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Hallstead Getting “Busy”
Consortium Saves Money
Write-ins Made Changes

Courthouse Report
Barracks Report
Healthy Harford, Financially

Robbery Suspect Sentenced


Hallstead Getting “Busy”

Hallstead Boro Council met on November 17 with Joseph Franks the only member not in attendance.

Council has received the resignation of the boro’s Emergency Management Coordinator, Kevin Miller, at the end of the year. Anyone interested in filling the vacancy should contact council.

Simmons-Rockwell has requested council’s approval to use part of the ballfield parking area adjacent to their dealership on Route 11 during the winter season. A motion carried to approve, pending a letter of intent from the dealership stating that the boro would not be held responsible for any damage caused to vehicles and that any damage to the area would be taken care of by the dealership in the spring.

Council had notified the daycare operator who rents the boro building that, due to recent increases in fuel costs, the monthly rent would be increased by $75. The operator responded by letter that the increase would be a financial hardship, and requested that council reconsider. It was agreed that an increase would be necessary, but that it could be lowered to $50 per month; a motion carried to approve.

Several complaints received by council members were discussed. The first, regarding “dumping” by an individual on his own property had been investigated. As it does not involve household trash or tires, just lumber, it was agreed that no action should be taken at this time, but it would be periodically checked.

A stop sign at the end of New York Avenue that had been removed would be replaced.

On October 24, a letter was sent by the boro solicitor to the owners of the old foundry property, giving thirty days to show some effort in removing remaining debris. A motion carried to proceed with legal action if there was no further action after the thirty days.

A letter from Adams Cable was read, stating that the owners of WYOU and WBRE have demanded cash payment per subscriber for those stations being carried on Adams’ service. The letter stated that Adams is trying to protect subscribers from that charge, as the stations could be received by anyone with an antenna, free of charge, and that Adams is continuing to negotiate with the stations’ owners. The letter went on to say that Adams appreciates support on this issue, and hopes to reach a settlement soon.

Two resolutions were adopted. The first, to maintain an Emergency Operations Plan, and the second to authorize the boro’s tax collector to collect a $5 fee for certification (of tax information, usually from banks or mortgage companies). In instances where paperwork is not required and the information can be relayed through a telephone call, there would be no charge.

The boro has received a donation of $1,000 from the Tim Fancher Memorial Run, as it has for the last several years.

New playground equipment for the Route 11 park has been delivered. It was agreed that the equipment should be stored over the winter, and installed in the spring after any damage that may have occurred to the park over the winter has been taken care of.

A motion carried to approve the 2006 budget, which reflects no tax increase for the coming year. It will be adopted at the December meeting.

Council has received correspondence from PENNDOT, regarding a request for a traffic study at the intersection near the bridge on Route 11 (Main St. and Susquehanna St.). According to the letter, the sight distance at this intersection does not warrant a traffic signal. But, if council decides to pursue the installation of a signal, there are two options. One would be to initiate a PENNDOT construction project, by getting the intersection into the Transportation Improvement Program through the local planning commission. The potential project would have to compete with other worthy projects for a place in the program. The other option would be for the boro to install the signal on its own, to cost about $100,000. If the boro would be willing to commit to financing the light, PENNDOT would conduct a traffic study, at  no charge to determine if the signal is warranted. PENNDOT has put crosswalks in at the intersection, and they appear to have helped control traffic. It was agreed to give it some time, to see if the crosswalks have solved the problem.

There was some discussion regarding the recent election, in response to complaints that some campaigners and campaign signs were too close to the boro building while the polling places were open. Council President Michelle Giangrieco would get more detailed information on what is allowed and what is not.

Finally, council discussed the bank account that had been set up by a group of boro residents, for collected donations to install a BMX track at the Route 11 park. Some work had been done, but the track has not been completed. Mr. Loomis agreed to contact the individuals involved to find out what the status of the track is, and what would be done with the donations collected if it will not be completed.

The next meeting will be on Thursday, December 15, 7:00 p.m. in the boro building.

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Consortium Saves Money

The Forest City Regional School District may be locked into a benefit package for its teachers and other unionized employees, but the Board of Education has taken steps to keep the cost of health insurance as low as possible.

