Cops: Three wanted men arrested during Kingston traffic stop


KINGSTON — Police apprehended three wanted men during a traffic stop on Route 11 early Wednesday.

Police monitoring traffic in the area of Wyoming Avenue and Market Street say they stopped a vehicle when a check on the license plate returned a warrant for its owner, Leo Clarke, at about 12:30 a.m.

According to criminal complaints:

Clarke, the driver, was detained because he is wanted by the Monroe County Adult Probation and Parole Department.

A passenger in the vehicle, Samuel C. Kendricks Jr., 27, was found to be wanted by sheriff departments in Luzerne and Lackawanna counties.

A second passenger in the vehicle, Neal Phillips, 21, was found to be wanted by Scranton police and Lackawanna County detectives.

Phillips was carrying a glass pipe with cocaine residue plus brass knuckles.

A bag containing methamphetamine was found under Kendricks’ seat.

Clarke, of South Main Street, Old Forge, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Kendricks, of North Washington Avenue, Scranton, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and false identification to law enforcement.

Phillips, of Putman Street, Scranton, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, false identification and prohibited offensive weapons.

Clarke, Kendricks and Phillips were arraigned in Luzerne County Central Court and jailed for lack of $10,000 bail each.