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Police Reports from Tunkhannock, Towanda, Gibson and Laporte Barracks


Police Seek Info On Thefts

On Aug. 14 or 15, someone took BF Goodrich TKO tires, size 265/65/18, from a lawn on Route 706 in Wyalusing Township.

A 48-year-old Sheshequin Township man reported to state police at Towanda that someone stole a Honda XR70R motorcycle from his property on Sheshequin Road. The theft occurred sometime between 9 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. on Aug. 16.

Two steel fence gates were removed from the Brace Road property of a 67-year-old Springfield Township resident. The theft occurred west of Parmenter Road in Bradford County. The theft occurred sometime between 8 a.m. on July 31 and 6 a.m. on Aug. 1.

Readers with information on any of the three aforementioned crimes are encouraged to call 570-265-2186.

Someone entered a garage at the Rogers’ residence on Litzelman Road in Cherry Township, Sullivan County, between noon and 3 p.m. on Aug. 12 and removed a car battery, jumper cables, and a white five-gallon bucket containing red and amber ornamental and side lights for vehicles. Readers with helpful information may call 570-946-4610.

Teen Tries To Buy Liquor

Douglas James Weinman, Jr., 18, Towanda, is accused of attempting to purchase alcohol with a fake driver’s license. He allegedly tried to use the bogus ID card at the Wine and Spirits Store in North Towanda Township at about 6:45 p.m. on Aug. 2.

Vehicle Damaged

Police allege that Jacob Smith, 21, Towanda, caused damage to a vehicle owned by a 61-year-old Towanda man at Oak Ridge Apartments in North Towanda Township at about 8:35 p.m. on Aug. 22.

Vandalism at Gas Pad

State police at Towanda are investigating an incident at the Fusner Gas Pad, off Ballard Hill Road, Columbia Township, that occurred between 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 23 and 7 a.m. on Aug. 24. Someone threw a rock through the front side window of a D6T XW Bulldozer parked at the site.

Home-Fix Fraud Updated

Additional victims have come forward after state police at Towanda announced charges against Richard and Ronald Williams of New Jersey. The brothers allegedly bilked at least 16 people in seven Bradford County municipalities, including Towanda and Wysox Township, out of at least $92,000 through the process of contracting with them to do various home improvement projects between May 24 and July 20. Readers with additional information may call 570-265-2186.

DUI Crash Causes Injuries

Antoine Janis, 23, Penndel, PA, suffered injuries, and his Chevy Silverado incurred serious damage when he reportedly lost control of his vehicle on Dutch Mountain Road in Cherry Township, Sullivan County. At about 5:10 p.m. on Aug. 24, Janis struck the rear driver’s side of a Buick Roadmaster driven by Joseph Havlick, 50, Upper Darby, causing moderate damage to the vehicle before Janis continued of the roadway and struck several trees, which caused his truck to turn onto its side. Havlick’s vehicle remained upright in the westbound lane. He and two juvenile passengers were wearing seatbelts and were not injured. Janis, who was later arrested for DUI, was not wearing a seatbelt.

Driver Flees Post-Accident

Nathaniel Dunbar, 27, Mildred, is accused of causing a two-car crash on Route 487 in Cherry Township, Sullivan County, at about 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 24. Police alleged that Dunbar was following a vehicle driven by Benjamin Radencic, 38, Dushore, too closely and struck him from behind when Radencic slowed down. The collision resulted in minor damage to both vehicles. Radencic pulled over to the side of the road, but Dunbar reportedly kept driving.

Woman Reports Gun-toter

An Ulster woman driving on Windham Summit Road in Windham Township, Bradford County, just before 10 p.m. on Aug. 24 reported to state police that she heard a gunshot and yelling before she noticed a man standing in the roadway ahead of her holding a gun. She reportedly asked the man if everything was alright, and he pointed what she described as a shotgun toward her and told her to leave. Police responded to the scene to find Cody John Wagner, 19, Athens, and Kimberly Rose Conrow, 18, Candor, NY, standing alongside Windham Summit Road, with Wagner holding a large-caliber hunting rifle. Police disarmed Wagner without incident, took him and Conrow into custody, and charged them with making terroristic threats and recklessly endangering another person.

Stabbing in Stevens Twp.

Jersi Mendez, 21, Stevensville, is accused of stabbing a 33-year-old Stevensville man in his thigh and forearm at a residence off Route 706 at about 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 26. Mendez was charged with aggravated assault and remanded to the Bradford County Correctional Facility.

Burglary Plus Harassment

Mark Beegle, 38, Dushore, has been charged with burglary and harassment for allegedly breaking down the door of a 28-year-old New Albany man at his residence on Marsh Road in Albany Township at about 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 24 and assaulting him.

