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STUDENT SUICIDES SPARK FLURRY OF ACTIVITY, FROM PUBLIC FORUM TO COUNSELING

SPARK FLURRY OF ACTIVITY, FROM PUBLIC FORUM TO COUNSELING AIMEE DILGER PHO TOS/ THE TIMES LEADER

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District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis talks with the media outside of Pittston Area High School about recent teen suicides after a meeting with law enforcement and school officials Tuesday.

TRAGEDY REPEATS

By MARK GUYDISH

mguydish@timesleader.com

Y ATESVILLE – It was far from

normal at Pittston Area High

been flown by helicopter to a regional trauma center, where she died. Despite allegations that chronic bul- lying may have prompted at least some

of the suicides, Garzella said there is no hard evidence that was

the case. He said numerous in- terviews with students Monday about a suicide over the weekend result- ed in multiple claims of bullying, but when ques- tioned further, the allega- tions were hearsay, not

first-person observations. He also said there is no apparent

Garzella said he received a call about connection between the weekend the latest suicide in his district around

cide in Luzerne County in one week.

ea boy, the fourth teen sui-

a 13-year-old Hazleton-ar-

suicide of a district stu- dent in three days and, with the death Tuesday of

leader with a 3.5 grade- point average had taken her life, Superintendent Michael Garzella con- firmed. It was the second

students home, one of them in tears. A sophomore cheer-

School on Tuesday. A slow but

steady stream of parents took

Our policy: The Times Leader does not normal- ly publish the name of a person who takes his or her own life in a private way. Exceptions include if the person is well- known or we have con- firmation through official

or family sources.

9:30 Monday night after the student had

See TRAGEDY, Page 10A

Monday night after the student had See TRAGEDY, Page 10A A woman comforts a crying girl

A woman comforts a crying girl as they leave the Pittston Area High School on Tuesday afternoon. Students were allowed to leave the school early after recent suicides.

Hazleton teen 4th suicide

By GERI GIBBONS Times Leader Correspondent

HAZLETON – Police Chief Frank DeAndrea did not release details of Tuesday’s suicide of a 13-year-old Hazleton boy. In- stead, he assured the communi- ty at a press conference Tuesday night the police department, mayor’s office and the school district would be working dili- gently to support students from the Hazleton Area School Dis- trict, as well as area residents. “We already have grief coun- selors in place with the family,” school district Superintendent Francis Antonelli said at the City Hall press conference, “and tomorrow those counselors will be present at area schools affect- ed by the tragedy.” DeAndrea said he had been in contact with the District Attor- ney ’s Office and the state police. He said the preliminary investi- gation yielded “no evidence of bullying.” DeAndrea lauded his patrol- man who first arrived at the scene and unsuccessfully at- tempted CPR. He also thanked Mayo r Jo e Ya nnuzzi fo r his full support.

See HAZLETON, Page 10A

HOTEL STERLING

County to kick in

$232,729

for razing

County Council approves money that will be used to seal landmark’s fate.

By JENNIFER LEARN-ANDES jandes@timesleader.com

The Hotel Sterling ’s demolition was sealed Tuesday when Luzerne County Council unanimously voted to earmark the remaining $232,729 needed to complete the teardown. Councilman Harry Haas said the downtown Wilkes-Barre landmark

must come down because it’s a deterio- rating safety hazard, but he mourns the loss of another historic structure and fears the city ’s

downtown will end up with another vacant parcel. “I will be hammer- ing the nail in the cof- fin with some tears to- night,” he said.

Exeter Township re sident Ste ve Si m- ko echoed his sentiments during pub- lic comment.

“I think we’re all going to miss it in

the long run,” he said of the structure that’s dominated the corner of River and Market streets for 114 years. State Se n. Jo hn Yu dichak issued a statement commending council for its commitment to resolving the problem. “With the possibility of downtown development on this site and public

safety concerns imminent, it was vital- ly important for movement on this pro- ject before the winter season arrives,” sa id Yu dichak, D-Plymouth Township.

A council majority had voted in April

to accept county Manager Robert Law- ton’s proposal to cancel an up -to -$1.5 million community development busi- ness loan fund allocation for the Ster- ling demolition. Lawton said at the time he couldn’t justify the spending with no firm plans to develop the parcel and create jobs. Wilkes-Barre and the property ’s non- profit owner, CityVest, have since ob- tained bids that reduced demolition costs and a proposal from an unnamed developer interested in building a resi- dential and commercial property at the site after it’s cleared. With the lowest demolition bid at $492,729, the county share would be $232,729 for teardown and site clear- ance, Lawton said. The city is provid- ing $260,000 in state gaming funds. CityVest is out of funds and spent most of a $6 million county loan to ex- pand the parcel, tear down an attached high-rise and remove hazardous mate- rial from the original hotel. The city must handle demolition, and the county won’t accept any liabil- ity for the work, Lawton said.

INSIDE: County council OKs KOZ for Hazle- ton properties, Page 10A

See STERLING, Page 10A

State eases requirements to obtain voter ID card

By MATT HUGHES mhughes@timesleader.com

The Department of Transpor- tation is easing requirements for obtaining an identification card needed to vote in the November election. The changes to the vot- er ID issuing process came hours before a court hearing on wheth-

er Pennsylvania’s voter ID law gent documentation require- available,” Ruman said.

will effectively strip some people ments needed to obtain a “se-

of the right to vote this year.

PennDOT announced Tuesday that those seeking identification

for voting purposes will have a choice of requesting either a non- driver photo ID issued by Penn- DOT or a voting-only ID card is- sued by the Pennsylvania Depart-

tion process was adjusted to sat- isfy a week-old state Supreme Court decision. “They had concerns that hav- ing people go through the Penn-

providing easy access to a valid photo ID, as promised by the law. If it is not, or if the judge believes any registered voters will be pre- vented from casting a ballot, the

quirement for applicants to pro- vide proof of residency to obtain a voter-only ID and will now mail IDs to voters when they cannot be issued on the spot. Applicants seeking a voting- only ID must supply a name, date of birth, address and Social Secu-

The Commonwealth Court rity number and swear under

penalty of law that they have no other form of ID that is valid for voting. The information they pro-

ment of State. Previously Depart- DOT ID procedure first might judge should halt the law from

ment

of State IDs would be is-

sued only when an applicant

not have been what the legisla- ture thought of when they said,

taking effect in the election, the high court said.

could not meet the more strin- make the voter IDs be readily

cure” PennDOT ID. Department of State spokes- man Ron Ruman said the applica-

In a 4-2 decision last week, the

hearing held Tuesday in Harris- burg was continued until Thurs-

state Supreme Court ordered a day.

Commonwealth Court hearing to determine whether the state is

PennDOT and the Department of State have also dropped a re-

See VOTER ID, Page 10A

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Eugene M. Pleban

September 24, 2012

E ugene M. Pleban, 70 years, of Glenmoore, passed away on Mon-

day, September 24, 2012 in Neighbor- hood Hospice, We st Chester, Pa. He was the loving husband of Ro- maine S. Krashnak Pleban. Eugene was born on December 17, 1941 to the late Michael and Mary (Shemanski) Pleban of Plymouth Township. He was a graduate of Harter High Sc hool, We st Nanticoke, and a gradu- ate of Lincoln Te chnical Sc hool of Ne- wark, N.J., as an auto mechanic. Prior to his retirement, Eugene worked as a master mechanic of transmissions at Lindgren Chrysler- Plymouth, Reading. Eugene was a parishioner and for- mer usher of St . Pe ter Pa rish, We st Brandamore, Pa. All who knew Gene will remember him for being a car enthusiast, avid bicyclist and fisherman, and dog and cat lover. After receiving a heart transplant in 2000, Eugene became a two-time athlete in the U.S. Transplant Games fo r Te am Philadelphia. He is survived by a godson, Ronald Shemanski, Union, N.J.; goddaught- er, Danielle Davis, and husband Jus- tin, Pringle; Uncle Martin Sheman- ski, Hemet, Calif.; sister-in-law, Christine Price, and husband Clar- ence, Shavertown; nieces, Christine Schweizer and husband Rick, Ply- mouth; Annette Price, Shavertown; four great-nephews, one great-niece and many loving cousins. A calling hour will be held for fam- ily and friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday at the S. J. Grontkowski Funeral Home, 530 Main St., Plymouth. In- terment will be private at St. Mary ’s Nativity Cemetery in Luzerne Coun- ty, Pa. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Neighborhood Hos- pice, 400 E. Marshall St ., We st Ches- ter, PA 19380, or Gift of Life Family House, 401 Callowhill St., Philadel- phia, PA 19123.

Everett White

September 22, 2012

O ur beloved father, Everett D. White, 78, of Town of Chenan-

go, N.Y., went to be with the Lord on Saturday evening, September 22,

2012.

He was preceded by his loving wife of 37 years, Shirley, in 1991. He is survived by his four sons and daughters-in-law, Fredrick and Cindy White, New Hartford, N.Y.; Alan White and girlfriend Karen MacNeill, Binghamton, N.Y.; Ken- neth and Pamela White, Geneseo, Ill.; Kevin and Joanne White, Che- nango Forks, N.Y.; 14 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; a very dear sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Warren Major, Lehman; special cousin and wife, Elmer and Peg Traver; several nieces, nephews and cousins; a special cousin and won- derful caregiver for 19 years, Virgin- ia Hudson. Everett was born in 1933 to Fred and Isabelle White. He resided in Sweet Valley, with his only sibling, Dorothy. He met the love of his life, Shirley Hayner, and they were married Au- gust 28, 1953. Everett served as a medic in the U.S. Army Reserves for eight years. He and Shirley moved to the Binghamton area, where he took two jobs, one at Crowley ’s and the other for Endicott-Johnson Fire Pre- vention. After attending night school in an electrical program, he became an electrician for Endicott-Johnson, where he stayed for 33 years while also operating his own business, Signal Service, with his sons for the Village of Johnson City and End- well. Out of recognition for his many years of dedicated service, the End-

well Fire Department made him an Honorary Lifetime Member. He was also a 19-year member of the Amer- ican Legion Post 1194 in Hillcrest, N.Y. Everett was a man of honor and integrity besides being a wonderful husband, father, brother, grandfa- ther and friend to all. He was truly loved and respected by everyone that knew him and will be dearly missed by all whose lives he tou- ched.

and will be dearly missed by all whose lives he tou- ched. Everett’s home-going servic- es

Everett’s home-going servic- es and celebration of his life will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. from the Wm. R. Chase & Son Fu- neral Home, 737 Chenango St., Port Dickinson, N.Y., with the Rev. Ar- thur Penird, District Superintend- ent of The Church of Christ in Chris- tian Union. Burial will be in the Tio- ga Cemetery, Owego. Friends may call at the funeral home tonight from 4 to 7 p.m. “Thanks Pop for teaching us boys how to be Christian men. If we are half as honorable and tough as you, we will be alright. You will be deep- ly missed here but someday we will rejoice together again. Say hi to Mom for us. Love you Pop.

Matthew M. Montagna

September 21, 2012

M atthew M. Montagna, 16, of Jenkins Township, passed

away Friday evening, September 21, 2012, at home. Born in Plains Township on Octo- ber 11, 1995, he was a son of Chris- topher and Diane Sompel Montag- na of Jenkins Township. He was a junior at Pittston Area High School. He was a member of St. Joseph Marello Parish, Pittston. Matthew loved drawing and had

a deep admiration for nature and the outdoors. He loved all animals, especially birds, cats and insects. He enjoyed spending time with

his family and pets Trixie and Fluffy. He loved taking boat trips with his father to Eagle Island on the river and hiking up to Campbell’s Ledge

to

enjoy the view. Matthew loved all food, especial-

ly

leftover cookie dough. For three years, he proudly

played football for the Pittston Pan- thers. He also had a real concern for the underprivileged and suppressed people of the world, and often want- ed to make people aware of their problems. Matt was a very compas- sionate young man. He was preceded in death by pat- ernal grandmother, Anna Montag- na; paternal grandfather, Dominick

cat, “The

Montagna; and his pet

Prez.” Surviving, in addition to his par- ents, are brothers, Christopher Jr., twin brother Nicholas, at home; ma-

Christopher Jr., twin brother Nicholas, at home; ma- ternal grandmother, Louise Som- pel, Jenkins Township;

ternal grandmother, Louise Som- pel, Jenkins Township; maternal grandfather, Robert Sompel, Forty

Fort; several aunts, uncles and cou- sins.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in St. Joseph Marello Parish, 237 William St., Pittston, with the Rev. Paul A. McDonnell, OSJ officiating. Those attending the Mass are asked to go directly to the church on Saturday morning. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. Due to Matt’s love of all animals, memorial donations may be made to the Blue Chip No Kill Animal Shelter, Dallas, or to the Luzerne County SPCA. Ar- rangements are entrusted to the Pe- ter J. Adonizio Funeral Home, 251 William St., Pittston. Online condo- lences may be made at www.peter- jadoniziofuneralhome.com.

