Police and Courts

Judge David Plummer

The following court cases were filed recently before Magisterial District Judge David Plummer:

Carmen A. Steele, 64, of Nicholson, has been charged by state police with retail theft.

The charges against Steele stem from an incident that occurred on Aug. 14.

Her preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Sept. 24.

Adam John Maciorkoski, 33, of Tunkhannock, has been charged by Tunkhannock Township police with giving a false alarm to an agency of public safety.

Maciorkoski has also been charged with false reports, incriminating another; false reports, reported events did not occur; furnishing authority with information without knowledge; and communications with 9-11.

The charges against Maciorkowski stem from an incident that occurred on Aug. 6 in Tunkhannock Township.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 24.

Thomas Aaron Crawford, 36, of Tunkhannock, has been charged by Tunkhannock Township police with rape.

Crawford has also been charged with strangulation; unlawful restraint; simple assault; harassment; sexual assault; aggravated indecent assault without consent; and aggravated indecent assault, forcible compulsion.

The charges against Crawford stem from an incident that occurred on Aug. 8 in Tunkhannock Township.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 20.

Katelyn Victoria George, 37, of Carbondale, has been charged by Tunkhannock Township police with criminal trespass.

The charge against George stems from an incident that occurred on Aug. 5.

Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 27.

Christina Lynn Birchard, 37, of Nicholson, has been charged by state police with concealment of the whereabouts of a child.

Birchard has also been charged with corruption of a minor.

The charges against Birchard stem from an incident that occurred on July 3.

Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 27.

Austin Arden Davis, 19, of Montrose, has been charged by state police with possession of a small amount of marijuana.

Police reported that Davis has also been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia; driving while under the influence of a controlled substance; speeding; and operating a vehicle without a valid inspection sticker.

The charges against Davis stem from an incident that occurred on May 22 in Lemon Township.

His preliminary hearing has been scheduled on Sept. 10.

Hannah Lee Ross, 20, of Tunkhannock, has been charged by state police with driving while under the influence; disregard for traffic signal; careless driving; and violation of hazard regulation.

The charges against Ross stem from an incident that occurred on July 7 in Tunkhannock Township.

Her preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Sept. 10.

Corey Michael Patchoski, 19, of Scranton, has been charged by state police with possession of marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia; operating an unregistered vehicle; failure to carry registration; driving without a license; and operating a vehicle without insurance.

The charges against Patchoski stem from an incident that occurred on May 18 in Tunkhannock Township.

His preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 27.

Tpr. Craig Flynn investigated.

Paul Edmund Salmini, 43, of Meshoppen, has been charged by state police with driving while under the influence; disregard of traffic signals; following took closely; exceeding the speed limit by over 20 miles per hour; careless driving; violation of hazard regulations; and failure to wear a safety belt.

The charges against Salmini stem from an incident that occurred on June 29 in Lemon Township.

His preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 27.

Tpr. Micheal Novak investigated.

Thomas Michael Ward, 31, of Factoryville, has been charged by state police with endangering the welfare of children; simple assault; and harassment.

The charges against Ward stem from an incident that occurred on Aug. 1 in Clinton Township.

His preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 27.

Tpr. Michael Mislevy investigated.

Robert A. Barnes, 35 of Nicholson, has been charged by Tunkhannock Township police with driving while under the influence of a controlled substance.

According to police, Barnes has also been charged with fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer; resisting arrest; operating a vehicle while his license was suspended or revoked; and speeding.

The charges against Barnes stem from an incident that occurred on July 25 in Tunkhannock Township.

Barnes was arraigned before Judge Plummer, who ordered the defendant incarcerated in lieu of bail.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 30.

April Sasser, 33, of Plains, has been charged by Tunkhannock Township police with driving while under the influence.

Sasser has also been charged with careless driving. The charges against Sasser stem from an incident that occurred on July 19 in Falls Township.

Daniel C. Lanzetta, 44, of Coopersburg, has been charged by Meshoppen Borough police with driving while under the influence of a controlled substance.

According to police, Lanzetta has also been charged with possession of a controlled substance; and speeding.

The charges against Lanzette stem from an incident that occurred on July 4 in Meshoppen.

His preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 20.

Arley Christopher Collett, 37, of West Alexander, has been charged by Meshoppen Borough police with driving while under the influence.

According to police, Collett has also been charged with speeding.

The charges against Collett stem from an incident that occurred on July 12 in Meshoppen.

His preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 20.

Joshua David Tyler, 30, of Meshoppen, has been charged by Meshoppen Borough police with driving while under the influence.

Police reported that Tyler has also been charged with operating a vehicle without a valid inspection sticker.

The charges against Tyler stem from an incident that occurred on June 15 in Meshoppen.

His preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 20.

Trisha Jane Allen, 29, of Laceyville, has been charged by Tunkhannock Township police with use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police reported that Allen has also been charged with disorderly conduct.

The charges against Allen stem from an incident that occurred on June 11 in Meshoppen.

Her preliminary hearing is scheduled on Aug. 20

Wendell Marquan Sloan-Graves, 24, of Plymouth, has been charged by Tunkhannock Township police with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Sloan-Graves is also facing charges of possession of marijuanna; and disorderly conduct.

The charges against Sloan-Graves stem from an incident that occurred on June 11 in Meshoppen.

His preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 20.

