Police Reports from Towanda, Tunkhannock, Gibson and Laporte Barracks
Teen Reported Missing
A 16-year-old boy who resides on Main Street in Lopez was reported missing to state police at Laporte. He was last seen at about 10 p.m. on May 11, wearing red and white sneakers, baggy blue jeans, a dark-colored T-shirt, tan or brown hoody, and dark baseball cap with the letters DC. Readers with information may contact the Laporte station at 570-946-4610.
Assault Charges Filed
Police have accused Brad Cordner, Monroeton, of simple assault following an incident on the evening of May 10, when Cordner allegedly struck a 20-year-old female in the head with an ashtray and kicked her in the stomach.
DUI Arrests Reported
State police at Towanda report that Cathleen Ammerman, 53, Towanda, was found slumped over the steering wheel of her vehicle, which was stopped in the eastbound lane of Airport Road in Towanda Township.
Police belatedly charged John Sharts, 48, Sugar Run, with DUI for a Feb. 21 accident that involved damage to other vehicles and/or property that occurred on Route 187 at Grant Hill Road in Wilmot Township. Victims included men from Wyalusing and Tunkhannock.
Dale Allis, 63, Rome, was charged with DUI in connection with a minor two-vehicle crash that occurred near the gas pumps at the Rome Dandy Mini-Mart at 7:30 p.m. on May 13.
Charges are pending for violations of the PA Vehicle Code. On May 16 at 1:11 a.m., Anthea May Fulkerson, 42, Clifford Township, displayed signs of intoxication, according to the police report, while in physical control of a motor vehicle in front of a house on State Route 106, Clifford Township.
Robert Stucker, Sandbank Road, Eaton Township, was arrested on charges of DUI on May 14 at 8:20 a.m., when police stopped him on a roadway in his ATV. Police detected that Stucker was under the influence of alcohol, and charges are pending the results of a blood test.
A 43-year-old male from Montrose was also arrested on May 14 at 2:30 a.m. along Route 6 in Tunkhannock Township and charged with DUI. Police are still investigating this incident, and the man's name has not been released.
Firearms Application Deemed Phony
Brian Scott Wickwire, 45, Laceyville, is accused of providing false information for a firearms transfer application that he filled out at Fulmer’s Sporting Goods in Wysox Township on May 7. Wickwire was arraigned by magisterial district judge Fred Wheaton and released on $500 unsecured bail.
In-Family Theft Leads To Threats
State police at Laporte have accused Tyler Austin, 20, Dushore, of terroristic threats and harassment against an older male relative at 7:30 p.m. on May 9. The victim had earlier reported to police that someone had stolen several firearms and two checks that were forged and cashed between May 3 and 7. Austin was transported to the Wyoming County Correctional Facility in lieu of $10,000 bail.
Coins, Guns, and Jewelry Stolen
A Dushore woman was the victim of theft between Feb. 13 and 14, when approximately $200 in quarters, six one-dollar coins, and $7.50 in 50-cent pieces were removed from her home. The investigation is ongoing.
On April 29, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., firearms, jewelry, and a game system were stolen from a Hogan Road, Wilmot Township residence. The value of the stolen items was reported at $3,250. Readers with information may call 570-265-2186.
Harassment Charges Levied
Lee Crayton, 70, Monroeton, stands accused of subjecting a Bloomsburg woman working as a flagger for a road repair crew on Sunset Road in Leroy Township to unwanted physical contact at 1 p.m. on May 9. Crayton was charged with harassment for allegedly grabbing the flagger by the arm while she was working.
State Police at Laporte have arrested Richard Vanderpool, Bloomsburg, for forcibly grabbing the wrist of a woman in the parking lot next to the old Dushore Hotel in Dushore at 1:30 p.m. on May 11.
Six-Vehicle Pile-up Injures One
Police are investigating an accident at a road construction site on Route 6 in North Towanda Township that occurred just before 8 a.m. on May 10. Mack truck driver Theodore Copp, Muncy Valley, allegedly rear-ended a Kenworth truck driven by Donald Shrimp, Towanda. Shrimp in turn was pushed into the back of a car driven by Brenda Hartwick, of Ulster, who hit a car driven by Nikki Hadlock, also of Ulster. Hadlock proceeded to hit the back of an SUV driven by Kathleen Chamberlain, Gillett. Finally, Chamberlain was pushed into the back of a pickup truck driven by Dale Crane, Columbia Cross Roads. Hartwick received an unspecified minor injury. All of the drivers were wearing seatbelts. Copp will be cited for driving at an unsafe speed.
Additional Accidents Reported
John Kiluk, 48, Towanda, was injured in an accident at 4:25 p.m. on May 9 when he allegedly pulled out from a stop sign at Dunn Road onto Route 220 in Towanda Township into the path of a tanker truck driven by Audrey Bledsoe, Canton. The impact spun Kiluk’s pickup truck around until it came to rest on the southbound shoulder facing east. Kiluk was transferred to Robert Packer Hospital with unspecified injuries and later released. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts.
