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Police Logs

Friday, February 17, 2012

A Tamaqua man was lodged in the Schuylkill County Prison in Pottsville on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, after he was arrested on domestic violence charges. Borough police were dispatched to 1 S. Lehigh St., multiple times that day, with the incidents spanning two shifts.

Friday, February 17, 2012

A vehicle stop by members of the Pocono Mountain Regional police has led to drug charges against the driver and a passenger.

Police said a stop was made about 8:12 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15, along Summit Avenue, at the Salvation Army store parking lot, in Pocono Summit, Coolbaugh Township, for a vehicle code violation.

The driver was identified as Samuel Gaston, 21, of Swiftwater.

A search of the vehicle and passenger, Kenneth Benitez, 25, of Jessup, was conducted. Found was marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Friday, February 17, 2012

A Lehigh County teen was killed in a one-vehicle crash that occurred about 7:09 p.m. on Thursday. State police at Fogelsville said the accident occurred in the area of 6477 Palm Road, in Lower Milford Township.

Friday, February 17, 2012

A truck tractor with semi-trailer combination caught fire Thursday, Feb. 16, along Interstate 81 in Frailey Township, Schuylkill County, resulting in four new automobiles being destroyed.

State police at Frackville said the incident occurred about 7 p.m. as the rig was being operated southbound, when a mechanical issue with the trailer caused the fire.

As a result the four new autos were incinerated and at least four others sustained damages.

Friday, February 17, 2012

A Luzerne County man has been charged with violating a protection from abuse (PFA) order.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said Michele Mattioli-Kulick, 56, of Bear Creek Township, reported that on Tuesday, Feb. 14, about 7:54 pm. she was visiting family along Long Pond Road, in Long Pond, when her husband, Robert Kulic, 63, of Bear Creek Township, called the home multiple times. He then began sending text messages to her which put her and her two children in fear. The contact by Kulic with his wife was a violation of a PFA order issued by the Luzerne County court.

Friday, February 17, 2012

McAdoo police have filed charges against a state constable who allegedly caused damage to a borough employee's vehicle.

James Osborne, 49, of Weissport, stopped at the McAdoo Police Station on Feb. 9, at 8:28 p.m., to ask for directions. When he was leaving, he reversed his 2005 Ford Crown Victoria, striking the parked car owned by the McAdoo Borough secretary. Osborne then left the scene without reporting the incident. When contacted, Osborne denied any involvement.

The incident was witnessed by McAdoo Police Chief Jeff Wainwright.

Friday, February 17, 2012

A Schuylkill County man is facing multiple charges following a search of his residence. State police at Frackville identified the suspect as Joshua Robert Ptaszkowksi, 22, formerly of Shenandoah, and currently an inmate at the county prison in Pottsville.

According to troopers on Jan. 18 about 2:15 p.m. they executed a search warrant at 104 W. Laurel St., Shenandoah, Ptaszkowksi's residence, for the purpose of obtaining evidence pertaining to a shooting incident that occurred along Church Street, in Ryan Township, on Jan. 16.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

State police at Fern Ridge are investigating the theft of a handgun and ammunition.

Troopers said Lisa Ann Snyder, 46, of Box 37, SR715, in Tequillaville, Brodheadsville, Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County, reported the theft.

She said a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun and 100 rounds of 9mm ammunition was taken from her home sometime between 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, and 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call troopers at (570)-646-2271.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

A Berks County driver was slightly injured in a one-vehicle crash that occurred about 3:15 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 13, along Cold Run Road, in East Brunswick Township, Schuylkill County.

State police at Frackville said Katherine Kirkland, 26, of Hamburg, was operating a 2001 Mitsubishi southbound when she failed to negotiate a curve in the road. The car went onto the berm and struck a tree on an embankment.

The vehicle then crossed over both lanes of travel and sideswiped the steel ribbon guide rail on the west side of the road.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

State police at Lehighton reported investigating several automobile crashes in recent days.

Troopers said about 2:25 p.m. on Feb. 9 Janet Gartland, 53, of Saylorsburg, was operating a 2008 Kia along Kunkletown Road near Silver Springs Blvd., in Eldred Township, Monroe County, when it left the road and crashed along the berm.