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WILKES-BARRE TWP. — A woman was arraigned Monday on charges she conspired with another person to manufacture methamphetamine at a motel.


Jessica Cole, 26, no address listed, was charged by the state Office of Attorney General with two counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, and one count each of possession with intent to manufacture a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, risking a catastrophe, possession of drug paraphernalia, illegal dumping of methamphetamine waste and criminal conspiracy. She was jailed at the county prison for lack of $30,000 bail.


Drug agents searched the Melody Motel on state Route 115, Bear Creek Township, after arresting Jonathan Cole, 27, and Jessica Cole, during a traffic stop on Route 11 in Hunlock Township on Dec. 5. An active mobile meth lab was allegedly found in the truck of their vehicle, according to the criminal complaints.


Jonathan Cole is facing meth-related charges in Luzerne County Court. A county judge issued an arrest warrant for Jonathan Cole when he failed to appear for a hearing on June 18, according to court records.


Jessica Cole had been detained at the Columbia County Jail on unrelated charges and was participating in a rehabilitation program since her arrest in December.


BUTLER TWP. — Township police reported the following:


• A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Aug. 5 before District Judge Daniel O’Donnell for William R. Goodwin, 42, of Honesdale, on a bad-check charge. Police allege Goodwin passed checks totaling more than $84,000 to Highway Equipment from an account that had insufficient funds.


• A preliminary hearing is scheduled on July 29 before District Judge Daniel O’Donnell for Isaiah J. Green, 19, of Brooklyn, N.Y., on a charge of possession of marijuana. Police allege Green tried to smuggle 24 bags of marijuana in a cereal box into the Keystone Job Corps Center on March 27.


• Charles E. Oriaku, 24, of Alnhar, Md., and Deandre D. Thomas, 21, of Suitland, Md., were cited with trespassing when they allegedly left the Keystone Job Corps Center and were found in a yard at a private residence on Makara Drive on June 27.


HAZLETON — City police arrested Francis Migueli Lara, 30, of North Vine Street, Hazleton, on charges he chased two teenage girls with a handgun.


Lara was arraigned on two counts each of aggravated assault, simple assault, terroristic threats, reckless endangerment, harassment and disorderly conduct. He remained jailed Monday at the county prison for lack of $20,000 bail.


A 16-year-old girl and an 18-year-old woman told police they were walking on North Locust Street when Lara brandished a handgun and yelled to the girls, “Where are you going? Come over here,” at about 1:20 a.m. Sunday, according to the criminal complaint.


The women ran in a rear yard where a party was being held and asked for someone to call police.


Lara jumped a fence and eluded capture in a cemetery. He was arrested when police spotted him on North Locust Street, the complaint says.


RICE TWP. — A Williamsport man was arrested Monday after state police at Hazleton said they found prescription tablets and a stolen gun during a traffic stop.


Tyren Maurice Teageus-Landis, age unknown, was arraigned on charges of illegal possession of a firearm, firearms not to be carried without a license, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and receiving stolen property. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $20,000 bail.


State police said Teageus-Landis was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped for erratic driving in the southbound lane of Interstate 81 just before 5 a.m. Monday.


A search of the vehicle revealed a bag containing 23 Percocet tablets and a loaded 22-caliber handgun that was reported stolen to the Williamsport Police Department on Dec. 30, 2009, according to the criminal complaint.


SUGAR NOTCH — Police on Saturday captured a Wilkes-Barre teenager charged with assaulting a police officer while he fled from an underage drinking party in April.


Muhsin Sharif, 19, of South Hancock Street, was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, harassment, underage drinking and defiant trespass. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $25,000 bail after his arraignment on Saturday.


Police had been searching for Sharif since May 15 when an arrest warrant was obtained from District Judge Joseph Halesey in Hanover Township. Police visited Wilkes-Barre Area’s GAR High School when school was in session in late May to arrest Sharif, who eluded capture.


Police said 15 people were cited with underage drinking.


FORTY FORT — Police arrested a man they allege threatened to get an assault rifle during a disturbance at 1330 Wyoming Ave. on Saturday.


