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HEAT TA KE 3-1 SERIES LEAD IN FINALS LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Mario Chal-

mers led the Miami Heat

to a 104-98 win over the

Oklahoma City Thunder


Tuesday, putting Mia-


within one victory of

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Levee repairs to start in July

Despite damage from record high river, system can still do its job, Army Corps states.


County Flood Protection Au- said Tuesday.

Brozena told the authority

The 15-mile flood control he would like the work done

yesterday but must accept the

from holding back a record- Army Corps’ schedule. The high Susquehanna River in federal government will han-

dle and fund all repairs, which are estimated between $2 mil- lion and $3 million, he said. According to Brozena:

The work will be completed

system sustained damage

thority meeting.

September. The U.S. Army Corps of En- gineers concluded the system is strong enough to perform if the river rises before repairs are completed, authority exec-

during Tuesday’s Luzerne utive director Jim Brozena

The federal government will start repairing and reinforcing the Wyoming Valley Levee sys- tem next month, officials said

See LEVEE, Page 10A


Luzerne County has submitted buyout applications for 173 properties significantly dam- aged by September flooding, county Flood Protection Au- thority Executive Director Jim Brozena said Tuesday. The properties are in eight municipalities that accepted the county’s offer to handle the application process West Pittston, Shickshinny and Exe- ter, Jenkins, Plains, Conyng-




D onna Kish of Wilkes-Barre browses a flag vendor’s inventory at the inaugural day of the Mohegan Sun Arena’s Outdoor Su mmer Market place in Wi lkes-Barre Township on Tu esday. Th e Outdoor Su mmer Mar-

ketplace will be held every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Sept. 4. For a story, see Page 2A.

Families in Greece hurting, locals say

European economic turmoil taking its toll, area people of Greek heritage say.


WILKES-BARRE – Local peo-

ple of Greek heritage agree that some of that country’s economic woes are self-inflicted. But they say family members are suffering in a society in which unrest, un-

certainty and unemployment have drawn negative headlines for months. The Greek economy has been in freefall since 2009, resulting in unsustainable debt, ballooning

“People have less money than they used to have and they are unhappy. They fear that they won’t have enough money to provide for their families.”

Dr. Kirk Togias, M.D. Shavertown

unemployment and an image of chaos, which has hurt tourism, an important source of revenue. Other stories dispel the nega- tive images. The reports say Greeks are not lazy, as has been

depicted; that they possess a much as 30 percent.

strong work ethic and are willing to work longer hours than people

in other European countries. Clayton Karambelas of King- ston said too many Greeks work for the government. He said many have lost their jobs or have seen their salaries reduced by as

He said many spent beyond their means and now, with the re-

ductions in wages and jobs, the economy is suffering and people are frustrated. “Many people don’t want to work, yet they want to be able to afford nice things,” he said. “They are going to have to be hit hard in the head to realize that’s not the way it works.” Ted Tsioles, owner of Curry Donut shops in Kingston, said Greece is just going through a dif- ficult time and the country will re- bound. Tsioles said some of his family members have had their wages reduced by 35 to 40 per- cent. “They are working to solve their problems,” he said. “But

See GREECE, Page 10A

ham, Hunlock and Nescopeck townships. Plymouth Township, which handled its own applications, has submitted requests for more than 40 buyouts, said township Supervisor Gale Con- rad. The Federal Emergency Man- agement Agency, or FEMA, has started announcing buyouts as they are approved, including a $690,220 earmark for the buyout of five West Pittston properties last week.





BELLEFONTE — Jerry Sand-

usky’s wife testified Tuesday that she remembers most of the men who told a jury that her hus-

band sexually abused them, but she said he never had inap- propriate con- tact with them as boys. She also said that the base- ment where the boys would stay wasn’t sound- proof, a state- ment that con- tradicted one man’s testimo- ny that he

Dottie Sandusky

screamed dur- ing an assault but couldn’t be heard. Defense lawyers called the for- mer Penn State assistant football coach’s wife to the witness stand Tuesday after they went after two investigators, suggesting that po- lice shared details among accus- ers and planted the seeds of the alleged victims’ evolving ac- counts of abuse. The jury also heard from a psy- chologist who testified that Sand- usky has a personality disorder that might explain the “creepy” letters he sent to one of his accus- ers. The defense also offered more testimony touting Jerry Sandusky’s reputation as a family man and community stalwart. Sandusky is charged with 51 criminal counts related to 10 al-

is charged with 51 criminal counts related to 10 al- Jerry Sa ndusky See SANDUSKY, Page

Jerry Sandusky

with 51 criminal counts related to 10 al- Jerry Sa ndusky See SANDUSKY, Page 10A Building

See SANDUSKY, Page 10A

Building Bridges preparing to act

Group formed to curb youth violence to schedule meeting exclusively for area youth.


old Wilkes-B arre resident Tyler Winstead, is moving toward in- corporation as a 501(c)3 nonprof- it and is in the process of sched- uling an additional meeting ex- clusively for area youth. “We see it in the future being a quality-assurance tool to keep an


What: Building Bridges communi- ty meeting Where: Coughlin High School library When: Thursday, June 28, 7-9 p.m.

WILKES-BARRE – Four meet- eye on all the services that are support. “We see Building

Bridges as being eyes constantly keeping before the city portions of concern.” Turnout at Tuesday’s Building

ings in, the Building Bridges ini- tiative is moving from ideas to- ward action. The grassroots organizing ef- fort, founded in response to the

April shooting death of 14-year-

needed to have a thriving com- munity,” the Rev. Michael Brew- ster of Mt. Zion Baptist Church said, naming city administration, law enforcement and community organizations as services it can

See BRIDGES, Page 10A

organizations as services it can See BRIDGES, Page 10A BILL TARU TIS/FOR THE TIMES LEADER Attendees


Attendees listen to Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tom Leighton at the Building Bridges meeting at Meyers High School Tuesday night.





Arena summer market shows potential

Inaugural day of weekly event during summer months draws excited customers.


WILKES-BARRE TWP. – A new outdoor venue for local farmers to sell the fruits – and vegetables – of their labor and for a variety of other vendors as well opened on Tuesday to a modest but enthusiastic turn- out. The Mohegan Sun Arena opened an Outdoor Summer Marketplace in the VIP parking lot for the first time, boasting 27 vendors offering such items as specialty nuts, pizza, piero- gies, ice cream, gyros, jewelry, collectibles … and the list went on. Suzanne Modrovsky, of

collectibles … and the list went on. Suzanne Modrovsky, of PETE G. WIL COX/THE TIMES LEADER



called Tuesday’s offerings “a good start” to the weekly event, with vendors charging “typical flea market prices you’d find at any farmers market or flea mar- ket.” He said he’d return “if they get more vendors.” Francisco Tutella, of Wilkes- Barre, said he enjoyed “walking

Plains To wnship. “I think it’s around to see what the locals

Ridge Health Care Center in

What: Mohegan Sun Arena Out- door Summer Marketplace Where: 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sept. 4.

are offering.” He expected a larger crowd and more ven- dors, but he’s “hoping it grows and more people participate.” David Levi, who operates The Brisket King food trailer,

fantastic,” she said of the loca- tion, and the food choices im- pressed her too. “Weekly fried Twinkies? Hel- lo?” Modrovsky said, holding one of the sweet treats in a nap-

kin and adding that picnic ta- didn’t expect the venue to be

packed on the first day. “Every- thing takes time to build,” he

bles would be a welcome addi- tion.

Steve Dunn of Dunn’s Farm in New Ringgold sells produce at Mohegan Sun Arena’s inaugural Summer Marketplace Tuesday.

worker Bridget Bardo said “it wouldn’t hurt” to have more vendors, especially local farm- ers, and she’d like to see musi-

Market on Public Square in nient. But the arena is much cal entertainment in the future.

Bob Fannon, of Wilkes-Barre,

Wilkes-Barre often because closer to her job at Timber

traveling there from work on her lunch break is inconve-

Mountain To p, sa id she doesn’t get to the popular Farmers

Equally impressed, her co- said.

Mary Mooney, who works with him, said she’d like to see more promotion of the event. “It’s going to grow. I think it

See MARKET, Page 10A

Harveys Lake seeking to move police


HARVEYS LAKE – Council autho- rized the solicitation of bids for the re- location of the police department in a 3-2 vote at a meeting Tuesday. Council members Larry Radel, Fran Kopko and Boyd Barber voted in favor of advertising bids, while Mi- chell’e Boice and Amy Williams voted against the measure. Two council members, Thomas Kehler and Ed Kelly, were absent. The vote came after several resi- dents questioned the process through which council acquired local share ac- count or gaming grant funds for the project. Boice also made a motion to “slow down” the process of relocating the police department until “further ef- fort and study” could be completed towards the feasibility of the move. The borough received a $78,000 grant in March to relocate the police department currently housed on state Route 415 to a vacant recreation center beside the Harveys Lake Little League fields on Little League Road. Boice said council had provided residents with misinformation on the grant application process and how the money can be used at an April public hearing on the matter, to which Radel responded Boice was “out of order.” Resident Ed Williams, who said he was representing the Marina Point Homeowners Association, told coun- cil he felt the public was not adequate-

ly solicited for input on this project. Resident Rob Weaver suggested

council look into renovating the exist- ing police station, which once was a bait-and-tackle store owned by Grotto owner Joe Pagliante. Weaver said he took a tour of the fa- cility, and while he agreed there were plumbing issues that needed to be re- solved, but disagreed the department should be moved altogether. Radel said council could rewrite the grant to conduct renovations on the existing department, but there would be no guarantee that funding could be secured for that project as it would need to be reviewed again. The grant application has been changed since its approval. Council eliminated moving the borough sec- retary and zoning officer to the cur- rent police department because Ra- del said the grant writers wanted to keep costs at a minimum to ensure the grant application would be ap- proved. He said that aspect of the project would cost more because of the nec- essary renovations needed in the ex- isting police department. In another matter, council entered into a contract with the state Depart- ment of Environmental Protection for

a grant relating to storm water con- trol with a maximum amount of

$366,100. Radel said this is related to

a grant received to remove phospho-

rus and other materials from the lake.




E dith Hungar ter of Wilkes-Barre bought some gold fish during the first day of the Northeast Fair in Pittston

Township on Tuesday. Th e fa ir, on Su scon Road, off Route 315, features agriculture, hor ticulture, home ar ts

and gardening in more than 1,500 competitions. The event also offers festival foods, amusement rides and enter- tainment, including concerts and demolition derbies. The fair runs from 5 to 11 p.m. through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 1 to 11:15 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 10:30 p.m. Sunday.

