Police Blotter 9/2/18

September 2, 2018


Shots fired at

downtown club

City officers responded to a report of shots fired at 2:54 a.m. Saturday outside Ali Baba’s Liquor Lounge on South Main Street.

The victim, a 20-year-old man, told officers he was approached by another man outside the club and an argument erupted. When the victim began to walk away, the suspect began shooting into the ground, he told police.

The victim left the area and the suspect fired two shots into the victim’s vehicle, police said.

No injuries were reported and the investigation is ongoing, according to police.

Plymouth man charged with assault

A Plymouth man was charged with simple assault after he did not inform city officers of a hypodermic needle in his sock, police said.

Brian Vital, 49, was a passenger in a vehicle stopped by police on Friday at 9:24 a.m. Friday at Wilkes Lane.

During the investigation, officers learned Vital had an active warrant for his arrest from Wilkes-Barre Twp. police on theft charges. Vital was taken into custody and, before being searched, told officers he was not in possession of anything that might harm officers, police said. An officer was stuck in the hand with an uncapped hypodermic needle hidden in his sock, police said.

A preliminary hearing will be held at 9 a.m. Sept. 13 in front of Magisterial District Judge Thomas F. Malloy.

Wanted man caught in W-B

A man wanted in New York who had allegedly assaulted a nurse with a box cutter was captured Wednesday in Wilkes-Barre, city police said.

Kurk Murray, 26, was wanted on a parole violation for prior felony charges, police said. Murray had walked up to a “random” nurse in Brooklyn, N.Y., and slashed her face with a box cutter, police said.

Murray was located and taken into custody without incident around 2 a.m. Wednesday at a residence on Hutson Street in Wilkes-Barre through efforts by city police, the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Unit and the New York City Police Department, according to city police.



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