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DEPARTMENT ACTIVITY / ARREST INFORMATION

20 April 2013
BICYCLE SAFETY DAY
On Saturday, May 18th from 10am-2pm, the Orwigsburg Police Department, in conjunction with the Schuylkill County Safe Kids coalition, will be hosting the 2nd annual Bicycle Safety Day in the parking lot behind the Blue Mountain School District Recreation office.  The event will consist of bicycle registrations, helmet fitting, bicycle maintenance checks, rider fit checks and an obstacle course for children to demonstrate their skills. This a a fun-filled learning experience for kids of any age.  Free gifts will be handed out to each participant.Pre-registration is requested by May 3, 2013 by calling either the Blue Mountain Elementary School or the Orwigsburg Police Department.

We look forward to meeting you there!

16 April 2013
BURGLARY
On Monday, April 15, 2013 the Orwigsburg Police Department received a report of a burglary which had occurred at the office of Dr. Nevin Zehner, DMD located at 306 W. Market Street in the Borough of Orwigsburg.  This incident occurred between Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 10:30am and Monday, April 15, 2013 at 11:40am.  During the commission of the burglary, unknown person(s) made entry by an unknown means to Dr. Zehner’s office and removed the following items: (1) pill bottle containing approximately 39 Oxycodone pills, (1) Kuerig coffee maker, (35) single serve coffe cups and (1) Mammoth ivory handle pocket knife.
Anyone with information pertaining to this incident is urged to contact the Orwigsburg Police Department.
25 March 2013
DRUG TAKE BACK DAY SCHEDULED
On Saturday, April 27th from 10:00am-2:00pm, the Orwigsburg Police Department will be accepting expired and/or unused pills at the police station located at 209 N. Warren Street.  All pills will be accepted, no questions asked!
Please call (570)366-3102 if you have any questions regarding this program.
20 December 2012
BROOKSIDE ANIMAL HOSPITAL DONATES MICROCHIP SCANNER TO POLICE
On Thursday, December 20, 2012 Dr. Michele Mattera, owner of the Brookside Animal Hospital on the Centre Turnpike in Orwigsburg, donated a Home Again microchip scanner to the Orwigsburg Borough Police Department.  The device will allow police to identify stray dogs who may be equipped with a microchip.  This donation will greatly improve the ability of police to locate the owner(s) of dogs who have strayed from their home.  On behalf of the staff here at the Orwigsburg Police Department, we are grateful to Dr. Mattera for her generosity!
For the cost of approximately $40, a microchip can be instantly implanted into your family pet.  Not only will implanting this device allow you to locate your pet when he or she strays from your home, but if your pet is also spayed or neutered, your pet will qualify for a lifetime county dog license.  For more information, please visit your local veterinarian.
15 December 2012
CHIEF BROZANA CELEBRATES 35 YEARS OF SERVICE
On Saturday, December 15, 2012 a surprise celebration was held at the Blue Mountain Elementary East campus to commemorate Chief Stanley Brozana, Jr. for his 35 years of continued service to the Borough of Orwigsburg.
Chief Brozana was hired on September 14, 1977 as a patrolman and quickly rose to be the Chief of Police in 1978.  Chief Brozana, in his 35 years of service, is best known for making the Borough of Orwigsburg the safe and family friendly community that it is today.  When you see “Stan”, be sure to thank him for his career-long dedication to the Borough of Orwigsburg and its residents,  where many of us are proud to call “home”.
14 November 2012
ORWIGSBURG P.D. OFFICER RECEIVES SCHOLARSHIP
On Wednesday, November 14, 2012 Officer Matthew Fogarty, a 2012 graduate of the Montgomery County Community College Municipal Police Academy, accepted the Chief John McGowan III Foundation Scholarship in the amount of $2,500.  According to the Foundation’s website, candidates must have  personally financed their tuition without reimbursement from a police department or other reimbursing entity.  Applicants for the scholarship must also demonstrate traits indicative of the qualities necessary for successful policing including dedication, hard work, compassion and empathy towards others.
The Orwigsburg Police Department is proud to have Officer Fogarty as part of our part-time staff, who work hard daily to extend exemplary police services to the residents of the Borough of Orwigsburg.
** IMPORTANT CROSSWALK INFORMATION**
As drivers, how many of you really know what the Pennsylvania traffic law requires when you come upon a pedestrian – either entering a crosswalk, at a traffic light, in a mall parking lot, or simply walking along the road?
The most important general rule for motorists to remember is that pedestrians sometimes have the right-of-way at intersections.
The Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Code states:  “When traffic-control signals are not in place or are not in operation, the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.”  A violation of this section commits a summary offense, and if convicted, the violator will be sentenced to pay a fine of $50 and will also have two points assessed against his or her driving record.
PLEASE PAY ATTENTION AND YIELD TO PEDESTRIANS IN CROSSWALKS!!
Bring your family and friends to the Giant Center in Hershey, PA on Saturday, December 1st to help support families of officers killed in the line of duty.  Tickets are $10 at the door.  Children under the age of 3 are free!!  See you there!
GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT INTRODUCES TWO NEW VOLUNTARY EMERGENCY CONTACT PROGRAMS
YELLOW DOT
Participants in the Yellow Dot program will fill out a form with emergency contact information and keep it in their car’s glove compartment. They will be given a yellow sticker, to place on the vehicle’s rear window. In the event of a crash, emergency responders will see the sticker and know whom to contact after an accident.
For more information on the Yellow Dot program or to sign up for your program folder, visit www.YellowDot.pa.gov.
EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION
Those with a Pennsylvania driver’s license or PennDOT ID card who participate in the Emergency Contact Information program will have the opportunity to log into a secure database and list two emergency contacts. Those who do will be able to update the information as needed. Emergency contact information will only be available to law enforcement.
For more information on the Contact Information program, visitwww.dmv.state.pa.us and click on the program icon.