The school has joined a consortium with 13 other school districts that are enrolled in Northeastern Educational Intermediate Unit 19 and the move has lowered premium costs through increased buying power.

“We have kept the cost down by going to a consortium,” Dr. Fred Rosetti, NEIU executive director, said. “We have over 10,000 subscribers and our premiums run between 18 and 20 million dollars annually. It gives us a little louder voice and when we talk, Blue Cross listens.

Besides cutting premium costs, the participating districts help each other when one of them gets into a financial bind over insurance costs. For example, if one school district has a high number of claims and it leads to an increase in premiums, the district pays 50 percent of the premium increase and the other districts kick in 50 percent. Otherwise the premium for the one school district would go through the ceiling.

“It works out to everyone’s advantage,” Dr. Rosetti said. “We know we are saving money. That is definite. How much each school district is saving is difficult to determine because the schools are different sizes which means some have more teachers than others.”

In another matter concerning teachers, the Board of Education approved a five-year contract for the faculty. The agreement, which runs through 2011, will provide the teachers with a 3.6 percent annual salary increment plus a 100 percent paid health insurance program.

And in another contractual matter, the board revised the bus drivers’ contract by adding extra steps that would escalate the mileage allowance if gas prices increase. The revision would also reduce the allowance if gas prices drop. Directors Joseph Lucchesi and Tom Heller voted against the motion.

The board paid tribute to Dr. Lucchesi who did not seek reelection this year.

“It has been an honor and pleasure serving with him,” board President Fred Garm said. “I learned a great deal from him.”

Dr. Lucchesi served two separate terms as board president and was also the board’s representative on the NEIU Board of Directors. He will be replaced on the IU board by Mr. Garm.

“I have made some great friends and some wonderful enemies,” Dr. Lucchesi said of his nine years on the board.

Motions approved by the board included:

– appointing Dawn McAndrew as a part-time teacher assistant at a salary of $7.26 per hour effective Oct. 25.

– adding Tanya Hentschel, Mary Ann Obelenus and Mary O’Neill as substitute teacher assistants at $6.25 per hour.

– naming Steve Fonash and Matt Pisarcik as timekeepers on a share basis and Mike Murnin as junior high baseball coach.

˜ appointing the following department heads: English, Carrie Kemmerer; Fine Arts, Marilyn Hackman; Health and Science, Bernadette Twilley; Social Studies, Robert Smith.

˜ authorized a 3.6 percent pay raise for Dr. Robert Vadella, school superintendent for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2005.

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Write-ins Made Changes

Write-in votes tabulated by the Susquehanna County Board of Elections accounted for some changes in the 2005 General Election results.

For example, in Harford Township, incumbent supervisor, Terry L. VanGorden appeared to have lost his seat in May when James M. Ketterer defeated him 160-136 in the Republican Primary Election. However, in the General Election, Mr. VanGorden reclaimed his seat when he received 245 write-in votes compared with 98 votes for Mr. Ketterer

In Herrick Township, incumbent Democratic Supervisor David Durko ran unopposed in the primary elections and appeared to be a shoo-in for another term. But David B. Svecz had other thoughts and took the seat away from Mr. Durko with a convincing write-in campaign that netted him 103 write-in votes compared with 47 votes for Mr. Durko.

While in the Borough of Lanesboro, Chris Maby found himself in a position that many politicians would enjoy. Mr. Maby, an incumbent councilman, retained his seat on the borough council with 41 votes and was also elected mayor with 72 write-in votes.

Mayor-elect Maby is expected to be sworn in as a councilman, then he will resign immediately to accept the mayorship. The governing body will then appoint someone to fill his spot on the council.

In the Borough of Susquehanna Depot, Republican Denise Reddon cruised to an easy win over incumbent Democratic Mayor Nancy Hurley, 247-139. Miss Reddon is the sister of county Commissioner Roberta Kelly who also served as mayor of Susquehanna before she won a commissioner’s seat two years ago. Miss Reddon survived a tougher primary election, winning by one vote over former borough police chief David J. Scales Sr.

Successful council candidates in Susquehanna included Roy D. Williams, William K. Kuiper and Margaret Biegert, all four-year terms; and, Shane Lewis and Tom Kelly, two-year terms.

