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SUGAR NOTCH – A 17-year-old borough boy will be petitioned to juvenile court on felony theft charges.

Police said the teen on June 22 stole a 1989 Kawasaki motorcycle from beneath the porch of a Grove Street home. The motorcycle was recovered the next day in a wooded area behind Woodland Road.

Police said residents heard the teen “bragging about the theft.” The teen later admitted to police he stole the motorcycle to ride with his friends.

The juvenile petition was filed Monday. The arresting officer was Chief Chris Pelchar.

SUGAR NOTCH – Borough police filed charges Monday against a Wilkes-Barre man accused of assaulting a man at the Holy Family Church Bazaar on July 14.

Vincent Mercandante, 29, faces charges of simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct.

Police said Jason McCloe was walking around the bazaar holding his daughter’s hand when Mercandante struck McCloe in the face, causing McCloe to fall to the ground.

Mercandante continued striking McCloe until being separated by Constable Robert Nichols. McCloe was taken to Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre hospital and treated for a facial laceration and a fractured nose.

The arresting officer was Chief Chris Pelchar.

SUGAR NOTCH – Borough police on Monday filed drunken-driving charges against David J. Comitz, 50, Nanticoke.

Police said Comitz on Aug. 21 was driving a Buick that struck a legally parked 2002 Chevrolet truck owned by Norstar Networks. Comitz’s vehicle pushed the truck over the curb, down an embankment and into a home located at 569-571 Main St.

Comitz was taken to Geisinger Hospital where he was given a blood alcohol test. The test revealed Comitz had a blood alcohol level of 0.13 percent. An adult driver in Pennsylvania is considered legally intoxicated with a level of 0.08 percent.

The arresting officer was Chief Chris Pelchar.

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