Arrests delay Wednesday dismissal at Lebanon school

Dismissal at Lebanon Middle School was delayed for about 20 minutes Wednesday while police took into custody a wanted 19-year-old and two other young men who allegedly interfered with the arrest.

Officers were in the area of 8th and Church streets after a possible gun sighting when an officer saw Ricky Rodriguez in the backseat of a passing vehicle. The officer followed the vehicle to the area of 7th and Church streets where Rodriguez exited the vehicle and fled on foot, police said.

Rodriguez was arrested in the area of 6th and Church streets and had 10 bags of cocaine in a pants pocket, police said. He was charged with resisting arrest, possession with intent to deliver and possession of cocaine, escape and disorderly conduct.

He was also arrested on an outstanding bench warrant and placed in Lebanon County Prison on $25,000 bail.

While officers were taking him into custody, two other occupants of the vehicle returned, became disorderly and interfered with the arrest, police said.

The driver, a 17-year-old from Lebanon, was charged with obstruction of administration of law and disorderly conduct.

A third man, 20-year-old Deshaun Moore of Aberdeen, Maryland, was charged with disorderly conduct and obstruction of administration of law and sent to the county prison on $25,000 bail.

Police continue to investigate the possible gun sighting reported by an 11- and 12-year old boy in the 700 block of Lehman Street.

The boys said a younger teenager was holding what appeared to be a gun and was holding it as if showing the firearm to two other males, according to police.

The three ran east on Lehman Street when they realized other people saw them. Police said they searched the area, but did not find them.

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