Police Blotter: Wednesday, August 29, 2012
WEST BRUNSWICK TOWNSHIP - Louis F. Gentner Jr., 72, of Schwenksville, escaped injury Monday afternoon when his car struck a sign, brush and a tree along Route 61 (Centre Turnpike) near Penn Street in this Schuylkill County township.
State police at Schuylkill Haven reported Gentner was driving a 2009 Ford Fusion south at 1:20 p.m. when he sneezed while approaching a slight left curve in the highway, causing him to lose control. The car traveled onto the west berm for approximately 45 feet before entering a grassy area, where it traveled for 204 feet before striking a sign with its passenger side mirror. The auto then continued south for another 87 feet through brush and small saplings before crashing into a tree and coming to rest.
BEAVER SPRINGS - State police at Selinsgrove are investigating the theft of a red, 2000 Honda TRX 400ex, four-wheel all-terrain vehicle owned by Colby Miller, 19, of Beaver Springs.
Police said the ATV, which was stolen between 2 and 11:30 a.m. Sunday from Miller's residence on Spruce Street, has a black seat and gold handle bars. It also has 400ex stickers on the front bumper.
Anyone with information about the stolen ATV is urged to contact state police at 374-8145 and reference incident number F07-1151695.
MONROE TOWNSHIP - Scott William Keeling, 28, of 123 W. Montgomery St., Shamokin, was charged by state police at Selinsgrove with retail theft for attempting to steal items from Wal-Mart at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
ADAMS TOWNSHIP - Chris Swartz, 25, of Sandhill Road, Beavertown, suffered moderate injuries Sunday afternoon when his motorcycle collided with a vehicle on Route 235 at Jo-Lees Restaurant in this Snyder County township.
According to state police at Selinsgrove, Mark Seibert, 48, of Troxelville Road, Middleburg, was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer south on Route 235 at 12:24 p.m. when he slowed down to make a left turn into the parking lot of Jo-Lees Restaurant. Police said Seibert failed to observe an approaching Yamaha motorcycle operated by Swartz and pulled into the path of the cycle, causing a collision.
Swartz, who was not wearing a helmet, was thrown from the motorcycle and transported to Evangelical Community Hospital in Lewisburg, where he underwent emergency room treatment.
Seibert escaped injury.
The Trailblazer sustained minor damage, while the cycle sustained moderate damage.
MONROE TOWNSHIP - Nicole Porter, 21, of 408 N. Second St., Sunbury, and Shakeda Porter, 25, of Philadelphia, were cited by state police at Selinsgrove with retail theft after attempting to steal numerous items from Wal-Mart at 8:17 p.m. Saturday.
Disturbance at race track
SELINSGROVE - David Wayne Fritz, 51, of Danville, and John Thomas Eisenhart II, 25, of Selinsgrove, were cited by state police at Selinsgrove for harassment and criminal mischief relating to a disturbance at 11 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot at Selinsgrove Speedway.
Police said Fritz and Eisenhart engaged in an argument over Fritz throwing wooden stakes that damaged two vehicles belonging to Eisenhart's friends. Police said Fritz then spit in Eisenhart's face and Eisenhart retaliated by smashing a side window and a taillight on a truck belonging to a family member of Fritz. Eisenhart then grabbed Fritz's family member.
Police said the victims in the disturbance were a 65-year-old Danville man, a 20-year-old Selinsgrove male and a 53-year-old Selinsgrove man.
COOPER TOWNSHIP - State police at Milton reported someone cut off locks on seven storage units at Jack Metzer Ford along Montour Boulevard in an attempt to gain entry to the facilities between Aug. 3 and Aug. 21.
Nothing is believed to have been stolen, police said.
Stain-glass windows stolen
COAL TOWNSHIP - Police here are investigating the theft of two stain-glass windows from a property undergoing renovations in the 1300 block of West Walnut Street.
Police said the windows were stolen between Aug. 1 and Monday.
Anyone with information about the theft is urged to call Coal Township police at 644-0333.
Shamokin Township crash
SHAMOKIN TOWNSHIP - Two people escaped injury in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday morning along Route 4026.
State police at Stonington reported Gary F. Fatool, 57, of Sunbury, was driving a 2007 Ford Focus east when he lost traction with the road, causing his vehicle to travel across a double yellow line and strike a 2006 Freightliner head-on operated by David A. Stryker, 51, of Muncy, who was stopped in the westbound lane.
Fatool was cited for driving at an unsafe speed.