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Shoplifting arrests among several cases handled by district judges

Two women walked into the Weis Market on Loyalsock Avenue in Montoursville about 4:45 p.m. on June 9 and put four large backpacks in a shopping cart, according to Deputy Police Chief Jason Bentley.

The actions of Emily Best, 31, and Meegan Eck, 35, caught the attention of a store security officer who watched as the two “placed items in the backpacks as they walked around the store,” Bentley said.

The women went past the checkout counters and headed to the exit door when the store officer stopped them.

In the backpacks, the officer found an estimated $246 worth of merchandise, which included everything from health and beauty supplies to sunglasses and a pair flip flops, Bentley said.

Eck, of 305 Winters Lane, Montoursville, and Best, who until recently had the same address but now carried a city address, have both been charged with misdemeanor shoplifting and conspiracy. Best if free on $5,000 bail after she waived her preliminary hearing while Eck’s hearing was re-scheduled for a later date.

City man locked up after

domestic disturbance

Basir Loyal remains behind bars at the Lycoming County Prison following a domestic disturbance with his wife that occurred at the couple’s home at 1240 Vine Ave on Aug. 16, according to city Patrolman Michael Corter.

Loyal, 37, struck the woman in the head with a black leather bag that had “a heavy object in it,” Corter alleged in an affidavit.

“Basir hit her so hard that she became woozy and stumbled out of the room,” Corter said, adding “Basir then grabbed her by the throat, choking her to the point that she couldn’t breathe and lost consciousness. He then grabbed her by her hair, ripping 20 to 30 braids from her scalp.”

The husband allegedly assaulted his wife after she told him “she no longer wanted to be in a relationship with him,” the officer said he was told.

Arraigned before District Judge Jon Kemp on charges of strangulation, simple assault and possession of an instrument of crime, Loyal was jailed in lieu of $50,000 bail. The victim, Tamika Loyal, was treated at UPMC, Williamsport, Corter said.

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