District judges kept quite busy handling a rash of different cases
Former employee charged with theft
Erin Waltz, 31, of 2694 Lycoming Creek Road, has been charged with theft and receiving stolen property for allegedly stealing cash and cigarettes from the Cogan Station Family Market, 3721 Lycoming Creek Road, while she was employed there, according to Old Lycoming Township police Sgt. Christopher Kriner.
Police have accused her of taking a total of $192 in cash or cigarettes from the business in mid-September.
Waltz, who is no longer working there, admitted to stealing from the business “on various occasions, sometimes daily and whenever the opportunity presented itself,” Kriner said in an affidavit. She has since waived her preliminary hearing and is free on $1,500 bail.
Three face drug charges in separate cases
After reviving a Muncy man from a drug overdose, a state trooper ended up charging him after medical staff at UPMC Williamsport discovered several packs of heroin and a marijuana roach in his clothing, according to court records.
On the of Sept. 17, Trooper Logan Webb was handling another incident at 192 Chadlee Drive in South Williamsport, when he saw a man passed out on a kitchen floor in a mobile home, court records state.
With the help of Narcan, Webb managed to revive David Lodewyks, 30, 517 Pepper St., who was taken by ambulance to the hospital. Once there, medical staff found controlled substances and drug paraphernalia on him, Webb said.
Charged with possession of heroin, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, Lodewyks has been sent a summons to appear before District Judge William Solomon.
In another drug case before Solomon, Christopher O’Connor, 26, of Smethport, McKean County, has been charged by the county’s Narcotics Enforcement Unit with possession of several bags of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia in the 1600 block of Dewey Avenue on July 7. He too has been sent a summons to appear before the judge.
In another drug investigation, Alycia Rose, 26, of 409 S. Main St., apartment 1, Jersey Shore, has been charged by Tiadaghton Valley Regional police with possession of bath salts, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia in the 400 block of South Main Street in the borough on Sept. 30.
Tiadaghton Valley Regional police have also charged Rose with possession of a buprenorphine pill without a prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia in the 100 block of South Pennsylvania Avenue in borough on Sept. 20. She has been sent a summons to appear before District Judge Jerry C. Lepley.
Two accused of hiding drugs when jailed
When Emily Proctor, 27, was taken into custody on Sept. 24 in South Williamsport on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia, she was automatically jailed on a probation violation because she is on probation, borough police said.
However, she now faces an additional offense of possession of contraband by an inmate after pills were discovered in her private area during a strip search at the Lycoming County Prison, borough police said.
The incident began when Proctor was arrested on the paraphernalia charge in the 200 block of Route 15, police said.
A correction officer seized four suboxone pills from her as she was being searched, police said. Following her recent arraignment before District Judge Gary Whiteman, Proctor was recommitted in lieu of $10,000 bail.
A similar thing happened also to Megan Kiriakoy, 33, of 1111 Park Ave., when she too was jailed on a probation violation after she was arrested by city police for DUI, according to court records filed by Patrolman Tyson Minier,
The officer stopped Kiriakoy’s Lincoln after he saw it cross the double line near West Third and Maynard streets about 7:15 p.m. on June 17. The woman’s speech was slurred and she appeared drowsy, Minier said.
She was taken to the county’s DUI center, but she refused to provide a blood test. She is suspected of DUI of an unknown controlled substance, Minier said. When Kiriakoy was committed to the jail, a corrections officers found her holding a suboxone pill in her hand, Minier said. Charged with DUI, tampering with evidence and driving with a suspended license, she has been sent a summons to appear before District Judge Christian Frey.
Montoursville man charged with allegedly having sex with a minor
Cameron Cox, 20, of 320 Winger Alley, Montoursville, has been charged by state police with multiple counts for allegedly having inappropriate contact and engaging in sexual acts with a female minor during an underage drinking party on Boak Avenue in Wolf Township in mid-March, according to court records at the office of District Judge Jon E. Kemp.
Charged with statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault, sexual assault and corrupting the morals of a minor, Cox is free on $50,000 bail.
Motorcyclist charged after high-speed pursuit
While running radar on Elimsport Road near Polly Lane in Brady Township on the night of Oct. 10, Muncy police Detective Raymond O. Kontz could hear a motorcycle engine winding up to high gear before the operator switched gears.
“We’ve received reports of several vehicles exceeding the speed limit in this particular area, including several motorcycles,” Kontz said in an affidavit.
As the cycle, traveling east on Elimsport Road, got closer to Polly Lane about 10:45 p.m., Kontz could clearly see it and clocked it going 76 mph in a 45 mph speed zone.
The officer, in a marked police unit, took off after the operator, identified as Devin Bailey, 24, of 2205 Mosser Ave., according to Kontz’s affidavit.
At one point, Bailey was clocked at traveling 92 mph. “and showing no signs of stopping,” the officer said.
“As we were getting closer to Route 15, I felt I needed to try to stop the cyclist prior to this as the traffic would increase exponentially, making the pursuit much more dangerous,” Kontz said in the court document.
“I accelerated and pulled beside the motorcycle and attempted to cut it off. As I pulled ahead, the operator finally began to decrease his speed,” the officer said.
Bailey pulled over in front of King’s Garage, just west of Route 15.
“I exited my vehicle, pulled out my service weapon and ordered the operator to the ground,” Kontz said. Bailey complied and was taken into custody without incident.
Bailey, who did not have a permit to operate a motorcycle, told the officer he was on his way home and that he “wasn’t paying attention to the speed,” according to Kontz. He also said had owned the cycle for only a few weeks and “hadn’t ridden it much.”
Arraigned before Kemp on felony fleeing police, recklessly endangering another person, reckless driving and several summary offenses, including speeding, Bailey was released on $50,000 bail.
Jersey Shore man allegedly gave marijuana to a minor
Matthew Aber, 35, of 335 Cemetery St., Jersey Shore, has been charged with corrupting the morals of a minor and possession of marijuana for allegedly providing marijuana to a 16-year-old girl and allowing her to smoke it in the 500 block of Broad Street in the borough on Sept. 4, according to the Tiadaghton Valley Regional police. He has since waived his preliminary hearing and is free on $7,500 bail.
City man allegedly assaulted woman
William Wyatt, 32, of 814 Park Place, has been charged with simple assault, disorderly conduct and harassment for shoving Alexa McDevitt to the ground and pressing her head into the cement sidewalk in the 800 block of Park Place about 11:45 p.m. on July, city police allege. He has been sent a summons to appear before Frey.