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Man who allegedly skipped hearing caught Police Blotter

PITTSTON – A man wanted by the Luzerne County Sheriff’s Department was captured Monday night in Kingston.

Todd Kane, 30, last-known address 244 Coal St., Wilkes-Barre, was captured in the parking lot of CVS Pharmacy on Market Street, the sheriff’s department said.

Kane was charged with flight to avoid apprehension, failing to show for a required appearance and disorderly conduct. He was arraigned by District Judge Fred Pierantoni in Pittston on Tuesday and jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $75,000 bail.

Kane was wanted for failing to appear for a preliminary hearing in Central Court on burglary, theft and simple assault charges for allegedly forcing his way into his ex-girlfriend’s Kingston apartment and stealing a television on June 8, according to court records.

SWOYERSVILLE – Adam Thomas DeWolfe, 21, of Swoyersville, was arrested Tuesday and charged with setting a vehicle on fire earlier this month, police said.

DeWolfe was charged with three counts of arson. He was arraigned by District Judge David Barilla in Swoyersville and jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $25,000 bail, police said.

Police said a 1998 Hyundai Accent, owned by Carmela Dinallo, was set on fire while the vehicle was parked on Hughes Street. An investigation by state police Deputy Fire Marshal Ron Jarocha determined the fire was intentionally set with a flammable liquid that was poured on the passenger side and hood of the vehicle, police said.

Police said DeWolfe admitted to Cpl. Adam Christian that he set the fire.

A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for July 30 in Central Court.

WILKES-BARRE – Police said a man was shot in the foot during a robbery at Pancho Villa Restaurant, 495 S. Main St., Monday night.

Alberto Gil, 33, told police he was approached by two men who asked for money at about 11:26 p.m. Police said shots were fired with a round striking Gil in one of his feet. He was taken to an area hospital for treatment, police said.

No further information was released by police.

BUTLER TWP. – Township police reported the following:

• A resident in the 1200 block of St. John’s Road recently reported that an unknown person stole his bank information to purchase items, police said.

• A resident on South Old Turnpike Road recently reported that an unknown person had withdrawn money from an online checking account, police said.

• A resident on Deep Hole Road recently reported that an unknown person used the resident’s name to open a line of credit, charging more than $7,000 with a national chain store, police said.

Police said the resident became aware of the account after it became delinquent.

• Police are investigating a burglary at Mickey’s Golf Center, St. John’s Road, on July 15. Police said employees at the business discovered a window was smashed and money was reported missing.

• James E. Sweeney, 74, of Mink Springs Court, was charged with six counts of criminal mischief for allegedly stealing or damaging six Century 21 signs in Beech Mountain Lakes. The charges were filed against Sweeney on July 8, police said.

HANOVER TWP. – Police arrested a Wilkes-Barre man after they found crack and cocaine in a vehicle that was stopped on Lyndwood Avenue on Saturday.

Kareem Benbow-West, 19, also known as Ace, of Academy Street, was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. He was arraigned by District Judge Fred Pierantoni in Pittston and remained jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility on Tuesday for lack of $50,000 bail, police said.

According to police:

Police stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation on Lyndwood Avenue. Benbow-West was a passenger in the vehicle and in possession of 21 packaged bags of crack and a bag of cocaine, police said.

A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for July 28 in Central Court.

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