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Police Notes from Towanda, Tunkhannock, Gibson and Laporte Barracks

Wounded Suspect Arrested

New York State Police arrested a 23-year-old resident of Marietta, NY, who they shot in an encounter in the Town of Barton on March 29. Joel P. Shelley was taken to the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre for treatment and charges were filed against him there for the felony offense of criminal possession of a firearm.

During the incident in New York State, State Police in North Towanda report, Shelley brandished a weapon and was shot. Charges against Shelley were filed with Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw in Sayre. After treatment for his injuries, Shelley was placed in the Bradford County Correctional Facility in lieu of $500,000 bail.

Ulster Township Standoff Ends

Pennsylvania State Police and three municipal police agencies became involved in an incident in Ulster Township in which the accused was pursued by police after an assault and then turned himself in after a standoff of about an hour and a half.

It started with an argument between Jason Page, 28, Milan, and a female victim, which escalated into violence with Page assaulting the victim on the driveway of their residence and threatening to kill her. It is further alleged that Page tried to run over the woman with his car, nearly striking her.

The 35-year-old victim sustained severe bruising on various parts of her body, as well as severe back pain, and was treated at the Robert Packer Hospital.

Athens police arrived at the scene to observe Page nearly striking the woman with his car. He fled, with police giving pursuit with lights flashing and siren activated. Page failed to stop and avoided police. However, less than two hours later at about 8:05 p.m., Page allegedly attempted to break into his mother's residence in the vicinity with the intent of obtaining firearms inside, failing to gain entry and fleeing before police arrived. Police say he returned to that residence at about 8:20 p.m., smashing basement windows and gaining access through a basement door.

After gaining entry, state police report that he was observed holding a loaded 45-caliber handgun to his head. This led to a standoff of about an hour and a half before Page finally exited the residence unarmed and turned himself over to Pennsylvania State Police.

Snow Blamed for Accidents

Several motor vehicle accidents were reported on area roadways as a result of last week's early spring snowstorm.

Stacy Lee, 30, Athens, and two children were taken to Robert Packer Hospital for unspecified injuries after Lee's vehicle rolled once onto the driver's side and then back onto all four tires on North Rome Road in Litchfield Township. The roadway was snow-covered at the time. Driver and children were wearing proper safety restraints during the crash, which happened on March 23.

Earlier that morning, Newton Phuong, 22, Ithaca, lost control of his Chevy Malibu on snow-covered SR 187, just north of Lovett Hill Road in Orwell Township. The vehicle crossed the roadway and slid along the top of a guiderail, eventually hitting a tree on the passenger side. Phuong and the passenger were transported to Robert Packer Hospital with unspecified injuries. Both were wearing safety belts.

Also on March 23, Robert Place, 21, Laporte Township, and Brandon Leyda, 22, Ohio, crashed head-on on Route 87 in Colley Township after Place lost control of his vehicle, ricocheted off a guiderail and struck Leyda, who was traveling southbound. Both drivers were wearing safety belts, and the airbag deployed in Place's vehicle, which suffered extensive damage. No injuries were reported.

Sexual Contact With Minor Alleged

State police have arrested William Ray Wright, 46, Millerton, who allegedly had inappropriate sexual contact with an under-aged female in Wells Township on March 21.

Wright has been held at the Bradford County Correctional Facility in lieu of $100,000 bail. A preliminary hearing was slated for March 29.

Bank Customers Targeted

State police report that several customers of People State Bank in Wyalusing were the victims of con artists, who were able to withdraw money from the victims' accounts after they unwittingly provided personal information about themselves. The incident was part of a multistate scam.

Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest

Thomas Baker, 34, Jermyn, was arrested Tuesday, March 22 at 10 a.m. after a routine traffic stop on Riverside Drive in Factoryville Borough. Baker, it was discovered, was wanted on a bench warrant from the Wyoming County Sheriff's Department.

He was taken into custody at the scene. The officer who made the traffic stop said in his report that he observed a strong odor of marijuana from Baker's vehicle. Upon searching the vehicle, two clear plastic bags with what appeared to be marijuana, as well as a glass smoking device, were seized. These have been sent for forensic analysis, and further charges against Baker are pending those results.

Minor Injury Reported

Two Gillett residents were involved in an accident on March 24.

State police allege that Jeffrey Drake, 24, was traveling west on Route 4024, crested a knoll and swerved to avoid a vehicle driven by David Traub, 63, as Traub pulled out of his driveway to travel east on the highway. Traub suffered a minor injury after striking Drake's vehicle and came to rest against a tree on the east-bound berm. Both men were wearing safety belts.

Theft Reported in Trailer Park

Fifty-year-old Tammy Mehal, Monroe Township, told police that several items were stolen from her trailer between March 2 and March 9.

Among the items stolen were a sapphire, ruby and diamond ring and pendant, a pearl necklace, a three-ring diamond wedding set, a man's wedding band and a set of house keys. No monetary value of the stolen items was given, and the matter is under investigation.

Sexual Assault Investigated

Police report that a 14-year-old girl was observed by her parents to be engaging in inappropriate behavior with a partially-unclothed 20-year-old male.

The incident allegedly occurred in Meshoppen Borough and is still under investigation.

Terroristic Threats Alleged

Michael Grohe allegedly grabbed victim Nicole Kopiak, twisting her arms behind her back, police in Susquehanna County report.

Here's how the incident transpired, according to state police in Gibson: A juvenile male told Grohe to stop at which time Grohe bit the boy on the right arm. The juvenile then struck Grohe in the face to get him away from himself and Kopiak. Grohe then allegedly pushed Kopiak to the ground and told her he was going to kill her.

Grohe was arrested for terroristic threats, simple assault and harassment. This occurred on March 9.

