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First Posted: 1/20/2015

Suspected homeless man found having breakfast in occupied home

A family awoke Monday morning to find an uninvited guest — a suspected homeless man — chowing down in their kitchen.

Police responded at 6:52 a.m. to the 300 block of Blackman Street for a report of an unauthorized person in the resident’s kitchen, eating his family’s food.

The residence was occupied by the man and his children at the time of the incident, police said.

The intruder was described to officers as a black male in his mid 30s, about 6 feet tall, with a medium build. He was wearing a black jacket and khaki colored pants.

Larksville man charged with theft of cash and food stamps from mother of their child

Police Thursday, Jan. 15 filed charges against Elmer McElwee, 28, of Howard Street, Larksville for allegedly stealing cash and food stamps from the mother of their child.

Police said they went to the apartment of Julie Malstrom on Roosevelt Street Wednesday afternoon for a report of a theft.

According to the affidavit of probable cause filed to support the charges: Malstrom said McElwee who is the father of their child, came over for a visit. She said McElwee went into her bedroom and was “messing with several items.” Malstrom said she told him to get out of her bedroom. Malstrom said he grabbed her purse, placed it in his backpack and fled the apartment. Malstrom said the purse contained her wallet with $50 cash and $100 in foodstamps. She said the purse was valued at $60.

Five Guys Burgers and Fries headed for Wilkes-Barre Township

Five Guys is coming to Wilkes-Barre.

And no, that’s not a grammatical error. The popular Virginia-based burger chain — formally known as Five Guys Burgers and Fries — plans to open a new location at 280 Mundy St. in the township.

According to the chain’s website, Five Guys has 1,000 locations, in 47 states and six Canadian provinces.

Two women arrested on drug trafficking charges in Hanover Township

Two women were arrested Friday, Jan. 16 on charges they were peddling crack cocaine and marijuana from their apartment on Boland Avenue, authorities said.

Malika Bell, 26, also known as Meech, and Sherri Link, 27, were arrested when authorities served a search warrant at their apartment just after 9 a.m.

Drug agents with township police, Kingston police and the state Office of Attorney General’s Luzerne County Drug Task Force allegedly found crack cocaine, marijuana, $638 cash, cell phones, a digital scale and packaging materials in their apartment.

Crack cocaine was in the process of being packaged when drug agents entered the apartment.

Bell and Link were each charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal conspiracy.

Pizza Hut, Lone Star closing Kidder Street locations

Two more national brand eateries announced on Monday, Jan. 19 that they are closing their doors.

One week after its Hanover Township restaurant closed, and following two years of disappointing sales on a national level, Pizza Hut announced that its Kidder Street location also will shut down this week.

And Lone Star Steakhouse, part of a chain that features a Texas-inspired menu, will close its Kidder Street location this weekend. Employees at the restaurant confirmed Monday that the restaurant would close permanently on Saturday.

$40,000 worth of checks for Hugo Selenski’s lawyer mailed to wrong address

Luzerne County issued two checks totaling $40,247.50 to Bernard Brown for his work in defending double homicide suspect Hugo Selenski.

Only the checks were mailed to Bernard Brown, a mason residing in Pittston. The checks should have been mailed to Attorney Bernard Brown in Carbondale.

Bonnie Brown, the mason’s wife, said she received the first check for $3,421.25 in July.

“I opened it and I asked my husband if he did any masonry work for the county,” Bonnie Brown said.

Bonnie Brown said she voided the check using a red marker and placed it in a drawer in her house.

She received another check for $36,826.25 in the mail on Jan. 10.

“We had a little fun saying we couldn’t believe how much money the county was paying us for not doing anything,” Bonnie Brown said.

The second check reminded Brown of the first check. She was aware the checks were for work on the Selenski case as the checks were attached to an invoice with Selenski’s name.

Bonnie Brown contacted Attorney Bernard Brown this past week to advise him of the two checks that were mistakenly mailed to her house. She said she is meeting the attorney at the county’s treasurer’s office to make the necessary changes.

Jury finds Stahl guilty

She said they had a relationship.

He said, “never.”

The jury said guilty.

Jurors delivered their verdict Friday, Jan. 16 in the sexual misconduct trial of suspended Coughlin dean Stephen Stahl in Luzerne County Court after less than two hours of deliberation.

Stahl, 48, of Hunlock Creek, was found guilty of one misdemeanor count of corruption of minors in stemming from allegations he engaged in a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old female student a decade ago.

His sentencing is scheduled for March 23.

Dallas man pleads guilty to murder in Susquehanna County

A Dallas man recently pleaded guilty for causing the death of a man in Susquehanna County last summer.

Online court records indicate Paul Louis Paci Jr., 22, of Dallas, pleaded guilty to third-degree murder on Dec. 30.

State police at Dunmore said Paci caused the death of Russel Allen Fauver, 31, of Montrose, on July 2.

Fauver’s body was found along Blaisure road in Jessup Township, Susquehanna County, state police said.

Fauver was transported to Endless Mountain Hospital in Montrose where he was pronounced dead.

An autopsy by forensic pathologist Dr. Gary Ross revealed Fauver died from multiple traumatic injuries due to being run over by a vehicle.