Pa. man arrested on drug ‘rescue’ trip of Wilkes-Barre teen to seek pardon


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In this June 22, 2016, file photo, Kimberly Arendt, John Cramsey, center, and Dean Smith are seen on a monitor during their video arraignment at the Hudson County Courthouse in Jersey City, N.J., on June 22, 2016. Julio Cortez | AP file photo



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    JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — A man arrested last year with a cache of weapons while on a trip he said was to rescue a Wilkes-Barre teen from a drug den will ask New Jersey’s governor for a pardon.

    John Cramsey, of Zionsville, Pennsylvania, and two others face weapons charges after their arrest last June at the Holland Tunnel, which connects New Jersey and New York City.

    Attorney James Lisa said Friday he feels Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s strong stance on the drug abuse crisis could make him receptive to a pardon request.

    Cramsey has tried to get into a pretrial intervention program that would allow him to avoid jail time. A judge has rejected it. Lisa said he planned to appeal to a higher court.

    In this June 22, 2016, file photo, Kimberly Arendt, John Cramsey, center, and Dean Smith are seen on a monitor during their video arraignment at the Hudson County Courthouse in Jersey City, N.J., on June 22, 2016. Julio Cortez | AP file photo
    http://timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_web1_115025718-5327f81cedd74e468193082043ef6e31.jpgIn this June 22, 2016, file photo, Kimberly Arendt, John Cramsey, center, and Dean Smith are seen on a monitor during their video arraignment at the Hudson County Courthouse in Jersey City, N.J., on June 22, 2016. Julio Cortez | AP file photo

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