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Blue Ridge Settles With Tax Collectors
County Honors C& Y Chief
Washouts Frustrate Harford

Courthouse Report
Following The Money At Mountain View
Gibson Barracks Report

Blue Ridge Settles With Tax Collectors
By Ted Brewster

In a startling turnabout, the Blue Ridge School Board has reached a settlement with tax collectors who sued the district over its attempt to cut their pay and take over collection duties. The settlement restores the relationship between the district and its tax collectors that was disrupted over a year ago when the district offered only 60 cents per bill to handle the district's taxes.

At its meeting on March 26, the Blue Ridge Board rescinded a decision of February 13, 2006, and created a new pay structure that should pay the elected tax collectors at a level similar to what they had been receiving before the break. (It was a year before, February 14, 2005, that the district announced that, beginning in 2006, the Board would pay its collectors only 60 cents for each bill handled, an event that became known as the Valentine's Day massacre.)

The Board also set tax rates for next year: there will be no change in property tax levies, and the per-capita and occupation taxes have been dropped. The tax collectors will be paid $2.00 for each bill handled in pre-processing, another $2.00 per bill for each collection, $1.00 for each delinquent bill issued, and $2.00 for each bill returned to the county as unpaid at year end.

By eliminating a couple of the "nuisance" taxes and restructuring the pay scale, Board President Alan Hall said that the elected tax collectors should come out about even. One significant change is that, under Act 1 of 2006, taxpayers will have the option to pay their bills in installments. (A taxpayer can now elect to pay taxes in up to three installments, due on September 15, October 15 and November 15. Delinquent installments are subject to a 10% penalty; two late installments renders the taxpayer ineligible for installment payments the following year.) For those who choose the installment option, the tax collectors will receive $2.00 for each installment (where each installment becomes a "collection"). The new pay rates will remain in effect through December 31, 2009, the end of the elected term of office of the current tax collectors.

The Board also approved a "Settlement Agreement and General Release" that will terminate all litigation between the district and the elected tax collectors still involved in the suit. Mr. Hall said that a financial settlement is part of the agreement, but, since the paperwork had not yet been finalized, he declined to discuss particulars.

Following the meeting, Mr. Hall said that with all of the changes in Act 1 of 2006, including especially the provision for paying taxes by installment, the taxing situation was becoming more complicated than the Board wanted to deal with. And so they decided to end the costly dispute and restore their old relationship with the tax collectors. Everyone, including three tax collectors who attended the meeting, seemed pleased with the final outcome.

Although the millage for property taxes remains at 43 (and the transfer tax at 1%), one change will require a 10% penalty for failure to pay by the final December deadline. Mr. Hall said that Blue Ridge had been the only district in the county still imposing only a 5% penalty for the ultimate delinquency. Superintendent Robert McNamara noted that this would be the seventh year in a row that the Blue Ridge board had been able to maintain operations without an increase in tax rates.

The meeting actually opened on a very positive note – literally. Kristen Small led and accompanied the Elementary School Select Choir in a brief concert for the board, parents and others, all of whom greatly appreciated the four numbers, one of which was actually sung in Latin. For one of the two novelty selections, the students made a brave effort to involve their audience, most of whom declined to participate. The children gave a remarkably able performance.

In other business, Elementary School Principal Robert Dietz reported that he might be requesting up to about $3,000 for next year that was not in his budget. He said that a publisher is offering a program for pre-kindergarten that seems to be in line with requirements at Blue Ridge. So far, the relatively new pre-K program at Blue Ridge has been operating without prepared materials. Mr. Dietz said that the half-day kindergarten for four-year-olds expects about 65 children next year, in four sections, led by two full-time teachers. Some of the funding for the program is provided under the federal Head Start program, which requires that class sizes be no larger than 17.

High School Principal John Manchester announced that the campus will be closed the night before the last day of classes for seniors. He also noted that some seniors will be making some extra pocket money by taking GED tests, as well as similar evaluations for textbook publishers. The General Educational Development (or Graduate Equivalency Diploma) tests allow older students to earn the equivalent of a high school diploma, and the seniors' participation will help the developers of the GED tests to calibrate their materials.

