Two Arrested After Heroin Bust in Elk County, $25,000 Worth of Heroin Seized

A St. Marys, PA man and one other person were arrested after an alleged heroin delivery attempt on Saturday, June 4th.

Police discovered that 32-year-old Joseph L. Bauer of St. Marys was allegedly getting heroin near Pittsburgh and taking it to Elk County in order to sell it just two days before his arrest, court documents state. According to court records, police found out that Bauer would allegedly be traveling to Elk County with heroin on Saturday, June 4th.

Police stopped Bauer’s vehicle at 5:40 p.m. on Saturday in order to execute a search warrant, court records state. The vehicle was parked in the old KFC parking lot on South St. Marys Street. According to court records, police seized a total of 19 1/2 heroin bricks. The street value of the heroin is around $25,000. Police also seized some drug paraphernalia.

According to what Bauer told police, he used money he made from allegedly selling heroin and money that 31-year-old Timothy L. Close Jr. of Ridgeway gave him in order to purchase the heroin police seized. Close allegedly gave Bauer $4,200 in order to purchase heroin. According to police, the alleged deal was set up via cell phone.

Bauer faces charges including felony possession with intent to deliver heroin, felony conspiracy to deliver heroin, felony dealing in the proceeds of unlawful activities in the 1st degree, felony criminal use of a communication facility in the 3rd degree, misdemeanor possessing heroin, and misdemeanor possessing paraphernalia. Close faces charges including felony conspiracy to deliver heroin, felony dealing in the proceeds of unlawful activities in the first degree, and felony criminal use of a communication facility in the third degree.

After Bauer’s arraignment in front of Magisterial District Judge Mark Jacob in St. Marys on Saturday, he was placed n jail. Close was arrested on Monday, June 6th. After Close’s arraignment in front of Magisterial District Judge Mark Jacob, he was also placed in jail. The bail for Bauer and Close is $50,000 a piece. Their preliminary hearing are both scheduled for June 14th, 2016, at 9:15 a.m. Please remember that the accused are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

The arrests of Bauer and Close come after investigations by the Attorney General’s North Central Municipal Drug Task Force and St. Marys City Police.

 

Lewistown Woman Faces Drug Delivery Resulting In Death Charge Stemming From Death of Coudersport Man

A Lewistown woman is facing charges after she allegedly gave heroin to a Coudersport man who overdosed in 2015.

The arrest of 31-year-old Desiree Tipping comes after police investigated the fatal drug overdose of 47-year-old Michael Landworthy. On the morning of November 3rd, 2015, Landworthy was discovered unresponsive in his car. The car was parked at the Nittany Minit Mart in Galeton.  Later on the same day, Langworthy was declared deceased by Potter County Coroner Kevin Dusenbury. The Galeton Borough Police Department filed charges against Tipping on May 25th.

You can read Tipping’s court report below:

Court ReportCOURT REPORT- Desiree L. Tipping, 31, of Lewistown, faces 3 felony charges.  The charges listed are….
Felony:
18 § 2506 §§ A F1 Drug Delivery Resulting In Death
35 § 780-113 §§ A30 F Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver
18 § 7512 §§ A F3 Criminal Use Of Communication Facility

Magisterial District Judge Delores Weiss on May 27, 2016, presided over the preliminary arraignment for Tipping. Tipping was arraigned at the Magisterial District Court 55-4-03. Tipping was assigned bail in the amount of $25,000. Tipping was unable to meet bail and was remanded to the Potter County Prison pending the next hearing. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 16, 2016, at 1:30 p.m., also in front of Magisterial District Judge Delores Weiss.

Christopher J. Brackman of the Galeton Borough Police Department is listed as the arresting officer for Tipping. The charges relate to an alleged incident that happened on November 3, 2015.

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 Potter County PA Court Records.
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East Smithfield Man Injured in Home Invasion Attack

An East Smithfield man was injured in a home invasion attack that occurred in his home on Tuesday, June 7th.

According to the Pennsylvania State Police in Towanda, three men allegedly broke into the Smithfield Township home of William M. Ewing just before 2:00 a.m. Once inside the home, the men allegedly physically assaulted Ewing as they attempted to take his money. The incident took place at a residence along State Route 4014.

