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Montrose Lowers Taxes
Courthouse Report
Gibson Barracks Report

Montrose Lowers Taxes
By Melinda Darrow

The recessed meeting of the Montrose borough council on Monday, December 27 began with two public hearings. The first regarded the budget. The projected total income was $873,286 with the total projected expense of $982,465. When the question of whether or not this was a balanced budget was raised, it was stated that there was a carry forward balance from the past which would allow the budget to be balanced. It was also stated that the council was very conservative with the projected income due to this fact, though this was done with proper accounting from the treasurer. As there was no public present, after some brief questions from the press the budget was passed unanimously. A public hearing was then held regarding taxes. The tax base was set at 14 mills, a 2 mill reduction. This decision was also based off of the carryover. It also passed without a hitch.

There was then a brief discussion regarding a plow for the street department and fuel for the tank at the old building. When asked, it was stated that it was not that the heat was turned up too high, as the building is still cool and the temperature drops every time the door closes. Council decided to allow for the purchase of fuel before the price was raised, and to allow the streets department to purchase materials to fix the plow.

The skating rink is in process, it was reported. Although the ice is fifteen feet short of the plan, it was said that options would be considered after the projected rains later in the week.

Although this reporter was not at the first meeting of the month, she asked if anything of importance had occurred which council wanted to mention. Although the pipeline has been dropped, it was responded, council is still waiting for a response from DEP for their document request. This is apparently due by the 12th of January. When this is received they will assess how they will proceed regarding the water company, for protection of the water shed. The matter, it was emphasized, was not a done deal in the council's mind unless they hear some consistency from the water company, clarify how much water is actually being allowed to be withdrawn, and learn more details on the runoff issues, which are apparently based off of a 1979 study.

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Courthouse Report
Compiled By Lauren Price Ficarro


Taylor Buckhorns Land Company LLC to Taylor Buckhorns Land Company LLC, in Apolacon Township.

Paul A. and Pamela E. (by POA) Kelly to Shirley E. Seeley, Howard, Renee, Donald and Ronald Hendrickson, Sylvia A. Randall and Freida Maglio, in Friendsville Borough, Choconut and Middletown Townships for one dollar.

Lake Idlewild Lake Association Trust to Lake Idlewild Lake Association Trust (by trustee), in Clifford Township for one dollar.

Samuel and Therese F. Desist to Therese Francoise Desist, in Clifford Township for one dollar.

Frederick W. (AKA) Frederick W., Jr. Sanders (estate) to Jeffrey and Darlene Page, in Jackson Township for $95,000.00.

Timothy D. (by sheriff) and Dolores M. (by sheriff) Elliott to Nationstar Mortgage LLC (FKA) Centex Home Equity Company LLC, in Lanesboro Borough for $4,302.48.

James F. and Patricia Swetter to Braddley Bernard Swetter, in Clifford Township for one dollar.

Donna Fekette and Thomas J. Lopatofsky, Jr. to Kim and Kyle (by custodian) Mallick, in Herrick Township for $7,500.00.

William E. and David M. Folger to William E. Folger, in New Milford Township for one dollar.

Pauline Bouren to Amy, Andrew and Shane Bouren, in Lanesboro Borough for one dollar.

James, James Ashton and Kendra Griffiths to Brandon Griffiths, in Rush Township for $100,000.00.

Alar Family Limited Partnership to Alvin Tilley, Jr., in Bridgewater Township for one dollar.

Virginia M. Brainard to Mark W. Lewis, in Harford Township for one dollar.

Microwave Rental LLC to KHS Enterprises LLC, in Harford Township for $500,000.00.

Robert M. and Angela D. O'Connor to Angela D. O'Connor, in Jackson Township for one dollar.

Jonathan N. and Betty Phipps (NKA) Betty Phipps Ingalls to Stephen A. and Phoebe K. Haupert, in Silver Lake Township for $66,120.00.

Norman Gerald, Victoria and Walter Richard Lewandowski, Patricia L. and Daniel Lysak to Walter Richard Lewandowski, in Clifford Township for one dollar.

Jay Colwell to Merle and Gertrude Colwell, in Great Bend Township.

William L. and Sharon K. Dittmar and Crystal R. and James Corl to Bent Creek Associates LLC, in Great Bend Township for $189,900.00.

Bent Creek Associates LLC to South Jersey Resources Group LLC, in Great Bend Township for one dollar.

Brian F. (by POA) and Betsy L. (by POA) Speer to Investor Partners LLC, in Herrick Township for $200.00.

South New Milford Baptist Church (by trustee) to John and Bonny Onyon, in New Milford Township for one dollar.

John and Bonny Onyon to South New Milford Baptist Church, in New Milford Township for one dollar.

