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Police Reports from Towanda, Tunkhannock, Gibson and Laporte Barracks


Meshoppen Man Dies in Crash

A Meshoppen man died as the result of a motorcycle crash. On April 23 at 6:35 p.m., Ronald T. Fletcher, 54, died in a crash on State Route 3004, Auburn Township. An investigation is ongoing, as it is unknown why Fletcher, who was operating a 1983 Yamaha XV12 motorcycle, went off the roadway. He failed to negotiate a left-hand turn and his bike went off the right side of the road where it struck a utility pole. Fletcher was an experienced rider, according to the police report, and was wearing a helmet.

Accidental Death Reported

Police have not released the name of the 51-year-old male who died on April 19 at 10:15 a.m. when a large tree he was trying to cut down fell on him and crushed him. Police say the man was cutting an 18-inch diameter oak tree down when the tree became entangled with another tree next to it. The man apparently stood downhill of the trees trying to cut the second tree to free the first. He did, but both trees then fell and the larger one struck and killed the man. This incident occurred on Windy Valley Road, SR 3001, in Forksville Township.

Police Cite Six Drivers for DUI

As part of Operation Strike Force, State Police at Towanda and Towanda Borough Police officers arrested six of 212 drivers on suspicion of DUI on Main Street in Towanda between 11 p.m. on April 23 and 3 a.m. on April 24. Additionally, two drivers were cited for seatbelt violations, four were issued speeding tickets, two were nabbed for driving with suspended licenses, and 18 drivers were the recipients of miscellaneous traffic citations. One person was arrested for public drunkenness, and police issued 13 warnings. Operation Strike Force in Bradford County will continue at various locations and times throughout the year.

Location of Altercation Corrected

An April 15 incident reported by State Police at Gibson in last week’s paper actually occurred along Route 267, opposite and not at the Hayloft Bar in Rush Township. An investigation involving a dispute that escalated into a physical confrontation is ongoing.

Home to Two Seniors Burglarized

It is not known yet if anything was taken from a home on Second Street in Wyalusing when unknown people entered the residence between the mornings of April 20 and 21. Readers with pertinent information may call 265-2186.

Break-in Occurs at Salon

Between noon on April 21 and 8 a.m. on April 22, someone tried to enter Jaime’s Place on Main Street, Wyalusing. Nothing was reported to be stolen. Readers with pertinent information may call 265-2186.

Message Left on Mailbox

State Police at Towanda are also investigating damage done to a mailbox on River Road, Standing Stone Township, between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on April 24. During that time, someone spray-painted the words “Joe Dirt” onto the resident’s mailbox.

Gun Club Entered During Winter

Sometime between Dec. 4, 2010, and April 17, the Chaffee Creek Gun Club on Allyn Run Road, Warren Township, was broken into. Entry was made via the front door.

Domestic Dispute Reported

State Police at Towanda are investigating an incident that occurred on Milan Road in Smithfield Township at 1:40 p.m. on April 17 that left both Christina Lynn Rought, 33, Towanda, and Brian Russell Carey, 30, East Smithfield, listed as “victims” and “accused.” Police allege that they were involved in a verbal argument on the porch that turned physical.

Construction Site Targeted

The theft of skid steer forks, chains, and binders was reported at a well construction site off Hutchinson Road, Warren Township, which is managed by Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College. The objects disappeared sometime between April 13 and 19.

Garbage Dumping Claimed Near Monroeton

Police allege that Daniel Eugene Harbst, 20, deposited multiple bags of garbage on a property on Canton Avenue near the Monroe Township/Monroeton line between Dec. 25, 2010 and March 30.

House Guest Accused of Theft

Thomas P. Heasley, 21, Wyalusing, has been charged for theft after he allegedly removed $400 from the wallet of a Bridge Street Hill, Towanda Township, resident between 8 and 8:30 p.m. on March 3.

Diamond Pendant Stolen

Police reported the theft of a diamond pendant from a mailbox on Jennings Road in Granville Township on April 21. The report included no information as to why the jewelry was in the mailbox.

Metal Thieves Strike Again

Various items were removed from a scrap pile on a farm on McNeal Road, Burlington Township, between April 9 and 13. Readers with information may call state police at Towanda at 265-2186.

Driver Hits Guiderail

On April 18, Franco Fecina, 26, Greenfield Township, was traveling on State Route 247, Clifford Township, when he failed to negotiate a curve and hit a guiderail and was cited.

Cruelty to Animals

Belinda Rudder, 49, Hallstead, was charged with cruelty to animals and licensing dogs on April 2. She allegedly had two chained pit-bulls on her property and, due to the length of the chains, the dogs could not reach food or water. Both were reported to be in deplorable conditions and were continuously stepping and lying in their own feces.

Two-Vehicle Crash Results in Injuries

One driver had major injuries and six passengers had minor injuries after an April 10 accident near the intersection of Route 29 and SR 2029, Bridgewater Township. Police allege that Scott D. Heater, 36, Kirkwood, NY, stopped at the stop sign and proceeded to cross Route 29, when he struck Timothy R. Schell, 40, Meshoppen, who was traveling north on Route 29. Schell swerved to the right, striking a utility pole. Heater had major injuries, and his passengers, Kelly A. Lynady, 36, Binghamton, NY, and three minors incurred minor injuries. Schell was not injured, but two minors in his vehicle suffered minor injuries. The injured were taken to Endless Mountains Health Systems, and Heater was charged for the accident.

