SHAMOKIN - Jimmie Driggers II, 24, of 135 Birch St., Shamokin, was charged with drug offenses and other crimes following an investigation into a smoky condition in the area of North Vine Street Dec. 21.

According to court documents filed by Shamokin Police Patrolman Raymond Siko II, police were investigating a smoky condition near Harrison Street when he observed a vehicle on a dirt road near the railroad tracks blocking the lane. When Siko shined a spotlight inside the vehicle, he saw three individuals, including Driggers, who was in the driver's seat.

When asked if he had anything illegal, Driggers gave the officer a plastic bag containing a substance he identified as "spice" or synthetic marijuana. Driggers was taken into custody on an active warrant, and police executed a search warrant on the vehicle Dec. 31. They found pills, several items of drug paraphernalia, approximately $800 in cash, a box of .22 caliber shells and a rifle and a pair of brass knuckles.

Driggers was charged with three felony counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance; a felony charge of being a former convict not allowed to own a firearm; misdemeanor charges of possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia and prohibited offensive weapons, and a summary charge of driving while his operating privilege is suspended. The charges were filed with Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III, of Shamokin.

Hit and run

JACKSON TOWNSHIP - State police at Stonington continue to investigate a hit-and-run crash at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday near Amish School Road.

Police said an unknown blue pickup truck towing a piece of farm equipment struck the side of a 2014 Freightliner semi-truck, driven by Bruce Girgenrath, 45, of New Eagle, and continued without stopping. Authorities said paint was transferred from the trailer onto Girgenrath's vehicle.

Stolen property

SHAMOKIN - Stephen M. Hornberger, 28, of 1121 Chestnut St., Kulpmont, was charged with receiving stolen property after attempting to sell online a nail gun owned by him and a former business partner. The gun was purchased using a joint account opened while Hornberger and the other individual were still in business.

The charges were filed by Shamokin City Police patrolman Scott Weaver and filed with Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 18.


LITTLE MAHANOY TOWNSHIP - State police at Stonington said an investigation is continuing into an assault on a Line Mountain school bus at 2:35 p.m. Wednesday.

Police said a 16-year-old Trevorton female struck an 11-year-old Shamokin male while the two were riding home from school. The incident occurred on Route 225.


SHAMOKIN - William C. Slusser, 42, of 132 Main St., Apt. 3A, Bloomsburg, was charged with driving under the influence and a number of traffic violations by state police Trooper Justin Rosboschil following a traffic stop at 1:48 a.m. Dec. 27 near Route 61 and Shamokin Street, Shamokin.

According to police, Slusser refused all tests after he was observed turning from Market Street onto Route 61 without using a turn signal and swerving into another lane while traveling on Route 61.

In addition to the DUI, Slusser was charged for failing to drive on the right side of the road, failing to drive in a single lane, failing to use a turn signal, careless driving and failing to wear a seatbelt.

The charges were filed with Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III, of Shamokin. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 18.

Pole causes crash

JORDAN TOWNSHIP - A Dalmatia woman was not injured following a one-vehicle crash at 1:30 a.m. Jan. 7 on Klingerstown Road near the Hebe Bypass.

State police at Stonington said a 2005 Jeep Liberty, driven by Sheila L. Deiter, 55, of Dalmatia, was traveling west on Klingerstown Road and, during heavy wind conditions, encountered a downed utility pole. Deiter was unable to see the downed pole and struck it with the Liberty's right front.

The vehicle sustained a flat right front tire, which was changed, and Deiter was able to drive the vehicle from the scene.


SHAMOKIN - City police charged Michael Stepp, 21, of 262 Roadarmel Lane, Paxinos, with five counts of driving under the influence and cited him for careless driving following the investigation into a rollover crash at 1:14 a.m. Dec. 6 near Chestnut and Fifth streets.

According to court documents prepared by Patrolman Scott Weaver, Stepp's blood alcohol level was .17 percent and marijuana was present in his system.

The charges were filed with Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III, of Shamokin, and a preliminary hearing scheduled for Feb. 18.

Two injured in crash

LITTLE MAHANOY TOWNSHIP - One person was transported for treatment following a two-vehicle crash at 9:45 a.m. Jan. 10 on Sunshine Drive near Route 225.

State police at Stonington said a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier, driven by Scott L. Musser, 49, of Shamokin, was traveling south on Sunshine Road and negotiating a downhill right curve while a 2013 Mazda 2, driven by Brenda L. Bonsall, 44, of Shamokin, was traveling north and making an uphill left curve. Police said Musser exited his lane and entered the northbound lane, and the two vehicle struck each other head on.

Bonsall suffered an injury to her upper body and was transported to Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital for treatment. A passenger in Musser's vehicle, Kathy Darbrow, 44, of Shamokin, suffered a minor injury to her head and was treated at the scene. Two other passengers in Musser's vehicle, a six-year-old female and a four-year-old male, were not injured.

Police were assisted at the scene by Americus Ambulance.

Retail theft

SHAMOKIN - Christina J. Hepner, 25, of 19 E. Independence St., Apt 7, was charged with a felony count of retail theft by Shamokin City Police Cpl. Bryan Primerano after allegedly taking candy and sunglasses valued at $9.48 from the Dollar General Store at 5:12 p.m. Monday.

The crime is deemed a felony offense because it is Hepner's third retail theft offense; she pleaded guilty twice before. The charge was filed with Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III, and a preliminary hearing scheduled for Feb. 18.

Nuisance violations

SHAMOKIN - The following individuals were cited Jan. 15 by Shamokin City Police Cpl. Bryan Primerano for violating the city's nuisance ordinance.

- Rosa J. Hernandez, of 308 12th St., Brooklyn, N.Y., for a property she owns at 801-803 E. Sunbury St. Items are falling from the building, which also has a damaged roof, unsecured windows and broken glass.

- Adam G. Brooks, 46, of 821 Mount Carmel St., for his home, which is a building in danger of collapsing. Items are falling from the building, which also has broken glass, a damaged chimney and an exterior wall in danger of falling.

Abandoned vehicle

SHAMOKIN - Patricia J. Persing, 36, of 1010 E. Race St., Coal Township, was cited by city police Cpl. Darwin Tobias III Jan. 1 for violating the city's abandoned vehicle ordinance by parking a vehicle with registration that expired in May 2013 in the 1000 block of East Race Street.