Heroin, Handguns Seized During Traffic Stop

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KINGSTON, PA — Police seized a large amount of heroin and two handguns during a traffic stop where one of two men used a state Department of Corrections identification card to identify himself, according to charges filed.

Police said they stopped a Lincoln for heavily tinted windows on Market Street early Thursday morning.

During the stop, an odor of marijuana was detected coming from the car that was rapidly shaking side-to-side due to movements inside the vehicle, police said.

Police said Braemar Omir Parrish, 28, of Allentown, used a state prison card to identify himself.

Read more: http://www.timesleader.com/news/local-news/50099364/Heroin-handguns-seized-during-traffic-stop#.U-O8efRDsxI

Wilkes-Barre Pair Wanted On Drug Trafficking Charges

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Two Wilkes-Barre residents free on bail on charges that they attacked police officers are now wanted on felony drug trafficking charges after police found nearly 1,800 packets of heroin at their Scott Street home, according to court documents.

The arrest warrants stem from a pair of raids conducted earlier this month on homes on Scott Street in which city and state police seized 1,779 packets of heroin worth $35,580, a .45-caliber Gock pistol and $9,000 in cash.

Police say three people were involved in the drug ring: Christian Caraballo, 29, of 1164 Scott St., and two of his girlfriends: Benita Placencio, 39, of the same address; and Juleisy Bienida Abreu-Peralta, 20, of 960 Scott St.

Read more: http://citizensvoice.com/news/w-b-pair-wanted-on-drug-trafficking-charges-1.1721399

Man Kidnapped At Sword-Point Friday Survived Earlier Wilkes-Barre Shooting

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Recently, he survived a gunshot wound to the head. Now, he survived a kidnapping at sword-point.

Josue Vargas, 27, was kidnapped from his residence at 62 Hutson St., Wilkes-Barre, in the early hours of Friday morning and taken to a dark, vacant location where two men terrorizing him with a sword stripped him naked and told him they would kill them if he didn’t hand over his bank card, according to an affidavit.

Police charged Jhojan “Flaco” Guerra, 27, and Juan “Speedy” Hernandez, 34, with kidnapping, robbery and related offenses following their arrests shortly after Vargas explained what officers called “a disturbing list of events.”

The defendants claimed Vargas owed them money from a prior debt and knew he was just paid, according to police. The alleged kidnappers struck Vargas in the face to force him into the vehicle around 1 a.m., police said.

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Glodzik Gets 3-12 Months, Work Release In Theft Case In Wilkes-Barre

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WILKES-BARRE, PA — “An unfair sentence by a timid judge.”

That was how defense attorney Joseph Sklarosky Sr. characterized the three- to 12-month jail term handed down against his client, former city towing contractor Leo A. Glodzik III, following Glodzik’s sentencing on theft charges Friday morning in Luzerne County Court.

County Judge Lesa S. Gelb gave Glodzik until 9 a.m. Friday to report to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility, and declared him immediately available for work release. Sklarosky said Glodzik will appeal in the near future.

LAG Towing owner Glodzik, 43, of Wilkes-Barre, was the city’s exclusive tower for more than eight years, until May 31, 2013. That’s the day he was arrested on accusations of stealing $2,100 planted inside a Cadillac he towed four months earlier, believing the car had been seized from a drug dealer. The cash was bait money planted as part of an FBI sting operation.

Read more: http://timesleader.com/news/local-news-news/1525405/Glodzik-gets-3-to-12-months-in-jail

Five People Arrested In Buy/Bust Drug Stings In Wilkes-Barre

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WILKES-BARRE, PA — City police and state police troopers with the Vice and Narcotics Unit arrested five people in unrelated buy-bust drug stings on Wednesday.

According to the criminal complaints:

• Johnathan M. Simmons, 23, of Culver Street, Forty Fort, was charged with selling heroin in the area of North Grant Street and Amber Lane at about 12:55 p.m., which is in a school zone. Police had to stun Simmons with a Taser when he allegedly attempted to run away.

Simmons was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and criminal use of communication facility. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $50,000 bail.

Read more: http://timesleader.com/news/local-news-news/1384043/Five-people-arrested-in-buy-bust-drug-operations-in-Wilkes-Barre

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Man Charged In Fatal Stabbing In Wilkes-Barre

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WILKES-BARRE, PA — Luzerne County Coroner’s Office Tuesday morning identified Charles Edmonds, 27, who died from apparent stab wounds he suffered during a fight inside an apartment building on South Hancock Street Monday night.

An autopsy is scheduled later today at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

Edmonds died at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township.

Police said Tuesday morning they charged Al-Tariq Peterkin, 31, with an open count of criminal homicide. He was jailed at the county correctional facility without bail.

Read more: http://timesleader.com/news/local-news/1311090/Man-charged-in-fatal-stabbing-in-Wilkes-Barre

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Heroin, Marijuana Found In Car With Kids In Wilkes-Barre

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WILKES-BARRE, PA — City police pursuing two men after a hand-to-hand exchange on South Main Street found heroin and marijuana in a vehicle with three young children.