Teen Leaves Roadway, Hits Tree

On April 24, Sharon A. James, 18, was traveling north on Germantown Rd., Harmony Township, when her vehicle left the road and traveled about 126 feet before hitting a tree. As a result, the car rolled over onto its passenger side, coming to rest about 30 feet from the point of impact. She was charged for failure to drive on roadways laned for traffic.

Burglary Attempt Unsuccessful

Between Sept. 26, 2010, and April 16, someone forced the front door at a Creek Road residence in New Milford, owned by a New Jersey resident. The burglar(s) then fled the scene. Readers with information may call 465-3154.

Vehicle and Trailer Stolen

Sometime between April 15 at 3 p.m. and 6:30 a.m. on April 18, a 2007 Freightliner, red in color, with Oklahoma registration 2KA556 with Arnold written in white on it, and a 2006 Wabash white trailer with Maine registration 1549434 with Arnold written on it, were taken from the Flying J Truck Stop, New Milford Township. A New Milford resident and employee of Arnold Transportation Services, Chattanooga, TN, was driving the truck and parked at the Flying J truck stop. After being home for the weekend, he returned to the truck stop, and the truck and trailer loaded with women’s shoes en route to Warren, PA, were missing.

Thieves Hit Liberty Township Barn

Between April 4 and 6, someone gained entry to a storage barn on Mill Rd., Liberty Township, by pulling out the bottom of large sliding barn doors and crawling underneath. An air tank and toolbox with miscellaneous hand tools were removed.

Two-Car Crash

On April 18 at 5:21, Todd E. Burkey, 46, Dalton, exited Interstate 81 via exit 230, Great Bend Township, and was turning southbound on State Route 171. Burkey's vehicle became disabled from suspected alternator problems and came to a stop within the intersection. Cody C. Norris, 22, Susquehanna, was traveling southbound on 171 and was unsuccessful in avoiding the stopped vehicle, striking the front driver’s side of Burkey’s car. Both suffered from minor pain but refused medical treatment.

Hit & Run

On April 17 at 1 a.m., a 2004 Nissan Altima, which was going east on State Route 706 just east of State Route 267, exited the road off the north berm and struck a utility pole. The operator and possible occupants fled the scene. Readers may call the Gibson State Police barracks at 465-3154 with any information.

Two Telephone Harassment Cases

Police report that two incidents of telephone harassment have occurred in the past few days. David Susz, 49, Springville, told police that on April 25 he was threatened through a phone call to a third party. The police are investigating.

The second incident is said to have occurred repeatedly between April 4 and April 25. Heather Call, 18, Falls, told police that she has received harassing phone calls on her mobile phone during that period. The police are investigating.

Diesel Fuel Stolen

Overnight between April 21-22, someone drove through a field behind a construction trailer at the Minichi Construction site on Windy Valley Road and stole some diesel fuel. The amount of fuel stolen was not specified in the report. The perpetrators are said to have taken fuel from a storage tank as well as a red DC fuel pump system for the tank and a battery from a generator. The thefts occurred at the bridge project on SR 3001 in Forkston Township, also known as Windy Valley Road. Minichi Construction is out of Dalton. Police are investigating.

Two-Car Crash in Tunkhannock Township

On April 24 at 12:52 p.m., two vehicles were involved in a rear-end collision on Route 6. Police say Emma Landis, 74, Tunkhannock, was driving a 2001 Toyota Avalon west on Route 6. Ronald Markovitz, 40, Tunkhannock, was driving west as well in a 2008 Hyundai Veracruz. He had two passengers, Donna Markovitz, 40, and Natalie Markovitz, 12. All concerned were wearing seat belts. Police say Landis’s vehicle struck the rear of Markovitz’s vehicle. The 12-year-old girl in Markovitz’s vehicle sustained minor injuries and was treated at Mercy Tyler Hospital.

iPad Stolen from Mailbox

A 44-year-old female whose name police are not releasing has reported that on April 22 between 9:50 a.m. and 1:50 p.m., an iPad was stolen from her mailbox along Margaret Hollow Road in Tunkhannock. The woman reported that someone must have opened her mailbox, opened the box inside and taken the iPad, putting the box back inside. They then fled the scene. Police are investigating.

Laceyville Borough Crash

On April 23 at 12:30 p.m. at the intersection of Route 6 and Bee Street in Laceyville Borough, a 17-year-old female was involved in a two-car crash. Police say the young driver was wearing a seat belt as was her passenger, a 14-year-old female from Meshoppen. Both were moderately injured in the crash and received treatment at Mercy Tyler Hospital.

Erik Brewer, no age given, Laceyville, was driving a 1994 Chevrolet Silverado west on Route 6 and was stopped to make a left turn onto Bee Street. The young driver, also going west on Route 6, failed to stop in time and rear ended Brewer’s vehicle. She was driving a 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche. She will be cited with careless driving. Brewer’s passengers, a 12-year-old male and two 14-year-old males, all from Laceyville, suffered minor injury, as did Brewer himself. All except the two 14-year-olds were wearing seat belts, and their use was described by police as “not applicable/not used.”

Crash in Mehoopany

On April 21 at 8:50 a.m., Linda Phinney, 63, Laceyville, was driving south on SR 4002 approaching Route 87 when police say John Zierowicz, 19, Wyoming, pulled out from a stop sign on Route 87 into Phinney’s path. Phinney’s vehicle, a 2007 Ford Freestyle, was struck in its side. Phinney was not injured; she was wearing a seat belt. Zierowicz was driving a 1997 Honda Accord and was also wearing a seat belt and was not injured. There was no word on any charges filed.









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