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Police Logs

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Pocono Mountain Regional police reported on three driving under the influence (DUI) arrests made by officers over the past weekend.

On Friday, Feb. 11, about 12:28 a.m. officers were dispatched to A Pocono Country Place main gate for a possible domestic dispute. On scene officers made contact with Jesus Romero Ortiz, 22, of Tobyhanna, the driver of a vehicle. He was found to be under the influence and failed field sobriety tests. He was then taken to the Pocono Medical Center (PMC), East Stroudsburg, for a blood test.

The DUI charge is pending the test results.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A driver escaped injury in a one vehicle crash that occurred about 7:34 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 14, along Sweet Arrow Lake Road, in Washington Township, Schuylkill County.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

State police at Schuylkill Haven are investigating a theft incident at a Schuylkill County location.

Troopers said the incident occurred along SR209, about two miles south of the old Swatara breaker in Reilly Township. Unknown criminals entered onto the property and began to remove about 200 gallons of diesel fuel valued at $660 from a 40 ton hauling truck and track drill. They also removed a first aid kit measuring about two by two in size and worth about $200. The property is owned by Whitey Wash Enterprises, troopers said.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

State police at Lehighton are investigating another theft incident at a Carbon County ski resort.

Joshua Hudson Breckinridge, 17, of New Tripoli, reported someone removed his Ride brand snowboard from near a ski lift at the Blue Mountain Ski Resort in Lower Towamensing Township. The theft occurred sometime around 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 6. The board is black and red in color and valued at about $700.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Weatherly police are investigating a shooting incident that occurred in the borough over the past weekend.

Police said a dozen rounds from two guns were fired at a home along Yeakle Street Sunday morning. Reportedly, police said the home was struck 17 times. The homeowners, Steve and Tara Barnic, and their three children, were not injured and were asleep when the shooting occurred.

Two other homes and a parked car were also struck by ricocheting bullets.

Police did not release any other details concerning the incident.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A Tamaqua woman was issued two citations for incidents that took place last week at the Tamaqua ABC High Rise.

Jean Huffman, 54, of 222 E. Broad St., allegedly had a confrontation last Wednesday, at 8:30 p.m., in the high rise laundry room with fellow resident Susan Del Monte.

On Friday, Huffman allegedly confronted fellow resident Joseph Delaney in the community room of the apartment complex.

The citations were both for harassment.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

State police at Lehighton reported investigating a rear-end type crash that occurred about 8:10 a.m. on Feb. 9 on the Thomas McCall Bridge (SR209), at the intersection with SR248, in Weissport, Carbon County.

Troopers said Alana B. Craig, 30, of Woodbury, N.J., was driving a 2008 Nissan Rogue northbound when she stopped for traffic ahead of her. Her vehicle was struck in the rear by a 2002 Kia Rio operated by Donald J. Vito, 51, of Lehighton.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Rush Township police are looking into cars that were broken into along the Ben Titus Road in Still Creek.

Residents are reminded to make sure all vehicles are locked and no valuables are left inside.

Monday, February 14, 2011

A Slatington resident is facing several charges following a vehicle stop at about 10:37 p.m. on Feb. 7.

Borough police said Wendy Louise Shirk, 53, of 22 Dowell St., was stopped at the intersection of S. Second St. and Center Ave., for failure to stop for a posted stop sign.

As a result of an investigation Shirk has been charged with driving under the influence (DUI), possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and the stop sign violation.

Monday, February 14, 2011

The operator of a Schuylkill County nursing home has been accused of theft from one of the residents of the home.

State police at Frackville said James F. McGill Jr., 58, of Kelayres, who is owner/administrator of the White Owl Manor, 1 White Owl Ave., in Mahanoy City, has been charged with two counts of access device fraud and one count each of identity theft and theft as the result of an investigation. Troopers said the victim is an 80-year-old male resident of the home, who they declined to name.