Police Briefs

DUI reported: Pennsylvania State Police in Tunkhannock have arrested Gemila Jean Pogharian, 48, of Williamsport, for DUI after an incident on May 20.

According to the affidavit, police were dispatched to Wyalusing Borough on a report of an intoxicated driver in the area. The suspected vehicle was reported when it was stopped at the Dandy Mini Mart in Wyalusing. The vehicle then proceeded to travel on Route 706 and then west on Route 6. It was also reported that the vehicle had been traveling no more than 40 mph and had made completed stops in the roadway.

Police were able to find the vehicle, and observed it pulling over to a complete stop on Red Rock Road in Wysox Township without any hazard lights on. A trooper then approached the vehicle and noted a strong smell of alcohol from the operator, who was identified as Pogharian. After speaking to the operator, the trooper noted several signs of intoxication. The trooper then had Pogharian perform field sobriety tests, in which she was uncooperative with police and requested her attorney. Pogharian also refused to participate in a blood draw.

Pogharian is slated to appear before Magisterial District Judge Todd Carr on July 13 for her preliminary hearing.

DUI: Pennsylvania State Police in Towanda have charged Mark Douglas Thetga, 29, of Rome, with DUI after a one-vehicle accident on May 2.

According to police, a trooper was dispatched to the scene of a one-vehicle accident in Windham Township. Upon arrival on the scene, the trooper made contact with the operator of the vehicle, Thetga. While speaking with Thetga, police noted a smell of alcohol on Thetga’s breath. Police then had Thetga perform field sobriety tests, in which Thetga showed signs of impairment while performing. Thetga was then placed under arrest and taken to the Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital for a blood draw. The results of the test showed his BAC to be .105 percent.

Thetga is slated to appear before Magisterial District Judge Todd Carr on July 13 for his preliminary hearing.

Fugitive from justice: Collen P. Comstock, 24, of Waverly, New York, was arrested on a full extradition warrant issued by the Athens Township Police Department on May 30 in the village.

According to Waverly police, the warrant was for a previous “dangerous drugs” arrest, and Comstock was wanted for failing to appear in district court. Comstock was arraigned in the Village of Waverly Justice Court and sent to the Tioga County Jail without bail to await further legal action.

Felony assault: Justin W. VanBuren, 23, of Waverly, New York, was arrested for felony assault in the second degree, and the misdemeanors of menacing in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree following a March 26 incident along Broad Street.

According to Waverly Police, VanBuren assaulted a man known to him with a razor blade, causing a minor injury to the victim’s chin.

VanBuren was arrested on a warrant on June 1, according to police. He was arraigned in the Village of Waverly Justice Court and sent to the Tioga County Jail on $40,000 cash bail or $80,000 bond to await further court action.

Troy public drunkenness: Pennsylvania State Police have charged Joshua Edward McDonough, 35, of Troy, with public drunkenness following an incident at 10:30 p.m. on May 24.

According to police documents, reports were made that McDonough was seen staggering, visibly intoxicated, and walking in the middle of the road near a construction site on Route 6.

Police documents state McDonough was visibly intoxicated upon their arrival and they took him into custody without incident and charges were filed.

Wyalusing harassment

Pennsylvania State Police have charged Todd William Madill, 55, of Towanda with harassment and simple trespass following an incident that occurred at 1:44 p.m. on May 5.

According to police records, Madill went to a victim’s residence in Wyalusing Borough multiple times after being told not to.

Charges have been filed through District Court 42-3-04.

Armenia arson: Pennsylvania State Police are investigating an arson that took place on Fallbrook Road in Troy, Armenia Township at 4:35 p.m. on April 28.

According to police records, a car was intentionally set on fire in a junkyard, which led to a boat next to the vehicle catching on fire. Multiple vehicles were also observed to have windshields and side windows smashed by rocks.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Pennsylvania State Police in Towanda at (570) 265-2186.

Sexual assault in Orwell: Pennsylvania State Police are investigating reports of sexual assault of a victim in Orwell Township from 2006 until 2017. The investigation is still ongoing.

Burlington crash: Pennsylvania State Police have reported a one-vehicle accident that took place at 6:47 p.m. on May 26 in Burlington Township.

According to police records, Sean T. Whitmarsh, 53, of Wysox, was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt east on Route 6 when the vehicle left the south side of the road and struck a guide rail before coming to a stop facing southwest on the southern part of the road. No one was injured in the accident. Whitmarsh was charged with a violation of driving on roadways laned for traffic.

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