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Police Reports from Towanda, Tunkhannock, Laporte and Gibson Barracks


Fatal Accident in

Susquehanna County

Susquehanna County emergency personnel responded to a traffic accident where the driver was killed, state police report. Clifford/Greenfield Ambulance reported to the scene of the accident, which occurred in the early morning hours of Dec. 4 in Clifford Township. According to reports, Dennis Denike lost control of his vehicle traveling west on SR374, striking the guide rail and then impacting an embankment head-on before rolling over and coming to rest on the shoulder of the roadway. Dennis Denike, 25, Clifford, was not wearing a safety belt and was pronounced dead at the scene, while two passengers, Richard Denike, 49, also of Clifford, and Jessika Armetta, 23, Forest City, were transported to area hospitals with injuries of unknown severity.

Sexual Assault Alleged

Alan Lee Fortenberry, 53, Stevensville, has been charged with corruption of minors and indecent assault for inappropriate contact with a 16-year-old girl that reportedly occurred on Dec. 5

Retail Thefts in Wysox

Dylan Beers, 18, Athens, and Michael Rooker, 19, Auburn, NY, are accused of removing video games from Kmart in Wysox Township at about 3 p.m. on Dec. 3.

Also on Dec. 3, an unnamed 17-year-old Wyalusing male was allegedly caught stealing 10 DVDs valued at $100 from the Dollar General Store in Wysox Township at about 1:30 p.m.

Injury Accident in Rush Twp.

William Buell, 65, Montrose, suffered minor injuries when his vehicle left the west berm and struck an embankment, rolling onto the driver’s side in the middle of Route 267 on Dec. 5. Buell will be cited for failure to stay in lane.

Various Burglaries Reported

A 67-year-od Sugar Run resident told police that someone entered his barn on Sugar Hill Road in Wilmot Township on Nov. 30 or Dec. 1 and took several gas-powered tools.

Jewelry was taken from a residence in the area of South Side Road, Franklin Township, Bradford County, between Sept. 19 and Oct. 4. Readers with information on the two aforementioned crimes are asked to call 570-265-2186.

Michael Myers, Sonestown, Sullivan County, reported to police that someone removed a 21-piece socket set and a jack stand from the bed of his pickup truck sometime between Sept. 7 and Nov. 8.

Mary Joyce Koch told police that someone entered her home on Main Street in Sonestown between Sept. 7 and Nov. 25 and stole assorted jewelry, including rings, necklaces, and bracelets that were located in a jewelry box in her bedroom. Readers with information about either crime are encouraged to call 570-946-4610.

Burglary in Dimock Twp.

Raymond Hunsinger, Montrose, reported to police that in the late afternoon hours of Nov. 26, some unknown person(s) kicked open the front door of his residence and removed a Wii game system and five games, then fled. Information on these and other crimes can be reported to state police at Gibson, 570-465-3154.

Driver Injured in Crash

Travis Kristunas, 19, Tunkhannock, sustained minor injuries on Dec. 5 when he lost control of his vehicle on Route 29 in Northmoreland Township and struck the embankment. The incident took place at 5:35 p.m. Police report Kristunas first drifted toward the berm, then swerved back onto the roadway, at which point he lost control.

Crash Sends Three to Hospital

Both drivers of vehicles involved in a crash and one passenger were taken to Tyler Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries on Nov. 20. Police report that Constance Swackhamer, 60, Springville, was driving north on Route 29 at the intersection with Route 6 when she disregarded a red light. A second vehicle, operated by David Gregory, 36, Factoryville, struck Swackhamer's vehicle in the intersection. Swackhamer's passenger, 80-year-old Shirley Cokely, also of Springville, was taken to the hospital along with both drivers. The incident took place at 9:54 p.m.

Crash at Walmart Entrance

On Nov. 17 at 5 p.m., a motor vehicle accident took place in Eaton Township, Wyoming County, on Route 29 at the entrance to the Walmart Supercenter. Police report that Mason Maye, 16, Montrose, and his passenger Austin Bennett, 15, Dimock, were attempting to turn left into the Walmart parking lot when they entered the path of a second vehicle driven by James Risner, 44, Lawrenceburg, TN. Risner had been driving north on Route 29. All those involved were using seat restraints and did not sustain any injuries.

