2017-08-15 / Police Briefs

Police Briefs, Aug. 15, 2017

Disorderly conduct, public drunkenness, terroristic threats and more

The Sayre Borough Police Department charged Michael Scott Rogers, 26, of Troy with disorderly conduct, defiant trespassing, terroristic threats, public drunkenness and criminal mischief following an incident that occurred at 1:20 a.m. on Aug. 12 at the 100 block of Desmond Street in Sayre.

According to police, Rogers was shouting obscenities to four or five individuals who were attempting to enter a vehicle and was placed under arrest for disorderly conduct. A witness then approached and advised police that Rogers had been causing problems with the bar of Roc-n-Doc’s.

Rogers continued to be disorderly as the citations and paperwork were filled out at the office, calling the police obscenities. He refused to sign the citations and, when asked to leave the building multiple times, would not listen to orders. Police eventually brought Rogers back into the holding cell and further charged him with defiant trespass. Infuriated, Rogers reportedly threatened to kill the officers and began kicking the door to the holding cell, resulting in the charges of terroristic threats and criminal mischief.

Rogers appeared for his preliminary arraignment on Aug. 12 and was sent to the Bradford County Jail on $2,000 bail. He is scheduled to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw for his preliminary hearing on Aug. 29.

Retail theft and possession

The Athens Township Police Department has charged Tonya Ann Putnam, 33, of Sayre with retail theft and possession of drug paraphernalia following an incident that occurred at 3:05 p.m. on Aug. 12 at the Walmart on Elmira Street in Athens Township.

According to police, they were called to the scene by Walmart’s asset protection associate. According to the associate’s statements in the affidavit of probable cause, Putnam placed black electrical tape and numerous paint pens into her purse without paying for them. Asset protection stopped her from leaving the store, at which point Putnam threw the stolen items on the floor and left. Police were able to stop her before she left the property. The rest of the stolen merchandise in her purse was recovered, worth $130.32.

In the process, a plastic bag containing 10 insulin syringes was found in Putnam’s purse, according to police. Putnam reportedly stated that her uncle was diabetic and had asked her to pick them up for him. She was placed under arrest and transported to the Athens Township Police Department, where she reportedly stated that she wanted to kill herself. She was then transported to the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital for an evaluation.

Putnam has one prior conviction for retail theft. She was arraigned on Aug. 12 and sent to the Bradford County Jail on $10,000 bail. Putnam is scheduled to appear for her preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on Aug. 29.

DUI

Sayre Borough Police charge Joshua T. Barber, 31, of Barton, New York, with driving under the influence, intentional possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and public drunkenness, following an incident that occurred at 10:32 a.m. on July 23 at the McDonalds on North Keystone Avenue in Sayre Borough.

According to police, they responded to a report of a male passed out in the driver’s seat of a 2010 Honda CRV. It was later advised that the male had exited his vehicle and was stumbling around the parking lot. As police arrived, Barber, who is known by police, attempted to walk away but was extremely uneasy on his feet. Barber would later admit to having used Suboxone. A hypodermic needle, a prescription bottle with vinegar, a change purse with several suboxone strips and a small plastic baggie were seized from Barber’s person. Additionally, Barber was found to be in possession of two metal spoons, several hypodermic needles, two preloaded hypodermic needles, a second prescription bottle with vinegar, a smoking device, a tie off cord, small pieces of cotton, a butane lighter and a lime green purse with a hypodermic needle. A blood draw was later performed at the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital where Barber’s blood had “positive findings” of Clonazepam, 7-Amino Clonazepam and Alprazolam.

He is slated to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on Sept. 22 for his preliminary hearing, court documents show.

Two Towanda residents charged with selling pain killers

Towanda Borough Police have charged Timothy Bailey, 38, of Towanda, with eight felony counts of manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to deliver or manufacture a controlled substance and six felony counts of conspiracy — manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to deliver or manufacture a controlled substance; and Rosemarie Grogan, 44, of Towanda, with six felony counts of manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to deliver or manufacture a controlled substance, six felony counts of conspiracy — manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to deliver or manufacture a controlled substance and two felony counts of criminal use of communication facility following multiple incidents that occurred between June 26 and July 18 of 2014 at various locations within Towanda Borough.

According to police, a confidential informant was instructed to proceed on their own to a residence on Second Street that intelligence indicated was a source of illegal narcotics sales within the community and attempt to arrange purchase. The confidential informant later arrived at the police station and related that they were told “Oxy 5’s” were available for $8 each. The informant was provided with $110 of buy money. They would then enter the residence in question and reappear onto the sidewalk where he and Bailey split ways. The informant handed police 10 white-in-color tablets that they had purchased from Bailey. The tablets were later determined to be Oxycodone. In July of 2014, a buy was arraigned with Grogan. The confidential informant was provided with $180 in serialized currency and dropped off near Grogan’s residence. The informant and Grogan then entered Grogan’s van. Grogan and the informant drove to a residence at the corner of Means and Second streets. The home’s resident was known by police to be a dealer in illicit drugs. The confidential informant would later meet with police and turn over seven pink-colored tablets and two white-colored tablets. The tablets were determined to be Oxycodone and Dihydrocodeinone. The informant would perform a second buy at Bailey’s residence, which resulted in the purchase of 10 tablets, which were later determined to be Loratadine. The informant added that, prior to leaving Bailey’s residence, they had ordered up some heroin to be picked up at a later date. After the informant went to the residence to pick up the heroin, they were told there was no heroin, but did purchase six white tablets, which were later turned over to police. The tablets were determined to be Loratadine. The informant would perform one final purchase of 10 Loratadine tablets.

