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Police Reports from Towanda, Tunkhannock, Gibson and Laporte Barracks


Asylum Work Site Hit Hard

Between 3 and 6 a.m. on Nov. 19, unknown perpetrators entered the lot at Middendorf Contracting/M.R. Dirt along Route 187 and made off with a teal and silver 1995 Chevy Silverado pickup truck, a red Honda 450 Rancher, a black 250cc Yamaha ATV, a camouflage Yamaha Rhino, and numerous hand tools, GPS devices, and cell phone boosters. Readers with information about the crime are encouraged to contact state police at Towanda at 570-265-2186.

Flag Stolen Near Dushore

State police at Laporte have reported that someone entered the Birdsong Winery property on Bear Road in Cherry Township, Sullivan County, and removed a 3-by-5-foot Israel sign from its position below an American flag on the same pole on Nov. 14 or 15. The building containing the winetasting room, owned by John Crane, was damaged as the perpetrator’s vehicle hit it while exiting the property. A tire of a truck on the property was slashed as well. Any readers with information about the crimes may call 570-946-4610.    

Storage Bins Removed

Tammy Welch, Wyalusing, reported to state police at Towanda that two metal storage lockers belonging to her that were located behind a residence on Route 6 in Burlington Township were taken between Nov. 5 and 8.

Garage Door Hit With Paint

A 29-year-old Rome resident reported that someone shot her garage door with a paintball gun on Nov. 13 or 14. The residence is located near the junction of Sugar Cabin Road and Warren Center Road in Warren Township.

Student Takes Swing at Teacher

An 11-year-old boy attending SRU Middle School swung a four-foot metal pipe at a teacher’s head during an altercation reported at about 10 a.m. on Nov. 11. The 42-year-old teacher was unharmed, but the student was charged in Bradford County Juvenile Court with aggravated assault.

Domestic Dispute Has Odd Twist

State police at Towanda responded to a 911 hang-up at about 9:45 p.m. on Nov. 13 at a residence on Route 706 in Wyalusing Township. Joshua Thomas Merritt was removed from the property after reportedly assaulting his sister and brandishing a pistol that turned out to be a BB gun. Merritt allegedly told police that he used the pistol because he wanted police to shoot at him. He was transported to Robert Packer Hospital for an involuntary mental health evaluation.

Alcohol Likely Factor in Crash

Shawn Anthony Skaggs, Bald Knob, AR, reportedly drove off the right shoulder of Bridge Street Hill Road in North Towanda Township at about 11:45 p.m. on Nov. 15, hitting a ditch, a culvert pipe, and a mailbox before coming to a rest. Skaggs was taken into custody for DUI.

Local Accidents Detailed

Tania Heim, 33, Hughesville, was slightly injured and charged with careless driving after crashing her Monte Carlo along Route 220, two miles south of Dushore at about 1:40 a.m. on Nov. 15. Police reported that her vehicle struck an embankment and rolled onto its roof, coming to rest in the southbound lane.

An unnamed Granville Summit driver incurred unspecified injuries in a Nov. 14 two-vehicle crash on Route 414 in Monroe Borough that happened at about 12:35 p.m. Jacob Mulcahy, 19, Towanda, was charged for running a stop sign at the end of the Burlington Turnpike, which caused the victim to strike him. Mulcahy also reportedly struck a fire hydrant with his pickup truck. 

Elena Venitelli, Wyalusing, was charged with failing to yield for a stop sign on Nov. 13 when she allegedly pulled into the intersection of Battle Creek and Windham Summit Roads into the path of an unnamed Rome driver at about 12:35 p.m. Both vehicles were spun clockwise in the crash and came to rest facing northwest. The Rome driver and a passenger from Endicott, NY, received minor injuries. All were wearing seatbelts.

Mark Nichols, 35, Chemung, NY, struck a deer on Saco Road, three miles north of Route 6 in North Towanda Township at about 9 p.m. on Nov. 16. Nichols was wearing a seatbelt and was uninjured.

Canton Man Cited for Rape

Duane Buck, 41, Canton has been charged with the rape of a 47-year-old Canton woman, based on allegations reaching back to 2008. He was arraigned by Judge Jonathan Wilcox and released on $55,000 bail. 

Trash Dumped at Residence

An Asylum Township woman reported to police that someone dumped trash on her Sollicks Road property between Oct. 10 and 17. Readers with information may call 570-265-2186.

Assault in Dushore

Dawn Spivey, 37, of Bernice Road in Dushore is accused of pushing a 17-year-old female and punching her in the face, causing an abrasion and swelling at about 10:30 p.m. on Nov. 8.

