WILKES-BARRE — City police reported the following:
• Police arrested Michael Negron, 21, of Matson Avenue, Wilkes-Barre, on charges he assaulted his girlfriend in the area of Mill Street and Matson Avenue on Sunday night.
Police said the woman stated Negron knocked her to the ground and choked her at about 8:55 p.m.
Negron was charged with simple assault, harassment and public drunkenness. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $5,000 bail.
• A woman residing on Coal Street reported she arrived home at 8:35 p.m. Sunday and found someone had entered and threw her belongings all over. No items were reported stolen.
• A resident of Blackman Street reported Sunday someone entered his residence through a window and had stolen a 40-inch television.
• A woman residing on Sterling Street reported Sunday a rear door window was broken and a laptop and television were smashed.
HANOVER TWP. — Township police arrested Trudy Johns, 48, of Glen Lyon, on charges he violated a protection from abuse order Sunday night.
Police investigated a domestic disturbance in the area of Steele and Downing streets at about 11:32 p.m. and found Johns and a woman arguing. Three vehicles were allegedly damaged by Johns, police said.
Johns was charged with indirect criminal complaint.
HAZLE TWP. — State police at Hazleton reported a Toshiba Satellite laptop computer valued at $750 was stolen during a burglary of a residence owned by Richard J. Kluck on state Route 940 on May 31.
WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Tom Vojtek, of Summit Street, reported to police that an unknown male had stolen 12 pieces of firewood, which the suspect placed in the trunk of his vehicle, possibly a Dodge Intrepid. Estimated value of the theft is $50.
DURYEA — Police issued citations to six young people after an apparent party in the woods near Skytop Drive and Kokinda Drive on Saturday.
Chief Nick Lohman and Officer Chuck Swisher were dispatched at 12:20 a.m. to the area for a report of a vehicle driving in the woods near the railroad tracks. Officers responded to check because the area is near a business that had been broken into multiple times over the past year.
Officers, assisted by Avoca and Hughestown Police, walked into the wooded area and observed a vehicle coming towards them from the coal banks. Officers stopped the vehicle on Skytop Drive and found two occupants under the age of 21 who were allegedly under the influence of alcohol and also in possession of alcohol, police said.
Officers also found two more males, both age 20 and from Pittston, walking out of the same area allegedly smoking marijuana.
The first two males were advised that they would receive citations by mail and were released.
The second set of males were checked and found not to be drinking. Their information was obtained and they were released and advised they would both be charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Officers released them because more subjects were walking out of that area.
When officers approached a large group of individuals, they fled on foot. Officers stopped a smaller group that had a male who was under 21 and who allegedly had been drinking. Two other males ran and were tracked down. They were cited with disorderly conduct and public drunkenness, police said.
WILKES-BARRE — An Edwardsville man was arrested after an undercover narcotics investigation led to his arrest in a supermarket parking lot.
James Joseph Ward, 29, arrived in the parking lot of Schiel’s Family Market on a bicycle at about 2:30 p.m. Monday and was observed allegedly selling narcotics to another individual, according to the state police at Wyoming Troop P Vice/Narcotics Unit.
After the transaction, marked patrol units moved in to make the arrest. Ward then allegedly fled on the bike, riding it through numerous yards before he was taken into custody, police said.
Ward was charged with delivery of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, unlawful use of a telecommunication facility and resisting arrest.He was arraigned before District Judge James Tupper and, unable to post $50,000 bail, was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility to await his preliminary hearing before District Judge Rick Cronauer in Wilkes-Barre at 10 a.m. on June 10.
Assisting in the arrest were members of Troop P Crime, Troop P Patrol, and Bureau of Special Operations K9 Unit.
The operation was a coordinated effort by state police at Wyoming Troop P Vice/Narcotics Unit in conjunction with the Wilkes-Barre Police Anti-Crime Unit to combat violent crime and narcotic activity in the city.