Bern Township Police continue to investigate a reported assault and robbery occurring earlier this month at Blue Marsh Lake.On Aug. 7, Bern Township Police received a report from a man who claims to have been attacked while walking the trail at the popular recreation area off Route 183.

Police have not identified the victim of this assault and are still looking for clues as to who may have committed the act.

At about 8:30 p.m. that night, the victim was walking along New Trail at the lake when he was struck in the head by two unknown assailants.

The victim said the hit to his head knocked him to the ground.

He was then kicked while on the ground.

Following this second assault, the victim said he surrendered his money to the thugs.

The two thieves then fled north on the trail, according to Bethel Township Police Chief Scott Graeff.

It is not clear how much money was stolen. More details on the two suspects is also not available to police.

Graeff reports the suspects were of an "unknown race and gender."

Anyone with information regarding this unsolved case is asked to call Bern Township Police.

This incident is one of several which have occurred at Blue Marsh recently.

At least two reports of vehicle break-ins have been reported recently to The Item.

Police encourage everyone to lock their doors and close windows when leaving cars unattended.

A vehicle break-in occurred at the Blue Marsh Lake area on Aug. 8, between 1-2 p.m.

An unknown person or persons smashed the front passenger side window of a 1999 Jeep Cherokee belonging to Edward Pascavage, 67, of Reading.

According to police, someone entered the vehicle and rummaged through it, taking a flashlight worth approximately $6.

The damage to Pescavage's vehicle is valued at $159.

The break-in occurred in the Old Church Road parking lot on Old Church Road, about one-quarter mile south of Route 183, Penn Township.

State Police said in its report that this is one of numerous vehicle break-ins and thefts recently occurring in the Blue Marsh Lake Area.

Anyone with information about this incident or any other break-ins are asked to contact the State Police at 610-378-4011.

Additionally, Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $5,000 to any anonymous persons who can provide information which leads to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for these criminal offenses.

Crime Stoppers can be reached at 877-373-9913.

Frying pan missed in Upper Tulpehocken


A vehicle belonging to Joseph Moise, 54, Bernville, was vandalized between Aug. 6 and 7 at Moise's residence at 6083 Old Route 22, Upper Tulpehocken Township.

During this time, an unknown perpetrator arrived at the residence and smeared six sticks of margarine and threw six eggs at Moise's 1999 Chevy Cavalier.

No damage was evident after the vehicle had been washed. Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact State Police at Hamburg, at 610-562-6885, ext. 3, and refer to L04-1034814.

Mini bike stolen

An unknown person or persons removed a Yamaha PW80 Mini Bike from the residence of Frederick Antonini, 47, Hamburg, sometime between Aug. 1 and 10.

Police say the blue and white Mini Bike, valued at $100, was removed from a shed located at the rear of Antonini's residence at 583 Mill Rd, Upper Bern Township.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact State Police at Hamburg.

More items stolen from Cracker Barrel cars

Two vehicles were damaged and robbed in the parking lot of Cracker Barrel, 21 Industrial Drive, Tilden Township on Aug. 11, between 5 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Jody Rhoda, 49, of Emmaus, said the items removed from her car included a purse, wallet, bank cards, driver's license, phone charger and cash, for an estimated loss of $75, not including the damage to the car window.

Leslie Johnson, 50, of W. Market St., Orwigsburg, reported that a purse, checkbook, bank card, driver's license, cash and a cellular phone were removed from her car.

Johnson's total estimated loss, not including damage to the car window, is estimated at $270.

Tilden Township police are asking anyone who was at the Cracker Barrel and who may have seen something suspicious to contact them at 610-562-9001.

Glare from sun causes accident on Interstate

Minor injuries were sustained during a collision on Interstate 78 at Exit 17, Bethel Township.

Irvin Martin, 61, of Lebanon, was traveling east on I-78 in the right lane, when glare from the sun and a slow-moving vehicle in the right lane ahead caused him to hit his brakes.

When Martin steered after braking, he lost control of his tractor-trailer, striking the center median and jacknifing across the eastbound lanes.

The vehicle came to rest blocking the right lane and on-ramp. Martin sustained minor lacerations to his forehead, hands and legs, but did not require medical treatment at the scene.

There was front-end damage to Martin's vehicle, which was towed from the scene by Bethel Towing. Bethel and Rehrersburg Fire Companies assisted at the scene with traffic control.

Traffic sting focuses on seat belt usage

Bethel Township police conducted a joint traffic sting in cooperation with the North Central Highway Safety Network. The operation focused on seat belt use.

According to a report, Bethel police stopped 554 vehicles between Aug. 4 and Aug. 17 along Routes 419 and 501. The department used roving patrols as well as checkpoints during this operation.

Police issued 78 warnings for not using seat belts, and another 54 people were issued citations, including five for not wearing seat belts while committing other traffic offenses.

Special attention, according to Bethel police, was given to nighttime driving.

Charges filed against three for damage to Frystown playground

Charges were filed against three males relating to an incident which occurred on June 17.

Bethel Township Police lodged municipal ordinance charges against Devon Barr, 19, of Camp Strauss Rd., Bethel, and two juveniles, both of Myerstown, before District Judge Andrea J. Book, of Strausstown, on Aug. 17.

According to police, the trio caused damage at the Community Playground at Frystown Lions Club. They also allegedly tampered with the concession stand at the baseball field.

The three face charges of disturbing the peace.

Lock device damaged

A fuel can locking device was damaged during an apparent unsuccessful theft attempt at the Bethel Exxon Service along Route 501 near the Bethel exit on Interstate 78.

According to Bethel Township police, an unknown person or persons tampered with the locking device on an external fuel tank cap, causing minimal damage, on Aug. 10 or 11.

Charges filed against teens

Three males received citations relating to an incident which allegedly occurred on Aug. 10 in the 1600 block of Pottsville Pike, Hamburg.

Anthony Casko, 19, from Hamburg; Mark Sanders Jr., 18, from Shoemakersville; and a juvenile from Cressona, were all cited for disorderly conduct on Aug. 15.

Hamburg man faces harassment charge

Brian Cunnius, 28, from Hamburg, was cited on Aug. 15 for harassment.

The charge is in relation to an incident that allegedly occurred on Aug. 10 at 2:52 p.m. in the first block of N. 2nd Street, Hamburg.

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