Schuylkill County Police Log for 11/9/2016


Schuylkill County Police Log for 11/9/2016

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Deer Causes Crash in Mahanoy Township

MAHANOY TOWNSHIP - According to Pennsylvania State Police at Frackville,  Hector Gonzalez, 34, of Hazleton was traveling south on Interstate 81 around 3:50am on November 7th, 2016. 

Police say Gonzalez swerved to avoid a deer crossing the road way and lost control.

The vehicle exited the berm of the highway and struck an embankment.  Upon hitting the embankment, the vehicle rolled onto it's driver side.

No injuries were reported.

Ryan and Delano Fire Department's assisted at the scene.

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Vehicle Rolls on Side in Kline Township Crash

KLINE TOWNSHIP - According to Pennsylvania State Police at Frackville,  on November 4, 2016 around 5:50am, John Zaginaylo, 30, of Berwick was rounding a right curve on the Interstate 81 (Southbound) Off Ramp to Route 309 with his Ford F-150 when his vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree.  The impact caused the vehicle to roll onto it's side.

Zaginaylo was transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

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Man Facing Firearms Charges

ASHLAND —  According to Ashland Police, Timothy J. Stephens, of 1116 Brock St., was charged with one felony count of persons not to possess, transfer or use firearms and three misdemeanor counts of prohibited offensive weapons.

Police said on August 24, 2016 officers were called by Officer Robert Yotko of the Schuylkill County Adult Probation office asking for assistance for him and Officer Becky Bracey at Stephens' residence.

At the scene, police said the probation officers handed over a green and black case containing a .22LR RMJ revolver and said they were at the home to conduct a check on Stephens and saw .22 caliber ammunition in the living room.

The probation officers said when they asked Stephens if there were any weapons in the house, he told them that he had a handgun in a case behind a sofa in the living room. The case was pulled from behind the couch by the officers where they found the weapon inside.

Police said the weapon was assembled but had no ammunition in the cylinder, but there was a box of ammunition inside the case with the revolver.

During a search of the home, police said probation officers also found prohibited weapons in the form of a medieval-style mace weapon with a handle, chain and ball with protruding spikes as well as a PR-24 style police baton.

Stephens was read his rights and when questioned said he just had the mace and baton but another man had given him the revolver to hold for him.

The charges were filed October 27, 2016 with Magisterial District Judge Christina Hale.

Police said they learned that Stephens has a 2007 conviction for robbery that prohibits him from possessing a firearm.

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