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Police blotter


October 08. 2013 11:25PM
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WILKES-BARRE — City police reported the following:


• Police are investigating the stabbing of a man in an apartment on South Franklin Street on Monday morning.


Police said they found blood in apartments 2 and 3 at 496 S. Franklin St. when they arrived just after 8:30 a.m., but no victim. Less than a half hour later, police were sent to 292 Carey Ave. for a stabbing victim there and met with victim Nygee Taylor, of Parkview Circle, Wilkes-Barre, who refused to answer any questions about what happened.


Taylor, who apparently suffered stab wounds to his right forearm, ribs and chest area, was transported to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center.


The caller who reported the stabbing described the suspect as a light-skinned Hispanic female, about 23 or 24 years old with a thin build and short hair in a ponytail, wearing grey sweatpants and a pink shirt.


• When officers responded to Kirby Park at 4:45 p.m. Monday for a report of a group of people drinking and doing drugs at the pavilion near the pond, they encountered Eric Christopher Czekalski and Jason A. Watts, who have active warrants for their arrest on retail theft and robbery charges, respectively. The men were taken into custody, police said.


• Michael Miller, of South Main Street, Hanover Township, turned himself in at police headquarters on Monday on an original charge of criminal trespass, police said.


• Konstanitino Kartalis, of 48th Street, Brooklyn, N.Y., reported on Monday that someone stole copper pipe, copper wire and possibly other goods from the basement of a house he owns at 22 Hayes Lane sometime between July and now.


• Police cited Walter M. Lewis, 19, known as “Pop,” and Arias X. Harley, 19, known as “Drizzy,” with theft, criminal mischief and criminal conspiracy after they allegedly damaged vending machines at a laundromat on George Avenue. Products for sale were removed from machines and police estimated damage at $500.


Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Lewis and Harley is asked to call Wilkes-Barre police Detective David Sobocinski at 570-208-4201.


• Police investigated gunfire in the area of Wood and South Franklin streets at 12:25 a.m. Tuesday. Police were unable to find evidence that a shooting occurred.


NICHOLSON — A preliminary hearing is scheduled Nov. 5 before District Judge David K. Plummer for Alice C. Miller, 51, of Taylor, on charges of drunken driving filed by state police at Tunkhannock.


State police allege Miller crashed her vehicle on a bridge on Main Street and drove away on Sept. 8.


Miller was also charged with failure to notify police of an accident, failure to stay in lane and operating a vehicle without insurance.


HAZLETON — City police reported the following:


• A 16-year-old boy and a 14-year-old girl were cited with violating the city’s curfew when they were spotted walking in the 500 block of North Vine Street at 1:07 a.m. Tuesday.


• A window was discovered shattered at a business in the 200 block of West Broad Street at 2:36 a.m. Tuesday.


• Various tools were stolen from a shed in the 200 block of East 20th Street on Monday.


• Police said a white male with a thin build and wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt tried to steal a snow thrower from the side of a residence in the 900 block of Penn Court at 5:45 p.m. Monday.


LARKSVILLE — Borough police reported the following:


• Police were dispatched to East Main Street on Friday for a report of suspicious males in the area causing a disturbance. An officer responded and located the males, dressed in green Gumby costumes, walking on Church Street. The males told the officer that they were walking to the Wyoming Valley West Stadium in Kingston. The officer advised the males to stop causing a disturbance and to walk in the shoulder of the roadway.


• An officer observed a vehicle come across the 109th Field Artillery Pennsylvania Army National Guard Bridge, proceed through a solid red traffic light and head towards Plymouth at about 3:30 a.m. Saturday. When the officer stopped the vehicle, the female driver got out and began to walk towards the officer, yelling, police said.


The woman, identified as Amanda Luzetsky, of Edwardsville, was ordered back into her vehicle. A check of state records showed the Luzetsky’s license was suspended, as was the registration for the vehicle because of insurance cancellation. Citations for the traffic offenses were to be filed by the officer, police said.


• Someone apparently tried to steal lawn lights from a Linda Drive residence Friday night, as the homeowner found wires to the lights pulled up from the ground on Saturday morning.


• Police on Thursday were dispatched to a residence on Nesbitt Street for the report of several juveniles throwing objects at a house and a vehicle and then walking into the wooded area behind church bazaar grounds.


Police located the juveniles, obtained their information, checked the area, and observed only a damaged sign. The officer advised the caller to have the neighbor contact the police department if he wanted restitution for the sign.


• Police on Thursday were was dispatched to Fourth Street for the report of a theft from a residence, where four tires and rims for a 1995 Pontiac Grand Prix, three tickets and Indy car hats signed by Helio Castranevicz and the title for a 1995 Pontiac Grand Prix were taken. The residents think a family member may have taken the items, police said.


• Police were dispatched to Keating Street at about 9 a.m. Thursday for a report of vandalism. The caller told the officer he discovered someone damaged a gate installed by UGI on Keating Street. The caller stated the damage took place around 1:30 a.m. The caller has a game camera in the area and it showed the suspects were operating an ATV and a Jeep. Efforts will be made to identify and prosecute the individuals for damaging the gate, police said.


PLAINS TWP. — Township police reported the following:


• Police on Sunday responded to Terrace Road for a reported burglary to the Adamczyk residence. The family reported someone forced open a basement door and entered, stealing approximately $11,000 in jewelry while the family was not home.


• Police responded to the Family Dollar on North River Street at 12:31 p.m. Tuesday for a report of two suspicious people who appeared to be highly intoxicated.


Police said they made contact with Joseph Semanek, who had an active arrest warrant from Wilkes-Barre police for theft and bad checks. Semanek was taken into custody and transported to the Wilkes-Barre Police Department, township police said.




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