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Police Logs

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A Monroe County truck driver died in a crash along Interstate 80 in Luzerne County. State police at Hazleton said the crash occurred in Butler Township about 8:20 a.m. on Tuesday.

Troopers said Mark A. Lockwitch, 53, of Blakeslee, was operating a tanker truck westbound near the intersection with I81 when the rig left the road and into the median where it struck several trees. The fuel tanks separated from the truck upon impact and caught fire. Local fire companies extinguished the blaze.

Lockwitch was pronounced dead at the scene.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Summit Hill police charged four people with disorderly conduct following two incidents that occurred in the borough over the last two months.

According to police on June 14, at 10:24 p.m. officers received a call of a disturbance at the Lansford Townhouses. Borough police responded and were assisted by Lansford police.

Upon arriving at the scene it was determined that Keith Yarnell, 31, of 141 Penn St., Tamaqua; and Jason Tessitore, 25, of 245 E. Ridge St., Lansford, had a disagreement, causing a disturbance at the location. Both men were cited for disorderly conduct.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A Jim Thorpe woman was arrested after she fought with a male in Summit Hill.

According to Summit Hill police on July 19, at 8:55 p.m. police received a report of a domestic disturbance at 264 W. Ludlow St.

Upon arrival it was learned that Linda Radeline, 44, of 718 North St., was involved in a fight with a male who was at the above location.

While on scene Radeline became combative with officers.

She was taken into custody and charged with terroristic threats, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, public drunkenness and harassment.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A 16-year-old female is being cited for careless driving following a one-car accident at 4 p.m. Monday in Mahoning Township.

Chief of Police Ken Barnes said the accident happened in the vicinity of 744 Troxells Road. A vehicle driven by a 16-year -old female from the 100 block of Creekside Manor Drive, Lehighton, failed to negotiate a curve, drove off of the roadway, struck a fence and struck two poles.

Police said the car left 105 feet of skid marks on the roadway and then continued another 230 feet on grass before coming to a final rest.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A Tamaqua man has been cited after allegedly entering a borough woman's apartment and threatening one of her friends.

Debra Nuttall, of 129 W. Broad St., called police at 11:48 p.m. Sunday to report an unwanted male had broken into her apartment. The intruder, identified as Kareem Walker, also threatened a male friend of Nuttall's, forcing him to flee the residence. Walker then locked the doors to the apartment and the apartment building.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Three individuals were cited for criminal trespass after they trespassed on a property in Summit Hill.

According to borough police on July 16, at 6:48 a.m. police were dispatched to 530 E. White Bear Drive for persons trespassing.

Upon arrival the owner of the residence said he observed three individuals, later identified as Eric Matthews, 33, of 107 Hawthorne Drive, Jim Thorpe; Joshua Stein, 28, of 237 Main St., Walnutport; and Edwin Mertz, 50, of 131 Mauch Chunk St., Lehighton, on his property. The men then left the property and went onto property at Mauch Chunk Lake Park.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A Coaldale woman and the father of her four young children have both been charged with endangering the welfare of children after allegedly leaving the children – ranging in age from 7 to 1 – alone while she visited her new boyfriend.

Laura G. DeMaio, 27, and Brian Hay, 28, both of 272 Sixth St., face the charge. According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Officer Jeremy P. Talanca, he responded to a report of a man with a gun at DeMaio's address at 1 a.m. July 15.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Summit Hill police charged two men after they were found to be under the influence of alcohol.

According to borough police, the first incident occurred on July 9, at 11:06 p.m. Police were in the area of East White Bear Drive when a vehicle, driven by Anthony Fitzgerald, 29, of 424 Hazle St., Tamaqua, passed them and failed to dim the high beams.

Police initiated a traffic stop and it was determined that Fitzgerald was under the influence of alcohol. He was charged with driving while under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and for multiple beam road lighting equipment.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

State police at Fern Ridge reported investigating a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Burger Hollow and Merwinsburg roads, in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County.

Troopers said Edward Adams, 50, of Thompson, Susquehanna County, was driving a 2004 Jeep Wrangler eastbound on Burger Hollow and failed to stop for a stop sign and entered the intersection where his vehicle struck a 2001 GMC truck driven by Joseph Tesoroni, 24, of East Stroudsburg, who was southbound on Merwinsburg Road.

No one was reported injured in the crash.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

State police at Lehighton reported on two incidents of criminal mischief.

Richard T. Vetland, 49, of Stroudsburg, reported someone damaged two windows on his rental property at 28 North 209, in Gilbert, Polk Township, Monroe County, sometime between July 10 and 23. Damages were estimated at $230.

Robert James Hoffman, 36, of 215 White St., Weissport, reported unknown persons poured dark colored liquid into his pool. The incident occurred sometime between midnight and 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 24.