Pennsylvania State Police at Blooming Grove


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Water pipe and meter theft — The Pennsylvania State Police at Blooming Grove are looking for information in connection with the theft of pipe and a water meter from 100 block of Mountain Top Circle at Pine Ridge in Lehman Township.

The homeowner said she arrived home on the evening of Aug. 16 to find she had no water. The water company discovered that someone had removed her meter and a length of pipe.

Trooper Kenneth Johansson is the investigating officer. The police ask anyone with information about this incident to call the Blooming Grove barracks at 570-226-5718.

Copper pipes stolen — All copper pipes were removed from both stories of a residence at Quail Court and Milford Road in Pocono Mountain Lake Estates in Lehman Township.

The Pennsylvania State Police at Blooming Grove are looking for information about the person or persons who forced their way into the residence through a door downstairs. The police report says the victim is Bushkill Outreach, a monthly food pantry available for emergency distributions.

Trooper Kenneth Johansson is the investigating officer. The police ask anyone with information about this incident to call the Blooming Grove barracks at 570-226-5718.

DUI with young passengers — Michael Griffin, 47, of Hawley was taken into custody for driving under the influence and two counts of recklessly endangering the welfare of a minor, according to the Pennsylvania State Police at Blooming Grove.

At 11:45 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29, Griffin parked his vehicle in a handicapped parking space at the Turkey Hill gas station without a handicapped licensed plate or placard. His children, ages 11 and 13, had been in the car with him while he was driving, police said.

As Troopers questioned him, they detected the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath. His speech was slurred and he had bloodshot, glassy eyes. Griffin admitted to having two drinks that evening. He failed the Troopers’ field sobriety tests.

He was transported to the Blooming Grove barracks, where his blood-alcohol content was found to be 0.191 percent. Charges will be filed in District Court.

Assault — An assault occurred in the Tanglewood North Community in Palmyra Township at 9 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 11.

Teresa Diane Stovall, 49, of the State of Georgia allegedly tried to intimidate Jerry Dan Grissom, 36, into lying to medical/police personnel. James Bradley Lord, 26, of the State of Georgia was also involved.

The Pennsylvania State Police at Blooming Grove are investigating the assault among the three actors, who “engaged in fighting behavior with each other,” police say. All parties were charged in District Court as the investigation continues.

Trooper Matthew A. Lopresto is the investigating officer.

Burglary on Kuhn Hill Road — Police are investigating a burglary that happened at 11:40 p.m. on Sunday, July 7, on Kuhn Hill Road in Greene Township.

The police took into custody Tyler Joseph Willsch, 19, of New Foundland; Matthew Wayne Mitchell, 26, of Greene Township; Joseph Michael Giordano, 28, of Greentown; and Christian Jord Paroline, 19, of Greene Township.

They severely damaged the entry doors of the residence to gain entry, then removed multiple items, police said.

They also stole fuel cans and vehicle batteries at another location nearby, traveled to Creamery Road, and stole a pickup truck. They then drove the stolen truck into a tributary waterway of Lake Wallenpaupack, completely submerging the vehicle, which was later recovered by the Ledgedale Fire Company.

Trooper Gary Haskell Jr. is the investigating officer. The police ask anyone with information about this incident to call the Blooming Grove barracks at 570-226-5718.

Crash injures driver — Nicole Korb, 41, of Honesdale sustained a moderate injury when she lost control of the 2000 Toyota Camry she was driving at 12:05 p.m. on Wednesday, April 14, when she swerved to avoid a deer. She was driving east on SR 6, just west of Friendly Acres in Lackawaxen Township.

Her passenger, Joseph E. McDermott, 31, of Olyphant, suffered a minor injury.

The police say the car first rotated counterclockwise then went out of control as Korb tried to correct the vehicle. The car exited the south side of the highway, struck an embankment, grazed a tree, and rolled at least twice before coming to rest on its side against a utility pole.

Korb and McDermott were transported to Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale by Tafton and Hemlock Farms ambulance services. The car was towed from the scene.

