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Police blotter


March 20. 2013 11:56PM
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HANOVER TWP. — Township police are investigating a hit-and-run incident that occurred Monday on Stewart Road in Hanover Industrial Park.


A tractor-trailer was driving through the parking lot of Karol Media, 375 Stewart Road, at about 6:45 a.m. when the trailer’s back wheels ran over and began dragging a large rock/landscaping stone, police said.


A metal parking lot security post was bent and, as the trailer was leaving the Karol Media lot, the back wheels of the trailer damaged additional landscaping stones and shrubbery, police said.


The truck stopped on Stewart Road and the driver disconnected the tractor from the trailer, secured a hook-type strap around the rock, attached it to his tractor, pulled the rock off Stewart Road and dragged it to Blue Falls Apparel, 320 Stewart Road, police said.


The driver then reconnected the trailer to the tractor and left the scene.


WILKES-BARRE — A man reported early Monday afternoon that someone smashed the rear window of his car while it was parked at 269 S. Welles St.


HANOVER TWP. — State police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement reported the following:

  • • MJ Beer Deli, 22 W. Main St., Newport Township, was recently cited with furnishing or selling alcohol to a minor.
  • • Rivalry Sports Bar Inc., doing business as Over Pour, 279 S. River St., Plains Township, was recently cited with possessing or operating gambling devices or permitted gambling or lotteries, and sold unlimited alcoholic beverages for a fixed price of $30.
  • • JJE Murphy, 347 Slocum St., Swoyersville, recently was cited with possessing or operating gambling devices or permitted gambling or lotteries.
  • • James Donald Lacey and Mary Ruth Lacey, doing business as Lacey’s Bar and Grill, 438-444 E. Main St., Nanticoke, recently was cited with possessing or operating gambling devices or permitted gambling or lotteries.
  • • Zamorth Inc., Ernie’s G’s Pub and Eatery, 1022 Main St., Avoca, recently was cited with possessing or operating gambling devices or permitted gambling or lotteries.
  • • Wilkes-Barre Republic Club, 280 S. Sheridan St., Wilkes-Barre Township, recently was cited with possessing or operating gambling devices or permitted gambling or lotteries.
  • • Beer Creek Inc., doing business as Indian Lake Inn, 9933 Bear Creek Blvd., Bear Creek Township, recently was cited with possessing or operating gambling devices or permitted gambling or lotteries.
  • • Dan Williams Inc., doing business as Danny’s, Main Road Lee, Newport Township, recently was cited with possessing or operating gambling devices or permitted gambling or lotteries.


EDWARDSVILLE — Police released details of a theft of cellular phones from a secured storage area in Radio Shack in the West Side Mall last week.


Store clerks told police two men and a woman entered the store just before 7 p.m. March 12. While one of the men and the woman were looking at merchandise, the other man entered the rear storage room, accessed a secured area and stole a significant number of high-end cellphones, police said.


The three suspects left the store and drove away in a newer-model black BMW sedan, last seen headed south on Route 11 at a high rate of speed, police said. The BMW has black-tinted windows. A witness reported the license plate, either dark blue or black, was from another state and possibly reads “NCO-C08.”


One of the men is described as a black male, 18 to 21 years old, extremely thin build, tall, with a very dark complexion. He wore red skinny jeans, police said.


The other man is described as a black male, 18 to 21 years old, thin build, tall and wore a black coat.


The woman is described as bi-racial, 18 to 21, about 5 feet tall with shoulder-length brown hair.


Anyone with information about the theft or the suspects is asked to call Edwardsville police at 288-8463.


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

  • • Lauren Levitsky reported Saturday a smashed side-view mirror on her vehicle while it was parked outside the Food Court, Wyoming Valley Mall.
  • • Police said they cited two 15-year-old girls, one from Exeter and the other from Nuangola, with retail theft after they allegedly stole a combined $95 in merchandise from the Bon-Ton, Wyoming Valley Mall, on Friday.
  • • An unknown woman stole a Vizio sound bar valued at $198 from the Walmart Supercenter on Saturday.
  • • Jeff Ney reported on Sunday tools valued at $500 were stolen from his vehicle while it was parked on Metcalf Street.

  • DURYEA — Police on Monday charged Christopher Condeelis, 36, a state inmate, with burglarizing a house in the 800 block of Glen Street on Aug. 22, 2012.


    Police said evidence recovered during the investigation allegedly linked Condeelis to the burglary. He was charged with burglary, criminal trespass, theft and receiving stolen property.


    Court records say Condeelis was sentenced in Lackawanna County in November to 14 months to three years in state prison on unrelated burglary charges. He is an inmate at the State Correctional Institution at Graterford.


    PLAINS TWP. - A summary trial is scheduled on April 25 before District Judge Diana Malast for Iris Gambo, 22, of Taylor, on a public drunkenness citation. Police said they found Gambo allegedly intoxicated sitting on a guide rail along state Route 315 on Feb. 16.


    HANOVER TWP. — Township police reported the following:

  • A summary trial is scheduled on April 2 before District Judge Joseph Halesey for Bernard Bienick, 55, of Hanover Township, on a public-drunkenness citation. Police said they found Bienick sleeping on the ground in front of Lee Park Towers, Lee Park Avenue, on Feb. 24.
  • Jeremy George Crop, 25, of Dexter Street, was charged Tuesday with reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief after he allegedly discharged a round from a gun that struck a neighbor’s residence on Feb. 16. Crop stated he was dismantling the gun when it fired. Charges were filed with District Judge Joseph Halesey.


WILKES-BARRE — Luzerne County detectives charged a former inmate at the county prison with assaulting correctional officers in April.


Vernon Julius Lee Branch, 23, last-known address as New Street, Plymouth, was charged with three counts of aggravated assault. The charges were filed with District Judge Martin Kane in Wilkes-Barre.


Detectives allege Branch disobeyed orders by leaving his cell and entering a corridor when he was an inmate on April 19. Branch assaulted three correctional officers while he was being shackled, according to the criminal complaint.


Court records say Branch was serving a sentence on an assault charge last year.



  • Police charged Nicole M. Davis, 27, of Forty Fort, with retail theft and possession of drug paraphernalia after she allegedly stole a 2-liter bottle of soda and a boxed pizza at Turkey Hill on South Main Street on Monday. Police allege Davis was in possession of two syringes, a crack pipe and empty heroin packets.






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