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WILKES-BARRE — A Forty Fort man and two women are facing prostitution-related charges after city police allege they performed a lewd act inside a vehicle.


Larry N. Llewellyn, 67, of Yates Street, is charged with patronizing prostitutes, criminal solicitation and open lewdness.


Melissa Dunn, 30, of Wilkes-Barre, and Jamie L. Dejohn, 30, of Tunkhannock, are charged with promoting prostitution and open lewdness.


The charges against Llewellyn, Dunn and Dejohn were filed this week with District Judge Martin Kane.


Police investigated a suspicious vehicle parked at the end of Laufer Lane at 12:55 p.m. on March 20. An officer approached the vehicle, allegedly observing Dunn and Dejohn performing a sexual act on Llewellyn, according to the criminal complaints.


Dunn allegedly told police Llewellyn is their financial supporter.


KINGSTON — A woman was arraigned Tuesday on charges she assaulted a former boyfriend with a cigarette.


Nicole Lee Smith, 22, no address listed, was charged with three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, and one count each of possession of a controlled substance, harassment and simple assault. She was released on $5,000 unsecured bail.


Todd McCarley told police that Smith came to his apartment on Pulaski Street early Tuesday morning and sat on a couch smoking a cigarette. McCarley said he poured water on the cigarette and Smith punched him in the face, burning his face with the lit cigarette, according to the criminal complaint.


Smith was found with an open packet of a prescription drug, a pipe commonly used to smoke marijuana and an empty bag used to package marijuana, police said in the complaint.


A preliminary hearing is scheduled on April 24.


LUZERNE — Police checking a brush fire near the Back Mountain Trail arrested a man who they allege was in possession of synthetic marijuana Monday night.


Jeremiah Freeborn Lenchick, 23, of Vaughn Street, Luzerne, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He was released on $5,000 unsecured bail after his arraignment before District Judge Paul Roberts.


According to charges filed, police were checking a reported brush fire at about 8:30 p.m. when they heard twigs breaking and observed Lenchick running down a hill. Police chased Lenchick, who ran through Toby’s Creek and a tavern’s parking lot on Main Street.


Police from Courtdale, Edwardsville, Forty Fort, Kingston, Kingston Township and Larksville joined in the chase.


Lenchick was spotted near the Fuel On Service Station, where he was captured, police said. Police allege in the criminal complaint a bag containing suspected synthetic marijuana was found in Lenchick’s pocket.


Lenchick allegedly told police he lit a small fire near the Back Mountain Trail and ran when he saw police because he did not want to go to jail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled on April 25.


KINGSTON — Police are investigating a robbery at Turkey Hill on Rutter Avenue early Thursday morning.


A white male, about 5 feet 10 inches tall with a medium build, demanded money from a clerk at 1:20 a.m., said Police Chief Keith Keiper. The suspect got away with an undetermined amount of cash, Keiper said.


The suspect wore a blue jacket, dark pants and a white hat with ear flaps. He was last seen running south on Rutter Avenue.


WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Keith Alan Seroka, 45, of Wilcox Drive, Wilkes-Barre, was arraigned Tuesday on a retail theft charge.


Township police allege Seroka picked up sneakers from a shelf inside Kohl’s Department Store and returned the item without a purchase on Jan. 25. Seroka was given a $40 store credit for the fraudulent return, according to the criminal complaint.


PLYMOUTH — Police arrested Edward Smith, 27, of Pierce Street, Plymouth, on charges he assaulted a woman and threatened her with a handgun.


Smith was charged with aggravated assault, terroristic threats, simple assault, reckless endangerment and harassment. He was released after posting $25,000 bail.


Police allege Smith had been drinking and wanted to have sex with a woman in his residence last Saturday. The woman said she refused and Smith assaulted her in a bedroom and aimed a handgun at her head, according to the criminal complaint.


The woman fled and called 911 from a doughnut shop on Main Street.


A preliminary hearing is scheduled on April 24 before District Judge Donald Whittaker in Nanticoke.


WILKES-BARRE — Allan Williams, 33, of Union Street, Pittston, and Charles Shafer, 25, of Cliff Street, Pittston, were charged with retail theft last Saturday for allegedly stealing $351 in items from The Home Depot on Spring Street.


Williams was released on $2,500 unsecured bail. Shafer was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $2,500 bail.


Preliminary hearings are scheduled on April 25 before District Judge Martin Kane in Wilkes-Barre.


KINGSTON — An SUV and a motorcycle collided on Wyoming Avenue near Vaughn Street on Monday.


Police Chief Keith Keiper said Shawn McCarthy, of Kingston, operating a 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Shane Shrader, of Trucksville, operating a 2009 Kawasaki motorcycle, collided at about 6:55 a.m.


The police report indicated no injuries.


FOSTER TWP. — State police at Hazleton on Tuesday filed drunken driving charges against James Joseph Banja, 44, of Jacksonville, Ark., after a traffic stop on state Route 940 on March 11. The charges were filed with District Judge Gerald Feissner in Freeland.


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