Tioga County police and court
Crash leads to charges
MANSFIELD – Gary P. Smith Jr., 27, of 311 Ridge Road, Tioga, is accused of driving under the influence, as well as driving with an expired license and certificate of inspection, according to court documents.
Mansfield Borough police said Smith lost control speeding on North Main Street July 21, striking an embankment and a tree before flipping his vehicle on its roof and sliding an additional 30 feet before coming to a stop in the opposite lane.
Officer Zachary Emmerson Stager alleges he interviewed Smith on the scene and, suspecting him to be intoxicated, transported him to Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital for a blood test that revealed a blood alcohol level of .139 percent.
Smith is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in front of District Judge James E. Carlson on Oct. 18.
WELLSBORO – Justin Howard Plank, 27, of 131 Taber St., Apt. B, Blossburg, allegedly assaulted Trooper Terry Jeffrey Seal and resisted arrest Sept. 15, according to court documents.
Plank is accused of attempting to grab a flashlight out of Seal’s hands and then grabbing the trooper’s arm, to which Seal responded by pushing the accused onto a couch.
According to court documents, when Seal attempted to arrest Plank, the accused allegedly resisted and repeatedly said, “Go ahead and break my arm.” He was arrested for aggravated assault, according to Trooper William Hoppel who witnessed the event.
Plank awaits a preliminary hearing Tuesday in front of District Judge Robert L. Repard, in Tioga County Prison.
False information case
WELLSBORO – Harvey Frances Howell Jr., 25, of 1 Bridge St., Galeton, is accused of giving false information to authorities and littering, according to court documents.
Rodney Mee, wildlife conservation officer with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, pulled a truck over on Route 349 that was allegedly spilling garbage from its bed onto the road on July 25.
According to Mee, when he collected information from the three individuals in the truck, one did not have any identification and told the officer his name was TJ Howell. During his investigation, a search yielded no warrants for that name but Westfield Patrolman Andrew Adams informed Mee that Harvey Francis Howell Jr. goes by “TJ.”
The officer said that upon running Howell’s name through law enforcement databases and identifying him as the man in the truck, Mee discovered there was an arrest warrant outstanding.
Howell’s preliminary hearing is Oct. 21 in front of District Judge Robert L. Repard.
WELLSBORO – Calli Lane Webster, 28, of Palm Bay, Florida, is accused of driving under the influence during the early morning of Aug. 2, according to court documents.
Allegedly, Webster caught Patrolman Frank Levindoski’s attention when she drifted into another lane while driving in front of him.
Levindoski pulled the vehicle over and alleges Webster appeared to be under the influence and asked her to perform field sobriety tests. He then transported Webster to Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital for a blood test that, according to court documents, revealed the accused’s blood alcohol content to be .215 percent.
Webster’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 14 before District Judge Robert L. Repard..
WELLSBORO – Joseph Glenn Brooks, 40, of 1350 Davis Hill Road, Middlebury Center, is accused of stealing his co-worker’s credit card and charging $440.93, according to court documents.
Scott Mann, to whom the card belongs, claims Brooks informed him he found the credit card and would return it.
Allegedly, Brooks did not return the card, but used it four times – at Pizza Barn in Elkland, twice at the Dandy Mini Mart in Knoxville and at the Wellsboro Rental Center where he rented a John Deere mini-excavator for $326.20.
According to Trooper Craig Wharton, an employee at the rental center identified the accused and the card was recovered.
Brooks will appear in front of District Judge Robert L. Repard on Oct. 7 for a preliminary hearing.
Tioga County police and court
Terrostic threats alleged
MANSFIELD – Marcus Devon Philpot, 22, of 150 N. Main St. was accused of terroristic threats, two counts of simple assault and harassment after police interrupted an altercation between him and the victim Aug. 26.
According to court documents, Philpot allegedly forcefully removed the female victim out of a vehicle, threatened to kill her as well as the other occupants of the vehicle.
He then pushed the victim up against the rear of the car and allegedly attempted to choke her, according to the affidavit.
Philpot was arrested Aug. 27 and freed on $5,000 bail.
He appeared before District Judge James E. Carlson Wednesday and was held for court.
Crash leads to DUI charge
MANSFIELD – Eric Lavadius Green, 36, of 686 Spencer Road, is accused of driving under the influence, driving without a license, speeding and careless driving Aug. 20.
According to court documents, Green lost control of his wife’s vehicle while driving with a blood alcohol content of .229 and crashed it into a field about 50 yards south of Spencer Road.
His preliminary hearing will take place Oct. 15 in front of District Judge James E. Carlson.
Driver accused of heroin use
WELLSBORO – Charlotte Evelyn Rims, 25, of 6 East Ave., Apt. 4, is accused of driving under the influence of a controlled substance and damaging unattended property in the Dunham’s Department Store parking lot June 17.
According to court documents, Rims allegedly told Patrolman Chad Boyce she injected two bags of heroin prior to crashing her vehicle at the store located at 45 Main St.
The accused was arrested and transported to Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital to have blood drawn and tested. She then was released to a family member.
Rims will appear in front of District Judge Robert L. Repard Sept. 30 for a preliminary hearing.
Pot and alcohol use alleged
WELLSBORO – Michael Christopher Paul, 50, of 831 Magnolia Ave., Croydon, is accused of driving under the influence, possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia and failing to signal while driving Aug. 31.
According to court documents, Paul was pulled over on Pearl Street by patrolman Chad Boyce after allegedly failing to signal on three different turns. Boyce said he smelled alcohol on the defendant’s breath and spotted an open container of beer in the vehicle.
The arresting officer says he also smelled marijuana in the vehicle.
Allegedly, Paul gave permission to search his vehicle, which led to Boyce confiscating four grams of marijuana, two multicolored pipes and a metal grinder.
Paul was arrested and posted bail of $2,500.
He will appear in front District Judge Robert L. Repard for his preliminary hearing Sept. 16.
Man allegedly sold pot to officer
WELLSBORO – Joey Thomas Tanaiewski, 19, of 68 Jackson Center Road, Millerton, is accused of possession with intent to sell drugs on three separate occasions, according to court documents.
Tanaiewski was arrested Aug. 31 by officer Chad Boyce of the Wellsboro Police Department.
According to Boyce, the accused allegedly sold 6.6 grams of marijuana to an undercover officer March 12, two baggies of heroin March 20 and “wholesale” heroin March 24.
His bail is posted at $7,500 and Tanaiewski awaits his preliminary hearing on Sept. 16 in Tioga County Prison.