2017-04-19 / Police Briefs

Police Briefs, April 19

Drug charges, probation violation

Three Canton Township residents are facing drug charges after two women were found to be violating the terms of their probation.

According to Pennsylvania State Police, officials with the Bradford County Probation Department found marijuana stems, two metal smoking pipes, a glass pipe/bong, and a PlayStation card and two metal rods with suspected drug residue on them at 1448 Brague Road. Police noted that some of the items were found in what appeared to be a kid's room. Two small children were in the Brague Road residence at the time of the March 20 search.

Sara Renee Friends-Bowman, 32, Marlene Renee Carr, 52, and Thomas David Carr, 40, each face two misdemeanor charges of the controlled substance, drug, device and cosmetic act: prohibited acts — penalties, and a misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of children.

They were each issued a summons for a preliminary hearing on May 10 in District Court 42-3-01.

Sayre man charged with DUI following crash

Athens Township Police have charged James Frances Sturzen, 35, of Sayre with two counts of driving under the influence and a third degree misdemeanor accident involving damage to attended vehicle following a two vehicle motor vehicle accident that occurred at 8:12 p.m. on March 9.

Police state that they were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Elmira Street and the Walmart Entrance. While en route police were advised that one of the vehicles involved had fled the scene and reportedly pulled into the Beeman’s Restaurant parking lot. As police arrived to Beeman's, they saw a vehicle with severe front end damage with the airbag deployed. There was blood observed on the airbag. A few moments later, Sturzen came out of Beeman's and staggered toward police. He also was bleeding from the head. As police approached Sturzen’s vehicle he became irate and tried to charge the officer saying “you're not searching my vehicle!” A second officer on scene had to hold him back. An empty bottle of vodka and a red solo cup were observed within Sturzen’s vehicle by police.

He was later transported to the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital to be treated for his injuries. While at the hospital, a blood draw was performed and his blood alcohol content was determined to be 0.36 percent, said police.

The second vehicle involved in the accident spoke with police, stating that she was sitting at the green light at the intersection of Elmira Street and the Wal-Mart entrance when she was suddenly struck in the rear by Sturzen. She then related that Sturzen went around her and continued to travel south on Elmira Street, stated police.

Sturzen is also being cited with failure to stop and give information, failure to notify police of accident, following too closely and reckless driving, court documents show.

Sturzen is slated to appear before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark on April 19 for his preliminary hearing, according to court documents.

New Albany man points shotgun at victims

Pennsylvania State Police in Towanda charge James Richard Lutz, 41, of New Albany with a second degree misdemeanor simple assault and reckless endangering another person following an incident that occurred at 10 p.m. on April 12 at a residence on Wyalusing New Albany Road in Terry Township.

According to police, they responded to the Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital for a report of child abuse. Upon arrival, police spoke with the victim who related during a custody exchange with Lutz, he pulled out a loaded shotgun and was pointing it at her. The victim added that her two children were at the scene during the altercation. A second victim related that he was at the scene and that Lutz had also pointed the shotgun at him. He added that the two children were in the direction in which Lutz had pointed the shotgun.

Lutz is also being cited for harassment, court documents show.

Lutz was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton and was remanded to the Bradford County Correctional Facility in lieu of $55,000 bail. He is scheduled to appear before Wheaton on May 9 for his preliminary hearing, according to court documents.

New Albany woman charged with obstructing law administration

Bradford County Sheriff's Office has charged Danielle Romano, 31, of New Albany with a second degree misdemeanor obstructing law administration following an incident that occurred at 11:37 a.m. on April 4 at a residence on Saxe Road in Wilmot Township.

Bradford County Sheriff's Office went to Romano's residence to serve four warrants to Robert Romano. As deputies approached the residence, they observed the garage door to be open. As they pulled into the driveway, the door was immediately shut. Contact was made with Danielle at the front door of the residence. She continuously denied Robert being at the residence. Deputies stated that they could hear someone moving in the garage. Due to Danielle not allowing them into the garage, the deputies forcibly entered the garage. They found Robert in the rafters of the garage under a blanket.

Deputies stated that during interaction with Danielle, she was constantly on her cell phone. A search warrant was obtained for Robert’s cell phone. It was observed that Danielle messaged Robert during their time at the residence.

She was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton and was sent to the Bradford County Correctional Facility in lieu of $10,000 bail. Danielle is scheduled to appear before Wheaton on April 25 for her preliminary hearing, court documents show.

Towanda man charged with making unsworn falsification to authorities

Pennsylvania State Police in Towanda have charged Levi John McNeal, 27, of Towanda with a second degree misdemeanor making unsworn falsification to authorities following an incident that occurred at 3:46 p.m. on March 8 at Fulmer's Sporting Goods on Golden Mile Road in Wysox Township.

According to police, McNeal completed a ATF Form 4473 and checked no which reads “are you a fugitive from justice?” An arrest warrant had then been issued for him.

He is slated to appear before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton on May 16 for his preliminary hearing, court documents show.

Bad check

WOC Energy has filed a private criminal complaint against Robin L. Nichols, 42, of Van Etten, N.Y., for writing a bad check for $406 in District Court 42-3-03. Nichols has been charged with a third degree misdemeanor writing bad check. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 26 before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark, court documents show.

Towanda woman charged with DUI

Pennsylvania State Police in Towanda charge Leigh Anne Ayers, 45, of Towanda with three counts of driving under the influence of a controlled substance and a second degree misdemeanor recklessly endangering another person following a traffic stop that was initiated at 2:07 a.m. on Feb. 11 on state Route 6 in Towanda Borough.

Police state that a traffic stop was initiated after Ayers was observed crossing the centerline. The vehicle also had a broken rear driver’s side tail light. As police made contact with the operator, Ayers, they observed a white substance lodged and partially exiting her left nostril. She was asked to perform a series of standardized field sobriety tests. Police state that she appeared to be intoxicated and was then placed under arrest for suspicion for DUI. A blood draw was performed at the Guthrie Memorial Hospital. Results showed that Ayers’ blood contained 110 ng/mL of Oxycodone-Free and 1 ng/mL of Oxymorphone-Free.

She is also being cited with failure to keep right, careless driving and having no rear lights, court documents show.

Ayers is slated to appear before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark on May 19 for her preliminary hearing, according to court documents.

Nichols, N.Y. man charged with DUI

Towanda Borough police have charged Roger Michael Cole, 23, of Nichols, N.Y., with two counts of driving under the influence following an incident that occurred at 8:26 a.m. on Dec. 2, 2016 on Mechanic Street in Towanda Borough.

According to police, they responded to Mechanic Street for a possible impaired driver who reportedly nearly struck a parked vehicle. Police made contact with the victim and Cole, who reportedly nearly struck the victim’s parked car. During conversation with Cole, police could detect the odor of alcohol on his breath. He was then asked to perform a series of standardized field sobriety tests in which he showed signs of impairment. He was then transported to the Guthrie Memorial Hospital for a blood draw. Cole’s blood alcohol content was determined to be 0.194 percent.

He is also being cited with careless driving and failure to keep right, court documents show.

Cole is scheduled to appear before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark for his preliminary hearing on May 19, according to court documents.

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