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Police Logs

Monday, July 9, 2012

A Schuylkill County man wanted for aggravated assault and other charges was apprehended in Washington, D.C., and returned to the county.

State police at Frackville said Gabriel Xavier Thomas, 29, of Newport News, Va., was taken into custody on June 29 by police in the nation's capital. An arrest warrant was issued for Thomas following an incident that occurred on June 27 about 3 a.m. in the village of Cumbola, Blythe Township.

State police at Frackville obtained a criminal arrest warrant for Thomas charging him with aggravated assault.

Monday, July 9, 2012

A Tamaqua area man is facing charges following an incident at his home.

State police at Frackville said Patti Sue Coleman, 28, and James Joseph Englert, 35, of 1011 Lehigh St., Newkirk, Schuylkill Township, Tamaqua R.D., became involved in an argument over cell phone usage. The argument turned physical when Englert allegedly struck Coleman on the left side of the face.

He was cited for harassment, troopers said.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Several arrests were reported by Jim Thorpe police.

On Sunday, July 1, about 8:27 p.m. police were dispatched to 355 W. Broadway for a report of harassment. On scene officers were informed by Kelly Louise Heller that James Patrick Lacey, 42, of that address, used obscene language toward her in the area of Hazard Square. Police were informed that Joseph Heller witnessed the incident.

Lacey was charged with harassment, police said.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

A driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following a one vehicle crash that occurred about 8:37 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3, along Windy Pine Road, in Pocono Lake.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said officers responded to the above location. On scene officers learned that Keith Vika, 27, of Pocono Lake, was the driver of a vehicle westbound on Windy Pine Road which left the road for unknown reasons.

The vehicle traveled 200 feet in a wooded area striking multiple trees and rocks. Vika then drove his vehicle back to Martha's Lane.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

A Monroe County woman is facing charges, including driving under the influence (DUI) following an incident that occurred about 11:38 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4, at Echo Lake Road at SR196 in Tobyhanna.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said they were dispatched to the above location for a rear-end type crash in which the striking driver fled the scene. The driver of the other involved vehicle was able to secure the registration number of the other vehicle.

Friday, July 6, 2012

State police at Fern Ridge reported on a burglary and theft investigations.

The break-in occurred at the Silver Valley Campground, located in Saylorsburg, Chestnuthill Township. Sometime between June 30 and July 1, entry was gained by prying open a window. Removed was cash from a cash register.

Leandrew Williams, of Hagerstown, Md., reported someone damaged his pool and removed a sand filter at his property along Swizgable Road, in Chestnuthill Township. The incident occurrred sometime between May 1 and 7.

Friday, July 6, 2012

A Carbon County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following a crash in Jim Thorpe.

Borough police said about 2:49 a.m. on Sunday, June 17, they were dispatched to the area of South and East Fifth St. for a two vehicle crash. On scene officers observed a Honda Civic and Ford sedan damaged.

Upon further investigation it was learned that the Honda, driven by Peter Skafestad Jr., 22, of 490 Kilmer Trail, Albrightsville, struck the Ford. Skafestad showed signs of intoxication and failed field sobriety tests.

Friday, July 6, 2012

State police at Frackville said a Berks County man has been charged with theft of a large amount of cash from a Tamaqua area resident.

Troopers said Curtis L. Dunn, 22, of the 100 block of Gravel Pit Rd., Bethel, has been charged with theft by unlawful taking, as a misdemeanor one.

Troopers said on Aug. 29 Carl E. Felty, 47, of 881 Catawissa Rd., Tamaqua, Walker Township, reported $2,000 in cash was missing from his residence. The theft occurred sometime between Aug. 26-29.

An investigation led to Dunn, who was interviewed by troopers and admittted taking the cash.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Jim Thorpe police are alerting residents of suspicious activity that has recently taken place in the Leisureland area of the borough.

Police said there have been reports of individuals calling residents and asking specific questions in regard to vehicles that may or may not be owned by the homeowners. It is believed that these individuals may be attempting to ascertain times when residents are home or away.

Friday, July 6, 2012

A vehicle stop along Interstate 80 in Tobyhanna Township, Monroe County, has led to drug charges against the driver.

State police at Fern Ridge said a 17-year-old juvenile from East Stroudsburg, was stopped on Wednesday, July 4, about 6:30 p.m. while westbound. At the stop troopers detected the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. A search of the vehicle resulted in marijuana, packaged for sale, found inside.