The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on Wednesday unanimously voted to renew the casino operator’s license of Downs Racing LP, the operator of Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Plains Township.
The seven-member board determined that Downs Racing had fulfilled the obligations under its initial license and therefore qualified to have its license renewed for a three-year period, the board said in a news release.
There was an April 25 public hearing for the license renewal at the Plains Township Municipal Building at which Downs Racing operators answered questions and explained why the license should be renewed. During the public comment portion of the event, those speaking did so in support of the casino.
Since opening in November 2006, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs has generated $840 million in tax revenue through slot machine and table games play and employs more than 1,700 people.
Council to hold
Wilkes-Barre City Council will meet in special session at 6 p.m. today for a second reading of a proposed “one-strike” ordinance that would target problem rental properties.
The ordinance, which sets a “one-strike” limit for landlords or tenants who know of gun and drug crimes committed on the property, passed first reading on Aug. 12.
A second reading is required before the legislation can take effect. The second reading initially was expected to take place at council’s Sept. 12 meeting, but tonight’s meeting will speed up the process. Council meets on the fourth floor of City Hall, 40 E. Market St., Wilkes-Barre.
intensifies in area
Several police departments in Luzerne County will conduct DUI checkpoints and roving patrols tonight through Sunday.
Participating departments include those in Plains Township, Pittston, Nanticoke, Courtdale and Wright Township.
Area seniors urged
to attend expo
A senior expo will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Triton Hose Co., West Tioga Street. Medical professionals will offer free glaucoma screenings, hearing tests and blood pressure checks.
There also will be educational sessions for senior citizens to learn about fraud and identity theft, and officials from the group Grandparents Raising Grandchildren will offer guidance for seniors who are rearing children for the second time.
State Reps. Sandra Major, R-New Milford, and Karen Boback, R-Harveys Lake, are coordinating the event with agencies in a four-county area that will bring to Tunkhannock more than 30 organizations geared toward helping seniors live well.
Amber Alert issued,
but boy close at hand
An amber alert issued Wednesday for a 4-year-old boy was quickly terminated when the boy was found in an adjacent apartment at the Eagle Ridge apartment complex.
State police issued the alert at about 7:17 a.m. after the mother noticed her son missing from the apartment. The alert stated the boy was abducted by his father between 10 p.m. Tuesday and 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, provided the boy’s description and gave the father’s name and vehicle information.
Authorities initially said the boy’s mother and father had an argument Tuesday night.
The alert was terminated at about 7:35 a.m. when the boy was found across the hallway in an another apartment. The boy might have been sleepwalking when he left his mother’s apartment.