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WILKES-BARRE — City police reported the following:


• Haley Golomb, of Kirby Avenue, Mountain Top, was arrested on an active drug arrest warrant from state police in Wyoming when city police spotted her at about 6:45 p.m. Monday in the area of East Northampton Street and Bethel Lane, police said.


• William Jefferson, of 63 Bethel Lane, Wilkes-Barre, reported that someone stole a black Ruger 345 semi-automatic pistol from his home sometime between Friday and Sunday.


• Chaquitta Morton, 28, of Hanover Street, Wilkes-Barre, was arrested on felony drug charges in the Hanover Street area after, in the course of an investigation, she allegedly agreed to meet with undercover officer in that area and sell a quantity of crack cocaine, police said.


• Police on Saturday arrested Ronald Franklin, 52, of Academy Street, Wilkes-Barre, in the area of South Main and Ross streets when they observed him allegedly urinating in public. He was charged with public drunkenness and open lewdness, police said.


• Police on Saturday arrested John Sudol, 47, of Gill Street, Dupont, in the area of Blackman and Anthracite streets at about 9:20 p.m. and charged him with public drunkenness and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.


• Police on Thursday arrested Ryan McGovern, 25, of Poplar Street, Wilkes-Barre, after they found him slumped over in the driver’s seat of a vehicle parked near Building 332 at Sherman Hills. McGovern, who had blood running from his right arm and a spoon on the console next to him — both indicators of heroin use, police said.


Police said they also found a box containing a hypodermic needle and several ripped/empty heroin packets and a bag of pills in the car. They said McGovern admitted using heroin, “but not within the last couple minutes.” He was charged with defiant trespass and three drug charges. While in jail, he was subsequently charged with two counts of robbery from an unrelated incident, court records show.


• Kyle Demko, 22, of Mountain Top, was charged with harassment after police responded to a domestic dispute outside 114 N. Franklin St. at about 5:45 a.m. Sunday and observed Demko allegedly striking/shoving his girlfriend, Kaitlen Jones, 21, of Wilkes-barre, who suffered minor bumps and bruising, police said.


• Ashley Ambrose, of Gibson Boulevard, Steeltown, was arrested while visiting someone at the work release program at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility on Sunday after prison officials notified city police that Ambrose was wanted in Dauphin County on a charge of retail theft, police said.


• Daniel Kosisky, of Pittston, was taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries after he allegedly drove north on Mundy Street through a steady red light at the intersection with Vantage Trust Federal Credit Union and his vehicle collided with the vehicle of Benjamin Koprowski, of Wilkes-Barre, who was pulling out of the credit union lot, police said.


• Anthony Criscimanno was cited with public drunkenness after police found him allegedly passed out on a tree lawn near Butler and North Washington streets at about 4:45 a.m. Saturday, police said.


• Someone broke into 253 N. Pennsylvania Ave. by smashing a window on a rear door and stole an X-Box, a PlayStation 3 and some costume jewelry sometime between 8 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. Saturday. The items are valued at about $800.


LARKSVILLE — A woman was critically injured when she was struck by a vehicle while crossing the street Sunday night.


Borough police said the woman, whom they would not identify, was crossing East Main Street at Chestnut Street in a crosswalk when she was struck by a vehicle traveling south towards Plymouth at about 8:15 p.m.


Police said a review of surveillance video showed the vehicle had a green light at the intersection at the time of the accident.


Police also declined to identify the driver, as the investigation is continuing.


The woman remained hospitalized Monday night. Police believe she was still in critical condition.


WEATHERLY — Police are seeking the public’s help in locating a missing teen.


State police in Hazleton said Robert Moffat, 14, of Weatherly, left his residence at about 5:30 a.m. Monday and failed to go to school. He was seen at approximately 7:30 a.m. on Lehigh Gorge Drive walking north towards White Haven.


Moffat is described as a white male, 5 feet, 6 inches tall, 160 pounds, with brown hair, brown eyes and wearing glasses. He was last seen wearing a gray Penn State sweatshirt, a Pittsburgh Steelers coat and either blue jeans or gray sweatpants.


Anyone coming into contact with Moffat should call state police in Hazleton at 570-459-3890.


PLAINS TWP. — Township police reported the following:


• On Sept. 26, Ed Rygelski of Crow Street reported that someone broke the lock off on his shed, entered it and stole about $80 worth of tin cans.


