District judges handle variety of cases

Woman allegedly tried to hit another with her car

In order to avoid getting struck by a 2014 Honda Pilot that was coming right her, Autumn Simmons “had to jump inside” her home in the 300 block of Academy Street, a city police officer said in an affidavit.

Behind the wheel was Jamie Leigh Kennedy, 25, of 628 Rose St., who police allege deliberately tried to hit Simmons with her car about 4:10 p.m. on May 10.

The entire incident was recorded by Simmons’ father and reviewed by the officer, police said.

Kennedy had already kicked in Simmons’ front door, and began striking and kicking her during an argument, police alleged in court records. It was at this point that the victim’s father came down a set of stairs recording Kennedy’s alleged actions.

Court records did not explain what prompted Kennedy to allegedly kick in Simmons’ door and attack her.

In Kennedy’s car were her children, court records stated. Police did not say how many were in the vehicle. “During the video, you can hear children crying from inside the vehicle,” the officer said in an affidavit.

Kennedy was arraigned Friday before District Judge Aaron Biichle on charges of aggravated and simple assault, endangering the welfare of children and disorderly conduct. She was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $85,000 bail.

Four face drug charges in separate cases

Jasce Newman, 37, of Lock Haven, has been charged by city police with possession of methamphetamines and possession of drug paraphernalia in the 1600 block of Andrews Place on April 15, according to court records. He is free on $5,000 bail.

In another drug case, Cassandra Garcia, 36, of 730 First St., has been charged with possession of controlled substances for allegedly having a bag of fentanyl, .2 grams of crack cocaine and two Percocet pills without a prescription in the first block of Maynard Street in late January, city police said in court papers. She is free on $2,500 bail.

In another drug case, Lawrence Cook, 27, of 1181 High St., has been charged with possessing cocaine and possessing drug paraphernalia in the 500 block of Cemetery Street in late June 2019, city police said in court records. He is free on $7,500 bail.

In another drug case, Deanna Mae Morey, 42, of 1510 Memorial Ave., has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, gabapentin, without a prescription at Market Street and Brandon Place in the city on Jan. 10, state police said. She is free on $5,000 bail.

Blair County man faces theft charges

Dakota Adams, 21, of Hollidaysburg, has been charged with theft and receiving stolen property for allegedly stealing $500 worth of brake drums from the Opp Co., 1445 E. Lime Bluff Road, in Muncy Creek Township last Dec. 1, according to state police. He has been sent a summons to appear before District Judge Jon E. Kemp.

City man faces new charges

Additional charges have been filed against David Evearts, 35, of the city, who was arrested earlier this for allegedly stealing items from parked cars, according to court records filed at Biichle’s office.

Evearts, who had addresses listed in the 300 block of Brandon Ave. and 600 block of First Avenue, is now charged with theft from motor vehicle for allegedly stealing a woman’s purse from the 300 block of Sherman Street overnight Oct. 21, city police said.

In a second case, he has been charged again with theft from a motor vehicle as well as receiving stolen property for allegedly stealing a woman’s cellphone from her car in the 800 block of Washington Boulevard overnight Oct. 17, police said. Evearts has waived his preliminary hearing in both cases and is free on a total of $10,000 bail.

City man faces two charges

Randy Rinehart, 50, of 333 Brandon Ave., has been charged with indecent exposure and public drunkenness after a city police officer spotted him urinating in public at West Fourth and Maynard streets about 5:50 p.m. on June 1, court records stated.

Police said Rinehart’s actions were “clearly visible to others” in the area. Initially jailed, he has since been released on $5,000 bail that was ordered by District Judge Christian Frey.

Three motorists charged with DUI

Sean Weaver, 34, of 58 Rauch Lane, Jersey Shore, had both marijuana and methamphetamines in his system when a Tiadaghton Valley Regional police officer stopped his Chrysler 300 in the 100 block of Route 44 in Nippenose Township about 8:15 p.m. on April 3, according to court records filed at the office of District Judge Jerry Lepley.

Weaver was stopped because he crossed the fog line three times, police said in an affidavit. He showed possible signs of impairment during a series of field sobriety tests, and a blood test confirmed controlled substances in his system, police said. Charged with DUI of controlled substances, possession of methamphetamines and careless driving , Weaver has been sent a summons to appear before Lepley.

In another case, arriving at a crash in the 300 block of Louisa Street about 3:20 p.m. on March 3, city police quickly determined that motorist Ferdaush Ahmed had all the signs of being under the influence, according to court records.

The man’s eyes were glossy, bloodshot and watery, and his speech was slow and slurred. “I could smell the odor of alcohol coming from him as he spoke,” an officer wrote in an affidavit.

Ahmed was sitting on the curb when police arrived. His 2021 Cadillac crashed into parked cars on Louisa Street, police said. They did not say how many vehicles were hit.

Charged with DUI, Ahmed, 47, of 2101 Northway Road, apartment 1301, is free on $5,000 bail.

In another case, when a state trooper approached Jullian Bentley in her 2008 Dodge Avenger on Route 15 South in the city about 11:10 p.m. on Feb. 20, he immediately “detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage” coming from inside her car, court records stated.

The 34-year-old Bentley’s eyes were glassy and bloodshot, and her speech was slurred as she spoke with the trooper, according to an affidavit. The trooper pulled her over because her car’s registration lights were not functioning, police said.

Charged with DUI and careless driving, Bentley, of 817 Clark St., waived her preliminary hearing before Frey and is free on $3,500 bail.


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