Woman accused of taking PCP, crashing car into police cruiser

An Isabella Street woman has been arrested on a charge of driving under the influence of phencyclidine, commonly known as PCP or angel dust, according to Pennsylvania College of Technology police.

Shaquona M. Short, 37, of 1115 Isabella St., also faces a charge of fleeing police as she allegedly fled from Patrolman Zachary G. Schon in her 1997 Mercury at Park Street and Hagan Way on Sept. 8, court records state.

The pursuit continued across the Maynard Street bridge into South Williamsport and ended near there when Short crashed her car into the side of a state police cruiser, whose driver had joined the chase.

Short was not injured but she was disoriented and unstable on her feet. A blood test revealed she was under the influence of a controlled substance, police said.

Following her recent arraignment before District Judge James Carn, she was released on $15,000 bail.

Police: Underwear not a good hiding spot for drugs

A Clinton County woman arrested for prostitution also faces drug charges after10 bags of heroin and a rock of crack cocaine were discovered in her underwear, city police said.

Megan Elizabeth Henry, 26, of Mill Hall, was taken into custody at Park Avenue and Campbell Street about 8:15 p.m. Oct. 28.

It was during a strip search, conducted by a female officer at police headquarters, when the controlled substances were discovered, according to an affidavit.

Following her arraignment before District Judge Allen P. Page III, Henry initially was committed to the Lycoming County Prison but has since been released on $10,000 bail.

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Crash victim

still hospitalized

One month after being injured in a one-car crash on Interstate 180 near the Fairfield Road interchange, 19-year-old Avery Maxon, of Williamsport, remains hospitalized in an intensive care unit.

Maxon was reported in critical condition in Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, a hospital spokesman said Tuesday afternoon.

He was a passenger in a car that overturned several times, landing upright in the median just east of the interchange on Oct. 9, state police said. The driver escaped injury, police said.

Milton man faces drug charges

When Old Lycoming Township police Sgt. Joseph Hope and Cpl. Morris Sponhouse approached a parked car in the 1900 block of Lycoming Creek Road about 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 27, 36-year-old Joshua James McManus was inside the vehicle injecting heroin into his arm, according to court records.

When he saw the officers, McManus “quickly removed a needle and syringe from his arm and threw the items to the floor,” Hope said in an affidavit.

McManus, of Milton, had tied a seat belt around his arm for the use as a tourniquet, Hope said.

McManus admitted to “just purchasing five packets of heroin for $38 at a nearby parking lot” and using one of the bags when the officers caught him, Hope said.

After arraignment before District Judge James H. Sortman on charges of possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia, McManus was released on $1,500 bail.

Man faces multiple

driving charges

Tracey A. Chapman, 38, of 298 Grimesville Road, has been charged by Old Lycoming Township police with accidents involving damage to unattended property (hit-run) for allegedly fleeing the scene of a crash in which his motorcycle struck a home at Grimesville and Dudek roads on July 7. He has been sent a summons to appear before District Judge James H. Sortman.

City man faces

burglary charges

Julian Michael Smith, 21, of 302 Arch St., has been charged with receiving stolen property for allegedly having stolen jewelry that was taken in a burglary that occurred at Sandra Sullivan’s home at 1223 Sherman Street in early January, city police said.

Police said they had evidence that Smith sold the stolen jewelry to a second-hand store in the city days after the break-in.

Following his recent arraignment before District Judge Allen P. Page III, Smith was released on $1,500 bail.

Muncy man faces theft charges

Robin J. Phillips, 62, of 528 Ruben Kehrer Road, Muncy, faces felony charges for allegedly stealing $25,000 worth of metal railings and $1,000 worth of guide rail pieces from the construction yard at Wolyniec Construction Inc., 294 Freedom Road, last December, city police said.

Following his recent arraignment before District Judge Allen P. Page III on charges of theft, receiving stolen property and conspiracy, Phillips was released on $15,000 bail.

Cogan Station man charged with theft

Sean David Beam, 31, of 3570 Dewey Ave. Ext., Cogan Station, faces theft-related charges for allegedly stealing Catherine Thomas’ iPhone from a river lot in Woodward Township on Aug. 18 and selling it to a business, state police said.

Following his recent arraignment before District Judge Jerry C. Lepley on charges of theft, receiving stolen property and theft by deception, Beam was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $10,000 bail.

