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PLYMOUTH – Police arrested Laing Thomas Batchler, 30, of East Shawnee Avenue, on charges he assaulted his wife and a police officer following an alleged domestic dispute at his residence at 1:42 a.m. Saturday

Police allege Batchler struck his pregnant wife, then struck a police officer who responded to the incident, hitting him in the chest with two closed fists. He was arraigned overnight at Luzerne County Correctional Facility on charges of simple assault, harassment, aggravated assault and resisting arrest, according to police.

HANOVER TWP. - Police reported the following:

• Henry Malet, the owner of Gennaro’s Pizza on Hazle Street, reported Saturday that his business was burglarized overnight and approximately $97 was stolen from the cash register.

• Tony Glazenski of Strand Street told police Saturday the hood and passenger side of his Toyota pickup truck were damaged overnight. Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to contact the police department at 825-1254.

PLAINS TWP. – A man wanted on a warrant for trespassing also was charged Friday with providing false identification to police.

Thornton Ray McNeal of Wilkes-Barre gave a false name and date of birth when police responded to a report of people trying to gain entry into the residence of Nancy Miller on Hudson Road around 2:30 a.m., according to police. When police checked a database of fingerprints, they determined McNeal’s true identity and found that he had an outstanding warrant from the Luzerne County Sheriff’s Department, they said. He was taken to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility, where he also was arraigned on the new charge.

Around 7:20 a.m. Friday, police again were called to Miller’s residence after she reported a man she had a protection from abuse order against came to her apartment to retrieve items. Robert Betts was later located on North Main, Wilkes-Barre, and arrested for violating the PFA, police said. He was arraigned by District Justice Joseph Carmody in West Pittston and released on $5,000 unsecured bail, police said.

HAZLETON – A city dump truck collided with a car Saturday morning, injuring the driver of the car, police said.

The dump truck, driven by Michael Vislocky, was traveling east on Holly Street around 8 a.m. when it collided with a 2001 Honda Civic traveling north on Poplar Street, police said. The driver of the car, Miguel Abreu of Chestnut Street, was transported to Hazleton General Hospital, police said.

• Police are investigating a hit-and-run crash that occurred around 9:30 a.m. Saturday. A flat-bed truck traveling east on Seventh Street knocked over a stop sign at Church Street and fled the scene, police said. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact the police department at 459-4940.

• Two car stereos and other items were located in the area of West Second and Boundary streets on Feb. 8. Anyone with information about the items or claiming ownership should contact Hazleton police.

SCRANTON – Michael Gillard escaped Saturday from the Scranton Community Corrections Center on Adams Avenue, state police said.

Gillard, 34, left through a rear door around 12:30 a.m. He is black, 6 feet tall and weighs 150 pounds. He has brown eyes, black hair and goatee. He was last seen wearing a white sweater and blue jeans. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact state police at Dunmore at 963-3156.

WILKES-BARRE – City police reported the following:

• Two bank bags were reported stolen overnight from a vehicle parked in a driveway on North Street, police said on Saturday.

• Stephanie Krum told police Thursday a Sony tape recorder, a Dell mini-laptop computer and assorted credit cards were stolen from her Dodge pickup truck parked on Columbus Avenue.

• A resident at 753 N. Washington St. reported on Friday morning that someone broke into his residence and stole from his closet a lockbox containing prescription medications.

• H&R Block, 367 S. Main St., reported a counterfeit $20 bill on Friday morning. The bill was discovered when the complainant made a deposit at PNC Bank on Carey Avenue. A teller detected that a bill in the deposit was counterfeit and turned it over to the Scranton Office of the Secret Service.

HANOVER TWP. – State police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement said they cited Newtown CafĂ©, 724 Hazle Ave., with possession or operating gambling devices or permitted gambling or lotteries.

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