[Editor: See August 14 update at bottom of story.]
In the wake of an FBI raid on an LAG Transportation property located in Duryea today, the City of Wilkes-Barre condemned the LAG Towing property located at 307 Carey Ave, Wilkes-Barre. The notice posted on LAG’s Diamond City cite is time- and date-stamped “3 PM 8/13/14, by order of the City’s Bureau of Code Enforcement.”
Back in May 2013 when LAG owner Leo A. Glodzik III was arrested and charged with theft the city responded that same day by suspending LAG’s exclusive Wilkes-Barre towing contract. LAG remains suspended despite the fact that an arbitrator, former Luzerne County Judge Lewis Wetzel, said in January of this year that “anything other than a full acquittal is ground for termination,” referring to the charges Glodzik was to face in connection with an FBI sting operation. Glodzik was found guilty in May of one felony count, theft by unlawful taking, in the amount of $2,100, and acquitted of the lesser misdemeanor charge of theft from a motor vehicle.
Messages left for Liza Prokop, the city’s spokesperson, were not immediately returned; however, an unnamed source within the city told the Independent Gazette that the city was called by the FBI to LAG because the building had no power and the basement was filled with water.
Update: August 14 @ 4:50 p.m.
Wilkes-Barre City spokesperson Liza Prokop emailed the following response to the Gazette Thursday afternoon:
The Fire Department was notified about substantial flooding in the basement of the property caused by a hole in the roof and water seeping through the walls. Because of the amount of water, they cut power to the building. Code Enforcement was notified and they posted the notice until the issue is abated.