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WILKES-BARRE — A city man was ordered by a Luzerne County judge Thursday to pay nearly $50,000 in restitution for the theft of telecommunication equipment from a downtown business.

Judge Lesa Gelb sentenced Charles Edwards, 50, of Darling Street, to four years in the county’s Intermediate Punishment Program with the first two years on house arrest with electronic monitoring on a theft charge.

Edwards stole equipment from Core Communications at 15 Public Square on Aug. 4 and Aug. 11, according to the criminal complaint.

Edwards told police he needed money to survive and sold the equipment at scrap yards, the complaint states.

Gelb ordered Edwards to pay Core Communications $27,144 and Hartford Insurance $22,855.

WILKES-BARRE — A Luzerne County jury on Tuesday found Jennifer McCoy, 28, of Hutson Street not guilty on charges of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

City police said they investigated a domestic dispute involving McCoy and her father, Jeffrey McCoy, at their Hutson Street house on April 6, 2011. McCoy left the house, screamed at her father and pushed an officer, according to the criminal complaint.

The jury deliberated for 55 minutes before issuing the not-guilty verdict before Judge Joseph Sklarosky Jr.

Attorney John Donovan defended McCoy. Assistant District Attorney Maureen Collins prosecuted.

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