28-year-old accused of sexual acts with child
Firearms, drug violations among crimes alleged of others
Benjamin Stewart, of 315 S. Main St., Hughesville, faces a total of 14 felony charges for allegedly engaging in sexual acts with a female minor in the borough between mid- March and June 10, according to Hughesville Patrolman Andrew Boyer.
Stewart, 28, allegedly “enticed the girl to engage in sexual activity with him,” Boyer wrote in an affidavit. He also solicited and received nude photos of the girl, the officer said.
Arraigned last week before on-call District Judge Jerry Lepley on three counts of statutory sexual assault, two counts each of sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, corrupting the morals of a minor, and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and one count each of statu- tory sexual assault, indecent assault and illegal obtaining inappropriate photos, Stewart was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail.
In another case, since Amie Lynn Miller’s son could not purchase a firearm because of his criminal history, the 41- year-old woman bought one for him, and now the two face felony charges, state police Cpl. Tyler Morse said.
Miller, of Watsontown, and her son, Jeremy Liddic, 21, of Milton, have been charged with conspiracy for illegal sale of a firearm to an ineligible person and making unsworn falsification to authorities, Morse said.
In mid-February, Liddic attempted to purchase a handgun from Donald Fisher III for $300, Morse said.
The two went to R&J Welch LLC Firearms on John Brady Drive in Muncy Creek Township to fill out the necessary paperwork to transfer ownership of the firearm from Fisher to Liddic.
However, in filling out state police and U.S. Department of Justice forms at the store, Liddic put down false information, Morse alleged in an affidavit.
The sale never went through because in January 2018, Liddic was convicted of endangering the welfare of child, “a criminal charge that prohibits him from federally owning a firearm,” Morse explained.
The following month, Fisher ended up selling the handgun to Miller at R&J Welch, Morse said, however, Miller also put down false information on state police and U.S. Justice Department forms that she had to fill out at the business.
Miller checked “yes” to the question asking if she was the actual buyer for the firearm. The trooper alleges that the only reason Miller bought the gun was for her son and not for her- self.
There is a warning right on the application form that reads “If you are not the actual buyer, the licensee cannot transfer the firearm to you,” according to Morse’s affidavit.
Morse said that through his investigation, it was determined that Liddic asked his mother to buy the firearm for him because he was prohibited from buying guns. “Once Miller purchased the firearm, she was to give it to Liddic,” he added.
Both mother and son were arraigned Tuesday before District Judge Jon E. Kemp and released on $35,000 bail each.
In another firearms- violation case before Kemp, Priscilla Hosteller, 25, of New Columbia, has been charged by state police with illegal sale or transfer of a firearm and making unsworn falsification to authorities after she allegedly put down false information on a government form when she attempted to buy a Savage Mark II firearm at R&J Welch on Feb. 27. She is free on $35,000 bail.
In another criminal case, also behind bars after eluding capture since January when he walked out of UPMC Williamsport as a patient was Anthony Scott, according to Old Lycoming Township Patrolman Brett Garbrick.
Taken into custody in the 600 block of Locust Street in the city by members of U.S. Marshals Task Force on June 5, Scott, 30, of 2248 Mosser Ave., faces charges of possession with intent to deliver crack cocaine and con- spiracy for allegedly con- spiring with Abbigail Rupp in the delivery of crack cocaine in the 1800 block of Vesta Avenue on the afternoon of Jan. 20.
On that afternoon, Rupp and Scott were passengers in a vehicle police stopped because it had an expired registration plate. During the stop, Scott went unconscious for a few seconds, apparently suffering a medical emergency, Garbrick said, adding that an ambulance — dispatched to the scene — took the man to UPMC.
Rupp, 18, of 312 Park St., admitted she had crack cocaine on her, drugs she claimed Scott handed to her to hold before the vehicle was stopped. At the time, both Rupp and the driver identified Scott with a false last name.
Sometime after arriving at UPMC, Scott fled from the facility, Garbrick said, adding that “it was learned that he was wanted by both the Philadelphia Probation Office as well as the sheriff deputies in Union County.
Following his apprehension and subsequent arraignment before District Judge William Solomon, Scott was com- mitted in lieu of $100,000 bail. Both he and Rupp, who is free on $50,000 bail, have since waived their preliminary hearings.
Others in the region who face drug charges include Pamela Hamilton, 52, of 2325 Route 239, Unityville, who has been charged by state police with possess- ing methamphetamines and drug paraphernalia at her home in Jordan Township on May 14. She remains jailed in lieu $10,000 bail set by Kemp.
The judge also jailed Jayna Heinbach, 34, of 422 Brandon Ave., after she was arraigned earli- er this month on Muncy police charges of possess- ing marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the first block of South Washington Street in the borough back on Jan. 23. She is incarcerated in lieu of $15,000 bail.
In a third drug case handled by Kemp, Roland Zerbe, 24, of Williamsport, has been charged by state police with possessing methamphetamines and
drug paraphernalia on School House Road in Clinton Township on May 12. He remains committed in lieu of $25,000 bail.
Also facing drug charges was Amanda Tetlow, 28, of Brookville, Jefferson County, who was arrested on a war- rant stemming from an incident on Jan. 2 when she allegedly was found to be in possession of nearly five grams of methamphetamines in Kohl’s parking lot, city police Sgt. Brian McGee said. She also gave a false name on that day to police. She is free on $20,000 bail that was set by District Judge Aaron Biichle.
Another drug case Biichle handled involved county prison inmate Alexis Vann, 23, of 650 Krouse Ave., who was arraigned last week on one felony count of pos- session with intent to deliver of heroin and one misdemeanor count of possession of heroin for allegedly having the con- trolled substance in the 400 block of Park Avenue in the city,
where she was living at the time, on June 2. These charges were filed by the county’s Narcotics Enforcement Unit.
Already incarcerated on drug charges, Vann was recommitted in lieu of an additional $125,000 bail.