Judge kept busy

A Northumberland County man arrested on burglary-related charges has admitted he broke into a vacant Muncy apartment and attempted to steal appliances which he had hoped to sell in order to get money to buy heroin, borough police said in an affidavit.

This was just one of several recent cases brought before District Judge Jerry C. Lepley while he was on duty as magistrate.

Casey Michael Stidfole, 22, of Blue Jay Drive, Watsontown, was nabbed hiding in a nearby trailer about 8 p.m. on Nov. 23, police said.

Investigators allege that he broke into an apartment owned by Steve Tawney at the rear of 239 W. Penn St. He had a hypodermic needle on him at the time, police said. He told police he committed the crime in order to support his heroin addiction.

At his arraignment, Stidfole told the judge, “I’m not a flight risk. I respond to all my fines.”

Charged with burglary, felony trespassing, theft, receiving stolen property, conspiracy and possession of drug paraphernalia, Stidfole was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Heather Nicole Reed, 28, of 709 Wyoming St., has been charged with felony trespassing and criminal mischief for illegally entering Tina M. Schroat’s home at 431 Park Ave. by smashing a first-floor window and climbing through it about 7:30 a.m. on Nov. 23, city police said.

Schroat confronted her and called police, who took her into custody after finding her in a second-floor hallway, court records state.

Initially jailed, Reed since has been released on $25,000 bail.

Three-time convicted shoplifter Lakia Inez Bunch, 27, of 1010 Elizabeth St., was apprehended yet again. This time it was at the Family Dollar on West Fourth Street, where she was caught allegedly trying to steal $33 worth of merchandise about 8:40 p.m. on Nov. 23, according to city police.

“I apologize,” Bunch told Lepley at her arraignment. Charged with felony shoplifting, Bunch was released on $15,000 bail.

Joshua Lurrell Copp, 29, of 839 Lakeview Drive, Penn Township, faces assault and theft-related charges for stealing a cellphone and a jacket from two women after attacking them, city police said.

Police allege Copp first punched Janelle Forker several times in the face and then punched Citti Robinson in the stomach and ribs at William and West Church streets about 2:10 a.m. on Nov. 23. Copp stole Forker’s cellphone and Robinson’s jacket, police alleged.

Two witnesses, Adam Shick and Steven Dulaney, chased after him and subdued him in the 100 block of Pine Street until police arrived and took him into custody, charging him with robbery, simple assault, theft and receiving stolen property.

The two women, along with Copp and Dulaney, were all treated at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center. Following his arraignment hours later, Copp was committed to the Lycoming County Prison, but since has been released on $75,000 bail.

A Clinton County motorist stopped for driving with a suspended license was arrested on drug charges after he freely handed over 10 bags of heroin to the city police officer who made the traffic stop in the 1000 block of Park Avenue about 7:20 p.m. on Nov. 22.

Gale Larue Snook, 48, of 111 Snook Lane, Loganton, told police shortly before he was stopped he had purchased the bags at Almond and Wilson streets in the city.

Following his arraignment on charges of possession with intent to deliver heroin, possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia, Snook was initially jailed, but has since been released on $15,000 bail.