District judges handle variety of criminal cases
City man allegedly made threats
Weldon Fletcher, 41, of 1421 W. Fourth St., has been jailed on charges of allegedly threatening a woman and her son first with a machete and then with a handgun, city police said.
Police responded to Fletcher’s home to handle a domestic situation about 4:30 a.m. Thursday. Police said Fletcher allegedly threatened Shanee Gaines and her son with a machete following an argument between Fletcher and Gaines inside the home.
After Gaines managed to convince Fletcher to put down the machete, Fletcher then obtained a handgun and began waving it around, pointing it at both Gaines and her son and threatening to kill them, police alleged. After obtaining a search warrant, officers went through the home and seized two handguns and a machete.
Following his arraignment before District Judge Christian Frey on charges of aggravated and simple assault, terroristic threats, recklessly endangering and possession of an instrument of crime, Fletcher was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail.
Stalking-related charges land man in jail
Upset that he was disrespected by a woman, Andre Taylor, 58, of 637 Allen St., followed her in his car as she walked in the 1100 block of West Fourth Street about 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, city police said.
Despite the woman telling him to leave her alone, Taylor told her “I have a gun. I’ll shoot you. You have nothing on me,” police alleged in an affidavit.
The woman suddenly saw the barrel of a gun that Taylor was holding. A witness yelled for the woman to call police, prompting Taylor to bolt north on Rose Street, the affidavit stated.
When Taylor was later in custody, he admitted to his alleged involvement in the incident, telling police he wanted “to put fear in her heart,” because she disrespected him, police said in the affidavit.
Arraigned before Frey on charges of terroristic threats, stalking, simple assault and disorderly conduct, Taylor was jailed in lieu of $75,000 bail.
Several troopers needed to get control of man
When state troopers arrived at Robert Reserve’s home at 320 Pennsylvania Ave. in Loyalsock Township about 8 p.m. on March 22, they found the 30-year-old man “on top of ductwork in the attic, crawling around,” court records stated.
Troopers were dispatched to the home to investigate a report that Reserve was on a hallucinogenic drug and “throwing things around the apartment,” according to an affidavit.
Reserve’s roommate, who was outside when police pulled up, told the troopers that Reserve was on PCP and that she was concerned for his safety.
It took several state troopers to restrain Reserve, who had be sedated not once, but twice by paramedics before he could be placed in an ambulance on a litter. He was taken to UPMC Williamsport to be evaluated.
Charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and harassment, Reserve was arraigned before District Judge Gary Whiteman and released on $5,000 bail.
City man charged
Jaleel Campfield, 27, of 435 Park Ave., has been charged with simple assault and harassment for allegedly slapping his pregnant girlfriend in her apartment on Park Avenue about 8:30 p.m. on April 19, city police said. Campfield was apparently upset that his girlfriend “was talking about him” online, police said. Following his arraignment Saturday before Frey, he was released on $5,000 bail.
Four charged with DUI
While being questioned by state police in the UPMC Williamsport emergency room, motorist Kyle Finicle admitted that he had been drinking mixed drinks throughout the day.
Finicle, 37, of 325 Bennett St., Montoursville, suffered facial and hand injuries when his pickup truck crashed into a tree on Rose Valley Road in Gamble Township about 8:40 p.m. on Feb. 18, police said.
When police first arrived at the crash scene, Finicle had already been taken to the hospital by a passerby. Charged with DUI and careless driving, Finicle had a blood-alcohol content level of .13, police said. He is free on $5,000 bail.
In another case, within minutes after Keanaendigo James crashed her 2006 GMC Envoy into a tree in the 700 block of West Edwin Street about 9:45 p.m. on Oct. 2, the 25-year-old city woman admitted to a city police officer that she drank “two glasses of wine” earlier, according to an affidavit.
“There was a very strong odor of alcohol coming from the driver,” the officer said. James was charged with DUI after a blood test revealed that her blood-alcohol concentration level at the time was .20. She is free on bail.
In another case, David Scipp, 56, of 213 Campbell St., “smelled heavily of alcohol,” one city police officer wrote in an affidavit, charging him with DUI. The officer was called to investigate a one-vehicle crash in the 300 block of Campbell St. involving a 1997 Ford pickup truck in which Scipp was the alleged driver about 7:20 p.m. on Sept. 3. Court records stated Scipp denied being the driver. He also refused a blood test, police said. He is free on bail.
In another case, motorist Gerome Shaw, 41, of 431 Glenwood Ave., “put a mask over his face in attempt to cover up the smell of alcohol on his breath” when a police officer approached his 2006 Buick Century in the 500 block of Northway Road in Loyalsock Township about 2:30 a.m. June 28, according to court records.
A member of the county’s DUI Task Force stopped Shaw because a brake light was not working, police said in an affidavit.
While undergoing a series of field sobriety tests, Shaw showed “multiple clues of impairment,” police said, adding that his blood-alcohol content level was .17. Charged with DUI and driving without a license, he is free on $5,000 bail.
One jailed following assault
During a video arraignment on April 28 before District Judge Jerry Lepley, Robert Harer, charged with simple assault and harassment, suddenly blurted out “This isn’t fair.”
Harer, 38, had been taken into custody after allegedly kicking Alexis Toro in the face with construction boots in the home they share at 617 Green St. about 9:10 p.m., police said in court papers.
At the end of the proceedings, Harer was jailed in lieu of $7,500 bail.
Prison inmate faces additional charge
Another charge has been lodged against accused burglar and county prison inmate Richard Rogers Jr., 64, of 22 Harer Park Road, Jersey Shore, according to court records filed at Lepley’s office.
After breaking into a vacant home at 99 Bouganville Road in Piatt Township on Christmas Day, Rogers spent the next two days watching pornographic videos that he ordered on cable, Tiadghton Valley Region police said. However, the cable was in the property owner’s name, and therefore was billed for the videos, police said.
Rogers was taken into custody on Dec. 27 after he was discovered in the property, and jailed in lieu of $50,000 bail on felony burglary and other offenses. He is awaiting trial on charges in that case.
Police recently filed an additional charge of theft of services after the property owner received a bill for the pay-for-view videos that Rogers watched. He will have a preliminary hearing at a later date.