Neighboring Oakland Borough will also have a woman mayor come January. Wendy MacDonald-Dudley will succeed Mayor Arthur Towner. Mrs. MacDonald-Dudley won both party nominations in the primary elections. She filed petitions as a Democratic candidate and sewed up the position by winning the Republican nomination via write-in votes.

In Montrose, where incumbent Mayor Thomas J. LaMont said he would resign if he was reelected, he came close to needing to write a letter of resignation. Mayor LaMont did not file nominating petitions for reelection but he did get 112 write-in votes and was narrowly defeated by John Wilson who received 116 write-in votes.

Stacy Nier-Yoskowitz survived another scare while winning a six-year seat on the Thompson Township Board of Supervisors. Mrs. Nier-Yoskowitz received 49 votes and defeated Richard Wademan who had 42 write-in votes. In the May Republican Primary Election, Mrs. Nier-Yoskowitz defeated Mr. Wademan by a vote of 23-19.

In Clifford Township, Adam Baron, who has served the township as a supervisor for a lot of years, did not seek reelection. He will be replaced by Dennis Knowlton who ran unopposed.

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Courthouse Report


William J. Novis, Stanley Conord to Stanley Conord, Ocean Gate, NJ, in Auburn and Rush townships for one dollar.

Peng Weimin to David A. and Sharon P. Shadduck, Vestal, NY, in Silver Lake Township for $17,000.

Marion Martin Barber, Roberta Innamorato, Deborah S. Ellis (nbm) Deborah Ellis Walsh to Robert G. Pandich, Brackney, in Silver Lake Township for $81,000.

John J. Pompey, Barbara Pompey, Dominick G. Pompey, Judith A. Pompey, Edward M. Pompey, Marlene Pompey to James M. Pompey and Barbara L. Pompey, RR2, Nicholson, in Springville Township for one dollar.

Michael W. Bernhardt to John and Lynn Rosler, RR2, Kingsley, in Brooklyn Township for $70,000.

Richard and Lois McManamon to Thomas J. Mirra and Cynthia Canfield-Mirra, New Milford, in New Milford Township for $2,000.

Mary Schaefer Rittmann (rev. trust) to Laurie Scott, 62 Plank Road, New Milford, in Harford and Gibson townships for $350,000.

William C. Zitzow and Barbara Zitzow to Robert J. Mullaney, RR2, New Milford, in New Milford Township for $235,000.

Lawrence Lee, Jay Reimel to Jay Reimel, 26 Church St., Montrose, Lois Reimel, Craige Reimel, Deborah Reimel, Philip Reimel, Alan Reimel, Joann Reimel, in Dimock Township for one dollar.

Harold C. Wech, Judith A. Maro (nbm) Judith A. Wech to Harold C. Wech, RR3, Nicholson, in Lenox Township for one dollar.

Andrew Novajosky (trust by trustee) to Andrew R. Novajosky, RR1, Nicholson, and Kenneth Novajosky, in Lenox Township for one dollar.

Betty Glemboski to Mark Glemboski and Sally Glemboski, Newton, NJ, in Lathrop Township for one dollar.

Peter Braspennincx (by atty) aka Peter A. Braspennincz (by atty), Johanna Braspennincx to Eric A. and Martha E. Flores, Elizabeth, NJ, in Thompson Township for $72,000.

Rudolph and Emma Hafner to Rudolph Hafner (trust) and Emma Hafner (trust), Southampton, in New Milford Township for one dollar.

Roy Sheridan (by atty), Lori Sheridan to Kenneth A. Tingley and Sandra J. Tingley, New Milford, in New Milford Township for $45,000.

Charles T. Calak, Jr., Judith Calak to Gerald Maskovsky and Dolores Mackovsky, in Clifford Township for $29,500.

Barbara Searle (est) to Roger B. Searle, Thornton, and Barry A. Searle, in Clifford Township for one dollar.

Jeffrey A. Gunn and Jennifer L. Gunn to Steven J. and Sandra S. Wolfe, Lansdale, in New Milford Township for $56,150.

Dale A. Slocum, Cammie A. Slocum to Cammie A. Slocum, RR2, Susquehanna, in Oakland Borough for one dollar.

