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Police blotter


July 12. 2013 12:44AM

By - smocarsky@civitasmedia.com - (570) 991-6386




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LARKSVILLE — Police arrested a man they say aimed a gun at a woman and another man on Main Street.


Erick Richard McCarty, 24, of East Poplar Street, Larksville, was arraigned Thursday on two counts of terroristic threats, and one count each of simple assault, reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct and harassment.


Police said they found a loaded 9mm handgun under the front seat of McCarty’s vehicle. McCarty told police he has a permit to carry a concealed weapon.


According to the criminal complaint:


Michael Stone, Amanda Zitkoski and James Hazeltine were walking into a store in the 400 block of Main Street at about 9:55 p.m. when they heard McCarty arguing with a woman who was crying.


Zitkoski told police McCarty got out of his vehicle carrying a black handgun and approached Hazeltine saying, “I’ll put a bullet in your head. What makes you think I’m playing?” the complaint says.


McCarty sped away in his car. Police found him at his residence, where he told police he has a permit to carry and the gun was under the driver’s set in his car.


Police said in the complaint surveillance video at the store allegedly shows McCarty aiming a gun at Stone, Zitkoski and Hazeltine.


DUPONT — Jessica L. Volch, 25, of Main Street, Dupont, was arraigned Wednesday after police said she lied about a suspect being in her residence.


Volch was charged with hindering apprehension, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $5,000 bail.


Police said they were searching for Christopher Stanco after he allegedly threatened a man and molested a woman on Center Street on Saturday. Stanco entered his residence where Volch told police he was not inside.


Stanco was found hiding in the attic lying between wood beams wearing underwear.


Police served a search warrant for the residence to locate Stanco’s clothing he wore when he threatened a man and molested the woman. During the search, police said they found marijuana, suspected bath salts and contraband, according to the criminal complaint.


WILKES-BARRE - A man was arraigned Wednesday on charges after he allegedly initiated a pursuit with police who were investigating gunfire in the area of 311 Blackman St.


Tyshawn Kelly, 26, of Queens, N.Y.C., was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $3,000 bail.


Police said they responded to gunfire on Blackman Street at about 2 a.m. Wednesday and spotted a vehicle driving away without its headlights on. Thevehicle passed through stop signs and red traffic signals and crashed into a retaining wall on Puritan Lane, police said.


After the crash, Kelly and another occupant jumped out and ran away. Kelly was arrested when he was seen sitting on a porch on South Sherman Street, police said.


HAZLE TWP. — A township man faces several charges after he attacked a man in a crowd watching fireworks on Independence Day.


State police in Hazleton said David Howard Kline, 50, went up to a crowd watching fireworks at 82 Quality Road at about 9:30 p.m. July 4 and struck Patrick Hugh Crawford, 58, of Virginia Beach, Va., in the head with a bat.


Kline then allegedly struck the fireworks with the bat and continued swinging, police said. People from the crowd then tackled and detained Kline until police arrived.


Kline was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct and harassment, police said.


HAZLE TWP. — State police in Hazleton reported the following:


• A Hazleton Area School District representative reported that cash was stolen from a safe in the main lobby of the Hazleton Area Career Center sometime between 3 p.m. June 13 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday.


Anyone with information should call state police at 459-3890.


• Tiffany Leeann Macaluso, 20, of Hazle Township, was cited with harassment after Michael Anthony Breznak, 19, of Hazle Township, reported on July 3 that Macaluso bit his left bicep, scratched both of his arms and punched him in the forehead at 412 Old Cranberry Road, police said.


FOSTER TWP. — Police are investigating the theft of equipment from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.


State police in Hazleton said a PennDOT employee found that someone took four heavy-duty 12-volt batteries valued at $400 and four steel planks valued at $50 from two yellow Ingersoll rollers and a stone chipper located at Oley Valley Road and Country Place Lane sometime between 2 p.m. June 28 and 7:15 a.m. Monday.


Anyone with information should call state police at 459-3890.


JENKINS TWP. — Police arrested Eric Phillips, 33, of Willow Road, Jenkins Township, after he allegedly assaulted his pregnant girlfriend.


Phillips was charged with simple assault and harassment. He was released on $2,500 unsecured bail.


Police charged Phillips after his girlfriend, who is six months pregnant, claimed he violently shoved her against a wall three times during an argument in their residence on Tuesday, according to the criminal complaint.


A preliminary hearing is scheduled on July 17.


