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– Statepolice at Hazleton said12 brassarmed forces flag holders werestolen from veterans’ gravesitesin the Emanuel Christian Cem-etery from Sunday to Tuesday.Cemetery groundskeeperLonnie Rinehimer discoveredthe theft.
– A wom-an was arraigned Wednesday in Wilkes-Barre Central Court oncharges she assaulted a taxidriver and resisted arrest.Josephine A. Zekas, 36, of Hemlock Street, Dallas, wascharged with simple assault,resisting arrest and harass-ment. She was released on$5,000 unsecured bail.According to the criminalcomplaint:Dave Carter told townshippolice he pulled off MemorialHighway into a parking lot when his fare, Zekas, startedacting crazy and struck himmultiple times.Police said in the complaintZekas struggled with officers when she was arrested.A preliminary hearing isscheduled on June 9 beforeDistrict Judge James Tupper inKingston Township.
– A woman wasarraigned Wednesday in Wilkes-Barre Central Court oncharges she entered a vacantbuilding.Jamie Lynn Bonner, 31, of North Wyoming Street, Hazle-ton, was charged with burglary,criminal trespass and loitering and prowling at night. She was jailed at the Luzerne CountyCorrectional Facility for lack of $5,000 bail.According to the criminalcomplaint:Police spotted Bonner on asecond-floor porch to a vacantbuilding on North Wyoming Street at about10:15 p.m. Tues-day.Bonner told police she wasin the building buying heroin,the complaint says.Police said in the complaintthat Bonner ran away and wascaptured in the area of Manhat-tan Court and Green Street.A preliminary hearing isscheduled on June 8 beforeDistrict Judge Joseph Zola inHazleton.
– A wom-an was arraigned Wednesday in Wilkes-Barre Central Court oncharges she stole items fromthe CVS Pharmacy on SouthMain Street.Monica Auguste, 30, of Irv-ing Place, Wilkes-Barre, wascharged with retail theft. Bail was set at $5,000 unsecuredbail. She remains jailed onunrelated charges.City police allege Augustetook $129 worth of diapers,baby powder, lotion and butteron April13, according to thecriminal complaint.A preliminary hearing isscheduled on June 7 in CentralCourt.
– Police arrest-ed a man they allege assaultedhis girlfriend.Richard Evans, 46, of Not-tingham Street, Plymouth, wasarraigned Wednesday in Wilkes-Barre Central Court oncharges of simple assault, dis-orderly conduct and publicdrunkenness. He was jailed atthe Luzerne County Correc-tional Facility for lack of $3,000bail.According to the criminalcomplaint:Police found Nora Simoncav-age bleeding from her mouthand Evans crouching near heron West Main Street at about10:10 p.m. Tuesday.Evans was telling Simoncav-age “how sorry he was, andhow much he loved her,” thecomplaint says.Simoncavage alleged they were walking home from a bar when Evans punched her in theface and grabbed her neck andarm.Police said Simoncavage wastreated at Wilkes-Barre GeneralHospital.A preliminary hearing isscheduled on June 7 beforeDistrict Judge Donald Whittak-er in Nanticoke.
– Citypolice reported the following:• Shaun Butler, 29, of Nanti-coke was charged with posses-sion of heroin Wednesday.Police said the arrest came as aresult of complaints from peo-ple living near a house at 852S. Franklin St. Butler was also wanted on probation violation,police said.• The Motorworld automo-bile dealership Wednesdayreported a man issued a checkthen stopped payment on it.Police are investigating thereported issuance of a badcheck.• Margaret Metzger of North Washington Street said Wednesday that a Pennsylvanialicense plate YDP14 was stolenfrom her vehicle.• Francine Fargione of Paint-ed Post, N.Y., said Wednesdaythat a door knob was damagedat residence on WestminsterStreet.• Copper pipes were stolenfrom a house in the100 blockof Carey Avenue on Tuesday.• Police said a man stoletwo barbells that were unat-tended on a sidewalk in thearea of11W. North St. on Tues-day.• An electric razor was re-ported stolen from CVS Phar-macy, South Main Street, on Tuesday.• Police said Jason Kis-thardt, of White Haven, wascharged with violating a pro-tection from abuse order aftera woman residing on WaterStreet alleged he called her on Tuesday.• Tyrone Mason of NorthEmpire Court said Saturdaymorning that his flat-screentelevision was stolen.• Lauren Loch, 24, of CatlinAvenue, was charged withpublic drunkenness after, po-lice said, she was intoxicatedon North Washington Streetearly Saturday morning.• Breanna Flynn,19, of May-ock Street, will be charged with underage drinking. Policesaid they responded to MayockStreet and determined Flynnhad consumed alcohol.• Olanda Carter, 43, of South Welles Street, wascharged with scattering trashafter a police officer said hesaw her throw a beer can in theroadway near the intersectionof East Northampton andSouth Welles streets earlySaturday morning.• Keno Johnson-Williams,34, of Jones Street, wascharged with public drunk-enness Friday night after policesaid he was intoxicated onJones Street.• David Cruz, 34, of SouthFranklin Street, will be charged with theft and receiving stolenproperty after he was seen on asurveillance video Thursdayremoving a television from aproperty owned by Audi Man-agement III on South FranklinStreet.• Shanae Coleman of NorthSherman Street reported some-one broke into her apartmentbetween Friday and Mondayand stole a 32-inch television valued at $600.
