Motorist faces felony attempted escape charge

A Lancaster County woman has been charged with felony attempted escape and disorderly conduct following an incident in which a city police officer ordered her out of her car at gunpoint near the 1600 block of High Street in mid-August.

The charges were filed by the county’s Narcotics Enforcement Unit (NEU) against Koryna Costello after the 20-year-old woman attempted to leave in her vehicle while she was being detained and questioned about an investigation regarding “a serious felony offense,” an officer wrote in an affidavit. The offense was the transfer of an illegal firearm, the officer said.

Costello, of Columbia, was told twice “that she was not permitted to leave,” but she allegedly “lunged her car forward” between a police cruiser and a city policeman, who “ran in front of her vehicle, drew his weapon and pointed it at her, ordering her” to get out, the NEU officer said. She stopped the car and was detained.

Arraigned Sunday before Kemp, Costello remains jailed in lieu of $75,000 bail.

Pizza owner charged with theft

Vito Ciaravino faces misdemeanor and summary charges for allegedly removing two survey stakes and 25 feet of orange safety fencing in front of his pizza business at routes 220 and 405 in Hughesville, items that had been placed there as part of a highway renovation project, according to state police.

The fencing and stakes, owned by Don E. Bower Construction, were removed from in front of Vito’s Pizza on June 11, alleged Trooper Matthew Trick, adding that the theft was caught on video.

Ciaravino, 63, of 201 N. Main St., Muncy, has been charged with theft, receiving stolen property, criminal mischief and defiant trespassing, and has been sent a summons to appear before District Judge Jon E. Kemp.

Driver charged with hit-run

Motorist Andrew Buck, 29, of 271 Stryker Ave., Montgomery, has been charged with accidents involving damage to attended vehicle (hit-run) for allegedly failing to provide any identification before fleeing the scene of an accident in which he rear-ended another motorist on Route 54 in Clinton Township about 1 p.m. on June 22, state Trooper Blake Gaines said.

The motorist his 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer hit, Willie Keys, took a snapshot of Buck’s car and license plate before Buck left, and the picture helped Gaines with his investigation. Damage to Keys’ vehicle was $500.

Buck waived his preliminary hearing before Kemp and is free on $1,500 bail.

Florida man charged with resisting arrest

Hunter Rodkey, 28, of Pensacola, Florida, has been charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct following a disturbance in the 1900 block of East Third Street on Friday. Initially jailed, he has since been released on $5,000 bail.

DUI charge filed against five motorists

Those charged were:

• Bradley Andrews, 43, of 1666 Rabbittown Road, Pennsdale; state police; also charged with endangering the welfare of children on Sunday night in the 1700 block of East Third Street, where he allegedly punched a woman in his Ford Windstar, abandoning her and two children before driving off; nabbed on Route 864 in Mill Creek Township, he was jailed in lieu of $5,000 bail.

• Austin Miller, 22, of 2301 Linn St.; state police in the 3000 block of Route 654 in Susquehanna Township on June 26; he was “highly intoxicated,” admitted to the trooper that he had had “six beers and two shots”; he declined to submit to a blood test, police said, adding that this was his second DUI arrest since 2017; sent a summons to appear before a district judge.

• Lavonda Smith, 50, of Wilkes-Barre; city police in the 700 block of West Edwin Street on March 7; admitted to having a beer just before getting behind the wheel, had a blood-alcohol content level of .07.; free on $3,500 bail.

• Eric Nuss, 51, of Linden, state police on Route 220 in the city on Feb. 8; his blood-alcohol content level was .08.; he admitted to drinking two beers; he has five DUI convictions; free on $5,000 bail.

• Leonard Winchester, 39, of 1312 W. Fourth St.; state police in the first block of Maynard Street in the city about 11 a.m. Feb. 5; admitted to smoking marijuana earlier that day and a blood test confirmed the presence of the controlled substance in his system; free on $5,000 bail.


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