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Two men charged in vehicle theft Police Blotter

WILKES-BARRE – Two Wilkes-Barre men were charged Friday on allegations they stole a vehicle on Charles Street, police said.

Scott Michael Lorah, 20, of Carey Avenue, and Thomas Michael Lewis, 20, of Academy Street, were both charged with criminal conspiracy to commit theft, according to court records. Lewis was released on $5,000 unsecured bail.

Lorah was also charged with theft, receiving stolen property and unauthorized use of a vehicle. He was jailed at Luzerne County Correction Facility for lack of $2,500 bail.

According to the criminal complaints:

Police received a complaint just after 2 a.m. that a Ford van was stolen from a Charles Street home. Police found the van in the area of Pickering and Miner streets and watched two men, identified as Lorah and Lewis, get into the vehicle, the criminal complaint says.

Lorah admitted to police they stole the van, police said. They parked it near Pickering Street and rummaged through other vehicles before returning to the van.

Preliminary hearings are tentatively scheduled for Oct. 9 in Central Court.

SALEM TWP. – Firefighters had to battle a blaze at a home on East Cemetery Road, near Berwick Golf Club, just before 10 p.m. Friday.

East Berwick Hose Co., which provides services to Salem Township, was still on-scene after 11 p.m. waiting for the arrival of a state police fire marshal, according to Luzerne County 911.

The Red Cross was also called to the home. It was not known if anyone was injured or what caused the blaze.

WILKES-BARRE - City police reported the following:

• Shawn Michael Miller Sr., 30, of Nanticoke, was charged in connection with a crash at South River and South streets on Monday, police said.

Police said Miller was racing a 1995 Saturn that crashed at the intersection. He was treated and released from Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

Police filed charges of driving a vehicle with a blood-alcohol level greater than .02 percent, fleeing or attempting to elude police, illegal racing and three traffic offenses. The charges were filed on Wednesday with District Judge William Amesbury in Wilkes-Barre.

A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for Nov. 3 before Amesbury.

• A city woman was charged with vandalizing a vehicle after being kicked out of a tavern on Scott Street on Wednesday, police said.

Christina L. Martin, 28, was charged with four counts of disorderly conduct, and one count each of public drunkenness and criminal mischief. The charges were filed by police on Friday with District Judge Martin Kane in Wilkes-Barre.

Police said Martin was removed from Kasper Tavern by the bartender. After she was removed, police said Martin smashed the taillight on a vehicle parked outside the tavern.

A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for Nov. 4 before Kane.

Police said a man reported two male suspects walked up to his vehicle on East Market and Hancock streets forced their way inside and stole cash on the center console on Thursday.

The robbers then fled on foot, police said. The incident is under investigation.

A woman reported that $1,338.09 was withdrawn from her ATM account by an unknown suspect at 70 Wyoming St. on Thursday, police said. The incident is under investigation.

Police said a man reported unknown suspects forced open his vehicle door and stole his gym bag, which contained sports equipment, in Genetti’s parking lot on East Market Street and South Pennsylvania Avenue on Wednesday.

A Skill gas-powered pole saw that had been inadvertently left behind by a work crew was reported stolen from the work site on River Street around 1 p.m. Wednesday, police said.

The value of the stolen property was estimated at $800, police said.

Police said someone pumped $61.34 in gas without paying at 198 N. Pennsylvania Ave. at 2:23 p.m. Wednesday.

Raymond Kennedy reported someone broke into his van and stole several tools and music CDs at rear 234 Madison St. on Tuesday, police said.

Police said a male reported he was struck in the face by an unknown male in the area of 175 S. Hancock St. on Tuesday. The victim was not injured, but wanted the incident reported, police said.

A woman reported she was kicked in her head by a male known only to her as “Poo” at 75 Corlear St. at 4:22 a.m. Thursday, police said.

Susan Bellarte reported that an unknown suspect poured oil over the front of her 2005 Nissan Altima at 52 S. Main St. on Thursday, police said.

Kathleen Murphy reported someone stole an antique hanging light outside of her business at 18 Forrest St. on Thursday, police said.

HAZLE TWP. – State police at Hazleton reported the following:

Ian Lipton, 63, of Pottsville, reported someone broke two windows at Nathan’s Furniture on Route 93 sometime between 10 p.m. Sept. 26 and 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hazleton barracks at 459-3890.

The Hazleton barracks is investigating an indecent exposure, which happened at Hazlewood Apartments around 9 a.m. Friday, police said.

A white male suspect wearing a navy blue T-shirt and khaki shorts fled in the area in a blue Nissan 350Z, police said. He is described as between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall and approximately 180 pounds.

Police have not released the victim’s name. Anyone with information is asked to contact state police at Hazleton at 459-3890.

NEWPORT TWP. – A man was charged Friday on allegations he assaulted his wife and threatened to harm officers.

Gregory Allen Dykins, 48, of Newport Street, Newport Township, was charged with simple assault, terroristic threats, resisting arrest, harassment and disorderly conduct. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $10,000 bail.

According to the criminal complaint:

Officers responded to Dykins’ residence at about midnight and learned he assaulted his wife during a dispute. Dykins ran out the rear door and hid in woods before he was found by police, according to police.

Police said in the criminal complaint that Dykins threatened to harm a township officer.

A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 9 in Central Court.

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