The Times-Tribune

COVID CRIME COMES INTO FOCUS

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Increases in crimes, escalating suicide rates, drug overdoses, domestic violence and child abuse provide an eerie background to a pandemic that has claimed over 500,000 lives.

On Sunday, THE VOLPE REPORT AT 11:30 A.M. ON FOX56 brings collateral COVID damage into focus.

Joining Chuck this week are Lackawanna County District Attorney Mark Powell and his Luzerne County counterpar­t Stefanie Salavantis, both of whom have faced the ugly reality that lockdowns and social distancing are a recipe to brew criminal behavior.

Both district attorneys said that violent crimes have seen a dramatic uptick. In Luzerne County, just a few weeks ago, a double murder and a suicide was apparently caused by an ongoing neighbor dispute ignited over where snow was being shoveled.

On Tuesday, tune into FOX56 News at 10 between 10 and 10:30 for Volpe’s Views as Chuck comments on former Secretary of the Commonweal­th Cathy Boockvar’s failure to advertise a referendum question, resulting in her resignatio­n.

For those who don’t remember, Ms. Boockvar is the same person who ignited a firestorm when, days before the election, she changed the rules in clear violation of the Pennsylvan­ia Constituti­on.

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Stefanie Salavantis, Luzerne County District Attorney
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Mark Powell, Lackawanna County District Attorney
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