District judges kept busy with multiple criminal cases
New sex-abuse charges lodged against accused child molester
After new information recently came to the attention of investigators, additional charges were filed last week against Lycoming County Prison inmate Collin Reid, who turns 42 on Thursday.
Reid, who now has no known address, has been jailed since late February when he was charged with aggravated indecent assault, attempted rape and related offenses for allegedly having inappropriate contact with a female minor in Clinton Township in late December.
Although three counts of attempted involuntary deviate sexual intercourse were dismissed at a preliminary hearing on July 31, a district judge ruled there was sufficient evidence to hold Reid, formerly of Montgomery and Fairfield Township, on the majority of other charges.
While Reid was sitting in jail in lieu of $150,000 bail awaiting trial, new information recently came to light that he allegedly molested the same victim between March and November of last year, county Detective William Weber said. Reid is also alleged to have taken inappropriate pictures of the minor and then showed those photographs to yet another juvenile, the investigator said.
From the prison, Reid was arraigned Friday morning before District Judge Aaron Biichle on a total of 26 additional charges, including two counts each of aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault, endangering the welfare of a child, three counts each of sexual abuse of children, corrupting the morals of a minor, unlawful contact with a minor, attempted statutory sexual assault, possession of obscene and other sexual materials, and one count each of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent exposure, invasion of privacy and illegal use of his cellphone. He remains behind bars in lieu of an additional $150,000 bail.
City man charged with attacking ex-girlfriend
Kelly Amos already had a protection from abuse order against her ex-boyfriend, Tyrone Singleton, but that did not stop the 38-year-old man from attacking the woman on her front porch on Grand Street and then kicking in her front door after she ran inside, city Patrolman Ryan Brague alleged in an affidavit.
Following the confrontation on the porch at 2528 Grand St., Singleton told Amos “I’m going to get my gun,” as he headed to his vehicle.
Amos went inside her house and closed and locked her front door, but moments later, Singleton, of 807 Sheridan St., apartment D, barged in, went upstairs and “grabbed Amos by her hair, dragging her down the steps,” the officer alleged. Singleton fled after a neighbor, hearing the commotion, came to the woman’s aid.
This all happened about 12:45 a.m. on Sept. 5 and Brague filed charges of burglary, felony trespassing, terroristic threats and simple assault against Singleton later that morning, but the man remained at large until Thursday morning when he was nabbed near West Fourth and Rose streets following a brief foot pursuit with officers.
Following his arraignment before District Judge Christian Frey, Singleton was jailed in lieu of $250,000 bail.
Out-of-control patient faces charges
While a patient at UPMC Williamsport, Kimmeka Parker became very upset, broke a leg off a bench and began waving it at medical staff and security officers, about 9:50 p.m. on June 2, city Patrolman Damon Cole alleged in an affidavit.
Police were dispatched to the medical facility at 700 High St. to investigate a “report of a patient destroying property,” Cole said.
When officers reach the scene, security officers had already disarmed the 26-year-old woman and were restraining her, Cole said.
Charged with simple assault, orderly conduct and criminal mischief, Parker, of 647 Wildwood Blvd., waived her preliminary hearing last week before Bichle and is free on $5,000 bail.
City man charged with interfering with custody of runaway teenager
On Thursday afternoon, Muncy police officers came to the home of Travis Young-Shriber at 921 Campbell St. in the city looking for a 17-year-old girl from the borough who they suspected could be with him.
The 25-year-old man said he had not seen the girl, a runaway, for several days and denied that she was in his house, according to Muncy Detective Raymond Kontz III.
The man told the officers at his front door that they were not allowed in without a search warrant and he demanded that they leave immediately.
As they were leaving, a neighbor told them that the girl they were looking for was seen in the house Wednesday night.
What investigators learned a short time later – when they returned to the house about 8:15 p.m. – was that the teen was upstairs the whole time they had been talking to Young-Shriber.
That information came from the man’s mother, who also lives at the house, Kontz said. During the second visit, the mother also told police that her son and the girl bolted from the home immediately after officers left the scene.
The mother called her son and was instrumental in getting him to come back to the house while police were there, Kontz said. Once he returned home, Young-Shriber told police the girl was charging her cellphone in the 300 block of West Fourth St. The runaway was picked up by officers and released to a relative, Kontz said.
Young-Shriber was arraigned late Thursday night before Frey on a felony charge of interfering with the custody of children and a misdemeanor charge of obstructing the administration of law. He was jailed in lieu of $25,000 bail.
Muncy man charged with open lewdness
Raymond Roth, 77, of 25 S. Market St., Muncy, has been charged by borough police with open lewdness for allegedly being naked on his exterior balcony — clearly visible to passersby — about 6:15 p.m. on Aug. 14, according to court records.
He darted inside when he saw an officer driving by his apartment complex. Roth told police that “he knew what he was doing, that he had done it in the past and that he enjoyed it,” the officer said in an affidavit. Roth has been sent a summons to appear before District Judge Jon Kemp.
Charges lodged after counterfeit bill used at store
Daniel Mowry, 43, of Belpre, Ohio, has been charged with theft and receiving stolen property after allegedly passing a counterfeit $20 at the Turkey Hill on Route 87, just outside Montoursville, on June 9, according to state police.
Mowry gave the phoney bill to a friend at the store, who bought merchandise there for him, police said. Charged with theft by deception and receiving stolen property, Mowry failed to appear for his recent preliminary hearing. A bench warrant for his arrest was expected to be filed.
Muncy area man faces drug charges
Stuart Caruso, 60, of 322 Rocky Hill Road, Muncy, has been charged by state police with possessing five bags of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia at his Franklin Township home on July 16. He has been sent a summons to appear before Kemp.
Jailed contractor faces theft-related charge
Leonard Rinehart, 34, of Northumberland, currently an inmate at the Carbon County Prison, has been charged with deceptive business practices and theft by deception for accepting $1,500 to do a paving job, but allegedly failed to do any of the work, according to state Trooper Matthew Trick.
Rinehart took the money from Eck’s Garage at 3074 Lycoming Mall Drive, Muncy, on June 17 with the stipulation that the driveway at the Fairfield Township business was to be repaved on the very next day, Trick said in an affidavit. However, the police were alerted a week later and charges were filed in mid-July when the work still had not been done.
Rinehart, jailed since Aug. 20, remained behind bars in lieu of an additional $10,000 bail ordered by District Judge Gary Whiteman. Information on why he was incarcerated in Carbon County was not available.