Vehicles towed after crash on Route 61

State police and emergency responders were on the scene of a two-car crash shortly after 1 p.m Wednesday on Route 61 at the intersection of Fox Road in Upper Augusta Township. Emergency responders said no major injuries were reported, but the vehicles had to be towed away. Police did not immediately release the names of those involved or any other details. Responding were emergency units from the Stonington Fire Department, Upper Augusta, Sunbury and Americus ambulances and troopers from the state police barracks at Stonington.

Eluding an officer

SHAMOKIN — Aquil Lee, 26, of 15 N. Anthracite St., has been charged by Trooper Dominic Picerno, of state police at Stonington, with felony attempt to elude an officer, misdemeanors of DUI, DUI of a controlled substance, DUI of combined drugs and summary offenses of driving with a suspended license, driving without a license, failure to notify of change of address, driving while operating privilege is suspended, driving without insurance, driving with an open container, unlawful activities and failure to activate hazard lamps.

According to the criminal complaint, at 2:35 a.m. Dec. 31, Picerno attempted to stop a 2009 Acura for a suspended registration plate.

Police said Lee stopped the vehicle and fled into his residence. Lee’s girlfriend opened the door but was uncooperative at first. After further questioning, she told the trooper she did not want to get arrested and said Lee ran upstairs, the complaint states.

During a search of the residence, the trooper found Lee in a bathroom with a strong smell of marijuana coming from him and the toilet he was on. Lee denied having any knowledge of what was going on, but then became emotional and “begged” for a break and said he would pay any fines, adding that he didn’t want to be sent to jail again, because he just got out on Christmas. Lee refused a blood draw, the complaint states.

Retail theft

SHAMOKIN — Patricia Zimmerman, 27, of 509 S. Seventh St., was charged by Patrolman Joshua Pastucka with felony retail theft as a result of an incident at Dollar General around 10 p.m. Dec. 7.

According to the criminal complaint, Pastucka spoke with an employee of Dollar General, who stated a female had attempted to leave the store with a purse that appeared to be bulging. The female would not allow the employee to search the purse and eventually crossed the street and went into a laundromat.

The officer made contact with the female, identified as Zimmerman. She denied stealing anything from the store. The officer advised her that cameras would be viewed and that she would be arrested if caught stealing.

On a later date, another employee provided the officer with a retail theft worksheet and video of Zimmerman allegedly concealing items in the purse. The worksheet states in detail that Zimmerman was observed concealing sleep pants and T-shirts in the purse, then checking out and paying for totes. She left the store with the other items still in the purse.

Merchandise Zimmerman allegedly stole were two pairs of sleep pants valued at $10 each and two T-shirts valued at $5.50 each.

Possession of drug paraphernalia

SHAMOKIN — David Schaeffer, 24, of 433 W. Gowen St., was charged by Trooper Dominic Picerno, of state police at Stonington, with misdemeanors of possession of drug paraphernalia and DUI, and summary offenses of driving without a license and driving with a suspended license as a result of a traffic stop on North Seventh Street on Dec. 14.

According to the criminal complaint, Picerno observed a 1999 Chevrolet Camaro operated by Schaeffer, who had a suspended driver’s license. A traffic stop was initiated.

As the trooper spoke with Schaeffer, he could smell a strong odor of burnt marijuana and a faint odor of alcohol emitting from him. The trooper also observed Schaeffer’s eyes to be bloodshot, red, glassy and dilated. Schaeffer told the trooper he did not smoke marijuana but consumed one alcoholic drink, police said, adding that he also claimed “nothing” was in the vehicle.

Schaeffer performed a breath test, which was positive for alcohol. During a search of the vehicle, the trooper found a glass smoking pipe with fresh burnt marijuana residue.

A blood test performed at a hospital showed Schaeffer had active THC (marijuana) in his blood.

2 charged with possession, intent to deliver

SHAMOKIN — Richard Erb, 20, of 1 N. Market St., Apt. 3, and Michael Gilligbauer, 27, of 409 N. Rock St., have been charged by Patrolman Raymond Siko II with felony possession with intent to delivery and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to a criminal complaint, Siko was dispatched at 4 p.m. Nov. 13 to assist Northumberland County Children and Youth with a home visit at 1 N. Market St., Apt. 3. A female, who identified herself as Erb’s girlfriend, answered the door and told Siko that Erb was not home. She granted permission for Siko and Probation Officer Dexter Herman to enter the home. A second probation officer informed Siko and Herman that a civilian saw a male exit through a side door and onto Market Street.

The officers located Erb a short time later. Erb was administered a drug test, which came back positive for benzodiazepines and THC. Siko observed several boxes of clear sandwich bags while he stood in the kitchen of the home.

Herman located Gilligbauer hiding in a small closest under a stairwell. Gilligbauer stated he was “scared” because he thought he had a warrant out for his arrest. Officers saw a shoebox and smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from it, as well as noticed a bong where Gilligbauer had been hiding. Inside the box were a glass jar containing marijuana, multiple glass smoking pipes with residue, marijuana, a yellow smoking pipe with residue, a brown designer smoking pipe with residue, a digital scale, a lighter and a clear plastic baggie containing chunks of methamphetamine.

Erb denied knowing about the shoebox but asked officers that nothing happen to the designer smoking pipe because it had sentimental value, police said.

Centralia accident

CONYNGHAM TOWNSHIP — Roberta M Galitski, 73, of Mount Carmel, was uninjured in an accident that occurred at 6:14 p.m. Tuesday on Route 61, police said.

Galitski was traveling south of Centralia when his vehicle slid on the wet road while making a left turn. The vehicle then struck an embankment off the right side of the road and overturned onto its driver’s side before coming to a rest.

Dense fog played a role in the crash, police said.

The vehicle sustained disabling damage, and Galitski had to extricated through the front windshield by rescue workers at the scene.

He was transported to a hospital by Ashland EMS. The vehicle was towed from the scene by Kilscher’s Towing.

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