Police Briefs

One car crash: Pennsylvania State Police responded to a single vehicle crash on during the morning of Feb. 21 in Colley Township.

According to police, 68-year-old Dennis P. Fries of Dushore was traveling south on Route 487 when his 2017 Honda Accord traveled onto the western shoulder road and hit the end of a guardrail.

Harassment: Pennsylvania State Police charged Joseph Metatos, age 61 of Forksville, after he allegedly knocked a tray of food out of a female victim’s hand and struck her in the thigh on March 12 in Elkland Township.

Rollover crash: A Muncy Valley man escaped a rollover crash without injury on March 5 on Marsh Road in Cherry Township.

According to Pennsylvania State Police, 19-year-old Kales E. Stoner was traveling south shortly after 9 a.m. when his 2003 Subaru Legacy went into the northbound lane, hit an embankment on the east side and rolled onto its roof. Stoner was charged with driving vehicle at safe speed.

Illegal operation: Joseph Bryan Laughlin, 31, of Sayre, was charged with illegal operation of a vehicle without ignition interlock after Sayre Borough police spotted his vehicle pull into the Church of the Redeemer parking lot without the device, which he is required to have, according to Sayre police. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 16.

Theft and false identification: Silsila Aura Romance, 26, of Beaver Dams, New York, faces the charges of misdemeanor false reports to law enforcement authorities, misdemeanor receiving stolen property, and multiple summary violations after allegedly stealing a backpack and items equaling $53.56, and providing false identification when she was pulled over for driving a vehicle that was not registered, inspected or insured, according to Athens Township police. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 16.

Theft: Felicity Lorraine Hicks, age 28 of Athens, faces a misdemeanor charge of theft by unlawful taking or disposition after it was discovered that she had taken $400 in $100 increments from Walmart registers as an employee, according to Athens Township police.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 9.

Endangering the welfare of a child: Sheena Marie Barto, 35, of Sayre, was charged with misdemeanor endangering the welfare of children after police were unable to find her following a Feb. 16 report of a child that had not been picked up from the Keystone Roller Rink, according to Sayre Borough police. Barto remained at large until close to 11 a.m. the following day, when police were able to meet her at the Athens Township Police Department. Police said Barto had taken three times the amount of Ambien that she had been prescribed the previous evening.

A preliminary hearing was scheduled for April 9.

Wysox DUI: Robert Werner, 66, of Wysox is facing DUI related charges following a traffic stop on Route 6 in Wysox on Feb. 2.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Werner was seen weaving and traveling on the yellow line multiple times by the Pennsylvania State Police. After suspicions of Werner being under the influence of alcohol, a standard field sobriety test was performed. After failing the standard field sobriety test, Werner was taken for a blood draw, which revealed a .274 percent blood alcohol content.

Werner is facing charges of misdemeanor DUI: general impairment of driving safely — first offense, misdemeanor DUI: highest rate of alcohol — first offense, summary violation disregard traffic lane and summary violation careless driving.

Werner has a preliminary hearing on April 26 with Magisterial District Judge Todd Carr.

Sayre DUI reported: Kristina Felt, 43, of Sayre is facing charges of misdemeanor DUI: controlled substance — impaired ability — first offense and summary violation careless driving after an incident in Sayre on March 3.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Sayre Borough police were dispatched to the area of Olive Street and Lincoln Street for the report of a female failing to stop at a stop sign, going over the curb and traveling across the roadway striking a parked car head on. Felt was found to be the operator of the vehicle and gave signs of being under the influence according to Sayre Borough police. After failing a standard field sobriety test, Felt was taken for a blood draw, which revealed Clonazepam, 7-amino clonazepam and Zolpidem.

Felt has a preliminary hearing on April 26 with Magisterial District Judge Larry Hurley.

Wyalusing harassment: Jane McCann, 61, of Wyalusing is facing a charge of summary violation harassment after an incident on Front Street in Wyalusing on March 17, according to the Pennsylvania State Police release report.

Sayre DUI: Barry Keene, 41, of Sayre, is facing charges of misdemeanor DUI: highest rate of alcohol — first offense and summary violation driving while blood alcohol content .02 or greater while license is suspended after an incident on South Thomas Avenue in Sayre on March 3.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Keene was seen driving by Sayre Borough police and was known to have a suspended driver’s license. Keene’s suspension status was checked by the officer prior to conducting a traffic stop. After giving signs of DUI, Keene was asked to perform a standard field sobriety test. Keene was then placed in custody under suspicion of DUI and was taken for a blood draw.

Keene has a preliminary hearing on April 26 with Magisterial District Judge Larry Hurley.

Sayre drug possession: Joseph Norton, 35, of Sayre, is facing drug possession and public drunkenness related charges following an incident near the intersection of Desmond Street and W. Packer Avenue in Sayre on March 9.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Norton was seen by Sayre Borough police yelling obscenities and appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. Norton is accused of swearing at the officers and telling them to leave upon seeing the police vehicle. The affidavit states that Norton had an odor of marijuana and alcohol and a search of his person revealed a small amount of marijuana and smoking pipes.

