Multiple people face charges in Lycoming County

Because he considered accused drug dealer Darren Brown to be a flight risk, District Judge Christian Frey denied bail for the 30-year-old city man who was taken into custody Friday on a warrant filed by the county’s Narcotics Enforcement Unit.

Brown, of 331 Center St., faces two counts of delivery of a controlled substance for allegedly selling crack cocaine to an informant in late September and again in late October, according to court records. The alleged sales occurred near Grace and Walnut streets in the city, investigators said.

In another drug case, a bench warrant for the arrest of Zachary Zidick was expected to be filed after the 28-year-old man failed to appear for his recent preliminary hearing on charges of possession of five grams of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to court records filed by the Tiadaghton Valley Regional police.

The charges stem from when Zidick was taken into custody on another matter outside his Jersey Shore home at 690 Broad St., apartment 4, on April 4, according to an affidavit filed at the office of District Judge Jerry C. Lepley.

Police said Zidick had marijuana on him, and the methamphetamines were discovered in his Chevrolet Equinox after a K-9, trained at detecting narcotics, was brought to the scene and reacted when it was walked around the vehicle, the affidavit stated.

In another drug case, Owen Wesley Moore, 30, of 3575 Pine St., Jersey Shore, has been charged with possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia following an incident in which he suffered a non-fatal narcotic overdose at 1157 Pleasant Valley Road in Hepburn Township on May 16, according to Old Lycoming Township police.

Heroin was found on him or in close proximity to where he overdosed, police said. He is free on $2,500 bail after waiving his preliminary hearing.

In another drug case, Carl Wesley Caum, 49, 1868 Merrill Ave., has been charged by Old Lycoming Township police with possession of two bags of methamphetamines, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a prohibitive offensive weapon (a stun gun) as a result of the items being found in his township home on May 29, according to court records. Following his arraignment before District Judge William Solomon, he was initially jailed, but has since been released on $50,000 bail.

Six motorists charged with DUI

After being pulled over for speeding on Allegheny Street in Jersey Shore about 12:10 a.m. on May 1, Alan Budinger, 68, admitted to a Tiadaghton Valley Regional patrolman to having a few drinks and that he was “just trying to have a fun time,” according to an affidavit.

The officer said he immediately detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Budinger’s 2014 Ford Escape, the affidavit stated.

Budinger, of 228 Oliver St., Jersey Shore, was charged with DUI and careless driving, police said. After refusing to provide a blood sample, he told the officer he “didn’t care” about the DUI because he was retired. He is free on $1,500 bail after waiving his preliminary hearing before Lepley.

In another case, when motorist Kenneth Ray Newman, 32, of York, was stopped because of inoperable fog lights on his 2000 Ford Windstar on East Third Street in Loyalsock Township about 10:45 p.m. last July 10, a state trooper detected an odor of burnt marijuana coming from inside the SUV, according to an affidavit.

Newman’s eyes were bloodshot and glassy, police said. He readily admitted to smoking marijuana several hours earlier, and a blood test confirmed that the drug was in his system at the time, police added. Charged with DUI of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, he is free on $5,000 bail.

In another case, Anthony Parsons, 38, of 491 Slacks Run Road, Trout Run, denied drinking any alcoholic beverages or being under the influence of anything when he was questioned by a state trooper in a parking lot in the 1900 block of East Third Street about 9:15 p.m. on Dec. 20, court records stated.

Police said they were called to the lot to investigate a report of a highly intoxicated man driving a Grand Cherokee. When a state trooper arrived, he found Parsons outside the Cherokee and detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from him, according to an affidavit. A witness presented the trooper a cellphone picture taken minutes earlier that reportedly showed Parsons in the driver’s seat of the SUV, police said.

While undergoing a series of standard field sobriety tests, Parsons showed signs of impairment, police said. He was unable to complete the tests, police said. Charged with DUI, disorderly conduct, careless driving and driving with a suspended license (his seventh such offense), Parsons had a blood-alcohol concentration level of .23. He is free on $5,000 bail.

In another case, shortly after being told to be on the lookout for a driver operating in a reckless manner on Interstate 180 in Muncy Township on May 1, a state trooper spotted James Bender, 52, Mifflinburg, driving a pickup truck that matched the description of the suspected vehicle, according to an affidavit.

Upon stopping Bender, the trooper smelled “a moderate odor of an alcoholic beverage” coming from his breath, the affidavit said. The driver also showed impairment while undergoing a series of standard field sobriety tests, police said. He admitted to drinking “two to three beers” earlier in the day, most recently 15 minutes before being pulled over, the affidavit said. The trooper noticed two open containers of an alcohol beverage on the passenger flood, court records stated.

Bender, who refused to provide a blood sample, has been charged with DUI, careless driving and driving with a suspended license (his fifth such offense), police said. He already has two DUI convictions, police added. He has been sent a summons to appear before District Judge Jon E. Kemp.

In another case, shortly after hitting a mobile home at 101 Boak Ave. in Wolf Township and allegedly fleeing the scene in his car about 10:15 p.m. on March 24, Brian Schaffer was found at his home on Route 220 in an intoxicated condition, state police said.

While undergoing a series of field sobriety tests, Schaffer, 56, of 11387 Route 220, Hughesville, “showed signs of impairment,” court records stated. Although the driver left the scene of the crash, a witness led police to him, court records stated .

Upon being questioned, Schaffer admitted to striking the mobile home and leaving the scene, police said. He had a blood-alcohol concentration level of .23, police said. Charged with DUI and accidents involving damaged to attended property (hit-run), has been sent a summons to appear before District Judge Jon E. Kemp.

In another case, even though Starr Quinones had a mask over her mouth when a Pennsylvania College of Technology police officer pulled her over for running a stop sign on the city campus about 3:20 a.m. on March 18, it was her eyes that alerted him that something just was not right.

“I was unable to smell anything (at first) coming from the car, but her eyes were glassy and her pupils were dilated,” the officer said in an affidavit. He said the woman’s demeanor was “odd,” and she also struck the curb when she pulled over.

“I believed she was under the influence of something,” the officer said. He took the woman’s license, ran the information on it back in his cruiser and then returned to the driver. It was then that he could smell an alcoholic beverage coming from her, the affidavit stated. She admitted she had been drinking, police said.

When Quinones, of Sunbury, was ordered out of the car, she told the officer he first had to call her mother because she was only 16. She told him he would have to wait until the mother came to the scene. However, the officer then said her date of birth actually made her 20, not 16. Her blood-alcohol concentration level was .23, police said. Charged with DUI and careless driving, she has been sent a summons to appear before a district judge.

Two charged following domestic disturbance

Charges of simple assault and harassment were filed against both Kenneth Maushardt, 30, and Corinna Vega, also 30 following a disturbance in their Loyalsock Township home at 341 Pearson Ave. about 10 a.m. on May 29, state police said.

Maushardt was “tossing small glass bottles of paint towards Vega from the garbage. She in turn threw the lid to the garbage can at him, striking him in the face above the eye,” court records stated.

The man then “picked Vega up and forcefully threw her to the ground, causing some swelling at the back of her head,” police said in a court document.

Vega and Maushardt are each free on $5,000 bail after waiving their preliminary hearing before District Judge Gary Whiteman.


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