WILKES-BARRE — A man offered to sell students drugs as they walked to school Monday and threatened to return and kidnap them after they refused, the school district reported.
Wilkes-Barre Area School District published an alert on its website home page advising that several Heights Elementary students were walking to school near South Grant Street and Rose Lane at about 8:10 a.m. when a man approached them and asked if they wanted to buy illegal drugs.
The students said no and kept walking, and the man then said he would come back and kidnap them, the district reported.
The students continued to walk to school and reported this information to the assistant principal.
The school resource officer checked the area and found no one matching the description of the suspect.
The man is described as a white male, about 6 feet tall, with a thin build, in his mid to late 20s, wearing a black, red and gray jacket, black and red hat, black shorts and red sneakers.
Anyone with information regarding this person is asked to call 911 or Wilkes-Barre police at 570-826-8106.
WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Township police reported the following:
• Store security at Bon Ton, Wyoming Valley Mall, reported an unknown woman stole four pair of Ralph Lauren pants and two Ralph Lauren shirts on Saturday.
• A store manager at the Wine and Spirits store, Wilkes-Barre Township Marketplace, reported an unknown woman took three bottles of Gray Goose vodka valued at $98.97 on Friday.
• Joseph Yonchick reported Saturday an unknown person stole the tailgate off his 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 while it was parked near Lowe’s, Arena Hub Plaza.
• Police cited Rachel Jean Dickson, 43, of Ashley, with retail theft after she allegedly took $104 worth of jewelry from Kohl’s, Wilkes-Barre Township Boulevard, on Friday.
• Randy Rodzinak reported Monday an unknown person stole a Kahr Arms CW40 .40 caliber black and silver pistol from his vehicle while it was parked on Chestnut Street.
• Marie Sovan reported Sunday an unknown person stole $132 worth of flowers, four flower pots and a basket from the Flower Tent on Blackman Street.
WILKES-BARRE — City police reported the following:
• A resident of Scott Street reported Sunday he discovered his residence had been burglarized and numerous coins with a value of about $300 stolen.
• Police arrested Jack-Lyn Blake, 46, of Madison Street, on Sunday on charges she threatened to kill her boyfriend in his sleep.
Blake was arraigned on charges of simple assault, terroristic threats, harassment, possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was released on $5,000 unsecured bail on Monday.
Police allege Blake threatened to kill Benjamin Smith and had two marijuana roaches in an ash tray, according to the criminal complaint.
Smith allegedly told police Blake was out of control, throwing food throughout their shared residence. Blake had food in her hair that appeared to be macaroni and cheese, the complaint says.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled on May 22 before District Judge Martin Kane in Wilkes-Barre.
• Police arrested Keith Gilroy, 55, of Orchard Street, Wilkes-Barre, on charges he assaulted his girlfriend on Sunday.
Gilroy was charged with simple assault and harassment. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $5,000 bail.
ASHLEY — Police arrested Kenneth Kaufer, 46, of Preston Street, Ashley, after investigating a public disturbance on Barnes Street on Sunday.
Police said Kaufer was screaming, “Just shoot me,” and yelling threats he was going to kill someone, according to the criminal complaint.
Kaufer’s wife told police Kaufer was upset because a woman whom he had an affair with told him she has a son, and her husband took custody of the child, the complaint says.
Police said in the complaint Kaufer refused commands to stop yelling and was struck by an officer with a baton.
Kaufer was charged with resisting arrest, terroristic threats, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $5,000 bail.
HAZLETON — City police reported the following:
• Pennsylvania license plate HCR-8961 was stolen from the 600 block of Carleton Avenue on Sunday.
• Alfredo Ramirez-Ramirez, of South Pine Street, reported Sunday a maroon colored vehicle struck his parked 2002 Nissan Altima while it was parked in the area of 49 S. Pine St. Police said the hit-and-run vehicle should have heavy front-end damage.
• Police arrested Tara Skitzki, 24, of Hazle Township, Sunday on outstanding arrest warrants by Luzerne County Adult Probation and Sheriff’s Department. Skitzki was jailed at the county correctional facility.
• Police said a window was smashed with a beer can in the 100 block of North Wyoming Street on Sunday.
• Police said three juveniles from Hazleton were cited with criminal mischief after they allegedly spray painted a vehicle and property in the area of Sherman Court and Sixth Street on Saturday.
• A 26-year-old woman walking in the area of Alter and 10th streets told police two men took her cellphone and purse at gunpoint at about 11:15 p.m. Sunday. The woman was not injured.