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POLICE BLOTTER


December 11. 2013 11:28PM
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BUTLER TWP. — Police Wednesday reported the following:


• Anthony Peck, 34, of McNair Street, was charged with loitering and prowling at night, possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police said they found Peck loitering near a house in the 800 block of St. Johns Road around 4:45 a.m. on March 10.


• Alejandro Cintron Jr., 47, of Breaker Street, was charged with two counts of driving under the influence after he was stopped at 2 a.m. on Aug. 4 on South Hunter Highway for speeding and weaving on the roadway, police said. Cintron had a blood alcohol content of 0.12 percent, above the limit of 0.08 at which an adult driver is considering legally intoxicated, police said.


• Craig W. Bath, 27, of Warrior Run, was charged with two counts of driving under the influence after he was stopped at 4 a.m. on Oct. 19 on the North Hunter Highway near Woodmere Drive, police said. He was reportedly leaving the scene of a domestic dispute, police said. Bath had a blood alcohol content of 0.12 percent, above the limit of 0.08 percent at which an adult driver is considered legally intoxicated, police said.


• Robert T. Barna, 31, of Main Street, Upper Lehigh, was charged with theft and receiving stolen property after allegedly stealing medication and jewelry from an acquaintance who was on vacation.


• Joann Llewellyn, 49, of Berwick , was charged with retail theft after she allegedly obtained pseudoephedrine from Valley Pharmacy and left without paying for the medication. She failed to appear for a hearing before a district judge and an arrest warrant has been issued for her.


PITTSTON TWP. — Police are asking for assistance in the investigation of a crash between a pickup truck and a school bus around 6:45 a.m. Wednesday at the intersection of the Pittston Bypass and William Street in front of the Donut Connection. There were no children on the bus and no one was injured in the crash.


Contact Patrolman Pete Hockenberry at 570 655—6350.


EXETER TWP. — Police are investigating the theft of guns during a burglary at a residence on Coolidge Avenue, Harding between Nov. 1 and Monday.


Reported stolen were:


• Ruger model 10/22 .22-caliber rifle with a Bushnell 6x scope , two 50-round magazines of ammunition and two 10-round Ruger factory magazines.


• WW II-era Winchester model 1897 trench 12-gauge pump-action shotgun


• British Enfield 1942 Mark I, long breach, .303-caliber, bolt-action rifle


• Ithaca Flues double-barrel, 12-gauge shotgun with 32-inch heavy barrels


• Stevens single-shot, 12-gauge shotgun


• Winchester model 37, 12-gauge single-shot shotgun


• Damascus WW Greener, 12-gauge, double-barrel shotgun


• Mossberg model 500, 12-gauge pump shotgun, with a black stock and blued 18-inch barrel


• Remington model 722, .300-caliber Savage bolt-action rifle


CARBONDALE — A state police fire marshal is investigating a fire that damaged a house on Fall Brook Street and injured four fire fighters Monday.


The fire does not appear to be suspicious, state police said. The firefighters were injured when part of the structure collapsed.


Brandon Allen, Greg Davis and Stephen and Robert Wright were injured. The home is owned by Hope Fogarty and Matt Atkinson of Carbondale.


NANTICOKE — Police Wednesday reported the following:


• Dora Molina of East Washington Street said the driver side rear tire of her vehicle was slashed.


• James Brodginski of Fairview Drive said a Kenmore toaster and $2 in change was stolen from his vehicle.


• Jennifer Zwibel of Espy Street said a coffee maker and $4 in change were stolen from her vehicle.


• Brandon Smith, 18, of East Church Street, was charged with simple assault and harassment following a domestic dispute shortly after 11 p.m. Sunday.


According to police:


Rose Thoma told police she was attacked by her boyfriend but did not want him arrested. She was taken to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township, after she said Smith choked and squeezed her tightly.


Smith said he became upset after the cat got something on papers they needed. He attempted to go outside to take a walk and cool off but Thoma tried to stop him by standing in front of the door. When she refused to move he grabbed her around her body and picked her up.


Smith said he gave Thoma his cellphone to call for an ambulance and also confirmed he had medical issues and had not been taking his medication for three days. He said he had an appointment with a doctor on Monday. Police took Smith into custody at the scene.


• Samuel Stavitski, 23, of East Grove Street was charged with carrying a prohibited weapon, possession of a controlled substance and public drunkenness after he was stopped by an officer early Saturday morning.


According to police:


Patrolman Amos Vanderhoff saw Stavitski walking through an alley in the rear of West Grand Street at 1:36 a.m. on Dec. 7. The neighborhood has been the scene of home invasions, burglaries, thefts from vehicles and vehicle thefts.


Stavitski was wearing a dark hooded coat and a camouflage backpack and matched the description of a suspicious person seen prowling in the area during the early morning hours.


Stavitski had a staggered gait and slurred speech and cursed at the officer when asked if he was OK. When stopped he provided the officer with identification and admitted that he had been drinking. Stavitski failed to keep his hands on the hood of the police cruiser and appeared nervous and skittish. The officer found a switchblade knife on Stavitski during a patdown search.


He was taken into custody and transported to headquarters. The backpack contained four cans of Keystone beer, a knife with an 8-inch blade, a pair of thin black gloves with rubber-tipped fingers, a cell phone, knitted gloves, a pack of cigarettes and a clear plastic bag containing a small amount of marijuana.


HAZLETON — Drug charges were filed against Elena Diaz, 32, of South Laurel Street on Tuesday as part of an investigation into heroin dealing, according to the state Attorney General’ s Office.


According to the affidavit of probable cause to support the filing of charges:


Diaz was leaving a residence on South Laurel Street next to her residence where drug agents were serving a search warrant at 7:41 p.m. Agents had conducted surveillance on Diaz’s residence and a confidential informant made a controlled purchase of heroin in packets stamped “Black Jack” from the residence.


At the time of her arrest, Diaz was in possession of cocaine, Xanax pills,a cell phone and $20. From her residence, agents seized 430 packets of heroin in packets stamped “Black Jack,” 50 packets stamped “Dead man down,” a plastic bag containing crack cocaine, digital scales, packets of heroin with no stamped on them, pictures, documents, a box of 9 mm ammunition, a marijuana grinder and box of plastic sandwich bags.


Diaz was charged with delivery of a controlled substance, conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility. She was arraigned and committed to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $50,000 bail.


HAZLE TWP. — State police Tuesday said drug charges were filed against Dante Dimeere Hill, 19, of Philadelphia after the car he was a passenger in was stopped for speeding on Interstate 80 in Butler Township.


Hill and the driver and three other passengers were traveling to Philadelphia from Bloomsburg in a rental car borrowed from a friend, state police said.


Hill and three of the occupants, including a 15-year-old boy, had large sums of cash on them, state police said. The five people in the car were taken to the state police barracks and the car was taken into custody after a drug detection dog reacted to suspected drugs in the front passenger door.


State police said a total of $20,184 was seized from the car’s occupants and suspected crack cocaine in plastic bags was found in Hill’s underwear.


Hill was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arraigned and committed to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $100,000 bail.


HAZLETON — Police on Wednesday reported the following:


• Power tools were from a garage in the 1300 block of East Broad Street during the past week. The break-in was discovered Wednesday.


• Four chrome rims were stolen from outside a residence in the 600 block of Carson Street between 5 p.m. Tuesday and 7 p.m. Wednesday.


Anyone with information about the crimes is asked to contact the Hazleton City Police Department at 570 459-4940 or Luzerne County 911.


WILKES-BARRE - Police on Wednesday said Agustin Tlatenchi of North Main Street reported cash was stolen during a burglary.




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