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Police Reports from Towanda, Tunkhannock, Gibson and Laporte Barracks


Indecent Assaults Charged

State police at Towanda have accused James Laroy Adams, 64, Gillett, of indecent assault for allegedly touching a to-year-old girl in the groin area at Mobile Acres Trailer Court in Gillett on April 23. Readers with information may call 265-2186.

In a separate incident, Henry Benjamin, 45, Towanda, has been accused of subjecting two female employees at Towanda Memorial Hospital to unwanted physical contact just after midnight on Feb. 27.

Police are also investigating the indecent assault of a 13-year-old girl in Burlington Township after she was inappropriately touched by a known member of the family.

Woman Ignores Citation

Kelly M. Hay, 42, Canton, has been charged with criminal trespass after allegedly showing up at 1:15 p.m. on April 25 at the home of a Monroe Township resident, knowing that she was not supposed to be there.

Diner Dumpster Misused

State police at Towanda are looking for information regarding the disposal of personal trash items in a dumpster situated near Pipher’s Diner on Route 6 in Wysox Township. The incident occurred at abou 3:30 p.m. on March 27.

No Humor Found In Harassment Case

State police at Towanda are investigating the hanging of a dead bird by a noose from a tree on a Terry Township residence along Route 187 on April 9. Police assume that the act was committed to alarm the victim. Readers with information may call 265-2186.

Child’s Welfare Compromised

Tammie Ellen Bailey, 30, Canton, has been accused of endangering the welfare of a child by failing to protect a 10-year-old child from an unspecified situation that occurred on April 8 in Canton Township.

“Child’s Play” Deemed Inappropriate

Police are investigating several instances in September 2010, when an 11-year-old boy allegedly touched children younger than he at a home in Orwell Township. The victims are 5- and 8-years-old, and investigators believe that the 8-year-old might also be implicated in the inappropriate physical contact.

Flagman Harassed By Impatient Driver

A flagman working on Sportsman Club Road in Litchfield Township, Bradford County, was verbally abused and nudged forward by the driver of a red Ford Taurus truck at 8 a.m. on April 8. The white male, wearing blue coveralls, and estimated to be between 30- and 40-years-old fled to the north after “moving” the flagman out of his way.

Dushore Man Thwarts PFA

Bradley Joseph Battin, 60, Dushore, allegedly ignored a Bradford County protection from abuse order when he visited a North Towanda woman at her Pine Drive home at 6:40 p.m. on April 25. Battin was arraigned and placed in Bradford County Prison in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Victim and Instigator Of Job-Related Fight Charged

Police have filed assault and harassment charges against Herbert Eugene Keeling, 50, Towanda, and Wayde Arnold Burgess Jr., 28, Monroeton, after an altercation at about 4:20 p.m. on April 29. Keeling reportedly fired Burgess from his job, which generated the argument. A third person from Mountainburg, AK, tried to intervene but was allegedly shoved by both Burgess and Keeling, who then punched Burgess in the head.

Too Many Phone Calls

John Francis Pastusic, 37, Mildred, was charged with harassment on April 29 after police allege that he continued to phone a Dushore woman after being asked multiple times to stop.

Towanda State Police Investigate Various Thefts

Somebody gained access to a cabin on Heitzman Lane near the border of Armenia and Bradford townships between April 10 and 29, stealing assorted tools, a television, and personal belongings.

Between 8 a.m. on April 23 and 8 p.m. on April 24, someone removed letters from a sign in Alba Boro, Bradford County.

Police are looking for a black male, approximately 6 feet tall and 165 pounds, driving a blue Kia Sorrento SUV who has allegedly stolen gasoline on several occasions over the past months-most recently on April 26-from the Dandy Mini Mart in Wells Township.

A Milan man wired money to purchase a car online on April 5, but the seller has failed to deliver the vehicle.

Readers with information on any of the aforementioned crimes may call 265-2186 to report information confidentially. There are cash rewards posted for tips to some incidents.

Vehicle Crashes Reported

A four-car crash on April 29 Route 6 west of Austinville Road at Sylvania Boro fortunately caused no injuries, and all drivers were wearing seatbelts. Drivers included Stanley Kosloski, Troy; Emily Peak, Canton; Robert Maletta, Troy; and Brittney Eisenbury, Athens.

Shannon Hostetter, 28, Ulster, suffered a major injury, and two juveniles incurred minor injuries in an accident on April 30 on Lake Road in Ulster when Hostetter allegedly lost control of her vehicle traveling down a hill and overturning on the westbound berm.

There were no injuries on April 29 when Dorothy Shaeffer, 86, Rome, allegedly failed to stop at a stop sign on Orwell Hill Road and pulled onto Route 187 in front of a Rome resident, who struck her from behind.

