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Police Reports from Towanda, Tunkhannock, Gibson and Laporte Barracks


Two Die in Fatal Crash

Police report that a collision between a 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier car and a 2004 Dodge Dakota pickup truck on Sept. 17 resulted in two people dead and one severely injured. The crash took place in Northmoreland Township on SR 292 at 2:45 a.m. The two fatalities were 40-year-old Kelly Radwanski and her 15-year-old daughter Cailene, both of Tunkhannock. Cailene would have been at Elk Lake High School this year. The name of a 19-year-old male driver still has not been released. Both passengers were pronounced dead at the scene; the driver of the Cavalier was lifeflighted to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital for treatment of severe injuries. The driver of the Dakota was described as a 23-year-old female; she sustained moderate injuries and was taken to an area hospital for treatment. Police report that the Cavalier was traveling west on Route 292 while the Dakota was traveling east. The Cavalier is reported to have crossed over the central double yellow line and struck the Dakota head on. The Cavalier came to rest against the east berm embankment while the Dakota rolled and came to rest blocking the westbound lane. Debris was scattered on the road from the crash, and Route 292 was shut for about four hours while the crash was investigated and the area cleaned.

Man Inflicts Own Deadly Wound

State Police at Tunkhannock responded to a call about a person driving erratically in the area of Schmitthner Lane and Mud Road in Forkston Township, Wyoming County, at about 1:20 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 19. In that area, they found an unattended vehicle that was running. Troopers subsequently found a man walking in the woods who later died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head. The man has not yet been identified.

Teen Charged with Two Break-ins

Gabriel Scott Moran (aka Gabriel Scott Bond), 18, Montrose, has been charged with two counts of burglary after allegedly breaking in to Wagner’s General Store in Warren Township, Bradford County, on May 6, and the Warren Center Municipal Building on July 30 or 31. Moran reportedly took several cartons of cigarettes and some DVD movies from the store and a golf cart, chain saw, and cash from the municipal building, the interior of which was also spray painted in several places.

Work Trucks Targeted by Thieves

State Police at Towanda reported that somebody stole 275 feet of welding leads and a remote welding cable from a vehicle located on Tennessee Gas Road in Troy Township between Sept. 8 and 13.

In a separate incident, someone removed several tools and equipment from a toolbox mounted to the rear of a work vehicle parked at the RiverStone Inn on Route 6 in Wysox Township on Sept. 11 or 12.

Readers with information about either of the aforementioned crimes may call 570-265-2186.

Checks Stolen, Then Forged

Amanda Fassett, 21, Meshoppen, has been charged with theft and forgery for allegedly taking a checkbook from a vehicle in Rome and forging several of them to purchase merchandise at a Dandy Mini Mart in Warren Township, Bradford County, between Aug. 23 and 27.

Father Accused of Rape

State Police at Towanda have accused James Gann, 30, Sayre, of having sexual contact with his 10-year-old daughter on more than one occasion between November 2009 and September 2010. He has been remanded to the Bradford County Correctional Facility in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Unknown Culprit Throws Rocks

A Burlington Turnpike, Towanda Township, resident reported to police that someone threw rocks at his vehicle and house between noon and 3 p.m. on Sept. 18, causing damage to the windows of the vehicle and vinyl siding of his house. Readers with information may call 570-265-2186.

Domestic Dispute

In Dushore

A domestic argument at Overton Apartments in Dushore resulted in the arrest of an unnamed male for allegedly grabbing the arm of a female at about 4 p.m. on Sept. 15.

Drug Paraphernalia Found

During the investigation of a domestic dispute at the Dandy Mini Mart in North Towanda at about 1:10 p.m. on Aug. 12 resulted in charges against Brian Carey, 30, Towanda, for disorderly conduct and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Driver Ignores Road Closure

James Jackson, 37, Emporium, PA, allegedly drove around the “Road Closed” sign on Route 467 in Orwell Township that PennDOT had put in place due to a bridge that was deemed unsafe for travel. Jackson reportedly plowed through one pile of gravel placed at the eastern end of the bridge, proceeded across the closed span, and came to rest on the pile of gravel placed on the western side of the bridge. The incident occurred at about 9:10 a.m. on Sept. 15.

Insurance Fraud Alleged

Aaron Bennett, 26, Towanda, is accused of purchasing insurance from Safe Auto in Towanda Township for his automobile after he crashed it, then having Sherwood Groves Auto in Wysox Township perform $12,101 worth of repairs and turning it in as a claim.

Disruption at Hospital

State Police at Towanda reported that Shannon McCarthy, 30, Towanda, was charged with disorderly conduct on Sept. 17 when she refused to stop yelling and using profanity in the emergency room at Towanda Memorial Hospital after being warned several times that staff members would have to call authorities.

