Magisterial District Court Reports
Bad Checks

Jeanette L. Chappell, 40, 56 South Main St., Mountain Top, has been charged with Bad Checks stemming from an incident that took place on August 7, 2017. Charges were filed on September 5, 2017 by Chief Royce Engler, Wright Township Police Department.

According to the Affidavit of Probable Cause, on August 15, 2017, Marilyn Ayre from A & R Building Supply, 201 Church Road, Mountaintop, reported that on August 7, 2017 Jeanette L. Chappell, 56, S. Main Street, Mountaintop, came into the business and purchased a Dewalt 12” 15A Miter saw valued at $599.99 Total cost with $45.60 tax was $805.58.

The Defendant endorsed a personal check draw on NBT Bank for payment. On August 14, 2017, the check was returned to A & R Building Supply for non-sufficient funds. On August 14, 2017, Marilyn Ayre from A & R Building Supply telephoned the defendant and told her about both checks (8/4/17 and 8/7/17). The Defendant stated her husband got paid at the end of the month. Could she pay then? Marilyn asked for a check to hold until then. The Defendant agreed to call Marilyn later to arrange delivery of a check. The Defendant did not call her.

On August 14, 2017 a certified letter requesting payment within 10 days must be received. As of August 31, 2017, A & R Building Supply received no responde from the defendant.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled November 1, 2017 at 10:30 a. m. before Magisterial District Judge Martin R. Kane.

Drug Charges, Texting While Driving

Hannah Rayzil Bottoms, 19, 4050 Hollywood Blvd., Hazle Township, has been charged with DUI, Possession of Marijuana, Use/ Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Texting While Driving stemming from an incident on September 6, 2017.

Ptlm. Andrew M. Hashagen, Rice Township Department Police Department, filed charges on September 6, 2017.

According to the Affidavit of Probable Cause, while observing traffic in the area of Nuangola Road by the PennDOT salt shed, Ptlm. Hashagen witnessed a Toyota sedan pass and the officer could see the other driver using a text based communications via a cell phone which illuminated the cab. Ptlm. Hashagen initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Hannah Bottoms. While speaking to the driver the officer noticed the odor of burned marijuana coming from the vehicle. The officer asked the driver is she had any guns, knives, or illegal drugs in the vehicle and she said no. Ptlm. Hashagen asked if there was any marijuana in the vehicle and the driver began to tear up.

Ptlm. Hashagen removed the driver from the vehicle and told her that burned marijuana could be smelled coming from the vehicle and asked where in the vehicle it was located. Hannah told him that she had a small amount of marijuana in her purse and that the last time she ingested any marijuana was the previous day. Having probable cause, Ptlm. Hashagen conducted a search of the vehicle and found several baggies of the suspected marijuana located in a pink purse along with a cigar wrapper. Officer Zane arrived on the scene,

Due to the odor of burned marijuana in a sole occupied vehicle, the officer placed Hannah under arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence of a schedule 1 controlled substance. Hannah was transported by Ptlm. Hashagen and Officer Deets to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital in Plains where Hannah consented to the blood test. Hannah was then transported to the Rice Township Police Department where she was released into her friend’s custody.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled November 1, 2017 at 10:30 a. m. before Magisterial District Judge Martin R. Kane.