Bailey was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark and was remanded to the Bradford County Correctional Facility in lieu of $35,000 bail and is slated to appear before Clark on Aug. 16 for his preliminary hearing, court documents show.

Grogan was arraigned before Clark and was remanded to the Bradford County Correctional Facility in lieu of $25,000 bail. Grogan appeared before Clark on Aug. 9 for her preliminary hearing. She is slated to appear before The Honorable Evan Williams III in Bradford County’s Court of Common Pleas on Sept. 11 for her formal arraignment.

New York man charged with disorderly conduct

Sayre Borough Police have charged Malachi Forrest Sams, 24, of Elmira, New York, with disorderly conduct and criminal mischief following an incident that took place at 4:10 p.m. on July 24 at the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre Borough.

Police state that they were dispatched to the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital for a report of an out of control patient. As police entered the room of Sams, it was obvious that he had attempted to “vandalize” the room. The bottle used to urinate in had been thrown at the wall, causing it to open and spray urine all over the walls, floor, cabinets, and white board. Sams’ nurse related that he was argumentative and hostile during his entire stay. The nurse added that is Sams did not get his way, he would continuously try to destroy his hospital room and yell profanity. Hospital security stated that while Sams was in his room with the door shut on his cell phone, he was yelling profanity so loud it could be heard on the rest of the floor. Security removed his cell phone and Sams began throwing items, including his urine, pillows and bedside table. The total amount of damage done by Sams was $369.81

Sams is scheduled to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on Sept. 19 for his preliminary hearing, according to court documents.

Towanda woman charged with criminal trespassing

Pennsylvania State Police in Towanda charge Melissa Diane Ackley, 29, of Towanda with criminal trespassing that stems from an incident that occurred on July 29 at a residence on Liberty Corners Road in Monroe Township.

Police state that Ackley came to the Pennsylvania State Police in Towanda station and related that she had items at the victim’s residence. Police told Ackley that if she was welcomed onto the property and was allowed to get the items then she could do so. If she was not welcomed, she must leave immediately. Later that day, police were dispatched to investigate a trespassing. The victim related that Ackley traveled onto his property, opened the screen door and stood in the driveway. The victim added that he told Ackley that she was not welcomed and to leave the property.

She is slated to appear before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark on Sept. 20 for his preliminary hearing, court documents show.

Ulster man strikes woman with vehicle

Pennsylvania State Police in Towanda charge Brad Laverne Johnson, 41, of Ulster with simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and harassment, following an incident that occurred on Aug. 8 at a residence on Kent Run Road in Monroe Township.

Police state that the victim related that Johnson had struck the victim following a verbal altercation. The victim stated that Johnson “took a swing” at her while she was in her vehicle. The victim drove down the road, parked her vehicle on the side of the road and exited her vehicle. She began walking on the shoulder of the road when Johnson struck her with his vehicle. Johnson then took the victim back to the residence where he struck her in the face with a closed fist. The victim’s daughter attempted to separate them and Johnson struck her in the arm with a closed fist.

DUI

Towanda Borough Police charge Jason Lee Lattimer, 39, of Towanda with driving under the influence and multiple traffic violations following a motor vehicle accident that occurred at 5 a.m. on May 4 at the intersection of Chestnut Street and Mercer Alley in Towanda Borough.

According to police, they were dispatched for a report of a suspicious male at the intersection of Chestnut Street and Mercer Alley standing near a vehicle. Upon arrival, police observed a Nissan Rouge at rest against a street sign which was partially knocked over. As police approached the operator, Lattimer, he was staggering and walking around in a dazed and confused manner. Lattimer told police that he did not know what had happened and that he did not have a vehicle at the scene. Lattimer then attempted to perform a series of standardized field sobriety tests in which he failed to complete. Lattimer had continuous uncontrollable body tremors throughout the interaction with police. Police again had Lattimer attempt a series of standardized field sobriety tests at the Towanda Borough Police station, where he showed signs of drug impairment. A blood draw was performed at the Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital where Lattimer’s blood was determined to contain Doxepin, Desmethyldoxepin, Buprenorphine, Norbuprenorphine and Aripiprazole.

He is scheduled to appear before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark on Sept. 22 for his preliminary hearing, according to court documents.

Towanda man causes damages to crops

Pennsylvania State Police in Towanda charge Dillion Robert Benjamin, 25, of Towanda with fleeing or attempting to elude an officer, agricultural vandalism and multiple traffic violations following an incident that occurred on July 5 on Liberty Corners Road in Towanda Township.

Police state that they observed a male operating an ATV without a helmet or any protective gear on the roadway. As police followed the ATV, it began picking up speed. Police continued to follow the ATV that would drive by an area on Railroad Street where multiple children were playing. Eventually, the ATV turned onto a tractor path and then turned into a field of crops. The male on the ATV was known to police as Benjamin.

Benjamin is slated to appear before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark on Sept. 1 for his preliminary hearing, court documents show.

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