Blotter: DUI, simple assault, scam, retail thefts

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Annville Township

In 2018 Annville Township received a grant from PA Department of Transportation to install Rapid Flashing Beacons at several Crosswalks in Annville. We have completed the process of obtaining permits to install the warning lights on Route 422 and Route 934 in Annville to increase pedestrian safety. We are happy to announce that thanks to our Public Works Department, the first warning signal has been installed on West Main Street (Route 422) at Lancaster Street and is operational.

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Bethel Township

This incident occurred between Feb. 28 and Feb. 29 when two actors were zeroing in a scope for their 308 Deer Rifle. While they were shooting to make sure that the scope was adjusted correctly, one of the actors missed their back stop while shooting the rifle and a 308 round struck a solar panel on the victim’s property causing damage. Damaged: Solar panel, value $999.99.

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City of Lebanon

On Feb. 28 at 1:35 a.m. a traffic stop was conducted at N. 8th St. and Weidman St. after numerous traffic violations were observed. During the investigation, the driver, Peter Vargas, a 22-year-old Lebanon man, was determined to be under the influence of alcohol in excess of the legal limit. Charges pending.

Cornwall Borough

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Again on Thursday we had a resident lose a significant amount of money through a telephone scam. The Cornwall woman received a call around noon from a male claiming to be from the U.S. Marshals Service in Texas telling her she would be arrested unless she purchased multiple gift cards and provided the card numbers to the caller. He told her not to go to the police because she would be immediately arrested at the police station. When the woman finally did come to the police station at 4:25 PM, she was still on the phone with the caller; the call had lasted approx. 4 1/2 hours while the woman went to various locations to purchase the cards. The woman lost $2700.00 in this scam. Please be aware Scammers will often ask you to pay in a way that makes it hard for you to get your money back — by wiring money, putting money on a gift card, prepaid card or cash reload card, or using a money transfer app. Anyone who asks you to pay that way is a scammer. Scammers might pretend to be law enforcement or a federal agency. They might say you’ll be arrested, fined, or deported if you don’t pay taxes or some other debt right away. The goal is to scare you into paying. But real law enforcement and federal agencies won’t call and threaten you.

Myerstown Borough

On March 5 at 10:30 p.m.,, the arrestee, Juan Jose Garcia, a 28-year-old Lebanon man, engaged in a verbal argument with the victim, a 23-year-old Myerstown woman. Garcia refused to leave the residence of the victim and during the course of the argument pushed the victim to the ground. The victim subsequently sustained a left ankle injury as a result of this incident. Garcia was charged with Simple Assault, Defiant Criminal Trespass, and Harassment as a result of this incident and transported to Lebanon County Central Booking.

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North Cornwall Township

An accident on 03-04-2020 at 1336 hours, 2100 block of Walnut Street. An 18 year old Lebanon woman failed to yield east bound traffic as she turned around in a lot. She struck a 53 year old Lebanon man as he was traveling east on Walnut Street. No injuries reported, vehicles were driven.

03-05-2020 at 1313 – a single vehicle accident on Creekside Drive. An 88 year old Lebanon man was traveling north on Creekside Drive. He failed to negotiate a left curve in the road, continued straight into the shoulder/grass area and crashed into a drainage concrete culvert.  He was awake, but not alert and both air bags deployed. He was removed and transported to the Hershey Medical Center for treatment by the First Aid and Safety Patrol. The vehicle was removed and towed.

03-05-2020 at 1250 – a single vehicle accident on Cornerstone Lane. A 65 year old Manheim woman had a medical incident and drifted back into a mailbox at 1102 Cornerstone Lane, causing damage. Vehicle was drivable and no injuries as a result of the crash. She was taken to a hospital by First Aid and Safety for unknown medical problem.

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North Lebanon Township

Assault – Skyler Thompson – age 29 – Lebanon was charged with aggravated assault and simple assault after an incident that occurred at her residence on March 5, 2020.

