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From drugs to shoplifting, area police file several criminal cases

By PHILIP A. HOLMES

pholmes@sungazette.com

Two charged for growing marijuana plants at home

A Loyalsock Township couple has been jailed on drug charges after marijuana plants were discovered this week in the basement of their home, according to state Trooper Jacob Sukal.

The discovery was made in Justin and Leanne Applegate’s home at 1513 Northway Road Extension while an officer was conducting a “regulatory supervisory check” on Leanne Applegate, the trooper said in an affidavit.

Police then obtained a search warrant from a district judge that allowed troopers to search the entire premises.

“There was a significant amount Twelve marijuana plants were found in the basement as were “numerous firearms” that were not in a secure setting, Sukal.

Because of a conviction of illegal use of a cellphone, Leanne Applegate, 36, is prohibited from possessing any firearms.

Both she and her 35-year-old husband have been charged with possession with intent to deliver marijuana, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Leanne Applegate faces an additional charges of illegal possession of firearms and endangering the welfare of children.

The children were endangered “by the manufacturing of marijuana in the home” as well as having access to several guns, Sukal said.

Both the husband and wife were arraigned before District Judge Gary Whiteman.

“Marijuana saved my life,” Justin Applegate volunteered in a statement to the judge during the proceedings. He also said “When it rains, it pours.” He was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail. His wife was jailed in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Alleged cocaine dealer turns himself in to face charges

A Scott Street man suspected of “selling large amounts of cocaine” to several individuals throughout the city turned himself in Thursday morning to face drug charges, according to the county’s Narcotics Enforcement Unit (NEU).

George Cooksey, 51, of 1402 Scott St., surrendered at Whiteman’s office to face charges of possession with intent to deliver cocaine and illegal use of a cellphone as a result of allegedly selling an undisclosed amount of the controlled substance to an informant on River Avenue in Loyalsock Township on Sept. 11, according to court records.

Shortly after the sale, officers executed a search warrant at Cooksey’s home from where they seized an undisclosed amount cocaine, over $1,000 of suspected drug money and the cellphone Cooksey used to set up the controlled buy with the informant, court records state.

After he was read his rights, Cooksey admitted to investigators that he would buy $2,000 worth of cocaine each week and then break up the cocaine in smaller amounts that he would then sell to others, the arresting officer said in an affidavit.

It was earlier this month that the narcotics unit received a tip that Cooksey was selling large amounts of cocaine. This tip led to the control buy in Loyalsock Township. He was released on $$40,000 bail.

Fugitive nabbed after officer discovers him sleeping in car

When an Old Lycoming Township police officer checked on two people she found sleeping in a car in a parking lot in the 3700 block of Lycoming Creek Road one early morning last week, she ended of capturing a New York State fugitive, according to court records.

Miguel Vancise, 35, of Elmira, New York, was sleeping in the backseat of the car while Rebecca Farmer, 21, was asleep in the driver’s seat about 3:30 a.m. on Sept. 16, Patrolwoman Shyanne McKivison said in an affidavit.

Because he refused to give his real identity, Vancise was taken to township police headquarters to be fingerprinted, but once there he was uncooperative “and would not allow us to fingerprint him,” McKivison said.

Police did learned his real identity through Farmer as well as the information provided by a 911 dispatcher that reported that Vancise, a convicted felon, was wanted by the New York State Parole Office for absconding parole.

Farmer, who was not charged with any offenses, gave police consent to search her vehicle, McKivison said, adding that Farmer also told officers that several firearms were concealed in the car and that they all belonged to Vancise.

Four loaded handguns, all within reach of Vancise, were located inside the vehicle, police said.

Vancise was arraigned before District Judge William Solomon and arraigned on charges of convicted felony not to possess a firearm, carrying a firearm without a license and giving false identification to law enforcement. He remains jailed in lieu of $150,000 bail.

City woman charged with shoplifting

Chanel Elliott, 34, of 1528 Memorial Ave., has been charged with misdemeanor shoplifting for allegedly stealing a total of $186 worth of merchandise from the Weis Market on Lycoming Creek Road on three occasions between July 14 and Aug. 14, according to Old Lycoming Township Patrolman Michael Engel. She is free on $2,500 bail.

Jersey Shore woman faces felony charges

Britney McLean, 24, of 220 Allegheny St., apartment 304, Jersey Shore, has been charged with felony theft by deception and conspiracy for allegedly passing a $3,000 fraudulent check to juvenile friend on Jan. 16, according to state Trooper Kevin Bencsics.

The check was determined to be fake only after the minor deposited it into her account at the First Commonwealth Bank on Shiffler Avenue in Loyalsock Township bank, the trooper said.

Following her arraignment before Whiteman, McLean was released on $10,000 bail.

Two men incarcerated in separate drug cases

Jerome Green, 58, of 667 Campbell St., has been charged with a total of 12 criminal counts for allegedly selling fentanyl to an informant on three occasions between Jan. 30 and Feb. 10, according to city police.

Green allegedly sold two bundles of the controlled substance twice from his home, police said. The other alleged sale involved bags of fentanyl that were sold an undisclosed location, according to court records.

Following his arraignment last week before District Judge Jon E. Kemp on a charge of delivery of a controlled substances and related offenses, Green was jailed in lieu of $75,000 bail.

Ronell Wylie, 24, of 2714 Grand St., has been charged by the county’s NEU with delivery of cocaine for his alleged involvement in a drug sale to an informant on Waltz Place in the city on April 8.. Arraigned before District Judge Christian Frey, he remains jailed in lieu of $75,000 bail.

Montoursville area man jailed on charges of assaulting brother

Logan Brochey, 20, of 179 Old Cement Road, Montoursville, has been charged by state police with simple assault and harassment for allegedly punching his brother multiple times in the face in the 200 block of Back Street in Upper Fairfield Township about 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 19, according to state Trooper Logan Webb.

Webb did not identify the brother by name and it was unknown if the victim needed medical treatment head and neck injuries he suffered in the attack.

Brochey was arraigned before District Judge Jon E. Kemp and remains jailed in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Charges lodged against UTV operator

Criminal charges have been lodged against Bruce Amerman Sr., 56, of Sunbury, which were filed in connection with an accident that occurred last year with a utility-terrain vehicle on private property in Plunketts Creek Township, according to state Trooper Troy Hansen.

Amerman was operating the vehicle when it crashed into a tree on a trail at the Sunbury Grouse Club on Dunwoody Road about 11 p.m. on Aug. 2. A 17-year-old boy riding on the vehicle was taken to Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, to be treated for traumatic facial fractures, Hansen said.

“Amerman appeared heavily intoxicated and admitted to drinking six to 12 beers throughout the night,” the trooper said in an affidavit.

Arraigned Monday before Whiteman on charges of recklessly endangering another person and simple assault, Amerman was released on $5,0000 bail.

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