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EDWARDSVILLE — Fredi Cinto-Tirado, 40, of Main Street, Edwardsville, was arraigned Friday on two counts each of simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct after he allegedly assaulted his wife and daughter inside their residence at 12:15 a.m. Friday.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Aug. 21.

FREELAND — Joann Hopper, 40, of Berwick, was arraigned Friday on a retail theft charge after she allegedly stole shaving cream, razors, body spray and pads from Dollar General, Centre Street, on Thursday.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Aug. 28.

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — City police and the state Office of Attorney General’s Luzerne County Drug Task Force arrested Jarod C. Golson, 33, of Newark, N.J., on charges he sold four heroin packets outside a business on Thursday.

Golson was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and criminal use of communication facility. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $15,000 bail.

WILKES-BARRE — Police arrested a man on charges he threatened a former girlfriend and damaged a car.

Lawrence Francis Coyle, 33, of Grove Street, Wilkes-Barre, was charged with terroristic threats, loitering and prowling at night, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.

Police allege Coyle sent a former girlfriend a threatening message and banged on windows at her residence on Carlisle Street at about 12:35 a.m. Friday. Coyle damaged the car’s driver’s side door and scattered recyclables on a sidewalk, according to the criminal complaint.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Aug. 27.

DALLAS TWP. — Michele Bash, 40, of Hunlock Township, was arraigned Friday on a retail theft charge after township police allege she stole multiple pairs of socks and a hair tie from Dollar General on Memorial Highway on Thursday.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Aug. 29.

WILKES-BARRE — A contractor was arraigned Thursday on charges he failed to complete a construction project after being paid.

Todd J. Romanczuk, 40, of Duryea, was charged by city police with a single count of receiving advance payment for services and failure to perform. He was released on $20,000 unsecured bail.

City police allege Romanczuk, proprietor of We Do That Construction, and a homeowner on Bowman Street entered into a contract for a new porch in January. The homeowner wrote a check in the amount of $10,600 that Romanczuk signed and cashed, according to police.

Romanczuk sent an email to the homeowner stating, “We didn’t have a permit to build actual porch only demo it. Going to see if they will bend on this. If not we will have to refund you (sic) you’re money,” according to the criminal complaint.

The homeowner made several attempts to contact Romanczuk, who stated the refund was forthcoming, but it was never received, the complaint states. A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Aug. 22.

HAZLETON — City police reported the following:

• A man was reportedly robbed of his cellphone and cash and assaulted by four men in the area of Fourth and Alter streets at 9:20 p.m. Thursday. The victim was treated at Hazleton General Hospital, police said.

• A woman said she was robbed of her iPhone, possibly at gunpoint, around 6:15 p.m. Friday in the area of Carson and 10th streets. The woman said she was walking in the area when a white male, in his late teens or early 20s, wearing tan shorts approached her from behind. He placed his arm around her neck and possibly held a gun to her head and demanded her phone. He grabbed it out of her hand and fled.

• Donnie Marie Halechko of Slatington surrendered to police Wednesday to face forgery and related charges in connection with two separate events last year at the National Penn Bank on East Broad Street. She was arraigned by District Judge Joseph Zola in Hazleton and released on $50,000 unsecured bail. She has a preliminary hearing before Zola at 1 p.m. Aug. 26.

• John Brogan, 34, of West Fifth Street, Hazleton, was arraigned Friday on three counts of possession of a controlled substance, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and one count each of criminal mischief and disorderly conduct. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $1,000 bail.

Police arrested Brogan after investigating a report of suspicious people getting in and out of vehicles at North Wilbur Court and Seventh Street just after 7 p.m. Thursday. Police allege Brogan was in possession of a syringe filled with heroin, five empty heroin packets and he attempted to conceal a small bag of cocaine when he was taken to Hazleton General Hospital for a head injury, according to the criminal complaint.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Aug. 28.

• Police are investigating a hit-and-run incident in the 500 block of North Laurel Street. Tiffany Miller told police around 11:30 a.m. Saturday that a green vehicle, possibly a Chevrolet Monte Carlo, struck her vehicle while it was parked on the street.

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