William E. Kelley

September 12, 2012

W illiam E. Kelley of Bear Creek Vi llage passed away We dnes-

day, September 12, 2012, in Geisin- ger Wyoming Valley Medical Cen- ter, Plains Township. He was born January 12, 1932 in Shamokin to William and Margaret McCormack Kelley. After graduating from St. Ed- ward’s High School, he served in the

U.S. Army, rising to the rank of ser- geant. He received a bachelor’s of sci- ence degree in electrical engineer- ing from Indiana Te chnical College. Bill worked for IBM in Pough- keepsie, N.Y., where he was respon- sible for manufacturing several of

IBM’s largest mainframe systems.

He worked in the IBM Poughkeep- sie Manufacturing Facility in Qual- ity Control, Manufacturing and Ad-

ministration, eventually becoming Mack Junior, J. Dean Mack, Dr.

manufacturing manager. Bill had many talents, including boating and fishing on the Hudson

River. He obtained his captain’s li- cense from the U.S. Coast Guard in

1987.

Bear Creek; five natural children, Attorney James Kelley, William Kel- ley Jr., Maggie Jones, Susan Kelley, Patricia Marina; four step-children, Attorney Mark Mack, Thomas

Marina; four step-children, Attorney Mark Mack, Thomas Heather Mack; four siblings, Kathe- rine Kelley, Mary Ba

Heather Mack; four siblings, Kathe- rine Kelley, Mary Barrett, Margaret Kelley and John Kelley survive him. A Memorial Mass will be of- fered in St. Elizabeth’s Church, Bear Creek, at 11 a.m. Sat- urday.

St. Elizabeth’s Church, Bear Creek, at 11 a.m. Sat- urday. His wife, Patricia Mack Kelley, of

His wife, Patricia Mack Kelley, of

Barbara A. Wasko

September 1, 2012

B arbara Ann Wasko, 86, of Smith Street, Dupont, passed away

Saturday, September 1, 2012 at Golden Living, East Mountain, Plains Township. Born in Dupont on September 25, 1925, she was a daughter of the late John and Mary (Marcin) Was- ko. She was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Dupont. Prior to retiring, she was employ- ed in the insurance industry. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sis- ters, Mary, Ann, Helen, Margaret; and her brother, John (Chubby). Barbara is survived by her nieces, Rosemary Azzollini Orlando, N.Y., and her children, Salvatore and Li- sa; Ann Venskus Gilman of Santa Barbara, Calif.; Joseph and Patricia Azzollini of Houston, Texas, and their children, Anne Marie; Joseph and his wife, Linda, and son, Domin- ick; sister-in-law, Feema Wasko, Du- pont, and her children and grand- children; cousins Sister Suzanne Duzen, Joanne Duzen Dahms and her children, Regina “Jean” Wojnak. A Memorial Mass will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. in Sacred Heart

Mass will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. in Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Dupont. The

of Jesus Church, Dupont. The Rev. Joseph Verespy will officiate. Inter- ment will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Exeter. Friends may call from 9:30 to 10 a.m. at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Kniffen O’Malley Funeral Home Inc., 728 Main St., Avoca. In lieu of flowers, memorial dona- tions may be made to St. Jude Chil- dren’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Send condolences atwww.BestLife- Tributes.com.

Gladys L. Korey

September 21, 2012

G ladys L. “Pat” Korey, 88, passed away at her home in White-

house Station, N.J., on September 21, 2012 surrounded by her loving family. Born in Edwardsville, Gladys Le- wis was raised in Forty Fort, where she attended and graduated from Forty Fort High School in 1942. After marrying her late husband, John Korey, in July 29, 1945, they moved to Jersey City, Bayonne, N.J., and Whitehouse Station, N.J. Gladys worked for Jan-Marc Ca- tering in Bayonne, N.J., as the cater- ing manager. After retiring in 1989, she began volunteering at the Bayonne Hospi- tal Emergency Room. She was also a former board member of the White- house Station Village Homeowners’ Association. She is survived by her two sons, J. Mark and wife Diane Korey, Middle-

sex N.J.; Roger and wife Mary Ko- rey, Bernardsville, N.J.; grand- daughter, Grace Korey; and sister Minerva Caves, Ocala, Fla. She was predeceased by sisters Ilonwhy Sachs, Olwyn Oldfield, Margaret Eddy, Ceinwen DeMarco; brothers, Robert Lewis and Harry Hayden Lewis. Visitation will be held at the Gal- laway and Crane Funeral Home, 101 S. Finley Ave., Basking Ridge, N.J., Saturday from 1:30 to 3 p.m., with a memorial service beginning at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in Gladys’ name may be made to the Hunterdon Hospice or the Hunter- don Medical Center Foundation, 210 0 We scott Drive, Flemington, NJ 08822. For further information, please contact the funeral home (908) 766-0250 or gcfuneralhome- .com.

Irene J. Arledge

September 23, 2012

I rene J. Arledge, 89, a former resi- dent of Dallas and Forty Fort, passed away peacefully Sunday morning, September 23, 2012, at Saint Mary ’s Villa Nursing Center, Elmhurst Township, where she was recently a guest. Her beloved husband was the late Martin L. Arledge Jr., who passed away on July 14, 2010. Together, Martin and Irene shared 56 years of marriage. Born on June 30, 1923 in King- ston, Irene was a daughter of the late Joseph Stachnik. Irene was employed as an interior decorator most of her life. For many years, she owned and operated her own interior decorating business called the Arledge House, which was located in Forty Fort. Addition-

ally, she also worked for several inte- rior-decorating companies through- out the Wyoming Valley.

A faithful Catholic, Irene was a

member of Gate of Heaven Roman Catholic Church, Dallas. Irene enjoyed many things throughout her life, especially do- ing arts-and-crafts and attending various arts-and-crafts shows. Family was the center of Irene’s life and she cherished each moment she had with her loved ones. Her grandchildren always held a special place in her heart. Irene’s presence will be greatly

missed, but her spirit will forever live on in the hearts of her loving family.

In addition to her father, Joseph

Stachnik, and her husband, Martin, Irene was preceded in death by her sisters Delphine, Helen; and her brother, Joseph. Irene is survived by her son, Mark Arledge, and his wife, Renee, of Ma- dison Township; her grandchildren, Samantha Boyer and her husband, Kevin; Alexander Arledge; Tyler Ar-

Boyer and her husband, Kevin; Alexander Arledge; Tyler Ar- ledge; her great-grandchildren, Kai Boyer, Izabella Boyer,

ledge; her great-grandchildren, Kai Boyer, Izabella Boyer, Carmen Tin- dell-Arledge; her sister Constance Peters, of Tunkhannock; numerous nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are re- spectfully invited to attend the fu-

neral, which will be conducted on Friday at 9:15 a.m. from the Wro- blewski Funeral Home Inc., 1442 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort , followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10 a.m. in Gate of Heaven Roman Catholic Church, 40 Machell Ave., Dallas, with the Rev. Genaro Aguilar, C.S.C., officiating. Interment with the Rite of Commit- tal will follow in Saint Mary of the Maternity Cemetery, West Wyom- ing. Family and friends are invited to call Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. For additional information or to

send the family an online message of condolence, you may visit the fu- neral home website www.wroblew- skifuneralhome.com. The family requests that flowers kindly be omitted. Memorial contri- butions may be made in Irene’s memory to Meals on Wheels of NE- PA Inc., 541 Wyoming Ave., Scran- ton, PA 18509.

Charlene Jenkins

September 23, 2012

C harlene (Medley) Jenkins, 65, of Wilkes-Barre, formerly of South

Empire Street, passed away Sunday, September 23, 2012, at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center. Born on October 25, 1946 in Wilkes-Barre, she was a daughter of the late William L. and Lillian M. (McCloe) Medley. She attended Harbor Community College in Wilmington, Calif., and earned her childhood certificate from South Carolina State College. She attended First Baptist Church, Wilkes-Barre. Prior to be- coming ill, she helped at various church functions. She was an active volunteer in the community; serv- ing at the soup kitchen and caring for the homeless. She also volun- teered her time at Ruth’s Place and VISION. She retired from Orangeburg Head Start in South Carolina, where she was a teacher. She was preceded in death by her brother Morris L. Medley; sisters Shirley Walker, Rachel Medley; brothers-in-law, Harold Medley, Frank Thornton, Alphonso Walker; sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Medley and Martha Medley. Left to cherish her memory are her sons, Jason Jarrod Jenkins and his wife, Stephanie, of Chantilly, Va.; Everett Ray Jenkins Jr. and his wife, Lakenia, of Lake St. Louis, Mo.; a daughter, Jade Jolene Jen- kins, of Denmark, S.C.; grandchil- dren, Alante, J’von, Jason, Mady-

son; brothers William Medley of words of comfort and friendship,

please visit www.BestLifeTributes- .com.

Wilkes-Barre; Charles Medley and his wife, Rayetta, of Wilkes-Barre;

the Rev. John Medley of California; sisters Rebecca Murray of Wilkes- Barre, Dorothy Thornton of Wilkes- Barre, Estelle McGoy of Virginia; a host of nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Fri- day at noon at First Baptist Church of Wilkes-Barre, 48 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre. Her nephew the Rev. Shawn Walker will officiate. Inter- ment will follow in Oak Lawn Cem- etery, Hanover Township. Friends may call Friday morning from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family re- quests that donations in Charlene’s memory be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Ok- lahoma City, OK 73123-1718. Arrangements have been entrust- ed to Kniffen O’Malley Funeral Home Inc., 465 S. Main St., Wilkes- Barre. To send Charlene’s family

S. Main St., Wilkes- Ba rre. To send Charlene’s family Jamie Ann Baker September 24, 2012

Jamie Ann Baker

September 24, 2012

J amie Ann Baker, 15, entered into God’s arms prematurely and

greeted by a host of Angels who in- clude her maternal grandparents, John and Jane Reap, and paternal grandfather, Frank Graziano. She passed away Monday, September 24, 2012, at Geisinger Hospital, Danville. She was born and raised in Avoca on July 20, 1997, daughter of Fred and Jennifer (Reap) Baker. Jamie was an active member of St. John’s Primitive Methodist Church, Avoca. She was a sopho- more at Pittston Area High School. Jamie loved life and her family, she excelled in school and was a member of the Pittston Area High Sc hool Cheerleading Te am and of- ten attended the Pocono Mt. Bible Camp. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her sister, Jessica Baker, Avoca; her paternal grandmother, Catherine Graziano; several aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral services will be held Fri- day with services at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Primitive Methodist Church, 316 Main St., Avoca, with the Rev.

Richard Rock officiating. Friends www.kiesingerfuneralservices-

may call Thursday evening from 5

may call Thursday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. at Kiesinger Funeral Ser- vices Inc., 255

to 8 p.m. at Kiesinger Funeral Ser- vices Inc., 255 McAlpine St., Du- ryea. Family and friends are asked to go directly to church for services. There will be no procession from fu- neral home to church. Interment will be held at the Langcliffe Ceme- tery, Avoca. In lieu of flowers, memorial con- tributions may be made to St . John’s PM Church, 316 Main St., Avoca, PA 18641, or to the Pocono Mt. Bible Camp, 191 Clifton Beach Road, Clif- ton Township, PA 18424. Online condolences may be made to

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NEWS IN BRIEF

, SEPTEMBER 26, 2012 PA GE 3A ➛ L OCAL NEWS IN BRIEF BILL TARU TIS/FOR

BILL TARUTIS/FOR THE TIMES LEADER

The Shawnee Cemetery Preserva- tion Association is getting some funding help.

PLYMOUTH

Shawnee Cemetery help

Plymouth American Legion Post 463 presented a check Tuesday to the Shawnee Cemetery Preservation Association for upkeep, preservation and restoration of the cemetery. Tom Jesso, president of the associ- ation, said the money will be placed in an escrow account to be used for blacktopping the entrance to the cemetery. The cemetery was established in 1870 and Jesso said no roadwork has been done since the 1950s. Jesso said donations are needed to continue the maintenance, upkeep and preservation of the cemetery.

LEHMAN TWP.

Municipal open house set

The Lehman Township municipal building on Old Route 115 next to Penn State Wilkes-Barre campus is holding an open house on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. The public will be able to tour the buildings and check out the recycling center.

WILKES-BARRE

Help for missing teen

Balance Yoga and Wellness in Forty Fort recently hosted a special yoga class to raise funds and aware- ness for missing

teenager Briyan- na Miles, a Wilkes-Barre 14-year-old who has been missing since Aug. 21. The event raised hundreds of dollars, which will go toward The Briyanna Miles Reward Fund for those supplying information about her location. The event began with the family of Briyanna, mother Rosalind, father Lovell, and brothers Zakee 15 and Tige 7, speaking to the class about the circumstances of Briyanna’s disappearance. Donations to the Briyanna Miles Reward Fund can be sent to Balance

Yo ga and Wellness, 900 Ru tter Ave., Forty Fort, or the Briyanna Miles Reward Fund at UFCW Federal Cred-

it Union, 570 Market St., Kingston,

PA 18704. For more information on other events and classes call 714-2777 or log onto www.balanceyogastudio- .net. For more information on Bri- yanna Miles, “like’” the Facebook page, “Help Find Briyanna Miles.”

the Facebook page, “Help Find Briyanna Miles.” WILKES-BARRE Gallery of Hope picks Blue Cross of

WILKES-BARRE

Gallery of Hope picks

Blue Cross of Northeastern Penn- sylvania is seeking nominations for its 2013 Gallery of Hope, a traveling display containing survivor profiles and educational materials designed to raise awareness about the impor-

tance of early detection in the fight against breast cancer. Any breast cancer survivor resid- ing within the organization’s 13- county service area can be nomi- nated. Go to www.bcnepa.com/hope before Nov. 2 and click on “Nominate

a Survivor” to nominate a friend or family member for consideration. The 2013 honorees will be an- nounced in January.

