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DURYEA - Two statues and the organ at the Nativity of Our Lord Parish Church on Stephenson Street were vandalized with black spray paint Saturday, police said.

Chief Nick Lohman said police were called to the church around 3:15 p.m. Officer Chuck Swisher received a call from the Rev. Andrew Sinnott who reported the vandalism occurred between 11 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. The church was unlocked during that time period.

The damaged statues are in the basement and the organ is in the second-floor choir loft.

There was no other damage and nothing was missing.

Police collected evidence in the church, but asked for assistance from the public in the investigation.

Anyone who was in the area of the church during the time when the vandalism occurred and saw someone near the building or someone enter or leave it is asked to contact the Duryea Police Department at 570 457-1721 extension 2.

HAZLE TWP. – Alfredo's Brick Oven Pizzeria and Restaurant, 1346 N. Church St., was cited by the state police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement with selling alcoholic beverages on Sept. 4 after the liquor license expired on Aug. 31, the bureau said.

HANOVER TWP. – Township police said Desmond McCarthy, 24, of the Glen Lyon section of Newport Township, was traveling south on the Sans Souci Parkway at about 1:37 p.m. Friday when multiple witnesses saw him driving erratically at high rates of speed.

McCarthy crossed into the northbound lanes and struck a Chevrolet Silverado operated by John Wylie, of the Wanamie section of Newport Township, fled the scene continuing south on the parkway and then crashed into a ditch near the Leggett and Platt plant, police said.

McCarthy's vehicle then went airborne before crashing into another ditch, police said.

McCarthy was transported from the scene with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

An investigation continues.

HAZLE TWP. – State police at Hazleton said someone entered a house under construction owned by Bassan Bittar located on state Route 940 sometime between 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and 2:30 p.m. Thursday and stole tools belonging to Ronald Fitzgerald of Hazleton.

Anyone with information on the burglary should call state police at 459-3890.

FOSTER TWP. – State police at Hazleton said someone entered the home of Michael and Christine Gresh, located on St. Anthony's Road, sometime between 6 a.m. Monday and 4 p.m. Thursday.

State police remind residents to keep doors and windows locked and report suspicious persons near homes or businesses to them or call 911.

Anyone with information should call state police at 459-3890.

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