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Police Reports from Towanda, Tunkhannock, Laporte and Gibson Barracks


Phone Tapping Suspected

Allen Goodwin, 51, Orwell Township, was charged with a wiretap violation after a recording device was found in his Rome-area residence. Police report that there were numerous victims in Pennsylvania and New York state between June 17 and Aug. 17.

Rent Payments Pocketed

An unnamed female, acting on behalf of the owner of Jackson’s Trailer Park in Wysox Township, took rent payments made in cash from the same tenant three months in a row and kept the money, rather than mailing it to her employer in Manheim, PA.

Herrick Twp. Burglary/Theft

Between Aug 12 and 27, someone entered the residence of a 57-year-old Herrick Township resident and removed from his home a crossbow, spotting scope, range finder, and digital camera. A cash reward has been offered for information about the crime, and readers may call 570-265-2186.

Sexual Assault Reported

State police at Towanda noted that an investigation is ongoing concerning the statutory sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl by an unnamed 24-year-old man at various locations in Bradford County since the beginning of the year.

Threats Made Via Cellphone

Carina Marie Vanderpool, 23, Towanda, has been charged with harassment for allegedly threatening to do bodily harm to a 19-year-old woman from the Troy area. The call was made at about 3:25 p.m. on Oct. 18.

Edith June Mosier, 42, Towanda, is accused of leaving a 41-year-old Alpine, NY, resident a profanity-laced voicemail message on Oct. 19 in which Mosier allegedly threatened to beat up the victim and to kill her.

Multiple unwanted phone calls were made to a 63-year-old Tuscarora Township woman between Oct. 10 and 20.

Windows Broken in Dushore Area

Between 7:45 a.m. on Oct. 19 and 7:45 a.m. on Oct. 20, someone threw rocks at a storage building on Mill Street in Dushore, breaking two windows in the process.

Between 7:45 and 10:15 a.m. on Oct. 23, someone broke glass and a door at home on Hunsinger Road near its intersection with Dutch Mountain Road in Cherry Township, Sullivan County.  Readers with information on either crime may contact state police at Laporte at 570-946-4610.

Prescription Drugs Taken

A couple living on Falsey Hill Road, Monroe Township, reported the disappearance of multiple prescription medications from their home that were likely taken between 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Oct. 10.

Additional Burglaries Reported

A garage at a seasonal residence along Route 154 in Forks Township owned by Edward Jaeger was breached at about 3:15 a.m. on Oct. 22. The door to the garage was kicked open, but it does not appear that anything was stolen.

A 53-year-old Ulster Township woman was the victim of a burglary between Oct. 17 and 21, when somebody entered her home along Route 220 and removed a handgun, collector coins, jewelry, and $200 in cash.

Someone ripped a window screen at the home of a 40-year-old Ulster Township woman living on Laurel Hill Road on Oct. 19 or 20.

A 55-year-old Ulster Township woman reported that someone entered her residence on Cash Creek Road between Sept. 26 and Oct. 1 and stole two leather jackets. Readers with information on any of the three aforementioned crimes may call 570-265-2186.

Vehicles Damaged

At about 12:15 p.m. on Oct. 20, Tracy Allen Chilson, 22, Towanda, allegedly punched and broke the driver side mirror of a van located on Kellogg Road, Monroe Township, Bradford County, that belonged to a 22-year-old Troy woman.

Someone shot paintballs at two vehicles located on Brocktown Road, Monroe Township, just after 5 p.m. on Oct. 21.

The rear window of a 2010 Chrysler Sebring belonging to a 42-year-old Milan woman was shattered by an unknown blunt object on Oct. 21 or 22 at her residence along Route 220. Readers with information on any of the three aforementioned crimes may call 570-265-2186.

Gregory James VanDyke Sr., 32, Sayre, was charged with criminal mischief and disorderly conduct for allegedly striking the windshield of a Beck Oil truck parked at McDonalds in Wysox Township at about 2 p.m. on Oct. 24, after having a fight with his girlfriend.

Ball Cap Stolen

A 47-year-old Towanda man reported to police that someone opened a package delivered to him on Oct. 19 and removed a baseball cap. Readers with information may contact state police at Towanda at 570-265-2186.

