Police blotter

Pistol whipping alleged

Assault-related charges were filed against a city man after he allegedly pistol-whipped a neighbor and threatened to shoot him in the head, city police said.

JJ Harris, 38, of 2328 Dove St., is alleged to have attacked Joseph Miller at Miller’s back door at 2321 Dove St. about 6:20 p.m. Tuesday, police said.

Harris, along with a female acquaintance, showed up at Miller’s home demanding he let them in so that they could take pictures, police said.

When Miller refused, Harris pulled out a gun and allegedly struck him on the head.

Police also allege Harris pointed the gun at Miller and told him, “I’ll shoot you in the head.”

When officers arrived, the two men were involved in a physical altercation, police said.

Police later obtained a search warrant and recovered a weapon they believed was used in the assault in Harris’ residence.

Harris was arrested on charges of aggravated and simple assault, terroristic threats, recklessly endangering, possession of an instrument of crime and trespassing.

Following his arraignment before District Judge James H. Sortman, he was jailed in lieu of $75,000 bail.

3 charges dismissed

Following a preliminary hearing this week, District Judge James Carn threw out three city police charges against Ricco James Brown, but held the 27-year-old city man on a count of terroristic threats.

Brown, of 620 Ninth Ave., was arrested for allegedly assaulting a male juvenile in the 600 block of Seventh Avenue on March 5, police said.

The juvenile, a Williamsport Area High School student, recorded on his cellphone an earlier classroom altercation involving Brown’s niece and then showed the recording to school staff, police said.

On Seventh Avenue, Brown confronted the boy, calling him “a snitch” and telling him that he knew where the teen lived and he would “kill him and his whole family,” police alleged in court papers.

Following the hearing on Tuesday, Carn tossed out charges of intimidation of witness, retaliation against a witness and simple assault.

He also reduced Brown’s bail to $50,000, but Brown remained jailed in the Lycoming County Prison.

Police blotter

Man faces 3 counts of theft, receiving stolen property

HUGHESVILLE – When her nephew was “getting out of rehab” in 2012, Mary Collins wanted to help out the 24-year-old man by taking him into her Wolf Township home at 152 Boak Ave, state police said.

She had hoped to keep the nephew, Levi Michael Shoemaker, “out of trouble,” police said.

However, Shoemaker, now has been charged with allegedly stealing jewelry and coins from the home Collins shares with her boyfriend, Charles Smith, police said. Shoemaker is alleged to have stolen the items last May.

Shoemaker also is alleged to have stolen jewelry from two other homes, police said. He is accused of stealing jewelry from the home Randy and Jeri Shoemaker, while he stayed at the couple’s home while they were on vacation in late May, police said. Police did not say if he was a relative of theirs. They are neighbors of Collins.

Police also allege that Levi Shoemaker stole jewelry from the home of Gerald Smith and Amy Egli on Laidecker Road in Moreland Township while attending a Memorial Day party there.

Charged with three counts each of theft and receiving stolen property, Levi Shoemaker has been sent a summons to appear before District Judge Jon E. Kemp.

Admitted drug user faces theft charges

HUGHESVILLE – An admitted heroin and crack cocaine addict faces charges for selling a Playstation console that he stole in a burglary in Wolf Township, state police alleged in court papers.

Police have accused Casey Michael Stidfole, 22, of Watsontown, with stealing the Playstation, 10 video games and 30 DVDs from Joseph Little’s home at 152 Boak Ave. on July 22. He then sold the Playstation to Elite Games for $90, police said.

Already incarcerated on a probation violation, Stidfole recently was arraigned before District Judge Jon E. Kemp on charges of burglary, felony trespassing, theft, receiving stolen property and theft by deception. He was recommitted to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $75,000 bail.

Woman faces shoplifting charges

PENNSDALE – A 30-year-old Montgomery woman turned herself in last week to face Muncy Township police charges of allegedly shoplifting at three Lycoming Mall stores, according to court records.

Nicole Marie Reynolds, of 25 Penn St., was nabbed at Sears allegedly trying to steal $544 of merchandise on Oct. 19, police said.

At the time, she had in her possession merchandise she allegedly stole from two other mall stores, Aeropostale and Old Navy, police said.

An admitted heroin addict, Reynolds was arraigned last week before District Judge Jon E. Kemp on charges of misdemeanor shoplifting and receiving, and released on $20,000 bail.

2 woman face

theft charges

MUNCY – Two Dollar General employees have been charged with allegedly stealing from the North Washington Street business, according to borough police.

Renee Archeval, 29, of 8 N. Market St., is alleged to have stolen $200 in cash and estimated $100 in drinks, snacks and cigarettes between September and November, police said.

Archeval admitted to police that she took the cash and merchandise because she “was broke and her food stamps had been cut,” according to an officer’s affidavit.

Another employee, Kara A. Stackhouse, 26, of Dallas, is alleged to have stolen $100 from the store in mid-December, police said. She admitted to officers that she stole the cash to “feed her drug addiction,” police said.

Both women have been charged with theft and receiving stolen property, and have been sent summonses to appear before District Judge Jon E. Kemp.

Watsontown man facing theft charges

PENNSDALE – Dick’s Sporting Goods salesman Nathan Park Longnecker, 25, of Watsontown, has been charged with theft and receiving stolen property for allegedly stealing $150 worth of merchandise from the business during the months of October and November, Muncy Township police said.

He has been sent a summons to appear District Judge on Jon E. Kemp.

