Township fire accidental

COAL TOWNSHIP — A fire Wednesday afternoon at an apartment building at 1051 W. Pine St. that left four people homeless has been ruled accidental.

Two state police fire marshals and Coal Township fire chiefs inspected the property Thursday morning, but no cause or damage estimate has been released at this point of the investigation.

Strangulation

COAL TOWNSHIP — Andrew H. Reich Jr., 48, of 348 Main St., Ranshaw, was charged by Patrolman Cody Rebuck with strangulation, simple assault and harassment involving a Nov. 11 disturbance at 131 Iron St.

Following an argument inside the residence with his girlfriend, Pamela Carl, police said Reich allegedly began choking Carl after she threw his cell phone into a wooded area outside the home.

Police said Reich choked Carl so hard that it impeded her breathing, caused her to shake and prevented her from yelling for help.

Reich was arraigned at 11:30 a.m. Thursday by Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III and released on $10,000 bail.

Simple assault

COAL TOWNSHIP — Andrew Urquhart IV, 32, of Harrisburg, was charged by Patrolman Christopher Lapotsky with simple assault and harassment.

Police reported Urquhart is accused of hitting his girlfriend, Bobbi Jo Gephart, in the face, causing her to suffer a cut on her nose.

Police said the assault occurred shortly before 2 p.m. Wednesday while the couple were staying in their trailer at the AOAA Campground.

Urquhart was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III at 10 a.m. Thursday and committed to Northumberland County Jail in lieu of $2,500 bail.

Public nuisance

SHAMOKIN — Cpl. Bryan Primerano has charged Mabel Gonzalez, 23, of Green Acres, Florida, with causing a public nuisance and disorderly conduct.

Police said Gonzalez allowed a property she owns at 542 S. Seventh St. to be unsecured and in a state of collapse.

Retail theft

COAL TOWNSHIP — David J. Anger, 23, of Shamokin, was charged by Cpl. Terry Ketchem Jr. with retail theft for allegedly stealing a bottle of Malibu rum from the Wine and Spirits store in the Plaza at Coal Township on May 11.

Burglary

SHAMOKIN — Austin Snyder, 19, of 1117 W. Walnut St., Coal Township, and Joseph Boscolovich Jr., 21, of 141 S. Rock St., Shamokin, were charged by Patrolman Joshua Pastucka with burglary, criminal conspiracy, criminal trespass, theft, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief.

Snyder and Boscolovich are accused of breaking into an apartment at 421 N. Shamokin St. inhabited by Miguel Torres on Nov. 28 and stealing an Xbox One, PlayStation 4, a laptop, skateboard, cell phone, a bong, Air Jordan sneakers, a large black backpack and a pink and purple checkered backpack containing two credit cards.

Police said the credit cards belonged to Jennifer Brown.

Snyder and Boscolovich also caused damage to the apartment door and smashed Torres’ 55-inch Emerson television.

Criminal mischief

COAL TOWNSHIP – Christy Stewart, 32, of Shamokin, has been charged by Patrolman Jason Adams with criminal mischief following an incident that occurred at 4 p.m. Nov. 28, in the Ressler Center Building on the campus of Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital. Police report Stewart damaged a locked cabinet in an exam room causing $140 worth of damage.

Bad checks

MOUNT CARMEL – Stacey Ula Webb, 43, of 29 S. Peach St., Mount Carmel, was charged by Patrolman Tyler Herbster for writing bad checks.

Webb allegedly wrote two bad checks in the amount of $150 and $53 to the Notary Shop, 215 S. Oak St., both dated Oct. 4. Herbster said Webb owes $293 in restitution.

Marijuana and drug paraphernalia

MOUNT CARMEL – Nicholas J. Dagostino, 30, of 251 S. Chestnut St., Mount Carmel, was charged by Patrolman Tyler Herbster with possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Dagostino was taken into custody for a warrant after being pulled over on Nov. 10. He advised police he had marijuana in his front pocket.

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