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October 02. 2013 11:55PM
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WILKES-BARRE — Police are searching for a suspect they say robbed a Turkey Hill Minit Market on Wednesday night.

The suspect, described as a black male, between 5 feet, 10 inches tall and 6 feet, 2 inches tall, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and gray sweatpants, entered the store located at 754 S. Main St. just after 8 p.m. with a white t-shirt over his face and demanded money. He displayed no weapon and, after handed the money, fled south toward Beech and Covell streets.

HAZLETON — City police are investigating an incident at East 6th and Garfield streets that occurred at about 3:10 p.m. Monday in which several girls were verbally and physically harassing another girl.

Related to this incident, police are investigating an allegation that the father of the victim may have shoved one of the girls.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information related to the incident or who witnessed the events should call Hazleton police at 570-459-4940 or via 911 and ask to speak with Detective Rodick.

KINGSTON — Municipal police on Tuesday arrested a convicted rapist, alleging he failed to comply with registration requirements under Pennsylvania’s Megan’s Law.

Police said Ronald Kocher, 45, of Kingston, failed to register with the state police Megan’s Law Unit by Sept. 7 to verify his current address, employment, schooling and other information required by law, so state police requested help from Kingston police in locating him.

Police said they visited his last registered address of 947 W. Market St. on several occasions but did not find him there and had not been seen there by other tenants, police said.

Kocher was charged with three counts of failure to comply with sex offender registration requirements and arraigned before District Judge Paul Roberts. He was jailed at Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $5,000 bail.

Kocher was convicted of rape on Feb. 26, 1996 and is a Tier III offender subject to lifetime registration, according to court papers.

EXETER TWP. — Township police Chief Nancy Smith recently reported to the supervisors that there has been a large number of reports of vehicles being entered and items inside being taken.

Residents are urged to lock their vehicles when parked at their residences overnight.

HAZLETON — City police reported the following:

• Paul Dutka, 23, of Effort, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia after police responded at 8:08 a.m. Wednesday to a report of a suspicious vehicle blocking the roadway for hours at Sherman Court and 6th Street. Police found Dutka allegedly passed out in the driver’s seat and in possession of a hypodermic needle and two packets of suspected heroin, police said.

• Two boys, one 16 and the other 17, were charged Wednesday in connection with an attempted burglary in the area of 22nd and Wyoming streets on Sept. 25. The juveniles allegedly kicked in the door of the residence. The duo were charged with criminal attempt to commit burglary, criminal conspiracy, criminal trespass and criminal mischief, police said.

WILKES-BARRE — City police reported the following:

• A homeowner in the first block of Orchard Street reported Tuesday morning that he discovered a hole in the screen on his storm door and bullet damage to the door. A bullet was found on the porch in the area, police said.

• Greg L. Smith Jr., 35, of Scranton, was arrested and cited with public drunkenness after police encountered him passed out in a stairwell at 2 Airy St. at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, police said.

• Nevin Shemanski, 31, of Wilkes-Barre, was arrested on a warrant issued by Scranton police after city police encountered him in Mayflower Park after hours on Wednesday, police said.

• Oreste Ruotolo was cited with public drunkenness after police encountered him at about 5:25 p.m. Tuesday at Pennsylvania Avenue and Butler Street, police said.

• Geovanni Johnson, of Wilkes-Barre, was cited with disorderly conduct after police responded to a fight in the area of Horton and Carlisle streets at about 6:30 p.m. Monday, police said.

• Tyron Sartin, of Carlisle Street, Wilkes-Barre, was cited with public drunkenness after police encountered him at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday allegedly stumbling alongside the Turkey Hill Minit Market at 632 Carey Ave., where witnesses reported that a man matching his description was yelling obscenities at customers, police said.

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