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October 24. 2013 11:33PM
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HAZLETON — City police reported the following:


• Jeffrey Martin of Mountain Top reported his vehicle, a black 2005 Jeep Liberty, was stolen from the Golden Cue bar along Locust Street. The vehicle has four after-market off-road lights mounted to the roof.


• Christopher Yanoski, 31, of Hazleton, was cited with violating the city drug and drug paraphernalia ordinance after an incident in the 400 block of East Broad Street at about 7:20 p.m. Monday, police said.


DALLAS TWP. — Brewzers bar along Lower Demunds Road was cited by the state police Liquor Enforcement bureau within the last two months with not having a manager on staff who has completed the Responsible Alcohol Management Program training, state police said.


The charges are to be brought to an administrative law judge who has the authority to fine the bar owners $50 to $1,000 or suspend or revoke the bar’s liquor license.


HAZLETON — The Pennsylvania Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement cited 15th Street Beer Warehouse Corp., doing business as D’Amato’s Pizza, for allegedly violating the state Liquor Code.


According to a release from the Pennsylvania State Police, the charges stem from an Aug. 28 incident. The alleged code violations were listed as fortified, adulterated and/or contaminated liquor.


The release states penalties can range from $50 to $1,000 for minor offense and up to $5,000 for more serious offenses. An administrative law judge can also impose a license suspension or revocation based on the severity of the charge(s) brought. The judge can also mandate training for the licensee.


BLACK CREEK TWP. — John E. Peak, 56, of Sugarloaf Township, was charged with criminal mischief after he allegedly cut locks and chains off gates on Hilltop Drive owned by David H. Ratzel, 46, of Reinholds, and Sharon A. Rohrbach, 61, of Sugarloaf Township, on or about Oct. 13, state police at Hazleton said.


HAZLE TWP. — Stephen J. Becker, 35, of Lansford, was cited with careless driving after a crash on Interstate 81 on Friday afternoon, state police at Hazleton said.


Police said Becker was driving a 2004 Ford Explorer south in the right lane at about 4:20 p.m. when he tried to pass a 2010 Ford Edge that Lisa A. Swanson, 48, of Auburn, was driving south in the left lane and one of the Explorer’s tires blew out, causing the Explorer to travel into the path of the Edge.


The Edge struck the passenger side door of the Explorer and the Explorer spun around and traveled off the road, striking a construction sign. The Edge also left the roadway, coming to rest on the shoulder. Becker suffered moderate injury and Swanson suffered minor injury; both were transported to Hazleton General Hospital by Valley Regional EMS, police said.


The Explorer’s tires were bald with minimal tread, police said.


HANOVER TWP. —Township police reported the following:


• Luci Warrick, of Lee Park Avenue, Hanover Township, reported that her white 2002 Jeep Cherokee was stolen Sunday night. The Jeep has Pennsylvania registration JKB4850, and has oversized tires with black rims.


• Natalie Nichi, of Sullivan Place, Claymont Avenue, reported someone entered her apartment sometime in September or October, rummaged through it and stole a 15-inch Coby television. No forced entry was reported.


• Melissa Schinse, 27, of Wilkes-Barre, was arraigned on Tuesday before District Judge Joseph Halesey on charges of forgery, theft by deception and receiving stolen property stemming from an incident in August in which Schinse allegedly forged and cashed a personal check at the UFCW Credit Union on the Sans Souci Parkway. She was released on her own recognizance and is awaiting a preliminary hearing scheduled 9:30 a.m. Nov. 19.


• April Arnone, 34, of Hanover Township, was arraigned Tuesday before District Judge Joseph Halesey on a felony charge of retail theft stemming from a late September incident in which she allegedly stole several drinks from the EZ Express on the Sans Souci Parkway. She was released on her own recognizance and is awaiting a preliminary hearing scheduled 9:30 a.m. Nov. 19.


• David Lamoreaux, 21, of Kingston, faces misdemeanor charges of possession of a controlled substance, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property, with police alleging he took two hydrocodone tablets while employed at CVS Caremark on Great Valley Boulevard in early October, police said.


