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“Musical Seats” In Susky Boro
Bids, Proclamations And Personnel Dominate Commissioners Meeting
Courthouse Report
Energy Savings In ELSD
Gibson Barracks Report
Blue Ridge Hires English Teacher

“Musical Seats” In Susky Boro

A number of changes took place at the September 21 Susquehanna Boro Council meeting. First, there was discussion as to whether or not to first fill two vacant seats, or to begin with the election of officers. As any new council members would not be able to vote on minutes of the previous meeting or the bill list, it was decided to proceed with election of officers.

Two nominations were made for the position of council president, Dave Scales and Bill Perry. After a vote, Mr. Scales was appointed and presided over the meeting. At this point, Mr. Perry resigned from his (current) position of council vice president and acting president. His letter stated that he would like his name removed from the boro bank accounts and his access code removed from the building security system and that he would turn his keys in, all by September 24. A motion carried to accept with regret.

Nominations were made for vice president; Joe Varsik was nominated, and declined. Allen Wolf was nominated, and after a vote was appointed.

Mr. Scales said that Sue Crawford would remain as council pro tem, to preside in the absence of the president and vice president, as she had been appointed at a past meeting. Mr. Perry said that he had checked past meeting minutes and had not found any documentation that council had appointed her to that position; he felt that council should act on it again and nominated her. A motion carried to approve.

Next, council carried a motion to accept the resignation of council member/president Roy Williams, with regret.

A motion carried to approve the minutes of the August 17 meeting, with Mr. Perry abstaining.

After a review of the bill list, a motion carried to approve it with the addition of payment for magnetic signs which council had ordered, but had not yet received an invoice for.

There were two letters of interest from candidates for the two vacant council seats, John Hendrickson, who was present, and another individual, who was not. Mr. Scales explained that council could only fill the vacancy left by Mr. Williams, but could not fill the seat left vacant by Mike Matis’ appointment to the position of mayor, as more than thirty days had elapsed since his swearing in. He said that the procedure would be for the seat to be filled by the recommendation of a nomination committee, but the boro does not have one. Therefore, the court would have to make an appointment, and, in this case, irrespective of the political party affiliation of the previous seat holder. If the boro does have a recommendation, they do have the option of requesting that the judge consider that person. A motion carried to begin the process of having the court fill the vacancy, with council’s recommendation that the second interested candidate be appointed; Mr. Perry, Mr. Varsik and Mr. Hendrickson abstained. It was then agreed that the candidate should be invited to attend the October 5 committee meeting to introduce herself, and that the matter be tabled for the time being.

Mayor Matis reported that there has been a large turnaround of police personnel lately, and that he had attended police management training sponsored by the PA State Association of Boroughs. And, the police department has been approved for a $15,000 DCED grant for equipment.

During public comment, several local business owners were present to discuss their concerns about escalating vandalism and break-ins, one attempted in plain sight, people loitering in the business district and harassing customers, and the lack of (boro) police coverage. When there is no officer on duty, the State Police are contacted, but other types of calls seem to take priority. Council’s response was that the boro has a part-time department; although 80 hours per week are budgeted, the officers have other, fulltime employment and are limited as to how many hours they can work. At the present time, the boro only has two officers, but have been accepting applications for more, with two applicants to be interviewed this evening. One current officer who was present said that the loitering issue could be more effectively enforced if “No Loitering” signs were placed at the businesses. Mr. Scales added that he would like to see a local business association re-formed, as a louder voice would get more attention. He also requested that the business owners put their concerns in writing so that the mayor would have an official record.

As the discussion ended, police officer Joe Demuro, one of the boro’s two officers, presented council with his letter of resignation; he has accepted a position out of state. A motion carried to accept, with regret.

