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FOSTER TWP. — State police at Hazleton say about 500 brass veterans cemetery markers were stolen from St. Ann’s Cemetery sometime Wednesday night into Thursday.


State police estimated the value of the stolen markers in excess of $10,000.


Anyone with information about the thefts is asked to call state police at Hazleton at 459-3890.


HANOVER TWP. — Township police reported the following:


• A front door at the American Legion Post 609 on Lee Park Avenue was damaged by a pellet fired from a BB gun on Wednesday.


• Jason McCabe, of Front Street, reported Wednesday the driver’s side window on his car was shot out and the driver’s side door was damaged by pellets fired from a BB gun while the car was parked on Simon Block Avenue.


• Francis Watson, of Hanover Village, reported his Motovox MVS-10 gas-powered scooter was stolen after 10 p.m. Tuesday. The scooter is red, gray and black and has a two-cycle engine.


• Keyco Distributors, New Commerce Boulevard in the Hanover Industrial Estates, reported Wednesday padlocks were cut on 13 delivery trucks that were parked alongside the building. An inventory review was performed to determine what was taken.


HAZLETON — City police reported the following:


• Police said 12-year-old Ryan Gonzalez was reported missing as a runaway by his mother on Wednesday. The mother said her son ran away from their home in the 500 block of North Wyoming Street. Gonzalez is described as being 4 feet, 5 inches tall, small build, black hair, brown eyes and was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and yellow shorts.


• Police arrested Brian Watson, 29, of New York, on charges of simple assault, resisting arrest, possession of marijuana, disorderly conduct, public drunkenness and terroristic threats on Wednesday after he allegedly assaulted a man in the area of East Maple Street and Fulton Court.


• An orange 20-inch Thruster bicycle was reported stolen from the 500 block of East Chestnut Street on Thursday.


HAZLE TWP. — State police at Hazleton reported batteries and battery cables were stolen from a track loader owned by Scrap Enterprises Inc., of Old Forge, on Eckley Miner Road sometime between June 5 and Wednesday. The loader’s windows and an exhaust pipe were also damaged.


EATON TWP. — State police at Tunkhannock reported a green 2005 Polaris Ranger four-by-four was stolen from a residence on McMullian Hill road sometime after May 19.


EATON TWP. — A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Aug. 28 before District Judge Carl Smith in Tunkhannock for Teaka Flores, 19, of Dalton, on charges of driving under the influence, driving without a license and six traffic offenses.


State police at Tunkhannock said Flores’ 2003 Mazda Protege was struck by a 2000 Subaru Legacy, driven by Melissa Bamberger, 19, of Tunkhannock, on state Route 29 on May 11.


Neither Flores nor Bamberger was injured.


EATON TWP. — State police at Tunkhannock charged Jesse James Greene, 24, of Tunkhannock, with retail theft after he allegedly stole DVDs valued at $767.26 from Walmart, Hunter Highway, on June 23, June 25, June 30 and July 4.


WILKES-BARRE — City police charged Richard Good, 32, of Kingston, in separate incidents after alleged contraband and crack cocaine were found.


Police said they stopped Good for driving a vehicle with an expired inspection and registration stickers on North Sherman Street on Aug. 2. During the traffic stop, police allege, Good was in possession of a syringe, pipe and an empty packet stamped Mexico.


Two days later on Aug. 4, police spotted Good climbing a fence near Building 312 in the Sherman Hills apartment complex. Good was stopped and told by an officer to take his hands out of his pockets. Police allege they found a bag containing crack cocaine in his pockets.


Good was charged with three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, and one count each of possession of a controlled substance, defiant trespass, public drunkenness, driving with a suspended license and driving an unregistered vehicle.


The charges were filed with District Judge Martin Kane in Wilkes-Barre.


WILKES-BARRE - City police reported the following:


• A man fled the Outlet Army & Navy store on South Main Street shortly after 11 a.m. without paying for items he concealed under his shirt. The suspect is a black male, approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall, wearing a light gray shirt and white do rag. The suspect fought with someone from the store who followed him outside and confronted him. The suspect fled in white car, possibly a sedan, traveling south on South Main Street.


• A woman Thursday said her Pennsylvania identification and electronic benefits transfer cards were stolen from outside her residence in the 200 block of South Washington Street. The cards were in a wallet that was left in a stroller on the porch of her apartment building. The theft occurred between July 24 and Aug. 3


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