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BEAR CREEK TWP. – Rescue workers Saturday afternoon freed a man trapped beneath a dump truck on a logging site along Thornhurst Road.

Bear Creek Township Volunteer Hose Co. Chief John P. Krumsky said the man, whose name was not available, suffered two broken legs and was flown by helicopter to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township.

The accident happened around noon as the crane operator tried to lift the trailer of the tractor trailer dump truck that got stuck in the mud while it dumped a load of stone for a road to the site, Krumsky explained. The crane operator tried to lift the trailer and it toppled onto the crane trapping the operator, Krumsky said.

Rescue workers had to cut holes in the dump trailer to free the man, Krumsky said. It took nearly an hour to extricate him because of the amount of rocks still left in the trailer.

Bear Creek, Kingston and Thornhurst rescue units responded along with Medic 2 from Plains Township and Bear Creek EMS, said Krumsky.

HANOVER TWP. – Township police reported the following:

• Michelle Gavis of Pittston said her purse, which contained money, a cell phone and other items, was stolen from the Salvation Army Thrift Store on the Sans Souci Parkway Saturday.

• Joshua Raymond Kloeker, 20, of Mountain Top, was driving south on Route 309 near Pine Run Road when his vehicle struck a center median, traveled across both southbound lanes and came to rest next to the guard rail at 12:04 a.m. Saturday. He was transported by ambulance to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center to be treated for injuries sustained in the crash, police said.

Police said they are continuing investigation of the crash. Anyone who witnessed the accident is asked to contact township police at 825-1254.

RANSOM TWP. – State police Saturday charged a Clarks Summit man with shooting a hunter on neighboring property.

A pellet from a shotgun fired by Joseph Taft, 22, struck Henry Kreig, 41, of Scranton in the face, state police said.

Taft admitted to the shooting, saying he was mad Kreig was hunting their deer, state police said.

According to state police: Kreig was hunting on property along Ransom Road around 7 a.m. when the neighboring property owner started to bang pots and pans and make noise. Taft later came out of the house with a shotgun, walked to the tree line, pointed the shotgun in Kreig's direction and fired one shot. Kreig called state police to report the shooting and hid in the woods because the shooter was still in the area. When state police located him he was bleeding from a pellet wound to his face. Kreig identified Taft as the shooter.

Taft was taken into custody and charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and reckless endangerment of another person.

LARKSVILLE – The state police Bureau of Liquor Enforcement issued a citation to Ray's Place, 208 E. Luzerne Ave. for allegedly serving a visibly intoxicated person on Sept. 27.

The charge will be brought before an administrative law judge who has the authority to impose fines, suspend or revoke the liquor license.

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