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Police Reports from Towanda, Tunkhannock, Gibson and Laporte Barracks


Shooting Reported in New Milford

Police investigated a shooting at the Parkview Hotel, New Milford Borough, which occurred on May 20 at 1:20 am. According to the police report, an altercation occurred between Jason Aronowitz, 42, New Milford, and other patrons of the Parkview. This led to the shooting of Michael Reid, Hallstead, allegedly done by Aronowitz with a .45 caliber handgun. Reid was taken to Wilson Hospital for treatment. An arrest warrant was obtained for Aronowitz, and he was taken into custody later the same day. He was remanded to the Susquehanna County Correctional Facility. Bail was denied. Aronowitz’s preliminary hearing, originally scheduled for May 23, was continued until June 23. Charges of criminal attempt/criminal homicide, aggravated assault and possession of instruments of crime were filed at the New Milford District Court.

Bad Checks Lead to Charges

Numerous summons have been issued to people for allegedly writing bad checks for services or products at area businesses. As a result of separate incidents, Hurley’s Fresh Market in Towanda has accused Amanda Place,  Monroeton, Bobbie Jo Benjamin, Towanda, and James Keenan Day, Ulster, for writing bad checks in 2010, totaling $448.12, plus $80 in accumulated fees.

Walters Farm Partnership in Ulster Township has accused William R. House, Nicholson, of writing a bad check in the amount of $1,326 on July 12, 2010. Ben Franklin Store in Towanda has accused Aubrey Plummer, Elmira, for writing a bad check in the amount of $248.16 on or about Jan. 17. Towanda Junior Football has accused Amy Ennis, Sayre, for writing a bad check in the amount of $352 on Nov. 4, 2010. Jay Lamphere, Monroe Township, has accused Tina M. Gillis-Johnson, Canton, for writing a bad check in the amount of $291.50 on Feb. 22.

Child Inappropriately Photographed

Police are investigating a situation involving inappropriate photos taken between March 1 and May 19 of a four-year-old girl in Monroeton. Readers with information may call state police at Towanda at 570-265-2186.

Police Investigate Accidents

Nobody was injured in a two-car crash on Route 187 at Route 467 in Rome Township at 4:35 p.m. on May 19. Police allege that Pamela N. Bennett, 28, Rome, struck a vehicle driven by Dylan R. Jones, 18, Ulster, from behind. Jones had stopped to allow for a vehicle in front of him to make a left turn off the highway. There were four passengers, including three children under 10-years-old, in Bennett’s vehicle and one adult passenger in Jones’ vehicle. All drivers and passengers were wearing seatbelts.

A passenger from Athens was injured in a two-vehicle crash on Route 220 in Ulster at 3 p.m. on May 21. Police report that Patricia A. Gillette, 56, Spencer, NY, failed to stop in time and hit a car driven by an Athens man, who had stopped and was signaling an impending left turn onto Cash Creek Road. All occupants were wearing seatbelts.

Robin L. Adams, 55, Dushore, incurred a minor injury in a May 21 accident on Route 87 at Kelly Road in Cherry Township, Sullivan County. Police report that Adams hit a tire that was in the middle of the roadway, causing moderate damage to his car, which had to be towed from the scene. Adams was transported to Towanda Memorial Hospital by Dushore EMS.

Eric B. Overfield, 23, Montrose, was driving north on Route 29, Franklin Township, on May 20, when he lost control on the rain-covered roadway. His vehicle went up an embankment, then down back onto the travel lanes before coming to rest. He was charged.

On May 21 at 10:10 a.m., a 17-year-old male from New Milford was going east on State Route 547, Gibson Township. When he lost control of his car and attempted to make a correction, he struck a guiderail. He, along with two passengers, 15- and 16-year-old girls, received injuries of unknown severity, but described on the report as minor. They were taken to Barnes-Kasson Hospital for treatment. The driver was charged.

Box of Rocks Stolen

State police at Towanda are investigating a case involving the disappearance of a box of stones collected by a 43-year-old Towanda man, who had stored the box in the woods near the intersection of Routes 220 and 414 in Monroeton. The stones are reportedly one-inch-by-one-inch in size and in various colors and were stolen sometime between May 10 and 17. Readers with information may contact the police at 570-265-2186.

Student Accused of Punching Another

At 5:15 p.m. on May 19, a 17-year-old male student at Northeast Bradford High School in Orwell Township allegedly punched a 16-year-old female student in the arm. The boy, who lives in Rome, was charged with harassment.

Homets Ferry Lawn Damaged

Police have accused Robert Barth, III, 25, Laceyville, of driving onto the lawn of a 79-year-old Wyalusing Township resident, doing several “doughnuts,” spinning his tires, and splattering a nearby camper with mud between 1 and 6 a.m. on May 19.

Harassment Charges Levied

John Turner, 45, Montrose, is accused of hitting a female in the head after they were drinking beer together at the Montrose Terrace Trailer Park, Bridgewater Township, on May 16 at 9:45 p.m. Turner allegedly fled the scene prior to arrival of police.

In an unrelated case, Derrick Lezinsky, Hop Bottom, encountered a Kingsley man at GJ&S Recycling, Lathrop Township. After a verbal exchange, Lezinsky allegedly punched the other male in the side of the head with a closed fist. Charges were filed against Lezinsky in Clifford District Court.

Burglary Investigated

Between May 13 and 14, someone entered a garage in Gibson Township belonging to Robert Stuart Watson, 30. An undisclosed amount of cash was taken. Readers with information about the incident are encouraged to call the Gibson Barracks at 570-465-3154.

Theft Reported at School

On May 17, someone stole an Apple iPod from a student during the first-period class at Blue Ridge Middle School. Readers may contact the Gibson Barracks with any information.




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