W-B Intermodal safety proposals heard

Study done after pedestrian killed in September 2011 when bus backed over him.

term solution and two long- utive director, noted Wilkes- ed Transit Union Local 164.

term, more costly safety im-

Barre city owns the center and

modification would cost ap- changes.

proximately $27,000 and in- clude new striping for the exist- ing crosswalk, adding two crosswalks and more direction- al signage for pedestrians. The long-term solution at a cost of $800,000 would change the entrance and ensure that

destrian traffic.

A less expensive $460,000

long-term fix would retain the

move some concrete islands to allow buses to pull in and out without backing up, as well as relocating crosswalks and add- ing signage. Stanley Strelish, LCTA exec-

“Safety is our primary con-

cern,” Strelish said. “The board will review the plans and we will meet with the city to dis- cuss what needs to be done.” The authority also unani-

mously approved a

three-year

labor contract with the union

The contract runs from Oct. 1, 2012, to Sept. 30, 2015 and

calls for a 2.5 percent wage in- crease each of the first two years

Strelish said the authority ’s nonunion employees will re- ceive the same wage increases as in the union contract. The drivers and mechanics are members of the Amalgamat-

Henderson, operations director, said any board member who doesn’t have the best interests of the authority at heart should resign. “I’ve just had enough of the nonsense,” Strelish said. “Enough already.” The board approved up to eight employees to attend the annual Pennsylvania Public Transportation Administra- tion’s meeting Nov. 8-9 in Allen- town. Strelish said he will choose the employees to attend and he noted a lot of informa- tion is shared at the meetings. He said the total cost will be ap- proximately $2,000. The authority also will enter into discussions with the Wilkes-Barre Area Career & Te chnical Center to establish a

During his report, Strelish ex-

provements. The short-term would need to approve any pressed concern about board

members – he didn’t identify them – disseminating false in- formation regarding a “junket” to New Orleans at a cost of $67,000. Strelish said a board member provided the false in- formation to a Luzerne County Council member who discussed it at a recent meeting. Strelish said an LCTA em- ployee – not him -- did travel to New Orleans at a cost of $3,200. “When things like this come out, it makes the authority look bad,” he said. “All of us, espe-

Reilly Associates of Pittston, present traffic pattern, but re- and 3 percent the third year. cially board members, should

cost up to $800,000. The presentation by Paul Menichello, traffic engineer for

ter in Wilkes-Barre that could crosswalks and re-directing pe-

termodal Transportation Cen- up, in addition to relocating drivers and mechanics.

buses would not have to back that represents about 62 bus

KINGSTON – The Luzerne County Transportation Author- ity heard proposals Tuesday for safety improvements to the 2- year-old James F. Conahan In-

By BILL O’BOYLE boboyle@timesleader.com

was the result of a study of the center authorized six months after an 86-year-old pedestrian was killed in September 2011, when a bus backed over him. Menichello offered a short-

be doing all we can to build the authority up, not tear it down.” Board Chairman Paul Maher said if a board member hears ru- mors, he or she should contact

Strelish for the answers. Rob co-op program for students.

LEARNING, CARING AT MISERICORDIA

co-op program for students. LEARNING, CARING AT MISERICORDIA CLARK VA N ORDEN/THE TIMES LEADER M olly

CLARK VAN ORDEN/THE TIMES LEADER

M olly Be rky and Ca ro line Azza re lli, so cial wo rk majors at Misericordia University, Dallas Township, held a food and clothing drive called ‘Stuff the Bus’ on Tuesday to help the Pastor’s Food Pantry and Clothing Closet in Noxen. The project, a Misericordia Campus Ministry outreach program, is part of their senior in- ternship project. To donate to the ca mpus ministry’s Noxe n project, call 674- 6495.

W-B fixes may reap $2.9 million

By MATT HUGHES mhughes@timesleader.com

the difference between its projection and

the city ’s actual energy expenses. Any upgrading the DPW fuel pump to in-

partment of Public Works building and

WILKES-BARRE – An energy efficien- additional savings will be held by the clude a key-pass accountability system.

city. “They’ve made some very conserva- tive assumptions in terms of rate of growth and interest rates,” city adminis- trative coordinator Drew McLaughlin said. “At the end there could be even more savings.” Johnson Controls would also prepare grant applications to fund the project on

Tracking fuel use became an issue for the city after a Times Leader investiga- tion revealed in July that the city ’s re- cords could not account for 18,000 gal- lons of fuel. McLaughlin said the city has waited to install a fuel tracking device on the fuel pump because it would be a com- ponent of this project. Schmid said upgrades would begin by

cy company wants to revamp Wilkes- Barre’s infrastructure to save the city at least $2.9 million in utility payments over the next 20 years. Johnson Controls Inc., a global com- pany with an office in Wilkes-Barre, pre- sented a contract proposal to City Coun- cil at a work session Tuesday. Under the agreement, the city would borrow ap- proximately $6 million to fund energy- conserving upgrades to infrastructure, which would be completed in the first year of the contract. The city would pay back the loan us- ing savings on its utility expenses and save at least an additional $2.9 million. Johnson Controls has projected savings over loan payments growing from

$8,800 in the first year of the loan to ed solar cells, installing new flood con- pany Centax failed to distribute earned

$277,623 in the 20th year, and will guar- antee those savings by paying the city

the city ’s behalf, though those grants replacing heating and air conditioning

units at the police station because those units broke down this summer. City Council will vote on the proposal at its next meeting on Thursday. If ap- proved, City Administrator Marie McCormick said, it is unclear when the project would begin. The city was placed on a watch list by the Standard & Poors Rating Service after tax collection com-

have not been factored into the project costs or projected savings outlined in the proposal, said John Schmid, Johnson Controls sales manager. He said the company has been developing its con- tract proposal with the city since March. Proposed upgrades include replacing the roughly 4,000 streetlights in the city with high-efficiency units with integrat-

trol pumps, constructing a solar photo- voltaic cell array on the roof of the De-

income taxes the city is owed, making obtaining a loan difficult for the city.

‘Incredible’ story of ‘Kids For Cash’ now a book

By BILL O’BOYLE boboyle@timesleader.com

WILKES-BARRE – The lin- er notes on the new book say it all:

“Kids for Cash tells a story bigger than the greed of two

men, but an entire judicial Luzerne

system broken and abused. County for

For years, prosecutors, public defenders, and school offi- cials remained silent as they watched thousands of chil- dren shackled.” The book, written by Pu-

litzer Prize winner Wil- liam Ecen- barger, who covered the story of cor- ruption in

liam Ecen- barger, who covered the story of cor- ruption in Ecenbarger ‘KIDS FOR CASH’ Author:

Ecenbarger

‘KIDS FOR CASH’

Author: William Ecenbarger Available: Beginning Oct. 23 Where: Barnes & Noble Book- stores, downtown Wilkes-Barre and Arena Hub Plaza

privately owned juvenile de- tention centers. Ecenbarger said when he first learned of the story, he thought of Mark Twain’s com- ment that the difference be- tween fiction and non-fiction is that fiction must be believ-

“At first I thought I misread what was going on; I found it so incredible,” Ecenbarger

hard-to-believe kickback

scheme that incarcerated able.

The Philadelphia Inquirer, 4,000 young defendants, of-

ten for minor infractions, as county judges Michael Cona-

will be available in local book stores Oct. 23. It’s published by The New Press.

han and Mark Ciavarella said.

Ecenbarger, 72, of Hershey, pocketed $2.6 million in

bribes from the owners of two

traces the narrative of the

See ‘KIDS’, Page 8A

W-B sees decrease in serious crimes

Murder, rape, similar crimes fewer in 2011 and down this year so far.

By EDWARD LEWIS elewis@timesleader.com

Wilkes-Barre was a safer city in 2011 than the year before, according to crime report statistics released Tues- day. The data from the state police Uni- form Crime Report of 2011 shows 1,700 Part I crimes reported to city author-

ities last year compared to 2,018 offens- es in 2010. Part I crimes are murder, man- slaughter, robbery,

burglary, rape, ag- gravated assault, larceny/theft, mo- tor-vehicle theft and arson. It gets better for Wilkes-Barre. There is a 41- percent reduction in Part I crimes re-

ported to city po- lice this year compared to 2011, accord- ing to UCR statistics. Lesser offenses known as Part II crimes, simple assault, forgery, fraud, prostitution, narcotics, disorderly con- duct and vandalism, were slightly up in Wilkes-Barre to 2,881 in 2011 from 2,722 in 2010. “We’ve had good years; it shows the officers are doing great work,” Wilkes- Barre Police Chief Gerard Dessoye said. “I do think if you look at a group of years from 2004, you would see a pret- ty stable statistic leaning to more de- crease in crime.” Mayor Tom Leighton credited the Hawkeye Security surveillance cam- eras that went into operation in 2010 sending real-time video to police head- quarters. Not all local municipalities showed a decline. Luzerne had the highest jump in Part I crimes, a whopping 191.4 per- cent with 131 reported offenses in 2011 compared to 36 in 2010. Another huge leap was in Laflin, which had an 82.2 percent increase of Part I offenses reported. There were 41 serious offenses last year in Laflin com- pared to 17 in 2010. Laflin had a decrease in Part II of- fenses with 79 in 2011 compared to 95 the year before. Countywide, there were 8,705 Part I offenses reported to authorities in 2011, an increase of 343 from 2010. Law enforcement authorities in the county arrested 546 people for violent crimes such as homicide, rape, rob- bery and aggravated assault, and 1,544 people for property crimes in 2011. A year earlier in 2010, 362 people were arrested for violent crimes and there were 1,404 arrests for property crimes, statistics show.

LOOK IT UP

To see crime statistics for

your town, go to

www.psp.state-

.pa.us, click on Public Services and then click Uniform Crime Report.

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Immigrants’ document requests snowball

President’s announcement of new immigration policy prompts action.

 

young people living in the country ille- gally to apply for two-year renewable

work permits. Up to 1.7 million people may qualify, which would be the broad- est stroke to bring illegal immigrants out of the shadows in more than 25 years. Applicants — some eager to get

in line before November’s presidential can consulate grew from one or two June 2007.

geles issued 17,444 passports and con- sular identification cards in August, up

63 percent from the same period last year, said Consul General David Figue- roa, who attributes the entire increase to the new policy. The wait for a pass- port appointment at the largest Mexi-

their whereabouts. Eligible applicants must have come to the U.S. before they

turned 16, be 30 or younger, be high school graduates or in college, or have served in the military, and they cannot have serious criminal records. They al- so must have lived in the country since

By ELLIOT SPAGAT Associated Press

SAN DIEGO — Schools in Yakima, Wash., are taking nearly a month to de- liver transcripts to former students. The Mexican consulate in Denver in- troduced Saturday hours last month af- ter passport applications spiked by one-third. San Diego public schools added five employees in a new office to handle records requests. Schools and consulates have been

 

elections — are finding they may have to wait a few weeks longer for a prize that has eluded them for years. The clamor for documents is an early sign that the policy is highly popular. The Obama administration said this month that it approved the first 29 ap- plications among more than 82,000 re-

days to 40 days last month, then fell to 30 days after the consulate hired five employees to handle the increased workload, opened its main office on Saturdays and extended hours at satel- lite offices to seven days a week from five. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration

The new guidelines, issued Sept. 14, say applicants should provide as much evidence “as reasonably possible” that they stayed in the U.S. — ideally for ev- ery year — but that they don’t have to account for every day of the last five years. Documents will not be used against

 

AP PHOTO

flooded with requests for documents ceived since it began accepting re- Services recently clarified expecta- employers unless they committed

Protests against austerity in Spain

 

after President Barack Obama an- quests Aug. 15.

tions, relieving applicants who worried

“egregious violations of criminal statu-

A protester lies on the ground after a

clash with police Tuesday during the march to the parliament against aus- terity measures announced by the Spanish government in Madrid, Spain. The demonstration, organized behind the slogan ’Occupy Congress,’ was expected to draw thousands. Madrid authorities said about 1,300 police would be deployed.

nounced a new program allowing

 

The Mexican consulate in Los An- they would need exhaustive proof of es or widespread abuses.”

Address roots of rage, president urges

Address roots of rage, president urges AP PHOTO

AP PHOTO

   

Candidates take subtle swipes at each other

BEIRUT

Syrian mortars hit Golan

 

S yrian soldiers fought rebels Tuesday in a firefight that killed nine people

and sent several mortars sailing across the border into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

The Israeli military said nobody was hurt in the shelling and the spillover was believed to be accidental. But Israel filed a complaint to the United

President Obama and Mitt Romney engage in dueling foreign policy speeches.

Nations peacekeeping force that patrols the tense region between Israel and Syria. Over the course of the 18-month-old uprising against Syrian President Bash- ar Assad, violence has spilled into neighboring Lebanon, Jordan and Tur- key. In July, mortar shells fell about half a mile from the Golan boundary.

