Police Notes from Towanda, Tunkhannock, Gibson and Laporte Barracks
Argument Becomes Physical
William “Butch” Hatch, 43, Towanda, was charged with harassment after he allegedly grabbed a 27-year-old female by the hair, knocked off her glasses, and struck her in the face at 2 p.m. on July 13. The incident occurred in the 900 block of South Main Street in Towanda
Volleyball Game Gets Ugly
At about 2:30 p.m. on July 16, state police at Towanda were called to investigate claims by the parents of a 10-year-old Towanda boy who was reportedly pushed face-first into the sand by Brandon Smiley, 20, Monroeton, during a game of volleyball at Mt. Pisgah County Park in West Burlington Township. Smiley was charged with harassment for the incident. On July 12, Smiley was cited for scattering rubbish along Borden Road in Franklin Township, Bradford County.
Guest Takes Jewelry as Parting Gifts
A Terry Township man reported to police that a female guest, who had stayed at his Scouten Road Home from July 2 to 5, helped herself to several pieces of jewelry before she left. No value was suggested in the report, and the investigation is ongoing.
Pavement Thrown at Vehicle
A 48-year-old Litchfield Township man reported to police that someone threw a chunk of asphalt at his vehicle as he was traveling on Miller Road in Litchfield Township at about 10:30 p.m. on July 11. Damage to the man’s windshield, which was shattered in the incident, was estimated at $250.
Sleeper Charged with Drunkenness
Richard James Finnegan, 75, Towanda, was charged with public drunkenness after he was found at about 4 p.m. on July 12, sleeping on a bench at the Rite Aid Store in the North Towanda Plaza. Finnegan reportedly had a bottle of whiskey with him at the time.
State police at Towanda are seeking information about the break-in of a recreational trailer on Junks Pond Road in Overton Township between May 7 and 14. Readers with information may call 570-265-2186.
Worker Accused of Retail Theft
Former Kmart employee, Sonja Daneen Perry, 43, Monroeton, was charged on July 10 with retail theft after the loss prevention team at the Route 6 Wysox Township store advised police that she had been removing merchandise from the store for several months.
Father/Son Team Sold Drugs
Police have arrested James E. Rinebold, Sr., 52, and James E. Rinebold, Jr., 31, for possession, delivery, and sale of drugs, after an incident dated July 14 at 3:25 p.m. in the First Citizens Bank parking lot in Sayre. The drug sting followed an investigation into the father and son team, and additional charges are pending.
State police at Towanda arrested Wayne Ernest Wagnecz, 41, Ridgebury Township, at about 9:30 p.m. on July 14, after he allegedly made contact with a woman who had filed a protection from abuse order against him in Bradford County court.
Trespassing Leads To Arrest
Joseph Mensch, 50, Dushore, was charged with criminal trespass after entering a Cherry Township property across from the Fairview Cemetery at Routes 1010 and 1007 that was owned by a New Albany woman who had told Mensch several weeks prior that he was not allowed there. The incident happened at 8 p.m. on July 11.
Braintrim Township Man Victim in Altercation
Police are not releasing the name of the 38-year-old male who was the victim on July 17 of a verbal altercation that turned physical. The incident took place at about 7 a.m. along Old Route 6 in Braintrim Township. No further information was given, and the incident is under investigation.
Roadside Fight Being Investigated
Police report they are checking into a fight among three people on July 16 at 1:45 a.m. The fight took place along the side of the roadway on SR 1009 in Lemon Township. A 22-year-old male from Factoryville, a 19-year-old female from Tunkhannock and an 18-year-old female from Springville were driving along the road in two separate cars when they pulled over and began to physically and verbally assault each other. No names have been released.
Drug Delivery Suspected in Wyoming County
No specific municipality was named by police in their report regarding a suspected drug delivery on July 1. A county resident is said to have contacted police complaining about a suspicious package received via US Mail. No further information was given, and the situation is being investigated.
