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HANOVER TWP. — Township police reported the following:

• A Saturday burglary along Boland Avenue has township police attention.

The homeowner told police someone broke into her home between noon and 5 p.m. through a bathroom window, police said.

The thief or thieves stole a Smith & Wesson .380 caliber hand gun, a Glock .45-caliber handgun, a Macbook Pro laptop, an HP laptop, a Dell laptop, an iPad; two or three black and gray backpacks, loose change and jewelry, police said.

Anyone with information about the theft should call township police at 570-825-1254.

• A Kingston man was arrested for public drunkenness after police were investigating a verbal domestic dispute called in from Marion Terrace Apartments.

Russell Lovern, 53, appeared to be drunk to the extent police said he was a danger to himself.

• Township police are looking into illegal dumping on UGI Utilities property beyond the security gate leading to the river boat launch along Delaney Street. It was reported yard waste and tree branches are being dumped on the property.

• A burglary was reported Thursday at the vacant Penn Refrigeration building along Woodbury Street, police said, in which unidentified vandals smashed open a window. The intruders damaged some property inside the building; however, it’s undetermined if anything was stolen.

WILKES-BARRE — Police said charges will be filed against the driver of an all-terrain vehicle whom they pursued throughout the city Saturday afternoon.

Police on patrol saw the ATV being driven illegally on Horton Street at approximately 4:20 p.m. Officers activated the lights and siren in the police vehicle and signaled the rider, later identified as Ruben Sostre of Mark Drive, Hanover Township, to stop. However, Sostre sped away with police pursuing at a safe distance. Sostre drove onto sidewalks and through the crowded parking lot of Schiel’s Market on Hanover Street, where he put several people at risk of injury, police said.

Sostre was stopped on Grebe Street after his ATV hit a curb and he was boxed in by a police patrol vehicle. He tried to flee and police removed him from the ATV and handcuffed him.

During a search, police found three bags of suspected marijuana on him. Sostre admitted it was marijuana, police said. A field test confirmed it was marijuana, police said.

WILKES-BARRE — Police said a 16-year-old Wilkes-Barre boy will be charged after his all-terrain vehicle stalled while attempting to flee and they found drug paraphernalia on him Thursday night.

Police on patrol at 6:35 p.m. at the Willow Street softball complex saw the ATV and a dirt bike illegally driving on Gordon Avenue.

The riders turned onto Willow Street and police in a marked patrol vehicle signaled them to stop. But the riders drove over the curb into the complex before heading toward the ramp to the levee. The dirt bike drove off, but the ATV stalled and police stopped the driver.

He was identified and searched. Police said they found a marijuana pipe with residue and synthetic marijuana. The juvenile was arrested and taken to police headquarters. He was later released to the custody of a legal guardian.

WILKES-BARRE — Police said Anesia Donaldson of New Grant Street was charged with criminal trespass Saturday night after she failed to obey orders to leave the area following a dispute between neighbors.

According to the report:

Police arrived at a residence on New Grant Street at 6:12 p.m. and spoke to the male resident who said Donaldson and a man threatened him and came onto his porch. Police said Donaldson interrupted officers who were speaking to resident.

She asked the resident, “Where’s my $500?” police said. Police told Donaldson to step back and let them complete their interview, but she continued to demand her money. Police said she was advised to get her belongings and leave or she would be arrested.

Police said Donaldson told them she was not doing anything wrong. She walked onto the porch, grabbed her purse, jacket and bottle of water, police said. She was arrested as she attempted to walk away and briefly struggled with officers.

WILKES-BARRE —Police on Saturday said they filed drug charges against Reginald Redfearn of Wood Street after responding to a report of a possible domestic dispute or robbery.

Police arrived at the intersection of Wood Street and Carey Avenue at 8:29 p.m., but did not find anyone there. Police searched the area and found Redfearn and a woman near the intersection of Carey Avenue and Susquehanna Street.