Following the business meeting, Mr. McNamara gave the board a brief presentation of a new state website that districts are using to develop strategic plans. Mr. McNamara said that the exhaustive information collected at the site is required by the state Department of Education, and, while the information may be useful, it clearly would absorb a lot of time on the part of teachers and administrators to collect and enter it all. A final printout of a plan that might result from the process could stack up comparable to the size of the Manhattan telephone directory. He was unsure whether or not the material would eventually become publicly available on the world-wide web.

With the Easter holiday coming up, the Blue Ridge School Board has scheduled only a single public meeting in April, on Monday, the 23rd, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria in the Elementary School.

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County Honors C& Y Chief
By P. Jay Amadio

The Susquehanna County Board of Commissioners coasted through one of its most boring meetings in some time last week. It was all over in about 25 minutes and even included a brief Salary Board meeting.

The one bright spot in the meeting came when the commissioners recognized Susan Adamec for her 30 years of employment with the county. Mrs. Adamec heads up the all-important Children and Youth Services.

Dr. Ronald Miller, chair of the Northeast Area Advisory Board to Children and Youth, kicked off the many accolades that went to Mrs. Adamec. He presented her with a plaque acknowledging her accomplishment and tossed a few compliments her way during his presentation.

Others who heaped praise on Mrs. Adamec for her years of dedicated service to the county, the children and their parents, included the three county commissioners, Gary Marcho, a former county commissioner, and Dennis Phelps of Trehab.

“She as a reputation for understanding the problems in the county,” Mr. Phelps said.

Mr. Marcho said he was a county commissioner in the 1980’s when Mrs. Adamec was named to head the Children and Youth Services. He said he was impressed by her work and by the fact that she was always eager to continue her education.

Roberta Kelly, chair of the Board of Commissioners, probably summed it up best when she said Mrs. Adamec’s accomplishments in Children and Youth Services are huge and everyone is proud of her.

Mrs. Adamec said it has been a pleasure working for the county all those years and praised the current and past county commissioners.

“I always found the county commissioners most helpful,” she said.

Motions passed by the commissioners completed the following items:

-ratified the actions of the Lackawanna, Susquehanna and Wayne County Mental Health/Mental Retardation Advisory Board of the calendar years of 2005 and 2006.

-adopted resolutions 2007-10 and 2007-11 that provides $2 million in financial help from the state Department of Public Welfare for Susquehanna and Wayne counties for child care and public welfare needs.

-hired Sarah Conaty of Brackney to a fulltime position as a caseworker in Children and Youth at the rate of $14.78 per hour plus benefits.

-passed proclamations declaring the week of April 8-14 as National Public Safety Telecommunications Week in the county; and proclaiming the month of April as Environmental Awareness Month in the county.

In a five-minute Salary Board meeting, a fulltime custodial/maintenance position was created. The position will pay $8.67 an hour plus benefits.

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Washouts Frustrate Harford
By Ted Brewster

Terry VanGorden's frustration seems to have reached a limit. As Harford Township Roadmaster and Supervisor, he has been dealing with washouts at Butler Creek on Pennay Hill Road for nine months already, with no end in sight.

During the massive flooding last June, the bridge at that location nearly collapsed. The township got a funding commitment from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to replace the bridge; for the meantime, township workers built a temporary bypass using four large sections of pipe.

Then, last November's flooding washed the bypass away. Another claim was made to FEMA, and the bypass was replaced. So far the bypasses have cost the township about $16,000.

Now, on March 14, ice jams threatened to take the bypass away yet again. Township workers using two backhoes fought the ice, but to no avail. The bypass is gone again . along with all of the pipe.

Mr. VanGorden hopes to be able to find and recover the pipe. But he's not inclined to spend more effort and money on another bypass. Engineering studies are already under way to replace the bridge itself. The township has applied for an extension, but the FEMA commitment expects the bridge to be rebuilt by this summer. Another "disaster emergency" claim was filed with FEMA for the latest washout.

