Landlord accused of threatening tenant with ax

DUIs, shoplifting among other separate cases in courts

Alan Cohick, 78, of 29 Lehman Drive, Cogan Station, has been sent a summons to appear before District Judge Jerry Lepley to face charges of terroristic threats, simple assault, theft and harassment that stem from a “landlord-tenant” dispute, according to state Trooper Ernest Capobianco Jr.

On April 22, Cohick arrived unannounced at 11050 Route 14 in McIntyre Township, a property he rents to Jeffrey Moore, the trooper said, adding that the landlord entered the living quarters by unlocking a back door about 10:20 a.m. Moore was home at the time.

Once inside, “Cohick picked up an ax and got into a fighting stance and raised it at (Moore) during a verbal altercation,” Capobianco said in an affidavit.

Moments later Cohick fled the property with Moore’s ax, which was later recovered from the bed of Cohick’s pickup truck in the Trout Run area, the trooper said.

In another case, upon stopping motorist Scott Weisel at Lycoming Creek and Beautys Run roads for not having his headlights on about 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 24, state Trooper Robert Jacobs immediately detected a strong odor or marijuana in the driver’s Jeep station wagon.

Weisel’s eyes were bloodshot and glassy, Jacobs said, adding that the 55-year-old driver handed him a baggie of marijuana, admitting that he had “recently smoked marijuana.” A blood test confirmed marijuana in the driver’s system, the trooper said.

Charged with driving under the influence of marijuana and possession of marijuana, Weisel, of 653 Old Route 15, Cogan Station, has been released on $2,500 bail.

In another DUI arrest, Jason Shink, 35, of 117 Crisman Road, South Williamsport, admitted to Trooper Travis Sather to having “two beers in five hours” after the trooper detected “a faint odor of an alcoholic beverage” on him while he was investigating a crash on Dauber Road in Lycoming Township on April 18.

Shink refused to provide a blood sample, said Sather, who has charged him with DUI and careless driving. Shink has been sent a summons to appear before District Judge William Solomon.

In another DUI case, Halle Beltz, 42, of 1504 Elmira St., admitted to Tiadaghton Valley Regional Patrolman Cody Smith that she was under the influence of Xanax when her 2014 Toyota Corolla struck a parked car, drove up on the sidewalk and landed in some brush in the 200 block of Spruce Street in Jersey Shore about 5:40 a.m. on May 23, according to court records.

Beltz seemed “out of it, having trouble focusing and paying attention to my questions and directions,” Smith wrote in an affidavit.

Beltz told the officer she bent down to pick up something off the floor when she crashed. She performed poorly on a series of field sobriety tests. Eve though she declined to provide a blood sample, Beltz admitted to the officer “to having a drug problem and snorting xanax before the crash.”

Charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance, reckless driving and careless driving, she has been sent a summons to appear before Lepley.

Concerning another DUI case before Lepley, a bench warrant was expected to be filed for Bradley Christman after the 57-year-old Harrisburg motorist failed to appear for his recent preliminary hearing.

Christman was charged by Tiadaghton Valley Regional Patrolman Chad Aldenderfer following an incident in the 1000 block of Hill Alley in Jersey Shore on Jan. 31. The driver, whose eyes were bloodshot and glassy, could not successfully complete field sobriety tests because he was too unsteady on his feet.

He was charged with DUI and careless driving after it was determined that his blood-alcohol content level was .22, Aldenderfer said.

Another motorist who did poorly on field sobriety tests was Frances Ferricks, 43, of 658 Sixth Ave., after she was stopped at routes 220 and 287 in Piatt Township by Tiadaghton Valley Regional Patrolwoman Brandy Perchinski after the officer saw her Pontiac Coupe cross the fox line multiple times on March 10, according to court records.

“I could smell a very strong odor of an intoxicating beverage (on her),” the officers wrote of Ferricks in an affidavit. “She imbibed a sufficient amount of alcohol that rendered her incapable of safely driving,” the officer said. Ferricks’ blood-alcohol content level was .05. She has been sent a summons to appear before Lepley.

In another case, Lepley last week arraigned Dominic Reynolds, 22, of Lock Haven, who has been charged with allegedly breaking into and ransacking multiple campers at Susquehanna Campground off of Route 220 in Piatt Township back in late April 2015.

Charged with multiple counts of burglary, theft, conspiracy and related offenses, Reynolds has been released on $50,000 bail. Co-conspirator Logan Pursel, 24, a resident of Limestone Township, was arraigned last month and has since waived his preliminary hearing.

The judge is expected to hear the case of Mark Caruso, 68, of Mill Hall, who has been charged by Tiadaghton Valley Regional police with possession with intent to deliver after selling 12 hydrocodone pills to a woman in the 700 block of Allegheny Street in Jersey Shore on June 2. Upon turning himself in, she was released on $35,000 bail. No charges have filed against the woman, police said.

Lepley also arraigned Gina Allison, 59, of 400 S. Broad St., Jersey Shore, with felony shoplifting for allegedly stealing $1,680 worth of merchandise from Dollar General, 336 Allegheny St., Jersey Shore, while employed at the business during the first six months of the year, Tiadaghton Valley police said. She is free on $7,500 bail.

In another criminal case, Aaron William, 26, of 617 Second St., waived his preliminary hearing on city police charges of simple assault and harassment for allegedly injuring a woman during a disturbance at the Second Street address on May 29, according to city Patrolman Addison Gingrich. Initially jailed, Williams is now free on $15,000 bail set by District Judge Christian Frey.

In another case, Frey ruled there was sufficient evidence to hold Brandon Fitzsimmons, 40, of 652 Wildwood Blvd., on city police charges of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct that stem from a disturbance outside his home last July 20. He is free on $2,500 bail.

Regarding another case, Kwary Alford, 21, 614 Pine St., has been charged by city police with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia in the 600 block of Wildwood Boulevard on Dec. 8. He has been sent a summons to appear before Frey.


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