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LARKSVILLE — Investigators with the state police Northeast Computer Crime Task Force and Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office arrested Lawrence Shultz, 55, of Chestnut Street, on charges he downloaded child pornography on a computer.


Investigators served a search warrant at Shultz’s residence on Tuesday, finding a desktop computer in the living room, they said. A review of the hard drive allegedly showed nine pictures and one three-minute video of children engaged in sex acts, according to the criminal complaint.


Shultz admitted to investigators he downloaded a file sharing program for the purpose of downloading music and adult and child pornography, the complaint states. Shultz told investigators he used certain words to search for child pornography because he “was curious and liked looking at them,” according to the complaint.


Shultz was arraigned by District Judge Donald Whittaker in Nanticoke on 14 counts of child pornography, three counts of dissemination of photos and/or film of children engaged in sex acts and a single count of criminal use of communication facility. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $250,000 bail.


A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Sept. 5 before District Judge David Barilla.


WILKES-BARRE — City police reported the following:


• Wilkes University reported an unknown person broke into a secured room inside the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center on West River Street sometime between Friday night and Monday morning. No items were reported missing.


• An unknown person reportedly broke into Annie’s Tavern of East Northampton Street through a side window and removed items including an air conditioner, laptop computer, disc jockey mixer and an amplifier.


HANOVER TWP. — Township police arrested Mendez Collier, 34, of Plymouth, on charges he provided false information on a gun purchase application.


Police allege Collier went to Nimrod Haven Sporting Goods on the Sans Souci Parkway on June 6 and signed forms for the state police and federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives while attempting to purchase a handgun. An instant check system showed Collier was not able to purchase or own a firearm and was denied the purchase, police said.


Police allege Collier was not truthful when answering several questions on the state police and ATF forms.


Collier was arraigned Tuesday by District Judge Joseph Halesey on charges of sale or transfer of firearms and unsworn falsification to authorities. He was released on $5,000 unsecured bail.


HAZLETON — City police reported the following:


• An unknown person reportedly stole a 9 mm Smith and Wesson handgun during a burglary Tuesday of a house in the 500 block of North Church Street.


• Copper pipe reportedly was recently stolen from property in the area of Laurel Street and Spruce Court.


• Donata Zamudio, of Hazleton, reported Monday her Chevrolet Trailblazer was damaged when it was parked from 7 to 11 p.m. in the 100 block of East Second Street.


• Donald Spivak reported Monday the Pennsylvania license plate YRA-3264 was stolen from a 2005 Chevrolet pickup truck on Rocky Road.


ASHLEY — State police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement reported Ruth Shupsninskas, doing business as Chick’s Cafe, 114 S. Main St., recently was cited with failing to return restaurant liquor license and wholesale liquor purchase permit cards to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board after the business had not been in operation for 15 consecutive days.


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