Police Blotter: Friday, April 25, 2014
Drug charges filed
MOUNT CARMEL - Police charged Joseph F. Boblick, 34, of 235 S. Chestnut St., with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a controlled substance following an incident at his residence April 1.
Borough police patrolman William Adamski reported in court documents that officers were called to assist probation officers with a check on Boblick. In an upstairs bedroom, where Boblick was found, were four narcotic smoking pipes, four items used for cooking narcotics and a small silver vial with four white rocks inside, Adamski said. Field testing showed that the rocks were crack cocaine, according to police.
Boblick was arraigned Tuesday before Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones, Mount Carmel, and placed in Northumberland County Prison on $15,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 30.
COAL TOWNSHIP - Carrie Feudale, 23, of Coal Township, was charged by township police patrolman Matthew Hashuga with a felony count of retail theft after she allegedly stole a home theater system, worth $208, without paying full retail value from Walmart March 2.
MARION HEIGHTS - Ronald A. Wills, 25, of 67 Springside St., Locust Gap, was charged with burglary and two counts of criminal trespass after an incident at a Marion Heights home Nov. 1.
Mount Carmel Township Police Chief Brian Hollenbush said Wills and two other individuals entered the home of Michael Filipczak and intended to harm him, but left when the victim's mother came home.
Wills was arraigned Tuesday by Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones, Mount Carmel, and placed in Northumberland County Prison on $20,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.
Drug, DUI charges
MOUNT CARMEL - Paul B. Chicora, 31, of 6 Long Row Road, Gilberton, was charged with a number of drug and traffic offenses related to a traffic stop nearly one year ago in the area of Sixth and Locust streets.
Borough police Patrolman William Adamski said officers stopped a vehicle Chicora was operating after observing him do a U-turn in the middle of the block, nearly striking several parked vehicles. Police said Chicora failed field-sobriety tests, but refused blood-alcohol testing because he allegedly admitted the tests would show marijuana in his system.
Another officer did a search of the vehicle and found five plastic bags containing methamphetmine, a small amount of marijuana and a small scale.
Chicora was arraigned Tuesday on two counts each of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance, and charges of possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession with intent to deliver drug paraphernalia, driving under the influence and driving while the operating privilege is suspended or revoked. He was placed in Northumberland County Prison on $20,000 bail. A preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones, Mount Carmel, is scheduled for Wednesday.
COAL TOWNSHIP - Mount Carmel Township Police charged Emily A. Althouse, 24, of 1128 Buttonwood St., Reading, with possession of a controlled substance and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia following a traffic stop April 11 on Route 901.
Althouse was charged after police found synthetic marijuana and fentanyl and other items of paraphernalia in the vehicle she was operating.
A preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones, Mount Carmel, is scheduled May 28.
MOUNT CARMEL TOWNSHIP - Two Sunbury males were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia following a March 27 incident at the parking lot of the Pine Burr Inn, Route 61, Atlas.
Township Police Patrolman David Stamets Jr. said Dustin W. Weirick, 33, of 1029 Edison Ave., and Joshua D. Wolfe, 34, of 490 N. Seventh St., were found inside a vehicle parked perpendicular to the marked lines in the motel parking lot. After questioning, police submitted Weirick to field sobriety tests, which he failed, police said. Weirick refused to submit to chemical blood testing, and police found an aluminum pipe with burnt marijuana inside the center console, they allege.
Weirick, who was in the driver's seat, was also charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance.
Their preliminary hearings before Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones, Mount Carmel, are May 28.
MOUNT CARMEL TOWNSHIP - Patrick J. McLaughlin, 33, of 203 S. Walnut St., Mount Carmel, was charged with false reports to police, accidents involving damage to attended property and others crimes in the investigation of a Jan.. 5 accident between Mulberry and Birch streets on Route 61.
Township Police Patrolman David Stamets Jr. said police investigated a vehicle over an embankment with the driver having left the scene. The vehicle was registered to McLaughlin, but he said a friend had wrecked it, but would not provide a name.
Police said they had located McLaughlin's phone in the vehicle.
The charges were filed with Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones, Mount Carmel, with a preliminary hearing scheduled for May 28.
ATLAS - Michelle L. Levengood, 24, of 105 W. Girard St., Apt. E, was charged with theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief after police allege she and another individual trashed the apartment they were living in sometime between March 16 and 20. Also, two metal radiators were stolen.
The total loss is $5,940.
Mount Carmel Township Police Chief Brian Hollenbush said Levengood and the other individual sold the radiators to a metal recycler for $107.10
Levengood was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones, Mount Carmel, and placed in Northumberland County Prison on $20,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.