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Spree earns jail, ban from Sherman Hills

Defendant crashed into Denny’s restaurant in January


December 12. 2013 11:40PM

By - rdupuis@civitasmedia.com




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WILKES-BARRE — Five to 10 years’ incarceration, a year of probation and Altrick Taylor can no longer enter the Sherman Hills housing complex.


That was the sentence handed down against Taylor, 22, on Thursday in connection with a string of crimes in the city that included charges for drugs, weapons, trespassing and a drunken car crash that injured patrons at a Kidder Street restaurant.


Sherman Hills was one of several places Taylor is reported to have lived during that crime spree. Arrest records in five cases against Taylor — all from 2012 and 2013 — show at least four different addresses for Taylor: Parkview Circle at Sherman Hills, Park Avenue, North Meade Street and Scott Street.


Where was Taylor from?


Court documents in a 2011 case indicated he was from Brooklyn, N.Y., unemployed and “does not have local address or family in the area.” Also, while most court documents refer to him as Altrick Taylor, others refer to him as Alrick Taylor.


Just as Taylor seemingly couldn’t stay put, he also couldn’t stay out of trouble, with arrests including:


• On May 20, 2012, police patrolling building 328 at Sherman Hills recognized Taylor from a previous arrest, noting that he had been previously been banned from the private complex. When taken into custody for trespassing, Taylor was found with a bag containing a white, chalky substance he told police was crack cocaine, according to an affidavit.


• On Aug. 30, 2012, police said they pulled over a white Acura driven by Taylor on North Meade Street that did not have rear brake lights. The vehicle had been stolen, police said.


• On Nov. 23, 2012, police said they took Taylor into custody after he and another man fled a vehicle following a traffic stop on South Franklin Street. In addition to a bag containing a white chalky substance believed to be crack, police said they found a handgun beneath the seat where Taylor had been sitting. Based on an unspecified previous felony, Taylor was not permitted to possess a weapon.


• On Jan. 14, an intoxicated Taylor was arrested after he crashed a green Ford SUV into the Denny’s restaurant on Kidder Street, injuring four patrons, police said.


In that case, Taylor was charged on Feb. 7 with aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence, accidents involving injury, driving under the influence, driving without a license, trespass by vehicle and three traffic citations, and later was the subject of a civil suit filed by one of the injured patrons.


• On Aug. 3, Taylor was charged with DUI and drug offenses after being pulled over by police on North Washington Street while driving an uninspected Cadillac, according to an affidavit. Officers said they seized marijuana, heroin, cellphones and $691 in cash from Taylor, who said he was unemployed. Police said they found a cup containing alcohol in the front seat cup holder.


Taylor pleaded guilty in October.


In addition to prison time and probation, Taylor is subject to paying more than $4,300 in restitution and fines, according to an order by Judge Tina Polachek Gartley, and must maintain employment. He also will be subject to a drug-and-alcohol evaluation and random testing.




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