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May 28. 2013 11:51PM
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PLYMOUTH — A man was arraigned Tuesday on charges he assaulted his father during a robbery.


Frederick Lamont Johnson, 31, of West Main Street, Plymouth, was charged with two counts each of simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct, and a single count of robbery.


He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $25,000 bail.


John Moore Jr. told police his son asked him for money Monday night.


Moore said that when he refused to give his son money, the son punched him several times, knocking out a tooth, and tried to take his wallet, according to the criminal complaint.


A preliminary hearing is scheduled on June 5.


WILKES-BARRE — City police reported the following:


• Someone stole a speed enforcement device from Wilkes-Barre police early Monday morning.


Officers had been conducting speed enforcement along Wilkes-Barre Boulevard a little before 1 a.m. when an officer requested assistance.


The officer stationed at the speed enforcement device left the area to provide backup and, upon returning, found that someone had taken the device.


• Police said theft charges will be filed against Keon Tyler after a woman reported that he had been in her Sherman Hills apartment in Building 308 on North Empire Court and took her iPhone 5, refused to give it back and left with it on Monday.


• Quientin Rone, 30, was to be charged with criminal contempt after he allegedly violated a protection from abuse order when Linda Powell, who applied for the protection, said she found him in her living room at 139 Sambourne St. when she arrived home from a part at about 6 p.m. Monday, police said.


Powell told police that Rone became enraged when she ordered him to leave and tried to strike her with a closed fist, police said.


Police checked the area but couldn’t find Rone.


HANOVER TWP. — Township police reported the following:


• Terri Lynn Rovinski, of Ashley, was cited with leaving the scene of an accident, driving on a suspended license and driving without insurance after a May 20 crash on Hazle Street in the Newtown section, township police said.


Rovinski was driving a 2007 Land Rover owned by Jamarr Reid & Flawless Family Inc., Wilkes-Barre, when the vehicle struck a utility pole, the stairs to a business and a 2002 Ford pickup owned by Traci and Jason Davis, of Ashley, police said.


• Kathleen Zellock, of Oxford Street, reported the license plate of her 2007 Kia sedan was stolen sometime between May 22 and May 27.


• Jeffrey Politz, of Boland Avenue, Hanover Township, reported someone entered his unlocked Toyota Tundra late Monday night and stole a 12-gauge Remington model 870 shotgun.


An investigation determined that other unlocked vehicles may have been entered around the same time, but no other victims had come forward, police said.


• Lauren Hertzlerm, of West Division Street, reported four lawn chairs were stolen from his front porch sometime during the early-morning hours on Saturday.


• Teressa Baratta reported four cast-iron tubs were stolen from the rear of her property during the daytime hours on May 20.


WILKES-BARRE — The Wilkes-Barre Office of the state police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement reported the following:


• Prospect Street Café, 23 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke, was cited with violating sections of the state liquor and crime codes and the Controlled Substance Act on March 18 dealing with: simple assault, terroristic threats, harassment, tempering with or fabricating evidence, disorderly conduct, public drunkenness and possession of drug paraphernalia.


City police that night had arrested the owner, Paul Halliday, 37, of West Ridge Street, Nanticoke, after investigating an assault inside the troubled tavern. Halliday had nailed an office door shut and threatened to shoot police if they forced open the door, according to charges filed.


Halliday also had allegedly kicked his girlfriend when he saw her talking to another man inside a restroom, police had said.


• Capone’s Bar & Grill Inc., 520 Main St., White Haven, was cited with selling or providing alcohol to a minor on April 13.


HAZLETON — City police reported the following:


• Andrea Kolinofsky, 38, of Hazleton, was to be cited with careless driving after she rear-ended a 2007 Jeep being driven by a juvenile girl at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday, police said.


Police said the Jeep was stopped at the intersection of Diamond Avenue and Carson Street to turn left onto Carson Street when Kolinofsky’s 2004 Hyundai struck the rear of the Jeep.


No injuries were reported. The Hyundai was towed.


• Police are investigating the theft of copper pipe from a vacant property at 201 E. Hemlock St.


Anyone with information should contact police by calling 459-4940 or calling 911 and asking for a Hazleton officer.


• Police were called to investigate damage to a front window of a residence in the 500 block of Peace Street just before 6 p.m. Monday.


Anyone who might have witnessed the damage occur or anyone with information should call 911 and ask to speak with Hazleton police.


• A 27-year-old man reported Monday that someone entered his residence in the 100 block of South Church Street sometime around 2 a.m. and stole his Dell XPS 17 laptop computer.


Anyone with information should call 911 and ask to speak with Hazleton police.


PITTSTON TWP. — A former Pittston Township couple face assault charges after police responded to their residence for a reported domestic dispute just after midnight on Monday.


Police were met outside by Romayne Kmetz and informed that her ex-husband, Henry Kmetz, was inside arguing with their daughter and that Romayne wanted Henry’s guns confiscated.


Police found Henry and his daughter, Jessica Kmetz, and Romayne’s mother, Bernadine Elick, inside, yelling and stating that the fight was over Jessica’s graduation and Henry’s drinking, according to court papers.


Romayne and Jessica told police that Henry said he couldn’t take it anymore and started walking towards the guns.Romayne called 911, Henry pushed her, Jessica tried to stop him, Henry grabbed Jessica around the neck in a choke hold and Jessica bit him on the arm to get away, police said.


Henry told police his daughter and ex-wife beat him, that Jessica bit him on the arm when he tried going to his bedroom and that his wife punched him in the head and kicked him in the groin, police said.


Henry Kmetz, 52, and Romayne Kmetz, 48, both were charged with two counts each of simple assault and harassment.


Henry was transported to the township police station and checked out by emergency medical services for the bite and complaints of high blood pressure. Jessica and Romayne were also taken into police custody, police said.


SALEM TWP. — Joshua Daum, 24, of East Front St., was charged with simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct after his girlfriend, Lacy Anecki, reported that he struck her in the eye during an argument they had during a discussion over past relationships, police said in court papers.


NANTICOKE — David Marinus, 47, of Apollo Circle, Nanticoke, was charged with simple assault and harassment after his girlfriend, Heather Szymaszek, with whom he resides, reported on Tuesday that he grabbed her and pushed her in the chest area onto a bed, according to court papers.




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