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Police say the man pictured above was involved in a scam at Gerrity's Supermarket on Wyoming Avenue in West Pittston on Thursday.
Police say the man pictured above was involved in a scam at Gerrity's Supermarket on Wyoming Avenue in West Pittston on Thursday.
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HANOVER TWP. — Township police reported the following:


• Dennis Nixon of Preston reported an 18-inch chainsaw, chainsaw chains, a spray paint gun and attachments were stolen from an unlocked garage. Nixon reported the theft on March 8.


• Charles Weitz, 18, of Ridge Street, reported on Sunday that he was assaulted while walking in the parking lot of McDonald’s Restaurant, Sans Souci Parkway. Weitz claimed he was walking with his sister and a friend when he was assaulted by one of two men. Weitz declined medical treatment.


• Police charged Rashon Spear, 31, of New York, with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and public drunkenness after investigating a domestic disturbance on Mark Drive on Tuesday.


BUTLER TWP. — Township police reported the following:


• Darius J. Luciano, 18, of York, a student at the Keystone Job Corps Center, was jailed for lack of $20,000 bail on March 7 on three counts of terroristic threats and one count each of criminal mischief and institutional vandalism. Police allege Luciano acted violent toward staff members and attempted to throw a chair through a glass door in the dining area. Damage is estimated to be $1,100. A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Monday.


• Police cited Tonya R. Uliano, 24, of Drums, with harassment after investigating a fight at Dano’s Pub on March 2.


• Police charged Taquana S. Jenkins, 22, of Wilkes-Barre, with prohibited sale of drug paraphernalia after she allegedly attempted to smuggle marijuana into the Keystone Job Corps Center on March 2.


• Police are investigating the theft of cargo from a trailer that was entered at the Celedon Trucking terminal on South Hunter Highway on March 3.


FORTY FORT — Police arrested Kasi Lynn Snee, 29, of Irving Street, Wilkes-Barre, when heroin, syringes and paraphernalia were allegedly found inside her purse during a traffic stop on Wyoming Avenue on Wednesday.


Snee was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was released on $2,500 unsecured bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled on March 20.


LEMON TWP. — State police at Tunkhannock said Felicia Zagata, 23, of Factoryville, fled the scene after she lost control of her 2004 Hyundai that struck a tree on state Route 1005 on Sunday.


Zagata was cited with speeding, state police said.


MONROE TWP. — State police at Tunkhannock said Donato Battista, 28, of Dallas, was transported to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center for injuries he sustained when his 2002 Nissan Frontier struck a utility pole on state Route 2002 on March 7.


FORKSTON TWP. — State police at Tunkhannock on Friday said a 78-year-old woman was the victim of a phone scam on Jan. 9. The woman received a phone call indicating she won a vehicle but she would be required to pay delivery and taxes. The woman provided her credit card information, which was used to make an on-line purchase, state police said.


HANOVER TWP. — State police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement released enforcement statistics for February: complaints received, 103; visits to licensed establishments, 256; age compliance checks, seven; number of establishments that sold alcohol to minor, three; administrative citations, 20; warnings, 22; minors arrested for underage drinking, four; seized 22 liters of liquor, 30 gallons of beer and eight liters of wine.


HAZLETON — City police reported the following:


• Police said a female driver of a silver SUV fled the scene after striking a pedestrian in the area of Broad and Vine streets at about 6:22 a.m. Thursday. The driver was described as a Hispanic woman, medium build, and wore a black or dark colored pea coat.


• Police are investigating a burglary of a residence in the 200 block of Carelton Avenue from 12 to 1 p.m. on Wednesday.


• A man whose name was not released was struck by a vehicle at Cedar and Chestnut streets at 6:40 p.m. Thursday. The man was transported to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton and flown to Cedar Crest Hospital in Allentown. His condition was not released.


• Police charged Cesar Rivera Castellano, 31, of Hazleton, with retail theft and possession of drug paraphernalia after he allegedly stole cans of baby formula from Boyer’s Market on March 9. Castellano was allegedly found with a syringe, a burned spoon and an empty heroin packet, police said.


• A 17-year-old boy was cited with violating a city ordinance for minors not to be in possession of cigarettes after police investigated a disturbance in the area of Third and Alter streets on Monday.


• A window was smashed on a Ford F150 pickup truck when it was parked in the area of First and Carson streets on Monday.


• A Dodge Ram 3500 pickup truck was vandalized when it was parked in the 500 block of Seybert Street from March 8 to March 11.


WILKES-BARRE — City police apprehended Anne Deyo, 40, of Plymouth, and cited William Ash, 43, of Wilkes-Barre, with criminal trespass after observing them leaving an apartment building in the Sherman Hills apartment complex on Wednesday.


Deyo was wanted on an arrest warrant from the Luzerne County Sheriff’s Department. She was jailed at the county correctional facility.


Police said Ash was spotted leaving Building 316 at 11:32 a.m., and driving a Dodge, failing to use a turn signal. Ash was stopped on Wilkes-Barre Boulevard near Market Street where he claimed he was visiting a friend.


Police said they found several empty wax packets with different stamps commonly used to package heroin and a syringe inside the vehicle.


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


• Police said an unknown man stole an Aqua Heater and an air pump valued at $46.50 from the Walmart Supercenter, Wilkes-Barre Township Marketplace, on Thursday. The man drove away in a black Ford sedan. The stolen merchandise was recovered.


• Police cited Mark Meehan, 41, of Wilkes-Barre, with theft and disorderly conduct after he allegedly refused to pay a bar tab at Pickles Pub located inside the Comfort Inn on Wilkes-Barre Township Boulevard on Tuesday.


WEST PITTSTON — Police are investigating a scam by a man at Gerrity’s Supermarket on Wyoming Avenue on Thursday.


Police said a black man, wearing a black leather jacket with a gray hooded jacket, black shoes, a black hat and dark jeans entered a checkout aisle where he gave a clerk a $100 bill for an item that cost $4.43. The man removed the $100 bill from the cash drawer and gave the clerk $.43 cents. The clerk gave the man $96.


Anyone with information about the identity of the man is asked to call West Pittston police at 570-655-7780 or 911.

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