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Police Notes from Towanda, Tunkhannock, Gibson and Laporte Barracks


Woman’s Death Ruled Homicide

Emily Ruth Bellows-Shaffer, 54, Crystal River, FL, has been charged with criminal homicide for the death of Carol Hickok, 65, at her Mountain View Road home in Canton. Additional charges against Bellows-Shaffer for the Sept. 15, 2010, killing include burglary, criminal trespass, and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence. The defendant has been remanded to the Bradford County Correctional Facility.

Fatal ATV Crash in Mehoopany

A 49-year-old man from Abington died when he crashed his Polaris 400cc Scrambler 4x4 ATV on Grist Flats Road in Mehoopany. The incident occurred on July 29 at 2:25 p.m. Police report that Ronald Stagemyer had been traveling east on the roadway when he lost control of his ATV, left the roadway and struck a tree. Stagemyer was not wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead at the scene by Wyoming County Deputy Coroner Eric Kukuchka.

Traffic Fatality in Liberty Township

On July 29, an accident involving a Mack truck and a passenger vehicle led to the death of Brackney resident John Jones, III, 57. Reports indicate that the truck, which overturned onto Jones’ vehicle at the intersection of Laurel Lake Road and Route 29, was owned by Southeast Directional Drilling, Casa Grande, AZ, and operated by James Robert Hoffpauir, 50,  Montgomery, TX. Hoffpauir suffered minor injuries. No injuries were reported by a 17-year-old passenger in Jones’ vehicle. The investigation is ongoing, per the state police at Gibson.?

Corrections Officer Intimate with Inmate

Former Bradford County Correctional Facility corrections officer Marcia Susanna Rowe, 22, Towanda, has been charged with institutional sexual assault for allegedly engaging in inappropriate contact with a 23-year-old male inmate at the facility between June 15 and July 15. Rowe had reportedly been sending letters and notes to the inmate that contained extremely graphic content. It was also learned that the defendant and the inmate had kissed and fondled on at least one occasion at the prison. Rowe was remanded to Tioga County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

 Jersey Contractors Cited for Bad Deals, Drugs

Richard Williams, 32, and Ronald Williams Jr., 33, both of New Jersey, were arrested for numerous poor business practices as they operated locally under the name of American Roadways Paving. At two properties in Columbia Cross Roads, and one each in Troy and Towanda, the brothers were accused of not completing some projects and overcharging others for substandard work. They were charged with theft and fraud, and Richard Williams was found to have marijuana in his possession at the time of the arrest and therefore additionally charged with related drug offenses. Additional victims may contact Trooper Warnick at the Towanda state police barracks at 570-265-2186. 

Court Order Ignored

Jackie Lynn Tuttle, 54, Monroeton, was detained in the Bradford County Correctional Facility in lieu of $35,000 bail after he allegedly threatened to kill a Wyalusing woman who had filed a protection from abuse order against him. Tuttle reportedly also made a “shooting motion” at her with his hand as part of an incident that occurred at about 4:35 p.m. on July 14.

Thieves Net Guns, Beer, TV and More

Between May 1 and July 25, someone entered a residence on Marshview Road in Asylum Township and took a .45-caliber pistol.

A 35 mm Nikon camera was stolen from a file cabinet at DuPont, Inc. in North Towanda Township between 2:30 p.m. on July 14 and 5:45 a.m. on July 15.

Between 10 p.m. on July 27 and 7 a.m. on July 28, someone took machinery parts and equipment from the Rocky Forest/Johnson Quarries on Stoddard Lane in Wilmot Township.

A mobile home was broken into in Jones RV Park in Ulster Township between 9:30 p.m. on July 27 and 5:30 a.m. on July 28. About $50 and two cans of Budweiser beer were stolen.

A Gillett man was the victim of theft sometime between July 30 and 31 when someone stole a 30-pack of Busch Light from his garage on Gee Road in South Creek Township.

State police at Towanda report that someone entered a locked barn at 500 Cook Road in Orwell Township and removed numerous power tools between July 1 and 25.

A Sony PlayStation 2 and assorted games were removed from a residence at Kithcart Lane and Battle Creek Road in Windham Township, Bradford County, on July 28, between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Scott Morley, 24, Athens, is accused of entering a Laurel Hill Road, Ulster, residence unlawfully on July 28 at about 10:45 a.m. The homeowner returned to see Morley walking away from the residence.

Readers with information about any of the aforementioned thefts and burglaries may call state police at Towanda at 570-265-2186. The caller can remain anonymous, and rewards are available in some instances.

Several Charged with Harassment

Emil Schoomaker, 40, Towanda, is accused of grabbing a 19-year-old Towanda male by the neck and choking him at Hornbrook Trailer Park at about 10:30 p.m. on July 27.

Jennifer Burnham, 31, Elmira, NY, was charged with harassment after she allegedly struck a 41-year-old Columbia Cross Roads woman in the face during a child custody dispute at about 1:10 p.m. on July 27. The incident happened on Parmenter Road in Springfield Township in Bradford County.

In Cherry Township, Sullivan County, an unnamed 19-year-old male pushed a 50-year-old male and threatened to punch him at about 11:55 p.m. on July 31. The accused also caused damage to a door at the victim’s residence

Laceyville Domestic Results in Charges

A domestic violence incident taking place on July 25 at 6:30 p.m. on Lacey Street, Laceyville, ended up with a 57-year-old man being charged. The accused, whose name was not released, was charged with simple assault, harassment and DUI. Police report that the victim was a 47-year-old woman; both the female and the male were reported to be Laceyville residents. Police listed the location of the incident as being Lacey Street, Braintrim Township.

