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WILKES-BARRE - Luzerne County detectives on Thursday charged an inmate with assaulting two correctional officers inside the county correctional facility in October.


Nathaniel Adderly, 40, is facing two counts of aggravated assault that were filed with District Judge Martin Kane in Wilkes-Barre.


According to the criminal complaint:


Adderly disobeyed commands from a correctional officer to get into line for outside activities on Oct. 20. Adderly lunged at the correctional officer who suffered injuries to his knee and hip.


A second correctional officer sustained a concussion during the fight, the complaint says.


Court records say Adderly was sentenced on Oct. 5 to three to six years in state prison on a charge of failure to comply with registration requirements under the state’s Megan’s Law. A jury convicted Adderly of the charge in August.


HAZLETON — A man was arraigned Thursday on charges he resisted arrest with police investigating a disturbance.


Sean M. Cox, 24, of Hilltop Road, Hazleton, was charged with reckless endangering another person, resisting arrest, defiant trespass, harassment, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $20,000 bail.


Police said they investigated a man with a knife threatening people at a business on Alter Street on Wednesday. Cox fought with police and had to be physically restrained, police said.


Police said Cox was treated at Hazleton General Hospital for a minor facial injury.


A preliminary hearing is scheduled on March 20.


WILKES-BARRE — A city man on Tuesday was arrested and charged with intimidating a witness, and the man whose case in which the witness was involved was also taken into custody, police said.


City police allege that Steven Evangelisti, 22, of 296 Barney St., threatened and harassed a witness/victim in an ongoing case against Robert Gronski, 52, also of 296 Barney St. The incident occurred at about 9:20 a.m. at District Court, 100 Hazle St.


Evangelisti allegedly resisted being taken into custody, and, after he was, allegedly threatened the arresting officer, police said.


As Evangelisti was being taken into custody, police said Gronski rushed toward them and removed his jacket prior to taking a fighting stance. He was also taken into custody, police said.


The most recent charges filed against Gronski include burglary, criminal trespass, receiving stolen property, loitering and prowling and making a false report related to an incident on Feb. 3. He was previously charged with theft by unlawful taking and defiant trespass, both related to an incident on Dec. 7, according to court papers.


Evangelisti was charged with intimidating a witness/victim, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and making terroristic threats. He was arraigned before District Judge Rick Cronauer and released on $5,000 unsecured bail. Gronski also was released on $10,000 unsecured bail. Both men have preliminary hearings scheduled for March 19 before Cronauer.


HANOVER TWP. — Township police reported the following:


• Police said they are investigating a burglary to a house on West Newport Street on Tuesday. A side door was forced open and jewelry was stolen.


• Anthony Sitler, of Kingston, reported a global positioning unit and a radio was stolen from his vehicle when it was parked on Wyoming Street.


• Police said they are investigating a burglary at Fast Lane Mini Mart, Sans Souci Parkway, early Thursday morning. A front glass door was smashed and about $200 was stolen from a cash register.


WILKES-BARRE — City police reported the following:


• Police cited Kelsie Barrett, 22, of Wilkes-Barre, with retail theft after she allegedly stole items from Boscov’s Department Store, South Main Street, on Tuesday.


• Ann Belles reported Monday a global positioning unit was stolen from her vehicle when it was parked near 51 Penn St.


• Pennsylvania registration plate XFC-02D9 was stolen from a trailer that was parked at 421 N. Pennsylvania Ave. between 7 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday.


• Michael Drozdowski reported on Sunday that someone smashed the front passenger side of his vehicle and stole a Garmin GPS unit, an iPod and a cup full of change while the vehicle was parked near 277 Parrish St. between 8 p.m. Saturday and 4:40 p.m. Sunday.


• A woman reported that someone broke the the window of her vehicle and stole a PlayStation 3, an iPhone, a flip phone and a Netflix box while the vehicle was parked near 55 McGarragher St. sometime between 11:30 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday.


PLAINS TWP. — Derek Havard, of Ashley, reported that someone flattened three tires on his vehicle and damaged the side skirt while it was parked at 270 Maffett St. during the overnight hours of March 3-4, township police said.


WILKES-BARRE — The Wilkes-Barre office of the state police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement reported that citations were issued to the following establishments:


• Coldilran LLC, operating as Red Rooster Motel Restaurant & Lounge, 1344 Harwood Road, Hazle Township, was cited with selling or furnishing or permitting the sale of alcohol to a minor on Jan. 26.


• Forty Fort Pizza Inc., operating as Fort Café, 1512 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort, was cited with failing to have the board-approved manager complete RAMP (Responsible Alcohol management Program) training within 180 days of the board’s approval of the appointment during the period of Sept. 24, 2012 through Jan. 28, 2013.


• Hanover Township Veterans Home Association, 320 Lee Park Ave., Hanover Township, was recently cited with possessing or operating gambling devices, or permitted gambling or lotteries.


• Jo Ann Kelly, doing business as Kelly’s Bar, 17 Slope St., Plains Township, was recently cited with possessing or operating gambling devices or permitted gambling or lotteries.


• Bella Vino Inc., operating as Buca Del Vino, 1901 Highway 315, Laflin, was recently cited with possessing or operating gambling devices or permitted gambling or lotteries.


LAKE TWP. — State police at Wyoming reported a 55-inch LED flat screen television and Nintendo Wii video game were stolen during a burglary at a residence on state Route 29 on Feb. 27.


WILKES-BARRE — City police investigating a man huffing from an aerosol can on New Market Street allegedly recovered items stolen from Walmart in Wilkes-Barre Township.


Michael Kostelnick, 19, address unknown, was charged with two counts of illegal use of solvents and one count each of receiving stolen property and public drunkenness. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $10,000 bail.


Police said Kostelnick was with two men huffing from an aerosol can on New Market Street late Tuesday night. Police searched a backpack Kostelnick was carrying and found unopened compact discs and a video game still within its security case, according to the criminal complaint.


Police said the items were stolen from Walmart.


A preliminary hearing is scheduled on March 14.

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