Fraud alert

TREVORTON - Zerbe Township police are investigating a case of fraud in which a 71-year-old man said he received a letter stating he had won an international sweepstakes last week.

The letter said he won $250,000 in a European, African and United States sweepstakes and the mailing included a $3,950 check. However, the man needed to pay a processing fee of $3,600 and contact an individual with a lottery company to claim the prize, police said.

Police reminded residents to be cautious when speaking to people over the telephone who ask for personal information.

Theft from grandmother

TREVORTON - An 80-year-old grandmother from Zerbe Township was victim of the theft of a large sum of money, police said Saturday, township police reported.

Chief Bob John said the theft took place over the course of a year and was discovered Friday.

He did not provide further details, including a name of the victim or if an arrest is pending.

Bass mailbox stolen

TREVORTON - Zerbe Township police are investigating the theft of a large mouth bass mailbox that occurred between 8 a.m. and noon Saturday.

The mailbox is owned by Aude Stiely, 47, of 984 Sunshine Road, Shamokin, and is valued at $300.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the township police at 570-797-4637.

Police: Victim lied

ELIZABETHVILLE - A Halifax man accused of lying about being assaulted by a state trooper during a traffic stop is facing charges of false reporting and unsworn falsifications to authorities, according to state police at Lykens.

Cpl. Robert Ligon said Kenneth E. Belle Jr., of 329 Market St., came limping into to the station off Route 209 near here at 10:35 a.m. Saturday to press charges against a trooper who he said slammed the car door on his leg when issuing citations Oct. 26.

The injury caused him to limp and he was losing sleep at night due to the pain, Belle told police in a written statement.

Police reviewed the video recording of the traffic stop, which revealed the trooper did not slam the door on Belle's leg. After Belle saw the video, he stopped limping and admitted he lied about the assault because he was mad about the citations, police said.

Vehicle light smashed

POTTSVILLE - Someone smashed the driver's side rear light of a vehicle owned by James Hummel, 25, of Mahanoy City, between 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. Friday in the parking lot of the Fairlane Village Mall, according to state police at Schuylkill Haven.

Trooper Vincent A. Laselva said the investigation is ongoing.