Police Briefs

Statutory sexual assault: Pennsylvania State Police have charged Jesse Allen Blake, age 23 of Waverly, with five counts of felony statutory sexual assault and one count of corruption of minors following incidents reported in January.

Court documents show that officers completed an interview on Jan. 15 and were told that Blake had participated in sexual activities with a juvenile in an abandoned building in Athens Township on two dates between September 2018 and October 2018.

Officers later acquired messages exchanged between Blake and the victim that showed both parties were aware of each other’s ages and included conversation about sexual encounters between the two.

Blake was arraigned on March 27 with a bail set at $100,000. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 16 in front of Magisterial District Judge Larry Hurley.

Sayre drug possession: Jamin Merrill, 20, of Waverly, is facing drug possession related charges following an incident in Sayre on April 1.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Sayre Borough police received a call of concern about Merrill due to his personal circumstances. Merrill is accused of telling the caller of the report that he had “ice” on him and was going to Taco Bell in Sayre. Merrill was found by police to be in possession of drug paraphernalia and was placed under arrest.

Merrill is facing charges misdemeanor intentional possession of controlled substance by per not regulation and misdemeanor use/possession of drug paraphernalia.

Merrill is in the Bradford County Correctional Facility on $10,000 bail and has a preliminary hearing on April 16 with Magisterial District Judge Larry Hurley.

Athens theft: Rainy Ball, 38, of Waverly, is charged with retail theft related charges following an incident at Walmart in Athens on March 26.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Athens Township police received a package of information from the store’s Asset Protection Associates. Ball is accused of concealing numerous items and walking out of the store. The total of the items was $264.37. Ball had signed a no trespassing notice and was not allowed on Walmart property prior to the incident. Ball admitted to the criminal conduct and admitted that she was aware that she was not supposed to be on Walmart property according to the affidavit.

Ball is facing charges of misdemeanor retail theft — take merchandise, misdemeanor receiving stolen property and misdemeanor defendant trespass actual communication to in the third degree.

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

Sayre disorderly conduct: William Sloat, 54, of Lockwood, N.Y., is facing charges of misdemeanor disorderly conduct obscene language/gestures in the third degree and summary violation public drunkenness and similar conduct following an incident at Magisterial District Judge Larry Hurley’s office on March 26.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Athens Township police were dispatched to the office due to an intoxicated and disorderly male at the office. Sloat is accused of yelling obscenities at others in the office including officers. Sloat was taken into the courtroom to his attorney who he swore at. Sloat then swore at Magistrate Hurley and he was taken out of the building.

Sloat is in the Bradford County Correctional Facility on $25,000 bail and has a preliminary hearing on April 9 with Magisterial District Judge Larry Hurley.

Burglary being investigated: The Pennsylvania State Police is investigating a burglary at 708 Babcock Hill Road in Windham Township.

According to police, the incident took place on March 28 and involved forced entry via the side door to the entrance. There were broken glass panes and a stolen hot water heater bladder valued at $200. Items in the home were also ransacked.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Pennsylvania State Police.

Rear end crash: A 1998 Dodge Caravan had to be towed from the scene after rear-ending a 2018 Chevrolet Equinox that had been slowing to a stop for an oncoming school bus around 3:15 p.m. on March 27 on Route 6 in Troy Township.

According to Pennsylvania State Police, the drivers of both vehicles and the passengers in the Dodge Caravan were not injured. No charges were filed.

Theft by deception: The Pennsylvania State Police is investigating a fraudulent Comcast account that had been created in the name of a 46-year-old woman from Wysox by someone in Ware, Massachusetts. According to police, the value of the theft equalled $478.70.

Crash in Wysox: Jeremiah J. Chilson, 29, of Towanda, faces a charge of moving stopped or parked vehicle after Pennsylvania State Police say his 2013 Chevrolet Silverado struck a 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander while it was pulling out of a parking lot onto Route 6 during the morning hours of March 21 in Wysox. Neither driver was injured. Both vehicles were move off of the roadway by the time police arrived.

DUI arrest: A Feb. 25 call for a disabled motorist in the center of Golden Mile Road in Wysox led to the DUI arrest of 45-year-old George Heskell of Wyalusing, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Airlines scam: The Pennsylvania State Police is investigating an Internet scam after a victim from Columbia Cross Roads, believing that she was dealing with Delta Airlines, used $900 worth of Google gift cards to purchase flight tickets.

Harassment: Citations for harassment were issued against two unidentified residents – a 57-year-old man and a 61-year-old woman – of Smith’s Personal Care Home in Wyalusing after a verbal argument turned physical on March 27, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Single vehicle crash: Christopher A. Owenburg, 31, of Troy, faces a charge of driving on roadways laned for traffic after Pennsylvania State Police say his vehicle hit a ditch while traveling Route 14 in South Creek Township around 3:37 a.m. on March 17.

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