PITTSTON — City police said they are investigating an armed robbery at the A-Plus Mini Mart on South Main Street that occurred early Tuesday morning.
A clerk told police he was stocking shelves at about 2:20 a.m. when a white male entered the store and said, “You know the drill.” The clerk reported seeing an object in the suspect’s hands but could not say if it was a weapon, police said.
The suspect fled the store with less than $100 and was last seen running on Plank Street toward Jenkins Township.
Police said the suspect wore a black hooded sweatshirt, black gloves, black pants and black sunglasses.
HUNLOCK TWP. — U.S. Marshal Martin Pane on Tuesday announced the arrest of Jerry Wayne Dison, a 36-year old man originally from Monroe County, Ala., in Hunlock Creek.
On Jan. 27, 2000, Dison was convicted in Montgomery County, Ala., of rape in the second degree, committed against a 12-year old girl. Following his term of imprisonment, Dison was required to register as a convicted sex offender in accordance with Alabama law.
In April 2013, Dison registered his home address in Monroeville, Ala., but in June 2013, local law enforcement in Monroeville learned that Dison moved to Pennsylvania without updating his registration information. They asked the U.S. Marshals Service in the Southern District of Alabama to investigate.
Deputy U.S. Marshals in Mobile, Ala., obtained a federal arrest warrant charging Dison with failure to register as a sex offender. Those deputies suspected that Dison moved to Hunlock Creek and forwarded this information to members of the USMS Fugitive Task Force in the Middle District of Pennsylvania.
On Tuesday at about 2:30 p.m., Deputy U.S. Marshals based in Scranton checked a home in Hunlock Creek and arrested Dison without incident. Dison was transported to the U.S. Courthouse in Scranton to be arraigned by a U.S. magistrate judge on the federal arrest warrant from the Southern District of Alabama.
U.S. Marshals were assisted by personnel from the Scranton Police Department and the Pennsylvania Bureau of Probation and Parole.
PLAINS TWP. — A Scranton man was arraigned Tuesday on charges he capped a winning bet at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Casino.
Qikong Ngai, 39, was charged by state police gaming enforcement with three counts of theft and two counts of trick or fraud. He was arraigned by District Judge Diana Malast in Plains Township and released on $5,000 unsecured bail.
State police allege Ngai capped two winning $100 bets while playing mini baccarat, receiving $300 from the dealer on May 19, according to the criminal complaint.
To cap a bet is to add money or place extra chips on a winning bet while the dealer is distracted.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled on June 18.
WILKES-BARRE — City police reported the following:
• A male entered a store at 184 Spring St. on Monday, asked for two packs of cigarettes and fled on foot to Schoolhouse Lane without paying for them after the cashier placed them on the counter.
• A caller reported on Sunday morning that someone threw a brick through the driver’s side window of his vehicle while it was parked near 23 S. Fulton Court and removed cash, an Olympus digital camera, two credit cards and the vehicle registration.
EDWARDSVILLE — There was a report of a gun being fired in a residence at 509 Roosevelt St. at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, a Luzerne County 911 supervisor confirmed.
Police were searching for a suspect driving a red Mazda.
No one was injured and police said the shooting appears to be accidental.
HAZLETON — City police are investigating the theft of copper pipe from a bank-owned property in the northwest section of the city.
Anyone with information on the theft should contact city police by dialing 911. All calls will be confidential, police said.
NANTICOKE — The state police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement cited the American Legion Home Association Nanticoke Post 350, 21-23 W. Broad St., with violating the state liquor and crime codes on May 1 by possessing or operating gambling devices or paraphernalia or permitting gambling or lotteries, poolselling and/or bookmaking on the premises, police said.