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Police Logs

Monday, March 21, 2011

State police atthe Frackville barracks are investigating a burglary that happened between 5 p.m. March 16 and 6:30 a.m. March 17 at the Skytop Oil and Coal business in Mahanoy Township.

Police said someone smashed a rear garage door window to gain access to a building, after which time they proceeded to steal various tools and welding cables before leaving the scene in an unknown direction.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Nesquehoning police are investigating the theft of 52 bronze/copper flag holders.

Police Chief Sean Smith said the holders were reported stolen on March 15 from St. John's Russian Cemetery. Also taken were 12 holders from St. Mary's Cemetery. The cemeteries are located off SR209, near Macaluso's Restaurant.

The American flag holders were stolen from the grave sites of World War I and II, Korea War and Vietnam War veterans, Smith said.

Anyone with information concerning these thefts is asked to call police.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Two persons were killed in a one-vehicle crash along Interstate 80 in Tobyhanna Township, Monroe County. State police at Fern Ridge said the crash occurred about 4 a.m. on Saturday, March 19.

Troopers identified the deceased as Andrew George Nafus, 29, of Mocanaqua, Luzerne County, and James Henry Martz, 31, of Las Vegas, Nev.

Troopers, who did not identify the driver, said the two were riding in a pickup truck that rolled over while eastbound.

No other details of the crash were released.

Monday, March 21, 2011

A Tamaqua man was incarcerated in the Schuylkill County prison Wednesday, March 16, after being picked up on an outstanding warrant.

Borough police, acting on a tip, went to the 300 block of Race Street at 7 p.m. and found Henry Winger, 29, of 410 E. Elm St. Winger was operating a motorcycle that had a non-valid New Jersey license plate. The motorcycle was impounded.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Adam J. Doyle, 29, of Philadelphia, is facing charges of driving under the influence of alcohol as a result of an incident at 6:48 p.m. March 13 in Jim Thorpe.

Police said he was stopped for moving violations while driving a 1991 Chevrolet pickup truck on Route 209, where police found him to be under the influence of alcohol.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Michael L. Boyer, 43, of Bloomsburg, was arrested by state police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks after a traffic stop Friday at 2:58 a.m. at the intersection of Route 61 and Nicholls Street in Pottsville.

Police said he was observed committing a traffic violation and after police stopped him they learned he was under the influence of alcohol.

Monday, March 21, 2011

A badly decomposed body was found in a wooded area off Interstate 81, near SR61, in Ryan Township, Schuylkill County, on Saturday, March 19. State police at Frackville said the discovery was made about 12:25 p.m. near the Schuylkill Mall.

The severely decomposed body was located within the clover leaf entrance to I-81 southbound. Troopers said it is a male.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call troopers at (570) 874-5300.

Monday, March 21, 2011

A shotgun was reported stolen in a Monroe County burglary.

State police at Fern Ridge said the residences of Chester Strucker, Glendale, N.Y., and located at 1052 Bartonsville Woods Road, in Jackson Township, was entered sometime between Nov. 23, 2010, and March 15. Strucker said his .410 shotgun was removed.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Holman Mark II, 23, of Tobyhanna, has been arrested by Pocono Mountain Regional Police for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Police said the arrest stems from an accident they responded to on March 9 at 2:51 a.m. on Route 61 in Mount Pocono.

Police said he was driving a Chevrolet Tahoe that was involved in the accident. Upon arrival, police found the vehicle on the sidewalk and identified Mark as the driver.

Monday, March 21, 2011

State police at Lehighton reported investigating several theft incidents in recent days.

John Charles Falco, 55, of 13 Cornell Ave., Palmerton, Lower Towamensing Township, Carbon County, reported someone took about $150 from a jar from his unlocked home. The theft occurred sometime between 2:10 and 6 p.m. on Friday, March 18.

Ronald F. Gilbert, 72, of 120 Whispering Wood Drive, Palmerton, reported someone stole a red in color 10-inch Western brand snowplow and three sections of galvanized drain pipe from his property. The theft occurred sometime between March 13-19.