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BUTLER TWP. — An Oklahoma man was killed in a one-car crash on Interstate 80 early Wednesday morning, state police in Hazleton said.


Michael Ray Mitchell, 34, of Tulsa, was headed east near mile marker 263 just before 6 a.m. when his 2009 Honda Civic drifted off the roadway into the grassy center median and struck two trees. He was killed upon impact and pronounced dead at the scene by Luzerne County Deputy Coroner Gerald Jones, police said.


The cause of death was determined to be multiple traumatic injuries and the manner of death appears to be accidental, police said, adding that the case remains open pending further investigation.


Valley Regional Rescue, Valley Regional Ambulance and Kisenwether’s Towing assisted.


WILKES-BARRE — City police reported the following:


• A window was smashed at a residence on South Welles Street on Tuesday.


• A brick was thrown through a window at a residence on George Avenue on Sunday.


• Police cited Anthony Paul Lizzi, 20, of Wilkes-Barre, with public drunkenness and underage drinking when he was allegedly seen intoxicated on North Main Street on Aug. 25.


• Police arrested David S. Carpenter, 24, of Hillside Street, Wilkes-Barre, on Monday after he allegedly threatened a woman with a gun while they were riding an ATV. The woman said she told Carpenter he was driving too fast when he allegedly threatened her, according to the criminal complaint.


Carpenter was charged with terroristic threats, simple assault and harassment. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $10,000 bail.


• It was reported Tuesday that someone stole copper wiring and tubing from a vacant building on North Fulton Street.


• Nolen Miles was cited with harassment after he allegedly struck his girlfriend in the face, causing minor injuries, during an incident in the area of 98 S. Main St. late Monday afternoon, police said.


• Seara Peterson, 21, was charged with a felony count of retail theft after she allegedly concealed two t-shirts and left Boscov’s at 15 S. Main St. without paying for them on Monday, police said, adding that she had two previous retail theft convictions.


• Javon Isaac, 18, was cited with harassment after he allegedly struck a female in the head with a closed fist in the area of Huber Street Park and South Sherman Street on Monday afternoon, police said.


• Ryan Eckhart, 34, was arrested and transported to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility after police found him passed out in his vehicle at South Main and Academy Streets Tuesday afternoon and discovered he had numerous warrants for his arrest, police said, adding that a subsequent search revealed that Eckhart was in possession of marijuana.


• Police on Tuesday picked up Justin Mausteler on an arrest warrant while they were investigating a fight at 145 N. Sherman St. on Tuesday afternoon, police said, adding that Mausteler was allegedly in possession of a syringe and a crack pipe.


• A woman reported Tuesday at someone opened credit card accounts in her name and accrued charges on them totaling more than $7,500.


NICHOLSON — State police at Tunkhannock captured Carl John McNeal, 35, who is wanted by the Alabama Department of Probation and Parole.


McNeal was captured while state police investigated a domestic dispute at a house on State Street on Friday. Police also charged McNeal with simple assault and harassment after Crystal Jackson, 28, of Nicholson, reported that McNeal grabbed her and banged her head on the floor. She was taken to Community Medical center in Scranton for treatment, police said.


BUTLER TWP. — A White Haven man faces a slew of charges after he allegedly had illegal and prescription drugs in his system and was involved in a crash, police said.


Police allege that Steven K. Koch, 31, of Old Route 940, initially denied driving when police responded to a crash on East Butler Drive on Aug. 7, but later admitted to driving the vehicle. His passenger, Nikki Bertolette, was injured and had told police she couldn’t remember what happened.


Police said they found a marijuana pipe, a hypodermic needle and empty heroin bags on Koch, and allege he discarded an empty pill bottle containing heroin packets and more needles. A forensic examination of Koch’s blood determined that he was under the influence of Alprazolam, marijuana, heroin and cocaine the day of the crash, police said.


Koch was charged with two counts of driving under the influence of drugs, recklessly endangering another person, possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving with a suspended license, reckless driving, careless driving and false reports concerning an accident.


Charges were filed with District Judge Daniel O’Donnell in Sugarloaf Township. A hearing will be scheduled later this month, police said.


PLAINS TWP. — Township police charged Eric Landolt, 46, of Laflin, on evidence of drunken driving after he allegedly struck a building housing Georgetti Painting Co. on West Carey Street on Aug. 17.


Landolt drove away and was stopped by state police after he failed to stop for a red traffic signal at North River Street and Exit 3 of the North Cross Valley Expressway.


Landolt was charged with two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol and one count each of failure to use a seat belt, failure to stop at red traffic signal and careless driving.


HANOVER TWP. — Township police reported the following:


• Police arrested Darryl Bernard Taylor, 34, of Ridge Street, on charges he assaulted a woman in his residence Friday morning. Amanda Lopez told police Taylor struck Neisha Merrill in the face with a rechargeable flashlight as Merrill was sleeping, according to a news release.


Taylor and Merrill left the residence in a vehicle. Taylor was stopped on Hazle Street, Wilkes-Barre, where he told city police he was taking Merrill to the hospital but she got out of the vehicle before they got there. Police found Merrill on North Washington Street and took her to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.


Taylor was charged with simple assault and harassment. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $5,000 bail.


• Whitney Catizone, of Diamond Avenue, reported Monday several items were stolen from her residence during a burglary.


• Police are investigating a three-car crash that occurred at about 12:42 p.m. Tuesday and sent two drivers to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.


• Lori Sabol, of Knox Street, reported someone damaged her screen door using a pellet gun sometime between 10 p.m. Monday and 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.


• Florence Jablowski, of Charles Street, reported that someone shot a hole through her bedroom screen and into her bedroom wall with an unknown caliber weapon on Aug. 29.


• Charges are pending against a juvenile after police investigated a report by Scott Griffith of Knox Street that someone smashed the rear window of his 2005 Mitsubishi Outlander sometime between 12 and 4:15 p.m. Tuesday. The juvenile is believed to have shot out the window with a BB gun, police said.


• Eric Santiago, of Keith Street, reported that he started his white 2001 Mazda 626 at about 6:10 a.m. Wednesday, returned inside his house, heard a noise outside and saw two males get in his vehicle and drive away. The vehicle bears Pennsylvania license plate JGL3563. Anyone with information should call police at 570-825-1254.


FREELAND — Michael E. Salko, 25, of Ridge Street, Freeland, was arraigned Tuesday on charges he stole a .22-caliber rifle from a residence on Hemlock Street on Friday. Police allege Salko sold the rifle for $40, according to the criminal complaint.


Salko was charged with two counts of theft and a single count of receiving stolen property. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $10,000 bail.


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