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

In today's paper there is an article that said I used the words "Assault Rifle". Now I don't normally get too excited about what the Daily Review says because I have been misquoted before and it's their paper and ink. They will do as they want. But when they go to a subject like my gun rights, that was when I felt that it was necessary that I make it clear to as many interested people as I can, what I said. I know their retraction will be on the last page, in fine print and up the side margin. I can't speak for every Law Enforcement Agency, but I can speak for Towanda Borough Police Dept. and we do not use "Assault Rifles." We use an AR platform 5.56 cal. Patrol Rifle. Unless you are talking about military weapons, I don't believe I have ever heard the term "Assault Weapon" used correctly. For the record (news media) "AR" stands for Armalite Rifle, and the first AR was the AR1, a single shot 22 cal. survival rifle that could be taken down and stored inside the plastic stock. Hardly an assault weapon. Armalites AR 15 became the industry standard which is the father of the weapon system we use today. I wish that the media would stop spoon feeding the words Assault Weapon to the public every chance they get. A 870 Remington shotgun is not an assault weapon, nor is a synthetic stock 308 bolt action rifle, but I have heard both called just that. And as long as I am clarifying things, I did not ask for donations for suppressors for our AR platform patrol rifles. The discussion about possible donations was for bodyworn cameras and in car cameras which would serve to help show Towanda Police transparency in all aspects and to serve in prosecution, which would cut down on wasted court hours. Thank you, Chief Randy Epler

The Towanda Police received a report that a local business received a phone call from an unknown person claiming to be their electric provider. The unknown caller stated that if payment was not made by 4p, the power was going to be shut off. Please be aware that scams similair to this one are going on. Sometimes, a consumer receives a call from their local utility company claiming the person is behind on their electric bill and threatens to turn off the power if the balance is not paid immediately. The scammer then demands the consumer pay the money owed over the phone via debit card or wire transfer. Once the money has been paid, the scammer makes off with the debit card information to make further purchases. If wire transfer is made, the consumer has no hope of recovering the money. Consider the following tips to avoid a utility scam: Electric companies aren’t the only utilities that scammers impersonate. Watch out for variations involving water, gas, and cable companies. Prepaid debit cards are a red flag. If a caller specifically asks you to pay by prepaid debit card or wire transfer, this is a huge warning sign. Hang up! Your utility company will only accept a check, credit card or online banking transfer. Don’t cave to pressure to pay immediately. If you feel pressured for immediate payment or personal information, hang up the phone and call the customer service number on your utility bill. This will ensure you are speaking to a real representative and can confirm the status of your account. Beware of spoofing. Keep in mind that utility impostors are also known to “spoof” caller ID by disguising their own phone number and replacing it with the phone number of a legitimate business. If confronted with a call of this sort, the best practice is to hang up the phone and call your provider directly. The best number to call to verify legitimacy is the number listed on your bill.

At 1:50 am, Sunday March 4th, Towanda Borough Police responded to a hit and run collision that occurred on Mechanic Street. Towanda Borough Police found that the victims legally parked vehicle was struck, resulting in severe damage to the victims vehicle. Evidence recovered at the scene of the collision suggests that the suspect vehicle may be a 2002-2008 Dodge Ram truck and may possibly be yellow in color. The suspect vehicle will most likely have moderate front end damage. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Towanda Borough Police at 570-265-2522.

The Towanda Municipal Authority is asking customers to please report any running water in roadways, yards or around foundations of their homes or vacant homes in the area. Due to the extreme weather over the past weekend, there has been a large number of incidents involving frozen pipes and water main breaks. You can call 570-265-2696 during regular business hours or 570-265-9101 for after hours reports.

Come join your neighbors and Police Officers for coffee and conversation. When: Friday November 17th, 2017 Where: Community Cup Coffee and Tea House, 421 Main St Towanda, Pa 18848 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.

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.

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.

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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!