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Friday, January 18, 2013

A Walnutport woman used two counterfeit bills to buy $173 worth of items from Claire's in the Palmer Park Mall, noted state police.

Tonya R. Green, 52, of the 900 block of Woodland Drive, is charged with forgery and theft by deception. She is being held in lieu of $7,500 bail.

Green bought merchandise worth $173 with nine $20 bills. Two of the bills were later tested with a counterfeit marker and deemed fake, police said.

Police found an additional 68 $20 bills valued at $1,360 which are being tested for authenticity, police said.

Friday, January 18, 2013

A Palmerton woman who is a teacher at the Easton Area Middle School is charged with drunken driving and recklessly endangering another person.

Dana J. Morgan Buck, 35, was charged June 26 by Pennsylvania State Police out of the Lehighton barracks. Police charged her with two counts of drunken driving and a single count of reckless endangerment. Police say her blood alcohol content was at least twice the legal limit to drive of 0.08.

Morgan Buck is teaching at the district's 5-6 middle school, where she is a special-education teacher specializing in learning support.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Tamaqua police are investigating the reported theft of several household articles removed from the apartment of Steven Wilkowski of 323 W. Broad St.

According to the report someone removed a telephone, towels, wash cloths, and dishes from the victim's apartment.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call police at (570) 668-5000.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

State police at Schuylkill Haven are investigating a burglary at a Schuylkill County business.

Troopers said Just Your Style, located in Wayne Township, was entered between 12:05 and 12:20 a.m. Monday, Jan. 14. Troopers said a male arrived at the rear of the business and pried open a door to gain entry. Once inside he removed a coin tray from the cash register that contained about $22 in coins. He then fled the scene.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

A one-vehicle crash along a Schuylkill County road on Wednesday morning was caused by weather conditions.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said John Ulrich, 28, of Mahanoy City, was driving a 1994 Ford Ranger XLT pickup truck along Brick Hill Road, in West Brunswick Township, about 10 a.m. when he lost control on the snow and slush covered road.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Keith Capizzo, 38, of 62 Teaberry Dr., Drums, has been cited by McAdoo police Patrolman Steven Homanko. The charges stem from a Jan. 6 vehicle stop on North Kennedy Drive (SR309).

Homanko was on patrol at 2 a.m. when he observed a silver Honda Pilot traveling on Kennedy Drive. The middle brake light was not operating at the time.

The officer conducted a vehicle stop and noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the interior of the vehicle.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

A Mahoning Township man has been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia after ambulance personnel responded to his house for a medical call.

Kyle Stepp, 18, of Jamestown Street, is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing before District Judge Edward Lewis of Jim Thorpe on Jan. 23.

Police said the charges stem from an incident on Nov. 1 at 6:49 p.m.

Ambulance personnel were dispatched to Stepp's Jamestown Street address for a cardiac arrest, the result of a drug overdose, police said.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

State police at Lehighton are investigating a burglary at a Monroe County residence.

Troopers said the home of Howard Ferguson, 40, of 272 Rainbow Terrace, Effort, Polk Township, was reported entered on Dec. 28. Entry was gained by forcing open a basement door. Removed from the outside was an electric meter.

Once inside the criminals removed multiple items. They then exited the home and made forced entry to a shed located to the right of the home. They removed a Kayak brand all terrain vehicle from the shed.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

A Monroe County woman has been charged with retail theft following an incident at the Walmart store in Mount Pocono.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said about 8:12 p.m. on Jan. 5 they were called to the store by security who had a female in custody for theft.

On scene the suspect was identified as Beata Zdanowicz-Harrison, 46, of Tobyhanna. She is alleged to have attempted to leave the store with $145.37 worth of merchandise without paying for it.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

A Scranton woman has been cited by McAdoo police.

Patrolman Steven Homanko was on patrol on Dec. 28, 2012, when he observed a green Chevrolet Malibu in the area of Blaine and Cleveland streets. There were two occupants in the vehicle and the engine was idling. Approximately 30 minutes later the Malibu was in the same spot, with the engine still running.

Homanko approached the vehicle to check on the safety of the occupants and discovered two females inside, with a strong odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle's interior.