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HAZLETON — Police reported the following:

• Jeffrey Broyan, 50, of Hazleton was arrested for driving under the influence after he lost control of his car and crashed into the Diamond United Methodist Church on North Locust Street at approximately 9:40 a.m. Saturday. Broyan was taken by ambulance to the Lehigh Valley Hospital Hazleton for treatment of minor injuries.

• Tires on a vehicle parked in the 700 block of Seybert Street were slashed between 2 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. on Saturday.

• A white 2004 Chevrolet Malibu with Pennsylvania license plate GDC9404 was stolen from the 800 block of Seybert Street between 10 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday.

• Police found several shell casings in the area of Second and Grant streets after a report of shots fired at 6:26 p.m. Friday.

• Giordano Lara Baez, 23, of Hazleton was taken into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence, fleeing and eluding police and other traffic-related violations after a high-speed pursuit shortly before 2 a.m. Friday. Police saw Baez driving an Acura sedan that ran a stop sign at Fifth and Alter streets and forced another vehicle to the side of the road. He was stopped and apprehended in the area of 16th and Vine streets.

• Antonio Santiago, 41, of Peace Street, Hazleton was cited for disorderly conduct following an incident at 7:10 p.m. Thursday in the area of Peace and Fourth streets.

LACKAWANNA COUNTY — State police said 13 people were taken into custody during an undercover operation targeting prostitution at hotels in the Moosic and Scranton area on Thursday night. State police said 12 people were charged with prostitution-related offense and one investigation is pending.

HANOVER TWP. — Police are investigating the theft of a 2008 Easy Lawn Hydro Seeder from Sweet Valley Landscaping overnight Saturday. Ed Frey owner of the business on East Liberty Street said the seeder was valued at $41,195. Anyone with information about the theft is asked to contact the Hanover Township Police Department at 570 825-1254.

HANOVER TWP. — Police reported the following:

• Jessica Moody, 40, also known as Jessica Fortuna, of Academy Street, Wilkes-Barre was charged with attempting to purchase a firearm by providing false information about being a prior felon. Moody attempted to purchase a firearm on March 8 at Nimord Haven on the Sans Souci Parkway. She also was charged with providing false information to the PennDOT. In addition Moody was charged with being a fugitive from justice and was wanted in Virginia on felony drug charges. She was arraigned by District Judge Joseph Halesey and committed to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $20,000 bail.

• Donna Gyle of Dexter Street said windows in her residence were shot out at 9:25 p.m. Friday. Police later determined stones thrown at the the front windows caused the damage. Neighbors said juveniles were in the area and fled.

• Joseph McPeek said his 2001 Chrysler was scratched and 1996 Subaru had its hood dented and mirror broken off while parked on Little Street. The damage occurred overnight Friday.

WILKES-BARRE — Police reported the following:

• Manuel Martin of Scott Street, Wilkes-Barre was cited for harassment after a domestic disturbance at approximately 1:05 p.m. Friday. The mother of Martin’s child said Martin got jealous when someone called her cell phone. Martin punched her in the head, choked her and put a pillow over her face. The woman did not claim any injury and refused medical treatment on scene.

• Dustan Conniff of Meadow Crest Apartments, Trucksville, will be charged with providing false identification to law enforcement. Police responded to a report of a suspicious man at the Hazle Mart on Hazle Avenue shortly after 10 p.m. on May 1. He came into the store while officers were in a back room viewing video surveillance of Conniff loitering in the area. Police confronted him and he identified himself as Cody Conniff. He was patted down for officers’ safety and detained. Police took photos of him while they were waiting for a warrant check that came up negative. Conniff was released. When the pictures were later compared to a PennDOT driver’s photo license police determined Conniff provided his brother’s identification.

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