A Northumberland man, stopping for a headlight that wasn’t working, allegedly possessed drug paraphernalia, gave a false name and date of birth and drove while his license was suspended.
Township Patrolman Garon Fenstermaker stopped Jamie E. Buckles, 48, March 27 on Northumberland Street.
Buckles told the officer he didn’t have his wallet and identified himself as Richard Snyder, according to the charges. After finding numerous discrepancies, Fenstermaker called for assistance from Danville police.
The officer returned to Buckles’ vehicle and asked him what his Social Security number was with him saying “I don’t know,” police said. He ordered him to reveal his true identity with Buckles saying “wait a minute.”
After ordering him out of the vehicle, Fenstermaker said Buckles provided his real name which he confirmed. Buckles said he gave a false name because he had a suspended driver’s license, according to the charges.
Fenstermaker found a metal pipe in his right front pants pocket commonly used to smoke marijuana with Buckles saying the pipe was a lighter. Fenstermaker also found in the vehicle a blue glass pipe commonly used to smoke methamphetamine.
Buckles told the officer he was traveling from a known narcotics location.
Fenstermaker charged Buckles with possessing drug paraphernalia, giving false identification to a law enforcement officer, driving while his license was suspended, driving without a license and having a headlight that wasn’t working.
— KAREN BLACKLEDGE
State police confiscated $14M in drugs so far this year
Pennsylvania State Police troopers confiscated more than $14 million worth of drugs during the first quarter of 2019.
From January 1 through March 31, state police seized nearly 118 pounds of cocaine and 27 pounds of heroin. Troopers also confiscated more than 14 pounds of fentanyl. In its purest form, even a small amount of fentanyl can cause a severe and potentially deadly reaction, putting users, people close to them, and first responders at risk. The heroin and fentanyl have a combined street value of $956,460.
The Pennsylvania State Police are part of the Opioid Command Center, working to fight the heroin and opioid crisis as part of Gov. Tom Wolf’s disaster declaration.
ODIN is a centralized repository to track overdoses, naloxone administrations, and investigative drug information that allows police, public safety, and healthcare professionals to share all types of information related to opioid abuse in their communities. ODIN is now used by more than 1,300 agencies in all 67 counties in Pennsylvania, including 1,000 municipal police departments.
— THE DAILY ITEM
Road crews will be doing brush pickup in township
East Buffalo Township’s road crew will continue brush pickup into next week.
The collection began in April. Township employees pick up brush once along township roads and won’t enter private roadways or private property. Brush should be piled along the road where employees can grab it and go.
Sticks and branches up to 6 inches in diameter must be separated from garden waste, leaves, landscaping and pruned shrubbery. Pickups continue in May, June, September and October. For more information, contact the township municipal office at 570-523-6320.
— ERIC SCICCHITANO
MOUNT CARMEL —
Judge denies sentence reduction in child porn case
A federal judge denied motions seeking a reduced sentence and early supervised release sought by a former Mount Carmel police officer sentenced to prison for eight years for possessing child pornography.
Blaine Handerhan was transferred Wednesday from a federal prison in Danbury, Connecticut into the custody of the Philadelphia field office of the Residential Reentry Management division of the Bureau of Prisons. Handerhan sought to vacate the remainder of his sentence and be released ahead of the end of his term on Aug. 9.
Handerhan requested in his online case file that his mail be sent both to the Capital Pavilion pre-release center in Harrisburg and a home in Mount Carmel he identified as his home confinement release residence.
After his release from the custody of the Bureau of Prisons, Handerhan remains under supervision for 10 years, according to his sentencing terms.
— ERIC SCICCHITANO
County judge denies motion to dismiss abuse case
Northumberland County President Judge Charles Saylor ordered county Children and Youth Services to provide the case files of two 21-day-old infants who were abused last September in order to conduct an in-camera review.
Tifany Walter, 30, of Shamokin, appeared in front of Saylor on Thursday. Saylor denied the defense’s motion to dismiss the case. A motion for bail modification was continued to 10:15 a.m. May 23 and the status conference scheduled for Monday is canceled, according to court documents.
The infants had multiple bone fractures and one child had burn marks from Walter when she was arrested last year, according to Shamokin Police.
Officer Raymond Siko spoke with Walter at her home. Walter allegedly told Siko she dropped the children and was sick of the babies crying. Walter told officers she was angry and overwhelmed. She also said she was bipolar, needed medication and “other things,” according to court documents.
Walter is facing 10 felony counts, including aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of children, and two misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment.
— JUSTIN STRAWSER
UNION TOWNSHIP —
Lane to be restricted on Routes 11/15 next week
There will be a lane restriction on northbound Routes 11-15 in Snyder County as crews perform tree trimming.
The work will be done near the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Hoover’s Island Access area in Union Township.
A lane restriction and shoulder closure will be in effect during daylight hours beginning Monday and continue through the week.
One lane of Routes 11/15 northbound will remain open during work hours.
Motorists should be alert and drive with caution through the work zone.
— MARCIA MOORE
Police: Woman charged after dog attacked another dog
A 25-year-old woman has been charged by Watsontown Police with failing to keep her dog, a pit bull, confined and under control.
Police were called Thursday at 10:30 a.m. to investigate a dog attack in the 100 block of East Fourth Street. Police found that the pit bull, owned by Darian Decker, of Watsontown, ran from her and attacked another dog walking with its owner, two blocks away. Citations were filed at District Court at Milton.
— RICK DANDES
Thruway construction to cause traffic issues
Construction work on both sides of the Susquehanna River will escalate next week in the vicinity of the Winfield interchange of the Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway River Bridge, and in Point Township and Northumberland Borough. In Winfield, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation spokesman Dave Thompson said there will be intermittent, single-lane traffic impacts in both directions as the contractor resumes work on structures, pipe and earthwork. “Motorists should drive with caution and watch for construction vehicles entering and exiting the construction site near the interchange,” Thompson said. On the Northumberland side of the river, work is continuing on the Wooded Run Bridge and Chillisquaque Creek Bridge. “Motorists should be alert for construction vehicles entering Route 147 at the Chillisquaque Creek bridge,” Thompson continued. “Beams are expected to be delivered at the Ridge Road Interchange over the next several weeks.”
— RICK DANDES