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KINGSTON — A man from Kingston was arraigned Sunday on charges he terrorized neighbors with a handgun during a domestic disturbance on John Street.


Charles G. Weitz, 18, of John Street, was charged with three counts of reckless endangerment and terroristic threats, and one count each of simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct. He was arraigned by District Judge James Tupper in Kingston Township and jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $7,000 bail.


Weitz is also being held on a juvenile probation violation.


Police allege Weitz assaulted a female juvenile and aimed a handgun at neighbors who had came out of their homes due to the domestic disturbance at about 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Weitz allegedly threatened to shoot the neighbors, according to the criminal complaint.


Police said in the complaint they found two pellet guns hidden in a clothes dryer inside Weitz’s residence.


A preliminary hearing is scheduled on May 28 before District Judge Paul Roberts in Kingston.


EDWARDSVILLE — A woman from Plymouth was arraigned Sunday on child endangerment and retail theft charges after she fled Price Chopper and crashed into a vehicle occupied by a child.


Latifah Charlene Wiggins, 23, of Cameron Street, was charged with five counts of reckless endangerment, three counts of endangering the welfare of children, and one count each of accidents involving damage to occupied vehicle and retail theft. She was arraigned by District Judge James Tupper in Kingston Township and released on $5,000 unsecured bail.


Police allege Wiggins had stolen $175 worth of items from Price Chopper, West Side Mall, at about 3:15 p.m. Sunday. Wiggins got into a vehicle and struck another that was occupied by a man and a 10-year-old girl, according to the criminal complaint. Wiggins backed into the man’s vehicle a second time pushing it out of the way and drove away, the complaint says.


Police said in the complaint Wiggins nearly struck a Plymouth police cruiser on Cameron Street, Plymouth.


Two children in Wiggins’ vehicle were not injured, police said.


A preliminary hearing is scheduled on May 28 before District Judge Paul Roberts in Kingston.


HANOVER TWP. — State police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement reported the following:


• Rush Inn, 220 Zerby Ave., Kingston, was recently cited with operating gambling devices or permitted gambling or lotteries; failed to display that the premises meets all sanitary requirements for a public eating place; possessing fortified or contaminated liquor; refilled liquor bottles; stored liquor on premises not covered by the license; failed to keep records on the licensed premises; and having an inside passage or communication to a residence of persons other than the licensee, corporate officer or manager.


• Hun’s West Side Cafe, 570 Union St., Luzerne, was cited with operating gambling devices or permitted gambling or lotteries.


HANOVER TWP. — Township police reported the following:


• Police are investigating criminal mischief and attempted theft at Colarusso’s Pizza on West End Road. Screws were removed on a lower hinge of a refrigerator and freezer in the rear of the business Thursday night into Friday morning.


• Karen Ann Cunard, of Upper Askam, reported Saturday an unknown person scratched her 2006 Volkswagen when it was parked in her driveway.


• Madelyn Houstas, of Lee Park Apartments, reported Thursday an envelope containing $120 was taken from her apartment.


• Liza O’Donnell, of Hanover Village Apartments, reported an attempted burglary at her apartment on Sunday when she found damage to the front door frame.


WINDHAM TWP. — A man from Towanda was flown to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center on Saturday for injuries suffered in a crash on state Route 3001, state police at Tunkhannock said.


State police said Leslie A. Parker, 58, of Towanda, driving a 2004 Chevorlet Silverado, was traveling north on Route 3001 and lost control on a curve at about 10:40 p.m. Parker’s vehicle struck a tree and rolled onto its roof.


Parker and passengers, Rebecca A. parker, 53, Autumn Lewis, 34, a 10-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl, all from Towanda, were not injured.


Rusty W. Campbell, 52, was flown to Geisinger Wyoming Valley for serious injures. A 16-year old boy from Ulster suffered minor injuries, state police said.


BUTLER TWP. — Township police reported the following:


• No injuries were reported in a two-vehicle crash at North Hunter Highway and South Main Street on May 14. Police said John P. Corinchock, 61, of Delano, turned onto North Hunter Highway in front of another vehicle driven by Jennifer L. Ryan, 36, of Freeland.


• Police said a 55-year-old man from Drums was treated at Lehigh Valley Hospital - Hazleton for injuries suffered in a fight at Evans Roadhouse, North Hunter Highway, on Friday. Police are continuing the investigation.


• Police are investigating the theft and criminal mischief of newspapers in Beech Mountain Lakes early Sunday morning. Someone stole and threw newspapers in roads while following a person in a vehicle delivering newspapers.


• Wires were cut to a water well pump outside a residence on Maple Street on Sunday.


• A 17-year-old boy reported Saturday his cellphone was stolen while he was at a residence on Covey Lane in Drums.


HAZLETON — City police are searching for a medium blue-colored minivan that drove away after crashing into a Jeep Commander at Green and Wyoming streets at 5:44 a.m. Monday. The minivan should have damage to its passenger side.


HAZLETON — A man from Hazleton was charged with a felony count of retail theft on allegations he had stolen a hoagie valued at $4.23 from Giant Supermarket on South Locust Street on Sunday.


Kenneth G. Reichart, 59, address unknown, was charged with retail theft and receiving stolen property. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $3,000 bail.


Police said in the criminal complaint Reichart has three previous retail theft convictions making the latest allegation a felony.


WEST HAZLETON — A man from West Hazleton was arraigned Sunday on charges he initiated a pursuit with police and possessing marijuana.


Hector Escoto Ledesma, 23, of West Green Street, was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and four traffic violations. He was released after posting $1,500 bail.


West Hazleton police tried to stop Ledesma, driving a Ford Explorer, after he failed to stop at a stop sign and use a turn signal at Ridge Avenue and Samborowski Street on Nov. 24. Ledesma drove through other stop signs and abandoned the Ford in the area of Ridge and Samborowski streets, according to the criminal complaint.


Police said in the complaint they found marijuana in the Ford.


A preliminary hearing is scheduled on May 28.


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