Minor Injuries in Crash

On Nov. 15 at 5:05 p.m. in Wyoming County’s Eaton Township, a two-vehicle crash resulted in minor injuries to only one person involved. Police report that Yuji Ito, 62, Japan, was attempting to make a left-hand turn onto Route 29 north from SR3005 (North Eaton Road) when he struck Audrey Gozoskowski, 54, Tunkhannock. Gozoskowski was driving south on Route 29. Ito was wearing a seat belt and was not injured; his passenger, Shomitsu Daisuke, 31, also of Japan, was wearing a seat belt and was not injured. Gozoskowski had several passengers in her mini bus. Thomas Wood, 54, Montrose, sustained a minor injury. The other passengers were not injured. They were Darlene Underwood, 59, Meshoppen; James Cummings, 42, Howard Benedict, 59, and Thomas Scott, 26, all of Montrose.

Two Charged in Retail Theft

A 21-year-old male from Meshoppen and a 17-year-old female from Laceyville have had retail theft charges lodged against them. Police report that on Nov. 16 at 5:45 p.m., the two were seen removing items from packaging and leaving the Walmart store in Eaton Township without paying for them. No names were released yet.

Parked Car Hit in Early Morning Hours

At 1 a.m. on Nov. 17, a 2007 Ford Freestyle legally parked on Old Route Six/Main Street in Laceyville Borough was struck and damaged by a vehicle driving east on the roadway. The perpetrator did not stop and fled the scene. Charges are pending and the investigation is continuing.

Elderly Couple Injured in Crash

Robert Stanwood, Jr., 82, and Bernita Stanwood, 82, both of Malvern, PA, sustained minor to moderate injuries although both were wearing seat belts when they were involved in a crash. Police report that on Nov. 17 at 3 p.m., Todd Gaydos, 29, Tunkhannock, was trying to turn left into the Walmart parking lot in Eaton Township when he struck the Stanwoods' vehicle. Stanwood had been driving north on Route 29. Gaydos was also wearing a seat belt and was not injured.

Driver Flees After Crash

An accident at the intersection of SR11 and SR171 in Great Bend Township on the night of Nov. 20 led to no known injury, but one driver is unaccounted for, police reports indicate. Angela Turner, Susquehanna, was traveling north on 11 when what is described as a green compact with a sloped back traveling south turned left into the driver’s side of Turner’s vehicle. The second vehicle then fled the scene southbound on I-81. Anyone who witnessed the accident or has information is asked to contact state police at 570-465-3154.

Police Investigate Attempted Theft at Agway

Just after noon on Nov. 17, employees at the New Milford Agway report that a male came into the store and tried to make off with a money bag from a safe behind the counter while a female distracted the clerk outside. A second store employee confronted the male, and he returned the bag, and the two fled. The male is described as approximately 6’6” tall, wearing a red and white cap and a dirty white t-shirt. The female was short with dark complexion and black hair. Their vehicle is listed as a gray SUV, possibly an Isuzu Trooper, with damage to the left headlight. Police are asking that any information be reported to them.

Knife Confiscated at Elk Lake High School

Police received reports that a 14-year-old male student at Elk Lake was seen to be holding a folding knife on the school bus, which he placed in his locker upon arrival at school. When the information was reported to school officials, the knife was retrieved from the locker. The student maintained that he had forgotten the knife was in his jacket pocket. There is no indication in reports of any threat, but no further details are available.

Child Injured in Accident

A six-year-old was injured in an accident along Routes 706 and 167 in Bridgewater Township on the afternoon of Nov. 21. The car driven by Cristen Penny, Kingsley, was stopped to make a left turn when it was struck from behind by a vehicle operated by Gregg Lewis, Montrose. Minor children were in both vehicles, and all passengers were properly restrained, but the occupants of Penny’s vehicle were transported by Montrose EMS, with Alexis Penny suffering a broken leg. Lewis is charged with careless driving.

Driver Air-lifted

A crash on Route 167 on the afternoon of Nov. 20 led to a Montrose teen being taken by helicopter to Robert Packer/Guthrie Clinic in Sayre. Kayla Marcy, 18, failed to negotiate a left curve and was ejected when her vehicle rolled after leaving the roadway. She will be cited for unsafe speed. No word was given on her condition, but her injuries were listed as minor.

A second driver who flipped his vehicle after leaving the road was not injured but will be charged for driving at an unsafe speed. George Sporny, 27, Renovo, was driving west on SR2024 when he lost control on a left curve and his Subaru left the roadway, striking a traffic control sign and then flipping over, striking trees as it did so, coming to rest approximately 35 feet from the roadway. Sporny was not injured, reports state.













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