Child Passenger Safety Week / National Seat Check Saturday
September 17 – 22, 2012 

The Orwigsburg Borough Police Department, in conjunction with the Schuylkill County Safe Kids Coalition, will be hosting a car seat check at R&R Chevrolet on Route 61 south in Schuylkill Haven on Saturday, September 22nd from 8am until 12pm.  Stop by and get checked!!25 August 2012HIT AND RUN VEHICLE SOUGHT

On Saturday, August 25, 2012 the Orwigsburg Police Department was dispatched to the 300 block of W. Market Street for a hit and run just discovered. Upon arrival, it was found that an Audi sedan parked facing westbound had been struck by a passing vehicle causing moderate damage to the entire length of the driver’s side. The striking vehicle’s tires rubbed against both doors of the struck Audi.

Anyone having contact with or knowledge of a vehicle with extensive white paint transfer to the passenger side body and/or tires is urged to contact the Orwigsburg Police Department.30 July 2012JUVENILE HOSPITALIZED, FATHER CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ASSAULT

On Monday, July 30, 2012 at approximately 2220 hours, the Orwigsburg Police Department investigated a domestic violence incident involving a father and his 16-year-old son. The juvenile’s mother contacted police after transporting her son to a local hospital to be treated for a collapsed lung, which he sustained as a result of a physical altercation that took place at the family’s residence in the Borough of Orwigsburg earlier on the same date. An arrest warrant for the father, David Fleming, was obtained from the on-call District Justice Carol Pankake charging Fleming with the following crimes: aggravated assault, simple assault and harassment.

Fleming was taken into custody pursuant to the Orwigsburg Police Department serving the warrant at Fleming’s residence in the early morning hours of Tuesday, July 31, 2012. Fleming was arraigned before District Justice Pankake and remanded to the Schuylkill County Prison, unable to post 10% of $25,000 cash bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 11:15am before District Justice James Ferrier.4 July 2012LAPTOP STOLEN FROM PARKED CAR

On Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at approximately 1345 hours, the Orwigsburg Police Department investigated a report that someone stole a Hewlett Packard laptop computer from an unsecured vehicle in the 200 block of E. Cherry Street. Anyone with information related to this theft is urged to contact OPD.16 July 2012MAN ASSAULTS JUVENILE, BREAKS JUVENILE’S NOSE

On Monday, July 16, 2012 at approximately 1700 hours, the Orwigsburg Police Department was dispatched to Boyer’s Food Market for a report of an assault. Subsequent investigation revealed that Scott Parsons (23) arrived at the Boyer’s Food Market where he accosted the 17-year-old male victim outside the entrance to the store, punching him several times in the face. The Victim was transported to the Schuylkill Medical Center via the Orwigsburg Community Ambulance where it was learned the victim sustained a broken nose among other facial injuries.

