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WILKES-BARRE — A 13-year-old boy is facing assault and resisting arrest charges after he allegedly bit the hand of an office during a scuffle in Coal Street Park early Friday morning.


Police said they spotted the boy attempting to hide in the area of 275 N. Sherman St. just before 1 a.m.


The boy ran through Coal Street Park where he struggled with officers, police said.


Police said the boy resisted arrest and fought with officers biting the hand of one officer breaking the skin.


BUTLER TWP. — State police at Hazleton arrested a Philadelphia man on drug offenses after he was stopped for speeding on Interstate 80 early Friday morning.


Rasul Shahied Williams, 37, was arraigned on charges of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $25,000 bail.


State police stopped Williams, driving a rented 2013 Volkswagen, for speeding just before 1 a.m. During a search, state police said they found 109 grams of cocaine inside Williams’ pocket, according to the criminal complaint.


Williams allegedly told state police he was delivering cocaine to Williamsport and was instructed to leave the rented vehicle at a specific address, the complaint says.


HAZLETON — A man was arraigned Friday on charges he stole checks from his stepfather he forged when purchasing items at Walmart Supercenter in January.


Christopher W. Robinson, 28, of North Locust Street, Hazleton, was charged with four counts each of theft and forgery, and three counts of receiving stolen property. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $10,000 bail.


Police allege Robinson stole checks from his stepfather and cashed three checks totaling $2,068 when purchasing items at Walmart, according to the criminal complaint.


HAZLETON — City police arrested a man they say threatened another man with a loaded handgun inside a tavern Thursday night.


Angel Luis Estrada-Torres, 26, of West 24th Street, was charged with two counts each of aggravated assault and simple assault, and one count each of firearms not to be carried without a license, terroristic threats, reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct and harassment. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $50,000 bail.


Police allege Estrada-Torres aimed a handgun at Felix Tejeda and said, “What’s your problem? Do you want me to shoot you right here and kill you?’ according to the criminal complaint.


The alleged incident happened inside Prestigio Bar at about 8:15 p.m.


Police said they found a loaded .9 mm handgun on Estrada-Torres, the complaint says.


A preliminary hearing is scheduled on March 12.


HAZLE TWP. — A woman in her 90s was robbed by a man who sat next to her on a bench at the Church Hill Mall on Friday, state police at Hazleton said.


State police said the woman was sitting on the bench when a white man, late 20s, sat next to her and asked for money. The man reached into the woman’s purse and stole about $8.


The man is about 5 feet, 3 inches to 5 feet, 4 inches tall, thin build with long light colored hair.


Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call state police at Hazleton at 570-459-3890.


PLAINS TWP. — A homeless man was arrested on charges he initiated a pursuit while driving a stolen car.


An off-duty township police officer spotted a Ford Focus traveling on Miner Street at about 3:20 p.m. Thursday. The Ford was reported stolen from the valet parking lot at the Mohegan Sun at Poconos Downs casino on Monday.


Police pursued the vehicle into Wilkes-Barre where it stopped on Jenks Lane when two men abandoned the car, police said.


Police apprehended the driver, Patrick Staley, 45, after a short foot chase.


Staley was charged with receiving stolen property, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, fleeing or attempting to elude police and theft. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $10,000 bail.


A preliminary hearing is scheduled on March 11.


HAZLE TWP. —Two drivers were transported to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton after a two-vehicle crash at state Route 309 and West Mountain Laurel Drive at about 6:40 a.m. Friday.


State police at Hazleton said Andrew Ziolko, driving a 2008 Ford Focus, was traveling south on Route 309 and crossed into oncoming traffic colliding with a 2013 Chevrolet Van, driven by Daniel Thomas Sweeney, of Hazleton.


Route 309 was closed for about two hours after the crash.


PLAINS TWP. — State police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement recently cited The Italian American Citizens Club, 93-95 Union St., with possessing or operating gambling devices or permitted gambling or lotteries.


HAZLETON — City police said tires were slashed on a vehicle parked in the 100 block of South Fulton Court from 7 p.m. Wednesday to 9 a.m. Thursday.


WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Jerome Garlan reported Thursday copper pipes were stolen from a property he owns on Casey Avenue. Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call Wilkes-Barre Township Detective Division at 570-208-4635 ext. 870.


WILKES-BARRE — Police Friday said Rose Hilburn and Harry Teel, both of Carlisle Street, were charged with retail theft.


According to police: The loss prevention officer at the Home Depot store on Spring Street said that the pair entered the store together. Hilburn put two spools of electrical wire in a shopping cart pushed by Teel. They attempted to return the items for an in-store credit card. Teel was unable to do so, but Hilburn did and received a credit card valued at $342. They were detained by store loss prevention and held for police who arrived around 5 p.m. They were taken to police headquarters and held for arraignment.


WILKES-BARRE — Police said Pennsylvania license plate ZDD5207 was reported stolen around 5:45 p.m. Friday from 2001 Dodge Van parked in the 100 block of Court Street.


PITTSTON TWP. — Police Friday reported the following:


• A vehicle stolen from the parking lot of the Comfort Inn on state Route 315 was found parked in the lot of the Best Western Plus East Mountain Inn & Suites in Plains Township. The vehicle was towed and secured to be process by state police.


• Copper cables on a Verizon Wireless tower on Spruce Street were stolen. The four cables, approximately 50 feet in length, were used to ground the tower and were located within an area enclosed by a barbed wire fence.

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