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Hughesville state trooper waives hearing for alleged charges

By Staff | Jun 23, 2020

With his attorney by his side, former state Trooper Johnathan Buynak waived his preliminary hearing last Tuesday on two sets of charges filed by a member of the state police Internal Affairs Division.

Investigators allege the 10-year law enforcement veteran and Amanda Fenderson conspired together on three occasions last summer to get money from Thomas Dykstra “for a fictitious state police (drug) investigation,” according to court records filed by Cpl. John Powis.

“Buynak was off-duty and pretended to conduct a police drug investigation in order to obtain money from Dykstra,” Powis said in a criminal complaint.

Dykstra gave Buynak or Fenderson nearly $1,000 during the month of August, money Dykstra was led to believe was being used to help Buynak make “buys” in a drug investigation.

After the third request for more money, Dykstra was beginning to question the validity of the undercover investigations, said Powis, who has charged Buynak with theft by deception and impersonating a public servant.

During the proceedings before District Judge Leo Armbruster, state police added one count of conspiracy to theft by deception.

In the second criminal complaint filed against Buynak, 38, of Hughesville, Powis charged him with obstructing the administration of law and two counts of official oppression.

Buynak remains free on $15,000 bail.

Armbruster, a judge in Union County, was specially assigned to handle this case since the district judges in Lycoming County recused themselves.

In another case, Bryan Hall was jailed by the judge in lieu of $50,000 bail in another criminal case. Hall, 26, of 65 N. Main St., Hughesville, faces state police charges of theft and receiving stolen property for allegedly stealing two knives and a harmonica from David Figlo’s pickup truck while it was parked in the 500 block of Route 405 in Wolf Township during the early morning hours of May 12. Hall has been charged with theft, receiving stolen property, theft from a motor vehicle, disorderly conduct and loitering.