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DALLAS TWP. – Police on Thursday said Gregory Sofia was arrested on drug charges after an investigation of marijuana being sold from a residence in the County Club Apartments on state Route 309.

Police said they served a search warrant and seized marijuana, packaging equipment, packaging material, approximately $700 in cash and drug paraphernalia.

Sofia was charged with possession with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

HAZLETON – City police reported the following:

• A crash on 15th Street near Roosevelt Street on Wednesday afternoon sent one person to Hazleton General Hospital with minor injuries. Cecilia Shellhamer of Hazleton was traveling east on Roosevelt around 4:20 p.m. when her vehicle ran into the rear of Jeep operated by Stanley Drew, also of Hazleton. Drew was taken by ambulance to the hospital.

• The driver of GMC Yukon ran a red light at the intersection of Broad and Locust streets, collided with a car and rolled onto its roof.

John Craig of Hazleton was traveling north on Locust around 4:15 p.m. and failed to stop for a red light. His SUV struck an Oldsmobile Cutlass driven by Louis Milo of Carbondale traveling west on Broad Street. Milo and his passenger Mary Milo and Craig were transported by ambulance to Hazleton General Hospital for treatment of injuries. Both vehicles were towed from the scene.

WILKES-BARRE – City police reported the following:

• Floyd Bernard, 27, of Nanticoke, faces a charge of violating a protection from abuse order Wednesday for contacting Melanie Duncan, 25, of Pittston, on North Sherman Street.

• Lori Ogurkis, 39, of Kingston, reported Wednesday the Pennsylvania license plate HTG 7650 was taken from her vehicle on East Northampton Street.

• Shelia Booth, 49, of Old River Road, reported Wednesday her debit card information was used without her permission.

• Commonwealth Telephone, of Dallas, reported damage to a company vehicle at 95 S. Washington St. on Wednesday.

• Police said Dakota Barnes, 19, of Carlisle Street, will be cited with harassment after Frank Maloney, of Parrish Street, alleged she sent several harassing text messages and phone calls on Oct. 28.

• John Cannon of Claymont Avenue, Hanover Township, reported Thursday tools and dip stick were taken from his vehicle at Kirby Park.

• The Ukranian Literary Society on North Sherman Street reported Thursday phone lines and an electrical box were damaged.

• Lisa Provau, of Parrish Street, reported Thursday her debit card was used to make an unauthorized purchase.

PLAINS TWP. – A New York City man was arraigned Thursday in Wilkes-Barre Central Court on charges he brandished a set of nunchucks that he swung in front of a patron inside Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs casino.

Juan B. Soto, 49, was charged with simple assault and possession of an offensive weapon. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $2,000 bail.

Albert Tucen told police Soto approached him and started “acting crazy” at about 1:40 a.m. Friday. Tucen claimed Soto, whom he did not know, pulled out a set of nunchucks that he began swinging like Jackie Chan, according to the criminal complaint.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Nov. 8 before District Judge Diana Malast in Plains Township.

DURYEA – A man was arraigned Friday in Wilkes-Barre Central Court on charges he assaulted his girlfriend.

John P. Garibaldi, 43, of Stephenson Road, Duryea, was charged with simple assault, disorderly conduct and harassment. He was released without bail.

Police arrested Garibaldi after Carol Benvenuto claimed he assaulted her after an argument about the lack of hot water while she was bathing a dog inside their residence Wednesday night, according to the criminal complaint.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Nov. 9 before District Judge Fred Pierantoni III in Pittston.

HANOVER TWP. – Township police reported the following:

• Police said a crash on state Route 309 on Thursday may be alcohol related.

Kelora Flaim, 19, of White Haven, lost control of a 2005 Chevrolet that rolled over after hitting a rock. Police said Flaim displayed signs of intoxication and was transported to a local hospital for a blood alcohol test.

• Police said they arrested Gregory Grant, 32, of Indian Cave Road, Shickshinny, on evidence of drunken driving after he struck the McDonald’s Restaurant drive-thru on Wednesday. Grant displayed signs of intoxication, police said.

• Police apprehended Darion Brereton, 36, of Queens, N.Y.C., on Wednesday in the Hanover Village apartment complex on an arrest warrant charging him with terroristic threats and harassment. The charges were filed on May 23.

Brereton was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $25,000 bail.

HAZLE TWP. – State police at Hazleton said a surveillance camera was stolen from Central Auto Repair sometime in October.

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