District Court: Wednesday, April 17, 2013
SHAMOKIN - The following hearings took place Tuesday before Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III. Defendants ordered to appear for plea court May 20 in Northumberland County Courthouse, Sunbury, can plead guilty or no contest, or seek a trial by pleading not guilty.
n Brian T. Moroskie, 38, of 1610 W. Wood 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.
Moroskie was charged by Coal Township Patrolman Joshua Wynn in connection with a March 25 incident at his home.
n Robert J. Bresko, 43, of 926 E. Sunbury St., Shamokin, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and was ordered to pay a $100 fine plus costs and placed on supervised probation for six months.
An additional charge of public drunkenness was withdrawn.
Bresko was charged by Shamokin Cpl. Darwin Tobias III in connection with a March 12 incident involving an AK-47 assault rifle in the parking lot of the Shamokin Post Office.
Police said two unidentified people were sitting in a car when Bresko pulled into the lot in a black 1998 Chevrolet Blazer and began staring at them. The victims said Bresko then asked, "Who drives that (expletive) white Camaro?"
When one of the occupants of the Camaro told Bresko not to worry about it, police said Bresko began to call him obscene names and asked him to stick his head into the vehicle before asking, "Who's (expletive) around now?"
One of the victims said Bresko then picked up an AK-47 assault rifle and placed it on the front seat. The victim told police Bresko appeared to be intoxicated.
After the victims provided police with a description of Bresko and his vehicle, Patrolman William Zalinski located Bresko's vehicle in the 500 block of North Shamokin Street and found the rifle lying on the seat/floor area.
n Tina Moyle, 39, of 238 S. Sixth St., Shamokin, waived to court two counts of forging or altering prescriptions for Percocet and Soma on Dec. 11 at The Medicine Shoppe on North Shamokin Street.
The charges were filed by Shamokin Patrolman Nathan Rhodes.
n Dennis E. Drass, 49, of White Deer, waived to court charges of criminal attempt to commit theft and criminal conspiracy to commit theft involving the Nov. 19 attempted theft of a scrap air conditioning unit valued at $150 from LTS Plumbing and Heating Inc. off Route 61 in Shamokin Township.
The charges were filed by Trooper James McCormick, who was then assigned to the state police station at Stonington and currently works out of the King of Prussia station.
n Heather Ann Frank, 28, of 331 N. Vine St., Mount Carmel, waived to court a charge of retail theft filed by Coal Township Patrolman Jason Adams.
Frank is accused of stealing merchandise valued at $102.06 from Wal-Mart Supercenter along Route 61 on Feb. 23.
n Timothy L. Burkholder, 25, of 35 N. Rock St., Shamokin, waived to court two counts of disorderly conduct filed by Shamokin Patrolman Nathan Rhodes.
Burkholder was charged in connection with a disturbance involving loud music at his residence Jan. 12.
n Lisa J. Velazquez, 26, of 127 E. Water St., Shamokin, waived to court charges of driving under the influence of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia relating to a Jan. 27 traffic stop at a Sunbury Street convenience store.
Shamokin Patrolman Raymond Siko II, the arresting officer in the case, reported Velazquez was found slumped behind the wheel of her vehicle at the gas pumps. Chemical testing showed the presence of morphine in her system. A search of her vehicle revealed two syringes and a blue plastic wrapper, consistent with the use of narcotics.
n Daniel McKinney, of 540 Fir Road, Shamokin, waived to court a charge of defrauding a secured creditor.
According to a private criminal complaint filed by George Hess of Hess Ready Mix, Schuylkill Haven, McKinney failed to appear for execution sales Sept. 29 and Oct. 13 or have levied-on items valued at $1,273.35 available for sale.
n Brandon Nathaniel Moody, 25, an inmate at SCI-Mahanoy, was held for court on multiple charges involving a Nov. 11 assault of a correctional officer at SCI-Coal Township, who suffered serious injuries.
Moody, a former inmate at SCI-Coal Township, was charged by Trooper James McCormick, formerly of state police at Stonington who is now assigned to the state police station at King of Prussia. Moody is accused of spitting in the face of Correctional Officer Robert Lester Houseknecht, and repeatedly punching the officer in the face, head, neck and back, causing him to suffer a concussion, bleeding on the brain and extensive swelling and bruising on his face, head and hands.
Houseknecht's injuries required emergency room treatment at a local hospital.
According to a criminal complaint, Moody, who is serving a life sentence, approached the victim and asked him to retract a misconduct report he wrote against the inmate. When Houseknecht told Moody he couldn't retract the report, Moody allegedly spit in his face and assaulted the officer.
The assault ended when other correctional officers arrived at the officer's station and restrained Moody, who was later transferred to SCI-Mahanoy.
Moody is charged with felonies of assault by a life prisoner, aggravated assault, assault by a prisoner and aggravated harassment by a prisoner, misdemeanors of simple assault and recklessly endangering another person, and a summary of harassment.