2 face felony

theft charges

Two men face felony charges for allegedly stealing $4,500 worth of hardware and pipe fittings from Price Gregory’s property at 22 Woodglen Farm Road in Old Lycoming Township on Sept. 24, according to township police.

Jeffrey F. Howlett, 26, of 3731 Lycoming Creek Road, and Matthew A. Reed, 25, of 707 Hepburn St., were caught when they tied to sell the stolen materials to a recycling business in the area later the same day, police said.

The two recently were arraigned before District Judge James H. Sortman on felony charges of theft and receiving stolen property and a misdemeanor charge of trespassing. They were released on $5,000 bail each.

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Woman accused of stealing father’s ashes

BARBOURS – Excluded in her late father’s will, Sharon K. Bender allegedly burglarized her daughter’s home on Loyalsock Manor Road in Plunketts Creek Township and stole items she apparently thought should have gone to her, including a box that contained her father’s ashes, state police allege in court papers.

Fairfield Township resident Sharon K. Bender, 65, was arrested last week on charges of burglary, felony trespassing and theft.

Police allege she climbed through a back bedroom window to enter Michelle Metzger’s home at 108 Loyalsock Manor Road between Sept. 26 and Sept. 28.

Taken in the burglary was an antique toothpick holder, a photograph of Metzger’s great-grandmother and a box that held the remains of her grandfather, Trooper Ryan Golla said in an affidavit.

Metzger said only articles of “sentimental value” were missing from the home and “suspected her mother (Bender) of removing the items because she had been written out of her deceased father’s will.” Golla said that the father left everything to his granddaughter, Metzger.

Golla said Bender has admitted to entering the property and removing the items, but she told the investigator the box of ashes were the remains of her mother.

Following her arraignment before District Judge Gary A. Whiteman, Bender was released on $12,500 bail.

2 jailed for using car without permission

A couple engaged to be married landed in jail Tuesday for allegedly staying illegally inside a Brandon Place apartment.

Not only had Carl Kendell Alford and Jody Michelle Lewandowski been staying at Walter Kinney’s apartment at 124 Brandon Place for five days, but they also drove his 2003 Chevrolet Impala, police said.

Kinney never gave permission to them to stay in the apartment or drive his car, police said.

Police responded to the property late Wednesday morning after someone at the apartment complex suspected Alford, 41, of 801 Hepburn St., and Lewandowski, 40, of 901 High St., were staying there illegally.

The couple were found sitting in Kinney’s car when officers arrived. Clothing belonging to the couple were found throughout the apartment. Drug paraphernalia, which police said belong to Alford and Lewandowski, also was discovered in the apartment.

Following their arraignment before District Judge Allen P. Page III on charges of felony trespassing, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and possession of drug paraphernalia, the two were committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $10,000 bail each.

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Woman accused of stealing wire

Trista Ann Myers, 28, of Van Buren Road, Jersey Shore, has been charged with theft, receiving stolen property and criminal conspiracy for allegedly stealing wires from utility poles in the 200 block of Haleeka Road in Hepburn Township on Oct. 4, Old Lycoming Township police said.

She has been sent a summons to appear before District Judge James H. Sortman. Two others, Zachary Brian Schreiber, and his girlfriend, Ashley Thompson, already have been charged in the case and are in jail on these offenses as well as others.

Man accused of beating woman

Derrick E. Tutler, 28, of 417 Hawthorne Ave., has been charged with simple assault, disorderly conduct and harassment for allegedly climbing on top of a woman and punching her in the face and head in the 100 block of West Third Street about 1 a.m. on Aug. 11, city police said.

Police said Tutler threw Chante James to the the ground and began attacking her.

Following his recent arraignment before District Judge Allen P. Page III, Tutler was released on $1,500. He was held court on all charges.

Man accused of stealing, pawning jewelry

Travis Christian Klinger, 26, of 733 Reuben Kehrer Road, Muncy, has been charged with allegedly stealing $2,700 worth of jewelry from Michaele Klinger’s home at 2222 Mahaffey Lane and selling the items to pawnshops sometime between July 1 and Aug. 14, according to Old Lycoming Township police.

Klinger, formerly of the 500 block of Smokey Corners Road, Cogan Station, was arraigned last week before District Judge James H. Sortman and released on $10,000 bail.