KINGSTON — Municipal police reported the following:


• David Nagel, 52, of Dallas, was taken into custody on Friday on an arrest warrant on charges of default in required appearance, possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia based on a traffic stop on Aug. 18. Nagel was arraigned by District Justice Paul Roberts and lodged in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility pending a preliminary hearing.


• Russell Meyer, 22, of Mountain Top, was was charged with providing false identification to law enforcement, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct after police said they observed him looking into vehicles in the area of West Market Street at about 4:08 a.m. Friday and, upon being approached by an officer, allegedly provided a false name, became aggressive and ran before he was captured and positively identified.


• Christian Cooper, 18, was charged with theft from a motor vehicle, robbery, loitering and prowling at nighttime, providing false ID to law enforcement and harassment after police responded at 2:56 a.m. Oct. 14 to investigate a report of a person stealing items from cars, assaulting a female and taking her wallet.


A search of the area resulted in Cooper’s capture and arrest, police said. Cooper was also wanted by Luzerne County Juvenile Probation and was lodged in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility to await a preliminary hearing, police said.


• Barry Gatley, 44, was arrested on Oct. 14 as a result of an investigation into drug sales on Wright Avenue by the Kingston Police SID Unit along with the state Attorney General’s Office and Luzerne County Drug Task Force, police said.


Gatley was charged with the sale of heroin and possession of heroin, arraigned by District Judge Paul Roberts and lodged in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility pending his preliminary hearing, police said.


• Donald Jason Kinney, 37, of Wilkes-Barre, was charged on Oct. 16 with receiving stolen property in connection with an incident on Aug. 12. Charges of drug possession, flight to avoid apprehension and resisting arrest also were filed in connection with an incident on Oct., 8, police said.


Kinney was arraigned before District Judge Paul Roberts and lodged at the county prison. He also was wanted by the Luzerne County Sheriff and Pennsylvania State Police, municipal police said.


ASHLEY — Corey Arnott was detained by Ashley police just after midnight Thursday without incident. Authorities had been searching for Arnott on an active arrest warrant issued by the U.S. Marshals Office.


The warrant was issued Sept. 27 for non-compliance with supervised release and pretrial services stipulations in a plea agreement. Arnott was arrested by federal authorities on June 5 during a multi-agency drug raid in Ashley.


During that raid, an associate of Arnott, Jarrod Padden, was also arrested by Ashley police on drug-related charges. Padden remains on bail with home confinement restrictions as he awaits trial, police said.


PLAINS TWP. — Police observed a vehicle parked at Donna’s Convenience Store on South River Street with a flat tire and the driver’s side door wide open at about 2:15 a.m. Thursday.


Officers observed Stacey L. Bradshaw of Wilkes-Barre inside the vehicle with another female. Police said Bradshaw became irate and uncooperative with police, started yelling, cursing and screaming and charged at officers. Bradshaw, who was on probation, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and public drunkenness, police said.


WILKES-BARRE — City police reported the following:


• Cheryl Carbohn, of Sidney Street, Swoyersville, and Margaret Lambacher, of High Street, Plymouth, were charged with defiant trespass after they allegedly entered Valley View Terrace, 215 High St., at 3:38 p.m. Wednesday, having been previously been given verbal notice of trespass, police said.


• John Derr, of East Thomas Street, Wilkes-Barre, was to be charged with public drunkenness and criminal trespass after residents at 38 Monroe St. complained that a strange man was in their residence at about 11:49 a.m. Wednesday, police said.


Derr eventually left the residence and tried entering another residence before police arrived. Police caught up with Derr as he was walking behind 42-44 Walnut St., police said.


• Michael Grier, of Pringle Street, Kingston, was to be charged with harassment after employees at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital complained that he called the hospital three times on Wednesday looking to get pain medication and made harassing comments and threats when he was told to follow up with his family doctor, police said.




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