Police Briefs

Drug Charges

Jeremiah Douglas Hess, 23, of Horseheads, New York, faces multiple charges following a May 8 traffic stop.

According to court documents, Athens Township police pulled over a 2006 Honda sedan shortly before midnight because the woman who was his front seat passenger had summary warrants for her arrest. Police found Hess to be in possession of a Monster brand stun gun, which was in plain view inside a compartment in the driver’s side door. A search of the vehicle and a backpack uncovered two full-sized marijuana bongs, two glass smoking pipes commonly used with methamphetamine, two safes containing various drug paraphernalia along with glass baggies, a gas mask, a baggie with suspected marijuana, two drug grinders, straw, a plastic baggie containing a white crystalline substance that field testing showed to be methamphetamine, and five orange Xanax pills.

Both Hess and his passenger were taken into custody, although she was later released.

Hess faces 12 counts of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, as well as misdemeanor make repairs/sell/etc … offensive weapon, misdemeanor possession of a small amount of marijuana, and two charges of misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance.

He was arraigned on May 7 before Magisterial District Judge Todd Carr. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 15 before Magisterial District Judge Larry Hurley.

Man charged with drug offense

Glen Frederick Woleslagle, 42, of Monroeton, faces a felony charge of manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, and a summary charge of public drunkenness and similar misconduct following a May 5 incident in Sayre Borough.

According to court documents, Sayre police responded to the Dandy Mini Mart on South Elmer Avenue following a report that a man had offered a 30 mg Percocet in exchange for a cigarette in the area, and then had entered the store and was sitting inside. Officers found Woleslagle sitting in a booth rocking back and forth and sporadically throwing his arms all around while talking to himself. He told police that he had just left the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital following a heart attack and was waiting for a ride home. Police noted that his speech was mushed together and mumbled.

After arresting Woleslagle, police said they found three Gabapentin 300 mg pills in a plastic weekly pill container, another pill container with two Carlsoprodol 250 mg pills and a prescription pill bottle with 37 Oxycodone 30 mg pills, as well as a purple and white pill crusher with blue powder residue matching the Oxycodone pills inside.

Woleslagle was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Todd Carr and sent to the Bradford County Correctional Facility on $2,500 bail. A preliminary hearing is schedule for May 15 before Magisterial District Judge Larry Hurley.

Harassment charge

Pennsylvania State Police in Towanda have charged Shawn Christopher Watkins, 46, of Towanda, with criminal mischief, harassment, and disorderly conduct after an incident on April 8 in Rome Township.

According to the affidavit, a state trooper responded to a call in Rome Township of someone damaging property at 2:49 a.m. on the aforementioned date. Once the trooper arrived, the defendant, Watkins, was no longer at the scene. Police noted damage to the door of the residence and damage to a white truck in the driveway. Police also observed blood on the truck.

The victim of the damage told police that she had broken off her relationship with Watkins the day before and that he had acted out earlier in the night when he saw her at the Wayside Inn in Towanda. In the parking lot of the inn, Watkins had pushed her to the ground, according to police. After returning home, Watkins then came to her house to speak to her. Watkins tried to locate a spare key that had since been removed. Watkins then yelled for her and began damaging items on the property, a door frame, a grill, a wind chime, and a white truck. Professional estimates for the damages to the property totaled $5,395.

Police contacted Watkins via the victim’s cell phone and arranged to visit him at his residence in Towanda, but when police arrived he was no longer present.

Watkins is slated to appear before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton on June 26 for his preliminary hearing.

Car strikes utility pole in Troy Borough

Pennsylvania State Police in Towanda have reported a one vehicle accident that occurred at 2:16 p.m. on April 30 on Fall Brook Road in Towanda Borough.

According to police, Kyle P. Rossetti, 26, of Troy was distracted by a dog in his 1992 Toyota Camry and veered off the roadway and struck a utility pole. Rossetti suffered suspected minor injuries and is being charged with failure to drive on roadways laned for traffic.

DUI

Sayre Borough Police have charged Tammy Jo Harbst, 50, of Sayre with two counts of driving under the influence following a traffic stop that was initiated at 1:44 a.m. on April 1 on Perkins Street in Sayre Borough.

According to police, a traffic stop was initiated on Harbst’s 2008 Chevrolet Trailblazer due to police observing her stumbling prior to getting into the driver’s seat. She also crossed the center double-yellow line multiple times. Police added that they smelled alcohol coming from Harbst’s person. She performed a battery of standardized field sobriety tests where she showed signs of impairment. A chemical blood draw was performed at the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital where Harbst’s blood alcohol concentration was determined to be 0.196 percent.

She is scheduled to appear before Magisterial District Judge Todd Carr on June 15 for her preliminary hearing.

DUI charge

Sayre Borough Police have charged Jon D. Forbes, 40, of Athens with two counts of driving under the influence following a traffic stop that was initiated at 10:39 p.m. on April 6 on North Keystone Avenue in Sayre. Police state that they responded to the parking lot of KFC for the report of a male asleep behind the wheel of his vehicle. Police woke Forbes and when asked where he was, he replied that he was at his parents’. He performed a battery of standardized field sobriety tests where he showed signs of impairment. A chemical blood draw performed at the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital determined his blood alcohol concentration to be 0.267 percent.

Forbes is slated to appear before Magisterial District Judge Todd Carr on June 15 for his preliminary hearing.

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