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DUPONT — One person was injured in a motorcycle crash on Interstate-81 Thursday afternoon, Luzerne County 911 confirmed.


A 911 supervisor said the crash was reported at 3:57 p.m. and that state police at Wyoming were investigating.


State police had no information to provide Thursday before press deadline.


The crash occurred near mile post 177, just south of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport. Traffic was backed up to the Montage Mountain area 5 miles to the north. Northbound traffic also was moving slowly.


WILKES-BARRE — City police reported the following:


• Police charged Justin Jarski, 36, of North Main Street, Plains Township, with theft from a vehicle when he was allegedly spotted stealing items from cars in the area of 33 E. Northampton St. on May 27.


• Police cited Sean Gant and Nicholas Calderon, both from New York City, with retail theft after they allegedly used hand lotion and a hair brush inside Family Dollar, South Main Street, and placed the used merchandise back on store shelves.


• A white man in his 20s, about 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighing about 160 pounds, wearing a green shirt with “Fist” displayed on it, dark shorts and black sneakers stole a carton of cigarettes from Quick Foodmart, North Main Street, on Wednesday.


WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Township police reported the following:


Security at the Wyoming Valley Mall reported Monday an unknown man smashed a window on a John Deere bulldozer parked outside the mall. The man was found sitting in the machine and ran away when approached by security.


Police arrested Steve Clarke, 22, of Brooklyn, New York, on 20 counts of access-device fraud when he allegedly tried to purchase two Apple iPads valued at $500 with six counterfeit credit cards at Target, Wilkes-Barre Township Commons, on Tuesday. Clarke left the store but later returned when he tried to purchase an iPad with a fraudulent credit card, police said.


PITTSTON — A man from Duryea was arraigned Thursday on charges he sold heroin in Pittston.


City police charged Jonathan George, 30, of Ann Street, with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of communication facility. He was arraigned by District Judge Rick Cronauer in Wilkes-Barre and jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $50,000 bail.


City police and the Luzerne County Drug Task Force allege George sold 20 heroin packets for $300 on North Main Street on April 22, according to the criminal complaint.


A preliminary hearing is schedule on June 11 before District Judge Alexandra Kokura Kravitz in Pittston.


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