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.