Tioga County police and court
Son accused of beating up father along road
ELKLAND – Scott H. Jellison, 35, of Corning, N.Y., was charged by state police with simple assault and harassment for allegedly beating up his father and leaving him lying along a road.
According to documents filed at District Judge Brian Edgcomb’s office, Jellison beat Walter H. Packer – hitting him several times and causing him to fall down an embankment along Route 287 in Tioga Township on June 30.
Police said they found Packer lying on the ground and bleeding from his forehead and nose.
Jellison was issued a summons to appear at a Sept. 5 preliminary hearing.
Man charged with
taking, crashing vehicle
ELKLAND – Jerry L. Mead Jr., 27, of 13 Buck Lane, Lot 2, in Tioga was charged by borough police with theft, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and receiving stolen property for allegedly taking a car belonging to Kayla Steadman, of Elkland, from the Pizza Barn parking lot on Wednesday.
According to documents filed at District Judge Brian Edgcomb’s office, the car was found wrecked near the Lawrence recreation area off Route 49 Thursday after Mead allegedly texted Steadman’s mother that he was going to Florida, police said.
Mead was jailed in lieu of $20,000 bail, and his preliminary hearing set for Sept. 5.
2 face pot charges
ELKLAND – Two people were charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia recently.
According to documents filed at District Judge Brian Edgcomb’s office, they are:
Joshua L. Welty, 24, of 101 2nd St., Elkland, was charged by Lawrenceville police following a traffic stop on Cowanesque Street, Lawrenceville, Aug. 2. Police said he had a multi colored pipe used for smoking marijuana containing pot residue. He was issued a summons to appear at a Sept.. 5 preliminary hearing.
Julie M. Belknap, 30, of 16 Berry Street, Tioga, was charged by state police following a search of her residence July 16 during which two glass smoking pipes containing pot residue were found. She was issued a summons to appear at a Sept. 19 preliminary hearing
Teen accused of taking wire off utility poles
ELKLAND – Dakota Jo Woodard, 19, of 2684 Merrick Hill Road, Knoxville, was charged by state police with theft, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief for taking 19 pounds of copper wire, valued at $70, from TriCounty Rural Electric Co. poles.
According to documents filed at District Judge Brian Edgcomb’s office, police were dispatched Aug. 3 to California Road in Westfield Township for a report of a suspicious vehicle.
Police said they found Woodard seated in the driver’s seat of her car and parked in the northbound lane with her headlights on.
Police observed a pile of copper wire on the floor of the front passengers side, and upon inspection of nearby power poles found they had their ground wires cut.
She also had drug paraphernalia in her purse, police said, including a glass pipe, empty plastic baggies, a spoon and needle and a hollow Bic pen, for which she also was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
She was jailed in lieu of $10,000 bail, waived her preliminary hearing, and her county court arraignment was set for Sept. 23.
Brothers charged with theft of checks
WELLSBORO – Ryan J. West, 21, and his older brother Erich J. West, 33, both of 142 Scouten Hill Road, were charged by state police in connection with a burglary recently.
According to documents filed at District Judge Rob Repard’s office, the brothers broke into the Charleston Township residence through a basement window between July 30 and Aug. 4 while their father, Gregory, was on vacation.
While inside, they broke a door off a steel safe and took checks belonging to Gregory, that they then made out to themselves for amounts totaling $3,375, forged their father’s name and cashed them at First Citizen’s Community Bank in town.
Each was charged with theft by deception, receiving stolen property, forgery, and criminal mischief for damaging the safe.
Ryan West was jailed in lieu of $50,000.
His brother, who also was charged with three counts of criminal mischief for damaging a window as well as the safe, was jailed on a total of $60,000 bail.
Their preliminary hearings were set for Sept. 10.
Tioga County police and court
Brothers in custody following high speed chase in Tioga County
WELLSBORO – Erich J. West, 33, and Ryan J. West, 21, of 142 Scouten Hill Road, were charged Monday after they allegedly led state police on a high-speed car chase through Tioga County.
According to documents filed at District Judge Rob Repard’s office, the brothers were in a stolen car belonging to Peter and Sandra Losinger when they were spotted by state police on Route 6 just outside of Mansfield.
