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September 12. 2013 11:21PM
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WRIGHT TWP. — A Mountain Top man was arraigned Wednesday on charges he burglarized a restaurant where he worked for one day.


Joshua Kloeker, 21, of Oak Drive, was charged by township police with burglary, criminal trespass, receiving stolen property, theft and criminal mischief. He was released without bail.


According to the criminal complaint:


The owner of La Napoli Restaurant at South Mountain Boulevard and Church Road reported someone entered a window and stole more than $2,000, a cash box and a gift certificate envelope containing cash on Aug. 11 through Aug. 12.


A surveillance camera recorded the face of the suspect who police identified as Kloeker, the complaint says.


The restaurant owner told police Kloeker worked at the restaurant for one day on Aug. 3 and quit at the end of his shift.


Kloeker and the restaurant owner said hello to each other at the St. Jude’s Bazaar several hours before the burglary, police said.


Kloeker denied he burglarized the restaurant and told police he was drinking heavily and could not remember the night of Aug. 11 into Aug. 12, the complaint says.


A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Sept. 18.


HARRISBURG — A Wyoming County man was sentenced on pornography charges Thursday in federal court.


Joseph Keller, 28, formerly of Tunkhannock, was sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge Richard P. Conaboy to serve 60 months in prison on the charges of receipt and distribution of child pornography and possession of a destructive device, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced.


According to U.S. Attorney Peter J. Smith, Keller admitted to using a computer to download and distribute images of child pornography in 2011 and to possessing an unregistered homemade destructive device.


In addition to the prison term, Conaboy also ordered that Keller be supervised by a probation officer for 20 years after his prison sentence.


The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Wyoming County District Attorney’s Office and the Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert J. O’Hara.


HAZLETON — Derek Matthew Lotsko Jr., 20, was found to be in possession of a packet of suspected heroin when police encountered him while responding to a report of several males causing a disturbance in the area of Laurel and 7th streets at about 6:20 p.m. Thursday, city police said.


Kotsko was cited with violating the city’s drug ordinance and released, police said.




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