95 Years Ago - Grand Jury returns no dry law violations indictments

Brian Fulton, The Times-Tribune, Scranton, Pa.
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Mar. 13—March 13, 1926

Grand jury ignores all liquor law violations

A Lackawanna County grand jury returned its indictments for cases that had been presented to it over the past few days.

In a surprise move, the jury didn't return indictments for 12 dry law violations presented to it by state police.

Judge George Maxey, who was observing the grand jury and received its report, remarked "this is a wet grand jury apparently." He also told the Times that when he was reading the report, he looked at the jury and noticed the "men jurors looked more or less solemn. The women jurors smiled, every one of them."

On hearing no dry law indictments, the Lackawanna County District Attorney's Office withdrew its cases for consideration.

The jury handed down numerous indictments: B.C. Millard, a Carbondale automobile dealer, was indicted for forgery; Joseph Shepelski and Louis Shambrone were indicted on murder charges for the killing of Floyd Craft, of Carbondale; and 26 indictments involved automobile law violations.

Musical talent on WQAN

Local musical talent was featured on the airwaves of WQAN the evening of March 12.

The live broadcast started at 8 with performances by 12-year-old pianist Miriam Koons of Moosic and 9-year-old violinist Bertha Mickievitz, also of Moosic.

Koons played several pieces, including "Silver Spray Caprice," "Edelweiss Glide Waltz" and the "Tarantella." Mickievitz also performed several pieces for violin, including "Carnival of Venice" by Paganini and "Life, Let us Cherish" by Farmer.

The second act started at 9 and featured a performance by the Sam Bevan group, composed of Bevan, Dave Jenkins, John Evans, John T. Jones, Mrs. Frank Gibbons. Mrs. Charles Barba and pianist Charlie Williams.

The group performed such songs as the "Sailors Chorus," "Lassie O'Mine" and "Don't Cry Little Girl." Gibbons and Barba also sang solo pieces. Gibbons sang "Sing Me to Sleep" and "Tree" and Barba sang "Ave Maria" and "When Loves Comes Clamoring In."

BRIAN FULTON, library manager, oversees The Times-Tribune's expansive digital and paper archives and is an authority on local history. Contact Brian at bfulton@timesshamrock.com or 570-348-9140.

BRIAN FULTON, library manager, oversees The Times-Tribune's expansive digital and paper archives and is an authority on local history. Contact Brian at bfulton@timesshamrock.com or 570-348-9140.