WILKES-BARRE — City police arrested three men — one of them wanted — while investigating a complaint about suspicious men sitting in a sport utility vehicle in the area of McLean and Frederick streets at about 2:45 a.m. Friday.
While police were en route, they were advised that one of the men was using a flashlight to look into a residence at 42 Frederick St. and that the three then started walking towards Nicholson Street, police said. When police arrived, they saw three men sitting in a black Dodge Durango parked in front of 42 Frederick St. and told the driver the men fit the description of men who were looking into someone’s house.
The driver, identified as Juan Kinchen, said he and his friends were coming from a friend’s house but couldn’t provide an address. The back-seat passenger, identified as Ryshan Gaut, refused to answer questions and would only say they were coming from a friend’s house, police said. They said 911 could not find any information on the front seat passenger, who did not have photo ID but identified himself as Jason L. Williams.
Police noted there was a large pipe wrench and a black flashlight at Gaut’s feet and the clothing of all three men was covered in dirt and cobwebs. Subsequent searches revealed Kinchen and Williams in possession of flashlights and Kinchen also in possession of a large screwdriver and work gloves.
The men were arrested for alleged loitering and prowling at night. A fingerprint check on Williams with the FBI identified him as Michael Hughes, who was wanted for criminal trespass and false identification. Police said Hughes, of South Grant Street, Wilkes-Barre, also would be charged with forgery, false identification and hindering apprehension or prosecution.
WILKES-BARRE — City police reported the following:
• Officers on patrol in the area of Sherman Hills on Wednesday at about 9 p.m. saw a vehicle driving through the apartment complex with a driver-side headlight not working and conducted a traffic stop as the vehicle left Sherman Hills near the intersection of Empire Court and Coal Street.
The driver was identified as Roy Damon Seabrook and the passenger was identified as Sherman Wilborne, both of whom previously had been served notice against trespass. Police said both would be charged with criminal trespass.
• Joseph Shumbris, of Carpenter Road, Harveys Lake, was taken into custody Thursday after police questioned him about being on the property of Sherman Hills.
Police said they saw Shumbris parked near Building 320, saw him enter the building and then leave a few minutes later. When they asked him if he lived in the complex, Shumbris told them he was looking for a friend, but he couldn’t provide a name or apartment number of the friend or any way to contact the friend. Police said Shumbris exhibited signs of intoxication and when he opened his car door to get ownership papers requested by police, a hypodermic needle was seen in plain view protruding from the center console.
Shumbris faces charges of criminal trespass, possession of drug paraphernalia and public drunkenness.
• Three people were arrested and charged with simple assault and disorderly conduct early Saturday morning.
City police said Mike Sosa and Jennifer Velasquez, both of Wilkes-Barre, and David Filmore, hometown not listed, were fighting at South Main Plaza, 395 S. Main St., at about 12:30 a.m. Officers had to use pepper spray on all three suspects to get them to stop.
NANTICOKE — City police Saturday charged Corey James Kittle, 20, of Nanticoke, with simple assault, possession of a small amount of marijuana, harassment and violation of a protection from abuse order.
Police allege Kittle assaulted his ex-girlfriend, Ashley Nearhouse, in the early morning hours on Saturday near an East Main Street residence, throwing her to the ground, dragging her and punching her. Nearhouse suffered cut knees and scratches on her arms and back.
At the police station, she complained of severe head pain and was transported to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, police said.
PLAINS TWP. — Northeast Concessions L.P., operating as Mohegan Sun Casino, 1280 state Highway 315, was cited by the state police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement on March 19 with violating the state Liquor Code by allegedly furnishing, giving or selling alcoholic beverages to a minor, police said.
PLAINS TWP. — A Massachusetts woman was arrested after she allegedly tried to cash a bad check so she could buy drugs.
Township police responded to Luzerne Bank on state Route 315 at 9:36 a.m. Friday for a report of a female trying to cash a fraudulent check. Upon arriving, police saw a woman matching the description walking out of the bank toward the Woodlands Inn.
Police said they advised the woman to stop, but she refused to comply and became combative, so she was handcuffed and arrested. She told police she needed the money to support her drug addiction, police said.
The woman, identified as Marangela W. Tolliver, 33, was charged with two counts each of forgery and criminal conspiracy and one count each of theft by deception and criminal attempt.
Tolliver was arraigned before District Judge James Tupper and, unable to post $7,000 bail, jailed at Luzerne County Correctional Facility. Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8:45 a.m. April 8 before District Judge Diana Malast in Plains Township.
HAZLETON —City police reported the following:
• Edinson Casado, 26, of Hazleton, was cited with disorderly conduct following an incident involving allegedly loud music in the 500 block of Alter Street shortly before 3 a.m. Thursday.
• Carol Anne Rossi, 27, of Hazleton, was charged with retail theft at Family Dollar, 700 W. Broad St., at 1:54 p.m. Wednesday.
• Joanne M. Kerrick, 51, East Chestnut St., Hazleton, was charged with retail theft from Family Dollar, 77 W. Broad St., at about 3:30 p.m. Friday. Police stopped Kerrick at West Mine and South Locust streets after receiving a description of the fleeing suspect’s vehicle.
• Someone stole copper pipe from the area of Wyoming and Buttonwood streets sometime on Thursday or Friday. Anyone with information should contact city police by dialing 911.
• Several items were taken from a Jeep Grand Cherokee parked at Carson and East 7th streets sometime between 11 p.m. Thursday and 4 a.m. Friday.
• Police filed harassment and disorderly conduct citations against six people after a fight on the front porch of 53 S. Pine St. at about 5:25 p.m. Friday. Cited were Denise Rodriguez, 38, Rebeka Ayala, 31, Pablo Colon, 83, Beilis Colon, 36, and two male juveniles, all of Hazleton.
HAZLE TWP. — State police at Hazleton reported the following:
• Three township women reported that someone used their credit or debit card information recently to make fraudulent purchases.
Mary McEnroe, of Hazle Township, reported someone made two purchases with her PSECU Visa check card at Fuel On and Turkey Hill on state Route 924 between 6 and 6:30 p.m. March 23. Betsy DeFluri, of the Lattimer Mines section of Hazle Township, reported on Monday that someone charged $928 on her National Penn Bank credit card without authorization. Tiffany Card, of Hazle Township, reported that someone stole her credit card sometime between 9 and 11:30 p.m. Monday and made several purchases.
• Megan Leechak, 25, was charged with retail theft and possession of drug paraphernalia after she was apprehended by a loss prevention officer at Walmart at about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, police said.
• Someone took about 200 feet of 500 MCM copper from the American Eagle construction site, 600 Oak Ridge Road, Hazle Township, sometime between 7:30 p.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. Friday. The copper is valued at about $1,600 and is owned by Electrical Systems Co., Jackson, Tenn., police said.
• An unknown person or persons took a power generator and an antique bayonet from the property of Doug Reider, Boulevard Road, Black Creek Township, sometime between Monday and Friday.