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WILKES-BARRE – A Nanticoke woman charged with armed robbery and stealing a vehicle said in court papers Friday she intends on entering a claim of “mental infirmity” at the time of her trial.

Sarah Wargo, 18, of South Hanover Street, who is charged with robbery, aggravated harassment by a prisoner, possession of a weapon, terroristic threats, criminal mischief, unauthorized use of a vehicle and driving without a license, filed the court papers through her attorney, Edward Olexa.

Court papers said the extent of the insanity/mental infirmity defense is not clear at this time, but as soon as Olexa can “adequately and accurately ascertain its nature,” prosecutors will be informed. Olexa said possible witnesses at the trial include doctors Jeanne Rinehouse, Tai Shynn and any other medical professional who becomes a part of the investigation.

Wilkes-Barre police allege in arrest records that Wargo concealed her face and threatened a clerk at the Turkey Hill, Hazle Avenue, with a box cutter during a Nov. 15 robbery. Wargo attempted to flee the store on a bicycle, and cursed at officers, according to arrest records. In another case, Nanticoke police claim Wargo, who was out on bail from the Nov. 15 robbery, drove away in her boyfriend’s vehicle that was idling in a parking lot on Nov. 24. Police said Wargo later crashed the vehicle into a pole in Hanover Township.

WILKES-BARRE – A Luzerne County judge has scheduled a trial for homicide suspect Josue Faureles charged with gunning down a Brooklyn, N.Y., man in October.

Faureles, 25, who is charged with killing 19-year-old Christly Aristide outside a house on Moyallen and Grove streets on Oct. 30, is scheduled to stand trial on homicide charges on Aug. 10.

Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas Judge David Lupas scheduled the trial date, as well as a status conference on April 24 and a pre-trial conference on June 18.

WILKES-BARRE – A Wilkes-Barre man charged with homicide in the May 29 shooting death of Aaron Witko has been assigned a new attorney.

Gregory O. Fann, 21, who is facing the death penalty for the shooting, has been appointed a new attorney, Enid Harris. The request for a new attorney came with attorney Michael Senape filed court papers Friday seeking to be withdrawn from the case.

Senape is representing Fann in a separate case where police say Fann solicited a man to kill two witnesses in the homicide case. Senape was appointed to that case earlier this week.

Senape said in court papers filed Friday that there is an “irreconcilable conflict” with his representation of Fann in the homicide case.

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