Police Briefs

Possession: Lucas Shane Worthington, 26, of Athens, was charged with the misdemeanor use/possession of drug paraphernalia, three different misdemeanor DUI charges, and the summary violations of driving without a license, disregard traffic lane, and careless driving.

Pennsylvania State Police said around 6:40 a.m. on Aug. 15, they responded to a single vehicle crash into a tree along a straight section of North Rome Road in Rome Township. Worthington, who had a learner’s permit, initially told police he swerved to miss a deer when he lost control of the vehicle, but later said he didn’t know if he fell asleep or swerved. Police could find no skid marks in the roadway. Police added that Worthington admitted to smoking medical marijuana the night before and relapsed on methamphetamine two days prior. Troopers found a multi-colored smoking device with the burned marijuana residue inside the vehicle.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 30.

Possession: Ryan Wallace Bozman, 31, of Towanda, was charged with the misdemeanors of intentional possession of a controlled substance by a person not registered (two counts) and use / possession of drug paraphernalia.

Pennsylvania State Police said around 11:12 p.m. on Sept. 30, a trooper pulled over a white Oldsmobile Bravade on Golden Mile Road in Wysox Township. Bozman, a passenger in the vehicle, was found in possession of hypodermic needles, five marked white glassine baggies, an unmarked white glassine baggie, two marked blue glassine baggies, two orange Ziploc baggies with suspected methamphetamine, and two oxycodone pills.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 27.

Possession: Roy Allen Hunsinger, 41, of Wysox, was charged with misdemeanor use/possession of drug paraphernalia, summary allow illegal use of plate/card, summary driving while operating privilege suspended or revoked, and summary display known fictitious/stolen/issued for inspection.

Pennsylvania State Police said around 11:50 a.m. on Sept. 13, a trooper observed a maroon Pontiac Grand Am stop suspiciously on Route 6 while it was heading west near Coolbaugh Road and back into a long driveway parallel to where the police cruiser was parked. Police discovered that the vehicle had the wrong tag on it, a fraudulent inspection sticker, and Hunsinger’s license was suspended. A search of a bag belonging to Hunsinger revealed a smoking device with residue, two broken glass-smoking devices with residue, and two clear plastic tubes with residue. A cut plastic straw with residue was also found in the vehicle behind the shifter.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 27.

DUI: Colby Burgess, 24, of Wyalusing, was charged with a misdemeanor for DUI, alcohol: failure to use headlights on the highway.

Pennsylvania State Police said that a trooper noticed a passenger side headlight out on Burgess’s vehicle while doing a routine patrol at 1:11 a.m. on Sept. 5. The officer pulled him over and noted that he had slow speech, spoke confusing sentences, and had red eyes. Burgess told the offer that he had consumed alcohol earlier that night.

After a positive Breathalyzer test and some field sobriety tests, Burgess was brought to Towanda Memorial Hospital for a blood draw. The officer reported that his BAC turned out to be .19.

A preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. on Nov. 13.

DUI: David Knolles, 22, of Towanda, was charged with the misdemeanors of the use / possession of drugs, DUI: -controlled substance- impaired ability-first offense, careless driving, and while driving with expired inspection and registration.

Pennsylvania State Police said that on July 20, an officer certified in drug recognition initiated a traffic stop in Wysox Township after he observed the vehicle’s registration was expired. While speaking with Knolles, the officer noticed his face appeared shrunken, he had sores on his face and arms, had difficulty finding the required documents, and couldn’t remember if he renewed his registration.

Knolles struggled with sobriety tests and had eyelid tremors and a distorted sense of time. According to the officer, Knolles admitted to using prescribed suboxone earlier that day and that he used to use methamphetamine.

He was taken into custody, and after a drug influence evaluation, the officer determined Knolles was under one or more drugs of the stimulant and narcotic category.

A preliminary hearing is set for 9:30 a.m. on Oct 16.

Firearm possession: Jordan Comstock, 22, of Athens, was charged with a felony possession of a firearm and the misdemeanors: criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, possession/use of drug paraphernalia, driving without a license in an unregistered vehicle, and failure to use turn signals.

Waverly Police said that an officer pulled him over on Chemung street at 2:27 a.m. on Oct. 6. Later into the traffic stop, officers searched Comstock’s vehicle and found 4 grams of methamphetamine, a 9mm handgun and ammunition in the glove compartment.

Comstock’s next court date is scheduled for Oct. 22.

DUI: Todd Parsons, 58, of Monroeton, was charged with a misdemeanor for DUI, alcohol: careless driving and driving with a suspended license.

Pennsylvania State Police said that they sent a trooper to Millstone Road at 3:58 a.m. on Sept. 18 in response to a call about a car sitting in the middle of the road with its lights on. Parsons was asleep inside of his running car and was unable to follow directions for sobriety tests. The officer reported that he had glassy and bloodshot eyes and that admitted to drinking alcohol earlier in the day.

A preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. on Nov. 13.

Retail theft and possession: Jake Gross, 28, of Campbell, was charged with the misdemeanors of retail theft, use/possession of drug paraphernalia, and the use/possession of an offensive weapon. Due to the value of the stolen goods, $542.07, this was a 1st degree misdemeanor.

