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Police Logs

Friday, February 4, 2011

On Feb. 2 at approx. 9:50 p.m., an accident occurred in the eastbound lane of Route 443 at Seneca Road between a tractor-trailer owned by New England Motor Freight and a 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche pickup truck.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was Richard F. McLaughlin, 58, of Coyote Drive, Jim Thorpe. The driver of the Chevrolet Avalanche was Harvine M. Tyson, 37, of the 400 block of Fritz Road, Lehighton.

Friday, February 4, 2011

A Tamaqua woman has been cited after she was unable to make it home to use facilities.

Tamaqua Officer Thomas Rodgers was on patrol at 1:45 a.m. Jan. 13 when he observed a vehicle stopped in the middle of the roadway on Coal Street. As he approached the vehicle the officer observed a woman to the rear of 400 Spruce St. She pulled up her pants then jumped in to the stopped vehicle.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Tamaqua police have issued citations to four people who used bad checks to pay for borough services.

Brenda Ristilla, 44, of 427 Willing St., Tamaqua, made a payment of $847.80 to the Tamaqua Area Water Authority on Sept. 21, 2010. The check was returned marked Insufficient funds. Ristilla was sent a registered letter on Oct. 12, 2010, but failed to respond. Misdemeanor charges were filed with District Judge Stephen Bayer, Tamaqua, on Feb. 2.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Tamaqua police have filed charges related to a Jan. 1 incident at Freddy's Pub, Mauch Chunk St. Three individuals were allegedly involved in an altercation at 2 a.m. All three have been cited.

According to police, Nicole Swanson, 25, of 237 W. Patterson St., Lansford, had struck Justin Startzel, 21, of 234 Mauch Chunk St., Tamaqua, in the head.

Startzel was then also allegedly struck by Swanson's friend, Charles Oliver, 48, of 1829 Pine Mill Rd., Equinunk, Wayne County.

All three were cited for harassment.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

State police at Frackville reported apprehending a wanted person on Wednesday, Feb. 2.

Troopers said while on routine patrol they found a disabled vehicle along SR895 at Evergreen Drive, in East Brunswick Township, Schuylkill County. A passenger in the vehicle was identified as Richard Pizzo, 27, of Barnesville.

A check revealed an active warrant for Pizzo's arrest for a parole violation was issued to the Schuylkill County Adult Probation office. Pizzo was taken into custody and transported to the county prison in Pottsville.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Rush Township police reported investigating two accidents, as well as making a drug arrest.

On Jan. 28 at 7:50 a.m., Brad J. Gerstein, 47, Shavertown, was traveling down the Mile Hill (SR309) when he lost control of his 2007 Ford Fusion due to weather conditions while negotiating a curve causing his vehicle to hit a guide rail. The vehicle was towed from the scene, police said.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

State police at Schuylkill Haven are investigating a theft from vehicle incident that occurred at a Schuylkill County location.

Troopers said Thomas Bailey, 40, of Camp Hill, Dauphin County, parked his vehicle along SR209 just east of Interstate 81, in Pine Grove Township. Unknown criminals smashed the driver's side window and removed several items.

Troopers said Bailey observed a male leaving the scene at the time on foot and heading east on 209 where he possibly got into a vehicle that was parked in the area.

The incident occurred about 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 1.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

A dispute of snow removal has led to charges being filed against a Schuylkill County resident.

State police at Frackville said troopers were called to 128 Ogden St., Girardville, about 4:40 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 2, for a report of two people in the street arguing over snow removal and parking.

Upon arrival troopers found Brandy Fahy, 28, and Robert Belfiore Jr., 39, involved in the argument. Troopers said they learned that Belfiore allegedly verbally harassed Fahy during the dispute.

Belfiore was charged with harassment.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

A Lebanon County driver, who was involved in a crash on New Year's Day in which her passenger was killed, has been charged with homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence (DUI).

State police at Fern Ridge said Crystal M. Stager, 20, of Lebanon, was driving drunk along Toll Road in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County, about 6 a.m. Jan. 1 when her vehicle left the road while southbound and crashed into trees.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

State police at Fern Ridge reported on two crashes investigated by troopers in recent days.

A one-vehicle crash occurred about 4:25 a.m. on Jan. 28 along SR209 at the intersection with Silver Valley Road, in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County. Troopers said Sherneth A. Rowe, 37, of Saylorsburg, was driving a 2005 Pontiac Vibe, when she pulled out from Silver Valley Road onto 209 and into the path of a southbound 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer driven by Todd A. Huff, 23, of Saylorsburg, and a collision occurred.

No one was injured in the crash. Troopers cited Rowe.