Man jailed for alleged burglary
WELLSBORO - Ryan V. Arena, 22, of 1969 Charleston Road, was charged by police with burglary, theft, criminal trespass, and receiving stolen property after a burglary of a borough home Sept. 3.
According to documents filed at District Judge Rob Repard's office, Arena and a minor male burglarized a home at 54 Walnut St.
According to police, after the owners of the residence, Cynthia and Samuel Long, returned home from being away for the weekend, they discovered their residence had been broken into and personal belongings scattered throughout.
Police discovered entry had been made through a basement door that had been kicked open to the kitchen area, and prescription bottles for vicodin, clonzepam, oxycodene and Viagra for Samuel Long were lying on the floor.
Dresser drawers in the bedroom had been ransacked and four handguns and ammunition were stolen from a locked closet that had been broken into. Also taken was $200 in cash, a bottle of Black Jack, jewelry, 20 credit cards, a Louis Vuitton purse, 20 gold coins, a 14-karat miniature and a men's Benrus watch.
The Longs indicated their grandson most likely was the culprit as he had stolen from them before. The boy admitted to the burglary with Arena, who was in route with his grandfather to Philadelphia for another court hearing at the time police were looking for him. Police notified the grandfather, who returned Arena to Wellsboro where he was arrested for a probation violation and jailed in lieu of $50,000 bail.
His preliminary hearing was set for Oct. 2.
Woman charged with possession of drug paraphernalia
WELLSBORO - Shanna N. Hilfiger, 27, of 1047 Balsam Road, was charged by borough police with possession of drug paraphernalia in the form of a hypodermic needle syringe and other items during a traffic stop.
According to documents filed at District Judge Rob Repard's office, Hilfiger placed a syringe and two plastic baggies in her bra, plus eight blue wax paper wrappings used to package and contain controlled substances during a traffic stop on West Avenue May 29. She was issued a summons to appear for a preliminary hearing Oct. 9.
Man charged with taking computer
WELLSBORO - Mathew D. Wilson, 20, of 1311 Cherry Flats Road, was charged by state police with receiving stolen property after he allegedly took a MacBook Pro laptop computer from someone attending a party he was not invited to.
According to documents filed at District Judge Rob Repard's office, Wilson and two other uninvited guests went to a party at 574 Kelsey St., on July 17, where, police said, he took the laptop valued at $2,500, a Zoom MP3 player valued at $100 and three chargers valued at $60 belonging to Christian A. Crawford, while Crawford was at the same party.
Wilson is to appear at a preliminary hearing Oct. 16.
Woman charged after allegedly attacking another
WELLSBORO - Karen M. McBride, 36, of 5 Gee's Mobile Home Park, was charged by state police with criminal trespass, terroristic threats, simple assault, harassment and criminal mischief after she allegedly attacked another woman at that person's residence.
According to documents filed at District Judge Rob Repard's office, McBride went to the residence of Monica K. Pierce, 490 Marsh Creek Road, Shippen Township, Aug. 26, where she drove onto the lawn, causing damage, and finding Pierce outside, she followed her yelling "you better run, b....." as Pierce ran inside and locked the door and began calling 911.
McBride allegedly kicked open the door and ripped the phone out of Pierce's hand, hit her in the jaw, knocking her down and then knocked her down again when she stood back up, saying if she ever talked that way to her on the phone again she would kill her. Pierce said she was able to get away and run to her landlord's house, where the two watched McBride dump trash on the lawn and smash lawn ornaments.
She was issued a summons to appear at a preliminary hearing Oct. 16.
Man charged with holding knife to another's throat
WELLSBORO - William E. Perry, 49, of 619 E. Main St., Westfield, was charged by borough police with simple assault, terroristic threats, disorderly conduct, criminal trespass and harassment after he allegedly held a knife to another man's throat.
