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Pa. State Police
Two drivers uninjured from Route 61 crash
The crash occurred at 5:45 p.m. on Aug. 9, as a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo driven by Orwigsburg resident Antonio Tarantino, 54, was stopped in the right lane of state Route 61, northbound, in Shoemakersville. Traveling behind Tarantino in the same lane was a 2008 Toyota Camry driven by Hamburg resident Phyllis Koch, 58.
While driving, Koch looked to her left, failing to see Tarantino’s vehicle in front of her; the two collided, her vehicle’s left front striking the right rear of Tarantino’s vehicle.
Upon impact, both vehicles came to an abrupt stop, and the drivers removed their vehicles onto the east berm of the road.
Both drivers were uninjured and refused medical treatment. Koch’s vehicle was towed from the scene, having suffered major left-front damage; Tarantino’s vehicle suffered moderate right-rear damage. A summary traffic citation was issued at the scene to Koch for driving at an unsafe speed.
Man charged for disorderly conduct in CJ Hummels parking lot
At 7:05 p.m. on Aug. 9, Temple resident Zachary Wasser, 21, was driving his 2000 Ford Focus in the gravel parking lot of CJ Hummels in Lenhartsville; Wasser was spinning his vehicle in a circle, kicking up gravel with other vehicles in the parking lot. Wasser also moved between two parked vehicles and accelerated out, spraying stones as he left the lot.
A summary charge of disorderly conduct will be filed against Wasser.
Port Clinton resident arrested for attempted Cabela’s theft
At 7:58 p.m. on Aug. 9, Port Clinton resident Andrea Wertman, 68, was arrested for attempting to steal $14.94 worth of live bait from Cabela’s in Tilden Township.
Woman falls asleep, loses control of vehicle
The crash occurred at 6:24 a.m. on Aug. 9, as a 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 driven by Hamburg resident Christie Goodman, 46, was traveling south on Hill Road in Tilden Township. As she drove, Goodman fell asleep at the wheel and lost control of her vehicle, which drifted across the northbound lane before leaving the road’s east shoulder. The vehicle then hit an uphill embankment and trees, causing the vehicle to roll onto its driver side.
Goodman was moderately injured; assistance was provided at the scene by the Hamburg Fire Department, Hamburg Ambulance and Patriot Towing.
Bicycle stolen from driveway
Between the hours of 8 p.m. and 8 a.m., from Aug. 7 to 8, an unknown person entered the driveway of Hamburg resident Parmjit Saggi and stole his son’s blue, 24-inch Roadmaster bicycle.
Anyone with information regarding the situation is asked to contact state police in Hamburg at 1-877-523-6373.
Man strikes road worker
At 3:10 p.m. on Aug. 7, Pottstown resident Scott Neuman, 38, was stopped in traffic on Plum Creek Road in Penn Township, due to road construction. Neuman then got out of his vehicle and started a verbal argument with a road worker, Myerstown resident Eric Loose, 40. Neuman struck Loose on his hard hat, causing it to fall off Loose’s head; charges of harassment have been filed against Neuman.
Houston resident disables car after skidding on guide rail
The crash occurred at 12:05 p.m. on Aug. 7, as a 2002 Ford Explorer XLT driven by Houston resident Britton D. Bent, 20, was traveling on Interstate 78 W in Tilden Township. As he drove, Bent went off the north side of the road, crossing over the white fog line; Bent then struck a guide rail with the passenger-side front end, and contributed westbound sliding along the guide rail on a slight downward embankment. Bent’s vehicle eventually came to rest on the north side of the road, facing west.
17-year-old attempts theft from Walmart
At 6:15 p.m. on Aug. 5, a 17-year-old male attempted to leave a Walmart in Tilden Township without paying for a DVD, two bandanas and an air-freshener. The total value of the merchandise was $18.10.
The juvenile was cited for the incident and released to his mother.
Unknown person spreads metal spikes next to Perry Township road
Before 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 4, an unknown person(s) appeared on Moselem Springs Road in Perry Township and proceeded to spread metal spikes in the grass area on the side of the road. As a result of the spikes, Manheim resident Debra Fitzkee, 55, received a flat tire while driving; Elburn, Ill., resident Janet Enoch, 50, also got a spike in her tire, but it did not go flat.
Anyone with information regarding the situation is asked to call state police in Hamburg at 610-562-7228.
Valuables stolen from vehicles near and around Scottish Motel
Between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., from Aug. 3 to 4, Shartlesville resident Michael Barlow III, 18, and Bernville resident Felix Cruz Jr., 30, broke into and robbed numerous vehicles in the parking lot and surrounding area of the Scottish Motel in Upper Bern Township.
In one case, a van was broken into and valuables were stolen to the monetary value of $25,000; these included a King Kat turbine-powered remote control airplane (estimated to be worth around $11,000) and the RC airplane controllers and accessories. The owners of the van had been in the area to fly their RC aircraft at the Fairview RC Flyer’s Club in Perry Township.
In addition, the persons stole change, cell phones, GPS units, phone chargers, tools, cameras and more from other vehicles. The vehicles were entered through a broken window.
The two persons were arrested, and their crimes confessed; in addition, many of the stolen items were recovered. The two were arraigned at Berks County Night Court on Aug. 4, with bail set at $15,000.
A 17-year-old juvenile had also been involved, and was subsequently released to his mother.
Hamburg Borough Police
Patrick Anthony Strahan, 35, from the Shillington area, was charged with identity theft, access device fraud, theft by unlawful taking, and receiving stolen property. These charges stem from incidents that allegedly occurred between May 29 and June 6 at 52 S. Fourth St. and 556 E. State St. in Hamburg.
Criminal mischief and disorderly conduct
A 17-year old male from Hamburg was referred to Juvenile Court for criminal mischief and disorderly conduct. These charges stem from an incident that allegedly occurred on June 20 at approximately 8:30 p.m. on Park Road at the Hamburg Park.