Police Briefs

Sayre aggravated assault: Dennis Smith, 27, of Wellsville is facing aggravated assault related charges following an incident at the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Behavioral Science Unit on Oct. 27.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Sayre Borough police were dispatched to the hospital after a patient reportedly assaulted a hospital staff member. After an investigation, it was determined that Smith attacked the hospital staff member in the kitchen by attempting to choke them. A witness and a victim confirmed the story. Smith was heard by a witness prior to the incident in his room saying to the effect that a ‘Michael’ wanted Smith to kill the hospital staff member. The affidavit states that ‘Michael’ is a voice in Smith’s head. Smith was out on bail for a similar incident at another hospital in Elmira, according to police. Smith was interviewed and stated that he just wanted to kill someone and didn’t care who it might be.

Smith is facing charges of felony aggravated assault, misdemeanor simple assault in the second degree, misdemeanor strangulation — applying pressure to throat or neck in the second degree, misdemeanor disorderly conduct engage in fighting in the third degree, misdemeanor recklessly endangering another person in the second degree and summary violation harassment — subject other to physical contact.

Smith is in the Bradford County Correctional Facility on $50,000 bail and has a preliminary hearing on Nov. 12 with Magisterial District Judge Larry Hurley.

Monroe criminal mischief: The Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a criminal mischief related incident that occurred on Penn Drive in Monroe between Oct. 22 and Oct. 23. According to the release report, a fire extinguisher was taken from an unlocked vehicle and sprayed onto another vehicle parked in the parking lot. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Pennsylvania State Police in Towanda.

Athens DUI: Christopher Quintana, 30, of Towanda is facing DUI related charges following an incident on Wolcott Hollow Road in Athens on Oct. 25.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Athens Township police witnessed Quintana driving 51 miles per hour in a posted 40 mph speed zone along with other traffic infractions. A traffic stop was conducted and Quintana had an odor of alcohol, according to the affidavit of probable cause. Quintana admitted to drinking and stated that he was on parole. A standard field sobriety test was performed and Quintana was taken for a blood draw.

Quintana is facing charges of misdemeanor DUI: high rate of alcohol — first offense, summary violation driving while BAC .02 or greater while license suspended, summary violation fail to keep right and summary violation driving unregistered vehicle.

Quintana has a preliminary hearing on Dec. 13 with Magisterial District Judge Todd Carr.

Sayre DUI: Lisa Johnson, 25, of Athens is facing DUI related charges following an incident on North Lehigh Avenue in Sayre on Sept. 27.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, the Sayre Borough Police were dispatched to an incident at a tavern for an individual banging on the back door to gain entry. Johnson was identified as the individual and was in a running vehicle when officers arrived. After a failed standard field sobriety test, Johnson was taken for a blood draw, which revealed the presence of cocaine, benzoylecgonine and a blood alcohol content of .175 percent.

Johnson is facing charges of misdemeanor DUI: highest rate of alcohol — second offense, misdemeanor DUI: controlled substance — schedule two or three — first offense, misdemeanor DUI: controlled substance — metabolite — first offense, misdemeanor DUI: controlled substance — combination alcohol/drugs — first offense and summary violation driving while operators privilege is suspended or revoked.

Johnson has a preliminary hearing on Dec. 13 with Magisterial District Judge Todd Carr.

Wyalusing theft by deception: The Pennsylvania State Police responded to a reported credit card fraud related incident in Wyalusing on Sept. 27. According to the affidavit of probable cause, an unknown actor opened a line of credit through a bank and ordered apparel. The incident is under further investigation at this time.

Herrick criminal mischief: An investigation is being conducted by the Pennsylvania State Police into a criminal mischief related incident that occurred on Herrickville Road in Herrick on Oct. 25 or 26. A mailbox was damaged at the residence and anyone with information is asked to contact the Pennsylvania State Police in Towanda at (570) 265-2186.

