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Forest City Discusses Parks
Roads Consume G. B. Twsp.
Courthouse Report
Montrose Citizen Of The Year
New Milford Honors Policeman
Oakland Twsp. Closer To Police
Gibson Barracks Report


Forest City Discusses Parks
By Stephanie Everett

During a board meeting May 3, Forest City Mayor Patrick Coles suggested to Council that a $20,000 grant to fence in Babe Ruth Park instead be used to install basketball courts at the park. Council agreed that presently, there is “nothing to fence in” at the park and decided to change the grant use, if possible.

Robert Tedesco of public works announced that another picnic table was dumped in the lake at Kennedy Park. Tedesco received permission to secure the picnic tables with chains. In order to stem vandalism in Kennedy Park, Council decided to purchase signs indicating that the park closes at 10 p.m. Such hours should still accommodate night sporting events, and the police force will use its discretion in enforcing park hours.

Concerning geese in Kennedy Park, Tedesco reported that firing an air gun in the park is probably necessary for eradication. “They’re not the dumbest of animals,” Tedesco remarked, stating that previous measures no longer scare off the geese. Council will look into training someone to fire an air gun.

Council discussed a couple of street corners where children often play, unsupervised. “We’ve been up there a couple of times,” Police Chief Paul Lukus commented. It was remarked that these are blind spots, and playing there presents a “serious threat to [a] child’s life.” Children and Youth could be called if the problem persists.

Barbara Mihelc, who serves on the Susquehanna County Tax Collection Committee, announced a $10,000 operating budget, which will cover such items as legal fees and insurance expenses. Based on wage tax and population, the DCED assigned municipalities within Susquehanna County a share of the budget. Council approved Forest City’s share of $422. The DCED will provide annual adjustments.

Landscaping will commence at the Coal Miner’s memorial, where small trees will be planted.

Council President Robert Trusky suggested that Forest City not sign with Taylor Consulting and Contracting for electricity cost reductions. “They haven’t been real responsive…that doesn’t sit well,” Trusky asserted. He added that electricity rates are projected to decline, and Taylor Consulting requires a 24-month term. Council agreed to “wait and see what PP&L’s going to do.”

Residents should note that Forest City’s July business meeting has been moved to July 6 at 7 p.m.

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Roads Consume G. B. Twsp.

Roads and their maintenance took up most of the May 3 meeting of the Great Bend Township Supervisors.

Bids for materials were opened. As has been their custom, all three bids were accepted; those with the lowest prices will be contacted first when the materials are needed, with the other bidders to be used as backup if the materials are not available.

One bid was received and accepted for calcium and magnesium, at the same price as last year.

The roadmaster’s report was reviewed; the month’s activities included cleaning up winter damage, and cleaning sluices and ditches. The Airport Road project has been completed, and the crew has or will move on to work on Parks Valley Road and Graham Hollow. And, there are a lot of potholes to be patched.

Some time ago, Curt Blewett had been appointed as the township’s roadmaster, at no increase in pay. A motion carried this evening to raise his salary one dollar per hour.

After last month’s meeting, Jerry Hallisey (road crew) had given his resignation. The position had been advertised, and candidates were interviewed prior to this meeting.

Two bids were also opened for heating oil, diesel fuel, kerosene and winter blend diesel. There was discussion as to whether to accept the firm price or a fluctuating price; with prices soaring again recently, it was agreed to accept the lowest at the firm price.

A preconstruction meeting for the Bridging Communities project was scheduled for the following day.

Permits issued included assessment permits to Joanne and Garry Froehlich, and Daniel and Emily Laude. Final approval was given by the county for the Brant/Newman subdivision. And, John Parks has applied for a GP-3 permit through DEP for creek restoration.

A training session will be held at the township building with Soil Conservation and DCED to work on updating floodplain ordinances, during which the township’s ordinances will be reviewed.

A motion carried to donate $200 to Blue Ridge Recreation.

