in 1981 murder
Nearly three decades after his first conviction, killer James Lincoln Strong is mounting another appeal in the 1981 shooting death of a man alongside Interstate 81 in Dorrance Township.
According to papers filed in Luzerne County Court, Strong, 61, plans to challenge his 2011 conviction in the case before state Superior Court.
Strong was first convicted in 1984 in the slaying of John Henry Strock, with whom he and another man, James Alexander, had hitched a ride in August 1983.
Although sentenced to death row, the state Supreme Court overturned Strong’s conviction in November 2000, ruling that he did not receive a fair trial because prosecutors failed to reveal they had a deal with Alexander in exchange for his testimony at the initial trial.
Strong was convicted at trial again in 2011, and will challenge rulings made during that trial before Judge Thomas F. Burke Jr.
Health Care Act
town hall is set
U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Moosic, will host three Affordable Care Act informational town hall meetings across the 17th Congressional District. The town halls will be held in Pottsville, Wilkes-Barre Township and Wilson Borough.
Cartwright will be at the Wilkes-Barre Township Municipal Building, 150 Watson St., on Nov. 6, from noon to 1 p.m.
Joining Rep. Cartwright at all three town halls will be the State President of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the AARP, Jim Palmquist. Additionally, Athena Ford, advocacy director for the Pennsylvania Health Access Network, will be joining Cartwright at both the Pottsville and Wilson town halls.
Valuables to be
Approximately 400 precious jewels and other valuables from Pennsylvania Department of Treasury’s vault will soon be up for bid as part of an ongoing effort to maximize revenues to the Commonwealth from property that is unlikely to be claimed, State Treasurer Rob McCord announced Tuesday.
Items to be sold include pocket watches, an antique horn with carvings, Brietling and Rolex watches, diamond rings, a David Yurman ring, and several other high carat jewelry items.
Treasury’s Bureau of Unclaimed Property receives an average of 15,000 tangible items per year from police departments, banks and credit unions, hospitals, nursing homes, educational facilities, correctional institutions and other holders. These items often include jewelry, collectible coins, and medals, among other items, which are stored in the department’s vault.
Morphy Auctions hand-selected items valued over $200 from Treasury’s vault to include in a fine and decorative arts sale on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 1 and 2. These items have sat unclaimed for more than three years and have undergone the required due diligence and advertising.
Watch to meet
The Edwardsville Neighborhood Watch will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Edwardsville Borough Building in the 2nd floor council chambers. Officers will be elected and block captains will be appointed.
All who are interested should attend. For more information, contact Jacqueline Moran at 570-288-7596.
To honor local veterans and active military personnel, Cork Bar & Restaurant, 463 Madison St., will provide free dinners for veterans and active military on Nov. 12 from 4 to 10 p.m.
Those eligible for the free meal include active military personnel with military IDs and veterans with any type of veteran ID. The free meal will include an entrée, up to $20 value, and a non-alcoholic beverage.
Reservations are required and may be made by calling 570-270-3818 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.