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Police Reports from Towanda, Tunkhannock, Gibson and Laporte Barracks


Thieves Hit Wysox Businesses

An equipment trailer was towed away from an unnamed business on CraftMaster Road in Wysox Township between 3 p.m. on Nov. 5 and 9 a.m. on Nov. 7.

Christopher Clayton Lee, 25, and Joshua James Gunn, 26, both of Standing Stone, are accused of taking a number of gasoline-powered tools from KBD Excavating and Hauling between Nov. 1 and 30. The two will be charged with theft, receiving stolen property, and criminal trespass.

Grinches Run Amuck

Between 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 5 and 7:50 a.m. on Dec. 6, someone removed about $100 worth of Christmas decorations from a yard along Route 706 in Stevens Township.

In Terry Township, someone cut down a 10-foot evergreen tree at the Lutz residence along Wyalusing-New Albany Road between 5 p.m. on Dec. 5 and 7:45 a.m. on Dec. 6.

Drugs Removed from Vehicle

A Millerton, PA woman informed police that someone entered her unlocked vehicle, which was parked in the 200 block of Main Street in Ulster Township, between Dec. 5 and 6 and took a bottle of prescription narcotics.

Readers with information about any of the six aforementioned crimes are encouraged to call 570-265-2186.

Arrest Made in Garbage Case

Joseph Parkhurst, 26, Stevensville, has been charged for scattering rubbish after allegedly leaving bags of trash along Bradshaw Road in Stevens Township between Nov. 1 and Dec. 4.

Coins Go Missing

A 58-year-old Wyalusing Township resident reported to state police at Towanda that a collection of silver coins was taken from his residence between Sept. 30 and Nov. 7.

Tires Discarded

Police are investigating the dumping of several used tires on the property of a 78-year-old Towanda Township man at his Plank Road residence between Dec. 5 and 6. Readers with useful information may call 570-265-2186.

Excessive Calls Deemed Alarming

A non-traffic citation has been filed against the North Towanda Township Dandy Mini Mart due to a faulty alarm system that reportedly triggered five unwarranted police responses between February and December.

Store Staffer Cited for Theft

Lawrence Huffman, 20, Tunkhannock, has been charged with retail theft after allegedly removing numerous items over the course of a month from the Eaton Township Walmart store at which he was employed. The merchandise, valued at $1,740, included a digital camera, a video camera, a GPS unit, an electronic tablet, a pack of macaroni and cheese mix, and six IPods, one of which he reportedly sold to Shirley Huffman, 22, Tunkhannock, who was subsequently charged with receiving stolen property. Lawrence Huffman has five separate cases pending against him; Shirley Huffman has one. The preliminary hearings before Magistrate Carl Smith in all cases have been set for Jan. 25, but may be continued.

Duo Arrested for Burglary

Joshua Merritt, 22, Wyalusing, and Sarabeth Gailit, 20, Noxen, have been charged for burglary in connection with the Aug. 15 break-in of the Dollar General Store on Route 6 in Wyalusing. The pair reportedly forced the rear door of the business in the Farm and Home Plaza open at about 1:30 a.m. and removed a “large sum” of money. Both are housed in the Bradford County Correctional Facility in lieu of bail.

False ID Provided to Cops

State police at Laporte pulled over Leroy Ray Hickman, New Albany, at about 6:25 p.m. on Dec. 11 because he was allegedly driving 66 mph in a 45 mph zone. Not only did he not pull over right away, according to police, he could not produce a driver’s license or insurance card and initially provided his brother’s name and birthdate as identification. He was remanded to the Bradford County Correctional Facility in lieu of $1,000 bail.

Male Dog Found

A white Yorkie or Shih tzu-type dog was found in the area of Katie’s Country Store in Muncy Valley, Sullivan County. The male dog was wearing an orange collar. Readers with information are asked to call 570-946-4610.

Car Leaves Snowy Road

Kelsey Burgess, Tunkhannock, lost control of her pickup truck during the Dec. 7 snowstorm and struck a set of guardrails and a utility pole along SR1002 in Tunkhannock Township at about 8:45 p.m. Burgess was uninjured, but her vehicle had to be towed from the scene.

Items Taken from Mini Mart

Tunkhannock Township Police have accused Max Stevens, Washington Township, of removing unspecified merchandise from the Pump -n- Pantry on Mile Hill in Tunkhannock Township at about 1:45 p.m. on Dec. 8.

Driver Cited for Collision

George Shupp, Tunkhannock, was cited for failing to stay in his proper lane of traffic after he allegedly strayed into the southbound lane of Route 92 near Osterhout Road in Tunkhannock Township and struck a vehicle driven by Anna Cummings, Carbondale. The crash occurred at about 8:50 p.m. on Nov. 21.

