2016-08-19 / Police Briefs

Police Briefs, Aug. 19, 2016

Man faces drug-related charges

Michael Morris, 41, of Muncy was recently charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal use, driving under the influence of a controlled substance, and possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia, police said.

The charges stem from a July 2 traffic stop on U.S. Route 220 in North Towanda Township, which was conducted for a window tint violation, according to the state police at Towanda.

Morris told police that he had smoked marijuana approximately two hours prior to the traffic stop, police said.

A blood test revealed that on the day of the traffic stop, the following substances were in Morris’ blood: 2.7 ng/ml of 11-hydroxy Delta-9 THC, 29 ng/ml of Delta-9 Carboxy THC, and 6.3 ng/ml of Delta-9 THC, according to the state police.

Man charged with disorderly conduct

Joseph Lawrence Swart II, 28, of New Albany was recently charged with the third-degree misdemeanor of disorderly conduct after he faked a medical emergency, police said.

A state trooper said he was dispatched to Swart’s residence on July 21 for a report of a male who had possibly overdosed on methamphetamine.

When the trooper was told by radio that the male was unresponsive and not breathing, the trooper activated his emergency lights and siren and expedited his response to the residence.

However, after arriving at Swart’s residence, paramedics told the trooper that the male, identified as Swart, appeared to have normal vital signs and that they did not know what was wrong with him, according to the state police.

Paramedics said that Swart was forcing his eyes closed when they tried to check them, according to police.

Swart later told a paramedic that he was faking the medical emergency because he had gotten into an argument with his girlfriend over his drug use, according to a criminal complaint that the state police filed against Swart in Towanda District Court.

Swart has been sent a summons ordering him to appear for a preliminary hearing on Sept. 28 before Towanda Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark.

Wysox man charged with theft

Pennsylvania State Police in Towanda charged Joseph Johnson, 23, with theft following an incident at Larnard-Hornbrook County Park in Sheshequin Township on July 24 between 4:10 a.m. and 5:27 a.m.

Police received multiple reports of multiple thefts that occurred at the Larnard-Hornbrook County Park and a residence on Hornbrook Road. One resident of Hornbrook Road stated that when he woke up on July 24, he discovered that his television and remote, a half gallon of rum, a pack of cigarettes and a cigarette lighter had been stolen from under his camper awning. A bag of change was also removed from the center consul of his truck. The estimated total of the items stolen was $573.83, according to police.

Another resident of the Lanard-Hornbrook County Park stated that her Igloo cooler was stolen near her campsite, the estimated value was $20.00, said police.

Security camera footage from the park was obtained. The footage captured a green Chevrolet 1500 pickup truck park near the camera at 4:10 a.m. on July 24. Two male individuals, including Johnson, exited the truck and were observed walking toward the campsites. They returned to the truck a short time after carrying a flat screen television and a bottle of rum. They loaded the items into the truck and drove away. Johnson was the operator of the vehicle, stated police.

Johnson was then interviewed and stated that he met the two other individuals in the truck from the park’s security camera footage at the bar. He offered to drive them home because they were intoxicated. He stated that one of the men told him to go to Hornbrook Park. Johnson and the other male walked around the park and began picking up beer and placing it in the red cooler. Johnson then stated that the other male removed a bag of quarters from a truck and then they drove to the Wysox Tops Supermarket where they placed the money in the Coinstar machine. The total was $104.00, stated police.

Johnson is being charged with theft by unlawful taking movable property and theft from a motor vehicle, according to court documents.

He is slated to appear before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark on Sept. 21 for his preliminary hearing, court documents show.

Towanda man charged with possession of controlled substance

Towanda Borough Police charged Logan Spencer, 19, of Towanda with five counts of intentional possession of a controlled substance following an incident on William Street in Towanda Borough on January 28 at 12 p.m.

Police received a call from a resident of William Street stating that illegal drugs were shipped to her home. She stated that the illegal drugs were “spice” and they were addressed to Spencer. The resident stated that the package was partially open when it was delivered and she could clearly see the items to be “spice,” according to police.

Police responded to the residence where the resident produced an open manila envelope and dumped the drugs onto her couch. The officer would clearly recognize the contents to be “spice” or “K2.” The items were labeled as one package of Cloud 9 Mad Hatter, two packages of Joker and two packages of Kisha Cole, stated police.

Spencer was then brought into the Towanda Borough Police Department and admitted to purchasing the illegal drugs from China for $120, said police.

Spencer is slated to appear before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark on Sept. 7 for his preliminary hearing, according to court documents.

Towanda man charged with theft

Towanda Borough Police charged Gary Johnson, 25, of Towanda with theft stemming from an incident on Third Street in Towanda Borough on July 12 at 12:21 p.m.

