NAACP to sell BBQ dinners
The Wilkes-Barre Chapter of the NAACP will sponsor a chicken and rib barbecue dinner from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the corner of Wilkes-Barre Boulevard and Hill Street in the city.
The cost for each dinner is $10 and a sandwich can be purchased for $8. The proceeds will benefit service projects and activities for the community sponsored by the chapter. For more information, call 262-1360.
2 arrested in robbery try
Two Hazleton-area men were arrested after an attempted armed robbery Thursday in Berwick, police said.
Police responded to 810 N. Vine St. at about 12:22 a.m. for a reported armed robbery with shots fired. They stopped and detained a man they said was quickly walking away from the area and who identified himself as Jose Miranda. Police said they later determined his name was Mario Miranda Jr. Police also detained three occupants of a vehicle parked nearby.
The victims identified two of those detained as the men involved in the burglary. Police searched the vehicle and retrieved a stolen handgun.
Police said Miranda admitted he set the incident in motion after someone told him that one of the victims, who damaged his car, was not going to make good on a promise to repay him.
Miranda, 21, of Hazleton, and Christian Rodriguez, 20, of Freeland, both admittedly former gang members, according to police, were charged with burglary, criminal conspiracy, receiving stolen property, theft, firearms not to be carried without a license and recklessly endangering another person. Miranda also was charged with attempted robbery and providing false identification to law enforcement.
Both were arraigned before District Judge Doug Brewer and were jailed at Columbia County Prison for lack of $100,000 bail.
Teen waives arraignment
A teen charged in the December 2009 shooting death of his great-grandfather waived his right to a formal arraignment in Luzerne County court.
Cody Lee, 19, of Lake Township, waived his right to an arraignment scheduled for Thursday before county Judge Joseph Sklarosky Jr. and entered a plea of not guilty.
Lee is charged with criminal homicide in the killing of his great-grandfather, Herbert Lee, 80, in December 2009. State police at Wyoming allege Lee planned the killing in a notebook. The homicide charge was initially dismissed after a preliminary hearing before District Judge James Tupper on Jan. 11 after Lee’s attorneys failed to have the case heard in juvenile court. Prosecutors re-filed the charge against Lee, setting up a second preliminary hearing that was transferred to District Judge Paul Roberts.
Sklarosky will next schedule a pre-trial hearing.
Carnival set for Sunday
The Wilkes-Barre Jewish community will celebrate Lag BaOmer on Sunday with a parade and carnival.
The parade will leave 12:30 p.m. from the former United Hebrew Institute building on Third Avenue and Institute Lane, and end at the park across the street from the Kingston Maintenance Building where a family-oriented carnival will be held. Admission is $7 for all rides and the show.
Lag BaOmer, the 33rd day of the Omer count, is celebrated with outings and other joyous events.
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