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WILKES-BARRE — A man from New Jersey was arraigned Thursday on charges he provided false information to police and was under the influence of marijuana in public.


Richard J. Tucker, 31, of Newark, was charged with false identification to law enforcement, possession of drug paraphernalia and public drunkenness. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $10,000 bail.


Police allege Tucker was a passenger in a pickup truck stopped at Lawrence Street and Plymouth Avenue on Wednesday. Tucker allegedly admitted he smoked marijuana by telling police he was “Really high,” according to the criminal complaint.


Police said Tucker used a false name and date of birth to identify himself, the complaint says. Tucker was wanted by U.S. Marshals, police said.


BUTLER TWP. — Township police reported the following:


• A man from Drums wanted in New Jersey was arrested on Wednesday. Douglas E. McGowan, 40, of Nesco Manor, and a woman were arguing in the 300 block of North Hunter Highway. A records check showed McGowan was wanted for failure to appear in Union County, New Jersey, Court on unknown charges, police said.


Police said McGowan damaged a cellphone in the police department.


• Several people with flashlights were prowling outside a house in the 200 block of Sugarloaf Heights Road Wednesday night.


• Police said the driver of a vehicle drove away after crashing into two electronic menu signs and a tree at Wendy’s restaurant, North Hunter Highway, on Monday.


• Items were stolen from a vehicle parked on Nesco Manor Road on Monday.


HAZLETON — City police reported the following:


• A woman residing in the 800 block of Alter Street reported Wednesday her credit card was used without her knowledge.


• Prescription medication was stolen from a residence in the 600 block of Alter Street while the homeowner was sleeping from 1 to 4:30 a.m. on Thursday.


• A hood to a 2006 Acrua was damaged when it was parked in the 400 block of West Chapel Street late Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning.


• A black 1998 Nissan Maxima, Pennsylvania license plate HYL-7066, was stolen from the area of Cedar and Chestnut streets on Tuesday.


• A black 15-inch HP laptop computer was stolen during a burglary of a residence on Morris Lane on Wednesday.


KINGSTON — A woman from Edwardsville was arraigned Thursday on charges she stole items from Turkey Hill on Main Street.


Alysia Renee Snyder, 23, of Short Street, was charged with separate counts of retail theft. She was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $10,000 bail.


Police allege Snyder had stolen a turkey and cheese wrap and three candy bars at 2:50 p.m. Snyder returned to the store at 7:30 p.m. and allegedly stole Red Bull and honey buns.


A preliminary hearing is scheduled on June 4 before District Judge Paul Roberts in Kingston.


PLYMOUTH — A man from Plymouth was arraigned Thursday on charges he robbed a boy and was in possession of synthetic marijuana.


Edward J. Kreidler, 20, of Elm Street, was charged by Plymouth police with two counts of robbery and a single count of harassment. Kingston police charged Kreidler with possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $30,000 bail.


Plymouth police allege Kreidler pushed a boy to the ground and took $10 from the boy’s pockets on West Main Street on Jan. 22. Kreidler allegedly told the boy he would shoot him if he did not give him more money, according to the criminal complaint.


Kingston police allege Kreidler was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped on Wyoming Avenue and in possession of synthetic marijuana, according to the complaint.


WILKES-BARRE — A homeless man was arraigned Thursday on charges he entered a residential building on the campus of Wilkes University.


Njie Momodou, 38, was charged with criminal trespass. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $5,000 and on a detainer by U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement.


City police allege Momodou entered a dormitory on West Northampton Street on Wednesday night, according to the criminal complaint.


Momodou told police he was seeking shelter, the complaint says.


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