The Butler Creek bridge on Pennay Hill Road serves some 5-6 homes, and there is an acceptable – albeit somewhat longer – alternative to get to and from the Creek Road. However, signs and obstructions on the weary bridge have been removed and traffic has continued to use the dangerous span, another source of Mr. VanGorden's frustration.

So, Mr. VanGorden and his colleagues on the Township Board of Supervisors have decided not to replace the bypass yet again. And Mr. VanGorden's crew have welded guard-rails across the remaining span to block any traffic that might hope to use it.

The Supervisors' meeting on March 27 covered quite a bit of ground besides the troubles on Pennay Hill Road. For one thing, old business included a review of invoices from Hawk Engineering for completing field survey work at both the Pennay Hill bridge site, and at the outlet of Tingley Lake on Stearns Road. The engineering studies are in anticipation of replacing the Butler Creek bridge and the sluice under Stearns Road, both resulting from last year's flooding. The invoices totaled some $4,590, with more to come.

The township is borrowing half a million dollars for these projects, some of which is expected to be ultimately reimbursed by FEMA. At the suggestion of their solicitor, the Supervisors approved an ordinance to "execute a note" with Peoples National Bank authorizing the loan, replacing a similar resolution passed last month.

Opening bids for road materials consumed a fair amount of discussion time at the meeting, attended by a representative of one of the vendors. There was only one bid for cinders, from Matthews Trucking, the only known local supplier of state-approved cinders for winter-weather use. The township will pay $15.71 per ton for 400 tons (more or less) of the stuff.

There was a slip-up in specifications in the other materials bidding process that threatened to set it back another month or so. It seems the required advertisement specified 7,500 tons of 2RC stone, but the official paperwork sent to potential bidders specified only 6,000 tons. The discrepancy could have required the Supervisors to reject bids already received and start the process over. In the end, however, they decided to accept bids from both Eastern Industries (State Aggregates) as well as New Milford Materials.

Road materials are usually paid for from funds provided by the state (most of it through "liquid-fuel" subsidies). State Aggregate materials are all state-approved. However, the prices bid by New Milford Materials were substantially lower, perhaps because not all categories are fully state approved. New Milford's representative said that state approval was expected any time, but some of the materials do not yet have that certification. To purchase unapproved materials, the township would have to dip into its own funds, now somewhat depleted due to the flooding problems last year. This way, Harford can purchase from State Aggregates at least until New Milford receives final approval; accepting both bids also gives the township a second supplier to use as necessary.

However they decide to pay for the stuff, the township's auditors are sure to notice. The Supervisors reviewed a reported submitted by Connie Breese and her colleagues, Linda Bonham and Bob DeLuca, that expressed satisfaction with the township's books, with one exception. Noting that everything else is now computerized, the auditors encouraged the township to make a "priority" of automating its payroll. Township Secretary/Treasurer (and Supervisor) Sue Furney uses the Quickbooks program for most accounting functions. She will now investigate incorporating payroll modules into the process.

The newest township employee, Brad Fisher, has satisfactorily passed his probationary period. The Supervisors voted to grant him a raise of 50 cents per hour, as agreed when he was hired.

At the last meeting, the Supervisors decided to lay off one employee for the time being, because of a lull in activity in late winter and early Spring. Now the Supervisors announced that during the layoff, the employee's health insurance coverage would be continued.

A local resident and businessman made a pitch to the Supervisors about a process for resurfacing Stephens Road. The three-mile-long stretch from Kingsley to Tingley Lake has taken a beating this winter, and the most resistant section at the Kingsley end is showing significant wear and tear. The man was reluctant to estimate a cost per mile using his process, but was thanked for his contribution.