Paper: Probe finds LCB officials took gifts

Three top Pennsylvania officials named in report, Philadelphia Inquirer says.

March. A spokesman for the of- fice told the newspaper the matter had also been referred

to the state Ethics Commis- relatives.

that Conti lobbied a vendor and pressed others inside and outside the agency for jobs for

Conti, Stapleton, and Short

The report names board declined to be interviewed

The Associated Press

chief executive officer Joe through liquor board spokes-

woman Stacey Witalec, who said the board had “never been presented with the report or

sylvania Liquor Control board ed gifts and favors, such as notified of any formal investi-

accepted gifts and favors from vendors and other businesses, a newspaper reported Tues- day.

John Contino, executive di-

ment at Aronimink and sent rector of the Ethics Commis-

sion, said his agency neither confirms nor denies the exist-

the governor’s office in late said the report also suggests ence of any investigation.

two employees to serve as the official’s caddies. The paper

said it obtained a confidential report that the state Inspector General’s Office submitted to

“We will be prepared to dis- cuss any details when formally

wine and tickets to sporting gation,” the Inquirer reported.

events and golf tournaments. It alleges that one vendor

HARRISBURG — State in- spectors have concluded that three top officials at the Penn-

Conti, member Patrick Staple- ton III and marketing director James Short as having accept-


got Stapleton a round of golf notified,” Witalec said.

The Philadelphia Inquirer with a pro during a tourna-


WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Hazle- ton, will hold a telephone town hall meeting to dis- cuss issues important to senior citizens in the 11th congressional district be- tween 10:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. today, the congress- man’s office announced in a news release. Anyone who is interested in participating in the call can by dialing (877) 229- 8493, then enter the code 19175, the office said. This is the third tele- phone town hall meeting Barletta will have held since he took office in Janu- ary 2011.


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Bath salts ban nears

U.S. Senate and House leaders negotiating a compromise Food and

Drug Administration reauthorization bill have agreed to include language to place a national ban on synthetic drugs like bath salts and synthetic marijuana, according to U.S. Sen. Bob Casey ’sSenate and House leaders negotiating a compromise Food and Casey The agreement would control 26 synthetic


The agreement would control 26 synthetic substances under the Controlled Substances Act and double the length of time the DEA can temporarily ban substances to allow a permanent ban to take effect. “For Pennsylvania communities that have faced violence and crimes as a result of synthetic drugs like bath salts, this agreement is very welcome news,” said Casey, D-Scranton. “I pushed legislation to get these sub- stances off our streets and prevent the horrible acts of violence synthetic drugs induce, so it is a relief that a ban appears to finally be close to becoming law.” Casey helped to secure a ban as part of the Senate FDA reauthorization bill, but the House-passed version of the FDA bill did not include the anti-drug provision.



Reading effort launched

To kick off the Luzerne County Library System’s summer reading program, Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center at King ’s College, will host “Life in Space,” a traveling Franklin Institute science production being held Thursday at 10:30 a.m. The program is to complement the county libraries’ summer reading theme, “Dream Big-Read.” The theme revolves around all nocturnal subjects such as dreams, stars and planets, spooky stories and more. “It’s a great way to encourage chil- dren to keep reading throughout the summer,” said Elaine Rash, coor- dinator of youth services at the Oster- hout. “Life in Space” will discuss the force of gravity and use Newton’s third law of motion to launch a rocket proto- type. Once in space, demonstrators will explain freefall and microgravity. The instructor will also enlist one child to try on “The World’s Cheapest Space Suit,” after discussing the func- tions of the space suit. This event is free, and Rash said she expects about 300 children since it entails all of the county ’s libraries. “Life in Space” will hold a second showing at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Hazleton Area Public Library.


Flack named as chair, MC

Janet E. Flack will serve as chairwo- man and master of ceremonies for the 134th annual observ-

man and master of ceremonies for the 134th annual observ- Flack ance commemo- rating the Battle


ance commemo- rating the Battle of Wyoming at 10 a.m. July 4 at the Wyom- ing Monument National Historic Site, Wyoming Avenue.

The ceremony on the grounds of the monument, a tradi- tion started in 1878 when the 100th anniversary of the Revolutionary War battle and massacre was celebrated. In July 1878, then U.S. President Ruther- ford B. Hayes was the keynote speaker for the event. Flack is a graduate of Wyoming Seminary and Endicott College, Be- verly, Mass. She studied fine art at the State University of New York, Albany, and graduated from Harrington Col- lege of Design in Chicago. Featured speaker will be William Lewis, commissioner of the Penn- sylvania Historical and Museum Com- mission.


Autism fundraiser set

The Autism Coalition of Luzerne County will hold its first fundraiser for the 2013 ACLC Walk at Bob Evans restaurant on Schechter Drive on Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Bob Evans will donate 15 percent of sales – when flyer is presented – to the 2013 ACLC Walk. To download a flyer, visit

Work under way on more W-B roads

$2.2 million K-Route paving project includes paving a number of city streets.


to, out of and around the city is backing up even more. It’s June and prime construc- tion season and a number of road projects are under way. The $2.2 million K-Route paving project

way. Wilkes-Barre Boulevard is be-

includes paving a number of city streets, in addition to traffic sig-

nalization, pavement markings ing repaved between Conyng-

and handicap accessibility up- ham Avenue and the Cross Valley

on-ramps. The work is expected to be completed by this evening,

lin,thecity’sadministrativecoor- weather permitting. When com-

dinator, the Pennsylvania De- plete, the boulevard will have

WILKES-BARRE – Traffic in- partment of Transportation will been repaved -- in conjunction

with the $12 million Coal Street Realignment Project -- from Mar-

ket to Scott streets and Conyng-


grades. According to Drew McLaugh-

administer and finance 80 per- cent of the project. Delays can be expected through tonight on Wilkes-Barre Boulevard in both directions near the Cross Valley Express-


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Workers pave Wilkes-Barre Blvd. near the ramp to enter the Cross Valley Expressway Tuesday afternoon.




Former Dallas Middle School special-education teacher David Shuga leaves a district judge’s cour t after his arraignment Tuesday afternoon in Kingston Township.

Charges are filed

Ex-Dallas teacher allegedly took students’ photos


K INGSTON TWP. – A former

legedly admitted he took pictures of “intimate parts” of female stu-

of intimate parts of the bodies of

Dallas Middle School spe- Judge James Tupper, who re- several female students, including

when he was arraigned by District

bail. Shuga and Nocito declined com-

Authorities allege a student

cial-education teacher al- leased him on $5,000 unsecured their buttocks and groin areas,

without the students’ knowledge or consent. Shuga submitted his resigna- tion the same day Superintendent

nue, Kingston Township, surren- took a picture of Shuga using a Frank Galicki said administrators

dered Tuesday on a charge of in- cellphone to photograph female became aware of the allegations.

vasion of privacy that was filed af- ter an investigation by Dallas Township police and Luzerne County detectives. He was accom-

panied by attorney Frank Nocito school teacher, took photographs

Dallas School Board members accepted Shuga’s resignation on June 11.

students. District Attorney Stefanie Sala- vantis said in a news release that Shuga, in his capacity as a middle

dents, according to charges filed. ment after the arraignment.

David Sh uga, 49, of Te rrace Ave-

See SHUGA, Page 8A

Third code is adopted

Administrative code is the final one required by the county home rule charter.


Luzerne County Council adopted an administrative code Tuesday, the final of three codes required by the home rule char- ter. The administrative code was lengthier than the previously ap- proved ethics and personnel codes because it’s a master plan of powers and procedures under the new government structure. Before the vote, county Con- troller Walter Griffith asked

council to reconsider its decision to edit out his involvement

in reviewing payment re- quests. Griffith said other home rule counties al- low the con- troller to re- view bills pri-

or to pay- ment. Council should require the man- ager to provide more detail about outgoing payments if the con- troller isn’t involved, he said. “I think council should enact some review process. I think council should be keenly aware what the manager is spending money on,” Griffith said. The code adopted by council requires the budget and financial services division to scrutinize ex- penditures before payment is re- leased. Councilman Eugene Kelleher asked county Manager Robert Lawton to respond to Griffith’s concerns. Lawton said he will continue providing the controller with all information he seeks but he be- lieves budget and financial ser- vices will properly examine all


Luzerne County Council will hold a public work ses- sion at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the county’s Emergen- cy Management Agency building, Water Street, Wilkes-Barre.

See COUNCIL, Page 10A

DA’s office cites many continuances sought by Selenski, defense team


WILKES-BARRE – Assist- ant District Attorney Jarrett Ferentino said Tuesday the question he is often asked is, “Why hasn’t Hugo Selenski gone to trial yet?” The answer, he said Tues- day at the second day of a mo- tions hearing on requests made by Selenski’s attorney, is simple:

on requests made by Selenski’s attorney, is simple: “The de- fense has (re- peatedly) asked for

“The de- fense has (re- peatedly) asked for de-

lays,” Feren- 37. Investigators allege Se-

death penalty if convicted in the killing of Ta mmy Fa ssett and Michael Kerkowski, both

Selenski, 38, faces the court papers supporting at-


dates between 2007 and 2012 when defense attorneys or Se- lenski himself requested a continuance in the trial. Selenski waived his right to

lenski killed Fassett and Ker- kowski on May 3, 2002. Selenski’s trial is set to be- gin on Sept. 10. Judge Fred Pierantoni, af-

ter hearing two days of argu- a speedy trial, also known as a

Rule 600 waiver, Ferentino

quests, said he will accept said.

ments regarding dozens of re-

“The defense has used a maze of delay tactics,” Feren-

torneys’ arguments and make

a ruling sometime after 21 tino added.

Prosecutors also subpoe-

Ferentino cited a dozen naed three current county

judges and one former judge, all of whom presided over Se- lenski’s case at one time. Pierantoni said he spoke with an attorney from the Ad- ministrative Office of Penn-

tino said in response to a request by


Selenski’s at- torneys to have charges dis- missed because the defend- ant wasn’t brought to trial un-

der a speedy trial law.





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nue toward North Washington Street. “This project allows the city to improve the quality of our road- ways without burdening the gen- eral fund,” said Mayor Tom Leighton. “These are streets that typically do not qualify for other sources of funding for paving and other infrastructure work. When complete, Wilkes-Barre Boule- vard, a main thoroughfare, will

309 and Coal Street this evening and continue into Thursday. He said 86 handicapped acces- sibility upgrades have already

• South Main Street,


man Street to Wilkes-Barre Bou- levard

Main Street, Black- man Street to Wilkes-Barre Bou- levard CLARK VA N ORDEN/THE TIMES LEADER Road


Road work at the intersection of Wilkes-Barre Blvd. and Conying- ham Ave. in Wilkes-Barre. Clark Van Orden/photo

• Northampton Street, Park

lin said all work is scheduled for completion by August of this year. “We have other infrastructure projects planned and more street

tery to the city to five lanes. Other projects have caused drivers delays:

• The Veterans Memorial

have been significantly improved Avenue to Wilkes-Barre Boule- Bridge – also called the Pierce

in the sections of roadway that vard

• South Franklin Street, South Street to West Marke t Street Popple Construction was

• The detour around the Ster-

Sherman Street between Route awarded the contract. McLaugh- ling Hotel on North River and

We st Marke t streets re mains, with no end in sight.

