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March 26. 2013 11:46PM

By - elewis@civitasmedia.com - (570) 991-6116




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PLYMOUTH — Police are investigating a shooting that smashed a windshield and a window on a vehicle in the area of 38 Church St. early Tuesday morning.


Residents heard two gunshots outside their house at about 3:30 a.m., police said. They went outside and discovered the windshield and driver’s side window were smashed.


It appeared the glass was shattered by buckshot from a shotgun, police said.


Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Plymouth police at 779-2147.


SCRANTON — A federal grand jury returned an indictment Tuesday charging a Luzerne County man with the receipt, distribution and possession of child pornography, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced.


Jeremy Joseph Box, 29, of Hazleton, was charged by the grand jury for allegedly committing the offenses between 2011 and 2013, U.S. Attorney Peter J. Smith said.


The charges against Box stem from an investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police Computer Crimes Unit and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. Prosecution is assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Olshefski.


Smith requests that anyone with information related to this matter contact the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Tipline at 1-866-347-2423.


Box was taken into custody on Dec. 6, 2012 on related state charges.


This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc.


PLAINS TWP. — Township police charged Mark Michael Molchan, 55, of Swoyersville, on evidence of drunken driving when he was stopped on March 12 in the parking lot of Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center.


Molchan was charged with driving under the influence, public drunkenness, careless driving and three counts of disorderly conduct. A preliminary hearing is scheduled April 23 before District Judge Diana Malast.


JACKSON TWP. — Township police cited Tyler Cottle, 18, of Shickshinny, with failing to notify police and accidents involving damage to property after he allegedly lost control of a vehicle that struck a stone wall on Feb. 19 on Chase Road.


Cottle drove away from the crash that caused heavy damage to the wall, police said.


Police found the vehicle about one-quarter of a mile away on a flatbed tow truck, they said.


DURYEA — Police charged William Booth, 51, and Thomas Elko Jr., 58, both of Duryea, with simple assault, disorderly conduct and harassment after the two men allegedly fought on March 16 inside an apartment at Foote Avenue and Phoenix Street.


The charges were filed with District Judge Andrew Barilla in Pittston. A preliminary hearing is scheduled on May 15.


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


• Tommyboys, 14 N. Market St., Nanticoke, recently was cited with selling or furnishing alcohol to minors.


• Fresco Grill & Martini Bar, Dallas Shopping Center, Dallas, recently was cited with failing to clean a malt or brewed beverage dispensing system at least once every seven days.


• Melynda A. Reese, doing business as Rob’s Pub, 232-234 Nesbitt St., Larksville, recently was cited with the manager failing to devote full time and attention to the operation of the licensed premises and the manager being employed in another business without board approval, and noise that was heard beyond the property line.


AVOCA — A man was arraigned Tuesday on charges he stole a traffic cone in front of the Avoca Fire Co.


Eric Scott Martin, 23, of Hawthorne Street, Avoca, was charged with theft, resisting arrest, public drunkenness and disorderly conduct. He was released on $2,500 unsecured bail.


Police said in the complaint Martin was highly intoxicated and fought with an officer.


A preliminary hearing is scheduled on April 3.


WILKES-BARRE — A man was arraigned Tuesday on charges he assaulted a woman while holding their 1-year-old daughter on Monday.


Master W. Clark, 33, of Albrightsville, was charged with simple assault, endangering the welfare of children and disorderly conduct. He was released on $5,000 unsecured bail.


Police allege Clark — while holding his 1-year-old daughter — punched the toddler’s mother several times in the head and face at the mother’s home on North Washington Street.


The mother was taken to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital for facial injuries, police said.


A preliminary hearing is scheduled on April 4.


WILKES-BARRE — A man was arraigned Tuesday on charges he used his grandmother’s credit card without permission to purchase items at Boscov’s Department Store.


Matthew Snyder, 28, of Slocum Street, Swoyersville, was charged with a single count of access device fraud. He was released on $2,500 unsecured bail.


