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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Prison investigates bomb threat

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  •  - Authorities are investigating a bomb threat that was made at the U.S. Penitentiary near Waymart.
    The call came in about 3:15 p.m. Sunday threatening the facility, saying there was a bomb outside, prison spokesman Paul Gibson said Monday.
    Gibson stressed there was never any threat to the community.
    The prison called the FBI and state police but are unsure of what prompted the threat.
    "We were a little puzzled about the motive," Gibson said.
    Since the alleged bomb was placed outside the prison, local police also were notified.
    Prison staff made sure all inmates were in their cells and accounted for, Gibson said.
    No bomb was found outside the 170,000 square foot facility.
    A lieutenant at the prison took the call and tried to keep the male on the line, but the caller was just "rambling" and not making much sense, Gibson said.
    The spokesman said it was the first bomb threat that he knows of at the prison.
    The high-security facility has 1,559 inmates, 1,424 at the main facility and 135 inmates at a minimum-security satellite prison camp.
    Other police news
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    Lenora and Craig Mocerino of Lake Ariel had parked a 2013 Nissan Sentra at Trios restaurant off Route 590 in Salem Township when it was struck by a vehicle, possibly a white pickup truck, police said.
    The Mocerino's had celebrated their marriage earlier that day.
    Page 2 of 2 - Anyone with information is urged to call Trooper John M. Chervanka at 253-7126.
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    Dale Eric Laton, 49, of Berwick, was stopped for a traffic violation at 8:20 p.m. June 2, police said.
    A records check showed his vehicle registration was expired. He also gave police a fake name, police said.
    Police said they also discovered Laton's driving privileges had been suspended due to a DUI.
    Laton exhibited signs of drug impairment, was found to be in possession of the drugs and taken to Wayne Memorial Hospital for testing, police said.
    He was charged with suspected DUI, drug possession, false identification to law enforcement and summary offenses.
    The suspect was arraigned before District Judge Ronald Edwards and placed in the Wayne County Correctional Facility on $50,000 bail.
    Connor Holloway of Honesdale was charged with retail theft after he tried to steal Pokemon card sets from Walmart on Old Willow Avenue in Texas Township, police said.
    Holloway removed the card sets from containers at 10:10 p.m. June 6 and put them in his pockets, police said.
    He left the store without paying for them and was stopped by loss prevention officers, police said.

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