Man charged with making false statements to police

MANSFIELD – Donald J. Stevenson, 42, of 95 Wilkes Barre Ave., Blossburg, was charged by borough police after he allegedly lied to police about alcohol a minor had in his vehicle in March.

According to documents filed at District Judge James Carlson’s office, Stevenson told police he gave a large quantity of alcohol to Joshua Dolliver, 19, and his passenger, Michael Hinman, 26, who is on probation, to bring to a party March 29 at another location.

Police found the alcohol in Dolliver’s vehicle following a traffic stop on East Creek Road.

The alcohol was confiscated by police as evidence and when Stevenson came to get his alcohol from police, he said he gave it to them to transport to his residence in Morris Run because his vehicle was loaded with scrap metal and he didn’t have room for it.

He also denied any knowledge of a party occurring that evening and provided a written statement to police.

During a May 22 preliminary hearing for furnishing alcohol to minors, Dolliver testified he had lied that night and made up the story about where the alcohol had come from.

He said his passenger, Hinman, was on probation, and he made it up to protect Hinman from being in violation of his probation. Dolliver said he had brought it with him when he picked up Hinman.

Stevenson then admitted he, too, had lied to police and provided a false statement.

Stevenson waived his preliminary hearing Wednesday and his county court arraignment was set for Sept. 9.