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DENNISON TWP. — State police reported 20 vehicles crashed Saturday afternoon when portions of Interstate 80 became slick during a snowfall.


The crashes occurred around 12:30 p.m. near mile marker 267.4 in the westbound lanes. Several people were transported to area hospitals for treatment of injuries. The crashes caused a long backup on the interstate.


NANTICOKE — City police reported the following:


• Danielle Becker, of East Grand Street, reported that someone entered her residence and stole a Pro Scan 50-inch, flat-panel television.


• Robin Jones, of Loomis Street, reported that someone recently damaged the windshield of her parked vehicle.


• Jonah O’Brien, of South Hanover Street, Nanticoke, was taken into custody and cited with public drunkenness after police observed a suspicious person in the 300 block of Maple Street running through backyards, police said.


O’Brien was found lying in the backyard of a home after he tried — unsuccessfully — to jump a fence, police said.


BERWICK — Police charged four people in connection with investigations into the sale of heroin.


David Fenton, Courtney Fairbanks and Timothy Rodenhaver were arraigned Saturday and committed to the Columbia County Prison for lack of bail, police said. Bail for Fairbanks was set at $150,000. For Fenton and Rodenhaver, it was set at $100,000.


Police and members of the Columbia County Drug Task Force served a search warrant at an apartment on West Front Street Friday night and seized cash and drug paraphernalia. Police made controlled buys of heroin at the apartment earlier this month, they said. During the search two children were found hiding underneath a bunk bed, police said. The children were left in the care of family members.


Fenton, Fairbanks and Rodenhaver each was charged with delivery of a controlled substance, conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Also on Friday police served a search warrant at residence on Ferris Avenue after a month-long investigation. Police seized 73 packets of heroin, cash and drug paraphernalia, they said. Stephen Sitler was arrested and charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said. He was arraigned and committed to the county prison for lack of $75,000 bail.


DINGMAN TWP. — State police reported more than 20 pounds of processed marijuana was seized Friday after a drug investigation of an indoor growing operation in the Pocono Woodland Lakes development.


State police arrested Fernando Valdez Jr., 30, of Miami, Fla., and jailed him for lack of $200,000 bail.


Another occupant of the residence on Buckeye Lane, Paul Bolivar, also of Miami, was arrested on a felony drug warrant from Florida, state police said.


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