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Man allegedly assaults mom for drug money; other incidents alleged in court documents

Upset that his mother would not give him money “to buy drugs,” Montoursville resident Douglas Harding sat on the 70-year-old woman’s lap, put his hands around her neck and choked her “until she couldn’t breathe,” borough Patrolman William Hagemeyer said in court papers.

After Harding loosened his grip, the mother got up and told him she was going to the police.

“You’ll be dead before they get here,” he told her.

The mother, Mary Harding, walked out of the house at 519 N. Washington St. about 8 a.m. Tuesday, heading to the police station yelling for help, but she did not get very far before her 29-year-old son grabbed hold of her and forced her back into the house,” Hagemeyer said.

A neighbor witnessing the confrontation called police. When Hagemeyer arrived on the house, the mother came to the door. She was “upset and shaking,” he said in affidavit.

The mother told the officer that when her son came out of his bedroom, “he told he was very sick and needed money to get help,” but she said ‘no,” Hagemeyer said, adding that “Doug Harding is a known heroin user and the mother knew the money was for drugs.”

Following his arraignment before District Judge Gary Whiteman on charges of strangulation, false imprisonment, terroristic threats, disorderly conduct and simple assault, Harding was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $75,000 bail.

In another case, an inmate at the jail, Lorenzo Scott, faces new charges after slapping the prison nurse in the face twice and threatening to assault her sexually, county Detective Stephen J. Sorage alleged in an affidavit.

The alleged assault and threat occurred as Scott, 47, of Williamsport, was in the process of being committed to the prison at 277 W. Third St. as a federal inmate about 4:30 p.m. on June 23, Sorage said in an affidavit.

As part of what is called “the intake process,” Scott was told to get on the scale so the nurse could record his weight.

“After getting off the scale, Scott slapped the nurse at least twice and hit her in the arm once,” Sorage alleged.

Scott told the nurse “It ain’t no crime slapping a bit–. It ain’t no crime raping a bit–,” Sorage, quoting the inmate, wrote in the affidavit.

“You can’t charge me. No problem smacking a bit– into doing what you want,” he told her.

Sorage has charged Scott with aggravated assault and attempted rape. Following his recent arraignment before District Aaron Biichle, Scott was recommitted in lieu of $150,000 bail.

In another case before Biichle, motorist Christopher Stiller, 31, of 602 Glenwood Ave., waived his preliminary hearing on charges DUI and careless driving that were filed by state Trooper Daniel Kozak, who pulled over Stiller’s 2009 Buick Enclave at Market Street and Rural Avenue in the city about 3:19 a.m. on March 8 because one of his headlights was burned out.

Besides having bloodshot and glassy eyes, Stiller “appeared to be sleepy, and I could smell an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from inside the vehicle,” Kozak wrote in an affidavit. At the time, Stiller’s blood-alcohol content level was .15. He is free on $5,000 bail.

Less than three hours later, Kozak stopped another motorist, Kassidy Lynn Phillips, 31, of 91 O’dell Road, Montoursville, for having a burned out headlight on Interstate 180 in Fairfield Township. She allegedly had two bags of cocaine, the trooper said. Charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, she is free on bail.

On the day before, March 7, Kozak stopped and charged another motorist, Delores Williams, 20, of 337 Walnut St., with DUI, possession of marijuana and careless driving on Interstate 180 in the city, according to court records at Biichle’s.

Williams was driving under the influence of marijuana when she was stopped about 1:30 a.m., Kozak said in an affidavit.

“I could smell the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Williams admitted that she had been smoking marijuana earlier,” the trooper said, adding he found a marijuana joint in the center console.

Like Stiller, Williams waived her preliminary hearing and is free on $5,000 bail.

Another driver charged with driving under the influence of marijuana was Heather Young, 41, of 6 W. Plaza Drive, lot 45, Hughesville, who was stopped by state Trooper Anthony Mazzone on Route 405 in Wolf Township about 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 25 because she failed to use her turn signal and she had both an expired registration plate and a burned out taillight.

At first Young told Mazzone that she had smoked marijuana “earlier in the day,” but then changed her story and said she “smoked within the last two hours,” according to court records. She has been sent a summons to appear before District Judge Jon Kemp.

In another case, motorist Jenna Matthews, 27, of 152 Boak Ave., lot 8, Hughesville, also admitted she had smoked marijuana “earlier in the evening” after state Trooper Robert Jacobs stopped her 1993 Chevrolet pickup truck at Orchard Avenue and Mohawk Drive in Wolf Township about 12: 30 a.m. on Feb. 27.

Jacobs said he pulled her over because she had failed to use a turn signal and also because of a wire that was hanging from underneath the truck. The trooper detected an odor of marijuana coming from the truck, and that the driver appeared “dazed.” A blood test confirmed marijuana in Matthews’ system, Jacobs said. She too has been sent a summons to appear before Kemp.

Another motorist, Floyd Hulsizer III, 42, of Milton, was believed to be under the influence of marijuana when he crashed his 2003 Subaru Legacy into a guardrail on Interstate 180 East near the Pennsdale interchange about 12:40 p.m. on May 8, state Trooper Peter Dunchick said in court papers.

Hulsizer claimed that as he was run off the road by another motorist, but another driver, Timothy Conrad, said that Hulsizer passed him at what he thought was “115 mph” and that Hulsizer was “all over the road,” Dunchick wrote in an affidavit.

Conrad said that moments later, “debris was flying in the air” and he soon came upon Hulsizer’s crashed vehicle. Hulsizer, who refused to provide a blood sample, has been charged with DUI of a controlled substance and careless driving. This was his second DUI charge. He has been sent a summons to appear before the judge.

In South Williamsport, motorist Charles Obrien Jr., 53, a resident of the borough, was charged with DUI after having a blood-alcohol content level of .13 when borough Patrolman William MacInnis stopped him for traveling 47 mph in a 25 mph speed limit zone in the 600 block of Matthews Boulevard about 11:10 p.m. on Feb. 13, according to court records at the office of District Judge Gary Whiteman,

MacInnis said he detected “a strong odor of alcohol” coming from Obrien’s 2012 Ford pickup truck and that the driver showed “significant clues of impairment” as he went through a series of field sobriety tests. Obrien has waived his preliminary hearing and is free on $5,000 bail.

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