Police Briefs

Crash into tree: According to Pennsylvania State Police, a crash was reported Saturday in Canton Township on Union Road near Pine Ridge Lane.

The operator of the vehicle, Dyllan R. Burgess of Canton, was traveling too fast for the road conditions. The driver lost control and left the roadway where they crashed into a tree. The vehicle suffered disabling damage to the front bumper and the driver will face charges.

Driving too fast: According to Pennsylvania State Police, a crash was reported Friday in North Towanda on Route 220 near Crest Road.

The driver, Ammit K. Daga of Athens, was driving too fast for the road conditions and lost control of their vehicle. They then drove off the road and into a ditch before striking a PennDOT sign. Daga did not suffer any injuries and the vehicle could be driven from the scene. Daga will face charges.

Vehicle flipped on roof: The Pennsylvania State Police report that on Sunday in Rome a vehicle crashed on West Parks Road.

Jody L. Bubacz of Rome, 36, lost control of her vehicle and struck an embankment, which resulted in her overturning her car where it came to rest on its roof in the middle of the road. Bubacz was transported to the hospital to be treated for injuries and her car was towed from the scene.

Assault: A physical confrontation erupted between three unidentified men a little after 2 p.m. on Feb. 8 in Columbia Township on Watkins Hill Road, according to the Pennsylvania State Police.

The two victims and their attacker, a 66-year-old male of Sylvania, had already had a physical conflict before the police had arrived. The attacker, who was overpowered and restrained by the other two, had physically assaulted the victims.

After the arrival of police, the man then resisted arrest and had to be physically subdued by the police as well. The arrestee was arraigned and placed in Bradford County Jail pending a hearing.

Fleeing the scene: The Pennsylvania State Police report that an unknown driver of a maroon Dodge Dakota struck a guide rail on Sunday in Smithfield Township on Ulster Road.

The driver of the vehicle fled the scene with front-end body damage. The police ask that anyone who may have information on the incident contact them.

Driving too fast: The Pennsylvania State Police report that an Ulster native crashed on Ulster Road in Ulster on Sunday.

While navigating a turn Paul K. Robbins, 49, lost control of his vehicle and slid off the road into a tree. No injuries were reported as Robbins had used his seat belt, but the vehicle was towed from the scene.

Crash into a ditch: The Pennsylvania State Police report that a crash occurred on Sunday in Wyalusing Township at Brewer Hollow Road.

Dakota S. Spencer, 22, of Wyalusing, was traveling on Brewer Hollow Street when he lost control and crashed into a ditch. Safety equipment was used properly and no injuries were reported, however the car was disabled and had to be towed.

Burglary: According to the Pennsylvania State Police, at 2:48 p.m. on Jan. 24, $9,445 worth of equipment was stolen from a Standing Stone Township business.

The following tools were listed as stolen: Line Locator: $5,100; Williams Socket Set: $385; Milwaukee SDS Max Hammer Drill: $450; Milwaukee Sawzall: $250; Milwaukee Vacuum: $120; Milwaukee Right Angle Drill: $120; Miller Aircore Safety Harness: $690; Ralston Instruments Hydraulic Hand Pump: $430; Rigid Threadset: $1200; Dewalt Hand Grinder: $200; Milwaukee 1/2-inch Impact Driver: $400; Battery Chargers: $100.

The police report the investigation continues and ask for anyone with information regarding the incident to contact them.


Endangering welfare of children: Pennsylvania State Police have charged Beth Ann Swain, 32, of Mansfield with endangering welfare of children, a second degree felony, as well as two counts of driving under the influence of a controlled substance and three related charges following an incident on Oct. 8, 2019.

According to police records, officers were dispatched to Porter Road in Columbia Township around 12:30 p.m. for reports of a single vehicle accident.

Court documents state that officers found that Swain had been driving a black 2017 Ford Focus west on Porter Road when she crossed the yellow lines, entered the opposite lane and then left the road, drove through a yard and into adjacent property, destroying several fence posts.

Swain fled the scene with a juvenile passenger after being met by the property owner and called another adult to help her leave the scene of the crash, according to police records.

Swain was identified by her DUI suspended license and later returned to the scene of the crash and admitted to driving the truck with the juvenile in the back seat, according to court documents.

Police records show that Swain showed signs of impairment including “lack of coordination, being emotionally hysterical and making frequent and random outbursts of noises with her mouth.”

