Assault, harassment

KULPMONT — Albert J. Goodlunas, 43, of 1157 Poplar St., was charged by Trooper Brian Smyers of State Police at Stonington with simple assault and harassment in relation to an incident at 402 Oak St. Aug. 15.

According to the criminal complaint, Smyers was dispatched at 8:41 p.m. to the intersection of 12th and Poplar streets for an assault.

Around 9 p.m., according to police, Smyers spoke with Aaron Bobish, who said he was on Oak Street riding a bike he took from a residence when a man in a car drove by and claimed the bike was his. Bobish claims he told the man he could have the bike back. The man was identified at Goodlunas. Bobish said Goodlunas exited the vehicle and proceeded to punch him in the stomach several times and in the eye, then continued to follow him.

At 9:14 p.m., Bobish said he spoke to Goodlunas on the front porch of his residence. Goodlunas said he had returned from a friend’s house and his bicycle was leaning against his fence. He went inside, then came back out to retrieve it and observed Bobish riding it onto Oak Street. Goodlunas admitted to physically assaulting Bobish.

A preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 17 with Magisterial District Judge William B. Cole.

Firearms offenses

ELYSBURG — James F. Gribbin, 37, of 1442 W. Walnut St. Coal Township, was charged by Ralpho Township Patrolman Glen Wonsock with sale or transfer of firearms and unsworn falsification to authorities in relation to an incident at 728 Bear Hollow Road at 10 p.m. May 14, 2017.

According to the complaint, Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Records notified Ralpho Township Police that Gribbin attempted to acquire a Savage 12-gauge at Bear Hollow Firearms on Hollow Road. According to police, the firearm was purchased online by Gribbin and shipped to the store for the transaction. When he arrived to pick it up, he filled out the required paperwork, but falsified information about his criminal history and the sale was denied.

Gribbin later said he had knowledge of his past convictions and said he planned on buying a crossbow if he couldn’t get the gun.

Gribbin was arraigned Aug. 28 by Magisterial District Judge William B. Cole on $20,000 unsecured bail. A preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 5.

Drug offenses

KULPMONT — Chelsea Troutman, 24, of 1026 Chestnut St., is charged by Patrolman Jonathan McHugh with multiple offenses in relation to a vehicle stop at the 1000 block of Maple Street Aug. 14.

McHugh said in a criminal complaint he was on patrol near 11th and Maple streets when he observed a maroon Chevrolet Impala fail to come to a complete stop. Upon stopping the vehicle, McHugh said he noticed Troutman who had been driving had exited the vehicle and began walking away. After returning to her vehicle, Police Chief Nathan Foust, who assisted on the stop, observed Troutman going into the center console of the vehicle for information. Foust observed two syringes.

Troutman was removed and taken into custody. When later asked if she had any medical issues necessitating syringes, she said, “No.” Upon being searched, McHugh located a brown glass pipe in Troutman’s pocket. A search of the vehicle revealed a clear plastic bag with a crystal substance inside which tested positive for methamphetamine, five empty clear bags, 10 white glassine bags with a powder which tested positive for heroin and four tinfoil stamps with additional amounts of heroin.

Troutman is charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia and failing to yield to a stop sign.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 10 with Magisterial District Judge Richard Cashman.

Drug offenses

ELYSBURG — Anna K. Quach, 28, of 2024 Walbert Ave., Allentown, is charged by Ralpho Township Patrolman Matthew Filarski with two counts of possession of a controlled substance in relation to an incident July 15 at the 200 block of East Center Street.

Filarski said he was conducting speed enforcement and observed a red 2007 Honda Accord traveling 45 mph in a 25 mph zone. When conducting a traffic stop, in speaking with Quach, he noticed a strong odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle. Quach, who was driving with a passenger and two young children, was advised of the smell then she proceeded to pick up a glass gar with a burnt marijuana blunt inside from the center console.

Quach was advised to pull into a nearby parking lot where a search of the vehicle revealed a black backpack with a small amount of marijuana and rolling papers inside and a pack of Newport cigarettes. Inside the cigarette pack, another partially smoked blunt was discovered.

Quach claimed all that was found belonged to her. A preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 3 with Magisterial District Judge William B. Cole.

Theft by deception

RALPHO TOWNSHIP — Joseph E. Naples, 39, of 41 Highview Drive, Coal Township, is charged by Patrolman Glen Wonsock with theft by deception, receiving stolen property and violating the Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act.

According to a criminal complaint filed Aug. 16., Daniel Klebon, of 294 Mountain Road, reported a contractor had taken a deposit to do work at his residence July 20 and no work had been done since that date.

Naples met with Klebon claiming to own or be employed by “Custom Home Remodeling.” A written contract was filled out and Klebon issued a check in the name of Tracy Bednar, who resides at the same address as Naples for $338.

Since the immediate cashing of the check, no work was started. Naples claimed materials needed to be ordered and exchanged and asked for more money at one point for “better windows.”

A preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 3 with Magisterial District Judge William B. Cole.

DUI, careless driving

PAXINOS — Cindy J. Kodack, 60, of 110 Short St., Ranshaw, is charged by Ralpho Township Patrolman David Tomtishen with DUI, restrictions on alcoholic beverages and careless driving in connection with an incident between Aug. 10 and 11.

On Aug. 10, Tomtishen was dispatched for a possible DUI heading into Elysburg in a vehicle that was observed “all over the roadway.”

Tomtishen stopped the black Suzuki SX4 on Industrial Park Road next to Picarelli’s Pizza where he made contact with Kodack, the driver, and noticed the side window was smashed and the mirror was gone.

Kodack was observed to have glossy, bloodshot eyes and slurred speech and there was a strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from the vehicle and from her breath. A case of Bud Light, an open can and an empty can of Twisted Tea were observed in the backseat area.

Kodack was asked to submit to a field sobriety test, to which she agreed. Prior to testing, she had admitted to drinking whiskey and four beers. Kodack proceeded to attempt the test and failed. At that time, according to the complaint, Tomtishen asked Kodack to take a breath test which she refused. She was then requested to have a blood test, to which she also refused.

A preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 10 with Magisterial District Judge William B. Cole.

Drug paraphernalia

MOUNT CARMEL TOWNSHIP — James L. Beard, 31, of 423 N. Maple St., Mount Carmel is charged by Mount Carmel Patrolman Patrick McAndrew with one count of drug possession relating to an incident Aug. 8 at 423 N. Maple St., Diamondtown.

McAndrew stated in a criminal complaint that he was contactedl in reference to bad checks passed at Bumper’s Beverages. The investigation led police to the Maple Street residence where Beard, who has a felony warrant, was staying.

With the assistance of Police Chief Brian Hollenbush and officers from Kulpmont Borough, the residence was entered to be “cleared.” Beard was found on the third floor laying on a bed in the front bedroom. Beard complied with the officers and was taken into custody without incident. Laying next to beard was a multi-colored smoking pipe with a burnt substance in the bowl.

A preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 10 with Magisterial District Judge William B. Cole.

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