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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Attempted kidnapping of two girls is reported

  • Police are investigating the attempted kidnapping of two young girls in Pike County.
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  • — Police are investigating the attempted kidnapping of two young girls in Pike County.
    According to the Pennsylvania State Police, on Friday, Sept. 6, two girls, both age 10, were on their way home near the Pine Ridge Estates in Lehman Township.
    Police said a black mini-van drove up behind both girls. It was around 6:13 p.m.
    At that time, the girls split up and began going to their homes.
    One victim told police the van continued to follow her even as she tried to turn and swerve to avoid the van. She told police she began to scream and the driver of the van sped up and drove away.
    The mother of the other victim told police she saw the van and described it as a black Caravan style vehicle with passenger side damage. She told police the front passenger side door window was broken and covered in clear plastic.
    Nobody was able to get a description of the driver or a license plate number as the vehicle left the area at a high rate of speed.
    Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Pennsylvania State Police Blooming Grove Barracks at 570-226-5718.
    Burglary investigation
    The Honesdale Borough Police are seeking information about a burglary.
    According to acting chief Ron Kominski, the incident took place at Bold's Florist, 259 Willow Avenue in Honesdale. It happened on Saturday, Sept. 7, sometime between midnight and 6 a.m.
    Police said someone entered the store after breaking open the side door.
    Taken from the business was money and a laptop while the cash register and the phone lines inside the building were damaged.
    Anyone with information is asked to contact Honesdale police at 570-253-1900.
    Page 2 of 4 - DUI arrests
    A Dingmans Ferry man has been arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence.
    On Aug. 18, Michael Herdman, 52, was arrested by police. Police observed Herdman's dark colored pickup traveling the wrong direction on Main Street in Honesdale.
    A traffic stop was conducted and police said Herdman exhibited signs of being under the influence of alcohol.
    Charges will be filed pending test results.
    In another case, state police report the arrest of Brian Eckert, 58, Greentown, for DUI.
    According to police, Eckert was stopped at around 10:10 p.m., on Sept. 4 on State Road 507 at Brink Hill Road in Greene Township, Pike County.
    Eckert was arrested for DUI and charges will be filed in district court.
    Another DUI was reported by state police, this one resulting from a wreck.
    On Aug 31, a motorcycle crash was reported at Kimbles Road and Tow Path Road in Lackwaxen Township in Pike County.
    Trooper Jason Mills was dispatched to the incident at around 10 p.m.
    During the investigation, the trooper determined that Timoth McDermott, 57, of Middle Village, N.Y., had been consuming alcohol prior to the accident. He was driving a 2013 Harley Davidson at the time of the wreck.
    McDermott was taken by ambulance to Wayne Memorial Hospital for a broken ankle. A blood sample was taken at the time, according to police.
    Charges are pending the results of the tests.
    Fugitive, drug charges
    A Greentown man faces drug charges and extradition back to New Jersey, according to state police.
    Page 3 of 4 - On Saturday, Sept. 7, Warren Wilson, 38, was found to be in possession of heroin and related paraphernalia. It happened at 1619 Route 507 in Greened Township at around 4:25 p.m.
    According to police, Wilson was also found to have an arrest warrant from New Jersey. He was taken into custody and placed in the Pike County Correctional Facility.
    Critical injury
    A Massachusetts man was critically injured in a one-vehicle accident on Friday, Sept. 6.
    According to state police, Jonathan Magee, 29, of Woburn, Mass., was driving a 2008 Honda Accord on Interstate 84 near mile marker 35 at around 5:15 p.m.
    Police said the driver was going too fast to negotiate a right turn and lost control of the vehicle.
    The vehicle traveled approximately 200 feet along the south shoulder of the road when it struck a culvert, causing the car to slide sideways along the shoulder.
    It continued westbound along the shoulder and struck several trees, causing the car to overturn and ejecting Magee from the vehicle.
    He was flown by helicopter to CMC Scranton and is listed in critical condition.
    Hemlock Farms EMS responded to the scene.
    Rollover crash
    A New York woman was uninjured after her vehicle rolled over during a crash.
    According to state police, on Saturday, Sept. 7, Alyssia Karl, 17, Glen Spey, N.Y., was driving a 1999 Ford Escort on State Road 590 just south of Corkey's Road.
    Karl told police as she was traveling eastbound and negotiating a left turn, a deer entered the roadway from the right side of the highway. Karl said she swerved to avoid hitting the deer and it caused the vehicle to spin counter-clockwise off the left side of the roadway.
    Page 4 of 4 - The front of the car hit a ditch when then cause it to roll over onto its roof, coming to rest fest west in the west travel lane.
    Karl was uninjured.
    The vehicle was removed by Lords Valley Towing. Also on the scene were Central Fire Department, Lackawaxen Fire Department and the Lackawaxen Ambulance service.
    Karl was not charged.
    Vandalism report
    State police report a case of vandalism at Pocono Ranchlands in Lehman Township.
    According to police, a New Jersey man reported someone entered his home at 324 Badger Drive sometime between May and August of this year.
    According to the report, someone spray painted and smashed multiple windows of the residence as well as the rear door, where entry was made.
    Once inside, someone spray painted the interior of the residence and set off a fire extinguisher.
    Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 570-226-5718.
    Found property
    State police report a bicycle has been found near Lake Wallenpaupack.
    On Sunday, Sept. 8, a green Trek Mountain Track 820 mountain bicycle was found in a wooded area on Lake Watch Trail at Lake Wallenpaupack.
    It was found at around 6:49 p.m.
    Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 570-226-5718.

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