Co-Worker Accused of Theft

Tunkhannock Township Police reported that Shana Marie Pickering of Meshoppen has been charged for theft from a motor vehicle after she was seen in fellow employee Christina Bevan’s vehicle, which was parked in the lot behind Golden Living Center on Virginia Drive on Oct. 20. When Bevan approached Pickering, Pickering allegedly threw $30 that had been removed from Bevan’s purse onto the seat. Bevan later reported that $110 seemed to be missing from her purse. A third employee also saw Pickering in Bevan’s vehicle. It was assumed that Pickering had secured Bevan’s car keys from a jacket stored in the victim’s desk drawer. On Oct. 22, Pickering was arrested again for allegedly filing false reports of an unknown manner with authorities.

Harassment Charged

In an apparent domestic dispute, a 20-year-old Hillsgrove, Sullivan County, male was cited for his involvement in a physical altercation with an 18-year-old female at a residence in the village that occurred at about 11 a.m. on Oct. 15.

Man Sneaks into High School

No motive was given for why Gerald Jay Kanyok, Jr. reportedly entered Tunkhannock High School unlawfully at about 2:20 p.m. on Oct. 21, after being advised by a school official prior to the incident that he was not permitted on school property. Kanyok was charged with criminal trespass.

Police Detail Area Crashes

Two out-of-state drivers incurred moderate injuries in a three-vehicle crash at the intersection of Routes 6 and 409 at about 8:15 a.m. on Oct. 10. Gregory Flum, 23, Oregonia, OH, was cited for failure to come to a complete stop at the south end of Route 409, where police allege that he entered traffic on Route 6 and struck the driver side of a Ford F-250 driven by Jerry Walker, 36, Oneonta, AL, who was traveling east. The impact forced both vehicles into the driver side of a Peterbilt truck driven by Stacie Perry, 39, Tunkhannock, who was also traveling east. Walker’s truck then rolled over onto its passenger side. Wyalusing Valley Volunteer Fire Department assisted at the scene.

Both drivers in a two-vehicle accident on the Route 6 bypass in Tunkhannock were cited for driving at unsafe speeds after a deer crossed the road and Robert Joseph Stephenson and Ryan Jay Lieser, both of Tunkhannock, swerved to miss it. After steering in opposite directions, both drivers ended up colliding in the median. Stephenson reportedly struck a “wrong way” sign before spinning 180 degrees and coming to rest facing south in the westbound lane. Leiser went across the median and the westbound lane and came to rest partially down an embankment.

Jake Patterson, 18, Towanda, was not injured, but his pickup truck was disabled after he was reportedly hit from behind by a Ford F-250 driven by Darin Tanner, 53, Stinnet, TX, on Route 6 near the Dandy Mini Mart in Tuscarora Township at about 8 a.m. on Oct. 6. Patterson had stopped to turn left into a driveway, and Tanner was cited for driving at an unsafe speed.

There were no injuries in a Sept. 27 rear-ender on Route 6 in Wysox Township in the area of the Sherwood Grove Auto Dealership. Thomas Davis, 29, Oxford, MS, reportedly struck a vehicle driven by Allen Lamb, 33, Waynesboro, VA, from behind in heavy traffic at about 5:05 p.m. Davis’s vehicle had to be towed from the scene, and he was charged with careless driving.

In a domino-effect crash that occurred at about 11:15 a.m. on Oct. 5 on Route 6 at Inver Road in Tunkhannock Township, Roy Prevost of Tunkhannock reportedly drove in the back of a vehicle driven by Raymond Mocium of Harvey’s Lake, pushing his vehicle into a vehicle driven by Joann Clark of Montrose. Clark had stopped to make a left turn and was able to drive her vehicle from the scene. The other two vehicles had to be towed.

An unnamed driver of a work truck was cited for driving at an unsafe speed after he/she lost control of the vehicle on North Street Road in Terry Township and left the roadway near the intersection of Spring Lake Road, coming to rest in a ditch on its passenger side. The company that owns the vehicle towed it from the scene of the accident, which happened t about 5:15 p.m. on Oct. 24.

Amanda Lund, 27, Dushore, was cited for her involvement in an accident that occurred on SR2010 near Messersmith Road at about 4:45 p.m. on Oct. 21. Lund was traveling eastbound and reportedly pulled off onto the south shoulder then returned to the roadway, where she was struck by a vehicle driven by an unnamed Mayfield, PA, man. Both were wearing seatbelts, and no injuries were reported.