David Daniels, 58, of Meshoppen, has been charged by Meshoppen Borough police with driving while under the influence of a controlled substance.

Police reported that Daniels has also been charged with possession of a controlled substance; and failure to use his vehicle lights after dark.

The charges against Daniels stem from an incident that occurred on June 7 in Meshoppen.

His preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 20.

Dylan Robert Blaisure, 26, of Montrose, has been charged by Meshoppen Borough police with driving while under the influence of a controlled sustance.

Police reported that Blaisure has also been charged with careless driving; and disorderly conduct.

The charges against Blaisure stem from an incident that occurred on June 13 in Washington Township.

His preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 20.

Kellie A. Gillette, 47, of Nicholson, has been charged by state police at Gibson with possession of a controlled substance.

Gillette has also been charged with use of drug paraphernalia.

The charges against Gillette stem from an incident that occurred on July 3 in Nicholson Township.

Her preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 20.

Matthew R. Noreika, 33, of Lake Winola, has been charged by Tunkhannock Township police with theft by unlawful taking.

Noreika has also been charged with criminal mischief.

The charges against Noreika stem from an incident that occurred on July 1 in Tunkhannock Township.

His preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 20.

Sean Ian Rozelle, 19, of Dallas, has been charged by state police with driving while under the influence; improper stopping; and careless driving. The charges against Rozelle stem from an incident that occurred on May 31 in Exeter Township. Rozelles’ preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 30.

Michelle Marie Young, 49, of Tunkhannock, has been charged by Tunkhannock Township police with defiant trespass; and disorderly conduct. The charges against Young stem from an incident that occurred in Tunkhannock Township on July 1. Young’s preliminary has been scheduled for Aug. 6.

Donald Elmer Young Jr., 58, of Tunkhannock, has been charged by Tunkhannock Township police with defiant trespass; and disorderly conduct. The charges against Young stem from an incident that occurred in Tunkhannock Township on July 1. Young’s preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 6.

Ashley Lynn Belcher, 31, of Meshoppen, has been charged by Meshoppen Borough police with simple assault; and harassment. The charges against Belcher stem from an incident that occurred in Meshoppen Township on July 6. Belcher’s preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 6.

Richele Mortimer, 47, of Meshoppen, has been charged by state police with driving while under the influence of alcohol; driving while under the influence of metabolite; driving while under the influence while his license was suspended or revoked; careless driving; no headlights; and violation of hazard regulations. The charges against Mortimer stem from an incident that occurred in Tunkhannock Township on June 10. Mortimer’s preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 6.

Shawn Wesley Moss, 38, of Terre Haute, IN, has been charged by the Tunkhannock Township police with driving while under the influence; careless driving; reckless driving; and disregard for traffic lane. The charges against Moss stem from an incident that occurred on Nov. 6, 2017, in Overfield Township.

Joseph Kevin Isaac Howard, 24, of Factoryville, has been charged by state police with corruption of minors; and indecent assault of a person under 16 years of age. The charges against Howard stem from an incident that occurred on Jan. 17, 2018, in Factoryville

Kathleen A. Gregory, 63, of Tunkhannock, has been charged by Tunkhannock Township police with driving while under the influence; and disregard for traffic lanes. The charges against Gregory stem from an incident that occurred on March 28, 2018, in Tunkhannock Township.

Danielle Elizabeth Sherman, 21, of Scranton, has been charged by Dalton police with criminal mischief involving property damage; loitering or prowling at night; disorderly conduct; and criminal trespass. The charges against Sherman stem from an incident that occurred on April 2, 2018, in Nicholson Borough. 

Eric M. McGrath, 22, of Simpson, has been charged by Wyoming County Detective David Ide with receiving advance payment for services, then failure to perform. The charge against McGrath stems from an incident that occurred in November 2018 in Nicholson Borough.

Brittany Alix Brink, 25, (no address given) has been charged by state police with possession of a controlled substance; and possession of drug paraphernalia. The charges against Brink stem from an incident that occurred on Aug. 30, 2018, in Nicholson Township.

Madison Ray Roney, 21, of Falls, has been charged by state police with possession of drug paraphernalia; and exceeding the speed limit by at least 20 miles per hour. The charges against Roney stem from an incident that occurred on Jan. 31, 2019, in Exeter Township.

Corey Michael Vandemark, 25, of Tunkhannock, has been charged by Tunkhannock Township police with simple assault; harassment; and recklessly endangering another person. The charges against Vandemark stem from an incident that occurred on April 1, 2019 in Tunkhannock Township.

Brent J. Faust, 42, of Tamaqua, has been charged by Tunkhannock Township police with harassment. The charge against Faust stem from an incident that occurred on March 13, 2019 in Tunkhannock Township.

Kayla Marie Penny, 23, of Montrose, has been charged by Dalton police with possession of a controlled substance; and possession of drug paraphernalia. The charges against Penny stem from an incident that occurred in Factoryville on April 19, 2019.

Keith Raymond Watkins, 52, of Mehoopany, has been charged by state police with driving while under the influence; operating a vehicle while his license was suspended or revoked; and careless driving. The charges against Watkins stem from an incident that occurred on March 11, 2019 in Tunkhannock Township.

Shelley Ann Boyle, 47, of Scranton, has been charged by state police with possession of drug paraphernalia; and driving while under the influence of a controlled substance. The charges against Boyle stem from an incident that occurred on March 17, 2019 in Tunkhannock Township.

