RICE TWP. — Police say the former acting treasurer of the Rice Township Volunteer Fire Department wrote thousands of dollars worth of checks to himself for department purchases that he never made and kept the money.
Police began an investigation after township Supervisor Chairman Miller Stella complained to them about a possible theft from the department checking account, noting that multiple checks were written out to Donald Bly for fire department equipment, but there was no record of the equipment.
Stella told police that Bly, who had been the acting department treasurer, refused to turn over the checking account books to the department.
Police said they learned from Citizens Bank that eight checks totaling $4,395.43 had been written out to Bly between June and December.
When questioned by police on Jan. 9, Bly said he had written out the checks to himself and cashed them to make purchases for the fire department, but that he had no receipts, that some of the purchases were never made and that he still had that money, which he said he was going to put back into the department checking account, according to court papers.
Bly did not bring the account records to the interview with him, nor did he return with them as he told police he would, police said.
New department treasurer Paul Eyerman told police on Jan. 16 that he met with Bly and that Bly turned over the department’s checking and financial books, but no current accounting record was included.
Bly, 31, of Nuangola, was charged on Thursday with theft by deception/false impression.
NANTICOKE — A Freeland man faces a slew of charges after he allegedly took his children for a ride in their mother’s car without her permission after he had been drinking, according to court papers.
Police said they were notified by Melissa Stanton on Monday that her former boyfriend and the father of her children, Daniel Scholl, was watching the children for about an hour while she was attending a class at Luzerne County Community College and, upon returning home, found Scholl, her children and the car missing and an empty bottle of liquor.
She called Scholl on his cellphone and he sounded intoxicated and told her he was in Dallas, she told police.
The investigating officer called Scholl, and Scholl allegedly admitted to taking the vehicle without permission but denied drinking. He became uncooperative when asked for his exact location so the officer could pick up the children and held the phone up to the car stereo speaker, according to court papers.
The officer ended the call and started tracking Scholl by his cellphone location, but, in the meantime, received a call from Stanton informing him that Scholl had returned to her home. When the officer arrived, Scholl kicked open the screen door and approached him aggressively. Scholl resisted being handcuffed but eventually was taken to a hospital for a blood-alcohol content test, court records state.
Stanton inspected her car and found fresh damage to the passenger-side front bumper and an odor of antifreeze coming from the engine, police said. She also found an empty liquor bottle and beer can on the driver’s side floor, police said.
Scholl was charged with aggravated assault, unauthorized use of an auto, resisting arrest, simple assault, endangering the welfare of children, driving under the influence and recklessly endangering another person. He was arraigned before District Judge Donald Whittaker.
PLAINS TWP. — Township police reported the following:
• Police said they observed Corey Hornlein, of Forty Fort, and Brittany George, of Avoca, walking along North River Street at 1:38 a.m. Sunday and that both exhibited signs of alcohol intoxication. Hornlein, no age provided, will be cited with public drunkenness and George, 19, will be cited with public drunkenness and underage consumption of alcohol, police said.
• Police identified the driver who allegedly fled in a hit-and-run crash just before 2 a.m. Sunday in the area of North Main and Merritt streets.
A Nissan Altima owned by Kelsey Gower was struck by a Jeep Wrangler, police said. The driver of the Jeep was later identified as Brittany Neishell, police said. Neishell will be cited with damage to an unattended vehicle, police said.
• Police on Sunday responded at 5:36 a.m. to the Best Western Plus East Mountain Inn & Suites for a report of an unruly guest.
The front desk clerk reported that Shamako Noble of San Jose, Calif., started arguing with him and threw a cellphone at his face, police said. Noble was uncooperative with police and was evicted from the hotel, they said. He will be cited with harassment and disorderly conduct, police said.
• Raymond Trottier of Canada, reported on Sunday morning that someone damaged the windshield on his 2006 Toyota Rav4 sometime overnight while it was parked at the Red Roof Inn.
• Marcus Dodson, of North River Street, reported Tuesday morning that someone stole his red Arctic Cat 500cc ATV while it was parked at the rear of his residence. The ATV has two black seats and chrome rims.
WILKES-BARRE — City police reported the following:
• Shaun Ricci was charged with violating a protection from abuse order after he allegedly sent text messages to the victim on Sunday, police said.
• Deanna Herbinko and Michael Herbinko were both arrested and charged with simple assault after police responded to a domestic dispute at 239 Wyoming St. at 10:39 p.m. Monday, police said.
• A man reported damage to his 2001 Ford Taurus on Monday morning that occurred while it was parked near 215 Highland Blvd. between Friday and Sunday. His rear passenger-side bumper was cracked and pieces were missing, and the part of his license plate with the registration sticker was cut from the plate and taken.
