Man accused of hitting another with chair
JERSEY SHORE – Willie Lee Whidbee, 58, of 115 N. Main St., has been charged with simple assault, disorderly conduct and harassment for allegedly striking Howard Borrosco, 37, on the head with a chair in the 100 block of North Main Street about 9:15 p.m. Aug. 8, according to Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police.
Arraigned later that night before District Judge James H. Sortman, Whidbee initially was committed to the Lycoming County Prison but since has been released on $7,500 bail.
Police: Man shoves another through glass door
JERSEY SHORE – When officers arrived at 119 N. Broad St. about 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 10, Tristan Fleegle was “covered in blood,” according to an affidavit.
Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police said that, during a domestic disturbance at their home, Steven A. Sylvia, 24, allegedly shoved Fleegle through a glass door.
Following his arraignment later that night before District Judge Jerry C. Lepley on two counts of simple assault, Sylvia was committed to the Lycoming County Prison, but has since been released on $7,500 bail.
Boyfriend attacks woman, police say
Meghan Mundrick told city police that she was “scared for her life” as her boyfriend, Michael A. Brown Jr., allegedly punched her in the arm and leg and choked her for several seconds during a disturbance at their home at at 1526 Memorial Ave. about 6 p.m. on Aug. 7.
Charged with simple assault and harassment, Brown, 25, was arraigned later that night before District Judge Gary A. Whiteman and committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $25,000 bail.
Drug charges dropped against Philly men
All drug charges have been dropped against three Philadelphia men, according to court records filed at the office of District Judge James Carn.
In exchange for the charges being withdrawn, Julius Marion Johnson, 24; Rasheed Bond, 26; and Kaitrill, 39, agreed to forfeit a total of $2,192 in suspected drug money that city police seized from the three at a home at 2337 Dove St. on May 29.
Police had accused Kaitrill of having heroin and marijuana while Bond was accused of having marijuana, and Johnson was charged with allegedly possessing marijuana and suboxone.
Police:?Prison food fight comes to blows
Lycoming County Prison inmate Daniel David Hamilton, 17, has been charged by county Detective A.E. Diaz with simple assault and harassment for allegedly attacking fellow inmate Matthew Bausinger in the West Third Street facility earlier this year.
Hamilton, who was tried and convicted of theft as an adult and is serving a prison sentence, allegedly punched and kicked Bausinger several times in the head during an argument over food, Diaz said.
Bausinger was treated at the prison infirmary by a staff nurse, Diaz said.
Hamilton, of 1228 Allegheny St., Jersey Shore, was arraigned last week and recommitted to the prison in lieu of $5,000 bail.
Man accused of assaulting pregnant woman
RALSTON – Gary William Colatosti Jr., 22, of 120 Mill St., Trout Run, landed in jailed on state police charges of simple assault, disorderly conduct and harassment after allegedly punching a pregnant woman in the stomach and head in the 11000 block of Route 14 in McIntyre Township about 7:10 p.m. last Tuesday, according to court records.
Police allege Colatosti assaulted Melody Shaw, who was taken to Williamsport Regional Medical Center, where she was treated for her injuries and later released.
Colatosti was arraigned hours later before District Judge James H. Sortman and committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $10,000 bail.
Man accused of shoplifting
Arthur Leaton Phillips III, 34, of 6235 Route 220, Linden, has been charged with misdemeanor shoplifting for allegedly stealing $305 worth of merchandise from Giant, 1969 E. Third St., on Nov. 27, 2012, state police said.
Following his arraignment last week before District Judge Gary A. Whiteman, Phillips was released on $5,000 bail.
Woman accused of lying about assault
Jodi Lynn Brown, 42, of 101 Academy St., faces a charge of false reports to law enforcement for allegedly claiming that her husband, Lewis, punched her in the back on the morning on June 24.
City police later determined that the allegation was untrue, according to court records filed at the office of District Judge Allen P. Page III.
Following her arraignment Thursday before Page, Brown was released on $1,500 bail.
Crash victims released from area hospitals
Three people have been discharged from hospitals after recently being treated for injuries suffered in crashes.
Jonathan P. Haynes, 57, of Allenwood, suffered moderate injuries and was taken to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville after his motorcycle and a pickup truck collided at Routes 15 and 44 in Allenwood about 6:15 p.m. last Tuesday.
Also taken to Geisinger for moderate injuries was Brooke L. Letterman, 28, of Jersey Shore, whose car struck a tree on Route 44 in Watson Township on Aug. 17.
Motorcyclist Donald R. Crowe, 41, of 1720 Liberty Drive, injured Thursday night in a three-vehicle crash in the 1900 block of Lycoming Creek Road in Old Lycoming Township, has been discharged from Williamsport Regional Medical Center.