Holiday Home Burgled
Although police say items were stolen from a holiday home in Wyoming County’s Windham Township, they are not releasing either a list of items or a value of the stolen goods. The theft is said to have occurred between 10:30 a.m. on July 11 and 1 p.m. on July 14 at a holiday home along Route 3001 in Windham Township. The owner of the home is a 41-year-old man whom police are not naming. The perpetrators are reported to have forced their way into the home; the investigation continues.
Thefts and Burglaries Noted
Debbie Johnson, 52, Towanda, was accused of stealing steaks from Hurley’s Supermarket in North Towanda Township at 3:25 p.m. on May 15.
A Monroe Township man reported that his orange Husqvarna chain saw was stolen from his Brocktown Road home sometime between 5 p.m. on June 25 and 9 a.m. on June 27. Readers with information may contact state police at Towanda at 570-265-2186.
Laci Green, 22, Rome, has been charged in connection with the theft of scrap metal from the Lehigh Railroad yard in Wysox Township at 3 p.m. on June 15.
The Birdsong Winery on Bear Road, Cherry Township, Sullivan County, was burglarized at 2 a.m. on July 17. Someone who parked on Bear Road and entered the property on foot stole an undisclosed amount of cash and fled north from the scene.
State police at Gibson are looking for information on four burglaries in Susquehanna County. An aluminum rowboat was taken from the woods and used to load up some scrap metal from a shed belonging to a Thompson Township woman. It is thought the suspect was going to pick up the loaded boat at a later time, but the boat was discovered before it could be removed. Also taken from the shed closet was a Savage 20 gauge over/under 22 mag. and a Marlin 22-1965 Deer Slayer, along with a roll of barbed wire and two cases of fly spray. This occurred sometime between July 9 and 13.
A Honesdale man is missing a folding camp chair and a Timex wristwatch from a turn-around point on the Rails to Trails system in Thompson Borough. The missing items disappeared between April 8 and July 7.
In Harford Township, someone entered a summer cottage on Upper Podunk Rd. by forcing entry through the rear door between April 8 and July 7. The suspect then occupied the cabin for a night, sleeping on the couch and bed before leaving the cabin. Estimated value of items taken in a Harmony Township theft amounted to $12,600, with damage to property estimated to be $5,000.
A Plymouth man reported that the burglary to his cabin on Ghost Mt. Rd., Harmony Township, occurred sometime between Oct. 6, 2010 and July 4. The suspect removed items from the cabin and shed, and also removed copper wire and pipe from the cabin. In the process, drywall and the cabin foundation were damaged. Readers with information on any of the above burglaries can call the Gibson Barracks at 570-4675-3154.
A single shot shotgun and fifty dollars was taken from a residence on State Route 3001, Dimock Township, between July 5 and 12. On July 12, Ian Lee Ball, 24, Montrose, was interviewed relative to this investigation and, according to the police report, admitted to the theft. Later Ball was found to be in possession of 10 pills that were determined to be controlled substances that he had without a prescription. Ball was arraigned in Montrose District Court for receiving stolen property, theft by unlawful taking and possession of a controlled substance. Unsecured bail of $5,000 was imposed with a hearing scheduled for July 18.
In an unrelated incident, a Hop Bottom resident had scrap aluminum wheels, fuel and scrap catalytic converters taken from his State Route 2002 home. The items were taken between July 5 and 6.
Disorderly and Drunk
A Lenox Township man became disorderly while troopers from Gibson were investigating a domestic disturbance on State Route 374. Kenny Robert Travis, 34, who was intoxicated, became disorderly. Non-traffic citations were filed in the Clifford District Court for disorderly conduct and public drunkenness in this July 17 incident.
Harassment Cases Filed
Two women were involved in a hitting incident. On July 16, Renee Barrese, 27, Montrose, was reported to have been struck and knocked to the ground by Candy Lynn Welch, 27, Montrose. A non-traffic citation was filed against Welch in Montrose District Court. In a separate harassment case, both parties ended up being charged in this Ararat Township case.