HUNLOCK TWP. — State police at Shickshinny charged Mark Joseph Stelma Jr., 18, of Swoyersville, with theft, receiving stolen property and criminal conspiracy to commit theft. Stelma was arraigned on Monday.


Stelma allegedly stole video game systems, video games and a television from a house on Gravel Road while attending a party on March 22, according to the criminal complaint.


PITTSTON TWP. — Anthony Joseph Pascavage, 22, of Newfoundland, was arraigned Wednesday on a retail theft charge.


Township police allege Pascavage stole DVD movies valued at $363 from Walmart on state Route 315 on May 3, according to the criminal complaint.


NANTICOKE — A man was arraigned Wednesday on charges after he allegedly threatened to burn down a residence.


Edward Ryan Nork, 39, of West Main Street, Nanticoke, was charged with criminal trespass, terroristic threats, stalking, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief and harassment. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $10,000 bail.


Jill Robinholt and Jonha O’Brien told police in May and June that Nork had been harassing them, showing up at their residence damaging a window, and threatened to burn their residence, according to the criminal complaint.


WILKES-BARRE — A man was arraigned Wednesday on charges he cashed several stolen checks.


Robert Etzle, 32, of Wood Street, Courtdale, was charged with eight counts of theft, six counts of forgery, and three counts each of bad checks and receiving stolen property. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $10,000 bail.


Police allege Etzle cashed stolen checks at various places in the area receiving $1,250 in June. The checks were stolen from a company where Etzle’s girlfriend is employed, according to the criminal complaint.


WILKES-BARRE — City police reported the following:


• A woman reported July 9 that she was sexually assaulted by an employee at United Rehabilitation Services on North Pennsylvania Avenue.


• Arden Fahey reported on Tuesday that his wallet containing his identification, credit card, money, checks, and medical cards was stolen from backpack he left in a garage while he volunteered at the St. Nicholas Church bazar on July 21.


• Michael Baker, 34, of Wilkes-Barre, was charged Wednesday with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and public drunkenness. Police allege Baker was found sleeping in a car at Coal Street Park on Monday. Several heroin packets and syringes were found outside and inside the car.


• Christine E. Klienbach, 33, of West River Street, Wilkes-Barre, was arraigned Wednesday on a retail theft charge after police allege she stole items from The Home Depot on Tuesday.


• Police said a 12-year-old boy, about 4 feet, 5 inches tall, walked into Genetti’s Best Western on East Market Street, entered an office and stole money from an employee’s wallet at about 9:20 a.m. Tuesday. The boy, wearing green plaid shorts and a white tank top, left the hotel near the pool.


• An unidentified man said he saw someone fire a handgun during a possible chase Wednesday on Carey Avenue near the A Plus market on Academy Street.


The witness told police he was getting into his car around 8:30 p.m. when he saw two people run past the front of his vehicle. Police recovered shell casings at the scene and collected them as evidence.


The suspects were described as a 5-foot-6-inch black male between 18 and 25 with a small build, wearing a blue shirt and blue jeans, and a 5-foot-9-inch black male, possibly Hispanic, between 18 and 25 with a heavy build and facial hair, wearing an orange or peach shirt and shorts.


HAZLETON — City police reported the following:


• Police said an unknown person forced entry into a residence in the 200 block of Muir Avenue on Monday.


• A 1999 Jeep Wrangler parked in the 600 block of East Sixth Street was damaged on Monday.


• Solar lights and a lawn chair were reported stolen from property in the 500 block of Carleton Avenue on Sunday.


• A 42-inch Panosonic television was stolen from a residence in the 700 block of McKinley Street on Sunday.


• Items were stolen from a Dodge Durango when it was parked in the area of Third and Grant streets Sunday night into Monday.


• A Sony DVD player was stolen from a residence in the 200 block of South Fulton Court on Thursday.


• Windows and a fence were stolen from property in the 600 block of Berner Avenue from July 3 to July 10.


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


• Bali Enterprise Inc., 155 N. Memorial Highway, Kingston Township, was recently cited with failure to maintain complete and truthful records for a period of two years.


• Hiral CFM, 101 Main St., Luzerne, was recently cited with serving malt or brewed beverages from a dispensing apparatus that was not identified with a trade name.


• Conyngham Beverage, doing business as Cuz N Joes Place, 291 Main St., Conyngham, was recently cited with loud music heard beyond the property line.




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