Charges have been filed against a Bernville man following a fight Aug. 25.Bern Township Police report James O. Balloch, 18, faces harassment charges because he sent a Bethel man to the hospital after a fight.

Balloch and Russell L. Neuen, 18, became involved in a verbal disagreement at Neuen's Bethel home last Monday. Police say the argument became physical, with Balloch acting as the aggressor.

According to a police report, Balloch punched and kicked Neuen in the face, neck and chest. Neuen was transported to Reading Hospital for his minor injuries.

The charges have been filed in Andrea J. Book's District Court.

Reading men charged for poaching fish

Three Reading men were charged with simple trespassing after an incident on Aug. 25. Reyes Herman Puello, 48; Angel L. OrtisDeJesus, 45; and Jose M. Baez, 49, allegedly entered the Hamburg Center on 3560 Old Route 22, Windsor Twp., on Aug. 25 and proceeded to the rear of the property, where they fished at a creek. Non-traffic citations will be filed at District Court 23-3-06.

New Jersey man's doughnuts result in flip, charges in Kempton

A 23-year-old New Jersey man was charged with disorderly conduct and criminal mischief after causing damage to the northwest grass lot at the Kempton Fair Grounds. John David Clarke, Jr., of Brick, N.J., was attempting to do a "doughnut" on the fairgrounds property when he lost control of his 2004 Chevy Silverado and flipped the truck. Clarke Jr. caused approximately $300 in turf damage. Summary charges were filed through District Court 23-3-06.

Hamburg man charged after disturbance

A domestic dispute in Hamburg resulted in multiple charges being filed against Joseph J. Leonardo, 44, of Hamburg.

According to State Police at Hamburg, Leonardo became involved in a domestic dispute with Darlene Leonardo, 36, at their residence on Aug. 24.

Darlene Leonardo then fled to a residence on Hemlock Lane, belonging to Bryan and Dawn Ervast. Joseph Leonardo then called police alleging that Darlene Leonardo had assaulted him with a knife.

An investigation revealed that Joseph had cut himself in an effort to implicate Darlene.

Sometime after 10 p.m., Joseph Leonardo went to the Ervast residence and was repeatedly asked to leave the premises, which he refused. He then tried to implicate Bryan Ervast, claiming that Ervast had assaulted him, which was found to be untrue after an investigation.

Joseph Leonardo is charged with two counts of false reports, one count each of making terrorist threats, harassment, public drunkenness, criminal trespass and resisting arrest.

Virginia men escape uninjured after crash on Interstate 78

No one was injured during a crash which occurred on Aug. 22, just after 4 p.m. on Interstate 78 west of Lindenwold Street, Upper Bern Township.

Police say Randall L. Green, 48, of Richmond, Va., was traveling eastbound on I-78 when he lost control of his Dodge Ram 2500 while trying to change from the left to the right lane. Green tried to apply the brakes and regain control of the vehicle, but was unsuccessful, and the vehicle and its trailer rotated in a counter-clockwise direction.

The trailer struck an embankment of the south side of the road, causing the truck to roll onto its right side and then its roof. Upon impact, the truck continued to rotate for an estimated 40 feet, and then rolled onto its left side.

Green's truck and its trailer finally came to rest blocking the center median and the left lane of I-78 east bound facing northwest. Both Green and his passenger, Reggie Green, 67, Richmond, Va., refused medical treatment at the scene.

Strauss town Fire Company assisted with traffic control.

Stroudsburg man is busted at Cabela's taking multi-tool

A retail theft attempt was thwarted at Cabela's Outfitters, 100 Cabela Drive, Tilden Township on Aug. 26. Asset Protection employees stopped Robert J. Wieda, 71, of Stroudsburg, after he left the store without paying for a multi-purpose tool with sheath, worth $49.99. Wieda was issued a summary citation for retail theft and released at the scene.

Car flips into pond near Hawk Mountain

A New Tripoli teenager escaped injury last Tuesday after he flipped his car into a pond.

State Police at Hamburg report Garrett M. Sukanick, 19, was driving west on Hawk Mountain Road in Albany Township when he lost control of his 1995 Ford Mustang.

Sukanick mishandled a curve in the road and crossed the eastbound lane of Hawk Mountain Road, eventually leaving the roadway.

The car then slid into a grassy field off the road, flipping onto its roof and then into a nearby pond.

Sukanick faces charges of wreckless driving. His car was towed from the scene, police report. He was wearing his seat belt.

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