Texting Citations In Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Area Drop

Locator map of the Scranton-Wilkes-Barre Metro...

Locator map of the Scranton-Wilkes-Barre Metropolitan Statistical Area in the northeastern part of the of . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Texting while driving citations for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre metro area dropped 29 percent in one year, but the region still ranks 8th-worst in the state, according to data from compiled by the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts, the Philadelphia police and the U.S. Census Bureau.

There were 37 citations in Lackawanna, Luzerne and Wyoming counties from March 2013 through February – one citation fewer than the Lancaster metro area, though Scranton/Wilkes-Barre metro area has 36,806 more residents, There were 52 citations from March 2012 to Feb. 2013, making the metro area the 6th-worst in the state in 2013. The Philadelphia and Pittsburgh metro areas maintained the one and two spots respectively, though their populations are far greater.

No one reason can be attributed for the year’s decline in citations, area law enforcement officials said. An optimist might attribute part of it to increased awareness in the dangers of texting while driving, Lackawanna County Deputy District Attorney Robert Klein said. One reason may be a reduction of crashes caused by texting. Another reason could be as simple as fewer drivers getting caught.

Read more: http://citizensvoice.com/news/texting-citations-in-w-b-scranton-area-drop-1.1655025

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Pottstown Police: Hundreds Of Parking Tickets Turn Into Citations

POTTSTOWN — Hundreds of unpaid parking tickets issued in the borough turned into citations late last week.

After receiving a pair of warnings, those that haven’t paid off parking or other related tickets will now be dealing with citations in court, according to Pottstown Police Chief Rick Drumheller.

Read more:  http://www.pottsmerc.com/article/20130220/NEWS01/130229925/pottstown-police-hundreds-of-parking-tickets-turn-into-citations#full_story

Lancaster City To Cite Building Owners For Not Completing Repairs

Editor’s note:  Two thumbs up for code enforcement!!!

For the second time in a year, debris fell from the same downtown building onto the sidewalk below.

Lancaster city now is moving to cite the building’s owners, who did not complete a required engineering report after a 2-by-4-foot concrete panel fell July 19 from the building at 51-55 N. Queen St.

In the latest incident, chunks of mortar fell from the building between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday. The sidewalk in front of the building was blocked off with barricades.

Nobody was hurt in either incident.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/683132_Lancaster-city-to-cite-building-owners-for-not-completing-repairs.html#ixzz1zqq3t5xg

Theta Xi Suspended At California University Of PA

Last weekend’s mega party at the Theta Xi house caused an uproar with college and borough law enforcement.  The California University of Pennsylvania Chapter of Theta Xi is being suspended by their national governing body as a result.  Last weekend’s “festivities” resulted in about 90 citations issued for alcohol related offenses across the borough.

California University officials are most likely placing those cited on probation and ordering offenders into alcohol education programs.  This crackdown was a joint venture between Cal U and California Borough.