Police Briefs

Strangulation, assault: Timothy John Oliver, 24, of Gillett, was charged with the schedule 3 felony for strangulation – applying pressure to throat or neck, the schedule 1 felony for aggravated assault — attempts to cause SBI or causes injury with extreme indifference, the schedule 2 misdemeanor for simple assault, and harassment – subject other to physical contact.

Pennsylvania State Police in Towanda said they received a call at about 12:15 p.m. on Dec. 22, 2020 about a disturbance at a residence in South Creek Township.

Once a trooper arrived, he took note of recent physical injuries to the victim’s neck. The victim explained that Oliver had choked them to the point where they couldn’t breathe or talk.

Oliver had already fled the scene, according to the release report.

A warrant was issued and he was found the next day in Troy Borough.

He was arraigned and confined to the Bradford County Correctional Facility where he was unable to post a $60,000 bail.

A preliminary hearing was set for 1 p.m. on Jan. 6.

Sayre woman repeatedly trespasses, steals truck: Pennsylvania State Police in Towanda said that Lindsey Anne Marie Bashore, 27, of Sayre, was charged with schedule 1 felony for burglary – overnight accommodation, no person present, schedule 3 felonies for theft by unlawful taking – moveable property, criminal trespassing – enter structure, and receiving stolen property, and driving while operating privilege was suspended or revoked, after entering the victim’s residence, taking the keys and stealing their car on Nov. 21.

Police said they received a call from the victim on Nov. 22 reporting that their 2004 silver Chevrolet Silverado was stolen from their driveway. The victim told police that on the day prior, their tenants asked to borrow the truck. Once they were given permission to take it, they called and said they couldn’t find the keys, and later on told police that they weren’t in the “normal spot.”

The tenants made contact again at about 7:30 p.m. to inform their landlord that their truck was missing from the driveway.

The victim told police that the only people at the residence that day were Donna Brown, her daughter, Lindsey Bashore, and the tenants. The victim had made it clear to Brown that Bashore was not allowed at the residence.

Once a trooper arrived on scene, he observed no vehicle in the driveway, and the side door to the residence was slightly ajar. He then met with the victim, who was sure that the door had been closed before they left.

A search of the house resulted in finding a black suitcase containing several items belonging to Bashore.

Interviews with the tenants matched up with the victim’s claims; after they couldn’t find the keys on Nov. 21, they left the residence at about 6:30 p.m. and closed the door but didn’t lock it, and once they returned an hour later, the truck was gone.

The tenants also told police that they had seen Brown and Bashore at the residence the day before.

The trooper called Brown at her residence on Nov. 22 in regards to what she knew about Bashore entering the victim’s home without permission. Brown stated that Bashore had messaged her through Facebook and asked for a ride, and that she then picked her up at the victim’s residence. She said that she made sure Bashore knew that the victim did not want her the property.

Four days later, the truck was finally found in a parking lot on Washington Street in Towanda Borough. A witness was able to identify the driver as Bashore before she parked.

The vehicle was taken to PSP Towanda where it was processed as evidence. Two receipts dated on Nov. 25 from two different Dandy Mini Marts were found, and video surveillance footage from the stores proves that Bashore had been driving the stolen truck.

Someone called the trooper the day after the truck was found and informed PSP that Bashore had made contact and admitted to stealing the vehicle.

Two days later, the victim reported that it looked like someone had searched through their home, with items out of place and $50 of loose change missing from a jar in one of the rooms.

After several unsuccessful attempts to find her, Bashore was arraigned and confined to the Bradford County Correctional Facility where she was unable to post $80,000 bail.

A preliminary hearing was set for 10 a.m. on Jan. 6.

DUI: Pennsylvania State Police have charged Roy Matthew Richardson, 28, of Columbia Cross Roads with two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol, careless driving and operating a vehicle without official certificate of inspection following an incident on Aug. 16.

According to court records, Richardson was stopped on Fallbrook Road in Armenia Township after police saw that he did not have an inspection sticker in the windshield of his vehicle.

Police documents show that during the stop, Richardson told police that he had consumed four alcoholic beverages before driving and showed signs of intoxication including slurred/slow speech, watery eyes and a strong smell of alcohol coming from his person.

After standardized field sobriety tests and a preliminary Breathalyzer test, police determined Richardson was incapable of safely driving and transported him to Towanda Memorial Hospital where a blood test showed he had a blood alcohol content of .098 percent.

A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Richardson on Nov. 12 before Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox.

Unauthorized use of vehicle: Pennsylvania State Police have charged Jarrod Dale Jayne, 25, of Canton with unauthorized use of automobiles or other vehicles and criminal mischief following an incident on July 29.

According to court records, police were dispatched to Ridgebury Township around 12:12 a.m. after receiving a report that a vehicle had been stolen from a residence.

Police documents state that officers were told that a victim had been giving Jayne a ride from Waverly to Troy when the victim stopped at a residence, went inside to get a drink and saw Jayne driving away in the vehicle.

Officers were also told that the victim called Jayne and Jayne told him he was “running to the store down the road and would be right back” and later texted him and said he “had a couple things to take care of” but would return the vehicle, according to police records.

Court documents show that Jayne called the victim around 8 the next morning and told him that he left his vehicle “in the rear parking lot behind Captain Jack’s bar in Towanda Borough.” Officers were told that the vehicle had “some minor damage to the paint” and food and drink items spilled on the interior.

Jayne was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing on Nov. 4 before Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox.

Drug possession: Heidi Nicole Benjamin, 33, of Elmira, was charged with the felony for possession of a controlled substance – contraband / inmate, and the misdemeanors for possession of controlled substance by per not reg and the use / possession of drug paraphernalia.

Pennsylvania State Police said that an officer responded to the Bradford County Correctional Facility at about 7:50 p.m. on Dec. 7 for a report of drugs found in an inmate’s cell.

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