Police Blotter

Published: 5/18/2017 10:00 AM
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MOUNT CARMEL — Juan D. Santiago, 38, of 108 S. Hickory St., Mount Carmel, was charged by Lt. Christopher Buhay with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia related to an April 24 incident.

Buhay stated in an affidavit he was called to assist State Parole Agent Adam Kusernick in the area of Santiago’s home. Santiago had been a passenger in a vehicle owned by him in which Kusernick allegedly observed left over portions of a marijuana blunt. Santiago was placed in the back of Buhay’s police vehicle while Buhay conducted a record check.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled before Senior Magisterial Judge Richard P. Cashman on June 21.

Numerous charges

MOUNT CARMEL TOWNSHIP — John Szymanski, 43, of 313 W. Washington St., Shenandoah, was charged on May 9 by Patrolman David Tomtishen with one misdemeanor for possessing an offensive weapon and four summary counts for driving with a suspended license and other vehicle offenses.

On April 27, Tomtishen was informed of a broken down truck along the Natalie Mountain. He made contact with Szymanski, who was unable to provide registration and insurance. The Northumberland County Communications Center informed Tomtishen that the vehicle registration plate was a dead tag and Szymanski’s license was suspended.

A pat down of Szymanski uncovered a spring-assisted pocked knife in his front right pocket, and a search of the vehicle uncovered brass knuckles in the center dash compartment.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled before Senior Magisterial Judge Richard P. Cashman on June 21.

One-vehicle accident

RALPHO TOWNSHIP — Ralpho Township Police identified the driver of a one-vehicle accident on Route 54 on Wednesday as Luther Smith, 61, of Minersville. Police said the vehicle drove off of the right-hand side of the roadway and collided into a utility pole, sheering the pole in half. Smith was treated at the scene and transported to Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, for treatment. The accident is under investigation.


COAL TOWNSHIP — Charlene Kalinoskie, of 1505 Mohawk St., reported at approximately 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, she discovered the driver’s side of her 2011 Ford Escape, parked near her home on Sherman Street, had been damaged by another vehicle. Police said the driver’s side of the vehicle contained minor to moderate damage, having been scraped and dented during the hit-and-run.

Retail theft

SHAMOKIN — Steven W. Schlief Jr., 23, of 19 E. Independence St., Apt. 1, Shamokin, was cited by Patrolman Scott Weaver with retail theft for allegedly taking three DVDs from the Dollar Store totaling $66, without paying on May 4.

Retail theft

ASHLAND — Emily Bakerofskie, 27, of 7 W. Ogden St., Girardville, was cited by Ashland Police for retail theft on May 4. Police said store employees reported Bakerofskie concealed a Refresh car freshener valued at $2 without paying.

Disorderly conduct

ASHLAND — Zachery Brooke, 24, of 132 E. Main St., Apt. 3C, Girardville, was cited for disorderly conduct by Ashland Police after they responded to a call at Boyer’s Supermarket, 150 E. Centre St., Ashland, for a fight in progress. Brooke allegedly caused a disturbance inside the store by slapping a fire extinguisher off of the wall while verbally arguing with an employee. Police stated he was also verbally abusive toward them.

Upon leaving the store, police reported Brooke sat in the middle of the roadway on East Middle Street, causing oncoming traffic to drive around him. Upon being warned by police to not block traffic, he stood up but failed to leave the street.

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