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Police Reports from Towanda, Tunkhannock, Gibson and Laporte Barracks


Boarder Accused of Theft

State Police at Towanda have charged Joshua Thomas Merritt, 22, Camptown, with theft and receiving stolen property after he allegedly took numerous items belonging to the owner of the Wyalusing residence in which he was living and sold them to other people. The reported thefts occurred between July 15 and Aug. 25.

Diamond Goes Missing

A 70-year-old Sheshequin Township woman reported to police that someone stole a diamond from her James Street residence between Sept. 1 and 15.

Cellphone Picked Up

A 39-year-old Towanda woman reported to state police that she left her cellphone on the service counter at the North Towanda Township Dandy Mini Mart at about 3:45 p.m. on Aug. 15, and it had been taken when she realized that she didn’t have it.

Scrap Metal Stolen

Between 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 16 and 6 a.m. on Sept. 21, someone removed about 50 pounds of copper and brass scrap metal that was stored in a garbage can near the garage on a property at 93 Potterville St., Orwell Township, Bradford County.

Unusual Archery Target

The owner of a 451 Railroad St., Towanda Township home reported to police that someone shot a metal arrow into his rain gutter. Readers with information on the five aforementioned crimes may call 570-265-2186.

Additional Thefts Reported

A 60-year-old Wysox Township man reported that someone took an aluminum flat bottom boat from his SR1012 residence on Sept. 23 or 24.

Police are seeking information about the disappearance of a red Craftsman self-propelled lawn mower and a green Gander Mountain folding lawn chair from the Brinks Billings Creek Road residence of a 73-year-old Wyalusing Township man on July 7.

A 69-year-old Huntington Valley man reported the theft of numerous items from his Goose Hollow Road, Sheshequin Township property. Items taken between 10:30 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. on June 22 include Stihl and Echo chainsaws in cases, Porter Cable circular saw and nail gun, Harbor Freight air compressor and angle grinder, DeWalt screw gun kit, Ridgid compound miter saw, and Craftsman brad-nailer.

Readers with information on any of these three thefts may call 570-265-2186. Cash rewards are offered in some but not all instances.

Flood Debris Still Has Owner 

Harriet Lund, Muncy Valley, reported to state police at Laporte that someone stole a red, older model Wheel Horse tractor, a 2002 black Tomos moped, and two saw horses that had washed downstream from her Nordmont Road residence in Davidson Township, Sullivan County, during recent flooding. The objects had been laying along the creek bed and in the roadway. Readers with information about the crime may call 570-946-4610.

Stolen Gun Recovered

Police report that a .22 magnum revolver removed from a Cherry Township, Sullivan County, residence in February 2010 was recently recovered by police in Williamsport.

Retail Thefts Detailed

Police have accused Valerie Lynn Kisner, 21, Granville Summit, of stealing a Kmart store gift card, then using it to make purchases at the Kmart in the Bradford Towne Centre in Wysox Township at 5:10 p.m. on Sept. 18. 

In a separate incident dated July 19, managers at the AT&T store in the Bradford Towne Centre reported the theft of an Otterbox Atrix 4G case, a Candy Shell Atrix 4G case, a car charger and USB charger. A cash reward has been offered for information about the crime. Readers may call state police at Towanda at 570-265-2186.

ATM Card Stolen

Someone stole an ATM card from an unlocked vehicle parked at the Route 220 residence of a 55-year-old Monroe Township woman between June 25 and 28 and subsequently withdrew cash from several ATM machines in the area.  Readers may call state police at Towanda at 570-265-2186 to share information about the crime.

Youth Charged With Assault

A 15-year-old Rome male was charged with simple assault in a case of domestic violence when he struck a 34-year-old Rome female and broke the front passenger window of a vehicle belonging to a 30-year-old Wysox Township man at 3:15 p.m. on July 7.

Harassment Charges Levied

A 26-year-old Dushore woman was cited as a victim of harassment by a Williamsport resident known to her, after she was assaulted during an argument at her home at 6 p.m. on Sept. 20.

John Baptist Garino, 23, Gillett, was charged with harassment and criminal trespass after he allegedly pushed a 21-year-old Laceyville woman during an argument, resulting in a laceration to her leg. The incident occurred at 3 p.m. on Sept. 24. Garino was reportedly asked to leave the resident numerous times, but would not depart the scene.

