2017-07-16 / Police Briefs

Police Briefs, July 16, 2017

Second person charged in using checks of deceased woman

Pennsylvania State Police in Towanda have charged Jeramie Lee Vargson, 40, of Elmira, N.Y. with a felony count of conspiracy — receiving stolen property, a first degree misdemeanor theft by deception, eight first degree misdemeanor counts of conspiracy — theft by deception, and 11 second degree misdemeanor counts of theft by deception following multiple incidents that occurred between April 22 and April 26 at various Dandy Mini Marts across Bradford County.

According to police, the checks written by Vargson and his female counterpart came from a closed Solutions Federal Credit Union Account, belonging to a deceased woman. A total of $3,430.36 was written in bad checks. Dandy Mini-Mart is requesting restitution and including a $540 in security fees for a total of $3,970.36.

Vargson was arraigned before Magisterial District judge Michael Shaw and was released on a non-monetary bail. He is slated to appear before Shaw on Aug. 1 for his preliminary hearing, court documents show.

DUI charge

Athens Borough Police charged Mark William Vanderpool, 60, of Sayre with driving under the influence, restrictions on alcoholic beverage and disregard of traffic lane following a traffic stop that was initiated at 9:38 p.m. on June 30 on South Main Street in Athens Borough.

Police state that a traffic stop was initiated on Vanderpool’s vehicle as he was observed swerving on the roadway, pulled out in front of a police officer causing him to slam on his brakes and was traveling at 10 MPH in a 25 MPH zone. Upon making contact with Vanderpool, police could detect a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his person. His eyes were also glossy and his speech was slow and slurred. An open 12 ounce can of Busch beer was seen in plain view in the rear of his vehicle. Vanderpool then performed a series of standardized field sobriety tests in which he showed signs of impairment

Vanderpool is scheduled to appear before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark on Aug. 11 for his preliminary hearing, court documents show.

Handcuffed man attempts to escape police custody

Pennsylvania State Police in Towanda have charged Christopher W. Levengood, 35, of Williamsport with felony counts of burglary, criminal trespassing, escape and misdemeanors resisting arrest and providing false identification to law enforcement following an incident that occurred at 8:04 p.m. on July 12 along Long Valley Road in Franklin Township.

According to police, they responded to a report of an attempted burglary. Once on scene, they were told by a witness that the individual responsible had fled into a wooded area behind the residence. The individual, Levengood, was located and apprehended on the neighboring property. While in custody in handcuffs, Levengood attempted to escape police custody and entered into the wooded area before being apprehended for a second time. He then told police that his name was Joseph before he was identified through his Pennsylvania OLN.

Levengood was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark and was sent to the Bradford County Correctional Facility in lieu of $30,000 bail. He is slated to appear before Clark on July 26 for his preliminary hearing, according to court documents.

Towanda man charged with criminal mischief

Pennsylvania State Police in Towanda charged Kristopher Adam Reeves, 32, of Towanda with criminal mischief and harassment following an incident that occurred on July 13 at a residence on Railroad Street in Towanda Township.

Police state that Reeves smashed the rear, front and passenger’s windows out of the victim’s vehicle. The victim related she saw Reeves smash the windows with a rock. The victim further stated that Reeves threatened physical harm to her if she told anyone about the window smashing.

Reeves was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark and was released on a $15,000 security bond posted by Roger L. Brown. He is slated to appear before Clark on July 26 for his preliminary hearing, court documents show.

Towanda woman obstructs police

Towanda Borough Police have charged Harley E. Benjamin, 26, of Towanda with obstructing administration of law or other governmental functions following an incident that took place at 2:54 p.m. on July 1 at a residence on York Avenue in Towanda Borough.

According to police, they responded to the residence for a reported overdose. As police entered the home and headed up the stairs, they saw the bathroom door open. Police were able to identify the woman in the bathroom as Benjamin. Benjamin then closed and locked the door. Due to the nature of the incident, police kicked the door in. A male was then observed sitting on a stool in the shower. Benjamin then tried to walk deeper into the bathroom but was told to leave the room. She left the bathroom and attempted to walk into another room before police stopped her and escorted her down the steps.

Benjamin is slated to appear before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark on Aug. 18 for her preliminary hearing, court documents show.

Towanda man charged with possession of drug paraphernalia

Towanda Borough Police charged Matthew Gera Desrochers, 41, of Towanda with possession of drug paraphernalia and disorderly conduct following an incident that occurred at 7:30 a.m. on July 1 at a residence on South Main Street in Towanda Borough.

Police state that they responded to an incident of a guy freaking out in his room and beating his chest. A search of Desrochers’ person resulted in the finding of a used syringe in his pants pocket.

Desrochers is scheduled to appear before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark on Aug. 18 for his preliminary hearing, according to court documents.

New Albany man charged with possession of drug paraphernalia

Towanda Borough Police have charged Michael Patrick McCarter, 30, of New Albany with two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia following a traffic stop that was initiated at 11:42 p.m. on July 2 on Main Street in Towanda Borough.

