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B. GARRET ROGAN Times Leader Correspondent



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LUZERNE — Borough Council promoted police officer Anthony Kowalczyk to the rank of acting corporal during Wednesday night’s regular council meeting.


The borough’s current chief of police, Patty O’Donnell, is out on workman’s comp with an injury, but officials refused to elaborate on how severe the injury is or when she might return to duty.


Cpl. Mike Kotwasinski, who would normally assume lead officer duties in O’Donnell’s absence, is himself hospitalized with a stomach illness.


Kowalczyk has been with the Luzerne Police Department since its inception in 2010 and has previously worked as an officer in Swoyersville.


In other matters, borough officials took time to remind the public that a portion of the borough’s Main Street will be closed, Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the Annual Pumpkin Festival, formerly known as the Fall Festival.


It was also announced the borough will conduct a used tire pickup on Thursday Oct. 10. Any Luzerne resident with tires to dispose of may call the borough offices at (570) 287-7633 any time before Oct. 10 to arrange to have their tires collected picked up.


The next regular Borough Council meeting will be on Oct. 9, at 7 p.m.


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