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Several people face charges in district courts throughout region

By PHILIP A. HOLMES

pholmes@sungazette.com

Hughesville area man charged with attempted arson

Threatening to burn down the home he shares with his girlfriend, Jurgen “Jay” Starr grabbed the woman by her neck several times and applied pressure, interfering with her ability to breathe, state Trooper Troy Croak alleged in an affidavit.

During the disturbance that occurred at the couple’s home at 152 Boak Ave., lot 22, on Sunday afternoon, it is alleged that Starr, 32, started a fire in the kitchen, Croak said, adding that he saw a burnt tablecloth and other evidence of a fire.

At one point, Starr forced his girlfriend, identified in court papers only as CK, into a shed, where he grabbed her again by the neck and head-butted her, the trooper alleged.

Starr was arraigned hours later before District Judge Gary Whiteman on charges of attempted arson, causing or risking a catastrophe, terroristic threats, unlawful restraint, strangulation, simple assault and harassment. He remains jailed in the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $75,000 bail.

Assault-related charges lodged against city man

With her ex-boyfriend pressing his hand around her neck, Chanel Elliott “could not breathe and began feeling dizzy,” city Patrolman Dustin Reeder alleged in an affidavit.

The woman’s mother began to pull Charles Johnson off her daughter, but the 58-year-old man then elbowed the mother in the mouth, Reeder alleged.

The domestic disturbance occurred at Elliott’s home at 1528 Memorial Ave. about 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 8, Reeder said, adding that Johnson, of 606 Spruce St. owns the home where his ex-girlfriend lives and allegedly “keyed his way” into the house, the officer said in an affidavit.

Johnson pushed Elliott into a stand up mirror, causing her to fall, the woman told Reeder. Johnson then pushed her onto a bed and allegedly started punching her several times in the face, Reeder said.

Following his arraignment the next day before District Judge Christian Frey on charges of strangulation, simple assault and harassment, Johnson was briefly jailed, but then released on $25,000 bail.

Convicted drug dealer arrested for allegedly possessing a rifle

James Mozee, 39, of 667 Campbell St., was arrested Monday on a charge of convicted felon not to possess a firearm that stems from an incident on the morning of Aug. 19 when a state police Special Emergency Response Team raided his apartment and seized a rifle with a collapsible stock. Convicted in 2015 of delivery of a controlled substance, he was arraigned before Frey and released on $25,000 bail.

Seven face drug charges in separate cases

Sean Ford, 51, of 1920 Green Ave., has been charged by state police with possession of a controlled substances and possession of drug paraphernalia for allegedly possessing several bags heroin, methamphetamines and suboxone at his home on Aug. 19. He has been sent a summons to appear before a district judge.

Charles Anderson, 43, of Donora, Washington County, has been charged with possession of 100 pills of gabapentin without a prescription, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia on Interstate 180 in Loyalsock Township on Aug. 10, state police said. He was released on $5,000 bail after waiving his preliminary hearing on Monday.

Denee Snyder 28, of 119 Wolf Run Road, Hughesville, has been charged by state police with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia at Route 118 and Spring Hollow Road in Franklin Township on July 3. She has been sent a summons to appear before a district judge.

Asia Agnew, 23, of 1408 1/2 Memorial Ave., has been charged by city police with possession of marijuana at her home on June 26. She has been sent a summons to appear before a judge.

Lindsey Stewart, 28, of 1089 Beacon Light Road, Muncy, has been charged by city police with possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia in the 300 block of Maynard Street on June 12. She has been sent a summons to appear before a judge.

Keith Harris, 46, of 636 First Ave., has been charged by the county’s Narcotics Enforcement Unit with two counts of delivery of crack cocaine for his alleged involvement in two sales of the controlled substance to an informant; one last Dec. 4 and another on Dec. 13. Investigators said the sales occurred at his home. He is free on $50,000 bail.

Kristina Himes, 44, of 150 Mill St., Trout Run, has been charged with possession of a controlled substance with a prescription for receiving 300 pills of the pain medicine aspadol, which she ordered from India, state police alleged in court papers. Himes had the pills delivered to a relative’s home in the 2100 block of Route 184 in Cogan House Township last November, police said, adding they were alerted by the relative, who not involved. Himes has been sent a summons to appear before a judge.

Montgomery man charged with allegedly exposing himself in parking lot

Thomas Diehl, 38, of 34 Brook St., Montgomery, faces two counts of indecent exposure and one count each of disorderly conduct for allegedly exposing himself in his vehicle while in the parking lot of the Weis Market, 1272 E. Penn St. in Muncy Creek Township on July 16 and again the next day, state police said in court papers. He has been sent a summons to appear before District Judge Jon E. Kemp.

Watsontown man jailed on indecent assault-related charges involving a minor

Larry Tickle Jr., 46, of Watsontown, has been charged with unlawful contact with a minor, corrupting the morals of a minor and indecent assault for allegedly having sexual contact with a female juvenile on South Main Street in the borough during the early morning hours of Aug. 9, Watsontown police said.

Tickle was briefly held at the Northumberland County, but is now free on $100,000 bail.

State prison inmate charged for allegedly spitting at officer

Elizabeth Evans, 19, an inmate at the state Correctional Institution at Muncy, has been charged with one count of aggravated harassment by prisoner for allegedly spitting in the face of a corrections officer at the prison on Route 405 in Clinton Township on April 28, state police said.

Following her recent arraignment before Kemp, Evans, of Clearfield, was recommitted to the prison in lieu of $20,000 bail.

Two charged with DUI

While traveling north in the southbound lanes of Market Street in South Williamsport about 3:30 a.m. on Aug. 29, motorist Rory Soha was suspected of being under the influence of marijuana, borough Patrolman Jacob Summers alleged in an affidavit.

After Soha, 36, was stopped at Hastings Street and East Pheasant Alley, he showed signs that led Summers to believe that he was under the influence of the controlled substance. Soha, of 1160 Rural Ave., refused to provide a blood sample. He was automatically jailed on a probation violation. He was arraigned before Whiteman on charges of DUI, driving with suspended license and remains jailed in lieu of $7,500 bail. This was his second DUI arrest, Summers said.

In another case, Nicole McCarter, 34, of 342 Hastings St., South Williamsport, was charged with DUI after a state trooper stopped her 2010 Chevrolet Equinox on the Market Street exit ramp of Interstate 180 West about 10:50 p.m. on May 31. “She showed multiple signs of impairment” while undergoing a series of field sobriety tests, police said. Her blood-alcohol content level was .14. This is her second DUI arrest, court records state. She is free on $5,000 bail.

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