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Nanticoke man charged with endangerment by firing handgun

NANTICOKE — City police filed charges against a man accused of discharging a round from a handgun while confronting a a group of people near his residence last month.
Brandon J. Trotvitch, 34, of West Church Street, Nanticoke, yelled to three men and a woman “Get the hell out of here,” and fired a shot in the air on Dec. 14, according to court records.
One of the victims lives on Line Street near Trotvitch.
According to the criminal complaint:
Trotvitch’s neighbor stopped at his residence on Line Street to pick up items as he was staying at a residence in Berwick.
As he was gathering items, he told police Trotvitch confronted them, yelling, “Get outta here!” the complaint says.
Trotvitch fired a round as the neighbor and his friends drove down the street.
The driver reversed the car to ask Trotvitch what he was doing.
Trotvitch then aimed the handgun at the group telling them, “Get the hell out of here,” the complaint says.
During an interview with police, Trotvitch denied he aimed the handgun at the group.
Police recovered a 9mm shell casing in the area where the shooting occurred and seized a Taurus 9mm handgun hidden in a garbage can inside a residence on West Church Street, the complaint says. 
Trotvitch is facing four counts of simple assault, and one count each of terroristic threats, recklessly endangering another person, disorderly conduct and discharge of a firearm in a prohibited area. The charges were filed Wednesday with District Judge Donald Whittaker in Nanticoke and mailed to Trotvitch.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Feb. 23 in Luzerne County Central Court.


Police: Evicted tenant retaliates by turning off heat, electricity


NANTICOKE — A woman was charged with endangering another person by turning off electrical service and furnace to an apartment.

City police charged Melissa Ann Brown, 40, of East Green Street, with reckless endangerment and criminal trespass. She was arraigned Thursday by District Judge Joseph Halesey in Hanover Township and jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $20,000 bail.

According to the criminal complaint:

The property owner/landlord of an apartment building on East Green street told police Dec. 22 he gave Brown, a tenant, an eviction notice.

In retaliation, Brown went to the basement and switched off breakers at the electrical panel turning off electrical service to an occupied second floor apartment. Brown resided on the first floor of the building.

The owner secured the basement door with screws preventing Brown from entering the basement.

Despite the basement door being screwed shut, police in the complaint say Brown continually found her way inside the basement to turn off electrical service to the second floor apartment.

Police advised Brown not to enter the basement.

On Thursday, the property owner called police with the same complaint alleging Brown turned off electrical service and furnace for the occupied second floor apartment.

The property owner claimed there was no heat for the second floor apartment the entire night when temperatures were below 30 degrees, endangering the tenants, the complaint says.


Police: Nanticoke man sent explicit photos to girl

NEWPORT TWP. — Township police and detectives from Luzerne County arrested a Nanticoke man Monday after he allegedly sent sexually explicit photos of himself to an underage girl.
Brandon Joseph Smith, 26, was taken into custody after he confessed to exchanging several explicit messages with the 13-year-old victim, according to police paperwork.
According to the criminal complaint:
Investigators received a complaint on Monday regarding a 26-year-old male that had been having inappropriate contact with a minor female. The complaint was filed by the victim’s legal guardian.
The guardian discovered, through a routine check of the victim’s mobile device, that there was an ongoing, sexually inappropriate conversation with the male, identified by the legal guardian as Smith. The messages were exchanged over Facebook Messenger and through text messages, all of which were shown to the investigators.
In the messages, Smith guesses that the victim is somewhere around 12 or 13 years of age, which the victim verified. Smith allegedly asked “Ur 13, I’m 2x ur age 26, is that a problem,” and, in another message, asked the victim “ur the only person reading, right.”
Despite knowing the victim was underage, Smith sent multiple explicit images of his genitals to her, and offered the victim cash and gifts in exchange for nude photos and sex acts from her.
According to the complaint, Smith tried to arrange a meeting between himself and the victim at an unspecified location in Nanticoke.
On Monday, Smith was interviewed by investigators at the Newport Township Police Department, where he agreed to waive his Miranda rights.
He told the officers that he did have the explicit conversations with the victim, but claimed that he was taking too much Adderall to remember the specifics of the conversations.
Smith also confessed that he had shown the text messages to his girlfriend’s sister, who advised him to “squash” the conversation.
He was arraigned on Monday night in front of Magisterial District Judge Joseph D. Zola.
The charges filed against Smith include criminal solicitation of a person less than 16 years of age, statutory sexual assault, corruption of minors, child pornography and criminal use of a communications facility — all felony offenses.
Smith was denied bail by Judge Zola, who cited the seriousness of the charges as one of his reasons, while also deeming Smith a danger to the community and referring to his prior criminal history.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 12.