Police Briefs, 2/27/10

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Man injured in hit-and-run accident

Timothy C. Coots, 51, of Athens suffered a minor injury recently when his vehicle was struck by a hit-and-run driver on U.S. Route 6 in Standing Stone Township, police said.

The accident occurred at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, when an unknown individual was driving a white or silver pickup truck east on Route 6, but in the opposite (westbound) lane, police said.

At the time, Coots was driving west on Route 6 in the correct travel lane, police said.

As Coots was negotiating a left-hand curve, he saw the pickup truck in his lane and tried to evade it by traveling partially into the eastbound lane, police said.

Nevertheless, the pickup truck struck the passenger-side rear quarter panel of Coots' vehicle, police said.

The driver of the pickup truck fled east from the crash scene on Route 6, state police said.

Anyone with information about this crash is asked to contact Trooper Joseph Mitchell at the state police at Towanda at (570) 265-2186.

Forksville man uninjured in crash

Bryan D. Kinner, 26, of Forksville was uninjured in a recent motor vehicle accident in Forks Township, police said.

Kinner, who was driving south on state Route 87, lost control of his 1993 Ford Tempo in a left-hand curve, police said.

The vehicle left the roadway, struck an embankment off the west side of the roadway, then crossed Route 87 and struck another embankment, police said.

The crash occurred at 9:35 a.m. Tuesday, 131 feet from of Wrights Hill Road, according to the state police at Laporte.

Towanda teen faces drinking charges

Caleb L. Vanderpool, 19, of Towanda was recently arrested for disorderly conduct, public drunkenness, and underage drinking, police said.

The arrest occurred on Wednesday when Vanderpool was in the area of the Kmart department store's parking lot in Wysox Township, police said.

At the time, state Trooper Scott J. Renfer was on a traffic stop and Vanderpool started to use obscene language toward Renfer, state police said.

The trooper then confronted Vanderpool and determined he was intoxicated and not of legal age to consume alcohol, police said.

Burglaries reported in Monroe/Overton area

State police said they are trying to determine who broke into three cabins recently on Mill Stone Road in Monroe and Overton townships.

The burglaries took place between 9 p.m. on Feb. 11 and noon on Feb. 17, state police at Towanda said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Trooper Joseph Mitchell at the state police's Towanda barracks at (570) 265-2186.

"Anyone wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers (for a possible reward up to $2,000) at 1-800-4-PATIPS or 1-800-426-TIPS," the state police said in a press release that they issued about the burglaries.

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