Albert Cuevas, a member of the Parks and Recreation Committee, asked for council’s support to get the riverfront park going. He and a number of volunteers had been working on cleaning it up since 2003, and he wants council to “move on this, and get it taken care of.” He had obtained estimates for clearing brush and mulching, and for lime and grass seed in the spring. Mr. Perry said that it would cost the boro about $8,000 every two years too keep the land cleared until the proper equipment could be obtained, and that the equipment would cost about $25,000. Streets Commissioner Steve Glover was present, and said that the company that is extracting water for local gas drilling would bring in machinery for clearing if council requested it. Mr. Cuevas said that there had been an agreement in place to use the machinery for the next two years, which had been obtained by Roy Williams. Mr. Perry said that he had been unable to contact the water company to discuss the agreement, which had been brokered without the knowledge of the rest of council. The company had done two days’ of work, but had then removed the machinery. Mr. Cuevas said that he had been one of the people approved by the water company to use the machinery, but Mr. Perry said that he was concerned about the boro’s liability should someone get hurt. Mr. Cuevas said that the agreement with the water company not only covered use of the equipment, but gas, repairs, and any associated expense. Mr. Perry said, “We needed it (the agreement) in writing.”

Mr. Scales said that the Parks & Recreation Committee would be requested to attend the next committee meeting to discuss their ongoing projects as well as planned projects, and to try to get the riverfront park situation resolved. Mr. Perry added that maybe council should make it clear, that if they did not attend, council would take control of Parks & Recreation as well as its budget.

Mr. Cuevas asked if council would be able to get back use of the machine; Mr. Matis said that council would need to send a letter to the water company requesting permission to use the machine. Mr. Scales said that the matter would be tabled until after the committee meeting.

Another resident asked for council’s assistance; when new sidewalks had been put in on Washington St., he had requested a cutout for a driveway next to his home, but it had not been put in. Mr. Glover was asked to contact the company involved, to see if they would be willing to fix it, and to get a price to do so if they were not inclined to fix it without charge.

In other business, several companies had been contacted for prices to update the boro’s website. Mr. Matis said that it would cost about $3,500 to rebuild it, plus a yearly maintenance fee. He added that he is looking into other options.

A motion carried to change the signatures on the boro bank accounts by September 24.

The school district had requested permission to put up plastic football helmets around town during football season. Council agreed, provided that they were placed at sites that are permissible (not on utility poles). Mr. Perry also said that there should be a contact person who could be contacted if they were damaged; Sue Crawford agreed to be the contact person. Mr. Perry also wanted to a definite date for when they would be removed. A motion carried to approve.

The boro’s fire escrow ordinance was discussed. When a structure is burned, a portion of the insurance proceeds are placed in an escrow account to ensure that the property is cleaned up. A structure near the intersection of Pleasant and Pine had burned, and the owner is, Mr. Matis said, financially distressed. He has been working with the owner, and asked if council would approve release of $2,000 from the escrow funds to pay overdue hauling fees. Mr. Perry thought that if council approved, it should be to make payment directly to the hauler in the amount of $3,000, for the back fees as well as for two additional loads. The motion carried, with Mr. Hendrickson abstaining, and Mr. Scales voting no; it would, he said, set “a dangerous precedent.”

A motion carried to accept the boro’s Minimal Municipal Obligation (police pension) payment for 2011 in the amount of $15,730.00. Mr. Scales abstained, as he is a former police officer and a recipient of the pension.

One item on the agenda, vendor permit, was held for discussion during the executive session that followed the meeting at Mr. Perry’s request.

After the executive session, motions carried to approve the hiring of two police officers, Robert Sweet and Michelle Hillard.

The next regular meeting will be on Tuesday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m.

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Bids, Proclamations And Personnel Dominate Commissioners Meeting
By Susan E. Gesford

Approval of a bid by a Minnesota firm will supply additional glass and cardboard bins at the county recycling center. Pro-Tainer of Alexandria, Minn., will supply six bins at a cost of $8,816. Another out-of-state firm's bid - that of Thompson and Johnson of East Syracuse, NY - to supply a lift truck with a revolving bale clamp, manufactured by Toyota, at a cost of $37,200 for the recycling center will be considered.

Three bids were received for the paving of the parking lot on the Lake Avenue side of the courthouse, near the Sheriff's department entry. Caminity Construction of Binghamton, NY, says it can do the job for $12,284; Chilewski Construction, Fleetville, PA, bid $13,700 and Pike's Creek Construction bid $29,000. The bids will be considered.

The 2007 Chevy Impala with mileage of 27,406, being dispensed of by the Sheriff's department went for a bid of $9,950 from Allen Hornbeck Chevrolet of Forest City.

Susquehanna County commissioners Warren, Allen and Giangrieco devoted time during the Sept. 22 meeting to approving proclamations for the month of October.

