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WILKES-BARRE – The sentencing date for a Wilkes-Barre man recently found guilty of third-degree murder has been continued, while he was scheduled for trial on a firearms charge stemming from the homicide.

County Judge David Lupas generally continued the sentencing hearing for Josue Faurelus, 26, who was charged in the Oct. 30, 2008, shooting death of Christly Aristide, which was scheduled for Dec. 9.

Lupas scheduled Faurelus to stand trial on January 2010 on an illegal firearms charge stemming from the shooting..

Prosecutors say Faurelus had the 9mm handgun illegally and didn’t have a license to carry a gun.

HANOVER TWP. – A liquor control enforcement officer accused of releasing confidential information about an impending raid at a Plymouth Township tavern waived his right to a preliminary hearing before District Judge Joseph Halesey on Tuesday.

Michael Buckley, 44, of East Grand Street, Nanticoke, waived charges of hindering apprehension or prosecution and obstruction administration of justice to county court.

State police allege Buckley notified an employee at Leo’s Roadhouse several times in September and October about an impending raid at the tavern for gambling devices, according to the criminal complaint.

Buckley was suspended without pay when the charges were filed last Friday.

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