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Police Blotter

Dog law violations

SHAMOKIN — Donna Carl, 42, of 238 S. Sixth St., was charged by state Dog Warden Mark J. Rusinko with six counts of failing to register her female pit bull that was deemed dangerous for 2017 within 30 days of receiving written notification.

Marijuana possession

COAL TOWNSHIP — Anthony Cancellier, 24, of 1707 Mohawk St., was charged by Detective Jeff Brennan with possession of marijuana involving a Nov. 2 incident near his residence.

According to a criminal complaint, Chief of Police William Carpenter found Cancellier in a vacant lot at about 10 a.m. and discovered that he was hallucinating. Cancellier told Carpenter that he was seeing copperheads everywhere and said the snakes were lifting a parked trailer and setting it back down.

Drug charges

SHAMOKIN — Patrolman Raymond Siko II charged Matthew D. Stevens, 31, of 232 W. Independence St., second floor apartment, with possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police said Stevens possessed a clear Ziplock plastic bag containing marijuana shortly before noon on Dec. 26 at his apartment.

Retail theft

COAL TOWNSHIP — Patrolman Edward Purcell Jr. charged Billie Jean Howard, 33, and Theresa Grobaker, 36, both of 1527 W. Walnut St., with retail theft and criminal conspiracy relating to a Dec. 4 incident at Walmart Supercenter.

Police reported the women are accused of stealing $491.40 in merchandise from the store between 7:30 and 8 p.m.

Theft by deception

COAL TOWNSHIP — Steve Brzoska, 41, of 226 E. Biddle St., Gordon, was charged by Patrolman Edward Purcell Jr. with theft by deception.

According to a criminal complaint filed at the office of Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III, Brzoska allegedly picked up a Keurig valued at $83.74 and other merchandise at about 4:15 p.m. Sept. 22 at Walmart Supercenter before going to the service desk without a receipt and returning the Keurig as if he already purchased it. Police said Brzoska received a gift card in the amount of $83.74 for the Keurig that he used to purchase the remaining merchandise.

When stopped by Walmart staff, police said Brzoska abandoned the merchandise and gift card and fled the scene in a vehicle.


SHAMOKIN — Christopher B. Sobol, 30, of 411 W. Third St., Mount Carmel, was charged by Cpl. Jarrod Scandle with two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol and one count of careless driving relating to a one-vehicle accident in the 100 block of East Sunbury Street shortly before 2 a.m. Nov. 19.

Police reported Sobol had a blood-alcohol content of .205 percent.

Multiple offenses

COAL TOWNSHIP — Trooper Michael App of state police at Stonington has charged Chris Allan Share Jr., 32, of 213 S. Maple St., Mount Carmel, with multiple offenses relating to a traffic stop shortly before 2:30 a.m. Dec. 3 on Route 901, approximately one mile south of Route 61 in Coal Township.

Share is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance, driving without a license, possessing a firearm without a license, possessing a firearm while being a convicted felon, speeding, careless driving and failing to wear a seat belt.

App said Share was driving 65 miles per hour in a 50 miles-per-hour zone. Upon talking with Share, App said he detected a strong odor of burnt marijuana and an odor of alcohol. Police said Share, who refused chemical testing, admitted smoking marijuana and consuming alcohol and was found in possession of a loaded magazine and a Smith & Wesson M&P Shield .40-caliber firearm that he did not have a permit to carry or conceal.

App said he later learned that Share had been convicted of a felony burglary offense and is not permitted to possess a firearm.

Bad checks

MOUNT CARMEL — Gerald A. Huber, 56, of 702 E. Fifth St., was charged by Lt. David Donkochik with two counts of issuing bad checks to Henise Tire Service Company, of Cleona.

Police said Huber, who is the owner of Huber’s Automotive LLC, 704 E. Fifth St., Mount Carmel, issued a bad check in the amount of $195.58 on July 14.

Police reported Huber was arrested for the same offense by Pottsville police on Dec. 21, 2012, and state police at Selinsgrove on Aug. 30, 2013.

Drug paraphernalia

MOUNT CARMEL — Kaylajo Marie Shuder, 27, of 221 E. Sixth St., was charged by Patrolman Justin Stelma for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police said Shuder possessed a brown plastic bag containing a glass smoking pipe at her home at about 7:15 p.m. Nov. 26 at a home in the 500 block of East Avenue.


RALPHO TOWNSHIP — Albert Junior Vazquez-Torres, 27, of Sunbury, was charged by Patrolman Matthew Filarski with two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under suspension and scattering rubbish involving an incident at about 3:45 a.m. Nov. 12 on Route 54 at All Saints Cemetery.

Police said Vazquez-Torres, who had a blood-alcohol content of .087 percent, is accused of throwing a beer bottle from a vehicle he was driving.

SUV hits building

COAL TOWNSHIP — No injuries were reported in an accident Friday morning involving a 1998 Ford Explorer crashing into the former Sam Bressi Motors building along Route 61.

Coal Township police said William Wetzel Jr., 37, of 814 W. Pine St., Coal Township, was driving the SUV south on Route 61 at 3:11 a.m. when he lost control of the vehicle on the partially snow-covered highway. The Explorer slid off the road and struck the building, causing a large hole in the side and damage to a guide wire attached to a PPL pole.

Wetzel’s vehicle sustained moderate damage to its driver’s side front and rear fenders. He was able to drive the SUV from the scene.

Police said Wetzel will be cited for driving too fast for road conditions and operating a vehicle with an expired inspection.