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Towanda man facing charges after allegedly attacking victim with a stick

A Towanda man is facing aggravated assault related charges after allegedly striking a victim with a wooden stick multiple times at a gas station in Monroe on July 13.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, the Pennsylvania State Police were dispatched to the incident for the report of an assault. Upon speaking with the witness and victim of the incident, injuries to the assaulted victim’s head and arms were observed.

Court documents state that the witness and victim were at a stop sign at the intersection of Woodside Drive and Route 220 when 52-year-old Joseph Maloney traveled onto Woodside Road and turned around to get behind them. Maloney is accused of rapidly approaching the witness’s vehicle before pulling into the gas station where cameras and lights were located.

Maloney is accused of exiting his vehicle and striking the victim repeatedly with a large wooden stick. The victim fell to the ground and Maloney allegedly continued to strike the victim before returning to his vehicle and fleeing the scene.

Surveillance footage of the incident was observed and Maloney was brought into custody without incident. The large wooden stick was found behind the front door and had blood on it, according to the affidavit.

Later, one of the witness’s vehicles was found smashed at their residence. The witness told troopers that Maloney had called her and said, “wait until you see what I did to the Jeep.”

Maloney is facing charges of felony aggravated assault, misdemeanor criminal mischief — destroy property in the third degree, misdemeanor disorderly conduct engage in fighting in the third degree, two counts of misdemeanor simple assault in the second degree, misdemeanor possessing instrument of crime with intent and summary violation harassment.

Maloney is in the Bradford County Correctional Facility on $75,000 bail and has a preliminary hearing on July 14 with Magisterial District Judge Todd Carr.

North Towanda to purchase new tanker

NORTH TOWANDA TOWNSHIP — The North Towanda Fire Company will be replacing their 1996 Freightliner Tanker with a new 2019 Kenworth 440 tanker truck township officials announced in their monthly meeting on Tuesday evening.

In order to purchase the truck, a TEFRA (Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act) hearing was held during the meeting.

The hearing is needed to allow the fire company to enter into a tax free $250,000 loan agreement with First Citizens Community Bank.

North Towanda Township solicitor Jonathan Foster said in the meeting that the hearing allows the township to designate the fire company as the fire company for the township and approve the tax free loan to the fire company. The hearing does not make the township responsible for the loan, the township is essentially saying that the tax-free loan serves the public interest in the township, according to Foster.

Township Supervisor Gerald Sheets said that the old tanker had significant wear and tear and that it was time to replace it. The 1996 truck had been in service for more than 20 years.

The new tanker will cost $291,868.96 and have an improved pump and bigger chassis, according to Sheets.

Both supervisors present at the meeting, Sheets and Charmaine Stempel, serve as assistant fire chief and secretary for the fire company respectively, meaning that they both had a conflict of interest in voting for the purchase. In order to vote on the purchase both supervisors read a statement acknowledging their conflict, then approved the purchase.

Supervisor David Brubaker was absent due to medical reasons.

Also in the meeting, bids were opened for tar and chipping and grinding of Laurel Hill Road. The supervisors carried a motion to accept Suit-Kote’s low bid of $43,121.25 or $2.25 each square yard for the tar and chipping of the road and Vestal Asphalt’s $87,183.10 low bid for the grinding of the road.

Laurel Hill Road traverses North Towanda, Towanda and Burlington Township. The bids accepted cover the North Towanda and Township portion of the road but not the Burlington Township portion.

Sheets said in the meeting that North Towanda and Towanda Township have agreed to share the costs proportionally for the road work but that Burlington Township did not enter into an agreement.

Towanda Township’s portion of the road is approximately one quarter, according to Sheets. Construction is expected to begin in the fall.

Former area educator pleads guilty in drug dealing case


A woman who for a short time served as the special education director for the Wyalusing Valley School District pleaded guilty to one of the charges she faced after trying to sell marijuana and THC in various forms to an undercover Pennsylvania State Police Trooper in January.

Dawn M. Trautwein, 49, of Boyerstown, Berks County, will spend the next four years on probation after entering a plea on Monday to the felony of manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver in the Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas, according to court documents. She originally faced five other charges, including a second felony count of the charge she pleaded guilty to and a felony for carrying an unlicensed firearm.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Pennsylvania State Police were tipped off to Trautwein’s activity after receiving a complaint about a business card left on a vehicle’s windshield while at the Lower Macungle Dog Park in Lower Macungle Township, Lehigh County. The business card advertised medical grade marijuana in various forms, which included for smoking, vaping and edibles. Police contacted the encrypted email address on the card and set up a meeting at the dog park with Trautwein. Police said Trautwein smoked marijuana from a pipe as she walked the park with the undercover trooper and her dog. Trautwein also offered the investigator various marijuana products before asking to meet at another park to make the sale. Police who had been monitoring the situation stopped Trautwein’s Honda Element en route and found numerous items including marijuana and smoking devices, various THC edibles, capsules and pills, a container of unknown white powder, and a loaded Glock 19 with ammunition.

Trautwein, who resigned after spending a little more than four months with the Wyalusing Area School District starting October 2016, ended up being included on the Canton Area School District substitute list while in the area.

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