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18 Mar 1994

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18 Mar 1994

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Daily Review (Newspaper) - March 18, 1994, Towanda, PennsylvaniaThe daily review Friday March 18,1994 three local / Staten attempted rape Case defendant acting As own lawyer found not guilty re ship Onop Rafi Marl to us Iak inn a a an Itiat f Lirato a unav of i la a Nti Al i. I4� m lint Linwall to to that Iho a it Tim us. 1� la Aby sue Cori general news editor Tow Anda a he a no lawyer but 29-year-old Richard j. Payne Sayre successfully defended himself in a Case alleging he committed attempted rape and other offences. At the conclusion of a two Day jury trial which ended wednesday Payne was acquitted of All charges lodged against him in this Case. District attorney Robert Fleury was trial prosecutor. Theodore Hinckley was seated at the defense table with Payne As stand by counsel. Judge John Mott presided Over the Case. In addition to the attempted rape charge not guilty findings were returned to unlawful restraint indecent assault and terroristic threats. The charges were filed by Sayre Borough police for actions it was alleged were taken against a female victim in 1992. Asked his reaction to the jury a verdict Fleury commented a extremely the court record notes that on May 5, Payne had entered a guilty plea to attempted rape in this Case. He withdrew that plea after the court rejected the terms of the plea agreement proposal that had been reached Between the defense and prosecution and presented to the court for its consideration. A trial Date was set after the guilty plea was withdrawn. The jury for this Case was selected monday and trial testimony got under Way on tuesday. The District attorney noted the Commonwealth at trial Wasny to permitted to Tell the jurors about the plea Payne previously entered. Standing before the jurors As he gave his closing arguments Payne maintained he was innocent of the charges lodged. A there is no evidence in this Case to indicate the defendant is guilty of any crime a he declared. He claimed the prosecutions Case was based on inconsistent statements made by the victim in describing her assailant and How police got involved. Although one hair taken from a hat found at the alleged crime scene showed characteristics similar to his Payne pointed out the prosecutions expert witness had admitted this was a an inaccurate Way of he charged the police had not conducted a proper investigation. Because he and the victim had previously met once his name was mentioned that put his identity into her head leading this woman to pick his picture out of a photographic line up shown her Payne argued. The defendant further contended there was another individual who was previously suspected of committing these crimes. He noted he was denied the services of an investigator to probe his defense claims. Payne said two witnesses he called to testify at trial had been falsely accused of committing like offences against this same female. Pancakes by the thousands Pond Lions club members from left Richard Trobridge Willard Harkness Dilmon Dunbar and Duane Tay prepare one of the stoves for this weekends annual Pancake Days held at Fay a sugar Shack on the Berwick Turnpike near big Pond. Fay said this year the group will be preparing 360 dozen eggs 700 pounds of sausage and 400 pounds of pan cake Batter for the event which benefits the club s eyesight projects. Fay so id a larger parking area Vas been added this year and will be slowed and ready a a no matter what the the food will be served from 8 a.m.-4 . Both saturday and sunday and Craft tables will be on hand for browsing As Well. Review photo by Jackie Cardene Johnson funding Aid for Snow cleanup asked lawmakers by sue Corie general news editor Towanda a will Bradford county officials be doing anything to see if Federal emergency management Agency Fema funds could be secured to help municipalities cover Snow removal and other storm associated costs incurred this harsh Winter season that question was raised by Wysox township supervisors Gary Goeckel and Bill Hollenback at yesterdays commissioners meeting. Goeckel noted Bradford county was not on the list of those eligible for receipt of Fema dollars As announced last week. Also absent in that inclusion officials from Wyoming Susquehanna and Sullivan counties recently got together to see if something could be done so their areas might qualify for Federal dollars that could be applied toward Snow / emergency measures that have been needed Goeckel pointed out. He questioned if there a anything this county might do to also seek such Aid. A the Snow has raised havoc with our budgets a he stated referring to the dollars local municipalities have had to direct toward Snow cleanup. In Wysox township january a Snow removal costs of about $7,000 Are higher than the total usually experienced in any one year said Hollenback who also serves As the townships Road Foreman. Commissioner chairman William Mcnett asked if Wysox had submitted a response to a questionnaire the county emergency management Agency Ema had forwarded each municipality concerning their Snow related costs for the Jan. 4 through Jan. 31 period. Hollenback said that information was provided Ema director John Mosser. The county has now been asked to submit this same information for the see a funding a Page 11 Troy students to perform a god spell the cast of a go spell a which will be performed at Troy High school Are Amanda Culver lying Down second Row from left Eric Weis Liv Kristin Hauk Jem Stanton Hancock and Caitlin Keegan. Third Row from left Are Amyjo Vanblarcom also musical director Dennis Ordway Terralyn Austin Dawn Hancock and Sean Craig. Jeremiah Brown is in the last Row. Directed by Mike Barcellos of Columbia Cross roads the show will go on at 8 . Friday March 25 and monday March 28 and at 3 . Sunday March 27. The music and new lyrics were written by Stephen Schwartz and the show was originally produced on the new York City stage by Edgar Lansbury Stuart Duncan and Joseph Beruh Barcellos said. The Public is invited and tickets May be purchased by calling 265-2176. Review photo by Jackie Cardene Johnson he maintained too that the victim had a drug problem and he suggested that bruises and a whatever happened to Here the Date in question could have been the result of a drug Deal gone bad. Payne also charged shed a chosen to hide where shed been prior to the assault. Had he been Able to afford a a competent attorney a Payne said he believes this Case a never would have gone to a the Commonwealth knew it had a weak Case. The Only reason it was brought to trial is because they anticipated i would make a lot of mistakes. The defendant swears by his innocence and comes Here alone a against All