Ernest P. Norman, 79, of Liberty, and Leonard M. Woodard, 62, of Middlebury Center escaped injury in a two-vehicle crash on Linck Hill Road, Liberty Township, May 26. Woodard was backing up his 2018 Ford F350 pick-up truck in the right lane, while Norman’s 2005 Ford F150XLT pick-up truck was stationary behind him. Norman then began to pull around Woodard’s vehicle, when he was hit by Woodard’s truck. Both vehicles sustained minor damage and both drivers were wearing seat belts.

Abigail M. Feil, 20, of Wellsboro, escaped injury in a two-vehicle crash on Catlin Hollow Road, Charleston Township May 25. Feil was traveling west on Reese Hill Road, Charleston Township, in a 2013 Ford Escape when she attempted to turn off Reese Hill Road onto Catlin Hollow Road southbound. The operator of a 2004 Jeep Wrangler turned into the travel lane of the Escape, hitting the bumper. The Jeep was towed from the scene. All occupants of both vehicles were wearing seat belts and no injuries were reported.

Andrew J. Schafer, 47, of Barker, N.Y., escaped injury in a one-vehicle crash on Route 15, Bloss Township, May 23. Barker was traveling south in a 2017 Freightliner tractor trailer through a construction zone with the left lane closed with temporary metal traffic barriers. As he negotiated a left curve in the road, the truck hit a metal barrier, traveled about 160 yards and came to rest. There were no injuries and the driver was wearing a seat belt. He was cited for failing to drive on roadways laned for traffic.

Heather S. Wargo, 45, of Coudersport, escaped injury in a one-vehicle crash on Buckwheat Hollow Road, Lawrence Township May 27. Wargo was traveling east in a 2004 GM Yukon when a deer entered her lane of travel. She tried to avoid hitting the deer and missed it, but lost control of the vehicle and drove off the roadway, hitting a tree. She was wearing a seat belt and was not injured. The vehicle had to be towed from the scene.

Collin J. Dincher, 19, of Montoursville, escaped injury in a two-vehicle crash on Route 287, Tioga Township May 31. Dincher was traveling north in a 2000 Chevy Silverado pick-up truck. A 2005 Ford Taurus operated by Ronda Heinrich, 61, of Lawrenceville, also was traveling north when the Silverado began conducting an illegal U-turn hitting the Taurus near the on-ramp to the southbound lane of Route 15. All occupants of both vehicles were wearing seat belts or were in proper child safety seats and were not injured. Dincher was cited for failing to drive on roadways laned for traffic.

Dustin D. Price, 26, of Gaines, escaped injury in a one-vehicle crash on Route 660, Richmond Township May 23. Price was traveling east in a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica when he heard a loud grinding noise coming from the transmission area and the car began to smoke and caught fire. Price was able to get the car to a stop and he and his passenger were able to safely exit the vehicle before it became fully engulfed in flames. Both occupants were wearing seat belts and there were no injuries reported.


A 44-year-old male from Wellsboro was charged with harassment following a domestic incident on Broughton Hollow Road, Delmar Township, May 16. Police said the argument started over Facebook Messenger and continued as the male drove to the 71-year-old male victim’s house and kicked in the rear door, causing damage. The male then pushed the victim once and left. Damage to the door frame was valued at $150.

Assault with a weapon

Three people were arrested and charged with assault following a domestic incident at Valley View Estates, Charleston Township May 24. Police were dispatched to a report of a domestic incident with injuries. The three arrestees, a 54-year-old male from Wellsboro, a 25-year-old male from Newark, N.J., and a 24-year-old male from Wellsboro, got into a verbal argument that turned physical, hitting each other with closed fists. At some point, one of them grabbed a pair of scissors and injured a victim’s left hand by cutting it. This continued with one of them grabbing a small sledge hammer and hitting one of the other’s right hand. Further investigation revealed that one arrestee was also growing marijuana in the residence. Two were arraigned and released on bail and the other committed to Tioga County jail in lieu of $35,000 bail.

Fleeing and eluding

Joel Hutchinson, 20, of Amherst, N.Y., was charged with fleeing and eluding police following an attempted traffic stop for speeding on Route 15, Covington Township, May 28. Police said Hutchinson was traveling north on Route 15 in a 2011 Chevy Camaro when they attempted to pull him over and he fled, traveling about 20 miles before stopping just across the New York State border. He was also charged with recklessly endangering another person and multiple other offenses.