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October Proclaimed “Susquehanna County Reads Month”
Police Investigating Suspicious Death
Harford Brief

Courthouse Report
Silver Lake Twp. Police Report
Gibson Barracks Report

October Proclaimed “Susquehanna County Reads Month”
By Carole M Canfield

Susquehanna County Commissioners proclaimed October 2009 as Susquehanna County Reads Month in conjunction with The Susquehanna County Library and Historical Society. The program is funded in part by a grant from the Pennsylvania Humanities Council.

Residents will be offered a literary classic “My Antonia” in an effort to promote reading for all ages and will have the opportunity to participate in events such as “Honoring Our Rural Heritage” at Salt Springs, a book discussion, movies, an old time craft day, and a Barn Bash to coordinate with “My Antonia.” All citizens are encouraged to participate and enjoy the events.

Commissioners opened for review bids for Chimney Replacement, as the chimney was damaged by lightening during a storm. The bids will be reviewed and the lowest bidder will be awarded at a later date.

The bid for painting the Court House to the lowest bidder was awarded to Postupak Painting Co., Inc., Wilkes-Barre, in the amount of $65,000.00, per the recommendation of Allen Luce, Head of Maintenance.

Commissioners signed a Memorandum of Understanding between Susquehanna County Cooperative Extension Association and Susquehanna County Services for Children & Youth for operating expenses up to $10,000 with the County portion of that being up to $2000, to support a Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Educator for the period July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010. Payment under this agreement is contingent upon the availability of State and County Funds.

Commissioners also signed an identical memorandum of Understanding which will be used for the delivery expenses under the same circumstances.

A purchase of a service agreement dated July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009 was signed between Susquehanna County Services and Youth and Nation Mentor Healthcare LLC d/b/a Pennsylvania Mentor, Conshohocken, for Residential Certificate #200940, $14.69 per diem, IV-E allowable $14.69, Foster Family Care Certificate #217630, $88.00 per diem, IV-E allowable $59.21, Pre-Placement Respite Certificate #201020, $85.00 per diem, IV-E allowable $53.78 and Treatment Foster Care Certificate #217630 $105.00 per diem, IV-E allowable $76.20. Susan Adamec explained that due to new state requirements and sectioning these payment requests were late. She added that as the process proceeds along from county to county (within combined counties) that future years requests would be on a timelier basis.

Sheri Mionarsky, Montrose, was hired to the open part time, union position of Secretary for Veterans Affairs at $7.87 per hour with a six month probationary period and benefits per the Residual Bargaining Unit Contract effective September 24, 2009, per the recommendation of Thomas, Director of Veterans Affairs.

Commissioners accepted, with regret, the resignation of Aimee LeFever, Case Aide, effective, October 10, 2009, per the recommendation of Susan Adamec, Agency Director.

Tax collector bonds were purchased for 2010-2013 for $7,096, per year from CCAP Insurance Program. The County portion is $1,561.00.

Jim Jennings questioned Commissioners regarding any information they may have at the County level regarding the recent three spills at the natural gas sites in Dimock.

Commissioner Warren said she had been in contact and was waiting for a call back from DEP as they had initially called her.

Commissioner Giangrieco stated he had not received any information.

It was said that Cabot was closing down the site for further inspection.

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Police Investigating Suspicious Death

Pennsylvania State Police and Binghamton Police Department, NY, with the assistance of Broome County Sheriffs Department, Susquehanna County District Attorney’s Office & New York City Police Department are investigating a Suspicious Death.

On September 21, at approximately 11:00 a.m. unidentified human remains were discovered on SR 1010 (Harmony Road) 5.1 miles from SR11, Great Bend Twp., Susquehanna County.

The victim was identified as Keisha Roman, age 29, Binghamton, NY. Roman (pictured above) had been reported missing to the Binghamton Police Department on April 29, 2009.

The Susquehanna County Coroner ruled the suspicious death of Keisha Roman a homicide. This continues to be an ongoing multi-agency investigation. Anyone with any information on Roman’s death is asked to call Pennsylvania State Police, Gibson at (570) 465-3154 or Binghamton Police Department Detective Division at (607)772-7080 or (607)772-7099.

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Harford Brief
By Ted Brewster

Harford Township Supervisors completed a brief agenda in a half hour on September 22. The meeting opened with an announcement that an executive session that followed the business meeting on September 8 was held to discuss a potential legal issue with regard to personnel, according to Supervisor Garry Foltz.

Mr. Foltz then reported that he had met with staff of the Susquehanna County Conservation District to sign an agreement on a sluice to be refurbished in a swampy area on Richardson Road. He said the project will require a permit, and that it probably would not be completed before winter. The work is being subsidized by a grant of some $9,000 from the Conservation District.

