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Police reports, Dec. 30, 2021

The following information comes from police reports and court records.

Crash: On Dec. 21 at about 7:20 a.m. state police responded to an accident on Route 209 in Norwegian Township. Joseph Anthony, 19, Frackville, was driving north on Route 901 and attempted to make a left turn on to Route 209. His cargo van collided with a southbound SUV driven by Cody Petravich, 29, Pottsville. The van had minor damage. The SUV was towed. There were no injuries.

Crash: Brenda Miller, 53, Mount Carmel, struck a deer on Route 61 at Center Avenue in North Manheim Township on Dec. 20 at about 1:30 a.m. Miller was driving north on Route 61 when the deer ran into the road. Miller was treated for her injuries. Her SUV was towed.

Crash: State police responded to an accident on Route 61 south of Tunnel Road in Norwegian Township on Dec. 20 at about 6:05 p.m. Erica Hoffmaster, 32, Port Carbon, was stopped in traffic on Route 61. Elwood Orndorff, 65, Pottsville, glanced at his cellphone and hit Hoffmaster’s minivan in the rear. There were no injuries. Both vehicles were towed.

Criminal mischief: On Dec. 19 at about 1:20 p.m. state police were dispatched to Pinewood Circle in Norwegian Township for a damaged mailbox. Sometime Dec. 18 or Dec. 19, an unidentified vehicle ran the mailbox over. Anyone with information is asked to contact state police at 570-754-4600.

Theft: On Dec. 18 at about 10 a.m. state police troopers responded to South Pine Street in Tremont for a report of a theft. The Annville man told police that someone stole a hammer from his front porch sometime on Dec. 16. Anyone with information is asked to contact state police at 570-754-4600.

Crash: On Dec. 18 at about 5:30 p.m. state police responded to an accident on Route 209 at Main Street in Porter Township. Evan Herb, 20, Herndon, was driving south on Main Street and Ryan Scheib, 28, Tower City,  was driving east. David Kimmel, 67, Pine Grove, driving north on Molleystown Road, was stopped at a stop sign. Herb did not stop at the stop sign. Scheib hit Herb’s SUV, causing it to spin. Herb’s SUV struck Kimmel’s vehicle, causing heavy damage. Kimmel and a passenger, Ann Kimmel, were transported to Geisinger St. Luke’s for their injuries.

Theft: On Dec. 18, Bryan Herb, 57, Pitman, reported to state police that he discovered that his trail camera was stolen from Helfenstein Road and Zion Church Road in Eldred Township. The theft occurred sometime between Dec. 10 and Dec. 18.

Crash: On Dec. 18 at about 8:30 p.m. state police responded to an accident on Main Street at South Greenview Road in North Manheim Township. Samantha King, 18, Schuylkill Haven, was driving north on Main Street in Landingville. She lost control of her vehicle and struck a guide rail. She was not injured.

Crash: On Dec. 17 at about 10:05 a.m. state police charged Brandon Wagner, 26, Schuylkill Haven, with careless driving. Wagner was driving south on Route 61 near North Street in Port Clinton. He began to sneeze uncontrollably and steered his pickup truck onto the shoulder. His vehicle hit two vehicles and then crossed North Street, coming to a stop on top of a traffic sign. There were no injuries. Wagner’s vehicle was towed.

Crash: On Dec. 17 at about 1 p.m. state police were called to 50 Marsha Drive, Cressona. An unidentified vehicle struck a parked car in front of the residence, then fled the scene. The car had minor damage.

Crash: On Dec. 17 at about 11:20 p.m. state police responded to an accident on Route 183 at Four Point Road in Bethel Township. Brenden Searle, 33, Gordon, was driving south when he steered to avoid hitting a deer and lost control. He hit an embankment, then drove his vehicle to Ulsh Auto Sales in Wayne Township, where he abandoned the ca,r blocking the driveway to the business. Searle did not report the accident. The vehicle was towed. Searle was issued citations.