Both Betty Roof, 72, Wysox, and Kevin Leaman, 29, Narvon, were cited for an accident that occurred on Route 6 west of Route 187 at 1:40 p.m. on April 29. Police allege that Roof was illegally driving in a left-hand turn only lane when Leaman entered the highway from a private driveway and pulled in front of her. Roof suffered a minor injury.

There were no injuries in an April 28 crash on Route 220 south of Bridge Street in Towanda. David Bouse, 48, Towanda is reported to have been the driver of a vehicle that struck a bear that was in the

Driver Flees Scene of Accident

On April 19 at 11:45 p.m., Brian S. Decker, Jr., 25, Meshoppen, was driving westbound on State Route 706, Rush Township, when his vehicle exited the roadway to the north after negotiating a left-hand curve. The vehicle traveled about 116 feet, then crossed both lanes of travel before exiting the roadway off the south berm. It then struck an embankment, causing the vehicle to roll over. Decker then left the scene.

Collision Results in DUI

Lucas John Baker, 30, Meshoppen, was traveling north on State Route 3001, Auburn Township, when he lost control of his vehicle on May 1 at 12:33 a.m. The vehicle hit a ditch. He exhibited signs of intoxication, according to the police report, and was taken to Endless Mountains Health Systems for BAC testing. No one was injured.

Motorcycle Accident Results in Injuries

On April 30 at 4:59 p.m., Jason E. Nichols, 32, Selinsgrove, was driving north on Chenango St., Bridgewater Township, when he ran over irregular pavement on his motorcycle. He lost control and the unit overturned, moderately injuring him and a passenger. They were both taken to Wilson Hospital.

Driver Charged for Possessing Pot

Joel Harris, 27, Binghamton, NY, was stopped for a traffic violation, and the officer smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle on April 17. Harris was interviewed outside the vehicle at which time he was patted down for weapons. In the course of the pat down, marijuana was detected in his pocket, and it was seized. Harris was released and charged with one count each of possession of small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia in New Milford District Court.

Accident Produces Citation

On April 28 at 10:30 a.m., Linda J. Swan, 54, Port Crane, was driving north on State Route 11, Great Bend Township. Her car left the road and struck a mailbox with the right side mirror. The vehicle continued traveling north on the berm, went up an embankment and back down. As Swan attempted to bring the vehicle back to the roadway, her vehicle struck a concrete drainage pipe, then traveled another 24 feet. She was charged.

No Injuries in Jeep Rollover

Alixandria M. Taylor, 17, Kingsley, was traveling east on State Route 106, Harford Township, after leaving the Mountain View School on April 28 at 3:17 p.m. She lost control of her Jeep when wind blew papers around the inside of her vehicle. It went off the road, back onto the road and then swerved off the road again. The vehicle then rolled over, coming to rest on its wheels. Taylor did not require medical transport.

Siblings Corroborate on Theft

On April 18, Crystal Williams, 19, Hallstead, who is employed by Pump -N- Pantry, Great Bend, under-rung a purchase of cigarettes to her sister, Cayli Jeffrey. Jeffrey then returned a short time later with the stolen cigarettes, and Williams “refunded” the money. Both will answer to charges in court.

Teen Encounters Suspicious Male

A 17-year-old female was approached on State Route 92, Gibson Township, by a man in a pickup truck as the girl was walking home on April 18 at 4 p.m. She reported to police that the man pulled up alongside of her and yelled, "Hey, come here." The girl reported that she had always been told by her parents to immediately go home if such a situation occurred. As the girl turned and ran toward her residence, the man again yelled for her to “come here.” When the girl arrived home, she saw the man in the truck pass by her residence. He was described as a white male, 30 to 40 years old, thick wavy brown hair, medium-length unkempt beard, wearing a flannel shirt. The vehicle was described as an older model, possibly a Chevrolet, red with silver trim. There may be something hanging from the rear view mirror. Readers with information may call the Gibson Barracks at 570-465-3154.

Man Punched, Kicked Out of his Car

Darrel Edmund Dickerson, 30, Williamsport, was punched in the face by a traveling companion known to him only as Kareem, before the man allegedly took Dickerson’s vehicle and left him in the Flying J parking lot, New Milford Township. The suspect is described as a black male, heavy-set, 5’5”, black hair and brown eyes. An investigation continues into the incident, which occurred at 3 a.m. on April 25.

Puddle Dampens Driver’s Day

Kody S. Kemp, 19, Friendsville, was driving north on State Route 267, Choconut Township, on April 26 at 5:40 a.m. He failed to negotiate a large puddle in the lane of travel and lost control of his vehicle. Police allege that Kemp overcompensated and crashed into the embankment. The vehicle then rolled onto its roof and slid to a resting position. He was charged with driving too fast for conditions.

