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July 15. 2013 11:42PM
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HAZLETON — City police are investigating the suspicious death of a 29-year-old man.

Police and paramedics were dispatched to 441 E. 6th St. at about 12:51 p.m. Saturday for a report of an unresponsive male. There, they found the body of Rafael Lange.

Police said the death was unattended and there were circumstances that aroused police suspicion.

Police obtained a search warrant and conducted a search of the property before Lange’s body was removed.

An autopsy was performed on Lange’s body Monday at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, and the cause and manner of his death remain under investigation.

City police are asking that anyone with information about the facts and circumstances surrounding Lange’s death to contact city Detective David Rodick by calling 911. In particular, police want to speak with anyone who can shed light on details of Lange’s whereabouts and activities on Friday night through Saturday.

BUTLER TWP. — Two people were seriously injured in a head-on vehicle crash on North Hunter Highway (state Route 309) on Sunday.

Police said Stephen Furedi, 27, of Pittston, driving a 2001 Jeep, was traveling north on North Hunter Highway and struck head-on a 2008 Buick, driven by Tammy R. Hiller, 55, of Mountain Top, at about 1 p.m.

Furedi was taken to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township, where he was listed in critical condition on Monday.

Harris was transported to Hazleton General Hospital. A condition for Harris could not be obtained.

Police said North Hunter Highway was closed for about three hours.

HAZLETON — City police reported the following:

- Shelia Thompson, of West Maple Street, reported Monday the driver’s side window on her vehicle was smashed.

- Several boxes and bags were stolen during a burglary of a house in the 700 block of North James Street on Monday.

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