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Police Logs

Saturday, March 24, 2012

A Summit Hill woman is facing a charge of possession of marijuana after Rush Township police contacted her as she was walking along SR54, the Hauto Highway.

Alyssa Marshall, 19, was found to have a small amount of marijuana in her purse.

The incident took place at 9:43 a.m. on March 18.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Two crashes in Monroe County, one involving a motorcycle, have driving under the influence (DUI) charges pending against the drivers. State police at Fern Ridge investigated both crashes.

Troopers said about 11:38 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, Dallas L. Seidel, 34, of Emmaus, was operating a 1997 Harley-Davidson FXSTC Soft Trail cycle westbound on Chestnut Drive in Ross Townsip, at an excessive rate of speed when he failed to negotiate a right curve. He lost control of the bike which crossed over into the eastbound lane and onto the berm and into a yard.

Friday, March 23, 2012

A vehicle caught fire and was destroyed, but the driver and passenger escaped unharmed. State police at Frackville barracks said the incident occurred about 6:10 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21, along Interstate 81 in Foster Township.

Troopers said Barry D. Leemann, 65, of Williamstown, N.Y., was driving a 2007 Toyota Rav4 northbound when he noticed smoke and fire inside the vehicle. He pulled onto the berm and he and wife, Karen Leemann, 64, managed to exit the car, and retrieved some items, before it was completely engulfed in flames.

Friday, March 23, 2012

A Schuylkill County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following a one-vehicle crash in which she was injured and flown to a Lehigh Valley area hospital. State police at Schuylkill Haven said the crash occurred about 10:15 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21, at the intersection of Main Street and Manheim Road, in North Manheim Township.

Troopers said Deborah Holley-Purcell, 41, of Pottsville, operating a 1998 Ford Mustang, failed to negotiate a right turn onto Manheim Road from Main Street, and struck a large drainage ditch on the north berm.

Friday, March 23, 2012

State police at Schuylkill Haven reported investigating two theft from vehicle incidents in Schuylkill County, both occurring in the borough of Auburn.

Sherry Ann Hamm, 201 Forest St., reported her unlocked vehicle was entered while parked near her residence. Removed was a bank card, $300 in cash, and an unknown amount of coins. The entry occurred sometime between 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20, and 7 a.m. on Wednesday.

Friday, March 23, 2012

A Monroe County man is facing a charge of terroristic threats.

State police at Fern Ridge said John L. Ferencze III, 36, of Kunkletown, is charged with allegedly threatening Christopher P. Loomis, 50, also of Kunkletown, with a loaded shotgun in the area of 153 Upper Greenhill Rd., in Polk Township.

The incident occurred about 4:49 p.m. on Feb. 22, troopers said.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Tamaqua Patrolman Dane O'Brien has cited Kelly Houseman of 514 Arlington St., Tamaqua, for allowing her dog to bark continuously.

The incident occurred at 1:30 p.m. on March 19.

Friday, March 23, 2012

A Schuylkill County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following an incident that occurred about 5:38 a.m. on March 11.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said Anthony J. Fanelli Jr., 24, of Pottsville, was found asleep behind the wheel of a Jeep Cherokee in the parking lot of the Turkey Hill Market, in Port Carbon.

He was found to be under the influence and was placed under arrest for DUI, troopers said.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Lansford Police Chief John Turcmanovich has released his monthly report for February.

Friday, March 23, 2012

A stolen 1998 Mazda pick up truck has been recovered through the efforts of Tamaqua and state police.

The truck was recovered on March 20 in a mountainous area in Walker Township. The vehicle is owned by Albert Schwartz, of 312 Pine St., Tamaqua.

Anyone with information concerning the theft is asked to contact police at (570) 668-6100 or 668-5000.