Multiple people face charges in Lycoming County
Bail was denied for a 28-year-old city man who allegedly forced his way into a High Street home and terrorized three juveniles and a woman whom he ordered to the floor at gunpoint, city Patrolman Jason Bolt said in an affidavit.
The home invasion occurred at 951 High St. about 1:30 p.m. on May 18 and was allegedly committed by Cecil Thompson, of 649 Second Ave., Bolt said.
Thompson knocked on the back door and told a 10-year-old girl that he wanted to see someone by the name of “Lisa,” Bolt said.
When he was told that no one by that name lived at the home, the girl and two other juveniles in the house began to close the door, Bolt said.
“However, Thompson then forced his way into the door, pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the three juveniles, telling them to ‘get on the ground and be quiet,’ “ Bolt said investigators were told.
Thompson then “paraded the trio of juveniles” to a second-floor bedroom, where he confronted Sherry Clark, Bolt said, adding that the intrude then pointed the handgun at her and ordered Clark and the minors “to be quiet and sit down,” the officer quoted Thompson as saying in the affidavit.
However, Clark “quickly grabbed a large flashlight and began swinging it repeatedly at Thompson,” prompting Thompson to allegedly strike her in the head, knocking her to the floor, Bolt said.
As Thompson repeatedly told the woman he would shoot her, Clark struck him continuously in the legs until he fled the house, Bolt said.
The victim did not know the intruder, Bolt said, adding that the motive for the home invasion was unclear.
Taken into custody in the 1200 block of Rural Avenue about 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Thompson was arraigned before District Judge Jon E. Kemp on charges of burglary, unlawful restraint, terroristic threats, felony trespassing, simple assault and possession of an instrument of crime before he was incarcerated.
Also locked up — briefly — was Robert Medlar, 49, of Mount Ephraim, New Jersey, who was arraigned on charges of allegedly sexually assaulting a female acquaintance in a guest room at the Genetti. 200 W. Fourth St., on July 4, according to city police Agent Brittany Alexander.
Investigators brought Medlar back from New Jersey on Wednesday afternoon to face felony charges of attempted sexual assault and aggravated indecent assault as well as two misdemeanor counts each of indecent assault and indecent exposure.
Following his arraignment before District Judge Aaron Biichle, Medlar was initially jailed, but has since been released on $125,000 bail.
Biichle also arraigned this week alleged drug dealer Kevin Webster, 42, of Philadelphia, who was involved in more than half a dozen sales of heroin to either an informant or an undercover officer, according to court records filed by the county’s Narcotics Enforcement Unit.
The alleged seven sales occurred between last Dec. 16 and March 13, and took place in the city or Loyalsock Township, investigators said. The sales ranged in amounts between $140 and $600, court records state.
The investigation into Webster’s alleged sales culminated in a search warrant that was executed on April 22 at a city home at 650 Krouse Ave. from where “three bricks of heroin” were located in a freezer and seized along with drug paraphernalia.
Webster faces a total of 10 drug charges, including four counts each delivery of heroin and conspiracy to deliver heroin and one count each of illegal use of a cellphone and corrupting the morals of a minor for allegedly using a minor to deliver heroin for him to an undercover officer on Jan. 27 and again March 13, court records state.
Initially jailed, Webster has since been released on $125,000 bail.