Simmer Dickson

Summer Dickson

SHAMOKIN — Three people were incarcerated Friday in relation to last weekend's melee on South Fifth Street in which one woman was stabbed.

Judith P. Tinsley, 48, of 812 E. Dewart St., Shamokin, Tyasia Braggs, 18, of 1517 W. Walnut St., Coal Township, and Devon Franklin Fleming, 25, of 812 E. Dewart St., Shamokin, were arraigned by Magisterial Judge John Gembic in lieu of $75,000 bail and incarcerated in Northumberland County Jail.

While reading the charges, Tinsley shook her head seemingly expressing shock over learning she was charged in connection with assault. Braggs shook her head no as additional charges pertaining to her allegedly brandishing a chain during the fight were read.

Northumberland County District Attorney Tony Matulewicz argued for high bail, saying the actions over the weekend was "gangland violence in the City of Shamokin." He stated nine people acted with criminality and went to a location away from their homes where the fight took place.

All three objected to the set bail, stating their charges were made based on allegations from people attacked in the fight. Fleming stated police listened to one side of the story, but hadn't spoken to those charged until they "beat down my door."

Patrolman Shane Mowery, who cosigned the charged with Patrolman Raymond Siko II, said police put 60 to 70 hours into the investigation and interviewed over a dozen witnesses.

TInsley, Fleming and Braggs were all charged with rioting with intent to commit a felony, simple assault and two charges of disorderly conduct. Braggs was additionally charged with rioting with a weapon, possessing an instrument of crime and reckless endangerment.

Additional charges

Summer J. Dickson, 18, of 812 E. Dewart St., Shamokin, has been charged with attempted first-degree murder relating the stabbing.

Dickson is also facing charges of aggravated assault attempts with indifference to life, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, rioting with the intent to commit a felony, rioting with a weapon and possessing an instrument of crime relating to the incident.

Dickson is accused of stabbing Zolange Otero-Rivera in the neck and face area, which created a laceration near Otero-Rivera's carotid artery. Police said Otero-Rivera also had a puncture wound to her lower abdomen.

Otero-Rivera was transported to Geisinger after the incident, where she was placed in critical condition.

According to police, Dickson is not yet in custody and is believed to be in the Philadelphia area. Dickson's mother, Tinsley, is in custody, along with Fleming and Braggs. Mohica and Springs have not yet been apprehended.

Two other adult individuals have been charged with crimes relating to the incident and are wanted by police:

• Denarii Kadeem Springs, 20, of 262 11th St., Northumberland, is charged with rioting with intent to commit a felony, simple assault and two charges of disorderly conduct.

• David Alexander Mojica, 22, of 836 W. Railroad St., Trevorton, is charged with rioting while armed, possessing an instrument of crime, reckless endangerment and two charges of disorderly conduct. Mojica allegedly threw multiple concrete bricks at others.

Three juveniles have also been charged relating to the incident.

This is a developing story. More information will be added as it becomes available.

(2) comments


The real crime here is those eyebrows. I say 18 months for that fashion faux-pas.


there should be a charge for those eyebrows. THAT is the real crime.

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