Drug – Isaiah Davis – age 28 – Lebanon was charged with possession of controlled substances and possession of drug paraphernalia after an incident that occurred in September 2019, at Stoever’s Dam.

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Access Device Fraud – Xantasia Galvin – age 33 – Lebanon was charged with access device fraud after an incident that occurred on February 28th in the 1700 block of State Route 72.

Public Drunkenness – A 38 year old Lebanon man was charged with public drunkenness after an incident at the Lebanon Wal-Mart on March 5, 2020.

On March 4 at 11:06 p.m. State Police Jonestown conducted a traffic stop on West Maple Street and 20th Street in North Lebanon Township, Lebanon County. Troopers observed a strong odor of marijuana emanating inside the vehicle. A search of the vehicle yielded a small amount of marijuana and paraphernalia. Charges have been filed against Elmer Flores-Martinez, a 39-year-old Lebanon man.

North Londonderry Township

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The North Londonderry Township Police Department investigated a vehicle accident on March 4 at 2:47 p.m. in which a vehicle operated by a 20 year old Palmyra man failed to yield to a vehicle operated by a 56 year old Palmyra woman when pulling out from a driveway. There were no injuries and the man’s vehicle was towed. The man was cited with emerging from alley, driveway, or building.

On March 6 at 11:15 a.m., the North Londonderry Township Police Department investigated a vehicle accident in which a vehicle operated by a 78-year-old Birdsboro man failed to yield to a vehicle operated by a 57-year-old Sicklersville, NJ man when pulling out from a stop sign. There were no injuries and no tows. The Birdsboro man was cited with stop Signs and Yield Signs.

Jahaira Vardes, a 42 year old Lebanon woman, was cited with Retail Theft after she failed to pay for merchandise at Walmart with a total value of approximately $130 on Jan. 10 and Jan. 31, 2020.

South Lebanon Township

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Accident – Two vehicle accident on SR-322 east of South Mountain Lane on March 5 at 5:56 p.m. The driver of the first vehicle, a Ford Windstar, was operated by a 32 year old Lebanon man. The driver of the second vehicle, a Volvo S60, was operated by a 49 year old Lebanon man. The 32 year old man attempted to pass the other man but pulled back into the lane of travel before he had completed the pass and contact was made within both vehicle causing the the 32 year old man to lose control of his vehicle, hitting an embankment which caused it to rollover. He was transported by ambulance to the Hershey Medical Center for treatment and his vehicle was towed from the scene. The other man reported no injuries. His vehicle did not require towing. The accident is currently under investigation.

On Feb. 5 at 10:00 p.m. members from PSP Jonestown began investigating the report of contraband found at the Lebanon County Correctional Facility. Contraband was reportedly found in the underwear of an inmate. The investigation is ongoing.

South Londonderry Township

On Feb. 19 at 7:41 a.m., the South Londonderry Township Police was dispatched to the 2800 block of Horseshoe Pk. for the report of a motor vehicle collision. Following an investigation, a 45-year-old Ephrata man was cited for following too closely.

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On Feb. 18 at 4:37 p.m., the South Londonderry Township Police was dispatched to the area of Northside Dr. and Brookwood Dr. for the report of a motor vehicle collision. Following an investigation, a 28 year old Palmyra woman was cited for following too closely.

Union Township

On Feb. 10 at 1:38 p.m. on I-81 S, a traffic stop by members of PSP Jonestown yielded the seizure of marijuana and additional drug paraphernalia. Charges for this incident have been filed in Magisterial District Court 52-3-04 against Laken Derk, a 32-year-old Shamokin, PA woman.

West Lebanon Township

Retail Theft – Luis Galarza – age 33 – Lebanon was charged with retail theft after an incident that occurred at Boscov’s, Lebanon Valley Mall, on February 28, after failing to pay for $38 worth of merchandise.

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