Motorcyclist Injured When Deer Strikes Motorcycle in Sharon Township

One person was injured when a deer hit a motorcycle in Potter County’s Sharon Township on Saturday, June 11th.

According to the Pennsylvania State Police in Coudersport in a report, 50-year-old Steven E. Davis of Fleetwood, PA, was driving a 2014 Yamaha Stratoliner Deluxe in a north direction on SR 44. A white tail deer that was hidden in tall brush ran onto the roadway and hit the motorcycle’s left side. The crash occurred on Stevens Street about 1,345 feet to the west of Legion Road at approximately 8:30 a.m.

Davis’s left leg was injured by the impact of the deer. He was taken to Olean General Hospital via Shinglehouse EMS. The severity of his injuries is not known at this time. The motorcycle did not need to be towed from the scene.

Ten Caught Allegedly Trying to Buy Heroin After Police Use Alleged Heroin Dealers’ Cellphone

Ten people were arrested for allegedly trying to purchase heroin after Pennsylvania State Police officers used the cellphone of two alleged drug dealers that had been dropped during a high speed chase on Sunday, May 29th.

According to a report, the chase began at approximately 9:45 a.m. in Loyalsock Township. The police noticed a man fitting the description of an alleged drug dealer who was wanted by the Pennsylvania State Police Vice/Narcotics Unit. The trooper was parked in the Uni-Mart parking lot at 1810 Northway Road. 29-year-old Julian L. Ruffin of Philadelphia was in the passenger seat and 30-year-old Shakoor Johnson, also of Philadelphia, was driving the Chrysler 200 that was black in color. Ruffin was the man wanted by police. According to police, the car drove to East Third Street while the trooper followed it. The car quickly turned onto Reed Street after the men became aware that police were following them. Johnson began driving at speeds that were considered to be unsafe. Then, the vehicle pulled into a private property and struck a utility pole. According to police, Johnson drove onto a playground at the former Becht School located on Clayton Avenue. The vehicle became disabled, and a foot chase ensued. Johnson was apprehended in the back yard of 1949 Sheridan Street. Police had to use a taser in order to subdue Johnson. Ruffin was caught several minutes later after police found him walking in a north direction on Norhway Road.

According to reports, Ruffin allegedly had a bag in his possession when he began running. The bag was not on Ruffin’s person when he was apprehended. A resident who lives on Sheridan Street’s 1900 block told the Pennsylvania State Police in Montoursville that he heard the ringing of a cellphone in the backyard. In addition, he found Chrysler car keys. According to police, both Ruffin and Johnson denied owning the cellphone.

According to police, there were numerous calls and texts coming to the cellphone when they started using it to tell people intending to buy heroin to go to the Lycoming Mall. Ten people allegedly met troopers at the mall. According to police, all ten people were arrested. Three of the people that were arrested told police that Ruffin and Johnson had allegedly delivered heroin to them. According to an affidavit, another person admitted that he spent $80 on seven bags of heroin that he allegedly purchased from Ruffin and Johnson. Ruffin and Johnson were allegedly in the same black Chrysler police chased on May 29th.  Ruffin is currently in jail. His bail is set at $250,000. Please remember that the accused are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Frein’s Lawyers, Prosecution Agree To Outside Jury Pending Judge Decision

The prosecutors and defense lawyers dealing with the case against Eric Frein, the man who allegedly ambushed a Pennsylvania State Police trooper in October of 2014, are in agreement with having a jury outside of the area rule over the case.

Eric Frein’s lawyers and prosecutors came to their agreement on Friday, June 10th, at a pretrial hearing that took place in Milford. Although the jury will be outside of the area, the trial will be kept in Pike County where the charges against Frein were filed. The decision has to be approved by a judge, however the judge is expected to approve the decision.

Frein allegedly fatally shot State Police Corporal Bryon Dickson and allegedly wounded Trooper Alex Douglass. The alleged shootings took place in Blooming Grove Township. Defense lawyers argued that a trial in Pike County would not be fair due to the extensive media coverage about the alleged ambush. Frein pleaded not guilty, and authorities are pursuing the death penalty.

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.


Mansfield Man’s License Plate Stolen

A Mansfield man’s license plate was stolen from his vehicle over the weekend.

According to the Pennsylvania State Police in a report, a license plate was stolen from a parked vehicle belonging to 40-year-old Aaron L. Baker sometime from Friday, June 10th to Saturday, June 11th, between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. The vehicle was parked at 30 Black Top Lane, Lot 74, when the theft occurred.

If you have any information about this theft, you are asked to call the Pennsylvania State Police in Mansfield or Crime Stoppers at (800) 472-8477.


