Police Blotter: Wednesday, March 6, 2013
COAL TOWNSHIP - No one was injured in a one-vehicle crash at 6:15 a.m. Tuesday on Route 61 near Precision Wireless.
Township Police Officer Chad Yoder reports a 2000 Ford Windstar, driven by Herman P. Figueroa, 47, of Kulpmont, was traveling south on Route 61 in the area of East End Auto when Figueroa allegedly fell asleep and crossed over into the northbound lanes where he struck a one-way sign and a concrete barrier before coming to a rest.
Figueroa was not injured and his vehicle was towed from the scene. Police say the accident is still under investigation.
ZERBE TOWNSHIP - Police are investigating theft of a Trevorton Fire Police badge and other equipment missing since Friday.
Clair "Sid" Houtz, 68, of 826 Franklin Ave., Trevorton, reported to police that his badge, badge holder and rawhide rope was missing from his vehicle. Houtz told police he wasn't sure when the theft occurred but drove up to an accident scene on Friday and when he went to grab his badge to control traffic, noticed it was missing from the interior of his truck. The loss is valued at less than $100.
Anyone with information on the theft is asked to contact police at 797-4637.
UPPER PAXTON TOWNSHIP - A Dalmatia man was charged with harassment after an incident at 3:37 p.m. Monday at 5778 State Route 147, in Upper Paxton Township, Dauphin County.
State police at Lykens say David Hassell, 47, of Dalmatia, allegedly grabbed a 25-year-old Dalmatia male by the throat and pushed him against a wall during a domestic dispute.
The charges were filed with Magisterial District Judge Rebecca Jo Margerum, of Elizabethville.
SHAMOKIN - Two Shamokin juveniles, a 17-year-old male and a 15-year-old female were cited for underage drinking by Shamokin City Police Cpl. Bryan Primerano following an incident on Chestnut Street near Fourth Street at 12:45 a.m. Saturday.
ZERBE TOWNSHIP - Chief Robert John reported police are investigating several cases of criminal mischief that occurred in this area between Friday and Sunday.
He reported that unknown person or people squirted mustard, ketchup and/or eggs on various vehicles and houses at 840 Mahanoy St., 441 Scott St., 620 and 627 W. Market St.
Anyone with information on the incidents are asked to contact police at 797-4637.
HUMMELS WHARF - Jose M. Tejada, 32, of 601 Bear Valley Road, Shamokin was charged with retail theft by state police at Selinsgrove after an incident at Walmart department store on Routes 11 and 15, at 6:30 p.m. Monday.
Police say Tejada was stopped by Walmart loss prevention employees as he was attempting to steal three DVD movies, valued at $29.07.
Public drunkenness and other offenses
SHAMOKIN - A Coal Township man is facing multiple charges for allegedly being drunk in public and trespassing Sunday in the area of 327 W. Spruce St., according to Shamokin Police Department.
Patrolman Raymond Siko II reported that Sean Patrick McNamara, 22, of 1450 Pulaski Ave., allegedly entered a Spruce Street apartment through the front door and into the kitchen while resident Robert Eby was home at approximately 6:55 p.m. March 3.
Eby said he didn't know McNamara and he pushed him out the door, police said.
It was also reported by Theresa Shepherd, an employee of Mr. Pizza, that McNamara entered the business through a back door and became argumentative, police said.
Once McNamara was transported to the police station, he agreed to be tested, which resulted in a blood-alcohol level of .214 percent, police said.
McNamara is facing charges of disorderly conduct, criminal trespass and public drunkenness, police said.
Possession of marijuana
SHAMOKIN - A Shamokin couple is facing drug charges for allegedly having marijuana and paraphernalia at their city apartment Saturday night after reports of providing drugs to a relative's daughter, according to Shamokin Police Department.
Patrolman Raymond Siko II reported that he was called to the residence of Gregory Michael Skeans, 29, and Jessica Berg, 27, both of 804 N. Washington St., Apt. 4, at 9 p.m. March 2 after Berg's sister told police she believed her sister and sister's boyfriend provided marijuana to her daughter in January and had been abusing the substance for some time.
Berg, who also lives with her 4-year-old daughter, allowed Siko and his partner to search the home, and also allegedly informed the officers she had marijuana in her bedroom, police said.
The officers located six glass multi-colored pipes, three packs of rolling papers, a silver grinder, a silver screen, a clip, three push rods and a small clear bong, which had burnt residue inside, police said.
The couple was charged with two misdemeanor counts each of possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia, police said.
Possession of marijuana
SHAMOKIN - A Shamokin man is facing drug charges for allegedly smoking marijuana Feb. 23 in his apartment following a call from a neighbor reporting the odor of the drug, according to Shamokin Police Department.
Patrolman Jarrod Scandle reported that Michael Damon Queen, 25, of 534 N. Market St., Apartment 6, is charged with two misdemeanors of possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia with intent to use.
Marijuana found after traffic stop
SHAMOKIN - A Shamokin man was allegedly found with packets of marijuana following a traffic stop Feb. 25 in the area of Shamokin and Spurzheim streets, according to Shamokin Police Department.
Patrolman Jarrod Scandle reported that he stopped Christian Luke Dawson, 19, of 10 N. Seventh St., after he allegedly failed to stop his car at an intersection marked with a stop sign.
Upon speaking with Dawson, Scandle detected the odor of marijuana and Dawson granted the officer permission to search his vehicle where a small amount of marijuana inside a cellophane cigarette package was found inside the glove box, police said.
Dawson is charged with a misdemeanor offense of possession of a small amount of marijuana and a summary offense of failure to obey traffic control devices, police said.
Assault and harassment
SHAMOKIN - A Shamokin man was taken to Northumberland County Prison for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend Feb. 28 at their North Rock Street home, according to Shamokin Police Department.
Police reported that the girlfriend alleges Timothy L. Burkholder, 25, of 35 N. Rock St., choked her and hit her on the side of the face.
The woman, who called police from her mother's house at 331 S. Rock St., was observed by officers having red marks and bruises around her neck and face, police said.
Burkholder is charged with simple assault and harassment, police said.