Police Blotter: Saturday, July 20, 2013
TREVORTON - Harry O. Dunleavy Jr., 49, of 1114 Creek Road, Pitman, was charged by Trooper James Yankovich of state police at Stonington with two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under suspension, driving with a suspended registration, careless driving, driving without a motorcycle license and driving a motorcycle without wearing protective headgear.
The charges relate to a July 4 traffic stop on Shamokin Street near the A-Plus Sunoco Gas Station in Trevorton.
Police said Dunleavy had a blood-alcohol content of .127 percent.
COAL TOWNSHIP - Two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol, failure to drive in a single lane, careless driving and a lighting violation were filed by Trooper Thomas Leib against Kerry Lee Klemick, 57, of 222 Second St., Wilburton.
Police reported Klemick had a blood-alcohol content of .163 percent.
The charges relate to a June 30 incident on Route 61 near McDonald's in Coal Township.
COAL TOWNSHIP - Michael Lassiter, 31, an inmate at SCI-Mahanoy, has been charged by Trooper Mark Adams of state police at Stonington with aggravated assault, simple assault and harassment for allegedly punching Corrections Sgt. Derek Nejedly in the head and face, causing injury.
Police said the assault occurred July 10 in a dining hall at SCI-Coal Township where Lassiter was incarcerated at the time.
COAL TOWNSHIP - Shaquann J. Smith, 20, an inmate at SCI-Coal Township, was charged by Trooper James Yankovich of state police at Stonington with aggravated assault, simple assault and harassment for allegedly punching Sgt. Larry Coutts three times in the face June 13 at SCI-Coal Township.
SHAMOKIN - A charge of retail theft was filed by Patrolman Mark Costa against Nathan J. Reigle, 36, of 905 W. Willow St., Coal Township.
Police reported Reigle allegedly stole 23 packs of cigarettes, an energy drink, five candy bars, a pack of salami and 65 cans of smokeless tobacco valued at $312.40 from Turkey Hill Minit Market at 140 W. Lincoln St. on June 29.
SHAMOKIN - Anthony Lee Wetzel, 24, of 130 E. Dewart St., Shamokin, was charged by Cpl. Jarrod Scandle with driving under suspension, driving with a suspended registration, driving with an expired registration, driving without insurance, careless driving, two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol involving a May 25 incident at Ninth and Independence streets.
Police said Wetzel had a blood-alcohol content of .180 percent and also was driving under the influence of ecstasy.
COAL TOWNSHIP - Charges of burglary, theft, receiving stolen property and criminal trespass were filed by Patrolman Jason Adams against Collin Scicchitano, 28, of 1798 Clinton Ave., Coal Township.
According to a criminal complaint filed at the office of Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III, Scicchitano is accused of stealing a Kindle, iPod and 10 XBox games from the residence of his mother, Jill Scicchitano, of 1909 W. Independence St.
SHAMOKIN - Franklin M. Middaugh, 25, of 1049 W. Coal St., Trevorton, was charged by Patrolman Raymond Siko II with possession of drug paraphernalia relating to a June 26 incident at Shamokin-Coal Township Public Library, 210 E. Independence St.
Police reported Middaugh was discovered passed out sitting at a computer at about 10:15 a.m. Police said a syringe and chrome table spoon were found on his possession.
SHAMOKIN - Patrolman William Miner has charged Michael Gillegbower, 21, of New York City, N.Y., with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and public drunkenness involving a July 11 disturbance in the 400 block of North Rock Street.
According to a criminal complaint filed at the office of Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III, Gillegbower was screaming and banging on doors and had to be "tasered" by police. Upon being transported to Shamokin Police Station, Gillegbower threatened officers and shouted obscenities.
SHAMOKIN - Rudy Frazier, 48, of 111 S. Pearl St., Shamokin, was charged by Patrolman William Miner with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and failure of disorderly persons to disperse relating to a July 1 disturbance outside his home.
Upon being placed in a police cruiser following the disturbance, Frazier began to bang his head against the rear window with increasing frequency and force, which pushed the door away. As Miner and Patrolman Nathan Rhodes attempted to calm Frazier down, he continued to scream and bang his head off the inside of the cruiser.
