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PITTSTON – City police are warning about a quantity of counterfeit money being passed at local businesses in recent days.


Business owners and clerks are urged to be vigilant when accepting money from customers, especially $10 bills, police said.


Any business that comes in contact with money that may be counterfeit is asked to call Pittston police at 654-2424.


PITTSTON – William Kreusling, 53, of Willow Street, Plymouth, was arraigned Thursday in Wilkes-Barre Central Court on a simple assault charge. He was released on $5,000 unsecured bail.


Archie Williams told police Kreusling hit him several times with a pool stick inside Stephanie's Bar on South Main Street on Wednesday night, according to the criminal complaint.


A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Aug. 22 before District Judge Andrew Barilla in Pittston.


BUTLER TWP. – Township police reported the following:


• Police said a business on West Foothills Driver near Saams Road was burglarized from 5 p.m. Sunday to 7 a.m. Monday. Cash was missing from the business.


• A house was burglarized in the 200 block of Buckridge Drive on Tuesday. Prescription medication and jewelry were reported missing.


• A large quantity of medication and a weed trimmer were stolen from a vehicle and from at a business on Saint Johns Road near Roth Road on Aug. 9.


HANOVER TWP. – Township police reported the following:


• Police charged James M. Hughes, 24, of State Street, Nanticoke, with unauthorized use of a vehicle after April Arnone, of Lee Park, said he took her vehicle without consent on Aug. 1.


• Police charged Joseph Kocher, 51, of Hanover Village, with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and two traffic violations after a traffic stop on Aug. 2. Police allege they found a small amount of crack cocaine and a pipe in Kocher's vehicle.


• Police recently charged Anthony Homa, 45, of Hanover Township, with driving under the influence and two traffic violations after he allegedly struck a person riding a bicycle on Main Road on July 1.


A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Sept. 11.


HAZLE TWP. – State police at Hazleton recently cited Brian J. Fanning, 27, of Hazle Township, with four summary counts of violating the state's dog law after his pit bull allegedly bit an 11-year-old boy on North James Street on July 6.


The citations were filed with District Judge James Dixon.


A summary trial is scheduled on Sept. 18.


FOSTER TWP. – State police at Hazleton recently charged Richard Ford III, 21, of Freeland, with driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license and driving while blood alcohol is greater than .02 with a suspended license.


State police allege Ford backed his vehicle into a street sign on state Route 940 on Aug. 5.


A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Aug. 29 before District Judge Gerald Feissner in Freeland.


HAZLETON – State police at Hazleton recently charged William Gliem, 35, of Lattimer Mines, with driving under the influence, fleeing or attempting to elude police, driving without a license and three traffic violations.


State police allege Gliem showed signs of intoxication after he was stopped for passing through a red traffic signal at Vine Street and Diamond Avenue on Aug. 5.


BLACK CREEK TWP. – State police at Hazleton recently charged Michael Maisey, 42, of Shickshinny, with driving under the influence and two traffic violations after he crashed on Interstate 80 on July 4.


Maisey was treated at Hazleton General Hospital.


A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Sept. 24 before District Judge Daniel O'Donnell in Sugarloaf.


HAZLETON – State police at Hazleton recently charged Dina Rupert, 52, of Hazleton, with driving under the influence and two traffic violations after she was stopped for failing to stop for stop signs on Diamond Avenue on June 15.


A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Sept. 25 before District Judge Joseph Zola in Hazleton.


HAZLETON – City police are investigating a shooting in the area of Locust and 11th streets at about 12:30 p.m. Thursday.


A house was struck by several rounds discharged from a firearm, police said.


No injuries were reported.


Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Hazleton police at 459-4940.


SUGARLOAF TWP. – State police at Hazleton said Annette Hunsinger, 51, of Bloomsburg, suffered a minor injury when her vehicle struck a deer that ran onto the westbound lanes of Interstate 80 at about 10:15 a.m. Thursday.


Hunsinger and a passenger, a 12-year-old girl, were transported to Berwick Hospital, state police said.


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