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September 09. 2013 11:52PM


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FORTY FORT — A suspect arrested by Forty Fort police for allegedly breaking into vehicles also was arrested for similar offenses in five other communities, borough police said.


Jarod James Hospodar, sometimes previously identified as Jared Hospodar, and a juvenile accomplice were charged by Forty Fort officer Peter Lakkis with theft from a motor vehicle, loitering and prowling at night time, receiving stolen property and criminal trespass, police said.


The investigation into the thefts began on July 9, when police were alerted by a newspaper carrier that there were two suspicious males on Durkee Street in Forty Fort. The paper carrier reported the pair took off running through back yards after they saw him.


Police eventually located the juvenile suspect, who admitted that the pair were breaking into vehicles and that they had stolen two bicycles while attempting to elude police.


Police located Hospodar on July 19, and he to admitted that he stole a bicycle while trying to elude police during the incident, police said.


Forty Fort police were assisted by officers from Swoyersville, Kingston and Edwardsville in trying to locate Hospodar and the juvenile. Police recovered two stolen bicycles that allegedly were taken by Hospodar and his accomplice from residents of Swoyersville as well as U.S. currency.


Police from Ashley, Edwardsville, Courtdale, Larksville and Newport Township have also charged Hospodar with charges including, burglary, theft by unlawful taking, criminal trespass, defiant trespass, receiving stolen property, criminal conspiracy, criminal mischief, possessing instruments of crime, corruption of minors, endangering welfare of children and aiding in the commission of a crime.


During a preliminary hearing before District Judge David Barilla of Swoyersville on Thursday, Hospodar waived the charges of theft from a motor vehicle and loitering and prowling at night time. Police withdrew the charges of receiving stolen property and criminal trespass as part of a plea agreement. Hospodar was released on $5,000 unsecured bail.


HARRISBURG — A Lehigh County doctor was charged last month with conspiring to unlawfully prescribe more than 10,000 Oxycodone pills for resale, acquiring them from pharmacies in at least eight counties including Luzerne County.


Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane identified the defendant as John Manzella, M.D., 49, Allentown. Kane noted that Robert Kosch, a co-defendant in the case, has already been charged.


Investigators say Manzella conspired with Kosch to fill Oxycodone prescriptions in fictitious names. Text messages allegedly show warnings sent from Kosch to Manzella about a pharmacy that would be calling to verify a prescription.


Prescriptions for Oxycodone from Manzella were filled in at least eight Pennsylvania counties including, Bucks, Carbon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton and Schuylkill, according to investigators. Agents believe more than 10,000 pills with an estimated street value of $300,000 were dispensed.


Manzella was charged with 48 counts of unlawfully administering/prescribing a controlled substance, 48 counts of acquiring a controlled substance by misrepresentation, two counts of criminal conspiracy and one count of identity theft.


He was arraigned before Jim Thorpe Magisterial District Judge Edward Lewis and released on $500,000 unsecured bail. He waived his right to a preliminary hearing and relinquished his license to write prescriptions for scheduled drugs.


WILKES-BARRE — Two men were arrested after police witnessed an alleged narcotics transaction in the parking lot of a local grocery store.


State police in Wyoming said James Featherstone, 33, of Academy Street, Wilkes-Barre, and Jeremy Valcarcel, 22, of Pettebone Street, Forty Fort, were observed in a narcotics transaction at about 2 p.m. in the parking lot of Schiel’s Market on George Avenue.


The men were charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest, conspiracy and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police said they seized money, crack cocaine, heroin and marijuana.


Members of the state police Troop P Vice/Narcotics Unit and the Wilkes-Barre Police Department’s Anti-Crime Unit conducted the investigation.


WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Township police are investigating the robbery of the Turkey Hill Minit Market at 340 Wilkes-Barre Township Boulevard early Saturday morning.


Police said a black male, about 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighing 195 pounds fled with the cash drawer at about 1:30 a.m. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and a white mask on his face. No weapon was displayed and no one was injured. Anyone with information should call police at 570-208-4635 or call 911.




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