Magisterial District Court Reports
Drug Use/Possession

Jacob Randolph Arnold, 2674 Slocum Rd., Mountain Top, was charged with Possession of Marijuana and Use/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia by Officer Phillip G. Collotty of the Rice Twp. Police Dept. Charges were filed April 22, 2015.

According to the Affidavit of Probable Cause, on Thursday, April 16th at 9:39 p. m., Officer Collotty was dispatched to assist Fairview Twp. Police Dept. for a report of an assault male left residence in a maroon colored mini van. Vehicle was stopped by Wright Twp. Police Officer Winsock. Officer Collotty arrived with Officer Winsock. The Suspect from the incident was in the vehicle, Paul Herron was taken into custody by Cpl. Monk, Fairview Twp. Police Dept.

After checking with 911 Jacob Randolph Arnold, who was the operator of said vehicle, was wanted by the Luzerne County Sheriff Office for Failure to Appear. At 9:51 p. m. Officer Winsock and Officer Collotty had taken Arnold into custody. Officer Collotty was requested to transport Arnold to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility.

Whil transporting Arnold to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility, Arnold stated to Officer Collotty that he had a small bag of marijuana and a marijuana bag in his pants. He then turned them over to the officer while transporting him to the Luzerne County Prison.

A preliminary hearing has been set May 27, 2015 at 10 a. m. before Magisterial District Judge Ron Swank.

D. U. I.

Steven Vincent Todorich, 44 Karin Drive, Mountain Top, was charged with two counts of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Controlled Substance, Driving on Roadways Laned for Traffic, and Careless Driving by Tpr. James Rude, Hazleton Pennsylvania State Police. Charges were filed April 22, 2015.

According to the Affidavit of Probable Cause, on February 19, 2015, Tpr. Rude was working in an unmarked patrol unit while in full uniform. At 11:10 p. m., the officer was dispatched to the scene of a motorist assist in the area of 1540 Blytheburn Rd. A green Chevrolet had driven off the right shoulder of the road and became stuck in the snow.

Upon the officer’s arrival on scene, the operator was observed sitting in the driver’s seat of the vehicle. The officer was able to identify him by his PA OLN as Steven Vincent Todorich. Todorich related he was driving home from Wheels Bar & Grill and had taken a turn too quickly which caused him to drive off the road. At this time, Tpr. Rude observed

that Todorich was slurring his words and detected a strong odor of alcohol emanating from his person. Todorich was asked if he had been drinking to which he related he had consumed approximately 5 beers at Wheels bar. Todorich was asked if he was physically able to perform standardized field sobriety tests and he related he was.

Tpr. Rude explained and demonstrated each of the tests to Todorich at which time he related he understood. Todorich was unable to perform the tests as instructed and exhibited signs of intoxication. A Portable Test administered on scene detected a presence of alcohol.

Todorich was placed under arrest for suspicion of DUI at approximately 11:34 p. m. on Feb. 21, 2015. Todorich was then transported to the Lehigh Valley Hazleton Hospital where he submitted to a blood draw. He remained at the hospital for a mental health evaluation.

On March 18, 2015, Tpr. Rude received Todorich’s blood results from the Wyoming Regional Laboratory which showed Todorich’s blood alcohol content at .273%.

A preliminary hearing has been set May 20, 2015 at 10:30 a. m. before Magisterial District Judge Ron Swank.