Police Blotter: Wednesday, October, 30, 2013
COAL TOWNSHIP - Samuel Swartzlander, 25, of 225 Main St., Coal Township, was placed in Northumberland County Prison on $15,000 bail following a domestic dispute at his residence at 6:13 p.m. Monday.
Township police report Swartzlander came to his home and began to argue with his live-in girlfriend, Brittany Gemberling, 20, and then retrieved a knife from the kitchen and pointed it at Gemberling while arguing with her.
At one point, he threw the knife in the opposite direction, sending it flying over his six-month old daughter, who was sitting on the kitchen floor. At first, Gemberling was unable to call for help, but after Swartzlander left the home, she called 911 and officers were dispatched.
Police learned he went to a relative's house in Sunbury, and Sunbury City Police took him into custody and was later picked up by Coal Township Police at Sunbury Community Hospital.
He was video-arraigned by on-call Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III of Shamokin, and charged with possessing instruments of a crime, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and harassment.
SHAMOKIN TOWNSHIP - State police at Stonington said someone damaged a mailbox owned by Todd M. James sometime between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Monday at his residence on Plum Creek Road. Anyone with information on the crime is asked to contact state police at 286-5601.
Hit and run
COAL TOWNSHIP - Police are currently investigating a hit-and-run accident at 4:08 p.m. Monday in the 1900 block of Walnut Street when the suspect vehicle, described as a grayish boxy type SUV with New Jersey registration, struck a Coal Township traffic control device, then drove through a yard and left the scene.
COAL TOWNSHIP - Jessica Stankiewicz, 29, of 1110 W. Mulberry St., reported to police that someone damaged the mirrors on her 2000 Pontiac Grand Am sometime between Friday and Saturday, while it was parked in her driveway.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact to police at 570-644-0333.