• Sept. 26 at 8:19 p.m., police responded to the parking lot of the Bakery Delite on South River Street for a report of a female lying on the ground screaming that she couldn’t breathe. Contact was made with Jami Redmond of Wilkes-Barre. Redmond’s friend stated that she drank a fifth of whiskey. Redmond was uncooperative and combative with police and medical responders and was transported to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital for treatment. Redmond also had an active arrest warrant for her from Sullivan County Probation, police said.


• On Sept. 29 at 1:41 a.m., police responded to Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs for a report of an intoxicated male who had urinated at the valet entrance and was wandering around the area. Police made contact with Gregory Trzesniowski from Nanticoke, who was transported home via taxi. He will be cited with public drunkenness and disorderly conduct, police said.


• On Sept. 29 at 5 p.m., police responded to Donna’s Convenience Store on South River Street for a reported attempted robbery.


The clerk stated that a male entered the store and demanded money while he was holding a knife. The male left the store without obtaining any money or merchandise and no injuries were reported. The male fled on foot into a wooded area. The male was described as: white, in his early 20s, about 6 feet tall with a thin build. He was wearing an orange shirt over his face, sunglasses, a baseball hat on backwards, dark shorts and sneakers. Anyone with information should contact 911 or township police at 570-829-3432.


HAZLETON — An elderly man was injured in a hit-and-run early Sunday morning.


City police said Leopoldo Cruz, 71, was crossing the street at Diamond Avenue and Church Street at about 5:40 a.m. when he was struck by a vehicle described as a silver 2010 Volkswagen Jetta, the driver of which fled in the vehicle after the impact. The vehicle should have a damaged front light assembly.


Cruz was taken to Geisinger Wyoming Valley medical Center for treatment of his injuries.


Anyone with information should contact Hazleton police via dialing 911. All replies will be kept confidential, police said.


HANOVER TWP. — Township police are investigating a burglary at an empty residence at 53 Rutter St. in the Buttonwood section, where the residents, a man and a woman, were previously taken into custody.


Landlord Charles Burke reported that a neighbor informed him the rear door to the home was open; a check showed that it had been pried open. Items belonging to the residents were missing. The house refrigerator and stove, valued at $500 each, also were taken, police said.


HAZLETON — City police reported the following:


• A 36-year-old woman reported that someone broke into her residence in the area of 7th and Wyoming streets overnight between Sunday and Monday and stole a flat-screen TV, a PlayStation 3, two game controllers, a GPS unit and a camera.


• Police are investigating a hit-and-run incident in which a vehicle traveling in the area of First and Vine streets at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday struck two parked, unattended vehicles and fled west on First Street. The fleeing vehicle is described as a light-colored, older model Ford Taurus, which is expected to have sustained damage on the front passenger side.


• Police responded to the 10 block of East Diamond Avenue at about 2:25 a.m. Sunday for a report of criminal mischief to a vehicle and found numerous scratches to the side of the victim’s vehicle.


• Someone stole a safe containing a black semi-automatic Hi Point 9mm handgun from the 600 block of West Diamond Avenue sometime prior to the report received at 9:46 a.m. Sunday.


• Someone removed an undetermined amount of copper pipe from an unoccupied residence in the 900 block of Carson Street sometime overnight between Saturday and Sunday.


Anyone with information on any of these incidents is asked to contact Hazleton police via dialing 911. Police said any information received will be kept confidential.


• Joseph Lutthner, 49, of Hazle Township, was found in the area of the 200 block of East Holly Street at 11:50 a.m. Sunday after he was reported missing. Pennsylvania State Police, the state police Aviation Unit, Butler Township and West Hazleton police and the Hazleton Fire Department all assisted in the search. Lutthner was found in good health.


• Suzanne Smith, 25, of Hazleton, was taken into custody on an arrest warrant from Wilkes-Barre police after an incident in the area of Poplar and Holly streets at about 12:30 p.m. Sunday, police said.


• Manuel Colon Mendoza, 26, and Monica Marrero-Tamayo, 24, were to be cited with simple trespass after they were allegedly located inside 179 N. Laurel St. at about 8:26 p.m. Saturday, police said.


