Kingston Police Department

  • Agency: Kingston Police Department
  • Address: 500 Wyoming Ave, Kingston , 18704 PA
  • Chief: Keith Keiper (Chief of Police)
Phone: 570-288-3674
Fax: 570-287-2699

Kingston Police Department is located at 500 Wyoming Ave, Kingston , 18704 PA. The Chief of Police of the department is Keith Keiper. The Kingston Police Department phone number is 570-288-3674.

Kingston Police Department News

Suspicious activity: On April 19, 2018, Kingston Police were dispatched to a residence on Penn Street for a report of a suspicious male described to be in his thirties wearing dark colored dress clothing. The male requested to enter the home and check on the pipes inside the residence. The female allowed the male entry into the residence without producing any official identification relating to his identity or employment. The resident later discovered numerous items missing from the residence. The Kingston Police would like to remind residents not to allow anyone inside their residence that they are not expecting or had previously made arrangements to visit their residence. Also, if you suspect any suspicious activity please dial 911 immediately.

Arrest: On Thursday, April 19, 2018 at approximately 0130 hours, Officer Allen stopped a vehicle for a equipment violation. Officer Allen detected a odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle and was informed by one of the occupants that there was a firearm inside the vehicle. Upon further investigation, Officer Allen learned there was an additional firearm in the center console that was fully loaded and drug paraphernalia in the glove box. The occupants of the vehicle advised Officer Allen that none of the occupants were licensed to carry a firearm. Officer Allen charged Brandon Cosloskey with Firearm not be carried without license and Edward Iorio was charged with numerous drug violations.

Position Advertisement: Kingston Community Pool The Municipality of Kingston is accepting applications for seasonal employment at the Kingston Community Pool. The Kingston Community Pool will open on June 9 and close on August 19. Applications are being accepted for the positions of Lifeguard, Snack Bar, and Maintenance. Applicants must be at least 16 years of age and obtain Act 34 and 151 clearances. Lifeguards must possess all essential certifications. Applications are available at the Kingston Municipal Building, Kingston Recreation Center, and www.kingstonpa.org. Please complete the application titled "Pool Employee Application". The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, May 4, 2018. If you require any accommodations, please make a note on the back of your application or ask for a meeting with the Director of Parks and Recreation. The Municipality of Kingston is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

School Crossing Guards: The Municipality of Kingston is seeking applicants for School Crossing Guards. Applicants for the positions are available at the Kingston Municipal Building, 500 Wyoming Avenue, Kingston, Pennsylvania 18704, and also under Employment Opportunities at www.kingstonpa.org. Hours average 2-3 hours per day at $10 per hour. Applicants are required to provide up-to-date Child Abuse Clearance, Pa State Police Criminal Background Check, and FBI Clearance, which includes fingerprinting. Forms and registration can be obtained at www.KeepKidsSafe.pa.gov. The Municipality of Kingston is an equal opportunity employer.

On Thursday April 5, 2018, the Pennsylvania Narcotics Officers Association presented awards to Detective Edward Palka, Detective Richard Kotchik and Officer Robert Miller for their above and beyond work with taking drug suppliers to Luzerne County off the streets. The award was presented based on the following facts to the investigation. Beginning in January of 2016, members of the Kingston Police Department / members of the Luzerne County Drug Task Force (LCDTF) along with members of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) initiated an investigation into Charles “Bucky” Gibson and Victoria “Vicky” Kraynak who were suspected of trafficking large quantities of heroin/fentanyl and crack cocaine throughout Luzerne County. Throughout the investigation a series of controlled purchases were conducted and it was determined that Gibson was operating a large scale operation utilizing numerous street level and mid level dealers in order to conduct drug transactions. At the conclusion of the investigation it was determined the organization was responsible for the trafficking of over 13 kilos of crack cocaine and 9 kilos of heroin/fentanyl into Luzerne County. Along with the quantities of narcotics, numerous firearms and US Currency were seized. It was later discovered that Charles “Bucky” Gibson was trafficking the narcotics from New York City while being accompanied by various females who were concealing the narcotics within their person. After numerous search and arrest warrants were executed. 16 members of this organization were indicted by a Federal Grand Jury for their roles in this criminal enterprise. Gibson was found and admitted to be a high ranking member of the Mac Baller Brims which is a subset of the Bloods Street Gang in the Bronx, New York City. Gibson is scheduled to plead guilty to a mandatory life sentence in Federal Court.

