Woman’s death is probed
Authorities are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found Sunday near her home along Westminster Road in Jenkins Township.
The victim was identifed as 65-year-old Jean Darsky.
Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis said detectives from her office along with township police are investigating.
“At this point it’s leaning more toward a hit-and-run,” Salavantis said.
Investigators are trying to confirm if the woman was struck while walking home after being dropped off from church late in the afternoon, Salavantis said.
An autopsy is set for today.
Child injured in shooting
Police are investigating a report of a child injured in a shooting at a residence on Wayne Street early Sunday night.
The shooting appears to be accidental, police said, but no further information was available.
Police were called to the residence shortly before 7 p.m.
Cabaret for Cancer tonight
The annual Spring Cabaret for Cancer will be held 5:30 to 9 tonight at the River Street Jazz Cafe.
The cabaret serves as a fundraiser for the Cancer Wellness Center — Candy’s Place. There is a $5 cover charge and all the proceeds will go to the center. There will be entertainers, singers and musicians of all ages. A casual dinner menu is available throughout the evening. Tables can be reserved by calling 822-2992.
Those who cannot attend but would like to make a donation may send a check payable to Cancer Wellness, c/o Gina Major, Box 204, 62 Dallas Shopping Center, Dallas, PA 18612.
Gardeners, planters beware
The National Weather Service at Binghamton, N.Y., has issued a frost warning until 8 this morning and a frost and freeze warning tonight and early Tuesday morning when temperatures could slip down into the mid 20s to low 30s.
Crime Watch meetings set
The Wilkes Barre Crime Watch will announce its meeting schedule for the week:
East End — today at 7 p.m., Holy Savior Church, 54 Hillard St.
Central City — Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., Provincial Towers, 34 S. Main St.
Parsons — Thursday at 7 p.m., Primitive Methodist Church, 193 Austin Ave.
South View High Rise —Thursday at 2. p.m., South View Manor, 60 Monroe St.
For more information, call 208-8900 or visit us on the web at www.wbcrimewatch.org.
Parking ban on Main St.
The Sugar Notch Police Department says there will be a parking ban in effect 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. today on Main Street for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s annual street cleaning of the state route.
Violators will be ticketed and towed. Residents are reminded the street cleaners make more than one pass so the ban is in effect until 3 p.m.
Officer Memorial Day set
The Hazleton Police Department will host a National Police Officer Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Wednesday at City Hall.
A memorial plaque will be unveiled, blessed and dedicated to honor Hazleton officer Ernesto Valente who died in the line of duty on May 15, 1938. He was assisting in saving the life of an 8-year-old child struck by a car on Broad Street. The last living relatives of Valente will be in attendance for the dedication.
The ceremony also will pay tribute to past, present and future law enforcement who have served and continue to serve the public and who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the privilege of protecting their communities.
Church Street (state Route 309) will be closed between Broad and Maple streets 10 a.m. to noon for the ceremony in front of City Hall. In the event of inclement weather, the speeches will be held indoors.