Court Briefs

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]
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Freeland man waives

endangerment hearing

WILKES-BARRE — A man from Freeland who allegedly purchased heroin with a child in his vehicle waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Luzerne County Central Court on Tuesday.

Hazleton police charged Daniel Jeffrey Riach, 26, after he was allegedly spotted driving in a 2014 Ford Escape and stopping near another vehicle in the area of Sixth Street on July 11, 2017.

Riach exited the Ford and walked up to the other vehicle before returning to the Ford, according to A criminal complaint.

When an officer approached him, Riach allegedly admitted he purchased heroin.

Police allege they found 12 heroin packets stamped “Breaking Bad” in Riach’s vehicle.

A 2-year-old was in a safety seat when Riach purchased the heroin, the complaint says.

Riach will now face in county court charges of endangering the welfare of children and possession of a controlled substance.

Ex-casino exec faces trial

for allegedly rigging contest

WILKES-BARRE — A former executive at Mohegan Sun Pocono casino waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Luzerne County Central Court on charges he conspired to rig an Easter promotion in 2014.

Robert Joseph Pellegrini, 52, a former vice president of player development, will now stand trial on charges of theft, receiving stolen property and criminal conspiracy to participate in a rigged contest.

The State Police Gaming Enforcement Bureau alleged Pellegrini and former casino employees Colin Ray Boecker, 32, of Tonawanda, New York, and Kenneth Rowlands, 32, of Kingston, conspired to rig an Easter sweepstakes in 2014 that offered patrons the opportunity to select plastic eggs that contained cash prizes and free slot credits.

Boecker set up the sweepstakes as Rowlands made sure casino patron Mark Heltzel, 53, of Dallas, selected the egg with the $10,000 grand prize, according to criminal complaints.

Heltzel allegedly gave some of the cash to Pellegrini, Boecker and Rowlands.

Boecker and Rowlands are facing similar charges in county court. Heltzel was not charged.

Chase suspect to stand trial

WILKES-BARRE — A man from Plymouth who initiated a pursuit with state police in Plains Township that ended with his capture in Scranton waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Luzerne County Central Court on Tuesday.

Yuamir Supreme Grayson, of East Main Street, will now face in county court the following charges: fleeing or attempting to elude police, possession of a small amount of marijuana, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, driving with a suspended license and two counts of driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

Prosecutors withdrew charges of flight to avoid apprehension, possession of drug paraphernalia, disorderly conduct and 35 traffic violations.

Police allege they attempted to stop Grayson, operating a 2006 Mazda Tribute, on the North Cross Valley Expressway near the entrance ramp to Interstate 81 on April 15.

Grayson refused to stop and initiated a pursuit that ended in the area of Lackawanna Avenue and Seventh Avenue in Scranton, according to a criminal complaint.

Troopers allege they found marijuana and more than $2,400 cash in Grayson’s vehicle.

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By Ed Lewis

[email protected]