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Police Reports from Towanda, Tunkhannock, Gibson and Laporte Barracks


Accidents Reported by Towanda Barracks

State Police at Towanda report that just after 11 p.m. on April 25, Michael Lutz, 22, New Albany, lost control of his car after hitting a pool of standing water on Route 220 near the Crystal Springs Motel in North Towanda Township. One of three passengers, Danielle Lutz, 24, New Albany, incurred moderate injuries. The driver was cited for the crash. Everybody involved was wearing a seatbelt.

Two minor injuries were reported in a separate incident on Route 187 in Rome Township dated April 30. Police allege that Melinda Labarre, 18, Rome, was unable to stop her car before running into the rear of a vehicle driven by Whitney Kipling, 23, Athens, at about 2:30 p.m. Kipling and one of two passengers in her vehicle received medical attention for unspecified injuries. All drivers and passengers were properly restrained.

Carol Travis, 43, Towanda, incurred minor injuries when she was struck from behind by a car driven by Joseph Johnson, 28, Wysox, at 4:15 p.m. on May 7 on Route 6 in Wysox Township. Police allege that Travis was making a left hand turn from the westbound lane, rather than from the center left-turn-only lane. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts.

Sexual Assault Suspect Nabbed

State police at Towanda report that Edgar Reyes, 33, wanted since April 10 for allegedly forcing a 15-year-old Franklin Township female to have sex with him, was apprehended by U.S. marshals in Gilroy, CA. Reyes now awaits extradition back to Bradford County to face charges.

Police Look Into Thefts, Burglaries

Someone tried to pry open an ATM machine at Peoples State Bank in the Bradford Towne Centre, Wysox Township, at about 10:30 p.m. on May 8. The machine was damaged, but the theft was unsuccessful.

 At 10:30 p.m. on May 2, someone broke into DG Nicholas, Inc., Route 6, Wyalusing Township, via a side door. Nothing was reported to have been stolen. Readers with information about either break-in are encouraged to call 570-265-2186.

Ronald James Baker, 50, Towanda, was charged by police for allegedly forcing his way through a locked door of a Rail Street, Towanda Township, residence and attempting to choke the female homeowner after arguing with her in an incident dated May 1-2. Baker was cited for burglary, criminal trespass, criminal mischief, and harassment.

Mailbox Smashed in Rome

Readers with information about a black plastic mailbox on Battlecreek Road, Rome Township, shattered on May 6 or 7 are asked to call State Police at Towanda at 265-2186.

DUI Reported

Lino Estrada, Columbia Cross Roads, was charged with DUI at 10:30 p.m. on April 13 after being picked up on Route 6 near Hurley’s Market in North Towanda.

Relationship with Minor Leads to Charges

Tunkhannock Township police recently arrested Andrew David Hopkins, Tunkhannock, on charges that he had engaged in sexual activity with an underage Laceyville girl several times between Oct. 27 and Nov. 3, 2010 at his residence. Hopkins’ preliminary hearing was set for May 4.

Driver Flees Scene

Matthew Conklin, Tunkhannock, faces charges for allegedly fleeing the scene of an accident on Route 6 at Dark Hollow Road at 1:30 a.m. on March 26. Police note that Conklin was driving west when he lost control of his vehicle and struck an embankment. He was also charged with careless driving and restrictions on alcoholic beverages.

Traffic Stop Leads to DUI Arrest

Tunkhannock Township police pulled over Matthew Ryan Thomas, Tunkhannock, at 10:45 p.m. on April 2 on Route 6 west of Inver Road. Thomas was charged with DUI and three counts of driving in the wrong lane.

Police Investigate Thefts

State Police at Laporte are looking for information regarding the theft of a registration plate (XFT 9436) from a trailer on Elys Road, Cherry Township, Sullivan County. Readers with information may call 570-946-4610.

William May, Jr., 41, Ulster, was charged with theft after he allegedly stole money from the Dandy Mini Mart in Burlington where he was employed as a cashier. The incident occurred in August 2010.

Student Strikes Another

State Police at Towanda charged a 14-year-old Wyalusing student with harassment for striking a younger student in the face at 12:30 p.m. on May 2.

Burglaries Plague the Area

The first week of May saw State Police from the Tunkhannock Barracks investigating two burglaries, which may be related. On May 5 a residence in Lemon Township on East Shore Drive was burglarized, resulting in the disappearance of a television and copper piping. On May 7, Jane Chambers reported that two cottages belonging to her at Lake Carey had been broken into and had all the copper piping stolen from beneath them. The latter theft could have taken place any time over the winter, and police are investigating.

Domestic Disputes Lead to Charges

Three arguments during the past week have led to charges being filed against parties involved. On May 8 in Factoryville an incident was reported and an arrest was made; charges filed were simple assault and harassment. No time of the incident was listed on the report. On May 1 at 8:10 p.m., a 49-year-old man reported to police that he had been shoved while he was at the bar of the Lake Carey Inn. The investigation is continuing, and harassment charges may be filed. On May 7 at 9 a.m., Ray Barr, 25, Factoryville, was charged with choking his wife during an argument. Charges of harassment have been filed.

