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WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Township police are investigating gunfire in the Blackman Street Plaza that occurred Tuesday night.

Police said a gunman opened fire on a four-door sedan behind the McDonald’s restaurant at about 6:45 p.m. Nearly a dozen shell casings from two different calibers were recovered, including one handgun, police said.

The plaza includes Kmart, Rite Aid Pharmacy and Smokey Joe’s cigarette outlet in addition to the restaurant on Wilkes-Barre Township Boulevard.

No injuries were reported. The vehicle was towed from the scene.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Wilkes-Barre Township police at 570-208-0874.

AVOCA — Police captured a man wanted on charges of sexual battery in Florida during a traffic stop on Main Street on Tuesday.

Rubin Perdoza-Platas, 39, of Winter Haven, Fla., was driving a tractor-trailer on Main Street when he was stopped for a traffic violation by officer Michael Rosemellia.

A records check showed Perdoza-Platas was wanted by the Seminole County, Fla., Sheriff’s Department on charges of sexual battery and lewd or lascivious molestation of a child, police said.

Perdoza-Platas was arraigned by District Judge Alexandra Kokura-Kravitz in Pittston on a fugitive from justice charge. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $50,000 bail.

WILKES-BARRE — City police reported the following:

• Samantha Simpson, of North Sherman Street, Wilkes-Barre, was taken into custody on Jan. 28 at 165 N. Sherman St. on a warrant out of Schuylkill County for failure to appear on an original charge of simple assault, police said.

• A Grove Street resident reported on Jan. 29 that someone entered his residence and stole his PlayStation 3.

• Andrew Hill, of Madison Street, Wilkes-Barre, was arrested and cited with public drunkenness after police encountered him while responding to Dunkin Donuts on Public Square on Jan. 29.

• An employee of Beroc Corp. on Oregon Street reported on Jan. 30 that the warehouse was broken into overnight, numerous breaker boxes were entered and power cut to the building. Several hundred feet of copper wiring was taken as well as two laptop computers, one being a white Apple and the other a black Vaio.

• Robert Winchilla, of Hillcrest Drive, Nanticoke, reported on Jan. 30 that his red, two-door 2009 Dodge Challenger bearing Pennsylvania registration 10689AR was taken from 7 George Ave.

• Rose Thoma, of East Church Street, Nanticoke, told police she was out walking late in the afternoon on Jan. 30 when a male pulled a handgun on her, and she took off running on foot to her friend’s home on Pershing Street. The male is described as black, wearing a black jacket with white stripes on the upper sleeves, a baseball cap and blue jeans. Police spotted the male walking north on South Meade Street, but he eluded police after a foot chase. An investigation continues.

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Township police reported the following:

• A man and woman entered Dicks Sporting Goods in the Arena Hub Plaza on Saturday, filled a shopping cart with $704.94 in merchandise, left the store and fled in a black Chevrolet.

• Loss prevention at Sears in the Wyoming Valley Mall on Jan. 23 reported a man had selected two Craftsman power tool sets, valued at $199.99 each, and fled the store followed by a loss prevention officer, who was pushed out of the way, and entered a Chevrolet sedan and fled from the parking lot.

• The manager of Dollar Tree in Triangle Plaza reported a male and female entered the store, picked up several food items and exited the store without paying for the merchandise. The total retail value of the theft is $25. The fleeing suspects dropped the bag of merchandise outside the store and it was recovered.

• Bernice Rames, of West Pittston, reported she was shopping in the JCPenney store at the Wyoming Valley Mall on Jan. 28 and utilized a fitting room. Rames forgot to take her purse with her and, upon exiting the fitting room, found that her purse was missing. Cash and credit cards were stolen.

• Loss prevention at Walmart in Wilkes-Barre Township Marketplace reported on Jan. 28 that an unidentified white male was observed selecting $46.09 in merchandise, leaving the store without paying for it and fleeing in an unknown vehicle.

Police are investigating these incidents. Anyone with information is asked to contact township police at 570-208-0874 or email

• Kmart loss prevention on Jan. 29 observed Antoinette Walker, 21, of Queens, N.Y., and Iyana Walker, 33, of Brooklyn, N.Y., allegedly select purses valued at $27.99 and $19.99, respectively, and leave the store without paying for the merchandise. Both were issued non-traffic citations and released, police said.

LARKSVILLE —Borough police reported the following:

• Charges recently were filed against three people following an investigation of a burglary in May 2013.

James Piacente, Ronald Scharpnick and Kelly Parks were charged with burglary, criminal trespass and theft by unlawful taking in connection with a burglary on East Main Street in which the thieves allegedly gained entrance from an adjacent apartment via a drop ceiling, police said.

Numerous items were reported missing, including a laptop computer, several bottles of medication and a large-caliber handgun.

• Charges of defiant trespass and loitering/prowling at night were cently filed against Matthew Nelson, of Wilkes-Barre, and David Frazier, of West Wyoming, in connection with an incident in December in which an Allen Drive resident reported someone trying to gain entrance to the residence.

The caller told police she looked out of her window and recognized the individuals, police said.

DURYEA — Police took a Hunlock Creek man into custody on suspicion of drunken driving after he crashed his vehicle into a parked car in the 300 block of Main Street at about 12:53 a.m. Sunday.

Charges are pending blood test results, police said.

HAZLETON — After an investigation into a burglary in the 900 block of Church Street, city police arrested and charged four people.

James Boyle, 26, of Freeland, was charged with one count each of burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, criminal trespass, conspiracy to commit criminal trespass, aggravated assault, simple assault, resisting arrest, harassment and criminal mischief, and two counts each of felony theft, conspiracy to commit felony theft, felony receiving stolen property and conspiracy to commit receiving stolen property, police said.

Amanda Ferdinand, 27, of Hazleton, was charged with burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, criminal trespass, conspiracy to commit criminal trespass, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, and two counts each of felony theft, conspiracy to commit felony theft, felony receiving stolen property and conspiracy to commit receiving stolen property, police said.

Through the investigation, Matthew Schoch, 24, of Hazleton, was charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of narcotics with a minor in the vehicle, police said.

And a 16-year-old male faces charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.

State police assisted in the apprehension of Boyle and Ferdinand, city police said.

HAZLETON — City police reported the following:

• Brad Ray, of McAdoo, Schuylkill County, reported at about 7:15 p.m. Monday that someone stole a GPS unit from his Chevrolet van while it was parked in the 600 block of Hayes Street. Anyone with information should contact city police via 911. All information will be kept confidential, police said.

• Police said Francisco Arias, of North Church Street, operating a 2000 Nissan Frontier, was traveling west on West Green Street and struck a 2000 Ford Contour, driven by Richard Frey, who who was traveling north on North Laurel Street, at about 10:55 p.m. No injuries were reported.

NICHOLSON TWP. — State police at Tunkhannock said Raymond Bishop, of Kingsley, driving a 1988 Chevrolet Cavalier, was traveling west on Brecht Road and lost control of the vehicle, which overturned onto its roof on Monday.

Bishop was not injured. A passenger in the car, Anthony Popolaski III, 26, of Kingsley, was transported to Tyler Memorial Hospital for minor injuries.

NICHOLSON TWP. — State police at Tunkhannock said John H. Wood, 60, of Hop Bottom, left the scene of a crash on Farnham Road on Jan. 31. Wood was operating a 1994 Chevrolet Corsica that struck a fence and a tree.

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