Man charged with making
A city man faces misdemeanor charges for allegedly making intimidating statements to a Pennsylvania College of Technology student the day before she was expected to testify against her former boyfriend in an assault case, according to court records.
"If you go to court tomorrow, you'll end up in jail or in the hospital," Aaron Michael Strausser told student Shanna Evans outside a campus building at 1030 W. Third St. about 11:30 a.m. on July 13, Penn College police said.
Strausser, 25, of 691 Seventh Ave. allegedly made the remark to sway Evans' actions or testimony in a case that was scheduled the next day before Distinct Judge James G. Carn, police said.
The hearing was for Evans' former boyfriend, Joseph M. Yesvetz Jr., 23, of West Hazleton, who has been charged with simple assault and harassment for allegedly standing over Strausser with a handgun and threatening to kill her during a disturbance in her apartment at 777 W. Third St. earlier this year.
Yesvetsz's hearing, however, was continued until a later date.
Strausser has been charged with two misdemeanor counts of intimidation of a witness. "I'm not guilty," he told District Judge Jerry C. Lepley at his arraignment hours after he allegedly made the remark. He was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $10,000 bail.
Woman charged with forgery
A Moreland Township woman faces charges for allegedly altering the amount on one check and depositing two other checks that were stolen from her sister, according to South Williamsport police.
Shannon Amy Temple, 22, of 419 Church Drive, was issued a check by Willards Saddlery at 825 Westminster Drive for the amount of $113 on March 7. However, when she deposited the check in her account at Wyrope Williamsport Federal Credit Union, 1536 Riverside Drive, she is alleged to have changed the amount to $913, police said.
Police also allege that Temple stole two checks belonging to her sister, Carrie, in the amounts of $975 and $350, and deposited them into her account on May 22.
She was arraigned recently before District Judge Kenneth T. Schriner Jr. on three counts of forgery and released on $5,000 bail.
Jersey Shore man pleads guilty to animal cruelty charges
JERSEY SHORE - Thomas L. Burkholder, 38, of 124 Locust St. pleaded guilty on June 24 to a charge of cruelty to animals as a result of mistreating three adult Labrador retrievers at his home on May 12, according to court records filed by the local chapter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Burkholder made arrangements to pay $394 in fines and court costs that were ordered by District Judge Jerry L. Lepley. No information was available Tuesday night on the conditions of the three dogs.
Woman charged with shoplifting
Shakira I. Palmer- Jones, 28, 566 Memorial Ave. has been charged with misdemeanor shoplifting after she was caught allegedly trying to steal $24 worth of merchandise from T.J. Maxx, 1734 E. Third St., on May 6, state police said. It is her second such offense. She has been sent a summons to appear before District Judge Kenneth T. Schriner Jr.
Avis man faces theft charge
A former Pennsylvania College of Technology student has been charged with theft for allegedly failing to return a $98 calculator that he leased from the school, according to campus police.
Kraig C. Hensler, 19, of 203 Clinton St., Avis, signed a contract with the school to lease the calculator between May 4 and June 9, but he never returned it to the college after leaving, police said. He has been sent a summons to appear before District Judge James G. Carn.
Charges dropped against city man in 2-year-old drug case
In a two-year-old drug case, all charges have been dropped against Christopher L. Mitchell, 29, of 1142 W. Fourth St.
State police and the county's District Attorney's Office withdrew the charges before District Judge Allen P. Page III on July 10.
Investigators alleged that Mitchell was involved in two cocaine drug sales in the city on April 2 and May 21, both in 2007. It was unknown why investigators withdrew two counts each of possession with intent to deliver cocaine, delivery of cocaine, possession of cocaine and illegal use of a cell phone.
Charges dropped against Lewisburg man
All charges were dropped Friday against Jerome A. Todd at the office of District Judge Allen P. Page III.
Police withdrew charges of theft and receiving stolen property against the 20-year-old Lewisburg man.
The charges stem from Todd allegedly stealing a $408 acoustic guitar from Dorian Debushea's apartment at 347 Academy St. on April 21, police said. No information was provided on why the case collapsed last week.
3 people face assault charges
Three people have been charged with assault. They are:
Nahkita L. Johnson, 19, of 647 Wildwood Blvd. has been charged with allegedly assaulting Brandy Flick outside Johnson's home about 4:30 p.m. on June 5, city police said. Police alleged Johnson stomped on Flick's face and ripped three earrings from her ear. Charged with simple assault and harassment, Johnson has been sent a summons to appear before District Judge James G. Carn.
Courtney L. Powell, 18, of 910 Poplar St. , has been charged with simple assault, disorderly conduct and harassment, for allegedly fighting with Niya Thorn in the 600 block of Second Street on May 29, city police said. She has been sent a summons to appear before District Judge James G. Carn.
Mychael J. Diggs, 31, of 642 Second Ave. has been charged by city police with striking Bethany Baker in the face with a shirt at the couple's home on July 9, city police said. Following his arraignment before District Judge Allen P. Page III on charges of simple assault and harassment on July 9, Diggs was released on $2,000. He has since waived his preliminary hearing.