DICKSON CITY – Four state troopers were injured Thursday evening as they attempted to arrest a drug suspect outside the Applebee's restaurant in Dickson City, state police at Dunmore reported.
According to state police:
The troopers from the Troop R Vice Unit were conducting a buy bust operation at about 6:10 p.m. in the Viewmont Mall parking lot in front of the restaurant. The 26-year-old male suspect was inside his 2011 Jeep Liberty as the troopers boxed in the vehicle in a parking stall and tried to remove him from the vehicle. The suspect accelerated forward and backward, striking the four troopers, who were around the vehicle trying to remove the suspect. The vehicle also struck a state police cruiser and another parked vehicle. The suspect was removed and a physical altercation ensued.
The four troopers and the suspect, who were not identified, were taken to CMC and Moses Taylor hospitals for treatment.
HANOVER TWP. – Eric Fritz, owner of the Sans Souci Parkway Carwash, reported someone damaged a cash meter box valued at $2,000 sometime overnight Tuesday into Wednesday.
• Catherine Jones of Main Road reported Wednesday that someone stole an HP Touch Pad computer from her home. According to police, Jones said there were no signs of forced entry into the home.
HAZLETON – Police are searching for a man who robbed the Uni-Mart at 285 S. Church St. at knifepoint on Wednesday.
Police said a white male wearing a bandanna over his face entered the store at approximately 10:07 p.m., showed a knife and demanded money from the clerk. He then fled on a mountain bike with an undetermined amount of cash.
Police said the man was wearing a white T-shirt, black or dark-colored shorts, brown shoes and a dark-green camouflage baseball cap. Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to contact the Hazleton Police Department at 459-4940.
WILKES-BARRE TWP. – State police said Arthur Milton Robins, 58, of Tobyhanna, had to be extricated from his vehicle after it rolled over on the Interstate 81 off-ramp at exit 168, Highland Park Boulevard at 10:40 a.m. Thursday.
State police said Robins lost control of the Chevrolet Astro Minivan around a turn and rolled the vehicle into a grass median. He was taken to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center for treatment of unknown injuries, state police said.
State police said they are continuing to investigate the crash.
EDWARDSVILLE – Police said they charged James Christopher Keyes, 19, of Bronx, N.Y., with possession of marijuana and fighting after an alleged fight on Roosevelt Street on Thursday morning.
Police said they responded to a parking lot at 218 Roosevelt St. and found Keyes fighting on the ground with another man, Quamaine Cannon. Both men were placed under arrest upon police arrival, according to police.
Sgt. Shawn Brown of the Edwardsville Police Department said he saw Keyes pull a plastic baggie containing a green vegetable matter from his pocket and drop it on the ground. The vegetable matter tested positive for the presence of marijuana, police said.
Keyes was arraigned Thursday before District Judge Paul Roberts, Kingston, on misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia and a summary charge of disorderly conduct, engaging in fighting. He was released on unsecured bail.
A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
BUTLER TWP. – Police arrested Daniel Lee Tiboni, 28, of Drums, and charged him with making terroristic threats, simple assault and harassment after an alleged domestic dispute at Avalanche Lane at 12:36 a.m. Thursday.
Tiboni was arraigned Thursday at Luzerne County Central Court, Wilkes-Barre, before District Judge Andrew Barilla. He was remanded to Luzerne County Correctional Facility after he was unable to post $5,000 percentage bail.
A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday before District Judge Daniel O'Donnell, Sugarloaf Township.
PLAINS TWP. – John Coffay reported at 6 p.m. Wednesday that someone entered his property at 18 Hilldale Ave. and took the copper piping and a water meter from the basement.
The basement was flooded and the Plains Fire Department assisted in pumping the water out, police said.
FOSTER TWP. – State police charged Robert Walter Pendergast, 23, of Foster Township, with two misdemeanor counts of corruption of minors and two misdemeanor counts of tattooing a minor before District Judge Gerald Feissner, Freeland, on Tuesday.
State police allege Pendergast gave tattoos to a 15-year-old and a 16-year-old without permission from their parents on Aug. 4. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Sept. 19 at 8 a.m. before Judge Gerald Feissner.
HANOVER TWP. – Police said they charged Peter F. McCoy Sr., 28, of Wilkes-Barre, with drug and traffic charges after a traffic stop at the Hanover Village Apartment Complex at 2:20 a.m. Sunday.
Police said they stopped McCoy after he allegedly drove the wrong way as he entered the complex, and during the stop he threw a clear plastic bag containing a small amount of suspected marijuana.
He was arraigned Tuesday before District Judge Joseph Halesey, Hanover Township, and charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving with a suspended license and summary traffic charges.