Charges tossed in
DA threats case
A visiting judge from Wayne County has dismissed charges against a Hazleton man who was accused of making threats against Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis.
Sean Donahue, 44, of Cleveland street, was facing a misdemeanor charge of terroristic threats and a summary charge of harassment in connection with a 2012 letter in which he wrote about alleged injustices by Hazleton Career Link and Hazleton police that he endured. Donahue stated he was being ignored over complaints made as a result of being “threatened” by city police and Career Link workers.
Defense attorney Ryan M. Paddick argued the letter was protected free speech and “there were neither threats to commit crimes, nor to commit crimes of violence.”
A Wednesday order, by Wayne County Senior Judge Robert J. Conway, filed in county court on Monday, grants Donahue’s position to dismiss the charges. The Commonwealth will have 30 days to appeal, if prosecutors choose.
Ruth’s Place walk
to raise funds
Ruth’s Place Women’s Shelter, a program of Volunteers of America, will hold a homeless awareness walk and fundraiser on from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday starting on Public Square.
The walk — “A Mile in Her Shoes” — will go past the many sites that homeless women must visit each day in order to get by, including the Salvation Army, Community Counseling Services; St. Stephen’s Church; St. Vincent de Paul Kitchen; Luzerne-Wyoming Counties Mental Health/Mental Retardation; and Luzerne-Wyoming D&A Counseling.
There will also be food, family fun activities, and raffles for participants after the walk. This is the sixth straight year the walk has been held. Ruth’s Place is the only emergency homeless shelter for single women in Luzerne County. Anyone may register at ruthsplace.com, where pledge sheets, route maps and further information is available. Interested parties may also call 570-822-6817 to find out more.
set at King’s
Social justice issues take front stage at a photograph exhibit by King’s College students Nov. 4 through Dec. 13 in the campus’s Widmann Gallery.
Students will display photographs from service experiences coordinated through the Shoval Center for Engagement and Learning. The projects focused on hunger and homelessness, and the photos were taken in Clintwood, Va.; San Antonio, Texas; Valtie, N.Y.; Durham, N.C., and several projects conducted in Wilkes-Barre.
The gallery is at the Sheehy Farmer Campus Center between North Franklin and North Main Streets. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and by arrangement Saturday and Sunday. Contact gallery coordinator Michelle Leonard, 570-208-5900, ext. 5328.
Bail lowered for
A Luzerne County judge has lowered the bail amount for a suspect in a prostitution case.
In an order filed Monday afternoon, Judge Joseph F. Sklarosky Jr. granted a request by Jose Alvelo to reduce bail from $500,000 to $50,000.
Alvelo, 19, of Nanticoke, was charged with three counts of promoting prostitution of a minor, and one count each of unlawful contact with a minor, corruption of minors, criminal conspiracy and criminal use of communication facility in connection with an alleged prostitution ring in which photos of two teens were posted on a website advertisement for escorts.
A hearing in the case has been rescheduled for Dec. 5.