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Police Logs

Friday, May 13, 2011

A Tamaqua man was arraigned before District Magistrate Stephen Bayer, Tamaqua, on charges related to controlled drug buys from Sept. 5 and 8, 2010.

Kenneth Parsons, 23, was living at 225 Pine St., at the time of the incident.

Members of the Schuylkill County Drug Task Force took a confidential informant (CI) to the Pine Street apartment on those dates. Both times the CI allegedly bought baggies of vegetable matter from Parsons.

The matter field tested positive for marijuana on each occasion.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Rush Township police are investigating the theft of a 1999 Ford F150 pick up truck.

The maroon, extended cab truck was removed from the used car lot at N&A Auto Sales in Hometown, sometime between 8 p.m. on May 9 and 7 a.m. May 10.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call police at (570) 668-4242.

Friday, May 13, 2011

A theft from a vehicle incident at a state park in Schuylkill County is being probed.

State police at Frackville said the vehicle of Richard Lowell Swank Jr., of Pottsville, was entered while parked at Locust Lake State Park in Ryan Township. Entry was made sometime between Friday, May 6, at 8:30 p.m. and 7 a.m. on Saturday.

Removed from the vehicle were five fishing rods, two fishing vestes, three tackel boxes, a gray bucket containing a boat anchor and one black Craftsman toll bag containing various tools.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Rush Township police have identified two men who took approximately $1,500 worth of items from the Hometown Commons Wal-Mart. The incident took place at 12:45 p.m. on May 7. The stolen items included two television sets as well as other items.

The men have been identified as Richard Schlack, 44, of Hazleton, and Steven F. Davis, 36, of McAdoo. The men will be charged with retail theft, receiving stolen property and criminal conspiracy to commit retail theft.

Friday, May 13, 2011

A Tamaqua man was lodged in the Schuylkill County prison, Pottsville, on Thursday afternoon, May 12, after failing to control his anger management problems.

Thomas S. Ruzzano, 41, of 326 W. Broad St., went to 321 W. Broad St. at 12:28 a.m. where he proceeded to use a brick to pound on the door.

The occupants called the county communications center.

When police arrived Ruzzano told them he was looking for a blond guy who had laughed at him earlier in the day.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

State Police at Schuylkill Haven continue to investigate a series of criminal mischief activities that occurred between 9 p.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. Thursday in Schuylkill County.

An unknown actor smashed the front and driver's side windows of several vehicles and then fled the scene at 70 and 78 Albert Boulevard, 188 N. Greenview Road, East 2nd Mt. Road and Hemlock Drive, N. Manheim Township, and 130 Alcoa Street, Cressona Borough.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

A two-vehicle crash occurred in Monroe County during the early hours of May 2.

Pocono Mountain Regional Police responded to the accident at State Route 940 at the entrance to the Pocono Summit Post Office.

Police say that George Guida, 89, of Pocono Summit, was operating a Suzuki Sx4 when he pulled from the parking lot area of the post office into the path of a 1997 Mitsubishi Montero SUV being drive by Ruben Ariola, 41, of Tobyhanna.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

A Tamaqua man has been charged following an underage drinking incident in the borough. He also learned first hand the effects of a taser gun.

Officers were dispatched to the 300 block of East Broad Street at 11:50 p.m. May 6 to deal with a man causing a disturbance outside of the Hang Loose Bar.

Witnesses told the officer Barry Bridygham, 20, of 131 W. Union St., became confrontational when the bartender refused to serve him a beer. Bridygham left the bar before officers arrived but was discovered walking on North Greenwood Street. He showed visible signs of intoxication.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

A Monroe County man was assaulted by his grandfather after the two got into an argument.

Pocono Mountain Regional Police said that at 10:14 p.m. on May 2, Tyrone Foster, 18, of 7166 Mountain Drive, Tobyhanna, was assaulted by his grandfather, Donald Holmes, 62, same address.

Foster sustained cuts to his face and a swollen lip after he said he and his grandfather had a verbal argument that turned physical. Foster was struck by Holmes several times in the face.

Holmes was arrested for domestic violence and charged with simple assault and harassment.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

A Monroe County man has been taken into custody after he was stopped for driving under the influence.

Pocono Mountain Regional Police said that on May 5, at around 9:02 p.m., officers observed Benjamin Vega, 56, of Blakeslee, traveling southbound on Route 115.

Officers were aware that Vega did not have a valid driver's license due to a DUI arrest in February of this year.

Officers stopped the vehicle and found Vega to be intoxicated. Vega was taken into custody after he refused to take a field sobriety test and refused a legal blood draw.