Man pleads in crime spree

BY ROBERT L. BAKER

Wyoming County Press Examiner

A 29-year-old Tunkhannock man faces as much as 41 years in prison and a $70,000 fine for a six-month crime spree last year that finally caught up with him.

William J. Harvey Jr. originally faced 128 charges for incidents that occurred on July 28, Aug. 21, Sept. 5, Sept. 9, Sept. 29, Oct. 5, Oct. 10, and Oct. 22.

Court records show that on five different occasions, Harvey purchased merchandise at Gay’s True Value in Tunkhannock and paid for it with checks from M&T Bank’s Dallas branch.

The only problem was there was no money in the account.

Court documents show that Herron Lumber, VanDuzer’s Service Station, Dana Hardware, Brick’s Market, and the P&G Employees Federal Credit Union in Tunkhannock were all targets of Harvey’s schemes, the complaints note.

In one instance, a witness noted that he drove Harvey to Herron Lumber in October where Harvey had purchased a nail gun and drill drivers, and on the same day he drove Harvey to the Trading Post Pawn Shop in Wilkes-Barre where he sold the nail gun he had purchased just hours before.

The witness told police he thought Harvey was using the cash to buy heroin.

After investigators contacted the Trading Post, they learned on three separate occasions, Harvey had sold the pawn shop a high definition television, a drill, and a nail gun.

His sentencing hearing has not been set.

OTHER PLEAS

 Others pleading on Friday:

*Brian Keith Bready Jr., 29, of Levittown, pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia on June 16, 2011.

*Howard James Carter, 37, of Archbald, pleaded guilty to DUI on July 21, 2012.

*Jonathan George Clemens, 27, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance on Nov. 17, 2011; and to possession with intent to deliver on Feb. 9, 2012.

Sean Ryan Demchak, 32, of Meshoppen, pleaded guilty to simple assault on Nov. 15, 2012. Under the plea agreement, additional charges with a Nov. 15 incident will not be prosecuted at the time of sentencing except to satisfy restitution in those cases.

*Roy Albert Hart, 30, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia on Jan. 21.

*Dale Maurice Hitchcock, 23, of Laceyville, pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia on Dec. 6, 2012.

*James William Hood, 39, of Scranton, pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property on Oct. 31, 2012.

*Kevin Jefferson, 49, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to DUI on Oct. 22, 2012.

*Thomas Edward Kormis, 45, of Mountaintop, pleaded guilty to DUI, second offense, on Oct. 13, 2012.

*Nicholas Paul Kotch, 23, of Monroe Twp., pleaded guilty to DUI, second offense, on Sept. 29, 2012.

*Kenneth David Lamoreaux, 23, of Monroe Twp., pleaded guilty to prohibited offensive weapon on June 20, 2012.

*Christopher L. Magalong, 22, of Dallas, pleaded guilty to bad checks on Nov. 4, 2012.

*Richard Allen Manning, 41, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to DUI, second offense, on Aug. 18, 2012.

*Shawn Thomas Miller, 41, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy to commit theft by deception on Jan. 21.

*Joseph Jonathon Onzik, 34, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to retail theft on Dec. 8, 2012.

Jack Edward Parry, 51, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to accidents involving damage to attended vehicle or property on Jan. 17.

*Paul Steven Ruiz-Martinez, 46, of Mehoopany, pleaded guilty to DUI on Sept. 28, 2012.

*John Kenneth Sphar, 50, of Nicholson, pleaded guilty to DUI, on Nov. 22, 2012.

*Timothy Michael Taylor, 24, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to theft by deception on March 16, 2012.

*Michael Ray Tyler, 52, of Meshoppen, pleaded guilty to DUI on Aug. 24, 2012.

*Bruce Allen Vandermark Jr., 23, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to burglary on Oct. 5, 2012; and to resisting arrest on Oct. 9, 2012. Under the plea agreement, additional charges with a Sept. 28 incident will not be prosecuted at the time of sentencing except to satisfy restitution in those cases.

*Roy E. Walter, 57, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to DUI on Oct. 27.

*Andrew P. Walton, 35, of Meshoppen, pleaded guilty to DUI, second offense on Nov. 18, 2012.