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WILKES-BARRE — Police reported the following:


• Ricardo James of Brookside Street was cited with disorderly conduct after police on patrol said they saw him urinating on an exterior wall of the Turkey Hill near George Avenue around 8:25 p.m. Saturday.


• Michael Walter of Olive Street, Scranton, was cited with public drunkenness and disorderly conduct Saturday night after police responded to a report of an intoxicated man at the Turkey Hill on Hazle Avenue. Police said they saw Walter leaning against a store window and asking customers for money around 7:40 p.m. Walter pushed over a garbage can and was taken into custody, police said.


• A woman said her boyfriend assaulted and choked her, causing her to black out Saturday afternoon in Kirby Park.


The woman, who was not identified, said she was with John Jackson of South Washington Street in the park around 3:30 p.m. They argued and he hit her in the face and choked her, she said. When she regained consciousness Jackson was still hitting her, she said. She ran away and later went to police headquarters to report the assault. Police said charges will be filed.


• Joseph Beck of 10th Avenue, Scranton, was charged with retail theft after he allegedly tried to steal a $653 drill from the Home Depot on Spring Street shortly after 6 p.m. Saturday. Beck was also wanted on a warrant from Lackawanna County and was held at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility.


• Richard Evans of Nottingham Street, Plymouth, was cited with public drunkenness after a disturbance around 8:15 p.m. Saturday in Boscov’s Department Store on South Main Street.


• Felix Santiago, of South Sherman Street, Wilkes-Barre, was to be cited with harassment after his mother told police that she was arguing with him about him “being lazy and not paying any bills” at about 5 p.m. at 114 S. Sherman St. when her son “became enraged” and shoved her into a wall, police said.


• Police said assault charges would be filed against Tanasia Haulcombe, of Carey Avenue, Wilkes-Barre, after they responded to a reported street fight with someone brandishing a knife near 74 Lockhard St. at about 3:54 p.m. Monday.


Police said the participants had dispersed before they arrived, but they later responded to a report of a female juvenile, who told them Haulcombe threw bleach in her eye and cut her wrist with a knife at the fight. Witnesses told police Haulcombe chased the juvenile around a vehicle with a knife.


• Three male juveniles from Wilkes-Barre were arrested after the victim of a theft of items from his vehicle viewed surveillance video and tracked down the suspects at a nearby store.


The victim called 911 to report the theft from his vehicle, which was parked behind Margarita Azul restaurant on Parrish and High streets on Sunday afternoon. Prior to police arrival, the victim viewed video footage from restaurant surveillance cameras and determined three juvenile suspects had been involved in the theft, police said.


The victim drove around the neighborhood and discovered the suspects at the Turkey Hill convenience store at South Main and Blackman streets. The victim confronted the suspects and saw his cell phone sticking out of one of the suspects’ pockets.


The phone was recovered and the suspects told the victim they would show him where they tossed the other items. They all left the store and returned to the restaurant, and the suspects led the victim to a wooded area across the street, where most of the items were recovered.


Upon police arrival, the suspects were detained, identified, placed under arrest and searched. One juvenile had a cell phone, headphones and a $100 bill. A second juvenile, identified by the victim as the suspect who had his cell phone, had a $100 bill and two $1 bills, which he told police his mother gave him earlier, and which she confirmed when she arrived on scene.


The third juvenile was not found in possession of any property.


The victim reported that his cell phone with an Otter Box cover, and his wallet containing cash and multiple cards were removed from his vehicle, and that he recovered the cell phone, minus the cover and the sim card. The wallet was also recovered, minus the cash.


All three suspects were transported to police headquarters, where they were processed and later released to the custody of a parent. Charges will be filed on all three suspects via juvenile allegation, police said.


• A woman reported that while walking east on Hill Street near South Welles Street after leaving the Rite Aid on Wilkes-Barre Boulevard on Sunday afternoon, a male poked her in the back with a sharp object and demanded her purse. She had no purse but gave the suspect money. The dark-skinned black male, who was wearing a dark hoodie and blue jeans, fled into Midland Court. Police checked the area but could not locate him. An investigation continues.


