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Police Reports from Towanda, Tunkhannock, Laporte and Gibson Barracks


Student Has Paraphernalia

At about 9:55 a.m. on Oct. 28, an unnamed 16-year-old male Sullivan County High School student was found by a staff member to be in possession of drug paraphernalia.

Traffic Stop Yields Fugitive

William Robert Best, 27, Milan, was stopped for an unspecified traffic violation at about 7 a.m. on Oct. 29 and was found to be wanted for an unrelated crime in Maryland. He was detained at the Bradford County Correctional Facility in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Various Items Stolen

The Dushore Pharmacy on Route 220 was broken into at about 2:30 a.m. on Oct. 25 by someone who removed an unspecified amount of medicine. Readers with helpful information may contact state police at Laporte at 570-946-4610.

In two updated reports released by state police at Towanda, Jeffrey Roberts, Rome, was charged with theft for allegedly removing four aluminum tire rims from F&S Trucking in Wysox on June 14 or 15. He has also been charged with breaking into a camper at the Brenchley Lake Campground in Rome Township several times between June 26 and 28.

An air compressor and two pneumatic air tools were stolen from a property at Center Road in Standing Stone Township on Oct. 23 or 24.

A 33-year-old Orwell Township woman reported to police that prescription medication was removed from her purse between Oct. 14 and 17.

A 45-year-old Franklin Township man told police that someone cut the chain across the lane to his private driveway and made off with the chain, padlock, and metal posts on Sept. 23 or 24.

A trolling motor, various hand tools and a Husqvarna straight-shaft weedeater were taken from a Monroe Township residence between 9 p.m. on Sept 29 and 9 a.m. on Sept. 30.

A black utility trailer bearing license plate #XGG2374 that belonged to a 60-year-old Dushore man was stolen from behind Hurley’s Market in North Towanda Township between Oct. 4 and 6.

Readers with information about the four aforementioned crimes may call 570-265-2186.

DUIs Reported

Kelli Jo Johnson-Lester, 27, Towanda, was arrested for DUI on Main Street at about 1:45 a.m. on Oct. 30.

Richard Michael Rehfeldt, 21, Towanda, was cited for DUI on Route 6 at Old Mill Road at about 1:15 a.m. on Oct. 29.

Accident Details Released

Lenard Odneal, 43, Tallahassee, FL, was charged with driving at unsafe speeds and for fleeing the scene of an accident after he allegedly lost control of his vehicle on Route 220 north of New Albany at about 10 p.m. on Oct. 25. The vehicle slid for about 50 yards, spun counterclockwise, and rolled down an embankment.

Jordan Ellis, 21, Laceyville, incurred a minor injury and a citation for driving too fast for roadway conditions after he skidded into the oncoming lane while traveling south on Clapper Hill Road in Stevens Township at about 5:45 p.m. on Oct. 24, striking the driver’s side of a truck driven by David Geisler, 51, Kempton, PA. Geisler was wearing a safety belt and was not injured.

Nicholas Kulp, 21, Dushore, received minor injuries from a one-vehicle crash that occurred on Route 187 at Route 467 in Rome Township at about 5:10 p.m. on Oct. 12. Kulp reportedly traveled off the west side of Route 187, struck a concrete drain basin, an embankment, and a PennDOT sign before coming to rest in the southbound lane, facing west. He was cited for leaving his intended lane of traffic and for operating a vehicle with a suspended or revoked license.

James Morris, 24, Towanda, was slightly injured and cited for traveling at unsafe speeds as per his involvement in a two-car crash on Route 187 near Bliss Road in Rome on Oct. 24 at about 5:25 p.m. After swerving into the oncoming lane of traffic on a wet roadway to avoid striking a vehicle that was stopped to turn onto Bliss Road, Morris reportedly struck a vehicle driven by Thomas Taylor, 34, Rome. Cole Dulaney, 24, Towanda, a passenger in Morris’s vehicle, was also injured, but Taylor’s passenger, Tracy Taylor, 44, Rome, was not.

Jeffrey Creedon, 39, Sayre, was slightly injured when he struck a deer that jumped over a guardrail into the path of his vehicle on Route 220 in Ulster Township at about 9:15 p.m. on Oct. 28. The vehicle sustained major damage.

