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WILKES-BARRE — City police reported the following:


• Cash was stolen during a burglary of a residence on Calvin Street sometime between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Monday.


• A 27-year-old man told police Monday a black man known as “AZ” displayed a weapon and demanded money in the area of 71 S. Franklin St. The man described the suspect as being in his 50s, about 6 feet, 1 inch tall, 175 pounds, with long dreadlocks.


• Police charged Ronald Belcastro Jr., of White Haven, with stealing a toy remote-control monster truck from a 6-year-old boy suffering from neurological disorders.


Police said Belcastro was hired by a city resident to move property into a house on Chilwick Street in February. The homeowner noticed his son’s remote control truck, charger and controller were missing.


Belcastro denied any knowledge of the missing toy. Police said on Sunday that Belcastro contacted the homeowner and offered to sell the toy for $40.


Arrangements were made to meet Belcastro in the 200 block of High Street, where police retrieved the toy from a baby carriage being pushed by a woman who was with Belcastro.


Belcastro was charged with three counts of theft and a single count of receiving stolen property. He was released after posting $5,000 bail.


• A 27-year old man reported his PlayStation IV was stolen Sunday from his apartment at 155 W. River St.


ASHLEY — State police on Sunday said two people from Mountain Top were injured when their car was struck from behind and pushed over an embankment while they were attempting to get onto Interstate 81.


Attilio Panzitta, 86, and Katherine Panzitta, 81, suffered severe injuries and were taken to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center.


State police said Attilio Panzitta was driving a 2011 Ford Fusion entering I-81 northbound from state Route 309 around 2:30 p.m. Panzitta stopped on the entrance ramp at mile marker 165 and was struck from behind by a 2003 Dodge Caravan driven by Richard Bonham Jr. , 68, of White Haven. The impact pushed Panzitta’s car over an embankment, state police said.


The investigation continues with Bonham facing numerous summary traffic violations, state police said.


LEHIGH TWP. — A hiker from Catasauqua, Lehigh County, died Monday when he lost his footing and fell from a trail in a dangerous part of the State Game Lands in Lehigh Township, Carbon County, state police at Hazleton reported.


Jesse Michael Crossley, 20, was hiking in an area known as Glen Onoko Falls at about 12:10 p.m. when he fell, police said. Crossley was pronounced dead at the scene by Carbon County Coroner Bruce Nalesnik at 2:23 p.m. The investigation is continuing into the death, though there do not appear to be any suspicious circumstances, police said.


WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Township police reported the following:


• Store security at Target, Wilkes-Barre Township Commons, reported a man and woman fled the store without paying for 17 DVD box sets valued at $605 on Sunday. They were last seen driving a dark blue Ford Taurus.


• A store employee at AT&T Wireless, Wyoming Valley Mall, reported Friday that a Samsung Galaxy cellphone valued at $430 was stolen.


• Phuong My Nguyen reported Thursday her purse was stolen from Holly’s Nail Salon, Wilkes-Barre Township Boulevard.


• Police cited a 15-year-old boy from Hazleton with retail theft after store security at Walmart Supercenter, Wilkes-Barre Township Marketplace, said he had stolen $114 worth of merchandise and XBox accessories on Saturday.


• A store employee at Staples, Arena Hub Plaza, reported a man had stolen an Apple iPad Second Generation valued at $500 on Saturday.


PLAINS TWP. — Police said they planned to cite Linda J. O’Rourke of Kingston with public drunkenness, disorderly conduct and two counts of harassment following an incident at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs casino just after midnight.


Police said they were called at 12:29 a.m. for a report of a disorderly female. They said O’Rourke was causing a disturbance inside Breakers Bar and struck a security officer and attacked another patron. O’Rourke shoved a police officer and was arrested, police said. She was later released from custody.


HANOVER TWP. — State police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement reported the following:


• T.C. Riley’s Pub & Inn, 405 Carverton Road, Kingston Township, was recently cited with fortified and contaminated liquor.


• Enforcement statistics for March: complaints, 169; visits to licensed establishments, 427; age compliance checks, 25; establishments that sold alcohol to minor, seven; administrative citations, 35; warnings, 31; minors arrested for underage drinking, 69; adults arrested for furnishing alcohol to minor, one; arrest for sales without license, two; seized five gallons of beer.


HAZLETON — City police reported the following:


• A PlayStation 3 was stolen from a residence in the 200 block of Fulton Court on Monday.


• Two cellphones were stolen from the men’s locker room at the YMCA on South Church Street on Monday.


• Police said Alexandra Gladkikh, of Hazleton, suffered minor injuries when she lost control of her 2011 Nissan Rouge that struck a street sign and utility pole in the 1700 block of East Broad Street on Monday. Gladkikh was treated at Lehigh Valley Hospital - Hazleton.


• Police arrested Emerson Diaz Tavarez, 22, of Hazleton, while investigating a domestic disturbance in the 300 block of West 17th Street just before 1 a.m. Tuesday. A woman was transported to Lehigh Valley Hospital - Hazleton with injuries, police said.


Tavarez was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and harassment. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $10,000 bail.


• Police charged Delba Gomez De Cordero, 28, of Hazleton, with making false reports to law enforcement, damage to unattended vehicle and failure to provide duty and render aid after she crashed her vehicle into a parked vehicle in the 600 block of West 20th Street on Monday.


Cordero drove away and returned to the scene attempting to report she was involved in a crash, police said.


• Police cited Cesar Manuel Hiciano, 59, of Hazleton, with several traffic violations after he allegedly crashed his 1996 Dodge Caravan into two parked vehicles — a 2010 Honda Pilot and a 1996 Chevrolet Lumina — in the area of Cedar and Chapel streets on Sunday.


• Christopher Motors reported on Tuesday a dealer registration was stolen. The plate is Pennsylvania Dealer plate K08719K. Anyone with information related to the theft is asked to contact police at 570-459-4940 or by dialing 911.


• A window on a school bus was damaged in the area of 500 block of West Broad Street on Tuesday.


HAZLE TWP. — State police at Hazleton arrested two men on charges they conspired to enter a vacant house on Alter Street on Saturday.


Sean Abel Ortiz, 21, of West Hazleton, was charged with burglary, criminal conspiracy to commit burglary, criminal mischief and criminal trespass.


Ryan Christopher Stemko, 25, of Hazleton, was charged with criminal conspiracy to commit burglary and criminal solicitation.


Ortiz and Stemko remained jailed Tuesday at the county prison for lack of $10,000 bail each.


State police allege Ortiz forced his way into a vacant residence in the 1000 block of Alter Street and fled when he was spotted by a neighbor. State police said Ortiz was caught in the parking lot of the Church Hill Mall.


EATON TWP. — State police at Tunkhannock charged Kaleb Ebert, 34, of Tunkhannock, with two counts of indecent assault and a summary citation of harassment after a 38-year-old woman from Tunkhannock said he tried to engage her in a sexual encounter on April 1.


Ebert was at the woman’s house to pick up a check, state police said.


A preliminary hearing is scheduled on May 7.

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