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Old Lycoming man charged with resisting arrest

Officers had to Taser Jolan Potter at his home on Princeton Avenue in Old Lycoming Township in order to take him into custody, on the morning of March 29, according to township Patrolman Robert Mausteller.

“No, I’m not going back to prison. You can’t make me go back there,” the 27-year-old man told police when they arrived at his home to take him into custody on a state parole violation about 11:45 a.m.

Hours earlier, Potter had fled the house with his mother’s 2002 Dodge Dakota even though she had told him the night before that he was not to drive the vehicle “due to his drug use,” according to an affidavit Mausteller filed at the office of District Judge William Solomon.

When he returned home, he put up resistance as officers attempted to arrest him, according to court papers. Even after being Tasered, Potter allegedly continued to fight and resist until police were able to restrain him, Mausteller said.

As a result of the incident, Mausteller has now charged Potter with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. He has been sent a summons to appear before Solomon.

In another case, township police have charged Jeanette Koch, 52, of 301 Howard St, with theft, theft of lost property and receiving stolen property for allegedly taking money from a purse that another woman had accidentally left in a shopping cart at the Weis Market, 1916 Lycoming Creek Road, on March 18.

Store video shows Koch recovering the woman’s purse from the cart in the store parking lot and then getting in her Jeep briefly before turning in the purse to store personnel.

When the owner of the purse returned to pick it up, she reported that $800 was missing from it, Patrolman Michael Engel said in an affidavit.

When police went to Koch’s home and questioned her about the missing money, she went to her vehicle and retrieved something she said “fell out of the purse” but she didn’t know what it was, Engle said. She then handed over $184, the officer said, adding that another $616 was still missing.

Koch has been sent a summons to appear before the judge.

In a third case, a motorist who was stopped by state troopers conducting a routine “regulatory safety checkpoint” on Route 14 in Ralston about 11 a.m. on Feb. 12 ended up being charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance, according to Trooper Robert Jacobs.

A blood test revealed that Robert Barnes, 29, of Roaring Branch, was under the influence of hydrocodone when he was stopped Jacobs said. Barnes has been sent a summons to appear before Solomon.

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