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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Variety of cases are investigated

  • Traffic incidents and a fire are among just some of the issues dealt with recently by area law enforcement agencies.
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  • Variety of
    cases are
    investigated
    Traffic incidents and a fire are among just some of the issues dealt with recently by area law enforcement agencies.
    Here are the incidents:
    • In Honesdale Borough, police are investigating a hit and run accident which happened on Nov. 21.
    According to police, at around 9:57 a.m. the incident was reported at the intersection of Church and 10th streets in the borough.
    The victim was turning from 10th Street to go north on Church Street at the same time a vehicle was going the wrong direction on Church. The vehicle going the wrong direction hit the other vehicle and then fled the scene down 10th Street and onto Main Street.
    Honesdale Police are looking for an older model Mazda 4-door sedan, dark blue in color with damage to the driver's side rear quarter panel and wheel area.
    A partial Pennsylvania registration plate of "8024" was obtained by the victim.
    Anyone with information is asked to contact Sgt. Ronald Kominiski at 253-1900.
    • On Nov. 12, at around 1:37 a.m., Honesdale Borough Police conducted a traffic stop on Grandview Avenue for speeding.
    A search of the vehicle was conducted by police. During that search, drug paraphernalia was discovered inside the vehicle.
    Charges were field against the passenger of the vehicle, Jason Hatcher, 21, of Kingston, for possession of paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.
    A Central Court appearance is forthcoming.
    • On Nov. 5, at around 1:55 a.m., Honesdale Borough Police officers conducted at traffic stop on Church Street in the area of St. Mary's Church.
    A check of the registration revealed that the 2001 Buick sedan was unregistered.
    The driver, Thomas Joseph Otto, 18, Wilkes-Barre, was also found to be under the influence of alcohol.
    The rear seat passenger, Joseph Michael Otto, 19, also from Wilkes-Barre, was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia and had been drinking alcohol.
    The driver, Thomas Otto, was arrested for DUI, learner permit violation, underage drinking, open alcohol violation and driving an unregistered vehicle.
    The passenger, Joseph Otto, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and underage drinking.
    Charges were filed in Wayne County Central Court.
    • Criminal mischief was reported recently.
    On Nov. 23, at around 6:55 p.m., Honesdale Borough Police investigated damage to a gate arm at the Wayne Memorial parking lot on High Street.
    According to police, witnesses stated that five males had deliberately broken the arm. Anyone with information is asked to contact the police department.
    • On Nov. 23, at around 8:23 p.m., borough police arrested Brian Shio, 19, Beach Lake, on a Susquehanna County domestic relations warrant.
    Page 2 of 2 - According to police, Shio was stopped for a traffic violation where it was discovered that he was wanted.
    He was arrested and transported to the Wayne County Correctional Facility, awaiting transport to Susquehanna County.
    • A fire in Manchaster Township over the weekend destroyed a storage shed and damaged a mobile home.
    According to the Pennsylvania State Police, a fire was reported at around 10:31 p.m. at 1 Amport Lane about one mile off of Oakely Road in Manchester Township.
    The property is owned by Augusto M. Pereira, 56, of Bayville, N.Y.
    According to the report, the Equinunk Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire. The fire destroyed Pereira's large storage shed and all of its content.
    The fire also spread to Periera's mobile home, severely damaging the structure.
    Trooper John Chervanka of the Troop R Fire Marshal Unit, said because of the complete destruction of the storage shed, a fire source could not be determined. No criminal activity was suspected.
    There were no injuries to Pereira or his family.
    • Disorderly conduct was reported at a doctor's office in Honesdale.
    According to the PSP, on Nov. 20, police were called to the office of Dr. Rafael Lopez, 17 Beech Grove Road to a report of disorderly conduct.
    According to police, Robert Gitto, 45, Hawley, is accused of threatening the doctor with bodily harm and became so disruptive to other patients and staff that police were called.
    After interviewing several staff members and patients, Gitto was cited with disorderly conduct.
    • On Nov. 21, police were called to 161 Eisenhauer Road in Salem Township to a report of disorderly conduct.
    According to the report, Rhonda Sue Golden, 51, was arrested for "persistent disorderly conduct and harassment."
    She was arraigned before Magistrate Bonnie Carney and released on $2,500 bond.
    The incident took place at 3:57 p.m.
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