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ASHLEY — After a Cook Street man was reported for harassing his ex-girlfriend via Facebook and text messages, the man, Jared Padden, 25, was slapped with drug-possession charges Wednesday as well as charges for harassment and making terroristic threats.

Police entered Padden’s home with a search warrant after Padden sent threatening messages intended for his ex-girlfriend including one in which he was depicted holding a gun, police said.

Police said that while searching Padden’s home, they found drugs and paraphernalia.

Padden had been out on bail with restrictions for drug-related charges issued in June, police said. One of those restrictions was home-confinement.

Padden’s previous bail arrangement was revoked and he was jailed at Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $50,000 bail. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Nov. 26.

HAZLETON — City police reported the following:

• A laptop computer was stolen around 6:45 p.m. Wednesday from a home on the 500 block of Taylor Court, police said.

• Police are investigating another Wednesday burglary that happened between 4 and 9:30 p.m. on South Manhattan Court’s 100 block.

• Some stole Pennsylvania license plate GYN0125 from a 1997 Honda Accord while it was parked in the area of Wyoming and Oak streets sometime between 10 a.m. Monday and 6 p.m. Wednesday. Anyone with information should contact city police by dialing 911.

• Police arrested Ligia Merced-Martinez, 27, of McAdoo, after 5:30 p.m. Wednesday when a suspicious vehicle was reportedly sitting in the Brite Way Laundromat along Vine Street, police said.

Upon investigating, police said they found Merced-Martinez had approximately 82 grams of marijuana packaged for sale. She was arrested and taken to Luzerne County Correctional Facility.

WILKES-BARRE — City police have received information that there may be or may have been several attempts to cash fraudulent payroll checks from the New York area.

The checks are described as being light tan in color with blue writing. The amount portion and signature line of the check are reported to be left blank. The checks, which may number close to 100, are reported to have been distributed to various people in the Wilkes-Barre area.

Employees of financial institutions in Wilkes-Barre who believed they have cashed such a check or had someone attempt to cash such a check are asked to call the Wilkes-Barre Police Department at 570-826-8106.

SUGAR NOTCH — A Plains Township man has been arrested in connection with several vehicle break-ins on Oct. 8.

Kyle Z. Kozloski was charged with theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, theft from a motor vehicle, access device fraud and loitering and prowling at night. He was arraigned before District Judge Joseph Halesey, who set bail at $5,000.

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