Police allege Snyder purchased a KitchenAid food processor, a personal care razor and two comforters on Monday, and a large screen television and a gift card on Sunday for a total of $1,426.54.


Snyder returned the comforters without a receipt, receiving a store credit of $201, according to the criminal complaint.


Police said in the complaint Snyder did not have permission from his grandmother to use her credit card.


Snyder was apprehended when he was found sitting on a bus at the Intermodal Center across from Boscov’s on Monday.


A preliminary hearing is scheduled on April 2.


NANTICOKE — City police reported the following:


• David Wiatrowski of West Union Street reported an unknown person threw an object that cracked the windshield on his vehicle while he was traveling in the 100 block of West Main Street.


• Richard Cooper of West Grand Street reported someone entered his residence and stole copper pipe from the basement.


• Police said they charged Shannon Zagora, 40, of East Noble Street, Nanticoke, with simple assault and harassment after Stephen Small said she punched him seven to nine times in the head on Saturday. Small said Zagora was upset he let a dog outside to do its business, according to the criminal complaint. Zagora was released on $5,000 unsecured bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled on April 3.


EDWARDSVILLE — Police arrested a Wilkes-Barre man on evidence of drunken driving and driving with a suspended license.


Mavis A. Edwards, 36, of Ralph Street, was arraigned Monday on four counts of disorderly conduct, two counts of driving under the influence, and one count each of resisting arrest, driving with a suspended license, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal mischief and passing through a stop sign. He was arraigned by District Judge Joseph Halesey in Hanover Township and jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $10,000 bail.


According to the criminal complaint:


Police investigated a domestic disturbance on Meyers Street late Sunday night and saw a vehicle pulling away in an aggressive manner. Police pursued the vehicle, driven by Edwards, that passed through a stop sign on Zerbey Avenue.


Edwards got out of his vehicle and refused police commands to stop approaching an officer. Edwards yelled profanities and said he was going to harm his brother, the complaint alleges.


Police arrested Edwards on evidence of drunken driving. He allegedly fought officers inside the police department.


Police said they found a pill bottle filled with suspected marijuana in Edwards’ pocket, according to the complaint.


A preliminary hearing is scheduled on April 3 before District Judge Paul Roberts.


PLAINS TWP. — Township police reported the following:


• A Pittston man was arrested and barred from a hotel/conference center after allegedly refusing to leave a Lions Club event.


Police were summoned to the Woodlands Inn ballroom at about noon on Saturday for a report of a male refusing to leave and encountered Walter Bechtold. Bechtold was told he was not allowed into the event and refused to leave, so police handcuffed him and escorted him out, police said.


Police said Bechtold will be cited with disorderly conduct. He was also advised by Woodlands Inn management that he was not allowed to return to the property.


• Jason Morgans, of North Street, Plains Township, was arrested at his residence at 5:50 p.m. Saturday on an outstanding warrant from the Luzerne County Sheriff’s Department for failure to appear before a judge on a simple assault charge. Morgans was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility.


• Francis Coyle, of Hanover Township, will be cited with public drunkenness after an incident at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs casino, police said.


Police responded to the casino at 1:47 a.m. Sunday. They said Coyle allegedly went outside the casino and urinated on the sidewalk and building.


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


• Police on Friday arrested a 15-year-old Wilkes-Barre girl for allegedly shoplifting at Claire’s in the Wyoming Valley Mall after she reportedly stole $14.50 worth of merchandise. She will be charged with a summary count of retail theft, police said.


• Susan Palermo reported on Saturday that someone tried to pry open the driver’s side door of her 2003 Pontiac while it was parked at the Wyoming Valley Mall.


• Carissa Kopenis reported on Saturday that someone scratched her 2003 Dodge while it was parked at Ultra in the Arena Hub Plaza.


• Elizabeth Ernst reported on Saturday that someone stole her wallet while she was at the Wyoming Valley Mall. estimated value of the theft is $700.


• Security at Target at Wilkes-Barre Township Commons reported on Sunday that an unknown male stole $74.98 worth of merchandise and fled the store.




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