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HAZLETON — City police reported the following:


* Police filed a string of charges against Juan Rodriguez, 21, of Hazleton, after they said he drove his car into the Abbey Coffee House on South Poplar Street shortly after 1 p.m. Saturday.


Police said Rodriguez tried to drive away after the crash, dragging a witness who tried to stop him. The witness did not suffer life threatening injuries. Another witness was bitten by Rodriguez during a fight, police said. The coffee house sustained extensive damage to the front wall.


Police charged Rodriguez with accidents involving death or injury, simple assault, resisting arrest, recklessly endangering, persistent disorderly conduct, accident involving damage to attended vehicles or property, driving under the influence and several traffic violations. He was arraigned at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility and held for lack of $50,000 bail.


* Sylvester Roberts, 27, of Hazleton, was charged with simple assault, harassment and possession of a controlled substance after a domestic dispute at 8 a.m. Sunday on South Wyoming Street. A 42-year-old woman suffered facial and head injuries and police said they found suspected crack cocaine on him.


* Lewis Arvelo Fernandez, 23, of North Laurel Street, was charged with harassing Jenny Sanchez, 22, of South Laurel Street, at 1:15 a.m. Sunday.


Domingo Nouvas, no age or address available, Maria Montoya, 25, of Hazleton, and Ricardo Emilio Urena Orosco, 21, of Harleigh, were separately cited Sunday with noise ordinance violations.


WILKES-BARRE — Police said Jody Ford shoved his 7-year-old daughter and head butted his wife Saturday night after their new puppy spread garbage and defecated on the living room floor of their home on Hazle Avenue.


Ford was charged and held at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $10,000 bail.


According to a written statement given by Rebecca Abel, Ford’s wife:


Abel, Ford and four small children went to party at Ford’s cousin’s house where he was drinking heavily.


They returned home and found garbage on the floor from the puppy. Ford “flipped out” and called Abel inappropriate names.


As she was cleaning up the mess with their 7-year-old daughter, Ford spit on Abel. When she stood up he head-butted her, causing her to stagger backwards.


As Ford passed the girl he pushed her in the chest, forcing her onto a couch. Several minutes later, he shoved her again.


Seeing that, Abel threw a child’s chair at Ford to protect the girl. Ford then pushed Abel and went upstairs. He returned with a closed pocket knife and threatened to slice Abel’s throat. Abel knocked the knife out of his hand.


Ford chased Abel, calling her names, spitting at her and shoving her.


Police said there was a faded red mark on the girl, but no visible marks on Abel.


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