2 area people charged with forgery

Two local people have been charged with forgery in separate incidents.

Dacia Ann Stewart, 23, of 627 Grace St., has been charged with one felony count for obtaining possession of a controlled substance and one misdemeanour count of forgery, after allegedly trying to fill a stolen prescription at a local pharmacy.

On April 7, employees at the Rite Aid at 2023 Lycoming Creek Road, contacted police to report that a woman was trying to fill a prescription from a Dr. Claudio Ferran. Earlier, police had warned various local pharmacy employees to be on the lookout for prescriptions from Ferran, as the prescriptions had been stolen and other arrests were being made around the area, according to a court record.

The woman, later identified as Stewart, allegedly was attempting to fill a prescription for a “Pamela Powers” for 120 tablets of Roxicodone, a prescription pain reliever.

Authorities arrested Stewart shortly after arriving at the scene. According to the court record, her first statement to police was, “This is a felony, isn’t it?”

Stewart was arraigned before District Judge James H. Sortman on Monday. She since has been released on $7,500 bail.

In another case, Shakiel Viveon Rice, 21, of 308 Timberhaven Drive in Lewisburg, has been charged with one felony count for forgery by city police, after allegedly cashing a phony pay check at a local business.

Rice went to United Check Cashing at 451 Hepburn St. on Nov. 17 to cash a payroll check for $321.67 from Mountain View Nursing in Coal Township, according to a court record.

Later, the check was returned as counterfeit, records state.

Employees at United Check Cashing contacted Rice, who promised to repay the funds, according to police.

He contacted them again on Nov. 26 and asked for another week to pay them back. The business allegedly has not heard from Rice since, records state.

Investigators also discovered that Rice never was an employee of Mountain View Nursing and it never had issued him a payroll check, according to police.

Rice was arraigned before District Judge James Carn on Wednesday. He has been released on $12,500 bail.