Orwell DUI

David Valentine, 43, of Rome is facing DUI related charges following a traffic stop on Route 187 in Orwell on April 8.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, the Pennsylvania State Police witnessed Valentine driving around 15 miles per hour over the speed limit. A traffic stop was conducted and the trooper detected the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Valentine admitted to smoking marijuana a half hour before driving, according to the affidavit.

Valentine was asked if there were drugs in the vehicle and he stated that there was. After a standard field sobriety test, Valentine was taken for a blood draw which revealed the presence of T.H.C. A search of the vehicle resulted in a bag being found that contained drug paraphernalia and marijuana.

Valentine is facing charges of misdemeanor intentional possession of controlled substance by per not regulation, misdemeanor use/possession of drug paraphernalia, misdemeanor DUI: controlled substance — schedule two or three — first offense, summary violation driving unregistered vehicle, summary violation exceeding speed limit established by 15 m.p.h., summary violation careless driving and summary violation operating vehicle without valid inspection.

Valentine has a preliminary hearing on June 7 with Magisterial District Judge Todd Carr.

DUI

Zaquon Benjaminbrown, 18, of Millerton is facing DUI related charges following a traffic stop on Hawkins Road in Towanda on March 29.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, the Pennsylvania State Police initiated a traffic stop on Benjaminbrown due to driving on a roadway while using off-road lighting. During the traffic, Benjaminbrown admitted to smoking marijuana prior to driving and having marijuana in the vehicle. A small baggie of marijuana was found in the vehicle and a blood draw revealed T.H.C. in Benjaminbrown’s system.

Benjaminbrown is facing charges of misdemeanor intentional possession of controlled substance by per not regulation, misdemeanor use/possession of drug paraphernalia, misdemeanor DUI: controlled substance — schedule one — first offense, summary violation careless driving, summary violation no headlights and summary violation fail to use safety belt — driver and front seat occupant.

Benjaminbrown has preliminary hearing on June 7 with Magisterial District Judge Todd Carr.

Canton simple assault

Cody Page, 30, of Canton is facing charges of misdemeanor simple assault in the second degree and summary violation harassment — subject other to physical contact following an incident in Canton on April 18.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Canton Borough police were dispatched to a Canton residence due to Page assaulting a victim. The victim had gone to the residence to request $40 from Page’s girlfriend for babysitting. Page is accused of getting angry and slamming the door shut. The victim knocked again before Page opened the door, slammed it into the victim’s face and then punched the victim, according to the affidavit.

Page has a preliminary hearing on May 22 with Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox.

Drug possession

Stevi Griffith, 29, of Towanda is facing charges of misdemeanor counter simulate — mark stamp and misdemeanor use/possession of drug paraphernalia following a traffic stop in Towanda on March 14.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Griffith was stopped by the Pennsylvania State Police after a trooper observed Griffith playing with her hair in the rear view window and not paying attention to the roadway. Griffith gave deceptive answers about where she was going as she had been spotted in a different location just prior, according to the affidavit. Griffith admitted to possession a needle and heroin to the trooper and both items were found.

Griffith has a preliminary hearing on June 26 with Magisterial District Judge Todd Carr.

Smithfield harassment

According to the Pennsylvania State Police, 27-year-old Bryn Benninger of Dushore is facing harassment related charges following an incident on Codding Road in Smithfield on May 10. Benninger is accused of spitting on and threatening a 17-year-old victim.