Hearings set next week for couple charged in SUV theft
MOUNT CARMEL - The preliminary hearings for a young couple who allegedly stole a sports utility vehicle in December and eluded police for nearly nine hours while transporting an unrestrained 9-month-old child are scheduled for Wednesday in the Mount Carmel office of Magisterial District Judge Hugh A. Jones.
The Mount Carmel Township charges against David Anthony Pavloski II, 22, of 42 N. Maple St., Mount Carmel, and Courtney Klemick, 21, of 222 Second St., Wilburton No. 1, are not the same charges that the couple appeared for in front of Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III in Shamokin Tuesday, but are related to the same incident.
Pavloski and Klemick were arraigned in front of Jones Tuesday on charges of one felony count each of criminal conspiracy, receiving stolen property and fleeing or attempting to elude police and four misdemeanor counts each of flight to avoid apprehension, resisting arrest, recklessly endangering another person and endangering the welfare of a child. The charges were filed by Mount Carmel Township Patrolman Daniel Politza.
According to the criminal complaint, the couple stole a 2003 Buick Rendezvous from a friend, Jessica Long, of 1125 W. Gowen St., Coal Township, at 2:28 a.m. Dec. 12. They eluded police for nearly nine hours, and were eventually apprehended without further incident in Pavloski's home that morning.
Additional charges - felonies of theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property, and a misdemeanor of criminal mischief - were filed in Coal Township by Patrolman Christopher Lapotsky.
On Tuesday, the couple appeared before Gembic for these Coal Township charges and were ordered to appear March 25 in the Court of Common Pleas, where they can plead guilty or no contest, or seek trial by pleading guilty.
Pavloski remains in Northumberland County Prison Thursday in lieu of $50,000 bail in relation to the Mount Carmel Township charges, but is awaiting transfer to a state correctional institution for a parole violation.
Klemick, who was released by Gembic on unsecured bail on the Coal Township charges, also remains in county prison Thursday in lieu of $50,000 in relation to the Mount Carmel Township charges.