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Police reports for Sunday, May 4


May 04. 2014 11:45PM
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HANOVER TWP. — Police reported the following:


• Three men were arrested and issued citations after a fight Saturday on Phillips Street.


Police said Randy Peet, 32, of Phillips Street, was cited with disorderly conduct and harassment. Jason Filip, 32 , of Plymouth Street, and Michael Palchanis, 32, of Wilkes-Barre Street, both of Hanover Township, were cited with disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.


• Gary Demski, 32, and his brother, Jason, both of Pittston were taken into custody in the parking lot of the M&T Bank on the Sans Souci Parkway Saturday on warrants.


Gary Demski was wanted for allegedly failing to appear at a court hearing. Jason Demski was wanted in New Jersey on felony heroin charges. They were committed to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility.


Police said they seized a backpack with several DeWalt drills and a battery charger. Anyone with information about the tools is asked to contact the Hanover Township Police Department at 570 825-1254.


• Robert Ashton of Church Street said a personal check was stolen from his residence Monday and later forged and cashed at still to be determined location. There was no forced entry to his residence.


• Trisha Savage of Dundee Apartments said the registration sticker to a 1999 Mercury Cougar was stolen overnight Saturday while it was parked at the complex.


• Christopher Roe, 41, of Sweet Valley, faces charges of harassment and disorderly conduct after a fight Friday at Chick’s bar on Boland Avenue.


Police said they were dispatched for a report of an intoxicated man who refused to leave the bar. Upon arrival patrons told police an ambulance was needed for an injured person inside being held down by two people.


Police said the person, later identified as Roe, had cut to his head and became disorderly with police. He refused to tell police what happened, police said. Patrons said Roe entered the bar and was harassing a patron and the bartender.


Police said a scuffle began and Roe, the patron and bartender fell to the floor. Roe hit his head against the wall causing an injury. He was taken by ambulance to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. Charges will be filed, police said.


HAZLETON — Police reported the following:


• Tammi McMullen of Jeddo and Brianna Rice of McAdoo allegedly were in possession of drug paraphernalia when police responded to a report of drug activity shortly before 3:30 p.m. Sunday in the area of South Vine and West Walnut streets. In addition, Robert Hittinger of Freeland will be cited with driving with a suspended license, driving under the influence-related.


• Jeremy Johnson, 22, was cited with public drunkenness after police responded to a report of suspicious male in the 700 block of South Church Street at approximately 6:20 a.m. Sunday. Johnson was banging on the door of a person who called in the complaint, police said.


• Joseph Baerga, 26, of Hazleton, was cited with criminal mischief after police responded to a report of a disturbance at approximately 2:30 a.m. Sunday in the 300 block of West Green Street. Baerga reportedly threw an object at a vehicle, damaging it.


• Police are investigating a hit-and-run crash that occurred at approximately 2 a.m. Sunday in the area of East Green and South Pine streets. A witness told police a late-model maroon Toyota Corolla struck a Ford Taurus and fled the scene. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact the Hazleton City Police Department at 570 459-4940.


• A girl’s 20-inch, white Huffy bicycle with a pink seat with butterflies on it was stolen overnight Saturday from the front yard of a residence in the 1000 block of West 15th Street.


• Ramell Parker and Shanae Coleman of Hazleton will be cited with harassment following a domestic dispute at residence in the 400 block of West Broad Street at approximately 11:20 a.m. Saturday. Parker said Coleman threw bleach at him. Coleman said Parker spit at her.


• Jennifer Esposito was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery, aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment and criminal use of a communication facility for her alleged role in the attempted robbery of a Domino’s Pizza delivery driver on April 28.


The driver was struck in the head with a baseball bat and required 17 staples to close a head wound.


Police said a woman, later identified as Esposito, pretended to pay the driver when an unknown man struck him. On April 30 a search warrant was executed to obtain the identities of the man and woman. On Friday information about their identities was obtained.


Police said the driver identified Esposito from a photographic lineup. The identity of the man is still unknown. Anyone with information about the attempted robbery is asked to contact the Hazleton City Police Department through Luzerne County 911 or Detective David Rodick at 570 459-4954.


• Kelvi Montero Fernandez, 36, will be cited with disorderly conduct after police were dispatched to the area of Penn Court and Eighth Street at 3:52 a.m. Saturday for a noise complaint.


• A 17-year-old Hazleton girl was cited with public drunkenness and underage drinking at approximately 12:40 a.m. Saturday after an incident in the area of Seventh Street and Lafayette Court.


• A vehicle parked in the area of Beech Street and Fillmore Court was spray painted between 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Friday. Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to contact the Hazleton City Police at 570 459-4940 or Luzerne County 911.


• A 15-year-old boy was cited with possession of drug paraphernalia after police apprehended him at approximately 6:30 p.m. Friday in the former St. Joseph’s Hospital. He was released to his mother.


• Joseph Kelly, 19, of Hazleton was charged with recklessly endangering another person and disorderly conduct after a large fight shortly after 3 p.m. Friday in the area of Second and Lincoln streets.


