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Police Logs

Monday, August 8, 2011

A fire that extensively damaged two homes and caused water and smoke damage to two other dwellings in the Schuylkill County borough of Shenandoah, has been ruled accidental.

The fire started at 122 Jardin St. and spread to the adjoining homes. The fire was discovered about 2:13 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6.

The fire started in the rear of the home at 122. Troopers said the origin of the fire was the basement and was possibly caused by an electrical malfunction which ignited nearby combustible materials.

Monday, August 8, 2011

A Monroe County man has been charged with assaulting his mother. The arrest was one of several reported by state police at Lehighton.

Troopers said Joey Blake, 30, of 5573 Carney Road, in Polk Township, Monroe County, was charged with simple assault for an incident that occurred about 6:50 p.m. on Aug. 1. Troopers said Blake allegedly tackled and kicked his mother at the residence. He was arraigned on the charge and released on bail.

Monday, August 8, 2011

A Monroe County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following a crash that occurred about 5:10 p.m. on June 23 along SR115 near the intersection with Valley Road, in Effort, Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County.

Troopers said Brian C. Bloss, 27, of Pocono Lake, crashed his vehicle at the above location. Troopers said he was found to be under the influence of several controlled substances. Charges were filed, troopers added.

Monday, August 8, 2011

State police at Lehighton reported on the following driving under the influence (DUI) arrests made by troopers.

On July 29 about 10:23 p.m. troopers stopped Thomas William Marchetty, 33, of Cherry Hill, N.J., along Little Gap Road, in Lower Towamensing Township, Carbon County, for several motor vehicle code violations. He was found to be under the influence. He was placed under arrest for DUI. Charges will be filed, troopers said.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Cash was reported stolen during a burglary in Schuylkill County.

State police at Frackville said the home of Paul Pecika, 45, of 275 Roosevelt Drive, New Boston, Mahanoy Township, was entered sometime between 5 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 5. A screen over a kitchen window was removed to gain entry.

Once inside the criminals removed an envelope containing seven, $100 bills from a second floor bedroom safe that was unlocked.

Troopers are also investigating a theft incident at Heisler's Dairy Bar Inc., located at 743 Catawissa Road, in Walker Township.

Monday, August 8, 2011

No one was injured in a three vehicle, rear-end type crash that occurred about 4:31 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6, along SR61 near Renningers Market in North Manheim Township.

Monday, August 8, 2011

A Schuylkill County man was arrested on a theft count.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said Jeremiah Mark Klinger, 29, of Good Spring, was renting a home along W. Mountain Road, in Hubley Township, that was owned by the estate of Clarence M. and Mabel K. Klinger. He was living there from May 2 to Aug. 2, when he was evicted from the property by the estate representative.

Troopers alleged that Klinger removed several pieces of antique furniture from the property when he left.

He was charged with theft by unlawful taking or disposition.

Monday, August 8, 2011

A Hazleton man was picked up Thursday by Tamaqua police executing an outstanding felony warrant issued in connection with a May 21 stabbing incident.

Officers discovered Jose Toro Velez, 27, of 765 Carson St., at a Center Street address and took him into custody without incident.

Velez was wanted on charges of aggravated assault, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, possession of an instrument of crime, simple assault, disorderly conduct and harassment stemming from a fight in front of the Tamaqua Diner back in May.

Monday, August 8, 2011

State police at Schuylkill Haven reported investigating a burglary and theft incidents occurring at Schuylkill County locations.

The break-in occurred at 254 Red Church Road, in West Brunswick Township. The unoccupied structure was entered through the main door. Taken was a Tama drum set and two large porcelain bowls. Entry was gained sometime between June 1 and Saturday, Aug. 6. The home is owned by Elaine Reed, 64, of New Philadelphia.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Tamaqua police spent a considerable amount of time in the past week dealing with Shiane Follweiler, 18, who uses multiple addresses.

On July 24 officers were dispatched to 322 W. Broad St. and 295 High St., for reports of an unwanted person.

In both cases the unwanted person was Follweiler. Later that day officers were re-dispatched to 322 W. Broad, this time for a reported theft.