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Police Reports from Towanda, Tunkhannock, Laporte and Gibson Barracks


Fatal Crashes Reported

State police at Laporte are investigating two unrelated deaths in Sullivan County. The body of Wesley Adams, 30, Trucksville, was found at about 7:20 p.m. on June 18 on State Games Lands 13, near Route 487 in Colley Township. Other than to state that the death “does not appear to be equivocal,” police provided no further details.

Michael Andrew Kuzma, 51, Largo, FL, was found dead in a cabin at SR 4008 and Rabbit Run Road in Elkland Township at 3:30 a.m. on June 15. The seasonal residence had been destroyed by fire.

On June 18, a car traveling north on Interstate 81 exited the roadway into the median, went into the southbound lane and struck another vehicle. A passenger in the northbound vehicle, Catereace Williams, Philadelphia, 19, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, Daniel E. Williams, 23, Philadelphia, and two passengers, Rebecca Louden, 19, Philadelphia, and Stephone Norris, unknown age, Philadelphia, along with the southbound driver Todd R. Frederick, unknown age, Boiling Springs, SC, were injured and taken to CMC Hospital in Scranton. The crash limited the road to one travel lane for several hours.

Golf Clubs Stolen

A Charleston, SC, man reported that a set of golf clubs was stolen from the front porch of his Eagles Mere residence. Readers with information are asked to call state police at Laporte at 570-946-4610.

Deer Causes Crash, Driver Cited

State police at Laporte reported that nobody was injured in a June 18 accident on Mill Creek Road near Big Hollow Road in Fox Township. Jesse Spaar, 29, Montoursville, and a passenger were traveling north when a deer crossed the road from the east berm. Spaar swerved to avoid the deer and overshot the west berm, traveling a short distance down a steep embankment and coming to rest with the driver’s side against a large tree. Both men were wearing seatbelts, but Spaar was cited for not reporting the crash.

Burglary at Myo Beach

A Meshoppen man has been charged with burglary and related crimes following a June 13 incident on Lott Road, Myo Beach, Meshoppen. The police report names Adam Millard, 23, as the perpetrator who, along with an unnamed juvenile companion, allegedly broke into the residence of Christopher Hanlon. The incident happened about 4 p.m., according to the report, and coins were stolen from the residence. Millard and the juvenile then reportedly returned to the Hanlon residence at about 6:30 p.m. that same evening and took more coins, and broke into Hanlon’s safe. Hanlon arrived home, according to the report, and discovered Millard and the juvenile “in the area of his residence.” He is said to have confronted them, and the pair fled on foot. The police were summoned and apprehended Millard and the juvenile. The stolen coins were recovered. Charges against Millard are: two counts of burglary, two counts of criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, corruption of minors and criminal mischief. He is presently in the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail. There were no details on charges against the juvenile.

Inebriated Teen Charged

More than rattlesnakes were captured at Noxen Township’s Rattlesnake Roundup on June 18. Police report that at 11:45 p.m., a 16-year-old arrived at the roundup in an obviously intoxicated state. The teen was charged with underage drinking.

Rear-Ender Reported at Highway Junction

Two vehicles were involved in a rear end collision on Route 6 at the junction of Route 87 on June 9 at 5:30 p.m. in Washington Township. Police report that Duane Nagle, Jr., Tunkhannock, was stopped in traffic at the red light at the intersection while Alvin Lindor, Meshoppen, was traveling east. The report says Lindor failed to stop in time and rear ended Nagle’s vehicle. There were no injuries and both drivers were wearing seatbelts.

“Child’s Play” Leads to Charges

On June 13, four male juveniles were throwing rocks onto the road from train tracks on State Route 11 at the intersection of Randolph Rd., Great Bend Township. They were attempting to strike passing vehicles, according to the police report. At least two vehicles belonging to Great Bend residents were damaged.

Medicine Stolen

On June 15, Amie Jane Vanvleck, 33, Hop Bottom, reported the theft of prescription medication from her State Route 2002 residence. As a result of police investigation, charges of unsworn falsification to authorities and false reports to law enforcement authorities were filed against her in Clifford District Court.

Motorcyclist Injured

Doyle E. Artman, 55, Montrose, was driving south on State Route 3029, Forest Lake Township, when a deer ran into the right side of his motorcycle. He was taken to Lourdes Hospital with moderate injuries. The incident occurred on June 5.

Harassment Cited

On June 14, Dustin Adam Godfrey, Springville, went to Bobbie Jo Walker’s residence on State Route 3023, Dimock Township, to talk to his employee. Upon his arrival, a verbal dispute occurred and Walker bit Godfrey, causing minor bruising to his finger. Charges were filed in Montrose District Court.

Sleepy Teen Crashes Car

On June 10, Jennifer E. Degroff, 19, Nicholson, was driving east on State Route 374, Lenox Township, when she fell asleep, then drove off the north berm, hitting an embankment. The vehicle continued another 68 feet then flipped on its right side. Degroff was charged with the accident. She had minor injuries and was taken to CMC Hospital for treatment.

Vandalism in Susquehanna County

A Susquehanna man awoke to find that, between June 15 to 16, someone had broken the rear window of his car. A New Milford Borough resident found a picnic table was damaged when it was flipped over on Church St.

Police Investigate Burglary Reports

Three post hole bits for an auger located alongside a storage building were stolen on old Route 11, Great Bend Township, between May 20 and June 5.

In unrelated incidents, a burglary was reported to have occurred between June 12 and 15 at Loomis Lake Rd., Lenox Township. A crawl space was entered under a residence and 150 feet of copper water pipe was taken.

