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Resolution honors slain guard

The state House of Representatives on Monday honored the life of Eric Williams, a federal corrections guard from Nanticoke who was killed by an inmate at the U.S. Penitentiary in Canaan Township in February.

Williams’ parents, Donald and Jean, and his sister, Lauren, were in the House chamber for the vote and received an ovation after they were recognized by Speaker Sam Smith.

House Resolution 177, which was introduced by Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Newport Township, received unanimous approval.

Williams, 34, was killed by an inmate who assaulted him with a homemade weapon. The attack happened as Williams was preparing to lock inmates in their cells for a nightly head count. A federal judge has identified Jessie Con-ui, a gang member and convicted murderer from Arizona, as the suspect in Williams’ death. No charges have been filed so far in his death.


Shooting still being probed

Wilkes-Barre police Monday continued investigating what they think was an accidental shooting of a young child Sunday evening.

Police were called to a residence on Wayne Street shortly before 7 p.m. on a report that a child had been injured in a shooting.

City spokesman Drew McLaughlin said police are not releasing the child’s name.


Roast will fund scholarship

For years, Misericordia University President Michael A. MacDowell has been a chief fundraiser for the school. With his retirement at the end of June, he’ll be reaching out for donations once more.

The Misericordia family and members of the community are coming together 7:30 p.m. June 1 at the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs for the “Watch Your Wallet Roast,’’ a retirement celebration that will raise money for the Dr. Michael and Tina MacDowell Endowed Scholarship, and the First Lady’s Campus Beautification Project.

Tickets for the roast are $125 per person, which includes a cocktail hour, dinner and an open bar. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Marie Stolarick, assistant director of cultural and special events at Misericordia University, at 570-674-6418.


Senate mulls armory bill

The state Senate could vote this week on House Bill 1112, legislation that would pave the way for the sale of a dozen armories in Pennsylvania including the Watres Armory in Scranton and the Berwick Armory.

The state House approved the bill last month with a unanimous vote and sent it to the Senate.

The bill would permit the state’s Department of General Services to sell the former Pennsylvania National Guard properties.

Among the armories authorized to be sold if the bill becomes law are those in Altoona, Bellefonte, Bradford, Sunbury, Tyrone, Lancaster, Ridgway, Waynesboro and Huntingdon.

The Watres Armory an Adams Avenue and Serrenti Memorial Army Reserve Center on Colfax Avenue in Scranton were closed in 2012, along with an additional Army Reserve center in Wilkes-Barre, replaced by the $25 million, 125,000-square foot Scranton Armed Forces Reserve Center.

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