I am not a bleeding heart liberal but I do feel sorry for people
that are down and out.
In this economy it can happen to most of us.
I do believe in programs that ACUALLY try to get people back on their feet..but for the life of me I cannot imagine why so many downtrodden folks end up in our town.
Let’s face it.. It’s not for our wonderful employment opportunities or our terrific weather and somehow I don’t think they are going to enroll in any college.
If you are a frequent scanner listener, you know that many of our unscrupulous characters are from out of town ;
Most times, with no permanent address or job
Years ago they were called VAGRANTS.
I remember a show on Mayberry (many years ago) :
Called “Opie's Hobo Friend”
Opie becomes fascinated with David Browne,( Buddy Ebsen ) a vagrant hobo who uses his wits to live on the edge of the law. Andy arrested him for vagrancy and made him leave the town.
That was then .. this is now.
We now call them Homeless people.
In legal terminology, vagrancy refers to the offense of persons who are without visible means of support or domicile while able to work.
State laws and municipal ordinances punishing vagrancy often also cover loitering, associating with reputed
criminals, prostitution, and drunkenness.
The punishment is usually a fine or several months in jail.
Instead of arresting vagrants, local officials often attempt to induce them to move on.
Vagrancy laws have come under constitutional attack,
since being poor is not
a crime under the Constitution.
KISS A COP
Guns, believed to have been taken from Monroe County gun club, found at home of Lamar Kevin Johnson.
State police at Wyoming and Fern Ridge investigating a burglary at a Monroe County gun club have recovered a stolen handgun and seized a large amount of illegal drugs from a Wilkes-Barre house Tuesday night.
Investigators were led to the house at 23 E. Beatty St. after the capture of Jerome Sharr, 20, who was apprehended following a pursuit in the Back Mountain and Wilkes-Barre areas on Dec. 30.
Arrest records link Sharr and David Toney, 19, of Hanover Township, to the burglary at American Sport Shooting Club near Brodheadsville on Dec. 29. Fourteen firearms were stolen from the club, police said.
After the alleged burglary in Monroe County, investigators claim Sharr and Toney arranged to meet Lamar Kevin Johnson, 30, in a motel room in Plains Township to sell stolen firearms.
Police searched Johnson’s residence on East Beatty Street and recovered two handguns stolen from the gun club, a third firearm, 27 packets of crack, 12 packets of powder cocaine, 35 ecstasy tablets and other contraband, according to charges filed.
Johnson was arraigned Wednesday in Wilkes-Barre Central Court on three counts each of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance, two counts of receiving stolen property and a single count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $250,000 bail.
From “ Scanner Addict”
Man is stabbed on the corner of Washington and East Northampton Street- 1 a.m. Sunday morning
Man bleeding from eye and mouth- parking garage by Hardware bar.. 2:37 a.m. Sunday morning- people screaming. 1st level of Parkade.
1/8-11:10PM - 78 Simpson Street, female was robbed by a male who fled in a white car.
1/6-5:55PM - 397 South River street, vehicle broken into.
Reports from Clipboard at Police Station
12/30- 1/ 5
Hanover Street - shattered a door at house.
South River and Academy streets- TFMV- Wallet
115 Grove St. – smashed widow on car
A man armed with a handgun stole a briefcase during a robbery at South Franklin and Academy streets at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday. The gunman, wearing a ski mask and a black sweat suit, aimed the firearm at his head and demanded his suitcase. The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 6 feet tall with a heavy build.
• Robert Bonar, of Pittston, was cited with giving false reports to emergency services for allegedly pulling a fire alarm inside building 304 at the Sherman Hills Apartment complex at 3:20 a.m. Wednesday.
20 Hughes St. – burglary- Laptop
Elizabeth Street- someone fired a round from a handgun that passed through a second-floor bedroom at 2:50 p.m.
North Pennsylvania Avenue - - Burglary - four computers worth a total of $2,000
South River Street- TFMV
40 W. Northampton St.- burglary- Gold ring