District Attorney Stephanie Salavantis has announced that the annual Luzerne County Crime Watch meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 6:00 P.M. in the Jury Room on the 2nd Floor of the Luzerne County Main Courthouse located at 200 North River Street, Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. All crime watch groups are invited and encouraged to attend. The meeting will focus on the concerns of each group in their particular area of the county. Representatives from the Drug Task Force, Human Trafficking Task Force, the Pennsylvania State Police, Luzerne County 911, Sheriff's Department, Emergency Management Agency, Correctional Facility and the Controller's Office will be in attendance to discuss their departments and their role in public safety. This event is being held in conjunction with National County Government Month with focus being on Safe & Secure Counties.

March 2018 Crime Statistics The Kingston Police Department handled 806 calls for service in a wide variety of incidents. Below is a highlight of the incidents. A full breakdown of the incidents may be found in the lobby of the Kingston Police Department. Traffic Accidents Reportable: 5 Traffic Accidents Non-Reportable: 25 Hit and Run Traffic Accidents: 9 Traffic Enforcement Warnings: 134 Traffic Enforcement Citations Issued: 311 Incidents defined by the Pennsylvania Unified Crime Reporting Statistics are as follows: Part 1 Offenses: Robbery: 1 Assault: 1 Burglary: 1 Larceny Theft: 10 Part 2 Offenses: Fraud: 0 Vandalism: 9 Drug Abuse (sales):1 Drug Possession: 34 Liquor laws: 0 Drunkenness: 2 Harassment: 8 Disorderly Conduct: 6 Driving Under the Influence: 2

SALE OF NARCOTICS The Kingston Police Special Investigations Division recently began an investigation into the sale of methamphetamine in the Kingston Area. This investigation led to the arrest of Gail MORRIS 41 YOA of Edwardsville on March 28, 2018. MORRIS was charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Intent to Deliver, Criminal Use of a Communication Facility, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. MORRIS was arraigned by Magisterial District Justice Donald Whittaker and lodged at the Luzerne County Prison on $100,000 bail awaiting a Preliminary Hearing at Luzerne County Central Court. Detectives also located Virginia RICHARDSON 43 YOA from Kingston and she was taken into custody for being wanted by the Luzerne County Adult Probation and Parole Department. RICHARDSON was also lodged in the Luzerne County Prison.

On Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at approximately 0230 hours, Officer Allen conducted a traffic stop on Rutter Ave after observing a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed and violating numerous traffic laws. The driver, Brian Sokoloski, offered heavy resistance to officers during the course of the traffic stop. Sergeant Height deployed his Taser with no effect. Officer Bonawits then utilized his Taser and drive stunned Sokoloski. Officer Bonawits detected a intense odor of burnt marijuana emitting from the vehicle. A search of the vehicle was then conducted by Officer Bonawits. In the rear passenger area of the vehicle, a red bag was located which contained a cigarette pack with a glass pipe which contained burnt marijuana residue. Due to the signs of intoxication, SOKOLOSKI was transported to the DUI Processing Center and submitted to a breath sample. Sokoloski was subsequently charged with (2) counts of DUI, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Resisting Arrest, Harassment and various other infractions of the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code

On Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at approximately 0718 hours, Officers of the Kingston Police Department assisted the United States Marshall's at 127 John Street in Kingston in an attempt to locate Naquan Shider. SHIDER had active warrants by the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department for Robbery and related crimes. The Kingston Police Department also had an active warrant for SHIDER relative to criminal trespassing. SHIDER was taken into custody without incident and transported to Monroe County Correctional Facility.

On Wednesday March 28, 2018, Detective Steve Gibson and Officer John Sosnoski along with other Luzerne County Law Enforcement Agencies gathered on the lawn of the Luzerne County Courthouse to bring atttention to April being National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Officers assisted with placing PinWheels in the lawn which reference the amount of Children which have been abused in Luzerne County. In 2017, 540 Abused Children were assisted by the Luzerne County Child Advocacy Center. For More Iinformation please go to www.luzernecountycac.org

Harassment: On March 23, 2018 at 8:50 am, police received a complaint from David West who claimed he was assaulted by a male identified as Gene Finney. Upon further investigation, Sergeant Blaski learned that FINNEY was waiting for WEST when he arrived home and approached his vehicle. FINNEY physically assaulted WEST and then left the area prior to police response. Sergeant Blaski subsequently charged FINNEY with Harssment and Disorderly Conduct.

