Multiple people charged with crimes in Lycoming County
City man allegedly threatens woman with knife
Arriving at 805 Elmira St. to investigate a report of disturbance involving a knife about 10:30 p.m. Friday, a city police officer looked through a window and saw “a blood trail up a staircase,” according to an affidavit.
A woman, carrying a child in her arms, was coming down the stairwell while another child was in front of her also descending the stairs.
The woman, identified in court records only as Dowdy, saw the officer through the window and ran to open the front door. As soon as she did, the child in front of her “jumped into my arms” in fear of Kurtus Fox, “who was terrorizing the family,” Patrolman Corter said in the affidavit.
Fox, 34, who lived at the address, “was extremely intoxicated and did not like some of Dowdy’s friends” who were visiting the home. Fox wanted another bottle of liquor, but Dowdy wouldn’t give it to him, due to his intoxication, Corter said.
“This made Fox angry, who snatched a 1-year-old child from Dowdy’s arms and put her on a high table,” which alarmed the woman, who feared the toddler could fall off the table, the officer said he was told.
A fight then broke out between Fox and some of Dowdy’s friends, who bolted out of the house with Fox chasing them with a pellet gun, Corter said he was told.
Someone in the group of friends fired a taser at Fox, striking him in the head, the officer said. When Fox ran outside, Dowdy took the children upstairs and locked herself in a bedroom.
With a knife in his hand, Fox bolted up the stairs, kicked in the bedroom door and knocked a cellphone out of Dowd’s hands, Corter said. The mother then yelled at another child in the house to run to a neighbor’s to get help.
On the open line to the cellphone was Dowdy’s sister, who could hear Dowdy repeatedly pleading with Fox “Please don’t stab me,” according to Corter’s affidavit. Dowdy managed to run down the steps with her children when she saw police on her front porch.
“You better make them go away or I will slit your throat,” Fox told her and he chased after her, Corter said. Once in custody, Fox was charged with aggravated and simple assault, terroristic threats, possession of an instrument of crime and endangering the welfare of a child. He was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $150,000 bail.
Philadelphia man charged with felonies
Mikal Jerma Sullivan II, 21, of Philadelphia, faces three felony firearm charges for purchasing a handgun allegedly for another man who is prohibited by law to own or possess a firearm because of his criminal record, according to state police.
Sullivan bought the gun at National Range and Armory on Washington Boulevard in the city on June 2, police said. Following his arraignment before District Judge Christian Frey on a charge of illegal sale or transfer of a firearm and related offenses, he was jailed in lieu of $30,000 bail.
Loyalsock Township man charged
Ian Monte Arthur, 36, of 1209 Lymehurst Parkway, has been charged by the District Attorney’s Office with making unsworn falsification to authorities for allegedly putting down false information on an application form when he applied foe a license to carry a firearm at the Lycoming County Sheriff’s Office at 48 W. Third St. last Sept. 18. He recently waived his preliminary hearing before District Judge Aaron Biichle and was released on $5,000 bail.
Two women charged with shoplifting in separate cases
Nabbed outside the store for allegedly stealing $20 worth of merchandise from the Family Dollar at 328 Memorial Ave. about 10:30 a.m. on April 14, Latanya Smith, 46, of 854 Park Ave., was arrested for the seventh time for shoplifting, according to city police.
Smith already has six retail theft convictions, police said. Following her arraignment Monday before Biichle on felony shopligting, she was released on $10,000 bail.
In another case, when city police arrived at Wegmans, 201 William St., to handle a reported shoplifting about 10:50 a.m. on Feb. 19, Brittany Lee Snyder, 22, of 761 W. Third St., was in the parking lot yelling at a store’s security officer, according to court records.
Snyder was caught allegedly stealing $232 worth of beauty items from the supermarket, articles she had stuffed in her purse, police said. Following her arraignment before Biichle on misdemeanor shoplifting and receiving stolen property, she was released on $5,000 bail.
Two charged in separate drug cases
After suffering what city police termed an apparent drug overdose in his pickup truck, Tyler McKinney, 29, of 3183 Daughertys Run Road, Linden, was found to be in possession of 19 bags of heroin that were discovered in the vehicle in the 200 block of William Street about 4:15 p.m. on March 26, according to court records.
The bags were stamped “Mustang” and “Deadpool,” police said. Following his recent arraignment before Biichle on charges of possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia, McKinney was released on $5,000 bail.
In another drug arrest, Robin Shifflet, 45, of 1250 Park Ave., has been charged by state police with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance after allegedly selling crack cocaine to a confidential informant in the 600 block of Campbell Street on Feb. 25, court records state. Following her arraignment before Biichle, she was released on $75,000 bail.
Loyalsock Township man allegedly files false report
Dwayne Thompson, 43, of 1524 Randall Circle, has been charged with false reports and making unsworn falsification to authorities for allegedly filing a fictitious robbery report with them back on Dec. 6, 2018, according to court records.
Thompson claimed he was held up on Tinsman Avenue in Loyalsock Township by three men, but investigators later determined that report was fabricated. Following his recent arraignment before Whiteman, he was released on $10,000 bail.
City man jailed on felony firearms charge
Akeem Hall, 29, of 326 Locust St., has been locked up on a felony charge of convicted felon not to possess a firearm, according to state police.
The new charge stems from Hall allegedly renting a handgun and a firearm from the National Range and Armory, 531 Washington Blvd., in the city on April 25, according to court records. Following his recent arraignment before District Judge Aaron Biichle, he was jailed in lieu of $85,000 bail.