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February 20. 2013 2:37AM
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AVOCA – Police on Tuesday charged John J. Leschinski, 39, of Pittston, with possessing heroin that was discovered during a traffic stop on Jan. 4.


Police said Leschinski was stopped when he was observed driving on York Avenue. Police said they were aware Leschinski's driver's license was suspended due to a prior drunken-driving conviction.


During the traffic stop, police allege they found 10 heroin packets inside the vehicle. A search warrant was issued for the vehicle, resulting in the discovery of 100 heroin packets, police said.


Leschinski was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and driving with a suspended license.


A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Feb. 27.


WILKES-BARRE TWP. – Township police reported the following:


• A preliminary hearing is scheduled Jan. 30 for Kari Ann McCoy, 24, of Pittston, on a retail theft charge. Township police allege McCoy stole $123 worth of merchandise from Kohl's Department Store, Wilkes-Barre Township Boulevard, on Dec. 14.


The charge was filed with District Judge Michael Dotzel.


• A preliminary hearing is scheduled Jan. 30 for Colleen Loendorf, 35, of Greenfield Township, on a retail theft charge. Township police allege Loendorf stole $365 worth of merchandise from Macy's Department Store, Wyoming Valley Mall, on Dec. 20.


The charge was filed with District Judge Michael Dotzel.




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