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Police Reports from Tunkhannock, Towanda, Gibson and Laporte Barracks


Fatal Crash Reported

A single-vehicle crash on Route 706 in Stevens Township on Dec. 17 claimed the life of a Stevensville man at about 1:25 a.m. State police indicated that Nathanael Lee Jackson, 26, lost control of his pickup truck while negotiating a left turn, traveled off the roadway, impacted an embankment, then rolled over several times. Jackson was ejected from the vehicle, which police attribute to the cause of his death.

Fatal Quarry Accident in Susquehanna County

State police responded to the report of an accident at B&S Quarry near Lanesboro, Susquehanna County, on Dec. 15. Reports filed state that Wesley Sherwood, 22, Binghamton, NY, died as the result of injuries sustained when he fell into the rock-crushing machine at the job site. Next of kin have been notified and the investigation is continuing.

Assault Case Updated

Katrina Louise Morse, 23, Towanda, has been charged with indecent assault and corruption of minors for alleged inappropriate contact with a 12-year-old boy at a private residence in Columbia Cross Roads on three separate occasions between Dec. 2 and 5. Morse has been released on bail and faced a preliminary hearing on Dec. 21.

Welcome Apparently Outworn

Both Anthony Paul Bennett, 37, Wyalusing, and Jacob Ryan Mulcahy, 19, Towanda, were cited after an argument at Bennett’s Old Stagecoach Road home at about 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 12. When Mulcahy wouldn’t leave the residence after Bennett told him to do so, Bennett allegedly grabbed Mulcahy by the neck to persuade him, causing a red mark. The homeowner was charged with harassment. His guest was charged with criminal trespass.

Rome Twp. Theft Updated

Eric Cook, 20, Rome, has been charged with theft for removing $400 in U.S. currency from the residence of a 66-year-old Rome Township man sometime between Sept. 8 and Oct. 15.

Tires Stripped from Truck

A 40-year-old Monroeton man was surprised to learn that someone had removed three tires and rims from his truck, which was parked at Fulmer’s Garage in Wysox Township between Nov. 29 and Dec. 6 while the vehicle was awaiting service. Readers with information about the theft should call 570-265-2186.

Plate Removed From Vehicle

Thad Slocum, New Albany, reported to police that someone stole the license plate off his vehicle, which was parked at his residence on Shaffer’s Notch Road, between noon on Dec. 10 and 8 p.m. on Dec. 11.

Pair of Arrests Drug-Related

Joshua Chapman, 19, Monroeton, and an unidentified 17-year-old Monroeton girl were investigated by police after they were allegedly discovered stopped in the westbound lane of Route 6 near the junction with Route 220 facing the wrong direction. The juvenile, who was driving the vehicle at about 4:55 p.m. on Dec. 15, did not have a license. Chapman was reported to have synthetic marijuana in his possession and was charged accordingly. The girl was cited for driving under the influence of drugs.

Worker Reports Stolen Cash

An unnamed 36-year old male from Kemp, TX, told police that someone entered his unlocked welding truck at Otis Eastern Service, Inc. in North Towanda Township on Nov. 30 and removed a bank envelope containing $1,800 in cash. Readers with helpful information may call 570-265-2186.

Window Broken on Route 14

William Howard McClintic, Jr., 18, has been charged with criminal mischief after he allegedly broke a window at the residence of a 47-year-old Franklin Township man.

Chevy Bumper Damaged

Walter Merek, 91, Lopez, reported to state police at Laporte that someone damaged the front bumper of his 2010 Chevrolet and left the scene. Readers with information may call 570-946-4610.

Bicycle Found

State police at Towanda are seeking the owner of a bicycle found along South Main Street in Towanda Township on Dec. 17. To identify the bike, readers may call 570-265-2186.

Crash Facts Released

There were no injuries in a two-car accident on Route 706 at Spring Hill Road in Stevens Township at about 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 13, but Richard Wilson, 73, Bath, NY, was cited for driving his car too fast for conditions. Wilson apparently popped over a knoll in the roadway too quickly to avoid hitting a pickup truck driven by Shawn Berry, 38, Lock Haven. Both drivers and one passenger in each vehicle were wearing seatbelts.

David Daff, 64, Wyalusing, was cited for leaving his intended lane of travel on Cold Creek Road north of Cole Road in Herrick Township at about 8 p.m. on Dec. 11. Daff’s car allegedly clipped the front corner of a pickup truck driven by Charles Dapsavski, 31, Lakeport, NY. Police indicated that Daff left the scene of the accident before they arrived.

