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Pitcairn seeks buyer for cable TV operations

| Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Pitcairn officials are seeking a buyer for the Pitcairn Community Cable Service.

Borough council voted 6-1 last week to hire Duncan Communications Consulting as a broker for the potential sale of borough-owned cable television service, which is available to all borough residences and businesses. The broker will receive $2,500 for each potential buyer it finds.

“We want to see if there's anyone even interested in the cable,” said council President John Prucnal.

Potential buyers would have to meet a certain criteria in order for the broker to be compensated, said Pitcairn solicitor Craig Alexander.

“There has to be a serious purchaser who has the ability to purchase it,” he said.

Councilman John Bova voted against the contract. He questioned whether a broker was necessary to find a buyer. The contract does not prohibit officials from seeking a buyer independently, officials said.

Police chief retires

Pitcairn police Chief Dennis Hockenberry retired this week after serving nearly four years with the borough.

Council unanimously approved Hockenberry's retirement Monday and appointed Pitcairn police officer Scott Farally as the interim police chief. Farally is being considered as a long-term option, said Public Safety Chairman John Bova.

“The basic thought was, ‘let's give him at least the rest of the year to see how things are going and how it feels,'” Bova said.

Farally is motivated, has personal ties with the community and is familiar with the necessary administrative paperwork, officials said.

“We talked to him (Farally) and the three full-time guys (officers) and got a sense that everyone was on the same page,” Bova said.

Hockenberry on Tuesday declined to comment on his retirement. Farally could not be reached for comment before this edition of the paper went to print.

Pitcairn burglaries

Pitcairn police arrested a teenage boy last week whom they suspected of burglarizing three homes in upper Pitcairn, said then police Chief Dennis Hockenberry at the May 28 Pitcairn Council meeting.

The burglaries were reported on Sixth and Seventh streets, he said.

The suspect was apprehended in connection with a separate incident and transported to Shuman Juvenile Detention Center, Hockenberry said.

“We put away a kid today who might have done it, who did a lot of them in the past,” he said last week. “Every time he's out, we have a crime wave of burglaries.”

Hockenberry retired earlier this week and newly appointed interim Chief Scott Farally could not be reached for an update.

Kyle Lawson is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8755, or klawson@tribweb.com.

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