Area police file charges in multiple cases

Nursing home resident charged with indecent assault

A resident at Manor Care North on Leader Drive in Loyalsock Township has been charged with indecent assault and harassment for allegedly having inappropriate contact with another patient, according to state police.

Charles Hill, 65, touched the upper body of a woman inside the facility on July 14, Trooper Andrea Pelachick alleged in an affidavit.

“Watch your hands,” the woman told Hill, the trooper said. Hill waived his preliminary hearing this week before District Judge Gary Whiteman and remains free on $5,000 bail.

Five charged in separate drug cases

A Jersey Shore man has been locked on drug charges stemming from an incident on March 18 when an assortment of illegal drugs were found in his 2007 Subaru Legacy during a vehicle stop on Route 15 South in the city, according to state police.

Andrew Huntington, 32, of 1320 Walnut St., faces multiple counts of possession with intent to deliver controlled substances and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia after state troopers seized three bags of LSD, 20 ecstasy pills, two bags of marijuana and other narcotics from the vehicle.

Huntington, who also was driving with a suspended license, was arraigned Monday before Whiteman and committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $45,000 bail.

In another drug case, when Tanasia Nixon was taken into custody for questioning while members executed a search warrant at her then apartment in the 700 block of West Edwin Street on the afternoon of Jan. 6, she admitted everything in the place was hers, including “a bulk of heroin that was found in her bedroom closet,” according to court records filed by the county’s Narcotics Enforcement Unit.

Following her preliminary hearing this week before District Judge Christian Frey, Nixon, also known as “Taytaty,” 24, of 929 W. Fourth St., was held for court on a charge of possession with intent to deliver heroin. She is free on $50,000 bail.

The judge also ruled Tuesday there was sufficient evidence to hold Quante Hanes, who goes by the street name “Banks,” on a city police charges of delivery of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance.

Hanes, 29, of 745 Second Ave., allegedly delivered .33 grams of crack cocaine to another individual at Oliver Street and Memorial Avenue in late June 2019, according to court records. He is free on $50,000 bail.

In another case, Baylen Hairston, 34, of 331 High St., waived his preliminary hearing this week on state police charge possessing four bags of crack cocaine stemming from a state police incident on May 19.

On that date, state troopers stopped his car at an undisclosed location, court records stated. While Hairston was being searched, a state trooper removed four bags of crack cocaine from his groin.

Following his arraignment Monday, he was jailed in lieu of $20,000 bail.

Jordan Stump, 19, of Roaring Spring, Blair County, has been charged by state police with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia on Interstate 180 in Fairfield Township on July 17. A bench warrant for his arrest was expected to be filed after he failed to appear at his recent preliminary hearing.

More charges filed against Jersey Shore area woman

Additional charges have been filed against Desiree McKeag, 28, of 512 McKeag Lane, Jersey Shore, who ended up behind bars Wednesday afternoon on another legal matter altogether.

The new charges include driving under the influence of controlled substances and criminal mischief which stem from an incident on July 4, according to state Trooper Kevin Bencsics.

On that day, a blood test revealed that there were five different drugs in McKeag’s system, including marijuana, the trooper said. McKeag underwent a blood test after she was taken into custody on suspicion of DUI in the 5800 block of Route 44 South in Limestone Township. Police allege she painted the words “The O” on the bumper of another person’s pickup truck that was parked there. She has been sent a summons to appear before District Judge Jerry C. Lepley.

On Wednesday morning, McKeag failed to appear at the judge’s office for her preliminary hearing on state police charges of theft and receiving stolen property. These charges are in connection with her allegedly stealing $11,000 worth of jewelry from the Limestone Township home of her mother-in-law. Sherry Buttorff, on May 21. She was free on bail in this case.

However, when she did not appear for a hearing, a bench warrant for her arrest was filed and state police picked her up hours later at her home. She was automatically locked her up at the county prison.

Assault-related charges lodged against Loyalsock Township woman

Joshuaa Hawkins, 31, of 1826 Hazel Drive, faces charges of simple assault and harassment for allegedly punching Tequila Rueda, numerous times in the face on Rueda’s front porch in the 800 block of Memorial Avenue about noon on June 20, city police Agent Laura Kitko said.

The two women had “ongoing issues…. stemming from work,” the agent said. Hawkins is free on $5,000 bail.

Woman stopped for speeding charged with DUI

After she was pulled over for traveling 102 mph on Route 220 in Jersey Shore about 2:30 a.m. on Sept. 7, motorist Miriam Reeder, 39, of Lock Haven, was suspected of being under the influence of alcohol, according to Tiadaghton Valley Regional police.

Charged with DUI, reckless driving, careless driving and speeding, Reeder has been sent a summons to appear before Lepley. She refused to provide a blood sample. The speed limit for the area she was stopped is 55 mph.


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