Susquehanna County CARES (Childcare, Agencies, Resources and Educational Services) along with other organizations, school districts and early educators are hailing October as Pennsylvania's Promise for Children Month, and encourage all citizens to help children reach their promise by learning more, getting involved and telling their story about early education in Susquehanna County.

October 3 through 9 is Fire Prevention Week, noting that homes are the locations where most people are at greatest risk from fire and that cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries. Residents who have planned and practiced a home fire escape plan are more prepared and more likely to survive a fire.

October is also declared Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the county, focusing on the fact that every woman is at risk for breast cancer as nearly ninety percent of women diagnosed have no family history or risk factors for the disease. Approximately 450 men in the U.S. will die from this disease this year, as well. Breast cancer costs the country more than $6 billion each year in medical costs and lost productivity, and cost families much more.

Commissioners have designated Central Bradford Progress Authority as the Industrial Development Organization for the county to represent the county in all matters related to the Industrial Development Assistance Law.

Resignations accepted included that of Susan Wilson and Theresa Lamberton as 9-1-1 dispatchers. Mary Rosengrant resigned as a 9-1-1 dispatcher, then was approved for hire as a Quality Assurance Supervisor in that department.

Isaac Hobbs of Children and Youth services has resigned, and Kimberly Hartshaw was promoted from Caseworker 1 to Caseworker 2 status in that department.

Commissioners accepted with regret the resignation of Bina Patrick from Sheriff Lance Benedict's office. Karissa Lewis, Kingsley, was hired to a temporary, full-time, non-union secretary position in the Sheriff's department effective Oct. 1. The position will end no later than Dec. 31, 2010.

A temporary, part-time, Tax Claim clerk position has been created, with a limit of 950 hours per calendar year, no benefits and a maximum of $8,000 to be spent on the position. The monies to pay for this union position will be taken from the Records Improvement Fund and the position will be eliminated after all scanning of tax files since 1978 are completed or there are no available funds left. The position will not be extended beyond December 31, 2011.

Commissioners approved the holiday scheduling for 2011. New Year's Day will be observed on Fri., Dec. 31, 2010; President's Day is Mon., Feb. 21, 2011, Good Friday, Fri., April 22; Memorial Day, Mon., May 30; Independence Day, Mon., July 4; Labor Day, Mon., Sept. 5; Columbus Day, Mon., Oct. 10; Veteran's Day, Fri., Nov. 11; Thanksgiving, Thurs. and Fri., Nov. 24 and 25; and Christmas, Mon., Dec. 26.

During public comment, Cheryl Mateluvich, Chairman of Local Affairs for the Susquehanna County Farm Bureau, inquired if the commissioners were attending a seminar on the Marcellus Shale Exploration in State College in October. Commissioner MaryAnn Warren stated the expense of the seminar was prohibitive and none would be attending. Mateluvich volunteered to share information she learns during the event with the commissioners.

Mateluvich also stated the annual Susquehanna County Farm Bureau meeting takes place, 6:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 8, in the Lake Avenue Dining Hall of the Montrose Bible Conference. Tickets may be obtained from SCFB President Donna Williams at (570) 942-6348. The meeting taking place after the dinner portion is open to the public. However, only SCFB members may vote on any motions put forth by the group.

The next Susquehanna County Commissioners meeting is 9 a.m., Wednesday, October 13, in the downstairs conference room of the county office building, 31 Public Ave., Montrose.

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Courthouse Report
Compiled By Lauren Price Ficarro


Barbara J. Roszel to Kenneth A., Jr., Maurice G. and William G., Sr. Roszel, in Franklin Township for one dollar.

Donald (by sheriff) and Mary Lynne (by sheriff) Twining to High Cadence LLC, in Gibson Township for $14,226.84.

William E. and Bonnie m. Stringer to Kenneth J. and Mildred M. Demaree, in Silver Lake Township for $595,000.00.

Angelo Ballerino to Heidi E. and Levi D. Mitchell, in Liberty Township for $10,000.00.

Bradley A. Westgate (by sheriff) to Federal National Mortgage Assoc., in Great Bend Township for $3,496.16.

Matthew J. and Tracy L. Nagle to Matthew J. and Tracy L. Nagle, in Silver Lake Township for one dollar.

Kenneth Small to Mark Lloyd, in Liberty Township for one dollar.

