Shinglehouse Woman Loses $3,000 in Tractor Scam

A Shinglehouse woman lost $3,000 after she bought a tractor she never received.

According to the Pennsylvania State Police in Coudersport in a report, the 49-year-old woman was instructed to send an unknown person(s) $3,000 for a 2007 John Deere Tractor. However, the woman never got the tractor. The incident occurred on Fairgrounds Road in Sharon Township sometime from Friday, May 20th, and Thursday, May 26th, between the hours of 11:40 a.m. and 4:04 p.m.

If you have any information about this theft, you are asked to call the Pennsylvania State Police in Coudersport at (814) 274-8690.

Man Thrown From ATV in West Branch Township Crash, DUI Suspected

One person was injured when they were thrown from an ATV in a suspected DUI crash that occurred in Potter County’s West Branch Township on Sunday, May 29th.

According to the Pennsylvania State Police in Coudersport in a report, a 22-year-old man from Lancaster was driving a 2005 Honda Rincon in a south direction on Notch Road. After the man performed an unknown maneuver, he was thrown from the ATV and landed on the roadway. The ATV rolled over before rolling down an embankment on the roadway’s west side. The crash occurred about .5 miles to the south of West Branch Road at approximately 6:00 p.m.

The man, who was not wearing a helmet, suffered head and shoulder injuries of unknown severity. He was taken to Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital via Galeton Ambulance. The man was charged with a moving violation, and DUI charges are pending the results of a blood test.

Williamsport Couple Who Allegedly Stole Money From Grandmother Held For Court

A Williamsport couple who is facing charges stemming from an August 2014 incident in which they allegedly stole money from the husband’s grandmother is being held for court.

On Tuesday, District Judge Christian Frey decided that 33-year-old Justin M. Stugart and 31-year-old Rochelle A. Stugart should be held for court. Frey’s decision came after the victim, Lucille Buchta, and the lead investigator gave testimonies. The Stugarts face the following felony charges: theft, receiving stolen property, burglary, conspiracy, and trespassing. They are currently free on $35,000 bail a piece.

The Stugarts allegedly stole almost $40,000 from Buchta on August 24th, 2014. Buchta’s house is located by Maynard and Second streets. The Stugarts were there visiting with their six children. According to city police Agent Raymond O. Kontz III, Rochelle allegedly distracted Buchta on the front porch by talking to her while Justin allegedly took the money from a safe located in Buchta’s bedroom. Buchta did not notice that the money was missing until August 28th when she was going to get some of it in order to pay a vet bill.

According to Kontz in an affidavit, Buchta called Justin and asked him to come to her house. Justin was allegedly crying and seemed upset. He allegedly asked his grandmother for forgiveness when he allegedly admitted to her that he took the money. However, the amount of money that Justin said he took is $1,200. Please remember that the accused are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Shots Allegedly Fired in Williamsport on Tuesday Evening

According to the Williamsport police, there were reports of shots being fired in Williamsport on Tuesday night.

People reported hearing shots sometime between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. The shots were heard near High Street, Grier Street, and Park Avenue. There were later reports of a house allegedly being hit on Park Avenue’s 1100 block. Although unconfirmed, a female might have been injured. There is no other information about the alleged shooting at this time.

 

June 3rd Wellsboro First Friday

The June Wellsboro First Friday is on Friday, June 3rd and it will have an “Earth Day Every Day” theme. There will be shopping specials, a scavenger hunt, a contest, food, music, art, and much more.

There will be several shopping specials during the June 3rd Wellsboro First Friday event. At the Fifth Season, you can get a coupon for 15% off any regular priced item when you bring a gently used clothing item. Your gently used clothing item will be donated to Seeds of Hope. In addition, there will be a 15% off sale on picnic products, backyard BBQ products, cookie cutters, etc. There will also be a buy one, get one 1/2 off sale. While you shop at the Fifth Season, you can sample cookies and dips. Shabby Rue is having a $10 table. There will also be secret savings in the store. People participating in the scavenger hunt also get something. There will be a 30% off sale on Bug Bungalow, Butterfly Garden and Bug Magnifier at Pop’s Culture Shoppe. Country Ski & Sports will have a 15% off sale on everything between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. In addition, there will be a $25 off sale on used bikes. There will be a 10% off sale on all Patagonia products, including items on sale, at Wild Asaph Outfitters. Patagonia makes fleece clothing out of recycled plastic bottles. In addition, Patagonia donates some of the sales to preserving and restoring the environment. Any flavor frappuccino at Cafe 1905 will only be $3.

