Woman charged with allegedly stealing $11,000 worth of jewelry from in-law
In late May, Limestone Township resident Sherry Buttorff reported that an estimated $11,000 worth of jewelry was stolen from her home along with a pocketbook that contained about $40 and two credit cards, according to state police.
Days later she got it all back – except for the cash and one credit card – after state troopers found her pocketbook in her daughter-in-law’s 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee, according to an affidavit filed by Trooper Matthew Trick.
With a search warrant signed by a judge, state troopers went to the home of the daughter-in-law, Desiree McKeag, 28, at 512 McKeag Lane, just west of Route 880, several miles from Buttorff’s home, on the morning of May 27.
They were there to search McKeag’s Jeep, Trick said, adding that McKeag was home at the time.
“She denied knowing anything about her mother-in-law’s belongings. She denied that any of Buttorff’s belongings were in the Jeep,” Trick said.
However, when the troopers told her they had a warrant to search the vehicle, McKeag told them that her mother-in-law’s pocketbook was behind the driver’s seat on the floor, Trick said. That is exactly where it was found, and it contained the jewelry and one credit card, the trooper added.
Desiree McKeag said “she didn’t mean to take the pocketbook. She only took it for the cash,” according to Trick.
What she may not have known was that her husband, Kyle Buttorff, who turned 31 on Wednesday, told police on May 26 that he saw his wife with his mother’s pocketbook as he and McKeag “were packing belongings to leave” his mother’s house on May 21. Court records state Buttorff, who also faces charges, lived at his mother’s home on Buttorff lane.
“She was going through it (the pocketbook,” Buttorff said, referring to McKeag. “As we left, I met her (McKeag) as the end of the driveway, and I saw the pocketbook in the back of the Jeep,” Trick quoted Kyle in the affidavit.
McKeag was arraigned last week before District Judge Jerry C. Lepley on felony theft and misdemeanor receiving stolen property, and released on $15,000 bail.
Kyle Buttorff has been charged with access device fraud and receiving stolen property for allegedly trying to buy $3 worth of beef jerky at a business with his mother’s stolen credit card on May 21. He was recommitted to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of an additional $2,500 bail. He has been jailed on state police DUI-related charges since Sept. 8.
Man charged following “rolling domestic” on Interstate 180
Motorist Andrew Alexander, 42, of 1377 Mall Road, Muncy, has been jailed on assault-related charges after he allegedly rammed the back of another vehicle intentionally while traveling at a high rate of speed in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 180, near the Hughesville-Muncy interchange about 12:10 p.m. on Sept. 10, according to state Trooper Christopher Sulitka.
This incident was termed “a rolling domestic”, the trooper said, adding that Alexander knew both the male driver and one of two passengers in the vehicle he allegedly rammed.
When the collision occurred, a female passenger in the victim’s car was already speaking on a cellphone with a state police dispatcher, Sulitka said. The passenger told the dispatcher they were being pursued by a motorist who was “driving too close and pulling up next to them, telling them to pull over,” Sulitka said.
While troopers were being sent to the area to handle the call, the dispatcher – still on the phone – heard the collision on the open line, the trooper said. The driver who was hit managed to maintain control of the car without crashing, Sulitka said.
The offending driver, later identified as Alexander, fled the scene after the collision, but he was taken into custody the next day and arraigned before Lepley on charges of aggravated and simple assault, recklessly endangering, disorderly conduct, accidents involving damage to attended vehicle (hit-run) reckless driving and careless driving.
“I feel bad,” he told the judge during the proceedings. He was jailed in lieu of $50,000 bail.
The identities of those in the car that was rammed were not listed in court papers.
Five motorists charged with DUI-related crimes
Speeding and moving erratically in a travel lane were the reasons Anthony Bernocco, 70, of 5 Round Top Road, was stopped by state police on Route 87 in Upper Fairfield Township about 4:50 p.m. on June 6. Charged with DUI of alcohol and controlled substances, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, Bernocco, who admitted to “smoking a few hits” earlier, was released on $5,000 bail, police said.
Anadiyah Bennett, 20, of 317 Park St., has been charged with driving under the influence of marijuana after a blood test confirmed that the controlled substance was in his system when a state trooper stopped her 2003 Ford Focus because of a burned out headlight at Park and Hadley streets in the city about 8:15 p.m. on April 26. Bennett, who admitted to smoking marijuana earlier in the day, has been sent a summons to appear before District Judge Christian Frey.
A blood sample from Maranda Jacobs, 30, of 101 Boak Ave., Hughesville, revealed that she had cocaine in her system when a state trooper stopped her 2006 Honda at Third and Memorial avenues in the city about 8:30 p.m. on April 22 because a center brake light was not working and her car windows were too tinted. Charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, Jacobs also has been sent a summons to appear before Frey.
A blood sample taken from John Greasey, 64, of 2004 Carlton Terrace, revealed the presence of marijuana in the man’s system when a state trooper stopped his car on Cemetery Road in Loyalsock Township about 11:15 a.m. on April 19 because his windows were too tinted. Charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance, he is free on $5,000 bail.
Duron Clay, 38, of 831 Elmira St., had a blood-alcohol content level of .15 on the night of Jan. 2 following an incident with South Williamsport police in which he just sat in his car on the Market Street bridge for an extended period of time. Charged with DUI and careless driving, Clay was initially jailed, but is now free on $10,000 bail.