Troopers Search Church in Luzerne County

HUNLOCK TOWNSHIP -- Police raided a church in Luzerne County Wednesday morning.

State police raided Roaring Brook Baptist Church in Hunlock Township in Luzerne County just after 10 a.m.

"I'm shocked. I'm literally shocked."

A neighbor who lives across the street from Roaring Brook Baptist Church is trying to grapple with the sight of state police raiding the well-known church in Hunlock Township shortly after 10 a.m.

During the raid, investigators seized two computer hard drives. State police would not release any information as to why the raid of the church took place.

"We're here today at the Roaring Brook Baptist church to investigate allegations of misconduct within the church," said Sgt. James Dunleavy, Pennsylvania State Police.  "At this point in the investigation, we're not prepared to make any statements as to the particulars of the allegations. The court has sealed the search warrant for the period of 60 days."

The search warrant is sealed and police would not say who might be under investigation.

Newswatch 16 knocked on the door of the churches' pastor, Dan Brubaker, but he had no comment.

"I'm not talking to the news media," Brubaker said.

That neighbor who lives across the street tells us that the church has an excellent reputation. She couldn't believe what was happening this morning.

"As far as I know, it's excellent," Linda Archavage said. "They have so many people going there. My dad used to go there. We have senior things over here and all. He's very involved with all of the church members. I'm just speechless as far as it goes."

One man received a call from somebody informing him that there was a police presence here at the church. He says that he was surprised to hear that news because the area is considered safe.

"Once in a while, we have problems with people breaking in because it's a country church and it out here," Arden Delkanic of Hunlock Township said. "It's a pretty honest community. We usually don't have any problems around here."



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