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Multiple people face charges in Lycoming County

A Pine Street woman faces charges for allegedly pointing a knife at a man who wrestled it from her as the two struggled outside his home, city Patrolman Michael Corter said in an affidavit.

Kiswana Wright, 29, of 525 Pine St. went to Timothy Harris’ home at 649 Fifth Ave. and confronted him with the knife when he opened his door about 3:15 a.m. on Feb. 21, Corter alleged.

Wright and Harris stumbled down a set of porch steps as Harris grabbed the knife out of the woman’s hand, Corter said adding that Wright, who also goes by the name of Kiswana Riley, then fled the scene.

Harris referred to Wright as “his side girl,” Corter said, adding that Wright told him that she never had the knife out, but that it fell out of her pocket as she fell down the steps.

Corter said Wright told him that “she went to the house to confront Harris about her having a baby that she claimed was his, but he won’t admit to it or help take care of it,” the officer wrote in an affidavit. Wright has been sent a summons to appear before District Judge Christian Frey.

In another case before the judge, motorist Dustin Bell, 51, of 301 W. Mountain Ave., South Williamsport, has been charged with DUI and careless driving after state Trooper Robert Jacobs stopped his pickup truck in the area of Little League Boulevard and Campbell Street in the city about 8:10 p.m. on Dec. 29.

There was a strong odor of both marijuana and alcohol from the vehicle and Bell’s eyes were bloodshot and glassy, Jacobs said in an affidavit. The trooper stopped the vehicle because the brake lights on the truck were not functioning.

Bell, who refused to submit a blood sample, is free on $5,000 bail.

Jacobs also charged motorist Benjamin Steinbacher, 33, of 2214 W. Fourth St., with DUI and careless driving after he stopped Steinbacher’s 2002 Ford Mustang in the area of High and Center streets in the city about 8:30 p.m. Feb. 6. The trooper saw the driver cross the center line three times.

Steinbacher, whose eyes were bloodshot and glassy, admitted to consuming three to four mixed drinks as well as earlier in the day smoking marijuana, the trooper said. A blood test revealed the presence of benzoylecgonine (cocaine), in his system, court records stated. He waived his preliminary hearing before Frey and is free on $5,000 bail.

Concerning another case in which Jacobs was the investigator, passenger Zachary Schain, 29, of Pryor, Oklahoma, has been charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia following an incident in which the trooper stopped a car because its license plate lights were inoperable in the first block of Maynard Street in the city about 8:20 p.m. on Jan. 24.

After Jacobs detected the odor of marijuana coming from inside the car, Schain “voluntarily handed a bag” of the controlled substance over to the trooper, according to an affidavit. A bench warrant for her arrest was expected to be filed after she failed to appear for her preliminary hearing.

In a DUI case, Jacobs charged David Rogers, 51, of 900 Funston Ave., apartment 4, with driving under the influence of marijuana after he stopped Rogers’ 2014 Chevrolet sedan because the windows were too tinted and he could not see inside the vehicle at Maynard Street and Vine Avenue in the city about 4 p.m. on Jan. 24.

Jacobs said there was an odor “of burnt marijuana” coming from the driver’s breath and a blood test confirmed the controlled substance was present in his system. Rogers waived his preliminary hearing and is free on $5,000 bail.

In another case handled by Frey, city Patrolman Nicholas Carrita wrote in an affidavit that he “was overwhelmed by the odor of an alcoholic beverage” coming from Todd Aaron Hill, 46, of 110 E. Lincoln Ave., after the driver crashed his 2006 Mazda on Route 220 near the Reach Road interchange about noon on March 18.

“Hill’s eyes were glossy and red, and his speech was slurred,” the officer said. Hill’s blood-alcohol content left was .19. He is free on $5,000 bail.

In another case, Totiyana Smith, 21, of 750 W. Edwin St., apartment 3G, also waived her hearing on several felony conspiracy charges that stemmed from investigators seizing various amounts of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and ecstasy from her city apartment when members of the county’s Narcotics Enforcement Unit executed a search warrant there on June 24, according to court records.

