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Police Notes from Towanda, Tunkhannock, Gibson and Laporte Barracks


Assault Charges Paired with Harassment

Christopher MacNeal, no age or address provided, was charged with assault and harassment after an argument between him and a 25-year-old Wysox woman became physical. The victim reportedly sustained minor cuts and bruises. The incident occurred on Garden Hill Lane in Standing Stone Township at 10:15 a.m. on Aug. 5.

Jeffrey Lynn Baker, 57, Dushore, is accused of grabbing a 51-year-old Monroeton woman by the arm during an argument on Monroe Avenue at 9:30 p.m. on July 21.

John Wesley Bailey, 45, Monroeton, faces charges of assault and harassment for an incident dated July 17 at about 4:45 p.m. He allegedly slapped a 45-year-old Monroeton woman in the face and grabbed her arm during a domestic dispute on Brown Lane in Burlington Township.

Text Messages Deemed Too Much

Thomas Rider, 22, Towanda, was charged with harassment for repeatedly sending text messages to a 23-year-old Monroeton woman after he was reportedly told to stop. Charges were filed on Aug. 8.

Restaurant Sign Stolen

A male subject known to police reportedly removed the Giuseppe’s Pasta House sign from the closed storefront on South German Street in Dushore, placed it in storage, and refused to give it back to the owner, Mary McGee, Dushore. Charges were filed on July 8.

Rental Car Not Returned

Jericho Allan Wadkins, 22, Beebe, AR, was charged with theft by unlawful taking after reportedly failing to return a rental vehicle that he acquired on March 4 from Enterprise Rental Car in Wysox Township.

Important Personal Papers Go Missing

State police at Towanda reported that a 54-year-old Rome resident noticed that his army discharge papers, birth certificate, and social security card were removed from his home in Seven Hills Trailer Park sometime over the past three years.

Cars Stolen in Sullivan County

State police at Laporte announced that a gold 2003 Mazda MPV LX and a black 1999 Ford Explorer belonging to a 68-year-old Cherry Township man were taken from a property on Route 87. The Mazda was returned to the property, damaged. The truck was abandoned after a crash. An investigation into the matter continues, and readers with information may call 570-946-4610.

Bicycle and Helmet Stolen

Someone stole a bicycle and helmet valued at $220 from a home on Sheshequin Road in Sheshequin Township between Aug. 1 and 7. The victims were a 69-year-old LeRaysvile woman and a 12-year-old Sheshequin Township boy.

  Illegal Scraps Include Mower Housing

On July 25 or 26, someone took assorted scrap metal items, including the housing from a John Deere tractor, from a scrap pile along Simcoe Road in Springfield Township, Bradford County. Readers with information about the theft may call 570-265-2186.

Police Seek Lawn Tractor Thief

A Craftsman lawn tractor was removed from a shed along Route 414 in Monroeton sometime between July 2 and Aug. 1. Readers with information may call 570-265-2186.

Credit Card Used in Kentucky

A 55-year-old Rome Township man was the victim of credit card theft, when his personal information was obtained by unknown means on July 28 or 29. Multiple transactions were made against his credit card at a Walmart in Kentucky.

Wrong House, Wrong Bed

John Garino, 23, Gillett, was charged with criminal trespass on Aug. 7 after he allegedly entered the home of a Gillett couple after midnight and attempted to crawl into bed with them.

School Lawn Damaged

State police at Towanda accused Andrew Charles Lamphere, 21, Wyalusing, of causing minor damage to the lawn of East Troy Elementary School at about 9 p.m. on Aug. 6 when he allegedly did “doughnuts” with his vehicle in front of the school.

Passenger Injured in Accident

A 35-year-old Newfield, NY, woman sustained a minor injury in a two-vehicle accident that occurred on Route 6 near its intersection with Route 409 at about 11:50 a.m. on Aug. 2. Police reported that Stephen Lara, 51, Columbia Cross Roads, attempted to turn left onto Route 409 from the right lane as William Anderson, 25, Tunkhannock, was passing him in a legal passing lane to Lara’s left. Anderson’s vehicle was forced across the highway and came to rest against the guardrails. All were wearing seat belts.

No-one Harmed in Sheshequin Twp. Crash

Beth Mize, 22, Wysox, was uninjured when she failed to negotiate a left-hand turn on James Street on Aug. 4 at about 9 a.m. The vehicle exited the roadway, traveled through a ditch, and came to rest against a tree.

Gas Theft at RJ's in Meshoppen

Police report that unknown persons pumped $30 worth of gas at RJ’s Food Mart on Route 6 in Meshoppen Borough and drove away without paying for it. The incident happened on Aug. 4 at 4:08 p.m. The driver was male, but no other information on the incident was reported, and it is still under investigation.

