Philadelphia Man Faces Drug Charges After Allegedly Trying to Sell Large Amount of Heroin to Police

A Philadelphia man is facing drug charges after he allegedly tried to sell an undercover officer a large amount of heroin.

Nasir M. Lawrence, 23, allegedly tried to sell fifty bags of heroin to a Lycoming County Narcotics Unit officer. The alleged attempted drug deal took place at Third Place and Park Avenue on Thursday, June 9th. You can read Lawrence’s court report below:

Court ReportCOURT REPORT- Nasir M. Lawrence, 23, of Philadelphia, faces 3 felony charges and 3 misdemeanor charges.  The charges listed are….
35 § 780-113 §§ A30 F Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver
35 § 780-113 §§ A30 F Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver
18 § 7512 §§ A F3 Criminal Use Of Communication Facility

35 § 780-113 §§ A16 M Int Poss Contr Subst By Per Not Reg
35 § 780-113 §§ A32 M Use/Poss Of Drug Paraph
35 § 780-113 §§ A16 M Int Poss Contr Subst By Per Not Reg 06/09/2016

Magisterial District Judge Christian David Frey on June 9th, 2016 presided over the preliminary arraignment for Lawrence. Lawrence was arraigned at the Magisterial District Court 29-1-01. Lawrence was assigned bail in the amount of $250,000. Lawrence was unable to meet bail and was remanded to the Lycoming County Prison pending the next hearing. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 14th, 2016, at 2:00 p.m., also in front of Magisterial District Judge Christian David Frey.

Keifer J. Bathgate of the Lycoming County Detectives is listed as the arresting officer for Lawrence. The charges relate to an alleged incident that happened on June 9th, 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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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.

Fourth Suspect Arrested in Connection with East Smithfield Home Invasion Attack

A fourth suspect has been arrested in connection with an East Smithfield home invasion attack that left a man injured.

According to the Pennsylvania State Police in Towanda, 18-year-old Bradley D. Stroud of Athens was arrested on Friday, June 10th. He faces the following charges: aggravated assault, simple assault, terroristic threats, burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, attempted robbery, attempt to commit theft, criminal trespass, and criminal mischief.

After his arraignment in front of District Judge Jonathan Wilcox, Stroud was placed in Bradford County Prison. The following three suspects were previously arrested: 20-year-old Dakota M. Walters of Athens,; 20-year-old Bryant T. Ashby of Milan; and 24-year-old Isaac A. Clark of Milan. The bails for each suspect is $75,000.

On Tuesday, June 7th, the four suspects allegedly broke into William M. Ewing’s Smithfield Township home and allegedly physically assaulted him. Ewing was treated at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. Please remember that the accused are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.


Mansfield Man’s License Plate Stolen

A Mansfield man’s license plate was stolen from his vehicle over the weekend.

According to the Pennsylvania State Police in a report, a license plate was stolen from a parked vehicle belonging to 40-year-old Aaron L. Baker sometime from Friday, June 10th to Saturday, June 11th, between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. The vehicle was parked at 30 Black Top Lane, Lot 74, when the theft occurred.

If you have any information about this theft, you are asked to call the Pennsylvania State Police in Mansfield or Crime Stoppers at (800) 472-8477.


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.

Williamsport Man Who Killed Girlfriend, Hid Body in Closet Hit With 30-60 Year Prison Sentence

Hasan Gooden-Reid
Hasan Gooden-Reid

A Williamsport man received a lengthy prison sentence after he killed his 22-year-old girlfriend and then hid the body in a closet for several weeks in July of 2015.

President Judge Nancy Butts sentenced 35-year-old Hasan Gooden-Reid to 30-60 years in state prison in Lycoming County Court on Thursday, June 9th. He had pleaded guilty to murder prior to his sentencing.