• River Street will undergo a

traffic-calming project aimed at

been completed on the project. paving,” McLaughlin said. “The slowing the traffic on the river-

Remaining streets scheduled to Coal Street Road Project will be side roadway to improve safety

and access to the River Common Park. • A bridge and road recon- struction project is ongoing along North River Street in Plains Township, between the Cross Val- ley and the city.

• North Main Street, Public Square to North Street

be paved under the K-Route pro- gram include:

The Coal Street renovation/ex- pansion has widened the main ar-

completed this year; it’s more than 50 percent complete.”

Street Bridge -- has been reduced to one lane each way while the deck is replaced.

needed it the most.” McLaughlin said milling and paving work will begin on North

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Myanmar refugees being sent back

Rohingya Muslim from Myanmar Mo- hammad Rafique, left, and his wife, Amina Akhtar, rest at a Bangladeshi coast guard base Tuesday at Shah- porir Dwip in Taknaf, Bangladesh, as they wait to be sent back to Myanmar. Amina Akhtar gave birth at St. Mar- tin’s island in Bangladesh after they fle ethnic violence between Buddhists and minority Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar a few days ago.


Liquor deal off for now

E fforts in the state House of Repre- sentatives to privatize the sale of

wine and spirits in Pennsylvania have been called off for the summer, with the proposal’s main sponsor saying Tuesday that he plans to try again this fall with help from the governor. House Majority Leader Mike Turzai, R-Bradford Woods, said after a closed- door budget meeting Tuesday that supporters "have more work to do" before a proposal will again see debate. Gov. Tom Corbett said his adminis- tration “will be working very closely” with House lawmakers over the sum- mer regarding privatization.


NATO base is stormed

Violence spiked in southern Afghan- istan as militants stormed a NATO military base and attacked a police checkpoint Tuesday, a day after gun- men wearing police uniforms killed a U.S. soldier. Insurgents attacked a NATO base before dawn Tuesday in Kandahar ’s Shah Wali Kot district , the U.S.-led coalition said. Fewer than 10 U.S. troops were

wounded and officials believe coalition forces were able to kill seven or eight insurgents, said Navy Capt. John Kirby,

a Pentagon spokesman.


Holder fights contempt

Attorney General Eric Holder wants

a House panel to drop plans to try to

hold him in contempt of Congress, and the panel’s chairman wants more Jus- tice Department documents regarding Operation Fast and Furious, a flawed gun-smuggling probe in Arizona. Holder and Rep. Darrell Issa, a Cali- fornia Republican, scheduled a private face-to-face meeting in the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday in an effort to resolve their dispute over the investigation of Fast and Furious by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that Issa chairs. The committee was scheduled to vote today on a contempt citation against the attorney general for failing to turn over subpoenaed docu- ments.


Cited for ‘crippled’ quip

A man who says he was charged with disorderly conduct after using the word “crippled” to promote a comedian with muscular dystrophy claims Cincinnati police violated his free speech rights, and the comedian agrees. Forest Thomer, of Cold Spring, Ky., is to appear in a Cincinnati courtroom on the charge today. He was cited by Cincinnati police last month at a park after he and comedian Ally Bruener say he asked people if they wanted to “laugh at the crippled girl.” The question was not intended to demean his friend Bruener, but to promote her next comedy show and her website, the two said Monday. Bruener, who is in a wheelchair because of the degenerative muscle disorder, said she would approach people after Thomer asked them the question, tell a joke and talk about her next performance. Thomer also would record some of the public’s responses for use on Bruener’s website, showing people saying: “I laughed at the crip- pled girl.”

Mubarak is on life support

Meanwhile, political fight over who will succeed him threatens to plunge Egypt into chaos.


CAIRO — Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak was being kept alive by life support after the 84-year-old ousted leader suffered a stroke in prison Tuesday, officials said, deepening the country ’s uncertainty just as a potentially explosive fight opened over who will succeed him, with both candidates claiming to have won last weekend’s presidential election.

claiming to have won last weekend’s presidential election. The Muslim Broth- erhood, emboldened by its claims

The Muslim Broth- erhood, emboldened by its claims that its candidate won the

election, sent tens of hood’s claim of Morsi’s victory. Hun- tial treatment.

tion could further stoke the heat. The campaign of Mubarak’s former prime minister, Ahmed Shafiq, said Tuesday he won the election, denying the Brother-

dreds of his supporters took to the streets in Cairo in celebration.

The election commission is to an-

nounce the official final results on Thurs- day and no matter who it names as victor, his rival is likely to reject the result as a fraud. If Shafiq is declared winner in par- ticular, it could spark an explosive back- lash from the Brotherhood, which has said Shafiq could only win by fraud. The sudden health crisis of Mubarak, who is serving a life prison sentence, briefly overshadowed the political stand-

Moving Mubarak out of prison is likely to further infuriate many in the public. Many Egyptians have been skeptical of earlier reports that his health was wors- ening since he was put in prison on June 2, believing the reports were just a pre-

text to move him to another facility. There is a widespread suspicion that se- curity and military officials sympathetic to their old boss are giving him preferen-

Details of the crisis were still sketchy. Earlier the state news agency MENA and officials said that while at the Torah Pris- on hospital he suffered a “fast deteriora- tion of his health.” His heart stopped beating until he was revived by defibrilla- tion, then he suffered a stroke. At that point, he was moved from the prison hospital to Maadi military hospi- tal — notably the same one where his predecessor Anwar Sadat was declared dead more than 30 years ago after being gunned down by Islamic militants. When Mubarak arrived at the hospital, he was “clinically dead,” MENA report- ed. It said doctors repeatedly defibrillat- ed him with no initial response. But later, a security official said Mubarak was on life support. The official had no further details.

thousands of its sup- porters into the street. It was an escalation of


its confrontation against the ruling generals over their grab this week of sweeping powers that give them dominance over the next pres- ident. About 50,000 protesters, mostly Isla- mists, protested in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Tuesday evening chanting slogans in support of the Brotherhood’s candidate Mohammed Morsi and denouncing the

The developments, which saw Muba- generals. “We, the people, gave them off.

rak moved out of prison to a military hos- pital, add further layers to what is threat- ening to become a new chapter of unrest and political power struggles in Egypt, 16 months after Mubarak was ousted by a popular uprising demanding democracy.

(the military) legitimacy and we now are taking back,” said Saber Ibrahim, a 36- year-old school teacher who came from his native Beni Suef south of Cairo to par- ticipate in the rally. The conflicting claims over the elec-


DRONES IN THE UNITED STATES AP FILE PHOTO This September 2011 photo, provided by Vanguard Defense


This September 2011 photo, provided by Vanguard Defense Industries, shows a ShadowHawk drone with Montgomer y Co unty, Texa s, SWAT team members.

Big brother fears

Surveillance society development a concern

By JOAN LOWY Associated Press

nade launcher and a 12-gauge shot- gun. Randy McDaniel, chief deputy with the Montgomery County Sher- iff ’s Office, told The Associated Press earlier this year his office had no plans to arm the drone, but he left open the possibility the agency might decide to adapt the drone to fire tear gas canisters and rubber bullets. Earlier this year, Congress, under pressure from the Defense Depart- ment and drone manufacturers, or- dered the FAA to give drones grea- ter access to civilian airspace by 2015. Besides the military, the man- date applies to drones operated by private companies or individuals

ing an alarm with the American and civilian government agencies,


including federal, state and local

ping at Walmart to talk about their concerns. “There is a distrust amongst the people who have come and dis- cussed this issue with me about our government,” Landry said. “It’s rais-

W ASHINGTON — Thousands of drones patrolling U.S.

skies? • Predictions that multitudes of unmanned air-

craft could be flying here within a decade are raising

the specter of a “surveillance society” in which no home or back- yard would be off limits to prying eyes overhead. Law enforce- ment, oil companies, farmers, real estate agents and many oth- ers have seen the technology that was pioneered on battlefields, and they are eager to put it to use.

It’s not just talk: The government is in the early stages of devising rules for the unmanned aircraft. So far, civilian use of drones is fairly limited. The Federal Aviation Administration had issued fewer than 300 permits for drones by the end of last year. Public worries about drones be- gan mostly on the political margins, but there are signs that they’re go- ing mainstream.

Fear that some drones may be law enforcement.

armed, for example, has been fueled

in part by a county sheriff ’s office in

Te xas that used a homeland securi-

The military, which is bringing home unmanned aircraft from Af-

ghanistan, wants room to test and

Jeff Landry, a freshman Republi- ty grant to buy a $300,000, 50- use them.

can congressman from Louisiana’s coastal bayou country, says constit- uents have stopped him while shop-

pound ShadowHawk helicopter drone for its SWAT team. The drone can be equipped with a 40mm gre-

But the potential civilian market for drones may far eclipse military demand.

Dad won’t be charged for killing attacker

A Lavaca County grand jury on Tues-

day declined to indict the 23-year-old fa- ther in the death of Jesus Mora Flores, 47, who was killed June 9 on a family ranch so remote that the father is heard profanely screaming at a dispatcher who couldn’t locate the property. “Come on! This guy is going to die on me!” the father yells in the 911 tape. “I don’t know what to do.” The Associated Press is not identify-

Tuesday, as they released a dramatic 911 ing the father in order to protect the

daughter’s identity. The AP does not identify victims of sexual assault.

tape of the dad frantically pleading to send help before the man died.

SHI NER , Te xas — A yo ung Te xas fa- ther who beat to death with his fists a man molesting his 5-year-old daughter will not be charged, authorities said

The Associated Press

Texas father discovered a man molesting his 5-year-old daughter and beat him to death.

The attack happened on the family ’s ranch off a quiet, two-lane county road between the farming towns of Shiner and Yoakum. Authorities say a witness saw Flores “forcibly carrying” the girl in- to a secluded area and then scrambled to find the father. Running toward his daughter’s screams, investigators said, the father pulled Flores off his child and “inflicted several blows to the man’s head and neck area.” Emergency crews found Flores’ pants and underwear pulled down on his life- less body by the time they responded.

