2017-02-16 / Police Briefs

Police Briefs, Feb. 16, 2017

Scranton woman charged with retail theft

Athens Township police have charged Heidi Kristen Dudden, 45, of Scranton with a third degree felony count of retail theft following an incident that occurred at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 30, 2016 at Wal-Mart on Elmira Street in Athens Township.

A Wal-Mart asset protection associate informed police that she had followed a female subject who selected numerous items from the crafts department and placed them into her purse. The female, later identified as Dudden, then went to the front of the store where she paid for other items but made no effort to pay for the items she placed in her purse. The total value of items stolen was $101.21, according to police.

A review of Dudden’s criminal history showed that she had two prior arrests and convictions for retail theft, said police.

She was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton and sent to the Bradford County Correctional Facility in lieu of $20,000 bail. She is slated to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on Feb. 28 for her preliminary hearing, court documents show.

One vehicle accident reported in Leroy Township

Pennsylvania State Police in Towanda reported a one vehicle accident that occurred at 8:45 a.m. on Feb. 8 on state Route 414 in Leroy Township.

Police state that Hanna Laurie Taylor, 36, of Canton was traveling west as she was negotiating a right curve in the roadway. Taylor stated that she lost control of the vehicle as the steering wheel began to pull left. She then avoided striking a vehicle in the eastbound lane of travel but over corrected and the vehicle then left the roadway. Taylor struck an embankment causing her vehicle to overturn. After impact, the vehicle came to a final rest on its roof. Taylor suffered suspected minor injuries and is being charged with driving on roadways laned for traffic.

Troy man charged with PFA violation

Pennsylvania State Police in Towanda have charged Heath Macwhinnie of Troy with contempt for violation of order or agreement following an incident that occurred between 7:30 and 7:45 p.m. on Dec. 5, 2016 at the Dandy Mini Mart in Troy Borough.

Police state that Macwhinnie gave a letter to the victim which is in violation of a protection from abuse order. He was arraigned in front of Judge Evan Williams III and was released. Macwhinnie agreed to enter a guilty plea for the violation.

Athens man charged with DUI

Pennsylvania State Police in Towanda charged Mitchell Kelly, 22, of Athens with five counts of driving under the influence following a traffic stop that was initiated at 10:02 p.m. on Jan. 27 on U.S. Route 220 in Monroe Township.

Police state that a traffic stop was initiated on Kelly’s vehicle for an equipment violation. Upon making contact with the operator, it was determined that he was under influence of drugs. The smell of marijuana was emanating from the vehicle. A small amount of marijuana was located in the vehicle. Kelly was arrested for driving under the influence. Charges have been filed is District Court 42-3-03.

He is also being charged with careless driving and operating a vehicle without any headlights, court documents show.

He is scheduled to appear before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark on March 24 for his preliminary hearing, according to court documents.

New Albany man charged with DUI

Pennsylvania State Police in Towanda have charged Michael Donnelly, 32, of New Albany with driving under the influence of drugs and endangering the welfare of a child following a traffic stop that was initiated at 4:24 p.m. on River Street in Towanda Borough.

According to police, a traffic stop was initiated for numerous traffic violations. Upon making contact with the operator, it was determined he was under the influence of drugs. Donnelly was arrested for DUI as well as endangering the welfare of a child as there was a child present within the vehicle during the traffic stop. Charges have been filed in District Court 42-3-03.

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