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WILKES-BARRE — Police reported the following:

• Paul Lazzaro of Madison Street was cited with public drunkenness Saturday after a fight in front of a house in the 200 block of North Washington Street.

Police responded to a report of two men fighting around 4 p.m. and arrived to break it up. Sean Zingale told police he invited Lazzaro over and his guest got intoxicated and became aggressive. Zingale said Lazzaro refused to leave when asked to do so.

Zingale said that when he tried to shove Lazzaro out of the house a fight ensured. Police spoke to Lazzaro and saw that he was under the influence of alcohol to a degree that he was a danger to himself and others. He was arrested, taken to police headquarters and held until sober.

• Brian Luke of Stroudsburg was taken into custody after police used a Taser on him Friday night along South Wilkes-Barre Boulevard.

Two girls reported around 7:25 p.m. that a white male who had been following them in the area of the McDonald’s was hiding in a tree along the boulevard. Police located the male, later identified as Luke, in the tree and saw that he had a hand inside the front of his pants. They ordered him to put his hand in the air and come out of the tree.

He walked out but had his hands down by the front of his pants. He complied with a second order to put up his hands and police saw that his pants were open. He put his hands down and tried to pull a brown object from his pants, prompting police to use a Taser on him.

He was taken into custody and transported to the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital for treatment of injuries suffered in an earlier incident on the Market Street Bridge.

• Raechel Murray of Hillside Avenue, Edwardsville, said her Apple iPhone 5 was taken from her by one of the men who surrounded her in the parking lot of the Pantry Quik, 161 Carey Ave. around 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

She said four black males, short in stature with thin builds and between the ages of 19 and 21 were walking south on the avenue. They entered the parking lot and one of the started talking to her. The others surrounded her and one of them grabbed her phone from her hand. They ran north on the avenue with Murray chasing them.

She said they went into an apartment building on Susquehanna Avenue.

• Gunmen took a purse and cellphone during a robbery Saturday at a residence on Carbon Lane.

The suspects were described as three black males between the ages of 18 and 25 with thin builds and between 5 feet, 9 inches and 5 feet. 11 inches tall. They wore blue jeans and blue, black and gray hooded tops.

The victim said three men knocked on the front door and asked for “Jimmy” around 7:45 p.m. Two of them pulled out handguns and rushed into the residence before taking the items. The suspect wearing a gray hooded top had a black handgun. The suspect wearing the black hooded top had a silver revolver. The suspect wearing the blue hooded top did not show a weapon.

Police questioned a person of interest after the reported robbery but he was released pending further information.

• A homeless man was cited early Sunday morning with public drunkenness after police on patrol saw him harassing Wilkes University students on South Main Street. Melvin Minkler, 49, was taken into custody around 2 a.m. and transported to police headquarters. He was unable to contact a sober adult for his release and was held until sober.

• Anthony Walsh, 19, of Wilkes-Barre, was charged with theft and possession of false identification after he accepted the delivery of food ordered by a neighbor around 10:10 p.m. Saturday on Hutson Street.

Police investigated the report of a food delivery not being received although it was billed for. Further investigation determined it was delivered to a neighboring address and that Walsh accepted it. Police found out that Walsh had false identification, took him into custody and transported him to headquarters.

• Gary Havrilla, 32, of Wyoming Street, was arrested around 7:05 a.m. Sunday on East Northampton Street on an outstanding warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia. He was transported to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for arraignment.

• Joseph Krawetz, 43, of East Main Street, was charged with simple assault after a domestic dispute around 3:50 a.m Sunday in a residence on East Main Street.

A 39-year-old woman suffered a knee injury when she was knocked against a cabinet. An eyewitness also said the woman was struck in the face and choked.

Krawetz was taken to police headquarters and later transferred to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for arraignment.

• Police responded to reports of shots fired on High Street around 1:25 a.m Sunday.

A vehicle reportedly left after the shots were fired. Police found no one with injuries from the reported shots and no property damage. They did find a .380-caliber shell casing.

• Sasha Navarrte told police her residence on Hortense Street was burglarized between 2 p.m. Saturday and 2:15 p.m. Sunday. An Apple iMac computer was stolen from the first floor and three televisions were stolen from an upstairs bedroom along with jewelry and perfume.

• Charlene Maxwell of North Empire Street told police a very unkempt white male, approximately 27, wearing blue jeans and T-shirt came into her residence and sat on her couch around 6:55 p.m. Saturday.

When he refused to leave, Maxwell started to call police, but the man grabbed her phone and told her not to make the call. He left the house in an unknown direction. Police searched the area and did not find anyone who met the description she provided.

• Kris Maslowski of East Union Street, Nanticoke was arrested for alleged public drunkenness after he was refused service at Patte’s Sports Bar on West Hollenback Avenue around 8:10 p.m. Saturday.

Police found Maslowski seated in the back of an ambulance. He refused medical treatment for an injury related to a fall. Police said he had glassy eyes, was unable to walk, fell when he stood up and had an odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath.

