Data Supports Mayor; Crime Down In Wilkes-Barre

WILKES-BARRE — Although residents at a council meeting expressed disbelief at Mayor Tom Leighton’s comment crime is down in the city, statistics are on his side.

Data from the Pennsylvania State Police Uniform Crime Reporting System showed a 5.06 percent decrease in known offenses in a year-to-year comparison as of Friday.

Leighton attributed the public’s perception of increased crime to officers making more arrests, and again the reporting system supports him.  There were 811 total arrests as of Friday compared to 798 for June 14, 2012.

The offense and arrest totals do not match up because arrests have yet to be made in many of the reported crimes.

Read more: http://www.timesleader.com/news/local-news/600344/Data-supports-mayor;-crime-down-in-W-B

Lackawanna County DA Putting Stadium Scrap Metal Thieves ‘On Notice’

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lackawanna County

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

Editor’s note:  Book em, Danno!

Wide-eyed burglars planning to steal scrap metal from the stadium at PNC Field may want to reconsider now that Lackawanna County District Attorney Andy Jarbola has vowed to throw the book at them.

“We want to put people on notice,” he said Tuesday.

Over the last several months, while crews have worked to partially demolish and now reconstruct the stadium, theft of metal hardware and scrap metal has been an ongoing problem.

The stadium has been vacant of its home team, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, while they play the current season entirely on the road to accommodate the renovations.

Read more: http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/lackawanna-county-da-putting-stadium-scrap-metal-thieves-on-notice-1.1359085

More Stupid News

These just get better!  For some unknown reason, a 41-year-old Wilkes-Barre man shot a toilet, inside of a Wilkes-Barre bar, at 12:36 a.m on Tuesday morning.  Was the toilet armed and dangerous?  Maybe he thought it was big game and wanted a trophy for the wall?

In any event that’s not the end of this stupid story.  The toilet-shooting pistol was stolen from the Edwardsville Police Department.  A 34-year-old Wilkes-Barre woman was also involved and arrested along with the “shooter”.

The elephant in the room here is how did a pistol get stolen from a police department and end up in the possession of two people who have no license and no business possessing one?

Hopefully the Edwardsville Police Department is conducting an investigation on how this happened and will hopefully put protocols in place to keep anymore drunks from getting pistols and firing them…..just sayin’,,,