Police blotter 2/9/10
Hit and run
COAL TOWNSHIP - Police continue to investigate a hit-and-run crash on Route 61 near the McDonald's intersection on Thursday.
Police say that Janelle Maurer, of Coal Township, was stopped at the traffic light at the intersection when her 2000 Mitsubishi Galant was struck from behind by another vehicle. As a result of the impact, Maurer told police her car was pushed into a 2003 Honda Civic, driven by Charles McAndrew, of Mount Carmel, that was stopped in front of her. No one was injured in the crash and all vehicles were driven from the scene.
The vehicle that struck Maurer's car is described as a small to mid-sized older model white, four-door sedan, which left the scene and was last seen continuing south on Route 61. Anyone with information is asked to contact Coal Township police at 644-0333.
False ID given
MOUNT CARMEL TOWNSHIP - Michael B. Laskowski, 32, of 101 S. Plum St., Mount Carmel, was charged with giving false identification to law enforcement and driving while his operating privilege is suspended or revoked, following an incident near the Mount Carmel Area Elementary School Jan. 26.
Patrolman Daniel J. Politza reported in court documents that Laskowski gave the officer a different name when questioned. An investigation uncovered Laskowski's identity and that he did not have a current Pennsylvania driver's license and is wanted in Philadelphia, police said.
The charges were filed with Magisterial District Judge Hugh A. Jones. A preliminary hearing will be held March 3.
RUSH TOWNSHIP - A Danville woman escaped injury in a one-vehicle crash on Patton Road in Rush Township at 10:30 p.m. Sunday.
State police at Stonington say a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee, driven by Kyrsten M. Lee, 18, of Danville, was traveling north on Patton Road when it traveled over some snow and ice patches on the road. Lee lost control of the vehicle and struck a tree on the roadside.
Lee wasn't injured and police say she will be cited for driving at an unsafe speed.
COAL TOWNSHIP - Police are investigating an incident of criminal mischief that occurred between Wednesday and Thursday.
Patrolman Jason Adams of the Coal Township Police reported that someone vandalized a 2002 Mercury Sable while it was parked in the area of Eagle Avenue. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Coal Township police at 644-0333.
MOUNT CARMEL TOWNSHIP - Police charged a Mount Carmel man with simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and harassment following an incident in both Mount Carmel Borough and Big Mine Run Road in Mount Carmel Township at 10:35 p.m. Sunday.
Police say that Joseph Smallets Jr., 22, of 110 E. Fourth St., Mount Carmel, was arguing with his fiancee and assaulted her young son while the two were riding in a vehicle. Police say Smallets then grabbed the steering wheel while his fiancee was driving. When she asked him to leave the car, Smallets allegedly pulled on the car door panel until it busted off and damaged the wiring before walking away.
The charges were filed with Magisterial District Judge Hugh A. Jones of Mount Carmel. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 17.
No injury in crash
BLYTHE TOWNSHIP - An Ashland man was cited for driving at an unsafe speed for roadway conditions following a one-vehicle crash at 7:32 a.m. Monday on Route 61 in Blythe Township.
State police at Frackville report that a 2002 Ford F-150 pickup truck, driven by Matthew E. Nahodil, 20, was traveling south when he lost control on the icy road while negotiating a curve. The truck struck the guardrail along the east berm and came to rest facing west and partially blocking both southbound lanes.
Nahodil was not injured.
DUI charges filed
EAST CAMERON TOWNSHIP - State police at Stonington charged Nicholas D. Snyder, 23, of 2375 Line Mountain Road, Dornsife, with driving under the influence following an investigation into a Jan. 24 incident along Route 125 in East Cameron Township.
Police say Snyder was involved in a non-reportable crash Jan. 24, and blood chemical testing showed he was under the influence of alcohol.
The charges were filed with Magisterial District Judge Hugh A. Jones of Mount Carmel.