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HAZLETON — City police reported the following:

• Police are investigating a suspected arson at the Hazleton YMCA/YWCA.

Police and firefighters responded to the facility, located at 75 S. Church St., at 4:29 p.m. Thursday for a reported fire in the building. The fire was contained to the men’s locker room and caused minor damage to several lockers, police said.

No injuries were reported and a state police deputy fire marshal was contacted.

• Someone reportedly threw a rock through the window of a 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer while it was parked in the 700 block of West 20th Street between Wednesday night and Thursday afternoon.

• Someone reportedly damaged the driver’s side mirror and mid-body of a vehicle parked in the 600 block of Grant Street sometime between 9 p.m. Wednesday and 7:30 a.m. Thursday.

• Bruce Irene, 31, of Hazleton, was cited with retail theft and violating the city drug paraphernalia ordinance after store employees at Giant Food Store, 70 S. Locust St., observed him allegedly leave the store with six bags of shrimp without paying for them Thursday afternoon, police said.

• Dwayne Thompson, of the 600 block of West 10th Street, was to be cited with disorderly conduct after police responded to his residence for a noise complaint Thursday afternoon. Music coming from the residence was unreasonably loud and could be heard across the street, police said.

WILKES-BARRE — City police reported the following:

• Maura Long, of New Mallory Street, reported Thursday morning that a black male dressed in Dickies work clothes and hat claiming to be with the water company knocked on her door and stated that he was there to check the meter.

Long said she went downstairs to check the meter herself and heard her two pit bulls running across the floor barking and growling and heard a man cursing. She returned upstairs to find that the man entered the residence without her permission and was cornered by her dogs. Long held one dog, and the man kicked the other dog and fled.

• Robert Adams reported that as he was walking south in front of Kistler Elementary School on Old River Road at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, he heard footsteps behind him and then felt an object he believed to be a gun touch the back of his head. He heard a male voice state: “Let me see what you have.”

Roberts said he did not have any money on him and began to walk toward the road. He ignored instructions to head toward the picnic area. He stepped onto the street and then saw a male run north accompanied by two other males. The male who approached him was about 5 feet, 8 inches tall, about 175 pounds and about 20 years old.

• Police took a student at Jollie Hair Academy into custody Thursday after finding suspected drugs in her purse.

Aiesha Muhammad was questioned by school personnel about heroin found at the school and became upset, police said. When police arrived, she denied knowledge of the suspected heroin and granted police permission to search her purse.

Police detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the purse and found eight small bags of suspected marijuana and a blunt inside, they said. Charges will be filed, police said.

• Three men were arrested on drug and weapons charges after a traffic stop on Wednesday.

Police said they stopped a white Suzuki SUV in the area of 754 S. Main St. after observing it being driven east on Horton Street by Nicholas Kulp, who they said was known to have no valid driver’s license. There were three males in the back seat and a strong odor of suspected marijuana coming from the back seat area, police said.

After backup officers arrived, the three backseat passengers were removed from the vehicle and police recovered three stolen handguns and a bag of suspected marijuana.

Travis Hunter, 25, Darryl Robinson, 22, and Jamal Barnwell, 25, were taken into custody. They were arraigned before District Judge Joseph Halesey and jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility, police said.

KINGSTON — Police arrested a man Wednesday night after he allegedly burglarized a house on North Gates Avenue and tried to break into another house on South Goodwin Avenue.

Jesse Rowles, 19, of Spring Street, Wilkes-Barre, was arraigned on two counts each of burglary and criminal mischief, and one count each of criminal trespass and theft. He was jailed at the county prison for lack of $20,000 bail.

According to the criminal complaint:

Joseph Dombek and Michelle Zinga told police they were working outside their house on North Gates Avenue when they spotted Rowles standing inside a hallway at about 7:45 p.m. Rowles told Dombek and Zinga that he was looking for drugs.

A bank card and two car keys were found in Rowles’ pockets. A bedroom door was damaged and an attempt was made to open a safe, police said.

Dombek and Zinga told police that the word “HATE” was tattooed on the burglar’s knuckles.

Police said that while they were investigating the burglary at North Gates Avenue, an alarm went off at a house on South Goodwin Avenue where a rear door was damaged.

Rowles was found hiding inside a residence on Main Street in Edwardsville. HATE was tattooed on his knuckles, police said.

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

The Rec Room, 320 Hughes St., Swoyersville, was cited after the corporate president consumed alcoholic beverages while tending bar.

WILKES-BARRE — A inmate was arraigned Thursday on an escape charge when he failed to return to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility.

Juan Gabriel Feliciano, 26, was remanded to the county prison for lack of $30,000 bail.

Feliciano was jailed on April 10 on a retail theft charge. He was permitted to leave the facility to go to Careerlink on East Union Street, Wilkes-Barre, and failed to return, according to the criminal complaint.

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