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Daily Review (Newspaper) - April 2, 1986, Towanda, PennsylvaniaI the daily review wednesday. April 2. Ihk6 a tithe kidnapping charge dropped in Harding murder probe wind topples tree on House Strong winds in recent weeks proved too much for this tree South of Franklin Dale to Bear causing it to come crashing Down on a Hunting Cabin along it. Tit. The owners of the House a neighbor said live near Lancaster and have been notified. I Aily review photo by Susan Vanderpool police fire and court new two Towanda students in regional band by Mary Bald in admitting the original complaint was a a Wyoming county District attorney Brendan Vanston monday dropped a kidnapping charge lodged against Larry Robbins. But Vanston said the 33-year-old Delaware county Man is still a suspect in the kidnapping and murder of Joyce Ann Harding. Vanston indicated his move was part of a the future strategy of the investigation he worked out at a meeting two weeks ago with Lackawanna county District attorney Ernest Preate state police from Tunkhannock and Dunmore and the Fri the kidnapping charge was dropped he said because the continuing investigation of the sept 19, 1985 disappearance of is. Harding and her subsequent death a led me to conclude there is insufficient evidence to support the original complaint against Rob bins. The complaint which was charged is. Harding was kidnapped from the parking lot of the Shadow Brook resort Tunkhannock twp., is a factually incorrect a Vanston said. A a in a not saying he Robbins did not Kidnap her or that she was not kidnapped a the District attorney said. A if a kidnapping occurred it must have happened at a later time. It did not occur at Shadow Brook As we originally in addition to a specific facts in the complaint that were a mistake a Vanston said a witness testimony at Robbins preliminary hearing is Quot not enough to support a kidnapping charge a the witness testified that is. Harding appeared to be forced from a Black Bow automobile in the parking lot of the Skyline Motel. Vanston indicated that authorities now believe the kidnapping occurred at the Skyline Motel Tunkhannock twp. Quot it is my belief that if she is. Harding entered the Motel of her own Accord she certainly did t leave of her own Accord Quot he said. Vanston said Robbins is still a suspect in the kidnapping and murder of is. Harding and that mondays action a does not preclude the filing of other charges against Robbins in the future. A lesser charges of theft and criminal mischief lodged against Robbins in connection with the Case w ill continue and his bail originally set at $27.800 will be reduced to $2.8 h Vanston said the District attorney admitted that monday s dismissal of the kidnapping charge a is a setback in the sense you hate to drop criminal charges when somebody is still a however he said a the withdraw of charges allows certain things to be done in the investigation that be done when the kidnapping charge was pending. Specifically Vanston said witnesses who previously were a reluctant to give full statements have indicated thay May be More willing to talk now that this matter is out of the the District attorney explained that some witnesses had been reluctant to talk to authorities because they were afraid to testify at Robbins trial on the kidnapping charge. The murder investigation entered in tin Philadelphia area has a progressed substantially Quot Vanston said. Four state police officers and an agent from the of big a Scranton office Are assigned full time to the Case in addition to other state police officers who w Ork on the Case Quot from time to time a he said see a allarding a Page 11. Magistrate orders arraignment in Wells township shooting incident observing a Day of stylish foolishness with yesterday being april fool s Day the Watt ans of Waltmann a firewood in Sayre decked out in their tuxedos to Cut Wood in Celebration of the notorious pranksters Day. Sally Waltman said they were carrying out a tradition april fools joke and were a having a lot of fun doing so. Daily review photo by Jackie Page by Susan Vanderpool a Pine Valley n.y., Man charged in connection with a March 1 shooting incident m Wells township will be formally arraigned on charges of aggravated assault on april 21, District magistrate Jack Huffman ordered yesterday. At a preliminary hearing yesterday in Troy Franklin r. Brockway was bound Over for further court action despite efforts by his attorney Stewart Golant to have the charges dismissed Brock Way is charged with a felony count of aggravated assault stemming from a March 1 incident in Wells township in which Daniel Brockway 