Multiple people charged with crimes in Lycoming County
Drug charges filed following two separate raids
When five city police officers raided a home at 420 Rural Ave. late Saturday night with a search warrant, they came upon “a large amount of drugs, needles and paraphernalia within reach of two children, ages 7 and 3, who live in the house,” according to court records.
Two residents at that house — Alicia Hunter, 32, and Brent Babb, 30 — were arraigned late Tuesday morning before District Judge Aaron Biichle on charges of endangering the welfare of children, possession with intent to deliver controlled substances, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
“The search revealed 13 bundles of heroin, seven 1.1 gram bags of loose heroin, one 5.1 gram bag of loose heroin, 3.8 grams of methamphetamines, 3.4 grams of psilocybin mushrooms, two grams of marijuana and less than gram of cocaine,” an officer wrote in an affidavit.
Officers also seized an estimated $1,676 of suspected drug money, an assortment of drug paraphernalia and various supplies used “for the packaging and sale of controlled substances,” court records stated.
“There was a large bag of needles on the edge of a bed, all easily accessible to the young juveniles,” the officer said.
The raid was the result of a vehicle stop city police made earlier in the day. There was a bench warrant for the driver, who was not identified, police said, adding that several bags of heroin were discovered during the stop. It was later determined that the bags were sold to the driver from 420 Rural Ave, police said. “It also was learned that there was still a large amount of heroin within the residence,” the officer said.
Hunter and Babb were each committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $125,000 bail each.
Also locked up on similar charges was accused drug dealer Brandon David Hinkal, 43, of 627 Campbell St., apartment 1, according to court records filed by the county’s Narcotics Enforcement Unit.
When investigators executed a search warrant at the man’s apartment on Feb. 4, they located the cellphone Hinkal used to arrange the allege sale of 3.16 grams of methamphetamines to an informant, according to an affidavit.
In Hinkal’s wallet was “all the pre-recorded currency used for the control buy,” which occurred at an undisclosed location in the city on the day before, investigators said.
“A keychain was located next to Hinkal’s bed which unlocked the door to the basement. In the basement was a blue bag containing three plastic bags of suspected methamphetamines,” the affidavit stated. The controlled substance, which weighed almost nine pounds, was “packaged in the same manner” as what the informant had purchased from Hinkal, investigators said.
Recently arraigned before District Judge William Solomon on charges of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, delivery of a controlled substance and illegal use of a cellphone, Hinkal remains behind bars in lieu of $150,000 bail.
Solomon also arraigned Aaron Keith Garnett, 55, of 643 Elmira St., on state police charges of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia for allegedly selling crack cocaine to another man in 300 block of Memorial Avenue in the city on Jan. 29. He is free on $99,000 bail.
Teen charged after police break up drinking party
When Montoursville Patrolman Kurt Hockman entered the dark garage behind 354 Jordan Ave. about 1 a.m. on Aug. 25, three people – including 19-year-old James Nicholas Carr – was sitting on the floor, according to an affidavit.
The other two were a 14-year-old girl and a 16-year-old male, Hockman said, adding that all three teenagers plus another 14-year-old girl who was in the Jordan Avenue home had been drinking alcoholic beverages.
In the garage, Hockman recovered a bookbag that contained a glass bottle of vodka. “While looking around the garage, I saw several red cups with a red liquid inside of them. I also took notice of a plastic bag that contained four plastic bottles of strawberry lemonade, with one bottle half empty,” the officer said.
Through his investigation, Hockman alleged that the teens had been drinking mixed drinks. The officer had initially been called to the property to “check on the welfare” of the 14-year-old who was in the house, police said. The girl was “under the influence of alcohol,” but she did not require medical treatment, police said.
“Carr was bragging that his preliminary breath test reading would be higher than his other friends, but he (then) refused to provide a breath sample,” Hockman said.
The officer said that the four teens “had actively been drinking together for the last two hours.”
Charged with corrupting the morals of minors and underage drinking, Carr, of 61 Tyler Lane, Cogan Station, waived his preliminary hearing before District Judge Gary Whiteman and is free on $5,000 bail.
Loyalsock Township woman charged with shoplifting
Telling state police that she was “struggling financially due to COVID-19 and wanted to provide for her family,” Latifa Temple-Henderson admitted to stealing merchandise at the Weis Market, 305 River Ave., during a six-week period, investigators alleged in an affidavit.
Police have charged Temple-Henderson, 44, of 1751 Randall Circle, with misdemeanor shoplifting for allegedly stealing $365 worth of merchandise from the supermarket between Dec. 6 and mid-January. Following her arraignment before District Judge Gary Whiteman on Monday, she was released on $5,000 bail.
DUI charge following crash
After he struck another vehicle that sent his 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix over an embankment along Old Cemetery Road in Gamble Township about 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 12, motorist Justin Lee Campbell admitted to a state trooper that he had been “feeling very drowsy while driving and that he kept dozing off,” according to court records.
Campbell, 32, of 459 Lower Grays Run Road, Trout Run, also admitted that he had been taking a prescribed drug as well as drinking about an hour before driving, police said.
A blood test revealed that Campbell, who was driving with a suspended license, had amphetamines and methamphetamines in his system, police said. He also had a blood-alcohol concentration level of .05, police added. Charged with DUI of a combination of drugs and alcohol as well as careless driving, Campbell was released on $5,000 bail. This was his second DUI arrest, police said.