Police Blotter: Friday, May 2, 2014
MOUNT CARMEL TOWNSHIP - Brandon Lee Thew, 21, of 612 Bear Valley Ave., Shamokin; Jordan M. Scicchitano, 18, of 515 S. Oak St., Coal Township; Jordan Lee Pawelczyk, 21, of 912 E. Sunbury St., Shamokin, and Wendi Lynn Baumerts, 18, of 1656 W. Spruce St., Coal Township, were charged by Patrolman David Stamets Jr. with endangering the welfare of a child involving a March 15 incident at the intersection of the Strong Connector and Brennan's Farm Road.
In addition to the endangering offense, Thew was charged with driving under the influence of a combination of drugs, driving under the influence of heroin, recklessly endangering another person, false reports, failure to wear a seat belt and driving under suspension.
Scicchitano also was charged with recklessly endangering another person, possession of drug paraphernalia and allowing Thew to operate a vehicle owned by him or under his control while being under the influence of a drug or combination of drugs.
Pawelczyk and Baumerts also were charged with making false reports.
Police said the offenses were committed with a 2 1/2-year-old child and 16-month-old child in the vehicle.
Aggravated indecent assault
KULPMONT - Charges of aggravated indecent assault, unlawful contact with a minor, corruption of minors and indecent assault were filed by Trooper Kevin Kearney of state police at Stonington against Jeremy Matthew Henninger, 30, of Wilburton.
According to a criminal complaint filed at the office of Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones, Henninger sexually assaulted a 16-year-old female and smoked marijuana with her. Police said the incidents occurred while a 2-year-old and 7-month-old were sleeping in another room at a family member's residence in the 600 block of Chestnut Street in Kulpmont between 2 and 4 a.m. Sunday.
MOUNT CARMEL - Two bad check charges were filed by Patrolman Kevin Katch against Patrick D. Giarrizzo, 57, of 5117 Lower Road, Shamokin.
Police said Giarrizzo is accused of issuing bad checks for $648.69 and $909.82 to Varano's Warehouse March 7 and March 14.
Access device fraud
RUSH TOWNSHIP - Samuel P. Jones, 19, of 30 Reader Road, Danville, was charged by Trooper Todd Leiby of state police at Stonington with access device fraud and unauthorized use of a vehicle involving incidents between April 15 and April 19 at his residence.
Police reported Jones allegedly used an access device owned by his grandmother, Thelma R. Jones, of the same address, to obtain Tracfone minutes valued at $87.15 and also used his grandmother's car without her permission.
MARION HEIGHTS - David J. Swatski Jr., 32, of 126 S. Main St., Herndon, was charged by Mount Carmel Township Patrolman Kelly Campbell with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under suspension.
Police said Swatski allowed two young children to be unattended at a home in the 500 block of North Street in Marion Heights April 23.
MOUNT CARMEL - Charges of burglary, criminal conspiracy, criminal trespass, theft and receiving stolen property were filed by Patrolman Matthew Dillman against Kelsea Bergeron, 18, of 142 W. Second St., Mount Carmel, and Brandon D. Zarko, 20, of 315 W. Fifth St., Mount Carmel.
Police reported Bergeron and Zarko were caught burglarizing a five-story building at Second and Spruce streets while attempting to remove a band hat, trophy, door knob, spoon and pieces of a statue April 23.
MOUNT CARMEL TOWNSHIP - Patrolman Matthew Filarski filed two counts of criminal trespass against John D. Gilbert, 46, of Mount Carmel, who was caught living in a condemned property at 422 N. Maple St. on April 8.
THARPTOWN - Coal Township police are investigating a burglary that occurred between April 24 and Wednesday at the former Follmer Florist building at 1100 Tharp St.
Anyone with information about the burglary is urged to call police at 570-644-0333.
UPPER AUGUSTA TOWNSHIP - State police at Stonington reported a known 45-year-old female entered Medicap Pharmacy and allegedly stole an item valued at less than $10 between 4 and 5 p.m. Wednesday.
The suspect then left the scene.
Police did not identify the suspect because no charges have been filed yet.
Theft from camper
SHAMOKIN TOWNSHIP - State police at Stonington said someone removed multiple items from a camper owned by David Bubernack, 63, of Shamokin, parked in a lot along Route 61 near Masser's Banquet Hall.
Police said the theft occurred between Nov. 1 and April 23.
Anyone with information about the theft is urged to call state police at 570-286-5601.
MONROE TOWNSHIP - Tiffany E. Clark, 21, of Selinsgrove, and Shaun P. Herman, 27, of Sunbury, were charged by Trooper Todd Mondell of state police at Selinsgrove with retail theft for allegedly removing merchandise valued at $25 from Walmart Department Store along Routes 11-15 at 1 a.m. Thursday.
School bus crash
DELAWARE TOWNSHIP - Three people suffered moderate injuries Tuesday morning at the intersection of Susquehanna Trail and Paradise Road involving a Jeep, a car and a school bus containing eight Warrior Run School District students.
State police at Milton reported Kathryn Marie Meyer, 21, of Turbotville, was driving a 2002 Jeep Liberty south on Susquehanna Trail at 7:16 a.m. when her vehicle struck the rear of a 2003 Honda Civic operated by Jere W. Fulmer, 63, of Watsontown, who was in the process of stopping for a 2014 International school bus operated by Sandra M. Albertson, 63, of Turbotville, who was traveling north on Susquehanna Trail and in the process of stopping to pick up a child at Paradise Road. Police said the bus driver had her yellow lights activated.
After being hit by Meyer's Jeep, Fulmer's car was forced into the opposing lane and struck the front left section of the school bus.
Meyer, Fulmer and her passenger, Wanda Fulmer, 54, of Watsontown, were injured and transported by ambulance to Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. Albertson and the students on the bus escaped injury.
The Jeep and car sustained moderate and extensive damage, respectively, and were towed by Heater's Garage. The school bus sustained minor front-end damage and was towed by Bressler's Garage.
State police were assisted at the scene by Warrior Run fire and ambulance personnel, paramedics from Evangelical Community Hospital in Lewisburg and PennDOT employees.
COAL TOWNSHIP - Larry Lewis Finland, 22, an inmate at SCI-Coal Township, has been charged by Trooper Samuel Edwards of state police at Stonington with multiple offenses involving two incidents at the prison.
Finland is charged with two counts each of aggravated harassment, harassment and disorderly conduct. He is accused of throwing a cup of urine at Correctional Officer Jared Laubach and nurse Patricia Kulenguskey Dec. 25, 2012, and spitting on Correctional Officer Gregory Carpenter on Feb. 13, 2013.