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PENNSYLVANIA: Local Priest Arrested in Philadelphia

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A Roman Catholic priest from Lackawanna County faces drug charges after being arrested in Philadelphia.

According to a news release from Philadelphia police, James Shimsky, 50, was arrested on January 30. Narcotics officers reported seeing a man in a Jeep take part in a drug transaction on North Fifth Street in Philadelphia. Police said they later stopped the vehicle and found a small amount of cocaine inside.

Published reports cite William Genello, spokesman for the Diocese of Scranton, as saying that Shimsky is pastor of St. John Vianney Parish in Scott Township, Lackawanna County. According to the reports, Genello said Shimsky has been on a leave of absence since his arrest.