Criminal charges filed:
lBaron John Beichner, 46, Knox.
Charged with resisting arrest, a second-degree misdemeanor; two counts of simple assault, a third-degree misdemeanor; and two counts of harassment, a summary offense, Feb. 23 in Beaver Township.
State police Tpr. Ethan T. Rowe was dispatched to a Twin Church Road residence for a report of an active domestic incident.
According to the complaint, Beichner was inside the residence standing on the top of the steps. Beichner was advised by Tpr. Kyle Freeman to get on the ground. Beichner was not visibly putting his hands behind his back and had to be guided to the ground to be placed under arrest. Beichner allegedly actively resisted arrest.
Rowe spoke with the victims on scene, both of whom allegedly related Beichner had punched them in the chest with a closed fist and then pushed them inside the residence.
Filed by Rowe.
lMichael Steven Siple II, 35, Knox.
Charged with receiving stolen property, a third-degree felony; and violation of use of certificate of inspection, driving with a suspended license, and fraudulent use of registration plate, all summary offenses, at 4:50 p.m. Nov. 6 in Knox Borough.
Knox Borough Police Chief Jason L. Bowen was on patrol and observed a vehicle heading East on East State Street.
According to the complaint, the vehicle's registration plate came back as a "Tag Only Record" and "cannot be used on any motor vehicle."
A traffic stop was initiated and the driver was identified as Siple. Siple allegedly informed Bowen the registration plate had been removed from a vehicle belonging to a passenger in the vehicle and Siple had attached the plate to the vehicle, which was not assigned to it.
Siple allegedly stated his driver's license was suspended and there is no valid insurance on the vehicle.
The vehicle came back registered to a known female and the inspection sticker was found to be fraudulent. Bowen spoke with Siple about the information. Siple allegedly stated he had purchased the vehicle from Wells Auto Wrecking.
Bowen spoke with the owner of Wells Auto Wrecking and it was discovered Siple did not purchase the vehicle from them and he did not have permission to possess the vehicle. Filed by Bowen.
lNiki Lorraine Borowski, 38, Franklin.
Charged with theft by unlawful taking, a third-degree felony; and 17 counts of forgery, a first-degree misdemeanor, Dec. 31, 2016, in Knox Borough.
According to the complaint, Borowski was an office employee in charge of payroll and supply purchases for PennKraft Building Systems, LLC in Knox before termination from the position in May, 2018. Between the dates of Dec. 31, 2016 and March 9, 2018, Borowski forged the signatures of the owner and the president of the company on several payroll checks she was not authorized to issue.
Borowski made out two paychecks to herself for the same pay periods. One payroll check was legitimate and signed by the owner and president of the company. The second payroll check was fraudulent, as Borowski forged the signatures of the owner and president.
The total amount of the checks authorized and forged by Borowski totaled $7,613.
Borowski also, without being granted permission, paid her husband's credit card payments for the months of January, February and March 2018 with the company's checking account in a total amount of $1,144 for the three months.
During an interview, Borowski allegedly stated she had run into financial hardship and needed the extra money. Borowski allegedly informed Bowen this was the reason she committed the acts.
Restitution in the amount of $8,758 was requested by the company.
lThomas Patrick Flannigan, 49, Knox. Charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, a misdemeanor; and driving without a license and driving under a suspended license, both summary offenses, at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 22 in Ashland Township.
State police Tpr. Tate M. Allison was conducting a stationary patrol at the intersection State Route 208 and State Route 338 in Knox Borough. Allison conducted a query of a nearby vehicle's registration plate and it was discovered the owner of the vehicle had a driving under the influence of alcohol suspended license.
A traffic stop was conducted on old Knox Road in Ashland Township. Upon contact with the vehicle's operator identified as Flannigan, Allison could smell a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from the vehicle. Flannigan's eyes appeared bloodshot and glassy and his speech was slightly slurred.
Flannigan allegedly related to Allison he had consumed two beers. Allison witnessed a twelve pack of beer cans on the right front floor of the vehicle.
During field sobriety tests, Flannigan showed signs of being highly intoxicated. Flannigan did not perform the walk and turn initially and allegedly began pleading with Allison to follow him home or take him home.
As Flannigan was being placed under arrest, he allegedly related he would perform the walk and turn. Allison allowed Flannigan to perform the test and Flannigan stopped the test after taking three steps and stepping off the line.
Flannigan was then placed under arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol and transported to the Clarion Hospital.
Filed by Allison.
The following cases involve summary offenses punishable by up to a $300 fine and 90 days in jail upon conviction.
lCharles Duane Kiser, 32, Fryburg. Charged with harassment/acts to annoy (sent multiple text messages calling the victim foul names and using foul language) at 10:15 p.m. Jan. 24 in Elk Township. Filed by state police Tpr. Jesse M. Kochara.
lHeidi Jane Nieder, 39, Shippenville. Charged with harassment/physical contact (scratched and struck the victim multiple times) at 12 a.m. Jan. 26 in Shippenville. Filed by state police Tpr. Jacob T. Beers.
lShane Thomas Miller, 27, Cranberry. Charged with harassment/physical contact (shoved the victim) at 10:17 p.m. Jan. 25 in Ashland Township. Filed by state police Tpr. Ryan M. Drayer.
The following cases were disposed of at Heeter's office.
lAlisha S. Butterbaugh, age not provided, Clarion. Found guilty of writing a bad check ($20 to Charitable Deeds and Services, Knox) April 6, 2019 in Ashland Township. Fines, costs and restitution are $32.
lRebecca Hartzell, age not provided, St. Petersburg. Pleaded guilty to failure to provide proof of rabies vaccination (failed to provide proof of vaccination or exemption status for three dogs within 48 hours of a request) at 8 a.m. Feb. 3 in St. Petersburg Borough. Fines and costs are $192.
Hartzell also pleaded guilty to failure to obtain/apply for current 2020 state dog licenses for three dogs at 8 a.m. Feb. 3 in St. Petersburg Borough. Fines and costs are $90.
lFrank J. Leadbetter, 47, Cranberry. Found guilty of possession of a hunting and license tag belonging to another (unlawfully possessed, while going to and from hunting, a license and big game kill tag belonging to another) at 12:20 p.m. Dec. 7 in Ashland Township. Fines and costs are $199.
lWendy Skinner-Myers, age not provided, Shippenville. Pleaded guilty to writing a bad check ($60 to Tom's Riverside, Knox) on Aug. 8 in Beaver Township. Fines, costs and restitution are $337.