Matthew Wade Selitto, 20, of Falls, has been charged by state police with possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal use; and possession of drug paraphernalia. The charges against Selitto stem from an incident that occurred on May 31, 2019 in Exeter Township. Selitto’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 30.

David J. Frishko, 39, of Carbondale, has been charged by Dalton police with driving while under the influence; and careless driving. The charges against Frishko stem from an incident that occurred in Nicholson Borough on May 18.

Thomas Michael Srebo, 55, of Elkins, WV, has been charged by state police with driving while under the influence; disregard with lanes of traffic; and careless driving. The charges against Srebo stem from an incident that occurred in Tunkhannock Township on May 27, 2019. Srebo’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 30.

William Charles Brewer, 22, of Laceyville, has been charged by Meshoppen police with driving while under the influence; driving while under the influence; and speeding. The charges against Brewer stem from an incident that occurred on June  22, 2019 in Meshoppen Township. Brewer’s preliminary hearing has been scheduled for July 30.

Robert J. Drost, 37, of Tunkhannock, has been charged by Tunkhannock Township police with driving while under the influence; accident involving an unattended vehicle; and disregard for lanes of traffic. The charges against Drost stem from an incident that occurred on June 21 in Tunkhannock Township. His preliminary hearing is scheduled on July 30.

Dylan Ryan Harvey, 21, of Tunkhannock, has been charged by Wyoming County Detective David Ide with conspiracy to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance; criminal use of a communication facility; and possession of drug paraphernalia. The charges against Harvey stem from an incident that occurred on Nov. 15, 2018 in Nicholson Township. His preliminary hearing has been scheduled for July 9

Cody Swartz, 19, of Dalton, has been charged by Tunkhannock Township police with four counts of corruption of minors; theft; and escape. The charges against Swartz stem from an incident that occurred on July 3, 2019 in Falls Township. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 16.   

Judge Carl Smith

The following court cases were filed recently before Magisterial District Judge Carl Smith Jr.

Joshua Lee Palmer, 31, of Noxen, has been charged by state police with possession of a small amount of marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia; improper stopping; driving without a license; driving while his license was suspended or revoked; and abandoning a vehicle on a highway.

The charges against Palmer stem from an incident that occurred on July 27 in Noxen Township.

His preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Sept. 5.

Ronald Visneski Jr., 29, of Noxen, has been charged by state police with possession of a controlled substance.

The charge against Visneski stems from an incident that occurred on July 18 in Northmoreland Township.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 12.

Christopher Mart Harvey, 43, of Tunkhannock, has been charged by state police with driving while under the influence.

The charge against Harvey stems from an incident that occurred on July 26 in Tunkhannock Borough.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 5.

Brandon Thomas Traver, 20, of Meshoppen, has been charged by the state police with driving while under the influence.

According to police, Traver has also been charged with disregard of traffic signals; and careless driving.

The charges against Traver stem from an incident that occurred on July 30 in Meshoppen Borough.

His preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Sept. 12.

Sarah Christina Maryasz, 41, of Tamaqua has been charged by state police with possession of a controlled substance.

Maryasz has also been charged with use of drug paraphernalia.

The charges against Maryasz stem from an incident that occurred on July 29 in Tunkhannock Borough.

Her preliminary hearing is schedule for Aug. 29.

Asley Mae Knott, 23, of Monroe Township, has been charged by Tunkhannock Borough police with providing false identification to a police officer.

Police reported that Knott has also been charged with operating a vehicle while her license was suspended or revoked; and prohibited text-based communications.

The charges against Knott stem from an incident that occurred on July 29 in Tunkhannock Borough.

Her preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 29.

Carolyn Brandy Booth, 34, of Exeter, has been charged by state police with identity theft.

Booth is also facing multiple counts of use or possession of drug paraphernalia; theft of lost property; providing false identification to a police officer; and operating a vehicle while her license was suspended or revoked.

The charges against Booth stem from an incident that occurred on July 27 in Noxen Township.

Booth was arraigned before Judge Carl Smith, who ordered the defendant incarcerated in lieu of $15,000 bail.

Her preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 1.

Sidney Steven Booth Jr., 34, of Exeter has been charged by state police with multiple counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police reported that Booth was also charged with providing false information to a police officer.

The charges against Booth stem from an incident that occurred on July 27 in Noxen Township.

Booth was arraigned before Judge Carl Smith, who ordered the defendant incarcerated in lieu of $5,000 bail.

His preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 1.

Kyle Raymond Cyr, of Alberta, Canada, has been charged by Tunkhannock Borough police with driving while under the influence.

Cyr has also been charged with failure to stop at a red signal; and driving without a license.The charges against Cyr stem from an incident that occurred July 13 in Tunkhannock Borough.

Cyr was arraigned before Judge Smith, who ordered the defendant incarcerated after he was unable to post $5,000 bail. Cyr’s preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 1.

Justin M. Jagodzinski, 29, of Tunkhannock, has been charged by Tunkhannock Borough police with driving while under the influence.

Jagodzinski has also been charged with operating a vehicle while his license was suspended or revoked.

He was arraigned before Judge Smith, who ordered the defendant incarcerated in lieu of bail.

Jagodzinski’s preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 22.

Jason Edward Campbell, 35, of Hop Bottom, has been charged by state police with driving while under the influence.