Jonathan Sauerstein, 23, Wyalusing, incurred a minor injury and was cited for failure to yield to another vehicle on Dec. 13, when he reportedly pulled out from Shaffers Road in North Towanda Township onto Route 6 and into the path of a pickup truck driven by an unnamed 19-year-old male from Knoxville at about 5 p.m.

At about 5:50 p.m. on Dec. 15, Amanda Barry, 51, Spencer, NY, was not injured when she struck a deer on Route 220 in North Towanda Township, just north of the Route 6 exit ramp.

One of three young adults traveling north on Route 220 in New Albany was slightly injured in a single vehicle crash at about 9 a.m. on Dec. 10. Dustin Seaver, 19, Dushore, was cited for travelling at unsafe speeds after he allegedly passed another vehicle but overcompensated upon reentering the northbound lane, causing his car to leave the highway and enter a field, where it rolled several times. Dushore EMS assisted at the scene, where passenger Andrew Mornhineway, 20, Mildred, incurred an unspecified injury. The driver and another passenger, Matthew Smithkors, 19, Sayre, were not injured, according to the police report.

One Dec. 7 crash led to another as Tina Bucci-Sabina, 50, Towanda, came over a knoll on Shores Hill Road in Wysox Township and was unable to stop on a snow-covered road and struck a car driven by Brandon Murray, 18, Tunkhannock, who was stopped in the road with passenger Robert Murray, 41, Wellsville, NY, due to a previous accident. No charges were reported.

Terry Bouck, 42, Rome, was moderately injured and cited for driving too fast for conditions for his involvement in a two-vehicle accident at about 8:15 p.m. on Dec. 7 on Windham Summit Road in Litchfield Township. Police noted that the roadway was snow-covered, and both Bouck and Jacob Cole, 36, Towanda, who was ahead of Bouck in a Mack truck, were trying to decelerate quickly to avoid a third vehicle ahead of them that had turned sideways in the road. Bouck’s car hit the truck’s rear passenger side. Both vehicles continued to slide for some distance. The other driver and two children in Bouck’s car were uninjured.

Ryan Palmer, 19, Wysox, apparently fell asleep at the wheel at about 6:30 a.m. on Dec. 15 as he was driving south on Fall Run Road in Wysox Township. He missed a left curve, traveled off the roadway, struck a guard rail and a utility pole, traveled through a grassy area and launched off a bridge abutment, striking a tree in mid-air before coming to a landing on the driver’s side of his Monte Carlo. He was slightly injured and cited for leaving his intended lane of traffic.

In a peculiar report, state police at Towanda indicated that someone struck a 2010 Hyundai Tucson parked in the lot at Wyalusing Valley High School on Dec. 7 and then fled the scene. Readers with information about the crime are encouraged to call 570-265-2186.

Heating Oil Theft

Marion Gleason reported to state police that someone removed approximately ten gallons of home heating oil from a Springville residence sometime between Dec. 15 and 16. No suspects were listed in reports. The theft is valued at $35.

Injury Accident Sends Four to Hospital

Police reports state that Mary Tyler, Springville, was operating her vehicle on a clear dry afternoon on Dec. 12 when she struck the rear of a car driven by Bryan Stoothoff, which was stopped along Route 29 in Bridgewater Township to make a left turn onto a private road. Tyler and a juvenile passenger in her vehicle were transported to Endless Mountains Health Systems, while Stoothoff and his passenger, Katherine Higley, both of Wyalusing, were taken to Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock, all with minor reported injuries. Tyler will be charged with following too closely.

Alcohol and Speed Factors In Silver Lake Accident

Both the operator and a passenger were transported to Wilson Hospital following an accident on SR4002 in Silver Lake Township on the night of Dec. 15 for treatment of moderate injuries. According to police, Richard O’Boyle IV, Brackney, lost control of his vehicle and went airborne, eventually striking a tree approximately 50 feet from the road, crushing the passenger compartment of the vehicle. Neither the driver nor his passenger, Joshua Capwell, wore seat belts and were ejected from the vehicle. O’Boyle was trapped beneath the right front tire of the car and had to be freed by emergency crews, reports indicate. The driver was charged with driving under the influence.

Nicholson Man and

Passenger Air-lifted

Shannon Van Vleck, 34, and a juvenile passenger were transported by helicopter to medical facilities following an accident on Dec. 13 in Dimock Township. According to police reports, Van Vleck lost control of his vehicle while cresting a knoll at a high rate of speed and impacted a tree on the passenger side. He faces charges of careless driving.

Two Juveniles

Charged with Possession

State police were contacted by Mountain View High School Principal Andrew Doster on the morning of Dec. 12 regarding two male students, ages 15 and 17, who were found in possession of small amounts of marijuana and drug paraphernalia on school grounds. Both will be charged, according to police reports.












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