Towanda Borough Police Department

  • Agency: Towanda Borough Police Department
  • Address: 10 Park Street, Towanda, 18848 PA
  • Chief: Charles M Osman (Chief of Police)
Phone: 570-265-2522
Fax: 570-265-2027

Towanda Borough Police Department is located at 10 Park Street, Towanda, 18848 PA. The Chief of Police of the department is Charles M Osman. The Towanda Borough Police Department phone number is 570-265-2522.

Towanda Borough Police Department News

There was a rash of car break-ins overnight last night, Thursday night and Friday morning in Towanda Borough. We are asking residents to check their vehicles and take a close look to see if any of your property has gone missing overnight. There were break-ins reported all over Towanda Borough. This is the second time in the past couple of weeks where cars were entered and items were taken. Anyone who thinks their car was entered last night is asked to call us at (570)265-2522 We are also asking anyone who was “up and about overnight” to report anything that may have seen or heard that “seemed odd.” It’s possible you might have information that could assist with the investigations but just not realize it. No piece of information is too small or trivial. We encourage residents to take valuable items out of their vehicle and bring them inside at night. Please lock your vehicle doors as well. While each and every one of us should be able to leave our hard earned property in our cars and have it there in the morning, unfortunately that is not the world we live in. Please DO NOT hesitate to call us if you have been a victim of a crime or if you have witnessed something suspicious or odd.

Tomorrow Wednesday, October 4th, 2017 is National Walk to School Day. Towanda Area School District students and St Agnes students are encouraged to participate. Participating students are asked to meet at the YMCA at 7am. The walk will begin promptly at 715am. The students will be escorted to school by participating parents, Towanda/St Agnes staff members and Towanda Police Officer/Towanda Area School Resource Officer John J. Hennessy

Today is the first day of school for the Towanda Area School District for the 2017-2018 school year. Please remember to stop for any bus that has it's flashing lights activated! There are also new bus stops this school year in Towanda Borough which include: William Street stops at the following intersections Pratt Kingsbury Packer Locust Walnut Chestnut Mix Ave Merrill Parkway at the old Bridge ( concrete steps) S 4th St and Thomas S 4th St and College Towanda Motel parking lot closest to town Thank you for your cooperation!

We would like to thank everyone that came to the Towanda Police Station today for our open house! We hope everyone had as good a time as Officer Bellows, Officer Hennessy and K9 Edo had!

We welcome you, your family and friends to visit the Towanda Police Station for our open house on Saturday August 19th at 2p to 4p. Get to know us and ask questions you’ve always wanted to ask Activities and events to include: Tour our office space and holding cells. Talk to our officers Meet K9 Edo Sit in police cars and activate lights/siren Have fun with the Police! This event is hosted by Officer John J. Hennessy/K9 Edo and Officer Bellows.

Come join your neighbors and Police Officers for coffee and conversation. When: Friday August 11th , 2017 Where: Community Cup Coffee and Tea House Time: 11am to 12pm Why: A cup of coffee is a common bond. It can help officers build better relationships with communities they serve. This event is: to help break down the barriers between Police Officers and the citizens that they serve. There is no agenda which means no speeches or specific topics. This will allow for opportunities to ask questions and voice concerns. This is also an opportunity to build relationships in order to better problem solve with people the officers serve. This event will be attended by Towanda Borough Police Officers Bryan Bellows and John J. Hennessy.

