Teen shot by police pleads guilty


SUNBURY – Six months after being shot by Sunbury Police, 18-year-old Naheem Reams plead guilty to aggravated assault against officers.  Reams, of Shamokin, was in Northumberland County Court Friday and was sentenced 2-5 years in state prison for the June incident in Sunbury.  He will receive credit for time served. Reams plead guilty to aggravated assault, driving while impaired, fleeing and eluding police, reckless driving and other traffic violations. He was charged June 5 after police attempted to stop his vehicle in Sunbury during a high-speed chase.  Reams tried to run down a Sunbury police officer at Chestnut and Front Streets and the officer fired one shot, hitting Reams in the torso. Northumberland County Judge…

Jury selected for teen shot by Sunbury police


SUNBURY – A 12-person jury has been selected for the trial of Naheem Reams, who was shot by Sunbury police after allegedly trying to run over the officer.  The News Item reports the trial will begin on Thursday, December 18.   The 18-year-old is charged with felony aggravated assault, fleeing or eluding and driving under the influence of marijuana.  Police say Reams was shot by Sunbury Sergeant James Taylor once in the torso on June 5, 2013 after a high-speed chase in the city.  Reams allegedly tried to run down Taylor near Chestnut and Front Streets.  (Ali Stevens) Follow

Teen driver shot by police testifies


SUNBURY – A teen who was shot by a Sunbury Police officer following a high-speed chase testified in court on Wednesday.  A hearing was held for 18-year-old Naheem Reams of Shamokin to decide whether charges against him should be sent to juvenile court instead of him being tried as an adult.   He was 17 when the incident occurred in June of last year.  Reams was charged as an adult with six counts of aggravated assault.  The chase in Sunbury ended at Chestnut and South Front Streets. Reams was shot in the abdomen by an officer who claims he was trying to run him down with his car.  Reams pleaded not guilty in September.  …

Naheem Reams court hearing is postponed


SUNBURY — A court hearing for teen charged with trying to run down a police officer with a vehicle was postponed on Tuesday. The News Item reports the hearing was to decide if Naheem Reams of Sunbury should be moved to juvenile court. However, the hearing was postponed after defense attorney Tim Bowers claimed he wasn’t given enough notice about the proceeding.   The hearing will now take place on April 23rd. Reams is charged with trying to run over a Sunbury police officer last year, before he was shot by the officer. He was 17 at the time of the incident and was charged as an adult. Reams is now 18. He is charged…

Charges going to court for teen shot by police


SUNBURY – All charges will go to court for a Sunbury teen accused of leading police on a high-speed chase and attempting to hit an officer with his vehicle.  District Judge Ben Apfelbaum also denied 17-year-old Naheem Reams a bail reduction at his preliminary hearing Tuesday.  Reams, who plead not guilty, faces a number of charges including felony aggravated assault for the June 5 incident in Sunbury. During the preliminary hearing, District Attorney Tony Rosini called a Sunbury police officer and a Stonington state trooper to the stand to provide details of the night of the incident.  A letter from Reams to the Sunbury Police Department was also entered into evidence, where Reams apologized for…

Teen shot by Sunbury PD delays hearing


SUNBURY – A preliminary hearing for a Sunbury teen shot after leading police on a chase has been rescheduled for a second time.  17-year-old Naheem Reams was due in court Tuesday afternoon.  District Judge Ben Apfelbaum’s office tells us Reams’ preliminary hearing will be rescheduled on a later date and that Reams is obtaining private counsel. Reams was to be represented by Northumberland County Chief Defender Edward Greco, however, his office tells us if Reams is obtaining private council, their office will no longer be handling his case.  A preliminary hearing was also rescheduled last week for Reams, because the arresting officer was not available. Reams faces a number of felony counts after the incident June…

Hearing for teen shooting victim delayed


SUNBURY – A preliminary hearing for a teen shot by Sunbury police on June 5th has been delayed until next week. The News Item reports the arresting state trooper requested the delay because he wasn’t available for a hearing today. 17-year-old Naheem Reams was charged as an adult by state police with numerous offenses, including aggravated assault, driving under the influence of marijuana and other counts for a high speed chase in Sunbury.   Police say Reams was shot by a Sunbury police officer on Chestnut Street near Front Street when Reams allegedly tried to run the officer down with his vehicle. Reams was arraigned Friday afternoon and sent to the Northumberland County Prison on…

Officer returns to job after city shooting


SUNBURY — The Sunbury police officer involved in the shooting of a teen in the city last month is back on the job.  The officer, who has not publicly been identified, was on leave following the June 5 incident in which 17-year-old Naheem Reams of Sunbury was shot.  Sunbury Police Chief Stephen Mazzeo says it is standard practice to put an officer on leave after an incident such as this, while an investigation is ongoing. Friday, Northumberland County District Attorney Tony Rosini announced that the officer who shot Reams was justified in doing so.  In addition, it was determined that Reams will be charged as an adult for aggravated assault. (Sara Bartlett)   Follow

No charges yet for shot Sunbury teen


UNDATED — It is still being determined what charges will be filed against a Sunbury teen who led police on a chase before being shot.  17-year-old Naheem Reams remains in a juvenile detention center after being released from the hospital last Wednesday. Reams had been at Geisinger Medical Center since being shot by Sunbury Police June 5.  When approached by officers late June 5, Reams reportedly sped off in his vehicle, hitting two police cars and attempted to hit a police officer.  Police fired one shot and hit Reams in the abdomen. Northumberland County District Attorney Tony Rosini says it will be two to three weeks before there will be charges filed against Reams.  Rosini…

Charges could come soon against injured teen


SUNBURY – State police have not yet filed charges against a teen who continues to recover after being shot by police in Sunbury. State police trooper Matt Burrows tells us 17-year-old Naheem Reams will remain hospitalized for several more days, recovering from a gunshot wound to the abdomen.   He said when charges are filed, it is possible Reams would be arraigned in his hospital room, but at this time, he is still in serious condition so it’s too early to tell. State police continue to investigate the incident from June 5th, where Reams allegedly tried to run a Sunbury police officer down with a vehicle after a high speed chase. That’s when he was…