County Prison Staff Found Not Guilty In Ledcke Case

A federal jury found the Lackawanna County Prison’s staff not guilty of any wrongdoing in the October 2012 lawsuit filed by inmate Shawn Ledcke who claimed an excessive force civil rights violation.

A two-day trial was held in Williamsport on February 8 and 9 before Federal Judge Martin C. Carlson.

The lawsuit was filed on October 1, 2012 alleging excessive force. It included The Lackawanna County Prison, prison guards and the Lackawanna County Sheriff. The Lackawanna County Sheriff and the Lackawanna County Prison were dismissed from the case in July 2013, but the guards remained.

The case went to trial and ended with a defense verdict. Atty. Sean McDonough of Dougherty Leventhal Price LLP represented the County, while inmate Ledcke represented himself.

Commissioners Salute American Heart Association Of Northeast Pennsylvania

February is American Heart Month and the Lackawanna County Commissioners recognized this special designation with a “Good Works” certificate to Denise Seller, Executive Director of the American Heart Association of Northeast PA. Cardiovascular diseases are the number one killer of people. Heart disease also has a major impact on women’s health. Ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for heart disease and stroke, but with wellness visits, exercise and general diet individuals can stay healthy and live longer. The organization also schedules a number of fund raisers to help create an awareness of the vital measures to keep our residents’ hearts in shape.

L-r, Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, Denise Sellner, Executive Director of the American Heart Association of Northeast PA; Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, and Commissioner Laureen A Cummings.

Lackawanna County Commissioners Declare “Code Blue” Frigid Weather Alert

Based on current cold weather information, the Lackawanna County Commissioners are declaring a “Code Blue” frigid weather alert.

Utilizing forecasts from the National Weather Service at Binghamton, NY, and in consultation with the Lackawanna County Emergency Management Agency, a “Code Blue” will be declared for Lackawanna County beginning at 10 p.m. on Wednesday, February 10, and ending at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, February 16.

A “Code Blue” alert is issued when the forecasted temperature in Lackawanna County (including wind chills) is expected to reach 20 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. If necessary, based on weather conditions, an extension of the alert may be issued.

The goal of this notification is to: make people aware of the extremely cold conditions; provide information related to health and wellness in the cold weather; and publicize the locations of emergency homeless shelters that are operated by area social service agencies.

During a “Code Blue” alert, homeless individuals can access an emergency shelter at the following locations:

  • Bethel AME Church Shelter, 716 N. Washington Avenue, Scranton (hours: 7 p.m. to 8 a.m.)
  • Anthony’s Haven, 409 Olive Street, Scranton (hours: 7:30 p.m. to 8 a.m.)
  • Community Intervention Center, 445 North 6th Avenue, Scranton (hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Information on personal health and safety during freezing weather can be found on the Lackawanna County homepage by visiting and clicking on the “Code Blue Alert” icon on the right side of the screen. Alerts will also be posted on the County’s social media outlets for the duration of the advisory period.