Diamonds to Luzerne County’s pension fund. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney representative Richard Hazzouri said the employee pension fund’s value is $220.5 million — which he believes is an all-time high. Nearly $70 million in public funds have been pumped into the fund to keep it stable, so its rising value can only be good news.
Coal to former Exeter Borough police Sgt. Leonard Galli. On Thursday, borough leaders fired Galli from his job. They say he used his work computer for personal business, viewing pornography and setting up sexual encounters. He had been suspended in February after the borough leaders say they found “extreme, graphic hardcore imagery” on a computer regularly used by Galli.
Diamonds to those who seek to keep Kirby Park safe. The Wilkes-Barre Crime Watch Coalition would expand its reach by overseeing a new group, which would keep a watchful eye over Kirby Park and adjacent streets. Plans for the group were revealed at a Wilkes-Barre City Council meeting last week. Group organizer Donald Hosey of Susquehanna River Watch vows the group will be comprised of those “who love the park and come there frequently.”
Coal to U.S. Rep. Tom Marino’s press secretary Ryan Shucard. Shucard was arrested on charges he brought a gun and magazine into the Cannon House Office building. Shucard hasn’t been proven guilty yet, and we sincerely hope there’s more to the story than reported by Capitol Police. We can’t imagine how any government employee could think bringing a gun into a government building is acceptable.
Diamonds to some good ol’ fashioned coordination. Originally, PennDOT planned to pave Main Avenue in Scranton starting Friday. But those plans were put on hold due to a high volume of traffic expected for the Solemn Novena to St. Ann at the Basilica of the National Shrine to St. Ann on the city’s West Side. Presumably, someone from the city of Scranton communicated to PennDOT that paving on Friday would be a really bad idea. Here’s hoping more of that type of coordination happens in the future.
Coal to Rohan Riccardo Reid. The 35-year-old has been charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance, among other charges, for allegedly bringing heroin worth $6,600 and cocaine worth $1,000 into our community. Police said Reid had 330 heroin packets, five grams of heroin, 10 grams of marijuana and $1,000 in cash in his possession. He’s in jail for lack of $50,000 bail.