31, of re 2 Gillett was shot once in the left leg the Commonwealth alleges that the defendent deliberately shot Daniel Brockway with a extreme indifference to the value of human prior to opening testimony by trooper David Brubaker of the Pennsylvania state police attorney Golant moved for a dismissal of the criminal charges on the basis that the Commonwealth had failed to offer sufficient recitation of the facts in the affidavit of probable cause for Brockway a arrest. Golant argued that the affidavit o local pro life group hosting Sayre Birthright Shower l the april meeting of the Brad Ford county chapter of pennsylvanians for human life p h a will be a Shower held for the Benefit of a Birthright of Sayre. Birthright is an organization that 1 is dedicated to helping women fac Ling a problem pregnancy at any time in her life. Through the services of Birthright. A woman can receive Ronli dental pregnancy tests and counselling referrals to helping agencies clothing and furniture for both herself and her baby and As much support As she needs during this time. The services of Birthright Are provided to anyone who asks. In support of this worthwhile organization and to dispel the idea that pro life groups Are Only interested in the fetus the Bradford county chapter of . Is inviting the Public to a Shower at which represent fives of Birthright will be present to speak and answer questions. All guests Are asked to bring an item new or used Large or Small that could be used by a woman or her baby. Anything from cribs to diapers car seats to maternity clothes would be greatly appreciated. Refreshments will be served. The meeting Shower will be held on april 8 at 7 . In room 228 at the Towanda High school. All interested persons Are invited to attend. If you have an item to give and cannot attend the Shower Contact Mary Alice Demangone Birthright coordinator 265-5990. Probable cause did not show that Brockway was intentionally shot with extreme indifference to the value of human life District magistrate Jack Huffman denied Golant a motion for dismissal of the charge noting that the Commonwealth is not required to present All of its evidence at a preliminary hearing and that a the fact that somebody was shot and the Commonwealth alleges it was deliberate is sufficient cause for the charge. Golant also objected to the com plaint on the grounds that rules on the affidavit of probable cause were not followed in that specific information regarding statements from witnesses was absent. Trooper Brubaker told the court that he received a Call from the Chemung county sheriffs office about 4 . On March 1, the Day of the shooting and was told that Dan Iel Brockway had been admitted to the st. Josephus Hospital with a gunshot wound to the left leg. Brubaker said he went to the Hospital and met with sheriff and state police officers and interviewed Jeff Snyder of Corning who Alleg edly had driven the victim from Wells township to the Hospital. Golant objected to testimony re Garding statements made by Snyder and said that since Snyder was not present at the preliminary hearing and was not asked by the prosecution to be present it was a a blatant attempt to violated the right to confront his accusers. If a witnesses testimony is necessary at a preliminary Healing Golant said he must be present for Cross examination. Brubaker was then allowed to continue with testimony regarding Snyder a statements and told the court that Snyder said he had driven Brockway to the Ann hark Ness residence in Wells township where Brockway left the car and walked to the House. Snyder Brubaker said also told him that he heard a noise that sounded like an explosion and then saw the defendant and Rex deters carrying the victim towards the car. Brubaker further testified that later that evening he went to the Harkness residence where he spent about 45 minutes interviewing Peters and Ruth Robert and Carl Drislane All of whom were reportedly present at the shooting incident and examined the premises blood and what May have been human tissue fragments were found on the porch Brubaker said. Was Given Rifle while at the Harkness Home Brubaker said Peters gave him a Rifle that Peters said was used in the shooting. Later that evening Brubaker said he received a phone message from investigator Brian of the Chemung county sheriff s office who said the victim said a Frank Brockway had shot him Golant again objected to the admission of this testimony claiming it was hearsay however Huffman said that since the statements were from a member of the Chemung county sheriffs office they would be considered admissible hearsay. Brubaker said he went to the Elmira Hospital on March 