NEWPORT TWP. — Township police arrested Brian Keith Smith Jr., 24, of Glen Lyon, on charges he robbed the MJ Food Mart on West Main Street.
Police allege Smith entered the food mart and told a clerk he had a gun while demanding money on Jan. 24. The clerk told Smith to get the money. Smith walked behind the counter and pushed the clerk toward the cash register that was opened, police said.
Smith was arraigned late Thursday on charges of robbery, theft, terroristic threats and driving with a suspended license. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $150,000 bail.
PITTSTON — Police arrested William Banks, 52, of Parsonage Street, Pittston, on charges he assaulted his girlfriend during a fight about missing money on Thursday.
Banks was charged with simple assault and harassment. He was released on $5,000 unsecured bail.
BUTLER TWP. — State police at Hazleton arrested a man from Ohio on charges they found marijuana in a vehicle during a traffic stop on Interstate 80 early Friday morning.
State police said Mitchell T. Jatyus, 36, of Cleveland, was stopped for driving 80 mph in a 65 mph zone at about 2:45 a.m. The trooper detected an odor of marijuana coming from the car, according to the criminal complaint.
Jatyus consented to a search of the vehicle when the trooper allegedly found two freezer bags of marijuana in the trunk.
Jatyus was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $10,000 bail.
SCRANTON — A federal grand jury returned an indictment against a Hazleton man on charges he was trafficking heroin and cocaine in the area.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Willy Perez, 36, conspired with others to distribute heroin and cocaine in the Hazleton and Scranton areas.
Perez and others not named in the indictment obtained heroin and cocaine in New York City and returned to the area to sell, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.