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Police Reports from Towanda, Tunkhannock, Laporte and Gibson Barracks


Susquehanna County Burglaries

Four burglaries have taken place recently within the county. Between Nov. 10, 2010 and May 25, someone went to the John Rehm residence on Wilkins Rd., Gibson Township, and cut about 200 feet of 3/4 inch copper pipes. A separate incident occurred on Wickwire Hill Rd., Lenox Township, at the Robert Berish residence. The suspect forced entry and pried open a gun cabinet and stole a rifle sometime between June 1 and June 11. In an unrelated incident, an investigation is ongoing on a Mahoney Rd., Silver Lake Township, burglary where entry was made through a bedroom window on June 8. Money and prescription drugs were removed. An antique typewriter, which was sitting on a floor near the door of the Marianne Geyer residence on State Route 547, Harford, was taken by an intruder, then deposited at the end of the victim's driveway. Police wrote that there were two other burglaries under investigation in the same area, but those reports were not available. Readers can call the Gibson Barracks at 570-465-3154 with information on any of these burglaries.

Traffic Accidents with Injuries

A May 30 crash in Middletown Township resulted in the driver going to Wilson Hospital for treatment. Christopher M. Sobonski, 20, Montrose, was traveling south on State Route 858 when he lost control of his Jeep. It struck a guide rail, then traveled into a creek bottom. His injuries were described as moderate. He was charged.

A Springville man was hurt in a Dimock Township crash on June 6. Christopher J. Warner, 28, failed to negotiate a right curve and struck two wooden fence posts. His car then went another distance before striking a tree, then another tree. He was taken to Tyler Hospital for treatment of injuries of unknown severity. He was charged with careless driving.

Retail Thefts

Charges were filed in Montrose District Court against a Springville woman. On May 31, Dawn Schwarztrauber, an employee of the Pump -N- Pantry, Bridgewater Township, allegedly took two Zippo lighters, valued at $50.01 without paying for them in full. It was reported that she told another employee to ring up a sale under general merchandise for $5 and then took possession of the lighters.

The Pump -N- Pantry on Route 29 in Eaton Township, Wyoming County, reports another retail theft. The police report did not say whether the theft was from store merchandise or gasoline. According to the police report, the incident occurred on May 30 at 7:30 p.m.


A Stevensville man and a Montrose woman were in a dispute with a Meshoppen man at Montrose Terrace Park, Bridgewater Township, on June 11 at 1:40 a.m. According to the Meshoppen man, Richard Burton Steele, Jr., 44, Stevensville, and Nicole Helen Warner, 23, Montrose, are accused of striking their victim about the head during a dispute that escalated to the point of physical contact.

Possession with Intent to Deliver

A traffic stop resulted in jail time. On June 13, Charles Taylor Hughes, III, 38, Magnolia, DE, was stopped on Interstate 81, New Milford Township, for a motor vehicle violation. The officer noticed a strong odor of marijuana emitting from inside the vehicle. A consent to search was obtained after Hughes was observed throwing a clear plastic bag of marijuana outside the front passenger window. According to the police report, the written consent search yielded 1.5 pounds of high grade marijuana which was located in the rear cargo area of the vehicle. Hughes was arraigned in New Milford District Court, with bail set at $75,000. As he was unable to post bail, he was sent to the Susquehanna County Jail, with a preliminary hearing set for June 20.

Meshoppen Man Flees from Police

Jeffrey Millard, 43, Meshoppen, has been charged with DUI, fleeing/eluding, Act 64 violations, reckless endangerment, accidents involving damage to an attended vehicle and summary traffic violations. Act 64 is the “Drug Device and Cosmetics Act.” The charges stem from actions Millard allegedly engaged in on June 12. Police report that at 2:15 p.m. on that day, Millard was operating a Suzuki motorcycle along Route 6 without a proper inspection sticker and registration plate. Trooper Robert Bell is reported to have observed him and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. This was in Washington Township near Township Road 518 (Dark Hollow Road). Millard is said to have attempted to flee from Bell, and Cpl. David Judge in a PSP vehicle became involved in the pursuit. Millard traveled off Route 6 and onto TR 518. Cpl. Judge pulled his vehicle to the berm in an attempt to stop Millard’s forward progress and Millard hit the passenger side of the vehicle. He then fled the scene on foot and was pursued by Cpl. Judge and Trooper Bell and finally apprehended after a foot chase. Millard was arraigned before District Judge John Hovan and was sent to the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Toddler Left Alone in Car

Police received reports on June 10 at 4:15 p.m. of a two-year-old baby alone in a parked vehicle in the Weis parking lot in Eaton Township. The little girl had been left unattended; there was no word on how long the child had been in the vehicle or whether the caretaker was shopping or merely away from the vehicle. The investigation is continuing and charges of endangering the welfare of a child will likely be filed shortly.

Theft/Unauthorized Use Reported

Donald Mengle, 67, Pottsville, filed a report with the state police in Laporte that his seasonal residence on Cavanaugh Road in Sullivan County had been broken into. It is unknown at this time if anything was removed from the residence. If anyone has information regarding this investigation, please contact police at 570-946-4610.

It was reported that on June 11, 189 Percocet tablets had been stolen from the Dar-Way Nursing Home in Forksville. Anyone with information relative to this incident is asked to call the Laporte barracks.

A Darway Nursing Home employee had their M&T Bank checkbook stolen during their shift on June 8-9. Someone entered the employee break room and removed 14 checks from the checkbook that had been in a backpack. The investigation continues.

Violation of PFA

Raymond R. Schilling, Sullivan County, was arrested on June 10 for violating his PFA that had been issued on June 2. Schilling attempted to enter the victim’s property by kicking open a front door. He is being held at the Wyoming County Correctional Facility with bail set for $50,000. He is awaiting a preliminary hearing.




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