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SWOYERSVILLE – A man wanted by Lehigh Valley International Airport authorities was captured after a traffic stop on Sunday, police said.

Police said Calvin Cooper, 24, of Plymouth and Brooklyn, N.Y., was captured at about 10:30 a.m. and turned over to authorities in Lehigh Valley. He was charged with theft and unauthorized use of a vehicle, according to Lehigh Valley court records.

HUNTINGTON TWP. – State police at Shickshinny said Kyle R. Long, 19, of Stillwater, was not injured when he lost control of his 2008 Pontiac Sunfire that struck a guiderail on state Route 239 on Sunday. Police said Long was wearing a seat belt.

HAZLE TWP. – Police said Susan Klinger reported someone scratched her 2005 Pontiac Grand Am while it was parked in the area of 51 Garrison St., Lattimer Mines, Friday night into Saturday morning, state police at Hazleton said.

HAZLETON – Police said a man was charged on Monday on allegations crack and marijuana were found in his pockets.

Bryant X. Peguero, 25, of Alter Street, Hazleton, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and public drunkenness. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $5,000 bail.

According to the criminal complaint:

Police stopped at a residence on Alter Street when they found a man, identified as Peguero, lying passed out on the front porch just after 2 a.m. Monday.

Police said they found crack inside a cigarette wrapper and marijuana in Peguero’s pockets, the criminal complaint says.

A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for Nov. 12 in Central Court.

FREELAND – A man warned by police to stay away from his ex-girlfriend’s residence was arrested on allegations he threw snowballs at her home.

Carl Norman Busch, 22, of Alvin Street, Freeland, was charged with three counts of harassment, two counts each of defiant trespass, loitering and prowling at night and criminal mischief, and one count of terroristic threats. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $50,000 bail.

According to the criminal complaint:

Police were summoned to a home on Walnut Street at about 10:25 p.m. Sunday for a man, identified as Busch, attempting to enter the residence through a broken window.

Police said Busch was found nearby and transported to the Freeland Police Department, where he denied breaking the window and attempting to enter the residence. Police warned Busch to stay away from the residence.

Within five minutes after Busch left the police department, police said he threw snowballs at his ex-girlfriend’s residence and threatened to burn her home down, the criminal complaint says.

A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for Nov. 12 in Central Court.

HAZLETON – Police said a man was charged on Monday on allegations he threatened to kill a man with a gun.

Jonel J. Janku, 34, of West Second Street, Hazleton, was charged with aggravated assault, terroristic threats, recklessly endangering another person and harassment. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $50,000 bail.

According to the criminal complaint:

Antonio Benenati told police he asked Janku to help him clean up garbage at a residence on East Green Street on Sunday.

Benenati claimed Janku argued with him and aimed a handgun at his head threatening to kill him, the criminal complaint says.

Police said the handgun was actually a pellet gun.

A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for Nov. 12 in Central Court.

DREHER TWP. – An alarm system was disabled and the lock was pulled from the front door during a burglary at a convenient store in Wayne County early Monday morning, state police at Honesdale said.

Police said two suspects cut the telephone lines that disabled the alarm at Joe’s Kwik Mart, state Route 507, sometime between midnight and 6 a.m. After the alarm was disabled, the lock on the front door was pulled, police said.

Police said the suspects got away with cash from a safe and an automated teller machine, and more than 300 cartons of cigarettes.

A fire extinguisher was set off inside the store, police said.

Police identified the suspects as white males with thin builds. One of the males wore a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt, a black bandanna that concealed his face, white sneakers and blue jeans. The other suspect wore a light-colored sweatshirt, light-colored pants and also concealed his face, police said.

Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to contact state police at Honesdale at 253-7126.

BUTLER TWP. – A man from McAdoo is facing charges filed by township police on allegations he provided false information on an application to purchase a firearm.

Christopher Anthony Fabiani, 46, of South Kennedy Drive, is charged with unsworn falsification to authorities and transfer of firearm. A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for Nov. 24 in Central Court.

According to the criminal complaint:

Fabiani completed a state police application to purchase a .9mm-caliber pistol at Dave’s Gun Shop, Drums, on May 17.

Police said in the criminal complaint that Fabiani provided false information to several questions on the application. Fabiani answered, “No” to questions that asks if the buyer has ever been committed to a mental hospital or institution, or has a criminal conviction.

Police learned that Fabiani had been committed at Hazleton General Hospital in October 2003 and again in April 2008 at Pottsville Hospital for mental health evaluations, and was convicted in February 1994 of homicide by vehicle and reckless endangerment, according to the criminal complaint.

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