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Published May 17. 2010 05:00PM

Joseph Snyder, 27, 25 Sharpe St., faces charges stemming from a stolen iPod incident which took place on March 9. Charges of Theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property were filed by Det./Sgt. Jack Soberick.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, police received a complaint from a John Krynock that his iPod Touch had been stolen. Krynock told police he bought the device for $195 on Dec. 19. He also provided the serial number. Krynock said he bought the iPod for his son, who took it to a borough home. While there, the son interacted with Snyder. After this interaction, the iPod was discovered to be missing, police said.

At the time of the complaint, the victim learned that Snyder was at 866 E. Patterson St. Police contacted Snyder, who agreed to cooperate. Snyder, after being read his Miranda rights, admitted to having taken the iPod and pawning it for $45 at Loretta's Nook.

Police reviewed the shop's records and found that on March 7, Snyder had used his photo ID to pawn the iPod Touch, whose serial number matched the one Krynock provided, for $45. The device had since been sold.

Thomas Witter, 35, 950 Norman St., Weatherly, faces charges from an incident which took place on Jan. 28 on the 800 block of E. Patterson St. Two counts of Driving Under the Influence were filed by Officer Robert Shubeck.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, Shubeck was on duty with Soberick when, at 1:35 a.m., they were dispatched for a vehicle that had gone off the snow-covered road and into a ditch. Upon arrival, they saw a female passenger in the front seat and a male who walked from the driver's side to the front of the vehicle, then fell down in the snow. The male was trying to push the vehicle out of the snow, and police struck up a conversation, asking for his name.

He identified himself as Witter, and police smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from his facial area. Shubeck asked him if he was driving and he answered yes. witter agreed to take field sobriety tests, but failed them because he lacked balance and coordination and the ability to follow simple directions.

Shubeck arrested him for DUI and took him to St. Luke's Miners memorial Hospital, Coaldale, for a blood-alcohol test. The test, taken at 2:30 a.m., revealed Witter's blood alcohol level to be 0.21 percent. In Pennsylvania, a level of 0.08 percent is the threshold for DUI.

Paul Yeager, 39, 222 Green Street, Tamaqua, faces charged from an incident which took place on Feb. 12 at Patterson and Coal streets. Charges of Driving Under the Influence (five counts), possession of drug paraphernalia, driving on roadways laned for traffic and turning movements and required signals were filed by Shubeck.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, Shubeck was on patrol in a marked cruiser on East Patterson Street at 2:35 a.m., approaching a red light, when he saw a car heading north on Coal Street. The car entered the intersection at a high rate of speed and cut into Shubeck's lane of travel as it turned left without a signal, rounding the corner well into his lane, causing the officer to stop short to avoid a collision.

Shubeck pulled the driver over and spoke with the operator, Yeager. Shubeck could smell alcohol on Yeager, who admitted to having had three or four drinks during a pool match at Logan's Pub. Yeager failed field sobriety tests and was arrested for drunken driving. He also admitted to having a joint in his pocket.

Soberick assisted Shubeck with the traffic stop and told Yeager he could smell marijuana on him; Yeager admitted to having smoked the substance.

Lying on the rear seat of the car, within arm's reach of the driver, was a black pool stick case, which had two pouches sewn into it. Inside the pouches were two rolled up plastic lunch bags containing a greenish brown vegetablelike substance which proved to be marijuana.

Shubeck took Yeager to St. Luke's, where, at 3:15 a.m., a blood sample was drawn. The test showed Yeager's blood alcohol level at 0.11 percent. Yeager's blood also tested positive for marijuana.

Peggy Hill, 44, 171 W. Ridge St., faces charges from an incident which took place on the 700 block of E. Patterson St. Charges of Driving Under the Influence (three counts), possession of drug paraphernalia, and exhaust systems and noise control were filed by Shubeck.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, Shubeck on March 7 was on patrol at 2:24 a.m. when police were dispatched for a complaint of loud people and drug violations in the bathroom of Miner's Pub.

he arrived and saw a black Kia parked a short distance away with Hill in the driver's seat. She appeared to be waiting for someone. earlier that day, the same car with Hill driving was observed picking up a known drug dealer across town on Ridge Street.

Soberick radioed that he was parked near the pub, watching the activity and it appeared that the black Kia was involved with another suspicious male that was peeking around the corner watching Shubeck.

While Shubeck encountered another male who was walking in the area and investigated, the Kia drove away, elevating Shubeck's suspicions that crime was afoot in this vehicle.

At 2:43 a.m., Shubeck the Kia for a loud and faulty exhaust system. The driver was identified as Hill. Shubeck saw that her eyes were bloodshot and glassy, and that she seemed out of it. Shubeck asked her if she was the same person he had seen on Ridge Street earlier, and she said she was. She said she was taking someone to a location that was a few hours away, but also said she had to be at work in a few hours, which didn't make sense to Shubeck because there wouldn't be enough time to do the traveling and be back in time for work.

Hill failed field sobriety tests for lack of coordination and balamn\nce. He arrested her for DUI and told her he did not smell alcohol. She told him she had taken a hit of crack cocaine, and then produced a crack pipe that she had hidden in her bra.

Shubeck seized the paraphernalia and took her to St. Luke's for a blood test.

The test, at 4:33 a.m., showed positive for cocaine metabolite and propoxyphene, a pain reliever.

Audrey Makara, 53, 819 E. Ridge St., faces charges from an incident which took place on Feb. 23 at Patterson and Springgarden streets. Charges of Driving Under the Influence (two counts), vehicles turning left, and careless driving were filed by Shubeck.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, at 9:22 p.m. that night, Shubeck was on patrol in a marked cruiser, behind another vehicle on Springgarden Street at the East Patterson Street intersection, waiting for the traffic signal to change.

Across the intersection was a vehicle driven by Makara, its turn signal on, waiting to turn left onto Patterson Street. After the light turned green the vehicle in front of Shubeck turned and Shubeck drove through the intersection. As he did, Makara cut him off and pulled into his path, refusing to yield right-of-way and forcing him to stop, almost causing a rear-end collision.

Shubeck pulled her over and smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from inside the car as he approached it. Makara had glassy eyes and large pupils. Her speech was slurred and she became argumentative. She said Shubeck only pulled her over because she cut him off.

Shubeck told her that was correct because what she did violated the vehicle code. As she argued, he could smell alcohol on her breath. he asked her how much she had to drink, and she said two or three drinks.

he asked if either of the two male passengers were in any better shape to drive and they answered no, that Makara was the best and they were drunk.

Makara agreed to perform field sobriety tests, but was uncooperative, saying "let's just get this over with" as Shubeck explained the tests. She failed the tests due to lack of balance and coordination and an inability to follow basic instructions.

Shubeck arrested her, and she again became uncooperative and had to be told three times to turn around to be handcuffed before she complied.

He took her to St. Luke's, where she was argumentative and belligerent to everyone she came in contact with. At 10:33 p.m. a blood test showed a blood-alcohol content of 0.12 percent.

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