Man pleads in drug distribution charges
BY ROBERT L. BAKER
An Ashley man could face more than 11 years in state prison and $110,000 in fines after pleading guilty Friday to 2011 drug distribution charges in Wyoming County.
William J. Overfield Jr., 25, of N. Main Street, Ashley, appeared before Judge Russell Shurtleff and accepted responsibility for bringing more than four pounds of marijuana to Meshoppen.
Court records show that a routine traffic stop by Meshoppen Police Chief John Krieg on Aug. 16, 2011, revealed more than a broken windshield violation.
According to a criminal complaint, Krieg said he saw Overfield and a female friend, Bobbie Jo Walker of Springville, enter a parking lot In Meshoppen.
There, he said that once he activated his emergency lights, the driver later identified as Overfield threw something.
It was later identified as marijuana, and Walker told authorities she had been measuring some for a friend whom she called to meet them.
After executing a search warrant, Krieg confiscated the marijuana, assorted pipes, a 9 mm loaded handgun and an envelope with $3,360 inside.
As part of a plea agreement with Wyoming County district attorney Jeff Mitchell, charges of firearms possession without a license and possession of drug paraphernalia are expected to be dropped at the time of sentencing.
On Friday, Overfield appeared with attorney Robert Munley and also pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and possession of a controlled substance on Dec. 9.
For the DUI, he faces a maximum sentence of six months incarceration and a $5,000 fine, and for the December drug possession charge he faces a maximum sentence of one year in prison and a $5,000 fine.
For the August incident, he faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.
Overfield is free on $25,000 unsecured bail and will be sentenced at a later date.
Walker pleaded guilty in December to drug possession charges of less than a pound of marijuana and is yet to be sentenced.
Others pleading Friday:
*Robert Charles Allen, 27, of Meshoppen, pleaded guilty to DUI, second offense, on May 17.
*Kimberly A. Brinton, 47, of Forkston, pleaded guilty to firearms not to be carried without a license on Mar. 7.
*Stanley B. Derby, 24, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to aggravated harassment by prisoner.
*Anthony F. Frens, 30, of Dalton, pleaded guilty to DUI, second offense, on June 27.
*Kenny Gassaway, 24, of Meshoppen, pleaded guilty to criminal trespass on Oct. 20. Under agreement, a separate charge of receiving stolen property on Nov. 1 will not be prosecuted, but will require full restitution.
*Michael Paul Gurnari, 23, of Harveys Lake, pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property on Mar. 12,
*Glenn Thomas Haddock, 46, of Avoca, pleaded guilty to DUI on Oct. 5.
*Ross Richard Harvey Jr., 44, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to corruption of minors on Jan. 4.
*Duran Christian Hofmeister, 18, of Factoryville, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct on Oct. 6.
*Douglas Michael Lakowitz, 52, of Springville, pleaded guilty to DUI on Mar. 25.
*Collin Michael Morrison, 29, of Falls, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct on July 3.
*Stephany Dyan Schultz, 25, of Factoryville, pleaded guilty to DUI, second offense, on May 4.
*Rebecca Marie Seamans, 26, of Factoryville, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance by fraud or forgery on Feb. 17.
*Courtney L. Shupp, 29, of Factoryville, pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property on Oct. 13.
-Casey Arthur Smith, 20, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to deliver cocaine on June 4.
*Paul Charles Steidinger, 46, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to harassment on May 20.
*Justin D. Stoothoff, 19, of Laceyville, pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking on July 14.
*Richard Robert Weaver, 50, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to contraband on Feb. 14.
Other persons scheduled for guilty pleas Friday had their cases continued at a later date, included Matthew Ryan Drogan, 25, of Meshoppen; Aumont R. Edwards Jr., 24, of Scranton; Paul Carlton Fassett, 33, of Meshoppen; Christopher Daniel Gruver, 21, of Meshoppen; Kenneth David Lamoreaux, 23, of Monroe Twp.; Brooke Reese, 26, of Scranton; Katie Marie McDermott, 33, of Mehoopany; Mitchell Ross Milliron, 26, of Laceyville; Casey Arthur Smith, 20, of Tunkhannock; Matthew R. Vandemark, 44, of Springville; and Jay Thomas Wood, 46, of Lake Winola.