Variety of charges brought against several people in separate cases

Clearfield woman allegedly lied on firearm application

Sheila Kent, 48, of 120 Clark St., Clearfield, allegedly lied on an application to purchase a firearm from National Sport Goods back in June of 2020, according to Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police.

Kent allegedly checked “no” in response to the question, “Have you ever been convicted in any court for a felony, or other crime, for which the judge could imprison you for more than one year, even if you received a shorter sentence including probation?” said Brian Firetti, a Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police officer.

According to Firetti, Kent previously pled guilty to DUI twice in 2006, and was placed on probation for two years.

District Judge Jerry Lepley arraigned Kent for sale or transfer of firearms and unsworn falsification to authorities, and released her on $10,000 bail. Kent is scheduled to next appear before Lepley March 3 for her preliminary hearing.

Jersey Shore man charged for alleged theft of cigarettes

Gary Umstead, 38, of 141 Arch St., Jersey Shore, allegedly walked out of Smoker’s Express without paying for a pack of cigarettes on Jan. 11, according to Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police.

Umstead allegedly rummaged around in his pockets trying to find money to pay until other patrons began lining up after him. He allegedly stepped aside and stood by the lottery machine, before leaving the store, according to Shawn Hummer, a Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police corporal.

Police later found Umstead with the cigarettes on him, which were valued at $6.11, according to Hummer.

District Judge Jerry Lepley sent Umstead a summons to answer for retail theft, and released him on $1,500 bail. Umstead is next scheduled to appear before President Judge Nancy Butts March 8 for a preliminary hearing.

Lock Haven woman allegedly lied on firearm application

Michelle Caris, 48, of Lock Haven, allegedly lied on her application to purchase a firearm at After Hours Gun Shop in Anthony Township last May.

Caris allegedly checked “no” when asked “Have you ever been adjudicated as a mental defective OR have you ever been committed to a mental institution?” according to Jonathan Houseknecht, a state police corporal.

Caris allegedly had an involuntary mental health commitment in Lycoming County back in 2002.

District Judge Jerry Lepley arraigned Caris for making false statements and released her on $1,500 bail. Caris is scheduled to make a guilty plea April 9.

Jersey Shore man allegedly led officer on brief chase in November

Kris Worden, 39, of 508 Railroad St., Jersey Shore, allegedly led Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police on a chase down North 287 Highway after they attempted to pull him over for speeding November 6.

Worden, allegedly driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee missing a left taillight, clocked 88 miles per hour in a 55 miles per hour zone on, according to Cody Smith, a Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police officer.

According to Smith, Worden allegedly crossed the road’s center lines multiple times before quickly turning onto Whyne Road without signaling.

Smith and another officer blocked off the dirt road and followed it until they found the Grand Cherokee, which they recognized as belonging to Worden, who they said had a suspended drivers’ license.

“Later the same day, Kris Worden was picked up during an incident with Old Lycoming Township Police. He was back in the same vehicle that fled from us,” Smith wrote in the affidavit.

When police interviewed Worden, he allegedly told them he fled because he was high on methamphetamine, was not thinking properly and knew he had a warrant.

District Judge Jerry Lepley arraigned Worden for fleeing or attempting to elude police officer, reckless driving, driving while license is revoked or suspended, careless driving, disregard of traffic lanes, turning movements and signals, driving vehicle at a safe speed and lighting requirements.

Lepley set bail to $15,000, and Worden posted Jan. 28. He had a formal arraignment on Monday.

City woman arraigned for retail theft

Willette Dewitt, 48, of 822 Tucker St., Williamsport, allegedly stole items valued at $35.17 from Weis Markets on Lycoming Creek Road Feb. 13, according to the Old Lycoming Township Police Department.

Dewitt allegedly hid Advil, Tylenol and Nature Made D3 vitamins in her purse and left the store despite the store’s loss prevention’s attempts to confront her about the stolen items, according to Michael Engel, an Old Lycoming Township Police Officer.

Dewitt allegedly drove north in her Kia on Lycoming Creek Road, but Engel caught up and conducted a traffic stop. Dewitt allegedly spilled several items over the back seat of her car before admitting she has a problem with retail theft and “has been good.”

When Jason Smith, a loss prevention officer with Weis Markets, arrived at the scene, he identified the stolen items.

District Judge William Solomon arraigned Dewitt for retail theft, and set bail to $15,000. Unable to post, Dewitt remains in the Lycoming County Prison until he preliminary arraignment Feb. 24.

City man arraigned on possession, fleeing charges

Jumichael Drummond, 31, of 803 Center St., Williamsport, allegedly failed to park his car for a police traffic stop Sunday evening, according to state police.

Drummond allegedly crossed the double center line in his Chevrolet Cruze while traveling east on East Third Street, according to Kevin Bencsics, a state trooper.

When police tried to pull Drummond over, he allegedly continued to drive and made a left turn onto Sherman Street, and another left onto Hancock Street.

Drummond’s car allegedly became stuck in a snow back, and Drummond attempted to bail on-foot. However, police soon apprehended him.

“While conversing with Drummond, a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage was emitting from his person, he had glossy/bloodshot eyes, and he admitted he had been drinking,” Bencsics said.

Officers allegedly found an opened Twisted Tea container in the center console, two glass jars of marijuana on the passenger side floorboard and two THX vape juices in the open center console–all in plain view of a state trooper.

Outside the car, state troopers found an unweathered small clear baggie of cocaine on the ground behind the sedan and another small baggie of crack cocaine on Hancock Street–right by the left rear tire of the state police patrol vehicle.

District Judge Aaron Biichle arraigned Drummond for fleeing or attempting to elude officer, possession with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, DUI, tampering with evidence, driving while license is revoked or suspended, disregard of traffic lanes, careless driving and possessing an open alcohol beverage in a car. Biichle set bail to $85,000.


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