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HOLLENBACK TWP. — State police at Shickshinny said a brown-colored purse containing a many pieces of costume jewelry was found Saturday afternoon in a wooded area along Kingsbury Road.


State police believe the purse might have been stolen during a recent spate of burglaries and home break-ins in the area.


Anyone wishing to claim the items is asked to contact state police at Shickshinny at 570-542-4117.


HAZLETON — City police reported the following:


• Just before midnight Saturday, police investigated a reported vehicle roll-over near 21st and Alter streets. Responding officers found an abandoned silver Ford Focus on its roof, police said.


Police said it appeared that the vehicle swerved up onto the sidewalk, hit a traffic sign then passed over the front yard at 404 W. 21st St. It then traveled up a small embankment and rolled over, finally coming to rest upside down in the front yard of 972 Alter St., police said.


Two male passengers reportedly fled the car, which is registered to a James Casarella II of Pottsville, on foot, police said.


Anyone who may have seen the crash or has information about it is asked to share it with police by calling 570-459-4940.


• Carlos Taveras-Taveras reported someone had stolen his wallet from his vehicle Saturday afternoon from where it was parked on the 400 block of East Cranberry Avenue. Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call city police.


• Police are investigating a hit-and-run crash that occurred in the parking lot of Giant Supermarket around 12:40 p.m. Sunday. A 2012 Subaru Legacy was struck while the owner was in the store. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 570 459-4940.


• Police are investigating damage done by an ATV to a yard in the 100 block of Ferrara Avenue Sunday morning. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 570 459-4940.


HANOVER TWP. — Township police reported the following DUI arrests:


• A Nanticoke man was arrested early Sunday morning after a patrolman saw him driving erratically and using the oncoming lane to pass another vehicle.


Police said David Alan Buchinski, 41, was traveling south around 1:40 a.m. on the Sans Souci Parkway at high speed. He moved into the northbound lane while passing another vehicle and the officer pulled him over, police said.


Buchinski appeared to be drunk and admitted he had been drinking, police said.


Buchinski failed a field sobriety test and refused a blood alcohol test, for which his drivers license will automatically be suspended and he still faces DUI charges, police said.


• Just an hour and a half later, police saw another motorist driving erratically traveling north on the Sans Souci Parkway.


Justin Robert Phillips, 19, of Nanticoke, failed a field sobriety test and admitted drinking, police said.


He was arrested on suspicion of driving drunk, and charges are pending blood alcohol test results, police said.


MONROE TWP. — State police on Sunday investigated a one-vehicle crash on state Route 29.


The driver of the 2005 Nissan Xterra, Genevieve Munkatchy, 45, of Noxen was wearing a seat belt and not injured.


State police said Munkatchy was traveling south on the roadway and lost control when coming upon ice from a water runoff. The Nissan spun around, left the roadway at Doll Lane and flipped onto its side when the driver’s side tires came in contact with dirt.


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