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Police Logs

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A hit-and-run driver is being sought in Schuylkill County. It was one of three crashes investigated by state police at Schuylkill Haven on Monday, Sept. 27.

Troopers said about 4 p.m. Matthew J. McDowell Jr., 16, of Pottsville, was driving a 2007 Subaru Imprezza southbound and slowing down due to a traffic light turning red at SR183. His vehicle was struck in the rear by another vehicle. The other driver pulled to the side of the road momentarily and then fled the scene southbound. The hit-and-run vehicle is believed to be a Ford and driven by a female. McDowell was not injured.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

State police at Frackville are investigating a burglary that occurred at a Schuylkill County residence in which a large amount of cash was taken.

Troopers said the home of Justin Deane, 21, of 418 E. Main St., Girardville, was entered sometime between 7:45 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 24. Entry was gained through a basement window.

Removed from the home was a Sentry brand safe, black in color, which contained about $4,500 in cash.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A Luzerne County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following a one vehicle crash in Schuylkill County.

State police at Frackville said Hector Berberena-Soto, 28, of Hazleton, was operating a 1993 Pontiac Bonneville, on the exit ramp of Interstate 81 at McAdoo, intending to enter onto SR309 in Kline Township, about 11 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 26. He failed to negotiate a curve and the car impacted with the Jersey barrier to the left and then came to rest in the grass between the exit ramp and 309 northbound.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The driver of a car that crashed and resulted in the death of the passenger has been charged.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said Jermaine Peterkin, 22, of Stroudsburg, has been charged as the result of a crash that occurred along Seven Nations Drive, in Tobyhanna, on Sept. 15, about 3 p.m. Police said Peterkin was driving a Mercedes-Benz sedan at a high rate of speed when he lost control and struck a tree.

A passenger in the car, Ulysses Smith, 23, of New York City, N.Y., died in the crash.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

State police at Lehighton are investigating the theft of copper in two separate incidents. The incidents are two of several thefts and break-ins that occurred recently.

Troopers said four construction containers located along SR209 in Towamensing Township, Carbon County, were entered sometime between Sept. 17 and 20. Removed was a large quantity of copper wire. Troopers added that a construction vehicle was also entered and removed was utility belts and various tools. The property is owned by Asplundh Construction.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Pocono Mountain Regional police reported the arrest of a Monroe County woman for retail theft.

On Saturday, Sept. 25, about 2:37 p.m. officers were called to the Shop Rite store in Mt. Pocono for a female in custody of theft. At the scene the suspect was identified as Esther Crook 35, of Tobyhanna. Store security alleged that Crook attempted to conceal $92.13 worth of merchandise and leave the store without paying for it.

Crook was placed under arrest and issued a citation and released.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A New Tripoli resident was assaulted and robbed recently.

State police at Fogelsville said Bradley Michael Klitsch, was walking across a parking lot at 6714 Lower Macungie Rd., in Lower Macungie Township, Lehigh County, about 8:45 p.m. on Sept. 23 when he was struck on the right side of the forehead with an unknown type object.

Troopers said the assailant took about $270 in cash from Klitsch and fled the scene.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Two early morning crashes were reported in Schuylkill County on Tuesday, Sept. 28.

At 1 a.m. Miguel A. Gonzalez, 50, of Glenolden, Delaware County, was drivng a 2002 Mack truck northbound on Interstate 81 in Frailey Township when, for unknown reasons, traveled off onto the west berm and across the median and into the southbound lanes. The truck then traveled over an embankment in the area of an old rest stop where it came to rest.

Gonzalez was not injured but the truck had to be towed from the scene. Troopers said Gonzalez was cited for careless driving.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A Lehigh County resident was cited for harassment.

State police at Fogelsville said Joseph Erney, 20, of Germansville, was cited after he allegedly followed Monica Lee Weed, 42, of Cardinal Rd., Kempton, around in public places near her residence in Lynn Township.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Rush Township police report that on Sept. 23 at 10:40 a.m., Shawn Murphy, 31, of Tamaqua, was arraigned on a charge of false ID to law enforcement, stemming from an incident on Lafayette Ave. in Hometown.

Murphy was arraigned in front of District Judge Stephen Bayer, Tamaqua, and released to the Carbon County Sheriff's office on an outstanding warrant.