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Afternoon Update: One strike — and no due process — and you’re out

September 13. 2013 3:56PM

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We have lots of good stories coming your way online today and in tomorrow’s paper, so let’s get right at it.

An out-of-town property owner has found out just what Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tom Leighton’s one-strike law means.

The city enforced the ordinance for the first time Wednesday, shutting down a Carlisle Street property for six months after police discovered crack cocaine in an apartment during a raid Wednesday. Staff writer Jerry Lynott has a story on line now and will have more in Saturday’s paper.

Naturally, the owner of the building — Adam Peters of New Jersey — isn’t happy. He complains there is no way of him keeping constant tabs on his tenants and that he was never notified of a problem.

Seems to me that whole “due process” clause of the Constitution would come into play, also.

Since the police say the seized the drugs on Wednesday, it would be hard to believe that anyone has had their day in court.

But hey, Mayor Tom says the place is shutdown. He even has a spiffy sign to put on the door, so I guess that’s all that counts.

It should be interesting to follow this one through the court system.

Another shooting in Wilkes-Barre. Staff writer Ed Lewis tells us about an early morning shooting in Wilkes-Barre.

Two people were left injured when gunfire erupted in the area of 132 S. Welles St. Despite early reports on the Wilkes-Barre Police’s Facebook page, no has died as a result of the shooting. One of the men is in “grave” condition, according to acting Luzerne County Coroner Bill Lisman.

Read the complete story, here.

Grandparents Conference. Moving away from the crime stories, staff writer Bill O’Boyle was at the NEPA Grandparents Raising Grandchildren’s seventh annual conference at The Woodlands today.

Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas Judge Jennifer Rogers was the keynote speaker, providing the nearly 200 in attendance with the latest on grandparent rights and custody issues.

Bill won’t confirm it for me, but there were reports that he was the oldest person in the room. Just kidding, Bill

Are you ready for some football? Well, you don’t really have to be, but our sports staff and I do.

We have 12 high school games tonight involving teams from the Wyoming Valley Conference. You can get score updates throughout the night at We will have complete coverage of all the games in Saturday’s paper and online as soon as possible.

Staff writer Derek Levarse will also have a preview of tomorrow’s Penn State-Central Florida game.

And, of course, we will have a look at the big Alabama-Texas A&M matchup, along with a previews for the Notre Dame and Pitt games.

There is plenty of other good stuff coming your way, but I have to get working on that football-filled sports section.

As always, if you have a complaint, comment or question, just give me a call at 570-829-7164 or email me at

Have a good weekend.

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