Four Charged, One Suspect at Large in Connection with East Smithfield Home Invasion Attack

Four people are facing assault and robbery charges in connection with an East Smithfield home invasion attach that left a man injured on Tuesday, June 7th.

According to police on Tuesday, the following three people were arrested in connection with the home invasion: 20-year-old Dakota M. Walters of Athens; 20-year-old Bryant T. Ashby of Milan; and 24-year-old Isaac A. Clark of Milan. The trio allegedly broke into William M. Ewing’s Route 4014 residence in Smithfield Township before allegedly physically assaulting him. Ewing was injured in the alleged attack, and he was taken to Sayre’s Robert Packer Hospital to be treated.

A fourth suspect, 18-year-old Bradley D. Stroud of Athens, was charged in connection with the home invasion attack by District Judge Jonathon Wilcox on Thursday, according to police. Stroud has yet to be located. If you know of Stroud’s whereabouts, you are asked to call state police at (570) 265-2186.

Walters, Ashby, and Clark each face the following charges: aggravated assault, simple assault, burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, attempt to commit theft, attempted robbery, terroristic threats, criminal trespass, and criminal mischief. They were charged on Wednesday, June 8th, by District Judge Timothy Clark. They were all placed in Bradford County Prison with bails of $75,000 a piece. Please remember that the accused are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Waverly NY Man Allegedly Steals Towanda Car, Plows into Two Police Vehicles

A Waverly, NY man is facing charges after he allegedly stole a car in Towanda before crashing into two police cars on Saturday, June 4th.

According to police, they were told via phone on Saturday evening that Steven M. Stubbs, 43, had allegedly stolen a car from Towanda’s Main Street. Police were able to find Stubbs in the alleged stolen vehicle and closed in on him. According to police, Stubbs then drove the alleged vehicle into two police cars. Police used a taser in order to subdue Stubbs so that he could be arrested.

Stubbs faces the following charges: Two counts of felony aggravated assault in the 2nd degree; felony Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Officer in the 3rd degree; felony Theft By Unlaw Taking-Movable Prop in the 3rd degree; felony Receiving Stolen Property in the 3rd degree; misdemeanor Unauth Use Motor/Other Vehicles in the 2nd degree; misdemeanor Resist Arrest/Other Law Enforce in the 2nd degree; misdemeanor DUI: Highest Rte of Alc (BAC .16+) 1st Off; misdemeanor DUI: Gen Imp/Inc of Driving Safely – 1st Off; two counts of summary Reckless Driving; and summary Drg Lic Sus/Rev Purs to Sec 3802/1547B1. The charges were filed in Magisterial District Court 42-3-03.

After Stubb’s arraignment in front of Magisterial District Judge Timothy M. Clark on Sunday, June 5th, he was placed in Bradford County Prison. He was able to meet his $75,000 bail. Please remember that the accused is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Portville NY Man Allegedly Leads Coudersport Police on High Speed Chase, DUI Suspected

A Portville, NY man is behind bars after he allegedly led police on a high speed chase in Coudersport on the evening of Saturday, June 4th.

According to the Coudersport Police Department in a report, 27-year-old Rickey L. Sherman was pulled over by police on East Second Street at about 9:00 p.m. because he was allegedly speeding. While officers talked with Sherman, he allegedly drove away and began speeding. Sherman drove for about a quarter of a mile before hitting a fence and a tree at 109 East Second Street. When officers arrived at the scene, Sherman allegedly fled on foot. Police found Sherman after a short period of time before arresting him.

Sherman faces the following charges: felony Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Officer in the 3rd degree; misdemeanor Recklessly Endangering Another Person in the 2nd degree; misdemeanor DUI: Gen Imp/Inc of Driving Safely – 1st Off; misdemeanor DUI: Highest Rte of Alc (BAC .16+) 1st Off; summary Exceed 35 MPH In Urban Dist 22 MPH; summary Reckless Driving; and Resist Arrest/Other Law Enforce. Sherman was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Delores Weiss. He is currently in Potter County Jail. His bail is set at $25,000. Please remember that the accused is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

Emporium Motorcyclist Seriously Injured in Norwich Township Crash

An Emporium man was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash that occurred in McKean County’s Norwich Township on Saturday, June 4th, 2016.

