Police Briefs

Terroristic threats: Gloria J. Cotter, 69, of Sayre, was charged with the misdemeanor for terroristic threats with intent to terrorize another and harassment – subjecting another to physical contact.

Pennsylvania State Police in Towanda said that a patrol unit and criminal investigation unit arrived at a residence in Sheshequin Township on Dec. 3.

The criminal complaint said that the victims were interviewed and supplied written statements.

Their allegation was that Cotter had entered the house and pointed a gun at both of them during a heated argument.

One of the victims said that Cotter had pulled the trigger while pointing the gun at them; both victims expressed fear for their lives during the incident.

A handgun was recovered from the residence and taken to PSP Towanda for evidence, according to the criminal complaint.

The trooper and investigator said that when they interviewed Cotter, she denied being at that residence on that date.

PSP was able to find a blue coat matching the victim’s descriptions in Cotter’s car as well as the firearm transaction in which Cotter bought the gun.

Two witnesses also came forward and provided written statements that they saw Cotter at the residence on Dec. 3.

Cotter still claimed that the allegations were false and PSP secured a search warrant on Dec. 9 to seize her car and download the tracking/GPS system.

Later that evening, a trooper called Cotter to tell her the results of the search – which proved she was at the residence on the date reported – and she then confessed to the incident.

The next morning at 9 a.m. the trooper arrived at Cotter’s residence for an interview.

The criminal complaint reads that Cotter said she had gone to the residence to pick up some items and ended up getting into a heated argument with the victims.

She said to the trooper that she pulled out the gun to be “taken seriously” and not to harm anyone; she also denied ever pulling the trigger.

A preliminary hearing is set for 10:45 a.m. on Jan. 20, 2021.

Monroeton drug dealer arrested: Pennsylvania State Police in Towanda said that a Monroeton man was charged with the felony for the manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, and the misdemeanors of making repairs to sell, etc – offensive weapon, possession of a controlled substance without registration, the use/possession of drug paraphernalia: marijuana – small amount – personal use, and driving with a suspended license on Dec. 12.

Police said that at approximately 9:07 a.m., a trooper was dispatched to the South Main Street area for a report of a suspicious vehicle that was parked and running.

When the trooper approached the vehicle, he found Earl Ray Sites, 42, asleep inside the silver Subaru Impreza.

The criminal complaint reads that once the trooper woke Sites up and he rolled his window down, a strong smell of marijuana came from the car.

The trooper then observed a multicolored storage container and coin purse, which he noted was commonly used to store drugs, on the driver’s seat, and partially underneath Sites.

When asked to step out of the car, Sites became argumentative, according to the criminal complaint.

When asked about the marijuana smell, Sites claimed that he had a medical marijuana card but was unable to provide it to the trooper.

The trooper then asked Sites to step out of the vehicle the second time, to which he complied.

When the trooper asked how much marijuana was in the car, Sites replied that he had a “roach” and presented a suspected marijuana cigarette out from a pack in his pocket.

The trooper then conducted a probable cause search and found a pill bottle containing suspected methamphetamine, six white pills – later determined to be buprenorphine hydrochloride, a small amount of marijuana, a black prod-style taser, and several related paraphernalia items such as a scale, and numerous storage containers and smoking devices with suspected drug residue.

The trooper also found $990.05 on Sites’ person, according to the criminal complaint.

After further questioning, Sites told the trooper that his license was suspended from a previous DUI – first offense.

At that time, Sites was placed under arrest and was transported with the evidence to PSP Towanda.

During an interview at PSP, Sites confessed to selling the methamphetamine.

Later that day, Sites was confined to the Bradford County Correctional Facility and was unable to post a $75,000 bail.

A preliminary hearing is set for Sites at 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 23.

Theft and related charges: Earlier this month, Pennsylvania State Police arrested Caleb Johan Lattimer, 30, of Canton Borough after he was charged with the felonies of theft – unlawful taking or disposition, forgery – unauthorized act in writing, receiving stolen property, access device fraud – counterfeit, altered, incomplete – identity theft, and a misdemeanor for theft from a motor vehicle after he attempted to deposit several stolen checks and stole several items out of cars.

According to police, Lattimer tried to deposit $3,957.34 in stolen checks to the borough branch of the Chemung Canal Trust Company on Oct. 19.

The transaction seemed suspicious since the checks were reported stolen.

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