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2 W-B men arrested on drug charges Police Blotter

HANOVER TWP. – Two men were arrested on drug charges Friday afternoon in a McDonald’s parking lot, police said.

Andrew Burden, 23, Wilkes-Barre, and Wilkin Herrera, 26, also of Wilkes-Barre, were arrested on multiple drugs charges after Burden allegedly sold an undercover officer a half ounce of crack cocaine and a half ounce of cocaine for $1,300.

Both men were arraigned and taken to Luzerne County Correctional Facility in lieu of $20,000 straight cash bail.

HAZLE TWP. – William Stephen French, 43, White Haven, was arrested on evidence of drunken driving after he was stopped for swerving on Stockton Road early Friday morning, state police at Hazleton said.

Police said French was speeding and swerving on the roadway prior to being stopped at about 2:15 a.m.

French submitted to a blood alcohol test, police said.

HAZLETON – Adam Neil Rodino, 23, Sugarloaf Township, was arrested on evidence of drunken driving early Friday morning after a traffic stop on state Route 93, state police at Hazleton said.

Police said Rodino was driving 62 miles per hour in a 25 mph zone at about 12:45 a.m.

Rodino was treated at Hazleton General Hospital for injuries stemming from a prior incident, police said.

KINGSTON – Katie Rose Kelly, 21, North Welles Avenue, was arrested Thursday on charges of possessing heroin in April.

According to the criminal complaint, police were called to Kelly’s residence for a medical emergency on April 21 and found eight packets of heroin inside a cigarette pack.

Kelly was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

She was arraigned before District Judge Donald Whittaker in Nanticoke and is being held at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $5,000 bail.

SCRANTON – Michael Patrick Lahey, 41, Scranton, was arrested on Thursday after failing to register his residence under the state’s Megan’s Law, state police at Dunmore said.

Police said Lahey has been residing in Lackawanna County since Oct. 3 and failed to register his residence within 10 days of any change of address under Megan’s Law.

Lahey is not listed on the state police Megan’s Law Web site.

WEST HAZLETON – Police arrested a teenager Friday in connection with an Oct. 26 shooting at Bee Alley and Jefferson Avenue that left a teenager wounded, state police said.

Police say the suspect is a 17-year-old boy who was allegedly one of four masked men who shot a teenager multiple times and then stole his car and wallet.

Police did not release the suspect’s name but did say he was from Hazleton. Because of the nature of the offenses, police said, he was charges as an adult with aggravated and simple assault, robbery and related charges.

Investigators are looking for two others they believe have knowledge of the case. Police are seeking Arthur Price and Dawn Hook; they are not considered suspects at this time.

WILKES-BARRE – Police reported the following incidents:

• Creative Printing, South River Street, reported someone stole two computers during a burglary on Thursday.

• Eleanor Nowinski, Park Avenue, and Donna Drevenik, South Sherman Street, told police someone threw rocks that smashed front windows at their homes on Thursday.

• Two city men were arrested for robbing a man under the South Street Bridge on Thursday, police said.

Police said Elmer Geiger, 40, Grant Street, and Jeremy Adams, 24, Sylvanus Street, were charged with robbery and criminal conspiracy.

Matthew Gannon told police he was drinking beer with other people under the bridge at about 11:35 a.m. when Geiger and Adams assaulted him. Gannon told police they took his wallet.

Police said Gannon sustained injuries and was treated at an area hospital.

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