The ongoing crime spree surrounding Sherman Hills apartment complex in Wilkes-Barre has plenty of people talking, yet some voices have been noticably absent.
Not a peep had been heard as of mid-week from the owners of the 344-unit complex — site of a fatal shooting on Monday afternoon. A Times Leader reporter who called the Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Sherman Hills Realty LLC office was told no one was available to help him.
No one to help? That appears to be the same situation facing the many law-abiding and understandably rattled residents of Sherman Hills.
Area lawmakers, who normally leap before TV cameras regarding matters of public safety, be it perceived nursing shortages, blighted buildings or bath salts, so far remain largely out of this conversation. No elected official on the federal, state or city level as of Thursday morning had yet to call a press conference at the Sherman Hills entrance to talk about safety strategies. Nor had any leader called for a meeting of residents to hear their concerns and suggestions.
There’s plenty to talk about, beginning with this week’s shooting death of 27-year-old Shantique Goodson. Police quickly arrested a suspect in the homicide — the city’s 13th this year.
Earlier this year, the public recoiled at the news that two girls, ages 5 and 2, had been shot inside a Sherman Hills apartment, apparently when a dispute between adults turned violent. The girls survived.
Regrettably, the complex near Coal Street seems to have connections with far too many crimes occurring in Wilkes-Barre and beyond. Consider these incidents culled from a review of The Times Leader’s police blotter and news articles over the past several weeks:
• Sept. 6: A 23-year-old man who allegedly shot a toddler to death in his stroller on a Brooklyn street was held without bail Saturday on a charge of second-degree murder. Daquan Breland pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in New York a day after he and Daquan Wright, 19, were arrested Friday at the Sherman Hills apartment complex in Wilkes-Barre in the slaying of 1-year-old Antiq Hennis. Wright is awaiting arraignment.
• Sept. 26: Maurice Barnes, 20, of North Empire Court, Wilkes-Barre, was arraigned Thursday on charges he crashed a vehicle while under the influence of marijuana in April. … Police found Barnes in a Sherman Hills apartment building.
• Sept. 30: City police said they captured a drug suspect at Sherman Hills after he allegedly entered the facility through a gap in a security fence.
• Oct. 2: Police on Thursday arrested Ryan McGovern, 25, of Poplar Street, Wilkes-Barre, after they found him slumped over in the driver’s seat of a vehicle parked near Building 332 at Sherman Hills. McGovern had blood running from his right arm and a spoon on the console next to him — both indicators of heroin use, police said.
• Oct. 3: A driver for Burgit’s City Taxi escaped injury when a fare shot out the rear window of the cab early Thursday morning, adding to the list of criminal offenses against the company in recent months. Jason Hohal told police he picked up a man in Sherman Hills and drove him to Park Avenue and Hill Street, where the fare demanded money just after 1:30 a.m.
• Oct. 18: Police on Friday arrested Amy Marcinkiewicz, of North Main Street, Wilkes-Barre, on a warrant for failure to appear on a theft by deception charge after they observed her running from Sherman Hills apartments onto Sherman Street at about 5:30 p.m. and stopped her to ensure she was safe, police said.
• Nov. 10: Roy Seabrook, of Wilkes-Barre, was arrested in the Sherman Hills apartment complex Saturday afternoon and charged with possession of heroin, police said.
Isn’t it time more people in positions of authority talked openly about what’s happening at Sherman Hills?