WILKES-BARRE — A federal judge ruled in favor of the city in the case brought against it over the sale of the Old River Road Bakery property.
U.S. District Judge Malachy Mannion Thursday granted the city’s request for summary judgment and determined that there was no need for it to proceed to a jury trial.
Husband and wife Tyler and Antonia Hammond who live next to the property sued the city alleging their belongings were destroyed at the direction of the city during a clean up of the site in 2009. They also alleged a fence built on the site encroached onto their property.
The Hammonds named the city, Mayor Tom Leighton, assistant city attorney William Vinsko and former city towing contractor Leo A. Glodzik III as defendants. Glodzik intended to purchase the property and had been working on it even though he did not yet own it.
Mannion dismissed the suit, stating “there is insufficient evidence to show these actions can be attributed to the City of Wilkes-Barre.”
He also dismissed the Hammonds’ motion for summary judgment and their claims against Glodzik.