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    First Posted: 6/25/2013

    WILKES-BARRE — A city man charged with assaulting a woman in a February incident will stand trial on related charges in September, a county judge said Tuesday.

    Tahij A. Johnson, 30, of Essex Lane, appeared before county Judge Fred Pierantoni, who scheduled him to stand trial Sept. 23 on charges of aggravated assault, flight to avoid apprehension, simple assault and resisting arrest.

    According to court papers, police were called to Essex Lane on Feb. 20 for the report of a fight. When police entered the home, they observed Misty Williamson with injuries to her face.

    Police asked if Johnson assaulted her, and she replied yes, according to the criminal complaint. Williamson told police Johnson assaulted her because she wanted to leave and he would not let her.

    Williamson, whose jaw was broken, was treated for her injuries at an area hospital.

    WILKES-BARRE — An Exeter man charged with taking items from an area construction business pleaded guilty Tuesday.

    Michael A. Homolash, 41, of Old Exeter Avenue, entered the plea to charges of theft and criminal conspiracy stemming from the October incident. Homolash will be sentenced on Sept. 19, said Judge Fred Pierantoni.

    According to court papers, police were called on Oct. 15 to Popple’s, a Laflin business on East Saylor Avenue, for the report of a theft of scrap metal. A witness told police he observed a vehicle enter the property, throw something in the trunk and attempt to leave. The witness attempted to stop the vehicle and could not, but was able to identify the two occupants.

    Police spoke with Robert Anthony Miller, 40, of Birchwood Estates, Exeter, who said he was on the property with Homolash because Homolash had lost his cellphone while riding an all-terrain vehicle the day before. Miller said Homolash noticed stormwater grate covers that he wanted to use to cover up wires at his house.

    Miller also appeared before Pierantoni Tuesday and is awaiting trial on related, as well as unrelated, charges.

    WILKES-BARRE — Luzerne County Senior Judge Chester Muroski on Tuesday jailed two defendants and issued arrest warrants for 11 other people who were found in contempt for allegedly failing to pay child support.

    Those who were jailed:

    • Justin Howell, Mercer Avenue, Kingston, $2,942
    • Moquea-Rose Henderson, Roosevelt Street, Edwardsville, $1,055

    Those for whom warrants were issued:

    • Dawn Gregory, P.O Box 424, Pittston, $545
    • Dwain Gipson, Ingham Street, Freeland, $15,280
    • David Hazen, N. 5th St., West Hazleton, $7,473
    • Moises Sanchez, Madison Street, Wilkes-Barre, $385
    • Ace Schrader, Apollo Circle, Nanticoke, $3,759
    • Danielle Tyson, O’Neil Avenue, Wilkes-Barre, $1,845
    • Paul Linker, South Thomas Avenue, Kingston, $1,531
    • Donald Rossi, Daffodil Court, Exeter, $20,522
    • Robert Smith, Roosevelt Avenue, Edwardsville, $3,383
    • Juan Cortes, West Market Street, Kingston, $2,333
    • Justin Pate, Andrew Drive, Ashley, $1,440

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