Dennis A. Price, Anita Price to John Anderson and Jeanne Anderson, Meriden, CT, in Thompson Borough for $75,000.

Michael R. Cutri Jr., Michele Cutri to Alexander and Teresa Dinkel, Middletown, NJ, in Forest Lake Township for $133,797.

Manzek Land Co. Inc. Pension Plan (by trustee) to Timothy R. and Marry K. Morris, Union Bridge, MD, in Auburn Township for $102,000.

Duane and Marilyn A. Root to Michelle L. Burke, Meshoppen, and John Joseph Gazzillo III, in Auburn Township for $45,000.

Ralph P. Hall Jr., Patricia Hall to Ralph P. Hall Jr. and Patricia Hall, Canadensis, in Jackson Township for one dollar.

Ralph P. Hall Jr., Patricia M. Hall to Ralph P. Hall Jr., Patricia Hall, Canadensis, in Jackson Township for one dollar.

Thomas A. Kane to Donald J. Kane, RD3, Susquehanna, in Oakland Township for one dollar.

Fern B. Ball to Patricia J. Kelley. RR1, Springville, David S. Franks, Mary Catherine Berg, Ann Marie Phillips, in Dimock Township for one dollar.

Edward J. Kozlowski, Lisa A. Kozlowski to Edward J. Kozlowski, Lisa A. Kozlowski, RR1, Union Dale, in Clifford Township for one dollar.

Bernadine Kelley, Patrick M.A. Kelley, Sharon M. Kelley, to Patrick M. A. Kelley, Sharon M. Kelley, Nanticoke, in Lenox Township for one dollar.

Harry Donley (estate) aka Harry B. Donley (estate) to Carmine Monteforte, Virginia L. Monteforte, Westbury, NY, in New Milford Borough for $210,000.

Katherine Mary Wright, James Wright, Arleen Ableman, Michael Ableman, to Judith Struchko, RR2, Thompson, in Ararat Township for one dollar.

Judith Struchko to Daniel W. Peterson, Colleen K. Peterson, Southampton, in Ararat Township for $75,000.


The Lanesboro Sewer/Garbage has placed liens against the following:

Frank Schmidt, Clifton, NJ, $2,345.

Eric Marshall, RR2, Susquehanna, $596.

Steve W. Sceranka Sr., RR2, Susquehanna, $372.

Kermit S. and Jean E. Carpenter, RR2, Susquehanna, $4,219.

Erin D. Truex, RR2, Susquehanna, $1,850

The Pennsylvania American Water Company has filed a municipal lien against Tammy Sutton of Lanesboro in the amount of $334.

The US Department of Treasury has filed a federal tax lien against Matis Manufacturing of Susquehanna, in the amount of $44,160.


Donald Joseph Orchard, Normandy Park, WA and Leanne Colwell Olive, New Milford.

Eric Daniel Depue, RR3, Montrose and Mariah Lee Palmatier, RR4, Montrose.


Susan M. Zeyher, Meshoppen vs. Rafe H. Zeyher, Springville.

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Barracks Report


This crash happened shortly after 1 p.m. on November 16 when Walter D. Ball, Montrose, fell asleep behind the wheel of a 1994 Plymouth Voyager on State Route 29. The vehicle struck the guide rail in the northbound lane. Ball was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured; the Voyager received moderate damage. United Fire responded to the scene and High Tech towed the vehicle from it.


Sometime between 2:50 p.m. on November 15 and 7 a.m. on the following day, an unknown person(s) took a brown purse belonging to Francis Barbaro, Lawton, from her vehicle while it was parked on Township Road 600.*


An unknown person(s) took a Penna. License plate ESX 9935 from a vehicle belonging to Peter Collins, Susquehanna, sometime between November 14 and 15.*


A 1983 Ford driven by Christopher Campbell, 30, Stevensville, and a 2004 Dodge driven by Joan Hoffman, 59, Meshoppen, were traveling west on State Road 3005 in Auburn Township shortly after 5 on the afternoon of November 5. The Dodge slowed to turn left on King Road and the Ford could not stop. The Ford went around the Dodge, but sideswiped the front end. Both drivers and a passenger were wearing seatbelts and none were injured.


