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FOSTER TWP. – Charges of simple assault, terroristic threats and disorderly conduct were filed against Michael Murphy Jr., 24, of White Haven, after he allegedly threatened a man with a gun outside a local club.

State police at Hazleton said Brian Cosgrove, 25, of Freeland, reported that Murphy pointed a rifle at him, worked the action and told him that he was going to kill him and his family while the two men were in the parking lot of Forks Club and Bistro at state Route 940 and Lehigh Gorge Road at about 2:15 a.m. Tuesday.

After Cosgrove pushed the rifle away, Murphy drove away in his pickup, allegedly waving the rifle out the window, police said.

Certified summons were issued on Tuesday, according to court papers.

HANOVER TWP. – Township police reported the following:

• Anthony Modrovsky, of Claymont Avenue, reported Monday afternoon that his home was burglarized during daylight hours. The thief forced open a rear window and stole jewelry, including rings and chains.

HAZLE TWP. – Robert Joseph Novatnak Jr., 33, of Beaver Meadows, Carbon County, was arrested and charged with retail theft, criminal attempt and use or possession of drug paraphernalia after an alleged shoplifting incident on Monday, police said.

State police were dispatched to investigate a retail theft at Walmart on Airport Road and reviewed video footage showing a man trying to leave the store without paying for two 32-inch LED television sets. The vehicle in which the man was brought to Walmart was identified, police said.

McAdoo police officer Jeffrey Tanner located the vehicle nearly six hours later and the suspect was identified as Novatnak. He was arraigned before District Judge Joseph Halesey and jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional facility for lack of $5,000 bail.

HAZLETON – Police Chief Frank DeAndrea wants to get the word out to the Latino community about a scam targeting Spanish-speaking people.

DeAndrea said a Latino man recently came to the police station and, through an interpreter, reported that someone claiming to represent his electricity supplier scammed him out of a sizeable amount of money.

DeAndrea said the scammers are identifying themselves as local utility company representatives and telling people they are delinquent in their accounts or that there are extra fees for service upgrades. He said the scam is referred to as the Hurricane Sandy Scam because scammers were targeting people who lost utilities and were told they had to pay to get them restored.

The scammers tell residents to buy pre-paid credit cards and call them with the account information to pay for the services.

DeAndrea said if the person who answered the phone spoke English and not Spanish, the caller hung up.

Residents are urged to call their utility company if they receive such a call before giving out personal information.

WILKES-BARRE – City police reported the following:

• Nashim Tashriq Coleman, 28, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and public drunkenness and similar misconduct after police responded to a report of a possible burglary at 65 N. Sherman St. on Monday, police said.

Police said Coleman was very disoriented and they found a white, chalky substance, which he allegedly admitted was cocaine, in his pants pocket, police said.

• Police said John J. Lukus Jr., of Wilkes-Barre, was driving a 2006 Toyota south on Wilkes-Barre Boulevard at about 6:50 a.m. Tuesday when he turned left at the Cross-Valley Expressway entrance ramp in front of Kevin W. Kintz, of Wilkes-Barre Township, who was driving a 1997 Chevrolet north on Wilkes-Barre Boulevard, causing a crash.

No one reported injuries and the vehicles were towed by LAG Towing.

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