The Supervisors approved and signed the annual agreement with the Harford Volunteer Fire Company.

Mr. Foltz then expressed concern about large fires on private property in the township. He said he had no issue with the typical burn barrel used by residents, but noted that trash burning by businesses is not permitted under state law. According to Supervisor and Township Secretary Sue Furney, Harford does not have an ordinance about burning. Mr. Foltz said he had witnessed a large fire that was not well supervised and worried that “major bonfire-size fires” could easily get out of control, particularly in dry conditions that have been prevalent in recent weeks. Supervisor and fireman Terry VanGorden noted that the local fire company will often monitor a large “controlled burn” if notified in advance.

Mr. Foltz also expressed some consternation at yard-sale and garage-sale signs that are not removed after an event is over. Technically, he said, such signs are not permitted on township property - including road sign poles; however, he didn’t have a problem with them as long as they are removed promptly. Mr. VanGorden seconded these comments in particular with regard to candidate signs during political campaigns.

The Harford Township Supervisors meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, beginning at 7:00 p.m., at the township office on Route 547.

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Courthouse Report
Compiled By Lauren P. Ficarro


Todd A. and Tracy J. Ruegner to Gary W. Ruegner, in Liberty Township for one dollar.

William S., Jr. and Linda F. Gulick to William S. Gulick, Jr., in Auburn Township for one dollar.

William S. Gulick, Jr. to James T. Davenport and John Prokopchak, in Auburn Township for $120,000.00.

Susann M. Davis to Timothy F. and Carol A. Collins, in Clifford Township for $125,000.00.

Carol Lopatofsky to Stephen Repka, in Forest City for $101,500.00.

Thomas and Gail Ferrer to William Olivares, in Forest City for $85,000.00.

Burton and Elizabeth Baldwin to Township Cabin, Inc., in Little Meadows Borough and Apolacon Township for $89,500.00.

James J., Marie and James M. Gulbin to James M. Gulbin, in Herrick Township for one dollar.

Sandra F. Ehret to Timothy and Kristine Loomis, in Bridgewater Township for $279,000.00.

Shirley J. and Thomas A. Pugliese to Shirley J. Pugliese (Trustee), in Jackson Township for one dollar.

Larry R. Larue to Pennsylvania Commonwealth Dept. of Transportation, in Jessup Township for one dollar.

David and Michele Taylor to Paul W. Gover and Sharon A. Milewski, in Thompson Borough for $79,000.00.

Elmer A. and Rae E. Fiske to Kevin M. Fiske, in New Milford Township for one dollar.

Edwin (AKA) Edwin T. Burns to Tracy M. Burns, in Hop Bottom Borough for one dollar.

Curtis L. and Pamela M. Eshbaugh and John P. and Lori L. Mocniak to Curtis L. and Pamela M. Eshbaugh and John P. and Lori L. Mocniak, in Apolacon Township for one dollar.

Melvin L. Blaisure to Melvin L. Blaisure, in Dimock Township for one dollar.

Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. (By Atty) to Robert E. and Patricia O. Aiken, in Forest Lake Township for $68,000.00.

Mary Elizabeth Gleason, Anne Gleason Kalpokas, Catherine and Robert McPherson to Mary Gleason, in Apolacon Township for one dollar.

Bridget M. Seguine to Timothy E. and Tara J. Welsh, in Franklin Township for $61,000.00.

John Gaudenzi to John W., Jr. and Cheryl R. Gaudenzi, in Uniondale Borough for one dollar.

Felice and Nicola Borgonsoli to Nicola Borgonsoli, in Ararat Township for one dollar.

Thomas J., Jennie P., James E. and Pamela G. Shields to Thomas J., Jennie P., James E. and Pamela G. Shields, in Liberty Township for one dollar.

Manufacturers & Traders Trust Co. (Trustee Succ To) Chase Manhattan Bank (Trustee) to Stewart E. and Sherwood Walls, in Silver Lake Township for one dollar.

Amparo Arcila to Amparo and Armando A. Arcila, in Silver Lake Township for one dollar.

John Kelly and Bonita B. Donovan to Mungerville Group, Inc., in Franklin Township for $16,200.00.

Mary Elizabeth Donovan to Mungerville Group, Inc., in Franklin Township for $8,200.00.

Kevin E. Donovan to Mungerville Group, Inc., in Franklin Township for $8,200.00.

Richard Joseph and Judith G. Donovan to Mungerville Group, Inc., in Franklin Township for $15,400.00.

Frances Q. Donovan to Mungerville Group, Inc., in Franklin and Bridgewater Townships for $20,800.00.

Frances Q. Donovan to Mungerville Group, Inc., in Franklin Township for $140,400.00.

