Leonny Rojas, 20, 187 S. Main Rd., Mountaintop, has been charged with Possession of Marijuana, Use/ Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Exceeding the Speed Limit stemming from an incident that took place on January 31, 2016. Charges were filed by July 20, 2016. Andrew Hashagen, Rice Township Police Department, was the arresting officer.
According to the Affidavit of Probable Cause, on January 31, 2016, Officer Hashagen was observing traffic in the area of Nuangola Road and 1st Street when a black Jeep passed going 47 mph in a posted 30 mph zone. The officer initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Leonny Rojas. As he spoke with Rojas, the officer smelled a strong odor of fresh marijuana. He asked Rojas is there was anything illegal in the vehicle and Rojas said no. Officer Hashagen informed Rojas that he was going to search the vehicle due to the fact that he had probable cause to do so. Rojas stated there was a bong he had just purchased but it was for tobacco. Rojas’ drivers license was also expired.
Officer Hashagen requested assistance on the stop and upon arrival, Officer Hashagen began to search the vehicle, A red gym style bag was found on the passenger side floor containing the following: a mason jar and an “air tight” black container containing suspected marijuana, a multi-colored glass pipe with marijuana residue, a scale, a large clear glass bong, and a green colored grinder with suspected marijuana. At this time, Rojas was placed under arrest for possession of marijuana and read his rights. The vehicle was impounded.
Rojas was transported to the station where he waived his rights and made a full confession to using and possessing marijuana.
A preliminary hearing has been scheduled August 24, 2016 at 10 a. m. before Magisterial District Judge Gerald L. Feissner.
Nicole Cecilia Dandrea, 21, 421 Adams Street, Freeland, has been charged with DUI and Driving Without a License. Charges were filed on August 3, 2016. Ptlm. Phillips Collotty Jr., Rice Township Police Department, was the arresting officer.
According to the Affidavit of Probable Cause, on July 30, 2016 at 4:10 a. m., Ptlm. Collotty was dispatched for a report of a motor vehicle accident into the woods in the area of 5005 Nuangola Road. Ptlm. Collotty arrived to find the vehicle in the woods approximately25 yards off the roadway. There was a female laying on the ground next to the passenger side of the vehicle who was not responding. She was identified as Antoinette Sudziarski who was the passenger in the vehicle, Ptlm. Collotty attempted to speak to the female laying on the ground but she would not respond to him. There was a female standing next to her who identified herself as Nicole Dandrea, the driver of the vehicle. The operator of the vehicle pulled her out of the vehicle because she was afraid it would catch fire.
Ptlm. Collotty asked her what happened. She stated she was not from the area and did not negotiate the sharp curve and went into the woods.
Nuangola Fire and Medic 37 arrived and provided medical treatment to both people involved. Nicole Dandrea refused treatment from EMS, after which she came over to speak to Collotty. Sudziarski was transported to Geisinger Medical Center by Medic 37.
While speaking with the operator who was identified as Nicole Cecilia Dandrea, Ptl. Collotty detected a strong odor of alcoholic beverage emitting from her breath and observed she was also slurring her speech. Ptlm. Collotty asked Dandrea if she would take a Field Sobriety Test and she stated “no”. He then asked her if she would go to Geisinger Medical Center for a blood test and she stated “no”. Dandrea was then read the DL-26 form and she refused to sign it.
The vehicle was towed.
A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for September 7, 2016 at 10 a. m. before magisterial District Judge Ronald W. Swank.
Mikayla Rose Sando, 19, 69 Church St., Beaver Meadows, PA, has been charged with Possession of Marijuana and Use/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The charges were filed on July 20, 2016. Patrolman Andrew Hashagen, Rice Township Police Department, was the arresting officer.
According to the Affidavit of Probable Cause, on May 19, 2016, while on Nuangola area in the area of Nelly’s Travel Plaza, Ptlm. Hashagen saw a gray sedan pull out of the parking lot without turning the lights on. He followed the vehicle to the intersection at Church Road and observed the vehicle make an unusually wide turn to make a left onto Church Road. While traveling on Church Road, the vehicle was bouncing from line to line, crossing both lines several times. The vehicle also made wide turns in the curves of the road.
Ptlm. Hashagen initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Matthew Wren. The passenger was identified as Mikayla Sando. Wren appeared very nervous and apologized for the way he was driving. The officer asked what they were up to and Wren stated that he had just picked up Sando. This was suspicious to Ptlm. Hashagen since Sando lived in Beaver Meadows and Wren was from Forty Fort. Ptlm. Hashagen asked Sando how old she was and she stated 20. Her ID gave an age of 19.
Officer Collotty arrived on the scene and asked Wren to step out of the vehicle and told him to be straight because the stories didn’t ad up. Wren stated that the female in the vehicle was his friend and that he was married which is why he was so nervous. Collotty performed an HGN test on Wren and noticed slight nystagmus in his eyes. Wren stated he hadn’t taken anything and wasn’t under a doctor’s care. Wren was told he was free to go and agreed to have his vehicle searched.
Ptlm. Hashagen asked Sando to step out of the vehicle and asked is there was anything illegal in the vehicle. She stated “no”. When asked why she lied about her age, Sando stated she was nervous because Wren did not know she was only 19. Ptlm. Hashagen performed a consent search of the vehicle and found a small silver metallic container, known to him as a “grinder” used for the ingesting of marijuana. He opened the container and could smell the odor of marijuana.
Both parties were detained for possession of drug paraphernalia. Both parties were separated and read their Miranda warnings. Sando stated that the grinder was hers. Wren was released from custody and was free to leave. Sando was transported back to her vehicle at Nelly’s Travel Plaza and released.
A preliminary hearing for Sando has been scheduked August 24, 2016 at 10 a. m. before Magisterial District Judge Gerald. L. Feissner.