The Towanda Police Department would like to let everyone know that there are NO fireworks tonight in Towanda, Pa. Towanda Borough will have fireworks at the 2017 Riverfest which is August 17th to August 19th. The Riverfest fireworks are on Saturday August 19th and are free to the public. We would also like to wish everyone a happy and safe Fourth of July! With that in mind, here are some questions and answers regarding fireworks: Q: Can I use fireworks in Pennsylvania? A: State law prohibits the use of Consumer and Display Fireworks in Pennsylvania without a permit. Items defined as “ground and hand-held sparkling devices”, “novelties” and “toy caps” in American Pyrotechnics Association (APA) Standard 87-1 are not currently regulated by State Law; therefore, their sale and use are permissible. These “non-fireworks” are the only types allowed to be sold from tents, stands, convenience stores, retail establishments and other various outlets not licensed by the Department of Agriculture. (Title 35, Chapter 13A, Sections 1271 & 1275) Q: Can I buy regular fireworks – not sparklers or novelty items -- under any conditions? A: This answer depends on whether or not you are a Pennsylvania resident. Pennsylvania residents: May purchase Consumer Fireworks only with a display permit issued by the municipality wherein the display will take place. Non-residents: An amendment to the Fireworks Law, effective November 30, 2004, makes it legal, upon proof of out-of-state residency status, to purchase Consumer Fireworks from a facility licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture provided the Consumer Fireworks are transported directly out of state by the seller or purchaser. (Title 35, Chapter 13A, Section 1275) Q: How do I get a permit for a fireworks display? A: The Commonwealth does not issue permits for firework displays and does not oversee the issuance of permits by the municipalities. A permit for a fireworks display must be obtained from the municipality where the display will take place. The municipality is the only governing body with authority to issue this permit under reasonable rules and regulations adopted by them. Upon inspection of the display site by the fire chief, or other designated officer, and the posting of a bond of at least $500 for any possible damages, the municipality may issue a permit to a person they deem competent. If you are hiring someone to perform the display, that person or corporation must be registered with the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General. If you are not hiring someone, you can attempt to obtain the status of “competent operator” from the municipality where the display will take place. Questions concerning display permits should be directed to the appropriate municipality. Any business entity that performs, provides or supervises fireworks displays or exhibitions for profit must register annually with the Office of Attorney General. For more information, contact the Office of Attorney General, Criminal Law Division, at (717) 787-3391. (Title 35, Chapter 13A, Sections 1273, 1274, 1275.2 & 1276.2) Q: Who enforces the Fireworks Law? A: Any Law Enforcement Officer having jurisdiction may make an arrest and confiscate fireworks under the Fireworks Law. To report a violation of the Fireworks Law contact the Police Department servicing your area as would to report any other crime. (Title 35, Chapter 13A, Section 1278) Q: What precautions should people take when using permitted novelty items or sparklers? A: It’s best to leave any type of fireworks to the experts. But if you decide to use permitted novelty items or sparklers: - Always read and follow the instructions carefully. - Use items outside in an open area. - A responsible adult should supervise all activities. - Only light one item at a time. - Place used items in a bucket of water prior to properly disposing of them. Q: What else should I know about fireworks? A: Cherry bombs, M-80s, M-100s, silver salutes and other illegal fireworks are all extremely dangerous. In addition, fireworks constructed from mail order kits are illegal and dangerous to assemble or use. Never attempt to make your own fireworks or tamper with fireworks.

Tonight, the Towanda Police would like to thank the residents of Bridge St Hill who called the Police to report that they saw Jacob White. White fled from the Towanda Police, who were attempting to conduct a traffic stop on him, on Sunday night and crashed his vehicle. He then fled on foot into the woods. A search of the area was conducted but White was not located during the search. An arrest warrant was obtained for White on Monday. White was seen by several area residents while he was walking on Bridge St Hill on Monday evening . The Police received several calls from residents reporting that they saw White. White was caught and taken into custody without incident.

FACEBOOK DISCLAIMER Thank you for being a fan of the official Towanda Borough Police Department Facebook Page. The purpose of this page is to permit authorized employees of the Towanda Borough Police Department to provide the public with information concerning public safety, news, events, activities, stories, photographs, and videos, and to disseminate other information and material intended to increase public awareness of the Towanda Borough Police Department activities. The Facebook Page is not the forum to use to report any crime. If you have an emergency, please call 911. If you wish to report a crime, call the Towanda Borough Police Department at 570-265-2522. Please do not use this page to report crime or suspicious activities. The Towanda Borough Police Department’s Facebook Page is available and open to the public for viewing and participation. However, it is a purposefully controlled online site established for a limited purpose. All postings and comments are, in addition to the terms and conditions established by Facebook, subject to the following terms and conditions established by the Towanda Borough Police Department: By submitting or posting a comment on this page, you acknowledge having read, reviewed, and agreed to the terms and conditions set forth herein. The Towanda Borough Police Department Facebook Page is not meant for comments that do not directly relate to the purpose and topical scope of the page. Only comments consistent with the terms and conditions set forth herein by the Towanda Borough Police Department and the terms and conditions set forth by Facebook will be allowed. Consistent with the purpose of this page, the Towanda Borough Police Department reserves the right to remove comments that are: Not directly related to the purpose and topical scope of the page. Obscene. Child pornography. Incitement to imminent lawless action. Speech presenting a grave and imminent threat. Fighting words. True threats. Fraud. Defamation (libel/slander). Solicitations to commit, or speech integral to, criminal conduct. Promotions or advertisements of business or commercial transactions. Promotions in favor of, or in opposition to, a candidate campaigning for election to political office. Copyrighted materials (if posted without the copyright holder’s consent). Violating any local, state, or federal law. Robo-spam and comments posted by automatic software programs (known as “bots”) will be removed if necessary to ensure access for the general public. All comments posted to the Facebook Page are subject to monitoring and review by the Towanda Borough Police Department. The Towanda Borough Police Department reserves the right to remove or prohibit postings with the content described above. This Facebook Page is not monitored 24/7. The Towanda Borough Police Department will review the site and comments on a regular basis. We would like to THANK YOU for your continued support!

