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RICE TWP. — A Plymouth man was arrested on charges he threatened a state police trooper and a Luzerne County deputy sheriff with scissors along Interstate 81.

Herbert Frank Pyle, 49, was charged with two counts of reckless endangerment, and one count each of aggravated assault, simple assault, terroristic threats, harassment and interrupting traffic. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $75,000 bail.

State police at Hazleton said Pyle was walking along the interstate and stepped over a guide rail in the area of mile marker 160 at about 3 p.m. Pyle displayed scissors to Trooper Michael Tereska and began stabbing himself, saying he wanted to die, state police said.

Pyle held the scissors above his head and allegedly charged at Tereska. Pyle was stunned by a Taser but he pulled the darts out of his body while continuing to stab himself, state police said.

Joseph Christino, an off-duty county deputy sheriff, stopped and assisted Tereska. Pyle continued to fight with Christino and Tereska until he was handcuffed, state police said.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled on April 3 before District Judge Ronald Swank.

PLYMOUTH — Police investigating gunfire near the Susquehanna River arrested a man who threatened to harm an officer.

Jimmy Jovan Bell, 20, of High Street, Plymouth, was arraigned Thursday on two counts of disorderly conduct and one count each of firearms not to be carried without a license and terroristic threats. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $15,000 bail.

Police said they stopped Bell and two females while investigating gunfire near Beade Street and the river just before 5 p.m. Wednesday. One of the women told police she had a gun while Bell and the other woman claimed they did not have any weapons, according to the criminal complaint.

Bell walked around a cruiser when an officer spotted the grip of a gun in his jacket, the complaint says. Police said in the complaint they recovered a 9mm handgun from Bell’s jacket.

Bell threatened the officer saying, “You’re dead, you don’t know who you’re (expletive) with. You’re dead, come at me,” the complaint alleges.

Police learned one of the guns was taken from a residence without permission.

The two women were not charged.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled on April 3 before District Judge Donald Whittaker.

ASHLEY — Ashley Crime Watch will meet 7 p.m. April 8 at St. Leo’s/Holy Rosary Church. All residents are urged to attend.

HANOVER TWP. — A woman charged with leaving seven children unsupervised in a residence that was later condemned waived her right to a preliminary hearing before District Judge Joseph Halesey on Tuesday.

Ajajoy Kathryn Slater, 33, of First Street, Hanover Township, waived a single count of endangering the welfare of children to Luzerne County Court. She remains free without bail.

Township police allege they found seven children unsupervised in her residence on Dec. 12. A teenager was in the residence that was filled with garbage, dirty diapers and debris, police said.

A township code enforcement officer condemned the building.

PITTSTON — Police on Thursday said they charged a 14-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl with vandalizing and smashing windows at the United Methodist Church on Broad Street.

Police said damage to the church is in the thousands.

One of the juveniles told police they vandalized the church in retaliation for being yelled at by someone from the church, police said.

Police charged the two juveniles with institutional vandalism and criminal mischief.

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