According to the Pennsylvania State Police in Coudersport in a report, 25-year-old Daniel T. Hutton was driving a 2000 Suzuki Katana in a south direction on Gardeau Road. Hutton tried to slow down upon seeing a north traveling vehicle. Hutton pushed down on the break too hard which caused the front tire to lock up. Then, the motorcycle traveled off the west side of the road before striking a ditch. The motorcycle began sliding and rolling in a south direction down the ditch. The motorcycle rolled over Hutton at least two times. Hutton rested about 100 feet south of the initial impact site. The motorcycle rested about 120 feet to the south of the initial impact site. Specifically, the crash occurred on T470 about 1,362 feet to the north of an unnamed street at about 6:13 p.m.

Hutton, who was wearing his helmet, was taken to UPMC Altoona via Austin EMS and Mercy Flight. His injuries were likely serious. Hutton was charged with a moving violation. The Austin Fire Department, the Emporium Fire Department, and the Port Allegany Fire Department also helped at the scene. The Tioga Freedomist extends our thought and prayers to the family of the injured.

Two Arrested After Heroin Bust in Elk County, $25,000 Worth of Heroin Seized

A St. Marys, PA man and one other person were arrested after an alleged heroin delivery attempt on Saturday, June 4th.

Police discovered that 32-year-old Joseph L. Bauer of St. Marys was allegedly getting heroin near Pittsburgh and taking it to Elk County in order to sell it just two days before his arrest, court documents state. According to court records, police found out that Bauer would allegedly be traveling to Elk County with heroin on Saturday, June 4th.

Police stopped Bauer’s vehicle at 5:40 p.m. on Saturday in order to execute a search warrant, court records state. The vehicle was parked in the old KFC parking lot on South St. Marys Street. According to court records, police seized a total of 19 1/2 heroin bricks. The street value of the heroin is around $25,000. Police also seized some drug paraphernalia.

According to what Bauer told police, he used money he made from allegedly selling heroin and money that 31-year-old Timothy L. Close Jr. of Ridgeway gave him in order to purchase the heroin police seized. Close allegedly gave Bauer $4,200 in order to purchase heroin. According to police, the alleged deal was set up via cell phone.

Bauer faces charges including felony possession with intent to deliver heroin, felony conspiracy to deliver heroin, felony dealing in the proceeds of unlawful activities in the 1st degree, felony criminal use of a communication facility in the 3rd degree, misdemeanor possessing heroin, and misdemeanor possessing paraphernalia. Close faces charges including felony conspiracy to deliver heroin, felony dealing in the proceeds of unlawful activities in the first degree, and felony criminal use of a communication facility in the third degree.

After Bauer’s arraignment in front of Magisterial District Judge Mark Jacob in St. Marys on Saturday, he was placed n jail. Close was arrested on Monday, June 6th. After Close’s arraignment in front of Magisterial District Judge Mark Jacob, he was also placed in jail. The bail for Bauer and Close is $50,000 a piece. Their preliminary hearing are both scheduled for June 14th, 2016, at 9:15 a.m. Please remember that the accused are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

The arrests of Bauer and Close come after investigations by the Attorney General’s North Central Municipal Drug Task Force and St. Marys City Police.

 

Wellsboro’s Pine Creek Bar-B-Que Co Wins First Place for Pork in Conquer the Grill BBQ Competition

Photo by Josh Hatcher Media
Photo by Josh Hatcher Media

Wellsboro won the #1 spot for pork and ranked #7 overall in the Conquer the Grill BBQ Competition which was held from Friday, June 3rd to Saturday, June 4th, at the Potter County Courthouse Square in Coudersport.

