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WILKES-BARRE – A convicted sex offender living in a Park Avenue apartment since January was arrested Thursday for failing to notify state police of his residence, investigators said.

Billy Joe O’Brien, 26, was committed to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $5,000 bail.

Luzerne County Detective Charles Balogh and members of the state police served a search warrant at the Park Avenue apartment and found O’Brien. He was convicted of indecent assault and corruption of minors and under state law had to register with the state police, according to the affidavit of probable cause to support his arrest. He failed to report to the state police by May 24 for his yearly registration, according to the affidavit.

O’Brien previously spent time in the county prison for failing to register and was released on Sept. 22, 2010, according to the affidavit.

PLYMOUTH – A man faces charges for setting out for his ex-girlfriend’s residence with an ax to harm her, police said.

John Earl Douglas, 34, of Vine Street was committed to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $2,000 Thursday.

He was charged with having a prohibited offensive weapon and disorderly conduct.

Police were dispatched to an emergency call that Douglas had an ax and was going to a residence on West Shawnee Avenue around 10:40 p.m. to harm Amanda Gregorio, according to the affidavit of probable cause to support his arrest.

Officers searched for Douglas and found him walking on Vine Street with a juvenile, the affidavit said.

Douglas admitted having an ax when he left his residence to go to see his ex-girlfriend, the affidavit said. Douglas told police that he and the juvenile “ditched” the ax when they headed back to his residence, the affidavit said. Douglas and the youth took police to the rear of a building on Cherry Street where they recovered the ax, the affidavit said.

WILKES-BARRE – City police reported the following:

• Heather Gamble, 30, of Wyoming Street was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia Friday after police said she was in the area of West Chestnut and Sycamore streets with a pipe used for smoking marijuana.

• Jason Kisthardt, 25, of Towanda was arrested on a warrant at Penn Plaza on North Pennsylvania Avenue for allegedly violating a protection from abuse order.

• Andrea Dapalito, 28, of Marlborough Avenue, was charged with public drunkenness Friday after police said she was intoxicated on East Northampton Street.

• Scott Rose, 38, of Mountain Top was taken into custody Friday by members of the police VIPER unit investigating a report of a wanted person at a residence on Logan Street. Rose, who was wanted by the Luzerne County Sheriff’s Department on outstanding warrants, became combative with police and was subdued with the aid of a stun gun, police said. He was turned over to the sheriff’s department and will be charged with resisting arrest. Rose was committed to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility.

• A fire extinguisher was discharged Thursday inside a bazaar building at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church on East Main Street.

• Dawn Zdanowicz of East Dorrance Street, Kingston, was charged with retail theft after she allegedly tried to leave the Family Dollar store on South Main Street Wednesday without paying for sunglasses and clothing items.

• Brian Roberts of Beverly Drive, Edwardsville, will be charged with receiving stolen property and theft by deception after he allegedly sold an engagement ring belonging to Robyn Roberts of Plymouth Avenue at the Main Street Trading Post on South Main Street on Thursday afternoon.

• A 14-year-old boy from Warrior Run said his bicycle was stolen from the Millennium Circle on the River Common on Monday night.

• Samantha Mundy of Sambourne Street said Wednesday that her credit card was used without her authorization.

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