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UNION TWP. – A man found dead on Michaels Road on Friday died from natural causes, state police at Shickshinny said.

State police said Joseph Funket, 72, was found around 9 a.m. along Michaels Road. It was learned Michaels was delivering newspapers prior to his death.

State police said an investigation determined Michaels died of natural causes. There were no signs of foul play, state police said.

WILKES-BARRE TWP. – Police warn residents of a possible phone scam in which a man is posing as a legal official from an attorney’s office asking for people to supply credit card information to pay fine and court courts owed to the Wilkes-Barre Township Police Department for past due charges or pending court action.

Several callers told police Thursday that the phone number for the Wilkes-Barre Township police appeared on their caller ID systems.

A statement from the police department states the department does not contact people regarding monetary payments of fines, costs or money owed for any reason. People are advised to not supply any personal information to anyone without proper verification.

If individuals receive such calls asking for their credit card information, they are encouraged to call their local police department to report any possible fraudulent activity.

NANTICOKE – City police report the following:

• Kevin Lohman, of East Noble Street, reported Thursday that a black vinyl tire cover was stolen from the spare tire on his vehicle.

• Kristie Healb of West Church Street, reported Thursday that someone dismantled her porch railing to steal a Mirraco bicycle that was chained to it.

• Rachel Healey of East Noble Street, reported Thursday someone stole her purse from the front seat of her vehicle.

• Jennifer Saltisiak of North End Road in Nuangola reported Thursday that someone damaged the tinted rain guard on her vehicle while it was parked on Locust Street in Nanticoke.

• Several residents on West Grand Street reported Thursday that six vehicles were keyed and/or their seats were cut while they were parked on the street and in residents’ yards. One vehicle’s tires were flattened.

• Carol Petrikonis of Jack’O Antiques on East Broad Street reported Thursday that someone stole 14 sections of black wrought iron fencing from behind the business.

• Nanticoke police are looking for Timothy Caruthers, 42, Pittston, on a warrant for allegedly violating a protection from abuse order, criminal trespass, harassment and stalking after Caruthers was found in his ex-girlfriend’s home on South Hanover Street at 3:30 a.m. Sept. 19.

WILKES-BARRE – Stuart James Mulzac, 22, of Brooklyn was charged by the state police’s bureau of liquor enforcement with two counts of corruption of minors and three counts of furnishing alcohol to minors when he purchased alcohol for two underage males on Sept. 10.

• Michael John Maresca, 22, of Toms River, N.J., was charged by the state police’s bureau of liquor enforcement with furnishing alcohol to minors for allegedly purchasing alcohol for two underage males on Sept. 22.

WILKES-BARRE – City police reported the following:

• Thomas Panton, of Bronx, N.Y., was arrested at 9:48 p.m. Tuesday at the Turkey Hill at 754 S. Main Street after police during a traffic stop discovered a large amount of money and crack cocaine packaged to be sold.

He was charged with possession with intent to sell cocaine, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, tampering with public record information and giving false identification to law enforcement after his identity was confirmed during a live scan at Kingston Police Department and he was being processed at the Wilkes-Barre Police Department. He was placed the Luzerne County Correctional Facility.

• Kacie Bruno of North Washington Street reported at 1:46 p.m. Monday that someone entered her house and stole a television.

• A 17-year-old male from Midland Court reported at 5:32 p.m. Sept. 24 that a someone stole a gaming system, two controllers and various video games from his house.

• Chariese Cooley, 34, of North Main Street was arrested for alleged public intoxication at 2:56 a.m. Wednesday near 309 N. Main St.

• Cindy Conden, 24, of Plymouth was arrested at 12:54 a.m. Thursday for alleged prostitution near the corner of Academy Street and Carey Avenue.

• Leon Wells of South Welles Street reported at 9:29 a.m. Thursday that someone entered his house and removed cash.

• Notis Vavlas of Stout Street in Pittston reported at 8:49 a.m. Thursday that someone damaged a flag mount on the victim’s trailer while it was parked on Public Square.

• Moresse Germany, 34, of Lloyds Lane, was arrested for alleged burglary at 11:32 a.m. Wednesday after members of the Wilkes-Barre Crime Watch said they observed him entering a home on Blackman Street.

Police said they caught Germany in the house when they arrived after getting a call from crime watch members.

His bail has been set at $50,000 and he was lodged at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility.

• Allen Reifhtein, 66, of West River Street, reported at 4:19 p.m. Thursday that someone entered his house and stole jewelry.

• Lissa Bryan-Smith, of South Franklin Street, reported Thursday a laptop computer and DVDs were stolen from her vehicle when it was parked in the area of 285 S. Franklin St.

• Christy Harden, of Sheridan Street, reported Tuesday a laptop computer compute and a purse was stolen from her vehicle when it was parked in the area of 464 S. Franklin St.

• Scott Carey, of Gates Street, reported Tuesday two drum stands were stolen from his vehicle when it was parked in the area of 35 Gates St.

• Mark Linker, of North Meade Street, reported Thursday tools and pipes were stolen from 46 N. Meade St.

EDWARDSVILLE – Police charged a Plains Township man with using a forged prescription to obtain pills from a pharmacy Thursday.

Cory Stancavage, 26, of Wyoming Street, was arraigned in Wilkes-Barre Central Court on Friday on charges of forgery and misrepresentation by acquisition. He was released on $10,000 unsecured bail.

PLAINS TWP. – State police gaming enforcement office cited Cherry Inez Jones-Harris, 47, of Archbald, with theft after she allegedly stole $100 from another patron at the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs casino on Sept. 22.

PITTSTON – Shane Vonorder, 24, of Grant Street, Exeter, was arrested for allegedly assaulting a woman inside a Johnson Street house Thursday.

Vonorder was arraigned in Wilkes-Barre Central Court and jailed at the county prison for lack of $30,000 bail.

Police allege Vonorder assaulted a woman and tied her up with tape at about 3:30 a.m. Thursday. Vonorder cut the tape with a knife and ran out of the residence, according to the criminal complaint.

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