Police initiated a traffic stop once they caught up to the 2012 Ford Fusion on Route 15 as it exited at Canoe Camp Creek, but the elder West, who was driving, sped up and began passing cars before it turned onto Route 660 in Covington Township, police said.
West then allegedly led police into Charleston Township, crossing Route 6 onto the Whitneyville Road and finally ditching the car near a wooded area.
Police said both men fled on foot into the woods.
Police said they found seven syringes in the car, along with cotton balls containing heroin residue, a sandwich bag with numerous empty heroin packets, burned or melted spoons for using heroin and four boxes of copper welding wire worth $300 belonging to Reese’s Welding on Cherry Flats Road, Charleston Township.
Ryan West returned to his residence at about 5 p.m. and was taken into custody without incident.
Erich West remained at large all night, but was observed near his residence the next day at about 7 a.m. and was taken into custody without incident. His license is suspended due to a prior DUI, police said.
Erich West was charged with two counts of receiving stolen property for being in possession of a stolen car and for the copper wire, reckless endangerment, fleeing or attempting to elude police and possession of drug paraphernalia, as well as multiple traffic violations. He was jailed in lieu of $125,000 bail and his preliminary hearing set for Aug. 27.
No charges had been filed as of Wednesday afternoon against Ryan West.
Police: Teen made unauthorized
purchases using aunt’s debit card
WELLSBORO – Andrew J. McCart, 19, of 23 West Ave., Apt. 4, was charged by borough police with access device fraud and theft after he allegedly made purchases with his aunt’s debit card without her permission.
According to documents filed at District Judge Rob Repard’s office, McCart, who lives with his aunt, Kenli Ryan, used her debit card to make $49 in purchases using his X-Box between Aug. 4 and Aug. 7.
Ryan reported McCart after she was contacted by her bank telling her that her bank statements showed suspicious charges were made against her account. McCart said he did it because he was mad at her.
He was issued a summons for a Sept. 10 preliminary hearing.
Man charged with lying to police
MANSFIELD – Joshua M. Dolliver, 20, of 198 Summit Street, Morris Run, was charged March 29 by Blossburg police with unsworn falsification to authorities after a traffic stop on East Creek Road, Blossburg.
Police said he lied in a written statement about alcohol in his truck.
According to documents filed at District Judge James Carlson’s office, Dolliver told police he was unsure where the alcohol had come from, but Donald J. Stevenson, 42, of Blossburg told police he gave a large quantity of alcohol to Dolliver and his passenger, Michael Hinman, 26, who is on probation, to take to a party March 29 at another location.
During a May 22 preliminary hearing for furnishing alcohol to minors, Dolliver testified he had made up the story about where the alcohol had come from and denied any knowledge of a party occurring that evening and provided a written statement to police.
He said that his passenger, Hinman, was on probation, and he made it up to protect Hinman from being in violation of his probation.
After waiving his preliminary hearing, Dolliver was released on $1,500 bail. County court arraignment was set for Sept. 9.
4 charged with drunken driving
MANSFIELD – Four people were charged recently with driving under the influence of intoxicants.
According to documents filed at District Judges James Carlson and Rob Repard’s offices, they are:
Nathan R. Ayers, 20, of 2136 Newtown Hill Road, Mansfield, by borough police following a traffic stop on College Avenue March 17. He also was charged with underage drinking. He was issued a summons to appear at a Sept. 18 preliminary hearing.
Matthew S. Fuller, 24, of 3208 Lambs Creek Road, Mansfield, by state police following a traffic stop on Route 15, Richmond Township, Sept. 5. He was issued a summons to appear at a Sept. 4 preliminary hearing.
Elizabeth M. Reed, 23, of 7126 Route 6, Wellsboro, by state police after she crashed her car on Route 660 in Delmar Township Aug. 11. She was released on $5,000 bail, and her preliminary hearing set for Aug. 27.
James R. Diederich, 29, of 14 Kelly Road, Wellsboro, by state police after he crashed his car on Route 4037, Charleston Township May 13. He was issued a summons to appear at a Sept. 3 preliminary hearing.