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HAZLETON — An inmate who failed to return to the Community Education Center detention center (formerly MinSec) was captured last weekend.

State police at Hazleton charged Tyrone Echols, 37, of Newark, N.J., with escape. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $50,000 bail.

State police allege Echols left the facility to go to work in Berwick on Jan. 18. He did not return to the facility at 141 W. Broad St. at 6:30 a.m. on Jan. 19, according to the criminal complaint.

Echols was incarcerated at the facility for possession of drug paraphernalia and simple assault, state police said.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled April 24 before District Judge Joseph Zola in Hazleton.

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

• Cherone’s Surf Club. Inc., 625 Ridge St., Freeland, recently was cited with having a loudspeaker amplified such that the sound of music was heard beyond the property line.

• Enforcement statistics for March: complaints, 115; visits to licensed establishments, 285; age compliance checks, 18; number of establishments that sold alcohol to undercover buyer, three; citations, 41; warnings, 31; minors charged with underage drinking, 49; adults arrested for furnishing alcohol to minors, one; criminal arrest, two; seized 110 gallons of beer and two litters of liquor.

NANTICOKE — Walkowiak Inc., operating as Walkowiak’s Cafe, 407 E. Noble St., was cited with violating the state Liquor and Crimes codes on Feb. 3 by possessing or operating gambling devices or paraphernalia or permitting gambling or lotteries, poolselling and/or bookmaking on the premises, the state police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement said.

HAZLETON — City police reported the following:

• Luis Mundo, 55, of Hazleton, was taken into custody Thursday on a warrant from the Luzerne County Sheriff’s Department for failure to appear. Mundo had six chewed bags of heroin in his mouth at the time of his arrest and will face additional charges, police said.

• Robert Waice, 23, of West Hazleton, was taken into custody Thursday for the alleged possession of synthetic marijuana, police said. Waice was charged with violating the city ordinance prohibiting the possession of synthetic marijuana, police said.

NANTICOKE — City police reported the following:

• Thomas Brown of College Street reported three unknown juveniles threw a rock that smashed a front glass door and damaged an interior door.

• Joseph Foley of Main Road, Hunlock Township, reported someone kicked the body panels and keyed his vehicle when it was parked in the 1200 block of South Prospect Street.

• Alice Kay of South Market Street reported eggs were thrown at her vehicle when parked in front of her house.

• Bradley Perkowski of Glen Lyon reported someone removed the top rails, support rails and liner from a swimming pool behind a Park Street house he had purchased.

• Mill Memorial Library reported someone smashed glass at its main building and ripped a window screen at Mill House next to the library.

HAZLETON — City police reported the locations of where windows were smashed on vehicles in recent days by a pellet gun. Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to call 911.

• Five vehicles in the 500 block of North Laurel Street.

• Five vehicles in the area of 50 S. Cedar St.

• Five vehicles in the 600 block of West Fifth Street.

• Two vehicles in the 500 block of North Wyoming Street.

• One vehicle in the 500 block of Arthur Street.

• One vehicle in the 100 block of North Wyoming Street.

• One vehicle in the 800 block of North Church Street.

• Four vehicles in the 500 block of North James Street.

• An office window on West Broad Street, and a window at the Hazleton Post Office on North Wyoming Street.

• One vehicle in the area of Laurel and Seventh streets.

• One vehicle in the 400 block of West Oak Street.

• One vehicle in the 300 block of East Cranberry Avenue.

WILKES-BARRE — Call it the case of the missing case.

Police are investigating the theft of a case of root beer from Antonio’s Pizza. Officers were dispatched to a reported burglary at the restaurant located at 401 N. River St. just after 9 a.m. Monday.

A white male between the ages of 40 and 50 was recorded on video surveillance smashing the front door and window and removing a case of root beer. Nothing else was reported stolen.

HAZLETON — Three people face drug charges after a tip about a fugitive led police to a Hazleton motel.

City police said they were informed on Friday that Crystal Barna, 32, no permanent address, who was wanted on failure to appear in court on felony forgery charges, was at the Hazleton Motor Inn.

Police subsequently discovered Barna in a room with Amanda Gaydos, 25, of Branch Street, West Hazleton, and Anthony Gutierrez, of East Mine Street, Hazleton. Police also discovered suspected crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia in the room.

All three were charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.

Gutierrez also was found to be allegedly in possession of a counterfeit $20 bill, police said.

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