New troopers assigned
Ten of the 73 men and women joining the ranks of the Pennsylvania State Police following their graduation Friday from the State Police Academy in Hershey have been assigned to work out of Troop N based in Hazleton.
State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan and U.S. Sen. Robert P. Casey, Jr., spoke at the ceremony, held Friday morning at Central Dauphin High School in Harrisburg. This was the 135th class to graduate from the State Police Academy in Hershey since it opened in 1960.
The new troopers that have been assigned to Troop N are: Jesse D. Bachman, of Bath; Joseph F. Bissol, of Clifford Township; Michael A. Gesualdo, of Levittown; Timothy E. Gronski, of Moosic; Robert V. Impaglia Jr., of Nanticoke; Ryan M. Kempinski, of Bethlehem; Anthony L. Paciotti, of Peckville; Carl J. Puskar, of Exeter; Michael P. Strenchock, of Hazle Township; and Ethan D. Wenzel, of Swoyersville.
Andrew Morgantini, of Forty Fort, was assigned to Troop H in Harrisburg.
Are you Cash 5 winner?
One of the two jackpot-winning Cash 5 tickets worth $250,000 each from the Thursday drawing was sold at Puff N Stuff, 13 N. Fourth St., West Hazleton. Each ticket correctly matched all five balls, 04-09-12-24-37, to split a jackpot of $500,000.
The lottery encourages each holder of a winning ticket to sign the back of the ticket, call the lottery at 717-702-8146 and file a claim at any of lottery’s seven area offices including the one at 49 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre.
Rep. calls for prison review
Spurred by the death of corrections officer Eric Williams, of Nanticoke, U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, R-Lycoming Township, has sent a letter to Bureau of Prisons Director Charles Samuels, urging a comprehensive overview of all policies impacting the safety of federal corrections officers, as well as a re-evaluation of policies pertaining to the recruitment and retention of officers.
On Feb. 25, Williams was killed while performing nightly lockdown duties at the U.S. Penitentiary in Canaan, Wayne County. Williams reportedly was alone with 130 inmates at the time of the attack, armed only with a radio, keys and handcuffs.
“This tragedy is a devastating reminder of the dangers the correctional officers at our federal prisons confront every day and highlights that the Bureau of Prisons and Congress must do more to adequately protect the officers who put their lives on the line to keep us safe,” Marino said in his letter.
Northwest PTO auction set
The Northwest Area Intermediate School PTO will hold its annual auction on March 23 at the former Hunlock Creek Elementary building, 21 Sunset Lake Road. The auction will begin at 10 a.m. with registration starting at 9. Proceeds will be used to purchase materials and supplies to enrich students’ educations.