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Several people countywide receive charges ranging from assault to DUI

A 21-year-old city man has been jailed on assault-related charges for tossing a lit M-80 firecracker into a yard that blew up near a boy who suffered a severe eye injury, city Patrolman Benjamin Hitesman alleged in court papers

Darven Moore Jr., of 810 Wildwood Blvd., faces charges of aggravated assault, simple assault and recklessly endangering for lighting the M-80 and tossing it into a yard at 2232 W. Third St., where two juveniles were playing on a trampoline about 7 p.m. on May 28, Hitesman said.

The M-80 landed within feet of a 9-year-old boy, resulting in “part of the firecracker striking the boy in his right eye, causing severe pain,” the officer said in an affidavit.

The boy, who was taken to UPMC Williamsport, suffered “vision loss in the eye and retina was damaged,” Hitesman said.

Following his recent arraignment before District Judge Christian Frey, Moore was committed to the Lycoming County Prison on a probation violation and in lieu of $75,000 bail.

In another case in which a minor was the victim, Eric Spencer, 35, of 1621 W. Fourth St., has been charged by state Trooper Michael App with simple assault and harassment for allegedly striking a boy multiple times in the face in the city’s Newberry neighborhood in mid-December, according to court records.

Spencer waived his preliminary hearing before Frey and is free on $5,000 bail.

In another case brought before Frey, the judge ruled there was sufficient evidence to hold Dyshean Purvis on felony charges of arson and criminal trespassing as well as misdemeanors criminal mischief and disorderly conduct following the 35-year-old man’s preliminary hearing.

Purvis was charged by Patrolman Nicholas Carrita after he allegedly set “a piece of paper on fire and put it in the front door mail slot” of a woman’s home at 11 Center Place about 11 a.m. on April 26.

The fire damaged the door, part of a carpet and curtains before the victim, identified in court papers only as “Taylor,” managed to put out the fire, Carrita said, adding that as the woman was dousing the fire, Purvis “continued to flick a lighter outside her door.

Initially jailed on the arson-related charges, Purvis has since been released on $50,000 bail.

Regarding another case, Frey ruled there was sufficient evidence to hold Terry Scott, 37, of 1236 Monroe Place, on felony drug charges that were filed by the county’s Narcotics Enforcement Unit for his alleged involvement in two sales of 10 packets of heroin.

The sales occurred in the city; one at 1118 Isabella St. on Feb. 15 and another at Scott’s home on April 26, court records state. When investigators executed a search warrant at Scott’s home on April 28, they recovered an additional 50 packets of heroin in his bedroom.

Initially jailed on no bail, Scott is now free on $90,000 bail.

Concerning another drug case before Frey, Alexis Vann, 23, of 650 Krouse Ave., waived her preliminary hearing on charges of possession with intent to deliver heroin, delivery of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia for allegedly selling the controlled substance from her home on April 21. The charges were filed by the county’s narcotics enforcement unit. She remains jailed in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Frey recently arraigned county prison inmate Arnold Cavanaugh Sr., 66, of 734 Memorial Ave., on a state police charge of possession with intent to deliver 3.7 grams of cocaine to an informant back in late June 2016. The alleged $400 drug sale occurred at Cavanaugh’s home, police said.

Already incarcerated on felony drug charges, Cavanaugh was recommitted in lieu of an additional $95,000 bail.

Also arraigned by Frey was Nicholas Etumnu, 31, of 1966 Yale Ave., who was allegedly “throwing bags and containers of drugs off himself” as he attempted to flee county narcotic officers at 924 Race St. in the city on June 8, according to court records.

Officers seized seven ounces of cocaine and $5,800 in cash from Etumnu, who was charged with one felony county of possession with intent to deliver and jailed in lieu of $250,000 bail.

In one other drug case, Niheem Freeman, 23, of 2511 Linn St., waived his preliminary hearing before Frey on city police charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia that were filed following an incident in the 1100 block of West Fourth Street on Dec. 31. He is free on $5,000 bail.

Three motorists have been charged with DUI, according to court records filed at Frey’s office.

Sylvester Greene Jr., 38, of 3731 Lycoming Creek Road, Cogan Station, took city Patrolman Gino Caschera on a brief pursuit along West Fourth Street before stopping in the 1800 block about 9:10 p.m. on June 8.

Greene, who was driving without his headlights on, appeared disoriented, “staring blankly” and unable to follow through with the officer’s commands, Caschera said.

The officer believed Greene’s behavior was the result of him allegedly inhaling solvents from an aerosol can.

In addition to DUI, Greene is also charged with fleeing police and illegal use of solvents. Initially jailed, he is free on $15,000 bail.

Joshua Mordan, 41, of Catawissa, was stopped by state Trooper Brian Moore on Interstate 180 in the city just before 2 a.m. on Feb. 8 because the registration on his Toyota Tacoma pickup truck had expired.

Mordan showed “significant signs of impairment” during a series of field sobriety tests which he had to perform after Moore detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle and also noticed Mordan’s eyes were bloodshot and glassy.

Mordan’s blood-alcohol content level was .11, Moore said. He is free on $3,500 bail.

After being stopped in the 1300 block of Memorial Avenue because of a non-functioning brake light on his pick up truck about 7:45 on Dec. 18, Steven Snyder, 50, of 1057 Hepburn St., admitted to city Patrolman William Badger that he had been smoking marijuana about an hour earlier.

The officer said he detected alcohol on Snyder’s breath and noticed his eyes were bloodshot and glassy as well. A blood test confirmed marijuana in is system, according to court records.

Charged also with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, Snyder is free on $5,000 bail.

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