Towanda Borough would like to ask residents to assist us by cleaning snow from around Fire Hydrants. This will allow for quick access in case of an emergency! Thank you for your help!

Good morning! Hopefully everyone is safe after the major snow storm that just happened. We understand that everyone is tired of snow and trying to move the amount of snow that we received is hard but we would like to remind everyone that: At all times during and after any snow storm , it shall be prohibited for any person to shovel, push, throw, or plow snow from a sidewalk, driveway, lot, or any other area into the street. We had a few issues this morning regarding this. We would like to ask you to please do your best. We would also like to ask for some patience with our road crews. They are doing the best that they can. If they plow snow and it ends up on your sidewalk or driveway, it is not intentional. We would like to thank you, in advance, for your understanding and cooperation!

There will be Walk to School day for Towanda Area School District students and St Agnes students on Wednesday March 1st, 2017. Participating students are asked to meet at the YMCA at 7am. The walk will begin promptly at 715am. The students will be escorted to school by participating parents, Towanda/St Agnes staff members and Towanda Police Officer/Towanda Area School Resource Officer John J. Hennessy.

The Towanda Police have been investigating Penelec Power Shut Off Scams. On 01/26/17, we received reports that a caller claiming to be a Penelec working is calling and demanding immediate payment. In what appears to be a widespread scam, which frequently targets small businesses, a telephone caller poses as an electric utility company employee. The caller threatens to shut off the customer’s power unless an immediate payment is made. The facts: If your account is past due, you will receive a written notice of your account status, with instructions on how to avoid disconnection of service. While a representative may call a customer whose bill is in arrears in order to remind them that a payment is due, the representative would explain how a payment can be made using the established payment options. They will not demand payment over the phone or at a particular physical location. What should you do: If you receive a suspicious call, hang up immediately. If you believe you have been a victim of this scam, please contact the Towanda Police Department at (570)265-2522 or your state attorney general’s office.

The Towanda Police would like to remind all parents that there is "NO STANDING" on Lombard St, in Towanda Borough. NO STANDING REGULATION Sign indicates that vehicles may NOT stand at this location. You may not wait or stop on the roadway or curbside. This has been an ongoing issue on Lombard St. If you are picking up your child from the J.A. Morrow primary school and the line of cars waiting to pick up their child reaches the end of the parking lot, you must pull into the parking lot. You can NOT wait in line on Lombard St. We are going to have to start issuing citations, to cars "standing" on Lombard St, if this problem continues. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter!

The Towanda Police Dept. participated in the Christmas parade that was held on 12/03/16 in Towanda Borough. Officer LaManna drove the Towanda patrol vehicle. Officer Hennessy, with his wife and 3 sons, and K-9 Edo walked behind the Towanda patrol vehicle.

This dog was found by the Towanda Elementary School this morning. He has no collar/dog tags. He was transported to the Bradford County Humane Society in Ulster PA. Update for 11/09/16: The owners of this dog saw this post and have picked up their dog! Thank you to everyone for sharing this post.

The 89th Annual Towanda Fire Department Halloween Parade will take place on Saturday October 29th starting at 7pm.

Due to the threat of inclement weather, Trick or Treat for Towanda Borough has been moved from Thursday October 27th to Monday October 31st at 6pm to 8pm.

The Towanda Police are currently investigating an incident that occurred on Pine St. Between mid-September and October 14th, an unknown actor or actors unlawfully entered a vacant home, located on Pine St, and damaged the interior of the residence. Damage inside the home included graffiti "tags" and several destroyed household items. The attached pictures show some of the graffiti tags inside of the home. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Towanda Police Department at 570-265-2522.

ROAD CLOSURE NOTIFICATION The intersection located at Main St/SR 6 and Elizabeth St will be closed this weekend for an ongoing construction project. The road closure will begin at 9:00 pm on Friday the 14th and is scheduled to be re-opened at 6:00 am on Monday the 17th. Detour signs will be in place.