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Arrests, Charges 6.10.2020

By Staff | Jun 10, 2020

Recently locked up was Dyllyn Laird, 22, of 23 N. Main St. Muncy, who was charged by Muncy police with recklessly endangering, terroristic threats and simple assault following a disturbance in which he allegedly threatened his girlfriend, Grace Nogle, at their apartment about 11:50 p.m. on Monday, May 11. Patrolman Kenneth Flewelling alleges that Laird threatened Nogle with a knife and also threatened to kill her cat. Laird also told the woman, who is pregnant, that he “would take their baby and not allow her to ever see the baby again.” Arraigned before District Judge Jon Kemp, Laird remained jailed in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Responding to a report of an unresponsive person in a vehicle along Route 15 in Clinton Township on the afternoon of Jan. 12, state Trooper Kevin Bencsics saw a Ford Fusion in a ditch off the north shoulder of the road.

The driver was Earnest Sharr Jr., 41, of 124 Water St., Muncy, and there were “multiple hypodermic needles and a used hypodermic needle on the driver’s side floor,” the trooper said.

“Sharr was southbound on Route 15 when his car sideswiped another car with two occupants,” Bencsics said in an affidavit. Sharr’s car traveled another 300 yards before landing in the ditch.

The driver admitted that he “had ingested a bag of heroin,” and a blood sample confirmed that there was fentanyl in his system, the trooper said.

Charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance, accidents involving damage to attended vehicle or property (hit-run) and careless driving, Sharr has been sent a summons to appear before a District Judge Jon E. Kemp.

Another motorist charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance was Thomas Fender, 18, of Shickshinny, Luzerne County, who was found allegedly to be under the influence of marijuana when state police Cpl. Larue Stelene stopped his BMW in the area of North Main and Factory streets in Picture Rocks about 1 a.m. on Dec. 8.

“I detected a strong odor of a burnt marijuana emitting from the vehicle,” Stelene said in an affidavit, adding that there was a 14-year-old girl riding in the front seat.

Fender first denied smoking marijuana, saying that he smoked the controlled substance the night before, Stelene said. However, the girl contradicted Fender, telling Stelene and his assigned partner for the night, Trooper Robert F. Jacobs III, that she and the driver had in fact smoked marijuana that night.

“Fender then admitted that he had smoked marijuana that night with the girl in his home,” Stelene said, adding that a blood test confirmed there was marijuana in Fender’s system at the time.

Besides the DUI offense, Fender also has been charged with corrupting the morals of a minor and careless driving. He too has been sent a summons to appear before the judge.

In another DUI case, Muncy police have charged Tyler Wagner, 22, of 106 Sunset Road, Muncy, with driving under the influence of marijuana and methamphetamines after a blood test revealed evidence of the two drugs in his system when Patrolwoman Brandy Perchinski stopped his Nissan Altima in the area of Market and Water streets about 12:45 a.m. on Nov. 23.

While traveling at a high rate of speed, Wagner was allegedly “weaving across lane lines,” the officer said in an affidavit. Charged with an additional offense of careless driving, he has been sent a summons to appear before Kemp.

Another motorist who will appear before the judge is Henry Felix, 71, of 212 Ridge Road, Montgomery, who has been charged with DUI after pickup truck was stopped by Montgomery Patrolman Mark Cassel on Oct. 12.

Felix’s pickup truck was “weaving back and fourth, crossing both the white fog line and double yellow lines on Route 54 in Clinton Township,” Cassel said in an affidavit. The officer later learned that Felix’s truck nearly struck another motorist head-on on Montgomery Street in the borough.

Felix’s blood-alcohol content level was .18, Cassel said in an affidavit. This was his second DUI arrest, the officer added.

Two other motorists in separate cases who have been charged with DUI were William Sommers, 80, of 474 Gearhart Road, Muncy, and Guy Minier, 64, of 11425 Route 118, Unityville, according to court records at the judge’s office.

Sommers’ pickup truck was stopped in the area of Beacon Light and Ellis Artley roads in Muncy Township by Muncy Police Chief James Dorman on Jan. 31. His blood-alcohol content level was .10.

Minier’s blood-alcohol content level was .13 when crashed his car into a guardrail on Route 118 in Jordan Township on Jan. 3, according to state Trooper Troy Croak. Both drivers have been sent summonses to appear before Kemp.

UNITYVILLE – Two girls, both under 18, were injured late Monday afternoon, June1 when the all-terrain vehicle they were riding together upset and crashed on private property on Clyde Road, near Worthington Road Extension, according to emergency responders.

One girl was flown to a trauma center in a medical helicopter that landed in a nearby field. The second girl was taken to a hospital by ambulance. Because of their ages, their identities were not released. There was no information about their medical condition.

Firefighters from Unityville and Lairdsville were dispatched to the crash about 5:20 p.m.

Shortly after crashing his car near Muncy while allegedly under the influence of several drugs, Seth Depasqua asked state Trooper Brian Moore if he would “take him to Watsontown to get his methadone,” the trooper said in an affidavit.

“No one was leaving the crash site until my investigation was over,” the trooper told DePasqua.

With a child in the vehicle, Depasqua, 40, of 104 Kepner Hill Road, Muncy, was in a non-injury single-vehicle crash in the 500 block of East Lime Bluff Road about 8:30 a.m. on March 22, Moore said.

Volunteer firefighters were already on the scene helping the driver and the child when Moore arrived.