Two Towanda Township residents, Amy Michelle Bull, 39, and James Maxwell, 42, were charged with harassment on Sept. 23 after an argument that their Chestnut Hill Apartments neighbors told police has become an ongoing and annoying occurrence.

Youth Reverses Assault Claim

A 14-year-old Wyalusing Township girl reportedly called police on Sept. 25, claiming that her father had assaulted her. While police were en route to the Turkey Path Road residence, the youth called police to say that there was no assault and that her father had only yelled at her. Further investigation revealed that the girl has engaged in such erroneous reports before, so she will be charged in juvenile court for disorderly conduct.

PFA Ignored

Thomas Powell, 38, Sugar Run, was cited for violation of a Protection From Abuse order filed against him by a 52-year-old woman when he confronted her at the Northern Tier Counseling Center in North Towanda Township on Sept. 12.

Area Accidents Detailed

A deadly one-vehicle crash occurred at about 5:40 p.m. on Sept. 25 on Route 29 in Noxen Township, Wyoming County. State police at Tunkhannock have reported that Donald Kelly, 64, Noxen, lost control of his Geo Tracker after leaving the northbound berm of the roadway, resulting in a spin-out and a hard impact with a tree 26-feet from the highway. Kelly was extracted from the vehicle by Noxen firefighters and transported by Kunkle EMS to Geisinger Hospital in Wilkes-Barre, where he was pronounced deceased.

Samantha Little, 26, Mildred, received minor injuries as a result of a crash on Route 706 in Wyalusing Township at 11:20 a.m. on Sept. 23. She reportedly crossed the center lines of the roadway while negotiating a right-hand curve and struck the front corner of a vehicle driven by Vernon Harvey, 66, Nicholson. Little’s vehicle spun 180 degrees and came to rest on an embankment. Harvey’s vehicle crossed the highway and struck a mailbox on the southbound berm. Harvey and a child in Little’s vehicle were unharmed. Little was cited for not staying within her intended lane of traffic.

Kelly Barrett, 30, Athens, was not charged for initiating an “avoidance maneuver” when he reportedly encountered a vehicle stopped in his lane of traffic on Route 220 in Albany Township at 3:10 p.m. on Sept. 23. His pickup truck came to rest in a lawn, and he was not injured.

Bryan Saxton, 28, Cohocton, NY, was cited for driving through a stop sign in Burlington at about 7:40 a.m. on Aug. 22 and striking the passenger side of a vehicle driven by Dennis Route, 42, Canton, who was traveling east on Route 6. The force of the impact pushed Route’s truck into a Jeep driven by Lorie Radney, 50, Monroeton, who was stopped at the stop sign on the other side of Route 6. Dustin Saxton and William Hardy, both passengers in the defendant’s car, suffered minor injuries. Two additional passengers in the Saxton vehicle, as well as one passenger in Route’s truck, were not injured. All drivers and passengers were properly restrained.

Brian Kaine, 21, Painted Post, NY, will be cited for failing to stop in time to avoid hitting a vehicle driven by Kevin Longbine, 39, Honeoye, NY, on Route 220 in Towanda Township. The crash, which did not produce any injuries, happened at 6:50 a.m. on Sept. 21.

DUI Arrests Reported

Nicole Maria Wild, 24, Dushore, was cited for DUI on Sept. 25, when state police from Laporte pulled her over at the intersection of Hayes Road and Route 487 in Cherry Township after she allegedly failed to properly signal an intended left turn.

Lisa Tyler, 50, Meshoppen, was arrested for DUI on Sept. 17 after she reportedly left her intended lane of traffic on Route 6, east of Shumway Road in Tuscarora Township, Bradford County.

