Pa. State Police responded to a variety of criminal complaints in the last several days in Wayne County. Anyone having information on any of these cases is urged to notify the Honesdale barracks at (570)253-7126.


 Pa. State Police responded to a variety of criminal complaints in the last several days in Wayne County. Anyone having information on any of these cases is urged to notify the Honesdale barracks at (570)253-7126.
Harassment incidents
• State Police reported that a man from Lake Ariel arrived at McDonald’s Restaurant in Hamlin, Friday, March 21, hoping to see a woman there. He came bearing a box of chocolates and a card but the manager told him that the woman did not wish to see him. The man persisted, and stayed approximately 30 minutes at the front counter asking that the woman come up front. This began at 1 p.m.
When State Police arrived, the man was advised he was no longer allowed in the Hamlin McDonalds and would be cited for harassment, said Trooper Christopher Cole.
The Wayne Independent does not publish the name of a defendant unless the citation has already been issued or charges filed.
• An assault took place during an argument at a residence on Route 191 in Lake Ariel, Friday March 21st.
Between 5 and 5:46 p.m., Henry A. Dannaf, age 57,  allegedly grabbed the neck of a woman, age 44, and put a man (age 47) in a headlock, pushing him into the cabinets. Trooper C. Tyler said that Dannaf was cited for two counts of harassment.
Child Endangering
Trooper T. Horan reported that a woman from Hawley, Jessica Ann Smith, was arrested on charges of Endangering the Welfare of a Child after three young children were found at home unsupervised. The trooper said that on March 17, an anonymous call was made to police that three children, ages 6, 5 and 1 year old, were being left at the residence on a regular basis.
When the trooper arrived, the children were found at the residence unsupervised with the home is disarray. The children were turned over to the Wayne County Children and Youth Department. Smith was taken into custody and arraigned before Magistrate Ronald Edwards. She was lodged in the Wayne County Prison system in lieu of $2,500 bail.
Theft from locker room
Two students at Western Wayne High School lost their cell phones to theft, Wednesday, March 19. Between 11:20 a.m. and 12:02 noon, someone entered the boy’s locker room and stole one cell phone from a pocket in a pair of pants while it was in an unlocked gym locker. The other cell phone was taken from a pants pocket while the pants were left unsecured in the locker room.
One phone was a Motorola V3 RAZR Platinum and the other was a Motorola V3XX RAZR, gray in color. Both are valued at $129.99, said Trooper Tyler. They belong to students, ages 14 and 16.
Hotel vending machine
On Saturday March 22, an unknown person entered the rear foyer of the Comfort Inn at Twin Rocks, north of Interstate 84 Exit 17, Sterling Township. The person then pried open a vending machine and removed the coin drop box inside, before fleeing. This occurred anytime from 12:01 midnight and 9:50 p.m. when the theft was realized.
Trooper Kimes said that similar activities have been occurring in surrounding counties, and asked that anyone noticing anything suspicious, to report it to the police.
Shoplifting stopped
Wal-Mart’s loss prevention department intervened before three females left the store, allegedly trying to steal $921.15 worth of merchandise. Trooper John Chervanka said the incident occurred Friday, March 21 at about 1:40 p.m. at the store in Texas Township.
Charges will be filed against the oldest of the suspects, an 18 year old from Jeffersonville, NY, and juvenile petitions will be filed at Wayne County Court against a 17 year old girl from Jeffersonville and a 16 year old girl from Bethel, NY.
Liquor law violation
On March 21, Pa. State Police, Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, reported an alleged violation at the Cuckoo’s Nest, Lackawaxen Township.
McKean/Bates Properties, Inc. - Cuckoo’s Nest was cited for violating the Pa. Liquor Code for issuing checks or drafts dated December 5, 2007 in payment for purchases of malt or brewed beverages, when there were insufficient funds in the account.