Kristina Pope was 22 when she was killed by Gooden-Reid on July 7th. Gooden-Reid entered his apartment located on Sherman Street’s 1600 block where Pope was sitting in the living room. According to Gooden-Reid, water was running on the floor due to a broken toilet and his cell phone had been smashed. According to what Gooden-Reid said to the court, he was angry with Pope and she tried to exit the apartment but he would not let her leave. Pope grabbed a pair of scissors and the two struggled. Gooden-Reid got the scissors from Pope and she began choking him while they were both on the couch. According to Gooden-Reid, he stabbed her between four and five times on the left side below her armpit.

After Gooden-Reid stabbed Pope, he moved the body to the bed in his bedroom and covered it up. He told the court he was afraid to call the police the night he killed Pope. At some point, he moved the body to a closet. The body was in the apartment for around three weeks when the Lycoming County Housing Authority instructed him to leave so the apartment could be fumigated as people were complaining about the smell as well as insects. According to Agent Raymond O. Kontz III in an affidavit, Gooden-Reid said the smell was because of clothes that were moldy and wet as well as a toilet that had been broken for three weeks. Gooden-Reid left the apartment and came back later that night. At that time, he moved the body to the trash can outside. According to Gooden-Reid, he put the body on the grass beside the trash can. He told the court that because of the smell, he “didn’t know what else to do”. On July 28th, a member of the Lycoming County Housing Authority found what was a jaw bone within a trashcan and police were called to the scene. Gooden-Reid has been in prison without bail since July 28th.

Gooden-Reid was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. According to what he told the court, he did not take his medication for a year prior to killing Pope. He was declared competent to stand trial in March. In court, Gooden-Reid said that “[Pope] was my girlfriend and I loved her. It broke my heart.” He said that when he killed Pope, “[He] was in a state of rage.” He also said he knew his actions were wrong and that at the time of the murder, “[He] wasn’t in [his] right state of mind”.

Gooden-Reid’s prison sentence was for the following charges: third-degree murder, abuse of a corpse, recklessly endangering another person, criminal mischief, possession of an instrument of crime, tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, and obstructing the administration of the law. District Attorney Eric Linhardt, Gooden-Reid said that because of Gooden-Reid’s mental illness, he was not capable of “a specific intent to kill” so a first-degree murder charge could not be pursued. According to Linhardt, the sentence Gooden-Reid received was the maximum required by law. Kimberly Pope-Seiberling, who is Pope’s aunt, had asked that Gooden-Reid receive the maximum sentence.

Gooden-Reid said he “want[s] to start [his] life over again.” According to Lindhardt, Gooden-Reid will be eligible for parole when he reaches 65 years of age. However, Lindhardt doesn’t believe he will be paroled at that time because of “the violent nature of the offense”. A family friend of Pope, Dianna Coules, said the following in the courtroom, “She died too young and sadly at the hands of someone she thought loved her… People deserve second chances, but not today. The community will never be safe with you in it.”


Four Charged, One Suspect at Large in Connection with East Smithfield Home Invasion Attack

Four people are facing assault and robbery charges in connection with an East Smithfield home invasion attach that left a man injured on Tuesday, June 7th.

According to police on Tuesday, the following three people were arrested in connection with the home invasion: 20-year-old Dakota M. Walters of Athens; 20-year-old Bryant T. Ashby of Milan; and 24-year-old Isaac A. Clark of Milan. The trio allegedly broke into William M. Ewing’s Route 4014 residence in Smithfield Township before allegedly physically assaulting him. Ewing was injured in the alleged attack, and he was taken to Sayre’s Robert Packer Hospital to be treated.

A fourth suspect, 18-year-old Bradley D. Stroud of Athens, was charged in connection with the home invasion attack by District Judge Jonathon Wilcox on Thursday, according to police. Stroud has yet to be located. If you know of Stroud’s whereabouts, you are asked to call state police at (570) 265-2186.

