Montoursville man charged with theft
MANSFIELD - Andrew Bobotas, 71, of 1613 Tallman Hollow Road, Montoursville, was charged by state police after he allegedly promised to deliver five trailers to the Tri-State Trucking Co., 16064 Route 6, Richmond Township, but never made good on the promise after he had been paid.
According to documents filed at District Judge James Carlson's office, Bobotas was charged with theft and theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received after he allegedly took possession of a certified cashier's check for $20,000 from Bill Robinson, owner of Tri-State Trucking, in the parking lot of Citizens and Northern Bank, 1085 S. Main St., on Oct. 31, 2011, as payment for five trailers and corresponding titles within four business days, to be delivered by the defendant, under the business name AB Trailer Sales, 5048 Route 15, Montgomery.
Police said Robinson had answered an ad for the trailers in Truck N Trailer Magazine Oct. 21, 2011, edition. Bobotas was to deliver the trailers by Nov. 4, 2011, but never did.
On Nov. 7, Bobotas, who had not delivered anything, told Robinson that the seller of the trailers in Pottsville wanted $4,000 more to complete the deal. Robinson refused to pay anything additional and instructed Bobotas to fulfill the contract.
Bobotas allegedly admitted to Robinson that he didn't own the trailers he was selling to Robinson.
Police said Bobotas refused to disclose the amount he paid for the trailers, and said he had no bill of sale or other paperwork and admitted to having sold three of them to other purchasers.
He also allegedly admitted not delivering any trailers to Robinson or refunding his $20,000.
He was released on $20,000 bail and his county court arraignment was held Monday.
following altercation with state police
MANSFIELD - Ralph K. Barnes, 62, of 340 Sherwood Manor, was charged by state police with aggravated assault, obstructing administration of law or other governmental function, simple assault, resisting arrest and duty to comply with inspection laws on a commercial vehicle following a traffic stop by police near the Route 6 overpass.
According to documents filed at District Judge James Carlson's office, Barnes refused to give proper documentation or follow the requests of the trooper and grabbed the trooper's arm with his hand while in an agitated state in Richmond Township on Dec. 6. Police said he also refused to submit his truck tractor for inspection by the trooper.
He waived his Wednesday preliminary hearing and was released on $15,000 bail. His county court arraignment was set for Jan. 28.
Man charged after allegedly fighting with borough police
MANSFIELD - Nicholas B. Coyle, 20, of Sayre, was charged by borough police with aggravated assault and simple assault, disorderly conduct, public drunkenness, underage drinking and resisting arrest following an alleged loud party that got out of control at 141 Sullivan St. on Dec. 8.
According to documents filed at District Judge James Carlson's office, police were dispatched to the address for a report of a loud party and were talking with individuals outside, when Coyle allegedly left the party and started running from police. Police said they caught up to him when he slipped on the sidewalk and grabbed his sweatshirt.
At that time, police said, Coyle began fighting with an officer, hitting him in the face just below the right eye socket, causing bruising, and then continued to fight with two other officers present.
He waived his Wednesday preliminary hearing and was released on $7,500 bail. His county court arraignment was set for Jan. 28.
4 charged with drunken driving
MANSFIELD - Four people were charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants recently. According to documents filed at District Judge James Carlson's office, each was issued a summons to appear. They were:
Daniel J. Williams, 21, of 786 Twin Hill Road, Sunbury, borough police following a traffic stop on West Wellsboro Street on Nov. 21.
Derrick T. Anderson, 22, of 398 Newtown Hill Road, Lot 7, Mansfield, state police after he crashed his car in area of 358 Newtown Hill Road on Sept. 25.
Joshua J. Granger, 38, of Abbeville, state police, after he crashed his car on Spencer Road, Richmond Township on Nov. 28.
Michael P. Mullen, 35, of 91 N. Main St., Hughesville, state police, following a traffic stop on Route 15, Tioga Township on Oct. 27.