SPRINGTOWN, TEXAS

By KASIE HUNT and NEDRA PICKLER Associated Press

NEW YORK — The presiden- tial candidates on Tuesday laid out their visions of America’s role in the world while making subtle political jabs at one another in dueling foreign policy speeches shaped by violent protests in the Middle East and their closely fought campaign at home. Republican nominee Mitt Romney smiled and joked with political foe Bill Clinton before delivering a speech that insinuat- ed that President Barack Obama has not done enough to shape chaos overseas. A couple miles away in a speech to the U.N. General As- sembly, Obama indirectly refer- enced Romney ’s statement, re- vealed last week in a secretly re- corded video at a private fun- draiser, that he doesn’t have much faith in peace prospects be- tween Israelis and Palestinians. Obama didn’t mention the vid- eo but told the assembled world leaders: “Among Israelis and Pal- estinians, the future must not be- long to those who turn their backs on the prospect of peace.” Like Obama, Romney avoided direct criticism he’s made during recent campaign appearances to reflect the setting at the gather- ing of political, humanitarian and business leaders at the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Ini- tiative. The GOP White House nomi- nee said U.S. aid needs to be more effective in elevating people and bringing about lasting change in developing nations plagued by in- stability and violence, including the death of the U.S. ambassador to Libya. In his remarks, Romney called the death a terrorist attack.

Either sex can paddle kids

A Texas school district has revised

its corporal punishment policy to allow administrators of either sex to paddle boys and girls — as long as a school official of the same gender is present. The change comes after the Spring- town school district acknowledged that a male assistant principal recently paddled two high school girls. That

violated previous policy that required a school official of the same sex as the student to carry out corporal puni- shment.

President Barack Obama addresses the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday at U.N. head- quarters in New York.

Obama: ‘Speak out forcefully’

Te xas re quires parental permission

before any paddling in schools. It is one of about 19 states that allows corporal punishment.

By BEN FELLER AP White House Correspondent

 

to resolve the issue through diplomacy. But that time is not unlimited.” “Make no mistake: A nuclear-armed Iran is not a challenge that can be con-

spects between Israelis and Palestinians. Obama told the U.N.: “Among Israelis and Palestinians, the future must not be- long to those who turn their backs on the

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UNITED NATIONS — President Ba- rack Obama told world leaders Tuesday

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that attacks on U.S. citizens in Libya tained. It would threaten the elimination prospect of peace.”

 

“were attacks on America,” and he called on them to join in confronting the root

causes of the rage across the Muslim eration treaty,” he said.

of Israel, the security of Gulf nations and the unraveling of the nuclear non-prolif-

Obama mentioned the slain U.S. am- bassador, Christopher Stevens, several

 

world. “I do believe that it is the obligation of

The foreign minister of Indonesia, the nation with world’s largest Muslim pop- ulation, said Obama’s speech was a “clar- ion call” for all nations to shun intoler- ance and he expected Muslim nations to

times in his address. “Today, we must declare that our fu- ture will be determined by people like Chris Stevens and not by his killers. To- day, we must declare that this violence

HERNDON, VA.

 

all leaders, in all countries, to speak out forcefully against violence and extre- mism,” Obama said in a speech to the an-

4 from family found dead

 

Police say four members of the same family have been found dead in a home in a Washington, D.C., suburb, but investigators are releasing few other details. Fairfax County Police did say there was no threat to public safety Tuesday and that detectives were investigating. Spokesman Eddy Azcarate says offi- cers were called about 10:30 a.m. Tues- day to check on the welfare of residents in the home in Herndon, Va Police entered shortly after noon and found the bodies of a man, woman and two children.

nual gathering of the United Nations react

and intolerance has no place among our

General Assembly. Obama also condemned the anti-Mus- lim video that helped spark the recent at- tacks, calling it “cruel and disgusting.” But he strongly defended the U.S. Con-

“There will be a lot of sympathy. It is an issue that galvanizes all of us,” For-

United nations,” he said. Unlike Romney, Obama has not specif- ically called the attacks in Libya and oth-

eign Minister Marty Natalegawa told er U.S. missions terrorism.

 

The Associated Press. But he added that freedom of expression should be exer-

Obama said that “at a time when any- one with a cellphone can spread offen-

 

stitution’s protection of the freedom of cised with consideration to morality and sive views around the world with the

expression, “even views that we pro- public order.

foundly disagree with.” With U.S. campaign politics shadow- ing every word, Obama also warned that time to peacefully curb the Iranian nucle- ar crisis is running out. He said there is “still time and space”

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has accused Obama of not be- ing tough enough on Iran and of turning his back on Israel and other allies in the Middle East. Romney also has said he

click of a button,” the notion that govern- ments can control the flow of informa- tion is obsolete. “There is no speech that justifies mindless violence,” such as the attack that left the four Americans dead in Li-

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DONALD “DONNIE” BOYKO JR., 55, of Culver Hill Road, Fran- klin Township, died Sunday, Sep- tember 23, 2012, at Celtic Health Care, Dunmore. Born in Allen- town on September 10, 1957, he was a son of Donald G. Boyko Sr., and the late Minnie (Kokolus) Boyko. He was the owner and oper- ator of Petroleum Equipment Sales and Se rvice in West Pittston. Donnie was extremely mechani- cally inclined and was able to fix just about anything. He was also an avid racing fan. Surviving along with his father, is his wife, Cindy Boyko; son, Jeremy Boyko, and his wife, Mandy; grandson, Cameron; brothers, Carl Boyko and his wife, Kay; Eric Boyko and his wife, Su- san; mother-in-law, Dolores Adlon; sisters-in-law, Delores Focht and DeAnn Reed. Private funeral services were held from the George A. Strish Inc. Funeral Home, 105 N. Main St., Ashley.

JOHN MAHALLA, 85, Ply- mouth, died Tuesday, September 11, 2012. He was U.S. Army veter- an, serving during World War II, the Korean War, and a U.S. Air Force veteran serving during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the Plymouth American Legion and Kingston V.F.W. Preceded by parents, John and Anna Herman Mahalla Sr. Surviving are wife, Kathleen Ta hti; daughters, Ca- price Fraiha, Kerri Mahalla, Laurie Mahalla; grandchildren, Neila Mi- reue Fraiha, Julian Fraiha; brother, William Mahalla; sister, Ruth Moon; many nieces and nephews. Private funeral was at Indi- antown Gap National Ceme- tery. Arrangements are through S.J. Grontkowski Funeral Home, Plymouth. Visit www.sjgrontkow- skifuneralhome.com to submit condolences.

www.sjgrontkow- skifuneralhome.com to submit condolences. INFANT ELIZABETH MARIE VIEW , Wilkes-Barre, passed away

INFANT ELIZABETH MARIE VIEW, Wilkes-Barre, passed away Saturday, September 22, 2012, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allen- town. Born September 22, 2012, she was a daughter of Michael

View and Michele Kantner, Wilkes- Barre. Funeral will be held Saturday at

10 a.m. at Chapel Lawn Memorial

Park, Dallas, with the Rev. Rob Coscia officiating. Arrangements are by The Richard H. Disque Fu- neral Home Inc., 2940 Memorial Highway, Dallas.

PAVEL PINKEVICH, 74, lost his battle to cancer Friday, September 21, 2012. He was born on March 15, 1938 in Ratno, Ukraine. He was a devoted Christian, husband, father and grandfather. In 1991, he moved to the U.S. with his wife, Olga, and five children. He loved life. He loved to spend time with his chil- dren and his relatives. He was an active member of the Russian Bap- tist Church. He leaves behind his beloved family, his wife of 44 years, Olga Pinkevich; five children and six grandchildren. He will be dear- ly missed. See you in Heaven, dad- dy. Private viewing will be held on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Kielty- Moran Funeral Home, 87 Washing- ton Ave., Plymouth. The funeral will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Russian-Ukrainian Baptist Church, 63 Hillside St., Wilkes- Barre, followed by the burial cere- mony at Maple Hill Cemetery, 68 E. St. Mary ’s Road, Wilkes-Barre.

MARGARET CAPOZI, 96, Ply- mouth, passed away Tuesday, Sep- tember 25, 2012. Preceded by par- ents, Michael and Ellen Currley Finley; first husband, Jack McKe- own; second husband, Louis Capo- zi; siblings Francis Finley and Catherine Donoghue. Surviving are sister Helen Barry; sister-in- law, Arline Finley; nieces and ne- phews, Michael Barry, Maureen Marascio, Jack Donoghue, Mary Ellen Cuomo and Richard Do- noghue. Funeral will be Friday at 9 a.m. from the S.J. Grontkowski Funeral Home, Plymouth, with Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in All Saints Parish, Plymouth. Inter- ment will be held in St. Vincent de Paul Cemetery. Calling hours will be Friday 8 a.m. until funeral time. Visit www.sjgrontkowskifuneral- home.com to submit condolences.

DAVID ANTHONY KASKEL, 64, of Wilkes-Barre Township, passed away Tuesday morning, September 25, 2012, at the Depart- ment of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre. Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced by the Bednarski & Thomas Funeral Home, 27 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre.

SOPHIA C. KOCOT, 100, for- merly of First Avenue, Kingston, died Tuesday morning, September

25, 2012 , at The We sley Vi llage, Jenkins Township. Funeral arrangements are pending from the Hugh B. Hughes

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Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort .

CHARLES A. PELLAM JR., 70,

of Vaughn Street , Luzerne, died Tuesday, September 25, 2012, at his home, surrounded by his fam- ily. Funeral arrangements are pending from the Hugh B. Hughes

& Son Inc. Funeral Home, 1044

Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort .

IRENE SLAPAR, a life resident of We st Wyoming, passed away Saturday, September 22, 2012, at

The Laurels in Kingston, where she had been a guest. She was pre- ceded in death by her husband, Jo- seph; sister, Marie Holodick, and cousin, Albert Humza. Surviving are several nieces and nephews Blessing service for Irene will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at the Leh- man-Gregory Funeral Home Inc., 281 Chapel St., Swoyersville. En- tombment will be held in the Deni- son Cemetery, Swoyersville. Fam- ily and friends may call Friday at the Funeral Home from 10 a.m. till time of service.

TILLIE YANUSHEF SKI, 91, for- merly of Wilkes-Barre Township, passed away Sunday morning at the Wo odland Te rrace, Allentown. Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced by the Bednarski & Thomas Funeral Home, 27 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre

ANIELLO (NIEL) SPISSO, 62, of We st Si de Sc ranton, passed away Tuesday, September 25, 2012, at his home. Funeral arrangements are pending Kiesinger Funeral Servic- es Inc., 255 McAlpine St., Duryea.

Loretta A. Thompson

September 24, 2012

L oretta A. Thompson, age 90, of Wooster, went home to be with

her Lord, Monday morning, Sep- tember 24, 2012, at Wooster Com- munity Hospital, where she was sur- rounded by her loved ones follow- ing a period of declining health. Services will be Thursday, 7 p.m. at Custer-Glenn Funeral Home, 2284 Benden Drive, Woos- ter, Ohio, with the Reverends James McComas and Travis McKenzie of- ficiating. It was her wish for private interment to take place at the conve- nience of the family at Union Grove Cemetery in Mount Vernon, Ohio. Visitation will be one hour from 6 to

7 p.m. prior to services on Thurs-

day. Memorial contributions may be made, in lieu of flowers, to the Ca- naan Free Will Baptist Church Building Fund, 12723 Cleveland Road, Creston, OH 44217. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.custerglenn.com. She was born on June 24, 1922 in Vernon Village, Wyoming County, to John Silkworth and Annie Eliza- beth (Huey) Cook. She has been a Wooster resident for the last 17 years.

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handwritten no- tices; they incur a $15 typing fee. Sh e married Samuel Edward Thompson on

She married Samuel Edward Thompson on February 24, 1939 in Forty Fort. He went home to be with the Lord in November 2000. She previously lived in the Ver- million, Ohio, area for close to 40 years before moving to the Mount Vernon area in 1988. She most recently attended Ca- naan Free Will Baptist Church in Creston. In her previous years, she was af- filiated with the Foursquare Gospel Church and the Church Of God de- nomination. She mostly enjoyed spending time with and praying for those she knew, especially each of her family members. She is survived by a son, Allen (Diane) Thompson of Mesa, Arizo- na; two daughters, Eva (Ed) Tayl or of Leesburg, Fla., and Lora (Milton) Ledford of Wooster, Ohio; 10 grand- children; 17 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren, with another on the way; several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her nine siblings and their spous- es.

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September 24, 2012

A dam J. (Abie) Roman, 87, of Exeter, passed away Monday

evening, September 24, 2012, at the Meadows Nursing Center, Dallas, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Exeter, he was a son of the late John and Eva (Pruschunas) Roman. He was married to the for- mer Eleanor Gratzula Roman, and they would have celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary in Octo- ber. Adam was educated in Exeter schools and was a proud veteran of World War II, having served in Com- pany A 1st Medical Battalion of the U.S. First Infantry Division of the U.S. Army. He was a veteran of the D-Day in- vasion of June 6, 1944, and was awarded many medals, including the Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with one silver service star and arrowhead, World War II Victory Medal, and Honorable Service lapel button for World War II. After the war, he worked at Alai- mo’s grocery store in Pittston and Celotex Corporation in Harding, until his retirement. After retirement, he then joined employment at the Irem Te mple Country Club Pro Shop, where he worked until his second retirement at the age of 85. It was not uncom- mon to be greeted by Adam with “Hey, Pro,” and he was always re-

spectful with a “Yes, Sir” or “Yes, Ma’am” He wa s an av id New York Yankee fan and enjoyed playing cards with his buddies, especially Eddie Mis-

lan. In his earlier years he enjoyed a good game of pool and was a mem- ber of many dart leagues. He was al- so a member of the American Le-

gion Post 0938 Port Blanchard; Vet- eran of Foreign Wars Post 6518, Exe- ter; Eagles Wyoming Vets and The American-Lithuanian Social & Ben- eficial Club.

