Drug charges added to Marion Heights robbery case
MOUNT CARMEL - Additional drug-related offenses were filed Wednesday against two people charged last week by Mount Carmel Township police with robbery and burglary.
Angela Marie Stutzcavage, 20, of 122 Center St., Aristes, and Eric Lawrence Leonowicz, 22, of 436 E. Melrose St., Marion Heights, were arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones on two felony counts of possessing with intent to deliver a controlled substance, two misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
The charges filed by Patrolman Daniel Politza relate to a July 8 search of an impounded black 2001 Nissan Sentra the defendants were found in after committing a robbery in Marion Heights the day before.
Among the items found in the vehicle were a blue and green glass smoking device, a package of syringes, a bottle of Hydromet syrup prescribed to robbery victim Dennis Stoshack, a pill bottle prescribed to Stutzcavage containing three hydrochloride pills, a hypodermic needle, a clear glass smoking device, a glassine bag containing suspected marijuana, alprazolam pills, a diazempan pill, three amphetamine and dextroamphetamine pills, five acetaminophen and hydrochloride pills, 15 acetaminophen and hydrochloride bitartrate pills, 17 methadone hydrochloride pills and 14 glassine bags stamped "Shine" containing suspected heroin.
Politza charged both defendants last week with felonies of robbery, burglary, flight to avoid apprehension, criminal trespass and manufacturing, dealing or possessing with intent to deliver a controlled substance, and misdemeanors of theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.
Stutzcavage also was charged with a misdemeanor of driving under the influence of a controlled substance.
Stutzcavage waived her right to a preliminary hearing on all the charges and was ordered by Jones to appear for plea court Aug. 25 in the Court of Common Pleas, Sunbury. Jones granted Leonowicz's request to have his hearing continued on all charges.
Both defendants were recommitted to Northumberland County Prison in Sunbury, where they have been incarcerated since being arrested for the robbery.
Asked for help
According to township police, around 2 p.m. July 7, Stoshack heard a car come through the alley behind his house, 109 E. Clermont St., Marion Heights, and stop. Stutzcavage got out of the car and asked Stoshack for help because her car had broken down. He said that he didn't know anything about cars, but advised her on a local garage.
After the conversation concluded, Stoshack sat down on his deck, where he noticed his dog barking. While attending to the dog inside, Stoshack saw his front door open.
He then saw Leonowicz wearing a black hooded sweatshirt crouching near his kitchen island. Leonowicz fled the residence through the front door, dropping a bottle of prescription cough medicine belonging to Stoshack as he ran across Clermont Street and into the woods.
While speaking with a friend, Stoshack noticed Stutzcavage sitting in a black Nissan a short distance away. When he waved, Stutzcavage made a U-turn and drove away.
Responding to the call, Politza, assisted by Mount Carmel Chief Todd Owens and Officer William Adamski, located the vehicle as it turned into the parking lot of Star Physical Therapy. Leonowicz then threw open the car door and resisted arrest.
Owens found prescription medication bottles with Stoshack's name on them on Leonowicz, as well as a large amount of currency and medication bottles in the vehicle. An additional $120 in cash was found on Stutzcavage.
Stoshack estimated at least $1,050 was stolen from his house.