WILKES-BARRE - Police on Thursday charged Barrion Smoot, 49, of North Pennsylvania Avenue, with gun-related charges, saying he was a convicted felon and illegally in possession of a handgun.
Smoot was arraigned at a local hospital on felony charges of carrying a firearm without a license, possession of a firearm with an altered serial number and a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. He was unable to post the $30,000 bail set in his case and will be committed to the county prison.
According to arrest papers:
City ambulance personnel were called to Blackman Street around 12:40 p.m. Wednesday for a report of a man, later identified as Smoot, down in the roadway. Witnesses directed a police officer who also responded to the scene to a handgun on the treelawn near the intersection of Blackman and High streets.
The witnesses said the man appeared to be having a seizure and made numerous grabs at the gun that was next to him on the roadway. One of the witnesses said he kicked the gun out of the man’s reach and a city paramedic placed it on the treelawn.
Smoot was combative with paramedics, and for his safety and that of the first responders the officer handcuffed him to the stretcher. A firefighter who responded to the call saw a magazine for the handgun in Smoot’s pants pocket and removed it. The magazine contained two .380-caliber rounds. Smoot also had a holster made from a coat hanger attached to the sweatpants he wore under his jeans.
HANOVER TWP. — A township man faces child pornography charges after detectives alleged that they traced back pornographic videos to his computer.
While conducting undercover investigations into the Internet sharing of child pornography, Luzerne County Detective Charles Balogh, a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and Duane Tabak, special agent with the state Attorney General’s Office, found computers on the ARES file-sharing network that contained files with child pornography.
The computers were traced back to Lewis Cudo Jr., 65, of Main Road, Hanover Township. Police served a search warrant at Cudo’s address on Wednesday and seized three computers and approximately 306 assorted CDs and DVDs.
Police say Cudo admitted to downloading child pornography because “he was curious” and “adult porn was boring.” He told investigators that after downloading child and adult porn, he would transfer the files onto the CDs and DVDs. When asked the age of the youngest child in any of the material he downloaded, Cudo said it was a 3-year-old.
Police say Cudo admitted that he was sexually aroused by child pornography and stated: “I was going to get rid of everything today, but you beat me to the punch.”
Cudo was charged with three counts of child pornography, two counts of disseminating photos or films of child sex acts and one count each of criminal use of a communication facility and selling obscene/sexual materials. He was arraigned before District Judge Joseph Halesey, who set his bail at $20,000. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Tuesday before Halesey.