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Police Logs

Monday, December 10, 2012

State police at Frackville are investigating the theft of a pickup truck that was later recovered.

Troopers said the 1993 Ford F-150 extended cab truck of James John Ney, 78, of Silver Creek Rd., New Philadelphia, Blythe Township, was taken from the above lcoation on Dec. 3. It was later recovered on Dec. 8, troopers said.

In an unrelated incident, also occuring in New Philadelphia, Renee Gibas, 40, of 2 Wiggans St., reported someone punctured the two left tires on her vehicle overnight of Dec. 4-5.

Monday, December 10, 2012

State police at Frackville are looking for two drivers involved in crashes on Schuylkill County roadways who fled the scene of the accidents.

The first reported hit and run occurred along SR924 in East Union Township, about 6:15 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, at the entrance to the Eagle Rock development.

Troopers said Jose Ramirez, 60, of West Hazleton, was driving a 1998 Honda Civic southbound and approaching the entrance when his vehicle struck the rear of a gold Chevrolet Trailblazer, which had stopped to let another vehicle exit the development.

Monday, December 10, 2012

State police at Schuylkill Haven are investigating a criminal mischief to a vehicle incident that occurred at a Schuylkill County location.

Troopers said someone arrived on scene at 1035 E. Norwegian St., Mechanicsville, and proceeded to let the air out of the two passenger side tires on the 1997 Ford Escort LX owned by Karen L. Urban, 65, of Pottsville. They then spray-painted the passenger side of the vehicle with purple paint spelling out the name "Sabrina" across the doors.

The incident occurred sometime between midnight on Dec. 6 and 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 8.

Monday, December 10, 2012

A Schuylkill County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following a one-vehicle crash that occurred about 12:48 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9, along SR924, a half-mile south of Brandonville, in Union Township.

State police at Frackville said Jason Layton, 33, of Brandonville, was driving a 2001 Dodge truck when he crashed.

He was found to be under the influence and submitted to a breath test at the barracks. The test showed his blood/alcohol content above the legal limit of .08 percent, troopers said.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Monroe County Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for information that leads to the arrest of Jose Santiago-Miranda, a fugitive from justice, MCCS report that Santiago-Miranda is an admitted Blood gang member. He is wanted for robbery with a deadly weapon and related charges stemming from an armed robbery, which occurred on Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, in Tobyhanna, Coolbaugh Township.

Miranda has previous arrests for weapons violations in New York and is linked to a second armed robbery at the PennMart on Route 196 in Tobyhanna, which occurred on Nov. 29, 2012.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

A Schuylkill County teen fell asleep at the wheel of her car and crashed Friday, Dec. 7, early in the morning.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said Erica Bertasavage, 18, of Auburn, was driving a 1995 Subaru Impreza eastbound on SR443 in Pine Grove Township, about 2:50 a.m., when she fell asleep. The car crossed into the westbound lane and onto the north berm. After entering the berm the car impacted with a utility pole with the right front, sheering off the pole.

The car came to rest on its drivers' side facing east.

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.