Magisterial District Court Report
Theft

Eric James Moore, 20, of 574 Saint Johns Rd., Wapwallopen, was charged with Theft By Unlawful Taking and Receiving Stolen Property. Charges were filed on October 6, 2015 by Tpr. Richard Williams, PA State Troop N-Hazleton, was on patrol in a marked vehicle on August 21, 2015 when he took a complaint from Amanda Lynn Moyer who stated that $450 had been stolen from the truck stop she owned, Blue Ridge Plaza.

On August 21, 2015, Moyer related to Tpr. Williams that sometime the night before someone had stolen $450 out of multiple cash bags kept in the office at Blue Ridge plaza. Moyer showed Tpr. Williams the surveillance video of the defendant entering the office several times. Moyer related the defendant had no legitimate purpose to enter the cash office.

On August 22, 1015, Tpr. Williams made contact with the defendant and interviewed him at his residence. The defendant admitted that he had stolen the money the last time he worked at Blue Ridge Plaza. He was uncertain as to the exact amount but guessed it was between $300 and $500.

The total amount stolen was $450.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled December 9, 2015 at 10 a. m. before Magisterial District Judge Ronald Swank.

Forgery, Theft

Brittany Leigh Roman, 23, 40 S. Main St., Ashley, has been charged with Forgery, Identity Theft, Theft By Unlawful Taking and Receiving Stolen Property. Charges were filed by Ptlm. Kristen Paulshock of the Wright Township Police Department on October20, 2015.

According to the Affidavit of Probable Cause, on September 28, 2015 at about 12:50 a. m., the victim, Ann Roman, came to the Wright Township Police Department to file a complaint. She stated that she has a checking account with First National Bank, 46 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountaintop. She said that on Thursday, September 10 she was not feeling well and that her granddaughter, Brittany Roman, the defendant, came over to visit her. The victim said that Brittany left briefly and then returned. The victim said her checkbook was on the kitchen table on a stack of paperwork. She said that the defendant was the only person who had access to her checkbook and was alone in the kitchen.

On September 27, 2015, the victim went to use her ATM card at the Dollar General in Mountaintop but it was declined. She went to the bank and checked her balance. She found it was $57 over the limit.

On September 28, the victim went through her checkbook and found two checks were missing. She then went to First National Bank and spoke to the bank manager, Theresa Sotack. The victim learned that one of the checks dated September 14, 2015 was written out to Brittany Roman for $65 and cashed at the drive thru teller on September 16 at 3:06 p. m. Brittany signed the back of the check and the teller wrote her PA OLN number under her signature. The victim stated that she did not write out that check to the defendant. She stated that she did not authorize the defendant to write out the check or cash it.

On October 15, 2015, the bank manager emailed pictures of the defendant cashing the check at the drive thru teller. The defendant was operating an extended cab pick-up truck with a cap on the back. On July 20, 2015, Sgt. Scott Rozitski stopped the defendant for a traffic violation. She was operating a brown 1993 Ford F-150 without a license. She was issued two citations.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled December 2, 2015 at 10 a. m. before Magisterial District Judge Ronald Swank.

DUI

James Richard Kephart, 42, 20 Stople Rd., PO Box 265, White Haven, has been charged with two counts of DUI and Period for Requiring Lighted Lamps. The charges were filed by Tpr. Joseph Urban of the Pennsylvania State Police, Troop N, Fern Ridge on October 27, 2015.

According to the Affidavit of Probable Cause, on Monday, October 19, 2015, Tpr. Urban was traveling west on SR 940 just past the intersection of SR 437 in a marked patrol car when he observed an orange coupe traveling in front of him without any rear lamps activated. Tpr. Urban initiated a traffic stop in a gas station parking lot at the intersection of SR 940 and Allegheny Street, White Haven. At that time the vehicle was identified as a Chevrolet Cavalier.

Trp. Urban approached the vehicle on the passenger side and made contact with the operator identified as James Richard Kephart by his PA Driver’s License. While speaking to Kephart, Tpr. Urban noticed his speech was slurred and his eyes were glossy and bloodshot. The trooper also detected the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from the vehicle.

Trp. Urban asked Kephart to exit the vehicle to the rear for field sobriety testing. While completing the testing, Kephart displayed indicators of impairment. The troop again detected the strong odor of an alcohol beverage emanating from his person. He then completed a preliminary breath test. Due to the indicators of impairment and the results of the preliminary breath test, Kephart was placed under arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol. He was transported to the PSP Fern Ridge Barracks for a chemical test of his breath. The result of the test indicated Kephart had a BAC of 0.18% at the time of testing.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled December 16, 2015 at 10 a. m. before Magisterial District Judge Ronald Swank.