Standard Speaker writer Jim Dino covered a meeting of the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce's Downtown Committee on Tuesday. MinSec quickly became a topic of those gathered to discuss the spat of crime including a recent double-murder in Hazleton.
You can read the article by clicking here.
What I found amazing was the listing by "homegal" in the comments section of all the inmates at MinSec who were involved in incidents during their stay there.
The following incidents, culled from Times Leader archives and media reports, have occurred since then:
Nov. 8, 2008: Convicted burglar James Reynaldo Mercado, 21, escapes from MinSec.
July 30, 2009: Allen Fernandez is released from MinSec, picked up in Hazleton by members of a gang who drove him to Ransom Township, Lackawanna County, and shot him 12 times.
April 2, 2009: Jamie “Cuba” Torres-Dominguez absconds from MinSec.
April 12, 2009: Julio Cesar Gonzales absconds from MinSec and is shot by an alleged drug dealer outside Station 33 on Diamond Avenue, Hazleton.
June 6, 2009: Nelson Roberto Rodriguez walks away from MinSec.
Sept. 13, 2009: MinSec resident Richard Torres is arrested on charges of indecent exposure and disorderly conduct.
Sept. 23, 2009: Convicted robber Nicholas A. Cusatis absconds from MinSec.
Sept. 29, 2009: MinSec resident William Tierno is charged with robbery.
Oct. 28, 2009: Tierno is charged with additional robberies.
Oct. 29, 2009: Media report that Tierno stated he was introduced to crack cocaine and was able to break curfew while a resident of MinSec.
Nov. 11, 2009: Cusatis is apprehended by the state Board of Probation and Parole.
Nov. 29, 2009: Russell Ryder walks away from MinSec.
Jan. 1, 2010: Ryder allegedly steals cigarettes from CeeBee’s, West Broad Street, Hazleton.
Jan. 9, 2010: Ryder allegedly smashes a window and steals cigarettes from Pantry Quik, Diamond Avenue, Hazleton.
Jan. 14, 2010: Former MinSec resident Norman Kane is charged with theft from Blockbuster Video, Hazleton.
March 12, 2010: MinSec resident Joseph Stephens, of Chambersburg, allegedly tries to steal an iPod speaker system from Boscov’s in Hazle Township.
March 16, 2010: Former MinSec resident Derrick Davidson, of Hazleton, allegedly throws a bag of urine at Hazleton police while in a holding cell after being arrested.
March 21, 2010: Marvin Brown escapes from MinSec through a back door after an argument with security about a cell phone.
March 23, 2010: MinSec walk-away Nelson Roberto Rodriguez allegedly stabs a man on Carleton Avenue, Hazleton.
April 2, 2010: Edward Eugene Hardy, previously convicted of aggravated assault, fails to return to MinSec.
April 3, 2010: Hardy is captured by police on Public Square in Wilkes-Barre.
April 4, 2010: Torres-Dominguez, who absconded from MinSec a year ago, allegedly robs Craig’s Food Mart, Hazleton.
April 5, 2010: MinSec resident Jeffrey Wright allegedly robs M&T Bank, Hazleton.
April 6, 2010: Torres-Dominguez allegedly robs Dollar General, Hazleton.
April 6, 2010: Wright absconds from MinSec.
April 8, 2010: Torres-Dominguez allegedly robs Turkey Hill, Sugarloaf Township.
April 11, 2010: Torres-Dominguez allegedly robs Craig’s Food Mart, Hazleton, again.
April 14, 2010: Wright allegedly robs M&T Bank in Hazleton again.
April 2010: MinSec resident on work release at City Hall uses computer to download pornography.
May 2010: MinSec resident Luis Lozada-Colon is charged with stealing a CD player.
May 2010: Remus Marks, who failed to return to MinSec, is charged with causing a disturbance on North Bennett Court, Hazleton.
June 30, 2010: Convicted thief Sean M. Vought escapes from MinSec.
July 12, 2010: Sean M. Vought is captured by Lehighton police. State police said he fled there with his girlfriend, whom he met while at MinSec.
July 13, 2010 – Torres-Dominguez is captured.
Jan. 16, 2011: MinSec resident Rubin Correa is caught on videotape at First Presbyterian Church, right across the street, allegedly stealing a leather coat and rummaging through other clothing articles and drawers in the church during services.
Jan. 27, 2011: MinSec resident James Edward Heller allegedly robs bank in Pike County, leads police on high-speed chase back to Hazleton area.
Jan. 31, 2011: MinSec resident Charles Humphrey is charged with retail theft at Boscov’s, Hazle Township
This was posted today in the Times Leader. Thought it was worth a read to Hazleton people.