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January 16. 2014 11:26PM

By - rdupuis@civitasmedia.com - (570) 991-6113




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WILKES-BARRE — The Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office has filed paperwork to withdraw the involuntary manslaughter case against a Nanticoke man who died earlier this month.


Brandon Leigh Switzer, 23, was accused in the June 25 shooting death of Zachary Williams, 23, inside 32 N. Sherman St. An autopsy showed Williams died from a single gunshot wound to the head.


Switzer’s obituary did not indicate the cause of death. Attorney Thomas Marsilio said he was not aware of the circumstances of his client’s death and could not speak to the matter. District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis also said she did not know how Switzer died.


Switzer told police last summer’s shooting was an accident while the two men were handling a gun, according to a criminal complaint.


The DA’s nolle prosse filing, which is Latin for “will not prosecute,” was approved Thursday afternoon by county Judge David W. Lupas.


A pretrial hearing in the case was set for Jan. 24.


WILKES-BARRE — A Hanover Township contractor has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of theft by deception for failing to repair a Sugar Notch woman’s roof after she paid him a $2,500 deposit for the work.


Kenneth Wolfe, 39, admitted his crime before Luzerne County Judge Michael T. Vough.


According to a police affidavit, Deanna Garnett entered into a contract with Wolfe on May 25, 2012, to replace the roof on her Oak Street home for $4,500, Garnett put a deposit down on the project, which was supposed to start on June 4, 2012, and the remaining $2,000 was due to be paid at completion.


The work did not start on time, and Garnett told police she tried to reach Wolfe for more than a month, with no luck. On Aug. 23, she texted Wolfe to ask for the deposit money to be returned. According to the affidavit, he replied to say he had just gotten out of rehab, telling Garnett “Do what you have to do.”


Garnett said she never heard from Wolfe again, and his number was later disconnected.


Vough sentenced Wolfe to two years’ probation. Full restitution has been made, according to court documents, with Wolfe agreeing to forfeit items left at Garnett’s home in lieu of $320.


Wolfe also may have no contact with Garnett.




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