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January 09. 2014 11:25PM


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HAZLETON


Don’t feed owl,


visitors are urged


Please don’t feed the airport owl.


That’s what Pennsylvania Game Commission officials are asking visitors to the Hazleton Municipal Airport, where a snowy owl – a rare visitor to Pennsylvania in most years – appears to have taken up temporary residence.


“While the feeding of wildlife is not always prohibited, the reported feeding of the airport owl presents a safety concern,” said Doug Gross, a commission biologist.


There have been reports of people releasing pet store mice to feed the owl, and there have been reports that a flying owl swooped down on a white mouse running across the runway.


“Feeding the owl … encourages it to stay in a place where collisions with aircraft pose a risk to both the aircraft and the owl. These Arctic visitors already are somewhat naïve of the dangers posed by humans, and feeding them only encourages them to get comfortable with people, despite the associated risks,” Gross said. “There are plenty wild small rodents in the fields of Pennsylvania to provide food for owls.”


WILKES-BARRE


Killer faces $100k


court judgment


William Allabaugh is serving time for a deadly Plymouth bar shooting, and now he’ll have to pay up, as well.


Allabaugh, 26, has been hit with a $100,706.66 clerk of courts judgment, according to documents filed Thursday in Luzerne County Court.


He pleaded guilty in October to criminal homicide and criminal attempt to commit homicide for the Sept. 9, 2012, incident in and outside of Bonnie’s Food and Spirits in Plymouth that left 39-year-old Scott Luzetsky of Edwardsville dead and Stephen Hollman, then 29, of Plymouth critically injured.


Judge Lesa S. Gelb sentenced him to serve 25 to 50 years behind bars, and to pay more than $99,000 in restitution.


Despite his plea, Allabaugh told the court he didn’t remember shooting anyone.


WILKES-BARRE


Man convicted in


bar fight, scuffle


A Philadelphia man living in the city who was accused of screaming racial slurs at police and threatening to have sex with an officer’s daughter and mother after a bar fight was convicted by a jury Thursday in Luzerne County Court.


Calvin R. Bryant, 28, was found guilty of resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness after jurors deliberated for 75 minutes. Judge David W. Lupas presided.


According to a police affidavit, officers were dispatched to Goodfellas bar on North Pennsylvania Avenue in the early hours of Feb. 4 for a report of a large fight between black and white patrons.


Officers said they saw Bryant peek into the bar’s front window and walk to the side entrance. When questioned, Bryant said he lived around the corner and was walking home. Police said they went around the block and returned to find Bryant again by the side entrance.


When asked for ID, Bryant accused officers of being prejudiced against blacks and launched into an intoxicated tirade, police said. He resisted arrest and spit at police, telling an officer he planned to have sex with the man’s 15-year old daughter in three years, according to the affidavit. In the police car, Bryant told the officer “Maybe I will (have sex with) your mother when I get out. She is of age.”


Staff at the bar later told police Bryant was the main instigator behind the fight, the affidavit states. Sentencing is set for March 7.




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