Vehicle break-in

ZERBE TOWNSHIP - Police are investigating a series of vehicle break-ins which occurred between Saturday night and Sunday morning.

No victims were identified by police, but several vehicles had their interior compartments ransacked by an unknown person or persons while they were unlocked and parked on various streets in Trevorton.

A total of $100 in loose change was taken, along with $25 worth of CDs, and prescription anti-depressant medication.

Anyone with information on the thefts is asked to contact Zerbe Township Police at 570-797-4637. Township residents are reminded to lock their vehicles or homes and to take valuables out of their vehicles when they are parked and unattended.

DUI charges filed

COAL TOWNSHIP - Ariel Parker, 26, of 1504 W. Lynn St., was charged with three counts of driving under the influence following the investigation into a Sept. 24 motorcycle crash.

Parker was driving a 1996 Suzuki motorcycle east on State Street at 12:09 a.m. when it continued across the intersection of Jackson Street for no apparent reason and crashed into a wooden fence. He was flown from the scene to Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, for treatment.

At the hospital, Coal Township Police Patrolman Joshua Wynn asked Parker to give a sample for chemical blood testing, but Parker refused. Wynn obtained a search warrant for Parker's medical record, which showed his blood alcohol level at the time was .296 percent and he tested positive results for amphetamines and benzodiazepines.

The charges were filed with Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III, of Shamokin. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 25.

Firearms violation

MOUNT CARMEL TOWNSHIP - Police charged Ronald J. Ramsdale, 32, of 2035 Walnut St., Ashland with a gun violation and drug charges following a traffic stop on Route 901, across from Patterson Block Oct. 27.

Mount Carmel Township Police patrolman Matthew Filarski reported in court documents he came across Ramsdale's vehicle parked on the berm with its lights on and the suspect sleeping in the front seat.

When Filarski asked him to exit his vehicle, Ramsdale told him he was carrying a firearm, a 9mm high point gun, on his left hip, with a round in the chamber. Ramsdale failed field sobriety tests and refused to take a chemical blood test. An inventory of the vehicle found plastic bags in the glove compartment with a substance inside later identified to be crack cocaine, along with a smoking pipe and other items.

Police charged Ramsdale with firearms not to be carried without a license, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, driving under the influence of a controlled substance or a combination of drugs and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arraigned Jan. 23 and committed to Northumberland County Prison on $25,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for today before Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones, of Mount Carmel.

Simple assault

COAL TOWNSHIP - Robert Pesarchick, 44, of 2102 W. Independence St., was charged with simple assault and reckless endangerment by police Patrolman Josh Wynn after Pesarchick allegedly pulled a gun and pointed it at his wife during a domestic dispute at 12:35 a.m. Tuesday.

Pesarchick was arraigned before on-call Magisterial District Judge Benjamin Apfelbaum, of Sunbury, and released on his own recognizance.

Disorderly conduct

KULPMONT - Borough Police Chief Michael Pitcavage charged Susan R. Boylan, 53, of 750 Chestnut St. with two counts of disorderly conduct and charges of scattering rubbish and harassment following a Jan. 20 incident at Boylan's residence.

Police were notified by several callers that Boylan was throwing glass and other items from her front porch onto Chestnut Street. When police arrived, Boylan was observed screaming at her neighbor and grabbing the person's arm. When police took Boylan into custody, she continued to yell obscenities and stated she threw the items to get the officer's attention because she could not find her phone.

A witness said she heard the items smashing near the area of Boylan's home, and observed Boylan throwing bottles and glass at a man standing in the street. When the witness told Boylan to stop, Boylan cursed at her and swung a glass planter at the man.

The charges were filed with Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones, of Mount Carmel, with a preliminary hearing set for Wednesday, Feb. 19.

Two injured in crash

ROCKEFELLER TOWNSHIP - A Coal Township woman was among the injured in a two-vehicle crash at 6:59 a.m. Monday on Route 890 at an intersection with Brush Valley Road.

State police at Stonington say a 2012 Subaru Legacy, driven by Loretta D. Snyder, 56, of Coal Township, was traveling north on Route 890 and was attempting to make a left turn onto Brush Valley Road, when it struck a 2012 Nissan Altima, driven by Nancy C. Harris, 48, of Bloomsburg, which was traveling south on Route 890.

Both drivers suffered moderate injuries and was taken to Geisinger hospitals, where they were treated and released.

Police said Snyder was cited for a turning violation, but other charges are pending further investigation. Assisting at the scene were members of Americus Hose Company Ambulance and East Sunbury Fire Department.


SUNBURY - State police at Stonington reported Damon Magnuson, 15, of Sunbury, was reported as a runaway after leaving Shikellamy High School at 2:30 p.m. Monday.

Public drunkenness

SHAMOKIN - Robert W. Buettner, 23, of 711 E. Dewart St. was charged with disorderly conduct and cited for public drunkenness following a Jan. 15 incident in the area of Lombard and Shakespeare streets when he allegedly became aggressive toward police as they were conducting a welfare check.

Police were alerted that Buettner had mixed alcohol and pills and was carrying a knife. After being taken into custody, Buettner told police that he consumed a fifth of vodka and took a large quantity of prescription pills. The incident caused neighbors to be alarmed and the street was partially blocked off.

The charges were filed with Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III, of Shamokin, with a preliminary hearing scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 25.


KULPMONT - Joseph R. Brodie, 34, of 1213 Chestnut St., was charged with three counts of driving under the influence, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving on roadways laned for traffic following an accident in the 100 block of Chestnut St. at 9:37 p.m. Oct. 10.

After obtaining a search warrant for his medical records, police found that he had a blood alcohol level of .249 percent at the time of the accident and that cannabinoids, a chemical found in marijuana, were in his system as well.

A search of his vehicle turned up three "roaches" containing a small amount of marijuana and a black smoking pipe.

The charges were filed with Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones, of Mount Carmel, by Kulpmont Police Chief Michael Pitcavage. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 12.