Man jailed on shoplifting, burglary, drug charges
A Montoursville area man was nabbed last week in the act of allegedly stealing scrap wire from Shirn’s Auto Mart, 1814 Green Ave., according to court papers filed by Old Lycoming Township Cpl. Morris Sponhouse,
Responding to a call of a man acting in a suspicious manner near the property, Sponhouse caught Joshua Lee Craver, 25, of 241 Back St., Upper Fairfield Township, about 8:50 a.m.
In his possession, Craver had a small amount of marijuana and some merchandise that had been stolen from the Dollar General Store at 2062 Lycoming Creek Road, Sponhouse said.
Following his arraignment later that morning before District Judge James H. Sortman on charges of burglary, felony trespassing, theft, shoplifting and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, Craver was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $75,000 bail.
Calif. woman nabbed for using fake ID, police allege
A California woman has been jailed on charges of allegedly using a fictitious identification card and a counterfeit credit card to obtain a $500 cash advance at the Sovereign Bank at 355 Broad St. in Montoursville about 11:40 a.m. on Aug. 1, according to borough police.
Law enforcement later caught up with Jocelyn Marie Wilson, 21, of Fair Oaks in Centre County’s Feguson Township, and positively identified her as the woman who presented the false identification and bogus credit card to the bank’s teller.
Wilson was arraigned Thursday before District Judge Gary A. Whiteman on charges of forgery, theft by deception, identity theft, receiving stolen property and conspiracy.
She was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail.
‘Scared’ driver cited in crash
Saying he was “tired and scared,” 18-year-old motorist Matthew Maliyk Dorsey has admitted he fled the scene of a crash after his van and another vehicle driven by Amy K. McGovern collided in the 1600 block of East Third Street on May 31, state police said.
A third motorist followed Dorsey’s vehicle to the 1700 block of Homewood Avenue, where police caught up with him and questioned him about the crash and why he fled the scene.
Charged with accidents involving damage to attended vehicle and four summary traffic violations, Dorsey, of 1647 Catherine St., was arraigned last week before District Judge Gary A. Whiteman and released on $2,500 bail.
Police: Addict stole from woman
A 22-year-old Montoursville man faces theft-related charges for allegedly stealing nearly $1,500 from the Wal-Mart online moneygram account belonging to his girlfriend’s mother, according to borough police.
Police allege Douglas Charles Harding, of 519 N. Washington St., made 12 unauthorized withdrawals from Vicki Hunter’s account at Wal-Mart in the first three days of last month.
Harding, who admitted at his recent arraignment before District Judge Gary A. Whiteman that he was addicted to heroin, was charged with identity theft, theft and an access device violation.
He was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $15,000 bail.
Babysitter charged after allegedly striking child
An Armstrong Township woman faces charges for allegedly striking a minor on the buttocks while she was babysitting the girl, according to state police.
Welt-like marks still remained on the child’s bottom two weeks after Linsey Ranay Richards, 22, of 744 Route 15, allegedly hit the child because she urinated on Richards’ floor on June 18, police said. Richards admitted striking the girl, who was treated by a local physician, police said.
Charged with the endangering the welfare of a child, simple assault and harassment, Richards was sent a summons to appear before District Judge James H. Sortman.
Man charged with stealing his mother’s credit card to buy $20 worth of gasoline
Adam Lee Fisher, 36, of 936 W. Fourth St., has been charged with allegedly stealing his mother’s credit card from her purse and using it to buy $20 worth of gasoline, according to state police.
Police allege Fisher sneaked the credit card out of his mother’s purse at her Woodward Township home at 1693 Pine Run Road on July 6, bought the gasoline and then sneaked the card back into the purse without her noticing, police said.
The victim, Pamela Sue Ruch, discovered the theft after receiving her credit card statement, police said.
Fisher was arraigned last week before District Judge Jerry C. Lepley on charges of theft and access device fraud, and released on $5,000 bail.
Police: Man stole $2,500 worth of tools while employed, tried to sell them online
Steven Bryan Lurch, 18, of 1128 Route 973 East in Cogan Station, has been charged by Old Lycoming Township police with receiving stolen property for allegedly stealing $2,500 worth of tools from his employer, Taylor Trucking Co., on Lycoming Creek Road and attempting to sell them on Craigslist, according to state police.
Lurch, who no longer is employed by the company, stole the tools sometime between early June and late July, police said.
Following his arraignment last week before District Judge James H. Sortman, he was released on $10,000 bail.
Theft of window frames alleged of man
Jason Allen Kiser, 34, of 1340 Route 14, has been charged by theft and receiving stolen property for allegedly stealing aluminum window frames valued at $800 from a property at 1750 Bloomingrove Road between May 21 and May 24, state police said.
Court records identified the victim only by the last name of Knarr.