Campbell has also been charged with improper stopping; careless driving; violation of hazard regulations; and failure to wear his seatbelt.

The charges against Campbell stem from an incident that occurred on June 6 in Noxen Township. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 15.

Arthur Carl Scott, 57, of Dallas, has been charged by state police with possession of a small amount of marijuana; and exceeding the speed limit.

The charges against Scott stem from an incident that occurred on June 25 in Monroe Township. His preliminary hearing is scheduled on Aug. 15.

Haley L. Dupuis, 19, of Forkston, has been charged by Wyoming County Detective David Ide with two counts of theft by deception.

The charges against Dupuis stem from an incident that occurred on May 20 in Meshoppen Borough.

Dupuis’ preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 15.

Brianna Lee Casterline, 23, of Montrose, has been charged by state police with possession of a controlled substance; and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The charges against Casterline stem from an incident that occurred on April 12 in Eaton Township.

Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 15.

George Ronald Charney, 72, of Monroe Township, has been charged by Wyoming County Detective David Ide with three counts of criminal solicitation (prostitution); one count of criminal attempt – patronizing prostitutes; and harassment. The charges against Charney stem from an incident that occurred on Aug. 16, 2018, in Monroe Township. Charney’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 18.

Charles David Wiles, 28, of Forksville, has been charged by state police at Laporte with driving while under the influence; disregard for traffic signals; careless driving; and no headlights. The charges against Wiles stem from an incident that occurred on May 18 in Laporte Borough, Sullivan County. Wiles was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Jennifer Vandine. His preliminary hearing has been scheduled for July 16 before Judge Smith.

Robert Thomas Willk, 33, of Tunkhannock, has been charged by state police with three counts of retail theft. The charges against Wilk stem from an incident that occurred on Dec. 1, 2017, in Eaton Township. Wilk’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 18.

David Gregory Risley, 58, of Tunkhannock, has been charged by state police with driving while under the influence; disregard for traffic lanes; making an improper left turn; careless driving; reckless driving; and failure to use his safety belt. The charges against Risley stem from an incident that occurred on May 24 in Tunkhannock Borough. His prelimiinary hearing is scheduled for July 18.

April Manil Cruz Brewer, 42, of Laceyville, has been charged by state police with criminal mischief; and harassment. The charges against Brewer stem from an incident that occurred on June 5 in Braintrim Township. Brewer’s preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 15.

Jason Edward Campbell, 35, of Hop Bottom, has been charged by state police with driving while under the influence; improper stopping; careless driving; and failure to wear his seatbelt. The charges against Campbell stem from an incident that occurred in Noxen Township on July 2, 2019. Campbell’s preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 15.

Brianna Lee Casterline, 23, of Montrose, has been charged by state police with possession of a controlled substance; and possession of drug paraphernalia. The charges against Casterline stem from an incident that occurred on July 3 in Eaton Township. Caterline’s preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 15.

Haley Dupuis, 29, of Forkston, has been charged by Wyoming County  Detective David Ide with theft by deception (false information); and theft by deception (preventing acquisition of information). The charges against Dupuis stem from an incident that occurred on June 28 in Meshoppen Borough. Dupuis’ preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 15.

Matthew Houck, 31, of Montrose, has been charged by Tunkhannock Borough Police with strangulation; disorderly conduct; and simple assault. The charges against Houck stem from an incident that occurred on June 26, 2019 in Tunkhannock Borough. Houck’s preliminary hearing has been scheduled for July 11.

Police Reports

Vehicle rolls over

State police at Tunkhannock investigated a one vehicle accident that occurred on Aug. 15 in Clinton Township around 6:14 p.m.

Police reported that Joshua L. Vermac, 34, of Scranton was driving a 2015 Jeep Patriot east on state Route 6, when his vehicle left the road and struck a mailbox. The Jeep left the road and rolled onto its roof.

Vermac was cited for driving on roadways laned for traffic. No injuries were reported. Factoryville Fire and EMS assisted at the scene.

Disorderly conduct

An Old Forge man was arrested in Exeter Township by state police recently on a charge of disorderly conduct.

Police reported that Paul Marmo, 20, responded to state Route 92 after receiving complaints that a man walking on the roadway was yelling profane language, shouting at cars to hit him, and threatening to shoot up the town.

The defendant, Marmo, was taken into custody for his own safety, then later released to family members.

Marmo was also charged with public drunkenness.

Car strikes tree

State police at Tunkhannock investigated a one-vehicle accident that occurred on Aug. 14 in Eaton Township around 6:02 a.m.

Police reported that Keith J. Wedlock, 41, of West Pittston, was driving a 2007 Dodge Nitro west on state Route 2007, when he lost control of his vehicle on a curve. The car left the road and struck a tree.

Criminal mischief

State police are investigating an incident of criminal mischief that occurred in Nicholson Borough on Aug. 13.

Police reported that perpetrators smashed the window of a 2016 Hyundai Elantra owned by Kenneth Hallock, 56, of Nicholson.

Car hits tree

State police at Tunkhannock investigated a one-vehicle accident that occurred on Meshopany Ridge Road in Washington Township on Aug. 11 around 2:22 a.m.

Police reported that Bardley M. Pardoe, 29, of Wyalusing, was driving a 2015 Nissan Rogue south on Meshopany Ridge Road, when he swerved off the roadway, causing the car to strike a tree and roll over.