Richard L. and Margaret Ann (AKA) Margaret A. Ainey to Christopher G. Bronson, in New Milford Borough for $10,000.00.

Donald E. and Arda L. Tanner to Brian C. and Trudi E. Hepler, in New Milford Township for $25,000.00.

Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. to EH Pooled 610 LP, in Dimock Township for $6,500.00.

NRLL East LLC to O & G Royal LLC, in Lenox Township for $10.00.

David Jenner and Patricia Rinker to Patricia Rinker, in Rush Township for one dollar.

Barbara MacDonald to Barbara and Melissa MacDonald, in Lenox Township for one dollar.

Clara M. Reddon (estate) to James, Sr. and Joann Olivio, in Susquehanna for $15,000.00.

Peter Shupenes to Dawn S. Kavetski, in Lenox Township for $135,000.00.

Doris F. Robinson to Todd and Jennifer Schmidt, in New Milford Borough for $119,600.00.

Helen M. Kozolowski (estate) to Edward J. Kozolowski, III, in Brooklyn Township.

Allan K. Little to Allan K. Little (revoc trust), in Clifford Township for one dollar.

Fannie Mae (AKA) Federal National Mortgage Association to Amie Jo Dibble and Ronald L. Testa, III, in Clifford Township for $132,500.00.

Cassandra L. Biesecker (AKA) Cassandra L. Allard (by sheriff) and Charles R. (AKA) Charles Biesecker (by sheriff) to Ronald J. and Dorinna K. Lee, in New Milford Township for $58,801.00.

Francis J. and Judy C. McAndrew to Robert and Sharon-Ann Gaccione, in New Milford Township for $248,500.00.

Nolen Scott Ely and Monica Marta-Ely to Nolen Scott Ely and Monica Marta-Ely, in Dimock Township for one dollar.

John R. Marconi to Juliane M. Gourley and Gregory Allen Rought, in Silver Lake Township for $95,000.00.

Edward Smagowicz (estate) to Edward Smagowica, in Middletown Township for one dollar.

Richard G. Socha to Richard G. and Matthew C. Socha, in Jessup Township for one dollar.

Elizabeth I. Larue (trust by trustee) to Vivian Bechtel, in Rush Township for one dollar.

Goldie M. Small to Erick M. and Kelly L. Stone, in New Milford Borough for $81,000.00.

Arthur W. and Pamela R. Davis to Jamie A. and Kelly A. Hoyt, in Forest Lake Township for $163,000.00.

Mary Ann G. Fitzgerald (estate) to Sandra A. Babuka, in Montrose for $62,500.00.

Bear Creek Properties, Inc. and Pro Ko Properties, Inc. to Frank Kernoski, Jr., in Gibson Township for $164,700.00.

Shirley B. Robinson to Shirley B. and Ellen M. Robinson, in New Milford Township for one dollar.

Thomas A. Mellow to Patricia A. Mellow, in Forest City for one dollar.


Vicki Wayman vs. Jeffrey A. Wayman, both of Susquehanna, married 1994.


The Susquehanna County Domestic Relations Section has bench warrants for the following individuals as of 10:30 a.m. on September 24, 2010.

Erika L. Back, Keith Bryant Beach, Harold R. Bensley, David Shawn Blaisure, Ryan T. Brooks, Christopher J. Clark, Deborah L. Drish, Robert W. Evans, Jonathan Fathi, Shawn Fiorentino, David J. Fischer, Jason Gardner, David Haines, Jr., Keith G. Harms, Anthony D. Hibbard, Sr., James Karhnak, Erik E. Krisovitch, Casey J. Lawton, Joshua S. Lee, Charlie J. Legere, Carlos L. Leiser, Jason Lindquist, Jennifer M. Miller, Shane Nelson, Anthony Neri, Brian T. Phillips, Arthur D. Quick, David J. Shiner, Richard D. Shoemaker, Sinon C. Smith, Sr., Duane Spencer, Justin Thompson, 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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Energy Savings In ELSD
By Melinda Darrow

