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West Pittston mayor commends cops in drug raid


August 07. 2013 11:32PM
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WEST PITTSTON — Mayor Tony Denisco commended the borough’s police department Tuesday for its efforts in helping with a federal investigation that resulted in a “bath salts” raid at a Liberty Street home last month.


Denisco said the department had been watching the alleged illegal drug activity at the house for a year before the raid took place, and assured residents every complaint was looked into.


Council urged residents to call 911 to report any suspicious activity or neighborhood disputes.


Councilman Brian Thornton said residents have approached him and other council members looking for information about the Liberty Street case. “Many times residents complain how bad a problem is, but council doesn’t get involved with police investigations,” he said.


In other business, council voted to authorize police officer Ryan Foy to attend Commercial Motor Vehicle Counter Terrorism training this week in Laflin at no cost to the borough. Thornton referred to Monday’s triple murder at a Ross Township council meeting in Monroe County and commended the mayor and police department for its “uncanny timing” in sending Foy to the training.


Council approved the request of John Yonkondy of Barefoot Girl Productions to shot a sequence of a film titled “Susquehanna” at the borough’s pool. The shooting began Tuesday and will end Aug. 22. In a letter to council, Yonkondy described the low-budget film as a “gritty, coming of age drama.”


The pool hasn’t been in operation for over two years and the filming will take place in the evenings.


Council also voted to authorize a one-hour, paid lunch break for Borough Secretary Ellen Riddle. Council President Barry Hosier said Riddle, who is full-time and has worked as the borough’s secretary for 20 years, is the only borough employee who doesn’t get a paid lunch.


Golfers of all abilities are welcome to participate in the borough’s Golf Tournament on Aug. 25. For more information on the event, which will benefit the borough’s Parks & Recreation Department, call the borough building at (570) 655-7782.




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