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Recent Crime News
Thursday | via The Citizens' Voice
A felony charge of aggravated assault was dismissed at a preliminary hearing for a local event promoter accused of shooting another man at a city nightclub in July. Ronald Drayton, 47, was initially charged with felony counts of aggravated assault, illegally possessing a firearm and carrying a firearm without a license as well as six misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment for allegedly shooting a man at the Passion Lounge on July 10. Magisterial District Judge Martin Kane ruled Wednesday that due to insufficient lack of evidence, the commonwealth did not properly prove Drayton was responsible for the shooting and dismissed the aggravated assault charge. Comment?
Monday Nov 23 | via The Citizens' Voice
A man told police he was robbed Sunday afternoon at North Pennsylvania Avenue and Butler Street when a woman he's familiar with asked to borrow a few dollars. When the victim, 41, of Wilkes-Barre, pulled out his money, a male accompanying the woman grabbed the cash, pushed him away and ran, police said. Comment?
Sunday Nov 22 | via The Citizens' Voice
Clement allegedly fought with officers who responded to a reported assault at the casino. During a struggle, he allegedly reached for an officer's gun. Comment?
Saturday Nov 21 | via The Times-Tribune
Accompanied by his politically powerful parents, Mr. Kane surrendered Friday to face accusations he filed fraudulent paperwork during his failed campaign for magisterial district judge earlier this year. State police charged the 33-year-old butcher with forgery, false swearing and two counts of filing a nominating petition with forged signatures and false information. Comment?
Friday Nov 20 | via The Times-Tribune
On a normal day, the Lackawanna County sheriff's office collects an estimated five to 15 applications to carry guns. This week, the department processed 132 permit applications as of about 1 p.m. Friday, meaning the average surged to at least 26 per day. Comment?
Friday Nov 20 | via The Citizens' Voice
A Wilkes-Barre man was sentenced to seven years in prison for possessing and brandishing a gun while trafficking drugs, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. U.S. District Judge Richard P. Conaboy also sentenced Jorge Mojica, 25, to three years of probation upon his release from prison, prosecutors said. Comment?
Thursday Nov 19 | via The Citizens' Voice
County prosecutors on Wednesday responded to accused killer Jordan Stevens' effort to throw out results of DNA testing, arguing investigators had cause to get a search warrant. Stevens, 29, is charged with criminal homicide and aggravated assault for a Sept. Comment?
Tuesday Nov 17 | via The Times-Tribune
Police arrested an Easton man Saturday evening who allegedly tried to sell CDs at Wal-Mart and then threatened a witness with an ice pick in the Sheetz parking lot. According to township police, Daniel Madsen, 31, attempted to sell the CDs inside of the Wal-Mart in the Wilkes-Barre Township Marketplace around 11:20 p.m. When Madsen was told to leave the store, he began to argue with employees, police said. Comment?
Sunday Nov 15 | via The Citizens' Voice
Police arrested a Hanover Township man who robbed two men and then broke into a home to elude officers Friday afternoon. Police saw Mark Antonio Madera, 28, rob a man at gunpoint at Vine and Seventh streets. Comment?
Saturday Nov 14 | via Erie Times News
Matt Murray earned his second shutout of the season and seven different Penguins players scored goals in a 7-0 undressing of the rival Hershey Bears in front of 5,467 at Mohegan Sun Arena on Friday. The win improved the Penguins to an AHL-best 10-1-0-0 on the season. Comment?
Thursday Nov 12 | via The Citizens' Voice
Murder suspect Jordan Stevens wants results of a second search warrant for his DNA and fingerprints thrown out, arguing the application was based on the same lack of probable cause cited in a previous search warrant. Stevens, 29, is charged with criminal homicide and aggravated assault for a Sept. Comment?
Tuesday Nov 10 | via WNEP-TV Moosic
James Calderone is still in the hospital in critical condition after what appears to be another incident of "suicide by cop." This is at least the third time a "suicide by cop" incident has happened in our area in the past four months. Comment?
Monday Nov 9 | via The Citizens' Voice
A Wilkes-Barre man allegedly attempted to take a stun gun from police and spat in an officer's face while in custody for trespassing at the Hilltop apartment complex on Saturday. Police responded to 1017 Roosevelt St. after the property manager, Robert Makara, reported that Kenneth Betcher, 50, was on the premises. Comment?
Friday Nov 6 | via Daily Mail
Brooklyn thug who shot and killed a baby boy while aiming for the child's father sentenced to 25 years in prison Dacquan Breland, 25, and Dacquan Wright, 21, were convicted in July of the shooting death of 16-month-old Antiq Hennis in September 2013 Wright had passed the gun to Breland, who later boasted that he shot the baby's father, not realizing he had hit the child A Brooklyn thug who shot dead a 16-month-old baby in a stroller while trying to kill the boy's father was sentenced Friday to 25 years to life in prison. Daquan Breland, 25, kept his head bowed in Brooklyn Supreme Court as his sentence was handed down, after being found guilty of murder in July. Comment?
Saturday Oct 31 | via The Citizens' Voice
State Trooper sets up a police line using a shopping cart following reports of shots fired near a Wal-Mart store in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015. Police in northeastern Pennsylvania have a suspect in custody. Comment?
Saturday Oct 31 | via Greenwich Citizen
ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS OCT. 31-NOV. 1 - FILE - In this file photo taken July 16, 2015, standing in line from front, Scranton, Pa., Mayor Bill Courtright, Scranton Police Chief Carl Graziano, Scranton Police Lt. Comment?
Friday Oct 30 | via The Citizens' Voice
Luzerne County District Attorney candidate Vito DeLuca answers a question during a candidates forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters at Wyoming Seminary in Kingston on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015. Christopher Dolan / Staff Photographer CHRISTOPHER DOLAN / THE CITIZENS' VOICE Democratic challenger Vito DeLuca took aim at Salavantis during Thursday's forum, saying he's prosecuted as many cases as Salavantis has in the four years she's been in the district attorney's office. Comment?
Thursday Oct 29 | via The Citizens' Voice
City police are investigating three shooting incidents in Wilkes-Barre in less than 14 hours from Wednesday night into Thursday. One man was hurt in a shooting late Wednesday night. Comment?
Wednesday Oct 28 | via The Citizens' Voice
A Scranton man accused of accidentally shooting a woman in the face outside a Turkey Hill will face half of his original charges in county court. Robert France, 29, faces charges of aggravated assault and carrying a firearm without a license after waiving his preliminary hearing Tuesday. Comment?
Oct 27, 2015 | via The Citizens' Voice
By the time the case concluded Monday, Buggs had pleaded guilty to a summary count of harassment and was sentenced to 90 days of probation. Buggs, 29, of 502 Hazle St., was accused of stabbing her boyfriend, 24-year-old Brandon Eubanks, in an apartment at 300 Parkview Circle in the Sherman Hills apartment complex the morning of Feb. 3. Witnesses reported the couple got into an argument in an apartment, then continued to argue in the hall. Comment?
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