– Three peo-ple were charged with fighting inside the Mohegan Sun atPocono Downs casino anddamaging a kiosk machine inFebruary.State police gaming enforce-ment unit charged ThomasMatthew Perry, 21, of Dallas,Andrew Wolak Jr., 22, of Oly-phant, and Jeremy Paradiso,22, of Dracut, Mass, with crim-inal mischief and disorderlyconduct. The charges werefiled with District Judge DianaMalast in Plains Township andmailed to the three people.State police said damage tothe kiosk, if repaired, was$15,025 or replacement cost of $43,900, the criminal com-plaint says.Preliminary hearings arescheduled on June 28.
– Town-ship police reported the follow-ing:• A woman was taken to ahospital after a two-vehiclecrash on Lasley Avenue on Wednesday.Police said Irene Radle, of Lawrence Street, Wilkes-Barre, was turning into Telerx Com-munication when her 2001Dodge Neon was struck frombehind by a 2001Dodge Intrep-id, driven by Jessica Caines, of Sively Street, Hanover Town-ship.A passenger in Radle’s vehi-cle was taken to a hospital fortreatment.
When Nicholas Sheffler wasreadhisrights,itsoundedfamiliarto the Pittston man, who was ar-rested in Concord, N.H., Mondayforcarryingaloadedshotgunafterplansheandothersmadetorobadrugdealerunraveled,policesaid.ShefflerwasoneoffourLuzerneCounty men arrested after theydrove nearly eight hours from Wilkes-Barre on Monday to Con-cordfortheattemptedrobbery,po-licesaid.Jeremy Martin, 21, Edwin Ma-teo Jr., 22, and Joseph Hasan, 22,all of Wilkes-Barre, and Shefflerare being held in the MerrimackCounty House of Corrections inlieu of bail ranging from $100,000to $125,000 on charges including conspiracytocommitrobberyandattemptedburglary. Whilebeingtransportedinapo-lice cruiser Sheffler said he want-ed to speak to officer Joseph Rus-sell,accordingtoanarrestaffidavitfiled Monday by the Concord Po-liceDepartment.“Once the (Miranda) warnings were completed, Nicho-las told officer Russellthat he understood the warnings because he was a criminal justicemajor and that he want-ed to talk,” the affidavitsaid.AtfirstShefflersaidheand his friends were enroutetoMaineforaMe-morialDaybarbecueandthat they tricked him in-to helping in a robbery,the affidavit said. He lat-er admitted his role as alookout and said he car-ried two rolls of duct tape that were bought at a conveniencestoretobeusedtobindthedealerand any of his associates, the affi-davitsaid.Sheffler said Mateo came up withtheplanhedescribedas“fool-proof” and that “they would berich” because the dealer Mateodealt with before was a “hippie” who would neither put up any re-sistancenorcontactpolice,theaf-fidavitsaid.Before leaving Pennsylvaniathey stopped at a Kmart, whereMartin stole a package of stock-ingsandMateoboughtredbanda-nastowearduringtherobbery,theaffidavitsaid. The first attempt to enter thebuilding where thedealer lived failed be-cause the door waslocked, the affidavitsaid. After hearing noise below, the deal-er yelled from an up-stairs apartment,“What’s good, mon-ey?” according to theaffidavit.Sheffler, Mateo andMartin regrouped atthe car parked at anearby gas station where Hasan waited,theaffidavitsaid.Allfourwenttothebuildingonthe second visit and Mateo had ashotgun and Martin carried ahandgun, but two men carrying hammers ran toward them andone of them asked Mateo, “Whatareyoudoing,E?Whydoesithaveto be like this, E?” the affidavitsaid.Mateo set down the shotgun wrapped in a T-shirt and Shefflerpickeditupastheyfledthescene,theaffidavitsaid.Policewhorespondedtoacallof an attempted break-in first appre-hended Sheffler and Hasan and afewhourslatercaughtMateoandMartin, the affidavit said. OnlyMateo refused to provide a state-ment,theaffidavitsaid.