Susan Lee, Kensburg, NJ, owns a farmhouse with an old barn on State Route 92 in Jackson Township. Between October 23 and 24, an unknown person(s) broke into the barn and stole a red Massey Ferguson Model 184-4 farm tractor.*


An unknown person(s) entered the Springville Café sometime between November 7 and 8 and stole cash from its register.*


At about 4 p.m. on the afternoon of November 5, Kristopher Sharer, 29, Laceyville, ran his 1995 Ford F-150 off State Road 2024 in Dimock Township and into a ditch, saying the sun was in his eyes. He was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured.*


On the afternoon of November 7, state police were dispatched to a residence in New Milford Township in response to a report of a burglary in progress. When they arrived, the troopers observed three men at the rear of the home loading stolen merchandise into a vehicle owned by Nicholas Spano, 19, Vestal. He and Christopher Bush, 18, and Michael Stonefield, 19, both of Endwell, were placed under arrest and were taken back to the Gibson Barracks and charged with burglary, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and criminal conspiracy. They were arraigned in District Court where bail was set at $500,000. All three were remanded to the county jail.


At around 1:30 on the morning of November 5, someone got on the back of a Dodge pickup belonging to William Bostock, Friendsville, and struck it with an unknown blunt object.*


Christopher Baker was driving his 1996 Mazda Protégé east across Cantone Road in Bridgewater Township late on the morning of October 21 when he swerved out of the path of an oncoming car that was in his lane of travel. His car went into an embankment and rolled over. He was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured.*


Unknown person(s) stole several masonry tools and equipment from a pickup belonging to George Dougherty Jr., Lathrop Township, while it was parked in his driveway on the night of October 13. Stolen were a Vibra-Strike skreet board with powerhead, 8-foot and 12-foot aluminum skreet boards, a DeWalt 18-volt battery-operated hammer drill, Sawsall-and-flashlight combination, a Partner demolition saw, and a Hitachi 1-1/2-inch corded hammer drill.*


Stanley French, Bridgewater Township, received damage to the siding of his residence when someone fired paint balls at it. This incident happened shortly after 10 on the evening of October 30.*


Shortly before 9 on the evening of October 31, an unknown person broke a window in a garage owned by Robert Squire in Hallstead.*


An unknown person pumped fuel into a white Ford pickup and left the Pump and Pantry in Great Bend Township without paying for it on the evening of October 25.*


On the evening of November 2, an unknown person pumped fuel into a purple tractor trailer with IL Registration #P462665, DOT #188672 – possibly false as no information can be found.*


An unknown person damaged a vehicle belonging to Casey Randall, 18, New Milford, while it was parked at the Pump and Pantry in New Milford between 6-6:30 on the evening of October 31.*


William Wdowiak is the ex-boyfriend of Elizabeth Reid, 20, Hallstead, and both were involved in an argument late in the afternoon of October 31 at the Great Bend Sunoco. Wdowiak assaulted Reid, stole her purse and fled the scene. He faces theft, disorderly conduct and harassment charges.


Shortly after 4 on the afternoon of October 31, an unknown, overweight blonde woman in a blue Chevy Corsica pumped fuel at the Great Bend Sunoco and left without paying for it.*


Michael Reddick, Brooklyn, reported that sometime between the night of October 22 and the following morning, someone broke into his garage and stole wrenches, socket wrenches, socket drives and a chain.


Matthew Muzzy, 22, and his 17-year-old wife, both of New Milford, became involved in an argument shortly after midnight on the morning of October 15 when Muzzy punched his wife. He was charged with harassment.


Michael Lawler, 39, Uniondale, was traveling north on State Route 171 north of Forest City at an apparent high rate of speed when he lost control of his vehicle and struck a guide rail. He was transported to Marian Community Hospital because of injuries from this crash that happened at 9:30 on the evening of October 2. An investigation resulted in Lawler being charged with driving under influence of alcohol and careless driving. Forest City and Clifford Township EMS responded.


A 1999 Chevy Ventura driven by Rachel Weaver, 33, was traveling south on State Route 29 in Bridgewater Township at about 1 on the afternoon of October 30. A Harley Davidson driven by Kurt Brunges, 35, Montrose, was traveling north. Weaver turned in front of the motorcycle while attempting to turn left, and the motorcycle struck the Chevy in its side. Weaver was cited for failure to yield to oncoming traffic. Brunges was wearing a helmet and received minor injuries; Weaver was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured.


