Police Blotter

Shoplifting scheme alleged

PENNSDALE – A Fairfield Township man faces a total of 17 charges of his alleged involvement in a shoplifting scheme in which merchandise was stolen from Target at Lycoming Crossing and Dick’s Sporting Goods at the Lycoming Mall, according to Muncy Township police.

Daniel Jeff Springman, who turns 27 at the end of the month, of 149 Charles St., has been charged with four counts of felony shoplifting, six counts each of theft by deception and receiving stolen property and one count of conspiracy.

Springman, who already has four shoplifting convictions, conspired with two other people in a theft plot, police said.

The scheme worked this way: one person would walk out of the stores with stolen merchandise, and one of the other two would then walk into the store and return the stolen items in exchange for a gift card or for merchandise of the same value, police alleged in an affidavit.

The thefts occurred between March 15 and March 31, borough police said.

Formerly of the 6300 block of Route 654, Springman was arraigned before District Judge James H. Sortman and remains jailed in the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $80,000 bail.

Man accused of sending teen sex photo

HUGHESVILLE – James Philip Secules, 18, of 160 S. Main St., faces charges for allegedly sending an inappropriate sexually explicit photo of himself to a 14-year-old girl on Facebook in Wolf Township in early February, according to state police.

Charged with unlawful contact with a minor and corrupting the morals of a minor, Secules has been sent a summons to appear before District Judge Jon E. Kemp.

Man accused of scrap metal theft

LAIRDSVILLE – Matthew David Bixler, 22, of 1024 S. Puderbach Road, Unityville, has been charged with theft and receiving stolen property for allegedly stealing $1,296 worth of scrap metal from Nevin Arthur’s property at 951 Dugan Road in Franklin Township in mid-October and selling it to a recycling business, according to state police.

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

Reckless endangering alleged

PENNSDALE – Robert Shawn Hitesman, 43, of 537 Village Road, faces charges of terroristic threats, simple assault and recklessly endangering for allegedly pointing a handgun at his wife, Sheri, and threatening to shoot her during a domestic disturbance at the couple’s home about 1 a,.m. April 30, according to state Trooper Travis Pena.

The two got into an argument over a letter Hitesman found from “another man,” Pena said.

Following his arraignment before District Judge Jerry C. Lepley, Hitesman was initially committed to the Lycoming County Prison, but has since been released on $7,500 bail.

Police blotter

Borough man allegedly steals metal safe

James B. Saiers, 58, of 913 W. Southern Ave., South Williamsport, faces charges for allegedly stealing a metal safe from the rear of the Dollar General Store, 514 W. Southern Ave., on March 8, according to borough police.

While the store was undergoing renovation in early March, scrap metal and other items, including an old safe, were removed from the building and kept in an outdoor area at the back of the business that was off-limits to customers, police said.

Saiers asked a store employee if he had permission to take some of the scrap metal, but the employee told him no, police said. Still, Saiers allegedly stole the safe, police said.

Arraigned Monday before District Judge Gary A. Whiteman on charges of theft and receiving stolen property, he was released on $2,500 bail. He also waived his preliminary hearing.

Sex video with minor alleged of man

Codey J. Kaiser, 21, of 522 Washington Blvd., has been charged with one count of dissemination of photos and videos of a minor engaged in a sexual act and one count of harassment, according to city police.

Kaiser is alleged to have disseminated four videos and two photos of his former 17-year-old girlfriend as she was engage in sexual acts “in a state of undress” in the spring of 2013, police said.

The alleged acts occurred in the 600 block of Highland Terrace, police said. “It was consensual. The girl knew she was being video taped, but the crime occurred in the alleged dissemination of the material when she was minor,” an officer said.

Arraigned before District Judge Allen P. Page III, Kaiser was released on $10,000 bail. He waived his preliminary hearing on Thursday.

Police: Man falsely said he was physician

Richard A. Blaise, 34, of 743 Park Ave., has been charged with identity theft following an incident at CVS in South Williamsport on March 15, borough police said.

Blaise called the pharmacy and falsely identified himself by using a physician’s name, police alleged in court papers. He then used another man’s name in order to illegally obtain a prescription, police said.

A friend, who has not been charged, picked up the prescription for him, police said.

Following his recent arraignment before District Judge Gary A. Whiteman, Blaise was initially committed to the Lycoming County Prison, but has since been released on $10,000 bail.