Po­lice on look­out for drive­way re­pair con artists

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Po­lice are search­ing for a pair of con artists who they say stole cash and gold from a Pen Ar­gyl home­owner un­der the guise of mak­ing drive­way re­pairs.

The per­pe­tra­tors are de­scribed as a white man in his 60s with “scruffy white” fa­cial hair and a white woman in her early 20s driv­ing a white pickup truck with bar­rels in the back, ac­cord­ing to a re­lease Mon­day from Slate Belt Re­gional po­lice.

Around 2:30 p.m. Sept. 6, po­lice say, the two pulled up to a home on the 100 block of Arch Street in the bor­ough, and the man told the home­owner he was go­ing to fix a crack in the drive­way.

At one point, the man asked for a glass of wa­ter and en­tered the home. The home­owner saw him exit the bed­room, claim­ing he needed to use the bath­room, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

Af­ter they left, the home­owner no­ticed two gold bracelets and $85 cash were miss­ing from the bed­room.

Slate Belt Re­gional is ask­ing any­one with in­for­ma­tion on the ve­hi­cle or the sus­pects, in­clud­ing ex­te­rior se­cu­rity cam­era footage in the area, to con­tact them at 610-759-8517.

— Kayla Dwyer

school, ac­cord­ing to di­rec­tor Elaine Eib.

Rodger San­der, of Palmer­ton, was charged Fri­day with reck­less en­dan­ger­ment af­ter he left the stu­dent alone in the van af­ter his morn­ing run on Sept. 4. San­der called au­thor­i­ties around 12:30 p.m. when he no­ticed the stu­dent in­side the van that was parked in his drive­way since 8:45 a.m.

The stu­dent had defe­cated on the bus while left alone and was eval­u­ated by med­i­cal per­son­nel. Eib and po­lice con­firmed the stu­dent was not in­jured.

San­der told po­lice that he yelled for all stu­dents to get off the van at the end of the morn­ing drop-off in Le­high­ton. But he ad­mit­ted that he did not check each seat in­di­vid­u­ally for stu­dents who may have fallen asleep. He told au­thor­i­ties he knew the stu­dent who was left on the bus was un­able to speak.

Eib said San­der will re­main sus­pended pend­ing the re­sults of an in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the school into what went wrong. The school has poli­cies and pro­to­cols re­quir­ing driv­ers to en­sure no stu­dents are left be­hind on any ve­hi­cles, Eib said in a state­ment last week.

The school has of­fered no other de­tails con­cern­ing the in­ci­dent.

— Sarah Wo­j­cik


Town­ship po­lice Sgt. Shaun Pow­ell, who’s in­ves­ti­gat­ing the crash, was un­avail­able Mon­day night to con­firm the time of the crash. The Le­high County coro­ner’s of­fice couldn’t be reached for com­ment.

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing and ask any­one with in­for­ma­tion to call 610-759-2200.

— An­drew Scott

regis­tra­tion vi­o­la­tion Sun­day in Car­bon County, po­lice said.

Mitchell Peters, 22, was charged with drug pos­ses­sion with in­tent to de­liver and sent to county jail un­der $250,000 bail.

State po­lice stopped Peters for a regis­tra­tion vi­o­la­tion at 9:51 p.m. Sun­day at South Old Stage Road and McKuen Way, Penn For­est Town­ship.

Peters ad­mit­ted hav­ing non­med­i­cally-pre­scribed mar­i­juana, po­lice said. Po­lice said they found 188 bag­gies of heroin, 49 Per­co­cet tablets, a small amount of mar­i­juana, a dig­i­tal scale and 2 grams of metham­phetamine in the ve­hi­cle.

— An­drew Scott

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