All contributions are warmly accepted at Harford Township Supervisors' meetings, which are held at the Township building on Route 547 on the second Saturday of each month beginning at 10:00 a.m., and on the fourth Tuesday of each month, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

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Courthouse Report
Compiled By P. Jay Amadio


Joseph C. Mikloiche, Cheryl A. Mikloiche to Thomas D. Witko, Clifford, Blanche M. Witko, in Clifford Township for $102,500.

Wilfred L. Henry, Carol Henry, Daniel Henry, Lorri Henry to Daniel Henry, RR1, Hallstead, Lorrie Henry, in Liberty Township for one dollar.

Nancy M. Bozdogan, Hamparsum Bozdogan to William C. Montfort, Long Valley, NJ, Ward D. Montfort, in Bridgewater Township for one dollar.

Michael W. Munda, Michele L. Munda to Terence W. Repine, Howard, PA, Susan K. Repine, in Apolacon Township for one dollar.

Dora Cobb, Dawnney Talbert, Dennis Talbert, Linda Talbert, Darlene Sheffler, Kevin Sheffler, Diane Truscott, Dorothy Jackson to Dorothy Jackson, Raleigh, N.C., in Auburn Township for one dollar.

Victor M. Salcedo to Peter H. Grill, Binghamton, NY, Beth A. G. Grill, in Silver Lake Township for $50,000.

Sara M. Vanfleet to Israel A. Torres, New Milford, Marilyn Torres, in New Milford Township for $80,000.

Frank M. Herbert (est) to Gladys W. Herbert, RR2, Montrose, in Bridgewater Township for one dollar.

Richard Herbert to Richard Herbert in Lenox Township (no reference instrument information).

Yvonne Malinowski, Eric Malinowski to Pennsylvania Electric Co., in Harmony Township (no reference instrument information).

Millett Real Estate to Pennsylvania Electric Co. in Harmony Township (no reference instrument information).

David E. Nelk, Patricia A. Nelk to David E. Nelk, Warminster, in Harford Township, for one dollar.

Nancy Provinzono to Jens C. Sorensen, New York, NY, in Lenox Township for $110,000.

Jean S. Steele to Jean S. Steele, RR2, Kingsley, Lois H. Rozell, Kimberly Ann Steele, in Brooklyn Township for one dollar.

Joseph R. Robertson, Trudyann Robertson to Jeffrey S. Fair, RR1, Montrose, Julie A. Fair, in Bridgewater Township for $110,000.

Adelaide S. Manchester (by atty) to Eric W. Lewis, RR2, Montrose, Julie L. Oakes, in Jessup Township.

Robert A. Graber, Jr., Nancy Graber to Jane Margertson, Long Valley, NJ, in Thompson Township for $134,341.

Robert A. Graber, Jr., Nancy Graber to Jane Margertson, Long Valley, NJ, in Thompson Township for $33,617.

Robert A. Graber, Jr., Nancy Graber to Jane Margertson, Long Valley, NJ, in Thompson Township for one dollar.

Jane Margertson to Jane Margertson, Long Valley, NJ, in Thompson Township for one dollar.

Jane Margertson to Jane Margertson, Long Valley, NJ, in Thompson Township for one dollar.

Jane Margertson to Jane Margertson, Long Valley, NJ, in Thompson Township for one dollar.

Thomas E. Mroz, Joan D. Mroz to Kathleen Reddon, RR3, Susquehanna, in Oakland Township for $100,000.

Mary E. Cosgrove to Cynthia Cicon, RR2, New Milford, in Montrose for one dollar.

Chad E. Lewis to Anthony Hurtak, RR3, Montrose, Andrew Hurtak, in Bridgewater Township for $133,500.

Margarettia N. Williams to Manzek Land Co. Inc., RR5, Montrose, in Forest Lake Township for $150,000.

Margarettia N. Williams to Manzek Land Co., RR5, Montrose, in Forest Lake Township for $250,000.

Fred L. Sherman (aka) Fred Sherman, Susan R. Sherman (aka) Susan Sherman, to Jeremy J. Horn, RR1, Springville, Katie S. Horn, in Springville Township for one dollar.

