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Police Reports from Tunkhannock, Towanda, Gibson and Laporte Barracks


Deaths Investigated

The Bradford County Coroner’s office in Troy announced that Michael S. Smith, 47, Sayre, drowned in the Susquehanna River just south of the Sayre boat launch at about 12:50 p.m. on July 9. He was with Kenneth Foss, when the boat overturned, and the two men were thrown out. Foss surfaced and survived, but Smith apparently became lodged between the boat and a submerged tree limb. His body was recovered from the water at about 4:15 p.m. The manner of death has been ruled accidental.

Robert Neeley, III, 47, with the last known address of 268 Shamberger Rd., Choconut, was found dead in his vehicle at that location. According to the police report, it is believed that he was living in the vehicle. He was found on July 4 and the estimated time of death was July 2, according to Susquehanna County Coroner Tony Conarton. After Neeley’s death, a bear mauled his body. An autopsy was performed and the cause of death is still undetermined, but no foul play is suspected. Pending are toxicology reports that take between four and six weeks.

Rape Charges Filed

Police are investigating reports of sexual contact that involved two girls from Wyalusing, ages 7 and 16. The incident, which occurred in 2005 in Asylum Township, involved a person known to them.

Physical Altercations Noted

Christopher Joseph Emmett, 46, Larksville, was charged with simple assault, harassment, and disorderly conduct in a domestic dispute when he allegedly assaulted his significant other while they were arguing in the vehicle on Route 6 in Wysox Township at about 10:20 p.m. on July 2.

Erin Marie Petlock, 34, Wyalusing, was charged with assault and harassment for her involvement in a domestic dispute dated June 22 at about 5 p.m. on Huff Road in Tuscarora Township, Bradford County.

Kylene Reeves, 21, and Henry Bailey, 33, both of Rome, were charged with harassment after fighting in Hart’s Trailer Park on Route 187, Rome, at about 11 a.m. on June 22.

Numerous Thefts Reported

State Police at Towanda are looking into a break-in at SAH Services in the Wyalusing Complex along Route 6, east of the borough, on July 12, between 1 and 7 a.m. Two regulator gauges from acetylene tanks, as well as a Milwaukee portable band saw, were taken from the site.

Police have investigated the disappearance of a 10 HP boat motor, 12-volt battery, battery charger, and a 50-foot white, throw-able fish net that were removed from a shed on Ameigh Valley Road in Wells Township, Bradford County, between June 19 and 21.

Between May 6 and 8, someone forcibly entered an unoccupied residence on Long Mary Road in Terry Township and removed several gallons of gasoline and a set of hand tools.

Somebody kicked in the back door of a Route 187, Windham Township home on June 22 between 10:30 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. and removed a large quantity of jewelry.

A large amount of scrap metal was removed from a barn on Orwell Hill Road in Orwell Township at 1:30 p.m. on June 21. According to the report, the thief fled west toward Route 187, but no description of a vehicle or perpetrator was offered.

The VFW building on Haighs Pond Road, Pike Township, was forcibly entered between 11:45 p.m. on June 22 and 5:30 p.m. on June 23. Several bottles of liquor and some cash were stolen.

A shed was burglarized on Route 187 in Rome Township between May 31 and June 20. Two pieces of aluminum gutter were removed.

Somebody stole a 2004 Honda Sport Trax 250 four-wheeler from a property on Mulcahy Road in Towanda Township between Dec. 11, 2010 and June 4. The vehicle is red and black and has extended fender flares.

Keys were removed from a skid steer, a tractor, and an unlocked truck at a property on Turtle Lane in Asylum Township between 7 p.m. on June 27 and 4:30 p.m. on June 28.

A theft at the Dunn Hill II Speedway in Monroe Township, Bradford County, at about 10 p.m. on June 17 resulted in the loss to a Monroeton man of his green Kawasaki KLX140 dirt bike, which was in the parking lot.

Jeffrey Roberts, 22, Rome, and Josh Vanderpool, 22, Rome, have been charged with burglary and criminal trespass for allegedly removing electrical wiring from the Best Western Construction site on Route 6 in North Towanda Township.

Gasoline was syphoned from two mowers and an ATV parked in a locked garage on James Monroe Avenue in Monroeton between June 29 and 30. A red gas can with two gallons of gas in it was also removed from the site.

A Towanda man reported to state police the theft of two ratchet straps and two binder chains from a load of logs stored in a utility trailer parked on Hickory Lane off Post Road in Wysox Township. The theft occurred between 1:30 and 2 p.m. on June 30.

A juvenile reportedly stole a cigar from the Rome Dandy Mini Mart at 11:55 p.m. on June 30.

Between May 28 and June 11, someone broke into a camper trailer at Riverside Trailer Park in Asylum Township and removed fishing lures, binoculars, flashlights, and a socket set.

James Carr, 22, Towanda, has been accused of taking items from a yard sale on Strope Road in Burlington Township between 11:30 a.m. and noon on June 4.

An Ulster woman dropped her wallet in the K-mart parking lot in Wysox Township on June 3, and when she returned to find it two hours later, it was gone.