Burglary at Pocono Mountain Lakes — Police are investigating a burglary that occurred on Thursday, Aug. 22, between 9 a.m. and noon at the home of Richard Koehler, 60, of 104 Port Drive in Pocono Mountain Lakes Estates in Dingmans Ferry.

Police say they conducted a traffic stop near the Dingman-Delaware toll bridge at approximately 12:30 p.m. They subsequently arrested Phillip Brown, 23, of Brick, N.J., for driving under the influence and possession of a controlled substance. Police found items inside his vehicle (a 1999 gold GMC Yukon with a New Jersey registration) taken from the Koehler residence, including a flat-screen TV, stereo receiver, wallets, watches, cell phones, TV remote controls, camera, computer router, Kindle Fire electronic notebook, Dell laptop computer, Fender guitar and case, miscellaneous jewelry, and $1,100 in cash.

Brown was arrested for burglary, theft, and receiving stolen property. He was arraigned before magisterial district Judge Stephen McBride and remanded to the Pike County Correctional Facility on $50,000 bail.

Trooper Carl D. Ives is the investigating officer. The police ask anyone with information about this incident, or who has seen a gold GMC Yukon, to call the Blooming Grove barracks at 570-226-5718.

Argument leads to assault — Charges were filed against Zachary Johnston, 20, of Dingmans Ferry for simple assault in connection with an incident that happened at 12:55 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 25, at 105 Stroud Court in Delaware Township.

The crime occurred at block 6 as Zachary Johnston and Audra Muscari, 45, of Dingmans Ferry got into a verbal argument over Johnston not being able to find his cell phone. He then struck Muscari in the face, causing several bruises. Two other victims, Vincent Anthony Muscari, 46, and Kathleen Elizabeth Johnston, 18, both of Dingmans Ferry, were also involved in the altercation.

Charges were filed in District Court. Trooper Joseph Siemion is the investigating officer.

Burglary of foreclosed property — Police are looking for information in connection with a burglary that occurred sometime between Aug. 1 and 25 at 100 block of Melody Lane in Greene Township.

An unknown person or persons forcefully entered a foreclosed property and took an unknown amount of goods.

Trooper Shawn Smith is the investigating officer. The police ask anyone with information about this incident to call the Blooming Grove barracks at 570-226-5718.

Identity theft — A warrant of arrest was issued for Anthony Forino, 21, of Sussex, N.J., for theft by deception and identity theft.

Forino stole a Discover credit card from Kenneth Oskamp, 51, of Dingmans Ferry and used it to make numerous unauthorized purchases totalling $4,166 both online and at various locations in Pike County, New York and New Jersey between Oct. 6, 2012, and Nov. 27, 2012. He also gained access to Oskamp’s Dime Bank checking account and electronically transferred $4,850 via e-payments to pay for his own credit card debt.

Forino has been charged with 34 counts of theft by deception, 43 counts of receiving stolen property, 34 counts of access device fraud, 34 counts of identity theft, 9 counts of unlawful use of a computer, and 9 counts of computer trespass, all third degree felonies; and forgery, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Trooper Kevin Varcoe is the investigating officer. The police ask anyone with information about this incident to call the Blooming Grove barracks at 570-226-5718.

Child finds burglar hiding — Patrick Porter, 53, of Greentown was charged with burglary at 111 North Colony Cove Rd. in Palmyura Township. At 11:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 30, Paul Forte arrived back at his residence with his wife and two young children. One child found Porter hiding in one of the rooms of the house.

Troopers took Porter into custody upon their arrival. Porter was found to have jewelry in his pockets from the residence. He was transported to Pike County Prison and charged with burglary, felony criminal trespass, theft, receiving stolen property, and possessing instruments of a crime. He was also found to be on state parole at the time of the incident.

A preliminary hearing will be scheduled in district court.

Harassment against ex-boyfriend — Harassment charges were filed against Katie Lynn Bozella of Lakeville for punching her ex-boyfriend, Joseph M. Basciano of Greentown, in the face, grabbing his genitals, and ripping his shirt. The incident happened at 2:55 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 3. A summary charge was filed in District Court.

Suicide — Police are investigating the suicide of a 20-year-old man from Dingmans Ferry committed in the Birchwood Lake Estates Community in Delaware Township at about 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 30.