A warrant charging Parsons with aggravated assault, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person was issued for Parsons’ arrest by District Justice Ferrier. Parsons was arrested by the Orwigsburg Police Department at his home later on the same date without incident. Parsons was arraigned before District Justice Plachko and remanded to Schuylkill County Prison, unable to post 10% of $50,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 31st at 10:45 am.2 July 2012RETAIL THEFT AT BOYER’S FOOD MARKET

On Monday, July 2, 2012 the Orwigsburg Police Department was dispatched to the Boyer’s Food Market for a non-active retail theft. Upon arrival and subsequent to investigation, it was found that the suspect was witnessed by the store manager taking an iced tea drink off the shelf and drinking it, before discarding the empty bottle and attempting to leave the store. Upon attempting to leave the store, the manager approached the suspect who told the manager if he continued to follow him, that he’d “snuff him”. The store’s surveillance system made the suspect easily identifiable as Christopher Johnston of Orwigsburg. Charges for retail theft and harassment have been filed with District Justice Ferrier’s office. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 24th.29 June 2012NAPA SIGN STOLEN FROM BARTUSH SIGNS, INC.

On Friday, June 29, 2012 a representative of Bartush Signs, Inc. contacted the Orwigsburg Police Department to report that a 36″ NAPA Auto Parts sign was stolen from their scrap yard located off of Industrial Drive.

Anyone with information relating to this theft is urged to contact the Orwigsburg Police Department.29 June 2012DONATION BOX STOLEN FROM BOYER’S FOOD MARKET

On Friday, June 29, 2012 a representative from the Ruth Steinert SPCA contacted the Orwigsburg Police Department to report that their organization’s donation box had been stolen from the Boyer’s Food Market. It is believed that this theft took place between June 21st and June 27th.

Anyone with information regarding this theft is urged to contact the Orwigsburg Police Department.28 June 2012INTOXICATED MALE ARRESTED AT BOYER’S FOOD MARKET

On Thursday, June 28, 2012 the Orwigsburg Police Department was dispatched for a male who appeared to be intoxicated and/or on drugs stumbling from W. Market Street down S. Liberty Street. A brief search of the area was conducted with negative results. Officers found the man, James Nahf, about to check out in the Boyer’s Food Market. Nahf was manifestly under the influence of alcohol to the point which he was a danger to himself and others. Nahf was also combative. With the assistance of Schuylkill Haven Police, Nahf was taken into custody and held until sober. Nahf was issued a non-traffic citation for public drunkenness upon release.27 June 2012DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ARREST IN BOYER’S PARKING LOT

On Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at approximately 2112 hours, the Orwigsburg Police Department was alerted to a domestic disturbance in progress in the parking lot of the Boyer’s Food Market. Upon arrival, and subsequent to investigation, it was found that a male and female had been involved in an ongoing verbal altercation throughout the course of the evening. Upon arriving at Boyer’s, the female victim alleges that her boyfriend, Jeremy Blain, hit her in the face while inside the store. Upon exiting the store and returning to the vehicle, Blain continued to hit the Victim, Heather Fox, in the face and grab her around the neck. Fox then advised that Blain twisted her wrist until it snapped.

Fox was treated on the scene by Orwigsburg Area EMS and transported to the Schuylkill Medical Center East for her injuries. It was found that Fox’s wrist is broken in two places as a result of the assault.

Blain was arrested and arraigned in front of District Justice Kilker on charges of simple assault and harassment. Blain was remanded to Schuylkill County Prison, unable to post 10% of $25,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 24th in front of Judge Ferrier.24 June 2012OPD ASSISTS AT MADELINE’S FIRE

On Sunday, June 24, 2012 at approximately 2326 hours, the Orwigsburg Police Department was dispatched for a fire alarm at Madeline’s Restaurant located at 1100 E. Market Street in the Borough of Orwigsburg., Upon arrival of officers, it was evident that the structure was actually on fire and dispatch was immediately notified of our findings. Multiple area fire companies and emergency services personnel were summoned to the scene and extinguished the flames while the Orwigsburg Police Department worked to secure the scene. The cause of this fire is still under investigation.9 June 2012DIRT BIKE STOLEN FROM RESIDENCE

On Saturday, June 9, 2012 the Orwigsburg Police Department was called to investigate the theft of a dirt bike from a garage in the 600 block of W. Market Street. The dirt bike is alleged to have been taken between 6/5/12 and present. The dirt bike is a red and white 1994 Yamaha YZ125 with racing stickers pasted all over the bike.

