Candidate's Son Held on Dynamite Throwing
May. 27, 2003
PITTSTON, Pa. (AP) _ The son of a Pittston council candidate was accused of throwing a stick of dynamite that exploded several feet from two police officers, but his father said the charges are politically motivated.
Dino Argo, 24, was arrested early Friday after police said he threw a quarter-stick of dynamite from his apartment and it exploded near police who were helping a motorist.
Dino Argo is the son of Danny Argo, a 51-year-old Democrat who last week lost a bid for a seat on the Pittston council. Mayor Michael Lombardo said Dino Argo's actions were likely connected to Danny Argo's criticism of the police department.
``These allegations of my character, that my character is bad, are totally ludicrous,'' Danny Argo said.
He said his son's actions were meant to be a prank, but that he used bad judgment. ``He threw (it) off the back porch not with the intent to injure anyone. He did it to taunt police.''
According to police, the dynamite exploded 10 to 15 feet from officers James Noone and Robert Lombardo, the mayor's brother.
During his campaign for council, Danny Argo criticized the police department, saying police repeatedly pulled vehicles over near his son's apartment.