Vehicle Accidents Keep Cops Busy

Two crashes recently were reported to police, and some of those involved have been cited.

On April 21 at 8:37 a.m., a dark green 2007 Toyota Tundra is thought to have been driving east on Fieldbrook Highway in Nicholson, when it traveled to the south berm, hit a utility pole and left the scene. The driver is being sought and will be cited for careless driving and other offenses.

On May 8 at 2:40 p.m., four vehicles were involved in a domino-type collision along Route 6 in Tunkhannock Township. Police say Paul Menendez, Clarks Summit, was stopped in traffic at a red light in the westbound lane on Route 6 just before the Bardwell Bridge construction zone. Ahead of Menendez were two motorcycles. Behind Menendez was Alba Gonzalez-Reynozo, Plainfield, NJ; behind her was Pamela Valvano, Clarks Summit. Menendez had a female passenger, Gonzalez-Reynozo had one adult male and three juvenile male passengers, and Valvano had a female passenger. While all were stopped at the red light, Debra Whipple, Tunkhannock, failed to stop in time and struck Valvano’s vehicle. It in turn struck Gonzalez-Reynozo’s vehicle and that one struck Menendez’s vehicle. Whipple had a male juvenile passenger with her. The passengers in Gonzalez-Reynozo’s vehicle were reportedly injured and taken to CMC Scranton for treatment. Charges against Whipple are pending.

Thefts Reported in Susquehanna County

Four unrelated thefts were listed on public police reports this week, for which police are looking for information:

A black mailbox was taken from its post at the end of the William Dean Jenkins (35, Kingsley) driveway on Creek Rd. This occurred between April 23-24.

In Lathrop Township, a hose that was attached to a sump pump was cut and then the pump was stolen from Rosemary Phillips, State Route 2003, sometime between 12:01 a.m. and 3 p.m. on May 1.

A towable orange backhoe was taken from the Harold Daniels property on State Route 2001, Gibson Township, between 9 p.m. on May 1 and 10 a.m. the next day.

Between May 7-9, five batteries were taken out of five water trucks parked at the Suit-Kote Corporation, State Route 11, Great Bend Township. Anyone with information on any of these thefts should call the Gibson Barracks at 570-465-3154.

Criminal Mischief Investigated

Someone threw an egg at a truck that was traveling on State Route 29, near PJ's Bar, Bridgewater Township, on May 6. The truck was chipped from the egg.

In an unrelated incident on April 20, someone cut a chain securing a gate to the Sarah Nicole Marks, New York NY, property on Liberty Park Rd., Liberty Township. Readers may call the Gibson Barracks with any information on these incidents.

Crashes Reported by Gibson Barracks

On April 24, Daniel T. Pompey, 25, was going north on State Route 2063, Harford Township, and as he began to turn right onto Pennay Hill Road, he took the turn too wide and hit the guide rail. Pompey was not injured but received citations for violations.

On May 9 at 4:20 a.m., Duane D. Kinnon, 42, Liverpool, NY, was driving north on Interstate 81, Lenox Township, when his vehicle traveled off the roadway, along the shoulder, back onto the road, across both lanes, off the shoulder and into the median. It then went down the median about 75 feet and rolled over, coming to rest on its roof in the passing lane of the southbound lanes. Kinnon’s injuries were of unknown severity. He was taken to Community Medical Center and was charged for the accident.

Information Sought in iPad Burglary

On May 2 between 4:30 and 6 p.m., someone entered the Brandy Lynne Ralston residence on Hase Street, Great Bend. The door either was unlocked or not fully closed. Taken was a white iPad, serial #HW1026D9Z39 model #A1219. Readers may call the Gibson Barracks at 465-3154 with any information.

Police Charge Homeowner with Harassment

On April 30 at 6:45 p.m., Liberty Township Supervisor Theodore Plevinsky was at the residence of Ricky Joe Decker on Liberty Park Road to investigate a water complaint when, for no apparent reason, Decker came up to Plevinsky and began yelling and screaming at him before pushing him. A citation was filed against Decker in the Montrose District Judge's office.

Driver Reports Accident, Gets Citation

An investigation is ongoing concerning a vehicle belonging to Joseph J. Delgiorni, 33, Syracuse, that was hit while traveling on Interstate 81, Great Bend Township. Delgiorni reported that a blue tractor trailer with a red cargo box attempted to change lanes after passing him. As the other vehicle tried to get back into lane, it hit Delgiorni’s vehicle, and the other driver failed to stop. While at the barracks reporting the accident, police discovered that Delgiorni did not have a valid NY driver's license, and he was charged with violations.


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