Drug possession

SHAMOKIN — Floyd Taormina, 30, of 454 S. Pearl St., Shamokin, has been charged by Patrolman Raymond Siko II with one misdemeanor count each of possession of a controlled substance and possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia and one summary count of operating a motor vehicle without a valid drivers license.

According to police, on March 8, the defendant was operating a vehicle when it became stuck in a snow bank. When police arrived at the scene, they observed another individual later identified as Christopher Pensyl, standing behind the vehicle trying to push it. After being questioned by police, it was determined that the defendant did not have a valid Pa. drivers license. Police also observed a crystal-like powder lying on the sidewalk, which was later determined to be methamphetamine.

Pensyl, who already had an active warrant against him, was taken into custody by Deputy Sheriff Griffiths and transported to Northumberland County Jail. Toarmina was arrested and charged with drug possession.

Reckless endangerment

SHAMOKIN — Patrolman Joshua Pastucka has charged Zachary Orion Fayer, 21, of 10 N. Seventh St., Apt. 2, Shamokin, with one misdemeanor count each of strangulation and reckless endangerment in addition to one summary count of harassment for his involvement in a March 8 incident.

On that date, police allege the defendant choked his girlfriend, Patricia Crawford, of Maryland, following a verbal altercation.

According to Crawford, Fayer both verbally and physically assaulted her, at one point pushing her into a dresser which struck her in the lower back.

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