Woman jailed on charges after allegedly threatening sister in city supermarket

A 38-year-old woman was jailed after confronting her sister in Wegmans, 201 William St., and allegedly telling her that she was “going to get a knife and kill her,” according to city Patrolman Zachery Saylor.

The confrontation occurred about 3:40 a.m. Tuesday while the store was closed, Saylor said, adding that both women work at the store.

After telling her sister she was going to kill her, Rashay Morton, 39, went looking for a knife, Saylor said, adding that Morton got a butcher knife from the kitchen.

While looking for her sister, Morton stopped at the area where alcoholic beverages are sold, Saylor said. Morton then opened a $9 bottle of wine, the officer added.

Morton, 38, of 35 Eldred St., was not actually working, but her sister was at the time of the incident, Saylor said. Morton had been let into the store by a manager “who believed she was there to perform her duties,” the officer said.

Morton, arrested inside the supermarket without incident, was arraigned before District Judge Aaron Biichle on charges of terroristic threats, simple assault and shoplifting. She was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $15,000 bail.

Another woman arrested by city police in a separate case was Melissa Smith, 35, of 2406 Linn St., who faces felony charges of burglary, trespassing, theft, and receiving stolen property for allegedly stealing $4,600 from the Harmonia Club, 332 E. Seventh St., in the first two weeks of this month.

Smith, an ex-employee of the club, “gained entrance to the establishment during business hours, but concealed herself in a stairwell and waited for the business to close for the night,” Patrolman Nichols Carrita.

After everyone left, club video records Smith behind the bar, in a hallway and in an office, where money was kept,” Carrita said, adding that Smith allegedly stole cash on three separate occasions.

Following her arraignment Tuesday afternoon before District Judge Jon E. Kemp, Smith was jailed in lieu of $35,000 bail.


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