Brian E. Taylor, Mary Jane Taylor to Victoria Taylor, RR1, Kingsley, in Harford Township for one dollar.

Dennis Palumbo (aka) Dennis F. Palumbo to Dennis F. Palumbo, Franklin Square, NY, in Clifford Township for one dollar.

Andrew Wyzykowski to William J. Klaus III, Wenonah, NJ, Bernadette Klaus, in Gibson Township for $150,000.

David G. Lipko to JTSpano LLC, Hillsborough, NJ, in Forest City for $58,000.

Betty Lou Zelewitz to Maria Fink, Great Bend, in New Milford Borough for $88,000.

Nicholas J. Corso, Anne E. Corso, Nicholas J. Corso, Sr. to Nicholas J. Corso, Sr. (trust) Oceanside, NY, Anne E. Corso (trust) in Choconut Township for one dollar.

Rayond E. Geipel, Joan N. Geipel to Michael W. Cooper, Nutley, NJ, in Silver Lake Township for $45,000.

Charles L. Maddocks, Kim M. Maddocks to Stewart Phillips, Meshoppen, in Jessup Township for $25,000.

Jared W. Hopewell to GRSW FRS Real Estate Trust, Aurora, CO, in Silver Lake Township for $104,900.

GRSW FRS Real Estate Trust (by trustee) to Matthew J. Oleniacz, RR1, Brackney, in Silver Lake Township for $98,000.

Charles G. Brink, Nancy N. Brink, Laura Mellen, Ruth E. Horne, Nelson Horne, Margaret B. Hicks (est), David C. Hicks, William R. Hicks, Connie Hicks, Deborah H. Coover, Harry W. Coover, Susan H. Lambert to Mary Ellen Horne, Marion, MA, Douglas Andrew Horne, Ian Phillip Horne, Timothy Bruce Horne, David Charles Horne, in New Milford Township for $85,000.

Edna V. Noble, Randy V. Noble to Carmen W. Marzocco, Jr., Jackson, Constance L. Wilson, in Springville Township for $180,000.

David D. Colachino, Dominick Colachino to David D. Colachino, Forest City, in Clifford Township for one dollar.

Aldrew A. Picca, Sr. (aka) Aldred A. Picca, Ann M. Picca, Robert W. Goldate, Jr. (aka) Robert W. Goldate, Antoinette M. Goldate to Robert W. Goldate, Sr., Clarks Summit, Antoinette M. Goldate, in Herrick Township for one dollar.

Dennis S. Martel, Kandi Jo Martel to Peoples National Bank, Hallstead, in Lanesboro Borough for one dollar.

Leon B. Cameron (estate), Edward W. Cameron, Katherine M. Shelly to Michael David Burt, RR1, Kingsley, Pamela Lynn Burt, in Lenox Township for $65,000.

Andrew J. Zosh (by sheriff), Margarett Zosh (by sheriff) to Wells Fargo Bank (trustee), Des Moines, IA, in Montrose for $2,863.


Robert Ardens and Jennifer L. Kerr.

Samuel Dustin Whittake and Emily Marie Walker.

Richard Gerald Heilala and Leslie J. Haines.

George F. Houghton and Jonyca Ann McKinney.

Michael G. Ryan and Amy Marie Hillgreen.

Chad Douglas Perry and Melissa Sue Phillips.

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In a recent article on coverage of a Clifford Township Board of Supervisors meeting, some remarks challenging an application to divide a Main Street lot in half were attributed to Attorney James Sposito. Mr. Sposito did not speak in opposition to the application. The Transcript regrets the error.

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Following The Money At Mountain View
By Mark Crimmins-Murdock

An army runs on its stomach, a truism that means an army is only as good as its supplies and materials. Schools are similar except obviously the materials and supplies are different. The monies to successfully run either institution depend on taxes, and the careful expenditure of those same monies requires attention to detail, with prudent spending. The Mountain View School Board wrestles with such decisions and items of finance on a regular basis to make sure the students, faculty and staff have the means to complete their work. The March 26 meeting of the school board was no exception.

