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Police Reports from Towanda, Tunkhannock, Gibson and Laporte Barracks


Worker Found Dead

Justin Sandford, 24, Martinsburg, WV, was found dead in his trailer at Alpine Meadows Campground in Stevens Township by a coworker on Aug. 17. An investigation determined that Sandford had died as a result of a drug overdose.

Post-Flood Looting Reported

Suspects have been identified but not yet named as the investigation into the theft of tires and rims off a parked Jeep on Windy Valley Road (SR3001), Forkston Township, Wyoming County, on Sept. 1 or 2. The stolen items have been recovered by state police. The suspects face charges of theft, receiving stolen property, and looting, enhanced to a second degree felony since the crime was committed during a natural disaster.

Tools Taken From Garage

Someone broke into a garage on Farm View Road in Wells Township, Bradford County, between noon on Aug. 6 and 3 p.m. on Aug. 24. An unnamed couple was the victim of the burglary, which netted the culprit(s) a chain saw, log splitter, lawn mower, air compressor, multiple tools, and other items. Readers with information are encouraged to call 570-265-2186.

Prescription Drugs Taken

A 39-year-old Towanda woman was the victim of theft between Aug. 3 and 30. A bottle containing 360 Carisprodol pills were removed from her Chestnut Hills Lane residence. Readers with information may call 570-265-2186.

 Job Site Burglarized

Representatives of Tesla, a Horseheads, NY-based company, reported a commercial battery and a remote acquisition module missing from a work site on Jennings Road in Wells Township, Bradford County. The theft occurred between Aug. 15 and 18.

Dushore GardenVandalized

Tommy Wyatt, 21, Statesville, NC, was charged with public drunkenness and criminal mischief for allegedly destroying tomato and pepper plants belonging to Kim Foust of Dushore at about 6:55 p.m. on Aug. 31. The plants were valued at $20.

Monroeton Church Incident

Someone damaged three cinder blocks at Monroeton United Methodist Church between 1 and 6 p.m. on Aug. 31. Readers with information on the two aforementioned crimes are encouraged to call 570-265-2186.

Alcohol a Factor in Crashes

Brandon Jeffrey Miller, 26, Gillett, reportedly lost control of his truck on Coryland Road in Wells Township, Bradford County, and struck a tree. He continued to drive the vehicle until the left rear tire fell off, after which he exited the vehicle and fell off a nearby bridge, landing approximately 20 yards below. He sustained head injuries and was transported to Arnot-Ogden Hospital in Elmira, NY.

In a separate incident on Route 87 in Cherry Township, Sullivan County, Brian Steere, 22, Dushore, allegedly bounced his truck off a set of guard rails and a rock embankment at about 7:15 p.m. on Sept. 3. Minor injuries were reported by state police at Laporte, who filed DUI charges against Steere.

Women Harassed 

Two Towanda women, ages 21 and 47, were the victims of burglary, criminal trespass, and harassment when Jack Stroud, 29, Towanda, allegedly forcibly entered their residences on Railroad Street and just off Route 220 on June 15.

Truck Driver on Bath Salts

Jim Bob Young, 36, Kirbyville, TX, was caught moving a load more than twice the permitted weight on a new Kenworth truck tractor after sunset, which was also a violation. He was found to be under the influence of bath salts and in possession of same when he was moving the truck at about 8 p.m. on Aug. 30 in the area of Route 6 at Cemetery Road in Burlington Township.

Resident Makes Threats

Charles Mills, 38, Meshoppen Township, is accused of making terroristic threats against two men at Mills’ Tracy Brewer Road home. State police at Tunkhannock indicated that Mills threatened to kill the men at about 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 26. He was remanded to Wyoming County Correctional Facility in lieu of $25,000 bail. A preliminary hearing has been set for Sept. 8.

DUI Reported

Adam Austin, 34, Dushore, was charged with DUI after being pulled over in his pickup truck on SR 3009, near Route 42, in Shrewsbury Township, Sullivan County, at about 12:50 a.m. on Sept. 3.

Jack Russell Found

A male Jack Russell terrier was found on Route 187 in North Branch Township, Wyoming County, with no collar or tags. The person who found the dog is caring for the animal, described as 4-to-6 years old with one brown spot on the head and a white stripe, pending notification by state police at Tunkhannock that the owner has been located. Readers with information may call 570-836-2141.