The township received plans from PennDOT for a SR 1029 bridge rehabilitation project on Randolph Road, and from the Larson Design Group about an SR 1033 bridge replacement project on Dubois Creek.

The township is still in need of representatives for the sewer authority and an Emergency Management Coordinator, although there is a possibility that they may have found a sewer authority representative.

A meeting had been held with a representative from Pennsylvania American Water, and an agreement is being drafted; PAWC will be responsible for the repair of any damage above and beyond normal wear and tear to Bogart St. caused by their equipment or from deliveries they may receive.

During public comment there was a question about work to be done on Bogart St.; the state will tar and chip through the Agility program.

The next meeting will be on Monday, June 7 at 7:00 p.m.

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Courthouse Report
Compiled By Lauren Price Ficarro


Jessica S. Hall and Christopher J. Kingsbury to Jessica S. Hall, in New Milford Township for one dollar.

Jerry P. Kelly, Sr. (by sheriff) to US Bank, in Great Bend Township for $1,727.21.

John and Deborah Sherman to John Sherman, in Herrick Township for one dollar.

Garry and Leanne H. King, S. Robert and Janice D. Turrell and John V. Galazin (trust by trustee) to Harford PA O&G LLC, in Harford Township for $100.00.

Rick A. Whitney (estate) to David and Tomasina Kimble, in Franklin Township for $4,795.00.

William and Barbara Zitzow to Joseph and Lori Hunt, in New Milford Borough for $127,900.00.

Yzette A. Isaac to Mary E. and Charles H., III Snyder, in Jackson Township for $135,000.00.

Eugene, Dawn, James, Norma, Roger and Priscilla Swetland, Sally and James Pepper and Sandra and Charles Williams to Swetland Pond LLC, in Rush Township for one dollar.

Zoran Cupic Life Insurance Trust (by trustees) to Zoran Cupic Life Insurance Trust, in Harmony Township for one dollar.

Fred B., III and Rebecca J. Baker to George M., II and Nancy Baker, in Auburn Township for one dollar.

Augustus G. Wilber (by sheriff) to Federal National Mortgage Association, in Great Bend Borough for $1,938.40.

Donald C. and Barara L. Robbins to Tanya L. Robbins, in Lathrop Township for one dollar.

Scott T. and Mindy J. Vangorden to Scott T. and Mindy J. Vangorden, in Jackson Township for one dollar.

Robin E. and Catherine D. Medovich to Richard L. and Audrey L. Cook, in Bridgewater and New Milford Townships for $109,000.00.

Brenda L. Ahlbrandt (by sheriff) to Fannie Mae, in Montrose for $2,025.83.

Fredric (AKA) Frederic, Catherine L., John (AKA) John J., Karen J., Joseph, Monica M. and Maria C. Conte to Fredric, Catherine L., John J. and Joseph Conte, in Silver Lake Township for one dollar.

Charles Sanders (by POA) to Angelo and Jacqueline J. Scarfallotto, in Bridgewater Township for $85,000.00.

James E., III and Gayle A. Marcy to Shannon R. Birtch, in New Milford Township for $100,000.00.

Janet Faye Depue to Matthew L. Burkhart and Kristen J. Small, in Forest Lake Township for $175,000.00.

Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (by POA) to Lynne Arthur, in Oakland Borough for $59,000.00.

Mark and Lillian Bostjancic to Kelly L. Phillips, in Forest City for $74,500.00.

Deutsche Bank National Trust Company (by POA) to Stonecrest Income & Opportunity Fund I LLC, in Thompson Borough for $11,000.00.


The Susquehanna County Domestic Relations Section has bench warrants for the following individuals as of 10:30 a.m. on May 7, 2010.

