Shoplifting scheme alleged
PENNSDALE - A Fairfield Township man faces a total of 17 charges of his alleged involvement in a shoplifting scheme in which merchandise was stolen from Target at Lycoming Crossing and Dick's Sporting Goods at the Lycoming Mall, according to Muncy Township police.
Daniel Jeff Springman, who turns 27 at the end of the month, of 149 Charles St., has been charged with four counts of felony shoplifting, six counts each of theft by deception and receiving stolen property and one count of conspiracy.
Springman, who already has four shoplifting convictions, conspired with two other people in a theft plot, police said.
The scheme worked this way: one person would walk out of the stores with stolen merchandise, and one of the other two would then walk into the store and return the stolen items in exchange for a gift card or for merchandise of the same value, police alleged in an affidavit.
The thefts occurred between March 15 and March 31, borough police said.
Formerly of the 6300 block of Route 654, Springman was arraigned before District Judge James H. Sortman and remains jailed in the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $80,000 bail.
Man accused of sending teen sex photo
HUGHESVILLE - James Philip Secules, 18, of 160 S. Main St., faces charges for allegedly sending an inappropriate sexually explicit photo of himself to a 14-year-old girl on Facebook in Wolf Township in early February, according to state police.
Charged with unlawful contact with a minor and corrupting the morals of a minor, Secules has been sent a summons to appear before District Judge Jon E. Kemp.
Man accused of scrap metal theft
LAIRDSVILLE - Matthew David Bixler, 22, of 1024 S. Puderbach Road, Unityville, has been charged with theft and receiving stolen property for allegedly stealing $1,296 worth of scrap metal from Nevin Arthur's property at 951 Dugan Road in Franklin Township in mid-October and selling it to a recycling business, according to state police.
He has been sent a summons to appear before District Judge Jon E. Kemp.
Reckless endangering alleged
PENNSDALE - Robert Shawn Hitesman, 43, of 537 Village Road, faces charges of terroristic threats, simple assault and recklessly endangering for allegedly pointing a handgun at his wife, Sheri, and threatening to shoot her during a domestic disturbance at the couple's home about 1 a,.m. April 30, according to state Trooper Travis Pena.
The two got into an argument over a letter Hitesman found from "another man," Pena said.
Following his arraignment before District Judge Jerry C. Lepley, Hitesman was initially committed to the Lycoming County Prison, but has since been released on $7,500 bail.