Man faces trial
in teen-sex case
WILKES-BARRE — A man from Wilkes-Barre charged by Nanticoke police with having sexual relations with a teen girl waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Luzerne County Central Court.
Jeremiah Corey Calk, 31, of North Sherman Street, will now face in county court charges of statutory sexual assault and corruption of minors.
Prosecutors withdrew charges of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault and unlawful contact with minors.
Nanticoke officers allege Calk admitted to having sexual encounters with the teen. Police said the lewd acts occurred from October through the middle of January.
decides to waive hearing
WILKES-BARRE — A man from Exeter accused of stealing a vehicle from the parking lot of Wyoming Area High School waived his right to a preliminary hearing Thursday in Luzerne County Central Court.
Joseph Michael Dasilva, 28, of Penn Avenue, will now stand trial on a single count of theft.
Prosecutors withdrew charges of unauthorized use of a vehicle, receiving stolen property and theft from a vehicle.
State police alleged Dasilva stole a 2013 Ford Fusion from the school’s parking lot May 8. The vehicle was recovered in Exeter.
WB man to stand trial
for alleged heroin sales
WILKES-BARRE — A man from Wilkes-Barre accused of selling 300 heroin packets in Hanover Township waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Luzerne County Central Court.
William Benjamin, 37, of Carlisle Street, will now face a single count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance in county court.
Prosecutors withdrew a second count of possession with intent to deliver and criminal use of a communication facility.
Hanover Township police and the Luzerne County Drug Task Force arrested Benjamin after he allegedly sold six bundles (300 packets) of heroin in a parking lot on Carey Avenue on April 12.
Pittston woman pleads
to disorderly conduct
WILKES-BARRE — A Pittston woman who claimed Kingston police did not have the right to ask her for identification during a traffic stop pleaded guilty during a preliminary hearing in Luzerne County Central Court on Wednesday.
Dominique V. Petel, 40, of Riverview Manor, admitted to disorderly conduct and driving an unregistered vehicle. She will be sentenced at a later date.
Prosecutors withdrew charges of resisting arrest and four vehicle code citations against Petel.
Police said they stopped a Pontiac G6 on Grove Street due to an expired registration April 21. During the stop, Petel claimed police did not have the right to ask her for identification, according to a criminal complaint.
Police allege Petel cursed and screamed at officers.
Hazleton man waives
hearing in gun, drug case
WILKES-BARRE — A man from Hazleton arrested after Sugar Notch police allege they found a loaded handgun and a cache of drugs during a traffic stop waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Luzerne County Central Court on Wednesday.
Antonio Cordova-Munoz, 40, will now stand trial on charges of illegal possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm with an altered serial number, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and driving under the influence.
Prosecutors withdrew 41 counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, five counts of criminal intent to deliver drug paraphernalia and several traffic citations.
Inside a 2005 Subaru that Cordova-Munoz was driving on May 10, Sugar Notch police said they found a loaded .22-caliber handgun and a bag containing suspected methamphetamine, marijuana, acid, a grinder and a digital scale.
Police said they initially stopped Cordova-Munoz for several traffic violations on New Commerce Boulevard and Main Street. He displayed signs of intoxication during the stop, the complaint says.
Hanover teen is facing trial
WILKES-BARRE — A teenager on parole who ran from Nanticoke police and surrendered when he got tired waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Luzerne County Central Court on Wednesday.
Michael Anthony Epps, 19, of Main Road, Hanover Township, will face a single count of flight to avoid apprehension in county court.
Police knew Epps was wanted on a state parole violation when they spotted him in the area of South Market and East Main streets May 14. He took off running and hid in shrubs in the area of 1 W. Broad St., according to a criminal complaint.
Epps told police he was too exhausted to continue to run and surrendered.
Electrocuted employee sues contractor
WILKES-BARRE — An employee of Sordoni Construction Services who was electrocuted while working at St. Jude Parish has filed a lawsuit against George J. Hayden Inc., the electrical contractors for the project.
Gene Zini, of Peckville, alleges in the suit filed in Luzerne County Court on Wednesday that he was electrocuted while working on a construction project at the parish on July 26, 2017.
Zini asked an employee of Hayden, based in Hazleton, if electrical wires protruding from a metal beam were active. When he was told the wires were not active, Zini raised himself in a scissors lift and was electrocuted when he touched the wires, the suit claims.
Zini suffered serious injuries, resulting in loss of wages and medical expenses. Zini has been unable to return to work, the suit says.
The suit was filed on Zini’s behalf by Scranton attorney Carl J. Greco.