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WILKES-BARRE — Luzerne County Senior Judge Chester Muroski on Tuesday jailed one defendant and issued warrants for 14 others who were found in contempt for allegedly failing to pay child support.


Justin Jarski, North Main Street, Plains Township, was jailed for failing to pay $3,907.


Those for whom warrants were issued: Brandon Hughes, Sobieski Street, Hanover Township, $22,857; Conway Taltoan, East Main Street, Plymouth, $30,370; Charles Evans, Crisman Road, Sweet Valley, $566; Gloria Dzoh, Jay Street, Wilkes-Barre, $538; Jennifer Tomascik, East Bennett Street, Kingston, $941; Aaron Springer, Academy Street, Wilkes-Barre, $914; Jeffrey Spaulding, Main Street, Duryea, $1,320; Desiree Keller, State Route 29, Hunlock Creek, $3,133; Michael Lamas, Warner Street, Plains Township, $1,535; David Skrip, Valley View Lane, Laurel Run, $6,305; Kimberly Vanbuskirk, Wilson Road, Noxen, $2,808; April Slabinski, St. James Street, Plains Township, $1,372; Fred Marcini, Roche Court, Scranton, $6,759; Elmer McElwee, III, Howard Street, Larksville, $3,479.


WILKES-BARRE — A woman charged with taking items from two local stores was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months probation.


Carrie Skrepenak, 45, with last known addresses of Thomas Street, Exeter and Maple Avenue, Kingston, was sentenced on two counts of retail theft by Judge Fred Pierantoni.


Skrepenak must seek and maintain employment and undergo both drug-and-alcohol and mental-health evaluations.


According to court papers, in November 2011, police said Skrepenak entered the Kohl’s department store in Wilkes-Barre Township and tried to take $1,377 in merchandise.


In April 2012, police said Skrepenak tried to steal $101 in merchandise from a Price Chopper grocery store.


WILKES-BARRE — A Larksville man charge with operating an illegal gambling device was entered into the county’s Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program for a period of three months Wednesday.


Marion J. Noto, 53, of Brown Street, was entered into the program on three charges relating to gambling offenses at O’No’s Bar and Grill in Kingston.


If Noto successfully completes the program, three misdemeanor charges will be expunged from his record.


According to court papers, in March 2011, Liquor Control Board officers received a number of payouts from a video gambling machine inside the bar, which Noto is the owner of.


WILKES-BARRE — A Luzerne County judge on Wednesday granted a request by prosecutors in the case of Andrew Pope to reinstate all charges against him after he failed to follow through with a plea agreement.


Judge David Lupas, after a hearing Wednesday, reinstated all six drug-related charges originally brought against Pope, 34, of High Street, Plymouth, and scheduled a trial date for Sept. 9.


Assistant District Attorney Jill Matthews Lada was seeking to reinstate the original charges after Pope had agreed to plead guilty to a single charge. That agreement was never followed, according to court papers, and now prosecutors want him to face all the original charges in the case.


Police said a confidential informant made purchases from Pope that resulted in a search of his High Street home. Police allegedly found 40 packages of heroin, a small package of marijuana, $650, and a ball of cocaine inside a dryer, as well as several items related to the sale of drugs.


Pope allegedly told police he began selling drugs when he came to the area from New York and that he sells them because he has to care for a girlfriend and her children.


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