Pardoe was not injured, and cited for driving on roadways laned for traffic.

Police were assisted at the scene by Phil’s Towing.

Harassment

A Hudson, Pa., woman was charged by state police recently with harassment by physical contact.

Police reported that Nina O’Boyle, 34, is accused of striking Amberlyn Partash, 18, of Noxen,. The incident occurred on Aug. 12 around 1:30 a.m. on 3445 Stull Road in Noxen Township.

Charges were filed in District Court 44-3-02.

Retail theft

A Wyalusing woman was arrested by state police recently on a charge of retail theft.

Police reported that Darlene W. Ellis, 60, is accused of stealing various items from the Walmart on Hunter Highway in Eaton Township on Aug. 10 around 5 p.m.

Two charged with theft

Two people were arrested by state police for theft of lost/mislaid property.

Police reported that Carolyn Booth, 34, and Sidney Booth, 34, both of Exeter, were charged with the above offense.

Police reported that when the two were contacted during the course of an investigation, they both lied about their identities, and were in possession of drug paraphernalia. When they were properly identified, it was learned that both were wanted on multiple active warrants.

Both were arraigned in district court, and ordered incarcerated at the Wyoming County jail.

 

Harassment

A Tunkhannock man was arrested by the state police recently on a charge of harassment by physical contact.

According to police, Richard Gresh, 43, was charged with the above offense on Aug. 5 in Eaton Township.

Tpr. William Clark investigated.

One-vehicle crash

State police investigated a one-vehicle crash that occurred in Eaton Township on state Route 29 on July 31.

Police reported that Nathaniel R. Moyer, 25, of Monroe Township, was driving a 2007 Mazda M3 south on Route 29, when he lost control on a right curve near Montross Road. The vehicle left the road, struck a guardrail, then slid down an embankment and overturned.

Moyer has been cited for driving a vehicle at an unsafe speed.

Tpr. William Clark investigated.

Trespassing

Two people were arrested by state police recently on trespassing charges.

Police reported that Rodriguez Laureano Smith, 23, and Laureano Frias Jeison, 21, both of Wilkes-Barre, were observed at 1517 Hunter Highway in Eaton Township after dusk in violation of posted signs.

Charges will be filed in District Court 44-3-02.

Tpr. Luke Jolley investigated.

Harassment

A Meshoppen man was arrested by state police recently on a charge of harassment by physical contact.

Police reported that Justin Butts, 30, get into an argument with a 29-year-old woman, which escalated into a physical confrontation. During the altercation, Butts ripped out an ear ring from the woman’s ear, police said.

Charges will be filed in District Court 44-3-02.

Tpr. Craig Flynn investigated.

DUI

A Clarks Summit woman was arrested by state police recently on a charge of driving while under the influence.

Police reported that Alyssa Duffy, 30, was cited for the above offense following a crash on state Route 6 in Clinton Township.

Charges have been filed in District Court 44-3-01.

Tpr. Michael Novak investigated.

Theft by deception

State police at Tunkhannock are investigating a theft by deception that occurred recently in Northmoreland Township.

Police reported that Marian Mosley, 77, was the victim of a telephone scam on Aug. 2.

Tpr. Robert Hooper is investigating.

One-vehicle accident

State police at Tunkhannock investigated a one-vehicle accident that occurred on state Route 309 in Monroe Township on Aug. 1.

Police reported that John Slavoski, 89, of Shavertown, was driving a 2017 Honda CRV south on Route 309 around 7:45 p.m., when his vehicle traveled off the right side of the road, struck a guardrail, went off the road and down an embankment.

He was transported to Geisinger Wyoming Valley by Kunkle Fire Company. He was cited for driving on roadways laned for traffic.

Tpr. Michael Novak investigated.

DUI

A Tunkhannock woman was arrested by state police recently on a charge of driving while under the influence.

Police reported that Hannah Ross, 22, was cited for the above offense while driving on state Route 6 and Bridge Street on July 7, around 2:12 a.m.

Tpr. Cody Scepaniak investigated.

Burglary

State police at Tunkhannock are investigating a burglary that occurred residence in Noxen Township.

Police reported that perpetrators entered a structure at 151 Tannery St. owned by Comitz Law Firm LLC of Wilkes-Barre. It is unknown at this time if anything was stolen from the inside the residence. However, the thieves did remove a black car dolly valued at $900 from the front yard.

Anyone with information about the incident is requested to call the state police at 570-836-2141.

Tpr. Justin Landsiedel is investigating.

Theft

State police at Tunkhannock reported investigating a theft that occurred recently at Lorbeez in Eaton Township.

Police reported that an employee is accused of stealing $31.17 from the cash register on July 27.

Harassment

State police at Tunkhannock reported responding to an incident of harassment involving physical contact around 1:40 p.m. In Meshoppen Township on July 27.

Police reported that a 14 year-old male was the victim in incident on Williams Road.

Domestic dispute

State police at Tunkhannock investigating an incident of harassment involving physical contact in Nicholson Township on Lenape Lane on July 24 around 6:03 a.m.

Police reported that a 51-year-old male and a 48-year-old female were charged following a domestic dispute.

DUI

A Noxen man was arrested by state police recently for driving while under the influence.

Police reported that Joshua Palmer, 31, was cited for the above offense on July 28 near Stull Road.

