State trooper charged in two criminal cases

A 10-year veteran of the state police faces several charges, including theft by deception and impersonating a public servant for allegedly “pretending to conduct a police drug investigation” while off duty in order to obtain money from another individual, according to an affidavit.

Trooper Johnathan Buynak surrendered Wednesday afternoon after charges were filed by Cpl. John Powis, a member of the state police Internal Affairs Division.

The trooper has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of criminal investigations as well as an ongoing internal investigation, Ryan Tarkowski, a state police spokesman, said Thursday afternoon.

More details will appear in Friday’s edition.