Employee charged with stealing vehicle
Joshua D. Phillips, 26, of 2410 Route 405, Muncy, is alleged to have stolen a pickup truck from Cable Services Co. Inc., 2113 Marydale Ave., Old Lycoming Township, on Aug. 24. At the time of the incident, Phillips was employed by the company, court papers said.
Another employee had contact with Phillips on the day of the alleged offense to whom Phillips admitted driving the truck to Hazleton, where state police picked him up and took him to Luzerne County Prison, according to court documents.
Phillips was arraigned before District Judge James H. Sortman on charges of theft and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. He was recommitted to Luzerne County Prison in lieu of $10,000 bail.
False report charges are filed by police
Zayne D. Dietterick, 20, of 3432 Piedmont Road, Atlanta, Ga., faces charges for allegedly falsely reporting to law enforcement that his mother was suicidal on Dec. 24, court papers said.
When police arrived at the scene, Dietterick's mother informed police that her son had been drinking and that she had no suicidal thoughts. Dietterick allegedly used a false name when he made the report and led police to the Genetti Hotel, 200 W. Fourth St., when his call had come from the Hampton Inn, 140 Via Bella St., where he and his mother were, police said.
Dietterick recently was arraigned before District Judge Allen P. Page III on charges of false alarms to agencies of public safety, false identification, public drunkenness and underage drinking. He was committed to Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $12,500 bail.
The charge related to false identification stems from the documentation Dietterick provided to police at the scene, stating his year of birth to be 1989, instead of the correct 1993, according to court papers.
City man facing
Daniel P. Melvin, 25, of 1412 E. Third St., faces charges for his disorderly behavior with state police following an altercation with a Cell Block bouncer in the middle of Third Street on Dec. 21, according to state police.
Melvin allegedly yelled at and shoved three state troopers as they tried to handcuff him. When they finally got him into the state police vehicle, Melvin allegedly kicked the rear passenger side window and shattered it. A state trooper then tried to regain control of Melvin during which he allegedly attempted to kick the trooper in the back of the head, court papers said.
Melvin was committed to Lycoming County Prison that day because he was unfit for arraignment. He then posted $15,000 bail following his arraignment before District Judge Allen P. Page III on charges of aggravated assault, criminal mischief, institutional vandalism, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.
Alleged shoplifter caught after chase
James Dennis, 62, no address provided, faces shoplifting charges for allegedly stealing $64 worth of merchandise from Family Dollar, 328 Memorial Ave., on Dec. 12, according to city police.
When Dennis was confronted by police officer Brittany Alexander outside the business, he was uncooperative and fled the scene, resulting in a chase that ended in Alexander tackling Dennis to the ground and arresting him with the help of backup, court papers said.
Dennis recently was arraigned before District Judge Allen P. Page on charges of shoplifting, resisting arrest and receiving stolen property. He was committed to Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $15,000 bail.
Police said Dennis' criminal history shows nine prior convictions for shoplifting.