Police state that they responded to a report regarding a stolen cell phone. The phone was a white iPhone 4s and was last seen at the victim’s apartment.

Later that day, the officer was informed that the cell phone was returned to the victim. The person who returned the cellphone stated that they were walking on Main Street when they were approached by Johnson who asked if they wanted a cell phone. They asked Johnson if the cell phone was stolen and he stated that it was not. They then accepted the cell phone, said police.

Later that day, the person who received the cell phone began to look through it and realized it belonged to the victim. They then returned the phone to the victim, added police.

Johnson was then located and asked if he knew anything about a stolen cell phone. He responded by stating that he did not know anything about a stolen iPhone. Police then stated that they never mentioned anything about it being an iPhone.

Johnson is being charged with theft by unlawfully taking a movable object and receiving stolen property, according to court documents.

He is scheduled to appear before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark on Sept. 21 for his preliminary hearing, court documents show.

Towanda man charged with assault

Pennsylvania State Police in Towanda charged John Vanderpool, 56, of Towanda with assault following an incident on Hillcrest Drive in North Towanda Township on Aug. 12 at 9:49 p.m.

Police stated they received a call for a disturbance at a residence on Hillcrest Drive in North Towanda Township. Prior to their arrival to the location, another call stated that one of the parties involved had left the residence and traveled by foot to the North Towanda Dandy Mini Mart.

Upon arrival at the residence, the victim stated that Vanderpool and himself were at the residence having a few drinks and watching television. The victim then stated that Vanderpool picked up a walking cane and began to poke him with it. After asking Vanderpool to stop several times, Vanderpool swung the cane at him, striking him in the face. The officer observed the victim to have suffered injuries to his upper lip and inner mouth and blood was observed coming from both areas, stated police.

The officer then made contact with Vanderpool at the North Towanda Dandy. After asking Vanderpool for his name and date of birth, Vanderpool provided an incorrect birth date, not allowing the officer to find him in the system. Vanderpool then submitted to a portable breath test which detected a presence of alcohol, said police.

Vanderpool is being charged with simple assault, providing false identification to law enforcement, harassment and public drunkenness, according to court documents.

He was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark and sent to the Bradford County Correctional Facility in lieu of $5,000 bail. He is scheduled to appear before Clark on Sept. 14 for his preliminary hearing, court documents show.

DUIs

The following people have been charged with DUI in Bradford County:

• Towanda Borough Police charged Trever Hartford, 20, of Canton with DUI following an incident on State Route 6 East in Towanda Borough on Aug. 3 at 8:55 p.m. Police received a report of a truck that was driving all over the road, and on several occasions, the vehicle traveled into the oncoming land of travel. Police located the vehicle and after noticing it crossing the center line multiple times, initiated a traffic stop. Upon making contact with the operator, they noticed the smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Hartford was then asked to exit his vehicle. A glass smoking pipe and a small clear baggie containing a small amount of purported marijuana was located within the vehicle. Hartford then admitted to smoking shortly before driving. He was then asked to perform various standardized field sobriety tests and performed poorly during them. Hartford is being charged with DUI of a controlled substance, failure to keep in lane of travel, careless driving, driving an unregistered vehicle and operating a vehicle without a valid inspection. He is slated to appear before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark on Sept. 23 for his preliminary hearing, court documents show.

• Towanda Borough Police charge Laurie Hawley, 51, with DUI following an incident on Fifth Street in Towanda Borough on Aug. 7 at 5:15 p.m. Police received a call from a person stating that a female had side-swiped his parked vehicle with her vehicle at his residence on Fifth Street. The victim stated that the female driver, later identified as Hawley, did not have her driver’s license and stated that her vehicle was uninsured. The officer responded to the residence. The victim stated that Hawley was traveling north on Fifth Street and drifted right, side-swiping his vehicle. The officer then made contact with Hawley who’s speech was very slow as she mumbled and had a very dry mouth. Her eyes were watery and seemed drowsy. Hawley was then asked if she had been drinking or if she had taken any medications and she stated that she had taken multiple medications due to a medical issue she had. She was then asked to perform various standardized field sobriety tests which she performed poorly in. The officer then contacted a drug recognition expert and described the results of the tests to him. The drug recognition expert’s opinion was that Hawley was driving under the influence. Hawley was then transported to the Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital for a blood alcohol content draw. The results showed that Hawley had .64 mcg/mL of Phenobarbital, 43 ng/mL of Lorazepam, greater than 2.0 ng/mL of Clonazepam and 12 ng/mL of 7-Amino Clonazepam present in her blood. Hawley is being charged with DUI of a controlled substance, careless driving, reckless driving, operating a vehicle without required financial responsibility and disregard of traffic lane, according to court documents. She is scheduled to appear before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark on Sept. 23 for her preliminary hearing, court documents show.

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