Congress fiscal war is nearing

Unprecedented number of vital monetary decisions likely to be on table after fall election.

By ALAN FRAM Associated Press

WASHINGTON — A budget showdown for the ages could be- gin after this year ’s election and stretch well into 2013 — despite the threat that an impending half- trillion-dollar avalanche of tax in- creases and spending cuts might rekindle a national recession. The reason: an unprecedented collision of high-stakes fiscal deci- sions, coming at a time of intense partisanship, a teetering econo- my, record federal deficits and, possibly, a new president. Campaigning for the White House and Congress will make substantive action all but impossi- ble before the elections. And agreement may be nearly as tough during a post-election, lame duck session in November and Decem- ber, barring a European financial meltdown or Middle East oil sup- ply crisis that demands an imme- diate response by lawmakers. “I don’t know how a Congress that can’t agree on anything in two years is all of a sudden going to come together with the adminis- tration in the last 45 days of the year to solve the problem,” said Rep. Steven LaTourette, R-Ohio. No one can confidently predict the outcome of the battle over what many are calling the “fiscal cliff.” Much depends on whether President Barack Obama defeats Republican challenger Mitt Rom- ney in November and which party controls Congress. If Romney wins, Republicans will want to delay decisions until he takes office in January. In that case, a lame duck session would focus on postponing the spending cuts and extending current tax rates for six months to a year. If Obama is re-elected, the fight could easily stretch into 2013 due to the complex issues and the par- ties’ deep differences. When political and economic stakes reach these levels, the solu- tion almost always comes from party leaders and the White House. Many in Washington ex- pect that to be true this time as well. Even so, bipartisan groups of senators are seeking middle ground, meeting in a Washington town house, a restaurant and dis- creet Capitol hideaways. A com- mon starting point has been a debt-reduction plan by a 2010 commission headed by Democrat Erskine Bowles and Republican Alan Simpson. On Tuesday, a pair of respected budget veterans – Republican Pete Domenici and Democrat Al- ice Rivlin -- became the latest ex- perts to prod lawmakers to drop their ideological differences and act.





DORIS BANIS, of Kingston, passed away surrounded by her loving family on Monday, June 18, 2012, at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center. Arrangements are pending and entrusted to Kniffen O’Malley Funeral Home Inc., 465 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre.

JOANN PIDICH, 74, of Avoca,

passed away on Tuesday, June 19,

2012 at home.

Friends and relatives are asked to call the Luzerne County Coroner’s Office at 570-825-1664.

JEANNE P. MICHALEK (nee Chuya), of East Northport, Long Island, N.Y., and formerly of Wilkes-Barre died on Monday, June 18, 2012. She was the beloved

wife of the late Frank S. Michalek; loving mother of Frank, Te d and Eugene Michalek; cherished grandmother of seven grandchil- dren; and five great-grandchildren. Visiting hours will be from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Brueggemann Funeral Home,

522 Larkfield Road, East North-

port. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in Our Lady Queen of Mary Roman Catholic Church, Centerport, L. I. Interment will be in the National Cemetery, Far-

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JULE ANN SZCZUCKI, 81, of Thomas Street, Edwardsville, died Monday morning, June 18, 2012, at her home. Funeral arrangements are pending from the Andrew Strish Funeral Home, 11 Wilson St., Larksville.

Elizabeth Emma Calkins

June 17, 2012

E lizabeth Emma Calkins, 72, of Plymouth, passed away peace-

fully surrounded by her loving family, Sunday, June 17, 2012. Born May 16, 1940, in Wilkes- Barre, she was a daughter of Alvey Wesley and Matilda Elizabeth Su - san (Krebs) Calkins. Elizabeth worked as a seam- stress for many years at Mary McIntosh and Fit Rite Headwear, of Wilkes-Barre. Family was the most important part of Elizabeth’s life as she cher- ished her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her greatest moments were the times she spent laughing with them. She will be forever remembered as a strong, devoted mother and grand- mother. Her will was her way. She held her faith as a member of the Valley View Union Chapel Church and prior to St. Nick’s of Wilkes-Barre. In addition to her parents, Alvey Wesley Jr. and Matilda Elizabeth Susan Calkins, Elizabeth was pre- ceded in death by her infant son, William; her brother, Alvey We s- ley, and her best friend, Aunt Mar- garet (Peggy) Krebs. Elizabeth is survived by her hus- band of 45 years, Eugene James Weaver Jr.; her sons Carl Thomas and Karrie Zielinski of West Pitt- ston, Thomas Joseph Zielinski of Wi lkes-B arre, Alvey We sley Zielin- ski and Cheryl of Hanover Town- ship; daughters, Matilda (Tilda) Zielinski, Elizabeth (Becky) Vaughn Zielinski , both of Wilkes- Barre; sisters, Theonora (Nornie) and Willard Rollins, Joanne Marie and Thomas Hewitt, Catherine Ann Harrison; her grandchildren, Samantha Nicole (Zielinski) and Robert Shinko of Landsdale, Pa.; Stephanie Nicole Zielinski and Brandon, Madison, Easton and Emerson Jones of Arkansas; Sarah Nicole Zielinski and Kevin King of Forty Fort; Carl (Louie) Thomas Zielinski Jr. and Kyre Isiah Louis Zielinski, both at home; Shawn Rogers, Plymouth; Nicole Lee Zie- linski, Nina Nicole Zielinski, Crys- tal Lee Dawson, Felicia Lynn Daw- son, Alanda Dawson, Ella Zim, Charlie, Danielle, and Christopher Zielinski; many nieces, nephews and great-grandchildren. A funeral service will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. from Williams- Hagen Funeral Home Inc., 114 W. Main St., Plymouth, with the Rev. Ronald Cease officiating. Friends may call Thursday from 4 p.m. un- til time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorial do- nations can be made to the Valley View Union Chapel.


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Joseph A. Alfano

June 19, 2012

J oseph A. Alfano, 90, of Wyoming, passed away on Tuesday, June 19,

2012, at the St. Luke’s Villa, Wilkes- Barre.

Born in Wyoming, he was a son of the late Agostino and Paulina Man- tione Alfano. He was a member of St. Barbara Parish at St. Anthony of Padua Church and its Holy Name Society, serving as an usher for many years. Mr. Alfano was a 1939 graduate of Wyoming High School and as a young man had worked in the local coal mines. He was a budget analyst at the Tobyhanna Army Depot for

over 20 years, prior to his retire- Salvatore and his wife, Rose Alfano,

Wyoming; sister, Carmella Alfano, Va.; numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 9 a.m. from the Gubbiot- ti Funeral Home, 1030 Wyoming Ave., Exeter, with a Mass of Chris- tian Burial at 9:30 a.m. at St. Barba- ra Parish in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Memorial Street, Exeter. The Rev. Paul McDonnell, O.S. J., will be celebrant. Interment will be in St. John the Slovak Cemetery, Schooley Street, Exeter. Relatives and friends may call on Friday from 5 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home. To send the family an expression of

are his brothers, Charles, and his sympathy or an online condolence, wife, Sarah Alfano, Philadelphia, please visit

ment in 1984. For many years, he enjoyed his vegetable garden, growing toma- toes and sharing them with his fam- ily and friends. In the past few years, he enjoyed socializing at the King- ston Senior Citizens Center. He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Mary DeAngelo Al- fano, in 2008; and a brother, Angelo Alfano. Surviving are his son, Dr. Gus Al- fano and his wife, Barbara, Wyom- ing, and their children, Stephen, Ja- son and Matthew. Also surviving

their children, Stephen, Ja- son and Matthew. Also surviving Charles A. Rothenbecker June 18, 2012 C

Charles A. Rothenbecker

June 18, 2012

C harles A. Rothenbecker (Bud), of Silver Spring, Md., passed

away on Monday, June 18, 2012. Charles was the beloved husband of Judy Rothenbecker and the for- mer husband of the late Ann Roth- enbecker. He is the father of Charles A. Rothenbecker Jr., Ruth Anne Ken- ny, Sandra Snellings; step-father of David and Daniel Fielding; brother of Francis, Jack and Leo Rothen- becker. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grand- children. Relatives and friends may call at Collins Funeral Home, 500 Uni- ve rs ity Bo uleva rd We st , Si lver Spring, Md., (valet parking is avail- able) Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St.

7 to 9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Peter’s Church,

Peter’s Church, 2900 Olney Sandy Spring Rd., Olney, Md., Saturday at 11 a.m. Interment will be held in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Messag- es of condolence maybe left at

Robert Casterline Jr.

June 18, 2012

R obert “Catfish” Casterline Jr., of Wilkes-Barre Township, passed

away on Monday, June 18, 2012, at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township. Born January 2, 1937, in Laurel Run, he was a son of the late Robert and Ruth Ashford Casterline Sr. Robert worked for Central Slip- per, Valley Crest Nursing Home, Texaco Gas, and wa s a bartender at the American Legion Post 815, Wilkes-Barre Township. He enjoyed spending time with all his friends, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and most of all the love of his life, his wife, Peggy, with whom he shared 56 years of mar- riage. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first grand- daughter, Ta mmy Lynn Andrzejew- ski. Surviving is his wife, Margaret (Peggy) Casterline; children, Don- na Casterline, Robert and Theresa Casterline III, Mark and Joann Cast- erline; grandchildren, Raymond and Renee Andrzejewski, Michael and Sherri Andrzejewski, Jeffrey Andrzejewski, Dena Casterline, Crystal Casterline, Ta nya Caster-

Dena Casterline, Crystal Casterline, Ta nya Caster- line, Robert Casterline IV, Jeremy Casterline, Corey

line, Robert Casterline IV, Jeremy Casterline, Corey Casterline, My- kenzie Casterline, Brandon Caster- line; great-grandchildren, Raymond John Andrzejewski, Jeren Taylor Andrzejewski, Sydney Renee Andr- zejewski, Michael Jr. and Mikayla Andrzejewski, Gabby Casterline; sisters, Eleanor and Francis Vesely, Shirley and Gene Cardoni, Kathy and Louis Oeller. He also leaves be- hind his faithful companion, Candy. Family and friends may offer condolences Wednesday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Jendrzejew- ski Funeral Home, 21 N. Meade St., Wilkes-Barre.

Dr. Joseph Elechko Jr.