Hit and Run on Route 29

Tunkhannock Township Police are investigating an incident that occurred at about 5 a.m. on Dec. 4, involving a dark-colored Jeep hitting a parked car on Route 29 in Tunkhannock Township. Police reported that the Jeep was apparently traveling north when it left the roadway and struck the other vehicle, resulting in damage to the front end and right side of the Jeep. Readers with information are encouraged to call 570-836-5255.

Domestic Dispute in


Jared Allen Wilson, 24, Mildred, Cherry Township, Sullivan County, was arrested at his home after a domestic dispute apparently turned physical at about 11 p.m. on Dec. 6. Wilson was charged with harassment and making terroristic threats and remanded to Wyoming County Correctional Facility pending a hearing.

Suspicious Activity in Mehoopany

A 35-year-old resident of Quarry Lane, Mehoopany, told state police that at about 4 a.m. on Dec. 12 she noted a “suspicious SUV lingering at her mailbox.” The police report also notes that the woman complained of mail missing from her mailbox the day before. The investigation is continuing.

More Retail Theft at


Further incidents of retail theft have been noted at the new Walmart Supercenter in Eaton Township. Daniel Post, 20, Tunkhannock, was arrested on retail theft charges on Dec. 2 at 8:15 p.m. Police report that Post had been trying to steal a mobile phone from the retailer.

Deer Crashes into Car

Charles Sands, 42, Tunkhannock, was wearing his seat belt and was not injured on Dec. 8 when a deer ran from the side of Route 29 and crashed into his vehicle. Police report the incident took place at 5:45 p.m. in Monroe Township, and that Sands had been driving north at the time. The deer impacted the driver’s side door and the side airbags in the vehicle were deployed.

Meshoppen Crash

On Dec. 5 at 6:20 a.m., four drivers were involved in a “domino” rear-end crash at the intersection of Routes 6 and 267 in Meshoppen Borough. The police report was not specific about which vehicle crashed into which, or in what order. Jared Williams, 22, Beaver Meadows, was driving one vehicle, was wearing a seat belt and was not injured. The second driver, John Kopczynski, 42, Freeland, was wearing a seat belt and sustained minor injuries. The third driver, Donald Scialpi, 45, Hughestown, was wearing a seat belt and not injured. The fourth driver, Stanley Layman, 51, Lebanon, was wearing a seat belt and was not injured.

Bear Dispute Leads to Arrest

State police were notified of an incident occurring at Redneck Taxidermy Shop in Lenox Township, Susquehanna County, which has led to charges of aggravated assault filed against a Nicholson man. According to reports, William Jones, operator of the shop, was confronted by Joseph Gana, Little Meadows, on Nov. 15 concerning the mounting of a trophy bear that Gana brought to Jones in 2008 and had not been returned. A verbal dispute ensued, which then became physical, and Jones allegedly brandished a rifle and then struck Gana with the muzzle end. Police reports state that Gana was able to leave the scene, but was treated later for fractured ribs and a lung injury. On Dec. 12 a preliminary arraignment was held and Jones was released on $25,000 unsecured bail, with a hearing scheduled for Jan. 3.

Accident Results in Charges

Jill Mock, Little Meadows, was traveling east on Canada Road in Apolacon Township on the afternoon of Dec. 12 when she lost control of her vehicle on a curve due to ice and struck a tree, state police reports indicate. Mock and two passengers, one an unrestrained minor child, were taken to Wilson Hospital in Johnson City, NY, for further evaluation of injuries. A second minor in a child safety seat was not injured. Charges will be filed against the driver, reports state.

Driver Flees Crash Scene

Police were able to detain the operator of a vehicle responsible for an accident that occurred on Route 706 in Bridgewater Township on the night of Dec. 9 after he left the scene, and charges will be filed, police state. According to reports, Donald Goble, 37, Lawton, failed to stop at a stop sign and made a left turn into the path of a vehicle driven by Linda Miller, 61, Montrose, who was unable to avoid the collision. Police allege that Goble then left the scene and got a ride to the Pump -n- Pantry in Montrose, where he was detained by Montrose Borough officers on suspicion of being intoxicated. Pending charges await blood test results and include leaving the scene of an accident, DUI and several others.

Retail Theft Caught on Camera

Police reports state that shortly after noon on Dec. 5, a Springville man was caught removing drill bits from Andre & Son’s True Value in Bridgewater Township, just outside of Montrose, through the use of the store’s state-of-the-art surveillance system. Dennis Hall, 32, will answer charges to retail theft in local court.

Laptop Stolen in


Police received a report from Rachel Decker that sometime in the overnight hours of Dec. 3 and 4, unknown person(s) entered her residence in Springville Township and removed a black Acer laptop computer valued at approximately $528 and fled. Any information on this crime can be reported to state police at 570-465-3154.













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