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Multiple people face charges

By Staff | Jul 8, 2020

Benjamin Stewart, of 315 S. Main St., Hughesville, faces a total of 14 felony charges for allegedly engaging in sexual acts with a female minor in the borough between mid-March and June 10,

according to Hughesville Patrolman Andrew Boyer. Stewart, 28, allegedly “enticed the girl to engage in sexual activity with him,” Boyer wrote in an affidavit. He also solicited and received

nude photos of the girl, the officer said.

Arraigned before on-call District Judge Jerry Lepley on three counts of statutory sexual assault, two counts each of sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, corrupting the morals of a minor, and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and one count each of statutory sexual assault, indecent assault and illegal obtaining inappropriate photos, Stewart was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail.

In another case, since Amie Lynn Miller’s son could not purchase a firearm because of his criminal history, the 41- year-old woman bought one for him, and now the two face felony charges, state police Cpl. Tyler Morse said. Miller, of Watsontown, and her son, Jeremy Liddic, 21, of Milton, have been charged with conspiracy for the illegal sale of a firearm to an ineligible person and making unsworn falsification to authorities, Morse said. In mid-February, Liddic attempted to purchase a handgun from Donald Fisher III for $300, Morse said. The two went to R&J Welch LLC Firearms on John Brady Drive in Muncy Creek Township to fill out the necessary paperwork to transfer

ownership of the firearm from Fisher to Liddic. However, in filling out state police and U.S. Department of Justice forms at the store, Liddic put down false information, Morse alleged in an affidavit. The sale never went through because in January 2018, Liddic

was convicted of endangering the welfare of a child, “a criminal charge that prohibits him from federally owning a firearm,” Morse explained. The following month, Fisher ended up selling the handgun to Miller at R&J Welch, Morse said; however, Miller also put down false information on state police and U.S. Justice Department forms that she had to fill out at the business.

Miller checked “yes” to the question asking if she was the actual buyer for the firearm. The trooper alleges that the only reason Miller bought the gun was for her son and not for herself.

There is a warning right on the application form that reads “If you are not the actual buyer, the licensee cannot transfer the firearm to you,” according to Morse’s affidavit.

Morse said that through his investigation, it was determined

that Liddic asked his mother to buy the firearm for him because he was prohibited from buying guns. “Once Miller purchased the firearm, she was to give it to Liddic,” he added. Both mother and son were arraigned last month before District Judge Jon E. Kemp and released on $35,000 bail each.

In another firearms violation case before Kemp, Priscilla Hosteller, 25, of New Columbia, has been charged by state policewith illegal sale or transfer of a firearm and making unsworn falsification to authorities after she allegedly put down false information on a government form when she attempted tobuy a Savage Mark II firearm at R&J Welch on Feb. 27. She is free on $35,000 bail.

Pamela Hamilton, 52, of 2325 Route 239, Unityville, has been charged by state police with possessing methamphetamines and drug paraphernalia at her home in Jordan Township on May 14. She remains jailed in lieu $10,000 bail set by Kemp.

The judge also jailed Jayna Heinbach, 34, of 422 Brandon Ave., after she was arraigned earlier this month on Muncy police charges of possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the first block of South Washington Street in the borough back on Jan. 23. She is incarcerated in lieu of $15,000 bail.

In a third drug case handled by Kemp, Roland Zerbe, 24, of Williamsport, has been charged by state police with possessing methamphetamines and drug paraphernalia on School House Road in Clinton Township on May 12. He remains committed in lieu of $25,000 bail.

A Fairfield Township mother has been charged with one misdemeanor

count of endangering the welfare of a child after she overdosed on heroin in her home while taking care of her 3-year-old daughter, according to state Trooper Matthew Trick.

Sometime during the morning of Jan. 30, Kassidy Phillips, 30, of 91 Odell Road, Muncy, passed out from taking the drug while alone at home with her daughter, Trick said. Phillips’ mother found her daughter “in bed, unresponsive” when she stopped at the home about noon, Trick said. The child had let her grandmother in after hearing someone knocking on the front door.

The grandmother called 911 and began performing caridopulmonary resuscitation on her daughter, Trick said. About 15 minutes after a paramedic administered a dosage of Narcan to Phillips, she was revived and taken to UPMC Williamsport, Trick said. At the hospital, Phillips admitted to “snorting” one bag of heroin and overdosing. She has been sent a summons to appear before District Judge Gary Whiteman.

Whiteman also arraigned Logan Klock, 20, a homeless man staying

at a local motel, and Lea Wilt, 21, of 330 Locust St., on charges of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamines or delivery of methamphetamines.

At their arraignment, both admitted to being addicted to the drug.The two were arrested by the county’s Narcotics Enforcement unit after Klock, formerly of Unityville, sold various amounts of methamphetamines to an undercover officer on four occasions between May 12 and Monday, investigators alleged in court papers.

The alleged sales occurred in Muncy, Wolf Township, the 2900 block of Lycoming Creek Road and the 2000 block of East Third Street. Shortly after the last sale, investigators executed a search warrant at the motel where Klock was staying. In the room at the time was Wilt, who had two ounces of methamphetamines, investigators alleged.

Klock, who faces a total of 14 drug-related offenses, including multiple counts of delivery of a controlled substance, was jailed on no bail while Wilt, charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and possession of methamphetamines, was committed in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Lycoming County Prison inmate Demsey Long faces a new charge of hindering apprehension after allegedly hiding fugitive Tyler Wagner in her home on Old Glade Run Road in Muncy Creek Township in mid-April, according to state police. Jailed on a felony charge of endangering the welfare of a child since June 8, Long, 19, of 181 B Glade Run Road, Muncy, is accused hiding Wagner in her home when Trooper Nathan Birth came looking for him about 10:40 a.m. on April 17.

Wagner was wanted in connection with a a domestic assault case, and when Birth showed up at Long’s front door, she prevented him from entering, according to an affidavit. She told Birth that “Wagner walked from home and was not inside and was not inside,” but minutes later, Wagner was seen near the front of the interior of the house and taken into custody without incident. For this incident, Long will be sent a summons to appear before District Judge Jon E. Kemp. Long has been incarcerated in another case in which state police claim her allege drug use before and after the birth of her daughter contributed to the infant’s death at Long’s home back on April 19. In this case, she is jailed in lieu of $100,000 bail.

State police also are handling a Muncy man who faces charges of allegedly taking a car that he was not authorized to, state police said. Joshua Feigles, 36, of Muncy, allegedly took a 71-year-old woman’s 2016 Ford Fusion between June 7 and June 14, police said. On June 14, police responded to a call of Feigles borrowing the car and failing to return it to its owner after being notified to return the vehicle, police said. Through further investigation, Feigles was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in district court.