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HAZLETON — Three people face charges after city police said they found hundreds of packets of heroin as well as an assault rifle and other drugs during execution of a search warrant Tuesday at 597 Carson St.


Arrested were Hassan Harrell, 22, Rocshanda Anderson, 20, and Juawawn Cooper, 20, all of that address. Charges include conspiracy to possess a controlled substance with intent to deliver, possession with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.


In addition to 577 packets of heroin, police said they recovered eight bags of cocaine, 73 bags of crack cocaine, two bags of marijuana, $6,000 in cash and a Mossberg rifle.


Further information on the defendants’ status was not immediately available.


PLYMOUTH — State police are investigating the alleged theft of a workman’s van from Poplar Street on Tuesday afternoon.


Troopers said Melvin Dudek, of Nanticoke, reported that the blue, 2003 Ford E-250 van, with “Mel Dudek Heating & Plumbing” written on the sides and rear doors, was stolen from outside 13 W. Poplar St. at about 2:30 p.m. while he was working inside. The keys were still in the vehicle, Dudek told troopers.


WILKES-BARRE — Joseph William McHugh, 29, of Brookside Street, Wilkes-Barre, was arraigned Monday on charges he struggled with police after he was arrested by police investigating a retail theft complaint at Turkey Hill on North Washington Street.


Police allege McHugh was found inside a parked vehicle eating beef jerky at about 2:50 a.m. Monday. Two bottles of body spray stolen from the store were found inside the car.


McHugh was placed in the rear seat of a cruiser, where he banged his head against the partition, according to the criminal complaint.


Police said McHugh was zapped with a Taser when he continued to kick at officers, the complaint says.


McHugh was charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $5,000 bail.


HAZLETON — A cement pagoda was stolen from the driveway of a residence in the 500 block of Muir Avenue between 5 and 6 p.m. Sunday, city police said.


WILKES-BARRE — Greggory Warren, 30, of Barney Street, Wilkes-Barre, was arrested early Monday morning on evidence of drunken driving after he crashed into a utility pole at Horton Street and Carey Avenue.


Police allege Warren was driving a Ford Explorer that crashed into a pole at about 2:15 a.m. Warren tried to drive away, but the front passenger side wheel became detached from the vehicle, according to the criminal complaint.


Police said in the complaint that Warren smelled of alcohol. He refused to submit to a breath and blood test and struggled with officers by grabbing a chair after he was handcuffed.


Warren was arraigned by District Judge David Barilla in Swoyersville on charges of resisting arrest, driving under the influence of alcohol and disorderly conduct. He was released on $3,000 unsecured bail.


PLAINS TWP. — Township police reported the following:


• Police responded to the Rite Aid on North River Street at 7:37 p.m. Sunday for a report of a male who stole two cartons of cigarettes. The male was described as white, in his 30s, wearing a large jacket and a baseball cap with “NY” on it. Police were unable to locate the suspect but planned to review video surveillance footage.


• Police were called to Weis Market on North River Street at 9:49 p.m. Sunday for a report of a retail theft. A description of the suspect was provided and police located him walking on Helen Street. The 16 year-old male from Plains Township had a bag of items with a total value of $22.76 and will cited with retail theft, police said.


• Matthew Falchek, of Plains Township, reported on Friday that he parked his 2007 Ford Focus at the Woodlands Inn at about 5:30 p.m. and when he returned to it at about 6:15 p.m., he noticed it had sustained damage from a hit and run.


• Police said Monroe Monseur of Larksville was under the influence of alcohol while he was walking along East Main Street at about 12:40 a.m. Saturday. He will be cited with public drunkenness, police said.


• Eldar Takhsimo, Bakhtiyar Davrushov, Ilimdar Kadyrov, Khalis Shakhsadinov and Rustam Sayfullayev, all of Scranton, were to be cited with trespassing after they allegedly returned to Mohegan Sun Casino after they were told to leave and not return. Police said the men had been involved in a fight earlier that day.


• Donald J. Thomas of Duryea was charged with receiving stolen property and trespassing after police observed him as he was trying to leave the property of the former Plains Lumber on Oak Street at about 5:20 p.m. Sept. 9.


Police found a Ford Explorer that had been reported stolen from Philip Pisano of Pittston Township on the property, and all four tires from the Explorer were found in Thomas’ vehicle, police said.


Thomas was arraigned in front of District Justice Ronald Swank and jailed at Luzerne County Correctional Facility under $10,000 straight bail. There also was an active arrest warrant for him from Wyoming police.


