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.

Johnson Found Guilty of Involuntary Manslaughter

A jury has found 29-year-old Emery Johnson Jr. of Towanda guilty of involuntary manslaughter. Johnson faced this charge as well as a charge of aggravated assault after punching a 61-year-old man outside of a bar in Towanda, causing him to fall to the sidewalk and receive fatal head trauma. Prior to the jury’s verdict, Johnson’s defense attorney announced that Johnson would admit to the misdemeanor count of involuntary manslaughter, but not to the felony count of aggravated assault. Johnson is expected back in court in May for sentencing. He could face up to 5 years in prison.

Nine Month Budget Impasse Comes to an End

Following a 9-month standoff between state politicians in Pennsylvania, a state budget will be passed on Monday. The $7 Billion budget was backed by a majority of Republican lawmakers in Pennsylvania, but was also opposed by many state Democrats, including Governor Tom Wolf who threatened to veto the proposal if it reached his desk. The threat of school and health care center closures, however, caused Governor Wolf to allow the proposed budget to pass into law. While the governor still refuses to sign it into law, he has vowed not to veto it.


This truce is expected to be only temporary as the state budget for 2016-2017 is due in place on July 1st.

PA House Passes Bill to Legalize Medical Marijuana

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has passed a bill to legalize medical marijuana. The House made 200 amendments to the bill which came through their door from the Pennsylvania Senate. The Senate will now have to vote to approve these amendments before it heads to Governor Tom Wolf’s desk for final review.