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Police Logs

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Lehighton police reported on three arrests made by officers recently.

Police said on Sept. 21 about 3 p.m. Edwin Mertz, 51, of 131 Mauch Chunk St., Lehighton, was cited for public drunkenness in the 100 block of S. First St.

Ernest Dash, 42, of 17 Mahoning Drive East, Lehighton, was cited for violation of the borough's curfew ordinance involving his 15-year-old child. The incident occurred on Saturday, Sept. 28, about 2:30 a.m. at the rear of 101 N. First St.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A Schuylkill County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influnence (DUI) following a one vehicle crash that occurred about 2:10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25, along SR924, about a mile north of Brandonville in East Union Township.

State police at Frackville said troopers on patrol came upon a crash at the above location. A 1997 Pontiac Sunfire had traveled onto the east berm and struck the guard rail. The driver was identified as Mark Andrew Mumich, 31, of Sheppton. He was found to be under the influence and was placed under arrest for DUI.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

State police at Lehighton reported on several acts of criminal mischief reported recently.

Raymond G. Ellis, 32, of Victorian Arms Apartments, Polk Township, Monroe County, had the foundation wall to his property spray painted. Troopers said two juveniles, ages 10 and 12 and both from Kunkletown, were involved in the incident, which occurred about 3 p.m on Sept. 18.

James Daly, 42, of Kunkletown, Polk Township, reported someone punctured a tire on his vehicle. The incident occurred sometime between Sept. 18-24.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The North Central Pa. Regional Sobriety Checkpoint DUI Taskforce and Expanded DUI/Underage Drinking Enforcement Program has released the following statistics from a sobriety checkpoint and roving patrols held in Schuylkill County last weekend.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A hit-and-run driver is being sought in Schuylkill County. It was one of three crashes investigated by state police at Schuylkill Haven on Monday, Sept. 27.

Troopers said about 4 p.m. Matthew J. McDowell Jr., 16, of Pottsville, was driving a 2007 Subaru Imprezza southbound and slowing down due to a traffic light turning red at SR183. His vehicle was struck in the rear by another vehicle. The other driver pulled to the side of the road momentarily and then fled the scene southbound. The hit-and-run vehicle is believed to be a Ford and driven by a female. McDowell was not injured.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

State police at Frackville are investigating a burglary that occurred at a Schuylkill County residence in which a large amount of cash was taken.

Troopers said the home of Justin Deane, 21, of 418 E. Main St., Girardville, was entered sometime between 7:45 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 24. Entry was gained through a basement window.

Removed from the home was a Sentry brand safe, black in color, which contained about $4,500 in cash.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A Luzerne County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following a one vehicle crash in Schuylkill County.

State police at Frackville said Hector Berberena-Soto, 28, of Hazleton, was operating a 1993 Pontiac Bonneville, on the exit ramp of Interstate 81 at McAdoo, intending to enter onto SR309 in Kline Township, about 11 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 26. He failed to negotiate a curve and the car impacted with the Jersey barrier to the left and then came to rest in the grass between the exit ramp and 309 northbound.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The driver of a car that crashed and resulted in the death of the passenger has been charged.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said Jermaine Peterkin, 22, of Stroudsburg, has been charged as the result of a crash that occurred along Seven Nations Drive, in Tobyhanna, on Sept. 15, about 3 p.m. Police said Peterkin was driving a Mercedes-Benz sedan at a high rate of speed when he lost control and struck a tree.

A passenger in the car, Ulysses Smith, 23, of New York City, N.Y., died in the crash.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

State police at Lehighton are investigating the theft of copper in two separate incidents. The incidents are two of several thefts and break-ins that occurred recently.

Troopers said four construction containers located along SR209 in Towamensing Township, Carbon County, were entered sometime between Sept. 17 and 20. Removed was a large quantity of copper wire. Troopers added that a construction vehicle was also entered and removed was utility belts and various tools. The property is owned by Asplundh Construction.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Pocono Mountain Regional police reported the arrest of a Monroe County woman for retail theft.

On Saturday, Sept. 25, about 2:37 p.m. officers were called to the Shop Rite store in Mt. Pocono for a female in custody of theft. At the scene the suspect was identified as Esther Crook 35, of Tobyhanna. Store security alleged that Crook attempted to conceal $92.13 worth of merchandise and leave the store without paying for it.

Crook was placed under arrest and issued a citation and released.