The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


May 7, 2014

Police: Notary stole from state troopers and 177 other victims

DANVILLE — A former borough notary kept more than $31,000 she received from those seeking her services, including two state troopers from the Milton barracks, according to court documents.

The troopers were among four alleged victims asked to appear at Tuesday’s preliminary hearing for Natalie Wetzel, 45, charged with stealing from 179 victims.

Wetzel, free on $50,000 unsecured bail, waived her right to a preliminary hearing before Montour County District Judge Marvin Shrawder. She is represented by court-appointed attorney Leslie Bryden.

Montour County District Attorney Rebecca Warren said investigating officer, state police Trooper Mark Rider, chose the four alleged victims who would have testified had a hearing been held.

They included Troopers Jim Nizinski and Anthony Bickhart, of the Milton barracks. They said they had gone to Wetzel’s Danville notary office for an ATV transfer and a truck sale tax transfer.

Other alleged victims appearing were Kevin Kraiza, of Danville, who went to Wetzel for an out-of-state car title transfer; and Larry Hans, of Milton, for the transfer of a fifth-wheel camper from his father to him.

Warren said Wetzel’s bond company, and the state departments of Conservation and Natural Resources, Transportation and Revenue were also victims related to worthless checks, and that the bond company was a victim in making a claim against Wetzel’s license.

State police said the incidents occurred from February 2012 through February 2013.

Wetzel operated Wetzel Notary Service at 432 Mill St. The alleged included 15 people age 60 and older, state police said.

In most cases, Wetzel kept the money and fees she collected for her own personal use, troopers said.

Wetzel allegedly stole $9,479 in December 2012, $6,093 in January 2013, $8,058 in February 2013 and an additional $3,343.

She allegedly committed theft by deception involving $1,414 in June 2012, $1,438 in August 2012, $478 in September 2012 and an additional $752.

Police said the victims paid for transactions that included vehicle sales tax, vehicle title transfers, registrations, transfers and renewals, boat sales tax, boat title transfers, boat trailer title transfers, boat trailer registration transfers and renewals, trailer registration and renewals, all-terrain vehicle sales tax, ATV title transfers and registrations, snowmobile sales tax, title transfers and registrations, driver’s license renewals and birth certificate applications.

A search warrant was executed April 10 with police collecting seven boxes and a plastic bag of paperwork from the notary business.

In several weeks, they discovered numerous additional victims.

Wetzel faces 85 counts, including two counts of theft by deception, 12 counts of theft by failure to make required disposition of funds, 45 counts of worthless checks and 16 counts of possessing non-notorized titles without names and signatures.


Text Only
  • Union County bridge replacement project begins Aug. 4

    HARTLETON — A PennDOT maintenance crew in Union County will begin a bridge replacement project Aug. 4 on Pleasant Grove Road, Route 3005, in Lewis Township, between Moll Road and Wirth Road, north of Pleasant Grove.

    July 23, 2014

  • DanCrash23.jpg BREAKING NEWS: Woman killed today in Danville area collision

    DANVILLE – An older woman, from the area, was killed in a log truck-car crash at about 1:45 this afternoon at Routes 642 and 54 in Valley Township.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jay Paterno sues Penn State for 'rush to judgment'

    STATE COLLEGE - Two former Penn State assistant football coaches, including a son of the late Joe Paterno, are suing the university, alleging that it fired them prematurely after the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal surfaced.

    July 23, 2014

  • 400-pound bull on the lam

    State police and a western Pennsylvania cattle owner are looking for a 2-year-old bull that has been missing for more than a week.

    July 23, 2014

  • Complainer: Cars whiz by, and drivers take whiz

    The Pennsylvania Turnpike has asked state police to increase patrols near an area of the toll road where a woman says she can see motorists exposing and relieving themselves near her backyard.

    July 23, 2014

  • spider24online.jpg Arachnid alert!

    We came across this spider brunching on another today near the American Legion post in Herndon. We aren't sure what type of spiders they are. Particularly the one with the full stomach. Do you?

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Today's Editorial: Experts showing the way for reform

    Domestic abuse remains one of the most prevalent crimes nationally yet remains routinely unreported.

    July 23, 2014

  • Feds ship 500 children to Pennsylvania

    HARRISBURG — An influx of unaccompanied children crossing the southern U.S. border is spilling into Pennsylvania, as state officials received word Monday that more than 500 are being housed in the commonwealth.

    July 22, 2014

  • Hope Lewis Inmate's widow wants $750,000 from Northumberland County

    SUNBURY — The widow of a Shamokin man who hanged himself inside Northumberland County Prison is demanding $750,000, the firing of all jail employees who worked the night of June 16 and a complete overhaul of policies and procedures for suicidal inmates.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Vancliff Lifer gets more time for molesting Danville girls

    WILKES-BARRE — A convicted murderer accused of having persuaded a former Danville woman to bring two girls to visit him in a northeastern Pennsylvania prison so he could molest them has been sentenced to additional prison time and fined.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

The Daily Marquee

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.