June 18, 2012

D r. Joseph Elechko Jr.,

63, of Manches- ter, N.H., died Monday, June 18, 2012, at the Hillsborough County Nursing Home after a

lengthy illness. He was born on December 16, 1948, in Scranton, and was a son of Joseph Elechko Sr. and Stella Kend- zior. He graduated from Scranton Central High School, class of 1966. He earned both his bachelor’s and MBA degrees from Wilkes College. After graduation, he attended Te m- ple University School of Pharmacy and later attended the University of New England School of Osteopathy from 1989 to 1993. He served in the U.S. Navy. He was a resident of Hillsbor- ough County Nursing Home for the past 20 years and the family would like to thank all the staff who worked and cared for him. Always active in his community, he especially enjoyed spending time with his family and also liked skiing, hiking and fishing. His wife, Johnyne Jo Supulski, MD, died in 2004.

fishing. His wife, Johnyne Jo Su pulski, MD, died in 2004. Family members include his mother,

Family members include his mother, Stella Kendzior of West Chester, Pa.; two daughters, Kristen Elechko of Florence, Mass., and Jen- nifer Elechko of San Diego, Calif.; two sons, Peter Elechko and Jonath- an Elechko, both of Goffstown, N.H.; grandchildren; three sisters, Ann Gallagher and Karen Elechko, both of West Chester, Pa., and Bar- bara Boyce of New Zealand; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a brother, John “Jack” Elechko. A Rite of Reception will take place on Friday in St. Marie Church, 378 Notre Dame Ave., Man- chester, N.H., at 10 a.m. followed by aMass of Christian Burial to be cele- brated at 11 a.m. Burial will follow Mt. Calvary Cemetery, 474 Goff- stown Road, Manchester. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Brain In- jury Association of America, 1608 Spring Hill Road, Suite 110, Vienna, VA 22182. Lambert Funeral Home & Cre- matory, 1799 Elm St, corner of North St., is assisting the family with arrangements. For more infor- mation or to sign the online condo- lence book, please go to www.lam-

lence book, please go to www.lam- Julia T. Butcher June 19, 2012 J ulia T.

Julia T. Butcher

June 19, 2012

J ulia T. Butcher, 91, a resident of Larksville, formerly of Ply-

mouth, passed away on the morning of her 91st birthday on Tuesday, June 19, 2012, in Wilkes-Barre Gen- eral Hospital. Born June 19, 1921, in Wilkes- Barre, she was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Joseph; parents, John and Julia Lewis; daughter, Sharon; and sister, Cathe- rine. She was a lifelong member of St. Vincent de Paul Church, presently known as All Saints Parish, Ply- mouth. Prior to her retirement, she was employed, for 25 years, with the Leslie Fay Downing Corporation. She also assisted her parents with the family business, the Nite Owl Restaurant, Plymouth. Julia was an active volunteer with St. Vincent’s Christian Service Cen- ter, the F.M. Kirby Center and the R.S.V.P. Volunteers. She was a member of the Silver & Gold Club, the American Legion, Ladies Auxiliary Post 463 of Ply- mouth, and the St. Vincent’s Altar and Rosary Society. Throughout her life, she enjoyed spending her time with family, friends and her dog, Bailey. Julia es- pecially enjoyed her grandchildren and being a part of their lives and achievements. She enjoyed sharing her wisdom, humor and life stories. Her faith was in God and family, with a passion for caring, giving and praying for oth- ers. For many years of her life, she was a caregiver for her daughter, Sharon. She enjoyed life, dancing and hav-

her daughter, Sh aron. Sh e enjoyed life, dancing and hav- ing fun along life’s journey.

ing fun along life’s journey. Surviving are her sons, Joseph F. Butcher and his wife, Jeanne, of Kingston; John J. Butcher and his wife, Mary Ann, of Larksville; eight grandchildren, Michelle, Carolyn, Joseph, Michael, Paul, Colleen, John and Jeffrey; five great-grand- children, Grayson, Reese, Cade, Emma and Myla; numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral will be held Friday morn- ing at 9:30 a.m. from the S.J. Gront- kowski Funeral Home, 530 W. Main St., Plymouth, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in All Saints Parish, 66 Willow St., Ply- mouth. Interment will be in St. Vin- cent de Paul Cemetery, Larksville. Family and friends may call Thurs- day evening from 5 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to All Saints Parish, 66 Willow St., Plymouth, PA 18651, phone: (570) 779-5323, or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Please visit www.sjgrontkowskifuneral- for directions or to sub- mit online condolences to Julia’s family.

Ruth M. Jurish

June 18, 2012

R uth M. Jurish, 89, Dallas, passed away Monday, June 18, 2012, at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital after being stricken earlier. She was the daughter of the late Christian and Elizabeth Pape Roll- man and was a graduate of Meyers High School, Wilkes-Barre, class of


Ruth had attended Gate of Heav- en Church. She was preceded by her hus- band, John T. Jurish, in 1969; sisters Rose Rollman and Mary Lewis; brothers Bernard and Joseph Roll- man. She is survived by sons, John T. and his wife, Mary Jane Jurish, Wilkes-Barre; Thomas Jurish, Wilkes-Barre; daughter, Pamela, and her husband, Frank Lipski, Sha- vertown; grandchildren, Kristin Se- nese, Elizabeth and Michelle Lipski, Patrick and Jonathan Jurish; great- grandchildren, Kaycie and Gianna Senese; brothers Charles Rollman, Shavertown; Frank Rollman, Dallas; sisters Catherine Monroe, Werners- ville, Pa.; Helen Rollman, Wilkes- Barre; Elizabeth McGuigan, Laurel, Md.; Joan Hofmann, Mt. Airy, Md.;

McGuigan, Laurel, Md.; Joan Hofmann, Mt. Airy, Md.; Claire Kotula, Camillus, N.Y., and Margaret Thomas, Dallas.

Claire Kotula, Camillus, N.Y., and Margaret Thomas, Dallas. Funeral will be held Friday at 9:30 a.m. from The Richard H. Dis- que Funeral Home Inc., 2940 Me- morial Highway, Dallas, with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at Gate of Heaven Church, Dallas, with the Rev. Daniel Toomey officiating. Friends may call Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. Donations if desired may be sent to CEO We inberg Fo od Ba nk, c/o P.O. Box 1277, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.



BREISETH- Jane Morhouse, ser- vices 11 a.m. June 30 in the First Presbyterian Church, Wilkes- Barre. CASEY – Joseph Jr., memorial service 2 p.m. Sunday in Imma- nuel Baptist Church, Zerby Ave- nue, Kingston. FETCHIK – Andrew, graveside service noon today in Fern Knoll Cemetery, Dallas. GOHAM – Emma, Mass of Christian Burial 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Prince of Peace Parish, in Old Forge. Relatives and friends may pay their respects from 9:45 a.m. until Mass Saturday in the church. GORDON – Robert, friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. today in the Kopicki Funeral Home, 263 Zerbey Ave., Kingston. GORSKI – John, Memorial Mass 10 a.m. today in St. Faustina Church, the alternate site/ St. Mary’s Church, Hanover Street, Nanti- coke. HARRIS – Rees, funeral 10 a.m. today in the Davis-Dinelli Funeral Home, 170 E. Broad St., Nanticoke. Friends may call 9 to 10 a.m. today in the funeral home. KING – Jean, funeral 10 a.m. Thurs- day at Graziano Funeral Home Inc., Pittston Township. Viewing hours 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. KUZMA – John, funeral 9:30 a.m. today in the Wroblewski Funeral Home Inc., 1442 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Swoyersville. LINKER – L. Donald, funeral 11 a.m. Thursday in Shavertown United Methodist Church, 163 N. Pioneer Ave., Shavertown. Friends may call 4 to 7 p.m. today in the Harold C. Snowdon Funeral Home Inc., 140 N. Main St., Shavertown. MEIER – Carl, service 10 a.m. today at the Tunkhannock United

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Demunds Road plan is criticized

By GERI GIBBONS Times Leader Correspondent

DALLAS TWP. -- A proposal by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation that was support- ed by the Board of Supervisors at a May work session was a topic of discussion Tuesday night. Resident Bryan Bryk, Upper Demunds Road, said the present proposal to alleviate traffic con- gestion on Upper Demunds Road would reduce the safety of his property by eliminating an area of his tree line. Bryk said he failed to see the benefit of the current proposal, which, at a cost of $4.7 million, would cost an additional $1.5 mil- lion as opposed to an alternative proposal also discussed by the board. Supervisor Liz Martin said the current proposal eliminated the S-curve from Route 309 to Upper Demunds Road. Martin said the board’s concern was primarily safety. Supervisor Frank Wagner said there would an opportunity for further discussion on that matter at an upcoming open meeting. In another matter, the board passed a disorderly house nui- sance ordinance, which Wagner said provided a tool to address properties that are “really a mess.” The board also passed a resolu- tion directing residents to use biodegradable/composting leaf bags for curb-side leaf pickup.


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county/municipal and/or Grea- ter Nanticoke Area School Dis- trict are reminded the discount period ends June 30. Those mak- ing payment by mail should include their phone number on the check in case of a problem. If paying both county/municipal and school taxes, separate checks are required. Payers should be sure to allow enough time so the envelope is postmarked before the end of the face and/or discount period. If a receipt is required, enclose the entire bill with a self-addressed, stamped envelope. For home collection, call 736-6319 for an appointment.

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Pittston Area hoping to offer cyber school

Area’s current curriculum. “Their course offerings are almost identical to ours,” Lus- si said. Board member Charles Sciandra lauded the program. “For every student we re- coup back, that’s less of a bur-

YATESVILLE -- In an effort den on our taxpayers,” Scian-

dra said. Also, the board voted to de-

to offer a virtual learning op- lay the Pennsylvania Act 93

tion as a substitute for a tradi-

pay schedule for the 2012-2013

tional schoolhouse education. school year.

to reclaim tax dollars, Pittston Area School District is hoping

By JON O’CONNELL Times Leader Correspondent

District looking to make deal to use Seneca Valley School District’s cyber school.

