Thursday, February 26, 2015

Police Logs

Thursday, January 29, 2015

A vehicle stop in Lehigh County on Wednesday led to the finding of a large quantity of untaxed cigarettes.

State police at Fogelsville said a rental vehicle was stopped along Interstate 78 in Upper Saucon Township, about 1:40 a.m. for a vehicle code violation.

At the stop troopers observed multiple indicators of criminal activity. A consent search was conducted and found was 588 cartons of Virginia tax stamped cigarettes.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Tamaqua police filed charges against Krystle Lee Ketchledge, 24, of 227 Lafayette St., Tamaqua, after an incident at the Family Dollar Store on Jan. 22.

Officers were called to the store, at 137 N. Railroad St., at 6:57 p.m. after the store manager observed a woman placing items in her purse.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Matthew James Matukonis, 40, of 405 Arlington St., Tamaqua, has been cited by Tamaqua police after an incident at Boyer's Food Market on Jan. 16.

Police received a phone call from the store manager at 4:04 p.m., who reported that Matukonis stole two Delmonico steaks from the store. The steaks were concealed in Matukonis' pants while he paid for several other items.

He was cited for retail theft.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Two students at Penn State's Schuylkill Haven campus have been cited for retail theft.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said Bilal Butler, 18, and Nicole Williams, 18, both of Philadelphia, were cited for an incident on Wednesday at Redner's Warehouse Market, located off Route 61 in North Manheim Township.

Troopers said the two were observed by store personnel placing grocery items on their person and trying to leave the store without paying for the items.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

A Tamaqua man who complained to police that he was being harassed by communication found himself being cited on Friday.

William Hill, 33, of South Greenwood Street, visited the police station at 11 a.m. to report getting harassing phone calls from a man. He was advised not to accept the calls, not to call the man and to keep track of the calls.

A very short time later, a woman who is the registered owner of the man's cellphone, complained that Hill was repeatedly calling and threatening the man. She was advised of Hill's complaint and given the same advice.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Dustin Oncay, 30, of 25 Franklin St., Tamaqua, was cited by Tamaqua police after a shoplifting incident at Boyer's Food Market on Jan. 20.

Officers were dispatched to the Cedar Street store at 7:48 a.m. and spoke with the manager, who had detained Oncay, who had attempted to steal a $10.49 package of Compound W.

Oncay was cited for attempted retail theft.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Tamaqua police have cited Tracy Hicks, 48, of 405 Pine St., Tamaqua, with public drunkenness.

Police responded, along with emergency medical personnel, to a report of a woman falling on Mauch Chunk Street at 5:57 p.m. on Jan. 18.

On scene they found Hicks on the ground, propped up against a Jeep Cherokee. She smelled strongly of alcohol and was unable to stand on her own.

She refused medical treatment and was taken back to the police station where she agreed to a portable breath test. The test registered a 0.41 percent blood alcohol level.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

A Tamaqua man with an outstanding warrant for his arrest faces additional charges after Tamaqua police arrested him on Jan. 17.

At 12:10 a.m. officers received a tip that Jacob Kamant, 24, of 158 Orwigsburg St., who had a bench warrant for his arrest, was at a bar on East Broad Street.

Officers checked and found Kamant in a back room playing pool. When told he was under arrest, Kamant began walking out the door, then began running. He didn't get very far as there were police officers covering the front and rear doors to the business.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

An argument between three men in Tamaqua on Jan. 23 resulted in criminal charges for two of the men.

Officers were dispatched to the 200 block of Bowe Street at 3:19 p.m. for a fight in progress. The caller said three men were arguing outside and there was a possible weapon involved. When officers arrived, there was no one outside.

The caller then came outside and related that two men from 212 Bowe St. had been loudly arguing with a man from 210 Hunter St. The resident said this was becoming a constant problem.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A disturbance at St. Luke's Hospital-Miners Campus in Coaldale resulted in criminal charges for a Tamaqua couple.

Police were dispatched to the hospital's emergency room at 9:27 p.m. Saturday for a disturbance in progress. As the police officer arrived, he was met by Anthony Richards, 28, of 409 W. Broad St., Tamaqua.

Richards told the officer he brought his wife to the emergency room for treatment, and at one point, he was told to leave the treatment room.