MOUNT CARMEL — Mark A. Lupatsky, 32, of 332 S. Locust St., Mount Carmel, was charged by Lt. David Donkochik with two felony counts each of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (methamphetamine and heroin) and a misdemeanor of possession of drug paraphernalia.
The charges relate to an incident shortly after 9:30 a.m. Monday in the first block of East Third Street in which Lupatsky was found passed out behind the wheel of a black Dodge Challenger.
After Donkochik knocked on the window several times in an attempt to awaken Lupatsky, the defendant responded and appeared to be under the influence of narcotics.
Donkochik said he spotted a razor and pocket knife between Lupatsky’s legs and a syringe in his left jeans pocket. The officer said a further search of the vehicle revealed a black metal container containing three syringes, two small glass containers with methamphetamine, small zip baggies containing heroin and several empty heroin bags. Two other containers with empty heroin bags and a pink plastic straw were discovered in the vehicle as well.
SHAMOKIN — Kelly M. Chaundy, 36, of 418 E. Cameron St., Shamokin, was charged by Shamokin Patrolman Scott Weaver with retail theft for allegedly attempting to steal spools of thread valued at $10.49 from Rite-Aid in downtown Shamokin at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday.
Accident victims identified
NATALIE — Mount Carmel Township police have released the identities of the two people injured in a commercial vehicle rollover accident on the Natalie mountain Wednesday afternoon during a snow storm.
Chief of Police Brian Hollenbush reported the driver of the vehicle was Richard Rios, 50, of Philadelphia. His passenger was Maria Rodriguez, 38, of Philadelphia.
Police said Rios and Rodriguez were transported by Elysburg Ambulance to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville after suffering injuries.
Route 901 accident
LOCUST SUMMIT — Mount Carmel Township police reported an accident involving a car and tractor-trailer occurred Friday morning during a snow squall on Route 901 in front of Patterson Hardscape and Supply Co.
Police said Eric Quintero, 30, of Mount Carmel, was driving a black Hyundai Genesis east on Route 901 toward Locustdale at 3:17 a.m. when he lost control of his car as it slid on the snow-covered highway. Police said the auto traveled into the westbound lane, where it struck a tractor-trailer owned by Reinhart FoodService and operated by Jarrod Brass, 29, of Atlas, who was heading west toward Locust Gap.
Quintero was transported by AREA Services ambulance to Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital, where he underwent emergency room treatment. Brass reportedly escaped injury.