Synthetic marijuana was reported as a factor in a crash that happened at about 10:30 p.m. on Oct. 21 at the intersection of Route 6 and Patterson Blvd. in North Towanda Township. Bradley Charles Holcomb, 22, Athens, allegedly pulled out of Patterson Blvd. into the path of a Jeep driven by a 19-year-old Towanda female, who was traveling east on Route 6 and had the green light. While conducting the crash investigation, state police discovered a smoking pipe and several opened packets of synthetic marijuana in Holcomb’s station wagon.

Flooded Properties Burglarized

Police report that two homes damaged in the September floods were further victimized in recent weeks by thieves. A home belonging to a 51-year-old man along Keelersburg Road just south of Thurston Hollow Road in Eaton Township, Wyoming County, was broken into on Oct. 3 about 4 p.m. Police are seeking John Holland, 43, Allentown, on suspicion of taking various items from the home. No list of stolen items or their values was released. A warrant was issued for Holland.

On Oct. 14, another home along Keelersburg Road in Northmoreland Township was burglarized. This home belongs to a 74-year-old woman; police report that jewelry was taken. The burglary occurred between noon and 2:30 p.m. The investigation is continuing to find the perpetrator.

Between Oct. 2 and Oct. 8, a residence along Perch Lane in Black Walnut, Braintrim Township, was also burglarized. The 72-year-old male owner of the property reported to police that his 14-foot aluminum boat and trailer, along with an Evinrude outboard motor, were taken from his home, which had been damaged in the flood.

Burglary in Springville

A home on Singer Road in Wyoming County’s Lemon Township was burglarized on Oct. 15 between 10 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. The thief or thieves took jewelry and watches from the home; no value of the stolen items was given. The home belongs to a 35-year-old man.

Warrant Issued for DVD


Police are actively seeking Donald George and Holly Huey, both of Pittston, in connection with the theft of several DVDs from the Walmart Store in Eaton Township last April. The two were observed stealing the DVDs from the store and have been charged with one count of misdemeanor retail theft.

Scuffle Leads to Arrests

Stephen McGuire, Susquehanna, is charged with recklessly endangering, simple assault and harassment, while Edwin Blaisure, Montrose, also faces charges of harassment and criminal mischief, following an incident in Franklin Township on Oct. 23. McGuire is alleged to have gotten into a dispute with Blaisure and another person, who reside with McGuire’s girlfriend in Montrose, resulting in a tussle. McGuire reportedly left the scene but returned for his phone and allegedly struck Blaisure with his car, whereupon Blaisure punched both the window and the driver. No medical treatment was reported necessary.

Elderly Man Victim of Internet Scam

According to reports filed, Robert Treible, 82, New Milford, told police he received an e-mail stating a problem with a PayPal account and that he needed to supply his password and log in to fix it. Treible complied and alleges that the following day he realized fraudulent charges totaling $473.38 had been made on his checking account. No further information can be obtained on the perpetrator of the fraud, but the incident is a reminder to all readers to be cautious about giving out such information.

No-Injury Accident in Rush

Neither of the drivers nor the one passenger needed medical treatment following a two-vehicle crash along SR706 in Rush Township on the evening of Oct. 21. Reports indicate that David Newhart, LeRaysville, failed to notice the Nissan operated by Terri Gage, Lawton, slowing to turn and struck it from behind. All occupants were wearing seatbelts, and according to reports, both drivers were cited for violations, Newhart for careless driving and Gage for violation of the open container law.

Area Drivers Lose Control

Joshua Mattison, 20, Meshoppen, suffered moderate injuries following a traffic accident in Auburn Township on Oct. 20. According to reports, Mattison failed to negotiate a right curve and lost control, causing his vehicle to leave the roadway and strike a telephone pole. According to reports, Mattison is charged with driving at an unsafe speed.

Benjamin Steinbacher, 24, Williamsport, was cited for failure to remain in his lane when he lost control of his vehicle on a curve while traveling on Quarry Road in Lathrop Township on Oct. 19. Steinbacher was not injured, according to reports.

No reason was given in police reports for James Joines, 17, Meshoppen, to lose control of his vehicle when it went off the road and landed in a field on Oct. 17 along SR 267 in Auburn Township. Joines received moderate injuries and was cited for failure to remain in his lane.

Update on Runaway

According to state police at Gibson, Iliene Fitch, Hallstead, who was reported as a runaway on Oct. 16, has been located.












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