• An arrest warrant was issued Friday for a man believed to be responsible for a hit-and-run crash Thursday night.


Police said Joan Gray, of Plains Township, was stopped in traffic just after 8 p.m. in the area of North Main Street and Saylor Avenue when her vehicle was struck in the rear by a Chevrolet van. The van’s registration was obtained and it was located the following day at Stanton Lanes bowling alley in Wilkes-Barre, police said.


Police determined that the vehicle is owned by Elizabeth Dirodrico, of Wilkes-Barre, and allege that Joseph P. Moran, of Pittston Township, was the hit-and-run driver. He was charged with accidents involving damage to attended property/vehicle, driving with a suspended driver’s license, careless driving and failure to remain at the scene and render aid/provide information, police said.


WILKES-BARRE — City police reported the following:


• Melissa Connors, of Luzerne Avenue, West Pittston, was to be charged with public intoxication and possession of drug paraphernalia after police responded to Walgreen’s at 400 Wilkes-Barre Township Blvd. at 11:55 a.m. Saturday for a report of a women using heroin in the restroom, police said.


A complainant told police Connors bought hypodermic needles and a bottle of water and went in the restroom. Officers arrived as Connors was leaving the rest room and was alleged to be under the influence of drugs/medication, police said.


• James Snarski, of 29 Vulcan St., reported that someone entered his residence sometime between midnight and 4 p.m. Saturday. He was still in the process of determining what items were stolen, police said.


• Daniel Harthausen, of Suffolk, Va., was cited with public drunkenness, underage drinking and disorderly conduct after police responded just before 7 p.m. Saturday to a report from King’s College security officers that Harthausen refused to cooperate after they witnessed him urinate in a doorway of 121 N. Main St. and exposed his penis while running away from them and continuing to urinate as he did so, police said.


WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Renee Rice, 43, of Ashley, was cited with retail theft after she allegedly stole $46.87 worth of merchandise from the Walmert Supercenter, Wilkes-Barre Township Marketplace, on Sept. 8.


PLAINS TWP. — Craig Derolf, 24, of Mountain Top, was cited with public drunkenness after he allegedly caused a disturbance inside Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs casino when he was cut off from drinking on Sept. 8, township police said.


PLYMOUTH TWP. — A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Oct. 3 before District Judge Donald Whittaker in Nanticoke for Rhonda A. Gurdock, 41, of Mountain Top, on evidence of drunken driving.


State police at Wyoming allege Gurdock, driving a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix, exhibited signs of extreme intoxication after she struck another vehicle while crossing the Nanticoke-West Nanticoke Bridge at U.S. Route 11 on Aug. 21.


Gurdock drove away and struck a swing set near a residence on Route 11, state police said.


State police charged Gurdock with two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol and one count each of reckless endangerment, accidents involving damage to vehicle, careless driving, reckless driving and failure to stop and render aid.


WILKES-BARRE — A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Oct. 22 before District Judge Rick Cronauer in Wilkes-Barre for Anthony Korsakas, 50, of Ashley, on evidence of drunken driving.


City police allege Koraskas was under the influence of alcohol when he crashed his vehicle into a tree at South Sherman and Stanton streets on Sept. 4.


Koraskas is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, possession of drug paraphernalia, reckless driving, careless driving and duties at stop sign.


HAZLETON — Vianna Soriano, 25, of Hazleton, reported Tuesday vandalism to his Toyota Camry while it was parked in the 600 block of North Laurel Street.


TUNKHANNOCK — State police at Tunkhannock on Monday charged John Turner, 48, of Staten Island, N.Y., with providing false identification to law enforcement, unsworn falsification to authorities, driving without a license, operating unsafe equipment and operating a vehicle without inspection with District Judge Carl Smith.


State police allege Turner provided a false name during a traffic stop on state Route 29 on Aug. 16.


EATON TWP. — A 23-year-old woman from Dalton reported on Sept. 9 that $150 was stolen from her vehicle while it was parked outside the Weis Market and Rite Aid Pharmacy.


HANOVER TWP. — David Palchanis, a driver for Burgit’s City Taxi, reported Monday that two men failed to pay a fare after he picked them up at Kentucky Fried Chicken on Oxford Street, and drove them to Kidder Street, Wilkes-Barre, and returned them to the restaurant. The unpaid fare was $42.


HANOVER TWP. — State police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement said they recently cited Grabs Inc., doing business as PT’s Late Night, 46 Oxford St., with failing to require patrons to vacate 30 minutes after closing and permitting patrons to remove alcoholic beverages.


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