District judge jails two in separate disturbances

One roommate landed in an emergency room while the other was locked up in the Lycoming County Prison following a stabbing Sunday night in an apartment at 353 W. Third St., according to city Patrolwoman Nikita Bonnell.

Gerald F. Smith, 60, is alleged to have stabbed roommate Robert Northstein about 8:15 p.m., the officer said, adding that when officers arrived on the scene, the victim was standing outside with his shoulder “covered in blood.”

Bonnell did not mention in her affidavit what prompted Smith to allegedly assault Northstein, who was taken by ambulance to UPMC Williamsport, where he was treated for his injuries.

The stabbing occurred in the apartment’s kitchen, the officer said.

Smith was arraigned before District Judge Aaron Biichle on charges of aggravated and simple assault, recklessly endangering and possession of an instrument of crime. He was committed in lieu of $85,0000

In another case, several motorists seeing a man try to pull a woman out of a vehicle along the road on Saturday stopped and called 911 to get help for the woman, according to state Trooper Christopher Sulitka.

Tevin Pittinger faces a total of 18 charges following a confrontation with his wife in the couple’s vehicle along Lycoming Mall Drive in Fairfield Township, the trooper said.

The time of the incident was not listed in court papers.

Pittinger first struck his wife as she was driving the couple’s car, Sulitka said. The woman, not identified in court papers, then slammed on the brakes, the trooper said, adding that Pittinger removed the vehicle’s key from the ignition and then allegedly started trying to pull her out of the car.

There were four children in the vehicle at the time, Sulitka said. When the woman stopped resisting, Pittinger pushed her out, got in the car and took off, the trooper said,.

Pittinger, 27, of 25 S. Montour St., Montoursville, was taken into custody without incident and arraigned before Biichle on 10 counts of simple assault, five counts of recklessly endangering, two counts of disorderly conduct and one count of harassment. He was jailed in lieu of $50,000 bail.


Today's breaking news and more in your inbox

I'm interested in (please check all that apply)

Starting at $4.62/week.

Subscribe Today