Depasqua appeared to be under the influence, as his eyes were glassy and bloodshot, and his speech was slow and slurred, the trooper said.

After the trooper rejected his request, Depasqua “asked if he could call his sister and have her come pick him up real fast and have her take him to get his methadone.” Again the trooper said no.

Upon failing to successfully complete a series of field sobriety tests, Depasqua was placed in custody and put in a patrol car that would take him to have his blood drawn at Muncy Valley Hospital.

Before leaving, Moore asked the man if there was anything that he needed from his car. Depasqua said he would like his cellphone.

As Moore looked for the cellphone, he discovered a loaded “Uzi pistol” with its grip “sticking out from under the driver’s seat,” he said in an affidavit.

“There was one fully loaded magazine in the magazine well with one round in the chamber, totaling 19 bullets,” he added. The gun belonged to Depasqua’s fiancee, Moore said.

While in the cruiser, Depasqua made the statement “This is not for the little guy, but I did cocaine.” Trooper Travis Sather, who was with him while Moore was looking for the cellphone, heard the driver make the remark.

A blood sample that Depasqua submitted revealed cocaine and three other drugs were in his body at the time of the crash. This was his third DUI arrest, Moore said.

Following his recent arraignment before District Judge Jon E. Kemp on a felony charge of carrying a firearm without a license, endangering the welfare of a child, DUI, careless driving and reckless driving, Depasqua was released on $35,000 bail.

In another DUI crash near Muncy, both the driver and a passenger involved in a single-vehicle crash on Route 405 were charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants after they switched positions in the car shortly after the accident, according to state Trooper Ronald Barrett.

The trooper alleges that Lindsey Stopper, 26, of 1125 Avalon Parkway, Loyalsock Township, was driving the car when it crashed at the Interstate 180 overpass in Muncy Creek Township, about 11:50 p.m. on March 7.

Muncy Patrolman Kenneth Flewelling arrived first on the scene, having come upon it while on routine patrol. When he got there, Stopper was in the driver seat and Dylan Lesher, 27, of 318 Linvic Road, Muncy, was in the passenger seat.

Before Barrett arrived, Flewelling saw the driver and passenger switch seats.

“Upon contact with the occupants, I could detect a very strong odor of an alcoholic beverage” coming from the car, the trooper said in an affidavit. He asked the woman to exit the car and then began to ask her questions about the crash.

“She said she was not operating the vehicle at the time of the crash,” Barrett said, who detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from the woman’s face. While talking with Stopper, the trooper saw Lesher “moving the steering wheel left and right.” Barrett saw the wheels turning. The car’s engine also was still running.

Both Stopper and Lesher showed signs of being under the influence, Barrett said, adding that both failed a series of field sobriety tests and both submitted blood samples.

On the way to the county’s DUI center, Stopper said “numerous times that she was operating the vehicle and that she never should have been driving,” Barrett wrote in the affidavit. Stopper’s blood-alcohol content level was .27 while Lesher’s was .31, Barrett added. The two have waived their preliminary hearings and are free on $1,500 bail each.

The following complaints were handled by police agencies in Lycoming County, as provided by the county Emergency Communications Center:

Sunday, May 24

1:22 p.m., theft, 100 block of South Second Street, Hughesville Borough.

6:51 p.m., reckless/intoxicated driver, 100 block of Kinsey Street, Montgomery Borough.

6:56 p.m., reckless/intoxicated driver, 100 block of Kinsey Street, Montgomery Borough.

Monday, May 25

7:57 a.m., disturbance, 100 block of North German Street, Dushore Borough.

10:40 p.m., disturbance, 90 block of Louise Avenue, Clinton Township.

Tuesday, May 26

2:56 p.m., reckless/intoxicated driver, 200 block of East Water Street, Hughesville.

4:55 p.m., shoplifter, 100 block of South Lycoming Mall Road, Muncy Township.

5:55 p.m., hit and run, 100 block of South Market Street, Muncy.

4600 block of Beaver Lake Road, Penn Township.

Wednesday, May 27

8:54 a.m., reckless/intoxicated driver, 5200 block of Route 15, Clinton Township.

9:12 a.m., reckless/intoxicated driver, 6400 block of Route 405, Clinton Township.

2:40 p.m., disorderly conduct, 80 block of Broad Street, Montgomery.

5:16 p.m., hit and run, 1300 block of Lycoming Mall Road, Muncy Township.

6:28 p.m., criminal mischief, 70 block of Railroad Street, Picture Rocks.

Thursday, May 28

9:40 a.m., harassment, 100 block of Broad Street, Montgomery.

6:48 p.m., reckless/intoxicated driver, 2100 block of Route 220, Muncy Township.

7:24 p.m., reckless/intoxicated driver, 100 block of Broad Street, Montgomery.

7:50 p.m., trespasser, 1900 block of Elimsport Road, Brady Township.

Friday, May 29

9:25 a.m., disturbance, 1600 block of Crystal Lake Road, Picture Rocks Borough.

4:01 p.m., reckless/intoxicated driver, 100 block of Broad Street, Montgomery Borough.

4:08 p.m., disorderly conduct, 100 block of Broad Street, Montgomery Borough.

Saturday, May 30

5:14 p.m., reckless/intoxicated driver, 12400 block of Interstate 180 East, Muncy Creek Township.

10:08 p.m., reckless/intoxicated driver, corner of Routes 15 and 54, Clinton Township.