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Community Support For Paralyzed Vet

DUNMORE — Dozens turned out in Lackawanna County Sunday to support a former Marine severely hurt in a motorcycle crash.

The benefit was called “help heal Josh Sibio,” a 22-year-old who served in Afghanistan. Sibio was severely injured after a motorcycle accident in May. He is now paralyzed from his chest down.

Family and friends gathered to help raise money for Sibio’s medical bills. They say they can’t believe there’s so much support.

“It’s just amazing, the turnout is amazing, far exceeded anything we thought would be today,” said Josh’s uncle John Sibio. “It’s great.”

Folks came out and enjoyed live entertainment, raffles and silent auctions. They even had a good time watching one guy in a bikini get his head shaved, all to help out Sibio.

“We raised over $500 for me to get my mohawk, so here we go,” said Fred Garvey.

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Forced Out By Fire In Scranton

SCRANTON — Six people are out of their home after a fire in Lackawanna County.

Flames started in the basement of a double-block home on Theodore Street in Scranton around 4 a.m. Tuesday after a clothes dryer caught fire, according to fire crews.

Authorities said the six people living there got out safely but they won’t be allowed to return until an inspector checks out the property.

 

Catalytic Converter Crooks

EYNON — It’s not the first time a dealership in Lackawanna County was targeted for catalytic converters.

This is the second one in a couple months.

This time Tony Damiano Chrysler Jeep Dodge in Eynon had about a dozen catalytic converters stolen right off the pick-ups, parts worth about $10,000.

“They basically go right up underneath the units. They obviously know what they’re doing.  They take off the bolts.  They just take whatever they need and that’s pretty much it,” said General Manager Jim Kreidler.

The general manager at Tony Domiano took us through the rows of new Dodge Ram pick-ups that were targeted by the catalytic converter crooks.

The trucks are all high off the ground and Jim Kreidler said the thieves most likely crawled right under and removed the parts, costing Domiano’s tens of thousands of dollars.

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81 South Ramps To and From Main Ave. to Close

DICKSON CITY — PennDOT officials first put out their warning a few months ago. While Pennsylvania’s oldest part of Interstate 81, which runs through Lackawanna County, is being redone, things may be a little messy.

One of the big parts of that renovation project is repairs to a bridge that serves as an on and off ramp at exit 190, which leads to Main Avenue in Scranton and Dickson City.

So, PennDOT officials say the ramps on and off of I-81 south in that area will be shut down within the next few days.

PennDOT’s goal is to have the ramp renovation finished before the holiday season, when the busy intersection gets even busier. So, PennDOT officials drivers should plan for two I-81 south ramps to be closed for at least three months.

While drivers say the closures will be an inconvenience, business owners are afraid it will close them off to customers this fall.

Police: Parents Arrested for “Deplorable” Home

CARBONDALE — Neighbors and law enforcement are surprised by a case of alleged child neglect in Lackawanna County.

A set of parents in Carbondale is behind bars because of what police call “deplorable” conditions in their home.

Carbondale’s code enforcement officer, Chris Pezak, says he’s never seen anything like what he saw when he was called to a double-block home on Archbald Street over the weekend.

“I can’t imagine anyone living in there, I can’t imagine an animal living in there, that’s the worst part, there were no animals in there,” Pezak said.

One side of the duplex was home to a nine-year-old and two-year-old.

Their parents, Amanda Davis and Mark Wagner were charged with child endangerment and assault after police stopped by the house on Saturday for a disturbance call.

Golf Course Burglarized

TAYLOR — Police in Lackawanna County are searching for two burglars who stole money from a golf course over the weekend.

Authorities said the theft happened at Pine Hills County Club in Taylor around 12:02 a.m. Saturday morning.

When police checked surveillance cameras, two men could be seen breaking into the country club through a rear window.  Investigators said the burglars stole $1,700 during their raid of the pro shop and supply room.

Anyone with information is asked to call Taylor police.