Police Blotter: Wedneday, July 16, 2014
COAL TOWNSHIP - Luke Shingara, 27, of Trevorton, was cited by Patrolman Jason Adams for a violation of the township noise ordinance after an incident at 1 a.m. Tuesday.
According to Coal Township Police, Shingara was operating air tools in an open bay garage at 232 Center St., Tharptown, disturbing neighbors after having been previously warned about such activities.
Theft, drug paraphernalia
COAL TOWNSHIP - Jimmie Driggers II, 24, of 135 Birch St., Shamokin, waived a misdemeanor charge of retail theft during an arraignment before Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III Tuesday related to an incident at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at Walmart.
According to Coal Township Police, store security observed Driggers bagging items without scanning them at the self-checkout. Security followed Driggers into the parking lot and obtained his license plate number. Security also obtained a copy of the receipt of Drigger's transaction; Drigger had not scanned four items for a total value of $26.97.
Driggers was convicted of a prior retail theft charge, and was in Walmart's security database for an incident that occurred at a store in Buckhorn, according to a police affidavit.
Driggers also waived a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia related to an incident at his home at 2:30 p.m. April 15.
Shamokin police said they served a search warrant on Driggers' residence and seized a safe. At the station, police opened the safe using the combination obtained from Driggers. Inside were plastic bags commonly used to package Spice and a small amount of Spice.
Driggers was released on $2,500 unsecured bail.
ZERBE TOWNSHIP - Pennsylvania State Police in Schuylkill Haven said a vehicle spotted July 3 on coal lands belonging to Reading Anthracite in Northumberland County is no longer listed as stolen.
Zerbe Township Police said a white Dodge Dakota was spotted by Reading Anthracite Security Manager Richard Morgan and a member of the state police parked on an off road in the area locally known as "the flats" with two occupants inside. The driver of the truck started the vehicle and fled the area onto Route 2044 (Gap Road) at a high rate of speed.
A search of the registration in the police system revealed the truck was listed as stolen from the Schuylkill Haven area and was being operated by a male considered armed and dangerous and a suicide risk.
The operator drove the truck toward Gowen City and out of sight of the police. While additional officers were dispatched to the area, a West Cameron resident drove to the police location and said the driver of the truck drove into his driveway and parked. When approached, the truck's driver drove across the property of the resident's neighbor and onto Route 2044, driving in the direction of Gowen City.
Neither state police nor Zerbe Township police could provide any more details on the operator or how the vehicle was located.