Police reports from Towanda, Tunkhannock, Gibson and Laporte Barracks
Two Death Investigations
On Oct. 6, James Minton, Jr., 49, New Milford, was discovered by his wife when she returned home from work. He is believed to have died of natural causes, police reports indicate, but an autopsy was scheduled to determine cause. Investigation continues pending the results of the autopsy.
Police also investigated the death of a Dimock Township woman who was discovered dead at her residence on the afternoon of Oct. 8. Jeanette Coleman, 49, lived alone, reports indicate, and no foul play is suspected.
Crash Victims Have Guns, Drugs
Larry Dale Harbst, 23, and James Lynn Carr, 21, both of Towanda, incurred minor injuries when Laura Rae McGaughey, 32, Sayre, allegedly failed to stop at a stop sign at Route 14 and Springfield Road in Columbia Township and pulled out in front of them at about 2:40 p.m. on Sept. 28. Both Harbst’s Saturn Ion and McGaughey’s Ford Taurus sustained disabling damage. While investigating the crash, a handgun with an obliterated serial number that police indicated had been thrown from Harbst’s vehicle was found in a ditch along Route 14. Multiple items associated with drugs were reportedly found in Harbst’s vehicle and on him and Carr. The two were charged with planning to sell the altered firearm in Elmira, NY.
Terry Twp. Man Victim of Fraud
State police at Towanda report that a 65-year-old Terry Township resident was contacted by phone and told that he had won a lottery in Las Vegas. As per the caller’s instructions, a $750 processing fee was mailed to a Wisconsin address. The victim never heard from the caller again and has not been able to retrieve his money.
Teen Charged with Sexual Assault
An unnamed man, who was 17-years-old when he allegedly had inappropriate contact with a 9-year-old girl in Wyalusing Township in 2010, has been charged as a juvenile with criminal attempt, indecent assault, and indecent exposure. The charges were filed regarding allegations that the accused had sexual contact with the victim, who was known to him
Keith Lampman, 57, Towanda, has been accused of spray-painting the exterior of a residence in the 900 block of S. Main St., Towanda, with black paint on Oct. 4. Lampman was charged with criminal mischief for the offense.
Company Drill Swiped
Someone stole an electric drill from Environmental Drilling Solutions in Monroeton between midnight and 6 p.m. on Sept. 17.
Three Ulster residents were the victims of criminal mischief when somebody damaged their mailboxes between 11 a.m. on Aug. 20 and noon on Aug. 21. Readers with information on the two aforementioned crimes may call 570-265-2186. A reward has been offered.
Woman Deemed Unneighborly
April Lynn Duva, Towanda, is accused of punching a female neighbor and pulling out a clump of her hair at about 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 5 on Chestnut Hills Lane in North Towanda Township. She has been charged with harassment.
ATM Card Taken from Mail
A 67-year-old Sheshequin Township man learned that an ATM card that had been delivered in the mail to him had been stolen from his mailbox, authorized by the person who took it, and used to deduct more than $2,600 from his bank account between Sept. 15 and 19. The investigation continues.
Youth Threatens Ulster Man
A 13-year-old Ulster resident has been charged with harassment following a threatening phone call that he made to a 43-year-old Ulster resident at about 10:40 p.m. on July 4.
Vehicle Vandalized in Wysox
Between 1 and 4 a.m. on Sept. 15, someone sprayed an unknown substance on a vehicle owned by a Rome resident that was parked in Jackson’s Trailer Court in Wysox Township. Readers with information may call state police at Towanda at 570-265-2186.
Car Window Smashed
A 37-year-old Rome resident was the victim of criminal mischief when someone threw a rock through the driver’s side window of a vehicle parked along Route 187 in Windham Township, Bradford County, between 1 and 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 9.
Brian Lee Johnston, 29, Troy, was charged with DUI after state police pulled him over near the intersection of Routes 6 and 220 in North Towanda Township at about 9:50 p.m. on Oct. 5.
In a separate incident, Kenneth Lehner, 52, Dushore, was charged with DUI and related traffic offenses after he was stopped by police on Route 487 in Cherry Township, Sullivan County, at about 12:05 a.m. on Oct. 8.
Deer Blamed for Rt. 87 Crash
Mitchell Pedro, 27, Dushore, was not injured, nor was he charged for an accident on Oct. 2 on Route 87 in Forks Township, Sullivan County. At about 6:20 p.m., Pedro swerved to avoid a number of deer standing on the highway, impacting one of the deer on his passenger’s side bumper before striking several guardrails and posts.
Young Driver Cited
Eric O’Connor, 17, Monroeton, was charged with careless driving for allegedly causing an accident on Route 6, west of the Bradford Towne Centre in Wysox Township at about 3:50 p.m. on Oct. 5. A pickup truck in front of him driven by Lynn Kithcart, 57, Wysox, had to decelerate quickly due to heavy traffic and O’Connor reportedly could not stop in time to avoid rear-ending the vehicle. Lap and shoulder restraints were used and nobody, including Nate Mosier, a passenger in O’Connor’s vehicle, was injured.
Tunkhannock Township Police have reported that Eduardo Filipe Mendonca, Meshoppen, was apprehended by U.S. Customs officers at about 10 p.m. on Oct. 7 as he attempted to board an airplane bound for his home country of Portugal. He will be returned to Wyoming County to answer to charges of forgery and receiving stolen property, stemming from an incident dated Aug. 24 and 26 for which P&G Credit Union is listed as the victim.