Update on Burglary at Flooded Property

Police report that John Holland, Jr., 43, Allentown, has been taken into custody following the issuing of a warrant for his arrest last week. He is charged with felony theft and, according to the police report, is responsible for the theft of tires from a trailer damaged in the September floods. The trailer belongs to a 55-year-old man from San Diego, CA; the trailer is located on Keelersburg Road in Eaton Township. Holland may also be charged with other crimes committed in that area.

Forkston Property Scene Of Burglary

A shed on property belonging to Albert Timko, Harveys Lake, was broken into sometime between Aug. 31 and Oct. 19, police report. The shed, along Windy Valley Road, Forkston, had been damaged in the flood. Taken from the shed were a toolbox with tools and socket sets, an 8500 generator, a Stihl chainsaw and a 24-inch hedge trimmer. The investigation is continuing.

Man Struck Trying to Save Dog

Giles Evans, 63, Tunkhannock, was struck and injured by a vehicle on Oct. 27 at 7:18 a.m. when he walked onto a roadway in an attempt to aid a dog that had just been hit by a car. The incident took place on Route 29 just south of the Susquehanna River Bridge. Police report that one witness saw Evans kneel next to the injured dog and then stand just before he was struck by Kelly Jordan, 42, Tunkhannock. Jordan is reported to have swerved in an attempt to avoid Evans. Jordan was wearing a seat belt and was not injured. Evans sustained moderate injury and was taken to CMC Scranton.

Burglary and Theft

Sherman Porter reported to police that sometime between Oct. 1 and 21, unknown actor(s) pried the lock from a door of a shed on property in Susquehanna County’s Franklin Township and removed a welder, plow frame, miscellaneous bars and hammers, toolboxes containing sockets, nuts, bolts and washers, and a barrel full of tire chains. Police are likewise investigating the theft of an acetylene tank, Harris torch and tank caddy from a quarry in Bridgewater Township sometime between Oct. 16 and 30. The theft was reported by Peter Kane, Montrose.

Francis Flynn, Montrose, reported to police that Flynn’s Stone Castle, Lawton, was the victim of burglary sometime in the late night hours of Oct. 25. Unknown person(s) removed $600 in cash from the business.

Police are also looking for information on a burglary that occurred on Oct. 26, where cash and jewelry was removed from the Herrick Township (Lake Lowe) home of Andrew and Alice Ewonishon. Another burglary also occurred in the Lake Lowe area between Oct. 27 and 29, wherein unknown actor(s) entered a residence by kicking in a rear door, rifled through dressers in upstairs bedrooms and removed a jar of miscellaneous change, a gold necklace and a checkbook.

Elderly Montrose residents Raymond and Mary Jane Hunsinger also reported to police that sometime between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 30, some unknown person(s) gained entry to their Dimock Township residence and removed a safe containing approximately $9,600 in valuables. Anyone with information on these or other incidents can report it to the state police at Gibson, 570-465-3154.

Passengers, Operators Injured

Joshua Roddins, Springville, was transported to EMHS in Montrose for minor injuries and BAC testing following an accident along SR29 in the early morning hours of Nov. 1. Police reports indicate Roddins lost control and left the roadway, striking a utility pole. Vehicle code charges are pending.

Driver Jimmy Welch, Kingsley, was not hurt in a crash that happened in Bridgewater Township, but his passengers sustained some injury. Kyle Snow, Arlington, OH, suffered only minor injury that did not warrant EMS transport, while Travis Luff, Montrose, was taken to Wilson Hospital, Johnson City, NY, after Welch lost control on a left hand curve of Meshoppen Creek Rd. and struck trees on the afternoon of Oct. 27. Welch was cited for driving at an unsafe speed.

No injuries were reported by either Sandra Brown or her passenger, Julia Berretta, both of Montrose, when the Toyota Camry driven by Brown struck a bridge rail along SR3029 on the afternoon of Oct. 28. Brown will be cited for careless driving.

Snowy conditions led to an accident on SR29 in Bridgewater Township on the evening of Oct. 29, when Nancy Hazlett, Montrose, lost control on a hill, skidded across the opposite lane, and struck an embankment, causing the vehicle to overturn. Both the driver and her passenger, Elizabeth Mills, Montrose, were transported to area hospitals for treatment of unknown injuries. Hazlett was cited for speed unsafe for conditions.


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