4 area men busted in N.H.
Police allege the four droveall the way to Concord onMonday to rob a drug dealer.
Before leavingPennsylvaniathey stopped ata Kmart, whereMartin stole apackage ofstockings andMateo boughtred bandanas towear during therobbery, theaffidavit said.
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rin Yanoshak, Kelsey Wolsieffer and Amanda Urbanski look at digital photos on a cam-era before the graduation of the class of 2011of Wilkes-Barre’s Holy Redeemer HighSchool on Wednesday night at Misericordia University. For a story, more photos and a listof graduates, see a special 2011graduation tab in July 9 editions of The Times Leader.
NANTICOKE – Fiscal re-sponsibility and efficient useof tax dollars were discussedat Wednesday night’s CityCouncil meeting.“We have nearly $3 millionin the bank,” said Albert Wy-toshek, city treasurer, “and Iam unclear as to what type of accounts this money is in and why we don’t get more inter-est.” He noted the interest onthese accounts was under$2,000 a year.Holly Cirko, city administra-tor, said many of the accounts were earmarked for a specificpurpose and could not be in- vested in anything long-term,such as a certificate of depos-it.“Most of these accountshave money in and money out,“ said Mayor Joseph Dougher-ty. “Attempting to collect in-terest on these types of funds would be impossible.” Wytoshek said he believedthat council should investi-gate this matter further and heplanned to determine whetherbetter interest rates could bemade on the more than 30 ac-counts held by the city.Resident Jim Samelski alsobrought up current real estateowned by the city that is notgenerating any taxes.“Can we sell these proper-ties,” Samelski asked, “so that we can collect revenue fromthem?”Doughtery said research was currently being done onthe properties’ market valueand that it was the city’s intentto sell them.In another matter, Council-man Jim Litchkowski ex-pressed interest in the pro-gress of the city’s Home RuleCharter Committee.Linda Prushinski, a memberof that committee, said thegroup was in the process of de-ciding whether an additionalmember would be added toCity Council.Prushinski said the commit-tee would be meeting Tuesdayat City Hall.Mary Cheshinski, city clerk,invited the public to the Relayfor Life event and bake sale tobe held June18-19 at City Hall.
Nanticoke eyes accounts’ interest rates
City has almost $3 million inbank and has earned less than$2,000, treasurer states.
Times Leader Correspondent
The next meeting will take place 7p.m. July 6 at City Hall.
W H AT ’S N E XT
- The regularmonthly meeting of the Du-ryea Borough Sewer Author-ity ( DBSA) will be at 7 p.m.Monday in the MunicipalBuilding.
– The regularmonthly meeting of the bor-ough council will be Thurs-day in the municipal build-ing, 752 Main St., immedi-ately after the 6:30 p.m. work session.
– RobertF. Connors, tax collector,reminds residents that thecounty/municipal face peri-od will end Monday. The tax office will be open6 to 7 p.m. Monday. If mail-ing payment, it must reachthe tax office by then. Taxpayers should returnthe whole bill. If a receipt isrequested, send a self-ad-dressed, stamped envelope.If an appointment is needed,call 570-693-0130 after 4 p.m.Monday through Friday.
– TaxCollector Mary Ann Brodgin-ski reminds residents thatthe end of the face period isJune 14 for the 2011 county/municipal property taxes.Collection during the pen-alty period is by appoint-ment only by calling 825-4043. Send both copies of tax bill when mailing in pay-ments.