WILKES-BARRE – Police on Saturday arrested a man wanted in a January shooting on Metcalf Street.
Joshua Ovalles, 18, was taken into custody at Angelo's Pizza on Hazle Avenue, police said.
According to police:
Officers received information that Ovalles, who was wanted on an attempted homicide warrant, was at the pizza shop. They saw him and another man identified as Adrian Rodriguez, 18, seated at a front table. When police approached them, Rodriguez interfered and tried to block them from making the arrest.
Ovalles allegedly shot Michael Kubiak, 21, multiple times the night of Jan. 9. Kubiak was treated for the gunshot wounds.
Ovalles was charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault, carrying a firearm without a license and terroristic threats.
He also was charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance after police found 26 bags of suspected heroin when they searched him during the arrest. He was arraigned and committed to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of a combined $110,000 bail.
Rodriguez was charged with disorderly conduct and providing false identification to law enforcement. He was arraigned and committed to the county prison for lack of $2,500 bail.
HAZLETON – Police on Saturday said Miguel Jesus Valerio, 46, of Alter Street, was arrested for alleged retail theft. He was arraigned and committed to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of bail.
HAZLETON – Police Sunday said at least eight vehicles were vandalized overnight in the city.
All the vehicles had damage to windows. Anyone with information about the vandalism can contact the Hazleton Police Department at 570 819-4916 or 570 459-4940.
HAZLE TWP. – State police on Sunday charged Janette Aleksondrovic, 38, of Hazleton, with retail theft for allegedly stealing approximately $250 worth of jewelry from the Boscov's Department Store in the Laurel Mall.
According to state police:
A store loss-prevention officer said he watched a woman take several pieces of jewelry from a display case and put them in her purse. The woman left the store without paying for the merchandise. The loss-prevention officer stopped the woman in the parking lot and asked her to come back to the store's office, where he recovered the jewelry.
State police said the woman gave a false name at first but later provided the correct name.
She was arraigned by District Justice Joseph Zola in Hazleton on charges of retail theft, receiving stolen property and providing false identification to law enforcement. She was committed to the county prison for lack of $5,000 bail.