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October 12. 2013 11:19PM
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BUTLER TWP. —Township police reported the following:


• Police charged Angelo A. Errichetto of Birch Street with harrasment after a domestic dispute at Erichetto’s home, police said.


• Owners of a recently vacated home along Chestnut street discovered Monday the appliances inside were stolen, police said.


• A Freeland woman collided with a bear Wednesday night while driving on North Hunter Highway near the Old Turnpike Road intersection, police said. The driver directly behind the first also struck the bear. Both drivers left the scene uninjured.


• Police charged Stephen Furedi, 27, of Pittston, last Thursday with two felony counts of aggravated assault by vehicle, police said.


Furedi was driving drunk July 14 when he crossed into the oncoming lane on North Hunter Highway and struck a vehicle that had been moving in the opposite direction, seriously injuring the other driver, police said.


Furedi was also charged with misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of a controlled substance as police said they determined he had traces of marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methadone and barbituates in his system at the time of the crash.


HAZLETON — City police reported the following:


• A man was robbed around 5:30 p.m. Saturday in the area of Alter and Third streets. The suspect, described as a Hispanic man in his 20s with braids and wearing a blue shirt, jeans and sneakers, took money out of the victim’s hand. The victim was not injured.


• Someone stole several cartons of cigarettes from Pantry Quik at 902 W. Diamond Ave. just before 9 p.m. Thursday and fled on foot. No injuries were reported. The thief is described as a white male in his 30s, about 5 feet, 8 inches tall with a medium build and wearing a dark-color sweatshirt and jeans.


•Someone forced their way into a residence in the 700 block of Grant Street sometime between 9 a.m. and 8:55 p.m. Wednesday and stole a Taurus 40 caliber handgun and several other items.


• It was reported Thursday morning that someone broke into a residence in the 700 block of Vine Street near 11th Street overnight and stole all the copper pipe.


• Shelly Porrecca, 34, of Hazleton, reported on Thursday that her LG Intuition cellphone had been stolen on Wednesday.


• Someone forced entry into a residence in the 600 block of East Diamond Avenue sometime between 6 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Friday.


Anyone with information on any of these incidents should contact Hazleton police at 570-459-4940 or via 911.


• Peter Thomas, 34, of Hazleton, was cited with public drunkenness and disorderly conduct after an incident at about 1:20 a.m. Friday in the 200 block of South Cedar Street, police said.


• Steven Smith, 35, of Plains Township, was cited with violating the city drug ordinance after he was found allegedly in possession of a syringe containing heroin after an incident near the intersection of Wyoming and Juniper streets at about 1:50 a.m. Thursday, police said.


• Rafael Dones Rosa, of East Chestnut Street, Hazleton, was taken into custody on a warrant out of Luzerne County for failure to appear after police observed him acting suspiciously in the area of Uni-Mart on East Broad Street at 2:24 a.m. Thursday, police said.


• An aluminum tri-fold ramp was stolen from a a property in the 100 block of Berner Avenue between Sept. 28 and Saturday.


EDWARDSVILLE — Karim Sharif Muhammad, 32, of Church Street, Edwardsville, was charged with simple assault and harassment after borough police responded to a domestic disturbance report at his address at 10:43 p.m. Wednesday, according to court papers.


When police arrived, Corianna Cupil told them Muhammad, her boyfriend, assaulted her.


Muhammad, who was sitting in his car, told police he and his girlfriend were in bed when she kneed him in the back, and he swung his arm over and hit her. Cupil, who police said had a fat, bloody lip, provided the same account and said she wanted to pursue charges.


Muhammad was arraigned before District Judge Gerald Feissner and jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $7,500 bail.


WILKES-BARRE — A McLean Street woman reported Saturday that a Beretta Cougar 9 milimeter handgun, serial number 051979mc, was stolen from her home about a week and a half ago, police said.




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