Police Briefs, Oct. 3, 2018

Possession: Pennsylvania State Police in Towanda have charged Jacob Tyler Hottle, 22, of Warren Center, with possession of a controlled substance among other charges after an incident in Orwell Township on Aug. 27.

According to the affidavit, a trooper observed a tan Chevrolet Malibu traveling south on Sugar Cabin Road and followed the vehicle after noting that the registration appeared expired. The operator of the Malibu pulled over before a traffic stop was initiated by police. Police identified the operator as Hottle after approaching the vehicle.

Hottle told police that he pulled over because he was going to be stopped anyway and that he did not have a current registration or insurance. Hottle told police, “I don’t have anything,” according to the affidavit.

When Hottle retrieved his driver’s license, police noted a large amount of cash in his wallet. When police asked if Hottle had done any illegal drugs recently he said that he hadn’t done any drugs in a month and that he went to rehab for meth. Hottle also told police that there was no meth in the vehicle.

Police then instructed Hottle to get out of the vehicle to look for drug residue around his nose, but found no evidence of recent use. When searching the vehicle, police found an unmarked bottle of pills that Hottle told police were Suboxone and that he did not have a prescription for them. Hottle also told police that there was a bag with the remnants of meth in the vehicle.

After Hottle was placed under arrest, police secured the vehicle and found a DeWalt container in the center console that contained three plastic straws and one glass straw. When police asked Hottle what they were for he responded, “pipes to snort with.”

Hottle is slated to appear before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton on Dec. 4 for his preliminary hearing.

Access device fraud: Pennsylvania State Police in Towanda have charged Bradley Scott Travis, 20, of LeRaysville, with access device fraud and theft after an incident in Pike Township in August.

According to the affidavit, a state trooper interviewed a person that claimed that his debit card was missing and that there were purchases on his bank statement that he did not make. Police then went to the Camptown Dandy Mini Mart on Sept. 13 to ask for store footage of the date and time when one of the fraudulent purchases were made. The footage revealed on Aug. 22, at 8:52 p.m., that one of the victim’s employees, Travis, was purchasing items with his card. Other purchases at the Dollar General in Wyalusing and at a Redbox DVD rental kiosk totaled $23.54.

On Sept. 16, Police interviewed Travis at the Towanda State Police barracks where he admitted to taking the card and making the unauthorized purchases.

Travis is slated to appear before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton on Nov. 11 for his preliminary hearing.

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