Police Briefs, Nov. 14, 2018

Athens retail theft: Justin Benjamin, 34, of Milan is facing retail theft and drug possession related charges after an incident at the Walmart in Athens on Nov. 12.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, the Athens Township police were dispatched to Walmart after a report of retail theft. The officers were given a description of what Benjamin was wearing at the time and were told that Benjamin was sitting on a bench outside of the store. Upon being asked about the stolen items, Benjamin showed the officers that he had placed the items by the east side of the store and admitted to stealing the items.

After being placed under arrest, the officers found a small purple pipe that is commonly used for marijuana and four pink tablets that Benjamin told the officers was his girlfriend’s Suboxone. The chemical compound of the tablets revealed Buprenorphine, which is a controlled substance.

Benjamin is facing charges for retail theft — take merchandise, misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Benjamin has a preliminary hearing on Dec. 11 with Magisterial District Judge Larry Hurley.

Wilmot criminal mischief: The Pennsylvania State Police are investigating an act of criminal mischief that occurred on Oct. 26 to Oct. 27 on Walker Road in Wilmot Township.

According to the Pennsylvania State Police release report, an unknown actor damaged a Fehlinger Construction truck by placing water in the gas tank. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Pennsylvania State Police at (570) 265-2186.

Wyalusing terroristic threats: According to the Pennsylvania State Police release report, an investigation is being conducted into an incident of terroristic threats at the Wyalusing Valley Elementary School. The incident occurred on Oct. 26 and the juvenile actor is accused of making statements concerning threats to public safety.

Springfield prohibited offensive weapon: Christopher Heasley, 29, of Columbia Cross Roads is facing charges after a traffic stop on Springfield Road in Springfield Township on Oct. 26.

According to the Magisterial District Judge report, Heasley is facing charges for misdemeanor intentional possession of controlled substance by per not regulation, misdemeanor use/possession of drug paraphernalia, misdemeanor make repairs/sell/etc offensive weapons, summary violation fail to carry registration, summary violation driving while operating privilege is suspended or revoked, summary violation exceed max speed limit established by 10 miles per hour, summary violation fail to use safety belt — driver and vehicle occupant and summary violation operating vehicle without valid inspection.

Heasley has a preliminary hearing on Dec. 19 with Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox.

Sullivan County harassment: Justin Reichelderfer, 32, of Mildred is facing charges for harassment and criminal mischief after an incident on Springs Road in Sullivan on Nov. 4.

According to the Pennsylvania State Police, Reichelderfer is accused of punching a victim and breaking their glasses. Reichelderfer is also accused of throwing the victim’s cell phone and damaging it.

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