Police Briefs

DUI: Pennsylvania State Police have charged Mary Santiago, 58 of Troy with driving under the influence of alcohol, disorderly conduct and three related charges following an incident on Jan. 21.

According to court documents, at approximately 4:38 p.m. on Jan. 21 officers were dispatched to Painter Lick Road in Columbia Township for a motor vehicle accident with one car into a tree. When they arrived they found Santiago, later identified as the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, lying in the snow intoxicated.

Police records show that Santiago was “extremely belligerent and uncooperative” when transported to Troy Hospital and that officers noticed a strong smell of alcohol coming from her breath as well as her speaking with slurred speech and having red, bloodshot, glassy eyes.

Court documents state that Santiago refused to submit to a blood test. Santiago is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on March 15 before Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox.

Possession: Pennsylvania State Police have charged John Edward House, 26 of Columbia Cross Roads with driving under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances, possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and five related charges following an incident on Dec. 28.

According to police, House was pulled over near the intersection of Rolling Hills Road and Berwick Turnpike in Springfield Township for speeding and crossing into the wrong lane of the road in a silver Mazda 3.

Court documents state officers observed House not wearing a seatbelt, detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from his person and saw that he had bloodshot glossy eyes and was speaking with slurred and confused speech.

Officers later found that House’s driving privileges were suspended according to police documents and when police gave him standardized sobriety tests and a breathalyzer he failed them.

According to court documents, House gave officers permission to search his vehicle and found a glass smoking pipe with burnt marijuana residue on the passenger side floorboard and a small green container with green marijuana in a pocket on the front passenger seat. House stated that the marijuana did not belong to him but that he had smoked some earlier that night.

A blood test showed House had a blood alcohol content level of .145 percent and 16ng/mL Delta-9 Carboxy THC (inactive metabolite) as well as 1.1ng/mL Delta-9 THC (active marijuana ingredient) in his blood, according to police records.

House is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on March 15 before Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox.

Fleeing to elude officer: Jake Lineburg, 23, of Athens is facing charges related to fleeing from officers by motorcycle on West Lockhart Street in Sayre on Oct. 24.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Sayre Borough police witnessed a black motorcycle travelling west on West Lockhart Street that had to slow down in order to stop for traffic at the red light. Two officers recognized the operator of the motorcycle to be Lineburg who was known to be a habitual suspended driver according to the affidavit. Upon following the motorcycle, both officers observed that the motorcycle didn’t have a license plate. A vehicle got in between the officers and Lineburg who began to travel passed the vehicles in from of him at a high rate of speed after seeing the police vehicle’s lights turn on. Lineburg traveled at a high rate of speed on the wrong side of the roadway into oncoming traffic before crossing back into his lane of travel in front of another vehicle. Lineburg did this same act again and officers estimated him to be traveling at approximately 90 to 100 miles per hour according to the affidavit. The pursuit was put to an end due to the officers identifying the operator as Lineburg and due to the danger he was putting his life in as well as others. Lineburg traveled into New York and could be heard heading west at a high rate of speed.

Lineburg is facing charges of two counts of felony fleeing or attempting to elude officers in the third degree, summary violation driving while operating privilege is suspended or revoked and summary violation reckless driving.

Lineburg is in the Bradford County Correctional Facility on $10,000 bail and has a preliminary hearing on March 12 with Magisterial District Judge Larry Hurley.

Walmart theft: Tiffany Chandler, 27, of Waverly is facing charges of felony retail theft in the third degree and misdemeanor defiant trespasser — actual communication in the third degree following a theft at Walmart on Feb. 14.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Athens Township police were contacted by a Walmart Asset Protection Associate who had a report of Chandler stealing from the store. The police were given photos and electronic journal information along with the account of the theft. Chandler was seen taking two smart watches from the shelf and placing them into her purse inside the cart. Chandler is accused of not scanning one of the smartwatches and a bra at the self-checkout totaling $57.32. Chandler had a Walmart notification of restriction issued and signed by Chandler on Dec. 24, 2014. It was determined by police that Chandler has two prior convictions in Pennsylvania for retail theft, which made this theft a felony of the third degree according to the affidavit.

Chandler has a preliminary hearing on April 9 with Magisterial District Judge Larry Hurley.

