Police Blotter: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Motorcyclist remains critical
DANVILLE - Cory L. Thompson, 29, of Shamokin, who was hurt in an accident on Route 61 Sunday, remained in critical condition Monday, according to a spokeman at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.
Thompson was flown by Life Flight helicopter to Geisinger after being severely injured when thrown from his motorcycle that was rear-ended by a Jeep on Route 61 near The Wayside Inn.
DANVILLE - The condition of Erick R. Trometter, 22, of Sunbury, has improved from critical to serious, according to a spokeswoman at Geisinger Medical Center.
Trometter was shot once July 8 by Acting Sunbury Police Chief Brad Hare on Mile Post Road just outside Sunbury after allegedly assaulting his grandmother at their home and brandishing a knife when confronted by Hare.
Dog owner cited
COAL TOWNSHIP - Brittany Tebo, 24, of 1317 W. Arch St., Coal Township, was cited by Patrolman Christopher Lapotsky with allowing her pit bull to run at large at 1 p.m. Friday.
Police said the dog got out of Tebo's home and jumped over the back fence.
Heights woman injured
DELAWARE TOWNSHIP - Jennifer A. Machuzak, 41, of Marion Heights, suffered a moderate injury Thursday night in a one-car crash along Interstate 180 north of Sulphur Spring Hollow Road in this Northumberland County township.
State police at Milton reported Machuzak was driving a 2007 Toyota Avalon west at 9:25 p.m. when she failed to negotiate a left turn in the highway and struck guard rail with its right front end. After impact, the car went back onto the road and hit a middle concrete barrier separating the east and westbound lanes with its entire left side.
The auto continued along the barrier before coming to rest.
Machuzak was flown by Life Flight helicopter to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.
Machuzak was cited for failing to drive in a single lane.
An investigation is continuing.
EAST CAMERON TOWNSHIP - State police at Stonington reported someone damaged mailboxes belonging to Tom Wengrenovich, 48, and Leonard Lucas, 54, both of East Cameron Township, along Foura Road between 11:30 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. Sunday.
UPPER AUGUSTA TOWNSHIP - An investigation is continuing into a report of someone being inside a structure at Danley Disposal, 456 Route 61, Sunbury, at 3:40 a.m. Sunday. The person fled the scene before police arrived.
Anyone with information about the trespassing incident is asked to call state police at Stonington at 570-286-5601.
Soda cooler stolen
UPPER AUGUSTA TOWNSHIP - State police at Stonington reported someone removed a Pepsi soda cooler from an outside patio area at the Sunbury Social Club between 11:55 p.m. July 3 and 7 a.m. July 4.
Wheel cap stolen
SHAMOKIN TOWNSHIP - Robert Tarr, 60, of Paxinos, told state police at Stonington that someone removed a gray Hummer wheel cap from the front passenger side wheel on his orange 2008 Hummer H3 between 2:30 and 11:30 p.m. July 8 while his vehicle was parked in a lot at Masser's Restaurant at Routes 487 and 61.
SHAMOKIN TOWNSHIP - Stanley Lesnefski, 54, of Plum Creek Road, Rockefeller Township, was arrested by state police at Stonington for being a fugitive from justice.
Police said Lesnefski was fingerprinted at the state police station at 3 p.m. June 24 for other reasons when it was determined he was wanted in New Jersey for crimes dating approximately 30 years ago.
An extradition is pending further investigation.
RUSH TOWNSHIP - Diane Shultz, 52, of 217 Boyd Station Road, Danville, reported to state police at Stonington that someone damaged her mailbox between 4 p.m. Wednesday and 11:30 a.m. Thursday.
STONINGTON - State police here found a large brown/red Boxer mix dog wandering along Route 61 at 5:40 p.m. July 8 near the village of Stonington
The owner of the dog should contact police at 570-286-5601.
Two escape injury
UPPER AUGUSTA TOWNSHIP - Suzanne A. Sassaman, 31, of Lewisburg, and her passenger, Kaitlynn N. Breish, 18, of Shamokin, escaped injury in a one-vehicle accident involving a deer at 9:30 p.m. July 7 along Snydertown Road (Route 4012), approximately 1.5 miles east of Black Mill Road.
State police at Stonington reported Sassaman was driving a 2005 Kia Sportage east when a deer entered the road from the south berm and collided with the front end of the sport utility vehicle.
The Sportage sustained front-end damage and was towed by Paul's Auto Body, Sunbury.
Culvert box broken
EAST CAMERON TOWNSHIP - State police at Stonington reported someone broke a gray plastic culvert box along the eastbound fog line of Boyer's Grove Road, approximately 1.5 miles west of Route 125.
