Motorists face charges after high-speed chases
An Old Lycoming Township motorcyclist faces numerous charges after taking city police on a high-speed pursuit on the afternoon of May 11.
The 5 p.m. pursuit involving Shane Eric Andrews II, 25, began in the area of Hepburn Street and Huffman Avenue and ended several blocks west at First and Memorial avenues, where police lost sight of him, police said.
At times, Andrews, of Sanford, Maine, but who had a local address of 195 Phillips Hill Drive, was traveling at 70 mph.
Following his arraignment on May 12 before District Judge Allen P. Page III on charges of fleeing police, reckless driving and seven summary violations, Andrews was released on $15,000 bail.
Another driver who faces identical charges following a brief pursuit with a Pennsylvania College of Technology police officer is Nathan Kash Crist, 26, of 37 Edna Lane, Brady Township, according to court records filed at the office of District Judge James Carn.
Sgt. David Pletz pulled Crist over in the 500 block of Grier Street about noon on May 9 for having an expired license plate on his car. However, as the officer got out of his cruiser and began approaching the vehicle, the driver took off, police said.
Pletz jumped back in his cruiser and pursued Crist to the 1200 block of Isabella Street, where the driver had stopped his car in an alley. On probation for simple assault, Crist automatically was placed in the Lycoming County Prison on a probation violation.
Recently arraigned before District Judge Gary A. Whiteman on fleeing police and related offenses, Crist was recommitted in lieu of $5,000 bail.
Police: Man, drugs found in stolen car
A motorist who was pulled over by city police for running a stop sign at Memorial Avenue and Campbell Street on Feb. 9 ended up facing more serious charges after it was learned that he was driving a stolen car, according to court records.
Daniel James Williams Jr., 25, of 1035 Hepburn St., initially gave the officer a false identification, police said. However, he gave his true identity after a bag of marijuana was found in his coat pocket, police said.
Police soon leaned that Jill E. Bastian, the owner of the 2003 Ford Focus he was driving, had reported the car stolen.
Williams recently was arraigned before District Judge Allen P. Page III on charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, false identification to law enforcement and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He was jailed in the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $10,000 bail.
Woman accused of stealing, using credit card
Tishanna M. Cohick, 30, of 508 Pine St., has been charged with allegedly using a stolen credit card to purchase $110 worth of coins at the Montoursville area business, Robert Charles Coin Co., on March 19, according to Old Lycoming Township police.
The owner of the credit card. Tina Kirkpatrick, reported the theft to township police. Her son is Cohick's boyfriend, police said.
Already incarcerated on a domestic relations bench warrant, Cohick was arraigned recently before District Judge James H. Sortman on charges of access device fraud, forgery, theft, receiving stolen property and conspiracy. She was recommitted to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $25,000 bail.
Police: Drugs, needles found on man at hospital
A drug addict brought to the Williamsport Regional Medical Center faces charges after he was found to have in his possession six bags of heroin and nine hypodermic needles, city police said.
Thomas Vincent Walsh, 45, of 1736 Memorial Ave., has been charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia as a result of an incident on May 6 when police were called to the hospital after an emergency room nurse discovered the items on him.
Court records did not state why Walsh was brought to the hospital.
"Walsh admitted he bought the needles for the purpose of injecting heroin," an officer wrote in an affidavit.
Arraigned before District Judge Allen P. Page III, Walsh was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $5,000 bail.
Men allegedly stole cables, sold copper wire
RALSTON - Two men face a felony charge of receiving stolen property for allegedly having in their possession $10,000 worth of seismic testing cables that were stolen from property belonging to the estate of Lois Moore on Ellenton Road in McNett Township, according to state police.
David John Waugh, 23, of 1109 Chester St., Williamsport, and Zakeria Jake Milton, 22, of Canton, have been charged as a result of the incident that occurred in mid-August 2010, police said.
The two men are alleged to have sold 80 to 90 pounds of copper wire that came from the cables, which Geokinetics Inc., of Wysox, dropped in an open field on Moore's property, police said.
Waugh and Milton were arraigned last week before District Judge James H. Sortman and released on $25,000 bail each.
Police: Fingerprint at crime scene leads to arrest
A fingerprint left at crime scene led city police to an alleged burglar who stole computer and entertainment equipment from a Campbell Street apartment and then sold the items for "five bundles of heroin," according to an affidavit.
The fingerprint was traced to Scott Nicholas Conrad, a 26-year-old Lock Haven area man who is on parole for simple assault, police said.
Police allege Conrad, of 234 Queens Road, broke into Edward Lyons' apartment at 233 Campbell St. and stole a television set, a cable box, an entertainment stand, as well as Internet equipment, in mid-June last year.
Police said Conrad told them he traded the items for drugs.
"He admitted that at time of the burglary, he had 'a drug problem' and that he came to Williamsport to meet his 'drug hook-up,' " court records state.
Following his arraignment last week before District Judge Jon E. Kemp, Conrad was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $90,000 bail.
Woman accused of shoplifting
Susan Annette Leininger, 45, of 108 O'Neil Ave., has been charged with misdemeanor shoplifting following an incident on March 22, police report.
Leininger was caught allegedly trying to steal $29 worth of merchandise from Kmart, 1915 E. Third St., police reported.
Following her arraignment before District Judge Gary A. Whiteman, she was released on $2,500 bail.