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Police Logs

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Rush Township Police made two drug-related arrests this week.

George Cope, 24, of Shillington, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia on Wednesday, after officers observed a crack pipe, in plain view, in Cope's vehicle. The incident took place at 1:50 a.m. in the area of Tamaqua Street.

Nicholas H. Lambert, 25, of Freeland, was charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana on Thursday. Lambert was walking in the area of the Pines Motel at 3:38 a.m. at the time of the incident.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

A Monroe County man is facing sexual assault charges.

State police at Fern Ridge said Michael Vitagliano, 51, of 110 Blue Ridge Drive, Effort, Chestnuthill Township, has been charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and related offenses.

Troopers allege that Vitagliano assaulted a 15-year-old male from Effort. According to troopers the victim came to Vitagliano's home to perform yard work. During some of these occasions Vitalgaliano would pay the victim money for sexual favors.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

A spool of copper wiring was reported stolen in a Schuylkill County burglary.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said the break-in occurred at the BJ Baldwin Electric Inc., property along Centre Turnpike (SR61), in Deer Lake borough.

Troopers said a wooden trailer door was forced open and the spool, which contained about 500-feet of wiring, was removed. The incident was reported at 1:45 a.m. on Thursday, July 21.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

A Barnesville woman will be cited by Rush Township Police after she allegedly tried to take a cross walk pole following an accident in the township.

Desiree M. Trudich, 33, is alleged to have tried to take the pole following an accident on July 17, at approximately 8:30 p.m.

The incident took place in the area of Claremont Avenue and Tide Road.

Friday, July 22, 2011

A large amount of cash was reported taken in a burlgary in Schuylkill County.

State police at Frackville said the home of Michael Kilousky, 64, of 81 Washington St., Middleport, was entered sometime betweeen midnight and 8 a.m. on Monday, July 18. Entry was gained through the front door while Kilousky was sleeping, troopers said.

Taken was $5,000 in cash from a drawer near the front door. Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call troopers at (570) 874-5300.

Friday, July 22, 2011

A Monroe County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI), following an incident that occurred about 10:23 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20.

State police at Lehighton said Joan F. Dannels, 65, of Effort, was stopped along Gilbert Road in Polk Township for several motor vehicle code violations. She was found to be under the influence and placed under arrest.

Troopers said the DUI charge is pending blood test results.

Friday, July 22, 2011

State police at Lehighton are investigating a theft incident at a Carbon County campground.

Troopers said the incident occurred at the Don Lane Campground, located along 57 Drive, in Lower Towamensing Township. Unknown criminals entered tents, vehicles and campers at various camp sites and removed about $240 in cash, a Wii game system and games.

The listed victims of the thefts were Rodney E. Biegley, 42, of Palmerton, and Michelle D. Heritage, 40, of Laurel, Del.

Troopers noted a 12-year-old juvenile from Palmerton is a suspect in this incident.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Two persons were cited following an incident in Monroe County that occurred on Tuesday, July 19. The arrests and others were reported by the Pocono Mountain Regional police.

About 12:07 a.m. officers were dispatched to Country Place Drive and Woodside Drive for a report of an assault. The investigation revealed that Nicole Batzel, 19, of Cresco, had an argument with Anthony Major, 22, of Tobyhanna. Batzel was found to be under the influence of alcohol and less than 21. Major was found to have supplied the alcohol to Batzel and he was also under the influence of alcohol.

Friday, July 22, 2011

One of two drivers involved in a crash that occurred about 4:25 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20, along a Schuylkill County road, has been charged.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said Stephen A. Crosley, 62, of Camp Hill, was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu northbound on SR183 in Wayne Township. He attempted to make a left hand turn from the driving lane into the parking lot of the Summit View Restaurant and pulled into the path of a 2004 Dodge Dakota pickup truck operated by David J. Guzick, 22, of Pottsville, who was in the northbound passing lane.

Friday, July 22, 2011

State police at Frackville reported investigating a two vehicle crash about 4:55 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20, along SR924 at the entrance to the Vito Rinaldi auto dealership in Mahanoy Township, just outside Shenandoah.

Troopers said Delano Newcomb, 23, of Saint Marys, Ga., was driving a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu and was attempting to make a left turn from a lot at the dealership and pulled into the path of a 1994 Subaru Impreza driven northbound by Donna Palubinsky, 54, of Ringtown.