Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Police Logs

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Coaldale Police cited John William Welfel, 24, of 150 Second St., Coaldale, after a traffic stop on April 8.

An officer on patrol saw Welfel driving a white Kia with a North Carolina license plate. The driver pulled out of a parking space, into the traffic lane, without using a turn signal. The Kia was then stopped in the first block of Second Street and a records check was run on Welfel.

The Schuylkill County Communications Center informed the officer that Welfel’s driver’s license is suspended.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Gilbert Fransico Rivera, 30, of 135 E. High St., Coaldale, has been charged with theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.

Coaldale Police filed the charges after identifying Rivera as the person who took his neighbor’s laptop computer on March 13.

The victim was hurrying to work that day and didn’t realize he had dropped his Asus laptop computer as he left his home. When he returned to his home and couldn’t find the laptop, he checked the security camera footage. The camera recorded Rivera picking up the laptop and walking off with it.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

A speeding stop along Interstate 80 in Tobyhanna Townshipled to the driver being arrested for driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

State police at Fern Ridge said Anthony Spruill, 30, of New York City, was stopped for going 80 mph at 8:42 a.m. Jan. 22. At the stop it was determined that Spruill was under the influence of a controlled substance. A search resulted in a THC wax and hemp rolling papers being found on Spruill and a small amount of marijuana found in the glove compartment.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Coaldale Police have filed charges in connection with a crash on Dec. 21, 2015, that injured one woman and damaged a home.

Nicole J. Schiano, 35, of 13 W. Bertsch St., Lansford, was driving a Toyota Corolla east on Route 209 through Coaldale, at 7:18 a.m., when she lost control. The car swerved across the westbound lane, returned to the eastbound lane, then went off the road, through a front yard and driveway before striking a home at 520 W. Water St.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Karen Rimsky, 31, of Coaldale: Charged with being an habitual offender and driving under suspension after an incident on Feb. 6.

Jonathan Honey, 25, of 337 W. Kline Ave., Lansford: Charged with burglary, criminal trespass, theft, receiving stolen property, possession of an instrument of crime, fleeing or attempting to elude police, careless driving, reckless driving, driving without a license, and driving an unregistered vehicle after an incident on March 4.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Tamaqua police have cited Bruce S. Kunkel, 51, of 416 E. Elm St., Tamaqua, after an incident at the Speedway station, 307 Center St., on April 2.

An employee of the business contacted police at 5:45 a.m. to say a man, “covered in blood,” had come into the gas station saying he was being chased.

Kunkel was in the restroom when officers arrived. He had cleaned up the blood but had scrapes on his face, neck and arms, telling officers there was a man hiding by the Mermon Motors building. A check of the area was made but no one was found.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

A bartender at a Monroe County business has been charged with theft for allegedly stealing money.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said Thomas A. Caputo Jr., 30, who is listed as homeless in the police report, was employed as a bartender at Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Tobyhanna Township. Police said on Saturday around 11 a.m. Caputo was observed placing cash payments for bar tabs into his pocket and not ringing up the sales into the bar’s computer system.

He was arraigned on the charge before a district judge and posted bail of $500 and released.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Rush Township police have cited the following people for retail theft incidents at the HT Commons Walmart in Hometown.

Samantha Weaver, 25, of Jim Thorpe stole merchandise valued at $71.51 on April 2.

She is facing retail theft and receiving stolen property charges.

Joseph Holland, 34, of Tamaqua stole merchandise on April 6 valued at $59.

He is facing retail theft and receiving stolen property charges.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

A Schuylkill County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence following an incident that occurred at 5:35 p.m. Sunday along Roosevelt Drive, in the village of New Boston, Mahanoy Township.

State police at Frackville said Jonathan Emerich, 24, of Frackville, was found asleep behind the wheel of his 2001 Chevrolet Malibu in the travel lanes.

He was placed under arrest for suspicion of DUI of a controlled substance.

He was transported to the Schuylkill Medical Center-South Jackson Street, Pottsville, where he submitted to a blood test.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Multiple vehicles on a car lot were damaged in a crash that occurred at 11:01 a.m. on Friday along Route 196 in Tobyhanna.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said Daryl VanWhy, 24, of Tobyhanna, was driving a Ford Mustang at a high rate of speed when, for unknown reasons, he veered off the right side of the road and his vehicle became airborne. His vehicle struck six vehicles offered for sale on the 196 Auto Mall of Tobyhanna car lot.

VanWhy was flown from the scene to the Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest. Police said the cause of the crash is still under investigation.