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June 2014 Archives

PA AG looks to increase criminal charges for drug cartels

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane has started an innovative program to combat the sale of Heroin in small Pennsylvania towns. Kane, a former Lackawanna County prosecutor, has formed mobile street crime units that are being deployed in small cities and towns to assist Federal officials in limiting the sales of Heroin by Mexican drug cartels.

DA denies favoritism in case of Scranton teacher's DUI

The Lackawanna District Attorney's office has denied giving preferential treatment to a Scranton school teacher who was allowed to enter a special program for persons convicted of drunk driving even though she was not legally eligible. The program, known as Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition or ARD, provides an alternative to imprisonment for persons convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol. If a person successfully completes the program, the DUI arrest and conviction are expunged from the person's record.

Criminal charges filed against Luzerne County transit officials

Criminal charges have been filed against two high-ranking public officials in Northeastern Pennsylvania alleging that the pair purposely inflated the number of elderly riders on buses operated by the county. The indictment is somewhat unusual because it does not accuse the two county officials of operating their scheme for personal gain. Instead, the indictment alleges that the executive director and operations manager of the Luzerne County Transportation Authority inflated the number of senior riders on buses operated by the county to increase the amount of subsidies paid to the county for such riders by the State of Pennsylvania.

Suspended Scranton priest faces trial for inappropriate touching

The upcoming criminal trial of a suspended priest in Lackawanna County will raise two issues regarding allegations of improper touching by the priest. The priest's attorney said that he would challenge the indictment based upon the statute of limitations for such crimes and that he would also contend that the acts as described by the alleged victim do not satisfy the statutory definition of indecent assault.

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