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February 24. 2013 7:07PM
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NANTICOKE – Police are searching for the driver of a vehicle that struck a 16-year-old boy and fled in the city Friday night.


Police said the teenage victim was riding a scooter near the intersection of Alden Road and West Union Street when he was reportedly struck by a vehicle at 10:05 p.m. A witness said the vehicle was driving at a high rate of speed when it struck the teen and that the driver did not stop or brake, according to police.


The boy was transported by ambulance to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center and was listed in stable condition at 1 a.m. Saturday, police said. Police did not release the victim’s name.


The vehicle that struck the boy might be an older model four-door with front end damage and a broken headlight or turn signal, police said.


Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact Nanticoke police at 735-2200 or to call 911.


HANOVER TWP. – Police said Friday they arrested Stephen Pivinski, of Lee Park Avenue, on simple assault and harassment charges following an alleged domestic dispute at his home.


Ruth Ann Harrison said Pivinski punched her several times causing facial injuries, according to police.


Pivinski was found to have an active bench warrant for aggravated assault on a police officer and that Harrison was found to have an active bench warrant for retail theft, police said. Both were lodged at Luzerne County Correctional Facility, according to police.


CLIFTON TWP. – One person was killed in a collision between a tractor trailer and an SUV on Route 435 in Clifton Township, Lackawanna County, at 1:35 a.m. Saturday, state police said.


State police identified the victim as Michael A. Evans, 33, of Moscow.


According to state police, William A. Frankenfield Jr., 65, of Stroudsburg, was driving north on Route 435 in a 2012 Freightliner truck when a Jeep Cherokee turned left from Route 435 southbound onto Phillips Road, crossing in front of the truck. Frankenfield was unable to avoid striking the Jeep and collided with the SUV’s passenger-side door, state police said.


The Jeep rolled over and struck several utility poles and came to a rest on its roof, pinning Evans underneath, state police said. Another occupant of the Jeep, Matthew Robert Gajdys, 32, of Moscow, and Frankenfield both sustained moderate injuries in the crash, state police said.


State police are continuing the investigation.


WILKES-BARRE – City police reported the following:


• Dashawn Share Armstrong, no age or address provided, was arrested around 9 a.m. Saturday after he allegedly refused to leave the visitors’ section of the Luzerne County Correctional Facility. Police and prison guards advised Armstrong to leave but he refused, they said. He was taken into custody and transported to police headquarters, where he was processed and released.


• Jeremy Bartz, 23, of Wilkes-Barre faces a charge of making a false report to police after an accidental shooting at a residence on North Pennsylvania Avenue on Thursday. Bartz initially told police he was jogging with James Marsicano, 26, when someone shot Marsicano in the upper left leg. Bartz later admitted he accidentally shot Marsicano. The .40-caliber firearm used in the shooting was loaned to Marsicano. Police filed the charge Friday and said the investigation is ongoing.


• The concession stand at the North End Teener League baseball field was damaged during an attempted break-in. Someone from the league arrived at the field around 7:30 a.m. Friday and found the rear and front doors, front windows and an interior roll-up security door were damaged. It appeared that the stand was not entered.


• Charges of burglary, harassment and stalking were filed against Alonzo McClinton, of Nanticoke, after he broke into the residence of a woman on East Northampton Street around 8:30 p.m. Thursday, stole a silver necklace from her neck, gold rings, a purse and cellphone, police said. McClinton left before police arrived.


• Wade Thomas, no age or address provided, was arrested Thursday after he fled Boscov’s department store on South Main Street with a pair of slippers and hooded top, police said. Thomas also showed signs of intoxication, police said.


KINGSTON – The state police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement cited 275 Zerby Ave. Inc., operating as Flaherty’s Drinking Establishment, 275-277 Zerby Ave., with violating the state liquor and crimes codes by possessing or operating gambling devices or paraphernalia or permitting gambling or lotteries, pool selling and/or bookmaking on the premises on Sept. 27.


The charges will be brought before an administrative law judge, police said.


PLAINS TWP. – Township police reported the following:


• Police were called to 19 Bank St. at 10:42 p.m. Tuesday for a physical domestic altercation between a mother and her daughter.


The mother, Carey Bartoo, was fighting with her daughter, Jamie Bartoo, over a pair of jeans, police said. Both will be cited with harassment, police said.


• Police were called to Ole Tyme Charley’s on South River Street at 2:02 a.m. Wednesday for a disturbance when Brittany Famulare, of Dallas, reported that a male known to her as David Racemus Jr., of Sweet Valley, shoved her in an aggressive manner, police said.


A friend of Famulare, Joseph Klemunes, of Kingston, tried to intervene, and Racemus assaulted him with a beer bottle, police said. Klemunes sustained a facial cut and was transported to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center for treatment.


Racemus will be charged with simple assault and harassment, police said.


NANTICOKE – The state police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement said Friday it issued a citation to the license holder of the Town Tavern on Front Street for violating the state Liquor Code and Crimes Code regarding gambling.


The violation occurred on May 5, the bureau said.


The charge will be brought before an administrative law judge who can impose fines and suspend or revoke the license.


PLAINS TWP. – Clark Watkins, of Courtright Street, reported on Thursday that someone entered his yard and tore off a set of double doors from his shed and removed tools and other items. He believed this happened sometime overnight or in the early morning hours.


ASHLEY – Luzerne County Sheriff’s Deputies filed resisting arrest and other charges against Loreene M. Harrison, 52, of Rear 98 Ashley St., following an eviction at her residence Friday.


According to court documents, sheriff’s deputies arrived at Harrison’s residence at approximately 10 a.m. Friday to serve a writ of possession and perform an eviction. A writ of possession order previously had been posted on the property on Jan. 17, according to deputies.


Harrison refused to leave and pushed and fought with deputies, causing two to fall to the ground, deputies said.


She was charged with resisting arrest, harassment, defiant trespass and disorderly conduct and arraigned on Friday before District Judge Rick Cronauer, Wilkes-Barre. She was released on $2,500 unsecured bail.


A preliminary hearing was scheduled for March 5 but was continued until March 26 before District Judge Joseph Halesey, Hanover Township.




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