Drug paraphernalia

COAL TOWNSHIP — Steven Markowitz, 49, of 1141 W. Wood St., Coal Township, was charged by Cpl. Joshua Wynn with possession of drug paraphernalia in connection with a search warrant served by police at his residence Oct. 12.

Police recovered various items of drug paraphernalia including a scale, baggies, syringes and empty heroin packets.

Drug charge, false ID

COAL TOWNSHIP — Cpl. Joshua Wynn charged Eric Ingram, 39, of Shamokin, with possession of drug paraphernalia and providing false identification to police.

On Oct. 13, police said Ingram was found in possession of a glass smoking pipe used for inhaling a controlled substance while at a home on West Montgomery Street and provided police with a false name.

Ingram was taken for a Live Scan that revealed his true identity. Police also learned there were active warrants for Ingram’s arrest and he was incarcerated.

Driver identified in rollover

SHAMOKIN — Amanda L. Malakoski, 22, of 1015 Spruce St., Kulpmont, has been identified as the driver of a black 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee involved in a rollover accident at 6:45 a.m. Friday on East Sunbury Street between North Shamokin and North Rock streets.

Malakoski told police she was driving west on Sunbury Street when her vision became blurry, causing her to lose control of her vehicle, which struck a parked 2013 Kia Optima occupied by Michael V. Forbes, 64, of 1668 W. Spruce St., Coal Township. After hitting Forbes’ car, the Jeep Grand Cherokee flipped onto its side.

No injuries were reported.

Both vehicles sustained extensive damage and were towed from the scene.

Patrolman Scott Weaver, who investigated the accident, cited Malakoski for careless driving.

Public drunkenness

SHAMOKIN — Matthew Zosh, 23, of 1514 W. Lynn St., Coal Township, was cited by Patrolman Scott Weaver for public drunkenness relating to an incident that occurred at 6:10 a.m. Oct. 23 at 135 S. Franklin St.

Police reported Zosh attempted to enter the front door of the home, but was chased away by one of the occupants who pursued and detained Zosh after he fled the scene until police arrived.

Officer assaulted at prison

COAL TOWNSIP — Jeremy R. Kendricks, 36, an inmate at SCI-Coal Township, was charged by Trooper Kevin Kearney, of state police at Stonington, with assaulting a correctional officer on Sept. 27 at the prison.

According to a criminal complaint, Kendricks is accused of lunging at Correctional Officer Steven Robert Maust and knocking him backward onto a table during a fight among inmates in the dining room.

Kendricks also allegedly choked Maust and took him to the ground before other officers could restrain the inmate.

Maust suffered bruises on his right hand and back of his head and redness on his neck and underwent medical treatment in the prison infirmary.

Kendricks was charged with felony aggravated assault.

Inmate stabbed

COAL TOWNSHIP — Khalil E. Clinton, 29, an inmate at SCI-Coal Township, was charged by Trooper James Nestico of state police at Stonington with felony aggravated assault and misdemeanors of possessing an instrument of crime, simple assault and tampering with evidence relating to an Aug. 25 disturbance at the prison.

Police reported Clinton allegedly stabbed inmate Daniel Cody Thomas with a piece of metal several times in the torso, shoulders, head, back and arms after chasing him toward the laundry/shower area.

Police said Clinton then threw the weapon into the dayroom.

Thomas suffered approximately 24 cuts that required medical treatment at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.

Drug charges

SHAMOKIN TOWNSHIP — Cody R. Whitesel, 25, of Port Trevorton, was charged by Trooper Logan Spiece, of state police at Stonington, with possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police reported a folded piece of white wax paper containing marijuana wax, a three-piece glass smoking device containing marijuana wax and residue, a small glass bowl with marijuana wax residue and a metal scraping device with marijuana wax residue were found in a 2010 Subaru Impreza registered to Whitesel that was repossessed by Mulligan’s Auto Exchange LLC along Route 61 in Shamokin Township.

The items were recovered at Mulligan’s on Oct. 19.


COAL TOWNSHIP — Charges of contraband and possession with intent to deliver Suboxone were filed by Trooper Kevin Kearney, of state police at Stonington, against Montae Gerald, 29, an inmate at SCI-Coal Township.

Police reported Gerald attempted to bring pictures wrapped in plastic containing orange wax strips of Suboxone into the prison population that he received from Anisah Moore, 21, of Philadelphia, during an Aug. 19 visit.

Gerald told police that he planned to sell the 112 strips of Suboxone to other inmates.

Moore also was charged by Kearney with the same offenses.

Marijuana charges

SHAMOKIN — Scott R. Barries, 52, of 30 N. Rock St., Shamokin, was charged by Patrolman Joshua Pastucka with possessing a small amount of marijuana and possessing drug paraphernalia at his home Oct. 20.

Police said a small cellophane bag containing marijuana and a glass pipe with marijuana residue were found in the residence during a medical call.

Simple assault

SHAMOKIN — Charges of simple assault and harassment were filed by Patrolman Scott Weaver against Brenton Foreman, 21, of 405 S. Fifth St., Shamokin.

Foreman is accused of punching his wife in the face at their home Saturday night. The victim had a bloody mouth and scratches on her face as a result of the assault, police said.

Drug test violation

SHAMOKIN — William T. Portzline, 31, of 1020 W. Lynn St., Coal Township, was charged by Patrolman Joshua Pastucka with attempting to use Mountain Dew as drug-free urine in a drug test at Shamokin Police Station on Oct. 22.

Drug charges

SHAMOKIN — Ramsee Munoz, 28, of Reading, was charged by Patrolman Brandon Cohick with possessing a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia relating to an Oct. 25 incident at a home on East Sunbury Street.

Police reported Munoz was found to be within arm’s reach of marijuana wrapped in a cigar wrapper while on state parole and admitted to previously smoking marijuana.

Drug offenses

SHAMOKIN — Charges of possessing a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia were filed by Patrolman Raymond Siko II against Floyd Taormina, 30, of 623 S. Market St., Shamokin, relating to an Oct. 26 incident at his home.

Guilty pleas

SHAMOKIN — Two defendants entered guilty pleas Tuesday before Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III and were ordered to pay fines and costs.

• Janelle M. Sassani, 32, of 708 Kase St., Shamokin, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and was ordered to pay a $300 fine plus costs and placed on probation for one year.

An additional charge of flight to avoid apprehension was withdrawn.

Sassani was charged by Shamokin Cpl. Bryan Primerano in connection with an Aug. 29 incident on Race Street.

Sassani also pleaded guilty to a summary of retail theft and was ordered to pay a $200 fine plus costs.

Sassani was charged by Shamokin Patrolman Brandon Cohick relating to a Dec. 20 incident at Weis Markets.

• Jeffrey D. Long, 26, of 207 Lower Road, Excelsior, pleaded guilty to harassment and was ordered to pay a $200 fine plus costs.

Charges of terroristic threats and simple assault were withdrawn.

Long was charged by Coal Township Patrolman Chris Lapotsky relating to a Sept. 30 domestic disturbance.

Bomb threat at school

TURBOTVILLE — State police at Milton reported a bomb and gun threat was made Wednesday at Warrior Run High School.

Police said school officials were alerted to a note found in a male restroom at 8:15 a.m. that contained a threat about a bomb and gun at the school.

The school was placed on lockdown. State police responded to the scene and reviewed surveillance video that revealed a juvenile suspect in the case.

A state police explosives canine unit searched a part of the school, but no explosives or guns were discovered and the incident was determined to be a prank.

An investigation is continuing.

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