PRINGLE — A woman whose theft-related cases were transferred to Luzerne County Treatment Court was arraigned Tuesday on charges she drove away after she struck a woman and a dog, according to charges filed.
Kingston police allege Kristina Marie Quare, 31, of Hoyt Street, Pringle, struck Sierra Gagliardi, 23, who was walking two dogs in the area of 447 Hoyt St. on July 29.
Quare failed to stop and drove away, police said. A witness obtained the first three digits of the license plate that was traced to Quare’s Chevrolet Impala, according to the criminal complaint.
Quare told police she was returning home from a methadone clinic and did not remember hitting a woman, the complaint states.
Quare, who is facing multiple counts of theft, receiving stolen property and possession of a controlled substance in unrelated incidents, was accepted into the county’s treatment court program in June, court records state.
Gagliardi suffered a minor injury to her knee. Her dog was limping the day of the hit-and-run crash, police said.
Quare was charged with accidents involving injury, accidents involving death while not licensed, failing to stop and render aid and driving with a suspended license. She was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $3,000 bail.
WILKES-BARRE — City police said a man wearing “dark dirty-looking jeans” robbed the Turkey Hill on East Main Street just before 1:30 a.m. Tuesday.
The suspect entered the store and told a clerk, who was attending another part of the store, to come to the register. The suspect ordered the clerk to open the cash register and fled with an undetermined amount of cash, police said.
Police said the suspect wore a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt with a small emblem on the left chest, dark dirty-looking jeans, brown work boots, yellow work-type gloves and a mask that covered his face and neck depicting an old man with black hair.
DALLAS TWP. — A man denied having child pornography on a computer and an external hard drive that authorities allege contained 15 files of children engaged in sex acts, according to charges filed.
Caleb Daniel Fox, 25, of Homestead Drive, was arraigned Monday night on 17 counts of child pornography and a single count of criminal use of communication facility. He remained jailed Tuesday at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $50,000 bail.
According to the criminal complaint filed by the state Office of Attorney General:
A special agent with the AG’s Child Predator Unit tracked child pornography being downloaded by a computer traced to Fox’s residence. A search warrant was served on Monday at which time authorities found a desktop and four laptop computers inside the Homestead Drive house.
Fox stated his laptop is password protected and used a file-sharing computer program. He stopped using the file-sharing program, he said, because child pornography used to be all over the program, the complaint states.
Authorities said in the complaint Fox denied he downloaded child pornography.
A forensic analysis of an external hard drive and a cellphone located 15 images of children engaged in sex acts, the complaint states.
WEST PITTSTON — A contractor was arraigned Tuesday on charges he accepted payment to perform home repairs he never started.
James Joseph Kendreth, 50, of Schooley Avenue, Exeter, was charged with receiving advance payment for services and failing to perform and deceptive business practices. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $10,000 bail.
Police allege Kendreth accepted $1,500 from a homeowner on Liberty Street on Jan. 30 for repairs due to water damage. Kendreth cashed the check later that day and failed to begin the repairs, according to the criminal complaint.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Aug. 14.
WILKES-BARRE — City police reported the following:
• A motorcycle was stolen from a residence on Moyallen Street on Saturday.
• A woman whose name was not released reported Sunday she met another woman to buy a cellphone she saw on craigslist.org. She met the suspect and gave her $75. The victim gave the suspect a ride to East Northampton Street where the suspect fled the car with the money and cellphone.
HAZLETON — City police reported the following:
• A windshield was smashed on a vehicle in the 500 block of Muir Avenue on Tuesday.
• A windshield was smashed on a vehicle in the 400 block of Thirwell Avenue on Tuesday.
• A rear door was forced open at a house in the 400 block of West Fifth Street on Monday. No entry was made and no items were stolen.