WILKES-BARRE — A woman linked to double-homicide suspect Hugo Selenski was charged by city police Tuesday with endangering their grandchild and possessing contraband for drug use.
A city officer working private security in the Sherman Hills apartment complex on May 13 spotted Daniel Thomas Petrunich, 35, of Scranton, sitting in a parked vehicle, according to charges filed. Petrunich told the officer he gave Carey A. Bartoo, 43, of Plains Township, a ride to the complex.
As the officer was telling Petrunich the apartment complex is private property, Bartoo approached the vehicle and told the officer she was looking for her daughter inside an apartment building.
Police said in the criminal complaint that a 2-year-old girl was in Petrunich’s car. The girl is the granddaughter of Bartoo and Selenski.
Bartoo told the officer she had nothing illegal in her pockets or her purse. She permitted the officer to search her purse, which contained a wallet holding syringes, empty wax packets and spoons, according to the complaint. Police said in the complaint that syringes and spoons are used to inject heroin.
The girl was placed in the custody of a Luzerne County Children and Youth Services caseworker, police said.
Court records say Bartoo was sentenced in May 2006 to 15 months in federal prison for her role with Paul Weakley, Pat Russin and Greg Pockevich in a burglary of a Harveys Lake residence, where nearly a dozen guns were stolen in January 2003. Federal prosecutors alleged some of the weapons were later traded for drugs in Wilkes-Barre, according to court records.
Weakley was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison and Pockevich was sentenced to 21 months time served in jail. Russin was not charged in the Harveys Lake burglary.
Bartoo and Selenski were a couple in the early 1990s before Selenski was sentenced to seven years in federal prison for a bank robbery in Plains Township. They had a daughter while they were dating.
Selenski, 38, is facing trial in Luzerne County Court next month for the strangulation deaths of Michael Jason Kerkowski and Tammy Lynn Fassett on May 3, 2002.
Police filed charges of endangering the welfare of children, possession of drug paraphernalia and defiant trespass against Bartoo with District Judge Martin Kane in Wilkes-Barre. The charges were mailed to Bartoo on Tuesday. A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Aug. 15.
Petrunich pleaded guilty to providing false identification to law enforcement and defiant trespass at a preliminary hearing on June 27, court records say.