New morals charges filed against man
New charges have been lodged against a 37-year-old Jersey Shore area man arrested earlier this year for allegedly sending sexually explicit text messages to a 15-year-old girl while he was incarcerated.
Donald S. Guthrie, of 200 Corning Ave., Porter Township, now has been charged with indecent assault and corrupting the morals of a minor for allegedly having inappropriate contact with the same Loyalsock Township victim at her home between October 2008 and April 2009, police said.
The new charges stemmed from information that recently came to light, police said. Following his recent arraignment before District Judge Gary A. Whiteman, Guthrie was released on $10,000 bail. He waived those charges and the original set that he was charged with in March.
Police said Guthrie sent sexually lewd text messages to the girl while he was an inmate at a jail in Erie in December and early January.
Troopers say speeder possessed drugs
A 19-year-old Loyalsock Township motorist caught speeding on Lincoln Drive in the township faces felony and misdemeanor charges after state troopers discovered in his vehicle 17 grams of marijuana that were in a backpack on the front passenger seat, according to court records.
Police suspect that Seth Andrew Pleskonko, of 1301 Lafayette Parkway, was under the influence of marijuana when they stopped the teenager near Randall Circle about 4 p.m. on April 29.
The driver's eyes were glazed and bloodshot, police said. Pleskonko admitted he had been smoking marijuana about "an hour" before the stop. He was released that day. Blood test results have since revealed he had marijuana in his system, police said.
Pleskonko was arrested at his home on May 25 and taken before District Judge Gary A. Whiteman to be arraigned on charges of possession with intent to deliver marijuana, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence of a controlled substance. He was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $25,000 bail.
Man accused of taking another's car
A Picture Rocks area man faces felony charges for allegedly stealing another man's car, which he crashed near Bloomsburg, according to state police.
Dominic James Thomas, 18, of 921 Barto Hollow Road, Penn Township, allegedly stole Kenneth Reeder's Toyota Camry from outside Reeder's home at 2404 Route 442, Muncy Creek Township, on May 24, police said.
A short time later, Thomas crashed the car on Route 442 in Columbia County, police said. No details were available about that incident. Thomas was arraigned hours later before District Judge Gary A. Whiteman on charges of felony theft, receiving stolen property and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. He was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $40,000 bail.
Shoplifting alleged again of probationer
Nijah Lorriane Lucas, 23, of 815 W. Fourth St., has been charged by city police with felony shoplifting after she was caught allegedly trying to flee the Family Dollar, 1221 W. Fourth St., with merchandise on May 10.
Already on probation for shoplifting, Lucas was arraigned hours later before District Judge Jon E. Kemp and committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $20,000 bail.
Homeless man allegedly inhales fumes
A homeless man who told a judge at his arraignment that he just "bums around" was incarcerated on a charge of illegal use of solvents for allegedly inhaling paint fumes, city police said.
Kavin L. Hamilton was taken into custody after he was seen jumping in front of several moving vehicles in the 1600 block of West Fourth Street about 8:10 p.m. May 24, police said.
Hamilton, who apparently became inebriated by inhaling paint fumes, said he had been living under the West Fourth Street bridge over Lycoming Creek.
Following his arraignment before District Judge Gary A. Whiteman, he was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $5,000 bail.
Man accused of attacking stepfather
A 19-year-old man faces assault-related charges for allegedly threatening his stepfather with a large knife, kicking him in the chest and hitting him over the head with a large floor lamp in the Park Place home they share, city police said.
Joshua Allen Johnson, of 807 Park Place, was arrested on charges of terroristic threats, simple assault and harassment following the attack on William Morris, which occurred about 3:20 p.m. Monday. Following his arraignment, he was committed to the Lycoming County Prison but was released Thursday on $35,000 bail.