Crash: On Dec. 16 at about 3:30 p.m. state police responded to an accident on Route 61 near Broad Street in Port Clinton. Gerald Acker, 60, Pottsville, was driving north behind Randy Grube, 59, New Ringgold. Acker sideswiped Grube’s vehicle when he attempted to pass on the shoulder. Grube lost control and hit an embankment. Acker lost control of his car and swerved into opposing traffic, narrowly missing an accident. Acker gained control of his car and came to a stop on the shoulder. Grube’s vehicle was towed. Acker was cited for overtaking a vehicle on the right.

Crash: On Dec. 16 at about 4:50 p.m. state police responded to an accident on Route 61 near the Pine Brook Place intersection in West Brunswick Township. Timothy Trought, 45, Auburn, attempted to turn left on Route 61 without clearance. A car driven by Joshua McGinley, 44, Locust Gap hit Trought’s pickup truck. McGinley suffered a minor injury. Both vehicles were towed. Trought was cited for not yielding at a stop sign.

Burglary: On Dec. 15 at about 6:30 p.m. state  troopers were dispatched to Pleasant Valley Road in Pine Grove Township to respond to a burglary in progress. Bradley Keppley, 32, Pine Grove, was taken into custody inside the home of one of the victims. Troopers discovered that Keppley attempted to enter a residence, then forced entry into a neighboring residence, where he threatened to kill the occupant. Keppley then forced entry into another residence, where he also made threats of violence. He resisted arrest, but troopers were able to take him into custody. Keppley was charged with several crimes and arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Bayer. He was committed to Schuylkill County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Criminal mischief: On Dec. 14 at about 6 a.m. state police were called to Green Valley Skilled Nursing Center, Matthew Lane in North Manheim Township. Ryan Tomczyk, 35, Old Forge, came to the parking lot and smashed seven vehicle windows with a rock. He also threw a rock at the main entrance area of the facility.  Police apprehended Tomczyk nearby along the Gordon Nagle Trail.

Lost property: On Dec. 13 at about 10 p.m. a Tremont man reported to state police that his license plate had fallen off his car as he was traveling from Minersville to Mount Carmel. He discovered the registration plate was missing when he arrived in Mount Carmel. The plate #LHB5051 was entered into a police database.

Burglary: On Dec. 13 at about 2:15 p.m. state police troopers responded to the Blue Mountain Elementary School, 45 Wilder St., Cressona, for the report of a burglary. Someone forced entry into the building, triggering multiple alarms. The person fled before police arrived. The investigation is continuing.

DUI on view drugs: State police conducted a traffic stop on Clay Street in Tremont on Dec. 12 at about 1:40 a.m. Austin Ditzler, 27, Tremont was arrested for drunken driving and drug possession.

Harassment: On Dec. 9 at about 1:35 p.m. state police were called to the Schuylkill County Intermediate Unit, 17 Maple Ave. in Norwegian Township. Five students were unruly and threatening staff members and a student. Police continue to investigate.

Crash: State police responded to an accident on Route 443 in North Manheim Township on Dec. 8 at about 9:50 p.m. George Mitten, 69, Mohrsville, was driving east on Route 895 and left the right side of the road, struck a utility pole and two parked vehicles. No injuries were reported. Mitten’s vehicle had disabling damage. Two other vehicles sustained minor damage.

Assault: State police were called to 2 W. Laurel St., Tremont, on Dec. 5, for a report of a disturbance involving a firearm. When troopers arrived, they were told there was an argument between the person who complained and Kyle Heiser, 19, Port Carbon. Heiser saw a laser pointer and believed it was from a gun and ran. Police are continuing the investigation.

Crash: On Nov. 24, at about 2:15 p.m. state police responded to an accident on Sweet Arrow Lake Road at Lovers Lane in Pine Grove Township. Dorothy Fink, 76, Pine Grove, did not yield to traffic as she turned, and her vehicle struck a car driven by Frederick Lewert Jr., 80, Pine Grove. Lewert was transported to Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Fink was not injured. Both drivers were cited.

 


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