A Rome man reported the theft of a Martin acoustic guitar, a Garmin GPS unit, and a small amount of cash from his green 2001 Chrysler HS on Locust Lane in Rome Township between 2 and 6 a.m. on July 10.  

Police have finally released a report concerning two thefts to two Wyalusing businesses—the Wyalusing Hotel and Original Italian Pizza—which were forcibly entered between May 8 and 9. Cash was stolen at both venues.

Welding wire was stolen from a property located on Carroll Road, Wells Township, Bradford County, at 3:30 p.m. on July 7.

Approximately $9,000 in jewelry and a small amount of money was stolen from a residence on Route 187, Orwell Township, on June 15.

Readers with information on the above crimes may call 570-265-2186. Confidentially is assured, and cash rewards are offered in some instances.

Between July 2 and 5, someone stole a “Farmall collector parking only” sign from the Beemer residence on Creek Rd., Herrick Township. It was a white sign with red lettering on a red metal post, which was at the end of the victim’s driveway.

A 73-year-old woman from Montrose is out some money. On July 5, the victim left her purse in the bathroom of the Price Chopper, State Route 706, Bridgewater Township. When she returned, the purse was still there, but her money was missing. Readers with information on the two aforementioned crimes may contact the Gibson Barracks at 570-465-3154.

A home on Lacey Street in Laceyville Borough was burglarized on June 29 between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. Police say a 20-inch Husqvarna Rancher chainsaw and a 42-inch plasma television were taken. The investigation is continuing, and no further details were released.

On June 26 sometime before 8 a.m., a quantity of copper pipe, fittings and a GPS unit were taken from a work van parked on Root Hollow Road in Monroe Township, Wyoming County. There were no details in the report about the company who owns the van or whether it was locked or open. The investigation is continuing.

Break-ins and Burglaries Recorded

Damon Anthony Grippo is charged with burglary for entering the Cooley Road, Orwell Township, home of a person known to him without permission at 2:15 p.m. on June 27. The victim confronted Grippo and chased him from the home before he was apprehended and detained.

Between May 14 and 21, someone forcibly entered an unoccupied residence on Hill Road in Wells Township that is part of a family farm.

A Kilmer Hill Road, Asylum Township, residence was broken into between March 14 and May 8, resulting in damage to numerous windows and doors of surrounding structures.

A number of windows were smashed at a residence at the corner of Railroad and May Streets in New Albany on June 29. The criminal(s) also entered the home, but nothing was reported taken.

Readers with information on the above crimes may call 570-265-2186.

On July 6, between 12:30 a.m. and 7:00 a.m., someone from VFW Post #5642, State Route 706, Bridgewater Township, discovered someone had purposely damaged the business sign located on the front side of the building by the roadway.

Sometime between 8 a.m. on June 24 and 12:30 p.m. on June 26, someone entered a residence on Perry Rd., using force, then stole personal items belonging to a 44-year-old unnamed woman. Readers can call the Gibson Barracks at 570-465-3154 with information.

Between July 4 and 10, someone attempted to remove the outer window screen from a front window of a Main Street, Laporte Borough, residence. The window was damaged in the process. Readers with information may contact state police at Laporte at 570-964-4610.

PFAs Violated

Tommy Gene Turner, 48, Wysox, allegedly violated a protection from abuse (PFA) order against him by making third-party contact with four people ranging in age from 12 to 40 with whom he was not supposed to have contact. The incident occurred on June 14 on Fulton Lane, Orwell Township.

Christine Duffy-Higley, 44, Wyalusing, is accused of violating a PFA in a July 10 incident that occurred on Bowling Alley Road, Wyalusing Township. Christine and Kenneth Larue Higley, Jr. were listed as both accused and victims on a separate report filed by state police on July 1 after an apparent argument about a cell phone turned physical.

Conduct Deemed Disorderly

Zachary Evan Coolbaugh, 19, Towanda, was charged with disorderly conduct and an under-age alcohol offense on June 24 after he allegedly yelled obscenities at neighbors who questioned why he was on their Brocktown Road, Monroe Township, property.

Robert C. Stroud, 39, and Russell A. Conklin, 30, both of Towanda, were reported to be fighting when police arrived at the Bucket of Blood parking lot in Towanda Township at 2:30 a.m. on July 10.

On July 7 at 11 a.m., two people involved in a domestic dispute inside the Walmart in Eaton Township caused the state police to be called. John Fox, 28, of Falls, will be charged following the close of the investigation. The 30-year-old female, who was not named by police, was also involved in the altercation and may possibly be charged as well.

Accidents Result in Injuries

A six-year-old boy who is said to have run out from a yard and into the path of a vehicle on June 27 sustained serious injuries. The child was struck by a vehicle being driven by Bonnie Appleman, 66, of Nicholson. She sustained moderate injury. Police report that Appleman had been driving west on Main Street in Nicholson Borough at 8 p.m. that evening when the accident occurred. Nicholson Fire, Factoryville Ambulance, Dalton Ambulance and CLS all reported to the scene. No further report on the child’s condition was given.

