KULPMONT — Becky Marie Leader, 39, of 916 Scott St., Apt. B, Kulpmont, was charged by Patrolman Jonathan McHugh with possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia following a traffic stop on Oct. 19.
McHugh reported pulling over a Toyota Camry driven by David Klinger for an expired plate and an expired registration tag belonging to a different vehicle. A warrant check revealed Klinger and Leader, his passenger, had summary warrants.
While searching Leader’s bag, McHugh reported finding two glass pipes containing burnt residue. Klinger permitted a search of his person, during which McHugh uncovered a small bag of heroin. Another bag with white powder residue was found next to the driver’s seat and two additional bags were in the trunk.
False reports and harassment
MOUNT CARMEL — Melissa Sue Hoover, 39, of 300 S. Maple St., Apt. A, Mount Carmel, was charged by Lt. David Donkochik with a misdemeanor of false reports and a summary count of harassment related to noise complaints she made from Aug. 21 to Oct. 21.
Between those dates, police responded to six noise complaints Hoover made against neighbors. When police responded, they reported the calls were unfounded. Hoover went to the police department on Oct. 22 about her complaints and spoke with Donkochik, who reported Hoover was attempting to use police to arrest her neighbors. He learned despite numerous suggestions to contact her landlord, Hoover failed to do so.
Donkochik advised Hoover six unfounded calls are an abuse of the 911 system and a waste of police resources. He said she insisted she will keep calling until her neighbors are cited.
Officer assault, resisting arrest
MOUNT CARMEL — Johnathon F. Steckley, 34, of 52 N. Walnut St., Mount Carmel, was incarcerated in lieu of $50,000 cash bail set by Magisterial Judge William Cole on charges related to disorderly conduct that resulted in the assault of an officer.
Patrolman Kevin Katch filed the charges in the Oct. 9 incident. Police were dispatched to 437 E. Water St. for a physical domestic. They spoke with Krystle Motterhead, who said her husband, Steckley, kicked in her door and was screaming. The two don’t live together.
Motterhead said she didn’t want to press charges and Steckley was told he’d be cited for screaming and yelling and went back to his residence. Police were patrolling the area and found Motterhead outside her residence on the phone. She told them Steckley continued calling her and was on his way back to her home.
Katch said he could hear Steckley yelling and approached him and told him he was under arrest for disorderly conduct. He said Steckley refused to obey verbal commands and began swinging his arms, throwing numerous punches at officers. A Taser was deployed, as was pepper spray, before police were able to take him to the ground and handcuff him.
Katch charged Steckley with a felony of aggravated assault of a police officer, misdemeanors of simple assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct and one summary count of disorderly conduct.
Officer assault, flight to avoid apprehension
MOUNT CARMEL — Ashley Lynn Evans, 23, of 231 S. Oak St., Apt. A, Mount Carmel, was incarcerated in lieu of $50,000 cash bail set by Magisterial Judge William Cole on charges of assaulting a police officer and flight to avoid apprehension related to an Oct. 10 incident.
Patrolman Kyle Schauer said he was patrolling at 2:35 a.m. in the area of Sixth and Oak streets and spotted Evans, who he knew was wanted for failure to appear on felony charges.
He reported calling out to Evans, who fled in an attempt to get into her apartment. Schauer said he gave chase and attempted to place her into custody on the steps of her residence, but Evans kept pulling her hands away from him, at one point striking him in the cheek. Pepper spray was used to subdue her and Schauer said she continued resisting arrest, but was eventually handcuffed. A capped syringe was allegedly found in her bag during a search.
In addition to the felony counts of aggravated assault of an officer and flight to avoid apprehension, she was charged with misdemeanors of simple assault, resisting arrest and possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia.
Mount Carmel man injured
TREMONT TOWNSHIP — Gerard M. Reichwein, 21, of Mount Carmel, was in fair condition Friday at Penn State Hershey Medical Center after being injured in a two-vehicle accident Thursday morning on Interstate 81 in this Schuylkill County township.
State police at Jonestown reported Reichwein was driving a 2015 Jeep Wrangler south in the right lane near mile marker 105.3 at 5:45 a.m. when his vehicle struck the rear of a 2012 Freightliner operated by Eduardo Rodriguez, 51, of Scranton. The Jeep Wrangler then became stuck under the tractor-trailer.
Both vehicles came to rest on the right shoulder of the highway.
The Jeep Wrangler sustained extensive front-end damage. The tractor-trailer sustained minor damage.
Reichwein, who was wearing a seat belt, was flown by helicopter to Penn State Hershey Medical Center, where he underwent emergency room treatment before being admitted.
Rodriguez escaped injury.