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EXETER — Chelsea Renee Smith, 27, of Hunlock Township, was arraigned Tuesday on charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving with a suspended license, driving the wrong way and driving a vehicle without insurance. She was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $1,000 bail.


Police allege Smith, driving a 1992 Jeep Cherokee, was stopped on Wyoming Avenue because the vehicle’s registration had been suspended. Several heroin packets were found inside the vehicle, according to the criminal complaint.


Police say they learned Smith was wanted by Wilkes-Barre police on unrelated drug charges and by the Luzerne County Sheriff’s Department on a charge she failed to appear in court. Smith was taken to the county prison, where a search allegedly revealed a heroin packet in her sock, the complaint states.


A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Sept. 18.


HANOVER TWP. — Township police reported the following:


• Multiple vehicles were entered and electronics stolen on Center and Sobieski streets early Sunday morning.


• An employee at Hanover Beverage, South Main Street, reported Monday the front glass doors were smashed.


• Cynthia Hanusofski, of Lee Park, reported Monday that she contacted Verizon for telephone and Internet service and learned two accounts had been opened using her name. The first account was opened in February and closed in May having an unpaid balance, and the second account was opened in August and remains active with an unpaid balance.


KINGSTON — A Kingston man was arraigned Tuesday after Kingston police allegedly found nearly $900 and 15 heroin packets behind a dumpster near the Turkey Hill on Main Street.


Qawee Abdul Rivers, 19, of Penn Street, was charged with two counts each of possession of a controlled substance and possession of a small amount of marijuana, and one count each of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and tampering with evidence. He was also charged by Edwardsville police with defiant trespass and disorderly conduct.


Rivers was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $16,000 bail.


According to the criminal complaints:


Police spotted a BMX bicycle in front of Turkey Hill at about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday. The bicycle was ridden by a man who fled a fight at Hilltop Apartments earlier in the morning.


Rivers was spotted crouching behind a dumpster near the store, police said. A records check showed Rivers was wanted by the Luzerne County Sheriff’s Department for allegedly failing to appear in court on an unrelated charge.


A search of the trash bin revealed nearly $900 and heroin packets on the ground, the complaint states. A small bag of marijuana and two prescription tablets were allegedly found in Rivers’ underwear.


Edwardsville police allege Rivers was not permitted at Hilltop Apartments where he was involved in a fight with a woman, according to the complaint.


A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Sept. 18.


HAZLETON — City police reported the following:


• Numerous bags of trash were dumped in the 500 block of West Green Street on Monday.


• Odette Acosta, 37, of McAdoo, and Angelica Sanchez Cadena, 35, of Hazleton, were cited with disorderly conduct after police say they investigated a reported fight in the 100 block of South Laurel Street on Monday.


• A Pennsylvania license plate 00396PD was stolen from a 2002 Honda Accord. The plate was stolen as the car was being driven from Royerford to Hazleton.


• A silver 2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse, Pennsylvania license plate HYD-5601, reportedly was stolen from the 600 block of North Vine Street between 1 a.m. and 5:22 p.m. Monday.


• Police said seven guns — a .44 caliber Chater Arms Bulldog, .40 caliber Glock G27, a .9mm Taurus PT709, a .40 caliber Springfield XD, a .45 caliber Taurus and two .40 caliber Taurus’ — were stolen during a burglary of a residence in the 500 block of Grant Street on Monday.


HAZLE TWP. — State police at Hazleton said a vehicle struck two mailboxes along East Broad Street between 10 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Tuesday. Evidence recovered at the scene suggests the vehicle might be green metallic in color and an early 1990s Chrysler, Jeep or Dodge with right front damage and a smashed passenger side mirror.


EXETER TWP., WYOMING COUNTY — Jason A. Brown, of California, reported three fishing tackle bags were stolen from the boat launch on River Road on Friday. One bag is a yellow Shimano and two bags are blue and black.


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