4, where lie interviewed Daniel Brockway. The shooting victim told him that he went to the Harkness residence to talk to Peters and he Daniel Brockway had a .22 Caliper Rifle once at the House Daniel Brock Way allegedly told Peters to a come outside a while Ruth Drislane and Harkness hollered. A shoot the Mother expletive deleted Quot Daniel Brockway also told Bru Baker that he then gave the 22 Rifle to Peters and Franklin Brockway appeared with a Shotgun and said a i ought to shoot you in the Chest and kill see Quot Wells a Page 11. On april 3-5, two students from Towanda area High school will be participating in the Region in band festival being held at Dallas senior High school in Dallas. A. Those students Are Laura Goff Junior clarinet daughter of or and mrs. De Goff of William Street in Towanda. And Kate Chenot senior French Horn daughter of or and mrs. Charles Chenot of Towanda re 1 both girls were accepted into the regional band after placing first chair in their respective sections following auditions held at District band this past february at Southern Columbia High school. Region in band is made up of students from two districts in the Pennsylvania music educators association. Those districts cover Northeast and Nort Central Pennsylvania. While at the festival students will spend several hours in rehearsal preparing for a concert to be Given on saturday. April 5, at 2 . In the Dallas senior High school auditorium. Also during the festival students will audition one More time for acceptance into the Pennsylvania All state band. Laura Goff left and Kate Chenot students at Towanda area High school will be participating on a regional band festival being held in Dallas a. April 3-5, two grass fires in Smithfield township two grass fires shortly after 8 kept East Smithfield firefighters Busy according Toa fire chief Floyd Nichols. He said the firefighters were called to the first a Brush lire that was set on the George Anderson property on Sunnyside Road he said the fire did not cover Mueh area and was controlled Quickley. The second fire covered approximately two acres on Wilcox Hill Road belonging to the Towanda tree company. Nichols said the fire caused some damage to Trees but was controlled by 8 35 Twenty four men and two trucks responded to the wildfires Nichols said. Radar Detector reported stolen in Sayre Sayre Borough police report that a Whistler radar Detector valued at $400, was removed from the vehicle of Dale Hollenback of 510 s. Keystone Avenue sometime overnight sunday statue of Liberty photographs in Waverly an exciting display of photographs commemorating the 100 years the statue of Liberty has stood on our shores and symbolized Hope and Freedom is currently on display at the Waverly free Library. This historic exhibit will be at the Library for Only three weeks from March 25 to april 21 originally a Monument to Franco american Friendship the statue became closely associated with immigration after the 1892 opening of Ellis Island a half mile away. Today 1 k million Ameri cans can Trace their heritage to one or More of the 17 million immigrants who passed through Ellis Island before its closing in 1954 at its october 26, 1886 inauguration the statue was the tallest Man made object in America. One Hundred years later the statue was definitely showing signs of Wear and for the past few years a fundraising Campaign has been conducted to pay for the restoration work which will be completed in time for a july 4, 1986 grand reopening included in the display Are photographs of the statue being made and assembled pictures of some of the Many immigrants who passed through Ellis Island and photos of past and present restorative work. The exhibit was produced by the special and cultural events department the statue of Liberty Ellis Island foundation inc., 101 Park Avenue new York by and sponsored by new York Telephone the Library urges you to come and enjoy this historic and artistic Bridge scene of Chain reaction crash Judy rude of re Towanda was eastbound on the Susquehanna River Bridge at approximately 5 ., when police said she did not notice traffic stopped in front of her. Her vehicle struck the rear of a car operated by Edith Franklin of re 2 Wysox. Which was forced into a car operated by Virginia Llende shot. Towanda Borough police said that three persons sustained minor injuries As a result of the Accident and were treated and released at the Towanda memorial Hospital. All three cars sustained moderate damage according to police who were assisted at the scene by state police at Nad the Towanda fire police. Daily review photo by sue Corie

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