Police Blotter: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014
Car hits building
KULPMONT - A Hazleton man suffered a minor injury Tuesday after he slid on a snow-covered Chestnut Street (Route 61) and struck a residence.
Nick Nastasee, 21, was driving south in a 2006 Ford Fusion about 2:30 p.m. when the accident occurred. According to Police Chief Mike Pitcavage, Nastasee told police that he attempted to avoid a loader when he lost control of the vehicle, drove over the curb at Ninth Street and struck 861 Chestnut St. The vehicle continued on the sidewalk and reentered Chestnut Street, where it came to rest.
Nastasee was taken by AREA Services to Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital, Coal Township. Pitcavage said he complained of neck and back pain, and that he was wearing a seat belt.
Road conditions were a factor in the crash, Pitcavage said, and the accident remains under investigation.
The residence sustained damages near the front entrance. No tenants were injured.
TREVORTON - Two men were arrested early Monday after allegedly attempting to steal tools and fuel, according to police and the victim.
Jordan Richard Diehl, of 2540 Tollgate Road, Quakertown, and Darren Scott Baker, of 1948 Shutt Mill Road, Skippack, will be charged with criminal mischief, criminal trespass and attempted theft, according to Cpl. Brent D. Zechman of state police at Stonington.
The two entered the property of Vince Guarna, of Mount Carmel, located off Route 2044 in Zerbe Township and broke a lock off a trailer. Security equipment alerted Guarna and his employees to the incident, and two employees confronted them on scene.
Guarna said one of the alleged perpetrators attempted to run over one of his employees and drove into the other's truck. The vehicle tire was shot out by Guarna's employee, he said, and a third suspect fled on foot. The other two were taken into custody by police.
The incident occurred about 12:30 a.m. Monday.
Stabbed in leg
COAL TOWNSHIP - A township woman is accused of stabbing her boyfriend in the leg early Saturday.
Police said Heather Slovinsky, 38, and Nathan Jones, 48, were arguing inside 1127 W. Montgomery St. about 4:25 a.m. when Slovinsky stabbed Jones in his right thigh.
Jones was evaluated by AREA Services personnel and refused medical treatment, police said.
Slovinsky was arrested and arraigned via video conference by Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III on charges of aggravated and simple assault. Bail was set at $10,000 cash and she was jailed at Northumberland County Prison, Sunbury. A prison officer said she was released on bail later Saturday.
COAL TOWNSHIP - A man already jailed for allegedly stealing from several unlocked vehicles in Shamokin faces a similar allegation in Coal Township.
Marquese Seger, 21, of 921 W. Mulberry St., Coal Township, will be charged by Coal Township Police with theft and loitering and prowling for allegedly stealing an iPod valued at $150 and about $6 in change from a Hyundai Sonata owned by Heather Yagodzinskie, of East Webster Street, Coal Township. Police say the theft occurred at 9:45 p.m. Jan. 7.
Shamokin Police had previously said Seger admitted to rifling through 15 vehicles in both Shamokin and Coal Township between Jan. 3 and Jan. 9. He's been held in Northumberland County Prison, Sunbury, on a bail violation related to a 2012 theft case.
SELINSGROVE - A Sunbury woman suffered a minor injury following an accident Saturday morning in Union Township, Snyder County, about five miles south of Selinsgrove.
According to state police at Selinsgrove, Shirley I. Camacho, 38, was driving a 2004 Ford Explorer west on Aqueduct Hollow Road at 4:15 a.m. when she lost control while rounding a left curve and drove into an embankment. After impact the vehicle rotated clockwise and rolled onto its driver-side.
Camacho was wearing a seat belt, police said, and was cited for a speeding violation.
Hit and run
COAL TOWNSHIP - Patricia Shipe, 48, of 1509 W. Montgomery St., told police someone drove into her 2008 Lincoln MKZ within the past week. The vehicle was parked on Carson Street behind her home. It sustained minor damage to the driver-side front fender and bumper, police said.
Nail gun swiped
COAL TOWNSHIP - Stephen Hornberger, 28, of Kulpmont, is accused of stealing a Bostitch nail gun and attempting to sell it on Craigslist.com.
Police say the tool was stolen from 1645 Tioga St. and was valued at $249.
Hornberger will be charged with theft.
He was previously charged by Shamokin police for the same incident.
COAL TOWNSHIP - Andrea Fisher, 29, of 1003 W. Independence St., told police someone stole a black-and-white Coach purse from inside her 2008 Pontiac G6 that was parked near her residence about 6:35 p.m. Jan. 11. The purse contained cash, gift cards, jewelry, perfume and a car charger.
COAL TOWNSHIP - A Marion Heights woman is accused of leaving the scene of a fender-bender in the parking lot of Walmart Supercenter, Route 61.
Doris Machuzak, 68, of 138 E. Melrose St., pulled a 2012 Ford pickup truck out of a parking space about 3 p.m. Jan. 11 and struck a 2006 Jeep owned by Carol Neidig, of Mount Carmel, and failed to notify either Neidig or police, according to police.
Both vehicles sustained minor damages.
Machuzak was issued a pair of traffic citations - accidents involving damage to an unattended vehicle and failure to notify police.