Police said the actor fled the scene after the incident that occurred three to four weeks prior to being reported July 3.
ZERBE TOWNSHIP - State police at Stonington reported a red 1998 Jeep Cherokee was found burned in a stripping pit area at Smurfs Pond at 4:50 p.m. July 6.
RUSH TOWNSHIP - Wallace Seltzer, 29, of 33 Hummer Road, Danville, has been charged by Trooper James McCormick Jr. of state police at Stonington with simple assault and harassment involving a July 4 disturbance at his residence.
Police said Seltzer became involved in a verbal argument at 10 p.m. that day with a 33-year-old unidentified female before allegedly choking the victim, pulling her hair, pushing her to the ground, punching her in the back and kneeing her in the side.
SNYDERTOWN - Kellie Jo Bingaman, 45, of Sunbury, told state police at Stonington that someone stole a dark blue Trek bicycle from Snydertown Road between 9 p.m. July 2 and 3 p.m. July 3.
Anyone with information about the theft is urged to call police at 570-286-5601.
UPPER AUGUSTA TOWNSHIP - Denise A. Williams, 52, of Sunbury, suffered a moderate injury while her passenger, John E. Yocum, 47, of Sunbury, suffered a minor injury in a one-car crash at 7 p.m. July 4 on Edison Heights Road north of Kershner Hill Road.
State police at Stonington reported Williams was driving a 2009 Ford Fusion east when she was blinded by the sun, causing her car to exit the road and strike several trees. The auto sustained disabling front-end damage.
Williams and Yocum were transported by Americus Ambulance of Sunbury to Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.
Williams was cited by Trooper Mark Adams for careless driving.
SHAMOKIN - Jeffery E. Barber, 20, of 124 E. Chestnut St., Shamokin, was cited by Patrolman Nathan Rhodes for public drunkenness, disorderly conduct and underage drinking after he was found intoxicated sitting in his underwear at 6 a.m. Saturday at Vine and Clay streets.
Steals air conditioner
COAL TOWNSHIP - Brad Nahodil, 33, of 216 Main St., Ranshaw, was charged with stealing a 12,000 BTU air conditioner valued at $389 and an air mattress valued at $54.97 from Walmart Supercenter at 12:40 a.m. June 28.
Patrolman Edward Purcell, who charged Nahodil with retail theft and driving under DUI suspension, said Nahodil exited the store with the stolen items in a cart before driving away in a 2005 Nissan. Police said Nahodil was spotted by an asset protection associate stealing the items and also was observed on video committing the offense.
COAL TOWNSHIP - Detective Jeff Brennan has charged Andrew Derck, 26, of 1317 W. Arch St., Coal Township, with felonies of possession with intent to deliver heroin and possession with intent to deliver morphine involving a June 24 incident at his home.
In addition to heroin and morphine, police said various drug paraphernalia, including a pipe, a small metal container with pills in it and a wooden box containing baggies used to package drugs were discovered in Derck's home by Northumberland County adult probation officers.
SHAMOKIN - Shannon B. McGinley, 18, of 339 E. Seventh St., Shamokin, was charged by Chief of Police Darwin Tobias III with possession of drug paraphernalia involving a May 4 reported drug overdose at 421 N. Shamokin St., Apt. 3-6.
Police reported McGinley was found in possession of two syringes, burned tinfoil and five empty glassine packets commonly used to package heroin.
McGinley was arraigned Monday afternoon by Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III and released on $2,500 unsecured bail.
SHAMOKIN - Cpl. Jarrod Scandle has charged Benjamin Gray, 32, of 243 S. Vine St., Shamokin, with assaulting his live-in girlfriend, Michelle Wolfe, at 9:42 p.m. Sunday at their residence.
Police said Gray is accused of hitting Wolfe in the face with an open hand, grabbing her and shoving her to the ground, causing bruising on her arm.
Wolfe was transported by private vehicle to Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital, where she underwent emergency room treatment before being released.
Upon being taken into custody a short time later at the rear of his residence, Gray was transported to Shamokin Police Station, where he intentionally hit his head off a wall and cell bars, causing him to suffer a cut on his head. Gray was treated at the station by AREA Services personnel before being secured to a stretcher for his safety.
Gray was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III on charges of simple assault and harassment at 2:30 p.m. Monday and committed to Northumberland County Prison in Sunbury in lieu of $2,500 cash bail.
BARNESVILLE - State police at Frackville charged Jeremy Lockwitch, 26, of 221 Church St., Barnesville, with possession of illegal drug prescriptions and related offenses after he was found at 1:45 p.m. Sunday with 34 Xanax, 27 Tramadol and 14 Percocet pills stored in an unlabeled pill container at his home.