The scavenger hunt features a crossword puzzle on each side of the sheet. If you complete one puzzle, you will have a chance to win one of twelve prizes. If you complete both puzzles, you will double your chances of winning. Prizes are donated by local businesses. To get a sheet, simply stop in at any local business listed on the sheet.

The Sidewalk Chalk Contest will take place in front of Stained Glass Reflections. The contest is being facilitated by Apryl Tubbs and the Tioga County Partnership for Community Health. Three prizes will be awarded. Peggy’s Candies & Gifts had donated all of the prizes for the contest. Every participant will receive an “I’m and Artist!” badge.

There will be several activities at the June 3rd Wellsboro First Friday. You can make a pine cone bird feeder at Wild Asaph Outfitters. Make a flower pot craft at The Fifth Season. Dunham’s Department Store will have earth-friendly Green Toys Treasure Chest toys for the kids to play with at Cafe 1905. There will also be Kinetic Sand and water friendly toys. Kids may also pick out a prize from the “prize garden”. Boy Scout Troop 24 will have a knot tying demonstration at the Ginn & Vickery Law Office. Ropes and instruction sheets will be given so participants can practice knot tying at home. While you are there, you can buy meat sticks from the troop to help them raise money for a summer trip to Washington, DC. For a donation to the Animal Care Sanctuary, you can get a personalized engraved tag for your dog from Senior’s Creations on Main Street. The Animal Care Sanctuary will also have dogs to pet. You can play “Happy Salmon” at Pop’s Culture Shoppe during Game Night. You can get a free chair massage and possibly a manicure at Emerge Healing Arts & Spa in front of The Red Skillet.

There will be music and art at the June 3rd First Friday as well. Jesse Gotschal, AKA The Road Virus will be playing in front of Pop’s Culture Shoppe, and Artist Josh Crane will be displaying his painted art. A drum circle is being hosted by Liz Carras and Julie Schlosser of the Endless Mountains Arts Cooperative on the Deane Center lawn. There may be ukuleles and guitars to try out as well. Also on the Deane Center lawn, Artist George Morris will turn wood on a lathe. He will also be making small tops for kids.

Motorcycle Rolls Over in Covington Township, 2 Injured

Two people were injured after a motorcycle rolled over in Covington Township on Sunday, May 29th.

According to the Pennsylvania State Police in Mansfield in a report, 76-year-old Harold M. Alexander of Franklinville, NY, was driving a 2011 Harley-Davidson Trike in an east direction on SR660. 61-year-old Paula E. Raymond who is also from Franklinville, NY, was a passenger on the motorcycle. After Alexander failed to drive along a left curve, he lost control of the motorcycle. The motorcycle moved to the roadway’s southern berm. When Alexander tried to correct the motorcycle’s movements, the motorcycle started to skid in the gravel. Alexander guided the motorcycle back onto the roadway before the motorcycle overturned. The motorcycle rested in an eastern direction in the eastbound lane. The crash occurred about 591 feet to the west of Starks Road at approximately 12:24 p.m.

Both Alexander and Raymond, who were both wearing their helmets, had injuries of unknown severity. They were both taken from the scene via Mansfield EMS before being flown to Robert Packer Hospital. The motorcycle had minor damage. Alexander was charged with a moving violation.

Alleged Muncy Smokers Express, Loyalsock Township Sheetz Robber Nabbed

A Muncy man was arrested after he allegedly robbed several Lycoming County businesses in the past several days, including the Smokers Express in Muncy Borough and the Sheetz in Loyalsock Township.

According to the Pennsylvania State Police in Montoursville in a report, 43-year-old Gerald Thompson of Muncy allegedly robbed the Smokers Express at knife-point and allegedly ordered the cashier to give him cash on Friday, May 27th, during the evening hours. During the evening hours of Saturday, May 28th, Thompson allegedly ordered a female victim to give him money. The victim was in her parked car in the Pier 87 parking lot. Thompson allegedly threatened to cut her if she did not comply with his demands for money. During the morning hours of Sunday, May 29th, Thompson allegedly broke into the Loyalsock Hotel. Once inside, Thompson allegedly tried to open the cash register in order to steal money. However, the cash register would not open. Also on Sunday, May 29th, Thompson allegedly robbed the Loyalsock Township Sheetz at knife-point. Although initial scanner reports indicated that the Sheetz was robbed at gunpoint, the police report states that it was actually robbed at knife-point. Thompson allegedly got away with about $700. The Sheetz robbery occurred at about 5:45 a.m.

