DA: Assault investigated
The Kingston police department is investigating reports of a possible sexual assault that might have occurred at a party in which an adult allegedly furnished alcohol to minors, Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis confirmed Thursday.
Kingston police have been investigating the case for several weeks, she said. An assistant district attorney has been assigned to assist the department.
Salavantis said she could release no further details, including the date of the alleged incident, as the case remains under investigation. Kingston Police Chief Keith Keiper did not return a phone message.
Inmate suicide prevented
An inmate at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility tried to hang himself Thursday morning, but guards found him in time to prevent his death, a prison official said.
Capt. Kevin Gallagher said the inmate, whom he did not identify, was taken to an area hospital around 9 a.m. He said he could provide no further details.
Learn motorcycle safety
The Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program will offer free motorcycle safety classes, April through October, at the Educational Conference Center at Luzerne County Community College, Nanticoke, and at the West Side Career and Technical Center, Pringle.
A motorcycle permit or license from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is needed to register for a class. Students who successfully complete a knowledge and the skills test through the program will receive a motorcycle license from PennDOT.
The program will offer basic motorcycle safety courses for novice and experienced riders, with motorcycles and helmets provided. It also will offer a three-wheel basic rider course, but participants must have their own three-wheel motorcycle and protective gear. An advanced course geared toward already-licensed riders wishing to enhance their skills also will be offered, but is not a licensing course.
Class schedules and additional information are available online at www.pamsp.com or by calling 1-800-845-9533 between 8 a.m. and noon Monday through Friday.
Chamber events scheduled
The Back Mountain Chamber Young Professionals Association is coordinating a food drive in partnership with the Weinberg Regional Food Bank.
Thirteen Back Mountain businesses are participating and 15 drop-off sites will be available through March 21. For information, contact Tony Banta at 995-1119, or Don Webster at 947-6776.
The group will host three events in its Young Professional Speaker Series cocktail mixers beginning March 14 at 5:30 p.m. at Metro Bar & Grill, Dallas. Kris Jones will be the featured speaker.
2 colleges get recognition
The Corporation for National and Community Service has named King’s College and Misericordia University to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts during the 2011-12 academic year.
King’s is the only Wyoming Valley institution of higher learning to be named to the honor roll each year since its 2006 launch. During the 2011-12 academic year, King’s students combined for more than 180,000 service hours.
During the 2011-12 academic year, 2,593 Misericordia students engaged in 158,154 service hours to the community – a more than 49 percent increase from the previous academic year’s 105,582 service hours.
A total of 690 colleges and universities across the country were named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.