Board Member Lucrecia Jesse started the proceedings by relaying the Treasurer's Report for February, 2007, which delineated the financial workings. Starting on February 1, 2007 the balance for the Mountain View School District for the General Fund Checking Account was $3,665,054.30. After expenditures of $1,092,523.19, and receipts of $858,833.03 the balance was $3,431,364.14.

The Debt Service Fund started at $659,600.44 and ended the month after expenditures at $6,042.94. The Capital Reserve Account actually increased from $1,866,504.74 to $1,873,033.93 for the month. So did the Capital Projects Fund Account, going from $19,796.99 to $19,881.62. There was no change for the 2002 Escrow Fund.

Ms. Jesse also informed the Board that for the Cafeteria Report for February, 2007 the closing balance was $26,218.95

The scope of what is needed to run a school is eye-opening. Informational sheets that were available detailed the Fund Accounting Check summary, listing the businesses or individuals that had been paid for various services and goods for the month of February. These sheets also relay the description of the purchase or expenditure and the amount. Items range from telephone service to athletic supplies to janitorial supplies to legal fees.

It was a meeting of numbers and finances as Board Member Kevin Griffiths continued the monetary informational flow with his report from the Finance Committee. The School Board gave its approval for confirmation of payment for the General Fund Bill list, the Debt Service Fund Bill list, the Cafeteria Fund Bill list, as well as ratification of the payment of employee payroll, transportation contracts, fringe benefit payments and fund transfers. This came to a total of $2,437,687.23. Other motions were made and approved including a wording revision to the Act 1 referendum question that will appear on the May 15 primary ballot.

Ms. Jennifer Stone, Business Manager, reviewed the Real Estate Tax Installment Program. She stated that the County was suggesting that the installment program should start on September 15, and go for October and November. She emphasized that the school board was not obligated to follow the County's suggestions, which also included the possible acceptance of payment by credit cards. Ms. Stone said that on April 4 there would be a meeting at the Susquehanna Court House with InfoCon, the company responsible for printing the tax bills. She would be attending to get additional information and answers. A number of board members spoke up, stating that the installment program had a number of flaws with it, including the fact that not all taxpayers would be eligible for it. The board will await Ms. Stone's report of the April meeting before deciding.

The school board decided, after explanation by Ms. Stone that some local gas stations no longer accept the Mobil Gas Card, to change credit cards for use at the gas pump. The school district will now use Shell cards only.

Ms. Margaret Foster, Elementary School Principal, said that elementary school report cards will be out April 11.

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Gibson Barracks Report
Compiled By Melinda Darrow


On March 28, at around 12:11 p.m., a purple Freightliner truck pulled into the Flying J Truck Plaza in New Milford Twp. The driver pumped $335.40 worth of diesel fuel and then drove off without paying.


On March 28, at around 10:00 a.m., an unnamed 16 year-old female from Meshoppen left the grounds of Elk Lake High School in Dimock Twp. without authorization. She was subsequently located and returned to the school. Charges are pending at this time for violations of PACC.


During the night of March 23/24 numerous victims in Hallstead and the surrounding areas had items taken from their vehicles.


On March 18, an unknown driver was traveling south on SR 2061 in New Milford Twp. The vehicle traveled off the roadway and struck an electrified fence belonging to Richard Walworth, damaging 250 feet of it. He or she then fled the scene prior to being detected.


Sometime between January 14 and March 18 unknown actor(s) gained access to a residence on Cozy Lake in Brooklyn Twp. belonging to Bernice Ascani of Norristown, PA. The house was rummaged through, but nothing was removed.


On March 20, Walter Lorenzen of Brackney was traveling south along SR 167 when he lost the left rear wheel of his vehicle and struck an embankment. Lorenzen was wearing his seatbelt, and suffered minor injury to his hand. He was transported for treatment to Montrose Hospital by a passer-by.