Fraud Reported in Noxen

Denyell May, no age given, Noxen, reported to police that between Nov. 29 and 30 someone used her Visa debit card to purchase more than $2,000 worth of items. The investigation is continuing.

Gas Taken from

Work Site

BGI Utility Construction reported to police that 300 gallons of diesel fuel had been removed from a work site in Towanda Township on Nov. 8 or 9.

Domestic Disputes Investigated

A 37-year-old male and 24-year-old female from Dushore were both charged with harassment after reportedly slapping each other in the face during an argument over a telephone call at about 7:55 p.m. on Nov. 28.

Mark Anderson, 25, and Christine Smith, 21, both of Laceyville, were charged with harassment after a verbal argument between them at about 3:15 p.m. on Nov. 16 turned physical.

Police investigated a domestic dispute between a Brocktown Road, Monroe Township, Bradford County, couple that occurred at about 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 30.

Windows Shot Out

Police are looking for the person(s) who shot out several windows of a Jackson Road, Warren Township, residence between Nov. 19 and 26. A 22-caliber firearm was reportedly used in the crime, and nobody was at home at the time. Readers with information may call 570-265-2186

Harassment Charged

Cindy Lichtenberger, 23, Dushore, is accused of harassing a 10-year-old male child at Overton Apartments in Dushore at about 8:10 p.m. on Dec. 1.

PFA Violated

Christopher Kyle, 49, Warren Center, is accused of ignoring a protection from abuse order and making contact with a 31-year-old female on Warren Center Road, Warren Township, at about 5:20 p.m. on Dec. 1.

Rape Accusations Questioned

Kelly Louise Hatch, 27, Towanda, reportedly made false reports to police on Dec. 5, stating that she had been raped by several Hispanic males.

Business Credit Card Abused

Someone gained access to a credit card issued to Sullivan County Motors in Dushore and made fraudulent purchases between Nov. 17 and 26. Readers with information may contact state police at Laporte.

Pair Deemed Disorderly

Kristine Baldwin, 43, and Darren Steele, 38, both of Towanda, were reportedly involved in an argument along Tomahawk Road in North Towanda Township at about 2 p.m. on Dec. 2 that became violent when Baldwin allegedly smashed out the windows of a truck and Steele reportedly knocked Baldwin to the ground in full view of nearby business patrons and passing motorists on Route 220.

Garbage Illegally Dumped

State police at Towanda are looking for the person(s) who left bags of garbage on a property along Bradshaw Road in Stevens Township between Nov. 1 and Dec. 4. A reward has been offered for helpful tips phoned in to 570-265-2186.

Car Scratched in Sheshequin

Police are investigating vandalism to a 2011 Ford Edge reported by a Sheshequin Township resident living on Water Road. The damage occurred on Dec. 1 or 2.

Bradford Co. Crashes

An unknown driver crossed the yellow lines on Route 6 east of River Road in Standing Stone Township at about 5:25 p.m. on Nov. 22 and side-swiped a Chevy Trailblazer driven by April Vanderpool, Towanda, who was traveling in the opposite direction. Vanderpool was wearing a seatbelt and was uninjured in the hit-and-run crash. Witnesses of the incident are urged to contact state police at 570-265-2186.

Lloyd Maynard, 18, Towanda, received a traffic citation on Dec. 4 after he allegedly fell asleep at the wheel and traveled off Route 187 a mile south of Route 6 in Asylum Township and struck a utility pole.

Three juveniles were involved in a single-vehicle accident on Patton Hill in Towanda Township at about 8 a.m. on Dec. 1 that left two of the boys slightly injured. Police indicated that alcohol may have played a factor in the crash.

Elizabeth Walter, 18, Montrose, was cited for lane violations after the SUV she was driving left Dimon Hill Road in Pike Township on Dec. 2 and struck a culvert on the east side of the roadway. Neither Walter nor her passenger, 35-year-old John Hildebrandt, Athens, was injured in the crash.













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