The following criminal charges were filed in Lackawanna County Court between Nov. 2 and Nov. 25. All accounts are derivative of police affidavits, all charges are pending following respective preliminary hearings, and all suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
• THEFT CHARGES were filed Nov. 25 against Angelica Allen, 19, of Pittston Avenue, Moosic, after she allegedly stole several items from the gas station where she was formerly employed. Veerkaran Singh, the owner of the Exxon gas station on Montage Mountain Road, notified police after he noticed money shortages when Allen would work. When Singh spoke with Allen, she admitted to taking multiple food and drink items while working, cash, and also activating gift cards to exchange for cash for other products at different Exxon locations. Singh estimated to police that Allen stole $975 in gift card purchases, $903 in cash and $282.41 in products taken. Officer Bryan Besecker was the arresting officer.
Allen was arraigned on Nov. 25 on two counts of theft and one count each of receiving stolen property and access device fraud. She was released on $5,000 unsecured bail, and a preliminary hearing is set for Dec. 5
• DRUG CHARGES were filed on Nov. 25 against Vincent Beckett, 36, of Marton Street, Scranton. Police received a call about a disorderly man yelling on his cell phone in the middle of the street. When police approached the man, they asked if he had any illegal drugs on him. Beckett responded no and told police they could search him. The allegedly found a push-rod used to pack crack cocaine pipes, two empty packets of heroin, a cigarette container that contained part of a burnt broken crack pipe, and other paraphernalia, according to police. Cpl. Justin Butler was the arresting officer.
Beckett was arraigned on Nov. 26 on three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and one count each of possession of marijuana and resisting arrest. He is held for a lack of $10,000 bail, and a preliminary hearing is set for Dec. 5.
• THEFT CHARGES were filed on Nov. 23 against Jonathan Fuller, 25, of Thunderbird Drive, Scranton, after he allegedly stole firearms and sold them for money. In August, detectives investigated a report of missing firearms belonging to Brian Nicholoff. Nicholoff believed his five missing guns were stolen by Fuller, the grandson of the tenant who rents his apartment. Fuller had allegedly previously stolen property from the residence. When police interviewed Fuller, he allegedly admitted to stealing the fire arms to support his crack cocaine habit. All five firearms were sold for a total of $900. Det. Jennifer Gerrity was the arresting officer.
Fuller was arraigned on Nov. 23 on charges of theft and receiving stolen property. He is held for a lack of 10 percent of $5,000 bail, and a preliminary hearing is set for Dec. 5.
• RETAIL THEFT CHARGES were filed on Nov. 25 against Robert Heal, 58, of Suffex Street, Old Forge, after he allegedly stole a food processor from Boscov’s in the Steamtown Mall. A loss prevention officer witnessed Heal walk out of the store with a Kitchen Aid food processor without paying for it. The officer chased after Heal, took him back to the store, and verified that no food processors were sold prior to Heal being stopped. The item was valued at $229.99. Heal has bas been convicted on five prior retail theft charges. Ptlm. Lowell Stevens was the arresting officer.
Heal was arraigned on Nov. 25 on charges of retail theft and receiving stolen property. He is held for a lack of $10,000 bail, and a preliminary hearing is set for Dec. 5.
• RETAIL THEFT CHARGES were filed Nov. 23 against Chastity Hendricks, 35, of Barney Street, Wilkes Barre, after she allegedly stole items from a K-Mart in Moosic. Hendricks was seen by a store employee taking papers out of a purse and stuffing the bag with items from the store. The employee stopped Hendricks before she left the store. Inside the purse was two hat/shirt combos and a piece of pink lingerie. Police also found Orajel inside her back pocket. Another K-Mark employee found the tags to the items in the toilet of the store bathroom. Hendricks was previously convicted on five of her eight prior retail theft charges. Officer James Decker was the arresting officer.
She was arraigned on Nov. 23 on one count of retail theft. She is held for a lack of $5,000 bail, and a preliminary hearing is set for Dec. 5.
• ASSAULT CHARGES were filed on Nov. 25 against Corey Lewis, 18, of North Washington Avenue, Scranton, after an altercation with is girlfriend. Police were called to the scene after a report of a physical domestic assault. Lewis’ girlfriend informed police that Lewis allegedly hit her in the side several times, choked her, and then slammed her head off of a coffee table before returning the cell phone. When police arrested Lewis, he proceeded to continually bang his head off of the patrol vehicle, according to the affidavit. Ptlm. Robert McKeon was the arresting officer.
Lewis was arraigned on Nov. 25 on charges of simple assault, harassment, and disorderly conduct. He is held for a lack of $10,000 bail, and a preliminary hearing is set for Dec. 5.
• FRAUD CHARGES were filed on Nov. 2 against Christine Williams, 47, of 10th Avenue, Scranton after an investigation into her income. For three months in 2010, Williams participated in “SNAP” food stamps program, using roughly $1,720 to obtain food. In 2010, Williams failed to report her self-employment income, resulting in the $1,720 not being entitled to her. Inspector General Agent Moriah Talarico was the arresting officer.
Williams was charged by summons with the fraudulent obtainment of food stamps. She waived a preliminary hearing on Dec. 2.
- MATT MORGIS / FOR GO LACKAWANNA