Antonio L. Alcantara, Duane Aldrich, Erika L. Back, David Shawn Blaisure, Devin S. Brewer, Howard A. Burns, III, Darryl M. Chaffee, Frank Deriancho, Deborah L. Drish, David J. Fischer, Racheal L. Frisbie, George Graham, Andy L. Groff, David Haines, Jr., Ceejay B. Halstead, James Karhnak, Erik E. Krisovitch, Charlie J. Legere, Carlos L. Leiser, Jason Lindquist, Kimberly L. Mershon, Matthew S. Miller, Robert A. Muzzy, Shane Nelson, Anthony Neri, Sheri Pabon, James E. Purse, Arthur D. Quick, Jesse R. Rhinebeck, Jr., David J. Shiner, Richard D. Shoemaker, Duane Spencer, Garrett M. Thomas (aka Staudinger), Christina L. Trayes, Keith W. Vroman, Jamie L. Williams, Kenneth L. Wilmot, Jr., Karl D. Zantowsky.

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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Montrose Citizen Of The Year
By Melinda Darrow

Mr. Joe Welden was appointed Citizen of the Year this year, and the borough of Montrose recognized him at the May 3 meeting with the presentation of a certificate. Mr. Chamberlain stated that it was an honor to present the certificate of appreciation to such a long time pillar of the community.

Contrary to last month’s expressed concerns over the disruption which might be caused by approval of Dawson Geophysical’s request for a permit to perform seismic testing, the permit was approved at the May meeting. When asked what caused the council members to change their minds, answers included that the company had come up with the insurance policy desired by the borough, as well as with the money. It was also to be stipulated where the wires would run, and, where possible, the lines were to be run under the road in places. Everything they were asked for, it was said, they provided. Still, one council member admitted, not everyone was in favor of the idea. It was generally agreed that the permit should not be open ended; it was proposed that it close thirty days from issuance.

Someone brought up the current policy involving the planning commission, whereby a person wanting something from the commission is required to make twenty copies and mail them to the commission members. This was approved by the council, though Mr. Schuster wondered aloud at this, and expressed a desire to rescind it if he had been involved in it. Mr. Granahan explained why this process had begun in the first place, as he had been on the planning commission when papers were not received in time for the members to review them, and angry taxpayers had ensued. Ms. Rogers had stated that she did not have the time to make the copies; thus the birth of a policy. It was suggested, however, that instead of this the new secretary make copies, and contact commission members to pick them up at the borough building should they desire them.

In the tradition of Montrose policies, discussion of the skateboard ordinance, which had appeared in prior times, swung back into consideration, but no definitive decisions were made, again.

Representatives of the Susquehanna County Library and historical Society attended the meeting to ask permission for them to buy a banner and put it up in honor of the Susquehanna County’s 200th anniversary. They said that they could swap it out with other banners as needed. One council member suggested that instead of swapping the banner multiple times, a logo be created which might be put on the seasonal banners to be erected by the restoration committee.

It was highly recommended that the borough take out the in-ground oil tank it is utilizing, due to water getting into it. Mr. DiPhillips said that it was recommended this be done as soon as possible, to avoid any spills. After some discussion, however, about where the oil might be kept in the meantime, it was decided that it would be left in the tank until the new building became operational.

Along those lines, the status of the new building project was discussed. COG was to come up to inspect the emergency lighting, and then the borough could, it was said, obtain an occupancy permit. Labor and Industry might, or might not, also inspect the property.

A police officer was injured in an altercation with a disorderly resident, it was reported. He responded to a disorderly conduct call, and in the process of responding he was punched, and his nose broken. The officer also sustained a bite wound which broke the skin.

A letter was sent to PennDOT regarding a jake brake ordinance. As of the time of the meeting, the council was still waiting to hear back from the state organization.

The borough approved its portion of the Susquehanna county tax committee’s operating budget. This existence of this committee is mandated by the state, which thinks that it will be more efficient and effective if fewer taxing bodies are in existence than have been in recent past. The tax committee, then, approved a $10,000 operating budget for itself, and the contributing municipalities and school districts have their contributions set based upon a system weighted by population and the earned income tax. The votes, however, are apparently no longer weighted, as there were concerns about this giving certain parties too much power. Now each representative receives one vote. It was once again intimated that those on the council do not actually want to see the council exist, but serve on it currently only because of the state mandate.