Police said Dennis Deredita, Edward Zapata and Miguel Calderon, all 20 from Hazleton, were charged with disorderly conduct.


OVERFIELD TWP. — State police said a front wheel came off a 1995 Honda Civic driven by Eugene O’Malley, 62, of Tunkhannock as he was traveling north on state Route 307 in Wyoming County at approximately 9:10 a.m. Thursday. O’Malley lost control of the car and struck a guide rail. He wore a seat belt and was not injured.


WINDHAM TWP. — State police said a truck and car sideswiped each other at 3 p.m. Thursday on state road 3001 in Wyoming County.


A Buick Century, driven by Charlene Repsher, 69, of Laceyville, was traveling north. A 2008 Peterbilt driven by Jason Slater, 38, of Ulster, was traveling south. Both drivers wore seat belts and were not injured. The car was towed from the scene.


LEMON TWP. — State police investigated an attempted burglary at the Lemon Methodist Church in Wyoming County. The attempted break-in occurred between April 20 and 27. Someone had tried to pry open the basement door of the church.


RICE TWP. — State police said Christopher Dean, 23, of Wilkes-Barre Township, was taken into custody for allegedly driving under the influence.


State police said that when they came upon Dean at 11:49 p.m. Saturday he was sleeping in the driver’s seat of a vehicle with its engine running and lights. The vehicle was facing south on the northbound ramp of Exit 159 of Interstate 81.


State police said Dean did not wake up to repeated attempts to awaken him. After he awoke and opened the door of the vehicle he showed signs of intoxication, state police said.


BUTLER TWP. — Police reported the following:


• A 53-year-old woman from Bear Run Drive said late last month she discovered $361 in unauthorized charges were made on her credit card. The charges occurred in Maryland.


• Jeremy Andress, 20, of Wapwallopen, and Ryan Baker, 19, of Conynghan, were cited with underage drinking. They were passengers in a vehicle stopped around midnight April 24 on Mill Road.


• A metal storm grate was stolen from Hillside Drive in the CanDo Corporate Center late last month. The theft created an approximate 8 foot hole in the roadway and posed a safety hazard.


• Police investigated a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of West Butler Drive and Beisels Road at 4 p.m. on April 24.


A vehicle driven by Donald Martonick, 70, of Smith Circle, Freeland was traveling on Beisels and approaching the stop sign at the intersection. It was struck by a vehicle driven by Alicia Jacoby, 29, of Deep Hole Road, Drums that turning onto the road from Butler Drive. No injuries were reported.


• Police are investigating a two-vehicle crash that occurred in the early morning hours of April 26 in the 200 block of the South Hunter Highway.


Jamie Kern, 37, of Hazleton showed signs of intoxication and was arrested. Kern was traveling south on the highway, crossed into the oncoming lane and struck a vehicle driven by Ronald Sando, 65, of Hazleton. Kern was taken for a blood alcohol test. Charges are pending the test results.


• A student at the Keystone Job Corp. on West Foothills Drive smashed the back window of a staff member’s vehicle on April 26. The investigation continues into the criminal mischief complaint.


• A 35-year-old woman told police she was touched inappropriately by two males known to her in a wooded area in the 100 block of West Butler Drive on April 26. The investigation into the report of indecent assault is ongoing.


• A 50-year-old woman from Teaberry Drive reported late last month that more than $400 in unauthorized charges were made with her credit card. The charges were made in Pittsburgh.


• Adam Maslo, 40, of Foster Township, was not injured when his vehicle rolled over in a crash on East Butler Driver at approximately 4:45 p.m. on April 28.


• The tires of a vehicle parked behind a residence on Main Street were purposely deflated between 8:30 p.m. on April 28 and 7:15 a.m. on April 29.


• Jose Luis Salvador Sanchez, 20, of McAdoo, was not injured when his vehicle struck a deer near the intersection of North Hunter Highway and Honeyhole Road at 6:50 a.m. on Friday. His vehicle sustained major damage and was towed from the scene.


WILKES-BARRE — Police said the operator of an all terrain vehicle was injured early Sunday morning in a fall approximately 20 feet from a railroad trestle.


Jamy Kozak, 33, of Kingston, was admitted to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, police said.


Kozak told police he was riding on the railroad tracks and the ATV fell off the trestle near East Thomas and Cleveland streets just after 12:00 a.m.


WILKES-BARRE — Police Sunday filed a number of charges against Shawn Barton, 28, of Spruce Street after he fought with officers.


Police said they were called to a residence on South Meade Street at 2:44 a.m. for the report of an unknown man sleeping on a couch. Officers attempted to awake the man, later identified as Barton. He became combative when he was woken up and refused to comply with officers, leading to them using a Taser on him, police said. In the course of subduing him, an officer was kicked in the groin area and injured, police said. Barton suffered a laceration during the struggle, police said. He was transported to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for an overnight arraignment on charges of aggravated assault to a police officer, criminal trespass, resisting arrest, simple assault, possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.




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