Inmate charged with possession

COAL TOWNSHIP — Rashon Boone, 40, an inmate at SCI-Coal Township, has been charged by Trooper Kevin Kearney, of the state police at Stonington, with felony possession of contraband. According to the criminal complaint, on Dec. 10 a corrections officer at the prison was alerted that Boone was in possession of Suboxone strips. Boone attempted to run away when correction officers attempted to search him. The inmate threw a package on the ground when the officers grabbed him. Kearney responded and recovered 60 suspected suboxone strips.

Inmate assaults corrections officer

COAL TOWNSHIP — Gregory Lee, 38, an inmate at SCI-Coal Township, has been charged by Trooper Kevin Kearney, of the state police at Stonington, with felony aggravated assault for striking a corrections officer. According to the criminal complaint, at 7:35 a.m. Nov. 24, Sgt. Thomas Adams was working in C Block on the A side when inmates began returning from morning mainline. Lee sat down in a chair at the sergeant station and said he wanted to speak with Adams. Adams told Lee to go to his cell and that he would talk to him later. Lee became angry and struck Adams in the face with a closed fist. The inmate then picked up a chair and struck the corrections officer with it until he was restrained by assisting officers. Adams suffered abrasions to his left eye and right side of neck.

Accident leads to DUI charges

ZERBE TOWNSHIP — Forrest J. Kerstetter Jr., 59, of 329 Didiums Lane, Shamokin, has been charged by Trooper David Boucher, of the state police at Stonington, with two misdemeanors of DUI and summary offenses of careless driving, driving on roadways laned for traffic and driving a vehicle at an unsafe speed. According to the criminal complaint, at 1:43 a.m. Dec. 15, a one-vehicle crash occurred at Route 225 and Tenth Street in Zerbe Townshsip. Kerstetter, who had been trapped in his vehicle, did not respond when asked by Boucher how much he had to drink. Boucher responding by asking, “Too much?” followed by Kerstetter replying “probably.” Boucher said he smelled a strong odor of alcohol emitting from Kerstetter’s breath, observed his eyes to be glassy and bloodshot and noticed his speech was slurred. A toxicology report showed Kerstetter’s blood alcohol content at .251 percent.

Three counts of DUI

SHAMOKIN — John Kisner, 37, of 104 S. Eighth St., Trevorton, has been charged by Patrolman Raymond Siko II with three misdemeanors of DUI and driving with a suspended license, as well as summary offenses of driving on the wrong side of the road and missing a vehicle lamp as a result of a traffic stop at 5:12 p.m. Dec. 12 at Arch and Sixth streets. According to the criminal complaint, officers were dispatched to the area of 33 N. Market St. for a fight. While approaching the scene, Siko observed a white car with no headlights traveling north on Market Street, away from the scene. At one point, the vehicle turned onto Arch Street and traveled west in the eastbound lane, nearly causing an accident. Siko stopped the vehicle near Sixth Street. Siko reported that Kisner had a small laceration under an eye and his lip was swollen. A strong oder of alcohol was detected from Kisner’s breath. Siko observed an empty vodka container on the passenger seat. Kisner allegedly told Siko he had “maybe two six-packs” and was “jumped” by a male at the Redman Club. A toxicology report showed Kisner’s blood alcohol content at .306.

One-vehicle accident

BUTLER TOWNSHIP — A Coal Township man was uninjured in a one-vehicle accident that occurred at 6:02 a.m. Tuesday. According to state police at Frackville, Michael J. Pugh, 47, of Coal Township, was operating a 2017 Toyota Tacoma and traveling east on High Road, approximately 1,493 feet west of Creek Road, when he lost control while negotiating a slight curve in slushy road conditions. Pugh’s vehicle spun out, striking a mailbox and road sign. He was charged with failure to drive in a single lane.

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