WILKES-BARRE — A man sought by city police on home improvement fraud was arraigned on Friday.
Frank E. Lukasavage, 44, of Pittston, owner of FL Masonry and Construction, was charged with failing to perform services after being paid by a customer. Police allege Lukasavage received a $500 payment from a homeowner on Simpson Street to refinish floors and failed to perform the work in April, according to the criminal complaint.
Lukasavage also was charged by Forty Fort police with accepting a $2,750 payment to replace front and rear porches of a house on Fort Street and failed to perform the work in 2012, the complaint says.
Lukasavage was released on $10,000 bail.
HANOVER TWP. — Township police reported the following:
• Joseph Niedzwiecki of Colonels Road reported Thursday a black and orange 20-inch bicycle was stolen from his front porch.
• Joseph Duca of Boland Avenue reported Thursday the registration sticker was stolen from the license plate of his Chevrolet.
• Police cited Ashlyn Heller, 18, of Ashley, and Frank Mason, 26, of Harding, each with disorderly conduct after investigating a fight involving several people outside an apartment building on Knox Street on June 11.
EATON TWP. — State police at Tunkhannock cited Benjamin Lehman, 20, of Factoryville, and Joseph Shook, 22, of Dalton, each with retail theft after they allegedly had stolen merchandise from Walmart on Tuesday.
WILKES-BARRE — City police reported the following:
• A Kidder Street resident reported that someone entered his residence through an upstairs bathroom window sometime between 4 p.m. June 21 and 7:30 p.m. June 22, stole various items and left through the back door.
• Latimah Naylor, of West Chestnut Street, was to be cited with harassment after she allegedly entered her neighbor’s property at 10 Sycamore St. on Wednesday and allegedly “slammed her (neighbor) up against her fence,” police said.
• Timothy Jasnoski, 36, of Wilkes-Barre, was arrested, charged with third-degree felony trespassing and arraigned before District Judge Martin Kane after he was seen coming out of a vacant residence on North Sherman Street on Thursday morning, police said.
• Police are seeking help determining the whereabouts of a man they say smashed a woman’s door at 63½ Elizabeth St. on Wednesday evening, yelled and cursed at her and fled after she dialed 911.
Police said Martin Silvera, of Gates Street, Wilkes-Barre, is wanted on charges of harassment, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief. Police also found that Silvera has an active warrant from Luzerne County Sheriff’s Department.
BUTLER TWP. — Township police reported the following:
• A homeowner on Dogwood Road reported on June 14 that a man was prowling around the front yard of their residence.
• Police charged Michael A. Ryder, 21, of Bear Run Drive, with disorderly conduct after investigating a disturbance outside his residence on June 15.
• Police cited six people with underage drinking after investigating loud music at a residence on Covey Lane in Beech Mountain Lakes on June 15. Cited were Quiuviry Carvajai, 18, of Hazleton, Tiffany Flores, 18, of Drums, Andrew Sanchez, 20, of Hazleton, Junior Taveras, 19, of New York, a 17-year-old girl from Hazleton and a 17-year-old boy from Brooklyn, N.Y.
• A garage door opener and other items were stolen from a vehicle on Lions Drive on June 17.
• A global positioning system, credit cards and an identification card were stolen from two cars in the 200 block of Butler Drive on June 17.
• A cellphone was stolen from a locker at the Beech Mountain Lakes clubhouse on June 17.
• Police arrested Jose L. Reyes, 20, of Philadelphia, on Sunday after he allegedly threatened staff at Keystone Job Corps Center and smashed a window and damaged drains. Reyes was charged with terroristic threats, institutional vandalism, resisting arrest and criminal mischief.
• A blue 20-inch Hyper mountain bicycle was stolen from a residence on South Old Turnpike Road.
• Fencing and signs were damaged at the PPL substation on North Old Turnpike Road.
• A Ruger Sr-9 9 mm handgun was stolen from a vehicle parked at a residence on Dogwood Road.
• Police expect to file charges against a 19-year-old man from Beaver Brook and a 15-year-old boy from Mountain Top for their alleged roles in stealing a canoe from a residence on Trapper Springs lane on June 20.
WILKES-BARRE — City police arrested William Hardy, 60, Edison Street, on charges he assaulted his girlfriend at their residence on Thursday.
Hardy was charged with simple assault, reckless endangerment, terroristic threats, harassment and public drunkenness. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $10,000 bail.
