Police Briefs

Fraud: Troy Borough Police Department has charged Julie Ann Hoose, age 33 of Sayre, with fraud and four related violations following an incident on Feb. 25.

According to court records, while being stopped at a stop light, officers in Troy checked the information for the license plate of a red GMC pickup truck, later found to be being driven by Hoose, and found that the license plate was expired, her license was suspended and there was an active warrant for her arrest issued from the Bradford County Sheriff’s Office.

Court records state that once police initiated a traffic stop, they found the inspection sticker on the truck read December 2019 on the side facing out but June 2019 on the side facing in and that there was a layer of tape on the sticker holding it to the window. Officers found that when peeled back the tape showed that the sticker had been tampered with, as it appeared a 12 had been cut from an old inspection sticker.

When asked, Hoose told police she noticed that the inspection sticker “looked funny to her” and that it had different numbers on the inside and outside but that she didn’t know who may have altered it because she allows others to drive the vehicle.

Hoose was arrested with bail set at $25,000 and had a preliminary hearing scheduled for March 4 before Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox.

Retail theft: A Sayre woman faces charges following a June 13 retail theft incident at Walmart.

According to Athens Township police, 25-year-old Angelina Rashele Hilton was observed ripping tags off of five pairs of sunglasses, and then didn’t pay for them at the self checkout while paying for other items. After arresting Hilton, police found a smoking pipe in her possession.

Hilton was charged with felony retail theft, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, and summary defiant trespass.

She was sent to the Bradford County Correctional Facility on $30,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 23.

Drugs: Two Sayre residents face multiple drug-related charges following a June 13 traffic stop for an invalid inspection.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Sayre police said they smelled marijuana coming from the Suzuki, which was being driven by 44-year-old Michael L. Gann. Brittney Marie Stevens, 24, was his passenger. 

Police said Gann admitted to smoking marijuana and methamphetamine a few hours before the traffic stop and performed poorly on field sobriety testing. Stevens, who is five months pregnant, told police she had also smoked meth during the car ride. 

In the center console of the vehicle, police found a container with crystal methamphetamine and a glass pipe, commonly used to smoke marijuana, with a burnt substance. Police also found a container with crystal methamphetamine, 31 baggies, and $700 in cash in Stevens’ purse; a meth pipe with residue, baggies, and a scale in the glove box; and baggies and a ripped corner of a baggie containing crystal methamphetamine in the rear passenger side area. Police also found messages referencing the sale of crystal methamphetamine on Gann’s phone.

Both Stevens and Gann were charged with felony manufacturing of controlled substance, drug, device or cosmetic; felony criminal use of communication facility; misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, drugs, device, or cosmetic; and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. In addition, Gann was charged with misdemeanor driving under the influence of a controlled substance and summary operation of vehicle without a valid inspection.

Both were sent to the Bradford County Correctional Facility — Gann on $100,000 bail and Stevens on $50,000 bail. Their preliminary hearings are scheduled for June 23.

Retail theft: The Athens Township Police Department has charged Brittany Danielle Durland, 30, of Sugar Run, with retail theft following an incident on Dec. 27, 2019.

According to police records, officers responded to Walmart in Sayre around 10:26 p.m. and were provided with pictures of a female later identified as Durland and a male suspect and told they had committed retail theft.

When police asked the male suspect if he and Durland had stolen from the store, he told officers that he and Durland had “did it and didn’t get caught” and that they did it because “they didn’t have money and wanted the kids to have stuff,” according to court records.

Police documents state that Walmart’s Asset Protection department provided a receipt showing that the cost of the stolen merchandise totaled $235.75.

Durland was arrested with bail set at $25,000 and a preliminary hearing scheduled for Feb. 11 before Magisterial District Judge Larry Hurley.

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