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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Many incidents reported to PSP

  • Quite a few incidents have been reported by police officials over the past week or so.


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    Quite a few incidents have been reported by police officials over the past week or so.

    In Honesdale Borough, police were called on Aug. 3 to a report of a vehicle which had collided with a house on Hillside Avenue. The call came in at around 10:40 a.m.

    According to Honesdale Borough Police Chief Joe LoBasso, a 2000 Mercedes SUV owned by Rebecca Sutter was parked in the driveway on Hillside Avenue while she was loading the vehicle.

    According to police, there were two children inside of the SUV.

    Police said the vehicle “suddenly rolled backwards” down the driveway crossing Hillside Avenue.

    The vehicle, with the back hatch open, rolled into a house across the street. It came to rest right in front of a picture window. The children were not injured in the incident.

    Police said the house sustained “considerable damage.” Nobody inside the house was injured.

     

    Rescued driver

    The Pennsylvania State Police reported that some passers by helped pull an area woman out of a burning vehicle this week.

    According to the PSP, at 7:23 p.m., Tuesday, police were called to State Road 191 near Beaver Run Road in Cherry Ridge Township to a report of a crash.

    Police said the driver, Sara Vandergriff, 21, Newfoundland, apparently lost control of her northbound small SUV and it exited the northbound lane of the highway.

    The vehicle then traveled up an embankment before striking a mailbox and overturning on the passenger's side. The vehicle came to rest and caught fire with Vandergriff trapped inside wearing her seat belt.

    Two drivers, William Lather and Gordon Potratz, were traveling on 191 and stopped their vehicles along with an unknown female and rushed to the burning vehicle.

    Potratz suppled a knife to Lather who cut Vandergriff out of the seat belt to free her. They then got her out of the car and pulled her away from the burning vehicle.

    Vandergriff was treated on the scene by Honesdale EMS and then flown by helicopter to the hospital. Her condition was not listed in the report.

    Lake Ariel Fire Department officials arrived on the scene and extinguished the fire.

    The PSP reported they were unable to determin the make of the SUV because it “was completely burned.”

    Trooper Adam Kowalczyk of the Honesdale Barracks was the investigating officer.

     

    Hit and run

    Honesdale Borough Police are investigating a hit and run incident involving a bicyclist which happened on Aug. 1.

    At 4 p.m., police were called to the intersection of Willow Avenue and Brown Street where it was reported a bicyclist had been struck by a car.

    The investigation revealed that Faith Calise, 32, was crossing the crosswalk on Brown Street while riding her bike when it was struck by a vehicle. It was reported to be a green colored vehicle which came down Brown Street. After striking Calise, the vehicle turned left and the driver fled the scene.

    The victim was taken to Wayne Memorial Hospital where she was treated and released.

    Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Honesdale Borough Police at 570-253-1900.

     

    Another incident

    Honesdale Borough Police are investigating another incident of criminal mischief at the Honesdale Little League field on Grove Street.

    This is the second incident within a few weeks in which someone caused damage to the facility. Police said the damage happened sometime between Aug. 1 and Aug. 3.

    In this incident, a bulletin board was torn from a wall and a Port-O-Potty was tipped over and damaged.

    Call Honesdale Borough Police if you have any information about this incident.

     

    Harassment complaint

    A New Jersey man was cited for harassment following an incident in Palmyra Township in Pike County.

    According to the PSP, police were called to the 100 block of Old School House Road at 3:15 p.m. on Aug. 5.

    The victim, Darren Griffin of Quacking Lane, Lake Ariel, reported he was riding in the car with another person and they noticed a man motioning them to stop.

    When they did, David Rumpf, Carteret, N.J., “walked over the vehicle, grabbed the victim by his neck and attempted to pull him out of the vehicle through the passenger window,” according to the PSP report.

    Police reported the driver drove away before the man could get Griffin out of the car. Griffin sustained a laceration and a ripped shirt during the altercation.

    Rumpf told police that Griffin had driven by his residence, earlier leaned out of his window and made a obscene gesture toward his wife. The report said it “caused him to get agitated” and he yelled for him to stop, which police said he did. Rumpf did admit to grabbing the victim before they drove off.

    He was cited into local court.

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