Teen sentenced in
area native’s death
Jacquez Davon Brown, who was 15 years old when he gunned down Kingston native Tony Wasilewski, 19, was sentenced Monday in York County Court to 50 years to life in prison, the York Dispatch reported.
Brown, now 18, killed Wasilewski in front of the victim’s home in York City July 20, 2011. Police have said Brown robbed Wasilewski of a cell phone earlier in the day, and that Wasilewski confronted Brown after spotting the teen hanging out on a porch with 10 to 15 other youths. The two argued, then struggled, and Wasilewski put Brown in a headlock, trial testimony revealed.
Brown broke away and shot Wasilewski repeatedly. In Pennsylvania, people convicted of first- and second-degree murder automatically receive life sentences with no possibility of parole. But the U.S. Supreme Court ruled such automatic sentences are unconstitutional for defendants who committed murders as juveniles. State law now requires judges to sentence juvenile killers to at least 35 years in prison, and still gives judges the latitude to impose life-without-parole sentences.
Gaming funds help
Fire and ambulance organizations in the 116th Legislative District have been awarded nearly $225,000 in funding through the 2013-14 Pennsylvania Fire Company and Ambulance Service Grant Program.
State Rep. Tara Toohil, R-Butler Township, said grants are generated from slot machine gaming proceeds. Local recipients are:
· Dennison Township Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1: $12,161
· Diamond Engine Hose Hook and Ladder Co. No. 2, Hazleton: $13,619
· East End Engine and Hose Company No. 3, Hazleton: $13,458
· Fearnots Volunteer Fire Co. (Freeland): $13,619
· 14th Ward Fire Co., Hazleton: $13,619.
· Freeland Fire Dept.: $12,085
· Freeland Northside Ambulance Association: $4,339
· Hazle Township Volunteer Fire and Rescue:$13,453
· Hazleton City Fire Dept.: $13,619
· Hazleton Heights Volunteer Fire Co.: $13,619
· Hazleton Rescue Squad: $13,619
· Nuremberg Weston Volunteer Fire Co., Sugarloaf: $13,619
· Pioneer Fire Co. No. 1, Hazleton: $13,619
· Valley Regional Fire and Rescue, Drums: $13,619
ticket pays $500K
A jackpot-winning Pennsylvania Lottery Cash 5 ticket worth half a million sold at Beertown of Shickshinny was among 56,415 prize-winning tickets sold statewide for the Jan. 24 drawing.
The ticket correctly matched all five balls, 05-14-17-19-38, to win a jackpot of $500,000, minus 25 percent federal withholding. Beertown of Shickshinny will earn a $500 selling bonus.
Lottery officials cannot confirm the identity of the winner until the prize is claimed and the ticket is validated. Cash 5 winners have one year from the drawing date to claim their prizes.
Guilty plea entered
in theft, trespassing
A Nanticoke man pleaded guilty Monday in Luzerne County Court in connection with two theft and trespassing cases from last summer.
Joshua G. Bobbin, 21, entered the pleas before county Judge David W. Lupas.
According to investigators, on July 16 Bobbin and another man cut the battery out of a recreational vehicle, and fled in a vehicle registered at Bobbin’s address. The owners later identified Bobbin from a photo line-up.
On July 18, police were dispatched to a burglary in progress at a barn on Huntsville Road in Shavertown. Police said found one suspect in the woods nearby who identified Bobbin as the other person with him.
He must pay $360 restitution for the battery and $3,738 for the barn burglary and will be sentenced in March.