In addition to his parents, he was

preceded in death by brothers, Jo- seph, Frank, Stanley, George, Peter; sisters, beloved, Mary Capp, Connie McGill and Pauline Chernosky. Surviving, besides his wife, Elea- nor, are his cherished children, Paul Roman and his wife, Debra, of Tunk- hannock; Perry Roman and his wife, Jennifer, of Safety Harbor, Fla.; Lisa Roman and her husband, Gene Keach, of West Pittston; Carla Del- Priore and her husband, Ralph, of Dallas; grandchildren, Claire and

Paul Roman, Tunkhannock; Maris-

grandchildren, Claire and Paul Roman, Tunkhannock; Maris- sa Roman, Safety Harbor, Fla.; Mela- nie McKnight and

sa Roman, Safety Harbor, Fla.; Mela- nie McKnight and husband Pat, Hershey; Renee Higgins and hus- band Brad, Albuquerque, N.M.; James Adam; Isabella Del Priore, Dallas; great-grandchildren, Mila McKnight, Hershey; Darryll and Adam Higgins, Albuquerque, N.M.;

sister Helen Fliss, Connecticut; sev- eral loving nieces, including Edith Capp Mariani of Kentucky; neph- ews and many extended family pets including Baci, Sasha, Sushi, Olive, Maxwell and Maggie. Adam was a kind and gentle man who adored his children and grand- children. He was a great friend to them all and will be always loved and so sadly missed by his family and friends. “Dad, may you be sitting at the ’50-yard line’ in the heavens. You will always be our hero.” great friend to them all and will be always loved and so sa Military funeral se Military funeral services will be accorded by the Am- Vets Honor Guard on Saturday at 10:15 a.m. from the Gubbiotti Funer- al Home, 1030 Wyoming Ave., Exe- ter, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church, William St., Pittston. The

Rev. Paul McDonnell, O.S.J., will be

celebrant. Interment will be in St. John the Slovak Cemetery, School- ey St., Exeter. Relatives and friends may call on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m.

at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial con- tributions may be made to the SPCA of Luzerne County, 524 E. Main St., Fox Hill Road, Wilkes-Barre, PA

18702.

Mr. Roman’s family would like to thank the compassionate care of all of his physicians, most recently Dr. Ned Carey and Dr. Kilduff, and the staff (nursing, physical and speech therapy) of the Meadows Nursing Center. We will always be so grate- ful for your loving care you gave to our beloved father.

Richard B. Douglas

September 24, 2012

R ichard Burton Douglas, age 87, died at home Monday, Septem-

ber 24, 2012, surrounded by his lov- ing and devoted family. He was the

former director of Public Affairs for Hercules Incorporated, retiring in

1987.

Born in Mt. Jewett, Pa., Dick graduated from St. Bernard’s High

School, class of 1943, Bradford, and enlisted at age 18 in the Army dur- ing World War II.

A member of the 1st Infantry Di-

vision, 26 Regiment, Companies B & C, the “The Red One,” he storm- ed Omaha Beach on D-Day and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He received two Purple Hearts and nu- merous awards and medals. He was our hero and a hero to this country. After the war, he graduated from St. Bonaventure University and started his career in Washington, D.C., with a government position as an officer for the U.S. Air Force and the Navy Department Bureau of Or- dinances, holding top secret clear- ance. While in Washington, he met his bride, Regina (Jean) Augustine, from Nanticoke, and they started their family. In 1959, Hercules Powder Com- pany recruited Dick to Wilmington, Del. Active in community affairs, he was on the boards of Hercules Coun- try Club, Better Business Bureau, The Heart Association and the Dia- log Newspaper of the Catholic Dio- cese of Delaware. He was a member of the Hercules and Wilmington Country Clubs, Rodney Square Club, the Wilming- ton Rotary Club, and served for years as “Steward of Publicity” for the Scottish Games Association of Delaware. He represented Hercules in various national groups in a pub- lic relations capacity including the National Press Club. An avid traveler, Dick visited over 23 countries and most of the United States. He enjoyed playing tennis and golf, studying Civil War history and working on his genealogy. He was a voracious reader and a great storyteller, but his true passion was spending quality time with his fam- ily and friends. He is survived by his precious wife of 57 years, Jean, and their three children, Ann, Nancy and Bruce, all of Wilmington, Del. Also

children, Ann, Nancy and Bruce, all of Wilmington, Del. Also surviving is a loving sister, Mary
children, Ann, Nancy and Bruce, all of Wilmington, Del. Also surviving is a loving sister, Mary

surviving is a loving sister, Mary O. Clegg of Webster, N.Y. ; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Marie and Maur- ice Cardone of Nanticoke; brother- in-law, Norman Augustine of North Port, Fla.; many cherished cousins, nieces, nephews and friends around the world. He was preceded in death by his father, Clark J. Douglas, in 1925; his second father, John J. O’Connell, in 1971; his mother, Marion O’Connell, in 1995; his sister-in-law and neph- ew, Carol and Paul Augustine. A viewing will be held on Fri- day evening at Chandler Fu- neral Home, 2506 A viewing will be held on Fri- day evening at Chandler Fu- neral Home, 2506 Concord Pike, Del., from 5 to 8 p.m. Mass of Chris-

tian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph on the Bran- dywine Church, 10 Old Church Road. Burial will follow Mass in the church’s cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family sug- gests a donation of the Delaware As- sociation for the Blind (DAB), 800

W. St., Wilmington, DE 19801,

www.DABDEL.org , a non-profit or- ganization, or to any organization that touches your life.

In Loving Memory Rocco J. Aufiero Oct. 24, 1987 ~ Sept. 26, 2011 If tears
In Loving Memory
Rocco J. Aufiero
Oct. 24, 1987 ~ Sept. 26, 2011
If tears could build a
stairway and memories a lane,
I would walk right to Heaven
to bring you home again.
No farewell words were spoken,
No time to say goodbye.
You were gone before I knew it,
And only God knows why.
My heart still aches in sadness,
And secret tears still flow.
What it meant to lose you,
No one will ever know.
Loved & Sadly Missed By
Mom, John, Family & Friends

Katharine Mary Allen

August 18, 2012

K atharine Mary (Kai) Allen, 24, of Exeter, passed away suddenly

in Argentina on Saturday, August 18, 2012. Born on April 1, 1988 in Mt. Kis- co, N.Y., she was a daughter of An- thony and Doreen (DePietro) Allen. She attended Valhalla, New York, schools, graduating from high

school in 2006. Katharine was a re- cipient of many accolades. She was also a member of the National Hon- or Society. Throughout her high school years, Katharine was a mem- ber of the Westchester Dreamcoats,

a youth performance choir available

for many charitable events. Katharine attended Occidental College in Los Angeles, Calif. She graduated with honors in 2010, re- ceiving her bachelor of arts degree in critical theory and social justice. Many of her professors described Katharine as a kind and loving per- son, and an outstanding scholar who dedicated her life to connect- ing personal and community well- being. After graduation, Katharine moved to Valparaiso, Chile, where she studied abroad in 2009 through the SIT student exchange organiza- tion. She continued to volunteer her time to the program orienting American exchange students to the Chilean culture and lifestyle. They have dedicated this fall se- mester program and the student li- brary in her memory. Katharine also worked tirelessly in Chile, advanc- ing the rights of women and under- privileged people, as well as teach- ing English to individuals of differ- ent age groups. Katharine was a Fulbright Award

Recipient, attending University in Florence Allen.

Argentina for her master ’s degree, while also conducting research. With a focus on community orga-

nizing, Katharine helped to provide

a voice to all those who had trouble

being heard. She was one of the cre- ators of the Critical Theory and So- cial Justice Journal of Undergradu- ate Research at Occidental College.

Journal of Undergradu- ate Research at Occidental College. The upcoming issue will be dedicat- ed in

The upcoming issue will be dedicat- ed in her memory and the ongoing im- portance of her work. Her love of writ- ing and passion for poetry has been a constant driving force in Katharine’s life. She is the author of two volumes of poetry, as well as several magazine and newspaper publications. When first meeting Katharine, many were touched by her kindness, radiant smile, trustworthiness and her ability to establish an immediate con- nection. She was thoughtful, compas- sionate and put tremendous energy in- to everything she did. Her constant willingness to help those in need dem- onstrated her selfless nature. Katha- rine was an extremely humble person whom we loved dearly. We are so proud to be her parents. She will be sadly missed by her par- ents, Doreen and Tony; younger sister, Elizabeth; maternal grandmother, Jean (Bernardi) DePietro; aunts, un- cles, cousins, colleagues and countless friends, whom she loved all so dearly. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Alfonso DePie- tro; paternal grandparents, Joshua and

Memorial services will be held at Recupero Funeral Home, 406 Susque- hanna Ave., West Pittston, Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. A Celebration of Life Mass

will be held at St . Anthony ’s Church, Memorial Street, Exeter, on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memo- rial donations may be made to the To- ny Allen Family.

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AGOLINO – Sam Jr., Mass of Chris- tian Burial 9:30 a.m. today in St. Joseph Marello Parish, 237 Wil- liam St., Pittston. Visitation 8:30 a.m. until the time of Mass. CAREY – Doris, funeral 9 a.m. Thursday in Bernard J. Piontek Funeral Home Inc., 204 Main St., Duryea. Mass of Christian Burial 9:30 a.m. in Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Duryea. Friends may call 5 to 8 p.m. today. DEETS – Clyde, funeral 11:30 a.m. today in Mayo Funeral Home Inc., 110 Chestnut St., Berwick. DEQUATRRO – Joseph, funeral 6 p.m. today in Yeosock Funeral Home, 40 S. Main St., Plains Township. Relative and friends may call 4 to 6 p.m. today. FEDDER – Lawrence, celebration of life 10 a.m. Thursday in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 813 Wyoming Ave., Kingston. Vis- itation 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday in the church. HARZINSKI – Kosty, military funer- al by the AmVets Honor Guard 9:30 a.m. Friday in Gubbiotti Funeral Home, 1030 Wyoming Ave., Exeter. Mass of Christian Burial 10 a.m. at Corpus Christi Parish at Immaculate Conception Church, 605 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston. Calling hours 5 until 8 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. MARANSKY – Peter, funeral 11 a.m. today in the Curtis L. Swanson Funeral Home Inc., corners of

Routes 29 and 118, Pikes Creek.

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10 a.m. Saturday in Holy Name of

Jesus Polish National Catholic Church, Prospect Street, Nanticoke. MARVIN – Lois, funeral 11 a.m. Thurs- day in Clarke Piatt Funeral Home Inc., 6 Sunset Lake Road, Hunlock Creek. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. today. PAROBY – June, funeral 9:45 a.m. Friday in Thomas P. Kearney Funeral Home Inc., 517 N. Main St., Old Forge. Mass of Christian Burial 10 a.m. in Divine Mercy, Scranton. Friends may call 5 to 8 p.m. Thurs- day. PETCAVAGE – Le ona, funeral 10 a.m. Thursday in S.J. Grontkowski Funer- al Home, Plymouth. Mass of Chris-

tian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in All Saints Parish, Plymouth. Friends may call 8:30 a.m. until funeral time. SABA – Barbara, memorial service 11 a.m. Thursday in Shavertown United Methodist Church Friends may call at the church from 10 a.m. to time of service. TILLEY – Dennis, friends may call 5 to

8 p.m. today in the Hugh B. Hughes

& Son Inc., Funeral Home, 1044 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort. WASHINSKI – Eugene, funeral 8:15 a.m. Thursday in E. Blake Collins Funeral Home, 159 George Ave., Wilkes-Barre. Mass of Christian Burial 9 a.m. in All Saints Parish, 66 Willow St., Plymouth. Friends may call 5 to 8 p.m. today.

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Toohil’s gang bill is OK’d

It calls for tougher sentences for crimes in which organized street gang is involved.

RELATED BILLS

Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich,

D-Taylor, sponsored House Bill 2506, which is in the Education Committee awaiting a hearing. Bill 2506 does numerous things

related to gang activity, including establishing an anti-gang coun- seling program to provide materi- als, support and financial assist- ance to school districts to estab- lish pilot programs designed to educate students and parents about gang activity.

