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February 19. 2013 7:46PM
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SALEM TWP. – Police have identified the victims in a two-vehicle crash that claimed the life of one man late Wednesday afternoon.

Mark Lacey, 52, of Nanticoke, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which occurred at about 4 p.m. near 733 Salem Boulevard (U.S. Route 11) near the Susquehanna Steam Electric Station – the nuclear power plant near Berwick.

Doreen Ann Chacke, 47, of Plymouth, was flown to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville for treatment of her injuries.

Police said Chacke was driving north in a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox when she saw a 2003 Buick driven by Lacey traveling south in the northbound lane and coming at her.

Both vehicles then swerved into the center lane, where the left front corner of Lacey's vehicle struck the center of Chacke's vehicle, and both vehicles spun 360 degrees.

Both drivers were trapped in their vehicles and were extricated by firefighters.

HAZLETON – City police on Thursday arrested and charged a man in connection with three separate burglaries in as many days.

Police say Christopher Simmons, 28, of W. Green St., burglarized a home on West 1st Street on Tuesday, a home in the 200 block of West 7th Street on Wednesday and a home in the 500 block of Penn Court on Thursday.

In the Penn Court burglary, Simmons was interrupted by the homeowners, who had returned to the residence.

He fled but was chased by a homeowner, who detained him at the intersection of 3rd Street and Penn Court until police arrived moments later, police said.

Simmons told police he committed the burglaries to support his heroin habit.

He was charged with burglary and related offenses and arraigned before District Judge Joseph Zola, police said.

Police said Simmons was in possession of items not reported stolen in these burglaries, and owners might be unaware of the losses. One such item is a female's dress wristwatch.

The owners of these items or anyone with information on the owners should call police at 459-4940, extension 108, and ask for Detective Lt. Kenneth Zipovsky.

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