An unknown female attempted to purchase food with a $5 bill at McDonald’s in New Milford. The clerk at the counter noted the bill did not appear legitimate and it was determined that it was counterfeit. The customer supplied another good bill and told the restaurant manager to keep the counterfeit one. This happened on October 30 at about nine in the evening.


People traveling the Interstate at 3 p.m. on October 30 in the area of the Lenox exit found an injured dog and called the Gibson Barracks. The dog was taken to the Avoca Animal Hospital for treatment. Call the Human Society of Lackawanna County to identify.


This accident happened at about 2 on the afternoon of October 29 when a 1995 Toyota pickup was traveling south on Route 11 in Hop Bottom when Ronald Ordille, 44, Hop Bottom, lost control of it. The pickup went across both lanes, left the road and hit two parked vehicles in the lot of Weida’s Auto Repair before rolling over onto its side. Ordille was cited for careless driving and an equipment violation – bald tires. Hop Bottom Fire Department assisted.


An unknown person(s) entered the home belonging to Timothy Perini, Dundaff, and stole several flintlock rifles and handguns sometime on October 17. An investigation is continuing.

*Anyone with information about the incident are requested to call the State Police at (570) 465-3154.

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Healthy Harford, Financially

The Harford Township Supervisors adopted a budget for 2006 for presentation to taxpayers at their meeting on November 12th. Final approval is expected in December following a period for public comment.

Overall, township expenses are expected to increase by about 6.5%. No tax increase is proposed. As might be expected, the largest expense increases will be for wages and insurance. Most other elements of the budget remain substantially unchanged. The sewer system and state-supported road budgets follow the same pattern.

The township expects to spend over $265,000 next year. The sewer system budget will exceed $100,000 for the first time. The state part of the budget, financed largely by liquid fuel subsidy from the state, will apply over $148,000 exclusively to road maintenance.

Harford Township typically ends each year with a healthy balance on account. So far this year, the township still has a total of over $208,000 in the bank, some $70,000 of which is in township accounts.

Supervisor and township Secretary Sue Furney exhibited a thick folder of legal documents related to the Odd Fellows Hall. Just about a year ago, the township gave residents an opportunity to express an opinion about the deed that restricts what the township can do with the property. The straw vote gave the supervisors the go-ahead to clear the deed of the restrictive covenants, a process that is now nearing completion. A new deed has been filed, fees have been paid, and notice will be posted in the local press. At some time after that, the deed will permit the supervisors to proceed with whatever action they decide, presumably either renovation or demolition.

Roadmaster George Sansky reported normal operations on the roads. He said that he was researching options for residents along Lower Podunk Road whose properties are threatened by a meandering creek. The creek itself is out of the township's jurisdiction, but Mr. Sansky is hoping to find out what agency might help to clean out the creek.

The Harford Township Supervisors will meet next in public session on Tuesday, November 22, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

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Robbery Suspect Sentenced

A 29-year-old Montrose man was sentenced to a term of 24 months to five years in a state correctional facility last week when he appeared before Susquehanna County President Judge Kenneth W. Seamans on a robbery charge.

Christopher O. Walters will also be on probation for five years after his release from prison and was fined a total of $1,000. In addition, he was sentenced to an additional 48 months in a state correctional facility to run concurrent with the initial sentence for criminal trespass and 12 months to 24 months in a state correctional facility, also to run concurrent with the previous sentences for indecent assault on January 22, 2005.

According to a State Police criminal complaint, on April 24, 2005 at approximately 2:15 a.m., Walters robbed the Great Bend Pump and Pantry at knifepoint.

Regarding the indecent assault, an affidavit of probable alleges that Walters entered a private residence in New Milford Borough and fell asleep in a second floor bedroom. When the occupant returned home, she fell asleep on a couch located on the first floor. She was awakened by the defendant who was touching parts of her body.

The victim said Walters then made some indecent suggestions and after she rejected him and told him to stop he left the residence.

