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By Andrew M. Seder aseder@civitasmedia.com

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WILKES-BARRE — Autopsies conducted this morning at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital have led to the Luzerne County coroner ruling both deaths homicides.

In the death of 78-year-old Dorothy Koreny, of Solomon Street, Hanover Township, the coroner ruled the cause of death was “traumatic head injuries” and deemed the case a homicide.

Koreny died early Tuesday afternoon at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township.

Koreny’s niece Isis Ann Brown, 34, was arrested March 28 after authorities said she assaulted Koreny by throwing objects at her head outside their Solomon Street home.

A neighbor’s surveillance camera recorded Brown “going in and out of the front door numerous times” beginning at about 5:30 a.m. on March 28. The camera captured Brown bringing numerous objects out onto the front porch and throwing the objects at Koreny on the sidewalk, according to the criminal complaint.

Authorities recovered smashed figurines in a driveway across the street and a ceramic figurine outside Koreny’s home.

Brown remains jailed at the county correctional facility for lack of $50,000 bail on the assault charges.

Wilkes-Barre death

The autopsy of Charles Edmonds, 27, led the coroner to determine the cause of death was a stab wound to the chest. His death was also ruled a homicide.

Wilkes-barre Police said they found Edmonds unresponsive and bleeding from a single stab wound to his chest at the bottom of stairs inside 330-332 S. Hancock St. just after 10 p.m. Monday. His neighbor, Al-Tariq Peterkin, 31, was taken into custody without incident and charged with the killing. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility without bail.

Both autopsies were conducted by pathologist Dr. Mary Pascucci.

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