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Child struck by vehicle while biking in Sayre

A 26–year–old Waverly woman is facing drug paraphernalia charges after striking a child on a bicycle and being found in possession of marijuana on Pitney Street in Sayre on Aug. 30.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Sayre Borough police arrived to Pitney Street and found broken pieces of bumper in the roadway and a juvenile male lying on the road while being treated by EMS. Anna Schutz was identified as the driver of the vehicle. Schutz stated that she saw a couple of kids biking on Pitney Street when one of the children cut out into the road in front of her vehicle.

An officer went over to the vehicle to inspect the damage and detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the passenger side of the vehicle. Schutz admitted to there being marijuana in the vehicle and retrieved two ziplock bags of marijuana from a diaper bag. The officer asked if she had consumed any marijuana, but Schutz stated that she had not yet consumed any and planned on rolling the marijuana at home.

Rolling paper was found in the center console area of the vehicle. Schutz passed a standard field sobriety test and was taken into custody for possession of marijuana.

Schutz is facing charges of misdemeanor possession of marijuana and misdemeanor use/possession of drug paraphernalia.

Schutz has a preliminary hearing on Oct. 15 with Magisterial District Judge Larry Hurley.


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Focusing on the future

SAYRE — Nearly 300 slides made their way down a projector screen Monday. About half of them focused on what stakeholders in the district and throughout the community saw as positives of the Sayre Area School District. The most prominent strengths were teachers, teamwork, and community, while others noted its small class size, big heart, arts, traditions, summer recreation program, continuity through all grade levels, and even nods to the secretarial staff, school resource officer, Director of Special Education Dr. Tricia Tietjen, and Business Manager Barry Claypool (which garnered a few jokes about him skewing the results).

When it came to the where the school district needed work, the most common theme was communication followed by accountability and then morale. Other areas of concern touched on facility maintenance, technology, test scores, discipline, developing workforce skills, professional development, and even bringing back Spanish.

“When I talk about communication, that’s more than just pushing the information out to others, it’s being able to listen and hear what is happening,” said Superintendent Dr. Jill Daloisio. “Although some of us might say, ‘That’s not really a problem or that’s not really a problem,’ it’s important to say, ‘It’s someone’s perception of our school district.’ So we need to grow in that area.”

She noted that communication can take a variety of forms, from responding to phone calls and emails to Facebook posts, listening to complaints, sharing information at board meetings and connecting with local media.

“Communication takes time, but it’s worth the effort for the students that we serve,” Daloisio added.

The accountability piece would address both students and staff with policies to hold people accountable for their actions and make sure everyone is treated equally, while improving morale would be a broad-based initiative to provide a more enjoyable work environment.

“I’m a believer that morale is important,” she explained. “It’s important that you are happy and that you want to be at work every day, and feel appreciated. But morale does not rest with one person in the school system. Morale comes from everybody … and everybody is accountable for that.”

Using this information, Daloisio will be bringing together committees to address each of these top three areas of improvement through the course of the school year. The groups will be made up of those within the school district and the surrounding community.

“I think some of those other pieces will get taken care of along the way just from the natural reaction of what we will be doing as an entire team,” said Daloisio.

Several school board members praised Daloisio for her initiative Monday.

“I’m excited about what this means for us going forward,” said school board member Erin Wayman, who also highlighted the school district’s strengths that were featured as part of the presentation.

As an educator herself, school board member Margaret Barry said the district is blessed to have a teaching staff and surrounding community that cares, which will help take care of concerns about testing and curriculum.

“I see communication starting to be better,” said school board President Pete Quattrini. “We’re working in the right direction and I’m proud of that — and I thank all of you for that.”


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Waverly man facing charges after hospital disturbance

A 42–year–old Waverly man is facing charges after initially refusing to leave the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital before taking a hospital wheelchair to Howard Elmer Park and throwing it into a bush on Sept. 2.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Sayre Borough police were dispatched to the scene due to Hillmont Talada III refusing to leave the hospital bed. An officer spoke to Talada who pretended to be asleep, according to court documents. Talada is accused of using vulgar language and yelling at hospital staff loudly before getting up and sitting in a wheelchair.

