HAZLE TWP. —A township woman faces several charges after her 9-year-old son went to the school nurse complaining of back pain.
Police said a school official called police after the nurse observed injuries to the boy’s back. The boy told police his mother struck him numerous times with a plastic spatula, causing bruises, police said.
Holly Marie Johnson, 34, of Hollywood Boulevard, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, simple assault and harassment. She was arraigned before District Judge James Dixon and jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $25,000 bail. Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Feb. 12 before Dixon.
WILKES-BARRE — The Pitchers Mound, 311 Blackman St., Wilkes-Barre, was recently cited with violating the state Liquor Code by selling, furnishing or giving alcoholic beverages to a minor or permitting such on Oct. 25, 2013, according to the Wilkes-Barre District Office of the state police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement.
HAZLE TWP. — Gamel Stacey McFarland, 20, was arrested and cited with harassment after state police in Hazleton responded to a reported assault at Mount Laurel Motel, 1039 S. Church St., at about 1:15 p.m. Tuesday. McFarland allegedly threw a boot at his girlfriend, striking her in the head or face, police said.
HAZLETON —City police reported the following:
• City police arrested Corey Kreiger, 26, of Oneida, after a brief foot chase in the area of 15th and Locust streets when police responded to a report of a suspicious person at about 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, police said.
Police say Kreiger was injecting heroin while in his vehicle, which was parked on a city street, and he fled when police arrived. He was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and disorderly conduct, police said.
Kreiger also had an active warrant from the Luzerne County Sheriff’s Department for failure to appear for a charge of retail theft, and he was jailed at the county prison, police said.
• William Welfel, 49, of Hazleton, was cited with public drunkenness and disorderly conduct after police responded to a report of an intoxicated male unresponsive at Vesuvio’s Pizzeria, 101 N. Wyoming St., at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.
• Police responded to a one-car crash at North Church and West Maple streets just before 6 p.m. Tuesday and found a white 2006 Acura TL with front-end damage. The driver, Erika Pujols, told police she was traveling north on Church Street when a vehicle pulled in front of her, causing her to swerve and strike the snow on the east side of a residence.
• Franklyn Nunez, 27, of Hazleton, was driving a 2014 Dodge Durango on a snow-covered Fern Street at about 10:54 a.m. Wednesday when his vehicle struck the driver’s side of a 2004 Chrysler Town & Country that Robert Matchick, 82, of Hazleton, was driving north on Laurel Street, police said.
The impact caused the Chrysler to strike a parked 2011 Chrysler Town & Country owned by Megan and Matthew Howey. The Nunez and Matchick vehicles were towed away by DeLuca’s Towing.
• Police responded to a crash that occurred at 11th and Peace streets at about 5:44 p.m. Wednesday, when a 1988 Chevrolet Venture driven by Luis Ortiz Quevedo, 44, of Hazleton, pulled into the path of a 2005 Scion TL, driven by Joseph Pagnotti, 23, of the Drums section of Butler Township. No injuries were reported, police said.
WILKES-BARRE — City police reported the following:
• Wendy Kelley-Rozelle, of South Main Street, Wilkes-Barre, was taken into custody, transported to police headquarters and cited with public drunkenness after police were dispatched to the area of North Main and North streets at about 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, police said.
NANTICOKE — City police said they are investigating three separate burglaries in the 100 and 200 blocks of East Church Street and the 100 block of South Walnut Street.
Police said the burglaries occurred from Jan. 24 through Feb. 2. A large amount of change and money was taken from a jar inside one of the houses, police said.
Anyone with information about the burglaries is asked to call Nanticoke police at 570-735-2200.
WILKES-BARRE — Officers with the city police Tactical Unit and troopers with the state police Vice and Narcotics Unit charged a city man with selling cocaine several times in a school zone.
Ashan Plummer, 48, of 372 Stanton St., allegedly sold cocaine on Jan. 22, Jan. 29 and Jan. 31, according to the criminal complaints.
Cocaine sales allegedly occurred within 1,000 feet of the Dodson Elementary School on Jones Street.
Plummer was arraigned Thursday on four counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, four counts of criminal use of communication facility and a one count each of possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $200,000 bail.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Feb. 18.
WILKES-BARRE — A woman was arraigned Thursday on charges she performed a sex act for money in an elevator.
Christina Velasquez, 47, of Crow Street, Plains Township, was charged with prostitution, indecent exposure, open lewdness and disorderly conduct. She was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $5,000 bail.
City police allege Hawkeye surveillance cameras recorded Velasquez and an unknown man engaged in sex acts in an elevator at 47 S. Washington St. on Jan. 13, according to the criminal complaint. The camera recorded the man giving Velasquez money after the lewd act, the complaint says.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Feb. 20.
HAZLETON — City police arrested Jonas Santana, 24, of North Locust Street, Hazleton, on charges he sold heroin on Alter Street on Wednesday.
Santana was arraigned Thursday on charges of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and two counts of criminal use of communication facility. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $50,000 bail.