On March 23 police arrived to investigate a noise complaint at the residence of Courtney Cook and Ashley Steinhilber in Bridgewater Twp. Upon arrival, Cook, Steinhilber, and Glenn Brown were cited for underage consumption. Paul Sheffler of Hallstead was also cited in this incident, for furnishing alcohol to minors.


On March 18 someone stole a snowboard from Elk Mountain Ski resort in Herrick Twp. The board belonged to an unnamed 15-year old male from Bath, PA. It was a brown and blue Baron Model ES with a red stomp pad.


On March 10 Michael Freeman of Susquehanna was traveling northbound on SR 171 when he lost control of his vehicle and impacted with the end of a guide rail about 2 miles south of Thompson. Upon investigation it was revealed that he had been intoxicated, and he was placed under arrest for Driving Under Influence of Alcohol.


On March 20, sometime between 9:15 a.m. and 7:15 p.m., there was a burglary at the house of Kathleen Wilson of Springville Twp. A Nintendo Game Cube, assorted video games, a lockbox, and various forms of currency (including silver certificates) were taken.


On March 20 one or more people removed a stainless steel sink and a custom-made stainless steel pan from the yard of Noel Peet of Nicholson. The sink had been customized for use as a tree sap boiler, and the pan for holding the boiled tree sap.


On March 18 two people had their tires slashed while on Montrose Street in New Milford Borough. The perpetrator(s) slashed the tires of two vehicles belonging to Roger Allard of Great Bend, and two belonging to Wayne Wayman of New Milford. On the same day, tires were also slashed in the parking lot of an apartment building at the intersection of SR0011 and SR0492 in New Milford Borough. Vehicles belonging to Kristen Towner and Edmond Groover were damaged in these cases.


On March 10, Silvie Fleurant of Ontario Canada thought that her transaction had gone through while attempting to pay for gas at a New Milford Pump N' Pantry gas pump. Fleurant drove away before realizing the mistake. She later made contact and rectified her error. No criminal charges were filed in this incident.


A crash occurred at the Great Bend Welcome Center off SR 81 on March 16. The accident occurred doing a snow storm, as Anthony Allsop of Carthage NY was reentering 81 from the Welcome Center while Gordon Douglas of Lugoff, SC was driving on the highway. Allsop lost control of his vehicle on the on-ramp and slid into Lugoff's path of travel, causing a collision. Both men were wearing seatbelts and no injuries were reported. Allsop faces a vehicle code charge of Driving Vehicle at Safe Speed.


On March 16 Michelle Brinton of Collegeville, PA was driving northbound on Interstate 81 when she lost control on a snow covered roadway and spun approximately 180 degrees, as her vehicle left the roadway off of the right berm. The vehicle struck a drainage ditch, causing disabling damage to the undercarriage. Brinton was cited for Driving Too Fast For Existing Conditions.


On March 17 an unknown male was driving a snowmobile eastbound on SR 2040. He failed to stop at a posted stop sign where this road meets SR 0171 and struck a vehicle belonging to Kevin Miluszusky of Richmondale, PA. The snowmobile caused minor damage and fled the scene.


On March 16, Franklin Labor was traveling West on SR4018 in Little Meadows when he lost control of his vehicle. The Ford F150 went off the road and into a yard, striking several shrubs, a mailbox, a tree, and a PennDOT sign. Labor fled from the scene and parked his vehicle behind the Little Meadows Fire Dept. No Fire or EMS responded; Parks towed the truck from the scene.


On March 16 Philip Foote of Montrose was traveling East on SR4016 when he lost control of his vehicle. The Ford Ranger went off the edge of the road and rolled onto its roof. Foote then fled from the scene.


On March 15, Helen Bitting of Greenfield Twp. was traveling west on SR 106 when she failed to negotiate a right hand curve, continued across the westbound lane, and struck a guide rail. Bitting was not wearing a seat belt, and was injured.

If you have new information regarding any of these incidents please contact PSP Gibson at (570) 465-3154.

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