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Police Reports from Tunkhannock, Towanda, Laporte and Gibson Barracks


Gas Worker Assaulted

A 53-year-old Monroeton man employed as a security guard by Chief Oil and Gas Company at a well site along Allen Meadows Road in Franklin Township was the victim of assault on July 26. State police at Towanda report that an unknown male suspected to be between 25- and 35-years-old pulled up to the entrance of the site in a tan-colored vehicle and started walking up the road toward the gas pad. When the security guard attempted to stop him, the defendant shoved him before fleeing the scene. Readers with information about the incident may call 570-265-2186.

Pot Pipe Leads to Charge

Connie Jean Neely, 42, Wysox Township, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia after police conducted a “consent search” of her purse during the course of a traffic stop on Route 187 in Wysox at about 7:45 p.m. on Aug. 15 and found a glass pipe with burnt marijuana residue.

Nabbed for Possession

At about 6 p.m. on June 6, state police served a search warrant to Ronald B. Smith Jr., 24, Wyalusing, at his Route 706 residence. The warrant was apparently issued because Smith was suspected of growing marijuana at his home, but the report does not specify that any plants were found, citing instead “a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia” found in his bedroom.

Coins Stolen in Orwell

Someone entered a home on C.C. Allis Road in Orwell Township in Bradford County between July 22 and Aug. 3 and removed about $500 in coins belonging to a 69-year-old Wyalusing man.

Saws Taken from Barn

Four chainsaws were removed from a barn located behind a residence in the 200 block of Spencer Hill Road in Granville Township, Bradford County, between Aug. 13 and 17. Readers who have information that may help with the investigation are asked to call 570-265-2186.

Center Lane Site of Crash

Wysox Township’s left-turn-only lane was a catalyst in yet another crash, this one dated Aug. 11 at about 12:45 p.m. Police reported that Henry Karl, 45, Manlius, NY, was traveling east on Route 6 and using the center lane to pass stopped traffic near the intersection with Route 187. In the meantime, stopped eastbound motorists were making room for Khristie Dunn, 19, Towanda, to access Route 6 west from the driveway of the Country Cottage. Karl’s truck allegedly struck Dunn’s car as she was crossing through the center lane. There were no injuries. Both drivers received citations.

Sleeping Leads to Wreck

State police at Laporte suspect that alcohol may have been a factor in a single-car crash at about 9:50 p.m. on Aug. 15. Mark Eugene Barrett, 51, Mehoopany, suffered unspecified injuries on Route 87 in Forks Township, where his vehicle was found on its roof. The investigation continues.

Assault Suspect Takes Off

State police at Towanda were called to Hornbrook Park in Sheshequin Township after a reported assault there on Aug. 21. The alleged assailant had already fled the scene in a 2007 Dodge Ram truck with a white cap and temporary Oklahoma registration. Meanwhile, the 37-year-old female victim, name not released, had been transported to Towanda Memorial Hospital for treatment of her injuries. Readers with information about the incident may call 570-265-2186.

Fast Driver Doesn’t Stop

Brenda Senter, 43, Tunkhannock, was charged with driving at an unsafe speed, when she was unable to stop for a pickup truck driven by Benjamin Shern, 25, Meshoppen, who had stopped on Route 6 in Standing Stone Township to make a left hand turn onto Rummerfield Creek Road. Senter and two of three passengers in her SUV suffered minor injuries in the accident, which occurred at about 5:25 p.m. on Aug 15. Shern was not injured. All were properly restrained.

Stolen T’s Lead to Arrest

Skyler Nicole Liddick, 19, Sayre, is accused of stealing two T-shirts valued at $28 from the JCPenney store in Wysox Township. Police report that the incident took place at about 10:40 a.m. on Aug. 19.

Alcohol Linked to Crash

Willie Ray Simmons, of Linden, TN, was taken into custody for DUI after he allegedly veered to the right off Route 706 at Turkey Path Road in Wyalusing Township at about 8 p.m. on Aug. 19, before over-correcting and shooting across the highway and down over an embankment, where he hit several trees. No injuries were reported in the crash, in which James William Groves, of Cross Plains, TN, was a passenger.

Shunk Driver Gets DUI

A state police officer from the Laporte barracks pulled over Penny Bender, 45, Shunk, after witnessing her crossing the center and fog lines and almost striking the guide rails along Route 87 at Main Street, Forksville, at about 2:10 a.m. on Aug. 21.


Meshoppen Man Injures Trooper in Escape Attempt

State police report that Justin Hillier, 20, Meshoppen, injured a trooper’s leg and arm in his attempt to escape arrest on Aug. 15. The incident occurred about 10:30 a.m. in Nicholson Borough. Hillier allegedly broke into a business on State Street in Nicholson; Trooper Urban of the PSP was called to the scene. Hillier is also said to have stolen a vehicle and intentionally crashed it into another vehicle immediately after the burglary, perhaps in an attempt to divert attention from him. While the trooper was trying to arrest him, Hillier injured Urban’s arm and leg and then fled on foot until he was apprehended and taken into custody. Hillier was arraigned before specially presiding Magisterial District Judge Jennifer VanDine. Hillier was sent to the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail. He is charged with aggravated assault, burglary, auto theft and resisting arrest.

