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Police Logs

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

A Freeland man was lodged in the Schuylkill County Prison, Pottsville, on Monday, after he was unable to post bail on felony retail theft charges.

Richard Bonney was taken into custody by Freeland police on Monday on a warrant that was issued for his arrest. Bonney was allegedly involved in a retail theft incident at the Hometown Commons Walmart on Oct. 7.

Rush Township police arraigned Bonney before District Judge Stephen Bayer, Tamaqua. Bail was set at $25,000.

Bonney was unable to post the required 10 percent and was transported to the county prison.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

A Tamaqua man was lodged in the Schuylkill County Prison last Wednesday, Oct. 12, following a domestic incident.

Tamaqua police were dispatched to 350 E. Union St., at 5:18 p.m. for a report of a disturbance.

On scene they spoke with homeowner Stephen Smolar Sr., who related that Samuel Smolar, 22, of 27 Franklin St., Tamaqua, kicked in the door and threatened him with a tire iron.

A juvenile female in the residence at the time of the incident, stated that Samuel Smolar grabbed her by the arm and tried to drag her outside.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

A Schuylkill County driver was involved in a two-vehicle crash in Lehigh County that occurred about 5:35 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 17, along Interstate 78 in Upper Macungie Township.

State police at Fogelsville said William J. Schilbe, 54, of Orwigsburg, and Kathleen M. Troiano, 61, of Flemington, N.J., were both eastbound with Troiano in front of Schilbe.

Troopers said Schilbe was traveling faster than Troiano and struck the rear of her 2006 Toyota PRI with the front of his 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

A Monroe County man is facing multiple charges including rape.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said Arturo Escobar, 28, of Tobyhanna, was arrested this week on a warrant at his place of employment in Hackensack, N.J., and jailed waiting extradition back to Pennsylvania.

He has been charged with rape, criminal attempt-rape of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault and related offenses.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

A Carbon County resident has been cited for criminal mischief.

State police at Lehighton said the incident occurred in the area of 304 Hatchery Road, in Penn Forest Township. Troopers said John Merz, 22, of Lake Harmony, was cited for allegedly throwing a rock through the windows of a truck owned by Patrick Phillips, 25, of Brodheadsville.

The incident occurerd about 9:24 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Copper piping and fuel oil were reported taken in a Monroe County burglary.

The break-in occurred at the home at 221 Mountain View Drive, in Polk Township, Monroe County. Entry was made through a side window. The copper piping was taken from the basement area and about 200 gallons of heating oil was also removed. The incident occurred sometime between Oct. 8 and 12. The home is owned by Joseph P. Trendler, 70, of New Hope, Bucks County, troopers said.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Slatington police reported on the following arrests made by officers.

On Sept. 12 about 9:55 p.m. police responded to 160 Main St., for a report of a theft incident. An investigation led to the arrest of Ryan Yenser, 21, of 3367 Main St., Emerald, for theft and receiving stolen property.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

State police at Frackville are investigating an act of criminal mischief that occurred at a Schuylkill County school.

Troopers said a metal access gate to the baseball/soccer field behind the Tamaqua Area Middle School, located along Penn St., in Walker Township, was reported.

The incident occurred sometime between 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16, and 8 a.m. on Monday.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call troopers at (570) 874-5300.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Nesquehoning police reported on the following citations issued by officers, covering the period of Oct. 10-16.

Brandon Leslie, of 310 Snyder Ave., Lansford, was cited for driving under suspension.

Joshua Leon Wo, of 121 S. Fifth St., Lehighton, was cited for careless driving, no insurance and for operating an unregistered vehicle in the 200 block of W. Catawissa St.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

A Luzerne County driver was injured in a one vehicle crash about 8:50 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, in Schuylkill County. It was one of four crashes probed by state police at Frackville over the past weekend on county roadways.

Troopers said Melissa Erickson, 23, of Hazleton, was driving a 2001 Chevrolet Tracker southbound on SR61 in New Castle Township, when she lost control while negotiating a left curve. The car struck an embankment along the west berm, then rolled over onto the drivers' side before sliding about 100 feet south.