Second wanted individual in false ID case found
A Waverly-area woman wanted by Athens Township police in relation to a February incident on Route 220 was incarcerated Thursday on a charge of providing false identification to law enforcement authorities.
Heather L. Shaffer, 27, was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox and remanded to the Bradford County Jail in lieu of $35,000 bail, according to information filed in district court. Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 6.
Township police issued warrants for Shaffer and Joshua E. Bowman, 32, of Waverly, after both gave false identifying information to police during a Feb. 17 traffic stop on Route 220. Police arrested Bowman April 21 in the parking lot of the Walmart store on Elmira Street.
At about 8:57 p.m. Feb. 17, police stopped a silver Lincoln sedan just south of Route 220's intersection with Milan Road because it had an expired registration sticker, according to a criminal complaint filed in district court.
Bowman, the operator of the vehicle, said he was not carrying a license and provided a relative's name, address and date of birth to police, according to police. Shaffer, a passenger in the vehicle, also gave a false name and date of birth to police.
While the vehicle was stopped, police found that the vehicle was supposed to be displaying a registration plate that had expired in Dec. 2013, police said. The vehicle instead displayed another expired registration for a 1996 Nissan vehicle, according to police.
The person whose information Bowman used later informed police that Bowman was the driver of the vehicle and Shaffer was the passenger, police said. Bowman was also found to have an arrest warrant out of Tioga County, N.Y. for a probation violation and a suspended New York state license, police said.
Following his arraignment, Bowman was remanded to the Bradford County Jail in lieu of $80,000 bail.
Bowman entered a guilty plea in district court April 29 to one count each of providing false identification to a law enforcement officer and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to court documents. Bowman was sentenced to confinement in the Bradford County Correctional Facility until May 29.
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