A traffic stop in Williamsport on Friday, June 3rd, resulted in theft and drug charges for three people.
The car was pulled over when a city patrolman noticed that its brake light was out. The police officer searched the trunk and found a handgun that was allegedly stolen from an Elizabethtown store.
According to an affidavit, Patrolman Jason Dockey was headed north on Campbell Street’s 600 block in a marked patrol car. Dockey observed a purple Honda Accord which was parked in a south direction. The people in the vehicle were allegedly smoking, according to Dockey in the affidavit. Dockey drove north to Louisa Street before making a U-turn and returning to Campbell Street. The car drove off and traveled to Park Avenue. Then, Dockey noticed that the car’s brake lights were not working.
Later, Dockey located the car parked in the back of West Fourth Street’s 700 block. At that time, it looked like there was just one person in the right front passenger seat. According to Dockey in the affidavit, he left before driving by a few times. Dockey observed people standing near the car. After awhile, Dockey saw the vehicle headed east on Edwin Street. A traffic stop was conducted due to the brake lights not working at approximately 11:40 a.m. on Edwin Street’s 400 block.
According to what 24-year-old Jasmine K. Alston of Edgewood, MD, told police, the car was hers. Alston explained that she and 19-year-old Tydric L. Richardson, also of Edgewood, MD, were in the area in order to pick up 25-year-old Parrise M. Valentine, also of Edgewood, MD. Alston also allegedly told police that “roaches”, or already used marijuana cigarettes, were located in the center console area within a portable ashtray. Alston handed the ashtray to Williamsport Patrolman Eric Derr. In addition, police allegedly discovered two empty plastic bags containing marijuana. Police conducted a search of the vehicle and found an additional marijuana cigarette. A field test showed that the substance found in the vehicle tested positive for marijuana. When police searched the trunk, they found a black handgun containing serial numbers. According to police, the handgun was in a green bag that also had size 32 shorts in it. There was also women’s shoes and clothing in the trunk, according to police. Neither Alston, Richardson, or Valentine said that they owned the handgun.
When police checked the serial number on the handgun, they discovered that it had allegedly been stolen from the Trop Gun Shop in Elizabethtown. According to police, the handgun was reported to be stolen on Sunday, May 29th. The Northwest Regional Lancaster County Police filed the stolen gun report, and they were able to confirm that the handgun was stolen after police talked with a detective.
According to an affidavit, Alston, Richardson, and Valentine each face the following charges: receiving stolen property, possession of a small amount of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. They are currently in Lycoming County Prison and their bail was set at $120,000 a piece by District Judge Christian D. Frey. Their preliminary hearings are on June 14th at 9:30 a.m. Please remember that the accused are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
According to what Richardson told Frey, he had a previous juvenile court charge that has to do with marijuana. According to what Alston told Frey, she currently has a pending charge for resisting arrest in Edgewood, Maryland. Alston also said that was previously on probation for possession of marijuana. According to what Valentine told Frey, she was previously on probation for possession of marijuana and unlawful use of a credit card. Valentine said that she had been found guilty of those two charges.