No Injuries in Monroe Twp. Crash

Two cars were involved in a rear-end collision on Aug. 18 at 5:10 p.m. on Route 29, Monroe Township, Wyoming County, near the intersection of Shook Lane. Police report that Dean Hutchins, 50, Tunkhannock, was driving south on Route 29 when he slowed to make a right-hand turn into a driveway. Ryan Storrs, 34, Trucksville, was behind Hutchins and failed to stop in time. His vehicle struck Hutchins's vehicle in the rear. Both drivers were wearing seat belts, and neither was injured.

Recent Rash of Burglaries Plague Montrose and Surrounding Areas

The 24 hour laundry, located on 706 in Bridgewater Township, had been victim to two separate incidents of vandalism and burglary recently. The first occurred just before midnight on July 25 when what is described by police reports as two white males entered the facility and broke into the crane machine, stealing the change inside. More recently, unknown actors entered the laundry on Aug. 19, forced open a gaming machine and again made off with the money. The Dandy Mini Mart on Route 267 in Auburn Township also fell victim to burglary when two unknown individuals smashed a window on Aug. 22 at 2:30 a.m. One of the individuals entered the building then removed numerous packs of cigarettes, and both fled to the rear of the building. The actors are described as both wearing black-hooded sweat jackets with the hoods up, jeans and gloves.

Laceyville resident Gina Olshan, 42, reported to police that sometime between Aug. 15 and 17, an unknown person took a bottle of prescription pills and a credit card from her Hunsinger Road residence. Since the theft took place, the card has been used to make ATM withdrawals and purchases in excess of $300. This investigation is continuing.

In a burglary at Pop’s Trading Post, Route 11 in Great Bend Township, the unknown perpetrators apparently did not find anything of value to take, but damage was done when they cut a lock from a steel door and pried it open to rifle through drawers and cabinets before fleeing unseen. No loss of inventory was listed in police reports by John Phillips, Hallstead, owner of Pop’s. Anyone with information on this or any of the other above crimes can report them to the state police at Gibson, 570-465-3154.

Traffic Accidents Lead to Minimal Injury But Result in Charges

No other vehicles were involved in an accident on Route 106 east of Caprous Rd. in Harford Township, wherein Ryan J. Depew, 21, Kingsley, left the roadway in his 1997 Acura, encountered a ditch and overturned, the vehicle coming to rest on its roof. Depew was transported to Endless Mountains Health Systems by an unnamed third party for minor injuries and was charged with driving at an unsafe speed.

In the early morning hours of Aug. 22, Siamak Mansourinia, 47, Covina, CA, over-compensated when coming back onto Route 167 in Silver Lake Township after drifting onto the right shoulder, resulting in loss of control of his Kenworth truck, which crossed both lanes and left the road, struck an embankment and overturned. He was transported to Wilson Memorial Hospital by Silver Lake EMS with minor injuries and was charged with failure to stay in lane.

On the night of Aug. 20, New Milford resident Ronald Sherwood, 41, was traveling south on Route 11 in New Milford Township just north of New Milford Borough when he encountered a pedestrian who, for unknown reasons, was walking in the travel lane. The pedestrian, Shane Bennici, 27, Athens, was struck by Sherwood’s vehicle and received moderate injuries and was transported to Wilson Memorial. Sherwood suffered minor injury in the incident.

PennStar Bank Robbed

Around noon on Aug. 19, an unknown individual entered the Main St., Susquehanna, location of PennStar Bank and handed the teller a note which read, “I got a gun keep your hands where I can see them, $10,000 in 10 seconds or I’ll shoot someone.” According to police reports, the teller handed the individual an undisclosed amount of cash, whereupon he left the building without incident and was believed to leave the scene in a maroon Subaru wagon with unknown state of registration. The teller told police the man never displayed a weapon. Following the incident, the area was patrolled by the state police and the Susquehanna police department. Details immediately released were that the suspect was described as a white male approximately 5’8”, 180 lb., with black hair and a beard and mustache, and a tattoo on the right side of his neck. He was reported to be wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt and baggy jeans. Since the incident, the suspect has been identified as Jon Alan Dockens, 29, address not reported. A warrant was issued for his arrest for robbery and theft. Police reports indicate that he is formerly of the Susquehanna area and has ties to Allentown.

Area Cyclist Has

Near Miss on 81

Michael Pipitone, 19, of New Milford, was riding his motorcycle traveling north on interstate 81 on the afternoon of Aug. 18 when he had a very real brush with danger. While passing a tractor-trailer driven by Kyle Smith, 25, of Dundee, NY, behind another car, the car kicked up a piece of road debris, which hit the motorcycle. Pipitone lost control and the bike went down. He slid along the left lane while the bike went into the right lane and under the tires of the trailer, and came to rest in the left lane. Smith stopped his vehicle on right berm. Pipitone was wearing a helmet, and was transported to CMC in Scranton by Harford Ambulance and subsequently released.














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