Penn State Police Investigating Robbery of Montrose Beer and Deli

Pennsylvania State Police are looking for a suspect they say robbed the Montrose Beer and Deli in Susquehanna County. It happened just before 10 pm Tuesday at the store, formerly known as Lockhart’s Deli, on State Route 29 in Bridgewater Township. According to troopers, an unidentified man entered the store and held the clerk at gunpoint. The suspect stole more than $1,000 from the register. He then got into a waiting vehicle, a small SUV, possibly a dark-colored Jeep Liberty, and fled the scene at a high rate of speed. While heading south on SR 29 toward Tunkhannock, the SUV hit another car traveling in the opposite direction. The SUV then fled the crash scene. Nobody was injured. In a press release, troopers described the suspect as a white male wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt, a black bandana covering his face and blue jeans. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at (570) 465-3154.

Elderly Woman Escapes Fire at her Home

An elderly woman from Susquehanna County is safe after flames tore through her home in Montrose yesterday. Sarah Bertsch, who is in her 90s, escaped a three-alarm fire at 164 Lake Avenue. Firefighters said working smoke detectors saved her life. Firefighters said a group of landscapers called 911 at approximately 2:45 p.m. Although first responders have not said what caused the fire, they said flames started on the first floor and spread into the attic, wiping out the second floor of the home. The house was built in the 1850s, and firefighters said the age of the building made the blaze more difficult to extinguish. Fire crews from at least a half-dozen departments helped put the fire out– an effort that took several hours. The fire is under investigation.

Montrose Man Dies in DWI Accident

A 69-year-old Montrose man died one day after a drunk driving crash in Susquehanna County, according to Pennsylvania State Police. Albert Hewitt died at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre Wednesday. About 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, state police were called out to North Road in Bridgewater Township for a one-car rollover. Hewitt went off the road. hit a tree, then rolled his car onto its roof. He was found unresponsive at the scene and flown to the hospital where he later died. State police said the man was driving under the influence. The Montrose Fire Department and EMS assisted at the scene.

Homicide Investigation in Susquehanna County

A man has been arrested in connection to the death of a Montrose man in Susquehanna County. Pennsylvania State Police have charged 22-year-old Paul Paci Jr., of Dallas, Pennsylvania, with an open count of homicide. 31-year-old Russel Fauver, of Montrose, was found along Township Route 510 in Jessup Township in the early morning Wednesday. Fauver and Paci are believed to have had a confrontation earlier in that night, and police say Paci followed Fauver in his car following the dispute. Police allege that Paci assaulted Fauver and then left the scene. Fauver was found and taken to a nearby hospital where he was later pronounced dead from his injuries.

Pennsylvania Man Charged Following Deadly September Crash

A Susquehanna County man is facing charges following a three-vehicle crash back in September that killed a young girl. On September 2nd, 21-year-old Zachary Larue was traveling along Route 92 in Lenox Township when he began rounding a left curve in the road. He was traveling at a high rate of speed, causing his pickup truck to spin counter-clockwise and strike two other vehicles traveling in the opposite direction. The first vehicle struck contained the young girl, who passed away from head injuries three days later. Larue himself, his passenger, and the driver of the two other vehicles were also injured. Alcohol was not a factor. Larue was determined to be traveling between 71 and 73 miles per hour in the 55 mile per hour zone, and the curve had a suggested speed of 45 miles per hour. Following a lengthy investigation by the Susquehanna County District Attorney’s Office, Larue is now being charged with homicide by vehicle, aggravated assault by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter, and recklessly endangering another person, among other charges. He surrendered to police and was arraigned in Montrose District Court.

Minor Injuries In Montrose School Bus Accident

A three-vehicle crash involving a school bus resulted in four students sustaining minor injuries. According to Pennsylvania State Police, just after 7 o’clock Wednesday, a school bus in Montrose, PA was stopped on State Route 220 North, picking up a student with its flashing red lights on, when a GMC pickup truck, driven by 28-year-old Jacob Sick of Tunkhannock, PA, barreled into another truck parked behind the bus, sending the first pickup forward into the bus. Fourteen students total were on the bus at the time of the crash, and four of them suffered minor injuries, with one being taken by paramedics to the hospital. None of the drivers were injured, and police plan to cite Sick following the investigation.

Susquehanna County Update (Sunday 1:15PM)

Sunday, September 11, 2011 1:15 PM

The Susquehanna County Emergency Management Agency says the county has come through the recent flood emergency with no reports of loss of life or serious injury. EMA Coordinator Charlene Moser is grateful to the municipal officials, fire departments, emergency responders and volunteers throughout the county who assisted those who assisted those who needed to leave their homes at the waters rose.

Portions of Great Bend and Hallstead are still under water and those affected are staying with friends or relatives or at the American Red Cross shelter at the Great Bend Fire Hall. As of early Sunday afternoon the water level had dropped about six feet from its crest and was receding more rapidly. Portions of Route 171 was still covered with water, and there was still water in the Hallstead Plaza.

Food and water is available for residents who need it in Little Meadows, Lanesboro and Oakland.

Now that the water is receding, the hard work of recovery begins. Local emergency coordinators in the boroughs and townships of Susquehanna County have received guidance on recommendations on action individuals can take to clean up their homes and properties. If possible, residents should take photographs of damage to their home or property before they clean it up for damage assessment purposes and for insurance claims. Individuals may also wish to file a claim with their insurance company for any damage that may be covered.

The county is requesting continued support for individuals and municipalities affected by the disaster.

Larry Souder
Public Information Officer