Trooper Matthew Lopresto is the investigating officer.

Theft from unlocked car — Police are investigating a theft of six cartons of cigarettes taken from the unlocked vehicle of Renee Gauthier of Dingmans Ferry from 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 20, and 5:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 113 Juniper Terrace in Delaware Township.

Trooper Tilton is the investigating officer. The police ask anyone with information about this incident to call the Blooming Grove barracks at 570-226-5718.

Criminal mischief — Police are looking for information in connection with the damage caused to the hull of a jet ski, a 2011 Yamaha Waverunner VXR owned by Karin Jug of Roslyn Heights, N.Y., on Thursday, July 25, at 429 Lake Drive in Palmyra Township.

Trooper Tilton is the investigating officer. The police ask anyone with information about this incident to call the Blooming Grove barracks at 570-226-5718.

Burglary of abandoned home — Police are looking for information in connection with the burglary of an abandoned home.

On Tuesday, Sept. 3, a jogger noticed that a residence on Roemerville Road in Greene Township had a kicked-in door that was visibly open. Police found vandalized the front and rear locking mechanism, the interior drywall, and various cabinets and doors.

Trooper Michael Oakes is the investigating officer. The police ask anyone with information about this incident to call the Blooming Grove barracks at 570-226-5722.

Burglary while homeowner slept — Police are looking for information in connection with a burglary at 127 Glen Drive in Shohola from 10:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 26, to 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 27. After the homeowner, Walter Haas, went to bed, an unknown person or persons entered through the unlocked door of his residence, proceeded up the stairs and directly into Haas’ bedroom as he was sleeping, and took a pair of jeans from the bedside containing his wallet and $1,500.

Trooper Tilton is the investigating officer. The police ask anyone with information about this incident to call the Blooming Grove barracks at 570-226-5718.

Criminal trespass — Danielle Redmond, a 29-year-old homeless woman, moved into the residence of Jennifer Wanamaker-Ayres at 124 Eastwood Circle in Lackawaxen Township without the owner’s permission and would not move out when asked. After three weeks Wanamaker-Ayres contacted police for help. On Aug. 16 Redmond was given 16 hours to move out or be arrested. Redmond moved out without incident. Wanamaker-Ayres did not prosecute.

Trooper Jason F. Mills is the investigating officer.

Burglary on Hankey Hill Road — Police are looking for information in connection with a burglary of a residence on Hankey Hill Road in Lehman Township. Between Aug. 19 and Aug. 23, an unknown person or persons forced entry into the home of Emerick Snaggs, 61, of Jamaica, N.Y., through a secured basement door, removed an antique plate valued at about $25, and fled the scene.

Trooper Roger S. Riddell is the investigating officer. The police ask anyone with information about this incident to call the Blooming Grove barracks at 570-226-5718.

DUI and car crash — William Jude Martin, 36, of Tafton, operating a 1998 Acura CP, struck from behind a Toyota van containing four females at 10:44 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 28, on Route 6, in the area of PPL Drive in Palmyra Township. Martin was found to be driving under the influence of drugs. Two of the victims were transported to Community Medical Center in Scranton with moderate injuries. Martin also had an active bench warrant issued from Pike County. He was ultimately jailed.

Attempted escape — William Jude Martin, 36, of Tafton was charged with attempted escape and aggravated assault on an officer in an incident that occurred at 2:40 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 28, at the state police’s Blooming Grove barracks.

Martin attempted to free himself from police custody after he was arrested for a crash while driving under the influence of drugs (see item above), and for a bench warrant issued from Pike County. He attacked a uniformed officer, Trooper Jeremy Carroll, in an ambush-type manner while in a holding area at the station. Carroll was uninjured.

No injuries in car crash — Richard Gannon-Stutz of Milford struck a guardrail on Rowland Road, about a half-mile north of Greeley Lake Road, at 2:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 3.

He was driving a 1996 Honda Prelude north when he swerved to avoid a Pike County transportation van that had entered the roadway from a driveway at 539 Rowland Road. He was uninjured. He was wearing a seat belt and travelling at a safe speed.

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