Kiser is accused of selling the stolen aluminum to an area scrap metal business, police said. He has been sent a summons to appear before District Judge Gary A. Whiteman.
Price tag switching alleged of woman
Theresa Jean Carannante walked into Kmart at 1915 E. Third St. hoping to buy two new dresses for her granddaughter on May 16, but the 44-year-old Nanticoke woman ended up getting arrested after she was seen allegedly switching price tags on the dresses, state police said.
After being caught by store security, Carannante admitted that it “was a stupid thing to do” because she had the money to pay full price for the dresses, a state trooper said. The prices tags she switched reduced the retail value of the dresses from $7.99 and $9.99 to 99 cents each, police said.
Police also alleged that Carannante was deceptive with Kmart staff by bringing in bowls and a rug, claiming she bought the items from the department store. She was given a $21 refund, but it soon was learned that the items never were purchased at Kmart.
Charged with misdemeanor shoplifting and theft by deception, Carannante has been sent a summons to appear before District Judge Gary A. Whiteman.
Police: Man used ex-friend’s debit card
A former city man faces two misdemeanor counts of access device fraud for illegally using his ex-girlfriend’s debit card on 14 occasions, resulting in an estimated $740 being withdrawn from her bank account, according to South Williamsport police.
Shamaar Dominic Coates, 25, formerly of Apple Street and now of Sunbury, is accused of using Ariel J. Harlan’s credit card at numerous locations, but most of the time he used it at the Sunoco A-Plus store on East Mountain Avenue in the borough, police said.
Coates turned himself in last week and, following his arraignment before District Judge Gary A. Whiteman, he was released on $15,000 bail.
Receiving stolen property alleged
Dina Lynn DiMassimo, 41, of 917 Steam Valley Road, Trout Run, has been charged by Old Lycoming Township police with receiving stolen property for allegedly selling a stolen chain saw to a second-hand store in the city in mid-April.
Police said the chain saw was stolen from a property in the 400 block of Colvin Road, but court records did not identify the owner.
Following her arraignment last week before District Judge James H. Sortman, DiMassimo was released on $3,000 bail.
Police: Worker voided sales to hide theft
An employee at Puff’s Discount Store, 2065 Lycoming Creek Road, faces charges for allegedly stealing from a register cash that came from two sales that she then voided to cover up the theft, according to Old Lycoming Township police.
Ashley Marie Thompson stole money from the store register on June 22 and again on July 5, police said. The amount taken was $120, police said.
Charged with theft and receiving stolen property, Thompson, 20, of 805 Haleeka Road, Cogan Station, has been sent a summons to appear before District Judge on James Sortman.
New charges filed against inmate
New charges were lodged last week against Lycoming County Prison inmate Gage Michael Wood, who has been incarcerated on drug charges since late November.
Old Lycoming Township police charged the 19-year-old city man with burglarizing John Mancini’s home at 493 Deckman Hollow Road and stole a rifle, cash, jewelry and a large amount of marijuana and psilocybin mushrooms on Nov. 9.
Following his arraignment Tuesday before District Judge James H. Sortman on charges of burglary, felony trespassing, theft and receiving stolen property, Wood, of 913 Poplar St., was recommitted to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of an additional $150,000 bail.
Dinner guest allegedly steals technology
Daniel Luis Polanco, 19, of 2258 Royal Ave., has been charged with theft and receiving stolen property for allegedly stealing a $659 iPad from his aunt’s home on Dewey Avenue after he had been invited there for dinner, according to Old Lycoming Township police.
Police said the iPad was stolen from Karen Bullock’s home at 1311 Dewey Ave. on June 11, police said.
Polanco, already jailed on a parole violation, was arraigned Wednesday before District Judge James H. Sortman and recommitted to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $75,000 bail.
Check altered, according to police
Leslie Alan Price, 25, of 1719 E. Third St., faces charges for allegedly altering the amount of a check from from $50 to $150, according to state police.
Price changed the amount on a check that was issued to him by Alvin George Lemmerman of 2200 Reed St. on May 18, police said in court papers. Price then cashed the check, police said.
Following his recent arraignment before District Gary A. Whiteman on charges of forgery and theft by deception, Price was released on $10,000 bail.
Man accused of shoplifting
Joshua Michael Beatty, 24, of Harrisburg, has been charged by city police with misdemeanor shoplifting after he was caught allegedly trying to steal $19 worth of merchandise at Wegmans, 201 William St., on May 24. Following his arraignment before District Judge Allen P. Page III, he was released on $1,500 bail.
Shoplifting alleged of Clinton County man
A Clinton County man has been charged with misdemeanor shoplifting and receiving stolen property for allegedly stealing a $399 cordless trim nailer from Lowe’s, 701 N. Loyalsock Ave., on June 20, according to Montoursville police.