Also on Loomis Lake Rd., a theft was reported, occurring sometime between June 12 and 20. All the copper tubing from underneath a cottage was removed. Readers are asked to contact the Gibson Barracks at 570-465-3154 with any information.

Charges Filed from March Arrest

Lauren M. Howell, 19, Meshoppen, has been charged following an incident this past March. Her charges are fleeing/eluding, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, several traffic summary violations and underage drinking. According to Meshoppen Police Chief John Krieg, on March 15 at about 4:30 p.m. he was on patrol in Meshoppen Borough when he saw Howell driving west on SR 4017 at a high rate of speed. She also failed to stop for a posted stop sign and upon turning onto SR 4014, she was driving in the oncoming traffic lane. Krieg’s report states that Howell attempted to elude him once he followed her and activated his lights, but that he did apprehend and arrest her. Krieg's report says there were several passengers in the vehicle and that drug paraphernalia and marijuana were found in the vehicle; some of this material was in plain sight. The occupants of the car gave Krieg permission to look in the trunk of Howell’s car and upon doing so he found beer. Following her Miranda warning, Howell is reported to have admitted she had been speeding and to have told Chief Krieg that all the drugs and drug paraphernalia he had found were hers.

Police Answer Domestic Call

On April 12, Meshoppen police were dispatched to a complaint at 907 Rattlesnake Hill Road for a domestic disturbance. Chief John Krieg reports that he came on scene and found the defendant, Daniel C. Lee, Mehoopany, heavily intoxicated and yelling obscenities. Lee was taken into custody and carried on his behavior. After interviewing the other people at the residence, Krieg reports that Lee is said to have fought and punched another male several times, and to have bitten a female in several places on her body and to have punched her in the chin. He is also said to have done damage to the house and to a vehicle on the property. Lee has been charged with two counts of simple assault and one count of criminal mischief.

Meshoppen Man Charged with DUI

Darren Wells, Meshoppen, has been charged with two counts of DUI and summary violations. The charges stem from a May 20 arrest at 7:25 p.m. when Wells was stopped for speeding along Route 6 in Meshoppen Borough. According to the report, Chief John Krieg observed Wells to be intoxicated at the time of the traffic stop, and this was later confirmed by a blood alcohol test showing his BAC level to be .14.

Louisiana Man Charged with DUI

Jude Guidry, Louisiana, was charged on May 21 with two counts of DUI and summary violations. The charges stem from an incident on that day at 1:45 a.m. when Meshoppen Borough Police Chief John Krieg reported to the scene of an accident along Route 6 just west of the Wyoming County Fairgrounds. According to his report, Krieg observed Guidry and his two male passengers to be intoxicated. Guidry had been driving the vehicle, which upon Krieg's arrival appeared to be disabled and on the side of the roadway. There were no reports of anyone being injured in the accident.

Meshoppen Woman Charged

Charges have been filed against Beth Hankle, Meshoppen, following an incident on May 18. Police Chief John Krieg reports that just before 9 p.m. on that evening, he was patrolling the area of the Meshoppen Boat Launch when he observed a vehicle parked in the middle of Sterling Street with no lights on. Upon approaching the vehicle, Krieg reports that the vehicle lights came on but when he questioned Hankle about her conduct, he observed pills and pill bottles in the front seat of the vehicle. Chief Krieg also reports that Hankle emitted a strong odor of alcohol and appeared intoxicated. A BAC test later revealed her levels to be at .19. Hankle has been charged with two counts of DUI, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and summary violations.

Man Harasses Police With False Claims

Daniel Adams, Meshoppen, has been charged with six counts of giving false reports to law enforcement. The charges come from an incident on May 16 when Meshoppen Borough Police Chief John Krieg was called to the defendant's residence with a report that someone had tried to break into Adams’s garage. After viewing the scene, Krieg was told by Adams that the alleged perpetrator had run from Adams when he confronted him. Krieg, as well as state police troopers, questioned several people in the area who appeared to support Adams's statement. The man in question was found walking nearby a short time later and he denied being at Adams's residence. The following day, Chief Krieg received another call from Adams alleging the same thing; when the alleged perpetrator was questioned, nothing substantive was found. The next day the officer was again called to Adams's residence and a similar story was told to police. On subsequent days, Adams alleged he was being harassed by the alleged perpetrator and threatened by him. This time, however, the man in question was given an alibi by neighbors and family and subsequent similar reports later in the month were also found to be unproven. Finally, on May 23, Adams told Chief Krieg that he had made everything up, including hitting himself in the head with a rock and accusing the alleged perpetrator of having done it.

DUIs Reported in Wyoming County

On May 28 at 10:30 p.m., Gary Brown, Laceyville, was observed by Meshoppen Police Chief John Krieg to be driving erratically. Brown was driving on Route 6 near Route 6 Auto Body. When Chief Krieg stopped Brown, he observed him to appear intoxicated. Blood alcohol tests later confirmed Brown's BAC to be .19. Brown has been charged with two counts of DUI and summary violations.

Chris Shatinsky, Meshoppen, has been charged with two counts of DUI and summary violations following a traffic stop on May 29 just before 11 p.m. along Route 6. Shatinsky had been driving south on SR 267 when Chief Krieg first observed him driving erratically. Shatinsky then turned onto Route 6 and continued to drive in an unsafe and erratic manner, and Chief Krieg initiated his stop. He observed Shatinsky to be intoxicated. Shatinsky’s blood was later drawn at Tyler Hospital and the results are pending.



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