KINGSTON TWP. — Township police are investigating an attempted strong-arm robbery Thursday at the M&T Bank branch at the Back Mountain Shopping Center in Shavertown.
At about 11:52 a.m., the suspect, described as a white male in his 20s, entered the bank, approached the teller and demanded money be placed into a bag. The would-be robber displayed no weapon and made no threats to anyone in the bank. Witnesses said the suspect nervously turned away empty-handed and fled on foot.
Township police are being assisted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pennsylvania State Police Forensics Division.
WILKES-BARRE — City police reported the following:
• William Ricci reported Thursday that someone broke into Angelo’s Pizzeria, 445 Hazle St., at about 2:26 a.m. and stole cash from the safe. The suspect appeared to be a white male, about 5 feet, 8 inches tall with a medium build, who was wearing a hoodie, tan pants, gloves and a mask. The burglary was recorded on video surveillance.
• It was reported Thursday afternoon that someone stole a water heater and 200 feet of copper tubing from a vacant residence in the 100 block of South Hancock Street.
• Cristal Annessa Sachs was arrested on an outstanding warrant from the Luzerne County Sheriff’s Department during a traffic stop just before 8 a.m. Thursday at East North and North Main streets, police said.
• Jarod C. Golson, 34, was arrested while police were investigating a domestic dispute on North Empire Court just after 11:30 p.m. Wednesday night. Golson was wanted in Essex County, N.J., and was charged as a fugitive from justice, police said.
• Michael A. Kostelnick, 20, was arrested Thursday on a bench warrant for failure to appear in the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas when an officer making a check of the Intermodal Center encountered him in the stairwell area with two other men. The officer stopped the men after he heard loud voices coming from the stairwell.
WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Township police reported the following:
• Lori Murphy reported on Wednesday that someone stole her Apple iPhone 5, valued at $600, while she was at the Auntie Ann’s kiosk at the Wyoming Valley Mall.
• An 11-year-old girl from Ashley was arrested Wednesday for allegedly shoplifting $13 in merchandise at Clair’s Boutique at the Wyoming Valley Mall. She will be charged with a summary count of retail theft, police said.
HAZLETON — City police reported the following:
• Police are investigating a reported hit-and-run incident in the 840 block of Roosevelt Street. Police were told a white tractor-trailer struck a fence at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday and the driver left the scene.
Anyone with information should contact Hazleton police by dialing 911.
• Jonathan Fogrety, 17, of Hazleton, was driving north on Lincoln Street and attempted to turn left onto 15th Street at about 4:30 p.m. Thursday when his 2002 Acura was struck by a 2012 Toyota that Eden Moyer, 51, of Hazleton, who was driving east on 15th Street, police said.
Police said Fogrety was cited with a stop sign violation. No injuries were reported. Both vehicles were towed.
ASHLEY — Borough police said they arrested a Cook Street resident Thursday after they found marijuana plants growing in his home.
George L. Krisanda, of 11½ Cook St. was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession with the intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance, police said.
Krisanda was arraigned before District Justice Donald Whittaker and jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $25,000 bail.
The charges are the result of a search warrant served at Krisanda’s residence, where police said they found “evidence of cultivation” including three potted marijuana plants and paraphernalia.