2013-05-04 / News

Drug task force strikes again

Another drug arrest has been reported by the law enforcement task force operating in the region through a combined effort of state and local officials.

Tory R. Appleby, 25, of Shinglehouse is accused of selling 10 prescription pain-killers to an undercover agent in Shinglehouse last Dec. 7. She was charged with delivery of a controlled substance and intent to deliver.

Rape hearing delayed An Emporium man facing multiple sexual assault charges had his preliminary hearing continued at the request of his attorney. Arthur Helzel, 34, was scheduled to appear in front of District Judge Barry Brown on charges of rape of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, statutory sexual assault, and other counts. According to court records, charges stem from a series of incidents that occurred in New York State in 2007 and Shippen Township in the summer of 2008. Helzel’s hearing was rescheduled for Thursday, May 23, at 10 am.

Identity theft State police are continuing their investigation into a recent case of identity theft victimizing a Harrison Valley resident. Somebody used debit card information belonging to Jamie Kibbe to order several items by phone and over the internet on Monday morning.

Charged with DUI

State police at Denton Hill filed charges of driving under the influence against 64-year-old Ernie Walters of Emporium following a minor traffic mishap in Keating Township, Potter County. Walters lost control of his vehicle while driving south. The unit went off the road and came to rest in a ditch. Walters was taken to Cole Memorial Hospital for observation.

A Coudersport teenager is facing charges for driving under the influence after a one-vehicle crash at about 6 am Saturday. State police from Denton Hill declined to release the boy’s identity. According to troopers, he was westbound on Rt. 6 when the sedan he was driving went off the south side of the road and struck a mailbox and the Lindy Motel sign. There were no injuries.

DUI charges have been filed against 32-year-old Ryan Hibshman of Galeton after state police found his vehicle partially blocking a portion of Germania Street and adjacent sidewalk in Galeton Borough early Monday morning.

Two facing charges Two Coudersport women were recently cited by borough police as a result of separate incidents. Police charged Amanda R. Kisiel, 31, with 10 counts of making false reports to police and three counts of harassment, based on actions alleged to have occurred between Jan. 21 and April 2. Brielle M. Whitman, 20, was cited for trespassing for allegedly failing to heed several warnings not to visit a home on South Main Street.

Emporium men cited

Emporium Borough Police have filed a harassment charge against a borough resident, 19-year-old Marc A. Farren, following an incident that allegedly occurred on the evening of April 8 at an East Allegany Avenue parking lot. He is accused of shoving an 18-year-old male multiple times.

In a separate case, Johnathan D. Aikens, 25, of Emporium, was cited for harassment. Last Friday evening he allegedly slapped a 19-year-old Emporium man in the face several times at a Fourth Street parking lot.

Meanwhile, state police cited 45-year-old Kurt Wallin of Emporium for public drunkenness and disorderly conduct. Police said he became disruptive at a downtown convenience store early Wednesday morning.

Pickup truck rolls A Galeton woman suffered moderate injuries in a one-vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon on Route 44 near Carter Camp in Potter County. State police said Dolly Lazorchak was going north when her pickup truck went off the road, hit a ditch and rolled onto its roof. Police said their investigation is continuing.

Drug charges pending A search by Emporium Borough Police of an apartment in the Emporium Arms building on West Fourth Street resulted in the discovery of drug paraphernalia. Armed with a search warrant, police raided the fourth-floor apartment and seized pipes and other items. Charges are pending against an individual whose name was withheld by police. Local police were assisted at the scene by a St. Marys officer with a drug-sniffing dog and by state police from the Emporium barracks.

Modeling scam A Roulette woman was the victim of a scam earlier this year, according to state police from Denton Hill. Unknown persons portraying themselves as representatives of a modeling agency persuaded 20- year-old Stacie Lentz to send them money for a photography session and marketing services. She sent the money and never heard from the solicitors again.

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