SHAMOKIN — Chase Thomas Bennetch, 21, of 438 S. Shamokin St., has been charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol and a controlled substance by Patrolman Joshua Pastucka relating to a June 24 incident in the 400 block of North Shamokin Street.
According to police, Bennetch was found to have a .058% blood alcohol content along with amounts of amphetamine, methamphetamine and THC in his system. Police said they found Bennetch passed out behind the wheel of a purple Jeep, which matched the description of a vehicle involved in a possible firework-throwing incident.
SHAMOKIN — Noel Torres, 37, of 17 S. Rock St., has been charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia by Patrolman Joshua Pastucka relating to a July 12 incident at his residence.
According to police, officers responded to a burglary in progress call at Torres’ address and when they arrived found Torres hanging from a third-story window. Torres claimed he did not call the police.
Court documents show police viewed drug paraphernalia inside the home while investigating the call and subsequently seized the items, which included a hookah, glass bong in a can, homemade toilet paper smoking pipe, silver metal smoking pipe, grinder containing green vegetable substance, pink container containing green flakes, a scale and a clear plastic bag with a green vegetable substance.
SHAMOKIN — Kjerstine M. Bulchie, 20, of 625 Bear Valley Ave., has been charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol, underage possession of alcohol, driving without a license, failing to stop at a stop sign and careless driving by Patrolman Raymond Siko II relating to a July 3 incident on North Second Street.
According to police, officers were dispatched to 501 N. Second St. for a report of a disturbance in a vehicle. Callers allegedly reported a man dragging a woman into a car.
Shortly after the call, police spotted a vehicle that matched the description traveling east on Shakespeare Street near the intersection of Shamokin Street, court documents show.
Police initiated a traffic stop after noticing the vehicle had no tail lights and found Bulchie operating the car.
Police said Bulchie was intoxicated and slurring her words, had glassy eyes and was rambling. Court documents show a blood test later revealed that Bulchie’s blood alcohol content had been .201%.
SHAMOKIN — Alexander William Gilkeson, 25, of 20 N. Market St., has been charged with a felony count of retail theft by Patrolman Brandon Cohick relating to a Aug. 7 incident at Weis Markets on Walnut Street.
According to police, Gilkeson took a book bag from a shelf and proceeded to fill it with merchandise before leaving the store without paying. Police said the total value of items stolen was $452.18.
Gilkeson was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge John Gembic and remanded to the Northumberland County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.
COAL TOWNSHIP — Ryan Weaver, 22, of 924 W. State St., has been charged with driving while under the influence of a controlled substance by Patrolman Joshua Wynn relating to a July 13 incident near 1008 Trevorton Road.
According to police, Weaver was involved in an accident with a parked vehicle and told police he had fallen asleep while driving.
Police said Weaver then admitted he had smoked marijuana earlier in the day and agreed to submit to a blood test. The blood test results revealed Weaver had THC in his system at the time of the crash, court documents show.