Drug paraphernalia

MOUNT CARMEL TOWNSHIP — Leroy J. Manhart, 48, of 1115 Market St., Ashland, was charged by Patrolman Patrick McAndrew with possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia in connection with a welfare check near Locust Summit on Oct. 1.

According to a criminal complaint, McAndrew located a vehicle with two occupants who appeared to be sleeping. Due to the female not waking up, McAndrew summoned EMTs. Manhart denied he or the woman were on drugs and consented to a search of the vehicle. Wax bags stamped “jungle killer,” which is a common packaging label for heroin, were located, McAndrew reported.

Drug, apprehension charges

MOUNT CARMEL — Rebecca Ann Britton, 30, and her boyfriend, Shawn Weaver, 35, both of 627 E. Fourth St., Mount Carmel, were charged by Patrolman Kyle Schauer with misdemeanors of possession of a adulterated controlled substance and possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia in connection with the apprehension of Weaver on Sept. 5. Britton faces an additional charge for allegedly hindering apprehension.

According to a criminal complaint, Schauer and parole officer Adam Kusnerick went to the residence to take Weaver into custody for violating parole. Britton told officers Weaver was not home and “left with his uncle earlier to apply for jobs.” He was not located during an initial search. Kusnerick observed Weaver’s wallet, boots and pair of shoes inside the home. Britton was adamant Weaver was not home, police said.

During a second search of the home, Weaver was located under a pile of clothing in a closet. Schauer observed a small digital scale, as well as cut straws and plastic bags containing residue. Officers also located 8 1/2 tablets of Baclofen, for which neither Weaver nor Britton could provide a prescription. A separate bedroom was occupied by a female juvenile, officers said.

Police: Inmate had weapon

COAL TOWNSHIP — Rafael Vazquez, 26, an inmate at SCI-Coal Township, was charged by Trooper Nicholas Berger, of state police at Stonington, with possession of a weapon that which may be used for escape as a result of an attack on Aug. 23.

According to a criminal complaint, Vazquez walked into the prison’s dispensary looking for Jeremy Pae, who was talking to other inmates. Vazquez allegedly chased Pae before striking him with a closed fist and a sharpened metal object. Pae managed to run out of the room and escape further attack; he sustained an abrasion to his right elbow, police said.

Vazquez was apprehended by prison staff in a courtyard. He was seen with the weapon by video surveillance and prison staff, Berger reported.

Public nuisance

MOUNT CARMEL TOWNSHIP — Christopher D. Kuzma, 50, of 138 Martel Circle, Dillsburg, was charged Sept. 17 by Chief Brian Hollenbush with a misdemeanor of public nuisance for code violations at 120 W. Girard St., Atlas.

According to a criminal complaint, a citation was issued July 31 to the defendant. A certified letter had been attempted July 11, 16 and 25 with no response and was returned undeliverable.

Hollenbush alleges the property has numerous code violations, including weeds in excess of 1 foot high, and debris, including numerous garbage bags. Hollenbush stated the property is in “total disarray.”

Intent to use

MOUNT CARMEL TOWNSHIP — Edward J. Kleman, 31, of 235 W. Girard St., Atlas, was charged by Patrolman Michael Pitcavage with possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia as a result of a parole visit on Sept. 9.

According to a criminal complaint, Pitcavage and parole officer Adam Kusnerick went to Kleman’s residence to conduct a visit. A woman who lives at the residence told officers that Kleman fled. Kleman later returned and admitted to officers that he hid across the highway because he would test positive for opiates. He turned over a water bong used to smoke marijuana, a purple hard case containing empty glassine bags and a smoking pipe, which he claimed were not used recently, police said.

Drug paraphernalia

COAL TOWNSHIP — Shawn Spotts, 25, of 346 S. Maple St., Mount Carmel, was charged by Patrolman Jason Adams with possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia following a June 12 incident at Race and Hancock streets.

According to a criminal complaint, Spotts had been a rear passenger in a van that hit a utility pole and had been seen walking away from the scene. A friend who had arrived following the accident told police she allowed Spotts to sit inside her car for a moment. She permitted a search of her vehicle, and a syringe was found under the seat Spotts sat in, police said.

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