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MESHOPPEN – State police on Friday captured a wanted man found in a hollowed-out, wooden, box spring frame under a mattress in the bedroom of a residence on Fairview Street where his girlfriend tried to hide him.

State police said a warrant for felony burglary was out for Bernard Gillespie, 34, of Williamsport. Lycoming County also issued a warrant for Gillespie for a probation violation.

At the time of his arrest, state police said he had a small amount of marijuana, a smoking bong and a hypodermic needle on him.

He was committed to the Wyoming County Correctional Facility pending transfer to Lycoming County.

His girlfriend, Jennifer Dietrick, 33, of Muncy, was charged with hindering apprehension or prosecution. State police said she knew of the warrants for Gillespie and gave false information about his whereabouts on Friday and on prior attempts to apprehend him.

HANOVER TWP. – Township police reported the following:

• An employee of Emerald Anthracite on Front Street said Friday that utility poles on the property were brought down to remove three transformers and copper wire.

Police are trying to locate a black pickup truck that had two men in it that was seen leaving the area. Anyone with information is asked to contact Hanover Township police at 570 825-1254 or Luzerne County 911.

• While investigating the report of a broken window Saturday at the Morbid Curiosity store on the Sans Souci Parkway, police took into custody two juvenile males for underage drinking and possession of alcohol. The boys were issued citations and released into the custody of their guardians. Two other boys were not charged and were released.

• Ronald Kripp, 42, of Oxford Street, was taken into custody Saturday on a charge of criminal trespass after a homeowner on Luzerne Street said she saw him leaving her residence. Kripp was arraigned by District Judge Joseph Halesey and committed to the county prison for lack of $5,000 bail.

• Wendy Butts of Montoursville told police Sunday that the paint and a tire on her 2009 Toyota Prius were damaged while it was parked at the U.S. Army Reserve Center on Steward Road.

• Four teenage males fled the China House Buffet restaurant Sunday without paying for their meals. The teenagers fled in a black 1990s model Dodge sedan with a Pennsylvania license plate that might read HND0347. Anyone with information is asked to contact Hanover Township police at 570 829-1254 or Luzerne County 911.

• A green plastic box containing 250 rounds of .45-caliber ammunition fell off a car Sunday afternoon as it drove away on South Main Street. A witness told police a dark green conversion van stopped to pick up the box and then drove away. Anyone with information is asked to contact Hanover Township police at 570-829-1254 or Luzerne County 911.

DORRANCE TWP. – David Eugene Michno, 52, of Blue Ridge Trail, said someone tried to enter his residence the afternoon of March 25.

Michno said he heard the handles on several doors shake while he was at home. After trying to enter the house, the person entered Michno’s vehicle at the rear of his residence and removed items. Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact state police at Hazleton at 570 459-3890.

FORTY FORT – James Dale Hunter of Dallas was arrested on evidence of driving under the influence early Sunday morning on the Cross Valley Expressway.

State police said Hunter was driving in an erratic manner and showed signs of intoxication when stopped. He was arrested and given a breath test.

HAZLE TWP. – State police are investigating a hit-and-run crash that occurred Friday morning at the traffic light on state Route 924 and the northbound ramp to Interstate 81.

A Nissan Sentra driven by Yonas Birhanu, 26, of Butler Township, was stopped at a red light in the eastbound left turning lane waiting to enter the interstate when his car was struck in the rear by a black SUV, which fled. Birhanu, who was not injured, provided a partial Pennsylvania license plate J3147.

LACEYVILLE – State police and members of the U.S. Marshals Service apprehended Rafe Alan Seiler, 34, who was wanted in Indiana.

While serving the arrest warrant Friday morning, state police saw a handgun and a sawed-off shotgun in the residence, authorities said. Seiler was arrested and charged with receiving stolen property for the handgun and prohibited offensive weapons for the shotgun, state police said. Seiler was arraigned by District Judge John Hovan and committed to the Wyoming County Correctional Facility for lack of $25,000 bail.

WILKES-BARRE – City police reported the following:

• Brandon Michael Marsola of Swetland Lane, West Wyoming, was charged with public drunkenness early Sunday morning after an officer saw him walking on North Main Street yelling obscenities into a cell phone, police said.

• John Monseur of Parrish Street said Sunday afternoon that someone entered his property on Hutson Street and removed copper pipes.

The basement of the building sustained water damage as a result. There was no estimate available on the total loss and damage.

• Jessica Angelen Spino of South Sherman Street will be charged with hindering apprehension Sunday afternoon after police said she slammed the door in the face of an officer looking for a wanted man at her residence.

City police said they were dispatched to assist Wilkes-Barre Township police in the apprehension of David Vanseco whose vehicle was parked in the driveway of Spino’s residence. Vanseco was found hiding under a blanket in the residence, police said.

Spino was taken into custody and later released.

• Police said Rais George Richards of Hanover was charged with public drunkenness late Saturday night after he called Luzerne County 911 and asked to see police, who found him on East Northampton Street. Richards was found to be highly intoxicated, police said.

• Jonathan Housenick of Pine Run Road said Saturday night that an XO Vision 7-inch touch screen was stolen from his vehicle while he was working at the Arena Bar & Grill on Coal Street.

He said a passenger-side window was broken to gain entry. The estimated damage and loss was $350.

• Amanda Noll of Garnett Lane said Saturday that her residence was burglarized between March 25 and March 28 while she was away. Noll said a Dell computer mouse, keyboard and hard drive, approximately 300 DVDs, a radio and 50 compact discs were taken. There was no estimate available on the damage and loss.

• Desalegn Tafera of Light Street, Bloomsburg, will be charged with violating a protection from abuse order for having contact with Rahel Alemu of Plymouth Avenue on Saturday night, police said.

Alemu went to police headquarters to report that Tafera followed her from her residence to a convenience store on Carey Avenue, made contact with her and yelled at her before fleeing, police said.

• Donna Lee Baldrica of Hill Street was charged with public drunkenness after police said she was walking in traffic in the area of Hill Street and Park Avenue on Saturday night.

Police said she tried to kick a passing vehicle and was staggering in the roadway. When contacted, she was found to be highly intoxicated, taken into custody and taken to police headquarters, where she was held until she was sober.

• A $1,500 Power Cable generator was reported stolen from a storage trailer near the intersection of Scott and Laird streets. The theft occurred between March 1 and Friday after a padlock on the trailer was cut.

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