Two separate traffic stops land alleged drug dealers in prison

Driving an SUV with tinted windows, Marcellis Turner stopped at the traffic light in South Williamsport when borough Patrolmen Gareck Esposito and William MacInnis pulled up along side his Jeep Cherokee in their cruiser about 9:10 p.m. Monday,

When the light turned green, Turner, 30, of Philadelphia, “accelerated rapidly and cut off the officers as he changed lanes, going from the left to right lane without signaling,” Esposito said in an affidavit.

The officers activated the cruiser’s emergency lights and siren, and Turner pulled into a lot at Market Street and Southern Avenue.

The traffic stop resulted in both Turner and his passenger, Sean Johnson Brown Jr., 29, also of Philadelphia, and the owner of the SUV, getting arrested on felony drug and firearm charges after 11 bundles of heroin and a 9 mm handgun loaded with 11 rounds were located in Jeep, Esposito said.

During the stop, Johnson Brown gave the officers consent to search the vehicle. The drugs and the handgun, along with at least $2,500 of suspected drug money and five cellphones were found in two backpacks that were in the trunk, Esposito said.

Both men were taken before District Judge Aaron Biichle and arraigned on possession with intent to deliver heroin, carrying a firearm without a license and possession of heroin. Turner faced an additional summary charge of driving with a suspended license, suspended due to a DUI conviction, Esposito said. Both men were committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $75,000 bail each.

Another traffic stop — this one done by city police in the 600 block of Grier Street on Aug. 11 — also resulted in two other men being incarcerated on charges of possession with intent to deliver controlled substances and related offenses, according to court records.

The driver, Daniel Hayes, 32, of Philadelphia, and his passenger, Dominique Thomas, 30, whose last known address was of the 1100 block of Memorial Ave., were stopped after Hayes failed to use a turn signal, according to court records.

“I immediately detected a strong odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle. Both occupants were confrontational and argued for several minutes,” an officer wrote in an affidavit.

“Hayes was visibly shaking and informed me he was on federal probation,” the officer said, adding that the Chevrolet Malibu Hayes, now living in Bloomsburg, was driving was a rental car. Both the driver and passenger were ordered out of the car.

A plastic bag that Thomas had dropped to the ground, the officer said, adding that the bag “contained a small amount of crack cocaine.” A fanny pack on Thomas’ waist contained “nine individually-packaged bags of marijuana totally 34 grams. These bags were packaged for sale,” the officer said. Five cellphones and an estimated $900 in suspected drug money were recovered, the officer said.

Both Hayes and Thomas before Biichle and jailed in lieu of $75,000 bail each.

Lycoming Township man arrested following assault on city girlfriend

Nicholas Aloisio came behind his girlfriend, Morgan Champion, and put her in choke hold, prompting the woman to let out a scream, city Patrolwoman Debra Wasilauski alleged in an affidavit.

“Now you’re really going to sleep,” the 27-year-old boyfriend told the woman as he “pulled his arm around her neck. Champion was unable to breathe. She felt her airway clothing,” the officer said.

“Champion was afraid, and felt she was not going to be able fight him off. She felt (like) she was going to pass out,” Wasilauski said. The girlfriend managed to get out only three words: “Ok, I’ll quit.”

Aloisio then let her go, but continued to assault her in her home at 1612 Memorial Ave. on the night of Aug. 29, the officer alleged.

The man “threw Champion onto the kitchen floor, kicking her about the body. He punched her in the back of the head, repeatedly,” the officer was told.

With Champion on her hands and knees crying, Aloisio, of 27 Casale Road, Cogan Station, told her “If you (expletive) this up with me getting off parole, I’ll kill you. You’ll never see your kids again,” according to Wasilauski.

Champion bolted from her home and got in her car, but “Aloisio came outside and told her she was not leaving. He threatened to break the window. He (managed) to get his hand in the vehicle and open the door, After He got a hold of her keys and cellphone, Champion and Aloisio went back inside,” the officer said.

Champion finally was able to escape the home and to police headquarters, where she told officers about her ordeal, which she said lasted about an hour. She was treated at UPMC.

Following his recent on Sept. 3 before Biichle on charges of strangulation, terroristic threats, simple assault and harassment, Aloisio was released on $75,000 bail.

Alleged drug dealer charged for selling fentanyl in 2019

Lamont Cradle, 34, formerly of the 2200 block of West Fourth St., has been charged with allegedly selling several bags of fentanyl to an informant on two occasions, according to state police.

Cradle, of Lewistown, is accused of selling 42 bags to an informant on South Pine Run Road in Woodward Township in late August 2019, police said. The second sale occurred in Lock Haven about four weeks later, police said.

Already jailed on a probation violation, Cradle was re-committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail following his arraignment before District Judge Jerry Lepley on charges of possession with intent to deliver fentanyl and related offenses.

Jet ski operator charged by fish and boat commission

Jason Walters, 43, of 2603 Route 654, South Williamsport, has been charged with operating a watercraft while under the influence of alcohol following an incident in which he was operating his jet ski after sunset on the Susquehanna River near Linden about 9 p.m. on July 3, according to Darrell Miller II, a water conservation officer with the state Fish and Boat Commission.

Miller said Walter was stopped because he was operating a personal watercraft past sunset, which was at 8:41 p.m.

“I detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage from his (Walters’) mouth and person,” Miller wrote in an affidavit. Walters’ blood-alcohol content at the time was .21, Miller said. Walters has been sent a summons to appear before Lepley.

Mining company president charged in pollution case

Several weeks after charging a mining company with allegedly polluting more than five miles of unnamed tributaries to various runs in Pine Township during a two-year period, the state Fish and Boat Commission has lodge identical charges against the company’s president.

The 37 misdemeanor and summary charges against John A. Blaschak, 70, of 2826 Lincoln Drive are the result of the very same violations allegedly committed by the Fisher Mining Company, according to investigators.

The Loyalsock Township resident faces multiple counts of pollution of waters and disturbance of waterways or watersheds as well as five summary counts of violating the control of property provisions.

The pollution is alleged to have originated at the mining company’s facility near Cedar Run and took place between 2018 and May of this year, court records state.

Blaschak has been sent a summons to appear before Lepley.

New drug charges filed against man the day other offenses are withdrawn

On the same day that state police dropped one set of drug charges against Larry Russell Jr., they filed a new set of offenses against the 53-year-old Mifflinburg resident, according to court records filed at the office of District Judge Gary Whiteman.

The new charges are the result of Russell allegedly delivering synthetic cannabinoids (spice) to an undercover state trooper in the 700 block of Broad Street in Montoursville on Aug. 26. Russell has been charged with possession with intent to deliver spice, conspiracy to deliver and related offenses. He was jailed in lieu of $25,000 bail following his arraignment last Thursday.

On the same day, state police withdrew charges of possession with intent to deliver synthetic cannabinoids and related offenses for Russell’s alleged involvement in a drug sale that occurred in the 200 block of West Fourth Street in the city also on Aug. 26.


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