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Mother, boyfriend arrested in alleged rape of minor

ATHENS TOWNSHIP — An Addison, New York couple was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Larry Hurley on charges of rape, sexual assault of a minor, corruption of a minor, endangering the welfare of children and other related charges on Tuesday.

Nicholas James Loucks, 24, and Hashly Marrie Callear, 31, are currently being held at the Bradford County Correctional Facility on $200,000 bail each.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, on July 8, Athens Township police had learned through a family member that a teen girl had been sexually assaulted in May at the Candlewood Suites in Athens Township.

Ten minutes later, the juvenile and family members reported to the station, and she was interviewed by a female officer who is trained in child abuse investigations.

In the interview, police ascertained that the incident took place around 3 a.m. on May 11 at the Candlewood Suites in Athens Township. The juvenile told police that her, her mother, Callear (also known as Hashly Smith), and her mother’s boyfriend, Loucks, had rented a room at the Candlewood Suites for Mother’s Day. The juvenile was 14 years old at the time of the incident. Police later confirmed with the hotel that the three stayed at the hotel on May 10 into May 11.

The victim told police that the three all slept in the one-bed room at the hotel and that the incident occurred in the evening. The victim claimed that she was lying in between her mother and Loucks and that throughout the night Loucks awakened her by molesting her.

The victim told police that she tried to turn away from him as an act to pretend she was sleeping, and that Loucks pulled her back toward him and began having sex with her, according to the affidavit.

The victim said that she was afraid to move at first, but then rolled over and Loucks stopped. Then, Loucks and the mother left the room without saying anything for short period of time.

The juvenile went to the bathroom and vomited, then went back into the bedroom area and sat on a chair. When the two returned to the room, Loucks did not speak with the juvenile and the mother said that she didn’t know that the juvenile was awake. The juvenile told the two that she had a headache and that she couldn’t sleep. There was no further incident that evening, according to the affidavit.

The juvenile told police that she believed that her mother was aware of what occurred in the hotel room. She added that when family members became aware of the incident, Callear took the girl’s phone and began deleting incriminating messages between Loucks and the juvenile, and told the girl that she didn't want Loucks to get into any trouble. However, the juvenile had already taken screenshots of the incriminating conversations and saved them in a hidden file on her phone.

Other family members of the girl learned about the assault from the mother of one of the victim's friends. As family attempted to contact the girl by phone and pick her up from Loucks' residence in Addison to make a police report, police said Loucks' disconnected the wifi router from the wall and both he and Callear refused to give the victim the address of the residence. It was while taking a walk with Loucks and Callear that the girl was able to provide her other family members with a GPS location to be picked up.

Loucks was charged with rape, statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse of a person less than 16 years of age, endangering the welfare of children, corruption of minors, and criminal conspiracy — all felonies. Callear is charged with endangering the welfare of a child, corruption of minors, criminal conspiracy, and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.

Both preliminary hearings are scheduled for Sept. 24 in front of Magisterial District Judge Larry Hurley.


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Gleco fired from Canton PD

CANTON — A former Canton Borough police officer has been officially terminated from Canton Borough Police Department after pleading guilty to felonies and misdemeanors related to an alleged sexual relationship with a 16-year-old female and illegally recorded phone calls occurring in 2017 and 2018.

Joshua Gleco, 27, of Montoursville served as a police officer with Canton Borough Police Department until his arrest in January but was terminated from his position through a vote from the Canton Borough Council Monday night.

Gleco pleaded guilty to two offenses of intercepting communications, one count of obscene materials and one count of corruption of minors in August after initially being charged with crimes including felony sexual abuse of children, child pornography, felony wiretap violation and corruption of minors.

Canton Borough Police Chief Doug Seeley called for Canton Borough Council to fire Gleco Monday night, stating that they had the right to do so under the Law Enforcement Act following his guilty plea to three counts of felony of the third degree.

Canton Borough Solicitor David Brann stated that the borough has followed all requirements and procedures necessary prior to voting to terminate Gleco including notifying him of termination and receiving a reply.

“There’s really no accurate response, he’s already pled guilty to felonies and serious misdemeanors...so there wasn’t much of a response but he did respond,” Brann said.

All members of Canton Borough Council voted yes to the motion to terminate Gleco with the exception of Board President Michael Shultz who abstained from the vote.

Gleco is scheduled to face sentencing before the Honorable Judge Evan Williams III on Sept. 23.


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Kali’s Mission receives donation in memory of supporter

Kali’s Mission has received an anonymous $500 donation in memory of supporter Sylvia Ellis, who recently passed away.

“Sylvia was a very important part of the Kali’s Mission team. Her love for animals, cats and dogs alike, was amazing. As soon as we announced the creation of our program, Sylvia reached out to us to see what she could do to help,” according to a press release from the organization. “She volunteered her time at fundraisers, helped us trap feral cats and made sure that the public knew we were here to help. Sylvia took the time to make baskets for our Chinese Auction at Riverfest and helped with our booth even though at the time she was not feeling well.”

The statement continued, “We only had a short time with Sylvia, but it was time well spent. She always had a positive outlook and was a pleasure to work with. The team at Kali’s Mission would like to thank the individual(s) for their generous donation. This donation will be used the way Sylvia would have wanted it to be — caring for the feral cats in the community. She is one exceptional lady and will certainly be missed by everyone who knew her.”

Last week, Kali’s Mission reported another successful trapping event that resulted in the capture of six male and three female cats, who received rabies vaccines and were spayed and neutered. To date, Kali’s Mission has fixed 54 feral felines around Towanda Borough, resulting in an estimated 216 fewer litters (864 kittens) that will be born.

The organization, which is supported by the borough, public donations and fundraisers, will be holding an all-you-can-eat pasta dinner benefit from 5 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 9 at Beeman’s Restaurant in Athens Township. Half of each $10 ticket sold in advance will benefit the organization. Tickets can be purchased by any Kali’s Mission volunteer or by calling (570) 265-3367.

“There is a definite need for the program to continue,” said organizers. “We receive calls almost daily from residents who have feral cats in their neighborhood. All donations that we receive are going towards the veterinary services for these animals. … We have a great team of volunteers who have worked hard to make this program a success. They not only donate their time but also their vehicles, gasoline, and supplies for fundraisers free of charge.”

Those interested in donating can sent checks to Kali’s Mission, 306 William St. in Towanda. The organization is also accepting donations of traps and trap covers, as well as gift certificates to raffle off at events.


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Troy moves to condemn or repair abandoned residence

TROY — Elmira Street in Troy may soon have one less building, as town officials have moved forward with action to have a long empty residence repaired or condemned.

In a unanimous vote, Troy Borough Council elected to take action for the repair or removal of a house at 405 Elmira Street during a meeting at the end of August.

The residence violates a borough property maintenance ordinance and has been deemed an eye sore by the board.

Borough Manager Dan Close stated that the residence is currently owned by PHH Mortgage Corporation.

“It’s high time the bank takes care of their problem,” he stated.

Close said he has been in contact with the bank and made them aware that a vote was to be held concerning the potential condemnation of the property.

Close explained that now that council has voted on taking action regarding the property a code enforcement representative or certified contractor will be hired to determine if the residence can be fixed or if it must be demolished.