Luzerne County Sheriff Lt. Brian Szumski has been designated interim sheriff for up to six months, effective Monday, because current interim sheriff Jack Robshaw has been hired as county 911 executive director, county Manager Robert Lawton said in an email sent to council on Friday.
The 911 director position became vacant in May, when David Parsnik was promoted to administrative services division head.
Robshaw, who also oversees the county security department and mailroom, had assumed the sheriff responsibilities in February 2012 with the implementation of home rule, which eliminated an elected sheriff post and put the department under the new Judicial Services and Records Division.
Szumski has worked seven years in the sheriff’s office and eight as a municipal police officer.
Judicial Services and Records Division Head Joan Hoggarth is in the process of selecting a permanent sheriff.
Richard Swartz, 33, of West Ross Street, Wilkes-Barre, died from injuries he sustained after being struck by a vehicle while riding a bicycle in the area of Boston Hill Road and East Main Street Thursday night, the Luzerne County Coroner’s Office confirmed.
Swartz was struck by a vehicle at about 8 p.m. He was pronounced dead at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township just before 9 p.m.
No autopsy is scheduled.
Ex-owner of resort
faces federal charge
The former owner of Penn Hills Lodge in Stroud Township has been charged with filing false documents related to taking more than $1 million from pension funds, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced Friday.
Charles A. Poalillo Jr., 80, of Monroe County, borrowed the money from two pension funds while he operated Penn Hills — a now defunct Pocono honeymoon resort on Route 191 — and related businesses, according to U.S. Attorney Peter J. Smith. At one time the resort had been one of the Poconos’ largest catering to couples.
Prosecutors allege Poalillo falsely reported the security of those assets to the U.S. Department of Labor. Pursuant to a guilty plea agreement, Poalillo agreed to try to make full restitution by the time of his sentencing. The maximum penalty under federal law is five years imprisonment, three years supervised release after imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000.
The Monroe County District Attorney’s Office initiated the investigation and assisted federal authorities. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration and the Office of Labor Racketeering and Fraud Investigations conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael A. Consiglio is prosecuting the case.
Rally set to aid
Rallyin’ 4 Ralph will be held 6 to 11 p.m. today at West Wyoming Hose Co. 1, 926 Shoemaker Ave., to benefit Ralph Confletti, a West Wyoming councilman who is battling pancreatic cancer.
The goal of the event is to lessen the financial medical burden and allow Confletti to concentrate on fighting the disease.
The event will feature live music from Sean Stankus, Bruce Stankus and Carrie Meyers, Jimmy T. as “Elvis,” Jimmy Dennis, and Mr. Jay the magician. Also included is an all-you-can-eat buffet, beverages and games and prizes for a $10 donation.
Donations are welcome and can be made by contacting email@example.com or call 570-407-0173.