Prior to anything else at the September 20 ELSD and SCCTC school board meetings, Kim Guiton was introduced to give her Energy Management update to the board. With the two year anniversary of the program looming in October, the district had avoided spending $253,187 on energy, a 28% energy avoidance. Some of the energy efficient improvements made recently included the HVAC systems being reviewed and repaired across the school, halide lights being replaced in the secondary gym, and new exhaust fans installed in that same gym, amongst other things. She showed a graph describing the district's use of electricity, in kilowatt hours. A secondary graph displayed a reduction in gallons of fuel, going from 117 gallons at base measurement to 89 gallons. Energy Ed predicted, she said, that they would be able to save over a million dollars by the end of ten years. The savings, she continued, were equivalent to the greenhouse gas reduction of 1,096 metric tons of CO2, the result of 28.022 seedling trees being planted and grown for 10 years, or 197 passenger cars not being driven for one year.

She then discussed the district's electric options. The rate caps for electricity supply are being lifted in 1/1/2011; Penelec is to announce the new rates by mid November but other options are also available for consideration. She clarified, however, that regardless of who they purchase electricity from, Penelec would still be supplying it. Other options included flexed price suppliers, which would mean purchasing electricity month to month at fluctuating market prices. Alternately, the district could go with a few other fixed price suppliers. She said that she had been looking into these options, and that there was a workshop in Towanda the following week with Penelec. She said she thought that to wait and see what Penelec is offering might be risky, like the flexed price. Mr. Emmerich asked if the fixed quote they had received was comparable to the current price, but it was responded that the quote was about .2 cents more. Mr. Curley asked if Penelec would be obligated to deliver other vendor's electricity on their lines for the same cost as they transport their own; the answer to this is not yet known. Dr. Bush explained that of the presentations he had seen, Keytex seemed to think that they could supply electricity for approximately 7 or 8 cents, as well as offering locked in prices and blackout periods in the summer (where agreeing to turn off electricity would represent savings). There was further discussion as to whether or not Penelec might charge different rates to transport the electricity from different companies. This simply wasn't known by those present at the meeting, or if it was they weren't talking.

A reporter asked what the cost of the changes made to reduce energy was. Ms. Guiton explained that some of the work wasn't necessarily done specifically for energy purposes. The lights, she said, would pay for themselves in the next few years. When the reporter pressed, wondering if the cost mightn't be subtracted from the savings, it was responded that the savings from these changes hadn't been seen yet and that most of the items would have been done anyway.

The board and Dr. Bush thanked Ms. Guiton for her work, with Dr. bush commenting on how dedicated she was to it.

During the principal's reports, Mrs. Staats stated that the district had had a good start to the year in special education. Dr. Cuono wanted to let everyone know that the secondary high school was up and running, and had been pretty fast-paced with juniors already hitting the ground and running with graduation projects. Dual enrollment had begun being processed, with 121 students in grades eleven and twelve having permission slips; he was to meet with them soon to begin the registration process. Mr. Pironne spoke of the meet the instructor night, calling it a pleasure to spend time with about 500 parents. He also spoke of a movement to instruct basic parent computer classes, to try to increase parent involvement, and grandparent day is planned to try and involve those relatives as well. He said that the reason for this strong attempt to get parents involved was to foster students success.

Mr. Mallery spoke about he homecoming events on Friday, which were to be followed by a dance. The junior high had been informed that they were to only attend with the accompaniment of a parent. Mrs. Teel asked what the homecoming activities were, wondering about the bonfire. The student council met, it was stated, decided that they would rather have fireworks, as there were no lights out back and the building was in the way. The fireworks are being hired out, to the same company that did it three years ago. This was to occur on Friday night.

Mr. Mallery also reported that one of the students, Mike Bedell, and the cross country team were in an article in ESPN ride magazine. The cross country team, he announced, was also ranked in preseason as number one.

Dr. Cuomo was asked to give an update on the camera installation on the buses. Each bus has three cameras. Some adjustments needed to be made, when it was realized that cameras on only four of the buses were user friendly. In general, two cameras were placed in the back, with one pointing down the stairs. In some situations the images were reversed, and on other buses they were not focused properly. Tech support had been contacted, and Dr. Cuomo had compiled a list of the concerns for them. The company was working, he said, on arranging a time to fix it. Nevertheless, they had been used on two occasions successfully, he said, it was just that they were not where he wanted to be for the amount of money paid. Looking to the future, Mr. Place asked what the cost would be to the contractors to move these cameras when new buses were purchased. It was clarified that the initial expense of the cameras, as with the radios, was the district's responsibility, but the maintenance and upkeep were the contractors'. Mr. Emmerich asked if there had been any additional thought to keeping the data stored on the chips in case someone questioned an incident later. Dr. Cuomo explained that there are 100 hours of video stored on these chips, which could run maybe five weeks worth of time. They are supposed to run for a half hour after the bus turns off, so that the students getting on the buses in the afternoon could be monitored. Mr. Emmerich wondered still though, if they should look into storing things further. Mr. Curley explained that in one system incidents could be marked for later review, to save them. Dr. Cuomo explained that the sd chips could do this as well.