Kurt A. and Carolyn E. Lewis to Michael C. and Melissa D. Scotch, in Uniondale Borough for $116,500.00.

Donald S. and Jennifer M. James to Thomas B. and Diane M. Foster, in Herrick Township for $29,900.00.

James T. Davenport and John Prokopchak to Bear Creek Properties, Inc. and Pro-ko Properties, Inc., in Auburn Township for one dollar.

James T. Davenport and John Prokopchak to Bear Creek Properties, Inc. and Pro-ko Properties, Inc., in Rush Township for one dollar.

Bremer Hof Owners, Inc. to Darrel and Jeanette Gerrietts, in Herrick Township for $1,995.00.

Bremer Hof Owners, Inc. to Gerald J. and Lucy C. Lopez, in Herrick Township for $2,995.00.

Linda M. and Ronald Richards and Lawrence A. Skube to Lawrence A. Skube and Monica Lee Patterson-Skube, in Forest City for one dollar.

Hazel E. Singer (Estate) to David H. Singer, in Bridgewater Township for one dollar.

Ira M. and Elizabeth C. Poss (NBM) Elizabeth C. Beiter to Lorey H. Bird, in Rush Township for one dollar.

Wanda C. (AKA) Wanda Chewuk (By POA) to Distant Ventures LP, in Rush Township for $76,000.00.

David F., Sr. and Lorraine Lauer to Paul Lauer, Shirley Krayeski, Elizabeth Teel, Miriam Herandez and Eileen Kamensky, in Springville Township for one dollar.


Linda Keller of Nicholson vs. Brian Keller, Sr. of Hop Bottom, married 2005.


The Susquehanna County Domestic Relations Section has bench warrants for the following individuals as of 11:15 a.m. on September 25, 2009.

Duane Aldrich, Michael A. Argust, David P. Atherholt, Jr., Erika L. Back, John W. Barber, Sr., Keith B. Beach, Neeko A. Beahan, David Shawn Blaisure, Joseph Bonavita, Michael P. Bradley, Jr., Devin S. Brewer, Howard A. Burns, III, Robert B. Carrier, Jason James Carroll, Beverly A. Carvin, Darryl M. Chaffee, Christopher J. Clark, Tony R. Clark, Edward J. Dickson, Jr., Deborah L. Drish, Joseph A. Fiorentino, David J. Fischer, Ryan M. Forder, Kelly Fox, David Haines, Jr., Suzanne R. Hansen, William N. Hendrickson, Ann Hightower, Galen Hollister, Steven L. Jones, Kenneth M. Kintner, Kevin D. Klein, Corey J. Koch, Eric C. Kohlhepp, Erik E. Krisovitch, Chadd M. Kuns, Charlie J. Legere, Harold K. Leiger, II, Carlos L. Leiser, Patricia J. Marrero, Nancy McGillis, Rollin E. Miller, Jr., Joseph C. Moore, Anthony Neri, Benjamin Newell, Tanya M. Novak, Rodney Alan Oakley, Todd M. O'Hara, Donald Palmer, Gary Perico, Jesse R. Rhinebeck, Jr., Timothy W. Rogers, David J. Shiner, Darin Sink, Duane Spencer, Garrett M. Thomas, Keith W. Vroman, Steven G. Warner, Donald L. Welch, Jamie L. Williams, Kenneth L. Wilmot, Jr.

Please contact the Domestic Relations Section at 570-278-4600 ext. 170 with any information on the location of these individuals.

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Silver Lake Twp. Police Report


On August 7, Jeffery Dibble of New Milford, reported that his trucks and equipment had been vandalized and damaged by booby traps set at his quarry site and area on the Mike Shuta Jr. farm in Silver Lake Township.


Brianna Baxter reported that someone had changed her address multiple times. Her insurance company was involved and this investigation has continued.


On August 12, Barbara Pichette reported that her house cat had come home with an injury possibly inflicted by a bullet as determined by her veterinarian doctor.


On August 21, Robert and Muriel Tucker reported that someone might have entered their home while they were sleeping. They found doors unlocked and ajar in the morning after locking and securing at night. Nothing was determined to have been taken at this time.


On August 18, Paul Adams reported that a white pit bull has been coming onto his property and he fears that his children and family may be at risk. The PA leash law and procedures were discussed. Mr. Adams will try to locate the owner and resolve.


On August 22, Mark Lockett reported that he had sold several animals to Robert Finch of Endicott, NY without receiving proper payment after receiving one bad check.


On August 29, Jeffery Dibble reported that he had returned to his quarry work place at the Mike Shuta Jr. farm on August 27 and worked there. When he returned to work again on August 29, he found that his equipment had been vandalized and damaged again.


