Police Briefs, Jan. 9, 2019

Simple assault: Athens Township Police have charged Melvin Sidney Bostwick, 42, of Sayre, with simple assault and harassment following an incident on Jan. 2 in Athens Township.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, on the aforementioned date at 11:38 p.m. two Athens Township Police officers responded to Desisti Lane for a report of a female being assaulted. When police arrived on scene they were advised that the alleged perpetrator of the assault had fled on foot into a mobile home park. Police attempted to locate the subject but were not able.

When police arrived back at the residence they spoke with the female victim of the assault. She stated that she was in the living room of the residence at the time of the incident rolling cigarettes, according to court documents. She told police that after rolling a cigarette she tossed it over to Bostwick on the couch where he was sleeping. She stated that the cigarette mistakenly struck him in the face and that he immediately woke up in a rage and began assaulting her, according to court documents.

The victim, who is confined to a motorized mobility chair, told police that Bostwick grabbed her by the face, neck and hair, threw her side-to-side in the chair and cursed and called her obscene names. According to the affidavit, a neighbor heard the assault and came over to the residence at which time Bostwick fled on foot.

Police observed redness and swelling on the victim’s body. She was transported to Robert Packer Hospital for emergency treatment and evaluation. In an interview at the hospital the victim told police that she believed Bostwick was under the influence of “ice,” which is a street name for crystal methamphetamine.

Bostwick was arraigned on Jan. 7 in front of Magisterial District Judge Todd Carr. He is currently being held at the Bradford County Correctional Facility on $20,000 bail. He is slated to appear before Magisterial District Judge Larry Hurley on Jan. 15 for his preliminary hearing.

Wysox theft: The Pennsylvania State Police are investigating the theft of an SD card from a Wysox residence on Dogwood Lane in Wysox that occurred between Dec. 4 and Dec. 8.

Ulster DUI/hit and run: According to the Pennsylvania State Police release report, 28-year-old Taylor Meredith is accused of having a hit and run crash on Dec. 28 on Main Street of Ulster Township. It was determined that Meredith was under the influence of alcohol at the time and charges were filed with the District Court.

Canton theft: The Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a reported theft that occurred at a Windfall Road residence in Canton on Dec. 28. According to the release report, an unknown actor removed a prescription medication from the victim’s prescription counter. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Pennsylvania State Police.

Springfield crash: According to the Pennsylvania State Police, 61-year-old Denise Page of Columbia Cross Roads traveled off the roadway of Old Kennedy Road in Springfield Township and struck a tree on the left shoulder. Page was charged with violation driving on right side of roadway.

Sheshequin DUI: According to the Pennsylvania State Police, 53-year-old Mark Saxbury of Towanda is facing DUI related charges following a traffic stop on Sheshequin Road in Sheshequin Township. Saxbury was observed making title 75 violations and upon being stopped, was found to be in possession of marijuana.

Troy criminal mischief: The Pennsylvania State Police received a report about criminal mischief at a Fall Brook Road residence in Troy. The unknown actor drove a blue Volkswagen Jetta.

Corruption of minors: Athens Township Police Department has charged Terilyn Marion Walters, 22, of Towanda with eight counts of corruption of minors, nine counts of furnishing liquor to minors, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a small amount of marijuana and false identification to a law enforcement officer following an incident on Dec. 22.

According to police reports, officers received reports of underage individuals drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana on a party bus heading from Towanda to Sayre, as seen through photos and videos posted on social media.

Court documents state that upon arriving on scene police found the bus operator unaware of the occupants drinking. When officers searched the back of the vehicle they found a full, open Four Loko malt beverage, an empty six pack of Twisted Tea and a 1.75ml bottle of Platinum 7X vodka.

Ten individuals were then questioned, according to police records, only two who were over 21 and six of which stated they had “a couple sips” of Twisted Tea.

Police records show that officers detected an odor of marijuana coming from a red backpack while talking with Walters who first denied it being hers but later admitted to it belonging to her. The backpack was found to contain a multi-colored glass pipe containing brown and black colored residue, which was the location of the marijuana odor and later tested positive for the substance.

Walters was placed under arrest while the nine other individuals were instructed to contact parents to pick them up. A 14-year-old male was then found in possession of another multicolored glass pipe with brown and black residue, according to court documents.

Police reports state that Walters claimed to be 19 years old at the time of arrest and was later discovered to be 22. Records state that according to information found Walters purchased and supplied the alcohol found on the bus, allegedly from Sheetz in Towanda where the bus had stopped previously in the night.

Other involved parties are listed as one being age 20, three being age 17, one being age 16, two being age 15, one being age 14 and one being age 13.

Walters is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing on Jan. 8 before District Magistrate Larry Hurley.

Sayre drug possession: Heather McMahon, 38, of Sayre is facing a charge of misdemeanor use/possession of drug paraphernalia following a Dec. 16 incident on South Elmer Avenue.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Sayre Borough police arrived at McMahon’s residence to return keys that were related to a separate incident. The officer met with McMahon and asked if they could speak inside. Upon entering the residence, the officer observed a pill bottle on the counter that had different pills inside. McMahon was asked if there were any other drug paraphernalia related items in the residence. McMahon stated that she had a pipe, which she used to smoke marijuana in the basement. Other drug paraphernalia related items were also found in the basement.

McMahon has a preliminary hearing on Jan. 22 with Magisterial District Judge Larry Hurley.

Sayre theft reported: Michael Ricci, 60, of Rome is facing a charge of misdemeanor theft by unlawful taking following a Nov. 30 incident in Sayre.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, the Sayre Borough police spoke with a witness who stated that Ricci had stolen two signs from a garage. Ricci told a second witness that he was stealing the signs for the victim’s son. The victim’s son stated that he knew nothing of what Ricci had done, so the police contacted Ricci. Ricci stated he did not have permission from the victim’s son to take the items but decided to take them on his own to give to the victim’s son.

Ricci has a preliminary hearing on Feb. 5 with Magisterial District Judge Larry Hurley.

Sayre theft: Patricia Firestine, 27, of Troy is facing charges of misdemeanor access device issued to another who did not authorize use and misdemeanor theft by unlawful taking following a Nov. 18 incident.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, the Sayre Borough police were called by the victim stating that his credit card was stolen by Firestine, who was hired to help him move here from Harrisburg. Firestine was tracked via electronic monitoring system and was found to have been at all the places the card was charged at the correct times.

Firestine has a preliminary hearing on Jan. 29 with Magisterial District Judge Larry Hurley.

Canton criminal mischief: The Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a criminal mischief incident that occurred in Canton between Dec. 31 to Jan. 1 on Lycoming Street in Canton. According to the release report, an abandoned car was found disabled on Lycoming Street and the vehicle was damaged by an unknown actor. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Pennsylvania State Police at (570) 265-2186.

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