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WILKES-BARRE — The Wilkes-Barre Police Anti-Crime Unit on Tuesday arrested five people, two of whom were arrested four months earlier at the same residence that the city had declared unfit for human habitation.

The unit initiated an investigation at 171 Charles St. in July after police received numerous complaints of drug trafficking activity there and a search warrant was served there on July 12. Arrested were resident Vanessa Gamble, 36; Ryan Novick, 26, of Schuyler Avenue, Kingston; and three others.

Police seized a quantity of heroin, a loaded, sawed-off shotgun and a quantity of proceeds from drug trafficking. Gamble was charged with intent to deliver heroin and Novick was charged with possession of heroin.

Wilkes-Barre Code Enforcement responded to the scene and posted both 169 and 171 Charles St. as unfit based on several code violations that police said were in plain view.

Upon observing several incidents of alleged drug trafficking activity on Tuesday, officers approached the residence just after noon and found the property occupied by the previous tenant, Vanessa Gamble. Upon further investigation officers recovered a quantity of heroin and drug paraphernalia.

Police said Gamble, 36, and the other occupants all were charged with criminal trespass. They include Novick, 26; Lewis Epps, 26, of Baltimore, Md.; Natasha Goodwin, 22, of Hanover; and Clarence Anderson, 30, of Wilkes-Barre.

Gamble was charged with an additional count of possession of heroin. All were transported to the police headquarters, where they were processed and arraigned pending further court action in the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas, police said.

WILKES-BARRE — City police reported the following:

• Nicole Belcher, of Espy Street, Nanticoke, was to be charged with harassment after police responded to a reported domestic dispute at 119 Hill St. at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday and Belcher’s estranged boyfriend, Bruce Heppding, reported that Belcher scratched his neck during an argument, police said.

HANOVER TWP. — Township police reported the following:

• Police said two men brandishing a knife entered Shelley’s American Pie Pizza, Carey Avenue, at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and demanded money from the cash register. A wallet from a patron was also stolen, police said.

The first suspect is a white male, thin build, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, and wore a black ski mask, black hooded sweatshirt and black pants.

The other suspect who brandished a silver knife with a red handle is described by police as a black male, thin build, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, and wore a dark grey scarf over his face and a black hooded sweatshirt.

The two suspects are believed to be in their 20s and fled behind the business toward railroad tracks.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call Hanover Township police at 570-825-1254.

• Police said residents in the 1000 and 1100 block of Marion Terrace Apartments reported gunfire and a blue unknown type vehicle driving away at 7:17 p.m. Tuesday.

• Police charged Eric Baranowski, 19, of Norwood Avenue, Hanover Township, with criminal mischief after he allegedly removed a surveillance camera from the guard shack at SLS Logistics, Hanover Industrial Park, and damaged the SD card. Baranowski was employed as a contracted security officer and replaced the camera.

• Amanda Wasielewski, of Edwardsville, reported a cell phone, prescription medication and banking information were stolen from her vehicle when it was parked on Lynwood Avenue on Monday or Tuesday.

• Daniel Kratz, of Shawnee Street, reported items were stolen from his vehicle when it was parked on First Street.

• Police said graffiti was discovered Wednesday on the rear wall of Interstate Blood Plasma on Carey Avenue.

• An unknown man concealed items inside Dollar General, Sans Souci Parkway, and dropped the items when confronted by store clerks on Wednesday.

• An unknown man stole two bottles of body wash from Family Dollar, Carey Avenue, on Wednesday.

WILKES-BARRE — State police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement said they recently cited James J. Januzzi, doing business as Januzzi’s Pizza, 20 E. Northampton St., with selling alcoholic beverages without a license after the temporary authority granted by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board had expired on Aug. 31.

FORKSTON TWP. — Four male juveniles between 13 to 17 years old were charged with burglary, criminal conspiracy and criminal mischief after they allegedly burglarized a residence near the Forkston Playground in September or October. The residence is owned by Frances Kresge of Brooksville, Fla.

WAYMART — State police at Honesdale arrested a Wilkes-Barre man on drug offenses last week.

Marcuis Tyrone Bennett, 30, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and false identification to law enforcement. He was jailed at the Wayne County Jail for lack of $10,000 bail.

State police said Bennett was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped for a registration violation on Nov. 5. Bennett allegedly provided a false name and date of birth and was in possession of 13 heroin packets and a marijuana cigarette, state police said.

HAZLETON — City police arrested Shawn Jason Saullo, 40, of East Broad Street, Hazleton, on charges he assaulted his girlfriend during a drunken rampage Tuesday morning.

Saullo was charged with terroristic threats, simple assault and harassment. He was released on $5,000 unsecured bail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Nov. 20.

HAZLE TWP. — A Berwick man was arraigned Tuesday on charges he stole a sweatshirt from Boscov’s Department Store in the Laurel Mall and possessing two syringes, according to court records.

Jeremy Michael Klinger, 25, allegedly stole a Bloomsburg University sweatshirt on Monday telling state police at Hazleton he needed to walk home and was cold.

State police said Klinger was found hiding two syringes in his buttocks.

Klinger was charged with retail theft, possession of drug paraphernalia and public drunkenness. He was released on $10,000 unsecured bail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Nov. 20.

KINGSTON — Michelle Lori Prisbrey, 38, of White Haven, was arraigned Tuesday on a defiant trespass charge when she was allegedly found at the Kingston House, 947 W. Market St., on Monday.

Police said Prisbrey is banned from the property and has been previously cited eight times for trespassing at the location.

She was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $15,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Nov. 20.

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