According to documents filed at District Judge Rob Repard's office, on Aug. 28, Perry went to the Sharon McKenny and Lewis Earle residence at 253 E. Main St., Westfield and pulled a knife, holding it 3 inches from Earle's neck and threatening to slice his neck with it.
Police said when they arrived, Perry was standing outside the residence yelling threats toward the house. He also allegedly harassed McKenny at the bus stop the day before and he threatened to kill the officer as he was being transported to jail.
He was jailed in lieu of $12,500 bail and his preliminary hearing set for Oct. 30.
4 people charged with drunken driving
MANSFIELD - Four people were charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants recently. According to documents filed at District Judge James Carlson and District Judge Rob Repard's offices, they were:
Peter R. Januskiewiecz, 51, of Burnham, Maine, by state police during a CMV enforcement team inspection at the Welcome Center, Route 15, Tioga Township Sept. 16. He was released on $2,000 bail and his preliminary hearing continued to Oct. 10.
Tina M. Witucki, 39, of 58 Tipple Lane, Morris Run, by Blossburg police on Gulick Street Sept. 2 following a traffic stop. She was issued a summons to appear.
Geoffrey A. George, 24, of 1097 Pitts Road, by state police after he crashed his car on Pickle Hill Road, Richmond Township, July 28. He was issued a summons to appear.
Stephen T. Zahurik, 57, of 203 Swede Hill Road, Wellsboro, by Wellsboro police following a traffic stop on East Avenue Sept. 20. He was issued a summons to appear.
Man charged with possession of pot pipe
MANSFIELD - Richard J. Vargas, 40, of 16834 Route 6, Apt. 1, was charged by state police with possession of drug paraphernalia from an incident Dec. 26, 2009.
According to documents filed at District Judge James Carlson's office, police found Vargas walking along Route 6 near the high school at 73 W. Wellsboro St., close to the fog line, causing a traffic hazard. He was arrested on an active warrant from the county sheriff's office and during a search a pipe was found in his jeans pocket. He was released on $1,500 bail and waived his preliminary hearing.
His county court arraignment was set for Oct. 15.
Man accused of stealing from church
MANSFIELD - Robert A. Jones, 35, of 28 English Lane, Lot 4, Covington, was charged by borough police with criminal trespass, theft, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief, after he allegedly stole cash and checks from a church and food from a food wagon.
According to documents filed at District Judge James Carlson's office, the thefts took place March 8 and 9, 2010, first at the United Methodist Church, 63 E. Wellsboro St., and the next day at Hottie's Food Wagon, 238 S. Main St.
From the church, which Jones allegedly broke into with by breaking a window in a door and reaching inside to unlock it, he took cash and checks from the pastor's office, a large jug of cash from the sanctuary and money from a coffee can. The checks allegedly were found in his jeans pocket by his girlfriend with whom he was staying.
The owner of the food wagon, Judith Stockton, reported about $36 in food and soda taken after he allegedly broke into the wagon by breaking a window.
He was jailed in lieu of $15,000 bail for each incident waived his preliminary hearing and his county court arraignment set for Oct. 22.
Man charged with taking televisions
MANSFIELD - Ronald R. Bryant, II, 22, of 270 Tremaine Road, Lawrenceville, was charged by state police with receiving stolen property after he allegedly took two LED televisions from a residence at 669 Mann Hill Road, Tioga Township, Sept. 21.
According to documents filed at District Judge James Carlson's office, Bryant had been taken to the end of Bear Creek Road by the owner of the property, Robert M. Wilson, the day after he found him in bed with his daughter, and told not to return. When Wilson got home from work he discovered his Philips 46-inch television, valued at $500, and a 22-inch JVC LED TV missing. He checked with the pawn shop at Fred's Gentleman's Club, where his daughter had pawned items she had stolen from him in the past, and was told that Bryant had brought the TVs in and pawned them that day.
Bryant was jailed in lieu of $5,000 bail. His preliminary hearing has been set for Oct. 3.