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WEST HAZLETON — Police charged Eduardo Beato of Allen Street, West Hazleton, on three counts of illegal drug distribution Friday, according to the criminal complaint.

When a police informant told police on March 21 that Beato, 26, was selling cocaine from his car, a Mitsubishi Montero, police asked the informant to set up a rendezvous with Beato to buy cocaine. The informant, whose name was not given, on three occasions — March 25, on March 28 and again on April 2 — met Beato in a parking lot along 15th Street near Boyer’s Food Market, the complaint said.

After the completing the first two transactions of $50 and the third of $100 with money provided by the police department’s drug fund, the informant turned over clear plastic pouches of a white powdery substance believed to be cocaine. Police tested the substance and sent it on to the state police Wyoming Regional Crime Laboratory for confirmatory testing.

Police performed a traffic stop of Beato, who was driving the same Mitsubishi, and he was in possession of the same $20 bills used in the controlled transaction, the complaint said.

FORTY FORT — A woman was injured Friday morning when her car ran off Wyoming Avenue and hit two utility poles, police said.

Police responded to a crash at around 10 a.m. when Kacie Ann Kuchinskas, Moosic, went off the road and severed the two poles. Kuchinskas was taken to Geisinger Medical Center for injuries suffered in the crash, according to the police report.

Swoyersville, Wyoming and West Wyoming police as well as the Forty Fort/Kingston Fire Department assisted at the crash that was first reported by a WNEP-TV news crew that witnessed it. Police are investigating why Kuchinskas was driving erratically.

HANOVER TWP. — A Buttonwood resident, Frances Herman, reported what she believed to be a scam telephone call received April 1.

The male caller did not identify himself and requested personal information to supposedly lower credit card interest rates, township police reported Friday.

Also in the township, police are investigating a counterfeit $50 bill received at M&T Bank on the Sans Souci Parkway.

WILKES-BARRE — The state police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement said it cited Fat Kats LLC, operating as Mulligan’s Irish Pub on South Main Street, with failing to place a suspension label over the amusement portion of the license as directed by an administrative law judge. The alleged violation occurred in February.

The charge will be brought before an administrative law judge who can impose a fine, suspend of revoke the license.

WILKES-BARRE - City police reported the following:

Paul Marzella said a handgun was stolen from his apartment on North Main Street between 10 p.m. Thursday and 3 p.m. Friday. The gun is a black, Ruger SR 40 model.

Retail theft charges were filed Friday against Charles Bach Shafer and Alan Williams. A loss-prevention officer at the Home Depot said he saw Shafer cut out items from packages and hand them to Williams who put them in his pockets and sweatshirt. Rechargeable batteries and battery recharger were recovered from the two men after they tried to leave the store.

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