Car Hits Deer in Delmar Township, No Injuries

No one was injured when a car hit a deer in Delmar Township on Saturday, June 11th, 2016.

According to the Pennsylvania State Police in Mansfield in a report, 27-year-old Robert Huba of Union, NJ was driving a 2006 Hyundai Sonata in a north direction on the right lane of travel of SR 287. The car hit a deer that ran out onto the roadway. The crash occurred about 525 feet to the south of Sweet Briad Road at approximately 5:10 a.m.

Huba, who was wearing his seat belt, was not injured in the crash. The car had disabling damage.

Philadelphia Man Gets 15-30 Years in Prison For Possessing 8 Bags of Heroin, Currently At Large

Messiah Burrell mugshot
Messiah Burrell

A Philadelphia man who is currently at large was handed a lengthy prison sentence stemming from charges in which he had eight bags of heroin in a hotel room.

On Wednesday, Judge Marc F. Lovecchio gave 27-year-old Messiah Burrell a state prison sentence of 15-30 years with time served in Lycoming County Court. Burrell was convicted for the following charges: two counts of felony Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver; misdemeanor Int Poss Contr Subst By Per Not Reg; and misdemeanor Use/Poss Of Drug Paraph.

According to the Pennsylvania State Police in a report, Burrell allegedly sold a female some heroin at the Comfort Inn Hotel in Loyalsock on February 13th, 2015, at approximately 12:47 p.m. According to a press release, police responded to a domestic dispute within a vehicle beside Interstate 180 in Muncy Creek Township. Police discovered eight bags of heroin in the hotel room Burrell was staying in after they arrested Burrell.

Burrell did not attend the March trial. At that time, he was found guilty. According to district attorney Eric R. Linhardt, Burrell’s current location is not known. There is a bench warrant out for his arrest. His sentence will start when he is found. In a press release, Lovecchio said he gave Burrell such a long sentence in part due to his failure to appear in court.

In a separate incident in May of 2013, Burrell was found guilty of summary Harassment – Subject Other to Physical Contact. That incident occurred on May 16th, 2013. Burrell was also found guilty of Harassment – Subject Other to Physical Contact in March of 2012. That alleged incident took place on March 5th, 2012. According to police, he allegedly pulled hair from a woman’s head and hit her. The incident took place at an apartment located on East Orange Street’s 500 block in Lancaster.

In February of 2013, the then 24-year-old Burrell faced several charges that were eventually dismissed in connection with an alleged domestic dispute incident. At that time, Burrell was living in Lancaster. According to police, he allegedly choked his 22-year-old girlfriend and allegedly punched her on February 14th, 2013. She sustained a broken nose and other injuries to her face. Also according to police, Burrell allegedly picked up his son by his head before allegedly throwing him on the sidewalk. The boy’s head and shoulder hit the pavement. According to police, the child had contusions as well as a strained neck. Both Burrell’s girlfriend and the child were treated at a hospital. The alleged incident occurred on the sidewalk of North Franklin Street’s 500 block. The following charges were filed against Burrell but were later dismissed: two counts of felony Aggravated Assault in the 1st degree; misdemeanor Simple Assault in the 1st degree; misdemeanor Simple Assault in the 2nd degree; Endangering Welfare of Children – Parent/Guardian/Other Commits Offense in the 1st degree; and Recklessly Endangering Another Person.

Arrest Warrant Telephone Scam Hits Lycoming County

The Pennsylvania State Police in Montoursville are warning residents in Lycoming County and surrounding areas about yet another phone scam.

According to police, people were called and told that there was an arrest warrant for their relative had been arrested in another state. Then, the unknown person demanded money so that the “situation” can be resolved. Several people in the area received such phone calls.

According to police, the phone calls are fraudulent and money should not be given to the caller(s). As a reminder, you should never give out personal or financial information to unknown callers. You should also never confirm information to unknown callers.

Middletown Man Allegedly Returns Unpaid Items to Mansfield Walmart

Walmart logoA Middletown, PA man is facing theft charges after he allegedly returned items to the Mansfield Walmart that he did not pay for.

According to the Pennsylvania State Police in Mansfield in a report, 31-year-old Lowell C. Laake entered the Mansfield Walmart on Saturday, June 4th, and allegedly took a comforter set and a sheet set. Then, he allegedly brought the items to the customer service desk. Next, Laake allegedly placed two Ugly Stik rod and reel combo sets and a generic brand tackle box in a shopping cart and returned to the customer service area with the cart. Laake allegedly returned the comforter and sheet set and got a gift card. Laake allegedly pushed the cart out of the store without paying for the fishing equipment. This alleged theft took place between the hours of 5:05 p.m. and 5:23 p.m.

Laake faces a Theft by Deception/Retail Theft charge. 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.