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Police Notes from Towanda, Tunkhannock, Gibson and Laporte Barracks

Child Sexual Assault Alleged

Pennsylvania State Police at Gibson announce the arrest of Phillip Albert Ferrara, 48, 550 Lake of Meadows Road, Little Meadows, Susquehanna County.

He is accused of having indecent contact with a 14-year-old male victim. The alleged contact occurred in November 2010 while the victim and his family were at Our Lady of Solitude Retreat in Little Meadows. Ferrara is charged with three counts of corruption of minors and three counts of indecent assault.

He was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Jeffrey L. Hollister in Montrose. Ferrara, a monastery priest, was released on $10,000 unsecured bail. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for March 21.

Firefighter Accused of Arson

On Wednesday, March 23, Pennsylvania State Police reported the arrest of a Franklin Township man accused of setting fires in Franklin and Burlington Townships and then responding to the scenes as a volunteer firefighter.

Matthew Chilson faces five counts of arson and one count of criminal mischief for alleged crimes committed between March 15 and 22. Chilson appeared before Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark where he was preliminarily arraigned and was then remanded to the Bradford County Correctional Facility on $25,000 bail.

Sand Truck Springs Leak

A truck hauling about 50,000 pounds of sand crashed on Route 4008 in Sullivan County's Elkland Township on the afternoon on Saturday, March 19, and started leaking sand into a nearby stream.

State police reported later that evening that about 10 pounds of sand had leaked out over about a nine-hour period after the accident. They were awaiting the truck to be moved by its owner, TranZ in Wyalusing, from the scene at that time. The accident occurred at 1 p.m.

The destination of the sand from Wyalusing was reported to be the Bedford well pad in Overton. DEP responded to the scene, as did the Sullivan County EMA Director, with notification given to the Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (DCNR).

It was described as a slow leak and the sand was clean and had not been used as fracking sand, it was reported.

Drilling Mud Spills in Crash

The driver of a truck hauling what is known as drilling mud used in gas wells sustained moderate injuries in a crash earlier this month on Route 706 in Stevens Township. Some of the substance spilled onto the ground as a result of the accident, with DEP being called in for containment and disposal of the waste.

It was reported that James B. Roaden, 62, Carterville, IL, was driving east and negotiating a left curve when he lost control of the truck, identified as a UT 66000 Workstar. The truck went off the road and rolled over an embankment.

The accident occurred on March 6 at 1:30 p.m. and a photo of the accident appeared in a previous issue of the Rocket-Courier. Soil samples are still being tested from the vicinity of the spill, it was reported.

A passenger in the truck, a 30-year-old resident of Cogan Station, PA, sustained a minor injury.

Aggravated Assault Alleged in Jail

State police responded to an assault at the Bradford County Correctional Facility in the early evening of Feb. 20, arresting an inmate for aggravated assault.

The accused was identified as Danny L. Scroggins, 27, Waverly, NY, and it is alleged that he head butted an unidentified 41-year-old male inmate in the nose. This resulted in a compound nasal fracture to the victim, as well as a laceration requiring four stitches.

Severe Injuries Reported

On March 8 at 8:30 p.m., two passengers in the car of 18-year-old Tim Frantz, Tunkhannock, sustained major injuries following a crash.

Police say Frantz was driving south on Tague Road/Township Road 522 in Lemon Township when he failed to stop at the intersection with Avery Station Road. His 1998 Oldsmobile Cutlass crossed Avery Station Road and struck a tree. Both passengers, a 15-year-old female and a 17-year-old female, were taken to CMC in Scranton for treatment.

Police said it was not known if they had been wearing seat belts. Frantz, who was not wearing a seat belt, sustained only minor injuries.

Arrest Made in Wilmot Theft

A New Albany man faces charges of theft, criminal trespass and receiving stolen property for the alleged theft of farm equipment and miscellaneous metal items from a victim on Kaufman Road in Wilmot Township.

Michael Longcoy, II allegedly committed the crimes between Jan. 4 and 13, with the victim being a 58-year-old male. He is being prosecuted through the court of the Wysox Magisterial District Judge.