ID Sought of Lewd Nude

State police at Laporte are seeking information about a man who was seen standing naked in a wooded area just north of Pennsylvania Avenue in Eagles Mere at about 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 26. The white male was reported exposing himself to passing motorists. Readers with information may call 570-946-4610.

Explicit Photos Taken

State police at Towanda are investigating a report that explicit photos were taken of a two-year-old girl in Sugar Run, Wilmot Township, between May 1 and July 26.

Internet Fraud Investigated

A 49-year-old Wyalusing woman contacted state police to notify them that someone had made fraudulent charges using her M&T Bank and Peoples State Bank account information. The crimes occurred between June 24 and Aug. 10.

Burglaries and Thefts

The Pump ’n’ Pantry service station in Montrose was a victim of retail theft on the evening of Aug. 24 when unknown actor(s) pumped $100 worth of diesel fuel into a vehicle and fled without paying. The two suspect vehicles are described as a late model dark-colored Ford F-250 crew cab and a dark-colored Ford Explorer.

In other theft news, two 25-yard dumpster boxes belonging to Mark Caporale, Williamstown, NJ, and valued at $17,000 went missing sometime between Aug. 19 and 25 from their location at a storage lot along Puzo Rd. in Bridgewater Township.

A gas well pad in Rush Township owned by United Drilling, Inc., Plumsteadville, PA, likewise reports the theft of a red and black Lincoln welder valued at $3,500 sometime between Aug. 26 and 27.

Darcia and Will Talbert, Meshoppen, were also victims of theft earlier this month. They report that sometime between Aug. 1 and 21, unknown actors removed $950 worth of jewelry from a Chase Road, Auburn Township, residence.

A 57-year-old unnamed resident in Dimock Township also reported to police that sometime between July 30 and Aug. 29, someone gained entry into a residence when it was unoccupied and removed items belonging to the resident. This investigation is ongoing.

The American Legion Post in Dimock Township reported to police that unknown persons stole several plastic bags of aluminum cans from a storage area there on Aug. 29 between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. The manager is currently downloading security surveillance video, and the investigation is continuing pending the results of the video.

Hallstead resident Louis Jagel, III was the victim of criminal mischief when the rear sliding window of his Ford F-250 was broken while the truck was parked in the Montrose Price Chopper parking lot during  midday on Aug. 27. Information on any of these incidents can be relayed to state police at 570-465-3154.

Cyclist Dumps Bike

Gale Bedford, Montrose, was passing another vehicle in a no passing zone along Route 4007 in Bridgewater Township on Aug. 23 when he left the roadway on the right hand berm and laid his motorcycle onto its side and slid into the ditch. Bedford was flown to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre for treatment. The investigation is ongoing.

Dozing Driver Hits Pole

Rachel Dispenza, 18, Tunkhannock, was not injured when she fell asleep at the wheel while traveling north on SR 29 on the afternoon of Aug. 22, drifting off the roadway and striking a utility pole before coming to rest on the property of South Montrose Antiques. Dispenza’s vehicle sustained considerable damage and was towed by Waynes Auto. The driver was charged with failure to keep in lane.

Blowout Causes Wreck

The driver of a 1988 Suburban traveling north on SR 167 in Bridgewater Township on the morning of Aug. 29 faults the blowing of a rear tire for losing control of his vehicle, causing him to leave the roadway and strike a guide rail and several small trees. No injury was reported, but the vehicle came to rest on the lawn of a property along the road, causing damage. Rod’s Towing removed the vehicle from the lawn to facilitate the changing of the tire.

Shotgun Found in Woods

A shotgun was found in a wooded area off Blossom Rd. in Lathrop Township on Aug. 20 and turned in to state police in Gibson. Anyone who may have lost or is missing a shotgun in the area should contact them at 570-465-3154 with a full description.

Couple Collides on Route 6

Scott Grohol, 32, and Carrie Grohol, 33, both of Meshoppen, were involved in a rear-end collision on Aug. 27 at 9:40 p.m. on Route 6 in Meshoppen Township. Reports note that Carrie Grohol was stopped in the eastbound lane to allow a vehicle ahead of her to make a left-hand turn. Scott Grohol, who was following behind, failed to stop and struck the rear of Carrie’s vehicle. Both drivers, as well as Carrie’s two-year-old female passenger, were using proper seat restraints/child seats. Scott Grohol sustained minor injuries.

Factoryville Man Gets DUI

Robert Zagata, 22, Factoryville, was charged with DUI and resisting arrest during a motor vehicle accident on Aug. 25 at 9:30 p.m. The incident took place along Shore Drive at Lake Carey in Wyoming County. There were no further details.


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