Police Blotter: Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Teen was driver
TREVORTON - A vehicle owner involved in a crash Thursday on East Shamokin Street, near Oak Street, was charged with filing a false report to police.
Joseph Walker, 38, of Sunbury, was reported to be the driver in the 9:44 a.m. accident. According to police, Walker allegedly lost control of his vehicle on a slush-covered berm, leaving the road and striking an embankment, where the vehicle rolled onto its side. A 14-year-old female was injured in the crash.
Upon further investigation, state police at Stonington determined a 14-year-old Sunbury male, not Walker, was the driver of the vehicle. Police charged Walker with various violations, including filing a false report and permitting an unauthorized person to drive his vehicle. The juvenile was cited for numerous traffic violations.
COAL TOWNSHIP - Two vehicles were damaged in a crash at 1:26 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Poplar and Mulberry streets.
Coal Township Police said a 1995 Dodge Ram truck, driven by Leeann Potorff, 54, of Coal Township, slid down Poplar Street and into the intersection with Mulberry Street, where it struck a 2011 Mitsubishi Galant, driven by Grace Mabus, 29, of Northumberland, which was traveling west on Mulberry Street.
Neither driver was injured and both vehicles were able to be driven from the scene.
MONROE TOWNSHIP - No one was injured in a two-vehicle crash at 3:40 p.m. Sunday on Roosevelt Avenue at the Swineford Bank parking lot entrance.
State police at Selinsgrove said a 2000 Chevrolet Impala, driven by Melinda L. Troutman, 50, of Shamokin Dam, was traveling west on Roosevelt Avenue. A 1999 Toyota Corolla, driven by a Middleburg female, according to police, exited the Swineford Bank parking lot, attempted to turn left onto Roosevelt Avenue and was struck by the Impala.
Neither driver nor Troutman's passenger, Megan N. Troutman, 24, of Shamokin Dam, were injured. Police cited the female driver for a traffic violation.
Hit and run
COAL TOWNSHIP - Police are currently investigating a hit-and-run crash in the 1600 block of West Lynn Street at 1:50 p.m. Wednesday.
Police reported a black SUV struck a parked 2007 Chevrolet Blazer and was seen leaving the area west on Lynn Street. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Coal Township Police Department at 644-0333.
IRISH VALLEY - A Paxinos man was cited for speeding following a one-vehicle crash Saturday on Birch Road.
Trooper James McCormick, state police at Stonington, said Ralph E. Dunkelberger, 61, lost control of his 2000 Buick LeSabre while driving north near Cedar Road about 9:35 p.m., causing his vehicle to spin off the road and strike a cattle fence and tree before coming to rest in Little Shamokin Creek.
Dunkelberger was wearing a seat belt, but it's not known if he was injured, the trooper said.
URBAN - A Herndon teen escaped injury after crashing on a snow-covered roadway Sunday.
Trooper James McCormick, state police at Stonington, said Connor Laudenslager, 19, lost control of a 2000 Chevy Cavalier while driving north of Route 3013, near Raubstahl Road, about 1:50 p.m. and struck a legally parked and unoccupied 2000 Ford Focus before striking a house owned by Terry Kissinger, of Herndon.
Laudenslager was not charged in the crash.