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Police Reports from Towanda, Tunkhannock, Gibson and Laporte Barracks


Burglaries Reported in Area

Sometime between noon on June 26 and 2 p.m. on July 2, someone entered a recreational property on Goose Hollow Road at Cotton Hanlon Road in Sheshequin Township owned by an Athens man and removed several items.

An inactive dairy farm on Route 187 in Wilmot Township owned by a Rexford, KS, man was burglarized between June 16 and 25. Among items taken were several 20-foot sections of stainless steel milk pipe.

Anyone with information on the aforementioned break-ins is encouraged to call state police at Towanda at 570-265-2186.

Bank Accounts Breached

An Albany Township woman was the victim of theft when someone acquired her personal bank account information and made two separate charges against her account between midnight on Aug. 9 and 9:20 a.m. on Aug. 11.

Someone made unauthorized transactions against the checking account of a Sheshequin Township woman between 3 p.m. on June 6 and 4 p.m. on June 7.

Car Vandalized

A Wyalusing man found that someone had spray painted the front bumper of his 2004 Ford Mustang and poured oil all over it while it was parked on Tuttle Lane in Asylum Township between Aug. 10 and 11. Readers with information may call 570-265-2186.

Serious Injuries in Head-On

Christopher O’Connor, 20, Canton, and Tina Johnson, 25, Troy, both suffered serious injuries as the result of a head-on collision on Route 220 in Monroe Township at about 6:35 a.m. on Aug. 15. State police at Towanda report that O’Connor, who was traveling north, veered into the southbound lane and struck Johnson’s vehicle. Both were driving Jeep Grand Cherokees, and the airbags in both vehicles were deployed. O’Connor was lifeflighted to Robert Packer Hospital, and Johnson was transported there via ambulance. A passenger in Johnson’s vehicle, Sean Frame, 24, Troy, was also listed as moderately injured. Route 220 in the area remained closed through 12:30 p.m. as police reconstructed the crash.

Car Fire Leads to Detention

Two men who presented Laceyville addresses to police responding to a car fire turned out to be in the country illegally and were arrested. A fire ignited under the hood of a car driven by Jose Vides-Torres, 33, and he pulled the vehicle to the eastbound berm of Route 6 near its intersection with T461 in Tuscarora Township at about 4:20 p.m. on Aug. 12. Torres and his passenger, Manuel Gomez, 27, were both detained by state police at Towanda when they were found to be in the country illegally.

Jeep Flips in Overton Twp.

State police at Towanda and members of the New Albany Fire Department responded to a one-vehicle crash on Overton Road near its intersection with Deep Hollow Road that happened at about 3:20 p.m. on Aug. 12. Michael Merritt, 20, Wilkes-Barre, reportedly lost control of his Jeep while negotiating a left turn, traveled off the westbound berm, overturned, and came to rest on its roof.

 Four Uninjured in Ulster Wreck

Patricia Sheehan, 27, Milan, reportedly failed to stop in time as traffic slowed in front of her on Route 220 in Ulster Township at about 8:50 a.m. on Aug. 11. She struck the vehicle in front of her driven by Brion Bennett, 48, Towanda. The drivers and Sheehan’s children were all properly restrained, and nobody was injured in the incident.

Three SUV’s Damaged in Crash

None of nine people involved in an Aug. 10 three-SUV crash were hurt. At about 5:55 p.m., Jessica Rider, 18, Laceyville, was reportedly driving too fast and rear-ended a vehicle driven by Jolene Sharer, 33, Meshoppen, who had stopped for backed-up traffic. Sharer’s vehicle was pushed off to the right side of the highway, but Rider’s vehicle had enough momentum to continue forward and strike a vehicle driven by Dianne Wilmarth, 40, Wyalusing. There were three young adults and a baby in Rider’s vehicle and two passengers in Sharer’s vehicle. No one was injured. 

Car, Motorcycle Collide

On Aug. 11 at 1 p.m., a Buick LeSabre and a Suzuki DRZ 400 series motorcycle collided in Lemon Township. The accident occurred along Route 29 at the intersection of Meshoppen Creek Road. Beverly Fraser, 70, Montrose, was stopped at the intersection, then attempted to turn left onto Route 29 north. At the same time, Richard Kehrli, 40, Springville, was driving south on Route 29. Fraser did not yield, according to the police report, and pulled out into Kehrli’s path. This resulted in the two vehicles colliding. Fraser and her passenger, Lewis Shelp, 68, no address listed, were wearing seat belts and were not injured. Kehrli was wearing a motorcycle helmet and sustained moderate injuries.

