Attempted bar burglary

COAL TOWNSHIP - Joseph V. Payne, 29, of 916 E. Chestnut St., Shamokin, has been charged by Patrolman David Sage with attempting to break into the Clubhouse Bar, 1027 E. Race St., late Sunday night.

Police reported Payne was seeking to steal metal items such as beer taps and empty beer kegs shortly before 11:30 p.m., but was observed by residents in the area who called police. While Payne was attempting to flee the area from an upper porch on the building, he fell and was taken into custody by police without incident.

Payne is accused of causing approximately $500 in damage during the attempted break-in.

He was transported to a holding cell at Northumberland County Prison in Sunbury, where he was arraigned by video Monday morning by Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III. Payne was committed to the county jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Payne is charged with criminal attempt to commit burglary, criminal attempt to commit criminal trespass, criminal attempt to commit theft, loitering and prowling at night, criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and possessing instruments of crime.

Coal Township police were assisted in the investigation by Shamokin police.


COAL TOWNSHIP - A charge of harassment has been filed by Coal Township police against Michael Oregan, 25, of 1257 Pulaski Ave., Coal Township, in connection with an incident at 1:20 a.m. Saturday at McDonald's along Route 61.

Police reported Oregan came to the restaurant's drive-through window on foot and was told he couldn't be served because he wasn't in a vehicle. Police said Oregan then became upset and began making racial slurs toward employee Pablo Hernandez.

Public drunkenness

COAL TOWNSHIP - Brandie Haddock, 50, of 834 W. Willow St., Coal Township, was cited by Patrolman Joshua Wynn for public drunkenness in connection with an incident in the 900 block of West Willow Street at 12:14 a.m. Saturday.

Police said Haddock, who suffered injuries in a fall, was found intoxicated to a degree that she endangered herself. Haddock was transported to Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital, where she was treated and released.


SHAMOKIN TOWNSHIP - Edward Francis Ososkie, 36, of Trevorton Road, Coal Township, was arrested by Trooper Justin Rosboschil of state police at Stonington for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol involving a vehicle stop at 2:23 a.m. Sunday on Route 61 near the Sunoco Station in Shamokin Township.

Vehicle hits trees

JORDAN TOWNSHIP - Heather L. Forney, 41, of Herndon, suffered moderate injuries Friday night when her 1995 Nissan Pathfinder traveled off Hooflander Road and struck two trees near Snow Dale Road in this Northumberland County township.

State police at Stonington said Forney was driving west at 6:55 p.m. when she lost control of her vehicle while negotiating a left curve. The Pathfinder exited the road and hit a tree on the west berm. The sport utility vehicle then crossed the double yellow lines and hit another tree on the east berm before coming to rest.

Forney, who refused to take a blood test, was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence.

Additional charges also are pending against her.

Police said Forney was transported by Americus Ambulance to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.

Code violations

COAL TOWNSHIP - George Atiyeh, of Allentown, owner of Apartments and Acquisitions LP, was cited Thursday by Code Enforcement Officer Chris Petrovich for failing to secure an occupancy permit and failing to report the status of occupancy at a property he owns at 1508 Wabash St.

Drug paraphernalia

SHAMOKIN - Brittany Brown, 23, of 1111 W. Mulberry St., Coal Township, was charged by Cpl. Darwin Tobias III with possession of drug paraphernalia and public drunkenness involving an incident at 7:37 a.m. Wednesday in the 300 block of North Shamokin Street.

Police said a bent spoon with a white powdery substance was found in Brown's possession.


SHAMOKIN - Cpl. Bryan Primerano has charged Michael Young, 32, of 1467 Pulaski Ave., Coal Township, with two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol, false identification to police, driving under suspension, failure to obey traffic control devices and a lighting violation.

The charges relate to a March 17 vehicle stop on Rock Street.

Police said Young had a blood-alcohol content of .188 percent.

Theft charge

COAL TOWNSHIP - James Hill, 56, of 833 Center St., Tharptown, was charged by Detective Jeff Brennan with theft for allegedly stealing a cell phone owned by Coal Township and making $770.90 worth of unauthorized calls with it.

According to a criminal complaint, Hill was hired by Coal Township in July under the Experience Works program to perform general maintenance and labor for the township. Police said Hill was provided a cell phone owned by the township for work purposes only that included contacting the street department foreman when he completed a job so he could be taken to his next job.

Police said Hill was instructed to return the cell phone to the township at the end of each day, but he reportedly kept the phone since early December despite several attempts by township manager Rob Slaby to retrieve it.

Hill admitted to Brennan that he kept the phone and used it to make personal calls to his girlfriend.


MOUNT CARMEL TOWNSHIP - Patrolman Matthew Filarski has charged James Ortona, 48, of 880 High Road, Ashland, with two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol, operating a vehicle without a certificate of inspection and restriction on alcoholic beverages.

The charges relate to a March 16 vehicle stop near Beaverdale.

Police said Ortona had a blood-alcohol content of .126 percent.