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HANOVER TWP. —Township police reported the following:

• Taina Laborde, 31, of Nanticoke, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and driving without a license after she allegedly left the scene after a crash on Woodbury Street on Wednesday, police said.

Police said they found Laborde in the parking lot of Turkey Hill on Carey Avenue trying to change a tire, which they allege was damaged in the crash.

• Township police on Thursday recovered a stolen pickup from a wooded area below railroad tracks about 100 yards south of Franklin Junction on East Division Street. The red Ford F-150 was reported stolen from Wilkes-Barre on Monday.

HAZLETON — A wanted man was taken to a hospital after leading police on a short chase and crashing his vehicle, city police said.

Police said they recognized Jesus Delgado, 27, of North Cedar Street, Hazleton, as being wanted on a state parole violation for robbery charges as he was driving an Acura Integra in the area of Broad and Poplar streets at about 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Officers attempted a traffic stop and Delgado allegedly fled, driving to the area of 10th and Laurel streets. While Delgado was driving north on Laurel Street and attempting to turn left onto 10th Street, the Acura spun and a rear tire collided with a police vehicle driving on Laurel Street, police said.

The Acura continued a few feet west on 10th Street and struck two parked vehicles, police said. Delgado allegedly tried to flee on foot but was taken into custody.

Delgado was to be charged with fleeing and eluding, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and several vehicle code violations including driving with a DUI-suspended license, police said.

HAZLE TWP. — Four people were injured in a two-car crash at the intersection of state Route 924 and Veterans Road just after 4 p.m. Thursday.

George Panco, 85, of the Harwood Mines section of Hazle Township, was driving south on Route 924 in the right travel lane while Liby Cabrera-Capellan, 21, of Hazleton, was driving south on Route 924 in the left lane when Panco tried to make a left turn onto Veterans Road, police said. His vehicle was struck in the front fender area by Cabrera-Capellan’s vehicle, police said.

Panco was transported to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township with minor injuries.

Cabrera-Capellan was transported to Hazleton General Hospital with moderate injuries along with Leiky Colon, 18, of Hazleton, one of her passengers, who suffered minor injuries, police said. George Panco’s passenger, Stanley Panco, 89, of Harwood Mines, also suffered minor injuries, police said.

Adrian Garcia-Santos, 18, of Hazleton, also a passenger in Cabrera-Capellan’s car, was uninjured.

HAZLETON — A wanted man was hit by a truck as he was running from police on Friday, police said.

City police spotted Michael Verbitsky, who was wanted for escape after absconding from a work release program at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility, in a Ford Ranger and initiated a traffic stop on on East Chestnut Street just west of Cedar Street, police said.

Immediately after the vehicle stopped, Verbitsky got out, ran east on Chestnut Street and, as he entered the intersection with Cedar Street, collided with a Chevrolet Silverado traveling south on Cedar Street, police said. Verbitsky suffered multiple injuries and was transported to Hazleton General Hospital and then flown to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center.

Shannon Fisher, 32, of Freeland, also was in the Ford and was charged with possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Verbitsky, 25, no known address, was charged with flight to avoid apprehension, trial or punishment; possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and operating a vehicle with a suspended license.

PITTSTON — After receiving inquiries from city residents who had received phone calls requesting donations for the Pittston City Police Association’s Easter egg hunt, city police are advising all residents that the department does not solicit donations by phone and is not seeking any donations at this time.

Police advise that no one should give personal information over the telephone when receiving phone calls requesting donations. They ask that residents call police through 911 when these types of calls are received.

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