Multiple cases recently handled by area district judges

Clinton County man faces several charges

When Tiadaghton Valley Regional police Patrolman Joshua Klinger arrived at the Susquehanna Campground outside Jersey Shore to investigate a report of an assault in progress about 5 p.m. on Aug. 17, he saw that David Harding’s “right eye was swollen and that there was blood on his shirt and face,” according to the officer’s affidavit.

Investigators allege that Dustin Askey, 35, of Lock Haven, punched Harding in the face because he (Askey) was upset after seeing his girlfriend, Cassandra Welshans, with him.

Harding sought medical attention to treat an “orbital blowout fracture” to his right eye, Klinger said in the court document.

Klinger said that Harding told police that Welshans called him because she needed a ride, so he went and picked her up. The officer did not say where she was picked up. While with Harding, Welshans received a call that she needed to go to the campground, which is just off of Route 220 in Piatt Township.

After dropping off Welshans, Harding was getting ready to pull out of the campground when Askey appeared, drove his motorcycle into Harding’s pickup truck and punched him through an open window, Klinger alleged.

When Harding attempted to get out of his vehicle, Askey allegedly punched him a second time, knocking him to the ground, the officer said. Harding admitted that when he got up, he punched Askey in an attempt to defend himself, Klinger said, adding that Askey allegedly pulled the handle off the driver’s door.

As he pulled away, Harding drove his truck over Askey’s motorcycle, the officer said.

Charged with simple assault, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief and harassment, Askey was held for court on those charges following a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge Jerry C. Lepley. He is free on $5,000 bail,

In another case, Askey and Welshans, 28, also of Lock Haven, have each been charged with theft for allegedly using another person’s pedal boat at the campground without their permission, police said.

It is alleged the two used Heidi Walters’ pedal boat, taking it from her river lot at the campground and across the Susquehanna River on Sept. 18, police said. Welshans faces a second count of theft for allegedly taking a pair of Walters’ water shoes, and Askey has been charged with criminal mischief for allegedly damaging Walters’ battery-operated lantern at her river lot. police said.

Askey and Welshans also have a river lot at the campground, police said.

Askey also has been charged with agricultural trespassing and trespassing by motor vehicle for allegedly driving his motorcycle through numerous private farm field roads and corn fields along Long Lane in Nippenose Township on Sept. 19, Tiadaghton Valley Regional police said.

Both he and Welshans are each scheduled to have preliminary hearings on these criminal matters at a later date.

Driver charged after road-rage episode

Motorist Brayden Fisher, 21, of Lock Haven, faces multiple counts of recklessly endangering another person as a result of road-rage incident last month on Route 220 near Jersey Shore, according to Tiadaghton Valley Regional police.

Police allege Fisher, who was driving with a suspended license, caused a three-vehicle crash by deliberately cutting in front of another motorist and slamming on his brakes in Porter Township about 11:20 a.m. on Sept. 18.

His ex-girlfriend, Kylie Barner, and a 1 year-old child were passengers in the vehicle he cut off in the northbound lanes of the four-lane highway, Sgt. Michael Crawford, the lead investigator, said.

Barner and the child were in a car driven by Blake Brewer, who slammed on his brakes, but still rear-ended Fisher’s Chevrolet Cruze, Crawford said. Matthew Marshall, driving a GMC, was behind Brewer, and he too slammed on his brakes, but struck Brewer’s vehicle, the officer said. Marshall and a passenger escaped injury.

Brewer and Barner “appeared to be shaken,” but otherwise were not hurt, Crawford said. The toddler also was not hurt. Fisher, driving his grandmother’s car, allegedly fled the scene, but the two other vehicles had to be towed, the officer said.

Already jailed at the Clinton County Prison on a parole violation, Fisher was arraigned last week before Lepley on five counts of recklessly endangering another person, three counts of simple assault and one count each of accidents involving damage to attended vehicles (hit-run), reckless driving and careless driving. He was recommitted in lieu of $15,000 bail.

Alleged speeder jailed on out-of-county warrant

A motorist stopped for speeding by Tiadaghton Valley Regional police was taken into custody after the officer learned there was an arrest warrant for the 22-year-old Fayette County driver.

Driving a 2004 Chevrolet pickup truck, Adam Piwowar, of Uniontown, was stopped on Route 220, just outside Jersey Shore about 11:45 p.m. on Oct. 17, police said. The license plate on the truck also was expired.

When the officer entered Piwowar’s name into the National Crime Information Center computer, it was learned that Piwowar was wanted in Fayette County on felony charges of burglary and criminal trepaasing filed by Connellsville police for a crime that occurred on Sept. 18.

Arraigned and jailed in the Lycoming County Prison initially by Lepley in lieu of $75,000 bail, Piwowar was transferred last week to the Fayette County Prison, where he spent one night and was then released on $50,000 bail.

Three charged after allegedly providing false information

Michael Ott, 41, of 1753 Randall Circle, has been charged with illegal sale-transfer of a firearm and making unsworn falsification to authorities for allegedly putting down false information on a government form when he attempted to purchase a handgun at Troxell’s Sporting Goods, 2715 Lycoming Creek Road, on April 17, state police said. He is free on $20,000 bail.

Valerie Laielli, 43, of 39 Brook St., Montgomery, has been charged by state police with the same offenses for allegedly putting down false information on a government form when she attempted to purchase a handgun at R&J Welch Firearms, 1462 John Brady Drive in Muncy Creek Township on April 16. Following her recent arraignment, she was released on $20,000 bail.

In another case, Ishamarr Swain, 41, of 610 McMinn Ave., has been charged with the misdemeanor unsworn falsification to authorities for allegedly putting down false information on an application form when he attempted to obtain a license to carry a firearm at the county sheriff’s office in the Lycoming County Courthouse, 48 W. Third St., on March 12, according to county Detective Arnold Duck. He is free on $5,000 bail.

Convicted felon faces new charge

Emerson Chase, who also goes by the name “Mustafa,” has been jailed on a felony charge of convicted felon not to possess a firearm after city police discovered a loaded handgun in his home at 809 Wilson St. when officers executed a search warrant there on July 25.

Chase, 46, a known drug dealer, has been convicted of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, police said. Following his recent arraignment before District Judge Aaron Biichle, he was committed in lieu of $95,000 bail.

New charges lodged against inmate

John Ulrich, 49, currently an inmate at the state Correctional Institution at Forest in Marienville, has been charged by Muncy police with theft and receiving stolen property for allegedly stealing nine checks from his father, Richard Ulrich, at 84 Ridge Road in Brady Township between Feb. 14 and March 5, according to court records filed at the office of District Judge Jon E. Kemp.

The stolen checks were forged and cashed for a total of $2,358, police said, police said. Following his arraignment last week before Kemp, Ulrich, formerly of Dewart and Montgomery, remained behind bars in lieu of $25,000 bail. There was no information on why he is incarcerated at the state facility.


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