• Alice Hernandez, 56, of Hazleton, was driving a 2001 Nissan Sentra east in the 300 block of East Diamond Avenue just before 5 p.m. Saturday when she allegedly made an illegal U-turn and her vehicle collided with a 1999 Saturn being driven west by Brad Wenner, 51, of Freeland, police said.


Hernandez was to be cited with limitations on turning around, police said.


Both vehicles were towed by Ecker’s Towing. No injuries were reported.


LARKSVILLE — Borough police reported the following:


• A Brown Street resident reported on Friday that a female left a message on his answering machine claiming she was with the Internal Revenue Service and asking that he return the call. When he did, he spoke with a man who told the resident that his daughter owed $9,000 in back taxes and that a warrant would be issued for her arrest if the money was not paid with a tax voucher through a “Green Dot” money order at Walmart or CVS.


The resident withdrew $2,000, went to a CVS with the man still on the cell phone. The resident hung up the phone and called police when a CVS employee told the resident it was a scam, police said.


• While performing a welfare check for Luzerne County Children and Youth Services on a child at a West Luzerne Avenue residence on Saturday, police interviewed the parents and took the child into protective custody. The child was released to his grandparents, police said.


• Police responded Friday at 3:15 a.m. to a residence on West Luzerne Avenue for a reported domestic dispute when a woman told them her boyfriend and his daughter were harassing her but wouldn’t give police a straight answer as to how. The boyfriend and his daughter, both of whom appeared to have been sleeping, told police the woman was a former bath salt abuser who becomes paranoid from time to time. The woman then told police she needed to go back to First Hospital and was transported there by police.


• Police initiated a traffic stop in the area of Wyoming Valley Motors on a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed and arrested the driver, Robert Gyle, who was wanted on a warrant for failure to appear on a burglary charge filed by Kingston police. The vehicle was towed because the three other occupants were intoxicated, police said.


• Police responded to a domestic dispute on West Luzerne Avenue on Saturday when a woman told them she wanted to take her son and go to her mother’s house in New York, but the father of the child refused to let her leave. She told police she wanted the father kicked out of the apartment. The child’s father told police he had been living there since March.


When police inquired about the woman’s pin-pointed pupils, she told police she had taken a prescription medication.


Officers advised the woman to contact a district judge and file an eviction notice for the man. Both were advised that the issue with the child was a civil matter, police said.


• Police responded to Lower End Pizza at about 11 p.m. Saturday for a report of an assault victim and encountered a bleeding man who had slurred speech and a strong odor of alcohol but who was uncooperative. An ambulance transported the man to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital for treatment, police said.


A woman who was with the man told police the name of the person with whom the man was allegedly fighting. Police told her that if the victim wanted to press charges, he would have to provide police with a written statement.


HAZLETON — City police reported the following:


• Three men and a teenager face multiple charges after they allegedly threw bricks at passing vehicles from the roof of a building.


Police arrived in the 900 block of West Diamond Avenue at about 12:18 a.m. Tuesday for a report of people throwing bricks at passing vehicles and searched an abandoned factory. Inside, they found Conrad Depuy, 21, of the Tresckow section of Banks Township, Carbon County; John Hoffman, 19, of Hazleton; Eugene Kantner, 19, of Hazle Township; and a 17-year-old male from Jeddo.


The suspects were charged with criminal trespass, propelling missiles into occupied vehicles, recklessly endangering another person, disorderly conduct, loitering or prowling at night and criminal mischief. The adults were arraigned before District Judge Joseph Zola and jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $10,000 bail each. The teen was released into the custody of his parents.


• A 30-year-old Hazleton man reported at 10:44 p.m. Monday that a white Acura Integra struck his vehicle, which had been parked near East 4th and Carson streets, and fled. The Integra sustained damage to the front driver’s side and a flat tire and was last seen traveling north on Seybert Street. Anyone with information should contact city police via 911.


• Police on Tuesday arrested Jose Lugo Pagan, 48, of Hazleton, while responding to a reported domestic dispute in the 300 block of West Elm Street just after 4 a.m. and charged him with simple assault and two counts of recklessly endangering another person. He was transported to the county jail for overnight arraignment, police said.


• Two 15-year-old boys from Hazleton were cited with disorderly conduct after police responded to a fight in the area of 17th Street and Wilbur Court at about 3 p.m. on Sept. 24, police said.


 
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