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New Milford Honors Policeman
By Melinda Darrow

The May 5 meeting of the New Milford borough council opened with a special presentation. Last fall a local man was home alone while his wife worked, and thought he was having a heart attack. He called 911, and Montrose police officer James Smith heard the call. Trooper Smith went to the resident’s home, to stay with him until the paramedics came to take care of him. The man, Rick Ainey, wrote a letter of commendation to the council, who felt that he needed to be recognized for doing a very fine job looking out for the town’s residents. Trooper Smith was presented with a plaque by council woman Terri Gulick.

Significant discussion was held regarding the Richardson property. At the prior month’s meeting, while discussing the creek project, it was decided that further research needed to be done regarding who owned the property around the creek. It was ascertained, Ms. Gulick reported, that it absolutely belonged to the railroad. It was also discovered, however, that there was a drainage issue on Peckhill Road, and on railroad maps from the 60’s there is evidence that a 24” concrete pipe had been under a now vacated road at that time. Mayor Joe Taylor said that that pipe had been opened up again 10 or 12 years ago, but that the resident had since removed it. He continued to say that there was a lot of “stuff” happening up there that the council was unaware of, which might effect the borough (for instance a loss of vegetation on one area). There are also residents, Ms. Gulick continued, who live in the area and claim that there is a trailer park being operated up the hill. Since part of the land is in the township, it is allegedly supposed that the situation is alright. This, however, may not be the case, as the trailers would still need to be hooked up to a sewer system, and, if there was no permit, they would have been put in place illegally. It was decided by council that the township’s seo and COG would be notified to investigate the trailer situation, and that the pipe matter would be turned over to the solicitor, to investigate if it might be required to be put back in the road.

At the April meeting, there had also been complaints of a resident illegally burning. At this meeting the same resident was again discussed, with a charge of barking dogs added to the list of behavior complained about by neighbors. There is an ordinance regarding dogs, and when they are allowed to bark persistently. As one council member put, dogs can’t tell time but people can. Mr. Ainey stated that the owner of the property had come to see him, thinking he was on council, and that he knew there was a complaint against him. This led to a discussion of the proof (whether or not the pictures could prove the burning violations) and possible next steps. The matter might be referred to the Magistrate, or the police can investigate the matter, to either ensure that the dog is okay or check on the fires.

The park grant was another lengthy topic of discussion. The borough had received a copy of the grant agreement, and Mr. Ainey questioned the advisability of moving ahead on the project when the Parks Association is still $80,000 short. Only half of the project cost was approved in the grant. The borough, Mr. Ainey argued, would be responsible for the cost of anything left over, as the grant technically had to be in the municipality’s name. Vicky Drake had attended the work session, it was said, and a group meeting with the council and the Parks Association was planned to be held. It was thought that some of the cost might be defrayed, a council member maintained, through volunteer labor, etc. Still, the overall feeling of the council members appeared to be that the project could not continue until this question was answered.

A letter was read from the Blue Ridge Recreation group, regarding the Summer Adventures project. The council had donated $150 last year, and was being asked to donate again. There are no other free community recreation activities in the area, it was said, and the children appreciate being able to attend at no cost. The council, after some discussion about where the money could be pulled from, agreed to donate the same amount as last year.

The Susquehanna County League of Women Voters, it was announced, was going to continue its educational series on Marcellus Shale on Friday, May 7 at Montrose High School. The topic was to be the Environmental Impact of the work.

Along those lines, there has not been movement regarding the borough obtaining a gas lease. It was suggested that, with the recent DEP action against Cabot, no companies were signing leases.