Police said heroin packets in zip-lock bags were found in an open can of Natty Daddy beer and a bag of marijuana was found in the console of the car driven by 29-year-old Tyrell Lee Dunbar, according to charges filed.

Dunbar said the three children, ages 1, 3 and 5, inside the car were his kids. The children were turned over to their grandmother, police said.

Dunbar, of Sambourne Street, Wilkes-Barre, was charged with three counts of endangering the welfare of children and one count each of driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Read more: http://timesleader.com/news/local-news-news/1292786/Heroin-marijuana-found-in-car-with-kids

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Hazleton Man Charged In Fatal Shooting Outside Bar

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HAZLETON, PA — Police charged Terrence Clarke in a fatal shooting early Sunday morning witnessed by state troopers who later captured him after a foot chase.

The victim, Garey S. Cox, 45, of East Eighth Street, Hazleton, later died at Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest in Allentown.

Clarke, 26, of North Locust Street, Hazleton, wounded another man in the shooting the occurred around 2:10 a.m. outside Shaker’s Bar at 711 W. Diamond Ave., police said. The injured man was hospitalized, police said. His name and condition were not available.

Read more:  http://timesleader.com/news/local-news/1168061/Hazleton-man-charged-in-fatal-shooting-outside-bar

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Drugs, Guns Found Across Greater Nanticoke Area Schools

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NANTICOKE, PA — City police and the Luzerne County Drug Task Force arrested four people and seized a large amount of heroin, crack cocaine and handguns from a house in a school zone.

The house 424 Kosciuszko St. is directly across from the Greater Nanticoke Area high school, middle school and elementary school, and the recess yard for elementary school students, according to charges filed.

Authorities said they found five handguns in which three were loaded, ammunition, 450 heroin packets in a shoe box, crystal methamphetamine, a digital scale, nearly 50 heroin packets scattered in different bedrooms, two marijuana grinders and smoking pipes, marijuana, and nearly $6,000 throughout the house late Thursday afternoon.

Read more: http://timesleader.com/news/local-news/1148299/Drugs-guns-found-across-Greater-Nanticoke-Area-schools

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Man Charged With Raping Teen Girl In Sherman Hills

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WILKES-BARRE, PA — City police arrested a man they say raped a 14-year-old girl inside an apartment at Sherman Hills last year.

Maurice Anthony Porter, 26, of Elizabeth Street, Dallas, was arraigned today by District Judge Martin Kane on six counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, three counts each of aggravated indecent assault and indecent assault, and one count each of rape, statutory sexual assault, sexual assault and corruption of minors. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $200,000 bail.

Read more: http://timesleader.com/news/local-news/1145679/Man-charged-with-raping-teen-girl-in-Sherman-Hills

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Sherman Hills Moves To Evict 10

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WILKES-BARRE, PA — Sherman Hills Realty has filed eviction notices against 10 tenants — including an eyewitness in a homicide case — for non-payment of rent and lease violations.

The notices were filed with District Judge Martin Kane in Wilkes-Barre.

One of the tenants being evicted for failure to pay rent is a witness in the deadly shooting within the troubled apartment complex in November.

Jasmin Frazier allegedly owes $366 in back rent. She testified during a preliminary hearing last month that she saw Kenneth Evans III, 21, brandishing a handgun and reaching into a Jeep Grand Cherokee discharging two rounds that struck Shantique Goodson, 27, on Nov. 11.

Read more: http://timesleader.com/news/local-news/1113673/Sherman-Hills-moves-to-evict-10

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Police Say Duo Had More Than 300 Packets Of Heroin

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KINGSTON, PA — A New Jersey man and his homeless associate were arrested Friday in a drug bust in which police seized more than 300 packets of heroin.

Kingston police say they received a phone call Friday morning from a confidential informant, who told them a drug deal was about to take place on Wright Avenue. The informant provided a description of the suspects and the vehicle — a red Jeep Cherokee — that would be involved.

Plain clothes detectives from the Kingston Police Narcotics Unit established surveillance in the area and saw a male fitting the description of one of the males provided by the informant in the area of Wright Avenue and Pierce Street not long after 12:30 p.m.

Read more: http://timesleader.com/news/local-news/1100762/Police-say-duo-had-more-than-300-packets-of-heroin

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Wilkes-Barre Resident Jailed After Shooting At Sherman Hills

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A Wilkes-Barre man spent Christmas in jail after allegedly shooting his cousin in the leg during a fight at the troubled Sherman Hills housing complex.

Tyrone Scott, 34, faces charges including aggravated assault, assault with a deadly weapon, illegally possessing a weapon – police said he was not allowed to own a gun because he is a convicted felon – unlawful restraint and simple assault.

The incident occurred around 12:15 p.m. Wednesday in building 312 of Sherman Hills.

Scott apparently got into a fight with his cousin, Nathan Scott, on Christmas Eve.