Following his recent arraignment before District Judge Gary A. Whiteman, Dustin Scott Askey, 28, of Mill Hall, was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $15,000 bail.
Furnishing alcohol to minors alleged
Singh Rameshwar, 21, of 639 Grace St., has been charged with furnishing alcoholic beverages to a person underage and unlawful acts concerning alcoholic beverages, according to state police.
Rameshwar is alleged to have purchased $40 worth of alcoholic beverages for 20-year-old Heather Renee Krepps at the Wines and Spirits Store on Hepburn Street in the city on June 8, police said. He has been sent a summons to appear before District Judge James Carn.
Charge withdrawn against woman; city man pleads guilty to drugs in another case
A separate cases, a 44-year-old city man pleaded guilty to a drug charge while state police dropped a drug charge against a 22-year-old Maryland woman.
In a recent plea agreement before District Judge James Carn, Eric Tyson,, of 421 Campbell St., pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of marijuana after city police agreed to withdraw charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and public drunkenness.
The charges stem from an incident in the 600 block of Grace Street on April 9, police said. Tyson made arrangements to pay $504 in fines and court costs.
In the other case, state police withdrew a charge of possession of marijuana against Lareine Rita Karpouzian, 22, of College Park, Md., due to insufficient evidence. The charge stemmed from an incident on Route 220 in the city on April 25, police said.
Man, 25, allegedly assaults woman
Lamont Hobbs Chaney, 25, of 702 Diamond St., has been charged with simple assault and harassment for allegedly assaulting a woman in his house by first knocking her to the ground and slamming her head several times against the floor about 2:50 a.m. on July 13, city police said.
The victim is not identified in court records.
Following his arraignment later that morning before District Judge Jon E. Kemp, Chaney was jailed in the Lycoming County Prison, but has since been released on $35,000 bail.
Theft, receiving stolen property alleged
Kevin Michael Saltsman, 22, of 331 High St., has been charged with theft and receiving stolen property for allegedly stealing video games and gaming accessories from Daryl Ryan’s home at 724 Krouse Ave. between June 21 and June 23, city police said.
Already on probation for shoplifting, Saltsman, jailed since July 2, remains behind bars in the Lycoming County Prison on a probation violation and in lieu of $2,500 bail.
Police: Woman needed ‘quick money’
for drugs when she sold stepfather’s gun
JERSEY SHORE – Admitting she needed “quick money” to support her drug habit, Trista Ann Myers, 27, of 35 Van Burren Road, Limestone Township, stole her stepfather’s $400 CVA muzzleloader and sold it in order to get the cash, state police said in court records.
Myers, who lived with her stepfather, Jeff Parsons, sold the muzzleloader in mid-July, police said.
Charged with theft and receiving stolen property, Myers was arraigned before District Judge James H. Sortman and initially committed to the Lycoming County Prison, but has since been released on $15,000 bail.
City hit-and-run leads to heroin bust
A hit-and-run driver had “a bundle of heroin” on him when he was nabbed by city police within minutes after a crash in the 100 block of Maynard Street about 3:50 p.m. on July 18, according to court records.
Charles W. English, 23, of Philadelphia, allegedly abandoned the vehicle shortly after the crash and was nabbed walking in the 500 block of Lycoming Street, police said.
In addition to the heroin, English, who said he was a self-employed barber, had on him an estimated $5,300 and three cell phones, police said.
He was arraigned before District Judge Jon E. Kemp on charges of possession with intent to deliver 48 bags of heroin, accidents involving damaged to attended vehicle (hit-run) and careless driving.
He remains jailed in the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $250,000 bail.
City man arrested for assault and robbery
A Wilson Street man was arrested Wednesday night for allegedly a robbing and assaulting a 16-year-old boy who suffered severe lacerations to the head and right knee.
The attack allegedly occurred in the 1100 block of Dewey Avenue on the afternoon of June 24., city police said.
Patrolman Joshua K. Bell alleges that after the assault, Brandon Robert Love, 18, of 417 Wilson St., took about $10 from the victim.
Both teens know one another, and the victim told police he believed he was attacked as a result of dispute over a PlayStation, Bell said. The victim was taken by ambulance to the Williamsport Regional Medical Center, where he was treated and later released.
Love was arraigned before District Judge Allen P. Page III on charges of aggravated and simple assault, robbery, theft, receiving stolen property and harassment and committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $55,000 bail.
Man charged with theft
A 47-year-old Luzerne County man, has been charged with theft and receiving stolen property for allegedly stealing about two dozen root beer kegs from outside the Pepsi plant, 1450 Dewey Ave., about 11:50 p.m. on July 4, according to Old Lycoming Township police.
Kerry Kraynak, of the borough of Luzerne, had most of the kegs already loaded in the back of his SUV when an officer caught him, police said. He has been sent a summons to appear before District Judge James H. Sortman.