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Police Logs

Thursday, May 17, 2012

State police at Frackville are investigating the theft of jewelry from a Schuylkill County home.

Troopers said a resident of a home along Schuylkill Avenue in Shenandoah Heights, West Mahanoy Township, reported a jewelry box was removed from an upstairs bedroom. The theft occurred sometime between 4:55 and 5:20 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15.

Troopers indicated there is a suspect but no arrests has been made..

Thursday, May 17, 2012

State police at Frackville investigated a one vehicle crash along Interstate 81 in Ryan Township, Schuylkill County, that occurred about 9:40 a.m. on Tuesday, May 15.

Troopers said Ryszard Rogala, 51, of Garfield, N.J., was operating a 1999 Freightliner tractor with trailer southbound when it struck a bridge abutment. After striking the abutment the rig traveled across the bridge and struck guard rails along the east berm. Troopers said the crash occurred in a construction zone.

Rogala was not injured. He was cited for careless driving.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Two persons are facing drug counts, including a teenager, in separate incidents.

State police at Lehighton said on Tuesday, May 15, about 10:30 p.m. troopers responded to 98 Porter Drive, Jim Thorpe, Penn Forest Township, for a medical related incident. Upon arrival troopers said they found Matthew Erich McGrath, 22, of Jim Thorpe, to be in possession of illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia.

Charges will be filed against McGrath, troopers said.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

State police at Schuylkill Haven reported investigating an attempted burglary and a theft from vehicle incident.

The attempted break-in occurred at the home of David A. Wildermuth, 64, of 2417 Panther Valley Road, Pottsville, North Manheim Township. Troopers said unknown criminals attempted to gain entry by prying away three aluminum mesh screens from two front porch windows of the home. They also attempted to gain entry through a rear window. The screens were bent and discarded a short distance from the home. Damages were estimated at $60.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Three all terrain vehicle (ATV) operators were cited for criminal trespass following an incident that occurred on Sunday, May 13, about 5 p.m.

State police at Hazleton said the incident occurred in the area of Spring Valley Farms, in Foster Township, Luzerne County, on the property of Ronald Wesner, 68, of Weatherly.

Troopers said Carroll Nagle, 44, Crystal Peck, 24, both of Weatherly, and Michael Pogwist, 44, of Hazle Township, were riding a Rhino ATV on Wesner's property after having previously been told by the victim not to enter onto his property.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

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

Troopers said a home at 4199 White Oak Drive, in Eldo Lakes, Polk Township, was entered sometime between Nov. 1 and Monday, May 14. Entry was gained through a window.

Removed from the home was a stereo and stereo equipment. The home is owned by Miley Rae Bandanza, 48, of Allentown, troopers said.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

State police at Hazleton reported on two theft incidents occurring in Carbon County.

Troopers said a 1992 Ford F150 pickup truck was entered while parked at 2 Banks Avenue, in Banks Township, and removed was the stereo system.

The truck is owned by Fimbel Architectural Doors Inc., of McAdoo. The theft occurred sometime between 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, and 12:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Troopers said unknown persons syphoned fuel from two vehicles parked along Evergreen Lane, in Lausanne Township.

The theft occurred sometime between April 28 and Saturday, May 12.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Kidder Township police announced that officers will begin seat belt enforcement activities as part of a national "Click It or Ticket" seat belt enforcement mobilization program. The program will be held from May 21 through June 10.

The law enforcement activities will be conducted near the Penn/Kidder Campus along SR903 or on state routes 940 and 534, and other township roads.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

A Tamaqua man has been cited following an incident at Boyer's Food Mart on Cedar Street in Tamaqua.

Police were dispatched to the store at 3:06 p.m. on May 11 for the reported theft of an employee's brief case. Video footage was reviewed and the thief was identified as Duane Allen, 24, of 118 N. Railroad St. Allen was cited for theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

State police at Schuylkill Haven reported investigating several crashes along Schuylkill County roadways, including two hit and runs in which the wanted driver turned himself in to troopers the following day.