Theft

State police are investigating a theft from a vehicle that occurred between 11:30 p.m. On July 25 and 6 a.m. on July 25 on state Route 309 in Monroe Township.

Police reported that perpetrators entered a locked 2016 Jeep owned by a 25-year-old male from Monroe Township and removed the following items: a Blue-Tooth radio plug-in; a cell phone car mount; the vehicle’s documents and paperwork; and $150 in cash.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to contact the state police at 570-836-2141.

Tpr. Luke Jolley is investigating.

Drug possession

A Scranton man was arrested by state police recently on a charge of drug possession.

Police reported that Corey Patchoski, 19, was cited for the above offense, after being pulled over on state Route 6 in Tunkhannock Township for various vehicle violations on May 18.

Tpr. Craig Flynn investigated.

Woman charged with theft

State police at Tunkhannock recently arrested a Tunkhannock woman on a charge of theft.

According to police, Jeannette Hoyt, 53, has been accused of taking $100 in currency from the self-check-out register at Walmart in Eaton Township on June 7. Anyone with information about the incident is requested to contact the state police at 570-836-2141.

Tpr. Albert Oliveri is investigating.

PFA violation

A Tunkhannock man was arrested by state police recently on a charge of violating a protection from abuse order.

Police reported that Joseph Kalmanowicz, 35, has been accused of having contact with Laura Kalmanowicz, 35, of Tunkhannock, on July 9, in violation of a PFA.

Tpr. Jamie Lopez is investigating.

Firearm violation

State police at Tunkhannock are investigating a violation of a firearm sale or transfer that occurred on March 22 in Eaton Township.

Police said that an unnamed suspect is accused of attempting to purchase a firearm from Walmart on that date. The suspect falsified a document during the transaction by not answering a question truthfully. The suspect was denied the sale of the firearm following a background check.

Tpr. Jordan Chiochio is investigating.

One car crash

State police at Tunkhannock investigated a one-vehicle accident on Space Road in Lemon Township on July 19.

Police said that Gwenn M. Fassett, 40, of Stevensville was driving a 2015 Chevrolet Trax east on Space Road around 3.43 p.m. The vehicle traveled off the roadway, and struck a utility pole.

Fassett and a passenger in the vehicle suffered suspected minor injuries, but were not transported.

Assisting at the scene were Triton Hose Company, Tunkhannock EMS and the local fire police.

Fassett was cited for driving on roadways laned for traffic.

Tpr. Robert Hooper investigated.

No injuries

State police at Tunkhannock investigated a one-vehicle accident on Monkey Hollow Road in Northmoreland Township on July 17.

Police reported that Leila S. Christopherson 21, of Tunkhannock, was driving a 2012 Ford Fusion north on Monkey Hollow Road around 8:44 p.m., when her vehicle left the road and struck a utility pole guidewire, causing disabling damage.

No injuries were reported. The Ford was towed from the scene by Eli’s Towing. Northmoreland Fire Department assisted at the scene.

Christopherson was cited for driving on roadways laned for traffic.

Tpr. Jordan Chiochio investigated.

Death investigation

State police are investigating the death of a a Womelsdorf man, whose body was recently discovered in Windham Township.

Police reported that the body of Aaron Pote, 38, was discovered on July 17 along 395 SR 4002. Pote was last scene in the area on Monday, July 8, when he was reported missing.

The cause and manner of Pote’s death are pending an autopsy.

Anyone with information about the incident is requested to contact the state police at 570-836-2141.

Tpr. Robert Hooper is investigating.

Harassment

Two people were arrested by state police recently for harassment by physical contact at 30 Copper Kettle Park in Monroe Township.

Police reported that Holly Raver, 34, of Tunkhannock and Justin Bliss, 32, of Factoryville, were cited for the above offense as a result of a domestic altercation.

Tpr. Jamie Lopez investigated.

Two car crash

State police at Tunkhannock investigated a two-vehicle accident that occurred on Bridge Street in Tunkhannock Borough on July 21.

Police reported that Joseph P. Genito, 25, of Factoryville, was driving a 2012 Ford Focus on Bridge Street, when his vehicle struck the rear of a 2007 Ford Toyota Tacoma operated by Kimberly D. Teeters, 50, of Falls, who had stopped her vehicle for a red light.

The Ford sustained moderate damage, while the Toyota sustained minor damage from the impact. Assisting at the scene were Tunkhannock EMS and Triton Hose Company.

Genito was cited for following too closely.

Tpr. Jordan Chiochio investigated.

DUI

State police at Tunkhannock arrested a Meshoppen man recently, on a charge of driving while under the influence of a controlled substance.

According to police, Paul Salmini, 43, was cited for the above offense on June 29, Salmini was determined to be DUI following a traffic stop at the intersection of state Route 1006 and state Route 29 in Lemons Township.

Charges will be filed in District Court 44-3-01.

Tpr. Michael Novak is investigating.

Discarding trash

State police at Tunkhannock reported arresting a Tunkhannock man recently on a charge of discarding trash.

According to police, Jeremy Schwarztruber, 25, was cited for the above offense on July 12. Schwarztruber is accused of discarding trash on Wright Road.

Tpr. Christopher Teetsel is investigating.

Criminal mischief

State police at Tunkhannock are investigating an incident of criminal mischief that occurred recently in Eaton Township.

Police reported that vandals pushed a shopping cart into the side of a truck owned by Lori Smotryski, 38, of Dalton.

