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Man charged

with luring girl

A man who police said attempted to lure a 6-year-old girl into his pickup truck Saturday was charged and lodged in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $200,000 bail.

Elias Kocher, 42, of Center Avenue, Plymouth, was arraigned on a misdemeanor charge of luring a child into a motor vehicle after the alleged attempt on Carver Street, Larksville, shortly before 6 p.m.

According to arrest papers:

The girl said a man driving a red truck stopped outside her house, got out and told her get into the truck. He started walking after the girl as she ran into her house and locked the door. She was crying and told her 10-year-old sister that “some guy tried to pick me up outside.”

The older sister ran to her father, Michael Lanunziata, in the backyard. From the doorway, the younger girl pointed out to Lanunziata the truck and man who she said “tried to pick me up.”

Lanunziata told police he questioned Kocher, who said he was looking for a friend named “Little” who lived on the street. Lanuniziata said he never met Kocher before. He took down the license plate of the truck and asked his daughter if that was the man who told her to get into his truck. After she confirmed that Kocher was the man, Lanunziata called Luzerne County 911 and provided the license plate number, a description of the truck and the man driving it.

Police located the truck outside Kocher’s house and found a man matching the description provided Lanunziata inside the residence. Kocher had a strong odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath.

When told he was being detained as part of an investigation into an attempted child abduction, Kocher said he was home all day and he has a daughter who lives on State Street, Larksville. He next uttered, “Well, I did ask a little girl if she knew a guy named Little.”


Stabbing on Eno

Street is probed

Police are investigating a stabbing that occurred around 2:40 a.m. Sunday on Eno Street.

Police said a 25-year-old man was stabbed during an altercation with another man.

The injured man was transported to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township. He was unable to provide information about the suspect.

Anyone with information about the stabbing is asked to contact the Plymouth Borough Police Department at 570-779-2147 or Luzerne County 911.


Police department

is state accredited

The Dallas Township Police Department received accreditation by the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission on May 31. It was the third, three-year accreditation for the department since July 7, 2007.

A team of independent professionals conducted on-site reviews and assessments on May 30 and 31.

The team’s findings were confirmed by the accreditation commission on June 26.


Crime Watch group

meeting today

The Ashley Crime Watch will meet at 7 p.m. today at St. Leo’s/Holy Rosary Parish church, 33 Manhattan St. For more information, contact Nancy Hughes at 570 262-9949.


Paving work will

slow I-81 traffic

PennDOT advises motorists of single-lane restrictions because of ongoing paving work on Interstate 81 in both directions between Exit 178 (Avoca) and Exit 186 (Dunmore/Drinker Street).

The work will be done between 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday to Friday until late October.

This week’s schedule is:

Today— Davis Street north to the Cemetery bridge

Tuesday – south from the Cemetery Bridge to Davis Street

Wednesday – south continuing to Davis Street

Thursday — northbound work

Friday — a makeup day if needed

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