After police found Thompson later on Sunday, May 29th, they took him into custody. He was arrested on a warrant that was issued by the Muncy Police Department. According to the police report, charges were filed against Thompson related to all of the incidents except the Sheetz robbery. You can read Thompson’s court reports below:

Court ReportCOURT REPORT- Gerald W. Thompson, 43, of Muncy, faces 4 felony charges, 4 misdemeanor charges and 3 summary charges.  The charges listed are….
Felony:
18 § 3502 §§ A2 F1 Burglary – Overnight Accommodation, No Person Present
18 § 3701 §§ A1II F1 Robbery-Threat Immed Ser Injury
18 § 3701 §§ A1II F1 Robbery-Threat Immed Ser Injury
18 § 3503 §§ A1II F2 Crim Tres-Break Into Structure

Misdemeanor:
18 § 3921 §§ A M1 Theft By Unlaw Taking-Movable Prop
18 § 3925 §§ A M1 Receiving Stolen Property
18 § 2701 §§ A3 M2 Simple Assault
18 § 2701 §§ A3 M2 Simple Assault

Summary:
18 § 2709 §§ A1 S Harassment – Subject Other to Physical Contact
18 § 2709 §§ A1 S Harassment – Subject Other to Physical Contact
18 § 3304 §§ A5 S Criminal Mischief – Damage Property

Magisterial District Judge William C. Solomon on May 30th, 2016 presided over the preliminary arraignment for Thompson. Thompson was arraigned at the Magisterial District Court 29-3-02. Thompson was not assigned bail due to “Defendant is a danger to society / flight risk”. Thompson was remanded to the Lycoming County Prison pending the next hearing. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 6th, 2016, at 9:00 a.m., also in front of Magisterial District Judge William C. Solomon.

Daniel R. Switzer of the Pennsylvania State Police in Montoursville is listed as the arresting officer for Thompson. The charges relate to an alleged incident that happened on May 28th, 2016.

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Court ReportCOURT REPORT- Gerald W. Thompson, 43, of Muncy, faces 2 felony charges and 7 misdemeanor charges.  The charges listed are….
Felony:
18 § 3701 §§ A1II F1 Robbery-Threat Immed Ser Injury
18 § 2702 §§ A1 F1 Aggravated Assault

Misdemeanor:
18 § 907 §§ B M1 Possession Of Weapon
18 § 901 §§ A M1 Criminal Attempt – Terroristic Threats W/ Int To Terrorize Another
18 § 2701 §§ A3 M2 Simple Assault
18 § 2705 M2 Recklessly Endangering Another Person
18 § 2902 §§ A2 M1 Unlawful Restraint/ Involuntary Servitude
18 § 3921 §§ A M1 Theft By Unlaw Taking-Movable Prop
18 § 3925 §§ A M1 Receiving Stolen Property

Magisterial District Judge William C. Solomon on May 30th, 2016 presided over the preliminary arraignment for Thompson. Thompson was arraigned at the Magisterial District Court 29-3-03. Thompson was not assigned bail due to “Defendant is a danger to society / flight risk”. Thompson was remanded to the Lycoming County Prison pending the next hearing. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 3rd, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.,  in front of Magisterial District Judge Jon Edward Kemp.

Anthony W. Oeler of the Muncy Borough Police Department is listed as the arresting officer for Thompson. The charges relate to an alleged incident that happened on May 27th, 2016.

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Pair Robs Buchanan Brother’s Pharmacy in Elkland Borough, Suspects at Large

Buchanan Brother’s Pharmacy in Elkland Borough was robbed on Tuesday, May 31st.

According to the Elkland Police, a male and female suspect walked into the building located at 206 West Main Street and handed a note to the clerk. The note instructed the clerk to give drugs to the suspects. The clerk complied, and the suspects fled the scene.The robbery occurred at about 9:40 a.m.

Police investigated and issued arrest warrants for 35-year-old Christopher S. McCormick of Tioga and 35-year-old Angela M. Cox/Watson, also of Tioga. The last time McCormick and Cox were seen, they were traveling in a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier that is red in color. The vehicle has the Pennsylvania registration number HCY-5531. If you have any information about the whereabouts of the suspects, you are asked to call 911.