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HANOVER TWP. — Township police reported the following:


• Two people were struck by pellets fired from a BB gun in the area of Lee Park Avenue and Division Street just after midnight.


Stephen Pivinski, 38, and Ruth Harrison, 32, told police they were in the area when two men emerged from behind a store and shot them with BB guns. Pivinski turned over to police two pellets that were embedded in his skin, police said.


Police identified the suspects as a white or Hispanic man and the other as a black man, late teens, short hair and about 5 feet 8 inches tall.


Pivinski and Harrison declined medical treatment.


• Two vehicles were entered on the sales lot of Sans Souci Motors, Sans Souci Parkway, Wednesday night into Thursday. A 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer had the factory head stolen and a 2004 Chevrolet Suburban had damage to a window and an Alpine Navigational unit stolen.


• Police captured Anthony Thomas Corsey, 26, of Nanticoke, on Wednesday on arrest warrants from Luzerne County Court. Corsey was spotted hitchhiking near the township municipal building on the Sans Souci Parkway at about 4:30 a.m.


A records check showed Corsey was wanted for failure to appear in court and on a probation violation, police said.


WILKES-BARRE — City police reported the following:


• Chris Benson reported Wednesday someone entered his locked vehicle and stole items on Gilligan Street.


• James Mack Jr., 25, of Lehigh Street, and Kwinton Johnson, 25, of Lehigh Street, were charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness after they fought on Hanover Street at 6:15 a.m. Sunday. Johnson also was charged with obstruction of justice when he allegedly tried to block an officer arresting Mack, police said.


The charges were filed with District Judge Rick Cronauer in Wilkes-Barre.


• A woman residing in the first block of Dagobert Street reported Monday she returned home and found her rear door was forced open and a video game system, two controllers and 25 video games were stolen.


• A woman reported on July 26 that her purse containing cash and prescription medication was stolen from a vehicle parked outside her employer in the area of Pearl and Scott streets.


• Police said they investigated gunfire in the area of 304 N. Empire Court at 1:45 a.m. Tuesday. A projectile that struck an interior wall was recovered.


• Police said three juvenile girls were cited with retail theft after they allegedly failed to pay for merchandise at Boscov’s Department Store, South Main Street, on Wednesday.


• William Stanley, of Wilkes-Barre, was walking across South Main Street when he was struck by a 2009 Subaru driven by Donnal Schweizer of Nanticoke at about 7:48 a.m. Wednesday. Schweizer was turning onto South Main Street from Academy Street, police said.


Stanley was transported to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township. Schweizer was not injured. Her vehicle was towed from the scene.


• Lauren M. Rushton, 27, of Ashley, was arraigned Thursday on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. She was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $5,000 bail.


Police allege Rushton was found unresponsive in a vehicle on Dana Street on June 28. An empty heroin packet was found next to her on the driver’s seat, police said. Rushton was treated by city paramedics. She claimed her boyfriend whom she refused to identify was driving the vehicle.


A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Aug. 27.


HAZLETON — City police reported the following:


• A DVD player was reported stolen from a vehicle parked on Newport Drive between 1 a.m. and 8 a.m. on Monday.


• Jennifer Ynfante of Arthur Street reported Monday a digital camera was stolen from her residence during June.


• Police arrested Andrew Danko, 25, of Kelayes, on charges he stole a stereo from a Chevrolet Cavalier in the area of Lincoln Street and Diamond Avenue on Tuesday. Danko was allegedly found with syringes and empty heroin packets.


Danko was charged with two counts each of theft and possession of drug paraphernalia, and one count each of receiving stolen property and receiving stolen property. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $7,500 bail.


• A window was smashed at a house in the 200 block of West Tamarack Street on Wednesday.


• Police arrested Heather Hoffmaster, 21, of Hazleton, on charges she burglarized a residence and assaulted a person in the 500 block of Church Street on Wednesday.


Hoffmaster was charged with burglary, criminal trespass, theft, terroristic threats, simple assault and harassment. She was released on $35,000 unsecured bail.


• A .380-caliber shell casing was found in the area of Laurel and Oak streets at 11:52 a.m. Wednesday.


• Police said a 1999 Volvo was damaged when it was parked in the 500 block of West Diamond Avenue on Tuesday.


• Police said they apprehended Andrew Glowatch, 28, address unknown, who was wanted in Florida. Glowatch was captured when he allegedly tried to steal car batteries at a scrap yard on Wednesday.


Glowatch was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility on the arrest warrant from Florida.


• Two women were injured in a two-vehicle crash at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Peace and 2nd streets.


Police said Manuela Martinez, 20, a passenger in the vehicle driven by Perry Aaron Phillips, 21, and Altagracia Baez, 36, the driver of the other vehicle, were transported to Hazleton General Hospital by APTS for complaints of pain; Phillips was not injured.


Police said no charges will be filed as a result of the accident. Both vehicles were towed by Ecker’s Towing. Police were assisted the Hazleton Fire Department.