Police allege Hardy punched his girlfriend in the face nine or 10 times and threatened to kill her when he gets out of jail, according to the criminal complaint.
HAZLE TWP. — State police at Hazleton arrested Brian John Conway, 43, of Center Street, Freeland, on charges he assaulted his wife at the Mount Laurel Motel early Friday morning.
Conway and his wife leased a room and began drinking alcohol Thursday afternoon. After she fell asleep, Conway allegedly screamed at her to get him food and bit her face and chest, according to the criminal complaint.
State police said the woman was transported to Lehigh Valley Hospital - Hazleton.
Conway was charged with simple assault and harassment. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $7,500 bail.
HANOVER TWP. — Township police reported the following:
• Jacob Sholtis, of Country Wood Drive, reported Saturday an unknown person had ignited a cardboard box of a decorative artificial stone. A neighbor extinguished the blaze.
• Police cited Sterling Griffiths, of Holland Street, Wilkes-Barre, with violating a township ordinance for consumption of alcohol in a public place, and cited Christopher Martindale, 30, of East Walnut Street, Plymouth, with public drunkenness on Monday. Police said the two men were walking together on South Main Street in Lee Park.
HAZLE TWP. — State police at Hazleton reported the following:
• Raymond Edward Massey, 59, a resident of Mountain City Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, was cited with harassment after he allegedly shoved Ashley Nichole Motuk, a nursing supervisor, to the floor at the facility on Monday, police said.
• Tiffany Ann Morresi, 21, of Hazle Township, was cited with retail theft and public drunkenness after she allegedly had stolen $118 worth of merchandise from Walmart, Airport Road, on Monday, police said.
• Helen Staruch of South Middleton Road, reported a gas-powered weed trimmer and a water-main key were stolen from a shed on June 19 or June 20.
• Joseph Sessock reported an unknown person attempted to enter his garage by cutting a lock off a door to his house on South Middletown Road on June 19 or June 20.
HAZLETON — City police arrested Mariusz Wlodyka, 41, of Seybert Street, Hazleton, on charges he assaulted a woman inside a residence on East First Street early Friday morning.
Police said the woman was treated at Lehigh Valley Hospital - Hazleton.
Wlodyka was charged with simple assault and harassment. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $7,500 bail.
WILKES-BARRE — City police charged a man with selling heroin and possessing a firearm with an altered serial number and possessing a stolen firearm.
Jorge E. Mojica, 24, of Coal Street, Wilkes-Barre, was charged with two counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, and one count each of receiving stolen property, illegal possession of a firearm, firearms not to be carried without a license and possessing a firearm with an altered serial number. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $75,000 bail.
Police allege Mojica sold heroin in a parking lot on North Wilkes-Barre Boulevard on April 17. When he was stopped, police said they found a loaded handgun with an altered serial number, nearly 200 heroin packets, and a loaded rifle in the truck of his vehicle, according to the criminal complaint.
The rifle was reported stolen to the state police at Shickshinny.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled on July 10 before District Judge Martin Kane.
AVOCA — Police arrested Vincent Birtel, 43, of Spring Street, Avoca, with assaulting a police officer who was investigating a disturbance inside the Veterans Foreign Affairs tavern on Main Street early Friday morning.
Birtel resisted arrest and struggled with an officer, who suffered injuries to his wrist and finger, according to the criminal complaint.
Birtel was charged with two counts of aggravated assault, and one count each of simple assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $10,000 bail.
MONROE TWP. — Carl Postupak, 71, of Dallas, was not injured when he lost control of his car that struck a utility pole on state Route 309 on Sunday, state police at Tunkhannock said.
LEMON TWP. — A flat screen television, a DVD player, jumper cables, shoes, a purse and other items were stolen during a home burglary on June 20.
WILKES-BARRE — Police were dispatched to the area of 29 Essex Lane at about 10:15 Wednesday night for a report of a male yelling at a tree in a resident’s back yard.
Upon arrival, officers made contact with Gregg Smith, who police said was standing in the rain in a yard and could be heard yelling from the street.
Police said Smith, of Essex Lane, had an odor of alcohol emanating from him, and was in possession of an open can of beer. They said Smith couldn’t understand simple questions posed to him and spoke with slurred speech.
Police also said Smith tried to enter a neighbor’s house, and he was taken into custody.
Smith was transported to Wilkes-Barre Police Department Headquarters, processed and cited with public drunkenness.