Three-week probe nets arrest of two

— A three week investigation by the Honesdale Borough Police Department has resulted in the arrest of two people.

The two are alleged to have been involved with at least three residential burglaries and five thefts from motor vehicles, according to acting chief Ron Kominski.

Mark Delade, 22, of Dingmans Ferry and a 17-year-old juvenile were both arrested Monday following the investigation.

Kominski said that during the investigation, officers determined the two were allegedly breaking into homes and cars on Ridge Street in Honesdale. He said that in most cases, only money was taken from the victims.

The duo were arrested without incident on Russell Street in Honesdale. It was also discovered that Delade was wanted on an outstanding warrant from the Pennsylvania State Police in Honesdale.

Delade will be charged with three counts of felony burglary, theft, receiving stolen property, theft from a motor vehicle, possession of heroin related to drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance.

Delade is currently in the Wayne County Correctional Facility on the warrant obtained by the PSP.

The juvenile female was charged with three counts of burglary, theft from a motor vehicle and possession of heroin related to drug paraphernalia.

She has already been charged and, as a juvenile, was taken into custody by Wayne County Juvenile Probation officials and placed into a detention facility.

"Many hours and every officer in the Honesdale Police Department has had some part of this ongoing investigation," said Kominski. "I would like to thank all the members of the Honesdale Police Department in bringing this case to a close and serving justice to the victims."

Kominski said it is possible other victims have not reported possible crimes. If anyone has had their home or car burglarized in the Ridge Street area, they are urged to contact police at 570-253-1900.

Kominski reminds all borough residents to "please lock your homes and vehicles in an attempt to prevent these types of crimes."

Other burglaries

Honesdale police are investigating a second burglary which happened at Bold's Florist, 259 Willow Avenue.

According to police, sometime between 10 p.m and 5:30 a.m. on Sept. 24, someone entered the store after breaking open a side door.

Money was taken from the cash register and damaged phone lines were found inside the building.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

Police also report a burglary on Olive Street in the borough.

Police were called to the area on Sept. 18 and it was determined that sometime between 8:45 a.m. and 5:20 p.m. someone entered the residence and rummaged through several rooms. Approximately $50 in cash was taken.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the police department. All calls are kept confidential.

Wreck investigation

Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a recent crash and are planning to charge a driver accused of running another driver off the road.

According to police, Kristi Oran, 40, Wingdale, N.Y., was traveling east in a 2002 Kia Spectra at around 12:25 p.m. on Sept. 21 on the Owego Turnpike approaching the intersection with White Mills Road.

At the intersection, Oran was forced to brake hard and swerve for another vehicle which had pulled out from the White Mills Road and made a left turn in front of her to travel east on the turnpike.

Oran's vehicle skidded off the south shoulder and collided with a wood fence post.

Police spoke with two witnesses at the scene who provided troopers with the vehicle information and driver description. They also confirmed Oran's statements that the other vehicle pulled out from the stop sign without proper clearance causing her to swerve off the road.

Troopers then traveled to the home of John Pokorny of Hawley and conducted an interview. Troopers said a citation for "duties at a stop sign" will be filed in the district court.

Oran was not injured in the incident and she was wearing a seat belt.

Trooper Warner Jamison is the investigating officer.

Vandalism investigation

State police are also investigating an incident of criminal mischief in Dyberry Township.

According to police, sometime between Sept. 14 and 22, damage was done to a pair of kayak paddles left on the victim's property on Haines School Road.

The paddles were found damaged with red paint transfer on them.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PSP Honesdale at 570-253-7126.