Mrs. Teel asked if these bugs were something that would be fixed, or if it would require significant amounts of time to monitor. Dr. Cuomo explained that he would have to monitor it, he thought, but when pressed he replied that he just wasn't sure what it would require and they would have to see how this year went.

Mr. Place then spoke to what he called the misconception that the district was going to be monitoring contractor's movements, etc. The sheer amount of time that would be required to watch each of the tapes, he said, would require staff hours they were unwilling to approve.

In October a solar power company from California wished to come make a presentation, Dr. Bush explained, to discuss the potential of a solar farm. Were this pursued, the district would be able to generate solar power which would then go into the grid.

He also announced that there would be an emergency evacuation drill on October 8, where the students would be evacuated to Montrose high school. It would be done with the collaboration, it was hoped, of staff and area emergency services agencies. Staff would be on the buses to help quell problems during transport.

When the career and technology center meeting opened, Dr. Davis provided her report. She presented to the board the new menu list. The opening day buffet was scheduled for Tuesday the 28th; the dates were scheduled to be on the website. Another Fit 4 Natural Gas class was scheduled to be held here again, in collaboration with Careerlink. All those who took this class last time it was offered in this county a few months ago, she said, received at least one job offer. Two students were going to the PA student delegate program in Hershey. She also wanted to get parents more involved in the students' education, she said, so they would be hosting a parent senior night This would involve looking at curriculum, etc., and the guests would receive a buffet. She said, when asked, that the district has approximately 350 students currently enrolled, with numbers up from the previous year.

Dr. Bush asked the board to approve a one year half day instructor for the Building Trades II program, due to high student enrollment. The position, it was said, would be reevaluated the following year.

The transportation contracts were approved for the SCCTC as well. The vote was unanimous.

Plan cons e and f were quickly reviewed. Plan con e is the design and development part of the process. This step was begun in the summer. The items requiring clarification in May were taken care of by the architect, and a second letter had been received in July stating that everything was in order. They noted that they would be sending a formalized letter, which had yet to be received, so the motion was made to accept plan con e with tentative PDE approval. Plan con f involved board approval to submit a paper to PDE, allowing the architect to advertise for bids on September 30. Plan con f authorized the district to receive bids. The district is not committed to go forward with the project even then however; it could reject all bids.

When asked about the purpose of the following month's presentation, it was established that the thought would be to lease the land for a solar farm, which would then offset the cost of the district's electricity. It was clarified, however, that this couldn't be said for certain until the presentation was given.

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Gibson Barracks Report
Compiled By Melinda Darrow


On September 11 at 2:30 p.m., an unnamed driver was operating a Freightliner DSCON when he exited I82 off of exit 230 in Great Bend Twp. The driver failed to properly negotiate the roadway as he made a left turn onto SR 1717 east. Subsequently, the trailer of the truck hit and became hung up on the left side guide rail of the ramp.


Sometime during the night of September 12, an egg was broken on the 2005 Chrysler mini-van belonging to Doris Birtch of Thompson.


Between August 1 and September 20, a screen door and door jam of a house at the intersection of SR 1009 and SR 2096 were damaged. Very little other information was in the report.


PSP Gibson is investigating a criminal mischief incident in which several mailboxes were damaged in Hallstead, PA. The estimated amount of damage is approximately $150.00; the incidents occurred during the night of September 1.


Sometime during the evening of September tenth or the early morning of September 11 Eric Benscoter of Laceyville is accused of having stolen a vehicle from Forces garage. The vehicle was located at the residence the accused was staying at on Warner Rd., after a tip was received. He was charged with theft, receiving stolen property and unauthorized use. He was preliminarily arraigned in front of DJ Brainard and bail was set at $50,000. He was remanded to Susquehanna County jail in lieu of bail.