Police said Frazier continued the same behavior on his way to the city police station and began to have a seizure inside the station, prompting emergency personnel from AREA Services Ambulance to treat and transport him to Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital. Police said Frazier also gave hospital staff a hard time.
Candy, tape stolen
COAL TOWNSHIP - Thomas J. Welliver, 34, of 238 S. Sixth St., Coal Township, is charged by Patrolman David Sage with one count of retail theft for allegedly stealing a roll of Gorilla Tape and two packs of M&Ms from Walmart Supercenter at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 30.
Welliver was stopped by loss prevention employees outside of the store. Police say he admitted to the theft. The items are valued in total at $13.43.
COAL TOWNSHIP - Coty Michael Rusinko, 24, of 151 1/2 Reagan St., Sunbury, is charged by Patrolman David Sage with possession of drug paraphernalia and speeding for a Feb. 9 incident on Route 61 at the entrance to McDonald's.
Police say Rusinko admitted traveling between 10 and 15 mph above the posted 40 mph speed limit in a Chevrolet Cavalier when he attempted to slow down and turn right into the restaurant's parking lot from the snow-covered highway. He drove over a curb and struck a sign and shrubbery. The accident occurred about 12:30 a.m.
Mount Carmel Township Patrolman Dan Politza was driving in the area and witnessed the incident, saying he observed Rusinko toss an object from the car toward the highway that landed in the snow and broke. It was later identified as a marijuana smoking pipe, police say.
Police say Rusinko also admitted owning the pipe.
SHAMOKIN - Chad Andrew Zak Wiest, 28, of 340 Milts Road, Sunbury, is charged by Patrolman Scott Weaver with criminal mischief, public drunkenness and two counts of disorderly conduct for an incident about 10 p.m. July 6 outside 519 S. Eighth St.
Wiest is accused by a city resident of yelling at someone on a cell phone and bumping into a parked Jeep while walking on Eighth Street. When told to "take it easy" on the vehicle, he allegedly became belligerent, shouted a profanity and smashed a beer bottle on the side of the home, refusing to return and pick up the bottle. He was taken into custody nearby on Willow Street and was later released to an uncle.
SHAMOKIN - Kenneth Lebo, 65, of 44 S. Third St., Shamokin, is charged by Patrolman Scott Weaver with criminal mischief for allegedly ripping down a neighbor's backyard fence at 609 W. Spruce St. about 3:35 p.m. July 1.
The incident occurred several hours after a nearby vacant property at 613-615 W. Spruce St. collapsed. Estimated damage to the fence at 609 W. Spruce St. is $2,750.
SHAMOKIN - Coleen M. Lowry, 31, of 465 Mountain Road, Shamokin, is charged by Patrolman Scott Weaver with felony counts of theft, receiving stolen property and forgery.
Police say Lowry admitted stealing a check from a relative totaling $2,200 - depositing $918.74 into a bank account to zero out a negative balance and keeping the rest in cash. The incident occurred about 4:55 p.m. July 8.
SHAMOKIN - Two people found to have overdosed inside a city apartment on July 3 are charged by Patrolman Nathan Rhodes with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.
Police were dispatched about 5:55 p.m. to Apt. 5 at 313 E. Sunbury St. where Joseph Witkowski, 26, of 622 Scott St., Kulpmont, and Jody Bower, 30, of 707 W. Chestnut St., Shamokin, were found laying on the bathroom floor with drugs nearby.
Bower was unconscious and had a needle stuck in her arm, police say, while Witkowski was conscious and talking. Both were taken to an area hospital for treatment.
Police say 6 bags stamped with "SAVE" containing heroin along with the needle were recovered.
Both defendants were on probation at the time of the incident.
SHAMOKIN - Thomas Weigold, 49, of 110 N. Diamond St., Shamokin, is charged by Patrolman Nathan Rhodes with possession of drug paraphernalia after a hypodermic needle broke off inside his arm about 11:17 a.m. July 12 at his home. Police say he was shooting Suboxone.