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WILKES-BARRE — Police arrested two men today in connection with the shootings of two young girls in the Sherman Hills apartment complex last August.

Trevor F. Whitaker, also known as “Carter,” 27, was taken into custody without incident in the area of Sherman Hills this afternoon by Wilkes-Barre City and Luzerne County detectives.

Whitaker is charged with two counts of aggravated assault in the Aug. 25 shooting of two juvenile females at Sherman Hills. He was arraigned in front of District Justice Alexandra Kokura, Pittston, and later transported to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility after failing to post $800,000 bail.

Jamal Alford, also known as “Flea,” 25, also was taken into custody by detectives this afternoon without incident. He was also charged with two counts of aggravated assault and arraigned before Kokura and failed to post $500,000 bail.

Whitaker’s bail on the assault charges was $500,000, but he was also charged in a separate criminal complaint with two felony weapons possession charges, possession and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, for which Kokura set bail at $300,000.

Additional information on those charges was unavailable.

City police arrested Whitaker and two other men on Aug. 24, several hours after Janiya McFarlane, 5, and Gabrielle Morris, 2, were shot in Apartment 614 in Building 328 at Sherman Hills.

The three men were allegedly involved in a fight at 91 N. Empire Court over a missing bank card, according to arrest papers.

Investigators linked the three men to the shooting with a 1999 Dodge minivan with a tire on the roof. The vehicle was seized from the area of 510 S. Empire St., where it was found after the bank card fight.

Search warrants filed in the shooting suggest William Cash, the father of McFarlane, was upset two men were inside the apartment of Diane Page, the mother of the child.

Cash asked Page what was going on. When she did not answer, Cash went out the rear door when gunfire erupted, according to the search warrant affidavits.

The shooting of the two girls led to an investigation of the low-income housing complex by the U.S. Department of Housing and Development and a task force comprised of local, county, state and federal officials.

Read a more complete story in The Times Leader on Tuesday.

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