Pittston man fatally shot
A Moosic man was arrested on charges he fatally shot a Pittston man Sunday night.
State police at Dunmore said Christopher Hughes, 23, of Pittston, died from a gunshot wound to the head.
Hughes and his girlfriend, Dana Anderson, went to the Moosic Trailer Park to pick up her son from the boy’s father, Adam Wickizer, 29, at about 8:40 p.m.
Wickizer met Hughes and Anderson at the door holding a rifle, state police said.
State police allege Wickizer discharged a round striking Hughes as he walked away.
Moosic police apprehended Wickizer minutes after the shooting.
Hughes was pronounced dead at the scene.
Wickizer was charged with criminal homicide and jailed at the Lackawanna County Prison without bail, state police said.
Bunny visits on Saturday
The Downtown Wilkes-Barre Businesses Association promotions committee invites families to attend its fifth annual Easter Egg Hunt on Public Square on Saturday. The Easter Bunny will arrive atop a city of Wilkes-Barre fire engine at 10 a.m.
Children ages 10 and under will be able to gather some of the more than 5,000 prize- and candy-filled eggs placed around Public Square. Prizes include bicycles, baskets and other gifts generously donated by downtown businesses. The Easter Bunny will remain on the Square to take photos with children after the hunt. Event-goers may park in the Genetti’s lot on Pennsylvania Avenue.
Immediately after the event, everyone is encouraged to “Hop Around Downtown” and enjoy activities in participating downtown businesses. Events include story time featuring the Easter Bunny at Barnes & Noble beginning at 11 a.m., a puppet show and crafts at the Osterhout Free Library from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and a face painter and balloon artist in Midtown Village.
Workers to picket hospital
Hundreds of Regional Hospital of Scranton nurses, aides, techs, housekeepers and other health care workers will picket in front of the hospital today from 12:30 to 4 p.m. to bring awareness to the fact their union contract ended in December and the Feb. 28 deadline to reach an agreement passed without a deal.
Over 800 health care workers at the hospital, at Jefferson Avenue and Gibson Street in Scranton, are members of SEIU Healthcare PA.
Event to benefit arts groups
Verve Vertu Deutch Institute will present “Celebrating Community” featuring artwork, dance, music, food and more on Friday at 6 p.m. at the Verve Vertu Art Studio, 47 N. Franklin St.
The event will raise money for two organizations in the community — Verve Vertu Art Studio and the Fine Arts Fiesta. There will be light refreshments after the show and a donation is requested at the door.
For more information, call 208-5305.
Integration Project advances
The Hazleton Integration Project has finalized the purchase of the former Most Precious Blood School, 225 E. Fourth St., Hazleton, and some adjacent parcels between Hayes and Seybert streets.
In a deed recorded with Luzerne County on March 14, the HIP purchased four parcels totaling 0.62 acres for $358,750. That includes the 48,744-square-foot building that housed the former school.
The Diocese of Scranton previously sold the largest parcel measuring 0.27 acres to Caffrey-Trimmel LLC for $300,000 in March 2008, according to property records.
HIP Project Director Bob Curry said the property transfer is no surprise because the group has consistently discussed creating a multiuse facility for educational, cultural and athletic activities for Hazleton area youth.
“It’s only a part of some of the exciting news we have,” Curry said.