Woman accused of stealing father's ashes
BARBOURS - Excluded in her late father's will, Sharon K. Bender allegedly burglarized her daughter's home on Loyalsock Manor Road in Plunketts Creek Township and stole items she apparently thought should have gone to her, including a box that contained her father's ashes, state police allege in court papers.
Fairfield Township resident Sharon K. Bender, 65, was arrested last week on charges of burglary, felony trespassing and theft.
Police allege she climbed through a back bedroom window to enter Michelle Metzger's home at 108 Loyalsock Manor Road between Sept. 26 and Sept. 28.
Taken in the burglary was an antique toothpick holder, a photograph of Metzger's great-grandmother and a box that held the remains of her grandfather, Trooper Ryan Golla said in an affidavit.
Metzger said only articles of "sentimental value" were missing from the home and "suspected her mother (Bender) of removing the items because she had been written out of her deceased father's will." Golla said that the father left everything to his granddaughter, Metzger.
Golla said Bender has admitted to entering the property and removing the items, but she told the investigator the box of ashes were the remains of her mother.
Following her arraignment before District Judge Gary A. Whiteman, Bender was released on $12,500 bail.
2 jailed for using car without permission
A couple engaged to be married landed in jail Tuesday for allegedly staying illegally inside a Brandon Place apartment.
Not only had Carl Kendell Alford and Jody Michelle Lewandowski been staying at Walter Kinney's apartment at 124 Brandon Place for five days, but they also drove his 2003 Chevrolet Impala, police said.
Kinney never gave permission to them to stay in the apartment or drive his car, police said.
Police responded to the property late Wednesday morning after someone at the apartment complex suspected Alford, 41, of 801 Hepburn St., and Lewandowski, 40, of 901 High St., were staying there illegally.
The couple were found sitting in Kinney's car when officers arrived. Clothing belonging to the couple were found throughout the apartment. Drug paraphernalia, which police said belong to Alford and Lewandowski, also was discovered in the apartment.
Following their arraignment before District Judge Allen P. Page III on charges of felony trespassing, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and possession of drug paraphernalia, the two were committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $10,000 bail each.