveled slightly into the eastbound lane to avoid another vehicle merging into the center lane. The eastbound truck was operated by Francis J. Montgomery, 36, Campbell, NY.

There was severe damage to the driver's side of Lavely's 1998 Dodge and light damage to the truck. Lavely faces a citation for driving in the wrong lane.

Woman Accused of Forced Entry

Trespass charges are pending against 40-year-old Penny Grow, Tunkhannock.

Police say that at 11:35 p.m. on March 2, Grow gained forcible entry to the residence along Route 4002 in Mehoopany Township of a 38-year-old Mehoopany man. No crime was committed inside the residence, and the police report did not say whether the man was home at the time of the incident.

Meshoppen DUI Alleged

On Jan. 29 at 10:15 p.m., there was a hit and run crash on Route 267 in Mehoopany Township. Police have been seeking the responsible party and have arrested Jason Shingler, no age given, Meshoppen. He will be charged with DUI and other offenses with regard to the incident.

Sex Offender Fails to Report

Denyell May, 39, Noxen, is in jail in lieu of $15,000 straight bail and has been charged with felony failure to comply with the law requiring the registration of sex offenders.

May was arrested March 1 at 2 p.m.

Gibson State Police Air Stats

Pennsylvania State Police in Gibson report 50 criminal offenses during the month of February, 44 founded and 27 cleared. They made 23 criminal arrests during the month, clearing 27 cases over that span.

Under patrol activity, there were no fatalities with 37 motor vehicle accidents, though 10 people were reported injured. There were four hit-and-runs, four DUI arrests and two DUI-related crashes.

One hundred and fifteen motor vehicle citations were issued, along with 35 warnings.

Driver Injured in Crash

On March 1 at 9:44 p.m., Jessica R. Coulombe, 22, was traveling west on State Route 171, Great Bend Township, when her 2002 Hyundai Elantra went off the north shoulder and struck the guide rail. The vehicle then traveled across both lanes of travel and hit the guide rail off the south shoulder.

Coulombe was cited. She was taken to Wilson Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

Trucks Collide in Forest Lake

Kyle K. Wyant, 36, Mayport, and Kent W. Shaffer, 38, Knox, were each driving Peterbilt trucks going north on State Route 267, Forest Lake Township. As one of the vehicles was slowing to make a right turn, it was hit in the rear. Both drivers had minor injuries. Wyant was charged for the incident on Feb. 20 at 5:20 a.m.

Burglar Flees Scene

On March 3, someone attempted to gain entry through the basement steel door on Cantone Road, Bridgewater Township.

Using an instrument to pry open the door, the suspect failed to gain entry, but left a half-inch scratch on the door before fleeing the scene at the Bruce Sickler residence.

Anyone with information on this attempted burglary is asked to contact the Gibson Barracks at 570-465-3154.

Bat Wielder Faces Charges

Clifford Paul Johnson, New Milford, went to Airport Road, Great Bend Township, in an attempt to locate David Calla on March 1 at 7:55 p.m., state police in Gibson report.

Once Johnson arrived at the location, he allegedly pulled an aluminum baseball bat out of his vehicle and began to yell for Calla to exit the residence. Jeffrey Sterling, Hallstead, exited the residence to stop Johnson from entering. Johnson allegedly pushed Sterling out of the way in an attempt to enter the residence. Numerous times, according to the police report, Johnson related that he was going to kill and beat Calla with the bat.

Calla was able to escape the residence and run to a neighbor's house until police arrived on the scene. Johnson fled prior to police arrival. Charges were filed in New Milford District Court. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Gibson Barracks.

Police: Rush Crash DUI-Related

On March 3 at 11:30 p.m., Vern Raymond Hunsinger, 33, Montrose, was traveling south on State Route 267, Rush Township, when he lost control of his 1989 Chevy C1500 pickup truck while attempting to pass another vehicle.

The vehicle hit a dirt embankment, crossed the travel lanes and came to rest in a ditch. Hunsinger was taken by a witness to the crash to her residence. Hunsinger sustained minor injuries but refused ambulance treatment. Upon interview, Hunsinger exhibited signs of intoxication and was taken to Endless Mountains Health Systems for BAC testing.

Cabin Burglary Investigated

Between Feb. 11 and 17, someone walked down an unplowed driveway to a cabin belonging to Daniel Henrichsen, Lititz, state police report. The cabin is located on Snyder Road, Gibson Township. Once the suspect reached the cabin, a window was broken on an enclosed porch to gain access.

A door was then forcibly pushed open from there, and once inside, the suspect opened all medicine cabinets and all drawers and cabinets. The suspect ran away from the cabin toward Snyder Road. Call the Gibson Barracks with any information.

SUV Rolls onto Roof

William A. Schottman, 69, Brackney, was driving west on State Route 167 when his 2002 Ford Ranger hit ice and he lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle struck a guide rail then rolled over, coming to rest on its roof.

Car Ends Up in Ditch

On March 2 at 5:30 p.m., Stacy Parker, 46, Montrose, was driving on State Route 167, Bridgewater Township, when she swerved to avoid an object blowing across the road.

Her 2008 Ford F-250 went into the ditch and had to be towed from the scene. Parker was not injured.

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