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I-Team Follow: Raid At West Hazleton Fire Department

WEST HAZLETON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) New details emerging about an investigation into the West Hazleton fire company.  The I-Team's Andy Mehalshick first broke the story two weeks ago.

  The I-Team is there as state troopers and West Hazleton police converged on the West Hazleton fire company armed with a search warrant.

 "Taking any financial records computers anything related to any kind of financial improprieties if the fire company."  West Hazleton Police Chief Brian Buglio told us.

Detectives say they launched their probe into the fire company in January  "This investigation got started when we received a complaint that there were improprieties with the relief association money regarding it's ez-pass being wrongly used that then snowballed into what we have here today." Said Chief Buglio.

The Relief Association Funds are given to fire companies by the state to be used to buy equipment and to pay for firefighter training.

The President of the Fire Company Klair Lemon arrived as the search was going on.

 Earlier this week he told the I-Team "We did have some problems with how we are spending the money. The whole body came together and wasn't happy that they weren't involved in taking care of that. So steps are being followed like bookkeeping and things like that."

 As the police raid was taking place the fire department responded to a call for a house fire.. The West Hazleton fire company is a separate legal entity from the West Hazleton Fire Department.

The fire department is run by the borough and is funded by taxpayers- Today's search focused solely on the fire company. Which is responsible for its own finances.

At this point in time, no one has been accused of wrongdoing and criminal charges have not been filed in the case


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