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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Choppers search for juvenile

  • 911 back up and running, hit and runs reported
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  •  — Residents of Waymart had a big surprise on Tuesday night.
    Helicopters with spotlights were hovering over the town and police vehicles were spotted in many locations.
    Though the Pennsylvania State Police have still not released any official information, it appears police were looking for a juvenile and eventually he was located.
    Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards would only release a brief statement on Wednesday about the incident.
    "It was a juvenile who was found safely, that's all I can say," said Edwards in a statement sent via email to the newspaper.
    Though no official statements have been released, The Wayne Independent spoke to people who had knowledge of the situation.
    One person said the juvenile was on probation and wearing an ankle monitoring bracelet. It was reported the bracelet was cut and the juvenile fled a residence, though that has not been confirmed by law enforcement officials.
    How long the hunt for the juvenile lasted is not known though a witnesses said it was likely around 11:15 p.m. when the helicopters were no longer flying over Waymart.
    Another witness said the helicopters were first spotted at around 10 p.m. and the searchlights could be seen in various locations.
    Many residents of the borough were outside when the commotion started and they witnessed the helicopters flying with searchlights as well as a major police presence in and around Waymart.
    Police scanner traffic indicated they were looking outside of Waymart and at one point, said there was a possibility the juvenile might be headed to the Honesdale area.
    It is not know exactly where police found the juvenile.
    No other details about the incident were available at press time. We will have more information when it becomes available.
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    EOC service restored
    After an accident knocked out a main telephone to the Wayne County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Sunday night, landline service to the facility was restored early Wednesday afternoon.
    Marty Hedgelon, 911 Coordinator said that the service "was in the process of being rerouted" back to the original configuration Wednesday morning and would be restored "within a couple of hours."
     
    Motor theft
    Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) in Honesdale report that an unknown actor stole a boat motor sometimes between July 23 and 26.
    According to reports, "a gas powered outboard motor" was stolen from Thomas Wasman's sailboat while it was docked on Lake Wallenpaupack.
    The motor is a Honda 9.9 gas powered model with a model number of BF99DBfP99D. The motor also has a long shaft and is silver in color.
     
    Hit and run
    On July 31, PSP responded to reports of a hit and run crash involving a house.
    According to reports, a house located across from the Bethany Public Library on Route 670 "was struck by a pickup truck."
    The report says the driver of the truck was a white male. The truck is described as being a dark blue Ford Ranger.
    The vehicle "should have damage to the front and rear passenger sides." The driver was traveling north on SR 670 prior to the crash and fled the scene in the same direction.
    Anyone with information about either of the incidents should contact PSP Honesdale at 253-7126.
    Honesdale Borough Police are also investigating a hit and run that occurred on July 26 in the parking lot of Agway.
    Page 3 of 3 - According to a release, a blue Ford truck backed into a white Ford truck belonging to Steven McGinnis of Beach Lake.
    McGinnis' vehicle "had damage to the tailgate," and the driver of the blue Ford "never stopped to provide information."
    Borough police are also investigating a hit and run that occurred July 29 on Church Street in Honesdale in front of the Dime Bank.
    The report states a gold Chevy Silverado truck struck a white Dodge Caravan owned by Jane Gilpin of Lake Ariel. The truck then fled the scene.
    Witnesses say the truck "was traveling at a high rate of speed" going north when it struck Gilpin's vehicle on the right rear bumper.
    The driver of the truck is described as a "young, white male with blond hair." The truck should have damage to the left front bumper and left front tire.
    Borough police have recovered a leaf blower. The equipment was found by officers patrolling Honesdale Storage on Commercial Street in the borough.
    Citizens with information regarding any of the incidents are asked to call Honesdale Borough Police at 253-1900.
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