Court Briefs

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Hotel guest to stand trial

on drug possession count

WILKES-BARRE — A Pottsville man who allegedly tried to use a $10 bill covered in drug residue to buy pizza waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Luzerne County Central Court on Tuesday.

Jeffrey Thomas Savitsky, 48, will now face trial on a single count of possession of a controlled substance.

Prosecutors withdrew a second count of possession of a controlled substance and a single count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

According to a criminal complaint:

A Domino’s employee making a food delivery at a hotel room at Mohegan Sun Pocono was greeted by a man he suspected was under the influence of drugs on March 22. The employee told police the man was shaking and “tweaking.”

The Domino’s employee reported he was given a $10 bill that was covered with drug residue. When Savitsky noticed the residue, the $10 was snatched from the employee’s hand; instead, he was given a $20 bill and told to keep the change.

When police went to the hotel room, they observed a marijuana smoke cloud. During a subsequent search, they found suspected marijuana, crystal methamphetamine, a scale and approximately $10,000 in cash.

NJ man’s assault case

sent to county court

WILKES-BARRE — A New Jersey man accused of striking a woman in the head with a liquor bottle waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Luzerne County Central Court on Tuesday.

Rashad Young, 30, of Newark, N.J., will now face in county court charges of strangulation, simple assault and criminal mischief. Meanwhile, prosecutors withdrew a single count of aggravated assault.

Wilkes-Barre police say Young was involved in a domestic dispute with a 39-year-old woman, also from Newark, at a residence on South Meade Street on April 3.

During the dispute, Young allegedly choked the woman and struck her with a bottle after he smashed windows on the house.

— By Ed Lewis

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