The idea of an earned income tax was broached. The borough is considering enacting one, and plans to have a public meeting about it. There was some controversy regarding it at the meeting, as people feared it would cost them money. Some on the council, however, saw it as helping those on social security and disability, however, as it could be utilized in place of an increase in real estate taxes. (People on social security would be exempt from the eit). It was also pointed out that many residents of the town who do work already pay it, just to the municipality or school district in which they work.

The public meeting was to be announced in the near future.

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Oakland Twsp. Closer To Police

Much of the May 6 meeting of the Oakland Township Supervisors was spent in intense discussion of the township’s participation in the ongoing regional police meetings. Topics covered during the discussion included amending the resolution the supervisors had passed covering the township’s participation in the process; it will need to be amended as another municipality has requested to be included in the discussions of one of the two groups. Also discussed were what the township’s expectations would be in the area of coverage, what the committees’ missions are, what the budget would be, what sort of contract would be set up, if there should be a cancellation clause if one or more of the participants withdraw from a contract, and how many representatives of each of the municipalities should serve on the committee(s).

Correspondence included a letter from a local business requesting a copy of a mailing list of all township residents; the township does not maintain such information.

There was a detailed discussion about the condition of the township’s grader and the repairs it needed.

A resident had requested that “No Dumping” signs be posted on Lakeview Road. The township does have an ordinance prohibiting dumping and imposing a $600 fine on violators, but after discussion it was agreed that if one sign were to be posted, the entire township should also be posted and, at a cost of about $50 per sign, the cost would be formidable.

Work is still in progress on two ordinances, one covering road weight limits, the other, land development.

Codes violations were discussed, with the consensus to refer one to the township’s solicitor, who will also be asked to address a situation of unauthorized work being done on township roads.

Two of the supervisors, Jamie Chilewski and Mike Fabrizi will need to complete required NIMS training.

And, after discussion, no action was taken on a request from the Susquehanna Fire Dept.; the department was requesting that each of the nearby municipalities it covers contribute $200 towards repair of the siren.

The next meeting will be on Tuesday, June 8 at 7:00 p.m.

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Gibson Barracks Report
Compiled By Melinda Darrow


The Pennsylvania State Police at Gibson are currently investigating several daytime burglaries that occurred within Susquehanna county between April 18 and May 5, of this year. Items taken during the burglaries include jewelry, money, electronic equipment, and guns. If anyone has any information concerning the break-ins, they are asked to contact the State Police at Gibson. Oftentimes daytime burglars will knock on the victim's door in an attempt to ascertain if someone is home. If anyone at the residence answers the door, the would-be burglars will provide a fictitious reason for their presence, such as asking for directions, etc. Anyone providing information may remain anonymous. The telephone number for Gibson is (570) 465-3154.


On May 3, between 9:30 and 3:30 p.m., forced entry was obtained into the residence of Donald Bennett in Union Dale. Jewelry, an IPOD Stereo, a Nintendo D.S., and a 35 digital camera were stolen. Also taken of special interest was an antique gold railroad conductor's watch, with braiding on the edges, which was attached to a heavy gold chain, and a wide gold bracelet with interwoven braiding decoration. The investigation was continuing as of the time of report.


Entry to a home on Upper Podunk Rd. was attempted between April 25 and 30, by means of kicking the garage entry door. An attempt was also made to pry up the overhead garage door with an unknown item, and to kick in the main entry door. All were unsuccessful, and the scene was fled.


On May 5 the Hobbs residence in Bridgewater Twp. was burglarized during daytime hours. Items taken included: 1 Rugar Blackhawk Blued Revolver Ser#3063104, a Savage 99C 308 Lever Action with a scope, a Remington Model 7 Youth 7MM-08 with a scope, a Remington 700 270 cal. With a scope, a Savage Bold Action 22 hornet, a Marlin Model 60 22 cal semi-auto, a 22 cal semi auto rifle possibly Sears & Roebuck, a Horton Legend Crossbow with a scope, a vizeo VA26L HDTV, and a Play Station 3.


