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Reports from Area State Police Barracks

Montrose Couple Killed in Cycle Crash

James and Karen Lucas, of Montrose, died Sunday as a result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident.

Police say the couple was riding a 2002 Harley Davidson motorcycle north on Rt. 29 at 2 p.m.

At that time, Jessica Mowka, of Tunkhannock, was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier south on Rt. 29. State police say Mowka's vehicle crossed the center double yellow line into the path of the motorcycle and struck it.

The Lucases were both ejected from the motorcycle and pronounced dead at the scene by the county coroner. At this time, no charges have been filed in the incident.

Wyalusing Crash: No Serious Injuries

A Wyalusing area driver sustained injuries described as minor and was transported to Memorial Hospital for treatment Tuesday morning after the car she was driving sheared off a utility pole on Wyalusing's Taylor Avenue. The street (Rt. 706) was closed for more than an hour after the 5:45 a.m. accident due to the pole and utility lines being down.

State police report that Starr L. Barrett, Wyalusing RR 2, apparently fell asleep while driving and her four-door passenger car went off the road, striking the pole and rolling over onto its roof. State police said Barrett "had minor injuries to her face" as a result of the accident.

State Police Spot Marijuana Crop

State police got an aerial view of what appeared to be a drop of marijuana in Susquehanna County last week, resulting in the seizure of numerous plants. There were no arrests reported.

While en route to an incident on Aug. 27 at 3 p.m., the Pennsylvania State Police helicopter and members of Troop R Vice Unit, while flying over Liberty Township, viewed live growing marijuana in the center of a cornfield about 100 yards east of Bailey Road. Additional personnel were called to assist.

Troop R Patrol Unit, Troop R Crime Unit, PSP Aviation Unit and Troop R Vice Unit seized 53 live marijuana plants ranging in size from two to five and one-half feet tall.

Pilfered Cigarettes Worth almost $1,200

A white female, thin build, blonde hair, in her late 30s or early 40s, about five feet, seven inches tall presented a credit card to a clerk at the Great Bend Sunoco and purchased 30 cartons of cigarettes worth $1,197.62. The card was subsequently determined to be counterfeit.

After successfully completing the transaction, the suspect drove south on state Rt. 11 in a red Honda Civic. The vehicle also contained a black male in the right passenger seat.

Pickup Strikes Bike; Child Injured

A six-year-old girl reportedly sustained moderate injuries after a bicycle she was driving drove into the path of a pickup truck Monday afternoon on Railroad Street just south of Towanda Borough.

State police report that the youngster, Seanna Alexis Reeves Bump, entered the roadway on a Huffy Celebrate bicycle and into the path of a 1996 Chevrolet pickup truck operated by Donald Carr, 32, who was transporting a seven-year-old passenger.

When the truck struck the bicycle, the girl was reportedly ejected from its seat. She was flown from the accident scene for medical attention, it was reported, but the injuries from the 3:52 p.m. accident do not appear to be serious. Neither Carr or his passenger was injured.

State police say they will likely release more details pending an investigation.

Teen Driver Faces DUI Charges after Crash

State police in Sullivan County say they have arrested a 17-year-old male driver for DUI following a one-car accident on Railroad Street in Dushore Borough.

It was reported that the driver, operating a 1995 Mercury Sable, left the roadway while northbound at 11:20 p.m. on Aug. 27 and the car struck the porch of a home on 117 Railroad Street. Charges are reportedly pending.

Equipment Damage Estimated at $500,000

Someone caused about $500,000 in damage to heavy equipment belonging to Paul Timothy McGavin, Meshoppen, between 8 p.m. on Aug. 28 and 6 a.m. the next morning.

The incident of criminal mischief occurred at the Bear's Den Quarry about a half mile north of Township Road 595, Bridgewater Township.

Signs Stolen in Wilmot and Asylum

State police are investigating the theft of road signs in two separate incidents in Wilmot and Asylum Townships.

In Wilmot Township, a PENNDOT sign indicating a nearby fire department or fire vehicles was stolen from a location on Rt. 187 in Sugar Run near Second Street. The sign is a yellow diamond shape with a fire truck pictured on the sign. The theft probably occurred between Aug. 16 and 25.

In Asylum Township there were two stolen "road closed" signs and they belonged to the township. They were taken from a location on Township Road 376 sometime between Aug. 21 and 23.

Pair Pumps and Runs at Gas Station

An older couple was observed in a gold colored minivan with the man pumping gas amounting to $21.38.

They then fled from the Pump -N- Pantry, Great Bend Township, on Aug. 25 at 12:18 p.m.

Passenger Injured in Two-Vehicle Crash

Mary Bock, Endicott, NY, was driving a Toyota Avalon on state Rt. 171, Ararat, and struck a Ford F-350 driven by Elizabeth Seman, of Thompson, in the rear. State police say Bock failed to observe that Seman was turning left into Arlow's Gas Station.

An unnamed passenger in Bock's vehicle sustained a possible broken wrist in this Aug. 22 incident.

Montrose Driver Sustains Minor Injuries

Terry Steel, Montrose, was driving a 1978 Honda motorcycle which left the roadway and rolled over, causing minor injuries to Steel. The accident occurred on Aug. 23 on state Rt. 3029, Bridgewater Township.

State Police to Inspect Child Seats

The Pennsylvania State Police will be conducting a child passenger safety seat fitting and inspection at their Laporte barracks on Friday afternoon and evening, Sept. 3

The public is invited to attend any time between 3 and 8 p.m. to have their child passenger safety seats inspected. Appointments are encouraged.

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