Police: Man forged checks to buy drugs
Fighting a drug addiction problem, Paul Ryan Briggs, 25, of 618 Ninth Ave., faces felony forgery charges for allegedly forging and cashing five of his mother's checks in order to get money to buy bath salts, according to state police.
Briggs allegedly cashed the checks, which ranged from $45 to $80, in the spring of 2011 when he was living with his mother, Victoria, at her home on Delker Road in Mill Creek Township, police said.
Briggs admitted to police that he was "under the influence of drugs" while stealing and forging the checks, according to an affidavit.
Following his recent arraignment before District Judge Allen P. Page III on five counts of forgery, Briggs was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $25,000 bail.
Man, 35, allegedly inhaled solvents
PENNSDALE - Nathan Eugene Grenoble II, 35, 121 S. Main St., Muncy, has been charged with inhaling solvents, a misdemeanor, after he was caught inhaling a can of air dusting spray in the men's room at Big Lots at the Lycoming Mall on Nov. 2, Muncy Township police said.
Following his arraignment days later before District Judge Jon E. Kemp, Grenoble was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $10,000 bail.
Police say man punched another in face
Keith Robert Cole, 31, of 409 Louisa St., has been charged with allegedly punching another man in the face and stealing $30 from his shirt pocket at Elmira and High streets about 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 5, city police said. The victim was James Bower, police said.
Cole, taken into custody shortly after the assault, was committed to the Lycoming County Prison on a probation violation. He since has been arraigned before District Judge Allen P. Page III on charges of robbery, theft, receiving, simple assault and harassment, and recommitted in lieu of $15,000 bail.
Terroristic threats alleged of man, 21
An Erie County man will face further court action on three counts of terroristic threats and 12 counts of harassment for allegedly making threats to an ex-girlfriend when the two were Pennsylvania College of Technology students, according to Penn College police.
"I hope you die real soon and I hope it's painful," Jon Robert Craig, 21, of Girard, said in one of his text messages to Jezika Ann House, 18, police said in an affidavit.
Police allege Craig sent numerous threatening text messages to House's cellphone in mid-December 2009. The charges were filed three months later, but Craig was just arraigned on the charges earlier this month. He waived his preliminary hearing Tuesday before District Judge James Carn and remains free on $10,000 bail.
Police: Fighting from car to car spills onto highway in Woodward Township
A disturbance between a husband and wife driving in separate vehicles spilled out onto Route 220 in Woodward Township, according to state police.
While tailgating his wife, Jerry Frederick Stutzman, 43, of 146 Carpenter Lane, allegedly "made gestures that were threatening in nature" about 7 a.m. on Nov. 4, Trooper Paul McGee said in an affidavit.
After the couple arrived at their home, Stutzman jumped out of his vehicle and "pulled on the driver's window (of his wife's car) until it shattered," McGee said. He then grabbed his wife, but she managed to break free, McGee said.
Charged with recklessly endangering, simple assault, driving under the influence of intoxicants and harassment, Stutzman was arraigned later that morning before District Judge Jon E. Kemp and jailed, but he since has been released on $35,000 bail.
Police say drunken man slapped woman
After arriving home drunk from a bar, Crist C. Stouffer, 52, of 1619 Rural Ave., assaulted his girlfriend, Carol Henry, by choking her and slapping her multiple times on Nov. 1, city police alleged in court papers.
Following his arraignment later that day on charges of recklessly endangering and simple assault, Stouffer was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $15,000 bail.
Shoplifting alleged of woman, 51
A woman nabbed for allegedly shoplifting at Kmart on East Third Street faces an additional charge of possession of a controlled substance for having in her possession 11 oxycodone pills without a prescription, state police said.
Karen Ann Renard, 51, of 8206 Route 87, Montoursville, was caught with $27 worth of merchandise about 3:20 p.m. on Aug. 30, police said.
Following her arraignment earlier this month before District Judge Gary A. Whiteman, Renard was released on $2,500 bail.
Student faces drug charges in city
A Pennsylvania College of Technology student faces drug charges for allegedly selling $60 worth of marijuana to a police informant on three occasions between Oct. 11 and Thursday, according to the county's Drug Task Force.
John Patrick McKeown III, 20, of Morrisville, allegedly made the sales at his local address at 942 W. Fourth St., court records state.
Following his arraignment last week before District Judge Allen P. Page III on three counts each of possession with intent to deliver and delivery of a controlled substance, McKeown was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $10,000 bail.
Bench warrant to be issued for woman
A bench warrant was expected to be issued for Whitney Marie Dyroff, 24, of 335 Washington Ave., Jersey Shore, after she failed to appear earlier this month for her preliminary hearing to face state police theft-related charges.
Police charged Dyroff with theft of services and theft by deception for an incident on Aug. 15 when she fled Liberty Lodge, 2019 E. Third St., without paying for a $200-plus bill, police said.