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It is with deep sadness and regret that the Luzerne County Sheriff’s Department announces the passing of a Friend, Mentor, and Co-Worker, and the Posthumous Promotion of Sergeant Mark Senczakowicz.Mark Andrew Senczakowicz, 52, of Muhlenberg, (rural Shickshinny), passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, November 4, 2020 after being stricken ill while on duty at the Luzerne County Courthouse, where he was employed as a Deputy Sheriff.
Born October 2, 1968, he was a son of the late John and Arline Zalenski Senczakowicz. Raised in Warrior Run, he was a graduate of Hanover Area High School, class of 1986. Mark attended the Ranger School at Paul Smith's College of the Adirondacks, and earned an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice from Luzerne County Community College. He was also a graduate of Lackawanna College Police Academy, Scranton.
Mark served as a police officer with Warrior Run Police Department, advancing to Chief of Police for the borough. He was a part-time patrol officer with Ashley and Sugar Notch for many years while concurrently serving as a Deputy Sheriff for Luzerne County since 1992. Mark also concurrently served the community of Warrior Run for many years as the road department superintendent and as a member of the Warrior Run Boro Volunteer Fire Company.
He was a former member of Holy Family Parish, Sugar Notch, and Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association. He was a current member of the Deputy Sheriffs’ Association of Pennsylvania and the Cranberry Lake Mountaineers Snowmobile Club. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also loved spending time at his house in Star Lake, New York, and enjoyed hiking and snowmobiling with his wife in the Adirondack Mountains.
He is survived by his wife of 15 years, the former, Elizabeth Wilson and her mother, Dolores Wilson at home; his brother and sister-in-law, Christopher and Christine Senczakowicz of New Port Richey, FL; sister Jacqueline Senczakowicz of Warror Run; nephew and Godson, Jonathan Senczakowicz and family of Drums; nieces, Lorissa Senczakowicz and family of Clarks Summit, and Brianne Filchak of Warrior Run; as well as an extended family of aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews; and his many brothers and sisters of the law enforcement community, whom he always referred to as his "family".
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a nephew, Steffan Senczakowicz.
Mark's wife extends her sincere thanks and gratitude to the Luzerne County Sheriff's Office, members of the Court staff, and county manager David Pedri for their assistance during this difficult time.
A private blessing service will be held at the convenience of the family with the Rev. Vincent Dang, pastor of St. Leo’s / Holy Rosary Parish, Ashley, officiating.
A public viewing with Police Honors will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 10th in the rotunda of Luzerne County Court House, 200 North River Street, Wilkes-Barre.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in Deputy Sheriff Mark A. Senczakowicz’s memory to the Deputy Sheriffs’ Association of Pennsylvania, P.O. Box 39285, Philadelphia, PA 19136.
*Any law enforcement agency, fire department or emergency medical service that plans on attending the viewing and participating in the processional escort from the Luzerne County Courthouse to The Davis-Dinelli Funeral Home (170 East Broad Street, Nanticoke, PA 18634 is asked to contact the Luzerne County Sheriff’s Department at 570-825-1615.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 14, 2020
Wolf Administration Grants Fifth Extension to License to Carry Firearm Permits
Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania State Police announced today that Governor Tom Wolf has granted an additional extension to license to carry firearms permits. Permits expiring on March 19, 2020 or later are now valid through March 31, 2021. The previous extension was set to expire on December 31.
The extension of license to carry permit expiration dates is necessary due to the closure of some county courthouses and sheriff's offices, as well as other ongoing COVID-19 mitigation efforts.
In Pennsylvania, an individual 21-years-old or older may apply for a license to carry firearms by submitting a completed application to the sheriff of the county in which they reside or, if a resident of a city of the first class, with the chief of police of that city. The sheriff has 45 days to investigate and determine an individual's eligibility to be issued a license, which is valid for five years.
A license to carry firearms is required to carry a firearm concealed on one’s person or in a vehicle. Any person who carries a firearm concealed on or about his person except in his place of abode or fixed place of business without a valid and lawfully issued license commits a felony of the third degree.
For more information on firearms in Pennsylvania, visit psp.pa.gov.
