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PLAINS TWP. — Two people were injured during a home invasion early Monday morning, township police said.


When police responded to 41 Hudson Road at 1:49 a.m., Edward Olowiany told them he was upstairs sleeping when two people wearing ski masks dragged him out of bed, assaulted him and held him down with a baseball bat. Olowiany was transported to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township for treatment of injuries to his face and head.


Kim Matosky told police she was downstairs on the couch when two people entered the residence and that she also was assaulted. Matosky had some red marks on her neck.


Reported stolen were jewelry and prescription drugs. An investigation is continuing.


LUZERNE COUNTY — A total of 21 wanted persons were taken into custody Wednesday during a fugitive round-up organized by Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis and the county Sheriff Brian Szumski. The round-up was conducted throughout the day in Wilkes-Barre and surrounding areas.


Members of the District Attorney’s Advanced Tactical Anti-Crime Unit and Detective Division, Luzerne County Sheriffs, state police and Wilkes-Barre Police, in conjunction with Kingston, Edwardsville, Hanover and Nanticoke police departments, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Marshal Service worked with multiple teams to raid locations throughout the central part of Luzerne County.


Salavantis said in a news release that she wants to thank all of departments that participated and attributed the raid’s success to the cooperation among law enforcement on the local, county, state and federal levels.


SCRANTON — Two brothers from Wilkes-Barre were charged by the U.S. Attorney’s Office with distributing cocaine in Luzerne County for more than five years.


Thomas Ceprish, 32, and Simon Ceprish, 32, were charged Tuesday after an investigation by the FBI, state Office of Attorney General and Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office.


Federal authorities allege the brothers distributing cocaine from January 2008 to April 2013.


SCRANTON — A Hazleton man was arrested Tuesday on federal charges he was trafficking cocaine and crack cocaine.


Jose Angeles, 53, also known as Catalino Rivera-Felix and Tito, participated in a drug trafficking conspiracy that involved cocaine and crack cocaine since January, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.


Angeles was indicted by a federal grand jury in January.


The charges stem from an investigation by special agents and task force officers of the FBI, state police, and police in Hazleton and Sugarloaf.


HANOVER TWP. — A Nanticoke man was stunned with a Taser and arrested after, police allege, he repeatedly kicked an officer who was trying to arrest him on drug charges.


Township police said Tyler Degraffenreid, 20, of East Union Street, was allegedly in possession of Suboxone, a prescription medicine used for maintenance treatment of opioid dependence, while in the KFC parking lot on Oxford Street on Monday.


While he was being arrested, Degraffenreid allegedly kicked an officer six times before a Taser was deployed.


Degraffenreid was charged with possession and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, six counts of resisting arrest, one count of simple assault and one felony count of aggravated assault on law enforcement. He was arraigned befiore District Judge Joseph Zola and jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility after failig to post $75,000 straight cash bail.


PLAINS TWP. — Township police reported the following:


• Police responded to the Twist nightclub on state Route 315 at 12:39 a.m. Saturday for a report of a male who was punched in the face and was bleeding. Adhem Ahmed of Kingston alleged that Dakota Barnes of Wilkes-Barre punched him and fled before police arrived. Ahmed was taken to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital for treatment. Charges are pending, police said.


• Cathy Paradis, of Plains Township, reported on Monday that someone stole her purse from inside her vehicle while it was parked in Lot A at the Mohegan Sun Casino between 10:45 and 11:25 p.m. Sunday night. She was unsure if she left the vehicle locked or not.


WILKES-BARRE — City police reported the following:


• Copper pipe was stolen during a burglary at a residence on West Chestnut Street on Tuesday.


• A flat-screen television, money and a Xbox 360 video game system were stolen during a burglary at a residence on Woodside Drive.


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


• Catalytic converters were stolen from a 2009 Chevrolet Express van, owned by Troy Mechanical, and a 1998 Toyota 4Runner, owned by William Feist, while the vehicles were parked in the Park&Ride Lot on Wilkes-Barre Township Boulevard on Monday.


• Russel Michel reported Monday someone dented the passenger side of is 1996 Pontiac Firebird while it was at Monroe Muffler, Wilkes-Barre Township Boulevard.


• Robert Faulker reported Monday that someone threw a piece of asphalt that damaged the rain vent and scratched a window on his 2012 Chevrolet on Spruce Street.


• A 16-year-old girl from Wilkes-Barre was cited with retail theft after store security at JC Penney, Wyoming Valley Mall, reported she failed to pay for $170 worth of jewelry on Friday.

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