Several people charged with various crimes countywide
An Old Lycoming Township man has been jailed on charges of allegedly terrorizing a group of people in a Bridge Street apartment while in an intoxicated state early Sunday morning, according to city Patrolman Thomas Bortz.
“I’m going to kick in the door and shoot everyone in the face,” Tyler Hill yelled at the residents after he had been physically removed from 326 Bridge St. about 3:50 a.m.
Inside the apartment, Hill, 25, of 690 Dunkleberger Road, “was disruptive, violent and tumultuous,” prompting the residents to remove him, the officer said in an affidavit.
Hill’s behavior and alleged threats “put the residents in great fear of imminent serious bodily injuries, causing them to flee back inside the apartment and barricade the door with furniture and a cinder block in order to prevent Hill” from getting back in, Bortz said.
Hill was taken into custody immediately once officers arrived on the scene even though he continued to be “belligerent and confrontational,” Bortz said.
The man had in his possession an assortment of pills including suspected xanax and naloxone without a prescription, the officer added. Naloxone is better known as Narcan, which helps reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.
While in custody, Hill told police he was from New York and he would flee the area to avoid prosecution the first chance he got, Bortz said.
Following his arraignment before District Judge Arron Biichle on charges of terroristic threats, possession of controlled substances and disorderly conduct, he was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $25,000 bail.
Hill was just one of several people recently brought before the judge to face a variety of different charges.
Also jailed early Sunday morning was motorist Mykol James, 27, of Quarryville, who was caught even though he tried to get away from state Trooper Ronald Barrett first by vehicle and then on foot.
While pursuing James south on Route 15 in Clinton Township about 12:40 a.m., Barrett activated his cruiser’s emergency lights and siren, but the driver would not stop.
The trooper was trying to stop James because was wanted for questioning after allegedly “crawling through a bathroom window” at the home of his ex-wife and taking a set a keys to the Chevrolet Tahoe that he was now driving, according to the trooper’s affidavit.
Crossing into Union County, James was traveling 82 mph in a 55 mph speed zone. The pursuit continued on South Hill Road after James turned onto the single-lane dirt road. James pulled into a yard and jumped out of the SUV and fled on foot, but he was quickly nabbed and taken into custody on charges of felony fleeing police, trespass by motor vehicle, driving with a suspended license, careless driving and reckless driving. He too was committed in lieu of $25,000 bail.
Another motorist arraigned by Biichle was Brandon Sweat, 22, of 924 Mulberry St., Montoursville, who was stopped by state Trooper Robert Jacobs after Sweet suddenly pulled out in front him in an unsafe manner at East Third Street and Northway Road in Loyalsock Township about 10:20 p.m. on Jan. 24.
Sweat was “extremely apologetic that he turned in front of me,” the trooper said in an affidavit. Jacobs said he detected “a moderate odor of an alcoholic beverage” coming from the driver, who “admitted to drinking four to five shots.” Sweat’s blood-alcohol level was .08, Jacobs said. Following his arraignment on a charge of DUI, he was released on $2,500 bail.
Bail was a different matter for Devon Randy Moore, 20, of 810 Wildwood Blvd., who the judge arraigned on a felony charge of carrying a firearm without a license, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia which were filed by city Patrolman William Badger.
Moore was a passenger in a car that the officer had stopped near Little League Boulevard and Hepburn Street after its driver ran a red traffic light about 6:30 p.m. on May 19. While running Moore’s name on his car’s computer, the officer learned that the passenger had already been charged with illegal possession of a firearm.
While speaking with Moore, the officer noticed the passenger was “was sweating profusely. I could see the sweat beading on his forehead,” he said in an affidavit.
“Moore appeared unusually nervous for a passenger on a routine traffic stop,” Badger said.
The passenger agreed to step out of the car so the officer could pat him down, and when he did, Badger spotted “the grip of a revolver sticking out from under the front passenger seat.” The gun was loaded with four rounds, the officer said. Moore had in his possession 3.2 grams of marijuana.
Following his recent arraignment, Moore was jailed in lieu of $85,000 bail.
Three men — in separate case — face assault-related cases, including Eric Sagan, 39, of 194 Front St., Linden, who allegedly punched Brian Kilgus inside the Brandon Cafe, 410 Washington Blvd., about 11 p.m. on Sept. 26, according to city Patrolman Addison Gingrich.
Following his arraignment Monday before Biichle on charges of simple assault and harassment, Sagan was released on $5,000 bail.
In another case, when city Patrolman Zachary Geary arrived at 1045 Park Ave. about 1 p.m. on June 7, a woman “was bleeding profusely from her nose with blood dripping down her shirt and legs,” according to the officer’s affidavit.
Geary alleges that Austin McCloskey, 25, punched the woman in the face as the two were moving his belongings into the above address.
Arraigned on Monday before District Judge Christian Frey on charges of simple assault and harassment, McCloskey was jailed in lieu of $25,000 bail.
Also arraigned Monday was Codi Palmer, 23, of 304 S. Pine Run Road, Linden, who allegedly punched David Stiner in the face on Sunday night, breaking his jaw, possibly in two places, state Trooper Matthew Trick said.
As he was spitting up blood on his porch, Stiner told the trooper that two men had been riding ATVs and dirt bikes up and down the road all day outside his home at 140 Bittner Park Road in Lewis Township and that he yelled at them for causing a disturbance.
The two approached Stiner and one of them struck him in the face, the trooper was told.
However, Palmer had a different story to tell investigators. Palmer said he and a friend were invited by Stiner to come to his residence, and while there Stiner made “a derogatory remark” to Palmer’s girlfriend.
Trick said Palmer reported that there was an altercation and that he struck Stiner as he (Palmer) was attempting to get some of his belongings from Stiner’s front porch. Stiner underwent surgery at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.
Arraigned before District Judge William Solomon on charges of aggravated assault, simple assault and harassment, Palmer was committed in lieu of $25,000 bail.