District Court: April 3, 2013
SHAMOKIN - The following hearings took place Tuesday before Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III. Defendants ordered to appear for plea court May 13 in Northumberland County Courthouse, Sunbury, can plead guilty or no contest, or seek a trial by pleading not guilty.
n Robert M. Fisher, 47, of South Franklin Street, Shamokin, waived to court charges of theft and receiving stolen property in connection with a May 19 incident at 31 S. First St., Shamokin.
Fisher was charged by Shamokin Patrolman Mark Costa with stealing money and assorted jewelry including class rings, an engagement ring and wedding ring from Florence Heitzman.
n Robert J. Erb III, 36, of 256 S. Pearl St., Shamokin, waived to court charges of simple assault and harassment.
Erb was charged by Shamokin Cpl. Darwin Tobias III with striking a 13-year-old girl in the face and putting his arm around her neck, causing a small laceration. Police said the disturbance occurred at 8:48 p.m. Saturday at Erb's residence.
Erb was arraigned on the charges late Saturday night by on-call Magisterial District Judge Benjamin Apfelbaum of Sunbury and released on $5,000 bail.
n Timothy S. McCarthy Sr., 47, of 509 E. Spurzheim St., Shamokin, waived to court two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under suspension and a stop sign violation.
The charges filed by Shamokin Patrolman Raymond Siko II relate to a Jan. 1 incident in the 500 block of East Spurzheim Street.
n Brad A. Ruhl, 38, of Selinsgrove, waived to court charges of theft and receiving stolen property filed by Shamokin Patrolman William Zalinski.
Ruhl was charged with stealing a debit card owned by Sharon Miller and using the card to purchase $121.84 worth of merchandise at various city businesses between Jan. 26 and Feb. 3.
n Daniel Robert Gustitus, 54, of 28 N. Rock St., Shamokin, waived to court felonies of aggravated assault and aggravated harassment by a prisoner, and misdemeanors of misdemeanors of criminal mischief, institutional vandalism and disorderly conduct (two counts) relating to incidents that began around 4:15 a.m. March 12 outside his residence.
Gustitus, who claimed to be "God's undeserving son" at his March 19 arraignment, is charged by Shamokin Patrolman Raymond Siko II with threatening to kill police officers and kicking out the windows on a police cruiser.
Gembic reduced Gustitus' bail to $1,000 unsecured, but he was recommitted to the county prison on other offenses.
n Jonathan Robert Christ, 23, of 1350 W. Montgomery St., Coal Township, pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia and was ordered to pay a $300 fine plus costs and placed on supervised probation for six months.
The charge was filed by Trooper Thomas Leib of state police at Stonington in connection with an Aug. 12 incident along Route 2044, approximately one-half mile south of Trevorton.
n Sean Patrick McNamara, 22, of 1450 Pulaski Ave., Coal Township, waived to court charges of disorderly conduct, criminal trespass and public drunkenness involving a March 3 disturbance at a Spruce Street apartment.
The charges were filed by Shamokin Patrolman Raymond Siko II.
n Jessica Berg, 27, of 804 N. Washington St., Apt. 4, Shamokin, waived to court two counts each of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a small amount of marijuana relating to a March 2 incident at her apartment.
Berg's 29-year-old live-in boyfriend, Gregory Michael Skeans, who was charged with the same offenses, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of drug paraphernalia and was ordered to pay a $300 fine plus costs and placed on supervised probation for six months.
All the charges were filed by Shamokin Patrolman Raymond Siko II.
n David Hine, 49, of 1446 Pulaski Ave., Coal Township, waived to court two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under suspension, reckless driving, careless driving and driving under suspension while DUI-related.
Hine was charged by Patrolman Nathan Rhodes in connection with a Jan. 4 accident at Sunbury and Ninth streets.