Anyone with information about the incident is requested to contact the state police at 570-836-2141.

Tpr. Jeffrey Grimes is investigating.

Retail theft

State police at Tunkhannock reported citing a Mehoopany woman recently on a charge of retail theft.

According to police, Sharon Hall, 57, is accused of under-ringing $35.20 worth of merchandise at the Walmart in Eaton Township. A non-summary traffic citation has been issued.

Tpr. Jeffrey Grimes investigated.

Missing person

State police at Tunkhannock recently issued a missing person report.

Police said that Aaron Isaac Pote, 38, no address given, was last seen on July 8 by a resident at 395 SR 4002, Windham Township, Wyoming County.

Pote is described as a white male, with short black hair and brown eyes, five feet, 11 inches, about 160 pounds, with a slim build. Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the state police at 570-836-2141.

TFC Robert Hooper is investigating.

Pleas and sentencings

The following people recently were sentenced in Wyoming County Court by Judge Russell Shurtleff.

Steven E. Fenster, 38, of Tunkhannock, was sentenced to three to six months for driving while under the influence of a controlled substance.

Fenster was also ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.

In handing down the sentence, Judge Russell Shurtleff noted that Fenster had already completed the terms of his sentence, due to time served. However, the judge also said that Fenster would be remanded to the Bradford County Court of Common Pleas for another undisclosed manner.

According to court documents, Fenster was charged by state police with DUI and other offenses in December 2017. He pleaded guilty to DUI July 2019.

Dominick Joseph Brooks, 23, of Meshoppen, was sentenced to 2 to 24 months in Wyoming County jail on a charge of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer.

In handing down the sentence, Judge Shurtleff also noted that Brooks was also in violation of parole for a previous offense – possession of a controlled substance (marijuana). Shurtleff ordered Brooks’ parole revoked, and sentenced him to 30 to 114 days incarceration for that offense.

Brooks was also ordered to pay a fine of $500 for the eluding charge.

According to court documents, Brooks was charged with fleeing by state police on Feb. 9.

Shane Jeremiah Garey, 46, of Leraysville, was sentenced to 16 to 60 months in a state correctional facility for driving while under the influence.

Garey was also ordered to pay a $1,500 fine.

Judge Shurtleff ordered that Garey should be given credit for 89 times for time served.

Court documents indicated that Garey was charged by state police with DUI on April 26, 2015.

He pleaded guilty to the offense on July 5, 2019.

Billy Parsons, 29, of Towanda, was sentenced to 72 hours to 6 months for driving while under the influence.

Judge Shurtleff noted that Parsons has already served one day incarceration, and instructed that his case be taken over by county probation, once he has completed another 48 hours.

Court documents indicated that Parsons was charged with DUI by Tunkhannock Township police on February 24, 2015.

He also ordered to pay a $1,000, plus a $50 fee because a bench warrant had been issued for his arrest.

Randall Paul Austin, 42, of Tunkhannock, was sentenced to 6 to 24 months in a state correctional facility for resisting arrest.

Judge Shurtleff also ordered Austin to pay a $1,000 fine; make $110 in restitution to the Tunkhannock Township police; and $50 because a bench warrant had been issued for his arrest.

Austin was charged by Tunkhannock Township police with resisting arrest on May 19, 2018.

Court documents indicated that Austin had been furloughed from the Wyoming County Correctional Facility for treatment at the Salvation Army in Binghamton, N.Y. Among the conditions of the furlough included Austin complying with all treatment plans, and not leaving the facility unless discharged by the Salvation Army. Upon discharge, Austin was to return to Wyoming County, unless he had been sentenced.

In making his explanation to the court, Austin apologized, and said he had left the facility without permission from the Salvation Army. The reason, Austin said, is he wanted to attend the basic training graduation of his son.

The judge asked Austin if he had notified probation of his intentions, to which the defendant replied no.

Anthony Michael Lewis, 19, of New Milford, was sentenced to 3 to 6 months incarceration for driving while under the influence of a controlled substance.

Judge Shurtleff ordered that Lewis be given credit for 133 days for time served, and also pay a $1,000 fine.

Lewis was charged with DUI by Meshoppen police on April 11, 2018.

He pleaded guilty on June 7, 2019.

Gregory Dmohoski, 30, of Brooklyn, Pa., was sentenced to 12 months probation on a charge of possession of a controlled substance.

Judge Shurtleff also sentenced Dmohoski to 12 months probation for possession of drug paraphernalia, and ordered the two sentences to run concurrently.

Dmohoski was also ordered to pay a $500 fine for each offense, and perform 20 hours of community service.

Dmohoski was charged by Wyoming County Detective David Ide with the above offenses on Oct. 26, 2018. He pleaded guilty on July 5, 2019.

Kenneth Jordan Nestorick, 33, of Nicholson, was sentenced to 12 months probation and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine for disorderly conduct/hazardous physical offense.

Judge Shurtleff also ordered Nestorick to pay a fine of $25 for careless driving.

Nestorick was arrested by the state police on the above charges on July 30, 2018. He pleaded guilty on July 5, 2019.

John David Saul Sr., 45, of Meshoppen was sentenced to 106 days to 23½ months in county jail for simple assault.

Judge Shurtleff also ordered Saul to make restitution of $13,316 to the victims of the case, and to pay a fine of $500.