Talada was brought outside and told to wait for a ride. The officer was called back to the hospital after security stated that Talada stole the wheelchair and took it to the park before tossing it into a bush next to the gazebo.

The affidavit states that the officer told Talada to return the wheelchair or face theft related charges. Talada is accused of becoming agitated and yelling at the officer before walking down the steps. He then yelled to a female that was passing by about how he couldn’t walk. He then “spiked” his phone and discharged paperwork onto the sidewalk before screaming that he couldn’t walk.

While placing Talada under arrest, Talada told officers that there were two needles in his pocket that were to be used for “speedball.”

Talada is facing charges of misdemeanor disorderly conduct engage in fighting in the third degree, misdemeanor harassment — comm. lewd, threatening, etc. language in the third degree and misdemeanor use/possession of drug paraphernalia.

Talada has a preliminary hearing on Oct. 15 with Magisterial District Judge Larry Hurley.


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Keller prioritizing families, workers with new session

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U.S. Rep. Fred Keller (R-12) is back in Washington, D.C. after an end of summer district work session filled with getting to know his new constituents even better, whether it was with a stop at a small-town fair or meeting with local industry leaders in the fields of energy, health care and those looking to bring broadband through the rural areas.

Speaking with The Review before work began to kick off the new legislative session Monday evening, Keller stressed that his focus will be on the country’s families and workers — in line with President Donald Trump.

“I know that a lot of people say that the president may be unconventional with a lot of things, and he might be, but quite frankly I welcome that because it’s finally getting us some results,” said Keller. “It’s about time. Our president was elected in 2016 because he was going to handle things a little differently and put America’s families and America’s workers first, and it’s about time that colleagues on the Democrat side of the aisle get on board with that and stop trying to delay the progress that the administration wants to make.”

Specifically, Keller called on Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democrats to stop delaying a vote on the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement designed as an update the 24-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement.

“In my estimation, if we can’t even get that deal done with our neighbors, Mexico and Canada, what incentive does China have to come over and try to work out a trade agreement with the United States,” Keller added. “The delay tactics from the Democrats need to stop and we need to get down to work.”

Focusing more on his work meeting with constituents locally, Keller said one of his priorities will be ensuring that rural Pennsylvania is able to get the broadband it needs to support industry, such as natural gas, and even agriculture, whether it’s through tax credits or other incentives.

“Touring some of the farms, you look at the farm machinery, how farms are operated today, they rely on internet access to get data, to transmit data,” he explained. “They keep track of many things.”

Keller added that there needs to be more transparency with broadband mapping, while “also making sure that any government dollars that are invested, that we define properly so that companies providing the service get it out to as many people as possible.” As conveyed during a recent listening session Keller had at Claverack Rural Cooperative, these maps have relied on information provided by providers and have been found inaccurate in a recent study conducted by Penn State University and the Center for Rural Pennsylvania.

Focusing on the natural gas industry, Keller touted its importance to the region and said he wants to make sure it can continue to serve Pennsylvania with good paying jobs and low cost energy options.

“You’re talking 300,000 jobs in Pennsylvania, you’re talking billions of dollars into the Pennsylvania economy, and saving the average household around $1,100 a year on energy costs,” Keller said, adding that some of the largest producers are right in the 12th District.

Keller also highlighted the need to reduce the load of paperwork associated with processing Medicare and Medicaid insurance, which could be beneficial for medical practices, as well as updating regulations so that lower cost generic medications can become available to those who need them.

“With prescription drugs and some of the bills that are before Congress, we are seeing what we can get done to make sure that generics be made available and drug companies just can’t change a formula or change a capsule to a pill and try and extend some of the patents, so there’s some work that we have to do,” Keller said, noting that a hearing on the issue was held before the August work break.

Reflecting on his tour of the 12th District, Keller said it was a good opportunity to get in touch with the constituents who overwhelmingly elected him to office during a special election in May. Keller defeated Democrat Marc Friedenberg in a bid to fill the unexpired term of fellow Republican and long-time representative Tom Marino, who stepped down in January due to health issues.

“I won by as much as the president did because I promised to come down here and help the president help American families and American workers,” Keller said.