Retail theft

COAL TOWNSHIP — Kyle Francis Defacis, 29, of 409 N. Rock St., Apt. 2, Shamokin, has been charged with retail theft by Patrolman Brandon Cohick relating to incidents on July 12, 14, 26 and 27 at Weis Markets on Walnut Street. According to police, Defacis stole $520.33 worth of items on four separate days in July.

Drug charges

COAL TOWNSHIP — Joshua A. Rhoades, 34, of 1201 Race St., Williamsport, has been charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia by Cpl. Joshua Wynn relating to a May 17 incident at Cedar and Holly streets.

According to police, Rhoades allowed police to search him during a consensual encounter, during which three syringes and a small bag of marijuana was found.

Police said Rhoades was asked what he used the syringes for, to which he replied, “Meth.”

DUI checkpoints

The Highway Safety Network’s Regional DUI Enforcement Group and the Coal Township Police Department have announced roving patrols or sobriety checkpoints will be conducted during the week of Aug. 16 on Routes 61, 225, 125, 54, 487, 901, 147 or other connecting roadways to municipalities.

Scattering rubbish

COAL TOWNSHIP — Daniel R. Derck, 40, of 63 Seymour St., Philadelphia, has been charged by Patrolman Chris Lapotsky with scattering rubbish relating to incidents on Aug. 1 and Aug. 10 on land owned by the Susquehanna Coal Co.

According to police, Derck illegally dumped trash on the land after being paid $42 by Donna Shaffer, 42, of 46 W. Adams St, Shamokin, to dispose of the garbage properly.

Retail theft

COAL TOWNSHIP — Allen C. Schrader III, 25, of 364 N. East Alley, Apt. 19, Lehighton, has been charged by Patrolman Michael Menapace with one misdemeanor count of retail theft relating to a July 2 incident at Walmart.

Police said Schrader took two televisions out of the store, put them in a U-Haul truck and drove away before Walmart security could apprehend him. The total amount of stolen merchandise totaled $516, police said.

Simple assault

COAL TOWNSHIP — Miguel Torres, 22, of Shamokin, was charged by Coal Township police with simple assault and harassment related to a July 25 incident in the area of Shuffleboard near the Fifth Ward.

Torres allegedly struck the victim multiple times and kicked the victim in the head. He left but returned when he saw the victim calling 9-1-1 and allegedly began assaulting the victim again. The victim allegedly suffered a fractured nose and serious bruising.

Drug possession

SHAMOKIN — Kyle Francis Defacis, 29, and Christina Jewel Hepner, 31, of 409 N. Rock St., Apt. 2, have been charged by Patrolman Brandon Cohick relating to a Aug. 7 incident in the first block of East Water Street.

According to police, police observed Defacis and Hepner walking in the area of Dollar General and recognized them as having warrants from Northumberland County.

After making contact, a search revealed Hepner was in possession of marijuana and a silver smoking pipe and she was charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana, police said.

Defacis was found to be in possession of a crystal, rock-like substance that tested positive for methamphetamine and white powder that tested positive for fentanyl, police said. He was charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Drug possession

COAL TOWNSHIP — Michelle Cragle, 37, of 909 E. Eighth St., Bloomsburg, has been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia by Cpl. Joshua Wynn relating to a July 11 incident in the 1100 block of Tharp Street.

According to police, contact was made with Cragle during which it became known that she had an warrant from the Northumberland County Sheriff’s Office. Police found Cragle in possession of a small baggie and a syringe, court records show.

Police said Cragle stated she used the syringe for meth and heroin.

Drug charges

COAL TOWNSHIP — Pawel Kamil Bis, 31, of 6610 Souder St., Philadelphia, has been charged Trooper Logan Spiece with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence of a controlled substance relating to a July 15 incident in the parking lot of SCI-Coal Township.

According to police, Bis was stopped while state police were conducting a systematic check of all vehicles entering the prison’s visitor parking area. Bis, who consented to a search of his vehicle, was found in possession of five baggies containing heroin, a small bag containing cocaine, another bag containing a pill identified as alprazolam and two pills identified as oxycodone.

Bis was then taken to Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital, where a blood draw revealed he was under the influence of alprazolam, THC, cocaine, benzoylecgonine, oxycodone, oxymorphone, fentanyl, norfentanyl and acetyl fentanyl, police said.

DUI charges

SHAMOKIN — Leroy Alfred Lebo, 36, of 212 S. Pearl St., Shamokin, has been charged by Trooper Zachary Martini with driving while under the influence of a controlled substance and driving without a license relating to a May 25 incident at West Lincoln Street and North Seventh Street.

According to police, Lebo was stopped, submitted to a blood draw and found to have THC in his system at the time he was driving.

Retail theft

COAL TOWNSHIP — Allen C. Schrader III, 25, of 364 N. East Alley, Apt. 19, Lehighton, has been charged by Patrolman Michael Menapace with retail theft relating to a July 2 incident at Walmart.

Police said Schrader took two televisions out of the store, put them in a U-Haul truck and drove away before Walmart security could apprehend him. The TVs, valued at $406, still had Spider Wire security devices attached. The device were valued at $110.

Police said Schrader has a previous retail theft conviction from 2017 and will also be facing charges from recent thefts at Walmarts in St. Clair and Tamaqua.

Guilty pleas

The following defendants recently pleaded guilty to charges at the office of Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III:

• Dakota Alan Leach, 22, of 321 S. Shamokin St., Shamokin, pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of marijuana and was ordered to pay a $300 fine plus costs. A charge of possession of drug paraphernalia was withdrawn.

• Jeffrey Try Jr., 27, of 821 N. Rock St., Apt. B, Shamokin, pleaded guilty to a charge of harassment and was ordered to pay a $300 fine plus costs. A charge of simple assault was withdrawn.

• Zachary Orion Fayer, 21, of 240 E. Main St., Apt. 1, Elkton, Maryland, pleaded guilty to a charge of disorderly conduct and was ordered to pay a $300 fine plus costs and placed on one year of probation. Charges of strangulation, reckless endangerment and harassment were withdrawn.

• Robert L. Faust, 60, of 1627 West Willow St., Coal Township, pleaded guilty to a charge of disorderly conduct and was ordered to pay a $200 fine plus costs. Charges of possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia were withdrawn.

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