Woman Charged with Possession

Holly Crawford, 36, Sweet Valley, was taken into custody for possession of a controlled substance (marijuana) and drug paraphernalia on July 27. No time was given for the incident, which began with Crawford being involved in a motor vehicle crash the day before. The location of the incident is given by police as Stull Road, Noxen. Crawford was sent to the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $1,500 bail; she is also wanted in Luzerne County on a probation violation.

Thief Charged in Construction Vehicle Burglary

Police have arrested a man they report is guilty of stealing a Stihl concrete saw and gasoline from a Franchelli Construction vehicle on July 9. George Zacharias, 28, Harveys Lake, Monroe Township, Wyoming County, has been charged with felony burglary, felony criminal trespass, misdemeanor theft from a motor vehicle, misdemeanor receiving stolen property and summary violations. In lieu of $25,000 bail, Zacharias is in the Wyoming County Jail.

Gold Jewelry Stolen from Windham Township Woman

Sometime between June 18 and July 28, thieves took three items of gold jewelry from Susan Walter's home in Mehoopany, Windham Township, Wyoming County. The items are described by police as a gold ring with a row of marquise cut diamonds, a gold mother's ring with four stones (not described), and a 1984 Tunkhannock High School gold class ring. The investigation is continuing.

Debris in Road Causes Damage

Police report that on July 20 at 10 a.m., unnamed persons operating a 2008 Subaru Legacy south on Route 29 in Lemon Township struck some debris in the roadway. The incident ruptured the vehicle's gasoline tank; no one was injured. There were no details given about any gasoline spill or cleanup accomplished. Police did not say what type of debris caused the incident.

Criminal Mischief Charges Filed

State police at Laporte reported that someone scratched the passenger side of a pickup truck owned by a 75-year-old Colley Township man at his residence on Dutch Mountain Road in Sullivan County between July 26 and 27.

Someone spray painted a car owned by a 53-year-old Dushore man near his residence on Beech Street between 10 a.m. on July 29 and 7 a.m. on July 30. Readers with information on the two aforementioned crimes may contact the Laporte barracks at 570-946-4610.

Pot Growers Sought

On July 30, state police at Towanda seized marijuana plants growing along Battle Creek Road in Rome Township. Readers with information may call the Towanda barracks at 570-265-2186.

Purse Snatched at Smokin' Joe's

On July 26, Friendsville resident Christie Sickler reported to state police at Gibson that her purse was stolen from her car while she was inside the Smokin’ Joe’s Tobacco Shop in Choconut making a purchase. Lost in the stolen purse was a diamond engagement ring. The unknown perpetrator fled unseen in an unknown direction. Anyone with information can contact the Gibson barracks at 570-465-3154.

Nicholson Man Charged with Assault

James Jerauld, 33, Nicholson, was interviewed by investigators from the State Police Criminal Investigation Unit after a 13-year-old female reported that he had assaulted her when she was three or four while the two shared the same residence on Bartholomew Road in Harford Township. The incident occurred sometime in 2002 or 2003, the victim reported. As a result of the investigation, it was discovered that on at least one occasion, Jerauld had involuntary sexual intercourse with the victim while watching a pornographic video on the television at his residence. Jerauld was charged with involuntary sexual intercourse with a child, sexual assault and corruption of minors and is scheduled to turn himself in to the state police accompanied by his attorney. He is slated to be arraigned before District Judge Suzanne Brainard in Clifford.

Two Injured in North Towanda Crash

Carla Kusmierz, 36, Coudersport, was slightly injured in an accident at 1:40 p.m. on July 29 on Route 6 at Hospital Drive in North Towanda Township. Police report that Kusmierz was attempting to drive across Route 6 when she was struck by a car driven by Joanne King, 59, Wysox, who was moderately injured in the crash. A juvenile passenger in the Kusmierz vehicle was not injured. All were wearing safety belts.

Medical Condition Leads to Accident

Chad Thurston, 21, Athens, and a Towanda woman were uninjured when Thurston allegedly jumped a curb and hit a sign near the Dandy Mini Mart on Route 6, Towanda, as a result of a medical condition. Both were wearing seat belts.

Alcohol Cited in World’s End Crash

Joelle Schanbacher, 32, Roaring Branch, was uninjured but charged with DUI after she lost control of her vehicle on the World’s End State Park bridge in Forks Township, Sullivan County, at about 9:20 p.m. on July 31.

Driver Flees After Wrecking Car

Tracy Parkhurst, 23, Stevensville, allegedly fled the scene of a one-vehicle accident on Fall Run Road in Wysox Township that occurred around 2:45 p.m. on July 30. According to police, Parkhurst lost control of his vehicle and traveled off the northbound berm, hitting a speed limit sign.

Drivers Reportedly Under the Influence

Shaine Wesley Huffman, 21, Towanda, was arrested for DUI at 5:20 a.m. on July 30, at the Dandy Mini Mart near the intersection of Routes 6 and 187. Reportedly, Huffman was found asleep behind the wheel at the gas pumps.

Darin Matthew McKean, 20, Wysox, was arrested for underage DUI at about 12:45 a.m. on July 31 near the Exxon station on Route 6 in Wysox Township.

DUI Checkpoints Lead to Arrests

State Police at Towanda report that a DUI checkpoint conducted in Towanda Borough on July 21 with the cooperation of municipal authorities resulted in seven DUI arrests, five non-traffic citations, and 11 written warnings out of more than 200 drivers stopped. More than 200 drivers were stopped again on July 30, when the police made seven additional DUI arrests, issued 36 traffic citations and one non-traffic citation. There were 12 written warnings issues and two misdemeanor arrests.













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