Drug offenses

RALPHO TOWNSHIP — James Vanness, 26, of 33 N. Main St., Muncy, was charged by Patrolman Matthew Filarski with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving under suspension, driving without insurance and driving without registration in connection with a June 3 traffic stop on Route 54 near Circle View.

Police said Vanness was found in possession of a glass smoking device and marijuana.

Drug offenses

MOUNT CARMEL — Donna McDonald, 35, of 213 S. Franklin St., Shamokin, was charged by Patrolman Kevin Katch with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia relating to a May 15 incident in the first block of South Hickory Street.

Police said McDonald, who was wanted in Northumberland County on two non-traffic violations and a domestic relations warrant, was found in possession of a small plastic bag containing methamphetamine and a glass smoking device.

Drug charges

KULPMONT — Nicholas J. Dusendschine, 25, of 113 N. Locust St., Mount Carmel, was charged by Patrolman Nathan Foust with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia involving a June 4 incident in the 1300 block of Scott Street.

Police reported Dusendschine, who was wanted on warrants in the county, was taken into custody after it was discovered he had a small piece of aluminum foil containing methamphetamine and three syringes.

Drug charges

MOUNT CARMEL TOWNSHIP — Steven R. Markowitz, 48, of 1141 W. Wood St., Coal Township, was charged by then-Patrolman David Tomtishen with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving under suspension and failing to drive in a single lane in connection with a May 30 traffic stop on Route 2023 near Diamondtown.

Jeremiah Jashinskie, 35, of 240 S. Poplar St., Mount Carmel, a passenger in a vehicle operated by Markowitz, was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

During a search of the vehicle, police found a hypodermic needle loaded with 53 units of a clear brownish liquid, a small black bag containing a hypodermic needle, a white powdery residue, alcohol swabs, a spoon with burnt residue and a shoe lace.

Tomtishen is now a Ralpho Township police officer.

Resisting arrest

MOUNT CARMEL — Shawn T. Weaver, 35, of 627 E. Fourth St., Mount Carmel, was charged by Patrolman Kevin Malukas with resisting arrest relating to a June 15 disturbance at Fifth and Poplar streets.

During a traffic stop, police said Weaver, who was wanted on eight bench warrants, failed to put his hands up in the air and refused to spit out something he allegedly was attempting to swallow with a drink.

Police said Weaver would not allow officers to handcuff him and was taken to the ground. Police deployed OC spray in Weaver’s face before taking him into custody.

Public nuisance

MOUNT CARMEL — Robert J. Mensch, 21, of 325 N. Oak St., Mount Carmel, was charged by Lt. David Donkochik with causing a public nuisance and two counts of disorderly conduct.

According to a criminal complaint filed at the office of Magisterial District Judge William Cole, multiple complaints were made by Mensch’s neighbors about the defendant operating an outdoor repair shop on his sidewalk for several months.

Police said the vehicle repair operation caused a sidewalk to break, motor oil and other vehicle fluids to leak onto the sidewalk directly in front of Mensch’s home, late-night noise and other hazardous conditions including unattended gas cans, tools, vehicles with missing tires on jacks, electrical extension cords running from a window at his home to vehicles, ongoing welding and rubbish on the property.

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