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Police Blotter

WILKES-BARRE TWP. – Township police reported the following:

Loss prevention officers at Target reported at 2:13 p.m. Thursday that a man concealed a Tom Tom GPS unit valued at $250 and fled the store.

Police arrested Christian Rippey, 22, and Diana Acevedo, 21, both of Wilkes-Barre, and charged them with shoplifting at Wegmans Market, Highland Park Boulevard, on Monday. Store security alleged that the two left the store without paying for $76.79 worth of merchandise.

Kohl’s loss prevention reported a man stole a pair of Nike sneakers valued at $68 and fled the store at 2:32 p.m. Monday.

Mary Ann Beshada reported at 6:45 p.m. Monday that someone had smashed the window of her 2003 Nissan while it was in the parking lot of John Heinz Rehabilitation, 150 Mundy St.

Frank Gates reported Monday that someone stole a pellet rifle and a remote control car from the rear deck of his Center Street property. The estimated value was $125.

Security from John Heinz Rehabilitation reported around 10:20 p.m. Monday that someone had smashed the driver’s side window of a van owned by the center while it was in the parking lot of the rehabilitation center, 150 Mundy St.

Nicole Rominski reported at 10:35 p.m. Monday that someone spray-painted the word “Crip” on her 1998 Ford while it was parked in the lot of Old Country Buffet, East End Centre.

BUTLER TWP. – Township police reported the following:

• A Hazleton man was cited with underage drinking and speeding after a traffic stop on South Hunter Highway on May 27.

Police said Isiah Tucci, 19, of 20th Street, was stopped for driving 72 mph in a 40 mph zone. An open bottle of beer was found inside his vehicle, police said.

• Police said Robert Wink, 41, of Hereford, was cited with disorderly conduct for an incident at the Pocono Mountain Raceway on May 23.

• A man reported to police that his cell phone was recently stolen while he was playing basketball at Butler Township Park.

• A propeller from a boat was recently stolen while the boat was stored at the club house in Beech Mountain, police said.

• Police said a sink was recently reported stolen from a home in the 100 block of South Old Turnpike Road. The homeowner placed the sink outside while remodeling the interior of the residence, police said.

• Police said money and prescription medication were reported stolen during a home burglary on Debbie Drive, Beech Mountain Lakes, on May 27.

• Police said they are investigating the theft of mail from a residence on West Butler Drive recently.

• A woman on Trapper Springs Circle, Beech Mountain Lakes, reported seeing a prowler outside her residence on Tuesday, police said.

• Police said a woman recently reported someone shot her vehicle with a paintball while driving on West Butler Drive.

NEWPORT TWP. – A Plymouth man was charged by township police on Wednesday for allegedly failing to return a borrowed vehicle.

Lemel Tyrone Nalley, 30, of Davis Street, was charged with theft, unauthorized use of a vehicle, receiving stolen property and drivers required to be licensed. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $5,000 bail.

Christopher Wylie told police he loaned his vehicle to Nalley on April 27, and told Nalley to return the vehicle and keys to his wife because he was going away on business.

When Wylie returned home on May 4, he noticed Nalley had not returned the vehicle. Wylie claimed Nalley told him he wasn’t going to return the vehicle, the criminal complaint says.

Police recovered the vehicle near Nalley’s residence.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled on June 11 in Central Court.

ASHLEY – A man involved in an accident was charged with a traffic violation for failing to yield to another driver’s right of way at 1:16 p.m. Tuesday.

State police at Wyoming said Christopher Dailey, 18, of Pittston, was traveling on the on ramp to Interstate 81 northbound coming from Route 29. Melvin Mancill, 46, of Antioch, driver of a 2003 Volvo VN, was traveling north on the interstate in the right lane, police said.

Dailey’s 1994 Pontiac Grand Prix attempted to travel into the right lane when his vehicle failed to yield to the other driver’s right-of-way and struck the Volvo, police said.

Police said Dailey suffered a minor injury and was taken to a local hospital.