Ewing told police that two of the men had ski masks over their faces, while the other man had a handkerchief covering his face. According to what Ewing told police, all three men fled the scene prior to police arriving. Ewing was taken to Robert Packer Hospital for treatment. If you have any information about this incident, you are asked to call the Pennsylvania State Police in Towanda at (570) 265-2186.

 

 

Williamsport Man Faces Weapon, Drug Charges Stemming From 2015 Shooting Death of Woman

A Williamsport man is now facing charges in connection with a fatal shooting in which a Williamsport woman was killed.

Keith K. Freeman Jr., who is currently on parole, was allegedly involved in drug activity. According to a Sun-Gazette report, Williamsport police Agent Trent Peacock said that the alleged drug activity may have had something to do with the fatal shooting of Carolyn Barr. Barr, who is Freeman Jr.’s aunt, was fatally shot outside of Freeman Jr.’s home on Brandon Avenue on October 13th, 2015. Knowledge D. Frierson, 23, is facing homicide and weapon charges in connection with that fatal shooting.

According to Peacock, Freeman was arrested and charged with carrying a firearm without a license, possession of heroin, tampering with evidence, and reckless endangering. According to what Peacock stated in court papers, Freeman allegedly “engag[ed] in the sale of narcotics out of his home which recklessly endangered his family and resulted in the shooting death of Barr”.

According to police, Freeman escorted Barr from his 421 Brandon Avenue residence at approximately 9:50 p.m. on October 13th of last year. Then, Freeman and Frierson allegedly both fired shots. A bullet allegedly hit Barr’s abdomen. She was taken to Williamsport Regional Medical Center and she passed away after about an hour. It was Barr’s 56th birthday. Freeman allegedly fired a shot that hit Frierson’s pelvis. Frierson was also taken to Williamsport Regional Medical Center and he allegedly would not answer questions by police. According to police, the gun which Frierson allegedly fired was a stolen gun. The gun was recovered by police, and it was located close to the scene.

According to Peacock, police searched Freeman’s home and allegedly discovered heroin, 13 bags in all, at the top of a bathroom cabinet. According to Peacock in an affidavit, Freeman allegedly admitted to police that he had a concealed revolver on his person and that he allegedly fired at Frierson when he started to flee the scene. After the shooting, Freeman allegedly left the home. A day later, he showed up at police headquarters in order to be questioned.

Two days after the death of Barr, Freeman showed police the steps he allegedly took when he allegedly pursued Frierson. He pointed out the area where he allegedly tossed the gun. According to Peacock in an affidavit, police looked in the bushes but did not find gun. According to Peacock, Freeman allegedly admitted to ditching the gun due to his probation.

Freeman had called Barr so she could pick up his fiancee Karina Washington from work. According to Peacock, Freeman did not want Washington to have to walk home because a man allegedly came to his door and asked for someone unknown to Freeman. Freeman believed the man could have been armed as one hand was in his pants pocket.

During questioning last month, Freeman allegedly admitted that he sold marijuana from the home. He was allegedly afraid that Frierson was going to “rob him”, according to what Peacock stated in court papers. Freeman allegedly believed Frierson was going to rob him because there were other robberies in Williamsport.

After Freeman’s arraignment in front of District Judge Allen P. Page III, he met his $12,500 bail. Freeman waived his preliminary hearing. Frierson is currently in Lycoming County Prison. At this time, Frierson is not eligible for bail. His preliminary hearing is on Friday, June 10th, in front of Page. Please remember that the accused are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Bradford Man Faces Theft Charges After Allegedly Stealing TV, Laptop from Bradford Home

A Bradford man is behind bars after he allegedly stole a TV and several other items from a Bradford, McKean County residence on Sunday, June 5th, as caught on security camera.

Jake Miller, 19, was at the 59 Jefferson Street residence on the evening of Saturday, June 4th. He was visiting the resident’s daughter. Miller left via the front door. According to court records, the family found that a TV, laptop, gaming systems, and games had been stolen when they woke up on Sunday morning.

