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Reports from Area State Police Barracks

Death Investigation Being Conducted

Pennsylvania State Police in Susquehanna County are investigating the mysterious death of a 34-year-old New Jersey resident, whose body was found in Harford Township.

State police in Gibson report that Robert J. Bulachik, Milltown, NJ, was discovered lying inside his 1996 Ford Explorer on Aug. 21 at 7:14 a.m. along Township Road 554 in the vicinity of Little Lake.

Determination of death is pending results of an autopsy.

Driver Flees, but Doesn't Elude Police

A driver, who turned out to be wanted by four different Pennsylvania law enforcement agencies, led state police on a chase through various parts of Sullivan County last Wednesday evening. Donald L. Miller, 27, of Bernsville, PA, ended up ditching his pickup truck and fleeing on foot, only to subsequently be taken into custody near Eagles Mere.

State police reported that the incident started about 5 p.m. when the accused was observed southbound on Rt. 2002 in Davidson County in a Ford pickup truck with an expired inspection sticker displayed. The driver failed to stop when a state police car attempted to make a vehicle stop, leading them on a chase through Davidson and Shrewsbury Townships on at least six different roadways, including Rts. 220 and 42. Miller's car was later located near Sky Meadows Development, from where he had apparently fled on foot.

He was later apprehended and it was learned that he was wanted in several jurisdictions. Bail was set totaling $70,000, including this incident and warrants from state police in Hamburg and Reading. Miller was unable to post bail, it was reported, and remanded to the Wyoming County Jail in Tunkhannock.

He faces charges in Sullivan County of reckless endangerment, fleeing or attempting to elude police and more than a dozen summary traffic violations.

Teen Driver Injured in Stevens Twp.

State police are still investigating an incident on Clapper Hill Road in Stevens Township Friday, Aug. 20, in which a 16-year-old Laceyville driver sustained injuries requiring treatment at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. The investigation is allegedly determining whether another vehicle may have forced the teen to lose control of his 1992 Chevrolet Blazer.

It was reported that Christopher Case was traveling east on Clapper Hill Road (Rt. 1001) when he lost control of his vehicle while negotiating a curve. After the Blazer left the roadway, police say it rolled over and came to rest on its wheels.

The young man was flown from the accident scene for treatment after the 5:35 p.m. crash. It appears that none of the injuries was serious.

Stevens Scene of Two Other Accidents

Two other motor vehicle accidents were reported in Stevens Township last week (see previous item), bringing state police to accident scenes in that municipality three days in a row. One was a two-vehicle accident on Saturday morning, Aug. 21, involving two local residents, and the other occurred on Thursday morning, Aug. 19, in which a Wyalusing teen sustained minor injuries.

In the Saturday accident, state police say that Christopher Campbell, 29, Stevensville, was driving north on Anderson Road and failed to stop at the intersection with Rt. 1012 (Herrickville Road), his 1990 Chevrolet Lumina colliding with another vehicle that was eastbound on the state road. The driver of the second vehicle, a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado, was Warren Dorman, 42, of East Herrickville.

Both sustained injuries and were transported to Memorial Hospital via ambulance. State police say they expect to cite Campbell for failing to stop for a stop sign.

In the Thursday morning accident—this time on Rt. 706—17-year-old Shannon McHenry sustained minor injuries after her 1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse left the roadway. State police say the vehicle hydroplaned on a wet road at 9:45 a.m., striking guardrails on one side of the road, crossing back and striking a dirt embankment and then back across the road when it hit another guardrail.

State police say this accident is still under investigation.

Gillett Teen Sustains Severe Injuries

A 17-year-old Gillett area driver reportedly sustained injuries described as "severe" after he was involved in a one-car accident on Wednesday, Aug. 18, on Vorhees Road in Bradford County's South Creek Township.

It was reported that Ryan M. Aldrich was traveling east in a 1995 Ford Escort at 2:45 a.m. when the car went off the right side of the road, struck both an embankment and a tree and then continued down a steep embankment into a creek.

Western Alliance EMS and South Creek firefighters assisted at the scene. Damage to the car was reported as heavy.

Water on Road Precipitates Accident

A Horseheads, NY, driver escaped with minor injuries after being involved in a one-car accident in Bradford County's Springfield Township Saturday, Aug. 21, at 3:30 p.m. State police say that as much as a foot of water on that section of the roadway initiated the sequence of events.

They report that Andrew Shepard was driving north on Rt. 4027 when, after rounding a right-hand curve, his 1991 Toyota Tercel entered the standing water on the roadway. This apparently caused him to lose control and the car went off into a ditch and rolled onto its roof.

Damage to the car was described as moderate, and Shepard was wearing his seat belt at the time.

          Two Cars Collide in Standing Stone

One driver sustained minor injuries and both cars involved were disabled, according to a state police report of an Aug. 13th two-vehicle accident on Rt. 6 in Standing Stone Township.