WILKES-BARRE -- A store manager at Dunkin Donuts on Scott Street was charged by police on Wednesday with allegedly stealing more than $9,600 from the restaurant.

David Kinney, 32, of Swoyersville, was charged with a single count of theft. He was released on $10,000 unsecured bail.

Police alleged in the criminal complaint that Kinney stole the money by failing to deposit the restaurant’s receipts in a bank on May 5.

Kinney, who was terminated from his position, told his managers that he forgot the deposits were in his vehicle when he stopped at a department store to pick up a prescription medication, the criminal complaint says.

A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled on June 11 in Central Court.

NANTICOKE – City police reported the following:

• Arcangela Savallisch, of West Noble Street, recently reported someone stole a bicycle from her residence, police said.

• Rose Swick, of South Chestnut Street, recently reported someone placed rocks on the steps to her front porch and dumped glass clippings and charcoal through the front door’s mail slot.

• Anita Switzer, of East Union Street, recently reported her purse was missing from her residence, police said.

• D’Andra Rasmus, of Gemini Street, recently reported her purse was stolen from her vehicle when it was parked near the Uni-Mart on East Main Street, police said.

• Police said a 16-year-old boy and a 14-year-old boy were recently cited for violating the city’s curfew ordinance and underage drinking when they were seen standing near the Burger King, Main Street, early in the morning. Police said the 16-year-old was also cited for harassment.

• Police said a 16-year-old girl was recently charged with disorderly conduct for throwing items at two people on East Main Street.

• Police said Susan Price, 48, of East Green Street, is facing a harassment charge after Stephanie Danko, of Nanticoke, claimed she had left derogatory messages on her answering machine.

• Joshua Ruminski, of West Noble Street, recently reported a key and money were stolen from his vehicle when it was parked near his home.

• Police said James Hakim, of Wilkes-Barre, recently reported a donation jar for missing children was stolen from Pizza Bella. The jar was recovered on East Noble Street, police said.

• A man and a woman were charged by police on Tuesday with assaulting one another.

Richard John Morris, 57, and Theresa Marie Chesney, 48, both from Nanticoke, were charged with simple assault and harassment. They were released on $5,000 unsecured bail.

According to the criminal complaints:

Morris and Chesney were involved in an argument at Morris’ residence on Monday. Morris claimed Chesney bit his arm and Chesney claimed Morris shoved her head against a wall, the criminal complaint says.

Preliminary hearings are scheduled on June 10 in Central Court.

KINGSTON TWP. – Township police reported the following:

• Police advise residents that they will begin enforcing the township’s nuisance vehicle ordinance. Abandoned, disabled and any vehicle violating the ordinance will be targeted.

Residents can access the ordinance by the township’s Web site, www.kingstontownship.com, select e-Codes and type Chapter 10 in the search box, or call 696-1175 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• Police warn homeowners to be cautious of scam artists soliciting work such as resealing or paving driveways, painting and other household serves.

Chief James Balavage said these types of scams usually increase with warmer weather.

BEAR CREEK TWP. – A township man is facing charges that he sped away on an all-terrain vehicle when state police attempted to stop him.

John Gildea, 18, is facing charges of fleeing or attempting to elude police and three traffic offenses. Police said they observed Gildea riding an ATV on Laurel Run Road and failed to stop on May 21.

A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled on July 15 in Central Court.

WILKES-BARRE – City police reported the following:

• Anoop Parthasarathy, of Edison Street, reported his wallet, stereo speakers and an amplifier were stolen from his vehicle when it was parked in the area of 89 Edison St. on Tuesday, police said.

• Jennifer Miers, of Wyoming Street, reported her purse and an iPod were stolen from her vehicle when it was parked in the area of 152 Wyoming St. on Tuesday, police said.

• Jamie Jabara, of Wyoming Street, reported a stereo and several vehicle parts were stolen from his vehicle when it was parked in the area of 112 Wyoming St. on Tuesday, police said.

• Rubin Prophete, of North Main Street, reported a global positioning system and a MP3 player were stolen from his vehicle when it was parked in the area of 680 N. Main St. on Tuesday, police said.

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