Things get really batty for county judge
WILKES-BARRE — The Luzerne County Courthouse is going batty.
Court proceedings in progress in courtroom 4 were briefly interrupted Friday when a bat fell from above and landed on the floor behind Luzerne County Judge Tina Polachek Gartley, courthouse sources confirmed.
“The judge said ‘Oh my God, it’s a bat’ and left the bench,” said Assistant District Attorney Jill Matthews, who witnessed the ordeal. “If it landed next to me, I don’t know that I would have been as composed as everyone else in the immediate area.”
The judge was in the midst of hearing a civil proceeding Friday afternoon when a judicial assistant heard something hit the floor behind her. At first it appeared the winged apparition was dead. Then it began moving.
“That’s when she said, ‘Judge, don’t move. There’s a bat behind you,’” said a source who spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss flying mammals appearing in the courthouse.
Sheriff ’s Deputy Mark Senczakowicz scooped the animal up with a water cup and released it out a window, Matthews said.
The hearing resumed without further ado.
“She went right back on,” Matthews said. “As soon as the sheriffs took it away, she went back and resumed the hearing.”