Police Reports

Driving Under The Influence

Shawn Robert Hodle, age 37, 28 Forest Rd, Mountaintop was charged with two counts of Misdemeanor Driving Under the Influence (DUI) for an offense on April 30 by Fairview Township Police Officer Kevin W Staley. According to the Affidavit of Probable Cause Officer R. J. Suda, Rice Township Police observed a 2002 Volkeswagen bearing Pennsylvania registration JKT0763 parked in front of Turkey Hill North Mountain Boulevard, Mountaintop. The vehicle’s engine was running, headlights were on and the brake lights were illuminated. Officers Staley and Suda approached the vehicle to check on the driver, who was asleep in the car and did not respond. When he finally awoke he appeared dazed and confused. The driver took his foot off the brake and the vehicle began to roll backwards into the parking lot. The officers yelled to the driver to stop and put the vehicle in park.

Once the vehicle was stopped and the engine was turned off, the officers requested that the driver exit the vehicle and produce ID. Hodle told the police he was at a friend’s house and consumed several alcoholic beverages and drove to Turkey Hill and passed out in the parking lot. Police detected a strong odor of an intoxicating beverage on his breath. Hodle’s eyes were blood shot and glossy and his speech was slurred. Hodle was swaying back and forth and using his vehicle for support. Hodle subsequently failed Field Sobriety Tests. A PBT Test on a sample of breath was also positive for alcohol. Hodle was taken to Wilkes Barre General Hospital, where he agreed to blood testing. Hodle’s blood alcohol test was .240%, which is three times the Pennsylvania Legal limit of .08%.

Preliminary Hearing is scheduled for July 16 before District Justice

Ron Swank at 10:30 a. m.

Jewelry Stolen in Dorrance

Joshua Quinton Trapane, age 35, 1185 Prospect Rd, Mountain Top, PA 18707 was charged with three felony counts of Theft by Unlawful Taking-Movable Property and receiving stolen property, by the Hazleton State Police on June 19, 2014.

According to the Affidavit of Probable Cause Tpr. Christopher Bayzick answered a call from Laurie Richmond at the same address that all her fine jewelry was missing from her bedroom. Richmond said that sometime in November 2013 she allowed the defendant to move in with her, when he had no other place to live. Richmond stated the noticed on occasion a piece of her jewelry missing. She stated that the defendant was hospitalized a few days prior to her reporting this incident and she discovered all of her fine jewelry missing from her bedroom. Richmond received a call from her son, the defendant requesting a ride home from the hospital and she confronted him about the missing jewelry. Trapane, the defendant told her “Mom we need to talk”. Richmond provided an inventory of 51 items of jewelry valued at $18,640 dollars as being missing.

Trapane was located at a friend’s residence on Snyder’s Lane in Mountaintop, where he was interviewed and related that he did take jewelry from his mother’s bedroom on several occasions. He stated he took the jewelry and sold it at King Tut’s pawnshop and United Gold Buying Pawn Shop both located in Wilkes Barre. Trapane said he sold the jewelry to get money for heroin.

A check of the precious metals database revealed that that defendant was logged for 18 transactions, all of jewelry items being sold between December 6, 2013 and March 18, 2014. A warrant was issued for the defendant. Trapane is awaiting a preliminary hearing.