PLAINS TWP. – Township police are investigating a report of men impersonating water company employees and gaining access to a woman's home on Wednesday.
Police responded to a St. Johns Street home at 10:51 a.m. after the resident reported that two men arrived at her house and told her they were from the PA Water Co. and needed to check her pipes and faucets. The men showed some type of ID attached to a lanyard.
The men told the resident she had an outstanding water bill and they had to check for a leak in the basement. When the woman went to the basement, she was advised to count to 16 and then the men left the residence.
One man was described as white, in his 50s, with dark hair, eyeglasses, about 5-feet, 10-inches tall and wearing a brown jacket. No description of the other man was available. The woman did not report anything taken.
It's unknown if the men left in a vehicle or on foot.
SUGAR NOTCH – A 16-year-old boy faces numerous charges after his parents reported missing knives and bottles of liquor to police.
Borough police responded to a home in the 700 block of Main Street on Tuesday night for a report of suspicious activity when the parents of the boy told them three knives and three bottles of liquor were stolen from a locked portion of their residence and that there were no signs of forced entry.
Police said they interviewed the teen who admitted having the three knives and taking the liquor. After the parents said they suspected a drug addiction problem, police searched the boy's room with a police dog and turned up two glass pipes, one metal pipe, one wooden pipe and one water bong, all of which contained burnt marijuana residue; a grinder containing marijuana, four bags of small amounts of marijuana and loose marijuana buds, pipes, rolling papers and used pipe cleaners with residue, police said..
Charges for the possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal use, possession and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages, and possession of prohibited offensive weapons will be filed with the Luzerne County District Attorney's Office, police said.
HANOVER TWP. – Township police reported the following:
• Bryanna Drzewucki of Wyoming Street reported her dark green 1999 Hyundai Elantra was stolen sometime between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tuesday. The vehicle is missing the driver's side mirror and had no license plate.
• Beth Prozeralik of West Division Street reported her 2012 Ford Focus was struck by a vehicle while it was parked near her residence on Tuesday.
• Police charged Michael Palchanis, 31, of Hanover Township, with providing false information on a gun purchase application when he bought a gun from a sporting goods store.
Police said Palchanis is prohibited from lawfully obtaining a gun. Court records say he pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of a child and reckless endangerment in 2004.
Palchanis was charged with sale and transfer of firearms and unsworn falsification to authorities. He was jailed at the county prison for lack of $5,000 bail.