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Police Logs

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Two Tamaqua men have been cited following a Sunday incident in the area of the Tamaqua Train Station.

Ed Smith was in the rear parking lot of the station when he was approached by two men, identified as John Smith, 21, of Hazle Street, and Jeremy Lockwitch, 22, of Penn Street.

The duo demanded that Smith go to the nearby ATM and withdraw money for them. Although they made threats Smith was able to walk away without harm.

Lockwitch and John Smith were cited for harassment.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Two teens were cited for retail theft at a store in the Schuylkill Mall, New Castle Township.

State police at Frackville said David W. Wanser Jr., 18, and Jared M. Cress, 18, both of Girardville, were stopped by store security at the Sears store on Friday, Feb. 4, at 2:40 p.m. for theft.

Both were issued citations and released.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

State police at Fern Ridge reported investigating a three-vehicle, rear-end type crash about 2:45 p.m. on Feb. 3 along SR115 near Meadow Lake Road, in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County.

Troopers said Dawn M. Galarza, 38, of Saylorsburg, Kayla L. Smith, 20, of Sciota, and Jacqueline A. Ludka, 32, of Bethlehem, were all northbound. Smith stopped to make al left turn and her 1998 Mazda Portege was struck in the rear by Galarza's 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe. Ludka's 2003 Hyundai Elantra then struck the rear of the Santa Fe.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

A Carbon County man is facing charges in Colorado.

State police at Lehighton said Louis Handwerk Smith, 48, of Lehighton, turned himself in at the office of District Judge Bruce Appleton, of Palmerton, on Feb. 3 at 2 p.m. after he was notified of an active warrant for his arrest out of Adam's County Sheriff's Department in Colorado.

Smith is facing charges of internet sexual exploitation of a child and criminal attempt to commit sexual exploitation of children.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The North Central Pa. Regional Sobriety Checkpoint DUI Taskforce and Expanded DUI/Underage Drinking Enforcement Program has released the following statistics from a roving DUI patrol held following the Super Bowl on Feb. 6.

A total of 22 vehicles were contacted and detained. Three motorists were tested, with one adult arrested for driving under the influence. Officers issued 1 seat belt and 14 traffic citations, made one criminal arrest and issued 8 warnings. Officers from two county law enforcement departments participated in the patrol.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

A Schuylkill County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following a one vehicle crash that occurred about 7:25 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 6, along SR61 in Blythe Township.

State police at Frackville said Thomas P. Halon, 51, of Shenandoah, was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu southbound, just south of the Schuylkill Mall Road, when he lost control while negotiating a left curve. The car traveled onto the east shoulder, then west across both lanes of travel and struck the guard rail on the west shoulder.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Tamaqua police are investigating the theft of items from a motor vehicle.

Mary Brode, of 500 Pine St., Tamaqua, reported the incident at 4:30 p.m. Sunday telling officers someone had gone through her minivan, which she had left unlocked due to concerns about the locks freezing. Items removed included a number of compact disks and a cell phone charger.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call police at (570) 668-6100.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

A traffic stop has led to drug charges against the driver.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said Sean R. O'Brien, 21, of Blakeslee, was stopped about 1:37 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22, along SR940 near Locust Ridge Spur, in Pocono Lake, Tobyhanna Township, for an obscure and unreadable registration plate.

While speaking with O'Brien officers detected the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

A Schuylkill County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following a one vehicle crash that occurred about 1:53 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 6, along Mexico Road, in Pine Grove Township.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said Chad Maidenford, 24, of Pine Grove, was driving a 1998 Ford Ranger pickup truck eastbound and was texting on his cellular phone. The truck went onto the north berm, traveled about 70 feet in the snow before colliding into a utility pole.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

A Carbon County man is facing a charge of simple assault following an incident that occurred about 4:25 p.m. on Feb. 3.

State police at Lehighton said troopers responded to 308 White St., Bowmanstown, at the time and date stated. Upon arrival troopers learned that Darren Skinner, 48, of East Stroudsburg, arrived at the residence above to conduct business. While at the home Jason Carl Koons, 28, of that address, he allegedly punched Skinner in the face with a closed fist.

Koons is also facing charges of harassment and disorderly conduct, troopers said.