Police Briefs

Forgery: Michele Walman, 46, of Jessup is facing forgery related charges following incidents at a credit union in Towanda and a credit union in Montrose on April 11.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, a branch manager of the Towanda credit union contacted the Pennsylvania State Police on April 26 about a theft that occurred on April 11. Walman is accused of entering the credit union using a fraudulent New Jersey driver’s license and withdrawing a $50,000 check along with an extra $3,000 from an account. Walman forged a signature for the check to complete the transaction. Walman then repeated the process at a Montrose credit union and took a $50,000 check from another victim. Walman was identified by a variety of callers, one of which had seen Walman wearing the jacket that she was wearing during the crimes.

Walman is facing charges of two counts of felony identity theft in the third degree, two counts of felony theft by deception — fail to correct in the second degree and two counts of misdemeanor forgery — alter writing.

Walman is in the Bradford County Correctional Facility on $200,000 bail and has a preliminary hearing on June 18 with Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton.

DUI: Keith Schofield, 47, of Monroeton is facing DUI and drug possession related charges following an incident on Main Street in Towanda on May 4.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Towanda Borough police received calls in regards to a white pick up truck striking a parked pick up truck in front of a bar on Main Street. A traffic stop was conducted on Schofield on Grant Street. Schofield admitted to side-swiping a vehicle on Main Street and had an odor of alcohol coming from his person, according to the police. A bag of marijuana, a glass smoking device and a metal grinder were all found after a search of the vehicle. A blood draw revealed a .124 percent blood alcohol content.

Schofield is facing charges of misdemeanor DUI: highest rate of alcohol — first offense, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, misdemeanor use/possession of drug paraphernalia, summary violation fail stop and give information render aid, summary violation careless driving, summary violation reckless driving and summary violation accidental damage to unattended vehicle or property.

Schofield has a preliminary hearing on July 19 with Magisterial District Judge Todd Carr.

Sheshequin theft of motor vehicle: The Pennsylvania State Police are investigating the theft of a stolen blue Yamaha 660 Raptor from a Warner Hill Road Address in Sheshequin Township between April 10 and April 11. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Pennsylvania State Police in Towanda at (570) 265-2186.

Burlington criminal mischief: The Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a criminal mischief event that occurred on Bourne Mills Road in Burlington between April 30 and May 2. According to the police, the back window of a victim’s Ford F-150 pickup was damaged by unknown actors. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Pennsylvania State Police in Towanda at (570) 265-2186.

Wysox criminal trespass: Jennifer Newman, 39, of Athens is facing criminal trespass and drug possession related charges following an incident at a hotel on Golden Mile Road in Wysox on June 4.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, the Pennsylvania State Police were dispatched to the hotel for a female refusing to leave the lobby. Troopers found Newman laying on a couch at the establishment and she stated that she was homeless. After speaking with staff, the troopers determined that Newman had been asked to leave the premises by hotel staff previously. Newman was found to be in possession of a pipe and a small amount of suspected marijuana.

Newman is facing charges of felony criminal trespass — enter structure in the third degree, misdemeanor marijuana — small amount personal use and misdemeanor use/possession of drug paraphernalia.

Newman is in the Bradford County Correctional Facility on $20,000 bail and has a preliminary hearing on June 25 with Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton.

DUI: Barbara Douglas, 45, of Towanda is facing DUI related charges following a traffic stop on Route 6 in North Towanda on May 12.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, the Pennsylvania State Police observed Douglas driving on Route 6 without headlights or tail light illuminated at night time driving hours. Upon speaking with Douglas, the trooper detected an odor of alcohol coming from Douglas. Douglas was driving with a juvenile in the vehicle, according to court documents. Douglas was asked to perform a standard field sobriety test and was taken for a blood draw which revealed a .172 percent blood alcohol content.

Douglas is facing charges of misdemeanor recklessly endangering another person in the second degree, misdemeanor endangering welfare of children — parent/guardian/other commits offense, misdemeanor DUI: highest rate of alcohol — first offense, misdemeanor DUI: general impairment of driving safely — first offense, summary violation fail to carry license, summary violation careless driving and summary violation period for requiring lighted lamps.

Douglas has a preliminary hearing on July 19 with Magisterial District Judge Todd Carr.