Looking for Missing Goat

A newborn Nigerian Pygmy goat was reported missing on March 28 by David Gordon, State Route 267, Forest Lake Township.

No Injuries in Choconut

No one was injured in a Choconut Township crash on March 28.

Brooke S. Cook, 18, Little Meadows, lost control of her 2001 Ford Windstar on State Route 267. Her vehicle hit a tree, a sign and finally the guiderail.

Two Cars Crash on Route 706

On March 21, Joshua M. Kukowski, 25, New Milford, and Robert M. O'Dell, 44, Montrose, were each traveling on Route 706, New Milford Township, when Kukowski lost control of his 2000 Chevy Blazer as he was negotiating a right curve.

His vehicle spun sideways and slid into O'Dell's 2003 Pontiac Bonneville. After impact, O'Dell's vehicle struck a utility pole. Neither driver was hurt.

Motorcycle Passenger Injured

On March 20, Thomas G. Scheiner, 53, Windsor, was turning right from Spring Street onto Main Street in New Milford Borough. He was driving a 2006 Harley-Davidson Sportster and hit a pothole at the intersection.

The rear tire slid out, causing the motorcycle to go to the ground on its right side. Passenger Yvonne J. Uzzolino, 55, Windsor, was moderately injured when she lost her helmet when she struck the ground. According to the police report, her helmet was used improperly. She was taken to Wilson for treatment. Scheiner was not hurt.

Teen Rolls Her Car

Katie L. Drake, 17, New Milford, was driving south on State Route 171, Oakland Township, on March 26, when her 1993 Honda Prelude went off the east edge of the berm and she lost control trying to re-enter the road.

The vehicle crossed into the opposing lane, went into a ditch and rolled onto its roof.

Cars Collide; Driver Injured

On March 25, Curtis J. Miller, 18, Hallstead, was going south on Old State Route 11, Great Bend Township, and Gordon R. Stanley, 47, Hallstead, was going north. Miller crossed into Stanley's path, resulting in a collision.

Miller had minor injuries and was taken to Barnes Kasson Hospital for treatment. Miller was cited for the accident.

Snow Factor in Accident

On March 23 at 4:49 a.m., Alex H. Faught, 24, Argyle Denton, TX, was driving a 2008 International Harvester DT466 on State Route 3006, Springville, on a snow-covered roadway during a snow weather event.

As he attempted to negotiate a right-hand curve, he lost control of his vehicle. It began a clockwise rotation, crossed lanes and overturned on the driver's side, hit a utility pole and began leaking oil and fuel products, prompting activation by DEP. No injuries were reported. Faught was cited.

Neighbors Burglarized

Between Feb. 6 and March 12, someone kicked in the basement door at the Anthony Piekarski residence on Helens Road, Gibson Township. Taken were eight state quarter collection books and numerous collectable U.S. coins.

Also on the same road, a cabin belonging to Miroslaw Mark Piekarski, Warrington, was burglarized in the same time period. Loose change, small tools and nature books were taken. A third residence on that roadway belonging to William Highet, Allentown, was entered by kicking in the front door. A sterling silver ring with a turquoise stone and a crucifix from a rosary were taken, also during the same time period.

Call the Gibson Barracks if you have any information.

Feed Store Sign Damaged

The Montrose Feed sign on State Route 706 was damaged between 9 p.m. on March 22 and 8:30 the next morning.

If you have information on who might have done the damage or know who was parked in the parking lot during the times given, contact the Gibson Barracks at 465-3154.

Bottle Explodes in Mailbox

On March 25, someone placed a plastic bottle with an unknown liquid in Oscar Louis Durbin's mailbox on Pierson Rd.

Oxidation occurred with metal strips and the plastic bottle exploded, causing damage to the mailbox and a book inside. Call the Gibson Barracks with any information.

Drug Gear, Cash Confiscated

Four men from Syracuse are accused or suspected after a traffic stop turned into drug charges.

On March 24, a 1999 GMC Yukon was stopped for multiple vehicle violations on Interstate 81, Lenox Township. According to the police report, there were indicators of criminal activity present, so a consent to search the vehicle was obtained and written consent granted. A K-9 trained in narcotics detection responded and hit on the vehicle.

A search yielded a container with a false bottom and drug paraphernalia. The dog also hit on $10,002 in currency which was seized pending state forfeiture. Accused Pedro C. Galdon, 46, was processed and released. Others were listed as suspects: Jonathan Perez, 23, Terrence Sanders, 23, and James D. Coleman, 24. Charges were filed in Clifford District Court.

Attempt to Flee Police Fails

On March 5, Cpl. Jeffrey Burman attempted to stop a 2004 Chevy Aveo operated by Joseph Snedeker, 24, Clifford, when Snedeker was on State Route 370, Ararat Township.

When Burman approached the vehicle, which had pulled over, Snedeker sped away, nearly hitting Burman. After a chase, Snedeker stopped again but then exited his vehicle and fled on foot. Passenger Julie Snedeker, 24, Clifford Township, was taken into custody. Joseph Snedeker's footsteps were tracked through the snow and they found him hiding under heavy brush. He was taken into custody and put in the county jail on a parole violation detainer.

Charges were filed on March 23 on Joseph Snedeker, by TFC Mark Keyes in New Milford District Court, for fleeing and attempting to elude police, flight to avoid apprehension, recklessly endangering another person and related traffic offenses. Charges were also filed on Julie Snedeker for persistent disorderly conduct for her actions after the vehicle she was riding in was stopped and her refusal to exit the vehicle.

Meshoppen Driver Injured

On March 21, Shannon S. Walling, 18, Meshoppen, was traveling south on State Route 3001, Auburn Township, when her 1992 Pontiac Sunfire went off the west berm and hit a tree.

She was taken to Mercy Tyler Hospital for treatment. Walling was cited.







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