SUV Flips in Evergreen

Route 2010 in the village of Evergreen in Albany Township was the scene of a one-vehicle crash on Thursday morning, March 17.

There were no serious injuries reported, though the driver, a 16-year-old from New Albany, required EMS transport for minor injuries. A 14-year-old female passenger was also transported but was apparently not injured.

State police say the 2001 Suzuki Grand Vitara hit a patch of ice on a right-hand curve, with the vehicle going into a spin as the young driver tried to regain control. The SUV went off the roadway and then flipped onto its roof, coming to rest on the driver's side in the 8:04 a.m. accident.

The driver was cited for driving at an unsafe speed.

Tools Stolen in Overton

State police are investigating the theft of an axe and a portable drill from a seasonal residence on Millstone Road in Overton Township sometime between Jan. 11-14 of this year.

The residence was forcibly entered, according to state police. Anyone with information is asked to contact state police at 570-265-2186.

Girl, 12, Faces Weapon Charge

A 12-year-old girl faces prosecution through the juvenile system for possession of a weapon on school property on the afternoon of March 15 at the SRU Middle School in Smithfield Township. It is alleged that the girl not only brandished the knife but threatened a 12-year-old boy with it.

The knife was described as a small pocket knife and the incident occurred at 2:40 p.m.

Another Knife Incident Reported

The SRU Middle School near East Smithfield was the scene of another incident of a student in possession of a knife on school property. This incident occurred on the afternoon of March 21 and the accused is a 14-year-old juvenile.

There was no report of the student brandishing the knife in a threatening manner. The incident occurred at 2:30 p.m.

DUI Alleged after Crash

A 47-year-old Gillett man was arrested for DUI as a result of an accident on Feb. 19 in Ridgebury Township.

State police say that at 7 p.m. a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu operated by Leo J. Stilson was driving south on Route 4013 when he lost control and the car went off onto the shoulder and struck a "school bus stop ahead" sign. After striking the sign, the car went into a ditch. DUI charges were subsequently filed against Stilson.

A passenger in the vehicle, Brenda Cowl, 48, Horseheads, NY, sustained injuries described as moderate. Neither Stilson nor another adult passenger was injured.

Two Accused at Cargill Plant

State police, following an investigation from a female employee at the Cargill Beef plant in Wyalusing Township, charged two co-workers with criminal mischief and harassment.

The alleged offenders were identified as Joleen Wilcox, 27, and Steven Taylor, 31, both of LeRaysville. The alleged incident occurred on March 14 at 1 p.m. There was no further description of the incident.

Hallstead Driver Injured

On March 19 at 10:58 p.m., Chad Clinton Chauncey, 38, Hallstead, was traveling north on Route 11, Great Bend Township, where his 1997 Mercury Sable exited the roadway and hit a series of guardrails and trees.

Chauncey was taken to Wilson Memorial Hospital in Binghamton for treatment of injuries.

Items Stolen in Burglary

On March 17, homeowner Gina Olshan, Hunsinger Road, Auburn Township, reported that someone entered her home while it was unoccupied between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and removed a 32-inch Emerson LCD TV, a Samsung DVD player, a Wii Console with controllers, paddles and steering wheel plus ten games and about twenty DVDs.

Three Vehicles Collide

On March 8 at 4:01 p.m., Linda M. Garrison, 50, Springville, was traveling south on Route 29, Springville, and was stopped waiting for traffic to clear before attempting a left turn.

Keith A. Stalker, 39, Tunkhannock, was also traveling south and stopped behind Garrison. Molly P. Nasser, 23, Springville, was traveling south and collided with Stalker whose vehicle was pushed into Garrison's.

Nasser was taken to Endless Mountains Health Systems in Montrose for treatment of moderate injuries. She was charged with the accident.

Gift Shop Theft Alleged

Michael Smith, 31, Meshoppen, may be charged with theft following an incident on March 19.

Police say that at 4:30 p.m. that day, Smith left Karen's Thrift 'n' Gift shop in Tunkhannock with $12 worth of merchandise for which he had not paid. The investigation is continuing.

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