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WILKES-BARRE – A Pittston man, accused of throwing a bag containing heroin and crack out a car window, will face the charges in Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas.

John Funches, 33, appeared Wednesday for a preliminary hearing in Central Court where a district judge forwarded to county court two counts of possession of a controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

Jenkins Township police charged Funches after investigating a suspicious incident regarding a vehicle on Mitchell Street on Feb. 6. Funches, a passenger in the car, was seen throwing a bag containing 43 packets of heroin and seven packaged bags of crack out the window.

WILKES-BARRE – Identity theft-related charges were dismissed against a Mountain Top woman during a preliminary hearing in Central Court on Wednesday.

Wilkes-Barre police had accused Christie Haverlak, 39, of Evergreen Lake Drive, of using another person’s Social Security number to obtain several credit cards in early 2007.

WILKES-BARRE – A Wilkes-Barre man will face charges in Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas for allegedly selling heroin in the parking lot of the Cabaret Lounge on Market Street, Kingston.

James Clarence Monroe, 34, of North Main Street, appeared Wednesday for a preliminary hearing in Central Court. A district judge forwarded two counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, and one count each of possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal use of communication facility to county court.

Kingston police charged Monroe with selling two bags of heroin for $35 to a woman in the parking lot on Jan. 25.

WILKES-BARRE – Simple assault and harassment charges were dismissed against a Harveys Lake man during a preliminary hearing in Central Court on Wednesday.

Harveys Lake police had accused Daniel Hanson, 59, of Carpenter Road, of assaulting a woman at his home on Feb. 10.

WILKES-BARRE – A Plains Township man waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Central Court on Thursday for allegedly breaking into a New Columbus home and stealing copper pipe.

Gerald Paul Pambianco, 19, of Crow Street, faces charges of burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, theft and institutional vandalism in Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas.

State police at Wyoming charged Pambianco with breaking into a home on Academy Street and stealing copper pipe, a ceiling fan, a camcorder, DVDs and CDs on Sept. 24.

Another person charged with the alleged burglary, Ryan Michael McGovern, 20, of Plains Township, is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Monday.

WILKES-BARRE – A Hanover Township man charged with assaulting a woman waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Central Court on Thursday.

Joseph Prednis, 42, of West End Road, faces two counts of simple assault, and one count of harassment and terroristic threats in Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas.

Hanover Township police charged Prednis with assaulting a woman and threatening to burn her West End Road residence on Jan. 31.

WILKES-BARRE – Luzerne County prosecutors withdrew nearly all charges against a Wilkes-Barre man on charges he possessed illegal bootleg movies and compact discs.

Michael Givins, 50, of Maffett Street, appeared Thursday for a preliminary hearing in Central Court, where he waived his preliminary hearing on one count each of the manufacture of illegal recording devices, possession of illegally packaged devices and trademark counterfeiting to Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas.

Prosecutors withdrew 61 counts of the manufacture of illegal recording device, 41 counts of possession of illegally packaged devices and 16 counts of trademark counterfeiting against Givins.

Wilkes-Barre police charged Givins on Jan. 15 after they found him in possession of a duffel bag that contained illegally recorded movies and music.

WILKES-BARRE – A Pittston man waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Central Court on Thursday on charges related to a home burglary in Pittston.

Joseph Michael Lombardo, 31, of Carroll Street, is charged with burglary, criminal trespass, theft and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Pittston police say the burglary occurred at a home on Carroll Street Feb. 5.

WILKES-BARRE – John Leslie Carey, 51, of Scranton, waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Central Court on Thursday for allegedly stealing a car he drove to Atlantic City, N.J., in December.

Carey faces charges of unauthorized use of a vehicle and driving with a suspended license, which were sent to Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas.

Duryea police charged Carey with failing to return a borrowed 1997 Jeep Cherokee on Dec. 26. Carey told the car owner he used the Jeep to drive to Atlantic City on Jan. 2.

WILKES-BARRE – Douglas A. Devall, 55, of Liberty Street, Dupont, waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Central Court on Thursday on charges he assaulted a woman during a domestic dispute at his home on Feb. 14.

Devall faces charges of aggravated assault, harassment, recklessly endangering another person and disorderly conduct, which were sent to Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas.

WILKES-BARRE – A felony burglary charge was withdrawn against a Falls woman during a preliminary hearing in Central Court Thursday.

Carolyn Brandy Doughton, 22, waived her preliminary hearing on charges of criminal trespass and theft to Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas.

Avoca police charged Doughton for her role in a home burglary on McAlpine Street on Jan. 23. Police said a television, video game systems and a cell phone were stolen from the home.

SCRANTON – A Wilkes-Barre man was sentenced in federal court, Scranton, to 80 months in prison for illegally possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.

Ryan Kehoe, 30, pleaded guilty to the charge in June. He admitted to possessing a gun in January 2007, knowing he previously had been convicted of a felony, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Scranton.

Kehoe was charged after an investigation by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Wilkes-Barre police. U.S. District Court Judge Edwin M. Kosik sentenced Kehoe.

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