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PITTSTON TWP. — Police on Sunday said Kathleen Smith, 53, of Scranton, was apprehended around 7:20 p.m. by loss prevention personnel at the Walmart store on state Route 315 after she was seen placing steaks, potatoes and electronic merchandise into purse and trying to leave without paying for the items.


KINGSTON — A Scranton man was arraigned Monday after police said they found found a loaded handgun and prescription medication during a traffic stop on South Goodwin Avenue.


Joseph White, 37, of North Decker Court, was charged with illegal possession of a firearm, firearms not to be carried without a license, possession of a controlled substance, false identification to law enforcement, driving with a suspended license, and three traffic violations. He was arraigned by District Judge Martin Kane in Wilkes-Barre and jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $40,000 bail.


According to the criminal complaint:


Police said they stopped White after noticing an expired registration sticker on his vehicle at about 6 p.m. During the stop, police noticed a plastic bag containing green pills next to a knife inside the vehicle.


Police said in the complaint White used another name to identify himself because he knew the registration on the vehicle had expired.


A loaded .45-caliber handgun and a box of ammunition were found inside the glove compartment, the complaint says. Police said White is prohibited from possessing and owning firearm due to burglary conviction.


A preliminary hearing is scheduled on June 19 before District Judge Paul Roberts in Kingston.


PITTSTON — A man was arraigned Monday on charges he was found inside a South Main Street building under renovations early Monday morning.


James Weidle, 36, address listed as homeless, was charged with criminal trespass. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $5,000 bail.


Police allege a contractor discovered Weidle inside 107 S. Main St. at about 8 a.m. Weidle told the contractor he was there to work on the building and left carrying a yellow metal pole, according to the criminal complaint.


A preliminary hearing is scheduled on June 19 before District Judge Andrew Barilla in Pittston.


KINGSTON — A man was arraigned Monday on evidence of drunken driving.


Police charged Edwin Cortez, 35, of Front Street, Nanticoke, with two counts of driving under the influence and three traffic violations. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $5,000 bail.


Police allege Cortez had a blood alcohol level of .196 percent when he was stopped for passing through two red-traffic signals on Wyoming Avenue on April 16, according to the criminal complaint.


Police said a tire was flat on Cortez’s car.


A preliminary hearing is scheduled on June 16 before District Judge Paul Roberts in Kingston.


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