WHITE HAVEN, Pa. - Throughout the course of three months, White Haven Police has changed a man twice after responding to reports of him fighting with his girlfriend, according to the police department's Facebook page..
On August 30th of this year, Steven K. Koch Jr., 34, of unknown address, was seen fighting with his girlfriend on the north end of Main Street, prompting citizens to call in law enforcement fearing he might've abducted her.
Police said they stopped the vehicle Koch and the woman were inside on Route 940 and found Koch in possession of several used hypodermic needles, multiple used heroin packets, a small amount of heroin and marijuana and several unlabeled pills
Then on Wednesday, October 5th, shortly before 7 o'clock in the evening, a person saw Koch hit the same woman and called police.
When Police arrived they found Koch and the woman on Reading Northern Railroad property, which is private land.
Both denied a physical dispute occurred, though, police said, the woman looked scared and there were signs of a recent scuffle around them.
Arrest papers state Koch appeared intoxicated and began verbally abusing police.
The August incident results in Koch being charged with use or possession of drug paraphernalia and disorderly conduct, misdemeanours.
As for the October incident, Koch was charged with misdemeanors for reckless endangerment, simple assault and defiant trespass along with a summary for public drunkenness.
His bail was set at $1,500 in each case by Magisterial District Judge David Barilla, Swoyersville, that day, though he later posted the $3,000 total bail the following day through private surety, according to court records.