Magisterial District Court Reports
Bad Check

Carlos John Laurel, 37, 131 Sky Way Ln, White Haven has been charged with Bad Checks. The charge was filed on January 11, 2016 by Wright Township Police Chief Royce Engler.

According to the Affidavit of Probable Cause, on or about November 11, 2015, Carlos John laurel issued or passed one or more checks or similar sight order named Check No. 5534 for payment in the amount of $1,100.32 with knowledge that the check or similar would not be honored by the drawee Tobyhanna Federal Credit Union. Laurel issued a check for payment in the amount of $1,100.32 to A&R Supply on an already outstanding balance.

On November 11, 2015, Carlos Laurel, d/b/a Carlos Laurel Management, LLC, 131 Sky Way Lane, White Haven, wrote a check to A&R Building Supply, 201 Church Rd., Mountaintop, in the amount of $1,100.32. This payment was for an unpaid balance on his account.

The check was returned for insufficient funds. An A&R Building Supply employee Connie Rebartchak telephoned the defendant on November 24, 2015 explaining to him that the check did not clear the Credit Union. At this time, the defendant stated that he would be in on Wednesday to take care of it. He did not show up on this day. Connie called the defendant on December 2, 2015 and left a message. This was the second time she left a message.

On December 15, 2015, a Certified Mail, Receipt Requested Notice was sent to the defendant. He did receive it and signed for the same. As of January 8, 2016, the defendant has not contacted A&R Building Supply concerning this matter.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled February 17, 2016 at 10 a. m. Magisterial District Judge Ronald Swank.


Doreen A. Dembeck, 38, 28 Beechcrest Ln, White Haven, has been charged with DUI, Exceeding the Maximum Speed Limit, Public Drunkenness, Disorderly Conduct, and Obstructing Administration of Law. Charges were filed on January 13, 2016 by Officer Richton J. Penn, White Haven Police Department.

According to the Affidavit of Probable Cause, Officer Penn was monitoring traffic on Middleburg Road at Seventh Street when he clocked a silver sedan at 54 mph on a posted 25 mph zone. He caught up with the vehicle at Red Shale Pit and activated the red lights. The vehicle continued and did not stop. The officer followed the vehicle until it came to a stop at 28 Beech Crest Lane.

The officer spoke with a driver later identified as Doreen Dembeck. A strong odor of a malt beverage emitted from the vehicle. The passenger, Stephen Dembeck, was loud and asking what was the problem. After getting Doreen’s information, the officer directed them both to remain in the vehicle. Upon reproach, the officer requested Doreen to exit the vehicle. Stephen got out of the passenger side of the vehicle. The officer directed Stephen to get back in the car which he did after he was told for the second time.

The officer conducted a standardized field sobriety test on Doreen. At the conclusion, the officer assessed her to be under the influence to the degree that she was not capable of safe operation of a motor vehicle, While taking her into custody, Stephen got out of the vehicle. Officer Penn told him to get back in the car as he started yelling and approached in the officer’s direction. The officer directed him to get back in the car two more times, then Stephen was told that he was under arrest. Stephen then said no and that he was going in his home. He then walked toward his house as the officer told him he was under arrest. He then tried to close the door on Officer Penn who forced his way in and told him to put his hands behind his back. We then started wrestling. The officer requested assistance from the county. The officer forced him to the ground but he fought and got back up. The officer attempted to use a taser on him as the two fought going out. Doreen then got in between Stephen and the officer while they were fighting. The officer attempted to taser Stephen again but it had no affect. The two continued to fight back to the house and falling through the deck railing three feet to the ground, The officer finally got Stephen to comply and place his hands behind his back.

After being cuffed, he was placed in the back of the car. Officer Pruett from Kidder Twp Police arrived and assisted with taking Doreen Dembeck in custody. She refused to get out of the car and was on the phone with someone. The phone was removed from her hand and she was forcefully removed from the car before being placed in cuffs.

Both of them were transported back to the station and cuffed both to a bench. Chief Szoke transported Doreen to Wilkes-Barre general Hospital for DUI blood draw. The sample had a BAC of 0.14%.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled February 17, 2016 at 10 a. m. before Magisterial District Judge Ronald Swank.