Man charged with attempted theft

JERSEY SHORE – A man being charged with theft from a vehicle is adamant he didn’t do it.

Joshua Thomas Fox, 23, of 1056 Hepburn St., was arraigned Tuesday before Judge Jerry Lepley for allegedly trying to gain access to a woman’s vehicle parked on Walnut Street to remove a wallet that morning.

“I was not trying to rob that vehicle,” he told Lepley during his arraignment, according to court documents.

According to an affidavit, Fox and a white female were seen sitting on a curb several car lengths away from the vehicle. Witnesses told police that Fox walked up to the vehicle and peered inside before pulling on the driver’s side door handle. The wallet reportedly was sitting on the driver’s seat.

The owner of the car told police she approached Fox and asked him why he was trying to get into her vehicle, but said that he ignored her and walked back to a gold Pontiac, leaving the scene with his female friend.

Police later stopped the Pontiac on Oliver Street and took Fox into custody.

Fox was arraigned and released on a $3,500 bail.

Man charged with using boat while intoxicated

John Harvey Matthews, 56, of 9 Arch St., took his boat out on the river in Piatt Township after having a few drinks and now is facing charges from the state Fish and Boat Commission.

Matthews’ silver pontoon boat was stopped on the river at 5:08 p.m. June 7. The boat’s registration had expired.

According to an affidavit, Matthews first refused to take a sobriety tests, but eventually complied and was found to be intoxicated. When searched, Matthews allegedly was found to have a marijuana pipe and marijuana.

Matthews was charged with operating a watercraft under the influence of alcohol, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession and use of marijuana and negligent operation of a watercraft.

He was sent a summons to appear before Judge Jerry Lepley.

Woman charged with paraphernalia possession

Stephanie Kathryn Persun, 25, of 324 Campbell St., was taken into custody by city police on a bench warrant at 5:46 p.m. on May 1.

During the arrest, police allegedly found a hypodermic needle in her right front pants pocket typically used to inject heroin.

Duke Deljanovan, who was with Persun at the time, told police that he and Persun had just injected one bag of heroin in the bathroom at a nearby dental clinic.

Persun was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. She was arraigned before District Judge Gary Whiteman and released on a $5,000 bail.

Woman charged

with stealing jewelry

JERSEY SHORE – An 18-year-old woman is accused of stealing $6,000 worth of jewelry from a juvenile.

According to Tiadaghton Valley Regional police, Bethany J. Shirk, whose address is unknown, allegedly entered the home of her boyfriend’s family on or around June 6 and removed two 10-karat gold rings with diamonds and a gold tennis bracelet with 2-karat diamonds valued at $5,000 from the bedroom of a 14-year-old girl.

The girl’s mother told police that the jewelry was given to the juvenile from her grandmother’s estate.

Shirk also is believed to have been taken four more rings from the girl. The rings were valued at an additional $1,000.

Shirk denied to police that she had removed the jewelry, but she had seen the items in the residence, according to an affidavit.

Police spoke to Christine Barr, who had the rings in her possession, and said that Shirk had given the rings to her. Shirk also was seen wearing the bracelet, court documents said.

Shirk was charged with felony counts of theft and receiving stolen property. She was arraigned before Judge Jerry Lepley and released on $15,000 bail.