Norton is facing charges of misdemeanor marijuana — small amount personal use, misdemeanor use/possession of drug paraphernalia and summary violation public drunkenness and similar misconduct.

Norton has a preliminary hearing on April 30 with Magisterial District Judge Larry Hurley.

Athens drug possession: Daniel Houghtalen, 18, of South Waverly, is facing charges of misdemeanor possession of marijuana and misdemeanor use / possession of drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop on Route 220 in Athens on March 14.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Athens Township police pulled over a vehicle that Houghtalen was a passenger in due to no valid Pennsylvania inspection. After the officer smelled the presence of marijuana and asked about it, Houghtalen told the officer that there was marijuana in the glove box and it was his. Drug paraphernalia was also found in Houghtalen’s book bag and seat.

Houghtalen has a preliminary hearing on April 30 with Magisterial District Judge Larry Hurley.

Corruption of minors investigation: The Pennsylvania State Police in Towanda are investigating an incident in which a teen girl reported that she and other underage females were solicited for nude photographs between January 2019 and near the end of January 2019.

Patterson off-ramp crash: A woman is facing a citation of roadways laned for traffic following a March 13 crash on the Route 220 off-ramp for Patterson Boulevard.

According to Pennsylvania State Police, the woman — who was not identified in the crash report — was headed northbound around 10:05 a.m. and hit a guide rail on the left side of the ramp. She told police she had been adjusting her radio at the time of the crash.

Her vehicle was drivable, but was towed from the scene by Benjamin’s Towing at her request, according to police. She was not injured and had been wearing her seatbelt.

PFA violation: An unidentified 43-year-old man was taken into custody after violating an active PFA (Protection from Abuse) around 8:52 p.m. on March 9. Charges were filed through District Court 42-3-03.

Harassment: Two people — an unidentified 18-year old female from Towanda and an unidentified 36-year-old man from Monroeton — were arrested on March 13 following a domestic dispute that took place around 8:30 p.m. at a home along James Monroe Avenue in Monroe Borough, according to Pennsylvania State Police. They were cited for harassment through District Court 42-3-03.

Theft investigation: The Pennsylvania State Police in Towanda are investigating the Jan. 28 theft of around $500 worth of items including adult and baby clothing and a hair straightener from a home along La Barre Road in Rome Township. Anyone with information is asked to contact state police in Towanda at (570) 265-2186.

Crash: A Troy man was charged with vehicle entering or crossing roadway following a March 16 crash on Route 14 in Troy Township.

According to Pennsylvania State Police, 69-year-old Douglas Spencer was driving a Ford Ranger when he failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Route 14 and Beaverdale Road. He was struck in the driver’s side by a Chevrolet Lumina. The truck was disabled, but the car was drivable from the scene. No occupants from either vehicle were injured.

The Troy Fire Department and Juniors Towing assisted at the scene.

Harassment: Blaze Salsman, age 21 of Sugar Run and Wendi Shultz, age 22 of Athens, are both facing harassment charges after an argument turned physical in Wyalusing Township shortly after 8 p.m. on March 16, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Two-vehicle crash: A Wyalusing man faces a charge of following too closely after a March 16 crash on Route 6 in Wyalusing Township.

According to Pennsylvania State Police, both vehicles were heading east when 21-year-old Dakota S. Spencer’s 2013 Ford Focus struck the rear passenger side of a 2011 Kia Sedona.

There were no injuries reported, according to police. The Kia could be driven from the scene, while the Focus had to be towed.

The Wysox Fire Department assisted at the scene.

Utility pole crash: The Pennsylvania State Police reported that an unknown vehicle hit an overhead power line around 8:15 p.m. on March 14 along Tubach Pond Road in Wilmot Township, causing damage to three utility poles and knocking power lines down into the roadway.

Investigation into intruder: The Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a Feb. 26 incident in which an unknown person entered a vacant residence along Ayres Road in South Creek Township through a window and stayed there for an unknown length of time. There was $200 worth of damage from the intruder writing on a wall with marker and $100 in damage from a broken window.

Crash: A Towanda man is facing a charge of driving on roadways laned for traffic following a March 16 crash on Sheshequin Road in Sheshequin Township.

According to Pennsylvania State Police, 26-year-old Nathan L. Shaffer’s 2009 Subaru Outback struck a ditch on the left side of the roadway and then came to a stop along the right side shoulder shortly before 5 a.m. that morning. His vehicle was disabled from the crash and he fled the scene.

DUI: Robert Werner, 66, of Wysox, faces DUI and related charges after he was found driving intoxicated shortly before 11 p.m. on Feb. 2 along Golden Mile Road in Wysox Township, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

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