Melissa Nichole Vaughn, 37, Jackson Township, struck a 15-year-old male of Starrucca during a domestic dispute. During the police investigation, the juvenile was discovered to have consumed alcoholic beverages (under the age of 21). He had summoned the police for response surrounding the dispute, resulting in the filing of criminal charges for all parties.
Hit and Runs Investigated
Police are looking for information on this Hallstead Borough investigation. On July 12, a vehicle traveling south on State Route 11, Hallstead, exited the roadway and hit a parked vehicle on Main St. by the intersection of Old Route 11. The driver then fled the scene. The vehicle involved should have maroon/red paint transfer on the front area, with extensive damage. The vehicle was a van style, white, similar to a Plymouth Voyager or Dodge Caravan. It hit a parked 2001 Mercury Sable belonging to Kevin Goff. Readers can call the Gibson Barracks with any information.
Another hit and run occurred in Rush Township. It was a one vehicle crash where Charles R. Jones, 39, South Montrose, was driving west on State Route 706, when his truck left the roadway, slid sideways and went into the north berm, striking a wooden sign with the right front corner of the vehicle. It continued to travel sideways, striking a concrete foundation to a barn, then left the crash scene, going west along State Route 706 and turning into Waterman Rd., Bradford County. Jones parked the truck at a friend's camp and obtained a ride to another location prior to police arrival.
Criminal Mischief Reported
The Towanda Soccer Club was the victim of vandalism between July 7 and 13, when someone damaged the window of a wooden shed in Riverside Park in Wysox Township.
At about 1:30 a.m. on July 15, someone smashed the window of a 1999 Mazda Miata belonging to a Muncy Valley woman. The incident occurred in a driveway near the intersection of Routes 220 and 87 in Cherry Township, Sullivan County.
Several fields on a family farm on Hill Road in Wells Township, Bradford County, were damaged by a vehicle between Jan. 30 and May 21. Readers with information may contact state police at Towanda at 570-265-2186.
Another hit and run occurred in Rush Township. It was a one vehicle crash where Charles R. Jones, 39, South Montrose, was driving west on State Route 706, when his truck left the roadway, slid sideways and went into the north berm striking a wooden sign with the right front corner of the vehicle. It continued to travel sideways, striking a concrete foundation to a barn, then left the crash scene, going west along State Route 706 and turning into Waterman Rd., Bradford County. Jones parked the truck at a friend's camp and obtained a ride to another location prior to police arrival.
Vehicle Accidents Vary
State police at Towanda reported an accident on a Route 414 bridge, west of Barclay View Road in Franklin Township that happened at about 6:55 a.m. on July 15. Sheena Bride, 26, Towanda, and a 20 year-old passenger from Towanda sustained minor injuries after Bride allegedly went through the guardrail of the bridge and plunged 20 feet into a tributary of Towanda Creek, with the car landing on its roof. An investigation revealed that the Jeep’s brake system had failed.
Bradlee Elliott, 18, Towanda, was cited for failure to keep his vehicle in the proper lane after an accident at 4:25 p.m. on July 12 on Route 414, west of Stoney Acres Road in Monroe Township, when Elliott reportedly crossed the center line and struck an oncoming vehicle driven by a Sayre man head-on. Elliott incurred minor injuries, and his two teenage passengers suffered moderate injuries. No one was wearing a seatbelt. The driver of the other car, who was wearing a safety belt, was not injured.
Another head-on accident was reported on July 15 on Route 6 at the Bradford Towne Centre in Wysox Township. Police report that Sarah Dawn Jayne, 21 Towanda, was turning into the shopping center at about 7 p.m. and veered directly into the path of a vehicle driven by a Yukon, OK, man. Both drivers and Jayne’s one-month-old daughter were properly restrained, but both mother and daughter sustained minor injuries.