— A man police say was intoxicated allegedly knocked over mailboxes and trash cans in the early morning hours Tuesday in Honesdale Borough.
According to Honesdale Police Chief Joe LoBasso, officers were investigating a domestic disturbance on Erie Street at around 4 a.m.
After clearing that call, police were called to the area of Turkey Hill on Main Street to a report of a man who was intoxicated and "was knocking over trash cans near the building."
Police arrived at the location at 4:01 a.m. and located a male who police said "seemed to be agitated and on a rampage," according to a witness.
Borough officers located the man and they reported he first refused to identify himself.
Later, however, he was identified as Robert Vessecchia, 30, from the Honesdale area. Vessecchia was immediately placed under arrest and transported to the police station.
LoBasso said police then conducted an investigation into the case and discovered that 25 trash cans and 11 U.S. Postal Service mailboxes were knocked over throughout the downtown area.
Garbage from the containers was lying on the ground in many locations, he said.
After Vessecchia was taken to the police station, officers said he became disorderly and kicked a door in the booking area, causing damage.
Vessecchia was charged with one count of criminal mischief, one count of institutional vandalism, one count of disorderly conduct, all misdemeanors, and one count of public drunkenness, a summary offense.
Vessecchia was arraigned by Magistrate Ronald Edwards and could not post the $2,500 bond. He was taken to the Wayne County Correctional Facility pending a Central Court appearance.
Additionally, LoBasso said officials at the Scranton division of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service was notified of the incident.
He said they did respond and will conduct a separate investigation. Damaging postal equipment can be considered a felony offense.
Page 2 of 2 - The chief is asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact the police department at 253-1900.
LoBasso said the Honesdale Public Works Department assisted in the cleanup of the garbage.
A Honesdale man was arrested recently for a PFA violation.
On March 29, borough police arrest Steve Kousis, 50, for violating the PFA order.
Police allege Kousis violated the order by being in contact with the protected party and by being at the prohibited locations on 10th Street in Honesdale.
Kousis was arraigned before Magistrate Ronald Edwards and was unable to post the $1,000 bond. He was taken to the county jail awaiting a court appearance.
Borough police are investigating the theft of a purse from a vehicle parked on North Main Street.
The incident happened on May 5 in front of Firmstone's Exxon.
According to police, at around 11 a.m., the victim parker her car and entered the Wayne Hotel.
When she returned, she found her purse missing from inside of the vehicle. It was a large black Coach purse.
Anyone with information is asked to call police.