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December 23. 2013 12:42AM
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HANOVER TWP. — Charges are pending against a Wilkes-Barre man arrested Saturday on suspicion he was driving under the influence of alcohol after he crashed into a truck that was stopped at a red light on the Sans Souci Parkway and then continued driving, township police said.

William J. Edwards II, 49, reportedly turned onto Oxford Street, where he collided head-on with another car, then stopped, police said. Passengers in the truck reported no injuries. The driver of Edwards’ second collision suffered minor injuries, police said.

Edwards appeared to be intoxicated and refused a blood test when taken to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, police said.

HAZLETON — City police reported the following:

• Police are looking for unidentified rock-throwers who damaged vehicles traveling under the trestle bridge that crosses Church Street near Buttonwood street around 10 p.m. Saturday.

Several reports came in that the vandals damaged multiple vehicles driving through the area.

Anyone with information is asked to contact city police at 570-459-4940.

• Esmaire Leandro Mesa, 26, of North Locust Street was charged with simple assault and harassment after police responded to a report of a domestic incident in the 600 block of North Locust Street around 12:20 p.m. Sunday.

• Police are investigating the theft of toothpaste from the Family Dollar store on West Broad Street around 10:20 p.m. Saturday.

A store employee said a black male, approximately 5 feet, 10 inches tall, wearing a black skull cap, jeans, a black jacket and gray hooded top stole an undetermined amount of toothpaste.

HANOVER TWP. — Lisa Scoffone reported Friday that money and medication were stolen from her residence in the Marion Terrace Apartments, police said.

PLAINS TWP. — Police reported the following:

• Katrina Turner said the passenger-side window of her vehicle was smashed while it was parked at the Twist Nightclub on state Route 315 on Thursday night and a leather computer bag containing $100 gift cards was stolen. She parked the car in the lot and returned around 11:15 p.m. to find it damaged.

• Joseph Skladzien of Nanticoke faces multiple charges after police found him on the ground with his pants down to his ankles next to a vehicle that went over an embankment around 4:15 p.m. Friday on the grounds of the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs casino.

Police were dispatched for a report of an erratic driver on state Route 315 who nearly struck several vehicles. The driver pulled into the casino and went over an embankment, getting stuck in the snow. Police said Skladzien was unable to get up and showed signs of alcohol impairment.

Police said that when he was advised that he was under arrest for driving under the influence, he fought with police. He was handcuffed and transported to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township for a blood alcohol test, which he refused, police said. He was combative and disruptive at the hospital, police said, headbutting a security officer and threatening to kill police.

Police said he also kicked a township officer, causing a minor injury to the officer’s hand.

Skladzien was charged with driving under the influence, aggravated assault, simple assault, resisting arrest, terroristic threats, disorderly conduct and harassment. He was taken to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for an overnight arraignment.

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