Trump Ballots Discarded In Luzerne County

Trump Ballots Discarded In Luzerne County — If you missed as is likely, the United States Attorney’s Office Middle District of Pennsylvania released this statement, today, Sept. 24.

On Monday, September 21, 2020, at the request of Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis, the Office of the United States Attorney along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Scranton Resident Office, began an inquiry into reports of potential issues with a small number of mail-in ballots at the Luzerne County Board of Elections.

Since Monday, FBI personnel working together with the Pennsylvania State Police have conducted numerous interviews and recovered and reviewed certain physical evidence.  Election officials in Luzerne County have been cooperative. At this point we can confirm that a small number of military ballots were discarded.   Investigators have recovered nine ballots at this time.  Some of those ballots can be attributed to specific voters and some cannot.  Of the nine ballots that were discarded and then recovered, 7 were cast for presidential candidate Donald Trump. Two of the discarded ballots had been resealed inside their appropriate envelopes by Luzerne elections staff prior to recovery by the FBI and the contents of those 2 ballots are unknown.

Our inquiry remains ongoing and we expect later today to share our up to date findings with officials in Luzerne County.  It is the vital duty of government to ensure that every properly cast vote is counted.

Vote in person. Even the Democrats are saying this now.

Trump Ballots Discarded In Luzerne County
Trump Ballots Discarded In Luzerne County

Pennsylvania Alligator Shot

Some might cite it as proof positive that global warming is now. Others might simply say a Luzerne County resident got tired of feeding rats to a growing pet. Pennsylvania Alligator Shot -- Some might cite it as proof positive that global warming is now. Others might simply say a Luzerne County resident got tired of feeding rats to a growing pet.

Anyway, a 3-foot long alligator was shot and killed by a Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission officer after two fisherman found it in Harris Pond in Sweet Valley.

As we know Luzerne County, our bet is that a resident got tired of feeding rats to a growing pet.

Pennsylvania Alligator Shot


Betty Roccograndi, A Writer To Be Recognized

Luzerne County correspondent Dorothy Hayer has let us know about Betty Roccograndi, an excellent columnist for the Wilkes Barre Times Leader.

Here she very nicely slices and dices Pennsylvania’s dishonest Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

Betty Roccograndi, A Writer To Be Recognized

Betty Roccograndi, A Writer To Be Recognized


Luzerne Workers Miss Paychecks When County Worker Takes Vacation

Employees of Luzerne County got their paychecks late this week when a county worker went on vacation and failed to approve an electronic transfer.

It almost makes Philadelphia look like a smooth operation.

Luzerne Workers Miss Paychecks When County Worker Takes Vacation
Luzerne Workers Miss Paychecks When County Worker Takes Vacation

Barbara Mazurick, R.I.P.

Barbara Mazurick

Barbara Mazurick

Barbara V. Mazurick, 70, a loving wife, devoted mother of four, mommom to four grandchildren, wonderful mother-in-law and faithful Christian, died Monday morning at St. Luke Pavilion in Hazleton, Pa., where she had been a guest.

She was the mother, mother-in-law and grandmother of Todd, Nicole and Samantha Mazurick of Springfield, Pa.

She was born in Hazleton, daughter of the late Andrew and Veronica (Hollick) Grega.

She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Weatherly.

Barbara is also survived by her husband, Michael Mazurick;  Tina Whitlow and her husband, Todd, Berwyn;  Carissa Mazurick, Bryn Mawr; and Leanne Mazurick and her partner, Karen Belli, Dallas; brothers and sisters, Gerald Grega, Hazle Township; Jane Seamon and her husband, Donald, Jeddo; Andrew “Buddy” Grega and his wife, Donna, Hazle Township; Maryanne Lynn and her husband, Ronald, Hazleton; Thomas Grega and his wife, Nancy, Hazleton; and John Grega and his wife, Chris, Freeland; four grandchildren that meant the world to her, Bridget and Conner Whitlow and Samantha and Nolan Mazurick; and several nieces and nephews.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Weatherly. Interment will be held in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Beaver Meadows. The family will receive friends and relatives Saturday at the church from 9 to 10 a.m. prior to the Funeral Mass.

Barbara was always putting others before herself, so in lieu of flowers please consider donating in her memory to the American Cancer Society, 101 W. Frack St., Frackville, PA 17931, or the Beaver Meadows Food Bank, c/o St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Second Street, Beaver Meadows, PA 18216.

Arrangements are under the direction of Frank J. Bonin Funeral Home Inc., 542 N. Wyoming St., Hazleton.

