Fourth Suspect Arrested in Connection with East Smithfield Home Invasion Attack

A fourth suspect has been arrested in connection with an East Smithfield home invasion attack that left a man injured.

According to the Pennsylvania State Police in Towanda, 18-year-old Bradley D. Stroud of Athens was arrested on Friday, June 10th. He faces the following charges: aggravated assault, simple assault, terroristic threats, burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, attempted robbery, attempt to commit theft, criminal trespass, and criminal mischief.

After his arraignment in front of District Judge Jonathan Wilcox, Stroud was placed in Bradford County Prison. The following three suspects were previously arrested: 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 bails for each suspect is $75,000.

On Tuesday, June 7th, the four suspects allegedly broke into William M. Ewing’s Smithfield Township home and allegedly physically assaulted him. Ewing was treated at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. Please remember that the accused are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.


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.

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.



Senator Gene Yaw to Hold Telephone Town Hall Discussion About Opioid Addiction June 13

13412973_1065897653501804_5276507098264104434_nPennsylvania Senator Gene Yaw (R-23)  announced that there will be a town hall discussion via telephone regarding opioid and heroin addiction in Pennsylvania on Monday, June 13th, 2016.

Residents of Lycoming, Bradford, Union, Susquehanna, and Sullivan counties, and any other Pennsylvania resident, is invited to the special town hall discussion. The one hour telephone discussion will be held from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Those who attend the discussion will have the opportunity to ask questions. You may sign up for the telephone discussion at The call in number for the discussion is (877) 229-8493, and the PIN is 111880.

Director of the Center for Rural Pennsylvania Barry Denk and Center for Rural Pennsylvania Board Member and Professor of Nursing at Clarion University Dr. Nancy Falvo will be guests at the discussion. There will be a live audio stream that people on computers, tablets, and smartphones can listen to as well as ask Yaw questions. Right before the event begins, there will be a link to the event at

The 10th public hearing about the opioid and heroin problem in Pennsylvania was held on Thursday, June 2nd, by the Center for Rural Pennsylvania. The Center for Rural Pennsylvania is a bicameral and bipartisan legislative research agency, and it is a part of the General Assembly. The hearings started in 2014. Yaw was the chairman of the hearings. Two reports were produced in 2014 and 2015 as a result of the hearings. The reports outline legislative recommendations and include testimony. A third report is expected to be released in 2016.

Emery Johnson Gets Prison Time in Connection with Ronald Powell’s Death in 2015

The Towanda man who was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter stemming from the death of a man after a bar fight has been sentenced to prison.

29-year-old Emery Johnson received a prison sentence of one to four years for the involuntary manslaughter charge. In addition, he must pay $8,700. He was not found guilty on a felony aggravated assault charge. A jury found him guilty of involuntary manslaughter in March.

61-year-old Ronald Powell of Ulster passed away after Emery Johnson fought with him outside of Captain Jack’s Bar in Towanda on Labor Day in 2015. Powell hit his head after falling, and he passed away a day later while at the hospital.


Canton High School Teacher Faces New Charges Stemming From May Crash

The Canton Junior Senior High School teacher who is facing charges stemming from a February incident in which a man passed away after overdosing in her home is now facing drug charges in connection with a May crash.

According to the Pennsylvania State Police, 35-year-old Nicole Leann Gordon of Towanda was traveling on Valley View Road in Wysox when her 2010 Hyundai Genesis rolled over after failing to drive along a right hand bend in the roadway. That crash occurred on May 10th at about a quarter before midnight. Gordon, who was wearing her seat belt, was uninjured. The vehicle, however, was towed from the scene.

Charges were filed against Gordon on Tuesday, May 24th, in the office of Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton. Court documents state that Gordon faces the following four misdemeanor charges related to the crash: DUI: controlled substance-schedule two or three-first offense; DUI: controlled substance-impaired ability-first offense; intentional possession of a controlled substance by person who is not registered; and use or possession of drug paraphernalia. In addition, she faces the following three summary charges: Careless driving; disregard traffic lane, and driving at safe speed.

Gordon waived her preliminary hearing for charges related to the overdose death of Wade Sparbanie a day after the crash. Sparbanie overdosed in Gordon’s home in Sheshquin Township on February 15th, 2016. Gordon’s 7-year-old daughter was also present in the home when Sparbanie overdosed. Gordon faces multiple charges in that incident, including four counts of Use/Poss Of Drug Paraph, one count of Endangering Welfare of Children – Parent/Guardian/Other Commits Offense, one count of Tamper With/Fabricate Physical Evidence, and one count of Obstruct Admin Law/Other Govt Func.

A police report states that the following items were found in Gordon’s home by investigators: several empty glassine baggies that people use for heroin; syringes; a spoon containing white residue; a rolled up $20 bill containing drug residue; a pill bottle containing Zolipdem; a bottle of Cyclobenzine, which is a muscle relaxer; and two utility blades. In addition, drug paraphernalia was found in the kitchen garbage. According to police, the finding “indicated a possibility someone put the paraphernalia in the trash after dinner and/or just before or during the victim’s death.”

According to police, Gordon allegedly denied that she used drugs at first. Later, Gordon allegedly told police that she did use drugs. Gordon also allegedly said that she hid the paraphernalia after she discovered Sparbanie unresponsive in a bedroom. She called 911 after finding Sparbanie. Prior to Sparbanie being found unconscious, he said he did not feel good after he took a Xanax. Gordon’s formal arraignment for the February charges is on June 2nd in front of Bradford County President Judge Maureen Beirne. Please remember that the accused is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Gordon is currently suspended from teaching.