District Court: Saturday, October 6, 2012
MOUNT CARMEL - The following hearings took place Wednesday before Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones. Defendants ordered to appear for plea court Nov. 19 at Northumberland County Courthouse, Sunbury, can plead guilty or no contest, or seek a trial by pleading not guilty.
n Charges of theft of services and theft by deception filed by Mount Carmel Township Patrolman Kelly Campbell against Mark J. Hepler, 48, of 1325 Chestnut St., Kulpmont, were withdrawn when the defendant paid $650 restitution to the victim and constable fees.
Hepler was charged with failing to pay Dave's Auto Body in Shady Acres for repairs to his truck on Feb. 12.
n Mitchell E. Shields, 19, of 123 S. Vine St., Mount Carmel, pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia and was ordered to pay a $500 fine plus costs and placed on 12 months supervised probation. He also was ordered to pay $113 restitution.
Additional charges of possession of a controlled substance, underage drinking and disorderly conduct were withdrawn.
The charges were filed by Mount Carmel Patrolman Justin Stelma in connection with a July 28 incident in Town Park.
n Jason T. Skavery, 20, of 24 N. Locust St., Mount Carmel, waived to court charges of robbery, simple assault, retail theft, receiving stolen property, misbranding a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance relating to incidents that occurred at Boyer's Food Market at about 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
Police reported Skavery is accused of stealing crab legs, steamed crabs and jumbo shrimp from the market before being chased and taken into custody by several employees. Police said Skavery struggled with a store manager, who injured his finger during the incident.
The charges were filed by Mount Carmel Township Patrolman Matthew Filarski.
Although there was no weapon involved in the incident, police said the robbery charge was filed because of the injury suffered by the store manager.
n Keisha Castle, 22, of 21 E. Church St., Shamokin, waived to court charges of identity theft, access device fraud, theft and receiving stolen property.
Castle, who was employed as a visiting nurse, was charged by Mount Carmel Patrolman Matthew Dillman with using a Mount Carmel man's credit card to make more than $1,200 in purchases between June 17 and Aug. 22.
Police were alerted to the crime by Tara Owens, who informed police about the theft of a credit card belonging to her father, John Owens, of South Apple Street, Mount Carmel, who is assisted by nurses from Caretakers America on a daily basis.