Warren burglary: According to the Pennsylvania State Police, an investigation was conducted into a burglary related incident that occurred on Highland Lake Road in Warren between Sept. 9 and Oct. 5. An unknown actor entered the garage of the victim and stole two chainsaws, a log splitter and a welder, according to the police. Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact the Pennsylvania State Police in Towanda at (570) 265-2186.

Leroy bad checks: The Pennsylvania State Police are investigating an incident regarding bad checks that occurred on Windfall Road in Leroy between February and March. According to police, an individual renting from a victim’s farm wrote two checks for rent payments that could not be cashed. The investigation is ongoing at this time.

Monroe theft: According to the Pennsylvania State Police, a victim left a cell phone outside of a bar on Thrasher Lane and it may have been taken by an unknown actor(s) on Oct. 24. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Pennsylvania State Police at (570) 265-2186.

West Burlington theft: The Pennsylvania State Police are investigating the theft of percocet pills from the Bradford County Manor that occurred between Sept. 3 and Sept. 6. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Pennsylvania State Police in Towanda at (570) 265-2186.

Wyalusing criminal trespass: An investigation is being conducted by the Pennsylvania State Police into a trespassing related incident that occurred on Route 6 between Oct. 9 and Oct. 10. According to the release report, the victim stated that the landlord and/or maintenance manager entered the property without prior notice, though nothing was taken or damaged as a result. The investigation is ongoing at this time.

West Burlington criminal mischief: According to the Pennsylvania State Police, an investigation was conducted into an act of criminal mischief that occurred at a gas station on Route 6 in Burlington on Oct. 19. According to the affidavit of probable cause, a victim stated that she believed someone broke three lug nuts on her vehicle that was parked at a gas station on Route 6 in Burlington. The victim further related that she noticed they were missing as she traveled from the gas station to her home. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Pennsylvania State Police in Towanda at (570) 265-2186.

Wysox criminal mischief: The Pennsylvania State Police are investigating an act of criminal mischief that occurred on Golden Mile Road in Wysox between Oct. 19 and Oct. 20. According to the affidavit of probable cause, an unknown vehicle was traveling eastbound when it veered onto the westbound lane, over a curb and then through a section of fence before getting back onto the roadway. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Pennsylvania State Police in Towanda at (570) 265-2186.

Orwell corruption of minors: Bradley Griswold, 18, of Afton, New York, is facing a charge of misdemeanor corruption of minors following an investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police that began on Oct. 19.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, troopers began the investigation after a 14-year-old juvenile female left home without her parents’ knowledge. It was determined that the juvenile left the residence and was picked up by Griswold, though no sexual contact was reported. Griswold was found to have been communicating sexually with the juvenile through pictures and videos.

Griswold has a preliminary hearing on Nov. 26 with Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton.

Tuscarora drug paraphernalia: Michael Walter, 56, of Wyalusing is facing drug possession related charges following an incident on Spring Hill Road in Tuscarora on Oct. 13.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, a trooper was at a residence on Spring Hill Road and observed a pick-up truck in the driveway occupied by Walter. The trooper began to speak with Walter and witnessed a multicolored glass pipe on the center console. A subsequent plain view search of the vehicle was conducted and a white envelope containing suspected marijuana was found underneath the center armrest, according to the affidavit.

Walter is facing charges of misdemeanor marijuana — small amount personal use and misdemeanor use/possession of drug paraphernalia.

Walter has a preliminary hearing on Nov. 19 with Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton.

Sheshequin theft: Michael Horton, 37, of Towanda is facing theft related charges following an incident on Block of Cross Road in Sheshequin on Oct. 14.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, the Pennsylvania State Police were dispatched to a theft related incident that occurred on Block of Cross Road and made contact with a witness. The witness told the troopers that they had observed Horton stealing items from a tractor. When the witness confronted Horton, he dumped his backpack of stolen items and fled the scene on his bicycle. The witness identified Horton and an area canvass revealed Horton’s identity.

Horton is facing charges of misdemeanor theft by unlawful taking — movable property in the third degree and misdemeanor theft of secondary metal in the third degree.

Horton has a preliminary hearing on Dec. 4 with the Magisterial District Judge Todd Carr.

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