WILKES-BARRE – PPL spokesman Lohn Levitski said 875 customers in the Parsons section lost power around 10:15 a.m. Wednesday in an outage caused by a motor vehicle crash on Kidder Street. Power was restored to 874 customers within 50 minutes and to the final customer by 2:50 p.m. Police did not have information immediately available.
HANOVER TWP. – A man was arrested Wednesday on heroin trafficking charges.
Korey Albert Pahler, 29, of Mark Drive, Marion Terrace apartments, was arraigned on charges of three counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and two counts of possession of a controlled substance. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $25,000 bail.
Drug agents with township police and the state Office of Attorney General's Luzerne County Drug Task Force served two search warrants at apartments in the 1000 and 1700 block of Mark Drive and seized 38 heroin packets and $5,383.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Oct. 2 before District Judge Joseph Halesey in Hanover Township.
LARKSVILLE – A man was arraigned Wednesday in Wilkes-Barre Central Court on charges he assaulted a woman with a pillow and threatened to kill her.
Louis Brockway, 42, of Wilson Street, Larksville, was charged with terroristic threats, simple assault and harassment. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $10,000 bail.
Police allege Brockway struck his girlfriend multiple times with a pillow and threatened to kill her during an argument inside his residence Tuesday night, according to the criminal complaint.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Aug. 16 before District Judge David Barilla in Swoyersville.
HAZLETON – A man was arraigned Tuesday in Wilkes-Barre Central Court on drug-related charges.
Manuel Blijden, 26, of West First Street, Hazleton, was charged with 13 counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, and one count each of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, driving with a suspended license and two traffic violations. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $10,000 bail.
Police allege Blijden was driving a Jeep Cherokee that may have been involved in a domestic dispute on Wyoming and Broad streets on Tuesday. While police attempted to obtain the license plate number, Blijden drove at a high rate of speed.
Police said they found marijuana, two cell phones and more than $1,000 inside the vehicle after Blijden stopped, according to the criminal complaint.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Aug. 15.
EXETER – The Luzerne County Checkpoint Program will be conducting a DUI event in Exeter Borough today through Sunday.
HAZLETON – City police said they investigated gunfire in the area of Third and Seybert streets at 8:22 p.m. Monday. No injuries were reported.
PLYMOUTH TWP. – State police at Wyoming arrested Alfred Wierzbolowicz, 53, of Plymouth, on charges he assaulted a woman Sunday inside a residence on Prospect Street.
Wierzbolowicz was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, terroristic threats, reckless endangerment and harassment. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $10,000 bail.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Aug. 15 before District Judge Donald Whittaker in Nanticoke.
COALDALE – A Hazleton woman faces drug possession charges after hospital staff discovered packets of alleged heroin on her when they were treating her for an overdose, police said.
State police in Frackville said Mychal Lauren Beltrami, 27, was brought to St. Luke's Medical Center in Coaldale, Schuylkill County, after a drug overdose in front of the Dollar General store at Jamesway Plaza in Tamaqua on April 10.
While treating her, hospital personnel discovered 10 packets of a powdery substance on her and because they were suspected to contain illegal drugs, were turned over to state police. A laboratory analysis confirmed the substance as heroin, state police said.