Not including union employ- ee pay, salaries are to be frozen for the year. The schedule is to extend one more year to com- pensate for the loss. Board members thanked the

student leaves for a cyber employees who rallied togeth-

school. In cyber school, teachers use

the Internet to communicate costs, the board approved be-

with students. Most cyber ginning shutting down the

er in support of the freeze. In another attempt to cut

year budget to be voted on

next Tuesday at 6 p.m., school board members are looking for ways to keep tax money in the district that escapes when a

With their 2012-2013 school

Rome upholds Sacred Heart closure

Ruling leaves only two more appeal options for group trying to reopen W-B church.

going to the Apostolic Signatura. When the Signatura agreed last October to hear the case, founda- tion organizers took it as a hope- ful sign, simply because most such appeals are rejected with- out a hearing. But Noreen Foti, who helped spearhead the effort, said Tues- day the Signatura Congressio ruled against the foundation. She feels the reasons given in the written decree suggested the cardinals who reviewed the case did not give sufficient weight to evidence presented.

cred Heart and nearby St. Stanis- laus into the St. Stanislaus build- ing made little sense because it was too small to house everyone. According to the decree, Foti

“They completely disregarded what we were challenging,” Foti

said, which was that the St. Sta- nislaus structure was too small for the newly consolidated par- ishes. The decree from the Signatura also seemed to dismiss an inde- pendent structural study the foundation had done that showed the Sacred Heart build- ing was structurally sound, Foti said, in contrast to studies done in 2002 and 2008 for the diocese. According to Foti, the decree said it was “surprising that the private expert brought forth against the expert analysis (of

The foundation had argued the diocese) argues that the


WILKES-BARRE – The group fighting to keep Sacred Heart Church open – or more exactly now, to reopen it – lost another battle with a decree from Rome upholding the closure. The deci- sion handed down by the Apos- tolic Signatura Congressio, es- sentially the Roman Catholic Su- preme Court – narrows remain- ing appeal options to two. The Sacred Heart of Wilkes- Barre Foundation, formed in 2007 to save the North Main Street church even before the Diocese of Scranton decided to

close it, had worked its way solidation.”

that the decision to merge Sa- church only needs minor re-

pairs.” But getting at the truth about the state of the building is a core point of the appeal, Foti countered. “We just want an independent

said, that argument “implicitly study,” Foti said. “Bring some-

one in, whomever you chose, we’ll cover half the cost.” Her husband, Anthony, agreed. “There’s only been one

acknowledged the need for con-

through numerous appeals at lower levels, all denied, before

in-depth structural review of the church, and that was by the engi- neer we brought in “At this stage we’re just trying to establish what the truth is about the actual condition of the church,” Anthony Foti said, “and move away from all the past ru- mors and stories about how the church was falling down.” He noted those claims have been made for 10 years, yet the build- ing remains intact. While the Signatura is referred to as the Vatican’s Supreme Court, the analogy isn’t perfect. There are two appeal levels at the Signatura, Noreen Foti said, the Congressio and the Collegi- um. The latter is a larger panel of cardinals. The foundation had 10 days to file an appeal with the Collegium, which it did. But that is the penultimate ap- peal. If the Collegium upholds the closing, the last recourse is to go directly to the pope.

technology coordinator posi- tion. Collective bargaining representatives need to be in

tax money allotted for each agreement because it is a

student goes to the company, rather than the school district.

Superintendent George Cos- fered a position teaching grove said the loss is signifi- math.

Board member Robert Lin- skey was opposed to the posi-

cant. “It goes into the hundreds of

thousands of dollars,” Cos- tion’s removal.

“You go ahead and do it, but I

grove said at Tuesday’s meet-

ing. “It’s basically as if we’ve don’t want to hear how poor lost students to another dis- technology is at Pittston Ar-

ea,” Linskey said. “This is a step backward.” The technology coordinator,

tatives from Seneca Valley with a small staff under him,

managed the school’s network.

School District, a district that

has remedied the problem by The other technology employ-

creating its own cyber school. ees are to remain on staff.

At last month’s board meet- ing, the board approved a con-

tract that will allow the dis- tion as the school administra-

trict to piggyback Seneca Val- tion had decided it was not

ley ’s program at a cost per stu- dent. Principal Jack Lussi said its program is appropriate be- cause it aligns with Pittston

Linskey raised objection to Kupetz taking the math posi-

union position. The coordina- tor, James Kupetz, is to be of-

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Brian Gashi, 39, is charged in fire that damaged the Plains Twp. Little League press box.


PLAINS TWP. – A man ac- cused of setting a fire that se- verely damaged the Plains Township Little League press box waived his right to a prelimi- nary hearing Tuesday, the same day league officials learned the Scra nton/Wilkes-B arre Yankees will help raise funds to repair the damage. A shackled Brian Gashi, 39, walked into the courtroom of District Judge Diana Malast to waive two counts of arson and one count each of burglary, reck- less burning, theft and criminal mischief to Luzerne County Court. He was remanded to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $100,000 bail immediately after the brief court proceeding. Township police allege Gashi intentionally set fire to the league’s press box and conces- sion stand to cover up a burglary on June 9. Flames swept through the two-story building, causing

June 9. Flames swept through the two-story building, causing CLARK VA N ORDEN/THE TIMES LEADER Brian


Brian Gashi of Harding arrives for his preliminary hearing on charges he inte nt ionally set a fi re at the Plains Tw p. Little League concession stand/press box.

structural roof damage and char- ring about $10,000 worth of

baseballs, softballs, bats and oth- er equipment, including news- paper clippings and pictures dat- ing back to the 1960s. Gashi allegedly told police he left a tavern in Wilkes-Barre with a man he identified only as Matt

at about 2 a.m. Gashi stated they

were driving around looking for

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came across the Little League building on Wyoming Street .

Police said a food fryer, a pub- lic address system, an electronic scoreboard controller, food, bev- erages and money were stolen during the burglary. League officials cleaning up debris in the building discovered a cellphone that police traced to Gashi, according to the criminal complaint.

Gashi is expected to be ar- raigned today on charges of

stealing welding wire from a ma- chine shop in We st Wyoming on June 7.

‘Fun Day’ fundraiser While league officials are pick- ing up the pieces, office staff for the Scranton/Wilkes-B arre Ya n- kees will play ball Friday night on what is billed as “Fun Day” for Little Leaguers. “We’re very excited about this,” said Don Fox, a member of the league’s board of directors. “The support from the commu- nity has been overwhelming, from a single person to compa- nies.” “We’re looking to raise the spirits of everyone involved with the Plains Little League in an ef- fort to help out during a tough time,” said Doug Augis, SWB Ya nkees vice president of ticket sales, in a news release. “The SWB staff is excited to present something super-special that would not only help in the recov- ery effort, but ensure that kids, their friends and families would have a great night to remember.” The first 1,000 people will re- ceive free hats and other give- aways when the event begins at 6:30 p.m. Donation baskets of Ya nkee merchandise and signed mem- orabilia, including a signed An- dy Pettite baseball, will be auc- tioned.

and Kerkowski were found in a grave on the property, one on top of the other, all of which Se- lenski’s one-time co-defendant, Paul Weakley, will testify to, prosecutors said. The photos show Fassett

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they felt Shuga was taking ted taking pictures of fe-

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Y EARS AGO, the state

schools to “career and

District superintendent. Day-

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main firmly in the hands of full- time administrator. Rotating the role is a minor way to inject fairness and fresh- ness into the operation of the CTC. West Side CTC has done it for years. It is common sense

“vocational technical”

technology centers” for a good reason: “Vo-tech” had become a dated moniker that did not re- flect the goal of the schools. A well run CTC should graduate

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the ability to adapt as they en- ter high-demand fields.

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Ye t the JOC – particularly representatives from Wilkes-

the top down. In the case of Barre Area School District – re-

ject the idea, going so far as to inanely and possibly illegally use a “proxy” vote of an absent member to fight the notion at one meeting, even though the absent member had no way of knowing the issue would come up for a vote because it wasn’t on the agenda. The only reason to reject ro-

zerne County ’s three CTCs would reflect that notion from

Wilkes-Barre Area CTC, such hopes would be as quaint as a carpentry shop equipped only with axes and chisels. Twice now, the Joint Operat- ing Committee – representa- tives from five school boards of districts that send students to the center – irrationally reject- ed the idea of rotating the role

of “superintendent of record.” tation is old-school power play The move would simply politics. Opponents on the

JOC may as well don some bell- bottoms and tie-dyes and tell students they are ready to pre- pare them to compete in the job world of the 1970s.

mean superintendents of each member district would take turns filling the largely clerical role, held for four decades by the Wilkes-Barre Area School

QUOTE OF THE DAY “This is not the time for rhetoric. This is a very difficult issue and the positions are not always black and white.”

issue and the positions are not always black and white.” Gene Stilp The Democratic candidate opposing

Gene Stilp

The Democratic candidate opposing U.S. Rep Lou Barletta, R-Hazleton, in the 11th district commented on President Barack Obama’s move to stop deportation of some children of illegal immigrants.


Young immigrants deserve DREAM

P RESIDENT OBAMA has used powers well within his executive authority to tempora-

President Obama clearly is making a smart political calcu- lation. The Latino community

rily shield from deportation a potential 800,000 undocu-

mented immigrants brought to rightly has been dismayed at

this country as children. No matter what you hear the

policy announced by the De- 1.2 million undocumented im- partment of Homeland Securi- migrants in what appears to

have been an attempt to mollify

prieve does not apply to par- opponents of comprehensive

immigration reform with the notion that they might be more inclined to support incremen- tal measures like the DREAM Act . We have seen time and again how that approach has (not) worked out. Although opponents charge that Obama abused his author- ity, the new policy is not an ex- ecutive order bypassing Con- gress but a simple act of prose- cutorial discretionAt the same time, Friday’s move is nowhere near sufficient. For one thing, it could be reversed by a future president . True to form, Mitt Romney has refused to say whether he would. Only Congress can solve the dilemma faced by young immi- grants who have no other coun- try but this - by passing the DREAM Act.

country illegally, but only to

ents who chose to come to this

ty is not “amnesty.” ( The re-

the fact that the Obama admin- istration has deported a record

their futures to “come out” as undocumented in recent

children who had no say in the decision.) And the policy does not provide paths to citizen- ship: That would require Con- gress to pass the DREAM Act, legislation that began as a Re- publican idea but has been blocked by Republicans (and a few Democrats). The new policy grants a two- year renewable reprieve from deportation - as well as work permits - for immigrants under 31 if they arrived in the United States before age 16, have lived in the United States for five years continuously, have a U.S. high-school diploma or GED or served in the U.S. armed forces, and haven’t been con- victed of crimes. Give credit to 2,000 young people who have bravely risked

Philadelphia Daily News


PRASHANT SHITUT President and CEO/Impressions Media

JOSEPH BUTKIEWICZ Vice President/Executive Editor

MARK E. JONES Editorial Page Editor

Editor MARK E. JONES Editorial Page Ed itor Obama isn’t playing by the rules with immigration

Obama isn’t playing by the rules with immigration policy

Obama isn’t playing by the rules with immigration policy SINCE HE delivered the State of the

SINCE HE delivered the State of the Union address in January, President Oba- ma has often spoken about “fairness” and how “every- one should play by the same rules.”



and financial aid. At least 800,000 illegal


• Law enforcement officials, who will face

dent Obama’s new criteria will create or purchase fake paperwork;

• Those who actually believe in fairness

implement those laws. And then the judi- ciary has to interpret the laws. There are enough laws on the books by Congress that are very clear in terms of how we have to enforce our immigration system that for me to simply through executive order ignore those congressional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as Presi- dent.” So it’s clear that President Obama under- stands his role and the role of Congress and the courts in setting and enforcing Amer- ican immigration policy. Yet on Friday, he decided to ignore those roles. Constitutional experts across the political spectrum say President Obama has danger- ously expanded the use of executive power by bypassing Congress and unilaterally altering federal drug enforcement, No Child Left Behind standards, Internet gambling

But on Friday, President Obama unilater- aliens can now compete for college admis-

sion spots, scholarships, loans and grants;

• Would-be legal immigrants, who have

been patiently waiting to enter the United States to live, study and work. Now, they

President Obama says his administration see that lawbreakers are rewarded for their

ally changed the rules for at least 800,000 illegal immigrants – though some estimates put the number in the millions – and he discarded any pretense of acting fairly.

will not deport illegal immigrants younger than the age of 30 if they meet certain crite-

ria. Those illegal immigrants will be allowed an uptick in fraudulent documentation, as to apply for two-year work permits that can illegal immigrants who do not meet Presi-

be renewed indefinitely. That is de facto amnesty. The president not only ignored the will of Congress, which has wisely and repeatedly

refused to grant such amnesty, and the sep- by President Obama’s blatantly political

aration of powers enumerated in the United amnesty announcement. It would seem the statements 15 months ago.

