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Police Reports from Towanda, Tunkhannock, Gibson and Laporte Barracks


Hit and Run Victim Dies

Kelly Nickerson, 40, Cleveland, TX, succumbed to injuries incurred when he was struck by an unknown driver while walking on Route 6 after midnight on Sept. 29. Nickerson was discovered lying facedown on the highway, one half mile west of Route 187 at about 1 a.m. and was pronounced dead near 4 a.m. State police indicated that the driver may not have been aware that he or she struck someone as conditions were rainy, and the deceased was wearing dark clothing. Readers with helpful information may call 570-265-2186. 

Bath Salts User Causes Ruckus

James Winterringer, 21, Wysox, was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and criminal mischief after he reportedly entered the Wysox Dandy Mini Mart and the nearby Country Cottage between 8:15 and 8:45 p.m. on July 11, allegedly running amuck, yelling at customers and employees, and partially disrobing. State Police indicated that Winterringer was high on bath salts and damaged a police vehicle during the process of his arrest and detainment.

Numerous Items Reported Stolen

Margaret Manning, Cherry Township, Sullivan County, reported that a yellow “cattle crossing” sign posted on her property along Rosenberry Hill Road was removed sometime between Sept. 17 and 18.

The management of Aerion Rental Services on Route 220 in Cherry Township reported to state police at Laporte that someone cut and stole five power cords of various lengths that were attached to power washers and mixing tanks at the store. Readers with information about the two aforementioned crimes may call 570-946-4610.

Somebody removed two gold rings from a purse stored in a personal locker of an employee of DuPont in Towanda Township between Sept. 23 and 26. The victim was a 43-year-old LeRoy resident.

Two Monroeton residents were the victims of a forcible entry to their Glory Lane home between 8:30 and 9:20 a.m. on Sept. 25. The only missing items mentioned in the report were cigarettes.

Coins and savings bonds were taken from a Marcy Hill Road, Monroe Township, residence between 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Sept. 26. The victim was a 44-year-old man, and the police report suggested that a suspect is under investigation.

Three red three-wheelers were taken from another Marcy Hill Road resident between June 5 and Aug. 15. An investigation is ongoing.

A 50-year-old Towanda man reported the theft of a Husqvarna chainsaw with a 16-inch bar from his McNeal Road, Burlington Township property between Aug. 28 and Sept. 5. The value of the chainsaw was estimated at $300.

A Tuscarora Township couple was the victim of a burglary between Sept. 21 and 24 at their Spring Hill Road that netted an unknown offender some unspecified items. Readers with information about the six aforementioned crimes may contact state police at Towanda at 570-265-2186.

Two Accused of Burglary

Jasmine India Fulton-May, 25, Canton, has been charged with illegally entering a Franklin Township residence at about 8 a.m. on Aug. 19 while she was allegedly under the influence of bath salts. The homeowners reportedly asked Fulton-May to leave several times, but she did not.

Custody Battle Leads to Charges

Three adults from the Canton area and one from Murrell Inlet, SC, are accused of assaulting each other during a child custody dispute at about 4:40 p.m. on Sept 8 on Dreste Road in Canton Township. Fawn Greene and Laurie Wesneski were charged with simple assault and harassment, and Jeremy Greene and Nancy Sorrell were charged with harassment.

Incident in Terry Township

Mark Ross, 52, Lower Burrell, PA, was charged with harassment for allegedly threatening to cause bodily harm to a 53-year-old Terry Township man at his Viall Hill Road residence at 10 a.m. on Sept. 24.

Fight Erupts at Bar

Eddie Sheldon, 48, Wyalusing, is accused of starting a fight at the Marie Antoinette Bar and Grill in Wyalusing Township at 1:30 a.m. on Sept. 16. He was charged with public drunkenness and disorderly conduct. Witnesses of the incident are asked to contact state police at 570-265-2186.

Garage Door Damaged

A 56-year-old man from Wells Township, Bradford County, told police that someone damaged the door to his detached garage at his Carrol Road residence between 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 29 and 5:30 a.m. on Sept. 30.

Tires Dumped Over Bank

Dale Myers, Muncy Valley, reported that someone dumped about 15 used tires over the embankment of his Route 42, Davidson Township, Sullivan County property between Sept 19 and 26. Readers with information may contact state police at Laporte at 570-946-4610.

Auto Accidents Detailed

State Police at Tunkhannock have offered an update of a Sept. 17 crash that took the lives of Kelly Radwanski, 40, Mehoopany, and Cailene Radwanski, 15, Tunkhannock. The driver of the car in which the Radwanskis were passengers listed as Robert Morris, 19, Tunkhannock, suffered a severe injury. The operator of a pickup truck who was also involved in the accident that occurred at 2:45 a.m. on Route 292 in Northmoreland Township, Wyoming County, was listed as Melanie Kopeck, 23, Wilkes-Barre. She reportedly incurred a moderate injury.

Theresa Crockett, 51, Forkston, received a minor injury in an accident on Route 87 east of Headley Avenue in Dushore dated Sept. 27 at about 12:50 p.m. Jeffrey Baker, 58, Dushore, reportedly failed to yield to Crockett’s vehicle, which was traveling east on Route 87, as he exited a parking lot on one side of the highway with intentions of entering a private driveway on the other side of the road. Both drivers were wearing seat belts.