Guns Stolen in Wyoming Co.
Aumont Edwards, Jr., Scranton, is accused of stealing several guns from a residence in Falls Township, Wyoming County, at about 7 a.m. on March 23. He has been detained in Wyoming County Correctional Facility in lieu of $25,000 bail.
A pair of sunglasses said to have fallen from a vehicle that was leaving the Harvest and Wine Festival held in Tunkhannock on Oct. 8 were turned over to Tunkhannock Township Police. The owner may call 570-836-5255.
Local Accidents Detailed
Steven Stiers, Cabot, AR, lost control of his vehicle in the area of Kim Avenue on Route 6 in Tunkhannock Township at about 11:40 p.m. on Sept. 30 and struck a guardrail.
Alcohol Deemed Crash Factor
Ralph Dickinson, Dalton, was charged with DUI after he drove off Log Cabin Lane in Falls Township, Wyoming County, struck a fence and then became stuck in a resident’s lawn at about 8:45 p.m. on Sept. 23.
Car Driven from Library
Tory Tyler Lamb, 22, Towanda, is accused of “removing” a 2003 Chevy Malibu owned by a 57-year-old Troy woman from the parking lot of the Bradford County Library in West Burlington Township at about 2:50 p.m. on Oct. 7. Charges have been filed, and readers with information are encouraged to call state police at Towanda at 570-265-2186.
Phone Threats in Dushore
State police at Laporte are investigating verbal threats made by an unnamed caller to two Dushore residents, Mary Sones-Edkin and Ralph Edkin, at about 7 p.m. on Oct. 8. Readers with information may call 570-946-4610.
Cabin Ransacked in
Someone broke into a cabin on Newman Road in Warren Township, Bradford County, owned by a Hatboro resident, between Sept. 5 and Oct. 6. Readers with information about the intrusion, which included significant damage to the interior, may call 570-265-2186.
Disorderly Conduct Cited
Michael Dillon Morris, 24, Tulsa, OK, has been charged with harassment, disorderly conduct, and public intoxication after he allegedly entered the McDonalds restaurant on Route 6 in Wysox Township after consuming alcohol. Morris is accused of harassing employees and annoying customers by throwing food across the restaurant, hurling insults at employees, and inappropriately touching a worker who lives in Rome.
Stolen at New Walmart Supercenter
On Oct. 6, Bobbi Jo Finkler, Dalton, reported to police that her handbag had been taken from the break room at the new Walmart Supercenter in Eaton Township, Wyoming County. The theft is reported to have happened between 2:50 and 3:30 a.m. The handbag is green with brown flaps and contained personal items as well as a Samsung Intensity II Verizon mobile phone. The investigation is continuing.
Money, Wallet Stolen From Vehicles
On Oct. 10 between 9:15 and 10:30 a.m., two men had unknown persons enter their trucks and remove personal items and cash. One was a 38-year-old man from Tunkhannock and the other a 37-year-old from Wyalusing. The incident took place on Oliver Road in Meshoppen Township. The police report did not contain details as to whether or not the two trucks were locked at the time of the theft, or whether the vehicles were parked on a roadway or in a private drive.
DUI Arrest Made
Joy Nagy, 47, Factoryville, was stopped at 2:30 a.m. on Oct. 9 for traffic violations. The stop was initiated along Route 29 in Eaton Township. During the traffic stop, police determined Nagy was under the influence, as she appeared to be impaired. She was arrested for DUI.
Deer Are Moving
Numerous accidents throughout Susquehanna County can serve as a reminder to all drivers that deer are very active this time of year. In three separate incidents over the past weekend, drivers passing through along Interstate 81 suffered accidents when they either struck or swerved to avoid hitting deer crossing the road in New Milford Township. Only minor injuries were reported in one of the accidents, but all three vehicles suffered extensive damage and had to be towed from the scene.
Stephen Harris, Jr., 19, Mehoopany, received minor injuries on the morning of Oct. 9 when he lost control of the Ford pickup he was driving along SR 29 in Dimock Township, left the roadway and struck a utility pole. Montrose Minutemen responded and Harris was transported to Wilkes-Barre General. He was cited for driving on roadways laned for traffic.
A crash at the site of road construction along Route 3023 in Dimock Township on the afternoon of Oct. 7 led to charges filed against one driver. According to reports, Richard Johnson, 43, Montrose, was traveling west when he came around a corner in the construction zone and was unable to stop in time to avoid striking a vehicle stopped for the flagman's stop sign. No injuries were reported and Johnson was cited for following too closely.
Local Thefts Abound
State police are seeking information in the theft of a black 2011 Dodge 1500 pickup with a silver toolbox in the bed, PA registration YAC1481, from the parking area of Lockhart's Convenient Mart in Susquehanna County’s Bridgewater Township on the afternoon of Oct. 8. Carlyle Berg reported that he left his truck parked in the lot with the keys in the center console and an unknown person drove it away.
Information is also sought in a case of theft at the Flying J in New Milford Township sometime between Oct. 6 and 7. Management reports that someone broke into a game machine and removed an MP3 player and cash.