Man faces DUI,

hit-run charges

MONTGOMERY – A 24-year-old motorist faces charges for striking a gasoline pump at the Uni-Mart on South Main Street while allegedly drunk on Oct. 5, according to borough police.

Following the crash, Logan Scott McHenry, of 1980 Route 405, Muncy, fled the scene, but officers caught up with him minutes later at Route 405 and Brick Church Road, police said.

Damage to the pump was estimated at $1,043, police said.

Charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants and accidents involving damage to unattended property (hit-run), McHenry has been sent a summons to appear before District Judge Jon E. Kemp.

Police blotter

Man pleads guilty

Former Safe Site Solutions employee Roy Blane Russitano, 36, of 330 Government Place, pleaded guilty to summary harassment after Montoursville police withdrew the more serious charges of terroristic threats and criminal mischief.

The charges stem from a disturbance on Nov. 21 at the Montoursville firm on Reading Lane when Russitano allegedly threatened a supervisor, telling him he was going to “knock his teeth down his throat,” police said, adding that the accused also threw a cup of coffee at the supervisor.

Russitano made arrangements to pay $300 in fines and court costs ordered by District Judge Gary A. Whiteman.

Shoplifting alleged

A 27-year-old city woman who city police said is a repeat shoplifter has been charged yet again with the same felony offense after she allegedly fled with merchandise from Gustonian Gifts, 357 Pine St., on Sept. 11.

Amanda Kay Wilcox, of 654 Fourth Ave., fled the store after concealing merchandise in a handbag, police said, adding that the theft was captured on store video. The value of the stolen items was not listed.

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

She already was out on supervised bail on a felony shoplifting charge stemming from an incident at Kohl’s on William Street on the same day.

Assault hearing set

Nicholas Levi Chance Aloisio, 21, of 2601 W. Fourth St., will have a preliminary hearing this week on assault-related charges stemming from an incident with Garrett Reed on Chirlton Point in Loyalsock Township, state police said.

While Reed was sitting in the driver’s seat of a car on Oct. 15, Aloisio smashed out the driver’s window with a boot and struck Reed several times, police alleged in an affidavit.

During the attack, Aloisio wrestled Reed to the ground after Reed got out of the vehicle, police alleged. The early-morning confrontation occurred outside Aloisio’s home, police said. Chirlton Point is in the area of Warrensville and Sand Hill roads.

Following his recent arraignment before District Judge Gary A. Whiteman on charges of simple assault, criminal mischief and harassment, Aloisio was released on $10,000 bail.

Police: Repeat shoplifters nabbed

Admitted heroin addict Brett Daniel Shoemaker, 37, of 1118 Market St., has been arrested on charges of allegedly stealing two television sets at Wal-Mart in Montoursville; one on Jan. 21 and another on Feb. 4, according to borough police.

With already two shoplifting convictions, Shoemaker has been arraigned before District Judge Gary A. Whiteman on two counts each of felony shoplifting and receiving stolen property. Initially committed to the Lycoming County Prison, he has since been released on $10,000 bail.

In a second shoplifting case involving the same department store, Lakia Inez Bunch, 27, of 1010 Elizabeth St., also was arraigned on felony shoplifting and receiving stolen property charges after she was caught allegedly trying to steal $267 worth of merchandise on Feb. 16.

Bunch, who also has two prior shoplifting convictions, was arraigned and jailed in lieu of $15,000 bail.


Man allegedly stole from church box

A Columbia County man faces theft-related charges after he was caught allegedly stealing money from a donation box at the St. Joseph’s the Worker Parish, 720 W. Fourth St., on the afternoon of Dec. 21, city police said.

Michael Spindler, 58, of Millville, is accused of taking $93 from the box while the church was open, police said. Following his recent arraignment before District Judge James Carn on charges of theft and receiving stolen property, he was released on $10,000 bail.

Man accused of damaging machinery

JERSEY SHORE – Joseph Allen Engel Jr., 40, of 79 Martins Road, Linden, has been charged with misdemeanor criminal mischief for allegedly causing $2,500 damage to a Caterpillar machine on Big Springs Road in Watson Township in early May, state police said.

The piece of equipment is owned by Texas-based Rockwater Energy Solutions, Trooper Daniel Kozak said, adding that Engel “climbed inside the Caterpillar, turned it on and began to operate different gears.”

Following his recent arraignment before District Judge Jerry C. Lepley, Engel was released on $5,000 bail.

Man allegedly took cash, failed to do work

Gerald William Thompson, 41, of 1700 Richards Ave., has been charged with theft by deception for allegedly failing to do drywall work on William Sykes’ property after taking $2,000 from him for the project, according to city police.

Thompson took the money from Sykes in mid-July after agreeing to do work on property Sykes owns at 1107 Charles St., police said. Police allege the work was never done.

Following his recent arraignment before District Judge James H. Sortman on a charge of theft by deception, Thompson was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Police: Felon again fails to register address

Already on probation for failure to register as a sex offender, 37-year-old convicted felon Adam Lee Fisher once again has been charged with the same offense, according to state police.

In mid-November, Fisher registered his address as a Linden property in the 6200 block of Route 220, police said. However, in early January, police learned Fisher only was receiving mail at the Route 220 house and instead was living with his sister at 1507 High St.

Following his recent arraignment before District Judge James H. Sortman, Fisher, already incarcerated on a probation violation, was recommitted to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail.