Police Blotter: Friday, Aug. 22, 2014
MOUNT CARMEL - Three people have been charged in connection with an Aug. 1 fight at Jake's Bar, 451 E. Avenue.
Jericho S. Linkchorst, 22, his mother, Carlene L. Halcovich, 53, both of 415 E. Avenue, Mount Carmel, and John J. Stelma, 63, of 118 N. Hickory St., Mount Carmel, were charged by Patrolman Matthew Dillman with criminal conspiracy, simple assault, criminal mischief and two counts each of disorderly conduct and harassment involving the 11:22 p.m. fight.
According to a criminal complaint, Linkchorst entered the bar and left briefly after being carded by bartender Karen McGinley. Upon returning, McGinley told police Linkchorst immediately attacked Matt Zigarski, prompting an altercation that involved Linkchorst throwing tables and chairs and knocking things over. At one point, police said Linkchorst smashed a window.
Police said other patrons attempted to break up the fight and push Linkchorst out the door, but they were unable to do so.
During the altercation, Halcovich entered the bar with Stelma and also began throwing chairs and tables around while looking to fight people. Stelma also knocked over tables during the incident.
According to witnesses, patron Jonathan Kranzel had his tooth knocked out by Halcovich, who punched him in the face while he was grabbed and held by Stelma.
After the fighting stopped, McGinley said Linkchorst walked over and took a swing at her before being stopped by Jordan Politza.
Kids 'Vette stolen
COAL TOWNSHIP - Police here are investigating the theft of a children's red and silver Power Wheels Corvette that occurred between 7 p.m. Monday and 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the rear of 1504 Pulaski Ave. Anyone with information is urged to call Coal Township police at 644-0333.
MOUNT CARMEL - A borough man hired to do odd jobs at a vacant home is accused of stealing baseboards and thermostats from the work site.
Police said Christopher L. Snyder, 28, of 344 E. Camp St., wrongfully exchanged the stolen equipment in May at the Home Depot in Saint Clair for a gift card totaling $869.52, according to police. Snyder reportedly used a valid ID at the store for the exchange.
Snyder told police he had purchased the equipment but could not produce any documentation, according to a criminal complaint. Emanuel Hleah, of New York, N.Y., who owns 9 S. Locust St. where Snyder was working, had receipts for the equipment.
Lt. Christopher Buhay charged Snyder with theft and receiving stolen property. He was arraigned Wednesday and jailed on $10,000 bail. A preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Hugh A. Jones is scheduled for Aug. 27.
STRONG - Shirley Ann Batdorf, 53, of 630 Spruce St., Kulpmont, is accused of drunk driving early May 3 along Route 61 near Mount Carmel.
According to Mount Carmel Township Patrolman Kelly Campbell, Batdorf was driving south in a 2003 Honda CRV when she ran a red light at the Strong Connector. A vehicle stop was initiated about 2 a.m. near Greco Service Station, Atlas. Campbell said Batdorf smelled strongly of alcohol, was visibly intoxicated and failed field sobriety tests. Chemical testing found her blood-alcohol level to be 0.139 percent, above the 0.08 percent legal limit.
She is charged with two counts of driving under the influence along with a traffic light violation. A preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Hugh A. Jones is scheduled for Sept. 24.
ATM card stolen
MOUNT CARMEL - Justin M. Schoppy, 21, of 118 S. Orange St. (upstairs), Mount Carmel, was charged by Patrolman Justin Stelma with access device fraud, theft and receiving stolen property.
Schoppy is accused of stealing an ATM card owned by Sheryl Lee Halcovich on July 9 and using it to make a $20 withdrawal from Susquehanna Bank.
Hit and run
SHAMOKIN - Shannon M. Shaw, 27, of 447 S. Harrison St., Shamokin, was charged by Patrolman Scott Weaver with hit and run and failing to yield the right-of-way at a stop sign involving a two-vehicle accident at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Eighth and Lincoln streets.
Police said Shaw was driving west on Lincoln Street when his vehicle struck a vehicle traveling south on Eighth Street, causing it to spin. Shaw then fled the scene, police said.
Driving under suspension
MOUNT CARMEL TOWNSHIP - Jeremy D. Evans, 28, of 113 Millville Road, Bloomsburg, was charged by Patrolman Kelly Campbell with driving under suspension and unauthorized use of a vehicle involving a July 27 incident in the 100 block of Wood Street.
Police said Evans operated a Crown Victoria owned by Georgia Cole without her consent.
MOUNT CARMEL TOWNSHIP - Patrolman Kelly Campbell has charged Chloe C. Wydra, 36, of 299 Ralpho Road, Elysburg, with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence of alcohol and a controlled substance and restrictions on alcoholic beverages relating to a July 7 incident at 1971 State Route 901 near Excelsior.
Police reported Wydra had a blood-alcohol content of .02 percent and also had several controlled substances in her blood system. The legal limit in Pennsylvania to drive with alcohol in an adult's blood system is .08 percent, but since Wydra also had drugs in her blood system, police said they were able to charge her with driving under the influence of alcohol.
DUI, drug offenses
MOUNT CARMEL - Robert J. Hertzog Jr., 20, of 147 Merriam St., Merriam, has been charged by borough and township police with driving under the influence of alcohol and drug offenses relating to incidents in December and May.
Hertzog is charged by Mount Carmel Patrolman Matthew Dillman with DUI and possession of drug paraphernalia involving a Dec. 21 incident in the 200 block of South Willow Street. Police said Hertzog, who refused to submit to chemical testing, was found in possession of rolling papers and a green leafy substance that appeared to be Spice.
The defendant also was charged by Mount Carmel Township Patrolman Kelly Campbell with possession of drug paraphernalia, driving under the influence of a controlled substance or combination of drugs, driving under the influence of alcohol and failure to drive in a single lane relating to a May 12 incident on Route 61 at Atlas.
Police reported Nordiazepam, a sedative, was found in Hertzog's blood system. Police found a homemade smoking device with burnt residue on it in Hertzog's vehicle.
MOUNT CARMEL - Amanda D. Snyder, 36, of 9 Ruby St., Cressona, was charged by Patrolman Kevin Katch with two counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, theft, receiving stolen property and public drunkenness.
Police said Snyder stole Clonazepam tablets from her sister, Jaime Kovach, and hid them in her bra July 21 at 403 E. Fifth St.
MOUNT CARMEL TOWNSHIP - Joseph S. Ferenc, 30, of Mount Carmel, was charged by Patrolman David Stamets Jr. with driving under the influence of a combination of drugs, two counts of driving under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of a small amount of marijuana, driving under suspension, driving without proper registration and certificate of title, driving without inspection and driving without insurance.
The charges relate to a May 1 vehicle stop on Route 2030 near the traffic signal in Locust Summit.
Police said Ferenc had marijuana and hydrocodone in his blood system.
DUI, drug offenses
MOUNT CARMEL TOWNSHIP - Patrolman David Stamets Jr. has charged Jonathan L. Allwein, 36, of 438 S. Shamokin St., Shamokin, with possession of a combination of drugs, driving under the influence of a controlled substance, tampering with or fabricating evidence, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The charges involve a May 15 vehicle stop near the "S turns" between Locust Summit and Locust Gap.
Police said Allwein had marijuana in his blood system. Police said they found a clear bag of marijuana weighing 24.3 grams in Allwein's vehicle.
MOUNT CARMEL - Shannon B. McGinley, 19, of 50 N. Maple St., Apt. 202, Mount Carmel, was charged by Patrolman William Adamski with possession of drug paraphernalia involving a July 21 incident at her apartment, where police found empty narcotic packages, a glass smoking pipe used to inhale narcotics and a foil smoking pipe.
Police said McGinley had to be taken by ambulance to a hospital after being found under the influence of narcotics.