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Sayre Historical Society hosts annual Model Train Day

SAYRE — The Sayre Historical Society welcomed visitors of all ages to the annual Model Train Day on Saturday.

The day featured a special display of Lionel trains, two operating HO-scale model train layouts, vendors offering railroad memorabilia and model train items, a special display of LEGO trains and railroad artist James Mann.

“It’s almost like a signature event (for the Sayre Historical Society),” said Sayre Historical Society President Mike Frantz. “It showcases the model trains we have here at the museum and the railroad heritage. We have a lot of first time visitors and we have a lot of regulars who come back every year. We have a lot of people that just enjoy sharing history.”

For those who love history — especially when it comes to Sayre and the Lehigh Valley Railroad, Sayre Historical Society founder Jim Nobles was on hand to share some history with guests as well as show off some postcards of Sayre and local railroad.

“He’s got some postcards and he’s just here to kind of share history. He lives this all the time,” Frantz said of Nobles.

The event, which drew close to 200 visitors in the first few hours on Saturday, has become a tradition on Thanksgiving weekend.

“It’s kind of an open house and a place for people to go. It’s kind of nice because they have the Turkey Trot on Thursday, they have the parade on Friday and now we have our event. We’re hoping to continue that,” said Frantz.

Sayre man involved in BC Drug Task Force bust apprehended

SAYRE — A Sayre man who was caught up in a Bradford County Drug Task Force operation is sitting in the Bradford County Jail on charges from an incident in November of last year.

Joshua Max Chapman, 27, was one of 26 individuals caught up in a seven-month long undercover drug operation led by the county task force and the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office.

Chapman is facing felony counts of delivery of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility.

According to the police affidavit, members of the task force and the AG’s office met with a pair of confidential informants in order to purchase crystal meth from Chapman on Nov. 1, 2018.

The confidential informants used Facebook messenger to contact Chapman and made arrangements to purchase meth from the suspect. One of the undercover officers played the role of the cousin to one of the informants, police said.

Officers gave the informants $250 of pre-recorded OAG money and were driven to a local mini mart. The undercover officer observed Chapman “exchange a quantity of meth to (the confidential informant) for the $250.”

According to police, once the deal was done, Chapman would walk across the Pennsylvania border into New York.

The purchased meth was found to weigh approximately 1.9 grams and field-tested positive for the presence of a controlled substance, according to police.

Chapman was arrainged in front of Magisterial District Judge Larry Hurley on Nov. 27 and sent to the Bradford County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 10 in front of Hurley.

Sayre man charged after allegedly choking, threatening life of girlfriend

SAYRE — A Sayre man is sitting in the Bradford County Jail after he allegedly choked his girlfriend and threatened to kill her with a gun to her face on Sunday.

Steven James Haggerty, 36, has been charged with strangulation, a second degree felony; terroristic threats, a first-degree misdemeanor; simple assault and recklessly endangering another person, both second-degree misdemeanor and harassment, a summary offense.

According to Sayre Borough Police, officers were called to a Hoover Street residence on Sunday morning for a reported domestic dispute and theft of medication.

The victim told police that she had been fighting with her boyfriend for several days and he had taken her medication she used to control seizures.

An argument had occurred in the upstairs bedroom earlier on Sunday and Haggerty allegedly “took his hands and choked her to the point that she couldn’t breathe and she thought she was going to pass out,” the police affidavit said.

The victim also told police that she had been pushed and thrown against a wall and injured her ankle during another argument. She was able to get away and called the police.

The suspect showed officers the medication he had taken from the victim during their interview with him at the scene.

After the suspect was placed under arrest and transported to the police station, an officer was trying to get a written statement filled out by the victim, who told him that she would have a hard time filling it out “because she has a wrist brace on from the defendant pushing her down the stairs approximately five days to a week ago,” according to the affidavit.

The victim then stated that in one of their prior arguments on Saturday night, she yelled at Haggerty because she wanted her medication back. The suspect got “extremely agitated because he hates when she yells.”

Haggerty then retrieved a Springfield Armory .45 caliber handgun and “pointed the end of the barrel at her face and pressed it against her cheekbone and stated that if she didn’t stop he was going to kill her,” according to police.

Officers seized several guns from the home, including the .45 caliber gun that was allegedly used in the incident.

Information regarding the amount of bail and upcoming hearing dates was not available as of press time.

Playing (and working) in the snow

The Valley area was blanketed with snow on Monday after the first storm of the season hit the region. Pictured here, Asher and Madison Anderson head down the hill at Snyder Elementary on Monday. The Anderson kids, who are from Virginia, are in the Valley visiting their grandparents Chuck and Barb Anderson. Lindsay Whipple and Eric Penrod were busy building a snowman on Keystone Ave. in Sayre on Monday afternoon. A Sayre Borough truck plows Stevenson Street on Monday.