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HAZLE TWP. – One Hazleton man was killed and another was seriously injured in a one-vehicle crash along state Route 924 Friday afternoon.

State police in Hazleton said Jose Acosta Mendez, 26, was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:25 p.m. by Luzerne County Deputy Coroner Jeff Stock.

Mendez's passenger, Juan Miguel Adames Gomez, 20, was flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown. Neither man was wearing a seat belt, police said.

Police said the crash occurred just after 2:30 p.m. as Mendez was driving a 1993 Honda Civic south on the four-lane highway at a high rate of speed when the vehicle left the roadway, traveled into the grass median and went out of control, went into the woods sideways, sheared off several trees and came to rest on the driver's side facing north, police said.

HAZLETON – City police said they arrested Edwin Robles, 24, of New York City, on drug charges after a large amount of heroin was allegedly found during a traffic stop.

Police said Robles was stopped for a traffic violation on South Wyoming Street at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday.

Police said they allegedly found 250 heroin packets and a small amount of marijuana in Robles' vehicle.

Robles was arraigned and jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $25,000 bail.

WEST PITTSTON – Police said they are investigating three residential burglaries in the borough within the past week. Police said doors to the three houses were unlocked.

PITTSTON – Police arrested Rickey Lee Minckler, 47, of Gidding Street, on charges he threatened another person with a knife at his residence on Thursday.

Minckler was arraigned in Wilkes-Barre Central Court on charges of simple assault and terroristic threats. He was released on $5,000 unsecured bail.

PITTSTON TWP. – A woman was arraigned Wednesday in Wilkes-Barre Central Court on charges she attempted to steal more than $3,200 in merchandise from Walmart.

Takiyyah Glaneal Ross, 22, of Wilmington, Del., was charged with retail theft and escape. She was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $5,000 bail.

A loss security officer observed two men place a shopping cart and an empty plastic bin next to a glass case displaying electronics on Tuesday. One of the men removed a crow bar from his clothes and used it to break open a locked door on the case before the three suspects filled the shopping cart and plastic bin with electronics and left the store, police said. The two men eluded capture.

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