Shamokin PA

Police Blotter

Shamokin man escapes injury

RYAN TOWNSHIP — Adam S. Derck, 28, of Shamokin, escaped injury Monday morning in a one-car accident on Interstate 81 in this Schuylkill County township.

State police at Frackville reported Derck was driving south at 9:21 a.m. in the right lane at mile marker 126.2 when he lost control of his 2015 Honda Civic on standing water. The auto exited the highway on the west berm and struck a concrete barrier before coming to rest along an embankment.

The car sustained disabling front-end damage and was towed from the scene.

Police said Derck, who was wearing a seat belt, will be cited for failing to drive in a single lane.


MOUNT CARMEL TOWNSHIP — Lorelle Anne Podpora, 55, of 142 Second St., Strong, was charged by Patrolman David Tomtishen with misdemeanor counts of driving with a blood alcohol content between .1 and .16 percent and driving under the influence and a citation of speeding for an incident near the former Bullseye Alexander car dealership on Route 61 at 7:36 p.m. Aug. 26.

Tomtishen said Podpora was driving 56.629 miles per hour in a 40 mile per hour zone. He said when he stopped her she admitted to drinking Miller Lites earlier in the night. When he tried to give her a field sobriety test she said he was humiliating her and to just arrest her already, the criminal complaint says. A blood test showed a blood alcohol content of .142 percent, he said.


MOUNT CARMEL — Patrolman Kevin Katch charged Hoyt Antonio Norris, 25, of 4538 Upper Road, Shamokin, with misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest and driving under the influence of alcohol and citations of driving with a suspended license, driving on the wrong side of the road and failing to yield to an emergency vehicle in connection to an incident at 1:54 a.m. Aug. 26 at the intersection of Seventh and Vine streets.

Katch said he saw Norris driving in the oncoming lane of traffic so he activated his lights. Norris failed to stop for two blocks, he said. When the vehicle stopped the occupants attempted to move around the various seats, he said. Norris refused to follow commands and began a physical altercation with Patrolman Kyle Schauer, he said.

Norris admitted to consuming two 22-ounce cans of Colt 45 beer earlier in the day and marijuana sometime in the past few weeks, Katch said. 

A passenger in the vehicle, Brendin Gregory Pancher, 20, of 818 Scott St., Kulpmont, was charged by Katch with a misdemeanor count of resisting arrest and a citation of underage possession of alcohol.

Katch said Pancher refused to show police his hands and then propelled himself into an officer. He had to be physically taken to the ground, Katch said. He then admitted to being intoxicated and an open 12-ounce bottle of Rolling Rock beer was near his seat in the vehicle.


RALPHO TOWNSHIP — Trooper Justin Bieber charged Charles Todd Miller, 44, of 225 Overlook Blvd., Shamokin, with misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a blood alcohol content between .245 and .16 percent and citations of failing to maintain a safe speed and careless driving in connection to a two-vehicle crash at 12:15 a.m. Aug. 31 on Route 487 near the intersection with Bottle Road, Ralpho Township.

Bieber said Miller crashed his blue 1997 Subaru Impreza into the rear-end of a White Jeep Compass that had been stopped by a flagman at the site of road paving construction. Miller admitted to consuming several beers and a blood test showed a blood alcohol content of .245 percent, Bieber said.


KULPMONT — Patrolman Kelly Campbell charged Brandon Michael Carrier, 35, of 516 W. First St., Birdsboro, with misdemeanor counts of possession of a prohibited weapon, driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a blood alcohol content greater than .16 percent and citations of careless driving, failing to stay in his lane, failing to maintain a safe speed and driving a vehicle without a valid inspection in connection to a 11:50 p.m. Sept. 15 accident on Route 2034 between Shady Acres and Den-Mar Gardens.

Campbell said Carrier rolled over his vehicle into the woods. He had a Colt .38 Special Officers Model, which he had a concealed permit to carry, and a knife of a style that is not permitted, Campbell said. 

Carrier admitted to consuming alcohol earlier in the night and a blood alcohol test showed a .181 percent blood alcohol content, Campbell said.


MOUNT CARMEL TOWNSHIP — Phyllis Fetterman, 75, of 222 W. Avenue, Mount Carmel, is charged by Patrolman Kelly Campbell with misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a blood alcohol content of greater than .16 percent after she allegedly drove her 2005 Ford 500 sedan from the parking lot of Mount Carmel Nursing and Rehabilitation Center into Butternut Creek at 4:08 p.m. Aug. 24.

Campbell said staff members of the facility told him they suspected Fetterman was under the influence. He said she smelled of alcohol and when asked who the president was, responded, “That a–hole.” She was taken to the hospital for a suspected concussion and police obtained a search warrant for her blood. Campbell said she had a blood alcohol content of .18 percent.

Resisting arrest

PAXINOS — Chad Leo Bowersox, 44, of 125 Chestnut St., Mifflinburg, was charged by Trooper Michael App with misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct and a citation of public drunkenness in connection to an incident at 12:29 a.m. Aug. 13 at the Knights Inn (formerly Glosser Motor Lodge) in Paxinos.

App said he was assisting Sunbury police with taking Bowersox, who was intoxicated, to the hotel. He told Bowersox to go inside and go to sleep multiple times and Bowersox became belligerent, yelling in the parking lot and walking out onto Route 487, App said. 

False identification

KULPMONT — Patrolman Nathan Foust charged Ray George Swigart, 24, of 1005 Chestnut St., Kulpmont, with false identification to law enforcement.

Foust said he knows Swigert and at about 10:45 a.m. Sept. 28 saw him sitting at the corner of 13th and Scott streets. He put down his patrol vehicle window and called to him, “Ray,” to which Swigert denied his name and gave him a different name. Foust said he asked for ID, which Swigert said he didn’t have, and Foust pointed out Swigert had a wallet in the back pocket of his pants. He then admitted to being Swigert, who had at least 51 active warrants, Foust said.

Drug paraphernalia

KULPMONT — Jolene Marie Redd, 55, of 831 Chestnut St., Kulpmont, was charged by Chief Patrick McAndrew with one misdemeanor count of possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia after a visit by children and youth workers on Aug. 31.

McAndrew said Redd had in plain view a glass smoking device with pills on a folding table as well as other drug paraphernalia. Redd said she didn’t know who owned the drug paraphernalia and that David Swatski Jr. had just run out the back door, McAndrew said.

McAndrew said the pills he could identify were not controlled substances.

Receiving stolen property

MOUNT CARMEL TOWNSHIP — Jose L. Navarro, 43, of 405 E. Sunbury St., Ste. 1, Shamokin, was charged by Patrolman Brian Carnuccio with a misdemeanor count of receiving stolen property in connection to the alleged theft of a mattress from Shimock’s Furniture on Aug. 15.

Carnuccio said J.P. Jacoby, co-owner of Shimock’s Furniture, saw the stolen mattress being transported on a green Ford Explorer. Police found the vehicle in the 100 block of East Saylor Street and saw the mattress still had a tag on it directing it to Shimock’s Furniture.

Navarro, who was driving the vehicle, said he had been standing on the side of the road when a man named Mike pulled up and offered to sell him a mattress for $100, Carnuccio said.

Carnuccio said on Sept. 7, Navarro went to Shimock’s Furniture, pleaded with the owners to not have him arrested and offered to pay for the mattress.