Wellsboro’s Pine Creek Bar-B-Que Co, being represented by Gary Phelps, ranked first in the pork category. Pine Creek Bar-B-Que Co also won seventh place in the overall competition. Four Coudersport BBQ establishments ranked in the overall competition as well. Mort’s Meat Mafia, being represented by Jeff Heasley, won 5th place. Potter County Smoke Eaters, being represented by Tadd Ostroski, took home 9th place. Brothers in Smoke, being represented by Larry Lauber, took home 12th place. E & D Pork Pullers, being represented by Eric Boucher, took home 17th place. In addition, Port Allegany’s Mobile Fresca, being represented by Casey Henning, took home 16th place. Behind BBQ, being represented by Kim Perry, won first place. Behind BBQ is located in Spencerport, NY. You can view the full results for all categories here: visitpottercounty.com/events/bbq/results

A total of eighteen teams competed from Pennsylvania, New York, and Maryland. The Conquer the Grill BBQ Competition was held along with the God’s Country Marathon. It was the first Conquer the Grill BBQ Competition in the area. The Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) sanctioned the event, and the Hotel Crittenden and Shell sponsored it. The Potter County Visitors Association benefited from the event.

The KCBS rules were used to judge the teams. KCBS judges, along with amateur judges, judged the teams. There were four categories: pork, chicken, pork ribs, and brisket. Those who ranked in the top five for each category took home prizes. First place got $200, second place got $150, third place got $100, fourth place got $75, and fifth place got $50. Governor Tom Wolf declared the event a state championship. Behind BBQ is eligible to be a part of the American Royal World Series of Barbecue® as well as the Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational Barbecue.

The next Conquer the Grill BBQ Competition is being held on June 2-3, 2017.

Kane Teen Seriously Injured in Lafayette Township Rollover Crash

Photo by the Lafayette Twp. Vol. Fire/Rescue Department on Facebook
Photo by the Lafayette Twp. Vol. Fire/Rescue Department on Facebook

One person was seriously injured when a vehicle left the ground before overturning in Lafayette Township on Monday, June 6th, 2016.

According to the Pennsylvania State Police in Kane in a report, 18-year-old Damon T. Davis of Kane was driving a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am in a west direction on Town Line Road. Davis lost control of the vehicle while he was trying to negotiate a left hand turn. The vehicle started to exit the roadway on the north side. After Davis over-corrected, the vehicle nearly went into a ditch located on the road’s south side. Davis over-corrected once more, and the vehicle traveled across the roadway and hit an embankment. Then, the vehicle left the ground and rolled over. The crash occurred on Town Line Road close to where it intersects with Forestery Road 316 at approximately 2:45 p.m.

Davis was trapped in the vehicle and had to be extracted. He was taken to Erie County Medical Center by Mt. Jewett EMS. His injuries are likely serious. Davis was not wearing his seat belt. Davis’s passenger, a 17-year-old from Kane, was not injured. He was also not wearing his seat belt. Davis was charged with a moving violation. The Lafayette Fire Department and Buzzards also helped at the scene. The Tioga Freedomist extends our thoughts and prayers to the family of the injured.

 

East Smithfield Man Injured in Home Invasion Attack

An East Smithfield man was injured in a home invasion attack that occurred in his home on Tuesday, June 7th.

According to the Pennsylvania State Police in Towanda, three men allegedly broke into the Smithfield Township home of William M. Ewing just before 2:00 a.m. Once inside the home, the men allegedly physically assaulted Ewing as they attempted to take his money. The incident took place at a residence along State Route 4014.

Ewing told police that two of the men had ski masks over their faces, while the other man had a handkerchief covering his face. According to what Ewing told police, all three men fled the scene prior to police arriving. Ewing was taken to Robert Packer Hospital for treatment. If you have any information about this incident, you are asked to call the Pennsylvania State Police in Towanda at (570) 265-2186.