Alleged DUI, theft, illegal dumping among charges filed recently in Lycoming County
On the night of March 3, State Trooper Anthony Mazzone was sitting in his parked cruiser near the construction zone at East Third and Basin streets in the city when the tires from an SUV squealed as its driver turned at the intersection at a high rate of speed.
The driver, Steve Guthrie Jr., 35, of 1524 Mount Carmel St., overshot the turn, said Mazzone, who, upon checking his calibrated speedometer and following the vehicle a short distance, determined that the driver was traveling 77 mph in a 35-mph speed zone about 9:40 p.m.
The trooper said that after pulling Guthrie over, “I immediately detected an odor of alcohol emanating from inside the vehicle. The driver did not have his driver’s license, registration card or insurance card.”
Mazzone said in an affidavit that he could identify Guthrie “due to a high number of previous incidents he and other troopers have had with him.”
After Guthrie exited the 2006 Jeep Commander, Mazzone detected an odor of alcohol on the driver’s breath. After Guthrie completed a series of field sobriety tests, the trooper determined that there was “a high probability that he was under the influence,” according to the affidavit.
A blood test confirmed Mazzone’s suspicions, revealing that Guthrie’s blood-alcohol content level was .12. Charged with DUI, speeding and careless driving, he was released on $5,000 bail set by District Judge Aaron Biichle.
In another case before Biichle, it was marijuana – not alcohol – that Joseph Daniels, 21, of Forksville, allegedly had in his system when state police Cpl. Larue Stelene stopped his 2004 Pontiac Vibe near Grampian Boulevard and Franklin Street in the city about 1:40 a.m. last Aug. 31 because its taillights were not working and Daniels’ inspection sticker had expired.
Although he appeared drowsy and his speech was very slurred, Daniels initially “denied having taken any drugs or medication or drinking any alcoholic beverages,” Stelene said in an affidavit.
“As he exited the vehicle, I saw him appear uncoordinated and to sway when he walked,” the trooper wrote in the court document.
While undergoing a series of field sobriety tests, Daniels changed his story and “admitted to smoking marijuana a short time prior to being stopped. A blood test confirmed the controlled substance inside his system. Charged with DUI and careless driving, Daniels is free on $5,000 bail.
Another motorist charged with the same offenses was Kimberly Drzewicki, 34, of 2234 1/2 Riverside Drive, South Williamsport, who had a blood-alcohol content level of .13 when state Trooper George Aguirre stopped her 2003 Jeep Liberty near Via Bella and Court Street in the city about 1:30 a.m. on Feb. 2.
The trooper said he stopped the motorist after her vehicle “crossed over the center double line on three separate occasions beginning on East Third Street in Loyalsock Township.
Drzewicki’s eyes were bloodshot and glassy, and she “showed signs of impairment” during a series of field sobriety tests,” the trooper said, adding the woman admitted to drinking two beers. She too is free on $5,000 bail after waiving her preliminary hearing.
Another motorist charged with DUI and related offenses who waived her preliminary hearing was Hope Sample, 56, of 2022 Whitford Ave., South Williamsport, according to court records filed at the office of District Judge Gary Whiteman.
South Williamsport Patrolman William MacInnis alleged Sample left the scene of a crash in which her 2003 Jeep Cherokee struck a sign in the 1200 block of West Southern Avenue about 5:10 p.m. on Dec. 13.
Several minutes later, the officer caught up with Sample a few blocks away. “I could smell a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from her breath,” the officer said, adding that he asked her if she had been drinking. Sample replied that she “had a few.” When MacInnis asked if she was on any medications, she replied “too many,” the officer wrote in an affidavit.
Sample, who faces an additional charge of accidents involving damage to unattended property (hit-run), had a blood-alcohol content level of .32, MacInnis said. She is free on $5,000 bail.
Another case handle by Whiteman involved Joshua Guthrie, 21, of 45 Back St., lot 4, Montoursville, who was charged by Trooper Ronald Barrett with simple assault and harassment for allegedly punching a 10-year-old boy in the face and head after the youngster knocked a hat off Guthrie’s head on Back Street in Upper Fairfield Township on April 19. The victim was treated at UPMC Muncy. Guthrie has waived his preliminary hearing and is free on $5,000 bail.
Concerning another case, Jennifer Aldenderfer, 33, of 25 Bullet Hill Road, faces a misdemeanor charge of theft of services for allegedly dumping three large trash bags into a Dumpster at the Lycoming County Housing Authority office, 1941 Lincoln Drive, last Aug. 13, according to state Trooper Robert Jacobs.
It cost the authority $150 to remove the debris, Jacobs said, adding that Aldenderfer has admitted to the illegal dumping. She is free on $5,000 bail set by Whiteman.
In another theft case, Ryan Danneker, 36, of Loganton, has been charged by Tiadaghton Valley Regional Patrolman Jordan Mahosky theft and receiving stolen property for allegedly stealing two iPhones from Jessica Barner’s home at 138 Spruce St. in Jersey Shore on Dec. 18, according to court records at the office of District Judge Jerry C. Lepley.
Court records state that Danneker “traded the iPhones in Williamsport for bath salts.” While he released on signature bail, a bench warrant for his arrest was expected to be filed since he failed to appear at his recent preliminary hearing.
Mahosky has also charged Chelsea Mae Miller, 30, of 1014 Allegheny St., Jersey Shore, with theft and receiving stolen property for allegedly stealing $1,1180 from Little Monsters Kid Care, 325 Thomas St., Jersey Shore between late last year and mid-March this year, while she was employed at the facility. She is free on $5,000 bail.
In Hughesville, borough Patrolman Andrew Boyer has charged city resident Francis Fredin Jr., 33, of 523 Arch St., with accidents involving damage to attended vehicle and careless driving following a hit-run crash in the 100 block of South Main Street about 6:30 p.m. on May 14.
Boyer said Fredin crashed into the rear of a vehicle driven by Meredith Anderson, causing extensive damage. Fredin handed Anderson an insurance card with his mother’s name on it, but then drove off, Boyer said. He has been sent a summons to appear before District Judge Jon E. Kemp.
Also out of Kemp’s office, Muncy Patrolman Raymond Kontz III has charged motorist James Vanness II, 28, of 23 N. Main St., Muncy, with DUI, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with a suspended license after Vanness was caught driving the wrong way down a one-way street at Green and Noble alleys in the borough about 5:20 p.m. on June 13.
When he saw him, Kontz knew Vanness’ driver’s license was suspended due to a previous DUI conviction. Following his arraignment before Kemp, Vanness was jailed in lieu of $25,000 bail.