According to Bradford police, Miller was caught on camera allegedly stealing the items. A neighbor reported to police that he witnessed a parked vehicle in front of the home as shown on his security camera footage. The video footage also shows people returning to the car with what looks like the stolen items. According to a WESB report, Officer Richard T. Obermeyer said he is familiar with Miller and believes he is the person in the security video. The victim and her daughter also believe the person in the video is Miller. You can read Miller’s court report below:

Court ReportCOURT REPORT- Jacob Levi Miller, 19, of Bradford, faces 2 felony charges and 3 misdemeanor charges.  The charges listed are….
Felony:
18 § 3502 §§ A1 F1 Burglary – Overnight Accommodation, Person Present
18 § 3503 §§ A1I F3 Crim Tres-Enter Structure

Misdemeanor:
18 § 3925 §§ A M1 Receiving Stolen Property
18 § 3921 §§ A M1 Theft By Unlaw Taking-Movable Prop
18 § 5506 M3 Loitering And Prowling At Night Time

Magisterial District Judge Dominic A. Cercone Jr. on June 6, 2016 presided over the preliminary arraignment for Miller. Miller was arraigned at the Magisterial District Court 48-1-01. Miller was assigned bail in the amount of $10,000. Miller was unable to meet bail and was remanded to the McKean County Prison pending the next hearing. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 9, 2016, at 9:30 a.m., also in front of Magisterial District Judge Dominic A. Cercone Jr.

Richard T. Obermeyer of the Bradford City Police Department is listed as the arresting officer for Miller. The charges relate to an alleged incident that happened on June 5, 2016.

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All of the information contained is based on McKean County PA Court Records.
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Westfield Man’s Air Compressor Stolen from Harrison Township Garage

A Westfield man reported that a Craftsman air compressor was stolen from his Harrison Township, Potter County property between Tuesday, May 31st and Friday, June 3rd.

According to the Pennsylvania State Police in Coudersport, the red 25 gallon Craftsman air compressor that was stolen belongs to Westfield resident Jeff McShane. Someone removed the air compressor from an unlocked garage located at 677 Stone Road in Harrison Township between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

If you have any information about this theft, you are asked to call the Pennsylvania State Police in Coudersport at (814) 274-8690.

Roulette Man Faces Simple Assault Charge After Allegedly Injuring Coudersport Woman

A Roulette man allegedly assaulted a Coudersport woman in Potter County’s Eulalia Township on Friday, May 27th.

According to the Pennsylvania State Police in Coudersport in a report, 38-year-old Lewis Weidner of Roulette allegedly physically assaulted 20-year-old Kayla Hardesty of Coudersport on 20 Weidner Road at about 9:00 a.m. Hardesty was injured in the incident.

Charges were filed against Weidner in Magisterial District Court 55-4-01. The charges include the following: simple assault, harassment, and recklessly endangering another person. Please remember that the accused is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Monroeton Man, 2 NY Residents Arrested After NY Woman Allegedly Possessed Meth

A Monroeton man and two New York residents are facing drug charges after a Waverly, NY woman allegedly possessed meth on Thursday, June 2nd.

According to the Waverly Police Department, police responded to a residence on Howard Street in Waverly, NY, after suspicious activity was reported in the area. The following three people were located by police: William McClintic, 23, of Monroeton, PA; Derrick Seeley, 32, of Elmira, NY; and Katherine Rhodes, 30, of Waverly, NY. Rhodes allegedly had meth and items related to illegal drug use in her possession. McClintic and Seeley were wanted on active warrants in Elmira, NY.

Rhodes was arrested and faces a felony criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 4th degree charge. She was placed in the Tioga County, NY Jail after her arraignment. McClintic and Seeley were arrested due to the warrants out on them, and they were released to the Elmira Police Department. The charge McClintic and Seeley both face is criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degree. Please remember that the accused are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

Elmira NY Teen Faces Weapon Charge After Shot Fired Into Apartment

A 16-year-old Elmira, NY, teen is facing weapon and drug charges after a shot was fired in an apartment on Friday, June 3rd.

According to the Elmira Police Department, there were reports of a gunshot being fired at 253 West Hudson Street in Elmira, NY. Police responded to the scene at about half past 9:00 p.m. They discovered that a single round was fired from a lower apartment. The shot went through the apartment above the apartment where the shot was fired. Nobody was injured in the incident.

After police investigated, they allegedly found a semi automatic handgun which was loaded and several caliber rounds of ammunition. In addition, police allegedly found crack cocaine and materials used to package drugs. The 16-year-old teen is facing the following two felony charges: criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree. Please remember that the accused is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Stolen Handgun Allegedly Found After Williamsport Traffic Stop, Three Charged

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.