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

• Eric Czekalski, 29, of Larksville, was arrested and charged last Saturday with retail theft and possession of drug paraphernalia after he allegedly tried to steal $173 in merchandise from Walmart at Wilkes-Barre Township Marketplace and police found a hypodermic needle on him, police said.

• Amber Williams reported last Saturday that someone entered her 2007 Subaru while it was parked on Church Street and stole a cellphone charger and a book bag. Estimated value of the theft was $47.

• Bernadine Perkins, 32, of Wilkes-Barre was arrested and was to be charged with retail theft after she allegedly stole $481 in merchandise from Walmart at Wilkes-Barre Township Marketplace, police said.

• Bryce Jordan, 22, of Plymouth, was charged with carrying a firearm without a license, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia after police allege they discovered he was in possession of suspected marijuana and a 9 mm handgun while in the parking lot of Sears at the Wyoming Valley Mall last Saturday.

• A 17-year-old boy from Wilkes-Barre was charged with disorderly conduct after he allegedly yelled obscenities at police and security while in Walmart at Wilkes-Barre Township Marketplace on Sunday, police said.

• Lilli Sandino reported that someone stole her cellphone, valued at $500, while she was at Kaplan Furniture on Mundy Street on Monday.

• Paul Jason reported last Saturday that someone had entered his garage and the vehicle inside it. Nothing was reported missing.

• William Engle reported last Saturday that someone had entered his 2009 Honda while it was parked on Leslie Lane. Nothing was reported missing.

BUTLER TWP. — Township police reported the following:

• Two juveniles have been charged in connection with a rash of thefts at Beech Mountain Lakes.

A 15-year-old boy who lives at the community was charged with eight felony counts each of criminal conspiracy to commit theft, theft by unlawful taking or disposition and receiving stolen property, police said. He also was charged with 10 counts each of theft from a motor vehicle, loitering and prowling at nighttime and criminal attempt, police said.

The second juvenile, a 16-year-old from St. Johns Road, was charged with eight felony counts each of theft and criminal conspiracy, and 10 counts of loitering and prowling at night, police said.

The charges were filed with Luzerne County juvenile authorities, police said.

The thefts from vehicles allegedly occurred between Feb. 16 and 18 and resulted in about $5,475 worth of stolen property.

• Police are investigating the theft of two outdoor bronze lamps, about 20 inches by 28 inches, that had been cemented in a driveway entrance on Drasher Road. Anyone with information should call police at 788-3230 or dial 911.

• A resident of Beaver Slide Drive reported on March 4 that someone entered the home and stole jewelry.

• Jose Santos-Ramirez, 41, of Hazleton, was cited with failing to notify police of an accident that had occurred March 5, when he allegedly drove into an embankment at the intersection of South Hunter Highway and Old Turnpike Road and abandoned the vehicle a short distance away because it was inoperable, police said.

• While investigating suspicious activity — namely, several people leaving a hotel and running into a wooded area — at about 2 a.m. last Saturday, police stopped a car in which the people allegedly fled. Cited with underage drinking were Corey Craig, 20; Jack Miley, 18; Timothy Miley, 19; and a 17-year-old; all of Butler Township, police said.

• Police apprehended a Hazleton man while responding to a report of a prowler in the 800 block of St. Johns Road at about 5 a.m. last Saturday. Police said charges are pending and additional information will be released when those charges are filed.

• A homeowner on Deep Hole Road reported that someone tried to break into his shed at about 3:45 a.m. last Saturday. The homeowner confronted the burglar and grabbed him, but the suspect broke free and fled, police said.

• Police responded to an attempted break-in at a home in the 300 block of South Old Turnpike Road at about 6 a.m. last Saturday after the homeowner’s dog alerted her that someone was trying to break into the basement. Police found a forced-open door, but entry was not made. But there was an actual burglary there on March 5, police said.

PLAINS TWP. — Township police reported the following:

• Police responded just after 8:30 p.m. Tuesday to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center for a report of an intoxicated male who was attempting to drive.

Police found the man, whom they identified as Mark M. Molchan, of Swoyersville, in his vehicle. Molchan exhibited signs of alcohol impairment, refused to exit his vehicle and was assisted out by police and security officers, police said.

Molchan previously was told to leave the hospital for being uncooperative and disorderly, police said. They added that he urinated himself and refused to submit to a blood-alcohol content test.

Molchan will be charged with driving under the influence, disorderly conduct, public drunkenness and careless driving, police said.

• Joseph Stofey will be cited with public drunkenness after police say they observed him allegedly staggering on South River Street on his way home from Ole Tyme Charley’s Bar at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.

• Richard Streit, of the Drums section of Butler Township, was to be cited with disorderly conduct after police responded to the emergency room at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center at 1:42 p.m. Thursday for a report of a male patient threatening an employee, police said.

SUGAR NOTCH — Borough police on Tuesday served a felony arrest warrant on a man they say took a down payment for replacing a roof but never performed the work.

Police observed Kenneth Wolfe operating a vehicle on Hazle Street in Wilkes-Barre and initiated a traffic stop, they said. Wolfe came to a stop in the Turkey Hill Parking Lot at Hazle and Nicholson streets.

Wolfe was wanted on two counts of theft by deception in which, while conducting business as Wolfe Construction, he entered into a written contract with Deanna Garnett of Oak Street in Sugar Notch to remove and replace a residential roof, police said.

The contract was signed on May 5, 2012, at which time Wolfe accepted a $2,500 cash deposit from Garnett with the contract stating that the described work would be started on or about June 4, 2012, police said. However, Wolfe never started the work, nor did he return the down payment, police said.

Wolfe, of Brown Street, Ashley, and previously of rear Monahan Court, was arraigned before District Judge Joseph Halesey and jailed at Luzerne County Correctional Facility in lieu of $5,000 or 10 percent bail bond, police said.

WILKES-BARRE — The Wilkes-Barre office of the state police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement reported that citations were issued to the following establishments:

• Pitchers Mound, 311 Blackman St., Wilkes-Barre, allegedly sold, furnished and/or gave or permitted the sale, furnishing or giving of alcoholic beverages to a minor on Feb. 1.

• Lani Home Association, 35-37 Cleveland St., Plains Township, allegedly possessed or operated gambling devices or paraphernalia or permitted gambling or lotteries, poolselling and/or bookmaking on the premises on Aug. 14, 2012.

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