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WILKES-BARRE — A woman was arraigned Wednesday on charges she concealed a syringe inside the Luzerne County Correctional Facility.


Wendi Ann Konopke, 24, of Price Street, Kingston, was charged with possession of contraband by an inmate, reckless endangerment and possession of drug paraphernalia. She remained jailed at the county prison for lack of $10,000 bail.


City police said Konopke was spotted standing in a door at a house on Barney Street at about 5:30 Tuesday night. Police said Konopke was wanted on an unrelated charge.


Konopke ran into the house and was found in a second-floor bedroom. She told police she had nothing dangerous in her pockets and clothes, according to the criminal complaint.


Konopke later told police she had empty heroin packets in her bra. She was taken to the county prison, where a female correctional officer discovered an uncapped syringe in her pocket, the complaint says.


HAZLE TWP. — A mother was arraigned Wednesday on charges she left her two children unsupervised while she was at work.


State police at Hazleton charged Claribel Moreno Soriano, 27, of Winters Avenue, with endangering the welfare of a child and reckless endangerment. She was released on $2,500 unsecured bail.


State police said the two male children, ages 5 years and 23 months, were found inside the residence without any supervision late Tuesday night. A neighbor contacted authorities after noticing Soriano leaving the residence just before 10 p.m. each night without the children. Soriano had moved into the residence a few weeks ago, according to the criminal complaint.


Soriano was arrested at her place of employment. She told state police she works 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday.


State police said Luzerne County Children and Youth Services took custody of the children.


WILKES-BARRE — A man was arraigned Wednesday on charges he stole items from Boscov’s Department Store and fled on a Martz bus in February after being followed to the bus terminal by a store security officer.


Police later stopped the bus as it was leaving the city and he was arrested.


Wade J. Thomas, 26, address listed as West Broad Street, Nanticoke, was charged with providing false identification to law enforcement, retail theft and public drunkenness. He was released on $2,000 unsecured bail.


Police said Thomas admitted to using heroin and provided another name to identify himself.


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