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Man charged with assault while out on bail for previous assault charges

Upset that a woman was spending more time with her children than with him, Wesley Lebegern “tackled the woman off the bed and applied pressure to her neck with both hands and proceeded to choke her,” state Trooper Kevin Bencsics alleged in an affidavit.

Lebegern, 24, of 109 Harvest Moon Park, Linden, was already out on bail on city police charges of simple assault and harassment when he allegedly attempted to strangle the woman, identified only in court papers as CES.

The latest assault occurred at 36 Harvest Moon Park in Woodward Township about 11:10 p.m. on Aug. 22, Bencsics said.

With his hands around the woman’s neck, Lebegern bit the woman’s nose, causing it to bleed, the trooper alleged. The man then fled to a relative’s home, Bencsics said. Taken into custody, Lebegern was arraigned before District Judge Christian Frey on charges of strangulation, simple assault and harassment. Initially jailed in the Lycoming County Prison, he is now free on $35,000 after District Judge Jerry Lepley held him for court on all charges following a preliminary hearing.

In the initial arrest, Lebegern waived his preliminary hearing on city police charges of simple assault and harassment that stemmed from an incident of punching a woman three times in the face in the 300 block of Locust Street on May 13.

Alleged assault of a juvenile

In another assault case, Jesse Stahl, 44, of 307 Allegheny St., Jersey Shore, has been charged by Tiadaghton Valley Regional police with simple assault and harassment for allegedly backhanding a juvenile twice and kicking him in the chest in the 300 block of Allegheny Street in the borough on Aug. 14. He is free on $7,500 bail.

Vehicles allegedly stolen

In another case, Jonathan Sick, 32, of Dansville, New York, faces two sets of charges for allegedly possessing stolen vehicles.

On the afternoon of July 3, Sick arrived at the Autobarn on Huffman Road, just off of Route 220 in Piatt Township, to test drive a Ford F-150 pickup, according to Tiadaghton Valley Regional police. He never brought it back, but police caught up with him with the vehicle. He was briefly detained and then released, police said.

Investigators later determined that the vehicle he drove to the Autobarn and abandon was stolen from New York State.

Three days later, Sick was allegedly driving another stolen pickup truck on Route 14 in Trout Run, according to state police.

The truck was pulling a $30,000 camper that also turned out to be stolen as was the license plate on the camper, police said. Both the truck and camper also were stolen from New York State.

Tiadaghton Regional police have charged Sick with one felony count of theft and two felony counts of receiving stolen property while state police have charged him with two felony counts of receiving stolen property and one misdemeanor count of receiving stolen property. He remains jailed in lieu of a total of $75,000 bail.

Mining company accused of pollution

In another complaint, a Lycoming County mining company faces multiple misdemeanor and summary charges for allegedly polluting more than five miles of unnamed tributaries to various runs in Pine Township during a two-year period, according to court records filed at the office of District Judge Jerry Lepley.

Fisher Mining Company has been charged by Water Conservation Officer Justin Boatwright of the state Fish and Boat Commission with 24 counts of pollution of waters, eight counts of disturbance of waterways or watersheds plus five summary counts of violating the control of property provisions.

The mining company carries two addresses: 40 Choate Circle, Montoursville, and Silver Springs Road in Cedar Run, according to an affidavit filed by Boatwright.

“The mining company was (found) to be the responsible party for pollutions and disturbances through my investigation and evidence provided by the state Department of Environmental Protection and the state Game Commission,” Boatwright said.

The pollution events and disturbances originated and occurred from the mining company’s facility near Cedar Run, the investigator alleged.

“The violations occurred between 2018 and mid-May of this year,” he said.

In court papers, Boatwright alleged that the mining company “allowed substances deleterious, destructive or poisonous to fish to be turned into or allowed to run, flow, wash or be emptied into any waters within or boarding the commonwealth” without first “passing through a DEP-approved control” system.

The mining company has been sent a summons to appear before Lepley.

Failure to appear

Concerning another case, a bench warrant was expected to be issued for Matthew Kershner, 50, of 180 Second St., Waterville, after he failed to appear for his recent preliminary hearing on a state police misdemeanor charge of diversion of services stemming from an incident in early January.

Trooper Travis Sather alleged Kershner dumped multiple bags of trash into a private contractor’s Dumpster on private property at 11658 Little Pine Creek Road in Pine Township, costing the contractor another $130 for him to dispose of the 27 bags of trash, according to court records filed at Lepley’s office in Jersey Shore.

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