State parole agents, U.S. marshals take Scranton man into custody for parole violations

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A team of state parole agents and U.S. marshals arrested a West Scranton man Thursday morning, ending a hunt that lasted about three months.

George Pavlovicz, 20, was found at 110 N. Everett Ave. and taken into custody without incident shortly after 10 a.m.

Mr. Pavlovicz had been wanted by the Scranton district office of the state Board of Probation and Parole since Nov. 3, when a warrant was issued after he moved out of his designated home and failed to notify his parole officer, state Parole Agent Derek Berry said.

Mr. Pavlovicz was serving a two-year probation sentence after originally being charged with receiving stolen property and escape when he ran from officers in February 2010, Agent Berry said.

While attempting to serve a warrant in the area of Ash Street and Monroe Avenue on Feb. 11, 2010, members of the Scranton Police Department and Lackawanna County sheriff's office noticed Mr. Pavlovicz pacing back and forth while speaking on a cellphone, Agent Berry said.

When questioned by officers about his suspicious behavior, Mr. Pavlovicz was searched and found to have marijuana on him. Officers also ran a check on the car he had been in and discovered it was stolen, Agent Berry said.

Attempts to find Mr. Pavlovicz after he left the home he was living in last fall led parole agents from Scranton to Carbondale and as far as Wayne County before Agent Berry received information that he might be in West Side.

In addition to his parole violation, Mr. Pavlovicz will face drug charges filed by Scranton police due to marijuana found in the home during his arrest, Agent Berry said. He was in Lackawanna County Prison on Thursday. Because it was a parole violation, no bail was set, a prison official said.

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