Ex-NE Pa. tow operator ordered to repair or remove railroad bridge across Susquehanna River


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WILKES-BARRE, Pennsylvania — A former northeastern Pennsylvania towing operator has been ordered to take action on a dilapidated railroad bridge that he purchased seven years ago.

The state Department of Environmental Protection gave 43-year-old Leo Glodzik III of Wilkes-Barre 180 days to fix or tear down the Coxton Railroad Bridge that crosses the Susquehanna River connecting Duryea and Exeter.

Authorities said the bridge is in danger of collapsing, which could cause flooding as well as injury. County officials have set aside a $615,000 federal grant to take down the structure as a last resort.

Glodzik was sentenced to three to 12 months on a theft conviction but is appealing. Prosecutors alleged that he took more than $2,000 in bait money during an FBI sting in January 2013. His attorney said he was framed.

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