Several incidents were reported by Mahoning Township Police.
On Feb. 16, at 3 a.m., police said they observed a vehicle traveling 35 mph in a posted 55 mph zone. In addition it allegedly swerved over the center line, and the shoulder of the road. The driver Candace Lloyd, 37, of Nescopeck was found to be under the influence of a drug, police said. A blood test showed the presence of Alprazolam (Xanax). As a result Candace has been charged with two counts of DUI, driving on roadways laned for traffic, and minimum speed regulations. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 15.
On July 30, police responded to Wal-Mart for a reported retail theft. When police arrived on scene the involved vehicle left the parking lot. It was observed speeding and swerving, police said. The vehicle was stopped and the driver, Amanda Longenbach, 26, of Lehighton, was allegedly found to be under the influence of drugs. A blood test showed the presence of Alprazolam (Xanax), and Hydrocodone-Free. As a result Amanda has been charged with two counts of DUI, maximum speed limits, and careless driving. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 15.
On Oct. 17, at 12:28 p.m., Mahoning Township Police were dispatched to the Burger King parking lot for a reported intoxicated driver who had almost hit several cars. A vehicle had been stopped outside the drive-thru entrance for an extended period of time. A passing motorist had woken the driver up. Police arrived to find the vehicle sitting in the drive-thru. The driver, Trevor Sommerfield, 31, of Jim Thorpe was found to be under the influence of alcohol. A blood test showed a BAC of .218 percent. He has been charged with two counts of DUI, and careless driving. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 15.
On Nov. 3, Mahoning Township Police were investigating an accident on SR443. While emergency vehicles and personnel were present a vehicle sped past the scene at a high rate of speed nearly striking personnel. The investigating officer stopped the vehicle and detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the car. Officers allegedly found five small empty baggies, and a marijuana pipe inside the vehicle. As a result, the driver, Donovan Mikitz, 20, of Allentown has been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, duty of driver in emergency response area, driving vehicle at a safe speed, and careless driving. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 15.
On Nov. 1, Mahoning police responded to WalMart for a reported trespasser. Loss Prevention said they observed Amber Knappenberger, 33, of Jim Thorpe inside the store after she had been issued a notification of restriction from property. On Oct. 31, she had been detained by loss prevention for allegedly attempting to steal perfume. Because Amber had been arrested for stealing from the same store on Dec. 16, 2012 she was issued a notice restricting her from all Walmart property. However Amber failed to comply with the notice and returned one day later on Nov. 1. As a result in addition to the alleged retail theft offense of Oct. 31, Knappenberger has been charged with an additional complaint which includes one count of criminal trespass. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 15.