Why You Shouldn’t Take A Monkey For A Joyride

Yesterday, we learned why you shouldn’t give a chimp an AK-47.

Today, we learn — from Luzerne County, unsurprisingly — why it’s a bad idea to get drunk and take your dad’s monkey for a ride on a stolen ATV.
Police said that yesterday,  March 19, Jeff W. Arnott Jr., 23, stole an all-terrain vehicle and went on a intoxicated joyride yelling and screaming incoherently. At about 4 a.m., law caught up to him and saw that he had a passenger that was a primate, namely a java macaque that can grow to almost two-feet in height and weigh up to 20 pounds.

“He didn’t even have it on a leash or anything. It was sitting in the back, going for a ride,” said Gerald Kapral of the state Game Commission

When the ATV was finally stopped, Arnott and the monkey fled in different directions, police said. Arnott was quickly apprehended but the wily monkey managed to elude pursuers which led to a day of terror in Northeast Pa since police put out bulletins describing the critter as “dangerous”.

Just imagine if Mr. Arnott had given the monkey an AK-47. Just imagine if the monkey had had this weapon during the police pursuit.

After an hours-long monkey-hunt, the suspect was finally convinced to surrender by its owner James Arnott, Sr., who had had the animal for 15 years raising it from a baby.

It is  named Tyler Mikye. 

Family members said Tyler Mikye would swim in the family pool, play with the neighbor’s dog and drink alcohol.

Arnott Sr. cried for hours after authorities hauled it away as it is illegal to have a monkey as a pet in this state. 

Charges are expected.

The younger Arnott is  was jailed in Luzerne County Correctional Facility in lieu of $25,000 bail on charges of  receiving stolen property, resisting arrest, harassment and flight to avoid apprehension.

Wyoming Ponders Aircraft Carrier

Wyoming Ponders Aircraft Carrier — With the Wyoming oil boom in full swing, the state is pondering what steps to take should there be a complete  breakdown of the rest of these United States.

The state legislature passed Friday, Feb. 24, a first reading of House Bill 85 that would create a government continuity task force to investigate as to how the state should prepare for potential catastrophes.

Among the things to be considered are an alternative currency, a military draft and the raising of a standing army, and the acquisition of strike aircraft and an aircraft carrier.

Don’t ask. I don’t know. I’m just reporting what was reported.

How many readers out there know that Wyoming is named for a part of Pennsylvania?

Gertrude of Wyoming by Scotsman Thomas Campbell, the hit poem of 1809, is set there.

It would actually be kind of scary if Luzerne County got an aircraft carrier.

Wyoming Ponders Aircraft Carrier
Wyoming Ponders Aircraft Carrier

Selling False IDs To Illegals

Luzerne County correspondent Dot Hayer reports that an arrest has been made in Hazleton regarding the sale of false identification to illegal residents.

Orlando Guzman Garcia was nabbed the morning of Jan. 11 at a home at 185 S. Wyoming St. He is charged with conspiracy to commit identity fraud.

He is accused of trafficking identity kits that included Social Security cards, birth certificates and other documents of Puerto Rican U.S. citizens to illegal immigrants.  He charged between $700 and $2,500 per kit.

Garcia allegedly got the documents from Caguas, Puerto Rico and paid for them with wire transfers.

Garcia faces 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Garcia was among of at least 50 arrested in the case.


Selling False IDs To Illegals

A Report From Wilkes Barre

Unheralded Tropical Storm Lee has brought the worst flooding to Northeast Pennsylvania since Hurricane Agnes of 1972. There have been four reported deaths as of this morning, Sept. 9.

Father James Hayer of St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church in Wilkes Barre reported this at 6:09 a.m.

The Susquehanna River has flooded, cresting at almost 39 feet a few hours ago. It was expected to crest at 40.7 feet, which was a deep concern because the levee system maximum height is 41 feet.

We are only 2 blocks from the river, but everything here by the church (695 N. Main St.) is ok so far because we are on high ground. So far, 65,000 people have been evacuated from the Wyoming valley.  The river crested this morning at 1AM and has begun to recede, but is still flowing very fast.

If the levee holds within the next 12 hours, the water should slow down and recede even further – so we are thankful, but holding our breath. Unfortunately, many communities not protected by the dike system are now underwater.

Our biggest concern near the church is becoming landlocked and/or losing power. Deacon Ed and I went to bless the river yesterday morning after liturgy and, within 10 minutes, the dry grass was covered. 40 minutes later, that road was closed. The water levels rose very quickly yesterday, exacerbating the problem for many people.

Thanks for your prayers and concern.

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