States Constitution, he changed the rules

and unfairly punished American citizens and town hall meeting in March 2011, he said,

those who are legally in this country. President Obama’s amnesty announce- ment directly hurts:

and the rule of law, who should be offended policies, and more. Now, he adds immigra-

president agrees, or did agree. During a

tion policy to that list – despite his public

It is clear to me that President Obama not only overstepped his constitutional author-

“America is a nation of laws, which means I, ity, but he acted with the knowledge he does

as the President, am obligated to enforce the law. I don’t have a choice about that.” But

not have that authority in the first place. While I hope President Obama carefully reconsiders and reverses his position, I un-

• American citizens and legal immigrants that was 2011, and this is an election year, so

who are looking for work. The national unemployment rate has been higher than 8 percent for the last 40 months, yet President

Obama’s decision lets at least 800,000 illegal aliens compete for very scarce jobs;

• Young Americans and young legal im-

migrants applying for college, scholarships

the president chose to ignore his obligation. derstand he will not in an election year.

• The U.S. Constitution, damaged by

I sincerely hope the next President of the

President Obama’s deliberate contravention United States strictly enforces all of our

of the role of Congress in making laws. During that town hall meeting, the presi- dent said, “Congress passes the law. The executive branch’s job is to enforce and

existing immigration laws.

Lou Barletta, R-Hazleton, is U.S. Representative for the 11th congressional district



Does Cheney still hold sway over Americans?

E arly in the first term of the George W. Bush administration, tax cuts for the wealthy were pushed and passed.Vice

President Richard Cheney said at the time, “Reagan proved that deficits don’t matter.” (It’s curious how Ronald Reagan’s acolytes --- Cheney, Newt Gingrich, Grover Nor- quist --- remember him.) Though not a particular fan of the former president, I believe he was a better man, more com- plete and sensible, than they remember. In the run-up to the war in Iraq, fervor was fanned by a concerted effort to pro- mote a pre-emptive invasion. Protesters hoped without hope to divert this mania. Cheney replied, “We will be greeted as liberators!” After that came Katrina and other ill-


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advised policy decisions. By the beginning of 2006, the facade of competence had come down.The vice president stated that the Bush-Cheney years would be “vindicat- ed by history.” To this he added, “Donald Rumsfeld is one of the great Secretaries of Defense.” By the end of 2006 Bush, finally, gave pause. He fired Rumsfeld and stopped deferring to Cheney. He hired Robert Gates and started listening to him and

Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice. But the damage was done and there was no pulling the rabbit out of the hat. Then the economy came crashing down. The Bush presidency would be regarded as one of the worst in history. George W. Bush went into retirement and didn’t protest the logic of that verdict. Dick Cheney, however, is not repentant; instead he is adamant. And some, amaz- ingly, still think him a voice of authority. His stern, aggressive style is reassuring --- no matter how wrong-headed. It’s like the old adage: if the medicine tastes bad, it must be good for you. All of the above brings us to this recent statement, “The Obama administration has been an unmitigated failure.” Hmm! Mitt Romney then says Cheney is a good model (“identifiable type”) for a running mate. Double hmm!

Richard J.Yost South Abington Township


type”) for a running mate. Double hmm! Richard J.Yost South Abington Township MALLARD FILLMORE DOONESBURY


type”) for a running mate. Double hmm! Richard J.Yost South Abington Township MALLARD FILLMORE DOONESBURY




tor of the Annunciation Greek Or- thodox Church on Ross Street, said his parish has raised money to send to Greece for soup kitchens that feed the poor. He said Greece has seen a heavy influx of immigrants who have found it difficult to get a job. Dr. Kirk Togias, M.D., of Shaver- town, said Greece isn’t the only Eu- ropean country in economic dis- tress. “All of Europe has financial prob- lems,” he said. “The smaller coun- tries are being taken advantage of by the larger, financially powerful countries.” Togias said the bigger countries

People are retiring in their early 50s have loaned Greece and other

there are some difficult situations for families over there.” Tsioles, 52, said vacations are shorter and there is less money for dining out and movies. Tsioles said his family is from Tripoli, south of Athens.Harry Salavantis of Shaver- town said Greece is a beautiful place and filled with history. “The Greek people are good peo- ple,” he said. “But they are on a slip- pery slope. They expect too much.

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and unemployment among young people is at 20 to 25 percent. Who is going to pay all the bills for these government pensions?” Salavantis said the summer months will be important to the Greek economy. He said tourism is vital to the country’s economy. “And when people around the world see news reports of protests and unrest, they tend to not want to visit,” he said. The local Greek community is reaching out to help their brethren. The Rev. George Dimopoulos, pas-

smaller countries a lot of money at high interest rates. He said he has two brothers and a sister living in Greece, and visited them in March. “They’re feeling the effects,” he said. “People have less money than they used to have and they are un- happy. They fear that they won’t have enough money to provide for their families.” Togias said Greece has beautiful weather and many tourist destina- tions. “If you go there now, they will treat you like royalty,” he said.

pleased (with turnout) for this first-time event.” He said appli- cations are pending from sever- al more vendors, including local farmers. “It’s something we are

will be pretty good,” said Mi- working on … some farmers

chele Faux, who worked with her dad, Paul Nice, of Nice’s Old Country Style Almonds of Tunk- hannock. “It’s typical for a first year. Once word gets around and you have produce that’s good, ven-

dors who are nice and food the reasons why the township

that’s good, it will pick up,” approached us about it.”

Organizers of other local out- door markets aren’t worried

Liz Geffort at John “Yogi” Jo- about competition.

Faux said. Marie Flis, who worked with

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were not ready for the season.” Poremba said management is considering suggestions for out- door seating and entertain- ment, and he said patrons’ feed- back about the ample parking was “great news. This is one of

Maria Capolarella Montante said the Pittston Market, which also will be open every Tuesday beginning July 10, has “a great clientele who are ready and

ing and the people love it be- waiting for the market to open.”

Loyal visitors from Pittston, West Pittston and Exeter make up the brunt of the market’s pa-

cause they don’t have to worry about going to a parking lot or parkade.”

gogdinski’s trailer selling piero- gies, potato pancakes and other ethnic delights, said at noon- time they were “pretty busy ear- lier today. We have a lot of park-

Paul Brace, of Brace’s Or- trons, she said.

Drew McLaughlin, adminis- trative coordinator for the city of Wilkes-Barre, said he doesn’t expect the arena’s market will have any effect on the market on

duce, the more people he’ll at- Public Square, which will be

open Thursdays beginning June

tract to his store on the farm. “I hope people come out and support their local farmers. …

“Given the large downtown

There’s not many of us left. workforce that centers around

When my grandfather started, Public Square, it really won’t

compete. If anything, it will at-

there were 88 fruit growers in

Luzerne County. Now there’s tract more people to the area.

The more events we can offer

two of us left,” Brace said.

Stephen Poremba, director of that will attract more into the

sales and marketing at the are- na, said management was “very

area, I think it’s good for every- one,” McLaughlin said.

chards in Dallas, said it “looks like it’s going to be a good mar- ket.” A regular at the market on Public Square, he said the more he’s out in public to sell his pro-


3 county ethics complaints filed

Panel unanimously agrees to notify complaint filers and subjects of its decisions.


decisions. By JENNIFER LEARN-ANDES ja G r i f f i t h decisions, in-


decisions, in- ret Hogan and Vito Forlenza even if they receive a lower


don’t have the power to ap- priority than signed ones. He

which mem-

bers voted for and against

point designees at this time, though that may change.

cited an example of a proper- ty owner who would be afraid

Hogan, the commission to report misuse of a county

each action.

chairwoman, noted the ethics vehicle by a neighbor if the

Commis- code requires all covered em-

identity of the complainant is

sion member ployees to read the ethics required.

Hogan said the commission researched procedures in oth- er counties and wanted to see if people “step up” and report

Three ethics complaints have been filed since Luzerne County ’s new ethics code took effect last month, the county Accountability, Con- duct and Ethics Commission said Tuesday. The commission won’t dis- cuss details about com- plaints. However, commis-

sion members said they can’t else to serve in their place

bar complaint filers and in- due to a conflict of interest, sion to reconsider its require- been violated and said the

vestigation subjects from

Griffith asked the commis- the home rule charter has

Walter Grif- fith, the coun-

code and sign a paper ac- knowledging they understood

Lawton questioned what

paper ac- knowledging they understood Lawton questioned what Lawton ty controller, it. also said members ramifications


ty controller, it. also said


ramifications are available if alleged violations with the

should publi- employees fail to sign. Com- current notary and signature

cly disclose mission Solicitor Brian Bufa- requirements.

when they

lino said adherence to the

Larksville resident Renee

are designat-

code is required to continue

Ta ffera pointed out seve ra l in-

ing someone employment.

stances in which she believes

ment for complaints to be no- tarized, saying it could pre- vent the receipt of valid infor-

commission must hold elect- ed officials and employees ac- countable. The first complaint filed under the new code was

tor Paul Keating to fill his change its stance against against the 11-member county

also wants the commission to

nated Kingston Administra-

even though they may not dis-

The commission agreed.

publicly disclosing informa- cuss details.

tion. Commission member Rob- ert Lawton, the county man- ager, said some type of report-

ing is warranted as the com- seat if he has a conflict. Dis- anonymous complaints.

mission votes to dismiss and trict Attorney Stefanie Sala-

act on complaints and impose penalties.