Saul was also sentenced to pay a $300 fine for harassment.

Shurtleff noted that Saul will be given credit for 106 days he has already served, and is thus eligible for immediate parole.

Among the terms of the sentence was Saul must submit to random drug testing, and have no contact with the victims.

Saul was arrested by state police for the above offenses on April 29. He pleaded guilty on July 5.

Megan Marie Wilbur, 37, of Nicholson, was sentenced to 50 days to 23½ months incarceration for criminal use of a communication facility.

Wilbur was also ordered to pay a $500 fine.

Judge Shurtleff noted that because Wilbur has already served the 50-day minimum, she is immediately eligible for parole.

Wilbur was arrested by Wyoming County Detective David Ide for the above offense, which occurred in November 2018.

She pleaded guilty in July.

Angela Marie Setters, 45, of Meshoppen, was sentenced to 30 days in-house arrest with electronic monitoring for driving while under the influence.

Judge Shurtleff also ordered Setters to pay a $1,000 fine and perform 20 hours of community service.

Setters was charged by state police with DUI on Oct. 20, 2018.

She pleaded guilty on June 7, 2019.

Robert Barber, 21, of Nicholson, was sentenced to 13 day to 21 months incarceration for possession of a controlled substance.

Barber was also sentenced to 3 days to 6 months for driving while under the influence; and 12 months probation for fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer.

Judge Shurtleff ordered all three sentenced to run concurrently, and said Barber can immediately be placed on probation because he is being given credit for time served.

Barber was also ordered to pay a total of $2,000 in fines for all three offenses.

Barber was charged by Dalton police with the above offenses on Feb. 13, and pleaded guilty on June 7.

Justin Joseph Brower, 20, of Factoryville, was sentenced to 12 months probation for simple assault.

Brower was also ordered to pay a $750 fine; perform 35 hours of community service; and attend an anger management program.

Brower informed Judge Shurtleff during his sentencing that he was sorry for what he had done, and was prepared to take responsibility for his actions.

Brower was charged by Dalton police with simple assault in September 2018. He pleaded guilty on July 5.

Mark S. Brozusky, 31, of Tunkhannock, was sentenced to three to six month incarceration for driving while under the influence of a controlled substance.

Brozusky was also order to pay a $1,000 fine.

He was charged by state police with DUI on Oct. 28, 2017; and pleaded guilty on May 10, 2019.

Andra L. Evancavich, 26, of Nicholson, was sentenced to 18 months probation and fined $750 for recklessly endangering another person.

Evancavich was also sentenced to 12 months probation for providing false reports to law enforcement. Judge Shurtleff ordered the sentences to run concurrently, ordered her to perform 20 hours of community service, and pay a $750 fine.

Evancavich was charged by Dalton police with the above offenses on Oct. 2, 2018. She pleaded guilty on July 5, 2019.

Dakota Charles Heintzelman, 21, of Lehighton, was sentenced to 72 hours to six months incarceration for driving while under the influence.

Heintzelman was also ordered to perform 100 hours of community service, and pay a $1,000 fine.

Because Heintzelman has already served the minimum sentence, Judge Shurtleff ruled that he is eligible for immediate parole.

Heintzelman was charged by Meshoppen police with DUI on May 23, 2018, and pleaded guilty on July 5, 2019.

Samantha Lynn Lacey, 20, of Mehoopany, was sentenced to one year probation for simple assault.

In handing down the sentence, Judge Shurtleff noted that the case was a result of domestic violence.

He asked Lacey if she possessed any firearms in her home. Lacey replied no, but confirmed that her live-in boyfriend does have them at the residence.

Shurtleff instructed Lacey that her boyfriend must turn the weapons over to the county sheriff’s department within 24 hours after sentencing. Failure to do so, he warned, would be considered contempt of court.

Lacey was also ordered to perform 20 hours of community service; have no contact with the victim; and pay a $500 fine.

Lacey was charge by Tunkhannock Township police in August. 2018, and pleaded guilty on July 5, 2019.

Brendon James Milliron, 24, of Dalton, was sentenced to 12 months probation for theft by deception.

Milliron was also sentenced to 54 days to six month for driving while under the influence.

Judge Shurtleff also ordered Milliron to pay $1,275 restitution to People’s Security Bank, as well as a total of $1,500 in fines for both offenses.

The judge noted that Milliron is eligible for immediate parole, because he has already served his minimum sentence.

Part of the conditions of his sentence is that Milliron not enter People’s Security Bank or its parking lot.

Milliron was charged by Wyoming County Detective David Ide with theft by deception on July 27, 2017. He was charged with DUI by Tunkhannock Township police on Dec. 2, 2018.

Thomas Stevens, 31, of Monroe Township, was sentenced to 12 months probation for simple assault.

Stevens was also ordered by Judge Shurtleff to make $473 restitution to a female victim in the case, plus $715 to Geisinger, as well as a $500 fine. Steven is also forbidden from having any further contact with the victim or Geisinger.

Stevens was charged by state police with simple assault on Dec. 24, 2017.

Bryanna McAllister, 32, of Dalton, was sentenced to 3 days to 12 months for simple assault.

Because she had already served her minimum sentence, Judge Shurtleff declared that McAllister was immediately eligible for parole.

He also ordered her to pay a fine of $500.

She was charged with the above offense on Jan. 30, 2019, and pleaded guilty on July 5.