The Municipality of Kingston’s administrative offices will be closed on Friday, March 30, 2018 in observance of Good Friday and will re-open Monday, April 2, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. Residents of Zones #1 and #2A who normally place their recyclables curbside for pick-up on Mondays, are asked to do so on Friday, March 30, 2018

Narcotics Sale When: March 20, 2018 at 9:05pm The Kingston Police Departments Special Investigation Division working with PA Office of Attorney General Strategic Response Team, The Luzerne County Drug Task Force, The Wilkes Barre City Police Department and the Scranton Police Department arrested Bryan PEARL 38 YOA from 524 South Franklin St in Wilkes Barre after Officers and Agents conducted a narcotics Buy/Bust operation after PEARL sold Heroin during a controlled purchase of the Narcotic. Officers and Agents then conducted a search warrant on PEARLS' home and seized 160 grams of crack cocaine, 10 grams of Heroin and 35 grams of a unknown white powder substance along with scales and packaging material. The heroin and cocaine had a street value of over $20,000 dollars. PEARL was arrainged on Drug Delivery and Drug Possession Charges and lodged in the Luzerne County Prison awaiting a Preliminary Hearing scheduled for April 3, 2018 at 9am at Luzerne County Central Court.

Drug Arrest: On March 1, 2018 at 2357 hours, Officer Mahovich conducted a traffic stop on Market Street after he observed numerous violations pertaining to the vehicle. The occupants were identified as Kelsey Ann Fisher and Alanna Herra. During the course of the traffic stop, Officer Mahovich observed FISHER attempt to conceal a marijuana grinder. Officer Mahovich removed the occupants from the vehicle and discovered a glass smoking device which was used to smoke marijuana and another marijuana grinder inside a pink purse which was also located inside of the vehicle. Both FISHER and HERRA were charged with Possession of a Small Amount of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Drug Arrest: On February 3, 2018 at 2230 hours, Officer Mahovich conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on Wyoming Avenue after witnessing numerous violations pertaining to the vehicle. Officer Mahovich identified the driver as Richard KASPERITIS. KASPERITIS was previously known to Officer Mahovich from previous narcotic investigations and was an active narcotic abuser. KASPERITIS admitted to Officer Mahovich that he had been using "Molly" as an alternative to heroin. Officer Mahovich conducted a pat down search on KASPERITIS and found KASPERITIS to be in possession of a hypodermic needle in his front pants pocket that he forgot to tell the officer he had in his possession. Officer Mahovich charged KASPERITIS with the paraphernalia in his possession and KASPERITIS is waiting for a preliminary hearing.

Drug Arrest: On January 31, 2018 at 2316 hours, Officer Mahovich stopped a vehicle after learning that the registration for the vehicle had expired. Officer Mahovich witnessed a bundle band and a used heroin package in plain view. Upon further investigation, Officer Mahovich located (10) additional bags of heroin and several empty bags of heroin inside the vehicle. Officer Mahovich identified the driver as Thomas KONOPKE and after interviewing KONOPKE he learned that he was delivering the heroin to other users. Officer Mahovich charged KONOPKE with Possession With Intent To Deiver, Criminal Use Of A Communication Facility, Possession Of A Controlled Substance and Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia.

Drug Arrest: On March 14, 2018 at 0109 hours, Officer Mahovich stopped a vehicle after observing numerous violations pertaining to the vehicle. Officer Mahovich stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as Andrew Carter. Upon further investigation, officers learned that CARTER was in possession of drug paraphernalia that was provided to them by Carter. O Officer Mahovich filed charges against CARTER at District Court 11-01-5.