• Queen Harris of Coal Street told police her purse containing cash was stolen during a burglary at her residence between 6:15 p.m. Friday and 5:30 a.m. Saturday.

• Dorothy Crosby of Coal Street told police her husband, Caino Reid, put a handgun to her head and threatened to kill her Sunday afternoon. Police responded to a report of a domestic dispute at the residence around 3:10 p.m.

Crosby said she hadn’t seen Reid for three days until he returned to get clothes. They argued and Crosby told him to leave for good because he always makes threats to kill her. Reid pulled out a handgun and threatened her, pulling away the weapon when a taxi arrived and beeped its horn.

Reid shoved Crosby against the wall and left. Police checked the area for Reid.

WYOMING — State police along with the Wilkes-Barre Police Department conducted a cooperative enforcement detail Friday afternoon and night. The reported the following results: 11 people were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs; one stolen vehicle was recovered; eight people were arrested for narcotics violations; five people wanted on warrants were arrested; 78 traffic citations were issued for vehicle code violations; 16 written warnings were issued for vehicle code violations; raw and packaged heroin, marijuana and ecstasy were seized.

HANOVER TWP. — Police reported the following:

• The soccer fields at the Hanover Recreation Park off Front Street were damaged Sunday by all terrain type vehicles.

The people in charge of the fields left around 12:25 p.m. and returned around 1:30 p.m. to prepare for a soccer game. Parents told them two ATVs had driven across the field, tearing up the grass and causing the cancellation of the game.

One of the ATV riders appeared to be an adult and the other was a younger person. Damage to the field and the cost of cancelling the game was approximately $300.

• A pickup truck stolen from Ronnie’s Service Station on the Sans Souci Parkway was used to smash through the gate of the business late Saturday.

The 2002 Dodge Dakota was heavily damaged and left at the scene.

A 1996 Acura Integra was also stolen and later recovered in Plymouth. Plymouth police received a report of an Acura driving erratically in the area of the New Street apartment around 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

• Barry Chiverella of Wilkes-Barre told police around 1:45 a.m. Sunday he was punched in the face at Beer Bellies, Dexter Street. He could not identify his assailant and did not require medical treatment.

• A harassment charge was filed against Dale Sheldon Garey Jr., 22, of West River Street, Wilkes-Barre following a domestic dispute with his sister at a residence on Dexter Street around 3:45 a.m. Sunday. Garey fled before police arrived.

HAZLETON — Police reported the following:

• William Diaz Encarnacion, 21, of Hazleton told police a 9 mm Ruger handgun was stolen from his 2004 Nissan Maxima while it was parked in the Dollar General lot on East Diamond Avenue between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. Sunday.

• Mark Kowalski, 18, of Hazleton, was arrested on an outstanding bench warrant from Luzerne County Juvenile Probation around 10:30 a.m . Sunday during a traffic stop at Eighth and Laurel streets.

MONROE TWP. - State police reported a church bell in the front of the Beaumont Gospel Church along state Route 309 in Wyoming County was damaged when it was knocked off its pedestal between 11:30 a.m. Sept. 14 and 7:40 a.m. Sept. 15.

BUTLER TWP. — Police reported the following:

• Justin Harter, 31, of Old Turnpike Road Drums, was charged with driving under the influence in connection with a crash on March 14 on St. Johns Road.

He lost control of his vehicle, struck 12 guide rail posts and traveled down an embankment. His blood alcohol content was 0.21 percent, police said. An adult driver in Pennsylvania is considered legally intoxicated with a BAC of 0.08 percent.

• Robert Fisher, 23, of Center Street, Freeland was charged with driving under the influence in connection with a traffic stop on July 16.

He was driving without his headlights on and tailgating a vehicle. Police said his blood alcohol content was 0.14 percent. An adult driver in Pennsylvania is considered legally intoxicated with a BAC of 0.08 percent.

• A 9 mm Springfield pistol, an X-Box game station and a laptop computer were stolen during a burglary of a residence on Hi-Tor Drive between noon and 11 p.m. Sept. 7.

• A filing cabinet was broken into and items stolen from it during a burglary at a residence on Edgerock Drive between 7a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sept. 13

• A 21-year-old student from Philadelphia attending the Keystone Job Corps Center suffered minor injuries during an altercation with several people on Sept. 13. The assault is under investigation.

• Police are investigating a hit-and-run that occurred between midnight and 2 a.m. Sept. 15 in the 800 block of St. Johns Road. The suspect vehicle is silver was believed to be traveling west on the roadway. The vehicle sustained damage to the right front bumper.

• Approximately 1,500 pounds of scrap metal was stolen from a property in the area of Trolley Bed Road on Sept. 17.

• A television, computer and money were stolen during a burglary discovered Sept. 17 at a residence in the 300 block of South Old Turnpike Road

• An aluminum ladder, hand truck and power tools were stolen from a storage shed on Glendale Road during a burglary discovered Friday.

• Alfred Hadley, 26, of Kunkletown, was charged with disorderly conduct and public drunkenness after police found him running in front of cars near the intersection of state Route 309 and Butler Drive around 11:55 p.m. Saturday.

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