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WILKES-BARRE — A Columbia County man was arrested Thursday in connection with the robbery of an attendant at a city parking lot.


Police said a man approached the ticket booth at the Park & Lock West at 39 W. Northampton St. at 2:12 p.m. Thursday, reached into the booth and took cash from the female attendant, an employee of LAZ Parking, as she was counting it.


The man fled east on Northampton Street with the cash.


The employee activated the alarm and described the thief as a white male wearing a dark gray sweatshirt and light gray sweatpants and carrying a black bag.


Police responding to the area observed a male walking near Movies 14 fitting the description, stopped him and identified him as Christopher Oblosser, 27, of Mifflinville.


Oblesser was taken into custody after he was positively identified as the robbery suspect. He was charged with robbery, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arraigned before District Judge David Barilla and, unable to post $10,000 bail, jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility.


His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. April 15 before District Judge Rick Cronauer in Wilkes-Barre.


PLAINS TWP. — Township police reported the following:


• A township man was arrested on numerous charges after police spotted two people they say looked suspicious and began asking them questions.


Police said they made contact with Christine Kleinbach and Patrick D. Evans, both of Plains Township, at about 3 a.m. Thursday in the area of Sheridan Lane. Interviewed separately, both gave different versions regarding what they were doing, police said.


Police said Kleinbach told them Evans entered a garage behind a residence on East Carey Street and stole items from inside. She also told police Evans stole four aluminum car rims from behind another residence on East Carey Street and that he put several items in a backpack. She told police Evans ditched the items in a dumpster on Sheridan Lane when saw police in the area.


Police recovered a fishing pole and aluminum car rims as well as a backpack containing drug paraphernalia on Sheridan Lane, and two neighborhood residents identified the car rims and a fishing pole as belonging to them. Police also recovered a backpack containing a screwdriver, bolt cutters and drug paraphernalia.


Kleinbach was released.


Evans was arrested and charged with burglary and criminal trespass, two counts each of possessing instruments of crime, loitering and prowling at night and theft, and nine counts of possessing drug paraphernalia. He was arraigned before District Judge David Barilla and, unable to post $20,000 bail, was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility.


In a separate complaint, he was charged with providing false identification to law enforcement. Bail was set at $500 on that charge. His preliminary hearing on both sets of charges is scheduled for 8:45 a.m. April 15 before District Judge Diana Malast in Plains Township.


• Police responded at 9:21 a.m. Thursday to the Melody Motel on state Route 115 for a report of a wanted person and found Lee Snyder, who had an active capias warrant from the Luzerne County Sheriff’s Office on a drug charge, in one of the rooms. Snyder was transported to the county prison. Police also identified Katy Snyder, who was wanted by Hazleton police on an unknown charge, and turned her over to them.


NANTICOKE — A city man was arrested on several charges while police were responding to a report of a man peering into the windows of a house in the 600 block of South Market Street at 12:37 a.m. Thursday.


Upon arrival, police saw the resident on his porch holding a baseball bat and a man wearing a black hoodie, black bandana and camouflage pants standing on the sidewalk and screaming at the resident, challenging him to step off the porch and fight him, police said.


The man on the sidewalk, identified as Merle Gommer III, 32, of West Green Street, Nanticoke, also had a hunting knife in an open holster on his right hip. After taking possession of the knife, police said they asked Gommer if he had any more weapons, and he replied that he did not.


Police searched Gommer and found a cell phone, a flashlight and a pair of blue latex gloves. He told police he was at the house to meet a woman who apparently did not live there, but he failed to provide additional information about the address at which he was to meet her. Asked about the gloves, he told police they were to pick up after his dog, police said.


Asked why his dog wasn’t with him, Gommer did not answer. He was taken into custody and police, in a subsequent search, found him in possession of a knife in his pants pocket that was disguised as an ink pen, police said.


Gommer was charged with possession of a prohibited offensive weapon, loitering and prowling at nighttime, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness. He was arraigned before District Judge David Barilla and, unable to post $5,000 bail, was jailed at the county prison. His preliminary hearing is set for 1 p.m. April 16 before District Judge Donald Whitaker in Nanticoke.


WILKES-BARRE — During a traffic stop at 5:42 p.m. Wednesday in the area of East North and North main streets, city police captured a man wanted in Dallas, Texas, on a drug possession charge. The Dallas Sheriff’s Office indicated it will extradite the man, identified as Florencio Samaniego, also known as Florencio Samaniego, Canales, 32, of Dallas, Texas, police said.


WYOMING — Januzzi’s Pizza, 187 Wyoming Ave., was cited recently with violating a section of the state Liquor Code related to contaminated liquor, the state police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement said.


The citation was the result of a routine inspection by officers who found some bottles of alcohol contaminated by fruit flies, police at the Bureau’s Wilkes-Barre Office said.


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