Drug Arrest: On March 15, 2018 at at 2234 hours, Officer Mahovich stopped a vehicle on Pierce Street after observing a violation of the Vehicle Code. Upon further investigation, Officer Mahovich detected an odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle. The occupants were removed from the vehicle and a search of the vehicle was conducted. Officer Mahovich located a purple mason jar underneath the third row seat. The mason jar contained two bags containing marijuana and an empty bag which at one point also contained marijuana. The rear passenger of the vehicle was identified as Raquan Cruz and was subsequently charged with Possession Of a Small Amount of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Drug Arrest: On Monday, February 19, 2018 at 2347 hours, Officer Bonawits conducted a traffic stop on Rutter Avenue in the area of Market Street. The driver was identified as Melissa PRUVEADENTI. Officer Bonawits noted a strong odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle while speaking with PRUVEADENTI. After further investigation, Sergeant Height located a plastic bag containing suspected methamphetamine and a plastic vial containing methamphetamine. PRUVEADENTI was subsequently charged with the following charges. Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Drug Arrest: On February 28, 2018 at 0430 hours, Officer Bonawits conducted a traffic stop on Pringle Street in Kingston. During the course of the traffic stop, Officer Bonawits observed drug paraphernalia on the rear driver side seat. Officer Bonawits identified the driver as Barbara Ann Ford. Officer Bonawits learned that the paraphernalia in the back seat of the vehicle belonged to Barbara Ford and later learned that FORD was also in possession of crack cocaine, 15 Xanax tablets, unlabeled amber medicine vial containing (27) tablets of Clonazepam and (30) tablets of Acetaminophen/Hydrocodone. Barbara Ford was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Controlled Substance.

Warrants/Arrest: On Monday, March, 19, 2018, at 0203 hours, Officer Allen was on routine patrol in the area of Keefers Army Navy Store. It was here, Officer Allen observed a male and female arguing on the sidewalk. Officer Allen approached the two parties and discovered that the male was a wanted person by the Kingston Police Department and the Luzerne County Sheriff's Office. Officer Allen conducted a search of the male prior to placing him in the police vehicle and found the male to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. The male was positively identified as Cody James Caruthers. CARUTHERS was transported to LCCF and was charged for the drug paraphernalia that he was in possession of.

False Reports: On Sunday, March 18,2018 at 0233 hours, Officer Bonawits conducted a traffic stop in the area of Wyoming Avenue and Pierce Street. Officer Bonawits queried the occupants of the vehicle and determined that the male passenger provided him with false information regarding his identity. The male was transported to Kingston P.D for further processing and identification purposes. The male was positively identified as Isaiah Rene Hurry Officer Bonawits also learned through further investigation that the male was in possession of marijuana and a digital scale which was located in his underwear. Isaiah Hurry was charged with the following. False Identification to Law Enforcement, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

February 2018 Crime Statistics The Kingston Police Department handled 789 calls for service in a wide variety of incidents. Below is a highlight of the incidents. A full breakdown of the incidents may be found in the lobby of the Kingston Police Department. Traffic Accidents Reportable: 9 Traffic Accidents Non-Reportable: 26 Hit and Run Traffic Accidents: 7 Traffic Enforcement Warnings: 142 Traffic Enforcement Citations Issued: 411 Incidents defined by the Pennsylvania Unified Crime Reporting Statistics are as follows: Part 1 Offenses: Robbery: 1 Assault: 7 Burglary: 2 Larceny Theft: 10 Part 2 Offenses: Fraud: 7 Stolen Property-Receive or Possess: 2 Vandalism: 3 Weapons-Carrying, possessing: 1 Drug Abuse (sales): 6 Drug Possession: 17 Liquor laws: 0 Drunkenness: 4 Disorderly Conduct: 26 Vagrancy: 0

Arrest: On Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 1228 hours, Officer Sosnoski was dispatched to the CVS on Market Street for a report of someone attempting to pick-up a fraudulent prescription. After further investigation, it was learned that a male identified as Jeffrey Zawatski had forged a prescription that his doctor had written for him and sent his father to the CVS to pick-up the prescription. On March 12, 2018 Officer Sosnoski met with Jeffrey Zawatski at the Kingston Police Department and provided a video statement admitting to the charges in the criminal complaint. The Kingston Police charged ZAWATSKI with the following criminal acts. Acquisition by Misrepresentation, Forgery and Possession of Controlled Substances. On Monday, March 12, 2018 ZAWATSKI was arraigned before District Justice James Haggerty and released on ROR bail.