Susan Michelle Palmer was sentenced to serve 15 months to 30 months in a state correctional facility, with credit for time served, for aggravated assault in Oakland on July 5, 2005. She was also fined $250 and must undergo mental health counseling.

In an affidavit of probable cause, Oakland Police Chief Robert VanFleet said he responded to a call on July 5, 2005 by Ms. Palmer who said her boyfriend had driven his car over a river bank. Chief VanFleet was transporting Ms. Palmer to the accident scene when she became violent and began kicking and swearing. Chief VanFleet stopped the car and Ms. Palmer got out and ran down the river bank into the river.

Susquehanna County Sheriff Lance Benedict was in the area and heard Chief VanFleet’s radio call for assistance. The sheriff and police chief helped Ms. Palmer into the sheriff’s car and she promptly began kicking the windows. She was placed under arrest for disorderly conduct and public drunkenness and secured with handcuffs. In the process, she kicked the sheriff.

Other sentences handed down by Judge Seamans included: P. Kevin Michael Dubanowitz, 23, of Susquehanna, one year state probation, $350 fine, and perform 25 hours of community service for resisting arrest on April 3, 2005. He was also fined $100 for harassment in Susquehanna on April 3, 2005.

Richard Lyon Arnold, 48, of Montrose, six months to 23 1/2 months in the county jail, $1,500 fine, 50 hours of community service for receiving stolen property in Silver Lake Township on July 30, 2005.

Harry H. Hartman, 36, of Montrose, nine months to 23 1/2 months in the county jail, five years probation, $750 fine, 50 hours of community service for receiving stolen property in Silver Lake Township on July 30, 2005.

Gregory Zane Rogers, 29, of Montrose, five days to six months in the county jail with credit for time served, $500 fine, 25 hours of community service for drunken driving in New Milford Borough on March 31, 2005.

Edward Lee Bentler, 21, of Susquehanna, one year state probation, $500 fine, 25 hours of community service for receiving stolen property in Lanesboro on December 5, 2004.

Carl Gus Williams, 65, of Auburn, one month to 23 1/2 months in the county jail, $750 fine, 25 hours of community service for recklessly endangering another person in Harford on March 14, 2004.

Dwayne A. Acosta, 42, of Susquehanna, one year state probation, $150 fine for possession of drug paraphernalia. Also, one month to 15 months in county jail, 25 hours community service, $350 fine for unauthorized use of automobile and other vehicles. Lastly, a $200 fine for driving while operating privilege is suspended. All sentences stemmed from a motor vehicle accident in Harford on August 3, 2005.

Victoria L. Robinson, 37, of Endicott, NY, 30 days to six months in the county jail, $750 fine, 25 hours of community service, for DUI in Silver Lake Twp. on January 14, 2005. Supervision may be transferred to Broome County, NY.

Richard Lee Rafferty, 64, of Kingsley, three days to six months in county jail, $1,000 fine, for DUI in Harford on July 3, 2004.

Joseph Allen Machell, 42, of Union Dale, 90 days to 23 1/2 months in county jail, $1,500 fine, 25 hours community service, for DUI in Clifford on April 28, 2005. He was also fined $25 for duty to give information and render aid in Clifford on March 11, 2005. And he was fined $25 for careless driving on March 11, 2005 in Clifford.

Michael Glenn Kiefer, 20, of Woodbourne, 18 months probation, $500 fine, 75 hours of community service, no contact with minor females under age 1, for corruption of minors in Harford on February 26, 2005.

Loretta M. Sanders, 21, of Susquehanna, $75 fine, for theft by deception in Great Bend on October 10, 2003. Also $75 fine for theft by deception in Susquehanna on October 9, 2003; and, $75 fine for theft by deception in Susquehanna on October 9, 2003.

Timothy E. Mayes, 18, of Hallstead, two days to six months in the county jail, $500 fine, 25 hours community service, for DUI in New Milford on March 19, 2005.

Christopher Benscoter, 19, of Tunkhannock, six months probation, $300 fine for DUI in Bridgewater Twp. on June 6, 2005.

Eric John Rogers, 22, of Hallstead, three months to 12 months in county jail, $1,500 fine, no contact with minors, for selling or furnishing liquor or malt or brewed beverages to minors in New Milford on December 4, 2004.

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