Illegal attempt to by firearm alleged
PENNSDALE - Martin Barto Garcia Jr., 40, of State College, faces charges of illegal sale or transfer of a firearm and making unsworn falsification to authorities for allegedly answering a question falsely on a standard Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms form, according to Muncy Township police.
While attempting to purchase a firearm at Gander Mountain at the Lycoming Mall on March 11, allegedly Garcia answered "no" to the question that asked if he had ever been convicted of a felon. When a store employee ran the form through the state's instant check system, it was determined that Garcia had in fact been convicted of felony burglary and that he had served a prison sentence of more than a year, police said.
Following his arraignment last week before District Judge Jon E. Kemp, Garcia was released on $40,000 bail.
New charges filed
HUGHESVILLE - New charges have been lodged against Tioga County Prison inmate Tyler Jacob Swain, who is accused of breaking into his father's Wolf Township home at 29 Michael Ave., as well as a shed on the same property on July 8, according to state police.
Swain was caught allegedly trying to steal camera equipment, jewelry and portable speakers from the house, police said.
He is alleged to have first broken into his father's shed, where he obtained tools that he used to get into the house, police said.
Swain, an admitted heroin addict, was arraigned last week before District Judge Jon E. Kemp on charges of theft, receiving stolen property, criminal mischief and summary trespassing. He was recommitted to the jail, where he has been detained on other charges, in lieu of an additional $25,000 bail.
Prepaid work allegedly not done
MUNCY - In early May 2013, Lafayette Street resident Claire Dewald signed a contract with Jesse D. Stahl to have repair work done on her roof, according to borough police.
Dewald initially gave the Clinton Township man $2,600, but in the following weeks she doled out $13,000 of her money to Stahl, who told her that the entire roof needed to be repaired.
Stahl, 38, of 62 Grandview Drive, was arrested last week on felony charges of theft by deception and receiving stolen property since no work allegedly has ever been done on the woman's roof, police said.
Following his arraignment before District Judge Jon E. Kemp, Stahl, who is on probation for driving under the influence of intoxicants, was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $25,000 bail.