Ten Caught Allegedly Trying to Buy Heroin After Police Use Alleged Heroin Dealers’ Cellphone

Ten people were arrested for allegedly trying to purchase heroin after Pennsylvania State Police officers used the cellphone of two alleged drug dealers that had been dropped during a high speed chase on Sunday, May 29th.

According to a report, the chase began at approximately 9:45 a.m. in Loyalsock Township. The police noticed a man fitting the description of an alleged drug dealer who was wanted by the Pennsylvania State Police Vice/Narcotics Unit. The trooper was parked in the Uni-Mart parking lot at 1810 Northway Road. 29-year-old Julian L. Ruffin of Philadelphia was in the passenger seat and 30-year-old Shakoor Johnson, also of Philadelphia, was driving the Chrysler 200 that was black in color. Ruffin was the man wanted by police. According to police, the car drove to East Third Street while the trooper followed it. The car quickly turned onto Reed Street after the men became aware that police were following them. Johnson began driving at speeds that were considered to be unsafe. Then, the vehicle pulled into a private property and struck a utility pole. According to police, Johnson drove onto a playground at the former Becht School located on Clayton Avenue. The vehicle became disabled, and a foot chase ensued. Johnson was apprehended in the back yard of 1949 Sheridan Street. Police had to use a taser in order to subdue Johnson. Ruffin was caught several minutes later after police found him walking in a north direction on Norhway Road.

According to reports, Ruffin allegedly had a bag in his possession when he began running. The bag was not on Ruffin’s person when he was apprehended. A resident who lives on Sheridan Street’s 1900 block told the Pennsylvania State Police in Montoursville that he heard the ringing of a cellphone in the backyard. In addition, he found Chrysler car keys. According to police, both Ruffin and Johnson denied owning the cellphone.

According to police, there were numerous calls and texts coming to the cellphone when they started using it to tell people intending to buy heroin to go to the Lycoming Mall. Ten people allegedly met troopers at the mall. According to police, all ten people were arrested. Three of the people that were arrested told police that Ruffin and Johnson had allegedly delivered heroin to them. According to an affidavit, another person admitted that he spent $80 on seven bags of heroin that he allegedly purchased from Ruffin and Johnson. Ruffin and Johnson were allegedly in the same black Chrysler police chased on May 29th.  Ruffin is currently in jail. His bail is set at $250,000. Please remember that the accused are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Philadelphia Man Gets 15-30 Years in Prison For Possessing 8 Bags of Heroin, Currently At Large

Messiah Burrell mugshot
Messiah Burrell

A Philadelphia man who is currently at large was handed a lengthy prison sentence stemming from charges in which he had eight bags of heroin in a hotel room.

On Wednesday, Judge Marc F. Lovecchio gave 27-year-old Messiah Burrell a state prison sentence of 15-30 years with time served in Lycoming County Court. Burrell was convicted for the following charges: two counts of felony Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver; misdemeanor Int Poss Contr Subst By Per Not Reg; and misdemeanor Use/Poss Of Drug Paraph.

According to the Pennsylvania State Police in a report, Burrell allegedly sold a female some heroin at the Comfort Inn Hotel in Loyalsock on February 13th, 2015, at approximately 12:47 p.m. According to a press release, police responded to a domestic dispute within a vehicle beside Interstate 180 in Muncy Creek Township. Police discovered eight bags of heroin in the hotel room Burrell was staying in after they arrested Burrell.

Burrell did not attend the March trial. At that time, he was found guilty. According to district attorney Eric R. Linhardt, Burrell’s current location is not known. There is a bench warrant out for his arrest. His sentence will start when he is found. In a press release, Lovecchio said he gave Burrell such a long sentence in part due to his failure to appear in court.

In a separate incident in May of 2013, Burrell was found guilty of summary Harassment – Subject Other to Physical Contact. That incident occurred on May 16th, 2013. Burrell was also found guilty of Harassment – Subject Other to Physical Contact in March of 2012. That alleged incident took place on March 5th, 2012. According to police, he allegedly pulled hair from a woman’s head and hit her. The incident took place at an apartment located on East Orange Street’s 500 block in Lancaster.

In February of 2013, the then 24-year-old Burrell faced several charges that were eventually dismissed in connection with an alleged domestic dispute incident. At that time, Burrell was living in Lancaster. According to police, he allegedly choked his 22-year-old girlfriend and allegedly punched her on February 14th, 2013. She sustained a broken nose and other injuries to her face. Also according to police, Burrell allegedly picked up his son by his head before allegedly throwing him on the sidewalk. The boy’s head and shoulder hit the pavement. According to police, the child had contusions as well as a strained neck. Both Burrell’s girlfriend and the child were treated at a hospital. The alleged incident occurred on the sidewalk of North Franklin Street’s 500 block. The following charges were filed against Burrell but were later dismissed: two counts of felony Aggravated Assault in the 1st degree; misdemeanor Simple Assault in the 1st degree; misdemeanor Simple Assault in the 2nd degree; Endangering Welfare of Children – Parent/Guardian/Other Commits Offense in the 1st degree; and Recklessly Endangering Another Person.

Two Vehicle Williamsport Collision Injures Two

Two people were injured when a Jeep collided with a car in Williamsport on Monday, June 6th.

35-year-old Nicole Caputo of Williamsport was driving a Jeep Liberty in the area of Mulberry Street and Washington Boulevard. Donald Karaffa of Loyalsock Township was driving a car in the same area when the two vehicles collided at approximately 10:15 a.m. After the vehicles collided, the Jeep Liberty rolled over.

According to police, Caputo and her passenger, a 2-year-old girl, had minor injuries. They were both taken to Williamsport Regional Medical Center for treatment. Karaffa is not believed to have been injured.

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.

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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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