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BEAR CREEK TWP. — A man from Shavertown was arrested Saturday by state police at Wyoming on charges he had stolen a vehicle from a residence on Pittston Boulevard.
Michael Goodrich, 28, of Ferguson Avenue, was charged with theft, receiving stolen property, criminal mischief, possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, illegal possession of weapons and loitering and prowling.
State police allege Goodrich had stolen a vehicle owned by Franchelli Enterprises from a private residence at about 3:20 a.m. Saturday.
Goodrich was spotted driving the vehicle on state Route 315.
State police said a .22-caliber pistol and a .380-caliber pistol were located inside the stolen vehicle, according to the criminal complaint.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled on July 2.
SALEM TWP. —A man from Syracuse, New York, had smoked methamphetamine for three days before he abruptly stopped his car in a residential neighborhood and yelled there was a poisonous snake in his vehicle, according to charges filed.
Township police said Thomas William Fleming, 42, stopped in the middle of East Third Street at about 1:53 p.m. Saturday, and yelled, “There is a poisonous snake in my car.” Fleming got out and jumped on the trunk telling bystanders and police, “He got it.”
Police allege Fleming claimed he hadn't slept for days and had used methamphetamine for three days before he was arrested. Fleming refused to submit to a blood chemical test at Lehigh Valley Hospital - Hazleton, according to the criminal complaint.
Fleming told police he was traveling from New York to Tampa, Florida.
Fleming was charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance, reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $5,000 bail.
WILKES-BARRE — City police reported the following:
• A woman reported a Coach purse containing credit cards and a cell phone was stolen from a locked vehicle parked on Oak Street on Sunday.
• A rear window was smashed on a 2003 Chevrolet when it was parked in the area of 60 Monroe St. on Sunday.
NANTICOKE — City police said Susanne L. Klinger of Lawrence Street reported a black 2005 Chevrolet Equinox, Pennsylvania license plate DMY-1459, and a blue 2003 Mitsubishi Galant, Pennsylvania license plate GMH-6185, were stolen from her residence on Saturday. Neighbors reported seeing a black roll back removing the two vehicles.
PLAINS TWP. — A man from Wilkes-Barre was arraigned Saturday on charges he had stolen a transmission from a yard on East Carey Street on June 10.
Anthony J. Skrzysowski, 27, of Helen Street, was charged with theft. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $30,000 bail.
Township police allege Skrzysowski and another man had stolen a Chevrolet Corvette transmission that was in a yard, according to the criminal complaint.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled on July 1.

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