WILKES-BARRE — Police reported the following:
• A former Department of Public Works employee was charged with stealing approximately $6.50 worth of fuel from a container used by a grass cutting crew in the area of Bowman Street and North Wilkes-Barre Boulevard.
Police said George Martin, 57, of Hayes Lane, walked up to a DPW van parked in the area and opened the door. DPW workers went over to the van and asked Martin what he was doing. He began to pour the mixture of gasoline and oil into his personal container from a DPW container.
He refused to stop when told to do so and poured between a half gallon and gallon of the mixture into his container. A charge of theft from a motor vehicle was filed with District Judge Martin Kane.
• A Burgit’s Taxi driver said he was robbed at gunpoint around 1:45 a.m. Wednesday in the 200 block of Academy Street.
The driver said he picked up two black males between the ages of 18 and 20. One of them was short and wearing dark clothing. The other was approximately 6 feet with a thin build.
One of the passengers told the driver they were going to West Academy Street. The driver heard one of the passengers talking on a cellphone to a female and told her that they were in the cab and asked if she was ready. They asked the driver to stop, and one of the men put a gun to the head of the driver and demanded money. They fled on foot and could not be located in the area by police.
• A police officer shot a pit bull Tuesday night in the 200 block of Park Avenue and the animal later died.
Officers were dispatched to the area for the report of two pit bulls running at large. A person flagged down an officer, who got out of his cruiser. As he walked to the sidewalk, two pit bulls charged at him snarling and showing their teeth. He shot one of the dogs in the chest.
Both dogs ran to a back yard and into an alley, where another officer was. One of the dogs charged at the door of the officer’s cruiser and then ran with the other dog through a yard. The owners later took control of the dogs and the one that was shot died.
HAZLETON — After receiving reports that heroin was being sold from an East Diamond Avenue apartment, police ran a sting operation which led to the Tuesday arrests of Juan Santiago, 40, Antonio Santiago, 40, Fred Gettis, 31, and David Lee Hall, 27, police said.
The four men were charged with conspiracy, possessing and delivering illegal drugs, police said.