• Robert J. Gallagher, 49, of Hazleton, was taken into custody, cited with public drunkenness and disorderly conduct and released after police responded to the CVS store at Grand Central Plaza, 70 S. Locust St., at 4:23 p.m. Wednesday for a report of a man bothering customers, police said.


• Joseph Holloman reported Thursday a Pennsylvania license plate YHE-7481 was stolen from his vehicle on South Pine Street. The theft occurred from July 4 to July 26.


• Luis Henriquez-Peralta reported Thursday a Pennsylvania license plate JFY-5580 was stolen from his vehicle in the 400 block of East Sixth Street Wednesday night into Thursday.


• A maroon, 12-speed Shogun bicycle was reported stolen Wednesday from a residence in the 800 block of West Fifth Street.


JACKSON TWP. — Frank McCloskey, a worker at The Lands at Hillside Farms, reported the theft of about 150 feet of copper wire from an unoccupied farm house used to store farm materials. The theft occurred within the last two months, township police said.


HAZLE TWP. — Natassa Florigan, of Hazleton, reported Wednesday she left her Apple iPhone 4 on the snack bar counter at Regal Cinema. When she returned five minutes later, the phone was missing.


NANTICOKE — City police reported the following:


• Shannon Wisneski of East State Street reported an unknown person forced open a basement door and ransacked her residence. A toaster oven was reported missing.


• Dean Margalski of West Noble Street reported his son’s Tony Hawk X-Caliber bicycle was stolen from his fenced-in yard. The bicycle is black with bright blue rims.


PLAINS TWP. — Township police arrested Barbara Sue Mains, 30, of Glassport, on drug paraphernalia charges when investigating a woman screaming and banging on doors at the Red Roof Inn, state Route 315, at 12:05 a.m. Thursday.


Police allege Mains had 23 syringes, two spoons and numerous empty bags inside her purse that also contained several prescription pill bottles, according to the criminal complaint.


Mains was arraigned on 23 counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of misbranding a controlled substance. She was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $7,500 bail.


WILKES-BARRE — Mark D. Forman, 60, of Clarks Summit, was arraigned Thursday on charges of theft and defiant trespass.


City police allege Forman entered Wilkes-Barre General Hospital through a bay door and stole a Denver Broncos hooded sweatshirt on July 7, according to the criminal complaint.


Forman was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $5,000 bail.


EDWARDSVILLE — Sean M. Hanna, 20, of Main Street, Swoyersville, was arraigned Wednesday on charges of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $10,000 bail.


Police said they investigated a man brandishing a handgun at other people at High Street Park on Wednesday night. When an officer arrived, Hanna ran away climbing over a barbed wire fence and through woods.


An officer chasing after Hanna suffered an arm injury when he climbed over a fence.


Hanna was captured by officers waiting for him on the other side of woods near the Keystone Ambulance Building.


Police said they recovered a pellet gun that had a strong resemblance of a real firearm in the woods.


Hanna told police he ran because he was afraid and did not want to have any contact with police while being on probation, according to the criminal complaint.


HAZLETON — Police arrested Bradesky Junior Santos, 19, of Carson Street, Hazleton, on charges he assaulted an officer during a foot chase.


Santos was arraigned Thursday on charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, flight to avoid apprehension, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, harassment and loitering and prowling at night. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $10,000 bail.


According to the criminal complaint:


Police investigated two men taking pictures of an elderly woman’s car on East Mine Street Wednesday night. Santos and another man told police they were sitting on the steps of a house using an unsecured wi-fi network in the area.


A records check showed Santos was wanted for failure to appear in court. Santos ran away and fell down a dirt embankment in the area of East Green and North Poplar streets, the complaint says.


Police allege in the complaint Santos punched and kicked an officer when he was arrested.


A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Aug. 14.


TUNKHANNOCK TWP. — State police at Tunkhannock said a 2006 Dodge Ram pickup, driven by David W. Judge Jr., 26, and a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado, driven by James Walker, 63, of Wilkes-Barre, sideswiped each other on Route 6.


Judge was traveling east on Route 6 and entered the passing lane to pass another vehicle. His pickup sideswiped Walker’s vehicle, which was traveling west on Route 6, state police said.


Judge was transported to Tyler Memorial Hospital for facial injuries caused by a smashed side view mirror. A passenger in Judge’s truck, Laurenda Miller, 33, of Tunkhannock, Walker and two passengers in his truck, Matthew Hoffman, 33, of Wapwallopen, and John Murray, 18, of Dallas, were not injured.


WILKES-BARRE — An inmate at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility was arraigned Tuesday on an escape charge.


Alexander Joseph Dzoh, 34, was released on July 4 on the work release program. He failed to report to his employer and failed to return to the correctional facility where he is serving a sentence on a stolen car conviction, according to court records.


Dzoh was charged with escape. He was remanded to the county correctional facility for lack of $20,000 bail.

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