District Court: Friday, Aug. 16, 2013
MOUNT CARMEL - The following hearings took place Wednesday before Magisterial District Judge Hugh A. Jones. Defendants ordered to appear for plea court on Monday, Sept. 23, in Northumberland County Court, Sunbury, can plead guilty or no contest, or seek a trial by pleading not guilty.
n Christopher Phelan, 30, of 336 S. Locust St., Mount Carmel, waived two felony counts of aggravated assault, two misdemeanor counts of simple assault, and one misdemeanor count each of terrorist threats, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct during his hearing.
Phelan was charged by Lt. Christopher Buhay of the Mount Carmel Borough Police following a July 14 assault at 27 E. Sixth St.
n Charges of criminal attempt related to commit cruelty to animals, two counts of disorderly conduct-creating an offensive condition and four citations for cruelty to animals were waived to court by Belinda S. Smith, of 18 E. Railroad St., Apt. 1, Mount Carmel.
Smith was charged by Mount Carmel Borough Police Chief Todd Owens after two dogs and two kittens were found malnourished inside her apartment during a warrant service on July 25.
n Justin Terway, 21, of 105 W. Girard St., Apt. E, Atlas, waived charges of terroristic threats, recklessly endangering another person, simple assault, disorderly conduct, and harassment during his hearing.
The charges, filed by Mount Carmel Township Police Patrolman Michael Pitcavage, stem from an Aug. 9 incident at Terway's residence when he allegedly struck and threatened his girlfriend during a domestic dispute.
- Charges of theft, criminal conspiracy to commit theft, receiving stolen property and corruption of minors were waived to court by Hoyt A. Norris, 21, of 475 W. Saylor St., Atlas.
Norris was charged by Mount Carmel Borough Police Patrolman Matthew Dillman following the June 17 theft of a vehicle from the 300 block of South Currant Street and involving a 15-year-old male in the theft.
n Kenneth J. Wallin, 30, of 71 Raspberry Hill, Shamokin, waived charges of driving under the influence, driving under the influence of a controlled substance, driving on roadways laned for traffic, careless driving and failure to display the registration plate.
He was charged by Mount Carmel Township Police Patrolman David Stamets Jr. following an March 12 traffic stop on Route 901 near the former Boylan's Gas Station near Locust Gap.
n Christopher P. Berkheiser, 31, of 873 Airport Road, Paxinos, waived charges of false imprisonment of a minor where the offender is not the parent, flight to avoid apprehension, endangering the welfare of a child and disorderly conduct during his hearing Wednesday.
He was charged by then-Kulpmont Police Chief Richard Wilson III following an incident at 661 Pine St., Kulpmont, when Berkheiser held several children inside his home on July 1 while police were looking to take him on several warrants.
In a similar case, charges of false imprisonment of a minor where the offender is not the parent, hindering apprehension or prosecution, endangering the welfare of a child and disorderly conduct against Katrina M. Picarella were withdrawn by the county assistant district attorney assigned to the case.
n Jennifer D. Degel, 41, of 278 Beurys Road, Ashland, waived charges of acquiring or obtaining possession of a controlled substance by fraud in her hearing.
She was charged by Mount Carmel Borough Police Chief Todd Owens and Agent Duane Musser from the office of the Attorney General after being accused of obtaining a 30-day prescription (180 tablets) for oxycodone/acetaminophen from Dr. Jill Nye by deceiving the physician into believing that she was receiving no additional prescriptions for the same drug from other prescribers in December.
n Charges of theft by unlawful taking and disposition, receiving stolen property, and theft by deception were waived to court by Danny W. Smith, 40, of 32 Gravel Drive, Middleburg.
He is accused of using Rabbittransit credit accounts to purchase $4,477.90 in auto parts and tools for himself over a 10-month period, while employed as a maintenance supervisor for the company's Elysburg office. The charges were filed by Ralpho Township Police Patrolman Chris Dailey.
n Casey L. Wydra, 26, of 299 Ralpho Road, Elysburg, pleaded guilty to a summary citation of disorderly conduct during her hearing and was ordered to pay fines and court costs totaling $455.50.
The charge was filed by Ralpho Township Police Patrolman Christopher Grow after an incident at 360 Ralpho Road on May 7. A charge of harboring a dangerous dog was withdrawn in the case.
n Benjamin M. Putnam, 38, of 240 Christmas Ave., Bath, waived two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol in his hearing Wednesday.
He was charged by Ralpho Township Police Patrolman Stephen Shade following a traffic stop at the Glosser Motor Inn on May 16.
n Charges of theft by deception, receiving stolen property, and bad checks against Carmen P. Papaleo, 47, of 225 W. Mulberry St., Shamokin, were withdrawn after Papaleo made restitution and paid all court costs.
The charges were filed by Ralpho Township Police Sgt. Chris Kreisher after allegedly issuing a bad check on April 4.