Assault, drugs among charges filed against 2 in separate cases

A 30-year-old Loyalsock Township man has been locked up on city police charges following two disturbances at a home on Vallamont Drive.

Eric Doucet, of 2022 Sheridan St. faces several charges, including simple assault, felony trespassing, defiant trespassing, possession of an instrument of crime, disorderly conduct and harassment, according to Patrolman Gino Caschera.

The charges stem from incidents that took place at 982 Vallamont Drive, the home of Michael Sugamele, Caschera said.

The first disturbance occurred Friday when Doucet came to the home to get custody of a child from Amanda Chandler, the officer said, adding that it was a child the two had together.

“Chandler allowed the child to go with Doucet, but Doucet then began screaming at Sugamele,” Caschera. After the child came back inside the house, Chandler and Sugamele locked the doors as Doucet continued to yell at them from the outside,” according to the officer’s affidavit.

Chandler and Sugamele ordered Doucet to leave the premises, but he then began pounding on a door, Caschera said.

“Doucet found an unlocked door and entered the home without Sugamele’s permission,” Caschera said, adding that the two men then got into “a physical confrontation” during which Sugamele restrained Doucet, prompting Doucet to begin scratching at Sugamele’s eyes, Caschera said.

Doucet fled the house, got in his car and then blocked Sugamele’s driveway with the vehicle until officers arrived on the scene, Caschera said, adding that Doucet had to be told several times to leave the property before actually doing so.

Doucet returned to the house on Saturday and allegedly threatened Sugamele with a knife, Caschera said.

Following his arraignment before District Judge Gary Whiteman, Doucet was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $25,000 bail.

In another case, the judge also arraigned Debra Bell, 22, of 830 High St., on drug charges following a vehicle stop made by Pennsylvania College of Technology Patrolman Justin Hakes about 10 p.m. Friday.

The officer stopped the woman’s Ford Focus in the area of West Fourth and Campbell streets in the city because her car’s taillights were not illuminated.

“While speaking with Bell, I smelled a strong odor of raw marijuana coming from her car,” Hakes wrote in an affidavit.

After the woman stepped from the car, the officer searched the vehicle. “On the back floor, behind the passenger seat was a pink fanny pack. Inside the pack were two vacuum-sealed bags of raw marijuana that weighed 34.8 grams,” Hakes said.

Charged with possession with intent to deliver marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with a suspended license, Bell also was jailed in lieu of $25,000 bail.


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