Escapees face more charges
New charges were filed Thursday against the pair of Lycoming County Prison pre-release escapees who fled in late September from the facility before they were captured days later.
Jarrett David Houser Jr., who eluded capture for 11 days, and Christophy Victor Pettit, who was nabbed 8 days after the two bolted out a door at the pre-release center on Sept. 29, were taken from the Lycoming County Prison and arraigned on charges of breaking into a garage and stealing a motorcycle in Lycoming Township during the time they were on the run.
Houser, 38, of 2411 Lycoming Creek Road, and Pettit, 24, of 400 Glenwood Ave., broke into a Colleen Paulhamus' garage on Grove Road and stole a $6,000 Honda motorcycle overnight Oct. 1, Old Lycoming Township police alleged in an affidavit.
While the inmates were still at large, state troopers recovered the motorcycle on Oct. 3 outside a cabin belonging to Houser's aunt on English Run Road in remote Pine Township, court records state.
At the time of their escape, Houser and Pettit were both serving light prison sentences at the pre-release center, located on County Farm Road in Loyalsock Township, for failure to pay child support. Since their capture, both men have admitted to the garage break-in and stealing the cycle, police said. Houser and Pettit told investigators they drove the cycle to Harrisburg and back before abandoning it at the cabin.
Upon their capture, both men were placed in the Lycoming County Prison. The two already were charged with escape and incarcerated in lieu of $1 million bail each.
They were arraigned before District Judge James H. Sortman on charges of burglary, felony trespassing, theft, receiving stolen property, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and criminal mischief and then recommitted in lieu of an additional $75,000 bail each.
Woman charged with theft
A 31-year-old Montoursville woman has been charged with stealing a man's wallet from a vehicle and then using two gift cards that were in the wallet, borough police alleged in court papers.
Lesley Anne Snyder, of 710 Weldon St., stole the wallet from Brian Hanna's pickup truck while it was parked at Hanna's home in the 1000 block of Nicely Avenue overnight Aug. 27, police said.
Snyder also spent a total of $97 on two gift cards that she found in the wallet, police said.
Following her arraignment Monday before District Judge Gary A. Whiteman on charges of theft, receiving stolen property and access device fraud, Snyder was released on $2,500 bail.
2 parolees jailed on new charges
Two men face conspiracy and shoplifting charges for attempting to steal a big screen television set from Walmart, 1015 N. Loyalsock Avenue, about 3:40 a.m. on Oct. 25, Montoursville police alleged in court papers.
After leaving behind the television, Joseph M. Brennan, 52, of Mill Hall, jumped in behind the wheel of a Volkswagen Jetta as 28-year-old Mark A. Brickley, of Howard, got in on the passenger side, police said.
Witnesses obtained a description of the vehicle as well as its license plate, which they passed onto police, who stopped the vehicle at the Basin Street off-ramp of Interstate 180 in the city.
After being pulled over, Brickley tossed something out the passenger window, police said. An officer recovered the item, "a used heroin needle," according to an affidavit.
Brickley, an admitted heroin addict, had in his possession 15 pills of the painkiller hydrocodone, police said. He faced an additional charge of possession of a controlled substance with a prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Both Brickley and Brennan, who admitted he was addicted to opiates, have also been charged with tampering with evidence. Already on probation for various offenses, the two were automatically committed to the Lycoming County Prison on probation violations.
The two have since been arraigned before District Judge Gary A. Whiteman on charges stemming from the shoplifting incident and recommitted in lieu of $10,000 bail each.