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Police calls for Sunday, Feb. 2


February 02. 2014 11:20PM


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WILKES-BARRE — Police reported a vehicle and house were struck during a drive-by shooting Thursday night in the area of North Washington and Chestnut streets.


Police responded at 6:55 p.m. and met with a person who said he heard between seven and 10 shots fired. The person who called police said he came out of his residence and saw a gray or black sedan-type vehicle drive off at a high rate of speed across North Washington Street and east onto Chestnut Street. The caller said the area smelled of gun powder and he picked up a spent 9mm shell casing.


Police said witnesses stated three men were walking in the 700 block of North Washington Street and shots were fired at them from a vehicle. The men ran between two houses and were last seen in the area of Madison Street. Police said they checked the area and found no signs of anyone who was injured.


Police investigating the shooting saw that a vehicle was hit by a round. Police also said a residence on North Washington Street was struck. One bullet traveled through the first-floor living room wall and struck a wall across the room. A second round struck the upstairs bedroom wall, went through a lamp and baseball cap, traveled up striking the ceiling and another wall and was recovered behind the bedroom door.


A third shot went through the front upstairs bedroom window and curtain and struck a dresser approximately 4 feet tall. A fourth hit a front window shutter and went into the siding on the front porch.


At 8:42 a.m. Friday, police received a call from one of the victims whose property was damaged by the gunfire who said he found shell casings across the street from his residence. Police retrieved three, spent 9mm shell casings and a live round.


HANOVER TWP. — Police reported the following:


• Three DeWalt power tools and other merchandise were stolen around 6:15 p.m. Thursday from the Tractor Supply Co. store on the Sans Souci Parkway. The suspects are a white woman with brown hair, brown eyes, full cheeks and wearing a black jacket, and a white man with blue eyes, large green gauges in his ears and wearing a black jacket. They might have fled in a green Saturn vehicle.


• Police used a Taser to subdue a 38-year-old man with a large butcher knife who charged at an officer late Thursday night in the area of Fellows Avenue and Kniffen Street. Officers responded to a report of a suicidal and homicidal man armed with a knife. The man was taken to a local hospital for an evaluation and no charges are pending.


• An elderly woman said her front door knob was damaged in an attempted break in on Colonels Road. The damage occurred between early Thursday night and Friday morning.


• A hearing aid was stolen from an envelope in a mailbox on East End Road around 5 p.m. Friday.


• United Check Cashing on the Sans Souci Parkway said a bad check was cashed on Wednesday and there was an attempt to cash a second bad check by the same person on Friday. Police are investigating.


BERWICK — Police on Friday arrested Kevin Jose DeJesus, also know as Showtime, on drug charges after a month-long investigation of the sale of heroin and cocaine from a West Second Street apartment.


Berwick police in conjunction with the Columbia County Drug Task Force served a search warrant at the residence and seized 31 bags of heroin and drug paraphernalia, and $319 in cash.


DeJesus was charged with possession with into deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arraigned by District Judge Doug Brewer and committed to the Columbia County Prison for lack of $75,000 bail.


JIM THORPE — State police Lehighton are investigating a homicide after a human remains were found around 9:50 a.m. Saturday in a wooded area off Flagstaff Road.


The remains believed to those of a female were found while Jim Thorpe Fire Department personnel were putting out a brush fire.


Anyone with information about the homicide is asked to contact state police Lehighton at 610 377-4270.


WILKES-BARRE — Police Saturday said a handgun was stolen during a break-in at a residence on Kidder Street.


The resident, a 25-year-old man, told police that he returned around 2:30 a.m. after being away for approximately four hours and found that entry was made through an unlocked window. The Ruger 9mm handgun was stolen from a cabinet, the man told police.


HAZLETON — Police reported the following:


• Jose Ruiz, 40, of Hazleton was cited with public drunkenness after an incident around 1 p.m. Saturday in the area of Diamond Avenue and Wyoming Street.


• Carlos Arias Gonzalez, 23, and Matthew Riggs Manning, 21, were cited with disorderly conduct over unreasonable noise coming from a residence in the 600 block of Seybert Street around 5:35 a.m. Saturday, police said.


• Michael Matriccino, 29, of Hazleton was cited with disorderly conduct after police responded to a noise complaint around 3 a.m. Saturday in the 400 block of Kiefer Avenue.


• Police are investigating an assault that injured an Hispanic man around 3 a.m. Saturday inside Shaker’s Nightclub. Anyone with information about the assault is asked to contact police through Luzerne County 911.


• Ariarydys Taveras, 19, of Hazleton said Friday night his residence was burglarized and a PlayStation 3, several video games, a Toshiba laptop computer and several pairs of sneakers were stolen. Anyone with information is asked contact police through Luzerne County 911.


• Police are investigating a hit-and-run crash that occurred around 9 p.m. Friday at the intersection of 21st and Peace streets. Anyone with information is asked contact police through Luzerne County 911.


• A 15-year-old boy from Hazleton said his iPhone 5s was stolen while he was playing basketball at the YMCA between 7 p.m. and 8:57 p.m. Friday. Anyone with information is asked contact police through Luzerne County 911.


• Frederick Herb, 47, of Beaver Meadows, was injured Friday in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Broad and Poplar streets.


A 2003 Audi driven by Ronald Estrella, 23, of Hazleton failed to yield the right of way and proceeded from a stop sign south onto Poplar Street and struck a 2013 Chevrolet driven by Herb that was traveling east on Broad Street. The Chevrolet was towed from the scene and Herb was taken by ambulance to Lehigh Valley Health Network hospital for medical treatment.


MESHOPPEN — State police Tunkhannock on Friday said Nicole Warner of Springville, Wyoming County, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. The charge resulted from an investigation of an assault last month on Mowry Street, Meshoppen, police said.


HAZLE TWP. — State police at Hazleton investigated a head-on collision Sunday morning in which two people were injured.


State police said the crash occurred at 9:10 a.m. as Yifan Liu, 21, of College Station, Texas, atempted to make a left turn from state Route 924 north onto the on ramp for Interstate 81 north. Liu failed to yield before making the turn and drove her 2013 Honda Accord into the path of an oncoming 2004 Chrysler Town & Country driven by Julio Acero Urena, 19, of Hazleton.


State police said the drivers were wearing seat belts and were transported by ambulances to a Lehigh Valley Hospital- Hazleton for treatment of minor injuries. Liu was charged with a violation of the state vehicle code regarding a vehicle turning left, state police said. Both vehicles were towed from the scene.




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