On May 5, after 3 a.m., Barbara Beynon of Clifford Twp. was arrested for Driving under the influence after Troopers responded to a one-vehicle crash at the site of State Ag Rd. in that municipality. Beynon's vehicle became stuck after she drove off the roadway and struck a tree. Koszlowski's towing removed the vehicle from the scene. Charges filed with district court 34-3-03, for Driving under the influence.


On March 4 at 1:50 a.m., David Miller and Jennifer Mroz engaged in a verbal argument that escalated to the point of physical contact. Charges are pending or violations of PACC.


On May 2, at 11:30 p.m., Joan Bailey of Waymart was traveling southbound on SR 2027 in Clifford Twp. when she lost control of her Toyota 4 Runner while negotiating a curve in the roadway. The truck exited the travel lanes and impacted a utility, coming to a rest back upon the travel lanes of that road. Bailey reported no injuries; she was not utilizing a seat belt.


On April 30, at 4:10 p.m., Joey Aikens of Union Dale, was traveling west on SR 374 when Mariana Mastri of Nicholson, in an attempt to turn left onto SR 2021, turned into the path of Aikens. A crash ensued. Aikens was transported to Marion Hospital in Carbondale via Clifford Twp. Ambulance for unknown injuries. Mastri suffered a minor injury to her arm from the airbag. A citation was filed on her at court 34-3-03 for vehicles turning left.


On April 30, at 4:26 p.m., Mykel Bishop of Kingsley was traveling south on SR 267 when his vehicle exited the right side of the roadway and entered a soft ditch. The Ford F350 then traveled south in the ditch to a point where it impacted the embankment and overturned onto the driver's side facing a south direction. Assistance was provided at the scene by Rush Volunteer Fire Company and Fire Police. Penn Dot was notified of the debris on the roadway and made efforts to remove it. Charges will be filed in District Court 34-3-01. Bishop was not injured; he was utilizing a seatbelt.


On April 27 at 8:20 a.m., a 1997 Peterbilt Truck struck a pole and a light post on US Hwy 11 in New Milford, 197 feet west of State Hwy. 706 in that town. The driver, about whom no information was provided in the report, was not charged.


On April 28, between 2 and 11 a.m., Gilberto Patino of the Salt Lake City Ut. area discovered that several items inclusive of a MAC Book Computer, Motorola Droid cell phone, and Casio cell phone were taken without his authorization. The incident occurred in Bridgewater Twp. The investigation was ongoing as of the time of report.


On April 28 at 11:50 p.m., Samuel Cicon of Gibson was traveling north on SR 0081 in Harford Twp. when his vehicle exited the highway via SR 8005 and lost control. The Jeep Cherokee traveled off of the roadway and struck a road sign and a guide rail end, causing it to roll. It came to a rest on its roof in the north bound lane on SR 0081, and Cicon was paced under arrest for suspected Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or controlled substance. A minor injury was obtained; Cicon was apparently not utilizing a seatbelt.


On April 29, at 10:30 a.m., a 15 year old juvenile of the Friendsville, PA area was found to be in possession of a prescription drug and drug paraphernalia while on the property of Elk Lake High School. She was charged with violations of PA CSDDCA.


On April 24, at 10:50 p.m., four boys under the age of 18 were traveling northbound on Old Lackawanna Trail when the driver failed to negotiate a right curve and lost control of the vehicle. The Santa Fe exited the roadway from the West berm and stuck a mail box and post. One of the passengers received a minor injury in the crash and was transported to Wilson Memorial Hospital by the Hallstead/Great Bend Ambulance; it was unknown whether or not he was utilizing safety equipment. The driver and other passenger were wearing seatbelts; they were not injured. The incident occurred in Great Bend Township. Members of the Hallstead Fire department assisted at the scene.


