Towanda

$10,000 being given to every Bradford County fire and EMS department

For the 3rd year in a row, the Bradford County government is donating $10,000 to every fire department and ambulance service in the county. The money comes from impact fees of natural gas drilling. The Bradford County government does not place restrictions on how the money can be used by the emergency services.

 

In total, over $300,000 has been distributed to county emergency service departments this year alone. Over $1 million has been donated in the past 3 years.

Towanda to begin phase one of new parking garage construction

Phase one in building a new municipal parking garage is expected to begin this week in Towanda. The first phase of the project is to relocate the Flying Cow Bakery and Café closer to the Merrill Parkway. This will allow for the room needed to construct the new parking garage. The new garage is expected to bring about 230 new parking spaces to the Downtown Towanda area, and is being funded by a $5 million state grant. The garage must be completed by December 31st, 2017 as a requirement of the grant.

Trucking garage a total loss after fire

A trucking garage in Towanda has been deemed a total loss after a fire last night. Fire crews responded to the garage on Craft Master Road shortly after 9pm. The garage is said to belong to a trucking company that transports milk. One truck was in the garage at the time of the fire. Fire officials are still investigating the cause of the blaze.

Towanda man sentenced to 15-30 years in prison

A Towanda man has been sentenced to 15 to 30 years in prison following an October 2015 incident which left two Pennsylvania State Police Officers injured. 46-year-old Richard Vanderpool was sentenced yesterday in Bradford County Court, after pleading no contest to multiple felony counts of aggravated assault, theft, criminal trespassing, reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, and driving under the influence of alcohol. The charges all stem from the incident, where Vanderpool is said to have stolen a vehicle at a Towanda gas station, before driving to a Franklin Township residence where he began waving a gun in the air. When state troopers arrived, Vanderpool is said to have driven the stolen car into a nearby parked car, pinning one officer, and injuring another. Vanderpool will serve his sentence in a Pennsylvania State correctional facility.

17 people arrested in Bradford County drug trafficking arrests

17 people were arrested by Pennsylvania State Police yesterday, following an investigation into drug trafficking in Bradford County. Arrest warrants were obtained for these individuals after they sold a wide range of illegal drugs to undercover state police officers. Numerous police agencies assisted in the arrests.

 

Arrestees include:

– 43-year-old Dahn Breese of Gillett

– 29-year-old Janet Cobb of Towanda

– 44-year-old Shawn Cranmer of Wysox

– 23-year-old Michelle Drogan of Meshoppen

– 61-year-old Lyle Dunn of Dushore

-29-year-old Stephanie Eberlin of New Albany

– 28-year-old Charles Fedock of Athens Township

– 28-year-old Melissa Ferro of Towanda

– 26-year-old James Frantz of South Waverly

– 46-year-old Rosemary Johnson of Towanda

– 31-year-old Kyle Lane of Wysox

– 22-year-old Brooke Maloney of Towanda

– 23-year-old William McClintic of Monroeton

– 31-year-old Dustin Miller of Waverly

– 52-year-old Joseph Neely of Rome

– 48-year-old Molly Pedro of Towanda

– 39-year-old Douglas Smith of Gillett

– 24-year-old Bonnie Spindler of Tunkhannock

– 28-year-old Joshua Vanderpool of Rome

Guthrie looking for hospice volunteers

Guthrie Hospital is looking for additional volunteers to help in its hospice program. Volunteers will visit with patients in the Guthrie hospice program, and provide relief to caregivers when needed. For those interested, there will be a class for prospective hospice volunteers, beginning on, Tuesday, September 13th at the Guthrie Hospice offices on Tomahawk Road in Towanda. For more information or to sign up, you can call Jeff Wilkinson at 800-598-6155.

PA Lawmakers pass revenue package

Pennsylvania lawmakers passed their 2016-2017 revenue package last night, which has also since been signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf. The upcoming revenue package was passed nearly 9 months sooner than it was last year.

 

Some of the key points of the package include increased money for public education, more money to address state health concerns, such as addictions to heroin and opioids, and the allocation of money to train three new classes of state police cadets.

Towanda man pleads ‘no contest’ to five felonies

A man from Towanda has plead “no contest” to five felony charges resulting from an incident which occurred last October. 46-year-old Richard Vanderpool has been charged with stealing a 2011 Chevy Malibu. According to police records, Vanderpool later used that car to ram into the back of a state police patrol vehicle, causing a chain reaction which pinned one state trooper between two cars, and injured another. Vanderpool is expected back in court in September for sentencing.