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HAZLE TWP. — State police located a stolen van earlier this month in a wooded area behind the Church Hill Mall and Lobitz Catering.


A passing motorist noticed the burgundy Ford van had been parked at the location for a few days, thought it was suspicious and contacted state police on Dec. 4. The van did not have a license plate and was stuck in muddy water.


State police said they determined the van was stolen from Hazleton and city police were notified. The van was removed for further investigation.


HAZLE TWP. — State police cited a motorist after a crash Thursday night on Club 40 Road.


The crash occurred shortly after 10 p.m. as Wilton Rodriguez-Chacon, 30, of Hazleton, was driving a 2006 Kia Sedona east on the roadway at approximately 25 mph, state police said.


The driver was distracted rounding a curve and traveled off the roadway and into a small creek bed, state police said. The vehicle got stuck in the mud after the passenger side front tire came off the rim.


Rodriguez-Chacon wore a seat belt and was not injured. He was cited with violating the section of the state vehicle code regarding roadways laned for traffic.


WILKES-BARRE — Police reported the following:


• Tanisha Goggins said $200 in cash was stolen from her residence in the 100 block of Jones Street during a burglary that occurred between noon Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday.


• Denise Ziagos of Winter Street, Pittston was arrested Sunday at police headquarters on an warrant for retail theft.


She was arraigned by District Judge Michael Dotzel in Wilkes-Barre Township and released on her own recognizance, but committed to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility on warrants from Lackawanna County.


MONROE TWP. — State police said a motorist was cited after a crash shortly after 6 p.m. Dec. 8 on state Route 29 in Wyoming County.


Michael McDermott, 42, of Shavertown, pulled out of gas station to travel north on the roadway and his 2003 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck crossed into the path of a 2008 Hyundai Elantra driven by Karen Lefko, 59, of Kingston, state police said.


Both drivers were wearing seat belts and were injured. McDermott was taken by ambulance to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township. Lefko was taken by ambulance to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.


McDermott was cited with a violation of the state vehicle code regarding a vehicle entering/crossing a road.


Another crash happened in the backlog on the roadway shortly after 6:30 p.m.


Aaron Ide, 16, of Monroe Township, was traveling south in a 1998 Audi A4, state police said. He failed to stop within a safe distance and struck the rear of a 1999 Buick LeSabre operated by Francis Rudolph Jr., 55, of Nanticoke. Both drivers were wearing seat belts and were not injured.


State police cited Ide with careless driving.


PLAINS TWP. — State police said Edward Maile, 62, of Pottsville, stole a wallet and iPhone left on a bar at the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs casino on Dec. 1.


Surveillance video showed Maile taking the items that had been left there by a Pittsburgh man, state police said. Police said Maile had the items on him when state police located him in the casino. He was charged with theft and receiving stolen property, state police said.


KINGSTON TWP. — Police said they tracked footprints in the snow Saturday night to apprehend 24-year-old Kyle Burdick of Shavertown and charge him with robbing the Life Saver Sunoco at gunpoint.


Burdick made off with a small amount of cash and two packs of cigarettes after showing a firearm during the robbery at approximately 8:50 p.m. , police said.


Kingston Township police officers Martin C. Maransky and Jonathan Chipego followed footprints in the snow through woods, roads, and back yards to a residence a little more than a mile away from the convenience store.


During a search of Burdick’s bedroom police seized clothing, a loaded 9 mm handgun and two packs of cigarettes. Burdick was transported to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for an overnight arraignment on charges of robbery, theft, receiving stolen property and firearms not to be carried without a license.


Kingston Township police officer Robert Spencer, and officers from Dallas Township and Dallas Borough police departments assisted in the investigation.


HAZLETON — Alberto Gruyari, 33, of Carleton Avenue was charged with retail theft after in incident at the Giant Supermarket on South Locust Street around 9:50 p.m. on Wednesday, police said.


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