Pennsylvania State Police said they apprehended three males in Walmart on Sept. 26 in response to a call of suspicious activity in the store. Gross had met two males in the self-checkout and walked out with the unpaid items. When an officer searched his car, he found hypodermic needles and a plastic bag with methamphetamine residue in the drivers side door. Later in the search, a bag containing methamphetamine and a knife was discovered.

Gross is currently being held in the Bradford County Prison. A preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. on Oct. 13.

DUI: William Smith, 24, of Sayre, was charged with the misdemeanors of the use/possession of drug paraphernalia, DUI: controlled substance-first offense, driving an unregistered vehicle with an expired inspection sticker, and failure to drive within a single lane.

Pennsylvania State Police said that an officer initiated a traffic stop on the Athens exit ramp at 6:34 p.m. on June 24 after observing Smith’s reckless driving.

The officer said that Smith’s eyes were bloodshot and his hands were shaking. After a consent search of the vehicle, Smith admitted to having a meth pipe in his pocket. He then failed sobriety tests and was sent to Towanda Memorial Hospital, where labs detected amphetamine and methamphetamine.

Smith was released from custody per rule 519. A preliminary hearing is set for 10 a.m. on Nov. 13.

Theft: David Covey, 50, of Sayre, was charged with a misdemeanor for theft for stealing 12 guns valued at $360 from a former employer.

Pennsylvania State Police said that they saw security camera footage of Covey taking the magazines before speaking with him on Sept. 11. According to an officer, Covey admitted to stealing and said that he did it because he wasn’t getting paid.

Since meeting with police, the guns have been returned to the business of employment. A preliminary hearing is set for 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 24.

Possession: Bronwen Vincent, 51, of Mansfield, was charged with the misdemeanors of the use/possession of drug paraphernalia, DUI: controlled substance-first offense.

Pennsylvania State Police said that an officer was dispatched to the Athens Dandy Mini Mart at 5:06 p.m. on May 30 in regards to a woman slumped over in her running car. The officer reported that Vincent was having difficulty breathing and was unresponsive. At that time, members of the Athens Township Fire Company and Greater Valley EMS arrived on scene. Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital later confirmed that Vincent overdosed on amphetamine.

PSP found loose drug paraphernalia in the front passenger seat of the car, and a backpack containing sublingual film strips, small wax paper bags containing a white powdery substance, a small plastic back of marijuana intended for personal use, a small wallet and NARCAN nasal spray.

Vincent’s preliminary hearing will take place at 10 a.m. on Nov. 13.

Possession: Arthur Barrett, 54, of Sayre, was charged with a misdemeanor for the use/possession of drug paraphernalia.

Athens Township Police Department said that a trooper was dispatched to Murray Creek Road in response to a call about a suspicious vehicle at 6:26 p.m. on Aug. 29. The officer noted that when he asked Barrett and the other occupant of the car if they were aware that they were on private property, Barrett said yes but they were only there to hang out and enjoy the scenery.

When asked for a license and registration, Barrett opened the middle console where the officer quickly caught sight of two dirty spoons and a hollowed-out pen. Barrett admitted that there was a broken glass smoking device under his seat after the officer asked if there was any other drug-related paraphernalia in the car.

The officer asked Barrett to speak with him outside his vehicle and as he stepped out, the officer noticed a hypodermic needle in plain view stuck in the bottom of the driver’s seat.

A vehicle search resulted in finding a clear bag of crystal methamphetamine. Barrett stated that the drugs were his and that he attempted to hide everything under the front driver’s seat when he saw the patrol car.

A preliminary hearing is set for 11 a.m. on Nov. 24.

DUI: Ashley Shinault, 34, of Towanda, was charged with a misdemeanor for use/possession of drug paraphernalia, DUI: controlled substance-schedule 1-first offense, endangering welfare of a child, driving with an expired inspection certificate and a viol sound level, and failure to use turn signals properly.

The Athens Township Police Department said that on a routine patrol on Frank Street, officers pulled up behind Shinault’s vehicle as she sat at the stop sign for an “unreasonable amount of time” and took a right turn onto Harris Street, only turning on her signal after the turn.

The officers said that when they pulled the vehicle over, Shinault and the other occupant appeared nervous, spoke quickly, and couldn’t sit still. They were both demonstrating various abnormal behaviors when dispatch advised the officers that both of them had suspended driver’s licenses.

One of the officers asked them to exit the vehicle and let them know what the car had to be towed. Shinault retrieved her 1-year-old child from the carseat in the back and grabbed her purse from on top of the cupholders in-between the front seat, revealing plastic baggies with a rocky crystal-like substance.

The substance was later weighed at 4.7 grams and was field-tested positive for methamphetamine. As the officer picked up the baggies, Shinault rushed over and yelled that it was an illegal search and that the drugs didn’t belong to her.

A search of her purse revealed a glass meth pipe with residue. Shinault was placed into custody and the child was left in the care of the other vehicle occupant.

A preliminary hearing is set for 10 a.m. on Nov. 13.

Retail theft: Kayla Gallagher, 25, of Towanda, was charged with a misdemeanor for retail theft for stealing $56.13 worth of paint from Walmart in Athens Township on Oct. 2.

The Athens Township Police Department said that Gallagher has one prior conviction of retail theft, making this a repeated offense.

Gallagher’s preliminary hearing is set for 10:45 a.m. on Nov. 24.

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