Police: WB man found sleeping in car tried to pull knife on Ashley officer

By Dan Stokes - [email protected]

ASHLEY — Borough police said they arrested a man after finding drug paraphernalia and a knife in his car Monday.

Adam Black, 37, of Wilkes-Barre, allegedly had eight bags of heroin in his car and a bottle containing pills. When confronted by an officer, he attempted to pull a knife, authorities report.

According to a criminal complaint:

An officer noticed a vehicle parked in the Bentley’s parking lot on Route 309 in Ashley. The car had a North Carolina registration sticker.

A man, later identified as Black, was sleeping shirtless in the the car. Wax baggies, a burnt bottom of a soda can and a pill bottle were in plain view of the officer.

The officer spoke with Black, who said he was just “sleeping” and was “homeless.” He also mentioned that he was “visiting friends.”

While attempting to grab his shirt in the back seat, Black tried to reach for a Gerber knife that was inside the shirt.

At that point, the officer held Black at gunpoint and requested assistance. Officers from Wilkes-Barre Township and Hanover Township responded.

Black was then taken into custody without any further problems.

A search of the vehicle revealed eight bags of heroin and the other paraphernalia. Knives in the vehicle were photographed at the scene.

Black was arraigned by District Judge Joseph D. Spagnuolo Jr. in Luzerne County Central Court on charges of aggravated assault, possession of a controlled substance and use of drug paraphernalia.

He was transported to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $75,000 bail.


By Dan Stokes

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Reach Dan Stokes at 570-991-6389 or on Twitter @ByDanStokes

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