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WILKES-BARRE – City firefighters quickly extinguished a fire that damaged two vacant homes on North Pennsylvania Avenue early Friday morning.

Assistant Fire Chief/Fire Inspector Bill Sharksnas said fire crews responded to 170 and 172 N. Pennsylvania Ave. at about 3:30 a.m. There was heavy fire to the rear exterior of both homes. It appeared, Sharksnas said, that the fire started at 170 N. Pennsylvania Ave. and spread to the second home.

The fire was out within minutes, Sharksnas said, adding the investigation to the cause of the fire is continuing. No injuries were reported.

HAZLETON – A city man was charged by police on Friday and charged with allegedly possessing cocaine.

Robert Paisley, 42, of North Cedar Street, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia and public drunkenness. He was jailed for lack of $50,000 bail.

According to the criminal complaint:

Police alleged several packaged bags of cocaine were found near Paisley, who was sleeping in a hallway at 438 W. Broad St. at about 5:30 a.m. A pipe was found in his pocket.

A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled on April 9 in Central Court.

WILKES-BARRE – City police reported the following:

Someone removed Harold Hunt’s red 1994 Buick sedan – bearing Pennsylvania registration plate HFD 8899 – while it was parked at 145 N. Sherman St. around 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

Jerome Moore, 25, of Westminster Street, faces a harassment citation. He allegedly pushed Amanda Kempa, of Wilkes-Barre, to the ground at 28 Sullivan St. on Thursday.

• Police said a man was struck by a vehicle and possibly shot at while walking on North Main Street early Friday morning.

Richard Dorsey, of Salisbury, Md., reported he was walking toward Union Street at about 1:15 a.m. when a man in a vehicle yelled at him. Dorsey ignored the taunts and walked across North Main Street when he was struck by the vehicle, police said.

Dorsey said a passenger in the vehicle put his arm out the window holding a handgun. Dorsey turned away and heard what he believed was a gunshot, police said.

The vehicle, a gray or primer color – possibly an older model Chevrolet Camaro – sped away. Dorsey was not injured, police said.

• Patricia Gainey, of Philadelphia, reported on Thursday someone damaged her 1999 Mercedes Benz when it was parked in the area of 20 Public Square on Thursday.

• Lee Maciolek, of Wilkes-Barre, reported someone punctured two tires on his vehicle when it was parked in the area of 10 Trethaway St. on Thursday.

• Dorothy Haczewski, of Plains Township, reported money, credit cards and a stereo were stolen from her vehicle when it was parked in the area of 463 Madison St. on Thursday.

• Alexander Smith, of Mountain Top, reported items were stolen from his vehicle when it was parked in the area of 380 Coal St. on Thursday, police said.

• No injuries were reported in a three-vehicle accident on George Avenue on Thursday.

Police said Donald Roncheti was traveling east on George Avenue at about 6 p.m. when he turned and struck a vehicle operated by Gregory Zawatski III. The force of the impact caused Zawatski’s vehicle to collide into a vehicle operated by Mary Meldick.

• A man wanted since 2005 for drug possession was captured and found with suspected cocaine on Thursday.

Police said Tyron D. Johnson, 40, of Wyoming Avenue, Kingston, was captured at Public Square and East Market Street at about 4:36 p.m. Johnson was allegedly in possession of suspected cocaine and drug paraphernalia when he was captured, police said.

Johnson was wanted, police said, for allegedly possessing marijuana during a traffic stop on South Main Street on Aug. 30, 2005. He was charged with possession of a controlled substance and released without bail Friday morning.

A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled on April 9 in Central Court.

NANTICOKE – A woman was arrested on allegations she assaulted her brother during an early morning dispute at a bar on Thursday.

Sandra Kaminski, 40, of 755 River Road, Hanover Township, was arraigned Thursday morning on a second-degree misdemeanor charge of simple assault, court records show. She was released on non-monetary bail.

Police allege Kaminski assaulted Paul Halliday by throwing bottles at him at Prospect Café, 23 S. Prospect St., at about 1:26 p.m., according to arrest papers.

A preliminary hearing has been tentatively scheduled for April 9 in Central Court.

JENKINS TWP. – Township police arrested a woman and charged here with striking a woman in the face on Wednesday night.

Jennifer L. Seifert, 37, of 135 Heather Highlands, was arraigned Thursday morning on charges of simple assault and harassment, according to court records. She was jailed at Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $500 straight bail.

Seifert is accused of striking Candice Seifert because she was on the phone at their Heather Highlands home, the criminal complaint states.

A preliminary hearing has been tentatively scheduled for April 9 in Central Court.

HAZLETON – A man was charged by police Friday with allegedly assaulting a woman.

John A. Payne, 36, of West Diamond Street, Hazleton, faces charges of simple assault and harassment. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $5,000 bail.

Hazleton police alleged Payne struck a woman during a dispute inside an East Diamond Street home just after 3 a.m. Friday. Police said the woman had injuries to her face, according to the criminal complaint.

A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled on April 9 in Central Court.

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