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July 22. 2013 11:50PM
By SHEENA DELAZIO

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WILKES-BARRE — A Washington, D.C., woman charged with intentionally setting a fire inside a bathroom at the Keystone Job Corps Center in Butler Township pleaded guilty to related charges Monday and was sentenced to 18 months probation.


Marquitta Warren, 21, pleaded guilty to charges of risking a catastrophe and criminal mischief and was sentenced by county Judge Fred Pierantoni. Warren must pay $4,502 in restitution for damage caused to the building.


According to court papers, on Nov. 28, 2012, Butler Township police were called to the center for the report of a fire that had been intentionally set. Police said the fire had been set by a person lighting toilet paper on fire and putting it in a disposal bin inside a woman’s bathroom.


Police said the wall was singed and burned and the ceiling was charred. The floor also was burned and melted from the bin.


Police said Warren was identified as one of the people near the bathroom at the time of the fire, and she allegedly admitted to lighting toilet paper on fire and telling two female students to “Get out. There’s a fire.” Warren allegedly admitted to lighting the fire.


WILKES-BARRE — A Hazleton man charged with firing a gun into a woman’s residence in December 2010 was sentenced Monday to 11 to 24 months in county prison.


Harry George Vega, 23, of Peace Street, was sentenced on a charge of aggravated assault. Vega pleaded guilty to the charge in May.


Vega received 172 days credit for time already served and was ordered to have no contact with the woman involved.


According to court papers, police were called to a West 16th Street home in December 2010 when a woman reported she was lying on her couch when she heard gun shots.


The woman said she crawled to a window, where she saw a vehicle driving by and a man holding a handgun, firing at her home. The woman was able to identify the man, Vega, and then called 911.


Police said they observed several shell casings outside the woman’s residence and bullet holes in the front of the home.


WILKES-BARRE — A West Hazleton man charged with attacking his mother in a February 2012 incident pleaded guilty Monday to related charges.


Kyle Edward Setley, 24, entered the plea to two counts of aggravated assault. County Judge Fred Pierantoni said Setley will be sentenced on Oct. 15.


According to court papers, Jean Marie Setley told police her son showed up at her home, used profanity and threatened her. Police said Jean Marie Setley told them her son attacked her, punching her in the head.


Kyle Setley told police he did argue with his mother but denied attacking her. Police said that when they tried to handcuff him, he lunged at an officer and punched that officer and another officer in the face.




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