They told police that they lived at the corner of Wood Street and Carey Avenue and had an argument. Police approached Redfearn, who identified himself. He emitted a strong odor of marijuana and was patted down for weapons, police said.

Several baggies were felt in his right pants pocket during the search, police said. Redfearn was asked if he had marijuana on him and admitted he did, police said. He was arrested and four baggies of marijuana were removed from his pocket. Redfearn was taken to police headquarters and temporarily detained. The marijuana was field tested and weighed. Redfearn was later released.

WILKES-BARRE —Police said Jacob Rasnick of Lawrence Street was arrested Friday after a pursuit of two men allegedly illegally and recklessly driving all-terrain vehicles.

Acording to the report:

Officers on patrol in the area of Hazle Avenue and Solomon Street spotted the ATVS at 8:12 p.m. Police activated the lights and siren on a patrol vehicle in an attempt to signal to the riders to stop. The riders proceeded north on Hazle Avenue, riding on the wrong side of the roadway and putting motorists at risk, police said.

The riders turned onto Blackman Street and headed west at a high rate of speed on the wrong side of the road and passing motorists, police said. One of the riders turned onto Brown Street, but Rasnick pulled over and stopped, police said.

Rasnick did not have a valid license and was arrested, police said. He was taken to police headquarters and released. Charges are pending against Rasnick, police said.

WILKES-BARRE — Police said Andrew Hill, no known address, was cited with public drunkenness on June 13 after he was seen drinking a can of beer on South Main Street at 6:33 p.m.

Hill showed signs of intoxication and was deemed to be a danger to himself and others, police said. He was taken to police headquarters, held until sober and released.

PLAINS TWP. — Police reported the following:

• Paul Sorbelli was transported to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital after a report of an unresponsive male at residence on Cotton Avenue at 9:32 a.m. Sunday. Sorbelli will be charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Lamar Bobbett of Wilkes-Barre was taken into custody after police observed a suspicious man walking along state Route 315 at 2:47 a.m. Friday. He was transferred to the Wilkes-Barre Police Department on an outstanding warrant.

• Anthony Skrzysowski was arrested after police saw him dragging a cast-iron radiator to a car parked on Courtright Street at 10:54 a.m. Saturday.

Skrzysowski had a warrant for theft and was taken into custody. Police determined he stole the radiator from a residence at 163 Courtright St. A resident of 211 Courtright St. reported radiators, batteries, copper pipe and .45-caliber ammunition stolen.

In addition, a resident of 2 Robert St. reported cast-iron radiators stolen. Skrzysowski had stolen items in his car. He was arraigned by District Judge James Tupper and committed to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $30,000 bail.

SPRINGBROOK TWP. - State police at Dunmore said a Taylor man was injured Sunday afternoon when he drove the all-terrain vehicle that he was operating illegally on State Route 502 into the path of passing car.

John Gaidula, 44, was not wearing a helmet and struck his head on the roadway. He was transported by ambulance to Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton.

State police said Gaidula will be cited for traffic violations.

According to state police: The crash occurred around 4 p.m.as Gaidula was riding the ATV illegally in the right lane of the roadway in Lackawanna County. A car operated by Orrie Kievit of Old Forge was in the passing lane. Gaidula attempted to turn left into the woods and turned into the path of the car. He was ejected from the ATV onto the roadway. Kievit, 68, and his passenger Donna Kievit, 62, were not injured. They were wearing seat belts and were not injured.

SCRANTON – A motorcyclist was fatally injured Sunday when he ran into the rear of pickup truck, Luzerne County Coroner Timothy Rowland said.

The man, whose name was not released, was traveling on the outbound North Scranton Expressway when the crash occurred between Main and Keyser avenues at 5:46 p.m., according to Rowland. The injured motorcyclist was taken by ambulance to Geisinger Community Medical Center, Scranton, where he died at 6:21 p.m., Rowland said.

An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday. Scranton police are investigating.

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