Fairview Twp. Police Chief Joe Intelicato reports on Tuesday, October 15 at 12:15 am, a white male entered Curry Donut, Route 309, Mountaintop with a baseball bat. He fled the scene on foot with the cash register. The subject is described as about 5’9” or 5’10” tall. He was wearing an orange facemask, grey coat, jeans and a black shirt. The cash register contained an undetermined amount of money.
The suspect is still at large.
If anyone has any information they are asked to call Fairview police at 570-474-9683.
On October 9, 2013. Fairview Township police filed DUI and careless charges against Joan Corcoran, Forty Fort, for an incident that took place on August 21, 2013.
According to the Police Criminal Complaint, Officers Jevin Stahley and Aaron Fromm were advised by Luzerne County 911 that a red 2012 Nissan was traveling south on Route 309 into Mountaintop in an erratic manner and was causing a hazardous situation for other drivers. After being advised of the call, Fairview Sgt. Phil Holbrook and Officer Jocelyn Wadzin were traveling south on Route 309 and observed that as they entered Mountaintop the traffic was backed up well below the posted speed limit. Officers saw a vehicle matching the description of the Nissan pull into the parking lot of Dunkin Donuts. The defendant, according to the officer, appeared to be intoxicated but he did not detect any alcoholic beverages on her because of the strong order of perfume she was wearing. The defendant told the officer she just got out of work and thought she was only a few blocks from home in Forty Fort. Officer Stahley requested Wright Twp. Officer Michael Marshall to the scene with his PBT. The defendant agreed to provide a sample of her breath test that had a positive result for alcohol in her system.
The defendant was transported to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital for blood alcohol testing.
She was charged with two counts of driving under the influence and one count of careless driving.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled before Magistrate Ron Swank on November 20, 2013 at 10”31 a. m..
Hazleton State Police filed DUI charges on October 9, 2013 against a Joseph Whalen Jr., 191 S. Main Rd., Mountaintop.
According to the Police Criminal Complaint, on September 22, 2013, Trooper Anthony Kowalick responded to a one-car motor vehicle crash in Rice Township at I-81 North. Upon arrival Trooper Kowalick observed a brown Nissan maxima with extensive damage resting on the left shoulder of I-81 North. The defendant, Joseph Daniel Whalen Jr. was standing next to the vehicle with witness Todd Decann.
The witness stated he was traveling north on I-81 in the right lane when the defendant’s vehicle passed him in the left lane. He stated as the vehicle passed him, it failed to negotiate a right curve, and went off the left side of the road, struck a concrete barrier and rolled over. He stated he pulled over and went to the defendant’s aid who was the only occupant in the vehicle.
Whalen stated he was traveling north on I-81 but did not remember crashing. He stated he must have fallen asleep. He was traveling from Cressona and was going to the Dorrance Exit at mile 155. His crash occurred at mile 159. Whalen stated he must have missed the exit.
The trooper detected an odor of alcohol when interviewing the defendant. The defendant stated he had been drinking hours ago. During a field sobriety test, the defendant displayed indications that he was under the influence of alcoholic beverages.
Whalen was transported to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital for blood alcohol testing. Results of the test indicated Whalen’s blood alcohol contest was 0.176%.
Charges of DUI, notice of change of name or address, disregard traffic lane and careless driving were filed.
A preliminary hearing was set before Magistrate Ron Swank on October 23, 2013.
The Hazleton State Police filed DUI charges against John William Gibbons on October 9, 2013. The Affidavit of Probably Cause states that on October 7, Trooper Mark Baron was dispatched to a one-car crash at 1082 S. Main Rd., Dorrance Twp. Upon arriving at the scene, Tpr. Baron observed a 2005 Ford Escape at rest after having impacted a guard rail and a utility pole. The trooper observed the defendant appeared to be visibly intoxicated. The defendant state he had been the operator of the crashed vehicle and said two deer ran across the roadway in front of him and caused him to crash. The defendant stated he had been drinking earlier in the evening and was traveling to his girlfriend’s residence.
The defendant was given and failed a field sobriety test and was placed under arrest for DUI. He was charged with two counts of DUI, one count of disregard traffic lane and one count of careless driving.
+++++ Wright Twp. Police filed theft
charges against a Mountaintop man on October 8, 2013.
Sean Lulis, 62 Court St., was charged with theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.
According to the Police Criminal Complaint, on September 25, Bill Dominick, Mountaintop, reported to Ptlm. Aaron Fromm that someone took a handgun, copper piping and tools from his garage. The total estimated value of missing items is $3,295. Dominick also stated he had been letting Sean Lulis live in an apartment above the garage and he had access to the missing items.
Ptlm. Fromm interviewed Lulis who stated he did take copper pipes from Dominick’s garage and got $20 from a junkyard for it. He said he had permission to take some if it but not all of it. He denied any involvement in the missing guns or tools.
On September 30, the officer received a call from Dominick stating he found a business card for John’s Pawn Shop in Hazleton in the apartment Lulis was staying is. The pawnshop employee said he had no contact with Lulis but did have five contacts with Joshua Robert Norton who Lulis was known to hang out with. Officer Fromm went to the pawnshop and picked up five papers containing a copy of Norton’s driver’s license and the tools he pawned at the shop.
Norton was interviewed by Ptlm. Fromm and Ptlm. David Winsock at the Wright Twp. Police Station. Norton waived his constitutional rights and admitted taking Lulis to the pawnshop multiple times from Sept. 1-12 to pawn tools. Norton gave a written statement with his involvement indicating he received calls from Lulis who needed help getting to the pawn shop and scrap yard in Hazleton to make money selling tools and scrap metal that Lulis said was his or his dad’s tools. He let Norton believe nothing was stolen but he had a suspicion some things were stolen. Norton provided him with rides and helped him acquire his money by handing his (Norton’s) ID at these places. Norton stated he was never involved in negotiations over prices and never personally received any of the money himself. “We would typically meet with his dealer afterwards so he could acquire heroin to use. He sometimes shared this with me in exchange for rides,” said Norton.
At a preliminary hearing on October 16, the charge of theft by unlawful taking was waived for court. The charge of receiving stolen property was withdrawn.
He will be formally arraigned on Dec. 27, 2013 at 9:15am at the Luzerne County Courthouse.