POTTSTOWN, PA – Police departments in the Pottstown area are planning to intensify efforts to enforce DUI and alcohol related crimes.
The multi-jurisdictional DUI enforcement team plans to conduct at least one sobriety checkpoint operation within the next week, according to a press release from Pottstown Police. The effort is aimed at reducing the number of DUI related accidents by deterring potential drunk drivers.
WILKES-BARRE, PA — A city police officer sustained a possible broken nose and another officer was punched in the face while arresting a suspected drunken driver early Sunday morning.
The incident happened on South Main Street near Ross Street when officers Daniel Roper and Erica Oswald stopped Steven Santiago, 33, for driving a vehicle without headlights.
During the traffic stop, Santiago exhibited signs of intoxication and was asked to exit his vehicle. While standing near the back of his car, Santiago refused to submit to a breath test, according to the criminal complaint.
Santiago admitted he consumed alcoholic beverages before he was stopped by police, the complaint says.
HAZLETON, PA — Three people face drug charges and cash and drugs were seized in two separate investigations Thursday, police said.
In one of the cases, a woman trying to flee police struck an undercover vehicle, police said.
Police identified the woman as Passion Tairi Flores, 24, of West Birch Street.
According to police: A controlled drug buy with Flores was arranged near the intersection of North Locust and Third streets at approximately 5 p.m. As officers closed in on Flores, she accelerated her vehicle and tried to get away, striking an undercover vehicle and preventing her escape. Flores and her passenger, Anthony Morales Jr. 22 of Brooklyn, New York were arrested. Approximately $900 in cash and 220 packets of heroin were seized from her vehicle.
WILKES-BARRE, PA — St. Patrick’s Day is upon Northeastern Pennsylvania, which will include a weekend of parades and other festivities.
For law enforcement, it will mean more work than usual.
Scranton Police Chief Carl Graziano was among the officials at a news conference held at the Lackawanna County Courthouse this week. Officials encouraged residents to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day safely and responsibly.
“As everybody knows, it’s no secret that that’s the biggest alcohol consumption day — at least in the city — is St. Patrick’s Day Parade day,” Graziano said.
When Wawa employees told Terron Reed his order couldn’t be prepared as requested, he apparently didn’t take the news too well.
Instead of adjusting his meal, the 36-year-old Bear, Del., man threw a coffee display stand at a worker, then tried to strangle her, threw her to the ground, and threatened to shoot other employees before leaving the convenience store, according to Delaware State Police.
Police said the bizarre altercation happened at the Wawa at 1400 Beaverbrook Plaza in New Castle about 2:30 a.m. Thursday.
Authorities are still searching for the gunman who left six people dead in three Montgomery County shootings this morning, but a SWAT team has stormed a Pennsburg home in search of the suspect.
The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office said police are looking for 35-year-old Bradley William Stone, of Pennsburg, in the killings. Three others were seriously wounded, officials said.
All of the victims have a “familial relationship” to Stone, prosecutors said. They were identified at a 6 p.m. press conference as Stone’s ex-wife, her sister and her sister’s husband, the sister’s teenage daughter, Stone’s former mother-in-law and a grandmother. A teenage son of the ex-wife’s sister was injured in the mayhem that occurred at two separate homes in two towns early this morning.
Montgomery County Court records show Stone had been entangled in divorce proceedings with his wife, Nicole A. Stone, since early 2009. The divorce was finalized in December 2012. Less than two weeks ago, he filed an emergency motion for custody.
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Thomas Gallagher Jr., according to officials and court records, was pressing his luck for years.
A decade-long history of alcohol-related legal troubles — including two DUI charges — weren’t stopping him from getting behind the wheel.
His own passengers, it was learned Thursday, were pleading with him to pull over Tuesday prior to a crash in West Lampeter that killed Meredith Demko, a recent high school graduate.
On Thursday afternoon, police filed additional charges of vehicular homicide while DUI. Gallagher’s blood-alcohol level was about three times the state’s legal limit at the time of the crash, documents show.
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What happens if you lose your license due to a drunk driving arrest, and you have to drive a truck for your job?
If you are a U.S. Postal Service employee, your boss just pays somebody else to drive you around for a while.
That’s what has happened in Lititz, where James E. Avers, 34, of Mount Joy, has been getting a paid chauffeur to drive him until he gets his license back, after pleading guilty to four counts of drunken driving.
The 2011 DUI arrest in East Hempfield Township was Avers’ second for drunk driving, according to court records.
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WILKES-BARRE, PA — City police pursuing two men after a hand-to-hand exchange on South Main Street found heroin and marijuana in a vehicle with three young children.
Police said heroin packets in zip-lock bags were found in an open can of Natty Daddy beer and a bag of marijuana was found in the console of the car driven by 29-year-old Tyrell Lee Dunbar, according to charges filed.
Dunbar said the three children, ages 1, 3 and 5, inside the car were his kids. The children were turned over to their grandmother, police said.
Dunbar, of Sambourne Street, Wilkes-Barre, was charged with three counts of endangering the welfare of children and one count each of driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
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GILBERTON, PA – The termination hearing of Gilberton police Chief Mark Kessler, whose curse-riddled YouTube videos about gun rights have gone viral, was stopped Thursday after a loaded handgun fell from a bystander’s holster onto the concrete floor.
The gun did not go off, but Kessler’s attorney, Joseph Nahas, directed that person to leave the room packed with 40 people. After a short private meeting, officials announced that the hearing would be reconvened at a later date at a larger room at the Schuylkill County Courthouse.
“We’re in a very small room. It’s made of concrete. If a gun were to be chambered and land on concrete, like it just did, someone can be injured,” Nahas said.
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An off-duty Bethlehem police officer was charged Wednesday with drunken driving, six days after he flipped his sport utility vehicle and crashed into three parked cars, according to city police.
Richard M. Hoffman, 34, had a blood-alcohol content of 0.16 percent, twice the state’s legal limit to drive, and admitted he had been drinking before he plowed into the cars at East Broad and High streets, police said.
Although the crash happened early in the morning of Aug. 8, Bethlehem police officials released no details about the crash until Wednesday, saying they needed the complete accident report before filing charges.
Hoffman is on paid administrative suspension with the department pending the outcome of the criminal charges against him, which include the highest rate of drunken driving, drunken driving and careless driving, according to police Chief Jason Schiffer. Police are also conducting an internal investigation, Schiffer said.
This is certainly NOT the way to influence the judge when you are before him/her at your DUI hearing.
31-year-old Jessie Gonzales of Lebanon was involved in not one, but two hit and run accidents on January 26th. At the time of her arrest, Jessie’s blood level was FOUR times the legal limit. Both of her children were in the car while she was driving drunk and crashing into other vehicles. How special. I see Mother of the Year in this gal’s future.
We are also told Jessie had a serious alcohol problem and worked as a CNA at two area nursing homes. Can anyone say drug test??? WTH! Stay away from my granny!
So Jessie bebops into court yesterday and ends up getting a very light sentence because it was her first DUI and she had a good work history yada, yada, yada. Evidently nobody told poor Jessie that going on a bender the night before your DUI court date was a bad idea.
As Jessie is leaving court with her slap on the wrist sentence, an alert adult probation officer smelled alcohol on her breath. Jessie blew a 0.12 on the old breathalyzer machine, which is above the legal limit of 0.08. Keeping in mind this is the next day and our girl is still plastered.
Needless to say the judge was a tad peeved. Her lenient sentence was vacated, her bail was revoked and set at $25,000 cash, she went to the county jail and did not pass go. She had been out on bail. The judge was even considering house arrest in her case.