Police Briefs

Athens DUI: Stephanie Evans, 36, of Athens is facing DUI related charges following a traffic stop near the intersection of Route 220 and Route 199 in Athens on Sept. 29.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, the Pennsylvania State Police witnessed a red Nissan Altima traveling 73 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour speed zone. A traffic stop was conducted and a trooper detected the odor of an unknown alcoholic beverage. Evans is accused of having difficulty retrieving her documentation and telling the trooper that she came from the bar and did have alcohol to drink. Evans failed a field sobriety test and refused to provide a blood sample.

Evans is facing charges for misdemeanor DUI: general impairment of driving safely — first offense, summary violation exceed 55 miles per hour in other location by 18 miles per hour and summary violation careless driving.

Evans has a preliminary hearing on March 1 with Magisterial District Judge Todd Carr.

Wysox harassment: According to the Pennsylvania State Police, Edgardo Morado and Jose Vasquez of Houston, Texas are facing charges of harassment and disorderly conduct following an incident on the Route 6 Bridge in Wysox. Morado and Vasquez are accused of stopping a 16-year-old victim on the bridge and the victim began to cry not knowing why they stopped her. Vasquez is then accused of licking a tear off of the victim’s face and kissing the victim before letting the victim go. The victim called 911 following the incident.

Sheshequin and Litchfield theft from vehicle: According to the Pennsylvania State Police release report, thefts from a vehicle occurred in Sheshequin Township and Litchfield Township between Jan. 23 and Jan. 24 that resulted in several items being taken from the both victims’ vehicle.

Columbia Township DUI: Mary Santiago, 58, of Troy is facing DUI related charges following a motor vehicle accident on Painter Lick Drive in Columbia Township on Jan. 21.

According to the Pennsylvania State Police release report, troopers were dispatched to Painter Lick Drive for a reported vehicle crashed into a tree. After an investigation was conducted, Santiago was suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Wyalusing Act 64: According to the Pennsylvania State Police release report, 28-year-old David Gervasi of Scranton and 21-year-old Roza Reyes of Wyalusing are facing Act 64 related charges following an incident on Cayutus Avenue in Wyalusing on Dec. 23. Gervasi and Reyes were found smoking marijuana outside of the Cayutus Avenue residence.

Monroe Township crash: Dana Cabucci, 50, of Towanda is facing DUI related charges following an accident on Route 220 in Monroe Township on Jan. 17.

According to the Pennsylvania State Police crash report, Cabucci was traveling southbound on Route 220 and veered to the right side of the roadway and then back to the left over both lanes of travel before impacting the embankment on the left side of the roadway where Cabucci lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle rolled over before coming to a rest in the northbound lane of travel and Cabucci was not wearing a safety belt and there was no airbag deployment. 

Cabucci was transported to the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital for medical treatment. Cabucci displayed signs of intoxication while at the scene of the crash.

Colley burglary: According to the Pennsylvania State Police release report, an unknown suspect broke into a victim’s job site trailer through an unlocked window causing damage to the window screen. A computer monitor and a Smart Tool Level were taken from the trailer. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Pennsylvania State Police in Laporte at (570) 946-4146.

Sayre theft: Darin McKean, 28, of Sayre is facing a charge of felony receiving stolen property in the third degree following an incident in Sayre on Sept. 27.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, the Sayre Borough police were dispatched to a Thomas Avenue residence in Sayre for the report of a stolen U-Haul in the possession of McKean and another individual. The other individual stated that they rented the U-Haul for a couple days and were to return it to a local U-Haul dealer, but it had been parked in their driveway for over two months.

McKean is in the Bradford County Correctional Facility on $75,000 bail and has a formal arraignment on Jan. 31 with Judge Maureen Beirne.

Canton robbery: Allen Houseweart, 26, of Canton is facing robbery related charges following an incident in Canton on Jan. 2.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Canton Borough police were dispatched to a Crooks Terrace address for a break-in of a vehicle in progress. The officer met with a witness who stated that they saw Houseweart going through a parked vehicle that was not his and then run up the stairs of the building to an apartment. The officer found Houseweart hiding under a blanket on a couch in the apartment. When Houseweart noticed the officer, he began to make statements about not doing anything. Houseweart was placed in cuffs and taken to the police unit while the officer gathered information about the incident. When Houseweart was at the police station, he broke a chain off the holding cell bench and walked into the main office laughing and used foul language in reference to the borough. Houseweart was taken back into the holding area and secured to another bench where he took off all his clothes except his boxers. A P.B.T. test was taken from Houseweart and revealed a blood alcohol content of .277.

Houseweart is facing charges of felony robbery — threat immediate serious bodily injury, misdemeanor criminal mischief — tamper with property in the second degree and summary violation public drunkenness and similar misconduct.

Houseweart is in the Bradford County Correctional Facility on $35,000 bail and has a formal arraignment on Feb. 11 with Judge Maureen Beirne.

Sayre DUI: Brandy Firestine, 39, of Athens is facing DUI related charges following a traffic stop on South Keystone Avenue in Sayre on Dec. 21.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Sayre Borough police witnessed a black SUV pass through the intersection of West Lockhart Street and Keystone Avenue heading south with no headlights on. When the officer approached the vehicle, the vehicle stopped in the middle of South Keystone Avenue. The officer watched Firestine also put the car in park in the middle of the roadway. 

A traffic stop was initiated and when the officer approached the vehicle, Firestine pulled ahead off the side of the road into a parking lot. Firestine was identified by her driver’s license and was informed that she was stopped due to the headlights being off and stopping in the middle of the road. Firestine told the officer that she left the bar and was trying to drive home. Firestine also stated that she thought she was drunk and had too much to drink. The officer asked Firestine how much alcohol she had consumed and Firestine replied seven draft beers and two shots of alcohol. Firestine had a blood draw, which revealed a .22 percent blood alcohol content.

Firestine is facing charges of misdemeanor DUI: highest rate of alcohol — first offense, misdemeanor DUI: general impairment of driving safely — first offense and summary violation period for requiring lighted lamps.

Firestine has a preliminary hearing on Feb. 15 with Magisterial District Judge Todd Carr.

Theft: According to the Pennsylvania State Police release report, an unknown actor entered a victim’s vehicle at the Mildred Dandy Mini Mart on Dec. 27 and stole the victim’s cell phone. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Pennsylvania State Police in Laporte at (570) 946-4610.

Cherry Township burglary: According to the Pennsylvania State Police release report, an unknown actor broke into a building on Factory Road in Cherry Township between Dec. 20 and Jan. 2. Items in the building were rummaged through but it is unknown if anything was stolen. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Pennsylvania State Police in Laporte at (570) 946-4610.

Wyalusing possession of weapon on school property: According to the Pennsylvania State Police release report, troopers were dispatched to the Wyalusing Valley Elementary School on Jan. 14 for a report of a student who was found in possession of a knife. The knife was taken by school staff without incident and an investigation is being continued.

Ridgebury criminal mischief: The Pennsylvania State Police are investigating an incident that occurred between Dec. 3 and Jan. 9 on Berwick Turnpike in Ridgebury Township. According to the release report, an unknown actor discharged a firearm toward the garage of a residence and struck the garage twice. The gunshots were fired from the direction of Berwick Turnpike uphill toward a barn. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Pennsylvania State Police in Towanda at (570) 265-2186.

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