Drugs, DUI among charges several face in county courts
A Fairfield Township mother has been charged with one misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child after she overdosed on heroin in her home while taking care of her 3-year-old daughter, according to state Trooper Matthew Trick.
Sometime during the morning of Jan. 30, Kassidy Phillips, 30, of 91 Odell Road, Muncy, passed out from taking the drug while alone at home with her daughter, Trick said.
Phillips’ mother found her daughter “in bed, unresponsive” when she stopped at the home about noon, Trick said. The child had let her grandmother in after hearing someone knocking on the front door.
The grandmother called 911 and began performing caridopulmonary resuscitation on her daughter, Trick said. About 15 minutes after a paramedic administered a dosage of Narcan to Phillips, she was revived and taken to UPMC Williamsport, Trick said.
At the hospital, Phillips admitted to “snorting” one bag of heroin and overdosing. She has been sent a summons to appear before District Judge Gary Whiteman.
The judge also recently handled several DUI cases, including a 33-year-old mother who had a high blood-alcohol content level on an afternoon in late January as she was on her way to pick up her children at a daycare center, according to court records filed by South Williamsport Patrolman William MacInnis.
Leslie Rieck, 33, of New Columbia, allegedly had a blood-alcohol content level of .27 when the officer stopped her Honda CRV in the area of the 500 block of Hastings after he saw the vehicle swerving over the center line about 5:15 p.m. on Jan. 24. She is free on $5,000 bail after waiving her preliminary hearing.
Motorist Matthew Smith, 28, of 305 Winters Lane, Montoursville, was allegedly under the influence of methamphetamines and amphetamines when state Trooper Anthony Mazzone stopped him for running a red traffic light at East Third Street and Westminster Drive about 10:45 p.m. on April 13.
As the trooper approached the vehicle, he suspected right away that the driver was under the influence of a drugs. The driver “made exaggerated movements with his arms and hands, and would not stay still,” Mazzone wrote in an affidavit.
“Smith began crying and said that he relapsed with meth a week ago,” Mazzone said, adding that a blood sample submitted by Smith confirmed his suspicions, resulting in Smith being charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and careless driving. Smith had in his possession a white powdery substance that Mazzone did not identify. Initially jailed in the Lycoming County Prison, he is now free on $25,000 bail.
Another driver brought before Whiteman on an identical charge of driving under the influence of a controlled substance was Anthony James, 46, 1320 Pleasant Hills Road, but his drug of choice was marijuana, according to state Trooper George Aguirre.
James was stopped on Interstate 180 in Loyalsock Township about 6:10 p.m. on Oct. 29 because the registration plate on his vehicle didn’t match the make and model of the vehicle.
“I immediately (detected) an odor of marijuana emanating from within the vehicle,” Aguirre said in an affidavit. A search of the truck resulted in the seizure of an assortment of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, the trooper said.
In addition to DUI, James faces charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is free on $5,000 bail.
Montoursville Patrolman Kurt Hockman this week had three separate DUI cases before Whiteman, including motorist Kyra Mussina, 30, of 508 Tule St., Montoursville, who was charged after she was stopped for speeding in her 2019 Buick Encore on Interstate 180 in the borough about 2 a.m. on Feb. 28.
“While speaking with Mussina, I (detected) signs that she had been consuming alcoholic beverages,” Hockman said in an affidavit. Her blood-alcohol content level was .18, the officer added. She is free on $5,000 bail.
Michael Mummey, 44, of 368 1/2 Broad St., Montoursville, admitted to Hockman that he smoked marijuana about five hours before the officer stopped his Ford Ranger pickup truck at Broad and Washington streets about 6:40 p.m. on Dec. 7.
Charged with driving under the influence of marijuana, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, Mummey is free on $10,000 bail. This was his second DUI arrest, Hockman said.
In a third DUI case, Hockman charged Benjamin Geise, 37, of 827 Weiss Ave., Montoursville, who had a blood-alcohol content level of .11 when the officers stopped him for failing to use a turn signal in the 400 block of Broad Street about 1:20 a.m. on March 4. He is free on $5,000 bail.
Whiteman on Monday also arraigned Logan Klock, 20, a homeless man staying at a local motel, and Lea Wilt, 21, of 330 Locust St., on charges of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamines or delivery of methamphetamines.
At their arraignment, both admitted to being addicted to the drug.
The two were arrested by the county’s Narcotics Enforcement unit after Klock, formerly of Unityville, sold various amounts of methamphetamines to an undercover officer on four occasions between May 12 and Monday, investigators alleged in court papers.
The alleged sales occurred in Muncy, Wolf Township, the 2900 block of Lycoming Creek Road and the 2000 block of East Third Street.
Shortly after the last sale, investigators executed a search warrant at the motel where Klock was staying. In the room at the time was Wilt, who had two ounces of methamphetamines, investigators alleged.
Klock, who faces a total of 14 drug-related offenses, including multiple counts of delivery of a controlled substance, was jailed on no bail while Wilt, charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and possession of methamphetamines, was committed in lieu of $25,000 bail.