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2 face charges in Lycoming County

Woman allegedly damages car, steals gun after argument with boyfriend

Maleeka Smith, 37, of 678 Grier Street, allegedly damaged her boyfriend’s vehicle and stole his firearm after an argument earlier the day of Dec. 8, city police said.

Pierce Nowlin, Smith’s boyfriend, left to receive treatment at UPMC Susquehanna for an unrelated injury after the argument between the two, Christopher Salisbury, a city police officer, said.

Smith allegedly showed up to the hospital and “caused a scene,” and said “when he [Nowlin] gets out of the hospital he will have more stuff to pay for,” according to the affidavit filed by Salisbury.

When Nowlin left the hospital, he allegedly found his turn signal, center console and wiper control damaged. Additionally, a picture of him when he was in the navy was left on the roof of the car.

According to Salisbury, Nowlin also said he was missing a firearm–a Black Taurus PT709 9mm handgun–from his glove box.

Smith allegedly was the only person other than himself who had keys to the car, and Salisbury said Nowlin did not give Smith permission to have the firearm.

“Due to her statements above and the fact that the car was damaged in very close time to her threat and she has the keys would make her the primary suspect,” Salisbury said.

Smith was arraigned by District Judge Aaron Biichle, who released her on $50,000 bail Dec. 31. Smith is charged with theft, receiving stolen property, carrying a firearm without a license and criminal mischief.

Man imprisoned for alleged public drunkenness

William Drick, 62, of Williamsport, is charged with criminal trespassing, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness after he allegedly refused to leave a River Valley Transit bus while intoxicated.

Ericka Heath, a city police officer, said Drick was allegedly drinking from an open bottle of vodka the evening of Dec. 31. Drick was arraigned by District Judge William Solomon, who set bail to $1,500. Unable to post, Drick remains imprisoned in the Lycoming County Prison.

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