Swain consented to a blood test, which showed a presence of 5.6 ng/mL of Amphetamine, 36 ng/mL of Methamphetamine, .52 mcg/mL of Butalbital, 44 ng/mL of Oxycodone, 1.5 ng/mL Buprenorphine and 1.7 ng/mL of Norbuprenorphine.

A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Swain on Feb. 7 before Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox.


Criminal possession of a controlled substance: An Athens Borough man faces multiple charges following a Feb. 4 traffic stop on Route 17C in the town of Tioga.

According to the Tioga County Sheriff’s Office, 42-year-old Jason R. Talada was found in possession of several controlled substances and had no license.

He was charged with felony criminal possession of a controlled substance, two counts of misdemeanor criminal possession of a controlled substance, along with the violations of no turn signal within 100 feet, driving across hazard markings, aggravated unlicensed operator, and unlicensed operator.

He is scheduled to appear before Justice Shelly Bogart in the Town of Tioga Court on March 17.

DUI: A Sayre woman faces DUI charges after Sayre Borough police said she crashed her vehicle into a tree in the yard of 615 Stevenson St. on Dec. 28, 2019.

According to police, 59-year-old Donna Marie Tracy had admitted to drinking alcohol before the crash. She sustained an abrasion and contusion on her head and was taken to the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital for treatment. Police noted that she smelled of alcohol and so did her vehicle, which had to be towed from the scene. Tracy also slurred her words and had red, glassy, bloodshot eyes. A blood draw revealed her blood alcohol concentration to be .178 percent.

Tracy faces the misdemeanor charges of DUI: General impairment / incapable of driving safely — first offense and DUI: highest rate of alcohol (BAC .16+) first offense along with the summary violation of fail to keep right. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 6.

Trespassing burglars: Pennsylvania State Police reported that on Jan. 13 a burglary took place in Richmond Township on Route 6.

The victim noticed two individuals leaving her residence where they did not have permission to be. The two individuals were identified as, Cynthia Johnson of Mansfield, 35, and Jonathan Baker of Canton, 34. Later they were located and charged with trespassing and burglary.

Theft: A Cambridge Springs, Pa. woman faces multiple charges after allegedly stealing money from a man on Jan. 10.

According to Athens Township police, 44-year-old Sabrina Marie Teneyck had been planning to get a hotel room with the victim and asked him for $100 to pay for it while visiting the man at work. The victim provided her with his Rapid Pay debit card to use at the ATM across the street, and after she grabbed the money, he didn’t see her again. After calling to cancel his card, the victim learned that Teneyck took $200 from his account. Teneyck later told him she left his debit card on a windowsill outside and he would never see his money again.

Teneyck was charged with misdemeanor theft by unlawful taking — movable property, theft by deception — false impression, and receiving stolen property. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 17.

Cruelty to animals: According to the Pennsylvania State Police, a Towanda Township man will face charges of cruelty to animals.

On Jan. 29 Dale Shaffer of Wysox, 72, allegedly owned an emaciated brown horse with a white muzzle. The horse was reported to have wandered from yard to yard near Hettich Road. The animal was peacefully surrendered to Moonlit Acres Animal Rescue on Jan. 30.

Simple assault, possession: Pennsylvania State Police have charged Troy Arthur Herkel, 33, of Troy with simple assault, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and harassment following an incident in Troy Township on Jan. 29.

According to police records, officers were called to Herkel’s residence around 12:36 p.m. after reports that he was using methamphetamine and abusing a victim.

After police arrived at his residence, Herkel admitted to officers that he had used methamphetamine and showed them where he kept the drug, according to court documents.

Police records also show that officers observed a white, crystal substance believed to be meth in a clear container with a blue lid, a large light bulb with suspected meth residue inside and a small light bulb with suspected meth residue inside as well as two clear straws with suspected meth residue and an orange straw.

Herkel admitted to using the light bulbs for smoking meth, according to court documents.

Police were told that Herkel had been involved in a verbal argument with a victim that turned physical and that he had grabbed the victim’s face causing bruising to the left and right side of the face, according to court records. Officers observed bruising to both the left and right cheeks of the victim.

Herkel was arrested with bail set at $45,000 for drug related charges and another $25,000 related to assault charges. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 19 before Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox.

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