Police allege that Brock Hoover, 25, Towanda, was under the influence of alcohol when he failed to negotiate a right turn on Plank Road at Towanda on May 11 at 4:35 a.m. Hoover’s Jeep reportedly left the roadway, rode a ditch to a culvert, then rolled approximately five times before hitting a guiderail, after which the vehicle turned upright on all four tires, facing north. The total distance from leaving the roadway to coming to a stop was estimated by state police at 150 feet. Hoover was not injured in the crash.
State police at Towanda are seeking information about an accident that occurred on Route 187 in Wilmot Township at 10:30 p.m. on April 29 that resulted in the downing of utility wires. Witnesses reported that a tractor trailer hauling a large blue colored piece of equipment struck and knocked down the wire, but the driver took off before police arrived. Readers with information may call 570-265-2186.
On May 7 at 10:12 a.m. on Route 29 in Eaton Township, three vehicles were involved in a “domino effect” crash. Police say Ashley Evans and Kenneth Alguire, both of Tunkhannock, were stopped in traffic on southbound 29 when Michael Heiser, of Sweet Valley, failed to stop in time and rear ended Alguire’s vehicle which in turn rear ended Evans's vehicle. Only Evans sustained any injury and those were described as minor.
On May 1 at 12:48 p.m. on Route 307 in Tunkhannock Township, Jason Whitman, Tunkhannock, was traveling north when he became distracted, say police, and left the road. His vehicle struck a guiderail and then caught fire. However, Whitman was not injured.
Stolen Gas Case Among Area Thefts
Police reported that someone syphoned approximately 16 gallons of gas from a vehicle owned by a New Albany man between May 10 and 12. The vehicle was parked at Epler’s Garage in New Albany.
More Trash Dumped
Boyd Howard Fenton, no address given, is accused of dumping trash alongside Pleasant Street in Rome. Readers with information about the littering may call 570-265-2186.
Storage Sheds Vandalized
Between May 14 and 16, someone cut several locks off sheds at Ennis Self Storage Ranch in Wysox Township. State police at Towanda are investigating the case.
Numerous reports of cabin break-ins have been reported in Bradford County over recent weeks as owners make their seasonal returns. A cabin on Aeppli Road in Herrick Township owned by a Whitehall resident was entered between April 23 and May 7, and a cabin along Marshview Road in Asylum Township belonging to an Oxford resident was broken into between May 1 and May 6. Tools and other items were removed from the Herrick Township cabin, and a bottle of Southern Comfort and an orange Backpack were taken from the Asylum Township cabin. Readers with information about the burglaries are encouraged to call 570-265-2186.
Update on November Crime
Amy May, 44, Ulster, was charged with fraud and forgery for cashing six counterfeit U.S. Postal money orders at Peoples State Bank branches in Ulster and Wysox between Nov. 5 and 10. The value of the fraudulent certificates totaled $5,850.
Golf Cart Vandalized
Between Sept. 26, 2010 and May 9, someone punctured two tires on a golf cart belonging to a Florida resident while it was parked at 958 Creek Rd., New Milford. Readers with information may call the Gibson Barracks at 570-465-3154.
Pump And Run Investigated
On May 13 at 12:45 a.m., someone drove off from the Liberty Truck Plaza, off Interstate 81, Harford Township, without paying for $46.70 in fuel.
“Borrowed” Vehicle Returned Damaged
On May 9, a suspect whose name was withheld due to an ongoing investigation took a 1989 Chevy Cavalier from a State Route 2009, Lathrop Township residence without authorization from its owner. The vehicle was returned, damaged, to GJ&S Salvage, Springville, where it was recovered.
An investigation is ongoing into the theft of prescription medication that was taken from a Windsor, NY, resident without authorization. The theft took place on Hunsinger Rd., Franklin Township.
Laceyville Home Burglarized
Police report that at 8:45 a.m. on May 7, someone entered a residence on Trout Lane, Laceyville, Meshoppen Township, by smashing a rear window of the house. The perpetrators, who are still being sought, also removed a screen from a window on the front porch of the house. The investigation is continuing, and no list of stolen objects has been released. The home is said to belong to a 74-year-old man and a 54-year-old man, both of Laceyville.
Two Rape Cases Reported
On April 15 at approximately 9 p.m., Kyle Keen, 20, Tunkhannock, was arrested at the Dymond Terrace Trailer Park in Eaton Township on charges of statutory sexual assault of a 15-year-old juvenile. The incident is said to have occurred at the victim’s residence. Keen will be charged with statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, corruption of minors and indecent assault. Police say Keen admitted to having inappropriate relations with the juvenile. He was arraigned before District Judge Carl Smith and released on $15,000 bail. The preliminary hearing will be set by the court.