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May 03. 2013 11:40PM

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Volunteer teams disbanded

The Volunteer Motorcycle Unit and Volunteer Dive Team of the Luzerne County Sheriff’s Department were disbanded on April 15, according to a memo from Interim Sheriff Jack Robshaw.

“There have been recent incidents where members of the volunteer units have engaged in actions that have exceeded their lawful authority and placed Luzerne County at risk,” Robshaw said in the memo.

Several factors were taken into consideration regarding the disbanding of the units including a lack of required training to adhere to state regulations and no operational oversight, resulting in independent actions that created the potential for civil and criminal exposure, the memo states.

The memo instructs all volunteers to return all badges, patches and departmental identification to Lt. Donald Lasoski. Robshaw said in the memo that several volunteers have served in an honorable and dedicated manner over the years and he thanked them for their past service.

Robshaw could not be reached for comment.


Help keep Newport beautiful

Volunteers are needed for today’s Community Pride Cleanup sponsored by the Newport Township Community Organization, the state Department of Environmental Protection and PennDOT.

The event, held in cooperation with Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, starts at 8 a.m. and goes until noon. Volunteers are asked to meet at the parking lot next to the township municipal building, 1002 Center St., Wanamie.

The cleanup will focus on picking up litter in Lee, Glen Lyon, Wanamie, Alden, Sheatown and Ridgeview. After receiving safety instructions, volunteers will be provided gloves, trash bags and safety vests.

Volunteers are needed to carry supplies, take pictures, prepare lunch, transport volunteers and pick up litter. People of all ages, students, teachers, coaches, team players, advisers, civic-minded organizations, scouting groups, businesses and club members are invited to participate.


Crash sends two to hospital

An off-duty police officer and an officer’s son were transported to hospitals after a two vehicle crash at South Wilkes-Barre Boulevard and Hazle Avenue on Wednesday night.

City police said Yuannis Polemitis, an off-duty city officer, and Brandon Olshefski, operating separate vehicles, collided at the intersection at about 9:50 p.m. Vehicles involved were a Ford and a Chevrolet, but the news release did not indicate which vehicle Polemitis and Olshefski were driving at the time of the crash.

Olshefski is the son of city police Lt. Steve Olshefski.

Police said the crash is under investigation.


Lee attorneys: Toss evidence

Attorneys for a teen charged with shooting and killing his great-grandfather have asked a judge to throw out certain evidence in the case as well as statements their client made to a psychiatrist.

Attorneys Melissa Scartelli, Charles Rado and Peter Paul Olszewski, Jr., filed court papers Friday seeking to have evidence thrown out, including a notebook and backpack allegedly owned by Cody Lee, 19, as well as statements he made to a psychiatrist he had seen.

Lee, of Lake Township, faces a charge of criminal homicide in the December 2009 shooting death of 80-year-old Herbert Lee.

A trial has been scheduled to begin Sept. 16.

The notebook allegedly contains a hand-written murderous plot Lee planned to carry out, and was found inside a backpack in Lee’s bedroom.

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