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Police Reports from Tunkhannock, Towanda, Gibson and Laporte Barracks


Traffic Fatality in

Susquehanna Co.

An early morning accident in Harford Township on Nov. 27 has left two people dead and one injured. Police report that Alec Katchur, 21, of Dunmore, was traveling north on Fair Hill Road when for unknown reasons he lost control of his Dodge Ram pickup, left the roadway, rolled and impacted a tree on the driver’s side and top of the vehicle. Katchur and one passenger, Christina Voorheis, 18, Clifford Township, suffered multiple traumatic injuries and expired at the scene. A second passenger, Curtis Herbert, 21, New Milford, was extracted by mechanical means and transported via LifeNet 78 Air Ambulance to CMC Hospital in Scranton. Herbert was the only occupant wearing a safety belt, according to police reports. No further information was given on his condition.

Possible Rape Investigated

State police at Towanda are investigating an alleged sexual assault by an adult male of a 15-year-old girl in Wyalusing Township. The incident was dated July 11.

Assault on Youth Reported

Police are investigating an alleged assault on a 16-year-old Albany Township male as part of a domestic dispute that occurred on Nov. 10.

Plaza Spat Gets Physical

James Richard Lutz, 35, Towanda, is accused of slapping an unnamed 23-year-old New Albany male in the head after the two entered an argument at the Bradford Towne Centre at about 11 a.m. on Nov. 26.

Four-Wheeler Stolen

Someone took a 2004 dark green Bombardier Traxter ATV from a shed on Ghent Hill Road in Sheshequin Township on Nov. 20 or 21. A reward has been posted for information leading to an arrest, and readers may report to state police at Towanda at 570-265-2186.

Work Site Generator Taken

A Honda generator was removed from a Precision Pipeline work site on Gravel Pit Road in Wyalusing Township between Nov. 1 and 5.

Tires Slashed in New Albany

A 51-year-old New Albany man reported to state police at Towanda that the tires of his Oldsmobile were slashed between 5 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. on Nov. 24.

Mailboxes Damaged Near Ulster

Two Quail Lane, Ulster Township, residents reported damage to their mailboxes that occurred on Nov. 26 or 27. Readers with information on any of the three aforementioned crimes may contact state police at Towanda at 570-265-2186.

Credit Security Breached

Someone obtained a credit card belonging to a 75-year-old Windham Township resident and made two unauthorized purchases in New Jersey.

DUI Charged

Raul Madera, 28, Texas, was apprehended at Maple Street and Route 6 in Towanda on Oct. 1 and charged with DUI at about 11:50 p.m.

Police Release Crash Facts

At about 7:10 a.m. on Nov. 22, Timmy Benjamin, 19, Wysox, swerved to miss a deer crossing West Road in Rome Township, left the roadway and hit a tree. He was slightly injured and transported to Towanda Memorial Hospital.

Police cited “slippery road conditions” in a one-vehicle crash at about 6:55 a.m. on Nov. 24 on Route 220 in Monroe Township. Michael Gregori, 62, Dushore, reportedly lost control of his vehicle, left the highway, and struck a tree, resulting in a minor injury to his passenger, Cody Gregori, 19, Dushore, and disabling damage to the Ford Ranger, which had to be towed from the scene.

Todd Jayne, 41, Millerton, PA, apparently lost control of his steering due to engine failure and traveled off Cotton Hollow Road in Windham Township, Bradford County, at about 12:55 p.m. on Nov. 22, crossed a dirt embankment and came to rest in a wooded area. He was wearing a seatbelt and was uninjured.

Dispute Leads to Charges

State police report that on Nov. 24, George Perris, 40, and Tiffany O’Hara, 27, allegedly engaged in a verbal altercation in the Jessup Township area, which escalated to the point of physical contact. Charges are pending for both parties.

Vehicle Damaged at Bar

Kyle Snow, Montrose, has reported to police that his Kia Sportage suffered damage in the early morning hours of Nov. 26. Reports indicate that unknown actor(s) kicked two dents in the car while parked at PJ’s Bar in Bridgewater Township. A second filing also states that Snow reported his vehicle was keyed by unknown person(s) three days prior, also while parked in the Springville area.

Burglary Nets Pills

Michael Bodie, Montrose, reported to police that on the afternoon of Nov. 26, unknown person(s) entered his residence while he was away and stole prescription medication. Any information on these and other incidents can be relayed to the state police at 570-465-3154.

Incidents Logged at High School

Four incidents of assault at Tunkhannock Area High School were reported by Tunkhannock Township police between late October into November. On Oct. 26, a 16-year-old female from Mehoopany allegedly struck a 16-year-old female from Factoryville. On Oct. 28, Brandon Barber was charged with assault, harassment, and disorderly conduct after punching a male juvenile student in the left eye. On Oct. 31, a male student from Dalton reportedly assaulted another male student from Dalton. On Nov. 3, a male juvenile was found to be in possession of a single-edged razor blade, which was found in his wallet after he was involved in an undisclosed incident.

Domestic Dispute Yields Injuries

Ronald Gerald Lowe, Jr., Tunkhannock, was charged with simple assault and harassment for causing moderate injury to Nicole Ann Lowe on Nov. 26.

Altercation in Hospital Lot

Sheryl Keir, Mehoopany, was charged with harassment after she reportedly struck Audrey Lincoln, Tunkhannock, in the face during a confrontation in the parking lot of Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock Township at about 11:15 a.m. on Sept. 26.

Deer Missed But License Expired

At about 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 13, Wayne Shannon, Tunkhannock, swerved to miss a deer on Route 92 north of Shupp Hill Road, but struck it anyway. Towing was required, and, in the interim, it was found that Shannon’s driver’s license was expired.

Driver Blinded By Sun

Sara Weber, Tunkhannock, told police that she was blinded by the sun at about 4 p.m. on Nov. 25 as she was driving west on Route 6, east of Tunkhannock. Her vehicle left the roadway, and she struck a wooden fence. No charges were filed, but the vehicle had to be towed.















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