According to police, a traffic stop was initiated on McCarter’s vehicle due to it not having working headlights. Upon making contact with McCarter, police detected a strong odor of marijuana emanating from his vehicle. A smoking pipe was found within the vehicle and another one was found on his person. The residue within the pipes tested positive for THC.

He is slated to appear before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark on Aug. 18 for his preliminary hearing, according to court documents.

Man charged with DUI in Towanda Twp.

Brian Hennessy, 45, of Spencer, N.Y., was charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance after he was pulled over for a traffic violation on U.S. Route 220 in Towanda Township, police said.

Hennessy must face the charge at a preliminary hearing on Aug. 25 in Towanda District Court.

The traffic stop took place at 10:36 p.m. on May 29, according to the state police at Towanda.

Burglary occurs in N. Towanda Twp.

Someone broke into a residence on U.S. Route 6 in North Towanda Township and removed multiple items worth approximately $700, police said.

The burglar or burglars broke into the residence through a window, state police at Towanda said.

The stolen items belong to a 55-year-old woman from Orwell Township, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the state police at Towanda at (570) 265-2186.

Traffic stop in Towanda Twp. leads to DUI charge

Leslie Allen Parker, 41, of Towanda was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol on U.S. Route 220 in Towanda Township, state police at Towanda said.

The charge was filed after Parker was pulled over on May 28 for non-functioning license plate lights and failing to use a turn signal, police said.

Parker must appear before Towanda Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark on July 28.

Drug arrest

Waverly Police say they arrested four individuals — Ashley N. Agnew, 29, of Sayre; Tyler E. Allen, 23, of Mildred; Michael D. Carrethers, 35, of Waverly; and Katelyn A. Rowe, 26, of Athens — for misdemeanor criminal possession of a controlled substance, in the seventh degree, following a traffic stop on Park Avenue.

A press release from the police states that the traffic stop was initiated at 1:15 a.m. on July 14 in Waverly, N.Y.

Both Carrethers (larceny charge) and Rowe (disorderly conduct) were wanted on warrants issued for their arrest from the Village of Waverly Justice Court, police say.

All were arraigned in the Village of Waverly, N.Y. Justice Court on July 14, 2017 and all four were sent to the Tioga County, N.Y., correctional facility to await further legal action.

Drug related arrest / Methamphetamine residue.

Waverly Police arrested Michael P. Harrigan, 29, of Athens, Pa., for misdemeanor possessing a hypodermic instrument and misdemeanor criminal possession of drug paraphernalia in the second degree according to a press release from the Waverly Police.

Harrigan was arrested following a traffic stop at 1:01 a.m. on July 11 on Chemung Street, Waverly, N.Y., records show. He was issued an appearance ticket to appear in the Village of Waverly, NY Justice Court on July 20 to answer the criminal charges.

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DUI

Towanda Borough Police charged Cali Marlene Slife, 27, of Sayre with driving under the influence, careless driving and operating a vehicle with unsafe equipment following a traffic stop that was initiated at 11:30 p.m. on June 16 on Main Street in Towanda Borough.

Police state that a traffic stop was initiated on Slife’s vehicle due to it having non-functional tail lights. Upon making contact with the operator, Slife, police could immediately smell a very strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from inside the vehicle. Slife would admit to having consumed several alcoholic beverages prior to driving. She then performed a series of standardized field sobriety tests in which she showed signs of impairment. A blood draw was later performed at the Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital where her blood alcohol concentration was determined to be 0.120-percent.

She is scheduled to appear before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark on Aug. 11 for her preliminary hearing, according to court documents.

Burlington man charged with unauthorized use of motor vehicle

Pennsylvania State Police in Towanda have charged Christopher Martin Travis, 30, of Burlington with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle following an incident that took place on June 23 at a residence on Fawcett Avenue in New Albany.

According to police, the owner of the vehicle allowed Travis to borrow her vehicle for a day. He then told the owner that his truck was broken and that he needed to borrow the vehicle for a few more days. A few days turned into weeks and when the owner asked for her vehicle back, Travis gave her the runaround and would not return her vehicle. She added that she was in contact several time with Travis and he continued to not return her vehicle. The vehicle was ultimately found abandoned and unlocked in a wooded area in Towanda Township.

Travis is slated to appear before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark on Aug. 23 for his preliminary hearing, court documents show.

Towanda woman charged with simple assault

Towanda Borough Police charged Sara Marie Malloy, 32, of Towanda with simple assault and disorderly conduct engaging in fight, following an incident that occurred at 10:47 a.m. on June 5 on Main Street in Towanda Borough.

According to police, they were dispatched to the area of the Keystone Theatre for a fight. Once on scene, police determined that Malloy and a juvenile had engaged in a fight. Malloy stated that the victim struck her sister with a closed fist in which Malloy defended her sister by striking the victim. The victim related that she was kicked in the face by Malloy while she was on the ground. Security camera footage from Strickland’s Beverage shows the victim striking Malloy’s sister but then shows Malloy and the victim engage in a scuffle where she pulls the victim’s hair and kicks her in the head area while on the ground.

Malloy is slated to appear before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark on Aug. 25 for her preliminary hearing, according to court documents.

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