On September 7, at 8:20 p.m., a trooper responded to mile marker 210 on I 81 southbound on report of a person walking along the highway. Timothy Angell was found at said location; when checked through NCIC it was discovered that he was wanted from Binghamton, NY on a charge of Criminal Contempt. Binghamton PD verified the warrant that night at approximately 11 p.m.


Sometime during the night of September 18 a 2000 Yamaha Warrior was stolen from behind Chets Bar in Herrick Twp. Anyone with information is asked to please contact PSP Gibson at (570) 465-3154.


On September 9 at 3:30 a.m. Gary Vanvleck of Kingsley was traveling westbound on Turnpike Road when he lost control of his vehicle while negotiating a left hand curve, exiting the roadway off the north berm and striking several trees. The vehicle then overturned, coming to rest on its wheels. Vanvleck was transported via private vehicle to Endless Mountains Health Care Facility in Montrose for treatment.


On September 2 at 11:40 p.m., Creek Bend Mini Golf on SR 29 was burglarized. The glass was smashed on an entry door , which was opened, setting off the alarm. Anyone with information is asked to please call PSP Gibson at (570) 465-3154.


Between the 13th and 17th of September, the chain on the gate of a Thompson property was cut. Once access was obtained, a New Holland model 885 was stolen, and loaded into an unknown vehicle, which then left undetected.


On September 16, at 11:42 p.m., a 1996 Hyundai Accent, white in color and belonging to Sheila Lake of the Susquehanna area, was recovered on Elm Street in that borough. Upon further investigation it was discovered that the vehicle was in use without the victim's authorization. The investigation was ongoing as of the time of report.


On August 27 Kirk Grisel of Binghamton was operating a 1989 Jeep Wrangler when he disobeyed the traffic signs in the construction zone and attempted to drive through it. He got hung up on the rocks. Upon police arrival Grisel and Christine Walicke, also of Binghamton, displayed signs of intoxication and were placed into custody. Grisel was taken to Barnes Kasson hospital to determine BAC. He failed to submit to the test of blood. Walicke was arrested for public drunkenness. Both were taken to district court 34-3-01. Grisel was arraigned on charges of DUI and drug related offenses. Bail was set at 5,000 dollars unsecured. Walicke pled guilty at district justice 34-3-01 to one count of public drunkenness.


Between August 26 and September 5, it was reported by Robert Rinaldi of Jessup, two trail cameras were removed from his 80 acre property on Oswald Johnson Road in Clifford Twp.


On September 13, at 8:24 p.m., Richard Schaeffer of Lebanon, PA was traveling north on SR 1021 in New Milford Twp. when he failed to negotiate a left curve in the roadway and continued straight off the roadway into a tree. The Toyota Camry traveled approximately 50 feet from the initial impact point, where it rolled onto its roof in the roadway before coming to a final rest in the middle of that road.


Sometime during the weekend of September 11 two unknown burglars arrived at a construction site in Great Bend Twp., removing a white Maytag refrigerator (sized 2.5 cubic feet), a Ryobi blue and yellow cordless drill, and a 60 piece Dewalt drill set.


On September 13 at 3:52 p.m., Joanne Benio of Montrose was traveling east on SR 848 when she lost control of her vehicle on the ice covered road way, crossing into the oncoming traffic lane and off the north berm. The vehicle struck a tree before coming to a final rest in the middle of that road.


Between the 6th and 12th of September unknown actors went to the home of Melsenia Srea of Kingsley in Lenox Township and made entry into the side door leading to the kitchen by blunt force. Once inside the structure, a 27” television and miscellaneous jewelry were removed, before the thieves left the residence through the same door by which entry was made.


Between the 9th and 10th of September , Matthew Shager of Gibson reported, his vehicle was spray painted while at his residence.


On September 13, the garage of Michael Halick of Gibson was entered from an unknown location. A 6 gallon stainless steel turkey fryer, which had various dvds stored inside of it, was stolen.

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

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Blue Ridge Hires English Teacher
By Ted Brewster

The Blue Ridge School Board held a special meeting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, September 18.  The only official business was to hire Aimee Krause of Tunkhannock, currently teaching at Mountain View, as high school English teacher.

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