*NOVEMBER 23, 2020*
EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 23, 2020, Applications for Licenses to Carry Concealed (with $20 money order or certified check and copy of PA identification) can be mailed to the Sheriff’s Department or dropped off at the Courthouse with Sheriff’s Department Staff. Mailed applications should be addressed to: Luzerne County Sheriff’s Department, Licensing Division, 200 North River Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711. If you are dropping the application off, you should label the outside of the envelope “Luzerne County Sheriff’s Department, Licensing Division” and your name. Applications can be obtained HERE.
After your application is processed you will receive a phone call from the Sheriff’s Department to schedule an appointment to complete the process. Appointments are from at 8:20am through 3:10pm, Monday through Friday at the Luzerne County Records Retention Facility located at 85 Young St. Hanover Twp., PA 18706. You will be provided more information when you are called for your appointment. You are not able to walk-in to this location and obtain your permit.
(THERE ARE NO WALK-IN APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED.) The following items shall be placed in an envelope, sealed, and deposited into the application drop off box:
- Fully completed License to Carry Firearms application (applications available at: https://www.luzernecounty.org/553/Licensing-Division)
- A contact phone number at which we may leave a message regarding your license.
- Copy of your current and valid driver’s license or photo identification card issued by the Pennsylvania
- Department of Transportation, which bears the same address as, noted on your application
- A money order or certified bank check (NO personal checks) in the amount of $20.00, made payable to the Sheriff of Luzerne County.
- Applicants will be contacted within 45 calendar days with a date and time to appear in person to have their photograph and electronic signature recorded and have their permit issued to them.
- *If you are a Non-United States Citizen, you are also required to provide a copy of the following in addition to the items listed above.
- Resident Alien Card
- 3 Consecutive months (most current) of the same utility bill (water, natural gas, electric) with address matching official identification.
- Out of State Permits are not being issued at this time.
- FAILURE TO PROVIDE THE REQUIRED ITEMS WILL RESULT IN YOUR APPLICATION BEING RETURNED TO YOU.
- More information and links to applications can be found by clicking this link: LCSD Licensing Division Page
- IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS SEND AN EMAIL TO: LCSDPermits@luzernecounty.org
BY EMERGENCY ORDER OF THE LUZERNE COUNTY COURT OF COMMON PLEAS, THE SHERIFF SALES SCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER 4, 2020 HAS BEEN CONTINUED TO THE FEBRUARY 5, 2021 SALE.
Click link below to access Court Order: Sheriff Sale- Emergency Order- 11232020
You can contact us with any questions regarding the sale process via email at: LCSDrealestate@luzernecounty.org .
APRIL 27, 2020
BY EMERGENCY ORDER OF THE LUZERNE COUNTY COURT OF COMMON PLEAS, THE SHERIFF SALES SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 5, 2020 AND AUGUST 7, 2020 HAVE BEEN CONTINUED GENERALLY, A NEW SALE DATE WILL BE SET WHEN THE COURTS BECOME AVAILABLE AFTER THE COVID-19 EMERGENCY. WHEN SET, THE DATE WILL BE ADVERTISED FOR TWO WEEKS, THE SALE WILL THEN BE HELD ON THE WEEK FOLLOWING THE ADVERTISING.
April 1, 2020
**GOVERNOR WOLF GRANTS EXTENSION FOR LICENSE TO CARRY PERMITS**
MARCH 24, 2020
BY EMERGENCY ORDER OF THE LUZERNE COUNTY COURT OF COMMON PLEAS, THE SHERIFF SALE SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 3, 2020 HAS BEEN CONTINUED GENERALLY. A NEW SALE DATE WILL BE SET WHEN THE COURTS BECOME AVAILABLE AFTER THE COVID-19 EMERGENCY. WHEN SET, THE DATE WILL BE ADVERTISED FOR TWO WEEKS, THE SALE WILL THEN BE HELD ON THE WEEK FOLLOWING THE ADVERTISING.
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The Sheriff's Office offers fingerprinting services by appointment for a fee.
View and download Sheriff's Department forms and documents such as Service Request Forms and Firearm License Applications.
The Licensing Division handles licensing for firearms and precious metals in Luzerne County.
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