Odds a to prove his innocence a Payne said. He told the jury head dismissed an earlier lawyer head obtained a be abuse i Felt he Wasny to representing me to the fullest of his �?o1 Felt he was incompetent and i tired him a Payne said. He noted he was then offered the services of the Public defender. Because of that offices a longstanding relationship with the court system As a whole i Felt uncomfortable accepting that offer a and took the Chance to defend myself a Payne said. A shift the the blame on the victim a is the ploy by which Payne was trying to show his innocence Fleury maintained. He emphasized that not one per see a defendant a Page 12 local teams attend family Center training Towanda a through a Mutual Effort of the Towanda area school District Bradford county commissioners and representatives of local Community service agencies the staff is pleased to announce the opening of the Towanda area family Center. Funded by a Grant from the Pennsylvania department of education family Center services Are available at no charge to All families within the Towanda school District and Community. A spokesman for the Center reports through Towanda a family centers parents can locate or be provided services that will strengthen their families. These services will help their children develop positive attitudes and self esteem a Center spokesman reports. Parents and teachers working together on philosophy and experiences can help their children Lay foundation for school and life Success. Parents Are their children a most influential teachers. The programs goal therefore is to provide All parents the information and support they need to give their children n Strong base and wifi kit i it us Cju it Pic the family needs to successfully operate a spokesman for this new venture reports. A local team of parents and county and school officials were part of a family centers training program to establish a Strong governance Council to operate the recently funded Towanda area family Center. The Commonwealth of Pennsyl Vania provided the training at state College to support the governance team As it sets up the coordination and cooperation needed to bring educational health and social services together at a single site known As the family Center. Local team members were Kathy s. Smith children and youth services cys director Judy Hus Lander. Head Start director Richard Eaton Bradford county commissioner Linda Fairchild Parent Robert c. Prettyman family Center director and or. Daniel Paul superintendent Towanda area school District. The staff of the family Center also attended a four Day training on t. A parents As teachers a held in Harrisburg. They were Carrie Moore Betty Braddock Karen Robinson Lisa Brilhart family Center director and Robert c. Prettyman. The family Center staff will provide information and support in the areas of Parent involvement education health nutrition and social services1 meet the peed to a very it pm Jan person your child. Participation is voluntary and there is never a charge for family Center services. The Towanda family Center is a partnership Between families the Community and the Towanda area schools a together striving for excellence a a Center spokesman reports. Benefiting from trash Law Washington apr Pennsylvania House members introduced legislation thursday intended to restrict out of state waste from entering local landfills saying its time to get Tough because the state has become a National a dumping what the lawmakers did no to say is that Many of them have Long benefited from an Industry they now disparage. In some cases for years. Federal records show that Brown ing Ferris industries and waste management inc. A two of the nations largest trash hauling and disposal companies a have Given current Pennsylvania House and Senate members More than $69,000 since 1985. More than $29,000 went to members supporting the new Bill. Bentley Creek Church hosting Community fair Gillett a the Bentley Creek Wesleyan Church is hosting a free Community awareness fair on sunday March 20 from noon to 2 . A your goal is to inform our Community of the various Community services and ministries available in Bentley Creek a said Waneta Warner administrative assistant at the Church. A your Hope is to reach out to the Community to help meet their needs and offer assistance by the various organizations the fair will feature displays by the Ridge Bury Volunteer fire department with Smokey the Bear the Ridge Bury ambulance the Ridge Bury Little league tops a 1034, girl scouts Birthright helping hands of Bentley Creek food pantry state rep. Matthew Baker Ridge Bury township supervisors tops 1034 Bentley Creek Penn York habitat for humanity head Start and various Church ministries. The fair is open to the Public and there is no charge for admission. Light refreshments will be available. The Church is located on the Berwick Turnpike in Bentley Creek. Police fire and court news at stolen from driveway Albany twp. A an All terrain vehicle at was stolen from the end of John d. Robinsons driveway Here on wednesday at 7 30 . According to state police at North Towanda. The Reddish Orange at a Suzuki Model lt230en with a Blue seat is valued at $3300. Anyone with information is asked to Contact the state police at 265-2186. King John of England signed the Magna Carta june 15, 1215. The most important document in English constitutional history was originally designed to ensure Feudal rights and guarantee that the King could not tamper with baronial privileges. When King John later repudiated the charter he was released from its Observance by the Pope and civil War broke out in England. The reissued charter known As the charter of liberties came to symbolize the supremacy of Constitution Over King. There Are More than 20 Bones in the human Skull. Daily it Cucui uses 145-8�� to advertise subscribe or report news main office Towanda 116 main st., to Box 503 Towanda a. 18848-0503 717 266-2151 a 1-800-253-3662 hours advertising circulation a Buo Tonao monday Friday 8 am. A 8 . Newsroom monday Friday 0 am. -1 am. Saturday a sunday 8 . A 1 am. Valley office Sayre 233 Desmond st. Sayre a. 18840 717 888-9652 or toll free to Towanda a 1-800-253-3662 hours advertising circulation a Buel nem monday Friday 8.30 am. A 8 . Newsroom Friday 9 am. A 8 . Subscription prices 7 Day Carrier delivery. 2.25 7 Day motor route delivery.2.30 7 Day mail rates 5 weeks.12.75 13 weeks.33.15 26 weeks.59.00 52 weeks.112.60 sunday Only Home week 75 daily newsstand 35 sunday newsstand 1.00 the daily review is published daily except Federal holidays by the Towanda printing co., 116 main st., Towanda a. The newspaper has served Bradford and Sullivan counties and the Southern tier of new York state since 1879. Second class postage paid at Towanda a. 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