Drug, DUI Offenses Top December Violations List

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – Arrests for drug-related offenses and those for driving under the influence of a substance were tied in leading a list of criminal violations handled by the Lower Pottsgrove Police Department during December 2022, according to a monthly report provided by Police Chief Richard Bell to the township Board of Commissioners.

Among a total of 51 criminal violations department officers dealt with last month, seven each were for drug offenses and DUIs, the report stated. It was delivered to commissioners during their Jan. 3 (2023; Tuesday) meeting.

Other violations addressed by the department during December included:

  • Reckless or careless driving, five;
  • Disorderly conduct, retail theft, and simple assault, four each;
  • Harassment, possessing instruments of crime, receiving stolen property, and recklessly endangering another person, three each;
  • Aggravated assault, and criminal trespass, two each; and
  • Criminal mischief, failure to stop and give information or render aid, terroristic threats, and theft, one each.

Officers arrested 17 adults during the month, and three juveniles were handled. Three individuals were subject to involuntary commitment, the report added.

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Other coverage of the Lower Pottsgrove Board Jan. 3 meeting:

Board’s Sunnybrook Meeting Unexpected, Necessary
Lower Pottsgrove commissioners met at The Sunnybrook Ballroom because the Buchert Road municipal building conference room could not be occupied. It and other areas were being repaired.

Police Visited Schools 15 Times During December
Five different alleged offenses prompted Lower Pottsgrove police to visit Pottsgrove school buildings during December. The remainder were for foot patrols, service calls, and assistance, police Chief Rick Bell said.

Lower Pottsgrove Accepts PA Tax Notice Failure Law
A law that grants a limited waiver of paying penalties on a late property tax bill, but which applies only to buyers of homes during 2023 or later, was approved Tuesday by Lower Pottsgrove as required by the state.

One Named, 3 Reappointed to Township Vacancies
New Year business Tuesday for the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners included reappointing three volunteers to expiring terms on township advisory boards; and appointing one other to an initial term.

Township Assists on Sanatoga Center Equipment Need
Administrators of Sanatoga Center, the skilled nursing facility on Evergreen Road, have sought Lower Pottsgrove’s emergency management help in working with Montgomery County to update specialized equipment.