Man Thrown From ATV in West Branch Township Crash, DUI Suspected

One person was injured when they were thrown from an ATV in a suspected DUI crash that occurred in Potter County’s West Branch Township on Sunday, May 29th.

According to the Pennsylvania State Police in Coudersport in a report, a 22-year-old man from Lancaster was driving a 2005 Honda Rincon in a south direction on Notch Road. After the man performed an unknown maneuver, he was thrown from the ATV and landed on the roadway. The ATV rolled over before rolling down an embankment on the roadway’s west side. The crash occurred about .5 miles to the south of West Branch Road at approximately 6:00 p.m.

The man, who was not wearing a helmet, suffered head and shoulder injuries of unknown severity. He was taken to Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital via Galeton Ambulance. The man was charged with a moving violation, and DUI charges are pending the results of a blood test.

Williamsport Couple Who Allegedly Stole Money From Grandmother Held For Court

A Williamsport couple who is facing charges stemming from an August 2014 incident in which they allegedly stole money from the husband’s grandmother is being held for court.

On Tuesday, District Judge Christian Frey decided that 33-year-old Justin M. Stugart and 31-year-old Rochelle A. Stugart should be held for court. Frey’s decision came after the victim, Lucille Buchta, and the lead investigator gave testimonies. The Stugarts face the following felony charges: theft, receiving stolen property, burglary, conspiracy, and trespassing. They are currently free on $35,000 bail a piece.

The Stugarts allegedly stole almost $40,000 from Buchta on August 24th, 2014. Buchta’s house is located by Maynard and Second streets. The Stugarts were there visiting with their six children. According to city police Agent Raymond O. Kontz III, Rochelle allegedly distracted Buchta on the front porch by talking to her while Justin allegedly took the money from a safe located in Buchta’s bedroom. Buchta did not notice that the money was missing until August 28th when she was going to get some of it in order to pay a vet bill.

According to Kontz in an affidavit, Buchta called Justin and asked him to come to her house. Justin was allegedly crying and seemed upset. He allegedly asked his grandmother for forgiveness when he allegedly admitted to her that he took the money. However, the amount of money that Justin said he took is $1,200. Please remember that the accused are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Shots Allegedly Fired in Williamsport on Tuesday Evening

According to the Williamsport police, there were reports of shots being fired in Williamsport on Tuesday night.

People reported hearing shots sometime between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. The shots were heard near High Street, Grier Street, and Park Avenue. There were later reports of a house allegedly being hit on Park Avenue’s 1100 block. Although unconfirmed, a female might have been injured. There is no other information about the alleged shooting at this time.

 

Alleged Muncy Smokers Express, Loyalsock Township Sheetz Robber Nabbed

A Muncy man was arrested after he allegedly robbed several Lycoming County businesses in the past several days, including the Smokers Express in Muncy Borough and the Sheetz in Loyalsock Township.

According to the Pennsylvania State Police in Montoursville in a report, 43-year-old Gerald Thompson of Muncy allegedly robbed the Smokers Express at knife-point and allegedly ordered the cashier to give him cash on Friday, May 27th, during the evening hours. During the evening hours of Saturday, May 28th, Thompson allegedly ordered a female victim to give him money. The victim was in her parked car in the Pier 87 parking lot. Thompson allegedly threatened to cut her if she did not comply with his demands for money. During the morning hours of Sunday, May 29th, Thompson allegedly broke into the Loyalsock Hotel. Once inside, Thompson allegedly tried to open the cash register in order to steal money. However, the cash register would not open. Also on Sunday, May 29th, Thompson allegedly robbed the Loyalsock Township Sheetz at knife-point. Although initial scanner reports indicated that the Sheetz was robbed at gunpoint, the police report states that it was actually robbed at knife-point. Thompson allegedly got away with about $700. The Sheetz robbery occurred at about 5:45 a.m.

After police found Thompson later on Sunday, May 29th, they took him into custody. He was arrested on a warrant that was issued by the Muncy Police Department. According to the police report, charges were filed against Thompson related to all of the incidents except the Sheetz robbery. You can read Thompson’s court reports below:

Court ReportCOURT REPORT- Gerald W. Thompson, 43, of Muncy, faces 4 felony charges, 4 misdemeanor charges and 3 summary charges.  The charges listed are….
Felony:
18 § 3502 §§ A2 F1 Burglary – Overnight Accommodation, No Person Present
18 § 3701 §§ A1II F1 Robbery-Threat Immed Ser Injury
18 § 3701 §§ A1II F1 Robbery-Threat Immed Ser Injury
18 § 3503 §§ A1II F2 Crim Tres-Break Into Structure

Misdemeanor:
18 § 3921 §§ A M1 Theft By Unlaw Taking-Movable Prop
18 § 3925 §§ A M1 Receiving Stolen Property
18 § 2701 §§ A3 M2 Simple Assault
18 § 2701 §§ A3 M2 Simple Assault

Summary:
18 § 2709 §§ A1 S Harassment – Subject Other to Physical Contact
18 § 2709 §§ A1 S Harassment – Subject Other to Physical Contact
18 § 3304 §§ A5 S Criminal Mischief – Damage Property

Magisterial District Judge William C. Solomon on May 30th, 2016 presided over the preliminary arraignment for Thompson. Thompson was arraigned at the Magisterial District Court 29-3-02. Thompson was not assigned bail due to “Defendant is a danger to society / flight risk”. Thompson was remanded to the Lycoming County Prison pending the next hearing. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 6th, 2016, at 9:00 a.m., also in front of Magisterial District Judge William C. Solomon.

Daniel R. Switzer of the Pennsylvania State Police in Montoursville is listed as the arresting officer for Thompson. The charges relate to an alleged incident that happened on May 28th, 2016.

Please remember all individuals are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
All of the information contained is based on Lycoming County PA Court Records.
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Court ReportCOURT REPORT- Gerald W. Thompson, 43, of Muncy, faces 2 felony charges and 7 misdemeanor charges.  The charges listed are….
Felony:
18 § 3701 §§ A1II F1 Robbery-Threat Immed Ser Injury
18 § 2702 §§ A1 F1 Aggravated Assault

Misdemeanor:
18 § 907 §§ B M1 Possession Of Weapon
18 § 901 §§ A M1 Criminal Attempt – Terroristic Threats W/ Int To Terrorize Another
18 § 2701 §§ A3 M2 Simple Assault
18 § 2705 M2 Recklessly Endangering Another Person
18 § 2902 §§ A2 M1 Unlawful Restraint/ Involuntary Servitude
18 § 3921 §§ A M1 Theft By Unlaw Taking-Movable Prop
18 § 3925 §§ A M1 Receiving Stolen Property

Magisterial District Judge William C. Solomon on May 30th, 2016 presided over the preliminary arraignment for Thompson. Thompson was arraigned at the Magisterial District Court 29-3-03. Thompson was not assigned bail due to “Defendant is a danger to society / flight risk”. Thompson was remanded to the Lycoming County Prison pending the next hearing. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 3rd, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.,  in front of Magisterial District Judge Jon Edward Kemp.

Anthony W. Oeler of the Muncy Borough Police Department is listed as the arresting officer for Thompson. The charges relate to an alleged incident that happened on May 27th, 2016.

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