According to state police, two cars—one a 2000 Saturn operated by Raelyn Horton, 19, Towanda and the other a 1999 Mercury Sable driven by Nancy Bodnar, 42, New Albany—were traveling in opposite directions near Garrett Road when Horton's westbound car began to slide on the wet pavement. It was reported that this caused the Saturn to cross the double line, striking the left side of Bodnar's car.

The impact caused Bodnar's car to spin counterclockwise before coming to rest facing in the opposite direction. Horton, who reportedly sustained a minor injury, will be cited for driving too fast for conditions, state police report.

Driver on Lam after Crashing Grand Am

Terry Township was the scene of a hit-and-run accident early Saturday morning when a car collided into a tree and the driver apparently left the scene.

State police report that a 1999 white Pontiac Grand Am was traveling south on Rt. 2012 when it left the road and slammed into a tree about a mile from Rt. 187. There was nobody in the car when police arrived.

The investigation is continuing into the 6:30 a.m. accident.

Property Stolen from Monroeton Hotel

A burglary and theft is being investigated at the Monroeton Hotel on Main Street on that borough's Main Street in which property valued at $570 was reported stolen.

Police report that the burglary occurred between 8 p.m. on Aug. 13 and 7 p.m. on Aug. 17. There was no description of what was taken other than describing it as "moveable property."

Cars Collide on Rt. 220; No Injuries

A two-car accident last Thursday involving drivers whose ages are separated by 78 years resulted in some damage to their vehicles but no injuries to the drivers.

State police report that Grace Norton, 95, Towanda, was driving her Chevrolet Lumina south on Rt. 220 just north of Monroeton near the Rt. 414 intersection when she turned left in the path of a northbound Ford Taurus operated by a 17-year-old Towanda driver. Both were wearing seat belts at the time of the noon collision.

Truck Drops Stone; Shatters Window

An incident being investigated as a hit and run was reported in Terry Township on the afternoon Wednesday, Aug. 18. A parked SUV had its window smashed by a rock that fell from a passing dump truck.

State police report that a red Ford Explorer owned by Dena Chilson, 20, was parked along Rt. 2013 when the incident occurred around 4 p.m., shattering the SUV's rear window.

Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 265-2186.

PENNDOT Backhoe Target of Vandals

Between Aug. 20-23, someone broke a window on a parked John Deere backhoe on New York Avenue, Hallstead.

It is the property of PENNDOT, state police in Gibson report.

Tools Reported Taken in Dimock Burglary

Someone pried open a barn door then a shed and took a six-foot Meyers level and a 30-inch Skil chain saw from Lloyd A. Robinson, Fitch Hill Rd., off Hunter Rd., Dimock.

This incident occurred between 9 a.m. on Aug. 20 and 6 p.m. the next day.

South Montrose Business Burglary Target

Someone shot out five lights, pried open a gate, then a garage door and shot out two windows between Aug. 22-23 at a business in Susquehanna County.

The burglary and criminal mischief occurred at Honeywell International in the Ritztex Building, state Rt. 3029 off Rt. 29, South Montrose.

Motorcycle Collides with Car

A motorcyclist sustained injuries in an Aug. 22 accident in Susquehanna County.

Leonard Aldrich, 56, Susquehanna, suffered abrasions and was taken to CMC, Scranton, after he drifted into the opposite lane with his motorcycle and struck the side of a 2000 Toyota driven by Phyllis Fenenczi, 42, New Milford.

Aldrich remained seated on the cycle, which went off the road and struck a ditch, but suffered head injuries. He was not wearing a helmet.

Fenenczi was not injured in this Aug. 22 incident on state Rt. 848, New Milford Township.

Missing Boat and Trailer Located

James Stuart Walker, Susquehanna, reported his fishing boat and trailer stolen from his farm at state Rt. 1021, Jackson Township, between Aug. 1-21.

It was later recovered at an unnamed residence along Old Rt. 11, near Hallstead. An investigation continues.

Teen Driver, Passengers Injured in Crash

Brianna A. Spencer, 16, Little Meadows, lost control of a vehicle on state Rt. 4014, Apolacon Township, on Aug. 15 at 1:22 p.m. and struck an embankment and rolled over.

She, along with passengers, Milinda Card, 16, Apalachin, NY, and Michael Space, 15, Warren Center, had minor injuries. All were taken to Wilson Hospital, Binghamton.

Criminal Mischief Reported at Cabin

Daniel James Potts, 47, Terrel, NC, reported two windows smashed on his cabin on state Rt. 4007 at Township Route 561, Forest Lake Township, between Aug. 1-19.

Sink, Countertop Stolen from Porch

Someone took a four-foot long ceramic countertop sink unit from a front porch on Fitch Hill Road, Springville, on Aug. 16 between 3-4:30 p.m.

The sink is white, with a hunter green countertop.

Injuries Reported in One-Vehicle Crash

A Susquehanna County man was reportedly treated for injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident on Aug. 16 at 2:50 p.m.

F. Koons, 80, Susquehanna, was taken to Barnes Kasson Hospital, Susquehanna, with moderate injuries after his 1998 Ford Ranger left state Rt. 171, Great Bend Township, and rolled over several times.

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