Shawn Joseph Hock, 23, was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, resisting arrest, harassment, terroristic threats and disorderly conduct. He remained jailed Monday at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $20,000 bail.


Police investigated a disturbance at Hock’s residence, where he allegedly yelled racial slurs and threatened to get an assault rifle because officers were there, according to the criminal complaint.


Police stunned Hock with a Taser when he lunged at an officer. The Taser had no impact on Hock who shut an interior door between himself and officers.


After police forced open the door, Hock was stunned a second time by police when he lunged at officers, the complaint says.


Police said Hock is wanted by authorities in New Jersey.


EDWARDSVILLE — Police arrested a man they allege assaulted his ex-girlfriend after he blamed her daughter for drinking his beer.


John Lewis Derhammer, 39, of Summit Street, Edwardsville, was charged with two counts of simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $1,000 bail.


Police allege Derhammer assaulted his ex-girlfriend and shoved another woman into a picnic table behind his house during an argument about his missing beer on Sunday, according to the criminal complaint.


Police said Derhammer was being escorted to the police station and intentionally fell to the ground blaming officers for pushing him. He also slammed himself against a concrete wall blaming injuries on police, the complaint says.


NANTICOKE — City police reported the following:


• Albert McCarthy of Welles Street reported money was stolen from his car.


• Jason Palladion of Front Street, Warrior Run, reported seven packs of cigarettes were stolen from his car.


• Kevin Shaul of South Hanover Street reported a portable hammock was stolen from his property.


• A Red Box at Weis Market had damage to the touch screen.


• A Mazda had two tires punctured and a Chevy had four tires punctured when the cars were parked near Mercy Special Care on East Washington Street.


• Leon Nethercott of Orchard Street reported two tires were slashed on his car.


• Thomas Anderjack of South Hanover Street reported someone smashed the windshield on his car with a hammer and slashed his tires.


• Rebecca Josef of Kosciuszko Street reported two tires were slashed on her car and a line was drawn down the middle of the car with a crayon or wax.


• Robert Zmijewski of West Church Street reported a green lawnmower with a Briggs and Stratton engine was stolen from the sidewalk in front of his house.


HAZLETON — City police reported the following:


• William Roberts, of the 200 block of East 1st Street, reported on Monday that someone stole a HP laptop computer from his residence. A witness reported seeing a black male with short hair and a goatee, wearing a black and white shirt and shorts enter the residence at about 9:15 p.m. and leave with a laptop. The witness lost sight of him on East Diamond Avenue near Seybert Street.


• David Hause, 19, of Hazleton, reported that a large amount of money was taken from his vehicle while it was parked at Pantry Quik at the corner of Seybert Street and Diamond Avenue just after 5 p.m. Monday.


Anyone with information on either theft should contact Hazleton police by dialing 911.


WILKES-BARRE — City police arrested Jasper M. Blount after a woman claimed he aimed a gun at her during an argument June 30 in her Coal Street apartment.


Blount, 32, of Coal Street, Wilkes-Barre, was arraigned Tuesday on two counts of aggravated assault and one count each of simple assault and reckless endangerment. He was released on $5,000 unsecured bail.


KINGSTON — Robert Lee Fink, 35, address listed as homeless, was arraigned Tuesday on a criminal trespass charge related to an incident on June 29. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $1,000 bail.


DUPONT — A man was arraigned Monday night on charges he raped a child.


Joseph A. Turkos, 68, of Ash Street, Dupont, was charged by police with rape of child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault, indecent exposure and corruption of minors. He was arraigned by District Judge Michael Dotzel in Wilkes-Barre Township and released on $75,000 unsecured bail.


Police allege Turkos sexually assaulted and raped a boy several times from January 2008 to September 2010, according to the criminal complaint.


HAZLETON — Xavier Richard Morana, 20, of South Fulton Court, was arraigned Tuesday on charges he assaulted his mother’s boyfriend early Tuesday morning.


Morana was charged by police with simple assault and harassment. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $1,000 bail.


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


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