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Arrest In Forty Fort Homicide

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FORTY FORT, PA — A Plains Township man was arraigned overnight on charges he fatally shot another man Tuesday night.

Brian Leonard Pavia, 39, was charged with criminal homicide in the deadly shooting of John Dulsky outside 1217 Wyoming Ave. just before 7 p.m.

According to police, Officer Brian Casella responded to the address and encountered Pavia standing in front of a Ford pickup truck in a driveway. Pavia pointed to a man lying face down on the ground in snow.

Pavia allegedly told police Dulsky punched him in the face and “could not believe this was all over a snow blower,” police said.

Read more: http://timesleader.com/news/local-news/1064015/Arrest-in-Forty-Fort-homicide

Arrest In Wilkes-Barre Homicide

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Wilkes-Barre, PA – Seconds after a preliminary hearing on a robbery charge late Tuesday morning, Luzerne County detectives and city police arrested Lamar Curry-Davis, 19, for the fatal shooting of Eduardo Daniel Madera last month.

Curry-Davis, of Cleveland, Ohio, was in court before District Judge Rick Cronauer on a charge he robbed another man on Park Avenue on Nov. 23. While his attorney was arguing for a bail reduction, authorities advised Cronauer that Curry-Davis was being arrested for the killing of Madera.

Read more: http://www.timesleader.com/news/local-news/1061389/Arrest-in-Wilkes-Barre-homicide

Six People Arrested On Drug Trafficking Charges

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HANOVER TWP. — Two people were arrested after authorities allege they sold crack cocaine near a school and four others were picked up on heroin trafficking charges.

Egerton “Repo” Wood, 37, of Boland Avenue, Hanover Township, and Geovanni Henry Johnson, 32, of Horton Street, Wilkes-Barre, were arrested earlier this week on charges they sold crack cocaine within 1000 feet of the Hanover Area Memorial School on West Saint Marys Road.

Authorities allege they seized crack cocaine, marijuana, a scale and cash during the arrest and execution of a search warrant.

Read more: http://www.timesleader.com/news/local-news/1032802/Six-people-arrested-on-drug-trafficking-charges

Car Seized, Phone Records Wanted In Onley Murder Case

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WILKES-BARRE, PA – Police on Friday seized a car and got search warrants to obtain more cellphone records in the murder of Michael Onley, according to court records.

The car, a silver 2005 Mercedez-Benz, was stopped for a traffic violation Thursday night and had been sitting in a Plymouth impound lot, according to police.

Investigators hope to find evidence a gun was fired in the car – fingerprints, gunshot residue, blood, guns, ammunition or other trace evidence – that would link it to the death of Onley, a deejay known as “DJ Mo” who was shot in the forehead in a drive-by shooting at Outsiders Bar at 650 S. Main St. on Oct. 13.

According to an affidavit filed in support of the warrant, witnesses told police the shots came from a silver or gray car, possibly a Mercedez-Benz, that was driving south on South Pennsylvania Avenue.

Read more: http://citizensvoice.com/news/car-seized-phone-records-wanted-in-onley-murder-case-1.1590050

600 Heroin Packets Seized, Hazleton Man Arrested

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KINGSTON, PA — An intensified search in the Kingston area for an alleged heroin dealer ended with the man’s capture Wednesday night.

Arial “Shorty” Alvarez, 28, of North Manhattan Court, was apprehended when he was spotted walking in the area of Pierce Street and Warren Avenue, about two hours after he allegedly sold about 600 heroin packets, authorities said.

Drug agents with Kingston police and Luzerne County Drug Task Force set up to buy heroin from a man known as “Shorty,” later identified as Alvarez just after 8 p.m.

Read more: http://timesleader.com/news/local-news/984891/600-heroin-packets-seized-Hazleton-man-arrested

Arrest Made In Sherman Hills Shooting

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WILKES-BARRE, PA — Police early this morning made an arrest in the deadly shooting of a woman at Sherman Hills on Monday and are calling the death a homicide.

Police said Shantique Goodson, of 328 Parkview Circle, Sherman Hills, is the woman who suffered multiple gunshot wounds at the apartment complex at about 4:15 p.m. Monday.

Kenneth Malik Evans III, 21, of 19 S. Empire St., Wilkes-Barre, was taken into custody at approximately 1:30 this morning at police headquarters. He was arraigned by District Judge Ronald Swank in Wright Township on an open count of criminal homicide and jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility without bail.

Read more: http://timesleader.com/news/local-news/979548/Arrest-made-in-Sherman-Hills-shooting

Authorities Seize 2,000 Bags Of Heroin In Wilkes-Barre

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A staggering amount of drugs, including 2,000 bags of heroin, were recovered Friday night in Wilkes-Barre.

Police said a large amount of crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia, “proceeds from drug trafficking” and in total, more than $45,000 worth of heroin were seized at about 9:30 p.m. Friday.

Kenneth Evans, 21, of 19 S. Empire St., was arrested at his home after a search of his residence recovered the illegal substances. Police said Evans had been targeted for dealing drugs in the Sherman Hills area and from his home.

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