Walters, Ashby, and Clark each face the following charges: aggravated assault, simple assault, burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, attempt to commit theft, attempted robbery, terroristic threats, criminal trespass, and criminal mischief. They were charged on Wednesday, June 8th, by District Judge Timothy Clark. They were all placed in Bradford County Prison with bails of $75,000 a piece. Please remember that the accused are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Middletown Man Allegedly Returns Unpaid Items to Mansfield Walmart

Walmart logoA Middletown, PA man is facing theft charges after he allegedly returned items to the Mansfield Walmart that he did not pay for.

According to the Pennsylvania State Police in Mansfield in a report, 31-year-old Lowell C. Laake entered the Mansfield Walmart on Saturday, June 4th, and allegedly took a comforter set and a sheet set. Then, he allegedly brought the items to the customer service desk. Next, Laake allegedly placed two Ugly Stik rod and reel combo sets and a generic brand tackle box in a shopping cart and returned to the customer service area with the cart. Laake allegedly returned the comforter and sheet set and got a gift card. Laake allegedly pushed the cart out of the store without paying for the fishing equipment. This alleged theft took place between the hours of 5:05 p.m. and 5:23 p.m.

Laake faces a Theft by Deception/Retail Theft charge. Please remember that the accused is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.


Waverly NY Man Allegedly Steals Towanda Car, Plows into Two Police Vehicles

A Waverly, NY man is facing charges after he allegedly stole a car in Towanda before crashing into two police cars on Saturday, June 4th.

According to police, they were told via phone on Saturday evening that Steven M. Stubbs, 43, had allegedly stolen a car from Towanda’s Main Street. Police were able to find Stubbs in the alleged stolen vehicle and closed in on him. According to police, Stubbs then drove the alleged vehicle into two police cars. Police used a taser in order to subdue Stubbs so that he could be arrested.

Stubbs faces the following charges: Two counts of felony aggravated assault in the 2nd degree; felony Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Officer in the 3rd degree; felony Theft By Unlaw Taking-Movable Prop in the 3rd degree; felony Receiving Stolen Property in the 3rd degree; misdemeanor Unauth Use Motor/Other Vehicles in the 2nd degree; misdemeanor Resist Arrest/Other Law Enforce in the 2nd degree; misdemeanor DUI: Highest Rte of Alc (BAC .16+) 1st Off; misdemeanor DUI: Gen Imp/Inc of Driving Safely – 1st Off; two counts of summary Reckless Driving; and summary Drg Lic Sus/Rev Purs to Sec 3802/1547B1. The charges were filed in Magisterial District Court 42-3-03.

After Stubb’s arraignment in front of Magisterial District Judge Timothy M. Clark on Sunday, June 5th, he was placed in Bradford County Prison. He was able to meet his $75,000 bail. Please remember that the accused is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Portville NY Man Allegedly Leads Coudersport Police on High Speed Chase, DUI Suspected

A Portville, NY man is behind bars after he allegedly led police on a high speed chase in Coudersport on the evening of Saturday, June 4th.

According to the Coudersport Police Department in a report, 27-year-old Rickey L. Sherman was pulled over by police on East Second Street at about 9:00 p.m. because he was allegedly speeding. While officers talked with Sherman, he allegedly drove away and began speeding. Sherman drove for about a quarter of a mile before hitting a fence and a tree at 109 East Second Street. When officers arrived at the scene, Sherman allegedly fled on foot. Police found Sherman after a short period of time before arresting him.

Sherman faces the following charges: felony Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Officer in the 3rd degree; misdemeanor Recklessly Endangering Another Person in the 2nd degree; misdemeanor DUI: Gen Imp/Inc of Driving Safely – 1st Off; misdemeanor DUI: Highest Rte of Alc (BAC .16+) 1st Off; summary Exceed 35 MPH In Urban Dist 22 MPH; summary Reckless Driving; and Resist Arrest/Other Law Enforce. Sherman was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Delores Weiss. He is currently in Potter County Jail. His bail is set at $25,000. Please remember that the accused is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.