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Police Logs

Friday, December 7, 2012

A Lackawanna County driver fell asleep at the wheel of his truck early Wednesday morning, Dec. 5, and crashed along Interstate 81 in Mahanoy Township, Schuylkill County.

State police at Frackville said Frank Politz III, of Scranton, was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado southbound about 3:40 a.m. when he fell asleep.

The truck went onto the east berm and struck the metal guide rail with the front end.

After impact the truck continued about 50 feet, spun clockwise and came to rest down a slight embankment in the center median facing west.

Friday, December 7, 2012

State police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks were kept busy Thursday, Dec. 6, investigating three crashes on Schuylkill County roadways. The most serious occurred about 1:53 p.m. along SR61 in Deer Lake borough in which alcohol may have played a role.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

A McAdoo woman has been cited for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol.

Borough Patrolman Steven Homanko was on patrol Nov. 22, at 1:25 a.m. when he observed a green Chrysler Sebring speeding on South Kennedy Drive. As the officer followed the Sebring he observed it had no license plate lamp and a malfunctioning brake light. The vehicle pulled up to a gas pump at the Fegley Mini Mart and the officer approached the female driver, who stated she had lost her operator's license. She was identified as Angelia M. Seliga, 21, of 401 S. Kennedy Drive.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

State police at Frackville are seeking the owner of a Poulan chain saw that has been recovered with other items stolen by thieves in the Girardville area.

Troopers said the saw was recovered on May 15. The individuals involved were also associated with items stolen in Port Carbon.

Efforts to trace the owner of the saw have been unsuccessful, troopers said. There are certain specific owner applied markings on the saw concerning its purchase date.

Anyone who has had a Poulan saw stolen and can identify its ownership can call troopers at (570) 874-5300.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

McAdoo Chief of Police Jeffrey Wainwright reminds residents that despite the current weather, it is "Snow Ban" season.

This year snow ban parking will be the even numbered sides of the street.

The snow ban will be placed into effect when snow or ice is predicated to accumulate three to five inches.

When extreme conditions, six inches of snow/ice or special circumstances are declared, there will be a parking ban on all designated snow emergency routes.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

A New Jersey woman has been cited by McAdoo police following an incident in the borough on Oct. 28.

Patrolman Steven Homanko was conducting a traffic stop when he observed a black Jeep run the red light at the intersection of Kennedy Drive and Grant Street. The officer followed the Jeep and stopped it in the area of the VFW.

The female driver, identified as Joan Marquez, 32, had an odor of alcohol on her person and her eyes appeared to be glassy and bloodshot. She admitted to having a drink of alcohol then failed three field sobriety tests.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

A Carbon County man was jailed following a domestic incident.

Nesquehoning police identified the suspect as Robert Clifford Hunsicker Jr., 43, of 136 W. Railroad St., Nesquehoning.

According to police about 8:16 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 3, officer Chad McGowan was dispatched to the above address for a report of a domestic dispute.

On scene he was met by Lisa J. Haman. She told the officer that she and Hunsicker had a verbal argument which led to him throwing her down stairs by her hair.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Rush Township police Sgt. Duane Frederick has released the names of the parties involved in a two-vehicle accident in the township on Monday morning, Dec. 3. Photos of the accident were published that day in the TIMES NEWS.

According to the report, Natasha Billble, 26, was operating a 2001 Chevrolet north on Claremont Avenue when she lost control and struck a southbound 1994 Pontiac, operated by Diane Popnick, 56, of Barnesville.

Both vehicles sustained heavy damage and had to be towed from the scene. Billble as transported to St. Luke's University Hospital, Coaldale.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

State police at Schuylkill Haven are investigating the theft of fiber optic cable from a site in Schuylkill County.

Troopers said about a four-foot section of the cable was removed from a utility pole located at Post and Airport roads, in Barry Township, sometime between midnight and 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5.

The cable is the property of Verizon, Box 143, Tamaqua. Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call troopers at (570) 593-2000.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Tamaqua police have charged two women in connection with a theft that occurred on Nov. 22.

Patrolman Peter Wysochansky was dispatched to 328 W. Broad St. and spoke with Adam Spino, who was in the process of moving into the neighborhood. A glass top table, two wooden chairs, and a chandelier were all missing from the porch. Several bags on the porch had been gone through and disrupted.

A neighbor came forward and told police he witnessed two women taking the items and carrying them to 14 S. Lehigh St. The women were identified as Crystal Ann Motzer, 23, and Kate Anne Sayuk.