Braintrim Twp. Scene of Disturbances

Two disturbances have been reported to police recently, both in Braintrim Township. The first incident took place on Aug. 8 at 12:40 a.m. at a residence along Route 367. The police report states that a 32-year-old male and a 34-year-old female, both residents of Laceyville, were involved in a domestic dispute inside the residence. The dispute progressed from verbal to physical and the male took a knife from a kitchen drawer and said that he wanted to kill the female. Then the male put the knife down. He was arrested on charges of simple assault and is in the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $25, 000. The female will receive notice by summons of charges of harassment filed against her.

The second incident took place on Aug. 10. No time for the incident was listed in the police report. The report says that an episode of disorderly conduct occurred on this day, but no further details such as the location of the incident, are given. Trooper Jeffrey Ceccarelli is the investigating officer.

Three Trucks in Rear-End Domino Accident

On Aug. 7 police report that a Ford F-150, a Ford Ranger and a Dodge Durango were all involved in a rear-end collision. The incident took place at 1:45 p.m. in Tunkhannock Township on Route 6 in front of Deer Park Lumber. The police report says that all vehicles were traveling east on Route 6 at the time. The Durango was stopped at the light at the bridge construction and the Ranger stopped behind it. The F-150 did not stop in time, however, and struck the rear of the Ranger, which in turn struck the rear of the Durango. There were no injuries; no names of persons involved were given in the report.

Roads Get the Best of Drivers in Susquehanna County

Multiple traffic accidents over the county’s roadways this week led to some charges filed, a few minor injuries, and in one case, an abandoned vehicle and its driver in the wind. A Chevy Silverado operated by Lonnie Carr, Homer, MI, was traveling on Route 29 just south of Montrose on the evening of Aug. 8. Police report that Carr failed to negotiate a curve near Ritztek Rd. and went off the road into a ditch before coming to rest in a private yard. The truck sustained moderate damage, but neither Carr nor his two passengers reported injuries.

Police are still looking for the operator of a Dodge Ram pickup with Louisiana plates who fled the scene of an accident that occurred just past midnight on Aug. 10 on Route 706 near Wolf's Lair Road in Bridgewater Township. The westbound driver apparently lost control of the vehicle on a curve and left the roadway. Reports indicate that while the road surface was wet, no adverse weather conditions were in play. This investigation is ongoing.

Citations were issued to several drivers in other area accidents this week, two occurring on Route 29 on Aug. 11 within an hour of each other. Jackie Kane, 56, of Montrose, was traveling south on 29 in the afternoon when she overcompensated on a left-hand curve and lost control of the Subaru Forrester she was operating. The vehicle went down an embankment, hit a ditch and flipped over, coming to rest on its roof. Extensive front bumper damage and rear passenger quarter panel damage was reported by police, and the vehicle was removed by Kerr’s Towing. Kane was taken to Endless Mountains Health Systems (EMHS) in Montrose for further evaluation.

The two vehicles involved in the second accident that day on Route 29, this one in Bridgewater Township, were operated by Nestor Mandzy, 49, Walnutport, and Robert Benscoter, 19, Springville. The collision occurred when Mandzy stopped his Ford F-150 truck for a vehicle in front of him that was attempting a left turn and was struck from behind by Benscoter in a Dodge Ram. Both drivers were using safety belts, but Mandzy complained of injury and was transported to EMHS for evaluation. Benscoter was cited for following too closely.

Other accidents that prompted citations occurred on Route 267 in Bridgewater Township and along Interstate 81. Melvin Zeigler, 33, of Kittanning, was charged with failure to stay in his lane when his vehicle drifted off the right berm and into a ditch on the morning of Aug. 14. Zeigler was unable to regain control of the vehicle, which struck a culvert and flipped onto its right side, slid approximately 60 feet and came to rest blocking both lanes.

John Linfoot, 71, Geneseo, NY, received the same citation when he fell asleep traveling through Lenox Township and left the roadway. According to reports, his vehicle crossed into the passing lane and onto the berm, where it struck the guide rail and was damaged, rendering it inoperable. Linfoot’s passenger was uninjured.


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