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Police Blotter


January 05. 2014 11:58PM

By - elewis@civitasmedia.com - (570) 991-6116




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WILKES-BARRE — Police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred at 11:46 a.m. Saturday at the Wilkes-Barre Deli on Lehigh Street.


The suspect is described as a black male, between 6 feet, 2 inches and 6 feet, 3 inches tall, possibly in his twenties, wearing a camouflage jacket, black ski mask and dark jeans.


The suspect came into the store , threw a black backpack behind the register and demanded money from the cashier, police said. The suspect pointed a black handgun at the cashier as he put money in the bag, police said. The suspect appeared to be nervous and crying during the robbery and fled on foot with an undetermined amount of cash west on Lehigh Street and south on Ivy Lane, police said. Police searched the area and did not find the suspect. The store owner said a video will be provided to the investigating officer.


HANOVER TWP. — A Warrior Run man was arrested early Sunday morning on suspicion he was driving drunk when he crashed into a utility pole, police said.


John Ozmina III, 49, lost control of his vehicle around 3:45 a.m. while driving on Front Street, police said.


Ozmina showed signs of intoxication and was taken to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital for a blood-acohol test. Charges are pending test results, police said.


HAZLETON — City police reported the following:


• A home along the Laurel Street’s 700 block was reportedly burglarized of various items at some time before 5 p.m. Saturday, police said.


• City police are investigating two reports of gunfire that both arrived around 6:40 p.m. Saturday night.


Upon arriving to the area of 2nd and Alter streets for the first call, officers found no immediate damage from gunshots and no injuries were reported, police said.


One block away, near 2nd Street and Lafayette Court, police encountered Janice Hartley, 50, who began causing a disturbance. Hartley was cited for disorderly conduct, police said.


Anyone with information about the burglary or gunshots is asked to call city police at 570-459-4940.


WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Township police reported the following:


• Police cited Imelda Dimco De Guzman, age and address not reported, with retail theft after she allegedly failed to pay for Burberry perfume valued at $78 at JC Penney, Wyoming Valley Mall, on Thursday.


• Larissa Sharpe told police Thursday she left her wallet containing $125 and a debit car in a vehicle driven by a man who gave her a ride to the Walmart Supercenter. Sharpe has been unable to contact the man to pick up her wallet.


HAZLETON – Gabriel Rodriguez, 44, of Hazleton, was charged late Friday with simple assault and harassment after police responded to the 500 block of Grant Street for a domestic dispute. Police said Rodriguez grabbed the unidentified victim by the throat.


HAZLETON – Vanessa Zapotosky, 23, of Hazleton, and Corey Brobst, 27, of Drums, were arrested Friday on drug charges after a traffic stop in the area of Alter and 11th streets. Both suspects were found to be in possession of heroin packets and syringes. Possession and paraphernalia charges will be filed. Zapotosky was also found to have an outstanding arrest warrant from Carbon County Adult Probation and was transported to Carbon County Prison.


HAZLETON – A 2003 Infiniti G35 was hit by another vehicle while it was parked in the area of McKinley and Sixth streets Thursday. Anyone with information is urged to call Hazleton Police at 570-459-4940.


HANOVER TWP. – The State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement reported the following alleged violations:


• Arturo’s Restaurant/A Lori Holdings Inc. at 140 Main St., Dupont, was cited on Nov. 9 with selling, furnishing, and/or giving alcohol to a minor.


• The Catholic War Veterans/Home Association of Holy Rosary Post 274, at 175 Old Ashley Road in Hanover Township was cited on Sept. 14 and Nov. 7 with offering and/or giving liquor or malt or brewed beverages as a prize and selling alcohol to nonmembers.


FOSTER TWP. — State police are investigating the theft of a gun, cash and concert tickets during a break-in at a residence on Forest Avenue.


The burglary occurred between 8:30 p.m. Friday and 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Jarret Malkin, 35, of Freeland said an HP black laptop computer valued at $200, an Xbox 360 valued at $175, a Makarov 9 mm pistol valued at $250 with a black gun case, $1,580 in cash and two concert tickets worth $82.50 were stolen.


NORTHMORELAND TWP. - State police on Saturday said Thomas Fink, 42, of Harveys Lake, was charged with harassment and criminal mischief.


State police said Fink got into an argument in his camper on Graveyard Hill Road in Wyoming County with Anthony Springer, 22, of Harveys Lake, around 10:50 a.m. Saturday and threw out Springer’s clothes, damaging them. Fink also struck Springer, state police said.


WILKES-BARRE — The Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office on Saturday filed charges of unsworn falsification to authorities against two men who applied for the Accelerated Rehabilitative Dispostion Program after being charged with driving under the influence.


According to the district attorney: Brian Kobeski, 45, with addresses of 109 Howard St., Avoca, or 1227 South St., Avoca, and Joshua Shershen, 30, with addresses of 752 Hazle St., Hanover Township, or 76 Barnes St., Ashley, sought entry into the ARD program. Kobeski applied in October 2013 and Shershen in November 2013.


Kobeski and Shershen filled out and signed questionnaires indicating they had never been arrested, charged or convicted of a felony or misdemeanor.


But a records’ check showed Kobeski had three arrests and convictions for driving under the influence dating back to 1992. He was placed in the ARD program in Lackawanna County for six months in February 2008, but was revoked and later pled guilty to DUI.


Shershen was arrested for driving under the influence in March 2009 and in June of that year was placed in the ARD program for six months.




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