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KINGSTON TWP. — When Carey Bartoo testified as a prosecution witness against her ex-boyfriend and homicide suspect Hugo Selenski in Dauphin County in April, she was wanted by Kingston Township police on allegations she was driving a stolen vehicle.


Bartoo, 43, of Hillside Drive, Edwardsville, would also be named a suspect in a residential burglary.


She has been arraigned on charges linking her to driving around in a stolen 2006 Honda Civic and a home break-in on Park Avenue in Jackson Township. She remained jailed Tuesday at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $50,000 total bail.


Kingston Township police charged Bartoo on April 23, a day before she was called to testify by the state Office of Attorney General at Selenski’s preliminary hearing in Dauphin County.


The proceeding near Harrisburg involved witness intimidation allegations in which Selenski, 42, allegedly wrote letters to Bartoo and four others who are prosecution witnesses in his double-homicide case in Luzerne County.


Township police said they learned Bartoo was driving a 2006 Honda Civic that was reported stolen to state police at Tunkhannock on April 4. The car was recovered from an apartment on North Sherman Street in Wilkes-Barre on April 19, according to the criminal complaints.


State police at Wyoming charged Bartoo in her alleged role in burglarizing the house in Jackson Township on April 8, when a large amount of jewelry was stolen.


Jason Kisthardt, 28, of White Haven, allegedly told state police he was asked by Bartoo and two others to sell the jewelry swiped from the Jackson Township house at a pawn shop. Kisthardt said he met up with Bartoo and two other people to score drugs and was asked to sell the jewelry, knowing it was stolen, the complaints say.


Kisthardt stated he received $40 and two heroin packets for his work in selling the items at a pawn shop.


He is facing charges of receiving stolen property and theft in county court.


Selenski is charged with the flex-tie strangulation killings of Michael Kerkowski and Tammy Fassett in May 2002 in Kingston Township.


Selenski’s trial often has been continued due to changes of defense attorneys, judges and appeals. The latest delay was due to a grand jury investigating the witness intimidation allegations.


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