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February 19. 2013 3:43PM
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JENKINS TWP. – Police took one man into custody Sunday after a chase exceeding 100 mph on Interstate 81.


The name of the man taken to Wilkes-Barre police headquarters was not available.


The chase started on Kidder Street around 4:45 p.m. and ended shortly after 5 p.m. in the northbound lanes near the Pittston/Dupont exit.


Police from several municipalities pursued a mini-van as it sped on the interstate and crossed over between the northbound and southbound lanes.


The minivan was disabled when it was unable to avoid a tire puncturing device placed in its path by police. A police officer suffered a minor injury.


The minivan was towed from the scene. Traffic was backed up for nearly five miles as police investigated the pursuit.


HANOVER TWP. - Police on Sunday said David Zawatski of Sugar Notch cited with disorderly conduct after he allegedly used his pickup truck to drag a Jeep Cherokee to field at the rear of the Catholic War Veterans from a parking space on James Street around 7 a.m. The Jeep's owner, Glen Cooper of Tunkhannock, refused to prosecute Zawatski for damage done to the vehicle, police said.


HANOVER TWP. – Bonnie Jopling of Dexter Street reported Sunday the rear window of a 1999 Oldsmobile Aurora owned by Benjamin Hultz of Lee Park Avenue was shattered by a BB overnight.


Jopling noticed the damaged window at approximately 8:20 a.m. Sunday.


CLIFTON TWP. – State police on Sunday said Mario Pantoja, 30, of Scotrun, was killed in an early-morning crash on state Route 435 near the border of Wayne and Lackawanna counties.


Pantoja was not wearing a seatbelt, state police said. He was traveling south between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. in a 2007 Subaru Impreza, lost control while negotiating a left-hand curve, traveled off the roadway and went through a section of guardrail, state police said.


The car then traveled down a wooded embankment, rolled over and came to rest against a tree, state police said.


MT. PLEASANT TWP. - State police are investigating the theft of approximately 10 logs cut by DCS Logging of Scranton from a site along Leonards Road in Wayne County. The theft occurred between Oct. 25 and 26.


The logs have blue paint marks at their bases. Anyone with information about the theft is asked to contact state police Honesdale at 570 253-7126.




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