Various charges filed against 3 in local court

After hearing testimony during Jerome Williams’ preliminary hearing last week, District Judge Allen P. Page III threw out charges of intimidation of witness and retaliation against a witness, but ruled there was sufficient evidence to hold the 38-year-old city man on charges of simple assault and harassment.

The charges, filed by the a county detective, stemmed from Williams, of 617 Trenton Place, allegedly assaulting Cesare Davis on Oct. 26 when the two men were inmates at the Lycoming County Prison, according to an affidavit.

Williams had been jailed in early October on drug charges filed by the county’s Narcotics Enforcement Unit. Investigators said Williams assaulted Davis because he believed Davis had been an informant for police.

Initially jailed in lieu of $250,000 bail, Williams still remained behind bars after Page reduced the bail to $25,000.

In another criminal case, this one handled by District Judge Jerry Lepley in Jersey Shore, Adam Dieffenbacher, 36, of 126 1/2 Oliver St., Jersey Shore, pled guilty to a Tiadaghton Valley Regional police charge of possession of drug paraphernalia after police agreed to withdraw a charge of possession of marijuana.

The charges stem from an incident in the 500 block of River Road, Jersey Shore, on Oct. 19. Dieffenbacher made arrangements to pay $1,029 in fines and court costs.

In a third case, state police recently withdrew all charges against Rachael Megan Friese, 26, of 1082 Brick Church Road, Liberty.

Without sufficient evidence to pursue the case, police dropped charges of simple assault, endangering the welfare of a child and harassment. The charges, filed last year, stemmed from Friese allegedly causing chest injuries to her 15-month-old son at the family’s Jackson Township home on Christmas Day, 2017.