Anyone with information pertaining to this theft is urged to contact the orwigsburg Police Department.7 June 2012MEASURING WHEEL FOUND

On Thursday, June 7, 2012 the Orwigsburg Police Department found a steel measuring wheel near the intersection of Ridgeview Drive and Country View Lane. If anyone lost this item and would like to claim it, please contact the Orwigsburg Police Department.31 May 2012OPD ASSISTS AT SCHUYLKILL GUNWORKS FIRE

On Thursday, May 31, 2012 at approximately 1800 hours, the Orwigsburg Police Department was dispatched to assist the Schuylkill Haven Police Department with a hazardous commercial structure fire at 20 W. Main Street (Schuylkill Gunworks). Officers from both departments worked to establish a perimeter to protect neighbors from the explosion of live ammunition stored within the establishment. Officers also worked diligently to redirect traffic around the scene. With the help of hundreds of volunteer firefighters and emergency services providers, the fire was quickly extinguished and the structure secured.19 May 2012DOG ESCAPES YARD, BITES MAN

On Saturday, May 19, 2012 the Orwigsburg Police Department was called to investigate a dog bite incident in the 200 block of W. Market Street. Investigation at the scene revealed that a three-year-old mixed breed female dog belonging to Nichole Gehret escaped its fenced-in yard and subsequently bit the victim, Gerald Blickley, on the right hand. Blickley’s hand required hospital treatment for puncture wounds received from the bite. Following protocol, the dog was quarantined for fourteen days and the PA Department of Health was notified. Gheret was subsequently cited by the Orwigsburg Police Department for failing to keep the dog confined.17 May 2012MAN ARRESTED FOR OUTSTANDING BENCH WARRANT

On Thursday, May 17, 2012 the Orwigsburg Police Department received information that there was a male near the Square that is believed to have an active warrant. The Orwigsburg Police Department verified the warrant and successfully took the male, Jeffrey Neifert, into custody. Neifert had a bench warrant out of Schuylkill County for passing bad checks. Neifert was transported to the Schuylkill County Prison to be held.12 May 2012BURGLARY ON LONG AVENUE

On Saturday, May 12, 2012 the Orwigsburg Police Department was called to investigate a burglary in the 400 block of Long Avenue. The investigation showed that unknown person(s) forcefully gained entry to the property owner’s sun room and took a heavy duty yard cart and construction ladder. There was also evidence that the suspect(s) attempted to break into the living area as well; however, were unable to breech the door.

Anyone with information related to this incident is urged to contact the Orwigsburg Police Department.3 May 2012DEPARTMENT RECEIVES GRANT FROM WALMART FOUNDATION

On May 3, 2012 the Orwigsburg Police Department was presented with a grant in the amount of $3,500 from the Walmart Foundation. These funds have been used to upgrade some of the Department’s computers and software as well as to purchase additional equipment to support the mobile computer capability in the police cars. These upgrades will actively assist the Orwigsburg Police Department in continuing to carry out our mission, providing a safe environment for all those within our community.26 May 2012BEAR SIGHTINGS IN ORWIGSBURG

On several occasions over the past few days, a bear with cubs has been reported in various areas of Orwigsburg, including: Applewood Circle, Boyer’s Food Market, and areas to the west of S. Liberty Street. If you see this or any bear, please DO NOT approach it. If you feel that the bear is a danger to yourself or the general public, please call the police immediately.19 May 2012AREA CHILDREN ENJOY BICYCLE SAFETY DAY

On Saturday, May 19, 2012 the Schuylkill County Safe Kids and the Orwigsburg Police Department held its first annual Bicycle Safety Day at the Blue Mountain Elementary East campus. Approximately 40 children attended the event, along with their parents. Upon entering the event, kids were able to register their bicycles with the police department. Next, helmets were checked for proper fit. If a helmet did not fit, a new one was given to the child at no cost compliments of the Council on Brain Injury. The bicycles were finally checked for proper mechanical function before the child took to the 5-stage bicycle skills course. At the end of the event, each child was presented with a certificate of completion, a high visibility t-shirt compliments of the event’s sponsors, and a packet containing educational information pertaining to safe riding techniques.Thank you to all of our sponsors and those who volunteered their time for this event!**If you or your child are in need of a bicycle helmet, please contact our police department.**

Remember, if your child is under the age of 16, (s)he is required to wear a properly fitted helmet at all times.