11 sentenced in Tioga County Court
WELLSBORO - Eleven people were sentenced in Tioga County Court Monday. According to court documents, sentenced to time in county prison for driving under the influence of intoxicants were:
Jason M. Ives, 27, of Knoxville, five years intermediate punishment, 90 days in jail, last 30 days on electronic monitoring, then probation, $1,500 fine.Andy L. Catherman, 19, of Wellsboro, six months intermediate punishment, with 72 hours in jail, then probation, $1,000 fine. Three to 23 months in jail for resisting arrest, credit 73 days time served, $200 fine.
Bruce Gaylor Jr., of Houston, Texas, six months intermediate punishment, five days in jail, credit for one day time served, 30 days electronic monitoring, then probation, $300 fine.
Sentenced to Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition were:
Charles J. Melko, 22, of Lindley, N.Y., 18 months for DUI.
Thomas R. Lehman, 40, of Mansfield, 12 months, $2,996 restitution for simple assault, criminal mischief and harassment.
James B. Haynes, 26, of Wellsboro, 12 months for DUI.
William H. Martin, 44, of Chambersburg, 12 months for DUI.
Joseph R. Moore, 26, of Osceola, 12 months for DUI.
Joshua S. Crane, 26, of Wellsboro, 12 months for furnishing alcohol to a minor.
Joseph R. Mahoney, 52, of Galeton, 12 months for resisting arrest, open lewdness and disorderly conduct.
Man facing drug charges after call
for police help
MANSFIELD - Jason R. Pearson, 25, of 34 Old Mill Road, Liberty, was charged by borough police with possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia after he locked his keys in his car at the Sheetz gas station on West Wellsboro Street in Mansfield on Nov. 10.
According to documents filed at District Judge James Carlson's office, police were dispatched to the parking lot to assist a motorist with his keys locked in the vehicle. During the course of the unlock, the officer noticed a bag of what appeared to be marijuana and a multi-colored glass smoking pipe sitting on the driver's seat and the center arm rest.
Police said Pearson got in quickly and grabbed the pipe and put it in his pocket, but police seized the bag of marijuana in plain view and asked for the pipe.
He was issued a summons to appear and his preliminary hearing set for Jan. 16.
Man charged after allegedly 'head butting' a car
MANSFIELD - Derek L. Thorpe, 22, of 957 East Hill Road, Covington, was charged by Blossburg police with criminal mischief and disorderly conduct, following an incident on Main Street in the borough June 3.
According to documents filed at District Judge James Carlson's office, police were dispatched to the Bear A Bar, 203 Main St. in Blossburg, for a criminal mischief complaint.
The victim, Michele Holdren, said she received a call from Margret Onks, who lives across the street, telling her that a young kid had "stormed out of the bar arguing with a patron, Sherry Carey, then he walked over to Holdren's car, and started head butting it, then fell to the ground and was carried to another car at the Acorn Market by another person."
According to the bartender, Thorpe had been cut off after one drink because he appeared drunk.
There were two large dents on the car and damage was estimated at $1,472.
Thorpe was released on $2,500 bail and his county court arraignment was set for Jan. 7.
Woman charged with taking pills
MANSFIELD - Ambrosia Crable, 30, of 994 Warren Road, Millerton, was charged by borough police with possession of a controlled or counterfeit substance, theft and receiving stolen property after she allegedly took pills from a residence at 187 S. Academy St. on April 24.
According to documents filed at District Judge James Carlson's office, Crable took four Vicodin tablets belonging to Robert Knowlton.
Knowlton said he always counts his pills to keep track of how many he has taken for pain, and when he counted them he had only two left out of eight, and he had only taken one and a half pills.
Knowlton said the only person who had been at his house who was not normally there was Crable.
She waived her Dec. 5 preliminary hearing and was released on $1,500 bail. Her county court arraignment was set for Jan. 7.