2 caught allegedly trying to break into garage
A 19-year-old city man and a 17-year-old South Williamsport boy were arrested early Thursday morning when they were caught attempting to break into a garage on Percy Street, borough police alleged in court papers.
John Martin Bonner, of 2713 Grand St., and the teen were nabbed soon after officers responded to a report of a burglary in progress at a property at the rear of 433 Percy St., police said.
"The entry door to a garage was found to have shoe prints from being kicked, and there also was damage to molding on the door frame from being pried," Sgt. James Taylor said in an affidavit.
Bonner was nabbed as he tried to hide behind a van that was parked next to the garage, Taylor said. Minutes later, officers took into custody the 17-year-old in the 700 block of Bald Eagle Alley as he was running through properties, Taylor said.
Upon his apprehension, Bonner admitted he and the 17-year-old were trying to get into the garage, police said.
From the two teens, police recovered various instruments used in the crime, including a flashlight and a masonry trowel, Taylor said.
"The 17-year-old unscrewed a lightbulb about the entry door. Bonner used the trowel in an attempt to pry the door open. When that did not work, the 17-year-old kicked the door two to three times with no success in getting it open," Taylor said investigators were told.
The attempted burglary was then interrupted by officers arriving on the scene, Taylor said.
Arraigned before District Judge Gary A. Whiteman on charges of attempted burglary, attempted felony trespassing, attempted theft, possession of instruments of crime and corrupting the morals of a minor, Bonner was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $25,000 bail.
The other teen, whose identity was not released because of his age, was petitioned into juvenile court on attempted burglary and related offenses.
Sex gets teen in trouble
Even though a district judge ordered him in November to no longer have contact with a teenage girl, 18-year-old Jordan J. Walters once again engaged in a sexual relationship with the minor, state police allege.
In addition to the sexual relationship, Walters, of 91 O'Dell Road, Muncy, allegedly sent the girl inappropriate sexual photos of himself by Facebook, police said.
Walters and the girl engaged in sexual acts inside a garage in Muncy in mid-January, police allege.
Already out on $50,000 bail on charges of allegedly having an inappropriate relationship with the minor last year, Walters was arraigned Thursday before District Judge James Carn on charges of statutory sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor, corrupting the morals of a minor and illegal use of a cellphone. He was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail.
Woman accused of stealing from the blind
Sonya Harvey, 45, of 1640 Pleasant Valley Road, Cogan Station, faces charges for allegedly stealing a donation jar from the countertop at the Uni-Mart, 1944 W. Fourth St., two days after Christmas, city police said.
The jar, which was believed to have about $20 in it, was collecting donations for the blind, police said.
The store's video recorded a woman, later identified as Harvey, allegedly taking the jar, police said. Charged with theft and receiving stolen property, Harvey was arraigned before District Judge James Carn and released on $3,500 bail.
Man faces DUI and open lewdness charges
An intoxicated motorist who admitted he had been drinking alcoholic beverages "all day" faces a charge of open lewdness for allegedly urinating in front of the Turkey Hill on Euclid Avenue in DuBoistown about 3 a.m. on July 28, borough police said.
Police said a pickup truck driven by John William Payne, 63, of 203 Anna Road, was swerving back and forth before pulling into the convenience store. He then got out of the truck and urinated, police alleged in court papers.
"He was highly intoxicated. There was a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath. His speech was slurred and his eyes were glassy," an officer said in an affidavit. His blood-alcohol content level at the time was .22, police said.
In addition to the lewdness offense, Payne has been charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness. He has been sent a summons to appear before District Judge James H. Sortman.