Teen charged with bike theft

Jacob Daniel Wertman, 18, of 3172 Reeder Road, pleaded guilty last week to stealing a juvenile’s bicycle from the 600 block of Spruce Street in Montoursville on July 2.

Borough police said the bicycle was quickly recovered soon after the theft.

After pleading guilty to theft, Wertman was ordered by District Judge Gary A. Whiteman to pay $1,062 in fines and court costs. He made arrangements to pay the owed amount.

As part of the guilty plea, borough police withdrew a charge of receiving stolen property.

Woman accused of shoplifting

Katie Mae Louise Clemens, 23, of 2815 Orchard Ave., has been charged with misdemeanor shoplifting after she was caught allegedly trying to steal 10 articles of clothing valued at $256 from Kmart, 1915 E. Third St., on Sept. 10.

She has been sent a summons to appear before District Judge Gary A. Whiteman.

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Escapees face more charges

New charges were filed Thursday against the pair of Lycoming County Prison pre-release escapees who fled in late September from the facility before they were captured days later.

Jarrett David Houser Jr., who eluded capture for 11 days, and Christophy Victor Pettit, who was nabbed 8 days after the two bolted out a door at the pre-release center on Sept. 29, were taken from the Lycoming County Prison and arraigned on charges of breaking into a garage and stealing a motorcycle in Lycoming Township during the time they were on the run.

Houser, 38, of 2411 Lycoming Creek Road, and Pettit, 24, of 400 Glenwood Ave., broke into a Colleen Paulhamus’ garage on Grove Road and stole a $6,000 Honda motorcycle overnight Oct. 1, Old Lycoming Township police alleged in an affidavit.

While the inmates were still at large, state troopers recovered the motorcycle on Oct. 3 outside a cabin belonging to Houser’s aunt on English Run Road in remote Pine Township, court records state.

At the time of their escape, Houser and Pettit were both serving light prison sentences at the pre-release center, located on County Farm Road in Loyalsock Township, for failure to pay child support. Since their capture, both men have admitted to the garage break-in and stealing the cycle, police said. Houser and Pettit told investigators they drove the cycle to Harrisburg and back before abandoning it at the cabin.

Upon their capture, both men were placed in the Lycoming County Prison. The two already were charged with escape and incarcerated in lieu of $1 million bail each.

They were arraigned before District Judge James H. Sortman on charges of burglary, felony trespassing, theft, receiving stolen property, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and criminal mischief and then recommitted in lieu of an additional $75,000 bail each.

Woman charged with theft

A 31-year-old Montoursville woman has been charged with stealing a man’s wallet from a vehicle and then using two gift cards that were in the wallet, borough police alleged in court papers.

Lesley Anne Snyder, of 710 Weldon St., stole the wallet from Brian Hanna’s pickup truck while it was parked at Hanna’s home in the 1000 block of Nicely Avenue overnight Aug. 27, police said.

Snyder also spent a total of $97 on two gift cards that she found in the wallet, police said.

Following her arraignment Monday before District Judge Gary A. Whiteman on charges of theft, receiving stolen property and access device fraud, Snyder was released on $2,500 bail.

2 parolees jailed on new charges

Two men face conspiracy and shoplifting charges for attempting to steal a big screen television set from Walmart, 1015 N. Loyalsock Avenue, about 3:40 a.m. on Oct. 25, Montoursville police alleged in court papers.

After leaving behind the television, Joseph M. Brennan, 52, of Mill Hall, jumped in behind the wheel of a Volkswagen Jetta as 28-year-old Mark A. Brickley, of Howard, got in on the passenger side, police said.

Witnesses obtained a description of the vehicle as well as its license plate, which they passed onto police, who stopped the vehicle at the Basin Street off-ramp of Interstate 180 in the city.

After being pulled over, Brickley tossed something out the passenger window, police said. An officer recovered the item, “a used heroin needle,” according to an affidavit.

Brickley, an admitted heroin addict, had in his possession 15 pills of the painkiller hydrocodone, police said. He faced an additional charge of possession of a controlled substance with a prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Both Brickley and Brennan, who admitted he was addicted to opiates, have also been charged with tampering with evidence. Already on probation for various offenses, the two were automatically committed to the Lycoming County Prison on probation violations.

The two have since been arraigned before District Judge Gary A. Whiteman on charges stemming from the shoplifting incident and recommitted in lieu of $10,000 bail each.