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WILKES-BARRE — City police arrested Miles A. Nolan, 49, of South Main Street, Wilkes-Barre, on charges he stabbed his girlfriend during a fight late Wednesday night.

Police allege Nolan stabbed Ruth Ann Public in the abdomen with a knife at Carey Avenue and Academy Street at about 11:10 p.m. A knife was recovered at the scene, according to the criminal complaint.

Nolan was arraigned Thursday on charges of aggravated assault, simple assault and reckless endangerment. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $25,000 bail.

Police did not say if Public required medical treatment.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Oct. 17 before District Judge Martin Kane in Wilkes-Barre.

EXETER TWP. — Township police Chief Nancy Smith recently reported to the supervisors that there has been a large number of reports of vehicles being entered and items inside being taken.

Residents are urged to lock their vehicles when parked at their residences overnight.

HAZLETON — City police reported the following:

• Paul Dutka, 23, of Effort, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia after police responded at 8:08 a.m. Wednesday to a report of a suspicious vehicle blocking the roadway for hours at Sherman Court and 6th Street. Police found Dutka allegedly passed out in the driver’s seat and in possession of a hypodermic needle and two packets of suspected heroin, police said.

• Two boys, one 16 and the other 17, were charged Wednesday in connection with an attempted burglary in the area of 22nd and Wyoming streets on Sept. 25. The juveniles allegedly kicked in the door of the residence. The duo were charged with criminal attempt to commit burglary, criminal conspiracy, criminal trespass and criminal mischief, police said.

• Claritza Castillo, 33, of Hazleton was driving a 1998 Honda Civic east on 9th Street at about 8:25 a.m. Wednesday when she allegedly failed to stop and yield the right of way to oncoming traffic at Seybert Street and collided with a 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser that Alyssa Chiogna, 32, of Hazleton, was driving south on Seybert Street, police said.

The Civic was towed from the scene. No injuries were reported.

• A man wanted on charges he shot another man was arrested by Philadelphia police on Monday.

Police said Fernando Torres-Torres allegedly shot another man in the neck on Sept. 14. He was charged with two counts each of aggravated assault and simple assault and a single count of reckless endangerment. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $1 million bail.

• A garage door in the 100 block of Cedar Street was discovered damage by a pellet on Tuesday.

• Police said a man was shot in the hand by a pellet gun on Broad Street on Wednesday. The man was treated at Hazleton General Hospital.

• Police are investigating an assault on West Broad Street in the area of Shakers Bar on Sept. 27. The victim claimed two men assaulted him while he was seated in a vehicle.

• Copper pipe was stolen during a burglary of a residence in the 500 block of Carson Street on Sept. 27.

• Police are searching for a white, older model van with heavy front end damage that drove away after colliding with another vehicle at Second and Locust streets on Sept. 26.

WILKES-BARRE — City police reported the following:

• A homeowner in the first block of Orchard Street reported Tuesday morning that he discovered a hole in the screen on his storm door and bullet damage to the door. A bullet was found on the porch in the area, police said.

• Greg L. Smith Jr., 35, of Scranton, was arrested and cited with public drunkenness after police encountered him passed out in a stairwell at 2 Airy St. at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, police said.

• Nevin Shemanski, 31, of Wilkes-Barre, was arrested on a warrant issued by Scranton police after city police encountered him in Mayflower Park after hours on Wednesday, police said.

• Oreste Ruotolo was cited with public drunkenness after police encountered him at about 5:25 p.m. Tuesday at Pennsylvania Avenue and Butler Street, police said.

• Geovanni Johnson, of Wilkes-Barre, was cited with disorderly conduct after police responded to a fight in the area of Horton and Carlisle streets at about 6:30 p.m. Monday, police said.

• Tyron Sartin, of Carlisle Street, Wilkes-Barre, was cited with public drunkenness after police encountered him at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday allegedly stumbling alongside the Turkey Hill Minit Market at 632 Carey Ave., where witnesses reported that a man matching his description was yelling obscenities at customers, police said.

HAZLE TWP. — State police at Hazleton reported a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt, owned by Richard Horton, of Freeland, from Airport Road Tuesday into Wednesday. The vehicle was disabled along the road.

WILKES-BARRE — City police are investigating robberies at two Turkey Hill stores within 12 hours of each other.

The first robbery was reported at the Turkey Hill at 754 S. Main St. just after 8 p.m. Wednesday. Police said a black man, about 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet, 2 inches tall, , wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, gray sweatpants and a white T-shirt concealing his face entered the store and demanded money.

The second robbery was at the Turkey Hill at Hazle Avenue and Nicholson Street just after 7:30 a.m. Thursday. Police said a black man, about 5 feet 9 inches tall, medium build, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and gray sweatpants, entered the store and demanded cash and cigarettes, police said. Police said the suspect did not brandish a weapon but a bulge was showing on his right hip.

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