Minor Injuries Result From Three-Vehicle Crash

Route 6 in Meshoppen Township was the scene of a morning crash between three vehicles on Sept. 26 at 7:25 a.m. Police report that Hope Simon, 33, Wilkes-Barre, was driving east on the roadway with her passenger, Anthony Powell, Sr., 45, Wilkes-Barre. At that time Robert Harris, 68, Tunkhannock, was driving west on Route 6 with his passenger, Anne Harris (no age listed), and behind him was Zachary Martin, 23, Drums. Simon drifted into the westbound lane. Harris and Martin both entered the north berm in an attempt to avoid a collision but Simon struck first Harris' vehicle and then Martin's. Simon's vehicle then hit the berm, rolled over and came to rest on the north berm. Simon was wearing a seat belt and sustained minor injuries. Powell was not wearing a seat belt but sustained minor injuries. Harris and his passenger were both wearing seat belts and were not injured. Martin was wearing a seat belt and suffered minor injuries.

Domestic Dispute Lands Man in Jail

Jason Gregory, 41, Mehoopany, is in the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail after a domestic dispute turned ugly. Police report that upon their arrival at the scene of the dispute at a residence on Route 87 in Mehoopany Township, Gregory became threatening. He was taken into custody on Sept. 24 at 9:15 p.m.

Truck Vandalized in Meshoppen

Randy Trible, Meshoppen, has reported to police that while his pickup truck was parked in the lot at the Table Rock Hotel in Braintrim Township, someone vandalized its side and kicked it. This was overnight from Sept. 17-18. Police are investigating.

Metal Thefts Abound

On Sept. 26, Russell Malina, Hop Bottom, reported to police that an unknown actor removed truck frames, hay wagon axles, springs and radiators from a Lathrop Township property at the corner of Malina Rd. and Route 2096. The thief was seen leaving in a white Dodge pickup, heading south on Karhnak Rd.

A week prior, another theft had been reported in the area in which batteries and a metal rack designed to hold tow chains were taken from an old International truck tractor on a property also on Malina Rd.

John Rivenburg has also reported to police a recent theft of copper wiring from the warehouse of ECO International in Great Bend Township, and Donald Ransom of Nicholson reported a theft as well, telling police that someone made off with the aluminum siding from three sides of an abandoned house in Lenox Township sometime between Sept. 16 and 22.

Likewise, unknown persons removed 21 pieces of galvanized culvert pipe from a field along Rafferty Road in Bridgewater Township sometime between Sept. 22 and 24. The pipe was reportedly cut into 3-by-3-inch pieces, but nothing in the reports indicated that the crime was witnessed.

State police are also investigating the theft of paintball guns from EMR Paint Ball in New Milford Township. Robert Keogh of EMR discovered that two guns and an air tank, valued at over $2,200, were missing on Sept. 24 and reported the incident the next day. Information pertaining to this and other incidents can be reported to state police at Gibson at 570-465-3154.

Drug Charges to Be Filed

Charges are pending on two juveniles found in possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia along High School Rd. in Bridgewater Township on the afternoon of Sept. 23, according to state police. Both male individuals are listed in police reports as being 14-year-old students.

Some Accidents Lead to Citations

Police reports indicate that the operator of a Pontiac Grand Prix, which ended up in a field along SR4002 in Susquehanna County’s Silver Lake Township in the early morning hours of Sept. 25 will be charged with assorted violations, including careless driving and failure to report a crash. According to reports, alleged driver Donald Reed, Montrose, left the scene of the accident before notifying the police or the property owner. Reed reported no injuries.

Two operators will likewise be charged following an accident in a work zone on SR267 on Sept. 21. According to reports, the unnamed driver of a GMC Sierra tried to pass a Chevy Blazer and the two collided on the double yellow line.

No charges were filed, however, when a Ford F-750 traveling on T367 in Springville Township on the same morning went into the ditch while trying to avoid a collision with an oncoming vehicle in a narrow stretch of the road. The truck was pulled from the ditch by Fullmer's Towing and police were assisted at the scene by the Springville Volunteer Fire Department.

Cycle vs. Deer Leads to


Stephen Mosher, Montrose, was transported to Wilson Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries following an accident that occurred when he struck a deer while riding his motorcycle on the evening of Sept. 21 along Route 4002 in Silver Lake Township. Mosher was reportedly wearing a helmet.

Double-Booking Snafu

No charges were filed in a mishap at the RiverStone Inn in Wysox Township, where employees apparently double-booked a room on Sept. 21. The second party found items left by the first party to check into the room and took them to the front desk, leading the first party to initially report that the items had been stolen. In the end, it was determined that no items were missing or tampered with, and there was no justification for an unlawful entry charge.















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