Richard Teeter, 79, Towanda, was moderately injured and transported to Robert Packer Hospital after a single-vehicle crash on Township Road 406, west of T401, in Monroe Township on Sept. 29. He was cited for leaving his intended lane of traffic after he exited the roadway and struck a tree at 10:45 a.m.

Crashes with Complications

Blane Boyer, 21, Towanda, was not injured when his brakes failed as he traveled down Bebee Hill Road, east of Brocktown Road in Monroe Township at about 11 p.m. on Sept. 29. Boyer reportedly traveled off the eastbound berm, struck a ditch, a utility pole, and a telephone junction box before coming to rest behind a bush in a field. In addition to a citation for leaving his intended lane of traffic, Boyer faces charges for fleeing the scene without giving proper notice to authorities about the accident.

State police at Towanda are investigating a hit and run accident that occurred on Sept. 29, which happened in front of Kmart in Wysox Township at about 5:40 p.m. on Sept. 29. Someone in a green sedan with two blonde women in it was backing from a parking spot and hit a car owned by Ethan Huffman of Grove, OK. Huffman was not in his vehicle at the time of the accident, and the driver of the sedan immediately fled the scene. Readers who may have witnessed the crime are asked to call 570-265-2186.

Melinda Littick, 32, Rome, was arrested for a hit-and-run crash on Orwell Road at Sugar Bush Road in Orwell Township, Bradford County, in which alcohol was deemed to have been a factor. The accident occurred at about 4:50 a.m. on July 12.

A separate DUI-related crash on Main Street in Sonestown, Sullivan County, has been attributed to Randy Burkhart of Davidson Township, who reportedly struck two parked vehicles at about 9:50 p.m. on Sept. 27.

DUIs Listed

Richard Rehfeldt, 21, Towanda, was cited for DUI on Aug. 31 at about 12:50 a.m. after state police reportedly found him asleep behind the wheel of a running vehicle that was parked in the WIC Nutrition Center Parking Lot in Towanda.

Laura Dinelli, 18, Towanda, was taken into custody on Hawkins Road in North Towanda Township at 3 p.m. on July 11. The police report offers little explanation, other than that she was allegedly “driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance.”

Early Morning Crash in Tunkhannock

Police report that on Sept. 29 at 5:15 a.m., two vehicles were involved in a crash on Route 6 in Tunkhannock Township. Ronald Aniska, 56, Scranton, is reported to have lost control of his vehicle and struck the car of Cindy Gilroy, 36, Tunkhannock. Both drivers were wearing seat belts. Aniska was not injured. Gilroy suffered minor injuries and was treated at Tyler Hospital.

Firearm Thief Arrested

A man police say stole three firearms from the home of James and Lynne Brown, Canal St., Laceyville, was arrested after an investigation pointed to his culpability. Thomas Rought, Meshoppen, allegedly took three firearms on or about Sept. 15 and traded two. He still had the third when he was arrested. Rought is free on bail and the other two guns have been recovered.

Gas Drive-Offs

Lockhart’s Station at the intersection of SR 29 and Bendix Rd. in South Montrose reported a drive-off on the morning of Sept. 28 in the amount of $25.04. No description of the vehicle or driver was given in police reports and the investigation is ongoing.

Another gas incident occurring in Lenox Township on Sept. 30 netted a suspect, according to police reports. The alleged culprit, Erin Cacioppo, Kingsley, is accused of pumping 8.930 gallons of gas from one pump then moving to a second pump and dispensing another 7.938 gallons. Cacioppo reportedly agreed to pay for the second amount but not the first. Reports indicate she was arrested at her residence for retail theft and will be arraigned before the district judge.

Burglaries Reported

Kimberly Jesse, 26, New Milford, reported that on the evening of Sept. 30, someone allegedly entered her unlocked car while it was in the parking lot of Ray's Supermarket in Bridgewater Township and removed her purse, which contained an iPod, a GPS and miscellaneous cards. The unknown actor(s) fled by unknown means. The investigation continues.

Investigation also continues into a burglary in Susquehanna County’s Jessup Township. Keith Pennypacker reported to state police that sometime between Sept. 7 and Sept. 14, someone removed a Taurus .45 caliber Judge model revolver from his residence. Information can be relayed to the Gibson State Police at 570-465-3154.

Shots Fired after


Two victims reported to police that on the night of Sept. 30, an unknown actor fired shots into the ground in their immediate vicinity following a verbal altercation in the parking lot of PJ's Cafe in South Montrose. Reports state that the shooter and a second male then fled the scene south on SR29 in a tan or gold Chevrolet crew cab pickup with welding equipment in the bed. Anyone with information is asked to contact state police at Gibson.

Traffic Mishaps

No injuries were reported when Timothy Miller, Dubois, lost control of his vehicle and went off Route 4007 in Choconut Township on the night of Sept. 27. The Ford F-250 came to rest in a small stream, and Miller was charged with failure to remain in his lane.

According to police reports, Hermelo Lopez, 20, Meshoppen, will be cited for unsafe speed and driving without a license following an accident in Auburn Township on the afternoon of Oct. 1. Allegedly, Lopez was traveling too fast to stop on Route 3001 when his Nissan Sentra struck the driver’s side of the Chevrolet S10 operated by Christopher Ives, 19, also of Meshoppen, pulling out of a private driveway. Lap belts were used by all, and no injuries were reported by Lopez or his passengers, but Ives was transported by EMS with unknown injuries.












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