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March 28. 2013 11:40PM
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DORRANCE TWP. — Police are investigating the reported theft of jewelry from the home of a Wapwallopen woman on Tuesday.


State police in Hazleton said someone pried open the screen to a bathroom window on the St. Johns Road residence of Loretta M. Dardzinski sometime between 10:35 a.m. and 2:35 p.m. and broke the window lock to gain entry. Taken were about 10 rings and two pairs of earrings valued at about $700.


Specifically, the stolen items include: a silver mother’s ring with emerald, ruby and sapphire birthstones; a size 9 emerald birthstone ring with two opals on the side; an emerald birthstone ring with a silver band; a size 9 ruby ring with small stone chips; a size 7 gold wedding band; a size 9 silver ring with a rose design; a size 9 silver ring with a cubic stone and small chips on the side; and three other rings of unknown description.


A possible suspect vehicle — a silver, two-door car driven by a white male, possibly in his 30s, with a passenger — was observed on the street at about 1 p.m., police said.


Anyone with information should call state police at 459-3890.


HAZLETON — City police reported the following:


• Police are investigating the reported assault of a Hispanic female by a white male and two white females in the area of Third and Alter streets sometime Tuesday, possibly around 4:30 p.m., police said.


Anyone with information should call 459-4940. All information will be kept confidential, police said.


• Sarah Quinones, 29, and Jonathan Alejo, 28, both of Hazleton, were arrested on summary drug and drug paraphernalia possession charges after a traffic stop Wednesday morning, police said.


Quinones also was cited with driving with a suspended license, police said.


ASHLEY — Ashley Crime Watch will meet 7 p.m. April 8 at St. Leo’s/Holy Rosary Church. All residents are urged to attend.


HAZLE TWP. — State police in Hazleton reported the following:


• Police made a drug arrest and took a wanted man into custody while responding to assist with a retail theft investigation at Walmart on Wednesday.


Shane Patrick Welch, 40, and Justin Jacob Taylor, 30, both of Berwick, were questioned while in a suspect vehicle in the parking lot, and a records check indicated Taylor had an outstanding warrant from Columbia County Probation.


Taylor was taken into custody, and Welch granted permission to search the vehicle. Befpre the search, Welch admitted to having heroin in the vehicle, police said.


Police said they recovered 19 bags of suspected heroin and two hypodermic needles belonging to Welch. He faces misdemeanor charges of possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.


Taylor was turned over to Columbia County Probation and jailed.


• Johanna Marie Melson, 20, of Shenandoah, was charged with retail theft after state police in Hazleton responded to a report from loss prevention at Walmart that Melson shoplifted various articles of clothing and left the store without paying for them. Melson was subsequently apprehended, police said.


• Boscov’s employee Chloe Bruce, 19, of Drums section of Butler Township, reported someone stole her cellphone from her purse while it was under a counter at a store checkout area in the young men’s department. An investigation continues.




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