Burglaries Investigated

Between Aug. 26 and Sept. 2, someone broke into a residence on Falls Creek Road, Franklin Township, Bradford County, via a window and removed a television and some kitchen utensils. The property is owned by a 48-year-old man from Roslyn.

An 86-year-old Towanda man reported that a power drill was stolen from his garage on West Macedonia Road, Asylum Township, between midnight and noon on Sept. 1. Readers with information may call 570-265-2186.

A shotgun was reportedly stolen from a seasonal residence on Mountain Road in Franklin Township between July 19 and Sept. 2. Several sheds and a detached garage were also damaged in an attempt to gain access.

Non-Injury Rt. 187 Crash

A 17-year-old New Albany youth was cited for failing to stop at the end of North Street in Terry Township and proceeding directly on to Route 187, where he reportedly struck a vehicle driven by Scott Cunningham, 26, Sugar Run. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts, and there were no injuries.

Eaton Twp. Pot Farm Found

A cultivated area with several marijuana (pot) plants growing in it has been discovered and destroyed in Wyoming County’s Eaton Township. Police say the plants were growing in a wooded area near Sugar Hollow and Cabin Roads. On Aug. 27, police uprooted the plants to destroy the farm. Property owners have been asked to be vigilant about trespassers. The investigation is continuing.

Laceyville Woman Injured

Stacie Howell, 40, Laceyville, sustained minor injuries on Sept. 3 at 11:40 a.m. when her vehicle was rear-ended. The crash happened on Route 6 at the intersection of Eddy Mountain Road. Police say Howell was stopped, preparing to turn onto Eddy Mountain Road when Richard Lines, 21, Towanda, who was behind her on Route 6, failed to stop in time and struck her as she made the turn. Lines was not injured. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts. Howell's passenger, a one-year-old female properly secured in a child restraint seat, also was not injured.

DUI Charges Levied

On Sept. 1 at 9:30 a.m., Jason McMillan, 29, Alexandria, VA, was arrested on DUI charges along Ferry Road in Braintrim Township. He was sent to the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of an unspecified bail.

On Sept. 4, Evelyn Klose, 44, Noxen, was arrested along SR 29 in Noxen after a two-vehicle crash in which she was involved. The incident took place about 9 p.m. near the intersection of SR 2022 and SR 29.

Drug Thefts Reported

The Lenox Pharmacy reported to police that in the early morning hours of Sept. 6, someone made forcible entry into the business through a window and stole prescription Vicodin.

Raymond Hunsinger, 85, reported to police that sometime between Aug. 28 and 31, someone entered his Dimock Township residence and scrap yard and stole scrap metal and Valium tablets. Investigation into these incidents is ongoing; readers with information may contact state police at 570-465-3154.

Criminal Mischief

Kenneth Walsh, Montrose, reported to police that on the morning of Aug. 25, someone threw a large rock at his 2011 Chevy Silverado pickup, damaging the passenger side rear window. The investigation is ongoing.

Another area resident also reported rock damage to a vehicle on Sept. 5. Lawrence Hardic, 41, Montrose, stated that at some time early in the morning, someone had thrown a rock onto his 2010 Camaro while it was parked in Rush Township, causing damage.

A different projectile caused the damage to Eugene Marconi’s Auburn Township home, according to a report filed with police on Aug. 30. Marconi said that on the night of Aug. 16, unknown actors shot at his window with a BB gun, causing damage to the window and screen. No injuries were reported. Anyone with information on these incidents can call state police at 570-465-3154.

Crash on Route 29

No injuries were reported stemming from a two-vehicle accident on SR 29 in Springville Township on the evening of Sept. 1. According to reports, William Allen, 22, Meshoppen, was unable to stop due to brake failure when Thomas McMillen, 42, Johnstown, pulled out into the roadway in front of him. Both drivers were wearing lap and shoulder belts.

Bank Robber Apprehended

John Dockens, 29, with a last known address of Union Dale, was taken into custody on Sept. 1 on a warrant for robbery and theft stemming from an incident that occurred last month in Susquehanna. Dockens, identified to be the actor in the robbery at Penn Star Bank on Aug. 19, was located and arrested in the parking lot of the Convenient Food Mart in Lenox Township. He has been remanded to the Susquehanna County Correctional Facility with bail set at $50,000. Also taken into custody at the time was Crystal Ann Tripp, 25, Jermyn, PA, who is charged with one count of receiving stolen property.













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