Burlington home improvement fraud

James Hayward, 33, of Elmira is facing home improvement fraud related charges following an incident in Burlington on May 14, 2018.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, the Pennsylvania State Police were contacted by a victim on April 6 who had paid Hayward to do work on her home in Burlington. The victim told troopers that Hayward had stated that he had workers who specialized in the approved work, but instead arrived with an inexperienced worker. The victim made a downpayment of $9,750 to Hayward for the work, but Hayward left after one and a half days of work due to a death in the family. The employee remained but the victim deemed the work subpar. The victim called Hayward but Hayward did not respond until the victim contacted the Better Business Bureau.

Hayward paid the victim $3,000 back and acknowledged that there was $4,000 more needed to be paid back for the unfinished work, but Hayward never gave more money to the victim after that. Hayward set up an interview with the Pennsylvania State Police on April 17, but never arrived and no longer answered phone calls.

Hayward is facing charges of felony deceptive business practices — sale less than quantity in the third degree, felony receives advance payment for services and fails to perform in the third degree and felony theft by deception — false impression in the second degree.

Hayward is on $10,000 bail and has a preliminary hearing on May 29 with Magisterial District Judge Todd Carr.

Flight to avoid apprehension

Bryant Engle, 29, of Towanda is facing flight to avoid apprehension and drug paraphernalia related charges following an incident in Towanda on April 21.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Towanda Borough police received an anonymous phone call stating that Engle was walking on Fourth Street in Towanda and had active arrest warrants. An officer was dispatched and witness Engle walking on Main Street and carrying a bag. When Engle saw an officer approaching, Engle began to run and the officer yelled orders for Engle to stop.

Engle refused to stop running at that time. Engle eventually turned around and stopped before an officer attempted to place cuffs on Engle. Engle is accused of violently jerking away in another attempt to run. The officer took Engle to the ground and Engle stated that he was tired of going to jail, according to the affidavit.

The bag that Engle had was found to contain 12 hypodermic needles, 20 wax baggies, a mirror with a powdery residue, a round pink pill labeled R33 that was identified as Clonazepam and a digital scale.

Engle is facing charges of felony flight to avoid apprehension/trail/punishment in the third degree, misdemeanor resist arrest/other law enforcement in the second degree, misdemeanor intentional possession of controlled substance by per not regulation and five counts of misdemeanor use/possession of drug paraphernalia.

Engle is in the Bradford County Correctional Facility on $25,000 bail and has a preliminary hearing on June 5 with Magisterial District Judge Todd Carr.

Wysox DUI

Kregory Johnson, 19, of Rome is facing DUI related charges following a traffic stop near Route 6 in Wysox Township on April 2.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, the Pennsylvania State Police witnessed Johnson driving a vehicle with an expired registration and initiated a traffic stop. The trooper detected the odor of marijuana and asked Johnson about it. Johnson told the trooper that he had smoked an hour and a half before driving and that he had a marijuana smoking pipe in the vehicle. A search of the vehicle revealed two pipes and Johnson was taken for a blood draw which revealed T.H.C. in his system.

Johnson is facing charges of misdemeanor DUI: controlled substance — schedule one — first offense, misdemeanor DUI: controlled substance — impaired ability — first offense, misdemeanor use/possession of drug paraphernalia, summary violation driving unregistered vehicle and summary violation careless driving.

Johnson has a preliminary hearing on June 21 with Magisterial District Judge Todd Carr.

Standing Stone burglary

The Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a burglary that occurred on Mosier Street in Standing Stone on May 18. According to the release report, an unknown actor(s) entered the residence through a second floor window and attempted to access a large safe using a grinder but were unsuccessful. The actor(s) took cash from the residence along with a small safe. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Pennsylvania State Police in Towanda.

Wyalusing DUI

Edward Colegrove, 50, of LeRaysville is facing DUI related charges following a traffic stop in the area of County Bridge Road in Wyalusing on April 19.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, the Pennsylvania State Police witnessed Colegrove traveling at a high rate of speed and abruptly turning onto County Bridge Road. Colegrove slowed down once the trooper caught up with him and a traffic stop was initiated. Upon detecting the odor of alcohol and Colegrove giving signs of being under the influence, a standard field sobriety test was performed. Colegrove was taken for a blood draw which revealed a .177 percent blood alcohol content.

Colegrove is facing charges of misdemeanor DUI: general impairment of driving safely — first offense, misdemeanor DUI: high rate of alcohol — first offense, summary violation vehicle registration suspended and summary violation careless driving.

Colegrove has a preliminary hearing on June 21 with Magisterial District Judge Todd Carr.