Magisterial District Court Report

Gary Weyhenmeyer, 71, 60 Stairville Road, Mountain Top, was charged with two counts of Simple Assault, two counts of Harassment-Subject Other to Physical Contact, and Disorderly Conduct by Sgt. Harry Ehret, Rice Township Police Department. Charges were filed July 29, 2015.

According to the Affidavit of Probable Cause, Sgt. Ehret was dispatched to 60 Stairville Road for a physical domestic with injury. On the scene Sgt. Ehret was greeted by Donna Koshinsky. She stated that she and her boyfriend, Todd Weyhenmeyer, were having an argument and it became physical. She said that her son, Zach Koshinsky, jumped in to stop the action. During the incident, Gary Weyhenmeyer jumped into the fight and punched Zach Koshinsky and pulled hair from his head and threw him to the ground. Gary Weyhenmeyer then punched Donna Koshinsky in the face with a closed fist and threw her to the ground causing injury to her face. Sgt. Ehret did notice a large amount of blood on the front of Donna Koshinsky’s shirt and also lacerations about her face.

EMS arrived and rendered emergency medical treatment and transported Donna Koshinsky to Geisinger Hospital for further medical treatment.

Gary Weyhenmeyer was taken into custody and transported to the Rice Township Police department to be processed and charged. Gary Weyhenmeyer’s index finger knuckle on his right hand was bruised and swollen. He also had a small cut on his left big toe and his right arm was red with a small cut. He refused medical treatment.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled July 29, 2015 at 10 a. m. before Magisterial District Judge Ronald Swank.

Operating Watercraft Under The Influence

Steven Francis Savitski, 31, 5192 Nuangola Road, Nuangola, has been charged with Incapable of Safely Driving a Watercraft after Imbibing Alcohol or Refusal of Test, Operating a Watercraft with Highest Rate of Alcohol, Negligent Operation of a Watercraft, two counts of Violation of Rules/Regulations Equipment, and Operating a Motorboat without Registration by Officer Aaron Lupacchini, Waterways Conservation Officer of PA Fish and Boat Commission. Charges were filed July 16, 2015.

According to the Affidavit of Probable Cause, on Saturday, May 30, 2015 Officer Lupacchini was conducting routine law enforcement patrols on Nuangola Lake in a marked PA Fish and Boat Commission Boat in response to numerous complaints from local residents regarding unsafe boating operation on the lake. While conducting these patrols, the officer was dressed in complete summer uniform identifying himself as a law enforcement officer.

At about 4:20 p. m., the officer observed a small boat in a cove that was occupied by one adult male and one juvenile male. The officer recognized this as a boat that was earlier occupied by the adult male and was powered by an electric motor, but the motor was no longer attached to the stern.

The cove was choked with weeds and lily pads and the officer was unable to maneuver his patrol boat through them. Therefore he identified himself and asked the adult male to bring his boat out to him. The adult male asked, “why?” The officer again identified himself and told the adult male he had to check his fishing license and safety equipment and to bring his craft to the officer’s. The adult male then stated, “I got everything I need; here’s my license (lifting his shirt), and here is my life jacket.” The officer again instructed the adult male to bring his craft to the officer’s in order to perform the safety inspection.

At this point, the adult male placed something inside the boat beneath his seat, lifted two large oars for a row boat, and then he and the juvenile struggled to paddle the craft to the officer. It was immediately apparent that the oars did not belong to the vessel.

As the craft approached, Officer Lupacchini observed the adult male was muttering something unintelligible, there were beer cans inside the boat inside a plastic bag beneath the rear operator’s seat, there were beer cans visible inside a plastic bag beneath the operator’s seat, and the motor was now lying inside the boat, along the right side,

When the boat was close to the officer’s, the officer observed the operator displayed a lack of fine motor skills, he had difficulty manipulating the safety pin with which his license was attached to his shorts. The license identified the adult male as Steven Savitski.

The officer requesting Savitski to produce two wearable life jackets; he stated he only had one; to produce a horn, bell or whistle; Savitski stated he did not have a whistle. The officer asked why they were no longer using the motor and Savitski stated he had struck an object in the water and broke the motor. The officer asked what he had struck, and Savitski stated he did not know.

While speaking to him, the officer was able to detect that Savitski’s speech was thick and slurred, he had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath, and his eyes were bloodshot and watery.

The officer asked Savitski how much he had to drink that day and he replied, “about twelve beers”. He further stated that he was not drunk.

The officer asked Savitski to submit to a series of field sobriety tests to help determine if he was capable of safely operating a watercraft. Savitski agreed to take the test.

The officer scored six clues of impairment on the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test that indicted the person is under the influence of alcohol or controlled substance. There were also 13 clues of impairment on the Finger to Nose Test.

Savistki agreed to provide a sample of breath into an Alco-Sensor FST, Pre-Arrest Breath test. He also agreed to submit a chemical tests of blood. The results of Savitski’s BAC was 0.231%, above the Pennsylvania limit of 0.08%.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for August 12, 2015 at 10:30 a. m. before Magisterial District Judge Ronald Sswank.