• Heather Babcock, of West Atherton Street, Taylor, was to be charged with criminal trespass after police, while on patrol in the Sherman Hills apartment complex in the area of Building 320 at 12:12 p.m. Friday, spotted her at the top of a stairwell with an unidentified male, who immediately ran, police said.


Police said Babcock had been previously warned about trespass in Sherman Hills and was escorted from the building, taken into custody, transported to police headquarters, processed and released, police said.


PLAINS TWP. — Police reported the following:


• A 17-year-old boy from Wilkes-Barre was injured Saturday night when he crashed a car on state Route 315 and had to be extricated from the wreckage.


The teen, who police said showed signs of alcohol impairment, was taken to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center. He was traveling south on the roadway around 10 p.m and crossed into the oncoming lane, went over a snow bank and struck a retaining wall and sign.


• Corey J. Passeri of Eynon was cited with public drunkenness and disorderly conduct after a fight with security at the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs casino around 1:55 a.m. Sunday.


Due to his intoxication, police said, Passeri was refused access to the gaming floor. He became combative with security and had to be restrained, police said. Police said they took Passeri into custody and later released him.


• Joseph W. McHugh of Wilkes-Barre was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence after two females said they were walking on Abbot Street around 7:30 a.m. Sunday and a man in a car followed them.


The females provided a description of the car, and police located McHugh, whom they said showed signs of alcohol impairment and refused to submit to a blood alcohol test. Police said McHugh will be charged with driving under the influence, restrictions on alcoholic beverages, driving with an expired and suspended registration and driving a vehicle without insurance.


HAZLETON — Police reported the following:


• A vehicle parked in the 500 block of Hayes Street was scratched with keys overnight Sunday.


• A 2005 Mini Cooper sustained front-end damage while it was parked in the 600 block of McKinley Street overnight Sunday.


WEST HAZLETON — State police at Hazleton said Robert Fizel, 42, of West Hazleton, was taken for chemical testing after a traffic stop around 4:10 a.m. Sunday near the intersection of state Route 93 and Fourth Street.


HAZLE TWP. — State police at Hazleton on Monday filed drunken driving charges against Johnathan Wenner, 26, of Butler Township, in connection to a crash on state Route 924 near Interstate 81 on Feb. 14.


Charges of driving under the influence, speeding, careless driving, reckless driving and failure to wear a seatbelt were filed against Wenner. A preliminary hearing is scheduled on April 9 before District Judge James Dixon.


MONROE TWP. — State police at Tunkhannock charged Scott T. Walker, 22, of Harveys Lake, with possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia in connection to a traffic stop on state Route 29 on Feb. 18. A preliminary hearing is scheduled on April 2.


HOLLENBACK TWP. — State police at Hazleton said a 42-inch LG flat-screen television was stolen from the residence of Christy Novy on Old Mountain Road on Sunday.


FOSTER TWP. — Two brothers were arrested on assault charges after state police at Hazleton investigated a fight at a residence on Highland Main Street on Sunday.


Hesan Yassin, 19, of Freeland, was charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana, simple assault, possession of drug paraphernalia, harassment and disorderly conduct. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $5,000 bail.


Abdelrahman Yassin, 18, of Freeland, was charged with two counts of simple assault, and one count each of criminal mischief and disorderly conduct. He was jailed at the county prison for lack of $7,500 bail.


According to a state police news release:


Abdelrahman was fighting with his brother, Hesan, and their mother, Hoda Yassin, at about 6:40 a.m. Hesan allegedly punched Abdelrahman in the back of the head, and Abdelrahman struck his mother with a glass.


State police also said Abdelrahman cut three tires on Hesan’s truck.


A records check showed Hesan was not permitted to stay at the residence due to a protection from abuse order his mother obtained in April 2013.


Preliminary hearings are scheduled on March 10.


PLAINS TWP. — Township police reported the following:


• Candace Brophy reported on Saturday that she parked her 2010 Toyota Matrix at the Woodlands Inn on state Route 315 and, when she came back to it, noticed that is was struck by an unknown vehicle, causing moderate rear damage.


• Richard C. Humphrey, of Pittston, was arrested and transported to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility after police stopped his vehicle for an alleged equipment violation at 9:14 a.m. Monday and found that he had an active bench warrant from Philadelphia, police said.

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