11 May 2012DEPARTMENT TAKES DELIVERY OF NEW CRUISER

 
On Friday, May 11, 2012 the new 2013 Ford Police Interceptor was delivered to the Orwigsburg Police Department. Replacing the now retired Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor, the 2013 sedan hit… the market boasting a 3.5L V6 engine with a whopping 280+ HP and 250 lb.-ft. torque. This cruiser also features a 6-speed transmission and all wheel drive.Orwigsburg is proud to be the first police department in Schuylkill County to take delivery of the new vehicle from Ford. Upfitted with all the necessary police equipment by KME Kovatch in Nesquehoning, PA and lettered by Bartush Signs here in Orwigsburg, this police vehicle is the forefront of police cruisers to come to the Schuylkill County area.

6 May 2012BICYCLE SAFETY MONTH KICKS OFF IN SCHUYLKILL HAVEN

Schuylkill Haven Borough Police Officers sponsored a bicycle safety event this past Sunday, May 6, 2012. Approximately 15 children and their parents braved the not-so promising weather forecast to learn about the use of proper hand signaling, bicycle operation, and proper helmet fit. The Orwigsburg Borough Police Department was also present on behalf of Safe Kids Schuylkill County to provide educational materials and bicycle helmets for the event. A fun and educational time was had by all…we even witnessed some training wheels come off for the first time!Remember, every child under the age of 12 must wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet at all times! We encourage moms, dads and older siblings to do the same!

4 May 2012HOUSE STRUCK BY TRACTOR TRAILER

On Friday, May 4, 2012 a tractor and trailer turned off of W. Market Street onto Long Avenue when the trailer jumped the curb and struck the corner roof area of 436 W. Market Street. The driver of the truck and trailer continued from the scene without stopping to assess the damage or to report the crash to police. The trailer was later found docked at Nordol of PA, Inc. on Industrial Drive with damage to the passenger side. No one was injured. Charges will be filed.

3 May 2012RECENT BREAK-INS REPORTED

Within the last week, the Orwigsburg Police Department has taken several reports of unsecured vehicles and buildings having articles removed from them during the nighttime hours. Those articles being reported stolen consist of mostly electronic equipment (radios, GPS, televisions).

The Orwigsburg Police Department is asking that residents remain vigilant for suspicious activity not only during the night, but also during the day. Should you deem any activity suspicious, please call 9-1-1 or the non-emergency line at 628-3792 to have an officer dispatched.

ALWAYS lock your vehicle and NEVER leave articles of personal worth or monetary value in plain view, such as purses, GPS equipment, radios, wallets, MP3 players, etc.

2 May 2012DEPARTMENT RECEIVES GRANT FOR BICYCLE HELMETS

The Orwigsburg Borough Police Department is extremely proud to announce that we have been awarded a grant from the Council on Brain Injury for the purchase of 100 bicycle helmets!!

These helmets will be used by the police department and Schuylkill County Safe Kids coalition for various community-oriented events and activities as well as for “Bicycle Safety Day” coming up on May 19th at the Blue Mountain Elementary East campus. If you haven’t already, please call the police department to register for this event!

Thanks to the Council on Brain Injury, the Orwigsburg Police Department and Schuylkill County Safe Kids coalition can continue to keep the children of Schuylkill County SAFE KIDS!!

19 April 2012BICYCLE SAFETY DAY

Mark you calendars for Saturday, May 19th at 10 a.m. for “Bicycle Safety Day” being sponsored by the Schuylkill County Safe Kids Coalition! Bicycle safety awareness is being brought to county children at the Blue Mountain Elementary East campus on this day where kids will learn how to properly fit a helmet, obey traffic laws, register their bicycles with the police department, and partake in an obstacle course to practice their skills! Drinks, light refreshments and prizes will be available to all those who participate. Plase bring your bicycle, helmet, and a parent or guardian.

Pre-registration is strongly suggested by calling the Orwigsburg Police Department @ 366-3101 by May 11, 2012.

18 April 2012ATV STOLEN FROM DRIVEWAY

Sometime between the hours of 5 p.m. on 4/17 and 6 a.m. on 4/18, unknown person(s) entered the property of 680 S. Liberty Street and stole a 1996 Yamaha Blaster 350 ATV from the victim’s driveway. The ATV has a silver frame with a red body.

Anyone with information pertaining to the theft of this vehicle is urged to contact the Orwigsburg Police Department @ 366-3102.