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Published: 2/17/2017 11:01 AM
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Charges stem from station video

MOUNT CARMEL — Stephen Francis Kruskie, 22, of 208 W. Third St., Mount Carmel, was arraigned Wednesday by Magisterial Judge Richard P. Cashman on charges relating to two incidents and was jailed at SCI-Coal Township on $5,000 cash bail.

Kruskie was charged by Mount Carmel police Chief Todd Owens with two misdemeanors of simple assault and two summary counts of harassment and criminal mischief.

He is accused of pushing Amanda Knopp down the stairs at 342 S. Oak St. after an argument on Jan 22. Kruskie was on probation at the time and Owens was advised by Northumberland County Probation Officer Matthew Narcavage to have him report to him the following morning. That same afternoon, Kruskie had been at the police station.

The next day, police were informed by county adult probation that Kruskie had shown him a video he recorded inside the police station, stating he had permission. Police issued a search warrant for the phone and they found a video from the station.

Also, a DVD provided by adult probation contained a recording from Kruskie at the Snyder County Prison to Joshua Wright, of Ashland, asking him to access his cell phone through the internet and reset it.

For that probe, Kruskie was charged with one felony count for wiretapping and a misdemeanor of tampering with physical evidence by Patrolman Kevin Katch.

Preliminary hearings for both cases are set for Feb. 22.

Drug charges

MOUNT CARMEL — Clyde Francis Burgit, 25, of 143 E. Avenue, Mount Carmel, was arraigned Wednesday on charges of possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia and criminal conspiracy and was released on $5,000 unsecured bail by Magisterial Judge Richard P. Cashman.

Police took Burgit into custody April 1 on an arrest warrant issued by from the Snyder County Sheriff’s Department.

Patrolman Matthew Dillman reported to have found a blue glass bong and two smoking pipes in the residence.

On April 8, Dillman was dispatched to the residence when the co-owner, Barbara Hall, called informing police she discovered narcotics in the bedroom formerly occupied by Burgitt. Behind a speaker on a dresser was a smoking pipe and a Ziploc bag containing Spice, police allege.

Flight, drug charges

MOUNT CARMEL — Robert John McManus, 28, of 521 W. Second St., Mount Carmel, was committed to SCI-Coal Township on $15,000 cash bail following a preliminary hearing before Magisterial Judge Richard P. Cashman on Wednesday.

Chief Todd Owens on Jan. 24 filed one felony count of flight to avoid apprehension and misdemeanors for resisting arrest, drug paraphernalia and criminal conspiracy related to a Jan. 4 incident.

According to an affidavit, McManus allegedly fled from the rear of his residence with Jenna Rusk, 28, to avoid police and Northumberland County Adult Probation during a home visit. He said they were seen running west on Cherry Street before they climbed over an embankment, ran down a dirt path and were captured as they crossed the creek channel.

A wallet found inside McManus’ home belonging to Rusk contained paraphernalia including cotton swabs and a syringe, Owens alleges. Rusk admitted to using heroin, he said.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Feb. 22.

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