Patient allegedly threatens police with broken glass; other crimes alleged in district court
Responding to a disturbance at UPMC Williamsport about 10:10 p.m. on July 27, city police Cpl. Jordan Stoltzfus and Patrolman Andrew Stevens were directed to a room on the fifth floor where an out-of-control patient was allegedly swinging broken glass at staff.
When they reached the room, the officers saw two security guards trying to hold on to Dennis Chambers, 67, who was hanging out a window, according to an affidavit.
The guards were holding onto the man “by his ankles,” Stoltzfus said in the document.
The two officers “attempted to pull Chambers inside, but he held himself outside by holding on to the building. I tried to grab his arm, but he turned and swung a large piece of broken glass at me, attempting to hit me,” Stoltzfus said.
The officers were able to pull him safely back inside only after they tased one of his legs, which got him to let go of the outside of the building.
Chambers continued to struggle with the officers, swinging a large piece of glass at Stevens, Stoltzfus said, adding that “Chambers had to be tased multiple times before he gave up and was taken into custody.”
Arraigned last week before District Judge Aaron Biichle on two counts each of aggravated assault and simple assault as well as one count of disorderly conduct, Chambers, of Wyalusing, was released on $75,000 bail.
Woman charged with assaulting neighbor
After forcing her way into Venice Carter’s apartment about 12:40 a.m. on Sept. 1, Kyle Frank started punching Carter and pushed her over a coffee table as she continued to assault her, city Patrolman Kristopher Caster alleged in an affidavit.
Frank and Carter live in separate apartments in the same building. Caster made no mention in the court document what prompted the attack.
Frank fled the scene when Carter called police, but she later returned to the apartment building and was taken into custody on charges of burglary, criminal trespassing and simple assault. Following her arraignment before District Judge Jon E. Kemp, she was committed to Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail.
Hughesville man faces firearm-related charges
Wayne Murray, 58, of 60 Cottage St., Hughesville, has been charged by Tiadaghton Valley Regional police Sgt. Brian Fioretti with illegal transfer or sale of a firearm as well as making an unsworn falsification to authorities for allegedly putting down false information on a form when he attempted to purchase a firearm at National Sporting Goods, 1241 Allegheny St., Jersey Shore, on March 26. He is free on $15,000 bail.
City woman accused of stealing wine
Latoya Hall, 33, of 1493 High St., has been jailed on a felony charge of shoplifting after taking two bottles of wine from the Weis Market, 1916 Lycoming Creek Road, without paying for them on June 15, Old Lycoming Township police alleged in an affidavit. The loss to the store was $20, police said.
This was Hall’s third shoplifting arrest. Following her arraignment before District Judge William Solomon, she was jailed in lieu of $15,000 bail.
Man charged for allegedly striking child
Jacob Fry, 33, of 434 Jordan Ave., Montoursville, has been charged with simple assault and harassment for allegedly striking the buttocks of a female minor in the borough on April 21, according to borough police.
The girl was treated at UPMC Williamsport, and the county’s Children and Youth Department also was assisting with the investigation.
Fry is free on $7,500 bail after waiving his preliminary hearing before District Judge Gary Whiteman.
City man charged with identity theft
Using the identity of a dead man, James Moss (his true identity) walked into the Auto World Car Dealership, 2355 E. Third St., to test drive a gold 2008 Volvo S40 on the morning May 20, according to state Trooper Anthony Mazzone.
Moss, 47, of 647 Sixth Ave., was allowed to test drive the car after he and the dealership made an agreement that he was to return the car that afternoon. However, Mazzone was called to the dealership shortly after 7 p.m. when the driver still had not returned the Volvo.
Before leaving with the car, Moss had identified himself using another name and presented a driver’s license that was in that same man’s name, Mazzone said in an affidavit. When the trooper ran a check on the identification number of the driver’s license, he learned there was such a man, but he was dead.
Moss returned the car to the dealership while the trooper was there, but quickly fled the scene. Through his investigation, Mazzone determined the man’s true identity and learned that Moss had been charged earlier in another case by the state police Vehicle Fraud Unit.
Moss’s actual license was suspended because of a DUI conviction, Mazzone said.
When later confronted, Moss confessed to using the dead man’s “information to obtain a camera card in order to get a falsified driver’s license,” Mazzone said.
Arraigned before Whiteman on charges of felony forgery, identity theft, unauthorized us of a motor vehicle, tampering with public records and driving with a suspended license, Moss is free on $10,000 bail.
City man allegedly stole money from father
Shane Fairfax, 33, of 12 Terrace Lane, faces felony charges of theft, forgery and access device fraud for allegedly stealing and cashing four checks from his father and using his father’s debit card account to illegally withdraw over $8,500, according to city police Agent Jeremy Brown.
Brown said in an affidavit that family members told him that Fairfax “has a drug problem,” and some of the money went to pay dealers.
It is believe the thefts and illegal use of the father’s debit card occurred in the city’s Newberry neighborhood between October and late August. Following his arraignment before Solomon on Friday and jailed in lieu of $100,000 bail.
Two motorists have been charge with DUI
Ronald Winkleman, 58, of Mill Hall, has been charged by Old Lycoming Township police after he crashed his car into Lycoming Creek in the 3900 block of Lycoming Creek Road about 5:40 p.m. on July 23. He vehicle went off the road and hit several rocks before landing in the water, police said. His blood-alcohol content level was .09, police said. Winkleman has been sent a summons to appear before Solomon.
Marcus Miller, 25, of 21 N. Main St., Muncy, has been charged by South Williamsport police in the 400 block of Sandpiper Alley on Feb. 21. The officer noticed that Miller’s eyes were bloodshot and his speech was slurred. Miller refused to provide a blood sample, police said. He also was charged with careless driving and driving with a suspended license. He is free on $5,000 bail.