Ephrata Borough and East Cocalico Police Logs, November 9, 2016

By on November 10, 2016

The East Cocalico Police Department reported the following:

FALSE REPORT: Douglas N. Lees, 58, the 300 block of Main Street, Denver, was charged with false reports to law enforcement authorities after an incident that occurred at 11:47 p.m. Sept. 4. Police were dispatched to Ephrata National Bank, 1 Main St., Denver Borough, for an attempted robbery. The first officer arrived on scene in less than one minute and spoke with Lees, who was the night-time cleaning man. Lees reported that he saw a male outside the bank. The male pulled a black handgun from his waistband and ordered him to let him in the bank. Lees then ran into an office and called 911. Officers on scene noticed that Lees appeared intoxicated at the time of the report.

Several days after the incident, Lees admitted to police that he never heard or spoke with anyone outside the bank and he never saw a handgun. Lees admitted that he believed he may have seen his reflection in the glass window and that he embellished the entire story. Bank surveillance did not show anyone outside the bank at the time of the incident.

Lees was sent a summons to appear in District Court on the charge. Police were assisted by members of the Denver Fire Company, who responded to the scene with a thermal imaging camera to assist the initial search.

DUI: Nicholas N. Cordero, 36, was stopped for erratic driving in the 100 block of Monroe Street, Denver Borough, at 2:10 p.m. Sept. 14. He was arrested for suspicion of DUI. Subsequent blood testing revealed he was under the influence of a combination of narcotic analgesics and marijuana. His license was also suspended. DUI and driving while suspended charges were filed and a summons sent by mail Oct. 31.

DISORDERLY CONDUCT: Officers responded to a male lying on the sidewalk in the 300 block of North Seventh Street, Denver Borough, at 11:17 p.m. Oct. 28. Zachary Thomas, 22, was later found intoxicated and taken into custody. He was charged with disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.

VIOLATION: Officers responded to two dogs running loose in the area of North Reamstown Road and Colonel Howard Boulevard, East Cocalico Township, at 3:19 a.m. Oct. 29. Harvey Martin, 47, was identified as the owner. Martin had previously received a warning regarding his dogs and was charged with a state dog law violation.

CRASH: A single vehicle crash occurred on 222 South, East Cocalico Township, at 6:16 a.m. Nov. 1. The vehicle lost control, traveling off the right side of the road and struck a guardrail. This caused the vehicle to flip onto its side. The male driver was taken to Reading Hospital with a back injury by Reamstown Ambulance. Reamstown Fire Company assisted on scene.

The East Cocalico Police Department provides coverage for East Cocalico Township and Denver Borough.


Ephrata Borough Police Department reported the following:

POSSESSION: Police recently charged an Adamstown Borough man with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, driving under the influence of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police were dispatched to the 300 block of West Main Street, Adamstown Borough, for a vehicle parked in the road at 7:05 a.m. Oct. 5, and found Bryan P. Shahade, 29, Adamstown, unconscious in the driver’s seat. Police noticed drugs and paraphernalia on the center console of the vehicle. Police subsequently searched the vehicle and located methamphetamine, marijuana, drug packaging material, and over $750. A blood test revealed that Shahade was under the influence of methamphetamine.

After receiving the toxicology report Oct. 25, police arrested Shahade. He was arraigned by District Judge Nancy Hamill. He was initially incarcerated, but has since posted bail.

BURGLARY: Police arrested Ryan F. Steffy, 28, Stevens, for the Nov. 1 daylight burglary of a barn in the 100 block of Gockley Road, West Cocalico Township, Nov. 2. Police allege that Steffy entered a barn around 3:30 p.m. and stole a bicycle. Multiple witnesses assisted the police in identifying Steffy as a suspect. Steffy is awaiting arraignment.

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