Kenneth L (trust by trustee) and Beatrice H. (trust by trustee) Sheffler to Kevin R. and Irini Sheffler, in Bridgewater Township for one dollar.


The Susquehanna County Domestic Relations Section has bench warrants for the following individuals as of 3:20 p.m. on December 30, 2010.

Erika L. Back, David Shawn Blaisure, Ryan T. Brooks, Daniel M. Brown, Douglas Buckman, Bryan S. Burnett, Howard A. Burns, III, John C. Creps, David Depue-Fitzpatrick, Jonathan Fathi, David J. Fischer, Thomas Fisher, Ryan M. God, Jeremy J. Grick, Andy L. Groff, David Haines, Jr., Keith G. Harms, William Neil Hendrickson, Gerald C. Hundley, Jason R. James, Erik E. Krisovitch, Lee Labor, Casey J. Lawton, Joshua S. Lee, Charlie J. Legere, Carlos L. Leiser, Derrick Lezinsky, Jason Lindquist, Mark C. McCarey, Jennifer M. Miller, Shane Nelson, Brian T. Phillips, Jeremy Presson, Theresa A. Pushinaitis, Arthur D. Quick, Tammy Raymond, Michael S. Rieman, David J. Shiner, Richard D. Shoemaker, Sinon C. Smith, Sr., Justin Thompson, Robert J. Twilley, Todd M. West, Roderic R. Williams, Steven G. Wormuth, Edward K. Zajaczkowski, Karl D. Zantowsky, Donna Zeluff.

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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Gibson Barracks Report
Compiled By Melinda Darrow


On December 27 at 4:15 a.m. entry was gained to the Lenox Pharmacy in that township, by means of a smashed front window. Pharmaceuticals were stolen from behind the pharmacy counter. Walter Muller of Harford is listed as the victim.


The residence of David Hart of Montrose was allegedly burglarized between the 28th and 29th of December, between 6:00 p.m. and 4:45 a.m. Chains and binders were stolen from a flat bed semi-trailer, valued at approximately 730 dollars. Anyone with information is asked to contact PSP Gibson at (570) 465-3154.


On December 27 at 4 p.m. Gregory Steingraber of Montrose was traveling northbound on SR 4007 in Forest Lake Township when he failed to properly negotiate a right hand curve in the roadway, causing his vehicle to lose control on the snow covered roadway, slide off the right berm, and strike an embankment. The vehicle then continued northbound, striking several broken pieces of trees with the undercarriage. Both he and two passengers were utilizing seat belts; no one sustained injury.


On December 24 at 7:30 Paul Washburn of Greely Colorado was traveling on State Route 81 in Great Bend Township with a passenger, Jennifer Ho of Ridgewood, NY, when the vehicle rolled over. There were no serious injuries. A Chihuahua dog was reported missing from the crash scene. If anyone has information on the incident or finds the dog, it is asked that he or she please contact PSP Gibson (570) 465-3154.


On December 27 at 7:50 p.m. a person unnamed in the report was traveling on R300 in Auburn Township (Trieble Road) in a Chevrolet S10 blazer when he or she attempted to turn around and backed into a ditch, getting stuck on a water pipeline for a natural gas well.


On December 16 at 12:15 a.m. Blanche Guiton of Springville reported that she awoke to noises and found an unknown man in the bedroom hall. He turned, and exited the residence without taking any items. He is described as being a white male, mid to late 20's, approximately 5'10” tall , of thin build, with no facial hair. He was wearing a black backpack and a black hoodie.


On December 15 at 11:13 a.m. Cyril Ellis of Elmira, NY was stopped on Interstate 81 southbound in New Milford Township for a motor vehicle violation. He was operating a white Lincoln with NY registration. Upon making contact with he and his passenger, indicators of criminal activity were present. The passenger was Lenny Sutton, also of Elmira. A total of $6,620 was seized from both in various denominations. A cash scan was performed by a K-9 trained in narcotics detection. The K-9 hit on the money. The money was seized pending forfeiture proceedings. The suspects related that they were headed shopping.


On December 23 at 3:55 p.m. Priscilla Phelps of Washington, DC was traveling north on SR 81 in Harford Township when, while traveling in the passing lane, she exited off of the left side of the roadway onto the medial shoulder. The vehicle then came back across the lanes and struck the right side embankment, before rolling over and spinning clockwise to come to a rest facing a southerly direction in the right travel lane. Phelps was utilizing a seat belt; she sustained moderate injury. She was conscious at the scene and was transported by ambulance to CMC Hospital in Scranton, PA. Assistance was provided at the scene by Harford volunteer fire company and ambulance. A citation was filed in District Court 34-3-03.