On August 28, Leonard Zelepa reported that Robert Baehler had made false accusations and threats over a dispute Mr. Baehler is having with the DEP over property and building requirement.

Any information or questions for the Silver Lake Township Police, please call 570-278-6818 or e-mail All information will be held strictly confidential.

Visit the Silver Lake Township Website at, to see all of the Silver Lake Townships’ news, profiles and resources, including the police reports.

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Gibson Barracks Report
Compiled By Melinda Darrow


The Gibson station is investigating the discovery of unidentified human remains off SR 1010 in Great Bend Twp., on September 21. Investigation is underway to identify the victim.


September 23 - Pennsylvania State Police and Binghamton Police Department, with the assistance of Broome County Sheriff's Department, Susquehanna County District Attorney's Office, and New York City Police Department, are investigating a Suspicious Death. On September 21 at approximately 11:00 a.m. Unidentified human remains were discovered on SR 1010 (Harmony Road) in Great Bend Twp., 5.1 miles from state route eleven. The victim was identified as Keisha Roman, age 29, of Binghamton, NY. Roman had been reported missing to the Binghamton Police Department on April 29, 2009. Anyone with any information on Roman's death is asked to call State Police, Gibson at (570) 465-3154. Binghamton residents may call the Binghamton Detective Division at (607) 772-7080 or (707) 772-7099. A photo of Roman is included in the public report.


On September 21 an unknown person discharged a pellet gun and struck the window of a residence on Orchard Road in Great Bend Twp., causing damage to the window.


On September 11, at approximately 8:30 p.m., David Palmer, Jr. of Union Dale was traveling northbound on SR 2069 in Gibson Twp. when, failing to negotiate a left hand turn at the intersection of T460 (Powell Rd.), his vehicle exited the roadway off the north berm, striking first a ditch and then an embankment. Palmer left the scene at that point, leaving the vehicle behind. He was utilizing his seatbelt; he was not injured.


Sometime between the 8th and 22nd of September, Robert Nanius of Union Dale reports, the following items were stolen from his pole shed in Herrick Twp.: a Stihl 18” model 390 chainsaw, a cordless drill, and a battery booster.


On September 22, at 4 a.m., a door window and screen were smashed at the residence of Karen Tomeo in Great Bend.


Between the 18th and 19th of September, a sliding glass door pane was broken on a building belonging to Donna Seney of Forest City. The incident occurred on Lot 16, Stillwater Village Trailer Park, in Uniondale Borough.


On September 2, at 8:10 a.m., Ashley Clapper of Montrose was traveling on SR 0029 in Dimock Twp. when her vehicle exited the roadway and struck two utility poles. Clapper was utilizing a seatbelt; she sustained minor injury.


On September 18, at approximately 2:22 a.m., William Razderk of the Uniondale area was traveling northbound on SR 171 in Clifford Twp. in the area of the Still Water Dam. Razderk's vehicle exited the roadway to the east of the travel lanes, beginning a counter-clockwise rotation, re-entering the roadway and crossing both the north and southbound travel lanes, and impacting a series of guardrails. It then continued traveling north in contact with the guardrails before again re-entering the travel lanes, continuing to rotate in a counter- clockwise rotation, and coming to a final rest making frontal contact with the guardrails partly upon the southbound travel lane. Razderk manifested himself at a neighbor's, whereat Clifford Ambulance was summoned for transport to CMC Scranton for treatment of injuries obtained. No seat belt was in use. The investigation was ongoing as of the time of report.


Between the 4th and 17th of September, the residence belonging to Jessica Martin in Hallstead was entered, and $400 removed from a closet.


On September 3, at approximately 10 p.m., Darlene Hartwick of Clifford was traveling on SR 2012 in Clifford Twp. when her vehicle left the roadway, struck two trees, and rolled over. Hartwick was utilizing a seatbelt; she was not injured.


On September 12, at approximately 2:50 a.m., an unknown driver was traveling west on SR 106 by St. Pius Church in Clifford Twp. At this location the driver's vehicle exited the roadway and impacted a ditch. The driver abandoned his vehicle and fled the scene prior to police response. The vehicle in question was a blue 2002 Chevrolet 2500 truck, registered to Billy Joe Razderk of the Susquehanna area.


On September 10, at 11:15 p.m., Richard Spencer of Brooklyn, NY and Roger Cruttenden of Mattydale, NY subjected each other to physical contact during an argument that occurred at Camp Oneida. A charge of harassment was filed on each at MDC 34-3-02 in New Milford.


Between July 25th and September 9th, during the late night/early morning hours, a person whose name was withheld due to investigation did make repeated telephone communications to a Great Bend senior citizen at extremely inconvenient hours.

Anyone having information on any of these incidents is asked to please contact PSP Gibson at (570) 465-3154.

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