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Wilkes-Barre Township released surveillance picture of two people suspected in stealing items from TJMaxx.
Wilkes-Barre Township released surveillance picture of two people suspected in stealing items from TJMaxx.
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WILKES-BARRE TWP. —Township police reported the following:


• Diane Montigney reported Friday an unknown person scratched her 2008 Hyundai when it was parked on Eagle Court in the Cedar Village apartment complex.


• Store security at Sears Department Store, Wyoming Valley Mall, reported Friday an unknown man stole $280 worth of Craftsman tools and drove away in a silver Dodge sedan.


• A store manager at Wine & Spirits, Wilkes-Barre Township Marketplace, reported Tuesday an unknown man concealed three bottles of alcohol down his pants and fled the store.


• Police released surveillance pictures of a man and woman wanted for stealing items from TJ Maxx, Arena Hub Plaza, on March 28. They drove away in a blue Plymouth Neon with a damaged hood and missing front grill.


Anyone with information about the identities of the man and woman is asked to call Wilkes-Barre Township police at 570-208-4635.


NANTICOKE — City police arrested a man on charges he assaulted and threatened to kill his sister early Friday morning.


Philip Grasmeder, 42, of South Walnut Street, Nanticoke, was arraigned by District Judge Joseph Carmody in West Pittston on charges of simple assault, harassment and terroristic threats. He was released on $7,500 unsecured bail.


Grasmeder was arrested after his sister, Lisa Rollinson, said he arrived home intoxicated, punched her in the face and aimed a pellet rifle at her head while she talked to 911 at about 4:10 a.m., according to the criminal complaint.


A preliminary hearing is scheduled on April 16.


EDWARDSVILLE — Police found a shirtless man with blood on his face screaming for help behind the police department on Main Street late Thursday night.


Jaren Morris told police he was sleeping inside his residence on Hillside Avenue when his stepfather, Marty Roberts, yelled at him to get out at about 11:45 p.m. Morris claimed Roberts threw a coffee cup that struck him in the head, according to the criminal complaint.


Morris told police Roberts struck him in the head with a guitar, the complaint says.


Morris ran out of the residence and went to a restaurant on Main Street seeking help.


Police said Morris was transported to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.


Roberts was arraigned Friday by District Judge Joseph Carmody in West Pittston on two counts of simple assault, and one count each of reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct and harassment. He was released on $7,500 unsecured bail.


WILKES-BARRE —A woman was arraigned Friday on charges she stole a sound machine from Liquidation Place, Scott Street, on Thursday.


Sarah Snarski, 25, of Schoolhouse Lane, Wilkes-Barre, was charged by city police with retail theft, possession of drug paraphernalia and public drunkenness. She was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $10,000 bail.


DURYEA — Police reported the following:


• A woman reported Thursday an unknown person cut two tires on her vehicle in the 900 block of Foote Avenue. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Duryea police at 570-457-1721 ext. 3.


• Police reported Thursday that a nail gun still in its box was stolen from a vacant house in the 1100 block of Main Street. Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call Duryea police at 570-457-1721 ext. 1.


HANOVER TWP. — A preliminary hearing is scheduled on May 6 before District Judge Joseph Halesey for Dale Thomas, 60, of Taft Street, Hanover Township, on two counts of driving under the influence.


Township police allege Thomas was found standing next to a 1999 Chevrolet Lumina showed signs of intoxication and failed a field sobriety test after he struck a parked 2010 Nissan on Taft Street on March 10.


BRAINTRIM TWP. — A preliminary hearing is scheduled on May 8 before District Judge John J. Hovan for Steven F. Shoemaker, 24, of Laceyville, on two counts of driving under the influence.


State police at Tunkhannock charged Shoemaker after he lost control of his 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer that struck an embankment and rolled onto its roof on state Route 367 on Dec. 23, according to a news release.


HAZLETON — City police reported the following:


• Police on Tuesday cited Ryan M. Gontz, 23, of Hazleton Apartments, Hazle Township, with two counts of harassment and a single count of disorderly conduct after a domestic disturbance in the 500 block of Meade Court on March 17.


•Police said two counterfeit $100 bills were used at two businesses.


• A Pioneer CD player was stolen from a vehicle parked in the area of Pardee Street and East Diamond Avenue on Thursday.


• Police cited Jeffrey E. Broyan, 50, of Hazleton, with public drunkenness after he was allegedly found intoxicated walking in the middle of South Poplar Street on March 23. Broyan was treated at Lehigh Valley Hospital - Hazleton for injuries to his knees and hands.


HAZLE TWP. — A preliminary hearing is scheduled on April 30 before District Judge James Dixon for two men accused of stealing numerous items from Boscov’s Department Store, Laurel Mall.


State police at Hazleton charged Joseph Tyson, 32, and Dottie Mitchell, 28, both of Berwick, with retail theft after they stole $437 worth of items from the store on March 12.


MONROE TWP. — A preliminary hearing is scheduled on April 23 before District Judge Carl Smith for William J. Deininger, 26, of Noxen, on charges of driving under the influence and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.


State police at Tunkhannock allege Deininger lost control of his 2006 Subaru Impreza that struck a tree on Leonards Creek Road on Jan. 26. Deininger was taken to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center for a blood test, state police said.


WILKES-BARRE — City police cited Dawn Partington, 34, of Jenkins Township, with prostitution after she allegedly stopped vehicles asking the driver if they wanted “a date” at Wood Street and Carey Avenue on March 25.


PLAINS TWP. — A preliminary hearing is scheduled on April 8 before District Judge Diana Malast for Peter Zawoiski, 60, of Wilkes-Barre Township, on two counts of driving under the influence.


Township police allege Zawoiski exhibited signs of alcohol impairment after he crashed his 1996 Saab into two vehicles in the Motorworld sales lot on state Route 315 on Jan. 5.

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