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DUI, assault, other charges brought against county residents

Shortly after fleeing the scene of a one-vehicle crash in Old Lycoming Township, alleged drunk driver Thomas Brock was taken into custody in the city, where he admitted to a police officer that he drank “six shots” of an alcoholic beverage in the last two hours, according to court records.

While driving his pickup truck, Brock, 52, of 744 E. New Road, Linden, struck a post at Lycoming Creek Road and Roosevelt Avenue just before 2 p.m. on March 4, Cpl. Robert Cochran said.

Brock allegedly fled the scene, but a witness notified police and followed him into the city to the 500 block of Poplar Street. When Cochran arrived, Brock was sitting in the parked truck.

“I immediately smelled an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the vehicle,” Cochran wrote in an affidavit.

When the driver got out of the truck, he was “unsteady on his feet,” Cochran said.

“While speaking with me, he admitted that he was drunk,” Cochran said of Brock, who has already been arrested for drunk driving on two other occasions, court records state.

During questioning, Brock told the officer he had no memory of hitting the post. A blood test revealed that his blood-alcohol content level was .26, Cochran said.

Charged with DUI and accidents involving damage to unattended property (hit-run), Brock has been sent a summons to appear before District Judge William Solomon.

Concerning another DUI case also in Old Lycoming Township, motorist Paul Robinson Jr., 51, of 428 W. Fourth St., admitted he was “drunk” when his SUV crashed into a guardrail in the 1900 block of Foy Avenue about 3:20 p.m. on March 1, according to Patrolman Michael Engel.

Robinson, who already has been arrested for DUI on three other occasions, told Engel he “was guilty and a stupid (expletive).”

When asked how much he had to drink, Robinson replied “too much,” the officer quoted him as saying. Robinson’s eyes were glassy and his speech was slurred, Engel said. A blood test revealed his blood-alcohol level was .31.

Charged with DUI, Robinson has also been sent a summons to appear before Solomon.

In another criminal case, charges have been filed against Zakari Moore, 31, of 413 Third Ave., after he dragged his girlfriend out of a home in the 500 block of Cemetery Street, forced her over to a pickup truck and then put a handgun to her head, threatening to kill her late Sunday night, city police Patrolman Zachery Saylor alleged in court papers.

“At least two witnesses tried to reason with him and talk him down. Eventually, one witness was able to get the gun from Moore,” allowing his girlfriend to flee from the truck, Saylor said in an affidavit.

When officers arrived on the scene, Moore fled, but he was quickly apprehended, Saylor said.

“Moore’s actions caused several neighbors to be alarmed,” the officer said.

Following his arraignment early Monday morning before District Judge Gary Whiteman on charges of terroristic threats, unlawful restraint, simple assault and carrying a firearm without a license, Moore was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Concerning another case, Melanie Summers, 32, of 49 Park Road, Jersey Shore, faces charges for allegedly selling her medical marijuana to a juvenile on three occasions, according to state Trooper Robert Jacobs.

The alleged sales occurred in Watson Township between last August and last week and took place after Summers allowed the juvenile to smoke marijuana that she had been smoking, court records state. She sold the medical marijuana for between $40 and $80, the trooper alleged.

Jacobs also alleges that Summers gave the minor an alcoholic beverage at a property in the township in early July.

Following her recent arraignment before District Judge Jerry Lepley on charges of delivery of marijuana, endangering the welfare of children, corrupting the morals of a minor and furnishing alcohol to a minor, Summers was jailed in lieu of $15,000 bail.

In another drug case, Ronald Hawkins Jr., 39, of 2414 Euclid Ave., DuBoistown, faces a state police charge of possession with intent to deliver crack cocaine and related offenses for his alleged involvement in two drug sales to confidential informants that occurred on Washington Boulevard in the city between Jan. 28 and Feb. 11, according to court records.

Hawkins, who goes by the street name “Mal,” remains jailed in lieu of $75,000 bail following his recent arraignment by District Judge Aaron Biichle.

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