Diamonds to Robert Lawton. Luzerne County’s manager worked out a deal with CGI Communications of Rochester, New York, to have the company produce videos touting our area. The videos, which will be posted at luzernecounty.org, were made at no cost to taxpayers in exchange for the company’s ability to seek advertising sponsors. Lawton says the company has completed similar projects for more than 300 government agencies, including Harrisburg’s Dauphin County.
Coal to truck drivers who can’t read signs. Thousands of drivers were inconvenienced Tuesday when a 14-foot-wide truck attempted to go through a 10-foot-wide construction zone along – Where else? – Interstate 81. It took crews more than an hour to remove the truck from the construction site. Adding in all of the truck drivers who ignore signs telling them to pull into the left lane through construction zones makes one wonder if reading comprehension ought to be part of the CDL test.
Diamonds to beautiful weather! With winter and our winter-like spring behind us, it’s wonderful being outside in the sunshine and being able to take in temperatures higher than 50 degrees. The weekend’s expected to be gorgeous, with temperatures Saturday near 80 and eclipsing 80 Sunday.
Coal to overcrowded jails. Luzerne County Correctional Services Division Head J. Allen Nesbitt warned county council members this week that he might need to request money to house inmates elsewhere next year because our jails are overcrowded. The Water Street prison in Wilkes-Barre is designed to house no more than 505 inmates. For every month of the year so far, except February and April, the jail had a prison population higher than that. When this last arose as a problem in 2008, the county spent nearly $600,000 lodging inmates in other facilities.
Diamonds to Pennsylvania Superior Court. On Tuesday, it upheld a prison sentence for Jonathan Montalvo of Hazleton. Montalvo faces up to five years in prison for driving under the influence with his 1-year-old nephew in the car. He tried arguing that since the child was his nephew, not his son, he wasn’t responsible for his welfare. The court disagreed.
Coal to Jesse Geasey. The 34-year-old was due to appear in court Tuesday on a protection-from-abuse order sought against him by his ex-wife but couldn’t make it … because he was back behind bars. Geasey is the former Hanover Township man who was charged after, police allege, he cut a lock at a mausoleum in Hollenback Cemetery, smashed a faceplate to a crypt, forced open a rusty coffin and stole a skull in 2010. He also pleaded guilty to slashing people with a box cutter in a 2011 melee on Coal Street, Wilkes-Barre. This time, he was behind bars for an alleged parole violation.