• Thomas Gale, of Hughestown, was arrested after police responded to someone pulling a fire alarm at Building 332, Park View Circle, Sherman Hills apartment complex just after 2 a.m. Monday. Police said they found 10 packets of heroin on Gale. He was to be charged with possession of heroin and public drunkenness, police said.
• A resident in the 800 block of North Washington Street reported that someone entered his home between 7 and 8 p.m. Sunday and stole a Samsung cellphone and wall charger.
• The owner of a business at Midtown Village reported on Sunday that someone entered the business and stole cash and the digital video recorder surveillance camera system.
• Zachary Ryan Kruczek, 20, was to be cited with violating the city’s skateboarding ordinance after he allegedly rode a skateboard into Riverfront Park after a police officer advised him via loudspeaker not to do so, police said.
WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Township police reported the following:
• Paul Jason reported on Saturday that someone entered his garage and the vehicle inside it. Nothing was reported missing.
• William Engle reported on Saturday that someone entered his 2009 Honda while it was parked on Leslie Lane. Nothing was reported missing.
• Eric Czekalski, 29, of Larksville, was arrested and charged Saturday with retail theft and possession of drug paraphernalia after he allegedly tried to steal $173 in merchandise from Walmart at Wilkes-Barre Township Marketplace and police found a hypodermic needle on him, police said.
• Amber Williams reported on Saturday that someone entered her 2007 Subaru while it was parked on Church Street and stole a cellphone charger and a book bag. Estimated value of the theft was $47.
• Bernadine Perkins, 32, of Wilkes-Barre was arrested and was to be charged with retail theft after she allegedly stole $481 in merchandise from Walmart at Wilkes-Barre Township Marketplace, police said.
• Bryce Jordan, 22, of Plymouth, was charged with carrying a firearm without a license, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia after police discovered he was allegedly in possession of suspected marijuana and a 9 mm handgun while in the parking lot of Sears at the Wyoming Valley Mall on Saturday, police said.
• A 17-year-old boy from Wilkes-Barre was charged with disorderly conduct after he allegedly yelled obscenities at police and security while in Walmart at Wilkes-Barre Township Marketplace on Sunday, police said.
• Lilli Sandino reported that someone stole her cellphone, valued at $500, while she was at Kaplan Furniture on Mundy Street on Monday.
BUTLER TWP. — Township police reported the following:
• Two juveniles have been charged in connection with a rash of thefts at Beech Mountain Lakes.
A 15-year-old boy who lives at thecommunity was charged with eight felony counts each of criminal conspiracy to commit theft, theft by unlawful taking or disposition and receiving stolen property, police said. He also was charged with 10 counts each of theft from a motor vehicle, loitering and prowling at nighttime and criminal attempt, police said.
The second juvenile, a 16-year-old from St. Johns Road, was charged with eight felony counts each of theft and criminal conspiracy, and 10 counts of loitering and prowling at night, police said.
The charges were filed with Luzerne County juvenile authorities, police said.
The thefts from vehicles occurred between Feb. 16 and 18 and resulted in about $5,475 worth of stolen property.
• Police are investigating the theft of two outdoor bronze lamps, about 20 inches by 28 inches, that had been cemented in a driveway entrance on Drasher Road. Anyone with information should call police at 788-3230 or dial 911.
• A resident of Beaver Slide Drive reported on March 4 that someone entered the home and stole jewelry.
• Jose Santos-Ramirez, 41, of Hazleton, was cited with failing to notify police of an accident that had occurred March 5, when he allegedly drove into an embankment at the intersection of South Hunter Highway and Old Turnpike Road and abandoned the vehicle a short distance away because it was inoperable, police said.
• While investigating suspicious activity — namely, several people leaving a hotel and running into a wooded area — at about 2 a.m. Saturday, police stopped a car in which the people allegedly fled. Cited with underage drinking were Corey Craig, 20; Jack Miley, 18; Timothy Miley, 19; and a 17-year-old; all of Butler Township, police said.
• Police apprehended a Hazleton man while responding to a report of a prowler in the 800 block of St. Johns Road at about 5 a.m. Saturday. Police said charges are pending and additional information will be released when those charges are filed.
• A homeowner on Deep Hole Road reported that someone tried to break into his shed at about 3:45 a.m. Saturday. The homeowner confronted the burglar and grabbed him, but the suspect broke free and fled, police said.
• Police responded to an attempted break-in at a home in the 300 block of South Old Turnpike Road at about 6 a.m. Saturday after the homeowner’s dog alerted her that someone was trying to break into the basement. Police found a forced-open door, but entry was not made. But there was an actual burglary there on March 5, police said.