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Gunman strikes at mall

Township police are investigating an armed robbery at the Wyoming Valley Mall on Monday afternoon.

Police said a man brandished a handgun in the parking lot outside the food court and stole a gold necklace from a male victim.

The robber, described as a Hispanic male, about 5 feet, 10 inches or 5 feet, 11 inches tall, wearing a dark hoodie and possibly a Yankees baseball cap, fled into a waiting gold sedan, possibly a Toyota, police said.

The name of the victim was not immediately available.

A Luzerne County 911 supervisor said a call reporting the robbery was received at 5:31 p.m.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 208-0874 or dial 911.

Decision on DeSanto near

Officials with the Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority expect to decide soon whether to refer allegations of wrongdoing by Executive Director Fred DeSanto to law enforcement authorities, authority solicitor William Finnegan said Monday.

DeSanto was placed on paid administrative leave last week after several employees made allegations against him, Finnegan said. Finnegan declined to specify the claims made by the employees.

"These are simply allegations that have been made. I have not had an opportunity to sit down and talk to any of the individuals," he said.

Finnegan said he planned to meet Monday with members of the authority's personnel committee to discuss the accusations and determine whether a full internal investigation is warranted, or if the case should be referred to law enforcement.

If a criminal investigation is warranted, Finnegan said it most likely will have to be referred to an outside agency because he serves as an assistant district attorney for Luzerne County, which would cause a conflict.

Police warn of scams

Police caution residents about phone scams after two people were cheated out of money.

One scam involved a false dating service website in which a person was swindled out of $1,200, police said.

The other scam involved a person receiving a phone call and was told that a family member needed bail money. The person used Western Union Services to send money to Guyana, South America. Police said the person lost $2,100.

The two people who were cheated out of money reside on Warren Street and Luzerne Avenue, police said.

Police advise residents to be careful when dealing with websites and phone calls requesting money for services.

Frontier plans events

Frontier Communications is hosting a variety of customer appreciation events this week during "Community Appreciation Week."

In Blakeslee today from 9 to 11 a.m. free coffee will be poured at the Wawa at the intersection of routes 115 and 940.

In Dallas Township, Frontier employees will be washing cars for free on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in its parking lot located on Route 309. In addition to the car wash, which is for everyone, not just Frontier customers, there will also be free snacks and refreshments.

On Thursday from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Curry Donuts, 67 Main St., Shickshinny, get a free cup of coffee. That same day, visit the Frontier tent at the Wilkes-Barre Farmers Market and get a free Frontier citywide Wi-Fi day pass.

For a full list of events regionwide, go to http://frontier.com/community.

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