On April 26, at 7:36 p.m., a Gibson State Police Trooper initiated a traffic stop on a gray Acura bearing NY registration for a motor vehicle violation. After making contact with the operator and passenger, Aleksandr Lyaky and Mark Konviser, both of Brooklyn, the two related that they were headed back to that city after spending a night in Binghamton. Numerous indicators of criminal activity were present, and the trooper asked permission to search the vehicle, which was granted. The search yielded approximately 5 grams of marijuana, a grinder, and $10,030 of US currency in various denominations. The evidence and actors were transported to PSP Gibson for processing. Both were charged and released. A cash scan was performed on the currency by a K-9 trained in narcotics detection. The K-9 hit on the currency and it was seized pending forfeiture proceedings. Charges were filed a District Court 34-3-02.


On April 24, at 12:30 a.m., Joseph Rafferty of Little Meadows was arrested for striking and threatening the life of a woman in Apolacon Twp. He was also charged with pushing or punching four other victims as they attempted to calm him. The accused was arraigned on charges of Simple Assault, Terroristic Threats, and Harassment before Judge Peter Janicelli at District Court 34-3-02. He was released on R.O.R. Bail. A preliminary hearing was set for May 3 at 2 p.m.


Between April 10 and 11 a wooden cutout of a cow’s rump was stolen form the yard of Heather Johnston in Fairdale.


On May 2, at 2:00 a.m., a 2003 Dodge Dakota was traveling east on SR 0706 in Bridgewater Twp. Its driver, unnamed in the report, failed to negotiate a left curve in the roadway, causing the vehicle to travel off of the roadway and strike a tree and a ditch. The driver then fled the scene. He or she was reportedly not injured; seatbelt use is unknown (as was gender according to the report).


On April 25, at 11:10 p.m., Joshua Mulligan of Belpre, OH was traveling east on SR 2008 in Clifford Twp. when he failed to stop for a stop sign and traveled through the intersection, striking the guard rail with his vehicle's front end. The truck was towed form the scene by Kozlowski's Towing. He sustained a minor injury; he was utilizing a seatbelt. Members of the Clifford Fire Department assisted at the scene.


During the evening of April 24, or morning of the 25th, a green paintball was fired at the 2005 Dodge Stratus belonging to David Biesecker of Gibson. Approximately $100 worth of damage was incurred by the door. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact PSP Gibson at (570) 465-3154.


On April 20 at 11:48 a.m., Noelle Decker of Montrose was traveling northbound on SR 0029 when, being distracted by her dog, her vehicle exited the roadway. The Galant struck a utility pole with the right front end. Decker was taken to Montrose Hospital by the Montrose Minutemen Ambulance. Members of the Montrose fire Department assisted at the scene. Decker sustained an injury of unknown severity, according the report; no seatbelt was apparently in use.


On April 23, at 8:50 p.m., an unknown driver was traveling south on SR 92 in the northbound lane, while passing another southbound vehicle. At this time Bonnie Smith of Susquehanna was traveling north on that road. The unknown operator failed to return to his or her lane, and sideswiped Smith's vehicle before continuing south on that road. Smith stopped at the scene. Her vehicle had damage to its left front fender and driver's side door. The unknown vehicle should have similar damage, and possibly white paint transferred from Smith's car. The investigation was continuing as of the time of report.


Between the 20th and 21st of April, Michael Park of Meshoppen reported that his credit cards were removed form his unlocked vehicle while in Auburn Twp. The cards were then used to make purchases at businesses in Tunkhannock. The investigation was continuing as of the time of report.


On April 20, at 9:29 a.m., William Holton was a passenger in a vehicle which was stopped for a motor vehicle violation in Lenox Twp. In making contact with him, the trooper noticed that he was going for his pocket. Permission was asked to pat him down, in the process of which the trooper detected a cigarette box in his pocket. Inside the cigarette box were two small clear zip lock bags of marijuana. The accused was released as per rule 519. Charges were filed at District Court 34-3-03.

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