Wysox theft of property: James Decker, 58, of Towanda is facing a charge of two counts of misdemeanor theft of property lost, mislaid, or delivered in the third degree following an incident on Golden Mile Road in Wysox on Nov. 8, 2017.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, the Pennsylvania State Police were dispatched to a gas station on Golden Mile Road for the report of a wallet theft. The victim related that he had dropped his wallet and that when he realized, he came back to the gas station and found it missing. According to court documents, film of the accident displayed Decker picking up the wallet and going to the bathroom with the wallet, before leaving the gas station.

Decker is in the Bradford County Correctional Facility on $2,500 bail and has a preliminary hearing on June 18 with Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton.

South Waverly DUI

Timothy Thurston, 37, of Monroeton is facing felony DUI related charges following a traffic stop on Howard Street in South Waverly Borough on April 18.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Sayre Borough police noticed Thurston’s vehicle inspection had expired in November of 2017 while traveling on Pitney Street. Upon speaking with Thurston, an officer detected the odor of burnt marijuana. Thurston gave signs of impairment and was asked to perform a standard field sobriety test. Thurston did poorly and was taken for a blood draw, which revealed the presence of T.H.C. Thurston had a 5-year-old in the car at that time.

Thurston is facing charges of felony DUI: controlled substance — impaired ability — first offense, felony DUI: controlled substance — schedule one — second offense, felony DUI: controlled substance — metabolite — first offense, summary violation driving while operators privilege is suspended or revoked and summary violation operating vehicle without valid inspection.

Thurston has a formal arraignment on June 13 with Judge Maureen Beirne.

Wysox theft by unlawful taking: Matthew Crandle, 38, of Towanda is facing a charge of felony theft by unlawful taking or disposition in the second degree following an incident in Wysox on April 25.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, the Pennsylvania State Police were dispatched to a Wysox business for an employee using a business credit card for unauthorized purchases. The owner of the business found that Crandle used the card for $22,861.34 on bank statements, according to court documents. Crandle was interviewed and stated that he used the card for cigarette purchases for his wife and himself, groceries, going out to dinner and other purposes that were unauthorized.

Crandle has a preliminary hearing on July 2 with Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton.

South Creek tampering with evidence: Carl Vaughan, 56, of Gillett is facing a charge of misdemeanor tampering with or fabricating physical evidence in the second degree following an incident on Congdon Road in South Creek on March 7.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, the Pennsylvania State Police were dispatched to the residence for the report of a deceased female in her bedroom. The Bradford County Coroner and E.M.S. services arrived on the scene and proclaimed the female dead. A large amount of prescription pills and an empty purse were found making the area a crime scene. The coroner found Vaughan to be highly impaired and belligerent when he first arrived to the scene, according to court documents. Vaughan is accused of going into the bedroom and moving items in search of something. After being told to leave the room, Vaughan left and then came back a few minutes later in search of something. Vaughan is accused of leaving the room and pouring a large amount of pills on a plate before placing a handful into his mouth.

Vaughan has a formal arraignment on June 24 with Judge Maureen Beirne.

Wysox retail theft: Brandie Garinger, 24, of Towanda is facing charges of misdemeanor receiving stolen property in the third degree and misdemeanor retail theft — take merchandise in the second degree following an incident at a store on Ennis Lane in Wysox on May 4.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, the Pennsylvania State Police were dispatched to the store after store personnel observed Garinger put a tube of Anbesol cream in her pocket and not pay for it before attempting to leave the store. Garinger is accused of denying that she took the cream before returning it to store personnel and leaving the store.

Garinger has a preliminary hearing on July 2 with Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton.

Troy harassment: Adam Zimmerman, 45, of Millerton is facing a charge of misdemeanor harassment in the third degree following an incident in Troy on March 14.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, the Pennsylvania State Police spoke with the victim who stated that Zimmerman was continuing to contact her after their break up despite her telling Zimmerman to stop. Zimmerman was contacted by the police after he responded to the victim’s email to stop contacting her. Zimmerman stated that he wouldn’t stop contacting her and could contact her anytime he wanted, according to the affidavit.

Zimmerman has a preliminary hearing on June 19 with Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox.

Sullivan County crash: Pennsylvania State Police in Laporte responded to a one-vehicle car accident in Cherry Township on April 9.

According to police records, Albert F. Conner, 42 of Dushore was operating a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am on Marsh Road when the vehicle left the roadway and drove on loose gravel before spinning and striking a guard rail on the west side of the road, sliding down an embankment and hitting a tree.

Conner suffered suspected minor injury but was not treated by EMS on scene.

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