On December 18 at 11:00 p.m. the Hilltop Drill Site of Chesapeake Appalachia Drilling (Athens, PA) was entered. Computer lines leading into the job trailer were cut. The truck of Wayne Brumbeloe of Pearl, Mississippi was scratched, and the valve stems cut on all four of its tires.


On December 24 at 11:35 a.m. Susan Dooner of Susquehanna was traveling south on Oak Hill Rd. in Oakland Township when, while negotiating a right hand curve traveling uphill, she crossed the center of the roadway in the apex of the curve and crossed into the oncoming lane. Her vehicle struck that of Shirley Travis, also of Susquehanna. Dooner's vehicle came to a rest in the roadway facing a southerly direction. Travis' vehicle spun counter-clockwise and came to rest partially in and partially off of the roadway, facing a westerly direction. Both were transported to Barnes-Kasson Hospital for treatment. Assistance at the scene was provided by Susquehanna Volunteer Fire Company and Ambulance. Charges were to be filed in District Court 34-3-02 as of the time of report. All persons involved were utilizing safety equipment; two of three sustained minor injury.


On December 22 at 8:42 a.m. Alma Holgate of Clifford Township was traveling west on SR 106 in Lenox Township when, while negotiating a left hand curve, she lost control of her vehicle, which exited off of the right side of the roadway and came into contact with an embankment. The Saturn Sl2 then continued to travel off the right side, impacted a traffic sign, became airborne, rotated clockwise, and impacted a tree before coming to rest on the passenger side facing an easterly direction. Holgate was utilizing a seat belt; she was not injured. The Clifford Township volunteer fire company and ambulance provided assistance at the scene. The driver was cited for roadways laned for traffic.


On December 22 at 12:35 a.m. a person unnamed in the report was traveling southbound on SR 3001 in Auburn Township, making a right hand turn on SR 3005 when the trailer of his or her Peterbilt truck exited the roadway and struck a utility pole. Damage was caused to the pole, and the truck came to rest at that location. After the utility company arrived and removed the power lines from the truck, it was removed from the pole and driven form the scene. The driver was not injured. A news release was prepared, copy in crash attachment file.


On December 22 at 9:40 a.m. Tina Clark of Susquehanna removed four small items from the Price Chopper store in Montrose, PA without paying for them. She was charged with retail theft.


Between the 20th and 21st of December Josie Coddington of Montrose reported damage was done to her roadside mailbox in Bridgewater Township.


On December 18 at 6:34 p.m. Darrel Salsman of Meshoppen, PA was traveling north on SR 3009 in Auburn Township, in the oncoming lane. Alfredo Deras, also of Meshoppen, was traveling south on that road in the oncoming lane. Both collided in the center of the road. Salsman fled the scene. Deras was transported to Geisinger Wyoming Valley by Meshoppen EMS; he was not utilizing a seat belt and sustained an injury of unknown severity. A passenger from his vehicle fled the scene. Both Salsman and the passenger apparently had not-applicable use of safety equipment and sustained injuries of unknown severity. Route 6 and Mile Hill towed the vehicle from the scene.


On December 20 at 4:32 a.m. Darius Edwards of Harrisburg, PA fueled up a 2000 Ford Excursion, white in color and bearing PA # HLS0948, with $96.77 worth of fuel. He then fled without paying for the fuel. He was charged with Retail Theft for the incident.


On December 8 a Multi-Quip 70kW generator on a trailer and an Allmand 20kW portable light tower were stolen from a Cabot well site on SR 2003 in Springville Township. Both had Texas registration plates and were the property of Rig Power Inc. of Wysox, Pa.


On December 17 at 5:55 a.m. Melissa Vaughn of Susquehanna was traveling east on SR 0492 in New Milford Township when she failed to negotiate a left curve and lost control of her vehicle. It subsequently traveled into the westbound lane and entered a clockwise spin, traveling approximately 100' from the westbound lane across the eastbound lane and off the south berm. It then struck a stone wall with the front end. The Pontiac G6 then continued in a clockwise spin as it traveled approximately 70' eastbound from the first impact point and struck a second stone wall on its passenger side, coming to a stop facing north partly in the eastbound lane. Vaugh then moved the vehicle off the roadway to a point of safety, which spot it was removed from by Vogel's towing. Vaughn was utilizing a seat belt; she was not injured.


On December 17 at 2:52 Susan Dolcemascolo of Brooklyn, NY was traveling in a southern direction on SR 0081 when she lost control of her vehicle, causing it to leave the right side of the roadway. The vehicle twice impacted a metal guard rail , causing disabling damage to the vehicle and major damage to the guide rail. Harford Fire responded to assist at the scene. Both the driver and a passenger were utilizing seat belts; neither was injured.

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