KULPMONT — Chief of Police Nathan Foust charged Ryan J. Benkert, 28, of Schuylkill Haven, with public drunkenness and possession of methamphetamine in connection with an April 29 incident in the 700 block of Chestnut Street.
MOUNT CARMEL — Boyd E. Lahr II, 38, of 8 S. Peach St., Mount Carmel, was charged by Patrolman Jeremy Talanca with possession of drug paraphernalia and a lighting violation relating to an April 24 incident at East Second and Orange streets.
Police said Lahr possessed a glass smoking pipe with burnt marijuana residue.
RALPHO TOWNSHIP — Melissa J. Tehansky, 46, of 1133 Pulaski Ave., Coal Township, was charged by Trooper Zachary Martini of state police at Stonington with two counts of driving under the influence of a controlled substance, failing to drive in a single lane and careless driving relating to a March 19 traffic stop at West Valley Avenue and Oak Street.
Police reported Tehansky was driving a vehicle with amphetamine, methamphetamine, buprenorphine and norbuprenorphine in her blood system.
Access device fraud
RUSH TOWNSHIP — Destiny Kersey, 27, of Berwick, was charged by Trooper Raymond Snarski of state police at Stonington with eight counts of access device fraud.
Kersey is accused of using a Visa debit card owned by Dakota James Temple, of Rush Township, to obtain products totaling $419.28 from Wish, an online app marketplace, between March 6 and March 15.
Unauthorized use of vehicle
MOUNT CARMEL TOWNSHIP — Daniel S. Derk, 41, of 137 E. Melrose St., Marion Heights, was charged by Patrolman Kevin Malukas with unauthorized use of a vehicle.
Derk is accused of using a car owned by Cynthia Startzel without her permission on April 26 and April 27 after Startzel had dropped off the vehicle at Clay’s Automotive along Route 61.
MOUNT CARMEL TOWNSHIP — Patrolman Patrick McAndrew has charged Janelle L. Arters, 18, of Reading, with possession of a small amount of marijuana relating to an April 25 vehicle stop on Route 901 in the area of the S-turns.
Flight to avoid apprehension
RALPHO TOWNSHIP — Jason M. Purcell, 45, of 134 Roadarmel Lane, Paxinos, was charged by Patrolman Matthew Filarski with flight to avoid apprehension, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct involving a May 1 incident at his residence.
Police were called to Purcell’s home at 10:20 p.m. to assist an officer and constables who had a summary warrant to serve him. It was later discovered that Purcell was wanted on a misdemeanor warrant out of Columbia County.
Police said Purcell repeatedly refused commands to open his locked bedroom door, prompting police to force open the door and take Purcell to the ground. Purcell is accused of resisting arrest as police attempted to handcuff him.
KULPMONT — Patrolman Stephen Mazzeo charged Tanner A. Hess, 24, of 1210 Scott St., Kulpmont, with terroristic threats, disorderly conduct, harassment and two counts of criminal trespass.
Police reported Hess is accused of going to the residence of his neighbors, Jessica and Marshall Mirarchi, and threatening to assault them while cursing and yelling at them and their juvenile children.
Police said Hess refused to obey multiple requests by the couple to leave their front porch and had to be taken into custody.
Hess, who was bleeding from his hand, told police he has anger issues and takes Suboxone. He said he punched out his storm door window prior to going onto the Mirarchi property, which was covered with blood from Hess’ hand bleeding.
RALPHO TOWNSHIP — Markist K. Moore, 42, of 26 S. Franklin St., Shamokin, was charged by Patrolman Stephen Spade with possessing a small amount of marijuana and possessing drug paraphernalia.
Police reported Moore was found with marijuana, 16 small plastic bags and a marijuana cigarette during a traffic stop May 4 in the parking lot of Sheetz in Elysburg.
MOUNT CARMEL — Patrolman Kyle Schauer charged John T. Cray II, 34, of Pottsville, with two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol, recklessly endangerin another person, reckless driving, careless driving, a stop sign violation, failing to stop for a red light and visual signal violation.
Police reported Cray was driving at an extremely high rate of speed and almost struck pedestrians at Third and Oak streets on March 24.
Police said Cray had a blood-alcohol content of .142%.
MOUNT CARMEL TOWNSHIP — Patrolman Kevin Malukas charged Timothy M. Nye, 35, of 309 S. Market St., Shamokin, with felonies of possessing with intent to deliver a controlled substance and possessing a designer drug, and misdemeanors of possessing a controlled substance (two counts), possessing an adulterated or misbranded substance and possessing drug paraphernalia.
Police reported Nye possessed marijuana, methamphetamine, Clonazepam, Lyrica and plastic bags relating to a March 29 disturbance in the 100 block of Beaverdale Street.
MOUNT CARMEL — Raymond M. Dechert, 32, of 50 N. Maple St., Apt. 102, Mount Carmel, was charged by Patrolman Kyle Schauer with possessing a small amount of marijuana and possessing drug paraphernalia (several glass smoking pipes) relating to a March 17 incident at his apartment.
MOUNT CARMEL TOWNSHIP — Patrolman Kevin Malukas charged Kyle Levi Gray, 32, of 494 W. Saylor St., Atlas, with possessing a small amount of marijuana and possessing drug paraphernalia (tin foil pipe) on April 22 at his home.
MOUNT CARMEL — Clarence D. Mensch, 66, of Ringtown, was charged by Patrolman Tyler Herbster with two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol involving an April 1 incident in the first block of North Oak Street in which Mensch was found passed out in his vehicle.
Police reported Mensch had a blood-alcohol content of .234%.
MOUNT CARMEL — Steven E. Barr, 55, of 323 N. Maple St., Mount Carmel, was charged by Patrolman Kyle Schauer with driving under the influence of alcohol, careless driving and driving upon a sidewalk relating to a March 30 incident in the 100 block of East Fifth Street.
Police said a preliminary breath test revealed a blood-alcohol content of .192%. Barr refused to submit to a blood test.
MOUNT CARMEL TOWNSHIP — Harvey R. Barnes, 47, of 150 Second St., Strong, was charged by Patrolman Patrick McAndrew with two counts of driving under the influence of a controlled substance, possessing drug paraphernalia, driving under suspension, accidents involving damage to unattended property, careless driving, reckless driving and failing to drive in a single lane.
The charges relate to an April 7 hit-and-run accident on Route 61 near Pete’s Pizza.
Police reported Barnes drove a vehicle while under the influence of amphetamine, methamphetamine, marijuana and methadone.
MOUNT CARMEL — George P. Mitchell, 36, of Girardville, was charged by Trooper Jason Drumheller of state police at Stonington with possessing marijuana, possessing drug paraphernalia (multi-colored marijuana smoking device), two counts of driving under the influence of a controlled substance, driving under suspension and driving without insurance.
The charges relate a March 25 incident at Seventh and Hickory streets.
Police reported Mitchell had amphetamine, methamphetamine and marijuana in his blood system while driving a vehicle.
RALPHO TOWNSHIP — John L. Meyer, 45, of 1928 Centre St., Ashland, was charged by Patrolman Matthew Filarski with possessing drug paraphernalia, two counts of possessing a small amount of marijuana and driving with an expired registration.
The charges relate to an April 11 traffic stop in the parking of Sheetz in Elysburg.