Senate Bill 965, sponsored by

Pileggi, would make it a misde- meanor to solicit a gang recruit. His bill also would make it a felony to use intimidation to force someone to join or stay in a gang and it would be a more serious felony if the intimidation included assault. The bill is cosponsored by local Sens. Lisa Baker, R-Lehman Township, and John Yu dichak, D-Plymouth Township. It wa s reported out of the Senate’s Judiciary Committee on Tuesday with two committee members voting against it.

finding the state’s highway ac- cess and police department

ing as exam- ples. State legis- latures across the country have dealt with the gang problem by

Toohil

adopting bills geared toward harsher puni- shments aimed at making gang activities or participa- tion less attractiv e. To ohil

used a Georgia bill as a point of reference and noted that dozens of states nationwide have laws on the books that reference street gangs. Penn- sylvania, as of now, has none. “The state of Pennsylvania is behind the times with deal- ing with ga ng activity,” To ohil said. “My proposal would give police departments a tool to legally identify these crimes and judges the power to im- pose stronger sentences on those who commit them. Ha- zleton and other communities have seen an increase in gang- related activity and we need to do something about it now, before more innocent victims suffer.” Her bill earned praise from Committee Chairman Ron

Her bill earned praise from Committee Chairman Ron By ANDREW M. SEDER aseder@timesleader.com On March 15,

By ANDREW M. SEDER aseder@timesleader.com

On March 15, a 13-year-old girl was abducted from out- side the Hazleton Elemen- tary/Middle School, her head covered and she was driven to the Altmiller Playground, where she was beaten. The incident, according to police, was part of a gang ini- tiation, a growing problem in Hazleton and elsewhere, state Re p. Ta ra h To ohil told a state House Judiciary Committee hearing in Harrisburg on Tuesday. The committee unanimous- ly approve d To ohil’s House Bill 2507, which would give the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing the authority to provide tougher sentences for crimes in which an orga- nized street gang is involved.

It will be considered by the staffing issues enticing.

“Hazleton, although not a major city, has had some big,

tions and policy director for major issues,” she told the Senate Majority Leader Do- committee.

minic Pileggi, R-Chester, said the To ohil bill and a series of other House and Senate bills related to gangs are all being considered and viewed sup-

from law enforcement, school

portively on a bipartisan ba- officials and community mem-

sis. To ohil, R- Butler To wnship, said similar initiations and gang violence are playing out throughout the region and the state, in urban and rural areas. Drug dealers from Ne w Yo rk and Philadelphia, she said, are

bers when crafting the bill. “Other cities across the state are now facing a growing gang issue,” she noted, refer- encing Allentown and Read-

full House. Erik Arneson, communica-

To ohil, who serves as a Marsico, R-Harrisburg.

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U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey has urged Senate leaders in both par- ties to allow November votes for two federal judge nominees to fill vacancies in the Middle District of Pennsylvania, a district he said “has been in a state of judicial emergency since 2009.” In a letter sent Tuesday to Sen- ate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Toomey asked them to schedule full Senate confirmation votes for Matthew Brann, a Troy attorney, and Malachy Mannion, a federal magistrate judge for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Toomey, R-Zionsville, noted that in the past nine months, the Senate has confirmed 31 U.S. Dis-

trict Court nominees, which he Casey, D-Scranton, have worked who are and be voted on as a

group. He classified Mannion, a Democrat, and Brann, a Republi-

floor statement on Sept. 20, can, as not controversial candi-

to fill vacancies in Pennsylvania’s three judicial districts. Casey, in a

confirmation since they were re- ported out of the Senate Judici- ary Committee on July 19. Toomey said he and Sen. Bob

causing gridlock in the voting process. He said he’s hoping the nominees who are not controver- sial can be separated from those

The two have been awaiting controversial nominees that are

The two have been awaiting controversial nominees that are Toomey Casey mation votes. “Historically, the Senate

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mation votes. “Historically, the Senate has deferred to the nomination of the president and the support of home state senators. Unfortu- nately, that doesn’t seem to be the case today in too many in- stances,” Casey noted. He went on to talk about the human im- pact the judge shortage creates. “That old expression, justice delayed is justice denied, has real significance for real people out there, people who come before the district court as litigants,” Casey said. Toomey, in a phone interview Tuesday, blamed the holdup on

dle District of Pennsylvania are of particular concern since the Wil- liamsport courthouse is without a sitting judge and the district has been in a state of judicial emer- gency since 2009,” Toomey add- ed. Should Brann be confirmed, he would sit in the Williamsport courthouse.

said ties for the most confirma- tions in a presidential election year in recent memory. It has also confirmed five nominees to the U.S. Court of Appeals. “I appreciate the progress made by the Senate in filling judi- cial vacancies this year and your collaborative efforts in getting these nominees confirmed in a bi- partisan manner. However, as we near the end of the year, two well- qualified nominees for the Mid- dle District of Pennsylvania, Mat- thew Brann and Malachy Man- nion, await full Senate confirma- tion,” Toomey wrote. “The two vacancies in the Mid-

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WILKES-BARRE – A Hazle- ton man charged with robbing another man of his iPhone pleaded guilty Tuesday to a related charge.

report a stolen Apple iPhone. Johnson said he was at the Lau- rel Mall near Hazleton when he was approached by Garcia. Garcia asked him for money and when Johnson said he had no money, Garcia grabbed his iPhone from his hand. Garcia

charge of indecent assault. Judge Joseph Sklarosky, Jr., said Cooper will be sentenced on Oct. 29. According to court papers, on July 24, 2011, a man reported to police that his daughter was a victim of a sexual assault. When police questioned the girl, she said that on two occa- sions Cooper, who was known to her, inappropriately touched her and had sexual intercourse with her. Assistant District Attorney

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Beech Street, entered the plea to a felony charge of robbery. Judge Fred Pierantoni said Garcia will be sentenced on Nov. 19 and will be ordered to

pay $549 in restitution to Colin propriately touching a young

Lee Johnson.

phone back, he’d have to fight him for it.

WILKES-BARRE – A Ply- mouth man charged with inap-

According to court papers, on related charge.

Jan. 9, 2012, Johnson arrived at the state police barracks to

girl pleaded guilty Monday to a Jennifer Roberts said Cooper

will have to undergo sexual offenders treatment and is to have no contact with minors.

Ray Cooper, 29, of Salsburg Street, entered the plea to a

Pole repairs more fundamental than reading

the plea to a Pole repairs more fundamental than reading CLARK VA N ORDEN/THE TIMES LEADER

CLARK VAN ORDEN/THE TIMES LEADER

UGI crew workers repair a utility pole outside of the Hoyt Library on Wyoming Avenue in Kingston on Tuesday morning. The pole was damaged by a car crash in the spring and UGI had to shut off the power to the library Tuesday until repair work was complete. The li- brary will reopen at 9 this morning, executive director Melissa Szafran said.

‘KIDS’

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dal. He said he was overwhelmed to learn of “30-second hearings” before Judge Mark Ciavarella. “A lot of people saw this – pub-

lic defenders, attorneys, proba- of the scandal.

outrage to come, but it didn’t happen.” Ecenbarger said Luzerne County can wipe away the stain

“There are a lot of good people there,” he said. Ecenbarger said he talked to about 40 children and sought in- terviews with the two judges, but they declined. Ciavarella is serving a 28-year

tion officers – for six years,” he said. “That’s a long time for that to go on.” Ecenbarger cites The Times Leader for its extensive coverage of the corruption scandal – giving credit to the newspaper and re-

they get away with this for so porters Mark Guydish and Te rrie sentence after his conviction, and

Morgan-Besecker for uncovering Conahan is serving 17 ½ years.

it in a special series in 2004. “They laid the whole thing out – except for the kickback scheme – and nothing happened,” Ecen- barger said. “They waited for the

Ciavarella has appealed his con- viction and Conahan recently fil- ed court papers that seek to va- cate his sentence should Ciava- rella prevail.

long?” Ecenbarger covered the first hearing of the Interbranch Com- mission on Juvenile Justice – formed by the state legislature to look into the causes of the scan-

He said the more he learned, the more interested he became and he realized it was “a very sig- nificant story.” Ecenbarger said the story went way beyond Wilkes-Barre and Luzerne Coun- ty and he wondered, “How did

story.” Ecenbarger sa id the story went way beyond Wilkes-Barre and Luzerne Coun- ty and he
story.” Ecenbarger sa id the story went way beyond Wilkes-Barre and Luzerne Coun- ty and he

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2012 PAGE 9A

SERVING THE PUBLIC TRUST SINCE 1881

Editorial

OUR OPINION: LCCC DENTAL CLINIC

Caring for teeth and a community

B RAVO TO LUZERNE

County Community

College and area busi-

NEED DENTAL CARE?

Make an appointment at one of these area clinics. Be sure to confirm services offered, pay-

ment required (if any) and eligi- bility/income guidelines.

Benco Dental Clinic, at Lu-

zerne County Community Col- lege, Nanticoke. 740-0446.

The Hope Center, at Back

Mountain Harvest Assembly, Trucksville. 696-5233.

Volunteers in Medicine Den-

tal Clinic, Wilkes-Barre. 970-

8506.

Wilkes-Barre Free Dental

Clinic, at St. Stephen’s Episco-

pal Church, Wilkes-Barre. 235-

5642.

ness Benco Dental for

not only brightening area resi- dents’ teeth but also certain peo- ple’s futures. An updated clinic, newly christened as the Benco Dental Clinic, allows students enrolled in the college’s dental hygiene and related programs to brush up on their skills, potentially en- hancing their job prospects and career trajectories, while giving clients better control of their health. Campus officials and others last week dedicated the clinic in Nanticoke, recently upgraded

thanks to an investment of to a dental office.

about $730,000. Our apprecia- tion goes, in particular, to Ben-

co’s owners, the Cohen family, low-cost dental care – or, in

This and similar programs in Luzerne County that provide

dures, the staff refers its clients

for providing $150,000 toward the project’s total cost. This sort of generosity extended for the public good makes us grin from ear to ear. So, too, does the clinic’s im- pact in the community. For modest payments of $15 or so, people can get their teeth cleaned by students, operating under the watchful eyes of facul- ty and paid dentists. (Payments for senior citizens and children are $10 and $5, respectively.)

services include X-rays and ex- ams. For more extensive proce-

some cases, free care – fulfill an important need. By regularly visiting a clinic, uninsured and underinsured individuals can in many instances stave off cavities and other expensive or embar- rassing oral problems. Plus, be- cause evidence hints at connec- tions between a healthy mouth, especially the gums, and a per- son’s overall health, it makes good sense to get regular teeth cleanings. If you or someone you know

The college clinic’s on-site has been postponing a dental

cleaning for cost reasons, don’t delay. Stop decay. And smile.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

don’t delay. Stop decay. And smile. QUOTE OF THE DAY “We are more optimistic about housing.”

“We are more optimistic about housing.”

David Blitzer The chairman of the S&P’s Index Committee indicated Tuesday that confidence continues to build in the nation’s housing market, which has reported

gains in home prices in 16 of 20 major cities during the 12 months ending in July. Mortgage rates, meanwhile, hover at historic lows: below 4 percent so far this year.

OT HER OPINION: FAST AND FURIOUS

Report finds fault in ATF gun fiasco

chael E. Horowitz, came out in great detail with a highly crit- ical report that likely will be the

and Explosives to final word on what went

track the movement of guns wrong.

from their sale in the United States into the hands of Mexi- can drug dealers was every bit as misguided and mismanaged as it seemed. The best report the nation is likely to see on the scandal confirms this view. The major result of the “gun

walking” program called Fast result, one senior official re-

and Furious was that the ATF lost track of about 2,000 high- powered weapons sold in Phoe- nix-area gun stores. Although Fast and Furious did lead to 20 gun traffickers being charged, it didn’t stop the flood of guns across the border – and it contributed to the arm- ing of the worst types of crimi- nals. Worse yet, two of the guns were recovered at the scene of a

shootout that killed U.S. Bor- judgment and management

failures” put public safety at risk.

der Pa trol agent Brian Te rry. Last week, the long-awaited report by the Justice Depart- ment inspector general, Mi-

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

T HE SCHEME RUN by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms

With more information avail- able than the initial congres- sional inquiry, and with a wil- lingness to hold Justice Depart- ment officials accountable, Ho- rowitz’s report named 14 officials for possible depart- ment disciplinary action. As a

signed and another retired. Although the report was praised by Republicans, it didn’t blame Attorney General Eric Holder directly for the de- bacle, but it was – and is – a po- litical problem. This report is a strong, cau- tionary tale about what can happen, as the report says, when “a series of misguided strategies, tactics, errors in

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Editor MARK E. JONES Editorial Page Ed itor MAIL BA G LETTERS FROM READERS Coal St.

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LETTERS FROM READERS

Coal St. improvements job well done by city

A s a resident of the Heights section of Wilkes-Barre for the past 30 years, I cannot begin to say how pleased I am

with the improvements made on Coal Street. Every day when I drive on this road, I am amazed at what a terrific job was done. There were some minor delays and headaches traveling around the area be- cause of the construction; but I gladly would trade those for the finished product we have today. With the lanes added to the roadway, along with new streetlights and

sidewalks, the road is a vast improvement. From the onset of this project, I agreed that it was necessary. But I never could have imagined that Coal Street would look like this.

I want to thank Mayor Tom Leighton for

his commitment to this neighborhood and congratulate everyone who worked on this project for a job well done.