Accident Injures Wyoming County Woman

Jacqueline Bunney, 55, Monroe Township, Wyoming County, was sent to the hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries after a collision on Aug. 7. The incident occurred at 8:39 a.m. in front of the Lorbeez Store on Route 29 in Monroe Township. Police report that William Henry, 54, Monroe Township, was driving north on Route 29 when Bunney pulled out of the Lorbeez' parking lot into his path. Both vehicles were towed from the scene; Henry refused medical treatment for minor injuries.

Schneider Truck Driver Flees

On Aug. 5 at 6:17 p.m., Carlton Hudson, Georgia, is reported by police to have fled from the scene of an accident. According to the report, Hudson was driving a Freightliner on Township Road 456 in Wyoming County’s Clinton Township and failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway. The truck struck a building and caused damage. Hudson fled in the vehicle, which was still drivable, but was later stopped. He will be charged shortly.

None Injured When Car Rolls

The 18-year-old driver and his three passengers all escaped unscathed after the vehicle they were in struck an embankment and rolled over. Police report that Samuel Harris, 18, as well as his three passengers—all from Mehoopany—were all wearing seat belts. Harris had been driving north on Route 29 near Tunkhannock when he failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway.

Crash Reported in Springville Township

On Aug. 1, a tractor-trailer overturned at the intersection of State Routes 3004 and 3021, trapping both the driver and a passenger. The vehicle, operated by Alan D. Farris, 47, Shawnee, OK, was traveling west on 3004 when it failed to negotiate a sharp left turn, causing the vehicle to roll over onto its passenger side. According to state police reports, the top of the truck’s hood hit a tree, causing both occupants to be trapped in the vehicle. Farris and his passenger, Ronald B. Brown, 48, Towanda, were airlifted to area hospitals with injuries of unknown severity. Farris was flown to Community Medical Center in Scranton via Geisinger Life Line, while Brown was taken to Robert Packer via Guthrie. United, Meshoppen, and Springville Fire Companies, along with the Montrose Minute Men, assisted at the scene. The accident is still under investigation.

Assault in Hallstead Leads to Charges

?Charges of harassment were filed in district court on Aug. 2 stemming from an incident that occurred on Main St. in Hallstead. State police say that Kim Merritt, 42, Susquehanna, confronted a 42-year-old New Milford man with intent to assault him. When a 42-year-old Susquehanna woman approached to find out what was going on, she was struck first by Merritt, and then by Stephanie Merritt, 26, also of Susquehanna.

Criminal Mischief Reported in Springville Twp.

State police are looking for information concerning an incident that occurred along Phillips Road, approximately 9/10 of a mile east of Route 29 in Springville Township sometime on Aug. 2. Unknown actors damaged a remote survey GPS Willbros Engineers, Tulsa, OK, set up at that location by tossing it into a ditch along the road, resulting in approximately $800 worth of damage to equipment. Please contact state police at Gibson with any information at 570-465-3154.

12-Year-Old Cyclist Struck by Car

The driver of a dark red four-door sedan is being sought following an incident in which a child was hit while attempting to cross State Route 3001 in Dimock Township on Aug. 2. The unknown driver stopped after striking the rear tire of the 12-year-old’s bicycle, but then fled without checking for injuries. The cyclist's injuries were minor, but state police are seeking information on the incident. There may be damage to the passenger side of the involved vehicle as reported. Confidential tips can be made at 570-465-3154.

Truck Overturns on Route 267

Brandon S. Struble, 22, Bellefonte, PA, overturned a 2001 Freightliner in Rush Township on Aug. 8. Police report that while Struble was traveling south near Carter Road and negotiating a left curve, he, for unknown reasons, lost control, left the roadway, and overturned down an embankment. Struble was taken to Tyler Memorial Hospital for further evaluation of injuries sustained in the accident. There was extensive damage to the vehicle, which was towed from the scene by Kozlowski’s Towing. The driver was cited for careless driving, driving at an unsafe speed, driving on roadways laned for traffic and accidents involving overturned vehicles.

Copper Piping Lifted

State police in Gibson are investigating a theft of copper piping from a residence on Glemboski Road in Lathrop Township, Susquehanna County, on Aug. 4. Suspects were described as a white female with blonde shoulder length hair, pulled up, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with the image of a pirate skull and crossbones on the back and blue jeans; a white male with short brown hair, medium build, wearing an olive green or brown shirt and jeans, and a white male with short brown hair and thin build, wearing a light blue or aqua colored shirt, blue jeans and brown baseball hat. The suspects’ vehicle was a green Ford four-door Contour, with a white or primer colored driver's side quarter panel. State police at Gibson are attempting to identify the suspect and vehicle. Anyone with information is asked to contact them at 570-465-3154.





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