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WILKES-BARRE – A man formerly from Philadelphia was arrested for allegedly trying to distract police during a traffic stop by calling in a false report to 911 on Tuesday night.

Rashid B. Hall, 21, of 332 Parkview Circle, Apt. 824, Wilkes-Barre, was arraigned Tuesday morning on charges of risking catastrophe, false alarm, obstructing administration of law, making false reports, disorderly conduct and giving false identification, according to court records.

He was jailed at Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $10,000 bail.

Police alleged Hall called in a false domestic dispute at 46 Bethel Lane, reporting a man had a gun to a woman inside of the residence, during a traffic stop at South Wilkes-Barre Boulevard and the South Street Bridge around 8 p.m., according to the criminal complaint.

A preliminary hearing has been tentatively scheduled for March 11 at Central Court.

WILKES-BARRE – Police arrested a man on allegations he trespassed into a student dormitory at King’s College on Sunday night.

Cameron D. Pollard, 31, of 631 Yoder St., Johnstown, was charged Monday with two counts of criminal trespass, a felony, and one count of loitering and prowling at nighttime, a misdemeanor, according to court records.

He was jailed at Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $10,000 bail.

Pollard, who is not a student at King’s College, was located on the fourth floor of Alumni Hall, 117 N. River St., police said.

The college is currently on spring break and most students have left campus.

King’s security was alerted by a female student complaining of a suspicious male who was loitering in the entrance way and followed her into the secured dormitory, according to the criminal complaint.

A preliminary hearing has been tentatively scheduled for March 11 at Central Court.

WILKES-BARRE – City police reported the following incidents:

• Bryant M. Astles, 31, of 115 Espy St., was charged with simple assault, disorderly conduct and harassment after police responded to a report of an assault on Blackman and High streets around noon Monday.

City police said they found signs on the victim’s body of the assault.

Astles is jailed for lack of producing $5,000 bail, court records show. A preliminary hearing has been tentatively scheduled for March 11 at Central Court.

• A Luzerne County Transit Authority bus passenger reported around 2:45 p.m. Monday that sometime while waiting or riding in a bus on Public Square, $150 worth of items were stolen from her purse, police said.

WILKES-BARRE – A man was arrested Friday for allegedly robbing a 96-year-old woman at her home early last month and in December.

Matthew J. Fisher, 19, of Wilkes-Barre, was charged with two counts of burglary and one count each of robbery and theft by unlawful taking, according to court records. He is jailed for lack of producing $20,000 bail.

A warrant was issued for Fisher’s arrest on Feb. 24, arrest records show.

City police allege Fisher broke into the elderly woman’s home at 21 Harry St. and threatened her on Dec. 18, 2007, and Feb. 1, the complaint states.

A preliminary hearing has been tentatively scheduled for March 9 at Central Court.

WHITE HAVEN – A borough man was arrested after he allegedly would not leave his former girlfriend’s residence around midnight Tuesday.

Christopher L. Vanpatten, 18, of 19 Deer Cross Road, was arraigned Tuesday morning on charges of criminal trespass, loitering and prowling at night, harassment and disorderly conduct, according to court records. He was jailed for lack of producing $2,000 bail, court records show.

A preliminary hearing has been tentatively scheduled for March 17 at Central Court.

NANTICOKE – Charges were filed Tuesday against a Wilkes-Barre man for allegedly furnishing alcohol to minors on Feb. 28.

Terrell A. Newman, 21, of New Hancock Street, was charged before District Judge Donald Whittaker with misdemeanor counts of furnishing alcohol to minors, according to state Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, District Office No. 2.

An additional summary charge of restriction of alcoholic beverages was also filed against him.

A bureau officer observed Newman taking money from a 19-year-old female outside the state liquor store at South Main Plaza in Wilkes-Barre, the BLCE said. Newman allegedly took additional money from the female and purchased a 12-pack of Keystone Light for her from another establishment in the plaza.

SIMPSON – A Lackawanna County man was arraigned last Friday on charges he allowed a 36-year-old man to stay at his home with his teenage daughter between July and December in exchange for cash or drugs.

John R. Dito Jr., 37, of Simpson, was charged with endangering the welfare of children, a felony, and corruption of minors, a misdemeanor, according to court records and state police at Dunmore.

He was released on $25,000 unsecured bail, police said.

A preliminary hearing has been tentatively scheduled for March 9 at Central Court.

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