On July 2, a 14-year-old male from Montrose was thrown from his 2002 Honda TRX 400 EX ATV after attempting to turn right on Carter Rd., off State Route 3023, Dimock Township. He lost control of the vehicle and struck a bridge guiderail. He was thrown from the ATV and went off the bridge, landing in the creek bed. Due to moderate injuries, he was taken to Endless Mountains Health Systems. Numerous traffic citations were issued, according to the report, because it is illegal to operate an ATV on the roadway, and it is also illegal to operate a motorized vehicle upon a highway without a driver’s license.

On July 7, Thomas H. Steele, Jr., 17, Kingsley, was driving on Township Route 546, Brooklyn Township, when he attempted to avoid a deer in the road. He lost control of his car, causing the vehicle to cross lanes, impact a ditch and hit a tree. The driver was taken to Endless Mountains Health Systems, Montrose, for treatment of minor injuries.

Daniel A. Mead, 21, Hallstead, was driving north on State Route 11, Great Bend Township, on July 6. His car left the road and hit a mailbox pole, then a utility pole. The vehicle continued, then flipped. Mead had minor injuries to his head but was not taken for medical treatment. He was cited for the accident.

Unknown Driver Sought in Cyclist Tumble

The driver of a white truck, make and model unknown, is being sought in connection with an accident that occurred on June 30 at about 4 p.m. Police report that a 17-year-old male from Tunkhannock was riding his bicycle south on Route 29, just past Sandbank Road when he claims the rear tire of his bike was hit by the vehicle. Police are investigating; so far there are no witnesses to the incident and no reports of such a vehicle in the area.

No Injuries Reported

A hit and run incident on July 9 in the Tops Market in Wysox Township resulted in damage to a legally parked Nissan Altima owned by a Towanda man. Information is sought about the unknown driver who will likely be charged with failure to contact police and render aid.

Quaid Richart, 21, Hughesville, was transported to Towanda Memorial Hospital for potential injuries after he reportedly fell asleep at the wheel and veered off Route 220 in Cherry Township, Sullivan County, 700 feet north of Blacks Road, and sheered off a telephone pole at the base. The accident occurred at 7:35 a.m. on July 10.

Carolyn Newman, 67, Rome, pulled out of the Rome Dandy Mini Mart onto Route 187 at about 4:30 p.m. on June 27, and struck a tractor trailer driven by Brad Vinsek, 35, Elmira Heights, NY.

Joseph Miller, 18, Rome, escaped injury after he rolled his pickup truck along Route 467 in Pike Township at about 1:45 p.m. on June 8. Miller reportedly failed to negotiate a curve near Township Road 788 and struck the guiderail several times before flipping the vehicle, which came to rest upright.

An unknown driver fled the scene on July 5 after he backed his vehicle into two mailboxes on Liberty Corners Road near the intersection of Route 187 in Asylum Township.

Traffic Stops Result in DUIs

Dennis Michael Reeve, 19, Towanda, was charged with underage DUI at about 5:20 p.m. on June 1, after a traffic stop on Weston Road, Monroe Township, Bradford County.

Peggy Savage, 45, New Albany, was charged with DUI at about 10:15 p.m. on May 8, after being stopped on Brocktown Road, Monroe Township, Bradford County.

Juan Antonio Aponte-Lopez, 21, Cleburne, TX, was arrested for DUI at about 2 a.m. on April 24 on Route 6 in Wysox Township.

Criminal Mischief Runs the Gamut

Numerous residents along James Street in Sheshequin Township incurred smashed mailboxes between 10 p.m. on June 24 and 6 a.m. on June 25. The perpetrators may have been driving a gold-colored Saturn sedan.

Somebody spinning their tires on the lawn of the Standing Stone Township building at the intersection of Route 6 and Tamarack Road caused damage to the grass between 6 p.m. on June 25 and 7:30 a.m. on June 26.

Between noon on June 18 and 7 a.m. on June 20, someone damaged the windshield of a Monroe Township vehicle, which was parked on Brookside Lane.

The passenger side window of a Black Toyota Camry belonging to a Towanda man was smashed between 7 p.m. on June 29 and 8:15 a.m. on June 30. The incident happened on Country View Drive in Wysox Township.

Kyle Decker, 25, Towanda, was charged with criminal mischief after he allegedly threw a bike into the Main Street garage of a Monroeton woman at about 9 a.m. on July 6.

The fire extinguisher on a bulldozer parked on Pennsylvania Avenue in Wysox Township was discharged between noon and 6:30 p.m. on July 11.

Readers with information on the above crimes may call 570-265-2186.

Damaged lights at the Newman Hill Cemetery, Great Bend Township, were reported to have occurred between July 8 and 9. Information on this incident may be reported to the Gibson Barracks.

On July 6, between 12:30 and 7:00 a.m., someone from VFW Post #5642, Route 706, Bridgewater Township, discovered someone had purposely damaged the business sign located on the front side of the building by the roadway.

Police Discover Fugitive

State police at Towanda made contact with gas worker Clayton Matthew McQuone, 21, New Albany, on Route 6 in Burlington Township and found out that he was wanted by the state of Texas for a drug violation there. He was reprimanded to Bradford County jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.


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