Police: Area man returns to drugs, is arrested again

HUGHESVILLE – While enrolled in the county’s drug court program, Joseph G. Clements did “everything by the book,” the 30-year-old man’s mother told borough Police Chief Jason Gill.

However, toward the end of his involvement in the program, things began to fall apart, Gill was told.

“He missed meetings (he was to attend) and started hanging out with the wrong people. His mother noticed a change in him and realized he was back on heroin,” Gill wrote in an affidavit.

Clements began “coming and going as he pleased and sometimes he wouldn’t come home at all,” Gill said he was told.

Now Clements has been charged with allegedly stealing $200 from his mother’s purse at her home at 105 Crawley St. on Dec. 10, Gill said. He has been charged with theft and sent a summons to appear before District Judge Jon E. Kemp.

In a second case also filed by Gill, Clements has been charged with possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia stemming from an incident on the morning of Jan. 17 when his mother, Patti Kohler, called police to her home.

Clements was discovered “hiding under a blanket” in the basement, Gill said, adding that the mother had called because she thought her son was wanted for an unknown offense. Gill said he discovered a syringe with heroin in it in Clements’ jacket. He has been sent a summons in this case as well.

Although court records list the Crawley Street property as Clements’ home, he is an inmate at the Lycoming County Prison. Efforts to get information Sunday night on why he is incarcerated were unsuccessful.