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Police Report from Towanda, Tunkhannock, Gibson and Laporte Barracks


Traffic Fatality in Auburn Township

State police at Gibson are seeking information concerning a two-vehicle accident which occurred on the evening of Oct. 12, in which one driver was killed and a passenger seriously injured. Their names had not been released. The second driver, Cameron Downey, Loganton, PA, was also injured when the two vehicles impacted at the crest of a knoll along SR267. State police greatly appreciated the assistance of Meshoppen Borough Fire and Rescue at the scene.

Adult/Minor Party Mix

William Austin Barrett, no age listed, Rome, is accused by state police at Towanda of supplying unnamed narcotics to four minors, ages 13 to 16, at a Seven Hills Drive home in Rome Township at 11 p.m. on Oct. 14.

Victim Becomes the Accused

State police report that Melvin Paul Ackley, 48, Towanda, was at the Towanda barracks in North Towanda Township on Oct. 15 to report that he had been the victim of an assault that allegedly took place in Laceyville at 1 a.m. that morning. As he left the barracks about 11:30 a.m. in a work vehicle, he reportedly became angry at the driver of a tractor trailer driven by a 43-year-old Waverly man and pulled in front of him in a blocking maneuver. According to the report, Ackley cursed at the driver and threw a handful of stones and dirt through the open driver’s window, striking the man. Ackley was charged with disorderly conduct and harassment. 

Trespass at Truck Company

Phillip Paxos, 42, Granville, was charged with criminal trespass after he was allegedly found on the grounds of the Pelton Trucking company on Route 514 in Franklin Township at 11 a.m. on Oct. 8.

PFA Ignored Twice

Jack Daniel Shumway, 33, Orwell Township, is accused of actions that violated a protection from abuse order against him two times on Oct. 15. Around 3:15 a.m., he allegedly called two Orwell Township residents multiple times before going to their Gulf Road neighborhood and shouting obscenities at them. He was charged with disorderly conduct an trespass. Between 1 and 2 p.m., Shumway reportedly called one of the victims several times again and made derogatory comments via the phone.

 Saco Road Burglary

A 25-year-old Ulster Township woman reported to police that her lime-green Lafin four-wheeler was stolen from her back yard on Sept. 28. The perpetrator(s) also broke into her shed and removed a Kicker truck stereo system, a Stihl 18-inch chainsaw, a Craftsman air compressor, a Craftsman pressure washer, a table saw, and three Werner ladders ranging in size from four- to eight-feet.

Hubcap Goes Missing

Someone reportedly stole a hubcap off a 2006 GMC Sierra between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sept. 7 that was parked in the Hurley’s Supermarket parking lot in Towanda Township.

Theft From Vehicle

Cash and a key were reported missing from a vehicle parked at Mountaineer Park in Monroe Township between noon and 6 p.m. on Oct. 16. Readers with information on the three aforementioned crimes may contact state police at Towanda at 570-265-2186.

Dog Found South of Dushore

A dog was found along Route 487, one mile south of Dushore at noon on Oct. 15. Readers may contact state police at Laporte at 570-946-4610 for more information.

Cell Phone Discovered

A cell phone was found along Route 187 in Windham Township, Bradford County, at 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 15. Anybody who can show proof of ownership may call 570-265-2186.

Local Crashes Summarized

Tammy Payne, 32, New Albany, incurred a minor injury in an Oct. 13 crash on Route 6 in North Towanda Township in which she allegedly struck a vehicle driven by Karin Ferguson, 18, Wyalusing. A 2-year-old child in Payne’s vehicle was not injured, but Ferguson was cited for pulling out in front of Payne.

A 28-year-old passenger in a car driven by Charlotte Shedden, 36, LeRaysville, was slightly injured when Shedden reportedly failed to stop in time to avoid hitting a car driven by an unnamed 37-year-old Towanda man who had stopped for heavy traffic on Route 6 in Wysox Township in the area of Beers Auto at about 2:10 p.m. on Oct. 13. Shedden was cited for following too closely.

Alcohol was reportedly a factor in a single-vehicle accident at 4:45 p.m. on Oct. 13, when Vincent Edward Sterling, 30, Towanda, rolled his pickup truck off Sheshequin Road at Ridge Road in Sheshequin Township.

Mark Williams, 51, Williamsport, allegedly pulled onto Route 6 from Saco Road in North Towanda Township into the path of a vehicle driven by William Hoffert, 52, New Albany, at about 3:05 p.m. on Oct. 10. Pamela Coughlin, 52, New Albany, a passenger in Hoffert’s car, was transported to Towanda Memorial Hospital with back pain. Both vehicles were driven from the scene.

Police reported that someone struck a mailbox on Route 706 in Wyalusing Township at about 5:50 a.m. and continued driving from the scene.

Runaway Located

State police were looking for Ilene Fitch, 16, New Milford, on the evening of Oct. 16 after she had been reported as a runaway. Fitch had allegedly left home the previous night and could not be contacted and was reported to possibly be traveling with her boyfriend, Damien Armitage, 18, in the Athens area. The search was canceled later the same day.

Another juvenile runaway, Megan Morris, 15, Hallstead, had not yet been located as of releases on file on Oct. 18. Morris was reported missing on Oct. 8 in the Hallstead-Great Bend area, and believed to still be in the area. Information can be relayed to the state police at 570-465-3154.

Police Act on Warrant

State police in Gibson were able to apprehend an individual wanted on a bench warrant after a legal stop in Bridgewater Township on Oct. 2. Ian Ball, 24, Montrose, was taken into custody and remanded to Susquehanna County Prison on the outstanding warrant. Bail was imposed against charges filed in district court, which Ball was unable to post, so he will be held until his preliminary hearing.

PFA Violation Leads to Arrest

A protection from abuse order did not prevent Jason Gerhard, Montrose, from verbally abusing Jamie Gerhard on the afternoon of Oct. 12 when she returned to her residence to retrieve belongings, police reports indicate. Jason then allegedly slashed the tires of Jamie's vehicle when she attempted to leave, so she fled to a nearby business and called police. Jason Gerhard was taken into custody based on violation of the PFA and other charges.




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