First Posted: 4/19/2014
RANSOM TWP. — The body of a woman, whose identity is unknown to investigators, was found in a pond Saturday afternoon near Main Street in Ransom Township, according to a news release from the Lackawanna County Corner’s Office.
State police in Dunmore are assisting in the investigation.
The body was discovered around 4 p.m. Saturday by the property owner, the news release says. An autopsy is to take place Monday to determine the woman’s identity and cause of death.
HANOVER TWP. — After pursuing him through three municipalities Friday evening, Kingston Municipal Police arrested Colton Howell-Hadley with 20 bags of marijuana, six bags of the party drug known as “molly” and one bag of cocaine in Hanover Township, borough police said.
A borough officer tried to stop Howell-Hadley, 24, around 7:45 p.m. after watching him carelessly maneuver a turn at Market and 2nd streets. Howell-Hadley gave chase, eventually pulling behind a Chinese restaurant along West End Road in Hanover Township. He struck a police vehicle while trying to leave the parking lot, police said.
Howell-Hadley was charged with 19 counts, including felony counts of drug possession with intent to deliver, and fleeing police. He also faces summary counts of driving an unregistered and uninspected vehicle, and driving a vehicle using a stolen license plate.
Howell-Hadley was jailed in Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $75,000 bail. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for April 30.
DORRANCE TWP. — A man from College Park, Md., was arrested in Mountain Top after he fled the scene of a crash police believe he caused.
Michael Stephen Duffy, 25, allegedly was driving at a high rate of speed in the left lane around 4:30 p.m. Friday on I-81 southbound when he rear-ended the vehicle of Joseph and Donna Sult of Mountain Top, state police said.
The Sult’s Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, after being hit in the rear bumper, crossed the right lane and traveled down an embankment coming to rest on its side, state police said.
The Sults sustained minor injuries.
Duffy continued driving, but had to stop at Coleman Self Storage in Rice Township with car trouble, state police said.
He was arraigned Friday before district Judge Alexandra Kokura on a slew of misdemeanor and summary charges including: an accident involving injury without a proper license; driving on a suspended or revoked license; following too closely; speeding; and failing to stop to transfer information and give aid.
Duffy remains free on $7,500 unsecured bail. A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for Wednesday before district Judge Ronald W. Swank.
WILKES-BARRE — A North Empire Court woman is facing retail theft charges after she tried leaving Home Depot in Wilkes-Barre with a purse full of brass plumbing fittings without paying just after 2 p.m. Friday, city police said.
Tiffany Roberts, 30, is charged with one misdemeanor count of retail theft and another for receiving stolen property. She was arraigned Friday before district Judge Alexandra Kokura. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Thursday before district Judge Martin R. Kane.
Roberts remains free on $2,500 unsecured bail.
HAZLE TWP. — A Freeland man was arrested just after 1 a.m. Saturday when state police, following a traffic stop, believed he was driving under the influence of a drug, state police said.
State police found Joel Demelfi, 20, had a small amount of marijuana inside the car. He was arrested for DUI, drug possession and traffic violations, state police said. Charges are pending lab results.
PLAINS TWP. — Township police reported the following:
• Disorderly conduct citations are pending against Michael Ostopick of Laflin and James Terpak of Wilkes-Barre after it was reported the two were fighting with another man just after 12 a.m. Saturday inside Charlie B’s bar along North Main Street.
• Gregory Thompson of Ridgewood Road is to be cited for harassment after his girlfriend reported she was sleeping and Thompson began hitting her, police said. The woman did not require an ambulance, police said.
• Christopher Kandrac, on Wednesday, upon returning to his vehicle where it was parked the Mohegan Sun Casino at Pocono Downs, he said someone had entered the vehicle and stolen several items, police said.