Wilkes-Barre Mayor ‘Disgusted’ By Actions, Suspends Towing Contract

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Luzerne County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Luzerne County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WILKES-BARRE, PA — As little as Mayor Tom Leighton said about the city’s reasons for suspending LAG Towing’s contract, he said less about other investigations that might involve the tower.

Leighton hastily called a press conference Friday afternoon to announce the suspension following the filing of theft charges against Leo A. Glodzik III, LAG’s owner.

“I am disgusted and disappointed by the actions of one of our city contractors,” Leighton said.  “I will not speculate on his guilt, but actions of this type will not be condoned or excused.  And we demonstrated today they will not be tolerated.”

He would not disclose the full details for the city’s action as it prepares for an arbitration proceeding and the appointment of an independent arbiter to affirm the validity of the suspension within 60 days — in compliance with the terms of the contract.

Read more:  http://www.timesleader.com/news/local-news/561566/Leighton-disgusted-by-actions-suspends-contract

Police Investigating Pottstown Codes Worker Regarding Landlord’s Check

Location of Pottstown in Montgomery County

Location of Pottstown in Montgomery County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

POTTSTOWN — An employee of the borough codes office was escorted out of borough hall by police last week and her removal is likely connected to an investigation of whether the employee received a check from a developer and landlord for personal use, The Mercury has confirmed.

Several sources confirmed that Michelle Fry, formerly Michelle Borzick, a “zoning work leader” in the codes office, was escorted from the borough hall code office on Feb. 13.

Contacted Tuesday and asked for comment, Borough Manager Mark Flanders said, “We don’t comment on personnel matters.”

In an e-mail, Fry wrote Tuesday that she also had “no comment.”

Read more:  http://www.pottsmerc.com/article/20130219/NEWS01/130219304/police-investigating-pottstown-codes-worker-regarding-landlord-s-check#full_story

Johnstown Redevelopment Authority Refuses Council’s Request For Open-Door Meeting

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Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Cambria County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Editor’s note:  This is never a good sign!

JOHNSTOWN — Three city council members are pleased the Johnstown Redevelopment Authority agreed to answer some questions, but none is comfortable with the closed-door format the authority leadership demanded for Wednesday’s briefing.

Councilman Pete Vizza said he has been asking authority Chairman Raymond Balta since November to have council briefed on billing changes and other issues related to the authority-owned Johnstown Regional Sewage.

“I asked for whatever I could get,” Vizza said. “What I got was a closed meeting.  They didn’t want any public in there jumping on everybody.”

On Wednesday, the authority’s acting director, Frank D’Ettorre, and a representative from the authority engineering contractor are scheduled to meet privately with council members, Vizza said.

Read more:  http://tribune-democrat.com/local/x1633486348/Authority-to-answer-questions

Body Found In Lower Pottsgrove ID’d As Pottstown Woman

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NORRISTOWN — Authorities are awaiting the results of toxicology tests as they continue an investigation into the death of a 24-year-old woman whose body was discovered in Lower Pottsgrove on Saturday.

Montgomery County First Assistant District Attorney Kevin Steele said Monday that there were no signs of trauma to the body of Lindsey Walters, who was found unresponsive about 8:55 a.m. near a car along the 1900 block of Quail Road, near Deer Ridge Drive, in the township.

Read more: http://www.pottsmerc.com/articles/2011/11/01/news/srv0000014970610.txt