Two city men, one who violated state parole and the other who left the house arrest program, were arrested and taken into custody by Officers Dominick Andidora and Jeffrey Arthur last week.
Officers Andidora and Arthur were dispatched to the residence of Shane Garren, 40, and Punchie Jo Hopp, 55, both of 51 Shamrock St., for a report of a disturbance at 11:01 p.m. on Feb. 5.
Garren and Hopp were cited for disorderly conduct and public drunkenness after fighting with each other while in an intoxicated condition. Garren was drinking a beer when the officers arrived on the scene and questioned him.
Hopp stated that Garren had gotten drunk and started an argument, verbally abusing her by calling her a vulgar name. She said this was not the first time he had done so, and she informed the officers that he was currently on state parole.
They contacted Doug Shaffer, his parole officer, who confirmed what Hopp told them. At that point, Garren was taken into custody and transported to police headquarters.
He was later turned over to Shaffer, who took custody of him on the parole violation.
Officers Andidora and Arthur were working on a separate investigation around the same time. They had been on the trail of James "Buggy" Lloyd, 23, as a fugitive from justice.
Lloyd had arrested last year on drug charges and placed under house arrest in Scranton. However, he went on the run on Christmas Day, leaving the house arrest program before his sentence was completed, and he was believed to be holed up somewhere in Carbondale.
"We've been tracking him for quite a while," Andidora said of Lloyd. "At least two times a day while we were on duty, Officer Arthur and I were checking different addresses where he was reportedly living, but we still hadn't located him."
Then, last week, they received a tip that led them to the residence of Lori Hallstead, 78 Rear Belmont Street. When the officers searched the residence at 8:18 p.m. on Feb. 5, they found Lloyd hiding in the bedroom of Hallstead's daughter Alyssa. He was taken into custody without incident.
Officers Andidora and Arthur obtained an arrest warrant and transported Lloyd to central booking at the Lackawanna County Courthouse Processing Center.
He was remanded to Lackawanna County Prison to complete the remainder of his sentence.