Wysox criminal mischief: Samuel Ackley, 57, of Towanda is facing criminal mischief related charges following an attempted burglary of a restaurant in Wysox Township on Feb. 8.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Pennsylvania State Police were dispatched to a Golden Mile Road restaurant in Wysox for a reported attempted burglary. Tool marks were observed on the rear door of the restaurant where an unknown actor attempted to gain entry to the building. Video film of the incident revealed that a white Jeep Liberty pulled into the parking lot and a male stepped out from the driver’s seat. The rear left brake light was observed to be inoperable. The man wore a cloth on the bottom half of his face and broke into a shop next to the restaurant. The man did not appear to have taken anything and he then attempted to gain access to the restaurant. The man was using a screwdriver and failed to gain access before fleeing the scene in an unknown direction. The vehicle was found to belong to Ackley and his vehicle was found to contain suspected items from the burglary such as black gloves, a small crowbar, a hammer and a black facemask. According to the affidavit, Ackley provided changing statements in reference to what he was doing the night of the burglary. Ackley stated first that he had been at work at the time of the burglary and then had gone to his daughter’s house after work before returning home. Ackley then stated that he was not at work due to being laid off a week prior to the incident and didn’t remember where he was on that night. Ackley further stated that there were approximately five to six people who could vouch for him, but would not give their information. Ackley also stated that he didn’t break into the restaurant, the business, or a third business that also had been robbed and then mentioned that he doesn’t need a flashlight. Ackley had never been told at that point that a flashlight had been taken from a third business burglary.

Ackley is facing charges of felony burglary — not adapted for overnight accommodation, no person present in the second degree, felony criminal trespass — break into structure in the second degree, two counts of misdemeanor possessing instruments of crime with intent and two counts of misdemeanor criminal mischief — damage property in the second degree.

Ackley has a formal arraignment on March 7 with Judge Evan Williams III

DUI: Erica Nowell, 35, of Towanda is facing DUI related charges following an accident at the intersection of Oak Street and Watt Street in Towanda on Feb. 8.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, the Towanda Borough police were dispatched to the accident and found Nowell’s vehicle heavily damaged. Nowell asked an officer if she could be honest and told the officer that she had been drinking. The officer detected the odor of alcohol coming from Nowell according to the affidavit. Nowell stated that she was going to Burger King to pick up her daughter. Nowell also later stated that she was on her phone having an intense conversation as she was driving down Oak Street when she saw headlights and had to swerve in order to not hit then which resulted in her driving into a tree. After not giving full compliance in a standard field sobriety test, Nowell was taken for a blood draw, which revealed a .214 percent blood alcohol content.

Nowell is facing charges of misdemeanor DUI — highest rate of alcohol, summary violation fail to keep right and summary violation careless driving.

Nowell has a preliminary hearing on April 5 with Magisterial District Judge Todd Carr.

Simple assault: Doyle Bonnell, 20, of Towanda is facing simple assault and harassment related charges following an incident on Third Street in Towanda on Feb. 27.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Towanda Borough police were dispatched to a Third Street address for a reported male refusing to leave the residence and causing a disturbance. Bradford County Dispatch told officers that the reported male was Bonnell who was at the apartment door yelling and threatening the people inside because his fiance was inside. The officer knew of Bonnell and knew that Bonnell and his fiance were separated at the time, according to the affidavit. Bonnell was met by officers while walking down the interior stairs of the building and was placed under arrest. Bonnell told the arresting officer, “I was just leaving. I didn’t threaten to punch her.” Another officer went to the reporting party in the apartment to speak to them. The officer was told that Bonnell was asked to leave the residence multiple times and refused to do so. Bonnell is accused of approaching the victim and “got in their face” while threatening to punch them. Bonnell is accused of clenching his fists while making those statements.

Bonnell is facing charges of misdemeanor defiant trespassing actual communication to in the third degree, misdemeanor disorderly conduct engage in fighting in the third degree, misdemeanor simple assault in the second degree and summary violation harassment — subject other to physical contact.

Bonnell is in the Bradford County Correctional Facility on $15,000 bail and has a preliminary hearing on March 13 with Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton.

Failure to comply with registration requirements

Chad Deitrick, 45, of Athens is facing a charge of felony failure to comply with registration requirements in the second degree following an incident on Jan. 1.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Deitrick told Pennsylvania State Police that he had opened a Facebook account in August of 2018. Deitrick was informed that he was in violation of Megan’s Law which requires an in-person meeting within three business days of any changes in email, instant message address or other designations used in internet communication or posting.