Ken Chmielewski

Wilkes-Barre

Jewish Federation group condemns hateful graffiti

R ecently, The Times Leader’s read- ership undoubtedly was shocked to read about and see photos of anti-

Se mitic graffiti on the We st Si de Ve ter- inary Hospital in Kingston. The messages were despicable and an affront not only to Dr. William Rubin, the veterinarian whose practice is located there, but indeed to all the good people of the Wyoming Valley. Over the course of many years, we have been proud of the friendships and associ- ations that have been fostered and nur- tured among the various ethnic, religious and ra cial groups within our society. We have taken great pride in our togetherness and in our respect for one another. Various crises and disasters have been met with a commonality of compassion and determi- nation, both of which have allowed us to overcome those issues and to move for- ward positively. We have demonstrated a commitment to create an atmosphere that will promote safety and security for all. This latest incident, a crime which re- flects bigotry and hatred, irrespective of the alleged reasons that might be given by the perpetrator for this inexcusable con- duct, is contrary to everything that we have endeavored to create and all that the good people of our area represent. It is a hideous misrepresentation of who we are and establishes the basest and ugliest illustration of the way in which we should treat others; it demeans us all.

I write this letter to express the outrage

at this horrible affront on behalf of myself

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and my family, as well as the Jewish com- munity of Wyoming Valley, which I have the privilege of representing in this in- stance. I know from the calls and offers of assistance that I and others have received, that this outrage extends well beyond the Jewish community; for that, we are ex- tremely grateful. As the Jewish people move into our religious New Ye ar, I ask that yo u join with us in condemnation of this horrible act and obviously twisted state of mind and that we work together, as we all have done so often in the past, to effectuate a harmo- nious environment that promotes peace and good will for all.

Murray Ufberg Chairman Community Relations Council Jewish Federation of Greater Wilkes-Barre

Shriners mark 90 years of helping ailing children

T oday is a special date to more than a million children who have suffered from orthopedic conditions and other

disorders. It was on Sept. 26 in 1872 that the “Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine” first met. Today they are simply called “Shriners.” How did an organization formed only for fun eventually benefit more than a million children? In 1922, with polio sweeping the country, the Shriners inaugurated their first pediatric hospital. As the Shrine grew, so did the world’s most remarkable pediatric health care system. Today, 140 years after the birth of the Shriners and 90 years after the creation of their first hospital, Shriners Hospitals for Children includes 22 health care facil- ities across North America. Shriners Hospitals for Children provides pediatric care for specialty areas of ortho- pedics, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate. Care is provided re- gardless of the families’ ability to pay; however, a child must be under 18 and there must be a reasonable expectation the child will benefit from treatment. Pennsylvania is fortunate to have two Shriners Hospitals facilities, located in Erie and Philadelphia. If you know a child in need of care, call

1-800-237-5055.

For more information, visit www.shri- nershospitalsforchildren.org.

James J. Knights Adams Township, Butler County Regional director Imperial Public Relations Committee Shriners Hospitals for Children

Teen writer sickened by corruption in community

R egarding the Sept. 14 article titled “Former doctor charged with medical fraud:”

This is a problem that the entire Valley

in which we live is facing. I recently turned 18 and I already am disgusted with how much corruption is in our community. It’s a serious situation, and many people un- derestimate the power of people who are not even high up in the companies or sys- tems but who can be doing the same things every day. We need to be much more careful with what is going on in our community and really be careful with whom we work and whom we allow to handle our personal funds. As sad as it is, this article made me realize we apparently even have to be careful as to who we allow to take care of our bodies.

I haven’t even entered the real world yet,

but it’s things such as this that make me very worried to do so. Corruption is seem- ingly everywhere in our community.

Alissa Stegman

Dallas

Motorcyclist is proud to do his part to honor vets

O n Sept. 9 I attended a benefit motorcy- cle ride in honor of Sgt. Jan Argonish, who was killed Aug. 27, 2007 in Af-

ghanistan while defending our country ’s freedom. Proceeds from this ride benefit the Sgt. Jan Argonish Memorial Fund as

well as local injured soldiers and Homes for our Troops.

I participate in military benefit rides

quite often and every time I do it brings a tear to my eye. The enormous show of support is really moving. Lots of people gathered along the route; as we drove by, some waved flags and veterans saluted. What a proud day to be an American. It is a great feeling to be able to give back a little to our heroes who have given so much.

I encourage everyone to show respect

and go out of your way to say thank you to all veterans and active-duty men and wom- en. These people are our true public ser- vants and they all are heroes. Thank you, all, for your service.

Gary Bitler

Dalton

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Properties OK’d for KOZ

By JENNIFER LEARN-ANDES jandes@timesleader.com

Luzerne County Council

Business tenants in KOZ properties also are exempt from most state taxes, including the

The county would lose $11,738 in property taxes an- nually on the two added proper-

unanimously voted Tuesday to corporate net income tax and ties.

forego property taxes on two downtown Hazleton buildings for a decade as part of the Keys- tone Opportunity Zone, or KOZ, program. Council was pressed to make a decision because the KOZ ap- plication must be submitted to the state by Sept. 30. Hazleton City Council unani- mously approved the KOZ pro- posal Sept. 19, and the Hazleton Area School Board is expected to vote in support Thursday. The Hazleton Development Corp. requested the KOZ ex- pansion as part of its plans to re- develop and attract tenants to the former Hazleton National Bank and Traders Bank build- ings, both on Broad Street.

sales tax on certain purchases

Powell Realty owns the for-

of equipment and other items. mer Hazleton National Bank Critics of the KOZ program property at 101 W. Broad St.,

say it gives some properties a government-funded competi- tive advantage, while support- ers say the temporary tax reve- nue loss is a necessary trade-off

which was purchased for $775,000 in 1997. The structure, assessed at $428,900, has about 50,000 square feet of rentable office

to attract jobs and develop- space, with 5,000 square feet

ment. Hazleton Development’s Hayden Tower at the Markle, which is in a KOZ that expires next year, has been described as “a poster child of what KOZ is supposed to be,” Hayden told council. Hayden said the 11-story Broad Street structure has been restored and is almost fully oc- cupied. The property will gen-

currently leased. Scranton Tower Associates purchased the other property at 2-8 E. Broad St. for $162,000 in 2009. Assessed at $1.77 million, the property has about 40,000 square feet of office space, with 9,800 square feet occupied. Both properties need “major repairs and renovations,” Hay- den said. Several council members

The company is negotiating erate $35,000 in county taxes said they don’t support many

KOZs but believe Hazleton De- velopment’s project is a worth-

when it returns to the tax rolls next year, he said.

with a “major company” for an expansion that could bring 400 to 500 jobs to the city ’s down-

town, said Hazleton Develop- been forced to demolish the

ment representative George Hayden, who declined to identi- fy the prospective tenant.

building if Hazleton Develop- ment hadn’t stepped in to stabi- lize and market it, he said.

Hazleton city would have while investment.

Nanticoke resident John Newman and county Controller Walter Griffith spoke against the KOZ.

STERLING

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Once the site is cleared, the county will obtain the property title from CityVest and oversee development, officials said. The 4-acre parcel fronts the River Common recreation area along the Susquehanna and is visible entering the city over the Market Street Bridge. Motorists and downtown merchants have complained about congestion caused by traffic barriers around the site. The city was recently forced to patch up holes in the structure to stop trespassers. County Chief Engineer Joe Gibbons said the barriers could be removed 45 days after the city allows demolition to pro- ceed, though he stressed the city will control the timetable.

though he stressed the city will control the timetable. PETE G. WIL COX/THE TIMES LEADER Brian

PETE G. WILCOX/THE TIMES LEADER

Brian Shiner of Kingston speaks during public comment about future county involve- ment with the Hotel Sterling development project during Tuesday night’s county council meeting.

cil members agreed with his

Councilman Rick Williams motion to cancel the require-

urged council members to re- ment.

In other business, Lawton

lax one of Lawton’s conditions

in releasing the demolition said he has selected the Mur-

ray, Hogue and Lannis law firm

veloper to complete informa- to handle the county ’s litiga-

tion requested in the original

funding. Lawton wants the de-

tion seeking half the proceeds

proposal. Williams said he’s from the sale of the Triple -A

concerned a delay in the devel-

oper’s response will hold up chased with Lackawanna

the project, but no other coun-

baseball franchise co-pur-

County.

HAZLETON

Continued from Page 1A

High school Principal Rocco Petrone emphasized the impor- tance of community support, re- minding students that suicide was “a permanent solution to a temporary problem.” Petrone emphasized the wil- lingness of district guidance counselors, teachers and other staff members to offer support to students during this tragedy and at all times. DeAndrea also said the suicide was not related to any social net- working websites and did not seem to be connected to three other suicides of teenagers in Lu- zerne County in a week’s time. “This just simply seems to be a tragedy for the community, the school and the family,” he said, emphasizing respect be shown for the family throughout this time. Yannuzzi said he anticipated community resources would be available for those affected by the suicide, including churches and community groups. DeAndrea encouraged residents to utilize a crisis number if necessary: 1-800-

273-TALK.

TRAGEDY

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suicide and the one Monday evening.

Continued from Page 1A suicide and the one Monday evening. AIMEE DILGER/THE TIMES LEADER Parents came

AIMEE DILGER/THE TIMES LEADER

Parents came to pick up students at Pittston Area High School on Tuesday afternoon. Students were allowed to leave early due to recent suicides.

zella said.

• The high school experienced a slow

but steady exodus of students leaving with their parents most of Tuesday. Garzella said the district is encouraging parents to leave the children in school. “We believe it is the best place for them right now,” he

said. But if parents insist, he said the dis- trict recommends they come to the school and drive the student home, rather than letting the student drive alone.

• A candlelight vigil has been scheduled

for 7:30 p.m. today by anti-bullying activ- ists at Albert We st Pa rk , Swallow Street , in

• Garzella is looking to update the dis-

trict’s anti-bullying efforts, and talked with Hazleton Area Superintendent Francis An- tonelli about an extensive program being implemented there, including anti-harass- ment and anti-bullying curriculum taught in every grade by all teachers, and manda- tory training for all employees on detect-

Police at Pittston Area Luzerne County District Attorney Stefa- nie Salavantis met with detectives, area police chiefs and Garzella and other Pitt- ston Area administrators Tuesday, and she emerged from the meeting with the same conclusion. “The rumors of possible bullying are ex- actly that , rumors. We have no evidence of

that ,” Salavantis said. “However, we ask if anyone has evidence, please come for- ward.” The tragedies sparked a flurry of activ- ity:

• Pittston Area set up a public forum for 7

p.m. today with a panel of experts to discuss teen suicide and bullying. Garzella said his hope is to provide information on how to de- tect possible problems and what to do or

whom to contact. No school district officials will be on the panel, he added.

• Counselors who had been brought in

Monday to help students cope with the Pittston.

weekend suicide will be kept on through- out the week, Garzella said. Counselors were also made available at the intermedi- ate center, which houses grades three through five, and the middle school, with grades six through eight. “We sent them to the intermediate center because we’ve re- ceived calls from concerned parents,” Gar-

ing harassment and bul- lying, and remedying it to the satisfaction of vic- tim and perpetrator. • Garzella said he wants to implement a system that would allow students or others to re-

port bullying confiden- tially, possibly including an online anony-

Garzella

tially, possibly including an online anony- Garze lla mous re port form. Active, good grades Garzella

mous report form.

Active, good grades Garzella said that, along with good grades and participation in cheerleading, the girl who committed suicide Monday night had “a family that was involved. She did not fit the profile.” Salavantis said the Monday evening sui- cide happened in the Avoca area, but she said Tuesday afternoon she could not re- lease details at that point. Garzella stressed the need for coopera- tion among students, parents and law en- forcement officials in preventing bullying and suicides. He noted the district has a Student As- sistance Program in place that provides a team of professionals with appropriate ex- pertise to students who may be struggling with such issues, but the team can only be called in if students speak up. “I’m not going to sit here and say we don’t have a bullying problem,” Garzella said. “I think we do. I think all school dis- tricts do. “We can look for the signs, but the real- ity is it has to be reported.”

Area expert urges school vigilance

By STEVE MOCARSKY smocarsky@timesleader.com

Joe DeLucca shuddered on Tuesday night when he learned of a fourth teen suicide in a week’s time in Luzerne County. “There’s a contagion effect.

sion,” DeLuc- ry real documented phenom-

enon with suicide. … When you

It’s an incredibly real thing. DeLucca That’s probably what I worry

about most now. Every school district has to be extremely vig- ilant at this point,” said DeLuc- ca, director of Non-Public, Fed- eral and State Programs for Lu- zerne Intermediate Unit 18. DeLucca, who has created a suicide education and preven- tion program for teens and also wrote curricula for training teachers and other school per- sonnel how to recognize and deal with students whom they believe are or might be consid-

ering suicide, previously learn about teen suicides as Hazleton area on Tuesday –

networking and instant elec- tronic access to news has made it much easier for students to

The boom of online social old student at Pittston Area

High School on Friday; a Pitt- ston Area sophomore on Mon- day; and a 13-year-old from the

need to take a hard look at what is occurring in that society. Schools are a microcosm of so- ciety. Managing those schools properly is difficult but imper- ative,” he said. Four teens taking their own lives recently in Luzerne Coun- ty – a 13-year-old student at Greater Nanticoke Area High School on Sept. 18; a 16-year-

kids at the school. One was ve- ry close to me – a football play- er I coached and one of my stu- dents.” DeLucca declined to identify the school at which the phe- nomenon occurred, other than to say it was in a different coun- ty. But he worries something similar could happen locally.

ty. But he worries something similar could happen locally. “I worked Just seeing its prevalence lo-

“I worked

Just seeing its prevalence lo-

at great

cally could be enough to trig-

length with

ger an attempt in a teen who

kids suffering

has been contemplating it.

from depres-

“The contagion effect is a ve-

ca said. “We

had a suicide see epidemic numbers, you

epidemic – 10

worked as a high school guid- ance counselor. And teen sui- cide is a very personal topic for him.

they occur in their school dis- trict and others, and to share that information with each oth- er, he said.

presents a perfect opportunity to talk about suicide with stu- dents and educate them on the subject, DeLucca said.

