Two charged with stealing
from truck waive hearings
WILKES-BARRE — Two men from Lackawanna County accused of stealing items from a truck parked outside the Mohegan Sun Pocono casino waived their rights to preliminary hearings in Luzerne County Central Court on Tuesday.
Clifton Fussell, 42, of Mayfield, will now face a single count of theft in county court. Prosecutors withdrew a second theft count and a single count of criminal conspiracy.
Co-defendant Christopher Chalk, 42, of Covington Township, will stand trial on a single count of criminal conspiracy. Prosecutors withdrew two counts of theft against Chalk.
Plains Township police say casino security spotted two men exit a pickup truck and look through a window of a Chevrolet Silverado on March 22. One of the men allegedly jumped into the Chevrolet’s bed and smashed a rear window. A television and a stereo were stolen from the Chevrolet, according to criminal complaints.
Resisting arrest charge
dropped by prosecutors
WILKES-BARRE — Prosecutors withdrew a resisting arrest charge against Remona Celee Harry, 34, of Nanticoke, during a preliminary hearing in Luzerne County Central Court on Tuesday.
Larksville police arrested Harry after she resisted arrest as an officer investigated an altercation involving her and another woman outside a gas station on East Main Street on April 17, according to a criminal complaint.
Harry was stunned by a Taser during the incident.
WB woman sees
assault counts dropped
WILKES-BARRE — Prosecutors have withdrawn felony and misdemeanor assault charges against a Wilkes-Barre woman accused of using a belt to smack a child last year.
Jasmin D. Frazier, 21, of South Welles Street, waived her right to a preliminary hearing in Luzerne County Central Court on Tuesday.
Under a plea agreement, Frazier will face in county court a single count of endangering the welfare of children.
Prosecutors withdrew charges of aggravated assault and simple assault.
City police arrested Frazier in November after a child told a forensic interviewer at the Luzerne County Children’s Advocacy Center that she frequently struck him with a belt causing injuries, according to a criminal complaint.
The boy was interviewed in June 2017 after Frazier had taken him to the office of Children and Youth Services, claiming she couldn’t care for the child any longer.
A nurse examined the boy, finding numerous scars on the child’s abdomen, back, arms and legs, the complaint says.
to lesser charge
WILKES-BARRE — A state inmate accused of throwing urine at a correctional officer pleaded guilty to a reduced charge during a preliminary hearing in Luzerne County Central Court on Monday.
Donte Morrison, 23, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct.
Prosecutors, meanwhile, withdrew felony charges of aggravated assault and aggravated assault by a prisoner.
State police allege Morrison, when lodged at the state prison at Dallas, threw urine that struck an officer in the head, face and body Nov. 12, 2017.
Court records say Morrison is serving a state prison term on a robbery conviction in Philadelphia County. He is currently lodged at SCI-Rockview.
Teen to stand trial
on firearm charge
WILKES-BARRE — A 19-year-old from Hazleton charged with possessing a stolen firearm waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Luzerne County Central Court on Monday.
Emmanuel Figueroa Ramos, 19, of East Hemlock Street, will face a single count of receiving stolen property in county court.
Prosecutors withdrew a single count of firearms not to be carried without a license.
Police arrested Ramos after investigating a domestic disturbance at his residence on March 15. During an interview with an officer, Ramos allegedly claimed he concealed a handgun in his waistband.
Police located the handgun in a plastic bag with ammunition buried under a snow pile in the area of Holly Street and Fulton Court.
The handgun was fully loaded and reported stolen to state police at Wyoming in 2013, according to a criminal complaint.
— By Ed Lewis