The Wyoming County Commissioners reported on Tuesday that grief counseling is available to people affected by the recent shooting at Weis supermarket in Eaton Township.
Wyoming County Commissioner Tom Henry explained during the meeting that the county’s Victim Resource Center has set up a special team to provide grief counseling at no cost to the recipients on an as needed basis.
People can contact the Victim Resource Center at 570-836-5544, or the commissioners’ office at 570-996-2273 who will direct them to the proper agency.
Henry also reported that the Wyoming County United Way has established a special fund to help provide relief to the families of the victims who died in the incident. Anyone wishing to make a donation may send it to: Wyoming County United Way, P.O. Box 399, Tunkhannock PA 18657. Henry said people making a donation should write ‘Weis’ on the subject line. He also said that 100 percent of the money donated will go to the families.
It was also reported that the county’s emergency services provided assistance and resources to the state police during the shooting, including the emergency management agency and the 9-11 call center.
Henry said that many organizations have contacted the commissioners since the shooting - including Tyler Memorial Hospital which offered any assistance necessary, as well as the Lackawanna County Commissioners who expressed their condolences.
The commissioners voted to purchased a plot in the Sunnyside Cemetery for $2,000. The plot contains four grave sites, and will be used to inter the bodies of people who are unclaimed. The county has 12 graves containing unclaimed bodies, and the four new ones were purchased in anticipate that they will eventually be needed.
Earlier, during the meeting of the prison board, the commissioners - along with fellow prison board members Wyoming County Judge Russell Shurtleff, Warden Kenneth Repsher, and Public Defender Steve Franko - voted unanimously to fire corrections officer David Shoemaker. The reason for firing was violation of prison policy.
Repsher also reported that nine inmates are currently being boarded in other facilities outside Wyoming County, which remains up from zero prisoners at the beginning of the year. Cost to house the inmates in other facilities was $14,875 in April, with a year-to-date total of $56,445.
Also during the prison board meeting, George Mercer expressed concerns because of the noise created by the HVAC at the jail. Mercer explained that he lives adjacent to the jail, and the sound of the HVAC has been so loud his son has to cover his ears when he is outside in the yard. Mercer was informed that maintenance will look into the problem with the idea of correcting the situation.