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DA: Missing Old Forge Restaurateur Baron ‘by No Means’ A Cold Case

February 26, 2019
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DA: Missing Old Forge Restaurateur Baron ‘by No Means’ A Cold Case

SCRANTON — The investigation into the 2017 disappearance of Old Forge restaurateur Robert Baron is “by no means” a cold case, Lackawanna County District Attorney Mark Powell said Monday. However, he would not say more because it’s an ongoing investigation. Powell’s comment on the case came near the end of an interview to discuss the former defense attorney’s first year as the county’s top law enforcement officer. Powell and his first assistant, Judy Price, spent more than an hour going over policy changes at the district attorney’s office and noted some ongoing cases are still active investigations. In addition to Baron, who vanished Jan. 25, 2017, open probes include who sold the batch of drugs that killed 10 people in Scranton in eight days in December and who hit Rachel Teplitsky on Interstate 81 on June 23 and fled. Teplitsky died after she was found lying on Interstate 81 in Scranton. Powell declined to comment further. Contact the writer: jkohut@timesshamrock.com, 570-348-9144; @jkohutTT District attorney’s office moves The Lackawanna County District Attorney’s office will move this summer from its current offices on Spruce Street, District Attorney Mark Powell said. The prosecutor’s office will move to the Gateway Center on Jefferson Avenue, which housed the county assessor’s office before its move late last year to the new Lackawanna County Government Center in the former Globe store on Wyoming Avenue. The district attorney’s office will occupy the second and third floors of the Gateway Center. The first floor will be used by the Penn State Extension. The move is expected sometime during mid-summer. — JOSEPH KOHUT