The warrant follows her alleged involvement in a cocaine sale with accomplice Benjamin Marquise in May, according to court records.

Smith, charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and five counts of conspiracy to deliver controlled substances, is free on $50,000 bail that was set by Frey. Benjamin, 21, also of 750 W. Edwin St., apartment 3G, remains jailed in lieu of $125,000 bail.

State police have charged Patrick Morrill, 34, of 528 Ruben Kehrer Road, Muncy, with three counts of corrupting the morals of a minor and one count of indecent assault after showing pornographic videos on his cellphone to three children ages 10 and 12, Trooper James Nestico alleged in court papers.

The alleged incidents occurred between January 2019 and May of this year, court records state. Morrill also had inappropriate contact with one of the minors, the trooper alleged.

Following he recent arraignment before District Judge Gary Whiteman, Morrill was released on $20,000 bail.

Concerning another case before Whiteman, Timothy Cohick, 51, of 1828 Green Ave., Old Lycoming Township, faces felony charges of home improvement fraud, theft by deception and receiving stolen property for allegedly failing to meet his obligation for a project after accepting $600 from Diane Smith, according to state Trooper Troy Croak.

Cohick was to remove an old electric water heater and replace it with a new one at 170 Pinecrest Drive in Eldred Township, Croak said. Cohick accepted the money last Nov. 5, and the project was to be completed in three weeks, the trooper said. Charges were filed two days before Christmas after the work still had not been completed. He remains jailed in lieu of $15,000 bail.

In another case being handed by Croak, Weis customer service desk employee Tammy Lynn Wertz, 47, faces theft-related charges for her alleged actions while working behind the counter at the store at 305 River Ave. in Loyalsock Township.

In an affidavit filed at Whiteman’s office, the trooper alleges that Wertz, of 709 Tucker St., withheld winning lottery tickets and subsequent cash earnings from customers as they attempted to cash in their tickets. It is alleged that she withheld at least $220 from five victims, Croak said.

Following her recent arraignment on charges of theft, theft by deception and receiving stolen property, Wertz was released on $5,000 bail, She has waived her preliminary hearing before Whiteman.

Julie Calabro-Taylor, 47, of 225 E. Church St., also waived her preliminary hearing before Whiteman in a felony shoplifting case that stems from an incident at Walmart, 1015 N. Loyalsock Ave., Montoursville, where she was stopped at the door trying to flee with $250 worth of merchandise on Feb. 25, borough police Deputy Chief Jason Bentley alleged in an affidavit.

Calabro-Taylor, who has two prior shoplifting convictions, is free on $15,000 bail.

Also arraigned by Whiteman was fugitive Jason Ranck, of 1660 Marlin Parkway, who was charged with resisting arrest after he bolted from Trooper Logan Webb, but was quickly apprehended following a brief foot chase that ended when Webb deployed his Taser gun on the 42-year-old man.

Webb and his shift partner for the day, Trooper Andrew Dalkiewicz, spotted Ranck walking in the 1500 of Northway Road in Loyalsock Township about 8:20 p.m. Aug. 1 and knew there were warrants for his arrest both in Lycoming and Union counties.

As they pulled up along side him, Webb called out his name and Ranck turned and looked, and then started running, according to an affidavit. Webb jumped out and took off after him, nabbing him about 100 yards away. Ranck remains jailed in lieu of $7,500 bail as well as the other warrants.

Also behind bars is Phillip Morgan, 28, of 1236 Memorial Ave., apartment 3, who faces misdemeanor charges of defiant trespassing and disorderly conduct for allegedly refusing to leave RMJ Auto Restoration, 475 E. Willow St., after being told repeatedly that he was not allowed to remain on the premises about 11 a.m. on June 20, according to city Patrolman Zachary Geary. He is jailed in lieu of $2,500 bail that was ordered by District Judge Aaron Biichle.

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