Rear-ender Reported Near Ulster

Roxanne Bostwick, 47, Sayre, was cited for following too closely to a vehicle when she reportedly ran into the back end of a vehicle operated by Rachel Erdos, 27, of Ulster, who was legally stopped on Route 220 at East Smithfield Road in Ulster Township at about 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 12.

Two Full Vehicles Crash

Nobody was seriously injured when Michael Davis, 52, Towanda, who was stopped at a stop sign, allegedly failed to yield the right-of-way and hit a pickup truck driven by Michael Vanderpool, 30, Wysox, at about 4:45 p.m. on Sept. 13. One of four passengers in the Vanderpool vehicle suffered a minor injury. No one in Davis’s truck was hurt. Everybody was properly restrained.

Nobody Hurt in Rear-End Collision

Police say no one was injured in a crash that took place on Sept. 5 at 1:20 p.m. on Route 29 in Eaton Township. Colton Spencer, 21, of Laceyville, was driving south with his passenger Steven Shoemaker, 22, also of Laceyville. Jennifer Kinney, 40, of Dalton, was preparing to make a left-hand turn when, according to the report, Spencer's vehicle rear-ended Kinney's. All parties were properly restrained.

Sideswipe Results in Injuries

A two-vehicle collision on Sept. 13 at 8:25 a.m. in Meshoppen Township resulted in both drivers and a passenger sustaining minor injuries. The crash happened on Route 6. Police say that Mark Warner, 43, of Springville, was preparing to make a left-hand turn when he was struck on the passenger side of his vehicle by Raymondo Arias, 54, of North Bergen, NJ. Warner, Arias, and Warner's passenger Miguel Medina, 38, no address listed, were all properly restrained. Warner's vehicle was pushed into the guardrails at the side of the roadway. The investigation is continuing.

Many Area Accidents Announced

Cody Horrocks, of Greenfield Township, was not injured when his vehicle rolled onto its roof when he lost control trying to avoid a deer on SR2024 in Dimock Township in the early morning hours of Sept. 20. Likewise, no injuries were reported by the drivers or a passenger in one vehicle when they collided on SR3004 in Springville Township on the same morning.

Daniel Bryan, New Iberia, LA, was making a left turn into a private drive when his Ford pickup was struck by a Toyota Tacoma coming the opposite direction. No citations were filed in either case.

In a bizarre incident in New Milford that same morning, one vehicle managed to hook another by the bumper as it was exiting the Pump-N-Pantry parking lot and dragged it approximately one quarter of a mile before realizing it. Both vehicles were operational following the incident, and no injuries were reported.

Kristina Baker, Montrose, was cited for unsafe speed when her Mustang came around a curve on Route 29 and struck a Chevy Blazer stopped for traffic driven by Daniel Salsman, Montrose, on the afternoon of Sept. 19. Neither driver was injured.

A juvenile driver from Montrose will be cited for careless driving following an accident along Route 167 in Bridgewater Township on the morning of Sept. 16. Reports say that the driver glanced away from the road for a second and when he looked back, he saw a Dodge Caravan driven by Jessica Adams, Conklin, NY, stopped in front of him but could not stop in time to avoid the collision. Adams reported no injury, but both the juvenile and his passenger reported minor injuries.

A collision along Route 29 in South Montrose on Sept. 13 will lead to careless driving charges for another Montrose resident as well. Julie Steingraber was traveling north when she failed to notice the car driven by Dustin Bobowski slowing to make a right turn in front of her and struck it. Both vehicles were moved off the road by the time police arrived and no injuries were reported.

Both the driver and a juvenile passenger in a vehicle involved in a crash on Route 267 on Sept. 15 were taken to Endless Mountains Health Systems with unknown injuries, police reported. The driver, Nicki Wilber, Friendsville, was stopped to attempt a left turn onto Stanley Road when her Ford Escape was struck from the rear by a Silverado operated by Daniel Murphy, Little Meadows. Reports indicate Murphy saw the stopped car but could not stop in time, and he will be cited for unsafe speed.

Thefts and Burglaries Noted

Pump-N-Pantry in New Milford reported a drive-off theft of $56 in fuel on the afternoon of Sept. 16, when an unknown female wearing a hooded sweatshirt pumped gas into a dark navy four-door sedan and drove away.

Liberty Truck Plaza along Interstate 81 in Harford Township had also reported a gas drive-off on Sept. 13 in the amount of $57.03. No description of actor or vehicle was listed in reports. Police are also investigating the theft of a purse containing $180 and a cell phone from a Springville Township residence on Sept. 15. Stella Jo Swingle reported that an unknown person removed her purse from her residence.

A resident on Willagrove Road (off Elk Lake Road) reported to police that some time between Sept. 11 and 13 unknown persons stole a 32-inch television, Sony PlayStation game system and a backpack containing a camcorder. Nothing else was disturbed. Information on these incidents can be reported to state police at 570-465-3154.








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