Assault leads to hospitalization
A Shavertown man was hospitalized in critical condition Sunday after an alleged assault by a neighbor.
John Rogers, 61, was taken to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township, after the altercation, police said.
Police later obtained an arrest warrant for 58-year-old Brian Emershaw. He was arraigned before District Judge John Hasay in Shickshinny on charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, disorderly conduct and summary offenses and committed to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $5,000 bail.
State police and the Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office assisted in the investigation.
Golf course vandalized
Police are investigating vandalism at the Wyoming Valley Golf Club course on South Main Street.
Overnight Saturday into Sunday the wooden railings on a ranch-style fence at the fifth hole were removed and carried to the other side of the nearby pond and set on fire, police said. The fire was still smoking when police took the report around 7:45 a.m. Sunday. Also tee boxes and three divot boxes were taken. Empty beer cans were found on the course.
Glodzik hearing rescheduled
The preliminary hearing for Leo A. Glodzik III, the former city towing contractor charged with theft, has been rescheduled to noon July 16 before District Judge Paul Roberts in Kingston.
The hearing for Glodzik, 42, of Foote Avenue, Duryea had originally been set for noon Tuesday before District Judge Rick Cronauer in Wilkes-Barre.
The Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office charged Glodzik on May 31 with stealing $2,100 in cash left in a Cadillac as part of a sting operation.
According to arrest papers:
Glodzik and an undercover state trooper working with the FBI and posing as the head of a regional drug task force discussed towing vehicles. During one conversation Glodzik asked what was done with money found in the vehicles seized by the task force. He indicated to the trooper through “a combination of verbal and hand gestures” that the trooper could leave money found inside the vehicle and they could later share it.
Glodzik was called to tow a vehicle to his garage on Carey Avenue on Jan. 29 and was told it was seized in a drug arrest. The trooper told Glodzik that there was “a couple thousand dollars in the ashtray.” The trooper said he saw Glodzik take the money from the vehicle in the garage and put it in his pants pocket. In the office Glodzik counted out $1,100 and gave it to the trooper.
The trooper advised Glodzik he would be arrested. Conversations the trooper had with Glodzik on that date and Jan. 25 were secretly recorded by investigators.
The day Glodzik was charged, Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tom Leighton suspended his towing contract and said an independent arbitrator would be appointed within 60 days to affirm the suspension.
The city temporarily appointed Falzone Towing Service of Wilkes-Barre to handle the towing while a new contract is awarded.
Glodzik remains free on $5,000 bail.
Farmers Market on the way
The Farmers Market opens Thursday and will continue every week during the summer, offering family fun, music, food, crafts and fresh produce from local growers.
The market hours are Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with opening ceremonies at 11:45 a.m. According to the city website, farms expected to be represented at the Farmers Market include Golomb’s, Plains Township; Kessler’s, Berwick; Brace’s Orchard, Dallas; Marty O’Malia, Plains Township; Broyan’s, Nescopeck; Ryman’s, Nescopeck; Norman Darling & Sons, Dallas; Creek Side Farm, Wapwallopen; Dymond’s, Dallas; Dream Green Farm LIU 18, Dallas; Dunn’s, New Ringold; Zimmerman’s, Pitman.
On Thursday, music will be provided by Windfall Duo and each week a different musical act will be on the bandshell stage.