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Judges Frey, Lepley kept busy with drug charges

Mother faces endangering charge

A 27-year-old mother has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child after allegedly being under the influence of methamphetamines and fentanyl while caring for her infant daughter, city police said.

Cayleigh Jean, the woman who was charged, called police to her home at 1512 Light St. on the afternoon of Jan. 10 to report that “an electric device was sewn in her daughter’s cheek,” according to an affidavit.

“Jean was in a panic state, and stating that she knows what she was saying sounds crazy, however, she had not yet spoken anything to the officers,” the affidavit stated.

She believed that an electric device was sewn in her daughter’s cheek, and her daughter would not tell her “how it got there, but that it hurts,” police said.

Jean went on to say that she could hear her husband talking to her throughout the home without him being there. She also said that “she believed her mother and husband had planted spiders in her furniture for no reason,” police said.

“While explaining this to us, Jean was pacing around the house, carrying her infant. She was unable to stand still, and was moving the infant around at an alarming rate. Jean denied any drug use currently, but stated she had used methamphetamines about a month ago,” an officer said in the affidavit.

An ambulance was called, and when it arrived, Jean “complained of numb lips and sweating,” the officer said.

Police said they believed “Jean was intoxicated while being the only provider for her children,” adding that a blood test revealed that she had methamphetamines and fentanyl in her system at the time.

Recently arraigned before District Judge Christian Frey, Jean was released on $10,000 bail. She waived her preliminary hearing.

Six people charged with drug offenses

Armed with a warrant to search his vehicle at West Fourth and Poplar streets in the city on March 22, agents with the county’s Narcotics Enforcement Unit (NEU) discovered an assortment of drugs and a handgun in Jamal Bennett’s Honda Accord.

“Bennett is a known drug dealer,” an officer wrote in an affidavit, adding that Bennett, of the 1200 block of Vine Avenue, is prohibited from possessing a firearm because of a prior conviction.

Officers seized 97 bags of fentanyl, 32 vials of crack cocaine (approximately weighing eight grams) and 3.5 grams of suspected methamphetamines, court records stated.

Arraigned recently before Frey on three counts of possession with intent to deliver controlled substances and illegal possession of a firearm, Bennett, 44, remains jailed in the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail.

In another drug case brought before the judge, Angela Kulp, 45, of 678 Seventh Ave., has been charged by city police with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia for allegedly having two rocks of crack cocaine in her purse at Grier and Chester streets on Jan. 10. She is free on $2,500 bail.

Also free on the same bail set by Frey was Kevin Shuman, 52, of 977 McKee Road, Cogan Station, who was charged by city police with possessing seven oxycodone pills without a prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia at West Third and Rose streets on Oct. 21.

In another drug case, Robert James Harer, 38, of 617 Green St., has been charged with possession of seven suboxone strips without a prescription and public drunkenness in the area of Memorial Avenue and Locust Street about 9:20 p.m. on April 5.

Harer was stopped by officers who were investigating a report that he allegedly exposed himself in the lobby of a downtown hotel. Following his arraignment later that night before District Judge Jerry C. Lepley, he was released on $5,000 bail.

Lepley also arraigned Lee Brungard, 30, of 915 Hulings Road, Linden, on NEU charges of possession of bath salts and possession of four suboxone pills without a prescription in the 400 block of South Main Street in Jersey Shore on Dec. 16. He is free on $5,000 bail.

Lepley also arraigned Ashley Hostrander, 30, of Lock Haven, on a charge of possessing three grams of crystal methamphetamines which she allegedly handed over to a Tiadaghton Valley Regional police officer on Route 220 near Jersey Shore on Feb. 21.

Court records state the officer stopped the woman’s car after she flicked hot embers and ashes out her driver’s window. She is free on $2,500 bail.

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