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Tamaqua police report on incidents

Tamaqua Police have reported on the following incidents:

• Brian Patrick Burns, 35, of 127 1/2 Spruce St., Tamaqua, has been charged with contempt for violation of order or agreement for an incidents between April 27 to June 23 at 223 Penn St. On Jan. 9 a woman reported Burns was harassing her which caused her to get a protection from abuse order.

Burns violated the order on Feb. 7 and 24, and was charged in a hearing held May 13. Police said Burns continued to violate the order, with the victim ignoring the texts he was sending her. Police also said Burns contacted the victim’s son, who was part of the PFA order. On June 1 Burns sent more text messages to the woman. There were 92 messages from April 27 to date from Burns. Charges were filed.

• Marshall Matthew Barker, 26, of the 300 block of Lincoln Street, and Bryan Purcell, 44, of E. Mauch Chunk Street, both of Tamaqua, have been charged with burglary, criminal trespass, theft and criminal mischief for an incident at 8:04 p.m. on June 28 on E. Spruce Street. The homeowner caught two men in the Spruce Street residence. One of the men was apprehended, Barker, who implicated Purcell. He said the two were in the home about 15 to 20 minutes with the intention of stealing a generator. Purcell then admitted they were there to steal a generator.

• Chad Lee Spurgeon, 30, of Buckridge Road Drums, Luzerne County, has been charged with materially false written statement and statement under penalty for an incident on March 12 at Ed’s Sport Shop, 308 W. Broad St.

Police said they received information from the state police concerning an attempt to purchase a firearm by a person prohibited from doing so. Spurgeon attempted to buy a Ruger 9 mm handgun and filled out the appropriate form. He had checked the box “no” that he had never been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence. A check revealed on March 5 he pleaded guilty to simple assault due to a domestic violence incident in Sunbury.

• Micah Zachary Vasquez, 34, of the 200 block of E. Mauch Chunk St., Tamaqua, has been charged with simple assault and harassment for an incident at 1:20 a.m. June 21 at his residence. Police responded to a report of a disturbance at the residence. Police spoke to woman who had visible bleeding from her mouth along with redness to her facial and neck areas. She said she and Vasquez were inside the residence, in third floor bedroom, when a verbal argument turned physical and he punched her in the face and placed his hands on her neck and threatened her with a machete. Charges were filed.

• Walter J. Ortiz, 32, of N. 10th Street, Reading, has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance for an incident on June 11 at 7:48 p.m. in the area of 18 E. Mauch Chunk St. Police made a vehicle stop at the time and detected the odor of burned marijuana. Ortiz showed signs of impairment. He failed field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest for DUI. He was later taken for a blood test.

• Frank Joseph Ditchey, 56, of the 300 block of S. Schuylkill Avenue, Tamaqua, has been charged with theft and receiving stolen property for an incident on May 28 at 9 N. Route 309, at the All American Jeep car dealership.

On scene the victim showed police pictures of a men loading up English cobble rock/bricks from the back of the business. According to the cameras the incident happened between late May 27 and early May 28. The victim posted a description of the vehicle and man on Facebook. He got a response back indicating the person in question was Ditchey. The person who responded to the post claimed the items taken were behind Ditchey’s home. The victim went to the site and saw the items taken from his business.

Police were notified and went to Ditchey’s home. Ditchey was asked about the rocks and was told he had to return them. He did return 19 of about 90 that were taken. The value of the items initially taken was set at $536. Charges were filed.