SUICIDE STATS

Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people ages 15-24.

It is the fourth leading cause of death among children ages 10-14.

60% of high school students claim that they have thought about committing suicide.

9% of high school students say that they have tried killing them- selves at least once.

Suicide in those age 15-24 has increased at a rate of about 6%.

Suicide among those age 10-14 has increased about 100%.

Statistics that show the suicide rate has dropped are misleading

because the rate is still so high.

In 2011, there were 57 suicide deaths (all ages) in Luzerne County –

one of the highest rates ever. Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Confer- ence of State Legislatures, Luzerne County Coroner’s Report.

SUICIDE PREVENTION

Suicide fallacy Teen suicide expert Joe DeLucca said there is still fear that talking about suicide will cause teens to think about or commit suicide.

“This is one of the biggest fallacies. Talking to kids honestly and directly

is what they need. They deserve that. There are free programs and

resources out there like the advocacy alliance, who will go to schools and provide free depression screenings,” DeLucca said. Advice for parents “Love your children. Take care of yourselves so you can care for your kids. Don’t push them too hard. … And by all means, let them be kids. We are pushing kids too hard too fast. They are not all going to be the next major leaguer or NBA superstar. But each kid has wonderful gifts and strengths. Focus on those strengths,” DeLucca said. Advice for students “Care for and respect each other. You do not need to like or agree with everyone, but you should respect them and their differences. If you think

a friend may be in danger, tell a trusted adult,” DeLucca said. Resources Visit timesleader.com for links to online resources.

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vide is cross-referenced with vot- er registration data, and if the da- ta matches an ID will be issued on the spot. Ruman said about 100 of the 10,000 Pennsylvania residents that have been issued PennDOT or Department of State IDs were not able to get ID the day they ap- plied, sometimes due to discre- pancies regarding Social Security numbers, but most often because their voter registration informa- tion had not been processed and entered into the state’s database. Counties legally have 10 days to process voter registrations. “What’s happening is people were registering to vote and then going right over to PennDOT, and (they were) not in the system yet,” Ruman said. Previously applicants who could not be issued ID on the spot would be notified by mail when their card was ready and would need to return to the driver li- cense center where they applied to pick up their ID. IDs will now be mailed directly to applicants. Voters may apply for a voter ID up to and on Election Day, Nov. 6, or even after the election if they vote by provisional ballot. Penn- DOT also said Tuesday that 48 driver license centers, which are typically closed Mondays, will open on Monday, Nov. 5, to issue last-minute voter IDs. License centers in Wilkes-Barre, Hazle- ton and Dunmore are included. Voters who do not have ID on Election Day are allowed to cast provisional ballots that will be counted if the voter provides proof of identification to their county election office within six days of the election. This year that deadline will be Tuesday, Nov. 13, because the sixth day af- ter the election is Veterans Day and government offices will be closed. Only registered voters will be issued voter IDs. The deadline to register to vote is Oct. 9. The Associated Press contrib- uted to this story.

VOTER ID REQUIREMENTS

Voters in the November election

will be required to show an accept- able photo ID with an expiration date that is current. Acceptable IDs are:

Photo IDs issued by the federal or Pennsylvania government (including Department of State voter ID card)

Pennsylvania driver’s license or non-driver photo ID

U.S. passport

U.S. military ID (active duty,

veteran or military dependent ID)

Employee photo ID issued by the federal, Pennsylvania State or

Pennsylvania county or municipal government

Photo ID from an accredited

educational institution in Penn- sylvania

Photo ID issued by a Pennsylva-

nia care facility Those without one of these forms of ID will need to obtain either a PennDOT non-driver photo ID or a Department of State voter ID from a PennDOT Driver’s License Cen- ter. The requirements for ob- taining these IDs are as follows:

PennDOT non-driver photo ID:

Social Security card, two proofs of residency such as lease agree- ments, current utility bills, mort- gage documents, W-2 form or tax records and one of the following:

Certificate of U.S. citizenship

Certificate of naturalization

Birth certificate with a raised seal Department of State voter ID:

Applicants must swear that they

have no other ID that is valid for voting and supply their:

Name

Date of birth

Address

Social Security number

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THE TIMES LEADER

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2012

MLB

Yankees see lead evaporate in seventh

Bronx Bombers retain their AL East as the Orioles are blanked by the Blue Jays.

By JON KRAWCZYNSKI AP Baseball Writer

MINNEAPOLIS — Phil Hughes ran out of gas in the seventh inning and Boone Lo- gan couldn’t hold the lead for him as the New Yo rk Ya nkees missed a chance to go up 2 1 2 games on Baltimore in a 5-4 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night. Hughes (16-13) was strong through six in-

on Tuesday night. Hughes (16-13) was strong through six in- 5 TWINS 4 YANKEES nings and

5

TWINS

4

YANKEES

Hughes (16-13) was strong through six in- 5 TWINS 4 YANKEES nings and the Yankees jumped

nings

and the

Yankees jumped out to a 3-1 lead. But he left with the bases

loaded and

two

outs in

the

seventh,

and the lefty Logan let one

run score on a wild pitch be- fore giving up

a

two-run

double to De- nard Span

that put the

Twins in

front. Joe Mauer followed with his third single of the game to cap the four-run seventh, and the Twins held on to keep the Orioles, who lost to Toronto earlier on Tuesday, 1 1 2 games back of New York in the AL East. Nick Swisher homered for the third straight game, Russell Martin also went deep and An- druw Jones hit a pinch-hit solo shot off of closer Glen Perkins in the ninth inning fo r the Ya n- kees. But Perkins struck out Jayson Nix for his 15th save. Martin’s soaring shot in the seventh off of Casey Fien (2-1) in the seventh was his 19th of the season, which ties a career high, and gave New York a 3-1 lead. But Hughes ran into trouble in the bottom of the inning af- ter allowing just one run on four hits in the first six. With much better command of his fastball and changeup than he’s

See YANKEES, Page 4B

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE AP PHOTO Green Bay defenders fight for possession with Seattle wide receivers Charly

AP PHOTO

Green Bay defenders fight for possession with Seattle wide receivers Charly Martin (14) and Golden Tate, right, in the final seconds Monday in Seattle. Tate was ruled to have come down with the ball for a touchdown, and the Seahawks won 14-12.

Monday mayhem

Touchdown nets gamblers $300M

By RACHEL COHEN AP Sports Writer

NEW YORK — The NFL put its stamp of

That was still a day late for the Packers. The fiasco, which unfolded on the prominent stage of “Monday Night Football,” was decon- structed by the league Tuesday in a way that surely rendered little comfort for Cheeseheads. The NFL said Seattle’s last-second touchdown pass should not have counted because Seahawks receiver Golden Tate should have been called for

approval on the still-smoldering outcome of the offensive pass interference, ending the game

Green Bay-Seattle game:

Wrong call. Right review. Wrong team still wins. Seahawks 14, Packers 12. With frustration mounting among coaches, players and fans, the worst fear finally material- ized: a mistake by a replacement official would decide the outcome of a game.

It came while the NFL and its regular officials, touchdown and giving Seattle the locked out since June, were in resumed talks in

an attempt to resolve the impasse.

with Green Bay winning. Instead, officials ruled it a touchdown, and penalties either way are not reviewable. That left it to whether Tate and Green Bay safety M.D. Jennings both had possession of the ball. The officials said they did, but the Packers insisted Jennings had clear possession for a game-ending interception. The NFL agreed that the replay was inconclusive, upholding the

See MONDAY, Page 6B

PENN STATE FOOTBALL

Animosity must take a back seat

Winning, not ill feelings from Illinois’ recruitment of PSU players, is O’Brien’s focus.

recruitment of PSU players, is O’Brien’s focus. By DEREK LEVARSE dlevarse@timesleader.com At the start of
recruitment of PSU players, is O’Brien’s focus. By DEREK LEVARSE dlevarse@timesleader.com At the start of

By DEREK LEVARSE dlevarse@timesleader.com

At the start of August, Bill O’Brien was asked if he would recruit players from another school under NCAA sanctions. The question was barely out when the Penn State coach fired back his response. “Hell no.” That was in July. Now that the

Nittany Lions are days away first Big Te n ga me.”

from facing Illinois – one of the

programs that sent coaches to tion of O’Brien’s weekly press

Understandably, a good por-

“The motivation is it’s our

NEXT GAME

Penn State at Illinois TV: Noon Saturday, ESPN Where: Memorial Stadium, Cham- paign, Ill. Last Meeting: PSU defeated Illinois 10-7 on Oct. 29, 2011.

State College for the purpose of recruiting – the coach has to be a bit more diplomatic.

(questions). I do,” O’Brien said Tuesday. “But at the same time, the biggest thing is that this is our first Big Te n ga me. Our pla y- ers are very focused on the Big Te n schedule. … They ’re not concerned with anything other than playing a tough road game in Champaign against a good Il- linois team.

conference dealt with lingering emotions from July, when the NCAA declared that Penn State

“I certainly understand the players were free to transfer

without penalty, lifting the usu- al contact restrictions in the process. New Illinois coach Tim Beck- man sent the majority of his staff to Centre County, where those assistants set up shop off of cam- pus and contacted Penn State

See ANIMOSITY, Page 5B

Backfield could be back to full strength vs. Illinois

By DEREK LEVARSE dlevarse@timesleader.com PENN STATE

Four games. Four different starting tailbacks. Four differ- ent leading rushers. While the

depth is nice, Penn State would coach Bill O’Brien said. “So we

prefer the results to be better, ranking just 94th in the country in rushing at 124 yards per game. On Saturday, the Nittany Lions should get some help. Top backs Bill Belton and Derek Day are both expected to pla y in the Big Te n opener at

Illinois. Both had suited up last separated shoulder and sat out

week, but spent the afternoon against Te mple on the side line. “(Belton) practiced yesterday and looked decent,” Lions

NOTEBOOK

would anticipate him being ready to go for the game.” The sophomore tabbed to replace Silas Redd injured his left ankle in the second half of the opener against Ohio and missed the next three games. Day stepped in to start the next week at Virginia but suffered a

the last two weeks. Even third-stringer Curtis

See BACKFIELD, Page 5B

Tunkhannock forward Mar- ley Mason, who assisted on the Tigers’ first goal, jostles with Pittston Area midfielder Liz Mikitish, who scored for the Patriots, during the first half Tuesday.

who scored for the Patriots, during the first half Tuesday. FRED ADAMS/FOR THE TIMES LEADER HIGH

FRED ADAMS/FOR THE TIMES LEADER

HIGH SCHOOL FIELD HOCKEY

Tunkhannock strikes early, outlasts Pittston

The Tigers score twice in four minutes and Mary Sickler makes a season-high 13 saves.

By JOHN MEDEIROS jmedeiros@timesleader.com

HUGHESTOWN – Kailey Re- posa scored the first two goals of her high school career in the opening four minutes Tuesday, leading Tunkahannock to a 2-1 victory over Pittston Area in Wyoming Valley Conference field hockey. Reposa came off the left wing

and planted herself at the post, awaiting crossing passes as the ball was worked along the right side. Seconds into the game, Liz Franko rushed up the wing and

INSIDE: Playoff format changed, 3B

The Tigers’ second scoring

out on this field. It gave them a chance to get out their frustra- tions. I think they wanted a little bit of the normalcy playing gives

chance also changed the score- them.”

led Marley Mason, who sent a board, as Haylee Underwood

hard cross through the crease to Reposa.

stepped up big,” Tunkhannock coach Ashlie Lewis said of Repo- sa. “She was in the right position at the right time and did exactly what we expected her to do. And those were two really nice cross- es. That’s the type of field hockey we’re looking to play.”

started in from a long corner and rifled a centering pass through

waiting at the post and banged home the ball for a 2-0 lead. “We came in obviously drained,” said Pittston Area coach Caitlin Hadzimichalis of her team, which had two school- mates commit suicide in recent days. “But they wanted to step

Pittston Area turned the tide after that second goal, getting 11 of the next 14 shots and earning

“She’s a freshman and she the circle. Again Reposa was the first five penalty corners of

the tilt. Less than four minutes af- ter the Tigers took a 2-0 lead, the Patriots cut the lead in half. Dana Maurizi tapped a nifty pass over to Liz Mikitish, who got to the top of the circle and let a

See EARLY, Page 3B

Mikitish, who got to the top of the circle and let a See EARLY, Page 3B
Mikitish, who got to the top of the circle and let a See EARLY, Page 3B
Mikitish, who got to the top of the circle and let a See EARLY, Page 3B
Mikitish, who got to the top of the circle and let a See EARLY, Page 3B

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