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Police Reports from Towanda, Tunkhannock, Gibson and Laporte Barracks


Fatal Traffic Crash Occurs in Noxen

On April 14 just before 11 p.m., John Farrell, 46, Harveys Lake, died in a car crash on Route 29. The accident occurred just south of the Simon Junkyard in Noxen Township. Police say Farrell had been driving a 1987 Chevrolet Corvette south on the roadway when he failed to negotiate a right-hand curve in the road. The vehicle left the roadway, struck a tree on the driver’s side and came to a stop. Farrell was pronounced dead at the scene by Wyoming County Coroner Thomas Kukuchka.

Sexual Assault Alleged in Eaton Township

A 15-year-old female has come forward and told state police at Tunkhannock that she had sex with a 20-year-old male. The incident is said to have occurred on April 15 at 9 p.m. in Eaton Township. Charges of statutory sexual assault may be lodged against the alleged perpetrator because of the age of the person involved in the reported incident. The name of the male said to be involved has not been released. The investigation is continuing.

Cruelty Against Dog Investigated

State police at Towanda are looking into a report by a New Albany man that Steven Smith, 19, New Albany, intentionally held a female Newfoundland to the ground and kicked her for no apparent reason at 5:30 p.m. on April 13. Readers with additional information may call Trooper Ben Bigus at 265-2186.

Surveying Instrument Stolen

A yellow TOPCON FC 2500 alphanumeric field controller surveying data collection unit was stolen from Main Street in Forkston Township on April 10 between 2 and 4 p.m. Police say the unit had been left by an active surveying crew who had departed the surveying area for a short time but were returning. The unit had been secured atop a tripod and it was removed from the tripod and taken during the time the crew was absent. Police place the value of the unit at $4,300.

Copper Thief Sought

Between Jan. 10 and April 5, someone went to the Frank Surace residence on Tirzah Rd., Herrick Township, Susquehanna County, and removed water line copper tubing from the basement.

Break-in Leads to Theft

Sometime on April 3 or 4, someone cut a rear screen door at a Tingley Lake Rd. residence, attempting to gain entry. After that unsuccessful attempt, the person entered through the front door using an unknown instrument to defeat the locking mechanism. Removed were carnival glass and a 42-inch television. Then the person fled. Readers are encouraged to call the Gibson Barracks at 465-3154 with any information.

Juvenile Accused of Disorderly Conduct 

Charges have been filed against a 14-year-old S.R.U. student, who, police report, refused to leave the school with his guardian on April 18 because he said that he did not like living with her.  

Harassment Charges Filed

Dwayne Colter, 47, Sayre, is accused of fighting with a 19-year-old Monroeton female in Monroeton at 8:30 p.m. on April 14. Police allege that Colter became physical during a verbal argument.

In a separate incident, dated April 17, police allege that Justin Leon Janney, 24, Wysox, was cited for harassment of a Wysox woman at 11:30 a.m.

Man Cited for Public Drunkenness

State Police at Towanda arrested Mark W. Sutcliffe, 52, Towanda, along Route 6 in North Towanda, where he was allegedly found to be intoxicated to the point of being a danger to himself or others.

Police Seeking Robbers

State Police at Towanda are looking for information concerning two unrelated instances in Orwell and Springfield townships. Sometime between March 26 and April 11, one box of Fentanyl patches were removed from the home of an Orwell Township woman. Sometime on April 11 or 12, various scrap metal tractor parts were stolen from the side of the road near the intersection of SR 4013 and Crandle Road in Springfield Township. Readers with information about either crime may call 265-2186.

Pair of Retail Thefts Reported

The Kmart in Wysox Township and the Millerton Dandy Mini Mart in Wells Township were both hit by thieves on April 15. Robert Hunsicker, 44, Canton, has been charged for retail theft of undefined item(s) from Kmart at 9:45 a.m. Jeremy D. Vanness, Elmira, has been charged for allegedly pumping gas and leaving the Mini Mart without paying for it at 3 p.m.

Computers Bought via Credit Fraud

State police at Towanda are investigating claims by a Litchfield Township woman that somebody used her credit card information to purchase two new computers from Microsoft Online valued at $4,000 on or about March 1.

Rash of Criminal Mischief Reported

Police are seeking information about four separate incidents of criminal mischief that have taken place at various locations in Bradford County over the past few weeks. Between March 31 and April 2, someone used a key to carve a word and two Xs into the lid of a trunk of a vehicle owned by a female Milan resident. Between April 3 and 4, someone damaged a hasp lock on a barn door on Chuck’s Road in Standing Stone Township. Between April 4 and 10, someone fired a shot through an upstairs window of a residence on SR 1056 in Litchfield Township. Between April 17 and 18, the rear passenger-side tire of a vehicle in Kerryville Trailer Park in Columbia Township was slashed. Readers with any information pertaining to the aforementioned crimes may call 265-2186. Cash rewards have been posted relative to several of the incidents.

Vehicle Stolen in Warren Township

A white 1993 Buick Century sedan was reported stolen sometime between Dec. 28, 2010 and April 16 from a residence on Little Meadows Road in Warren Township. Information about the incident may be reported to state police at Towanda.

Fugitive Arrested on Sayre Hill Road

At 10 a.m. on March 28, state police at Towanda picked up Daniel Koopman, 23, Benton, LA, who was wanted for crimes committed in Tioga County, NY.

Tavern Fight Results in Arrest

An investigation is ongoing into an assault at the Hayloft Bar, Rush Township. On April 15 between 9 and 9:30 p.m., a dispute between Steven Jamie Leiser, 36, Pittston, and Dustin Kenneth Boner, 22, Montrose, escalated to the point of physical contact. Leiser was accused of simple assault.