Woman to be Charged With Hit and Run

On April 22 at 5:39 a.m., Lynn A. Kimmell, 42, New Milford, was backing from a parked position on Broad St., New Milford Borough, when she struck the rear of another parked vehicle, caused damage and allegedly fled the scene. She was subsequently identified and will be issued numerous citations for the reported violations.

Toddler and Driver Fall Off Motorcycle

Dave E. Warner, 52, Hallstead, was driving a motorcycle south on Mountain Valley Rd., Liberty Township, when he lost control for unknown reasons and went into a ditch, upon which the driver and three-year-old passenger were thrown from the motorcycle. Warner was taken to Wilson Hospital with injuries of unknown severity. The toddler was not injured. Warner was cited. The incident occurred on April 26 at 5:03 p.m.

Driver Damages Car Wash Vacuum

On April 23 at 11:00, an unknown vehicle backed into the island at the Endless Mountain Car Wash in an unnamed alley in Great Bend Township and fled. The crash damaged a vacuum unit. Readers may call the Gibson Barracks at 465-3154 with any information.

Area Thefts Keep Police Busy

Police are investigating several thefts, which occurred within the past few days in Wyoming County. On April 24 at 1:40 p.m. at Shadowbrook Inn in Tunkhannock Township, two Hispanic males are suspected of entering the resort and damaging an amusement machine. They were attempting to access the cash box, say police. About $50 in damage was done to the machine; no word on whether the thieves were successful in obtaining the cash box. In the parking lot behind the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock Borough, police say a man reported an MP3 player stolen from his vehicle. The incident occurred on April 17 between 8:10 and 8:15 p.m. There was no word regarding the vehicle’s make or model or whether it was locked at the time of the theft. On April 26 at 11:06 a.m., a male and two females fled the Walmart store in Eaton Township in a white 1998 Dodge van, license tag number HNM9700. The trio had allegedly taken several DVDs from the store. The police are investigating.

Two Burglaries Reported in Meshoppen

Between Feb. 14 and April 30, a vacation home on Myo Beach Road, Meshoppen Township, was burglarized. Police say someone pried open the screen door and broke a living room window to gain access to the home. A pellet gun was removed, and the perpetrators fled the scene. The home is owned by a 60-year-old man from Levittown, PA, near Philadelphia.

On April 30 between 1:45 and 10:30 a.m., the Trail Inn in Meshoppen Township was broken into. The perpetrators stole liquor and fled the scene. The Trail Inn is owned by a 58-year-old woman from Laceyville. Police are investigating both incidences.

Simple Assault in North Branch

On May 1 at 8 p.m., Damon Knause, 31, Mehoopany, was charged and arrested for simple assault. His girlfriend reported that he had struck her several times. Knause was arraigned at the Laporte District Judge's Office and remanded to the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of bail.

Tunkhannock Man Charged with Making False Reports

William Shoemaker, 57, Tunkhannock, was charged with making false reports to law enforcement authorities on March 3 of this year. Shoemaker is said to have admitted to reporting his car stolen on Feb. 21 of this year. The car had not been stolen, say police.

Montrose Man Dozes, Crashes

Kyle Smith, 18, Montrose, fell asleep while he was driving north on Route 92 on April 25 at 7:05 a.m., say police. The report states that Smith was wearing a seat belt and suffered no injuries when his car left the roadway and struck a large rock with its right side. The incident happened just south of the intersection of Route 307 in Tunkhannock Township.

Two-Car Crash: No One Hurt

Two vehicles were involved in a crash on April 25 at 5:15 p.m. on Route 6 in Tunkhannock Township. Police say a tire fell off a Chevrolet truck being driven by Jill Baldo, Factoryville. The tire rolled and struck a vehicle traveling west on Route 6; Baldo had been driving east. Both drivers were wearing seat belts and neither was hurt.

Brandished Knife Leads To Assault Charge

State police at Laporte have charged Thomas Miller, 50, Dushore with aggravated assault for allegedly pulling out a knife and threatening to kill another Dushore man at about 4:10 p.m. on April 28. Miller was remanded to the Wyoming County Correctional Facility after failing to post $25,000 bail.

Window Broken

A window was shattered at a property on Browns Pond Road, Cherry Township, Sullivan County, between midnight and 3:15 p.m. on April 2. The owner of the property lives in Coatesville, PA. Readers with information about the vandalism may call 946-4610.

Traffic Stop Results In DUI

Police pulled over Jonathan M. Stead, 29, Muncy Valley, just after midnight on April 30 for an “equipment violation,” at which time they noticed a strong odor of alcohol on his breath and charged him with DUI. The incident occurred in the Hunters Lake Area, Shrewsbury Township, Sullivan County.






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