District Court: Wednesday, October 10, 2012
SHAMOKIN - The following hearings took place Tuesday before Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III. Defendants ordered to appear for plea court Nov. 26 in Northumberland County Courthouse, Sunbury, can plead guilty or no contest, or seek a trial by pleading not guilty.
n Jordan Derck, 24, of 133 Academy St., Shamokin, waived to court charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, resisting arrest and providing police with a false name and date of birth.
Derck was charged by Coal Township Patrolman Joshua Wynn in connection with an Aug. 15 incident along Bear Valley Road in which she allegedly attempted to bite Wynn in his right hand several times during a struggle while the officer was attempting to handcuff Derck.
n Kimberly A. Benjamin, 26, of 523 W. Pine St., Mahanoy City, waived to court charges of theft, receiving stolen property and criminal conspiracy.
The charges were filed by Coal Township Detective Jeff Brennan in connection with the theft of $3,890 worth of vehicle parts owned by Craig Fegley.
Police said the theft occurred May 24 and May 25 on private property adjacent to Route 125 in Burnside.
n Gregory Snyder, 19, of 1710 Sterling St., Coal Township, waived to court a charge of corruption of minors.
Snyder, who was charged by Coal Township Detective Jeff Brennan, is accused of sending pictures of his genitals to a 15-year-old girl in the west end of Coal Township on July 7.
n Karl D. Knoebel Jr., 47, of Paxinos, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and was ordered to pay a $200 fine plus costs and placed on supervised probation for one year. A charge of filing a false report to law enforcement officials was withdrawn.
Knoebel was charged by Trooper Daniel Wilk of state police at Stonington with falsely reporting to authorities that Tara L. Brabitz, 38, of Coal Township, attempted to run him over with her vehicle at Masser's Farm Market on April 22.
n Adam M. Temple, 27, of Alum Creek, W.Va., waived to court charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and various traffic violations involving a May 25 traffic stop on Route 890 in Zerbe Township.
The charges were filed by Trooper Barry Wooten of state police at Stonington.
n Jonathan Gadra, 22, of Williamsport, an inmate at SCI-Coal Township, was held for court on a charge of aggravated assault.
Gadra was charged by Trooper Daniel Wilk of state police at Stonington with striking corrections officer Robert E. Morey, 28, of Northumberland, with a closed fist on the back of the head. During the altercation, Gadra allegedly kicked another corrections officer, Brian P. Clayton, 32, of Muncy, in the face.
The charge relates to an Aug. 19 disturbance at the prison.
n Christopher Nguyen, 34, an inmate at SCI-Coal Township, was held for court on charges of aggravated harassment by a prisoner and recklessly endangering another person.
Nguyen is charged by Trooper Angela Jankoviak of state police at Stonington with dumping a cup of urine through a small opening of his cell door, soaking a correction officer's pants, shirt and part of his boots on July 12 at the prison.
n Matthew Ryan Milbrand, 20, of 128 E. Chestnut St., Shamokin, pleaded guilty to harassment and was ordered to pay a $200 fine plus costs. An additional charge of disorderly conduct was withdrawn.
Milbrand was charged by Shamokin Cpl. Darwin Tobias III with threatening to harm Whitney Bostian and Glenn E. Masser after chasing them in his vehicle and cutting them off twice. In addition to yelling at both victims, Milbrand allegedly kicked and punched the windows on Masser's vehicle.
Police said the incidents occurred Aug. 15 in the 200 block of West Mulberry Street.
n Richard James Giedosh Jr., 21, of 702 Bear Valley Ave., Shamokin, pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia and was ordered to pay a $300 fine plus costs and placed on supervised probation. Additional charges of possession of carisoprodol, public drunkenness and a red light violation were withdrawn.
The charges filed by Shamokin Cpl. Darwin Tobias III relate to an Aug. 15 vehicle stop in the 200 block of West Chestnut Street.
n Jimmie Lee Brown, 26, of 212 S. Franklin St., Shamokin, was held for court on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a small amount of marijuana involving a Dec. 13 incident at his residence.
The charges were filed by Shamokin Cpl. Bryan Primerano.
n Samuel Ryan Swank, 20, of 800 E. Chestnut St., Shamokin, pleaded guilty to harassment and was ordered to pay a $100 fine plus costs. An additional charge of simple assault was withdrawn.
Swank was charged by Shamokin Cpl. John Brown with grabbing his 17-year-old live-in girlfriend, placing her in a headlock and throwing her onto the ground, causing shoulder and arm injuries. Police said the assault occurred Aug. 21 at the couple's residence.