No Injuries in Asylum Township Crash

Police report that David Valentine, 35, Rome, and Donald Wilhelm, 19, Towanda, were involved in an accident on Kilmer Hill Road, Asylum Township, at 6 p.m. on April 14. Police allege that Valentine failed to yield the right-of-way to Wilhelm, as Valentine pulled out of a quarry parking lot. Both drivers were wearing safety belts and were not injured in the crash.

ATV Accident Reported

On April 11 at 4 p.m., Willie P. Moore, 54, Scranton, was backing into the Jackson Post Office, Township Route 708, Jackson Township, to pick up mail. Leon J. Repella, 14, Jackson, was driving a 2003 Yamaha motorcycle/dirt bike and traveling north on 708. Repella tried to beat the truck and drive behind it to get around, but was unsuccessful and landed under the rear of the truck on his bike. Repella was charged with driving on the wrong side of the road. He did not require transport to a medical facility.

High Speed Cited in Crash

On April 11 at 9:36 p.m., Patrick S. Hunt, 20, Scott Township/Jermyn, was traveling east on Church St., Clifford Township, when he swerved right off the road onto a dirt berm. The vehicle swerved back onto the road, where it started to rotate clockwise and again went off the road into a wooded area and struck a tree. Hunt was cited for traveling at an unsafe speed.

Utility Pole Hit in Dimock Township

On April 14 at 12:30 p.m., Terry A. Steele, 55, South Montrose, was driving east on State Route 2024, Dimock Township, when he went off the road and struck a utility pole.

Teens Involved in "Sexting" Incidents

A 16-year old-male now has a juvenile petition filed with the Susquehanna County DA’s office. On April 15, an unnamed male took a snapshot of a 15-year-old female exposing her genital area during a live video feed known as “FaceTime” with an iPod Touch. He did this without the female’s knowledge. He later displayed the snapshot from his cell phone to other classmates at Montrose High School. On the same day, a concerned mother was going through her 13-year-old daughter’s cell phone and discovered naked photos of her 16-year-old boyfriend. The 13-year-old female reported to her mother and investigators that she also sent pictures of herself naked to her boyfriend. These occurred at private residences in Clifford Township and Susquehanna Borough. Juvenile petitions were filed on both of these juveniles in the DA’s office.

DUI Charged in Crash

A New Milford man was taken to Barnes Kasson Hospital for treatment on April 9. Police reported that, at 11:45 p.m., Toby L. Sparks, 36, New Milford, failed to negotiate a right curve on Township Route 1013, Harmony Township, while driving south. His vehicle went into the opposing ditch, traveled along the embankment and crashed into the roadway. Sparks was charged with numerous traffic citations and DUI.

Vehicle Loses Rear Wheel

Robert T. Wellman, 42, Brackney, was not injured when his car lost its right rear wheel while Wellman was driving east on State Route 3029, Jessup Township. The vehicle pulled to the right berm and struck a guide rail. Wellman was charged.

Walkway Spray-painted

Between April 1-4, someone spray painted the sidewalk in front of the Emerson Apt. Building, part of Susquehanna County Housing, in Hallstead Borough. Readers may call the Gibson Barracks at 465-3154 with any information.

Woman Cited for Criminal Trespass

On April 2, Pamela Kathleen Noble, 42, Tunkhannock, in her mother's vehicle, went to the residence of William Thomas McNeice, 46, Sutton Rd., New Milford Township. She entered through a garage access door, grabbed a mini sledgehammer, smashed the window in the interior door, unlocked the door and entered the occupied residence. Noble was arrested and arraigned in New Milford District Court.

Items Stolen from Vehicle

Between 9:30 p.m. on April 9 and 10:00 a.m. April 10, someone entered an unlocked vehicle belonging to Cody Ellis (no address given), which was located at the Checkered Express parking lot, State Route 29, Springville Township. Taken were a suitcase, an HP Laptop Model #G62-140US, black laptop case, an Xbox 360 with accessories, a Nike book bag, a t-shirt and a phone charger. The suspect then fled. Call the Gibson Barracks with any information.

Truck Stolen

A white Ford F-350 truck was stolen overnight between April 9 and 10 from its parking spot in front of its owner’s residence. Brandy Lea O’Rourke, Windham Township, told police that the 1992 truck was taken from the parking place without her knowledge or permission. Police did not note in their report if the truck had been locked at the time of the theft or if the keys were left inside.

Driver Flees Accident Scene

At approximately 4 p.m. on April 17, an unknown driver lost control of his or her vehicle on Norton Road near Lick Creek Road in Forks Township, Sullivan County, and proceeded to strike a mailbox and small shed before continuing south on Norton Road. Readers with information about the crime may contact state police at Laporte at 946-4492.

Traffic Stop Yields DUI and Drug Arrest

Mark Allen Cook, 51, Dushore, was apprehended after a traffic stop on Route 220 in Cherry Township, Sullivan County, at 9:52 p.m. on April 9. Police allege that Cook was intoxicated and had a small bag of marijuana in his shirt pocket.

DUI Suspected

On April 14, at 11:25 p.m., police arrested Justin Childers, 25, Pontotoc, MS, on suspicion of DUI. He was transported to Towanda Memorial Hospital for blood testing.

Burn Barrel Dumped

State police at Laporte are investigating the dumping of a burn barrel on North Street in Shunk between April 10 and 11. Readers with information may call 946-4492.







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