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WILKES-BARRE – A city woman pleaded guilty Thursday to charges relating to two incidents in which police say she used a laptop computer to fabricate checks to get cash.

Amber Rose Harbison, 30, with a last known address of North Sherman Street, entered the plea to two counts of forgery before Luzerne County Judge William Amesbury.

Harbison will be sentenced on Feb. 13, Amesbury said.

According to court papers, on May 23 police said Harbison tried to cash a $987 check at the Trading Post on South Main Street, Wilkes-Barre. She later told police she borrowed a friend’s laptop and fabricated several checks with the same serial number. Police said she tried to do the same with a $937 check just three days before at the Anthracite Newsstand in Wilkes-Barre.

KINGSTON – Charges of indecent assault and unlawful contact with a minor against Karl Hulsizer, 37, of Larksville, were dismissed during a preliminary hearing on Thursday.

Edwardsville police charged Hulsizer in May after an 8-year-old boy claimed he molested him inside a vehicle while it was stopped for a red light on Northampton Street in May, according to the criminal complaint.

Corruption of minors and child endangerment charges were also dismissed.

SWOYERSVILLE – Charges of simple assault, reckless endangerment and terroristic threats against Daniel Gallagher, 37, of Main Street, Luzerne, were dismissed during a preliminary hearing Thursday.

Kingston police charged Gallagher after his girlfriend, Kimberly Romanoskey, claimed he accelerated a vehicle at her, running over a suitcase she was carrying on Cooper Street, Pringle, on Oct. 26, according to the criminal complaint.

WILKES-BARRE – Charges of aggravated assault, simple assault and terroristic threats against Dwayne A. Brown, 47, of Blackman Street, were dismissed during a preliminary hearing in Wilkes-Barre Central Court on Thursday.

City police charged Brown after his girlfriend, Michelle Slater, 32, claimed he put the barrel of a shotgun in her mouth during an argument on Oct. 16, according to police.

WILKES-BARRE – Joseph Isiah Johnson, 20, of Herndon, Va., pleaded guilty to a disorderly conduct charge Thursday during a preliminary hearing in Wilkes-Barre Central Court.

City police charged Johnson after he failed to obey officers’ commands to leave the area of a traffic stop involving five occupants on Amber Lane on Oct. 26, according to the criminal complaint.

Summary offenses of public drunkenness and purchase of alcohol by a minor against Johnson were withdrawn.

KINGSTON TWP. – A woman accused by Harveys Lake police of drunken driving after a crash on Lakeside Drive waived her right to a preliminary hearing before District Judge James Tupper on Thursday.

Jennifer Lynnn Brocious, 22, of Lake Catalpa Road, Dallas Township, waived charges of driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license, resisting arrest, false reports to law enforcement and disorderly conduct to court.

Police withdrew charges of public drunkenness, careless driving and speeding.

Police allege Brocious crashed on Lakeside Drive and claimed another woman was driving the vehicle on Oct. 24. Brocious struggled with an officer and yelled profanities in the emergency room at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, according to the criminal complaint.

WILKES-BARRE – A man accused of struggling with a police officer waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Wilkes-Barre Central Court.

Musa Farrakhan, 28, of East Elm Street, Wilkes-Barre, waived charges of resisting arrest and reckless endangerment to Luzerne County Court.

Police allege Farrakhan assaulted a woman holding a 1-year-old child and yelled “allahu akbar” when he charged at an officer on East Elm and North Main streets on Oct. 16, according to the complaint.

WILKES-BARRE TWP. – A Nanticoke man accused of manufacturing methamphetamine waived his right to a preliminary hearing before District Judge Michael Dotzel on Wednesday.

Jeffrey DeLuca, 41, last known address as Alden Road, waived five counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, and one count each of risking a catastrophe, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Agents with the state Office of Attorney General Bureau searched DeLuca’s apartment on Sept. 22, finding a meth lab, according to the complaint.

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