Deitrick has a preliminary hearing on March 13 with Magisterial District Judge Todd Carr.

Drug manufacture, delivery and possession: Bradley Cordner, 33, of Towanda is facing drug manufacture, delivery and possession related charges following an incident at a gas station in Towanda on Oct. 17.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Pennsylvania State Police initiated an investigation into the sale of crystal methamphetamine by Bradley Cordner. Pennsylvania State Police met with a confidential informant who was sold an 8-ball (3.5 grams) of methamphetamine for $250 dollars. The informant met Cordner at a gas station and was taken to a trailer along Sheshequin Road. Cordner went into the trailer and returned with the methamphetamine after the informant gave them the $250.

Cordner is facing charges of felony criminal use of communication facility in the third degree, felony manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver and misdemeanor intentional possession of controlled substance by per not regulation.

Cordner is in the Bradford County Correctional Facility on $40,000 bail and has a preliminary hearing on March 6 with Magisterial District Judge Todd Carr.

Albany DUI: Dana Cabucci, 51, of New Albany is facing DUI related charges following a motor vehicle accident on Route 220 in Albany Township on Jan. 17.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, the Pennsylvania State Police were dispatched to a one-vehicle crash on Route 220 in Albany Township. A trooper made contact with Cabucci who had been in the crash and was thrown from his vehicle. The trooper noted that Cabucci had a strong odor of alcohol and had staggered walking, according to the affidavit. Cabucci told E.M.S. while being evaluated that he had been consuming alcohol prior to his crash. A blood draw revealed a .15 percent blood alcohol content.

Cabucci is facing charges of felony DUI: general impairment of driving safely — first offense in the third degree, felony DUI: highest rate of alcohol — first offense in the third degree, summary violation disregard traffic lane, summary violation driving at safe speed and summary violation careless driving.

Theft: Bobi Jo Noto, 36, of Towanda is facing a charge of misdemeanor theft by unlawful taking — moveable property following an incident on Feb. 16.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, a victim came to the Towanda Borough police station on Feb. 17 to report a cell phone theft that occurred on Feb. 16. The victim stated that they were approached by Noto who asked to use the victim’s cell phone to make a call. The victim let Noto use their phone but Noto began walking away and turned a corner with the phone. When the victim went to find Noto, she was nowhere to be found.

Noto has a preliminary hearing on March 6 with Magisterial District Judge Todd Carr.

Wysox hit-and-run: Harry Rought Jr., 37, of Towanda is facing charges of misdemeanor accidents involving damage to attended vehicle or property in the third degree, summary violation following too closely and summary violation careless driving, following a hit-and-run motor vehicle accident on Jan. 30.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Pennsylvania State Police were dispatched for the report of a hit-and-run of an attended vehicle on Golden Mile Road in Wysox Township. The victim related that they were rear-ended by a silver Pontiac G6 and the vehicle fled. A witness also related that the vehicle fled the scene. The vehicle was identified by a trooper during a check of the area. The vehicle had minor damage and a light green paint scrape. The owner of the vehicle was identified as Rought who was interviewed by phone by a trooper. Rought related that he was the owner of the Pontiac and the only one with a key which was on his person the whole time that he was at work. On Feb. 10 Rought was interviewed again and stated that he, “must have been driving during the time of the crash but did not remember the crash happening or he would have stopped,” according to the affidavit.

Rought has a preliminary hearing on March 2 with Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton.

Standing Stone corruption of minors: Jessy Visakay, 22, of Wysox is facing a charge of misdemeanor corruption of minors following an incident in Standing Stone Township on Jan. 17.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Pennsylvania State Police were dispatched to a Standing Stone residence for the report from a parent that believed their two juvenile children were provided marijuana by a neighbor. The parent was interviewed on Jan. 17 and told the trooper that they believed their children were provided marijuana by someone from a neighboring residence. The juveniles were interviewed and both gave an account of going to the neighbor’s residence in search of marijuana due to hearing that they had some. They asked for “Jessy” and were given marijuana, which they both smoked. Visakay denied giving marijuana to the juveniles to state police at first but did state later that he gave the marijuana to the juveniles under the impression that it was going to their mother.

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