Lawton said he has desig- mation about violations. He

vantis has named attorney Jo- seph Giovannini, and Griffith

be discussed at a future meet- ing.

Shiner said anonymous com-

council over the hiring proc-

Hogan said both topics will ess for a new council clerk,

according to several sources familiar with the complaint.

Kingston resident Brian Most council members say

they are confident the charter

The commission unani- selected West Wyoming resi-

mously agreed to notify com- plaint filers and subjects of its

dent Ray Gustave. Citizen

commission members Marga- plaints should be permitted, was followed.


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outgoing payments. Lawton said he could present

a monthly list of all expendi- reports.

tures to council, but it wouldn’t provide all the information needed to fully understand the

spending. He said he has post- ed copies of all contracts he ap- proved on the county website, Law- ton also said he will provide de- tailed analysis of all spending in his first-quarter and mid-year

voted against the code, which is

less they would cost the county

$25,000 in any future year or posted on the county website.

$75,000 in two or more future years. Charter drafters wanted

the manager to have the free- seat on the Luzerne County

Community College Board of Trustees. Olga Papa also was unani- mously appointed to a seat on the county ’s Drug and Alcohol

Urban and Stephen J. Urban Executive Commission.

In other business, council ap- pointed Jack Serafin to a vacant

dom to authorize payments as he sees fit, as long as he doesn’t exceed the council-approved

Council members Stephen A.

The home rule charter budget.

doesn’t require council approv- al for contracts or purchases un-

“The issue at Forty Fort was not the cracks so much as the softness of the soil on the land side,” Brozena said. A contractor will remove

Wilkes-Barre sides and the boils in Plymouth, Hanover

in phases, starting with the flood gate installed behind To wnship, Kingston and Fo r- the temporary fill added in

repair of relief wells in south Wilkes-Barre the beginning of July. Relief wells on the land side of the levee base help control water seepage that could cause boils, which are paths under the levee that jeopar- dize its stability. Several wells in south

Wilkes-Barre didn’t perform ber.

A section of the levee be- added where boils developed

with a more compacted and effective stabilizing material. This material also will be

ty Fort and the levee wall in September and load the spot


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Wo rk will begin the end of

September, causing water to

The largest phase will be- gin in October to repair levee

Forty Fort. The work is weather dependent and could

hind the Forty Fort Cemetery had to be reinforced with sandbags and several hundred tons of rock and dirt in September. Visible cracks also formed in the levee concrete casing at Forty Fort in September. This wall will be repaired, but Bro-

July on the Market Street leak through.

flood closure panels deployed on both the Kingston and

the county courthouse. Water pressure blew out sections of gasket seals on the

Market Street flood gates in run into the spring.

September. The Army Corps plans to install a new type of seal and make other modifications. The gate repairs should be completed the end of Septem-

behind the county recreation- al complex near the Wyoming Valley Airport in Forty Fort in September, by the Midway Shopping Center in Wyom- ing, behind The Laurels nurs- ing home in Kingston, at the end of Fellows Avenue in Ha- nove r Township and at seve r-

to capacity.

properly in September. Army Corps employees will clean and repair them. A lack of relief wells along the levee caused more boils to form in Wilkes-Barre, Hanov- er To wnship and Kingston during the Agnes flood in 1972, Brozena said.

Two sluice gates at Ross Street and the Barney Farms area of Wilkes-Barre will be

redone. The contracts are zena said the casing is more al Plymouth locations.

scheduled to be awarded aesthetic because the pri-

around the end of August. The gates slide down to seal off the river when it rises.

Both gates were damaged in feet into the ground.

Rain from Tropical Depres- sion Lee swelled the Susque- hanna to a record 42.66 feet in

sheetpile driven at least 30 September, testing the levee

mary flood control is provid- ed by hidden interlocked


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Bridges meeting at Meyers High School was strong as in previous weeks, with about 60 area resi- dents and a contingent of city and school officials attending, but group founders Brewster and the Rev. Shawn Walker also said the group needs to do more to reach the area youth it aims to help. With that in mind, the group is

planning a meeting in two weeks time for junior high school and high school students.

host a June 28 meeting at Cough- lin High School to make up for a

meeting canceled because of a area youth.

economy and peer pressure as the top three challenges affecting

problem were varied and includ- ed improving communication

he said. “It’s better to say some- thing than say nothing.” Building Bridges is tracking

Suggestions for curbing the reational option for area youth the results of its brainstorming

sessions to identify proactive ways of creating positive change. Organizers admitted they’re not exactly sure where it all may lead, but said they believe they are headed in the right direction. “We had an idea, but it’s gone so far beyond that in such a short time,” Walker said. “I can see this becoming a full-time job; there’s so much to do.”

Richard Assuah, a 15-year-old city resident, suggested the city build a skate park to provide a rec-

and that students at local schools get involved in raising the money

“It would spread and encour- age more people,” Assuah said. Assuah, part of the demograph- ic the group aims to help, added he believes Building Bridges has the power to effect change. “Somebody has to say some- thing, or else nothing gets done,”

“We’re talking about violence scheduling conflict.

among youth and we’ve not really talked to the youth,” said Walker,

pastor of First Baptist Church. fy problems contributing to and visibility among neighbors, to build it.

“We need to hear their voice. We need to hear some ideas, perhaps some solutions from them, and they need to see their community care enough about them to come out and listen to them.” That meeting has not yet been

scheduled. The group will also pervision, poverty and a poor gage the entire family.

Tuesday’s meeting continued Building Bridges’ effort to identi-

youth violence in Wilkes-Barre creating “safe zones” in homes,

and to build partnerships among residents, non-profits and the city government to curb the problem. After a group brainstorming session, participants named a lack of moral values and adult su-

where neighborhood kids can gather in safe, supervised envi- ronments; improving involve- ment in existing volunteer efforts and developing individual educa- tion plans for students that en-


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told jurors she knew Victim 4

them — especially prior to going

rupted when Dottie Sandusky tim 4 and other interaction that to the grand jury — that they and asked about a discussion he through her brother and that he

had a reputation for “dishonesty and embellished stories.” The woman, who said her brother was the alleged victim’s best friend, is an Iraq war veteran who suffered a brain injury before she was dis- charged. The defense also called former New York Jets linebacker Lance Mehl, who played for the Nittany Lions in the 1970s. “We all looked up to him as a

walked into an adjoining room.

man said the assault was inter-

ters to the accuser known as Vic-

prosecutors allege show his grooming of victims.

A prosecution psychologist,

ozzi, also was called to the stand

had with investigators during a break in an interview with his cli- ent. On a difficult-to-hear recording of the discussion, Andreozzi and Leiter can be heard talking about the investigation while the accus- er is out of the room. Andreozzi acknowledged to ju- rors that a guilty verdict in Sand- usky’s trial could have an impact on his client if he files a civil law-

hadn’t been decided yet. Andre- ozzi also denied coaching his cli- ent on what to say to investiga-

“He viewed Jerry as a father fig- ure to him. It’s been extremely dif- ficult talking about this publicly,” Andreozzi said. The defense appeared to catch one of the investigators in a lie af- ter recalling him to the stand. Trooper Scott Rossman said he

their testimony after he first left the stand Tuesday, but Leiter said they had talked about it.

wouldn’t be alone, that there were others,” Leiter said.

Leiter said that did not include sharing individual accusers’ rec- ollections of abuse, such as specif- ic sex acts. “We never told them what any- one else had ever told us,” he said. But Amendola later read Leiter portions of an interview tran- script in which the investigator told the accuser that others had

oral sex and rape. Victim 4, now 28, testified last week that Sandusky sexually

“They were just standing

in a

hallway kind of thing they had

leged victims over a 15-year span. He’s accused of engaging in illegal

their clothes on, they were fully clothed,” she said.

John Sebastian O’Brien II, howev- er, testified Sandusky was a man

sexual contact ranging from fon-

The psychologist,

Elliot At-

who juggled many tasks at once,

dling to forced oral and anal sex. kins, told jurors he


something not akin to the disor-

Dottie Sandusky said she knew several of the accusers, some well.

Sandusky with histrionic person- ality disorder after talking with

der. “I don’t see anything in any of

Some of them, she said, were the ex-coach for six hours.

that information to suggest he

“clingy” around her husband while another was “charming.”

People with the disorder often interact with others in inappropri-

was a person with a personality disorder that caused him any

Nearly all would stay overnight in

ately seductive ways and don’t problems,” O’Brien said.

the Sandusky home and her hus-

feel comfortable unless they’re

Amendola also questioned two

band “would tell them good the center of attention, Atkins state police investigators about

night,” she said. One witness testified last week that he was attacked by Jerry Sandusky in the basement of the ex-coach’s home and cried out for help when Dottie Sandusky was upstairs. She, however, said the


basement was not soundproof Amendola.

and she would have been able to hear shouting if she was upstairs.

claim that Sandusky tried to en- gage in oral sex with him while in a hotel bathroom at the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, Texas. The

According to the National Insti- tutes of Health, histrionic person-

in women than in men. Sandusky’s attorney is hoping to convince jurors that the disor- der could explain his client’s let-

what details they shared during

reported abuse that progressed to suit, but he told the court that class act,” Mehl said when Amen-

dola asked him about Sandusky’s reputation. Earlier Tuesday, Amendola told reporters to “stay tuned” to find out if Sandusky would take the stand himself, comparing the case to a soap opera. Asked which soap opera, Amendola initially said “General Hospital,” then “All My Children.” Prosecutors rested their case Monday after presenting 21 wit-

She also rebutted one victim’s ality disorder occurs more often let possible victims know they testified calmly and firmly, saying hadn’t spoken to Leiter about nesses, including eight who said

they had been assaulted by Sand- usky. The identities of two other alleged victims are unknown to

“Often these are people who interviews with the alleged vic- abused him in the locker-room tors.

did not have as much success in relationships — emotional or ro- mantic — (and) relationships in life,” he said, responding to ques- tions from Sandusky lawyer Joe

tims, in particular with Victim 4. showers and in hotels for five

Amendola asked retired Cpl. Joseph Leiter if investigators told

years while trying to ensure his si- lence with gifts and trips to bowl

interviewees about others who games.

had stepped forward.

“In some of our interviews

we did tell them,” he said. Asked why, Leiter said it was to

were not alone. “Each of these accusers was ve- ry, very seriously injured, and ve- ry concerned, and we had told

On the stand, he admitted he lied to police and his own lawyer about the alleged abuse, saying he had “denied it forever.” But he

Sandusky performed oral sex on him and sent him “creepy love let- ters.” The man’s attorney, Ben Andre-

Meanwhile, another witness investigators.












It’s a Heat wave

MIAMI HEAT 104 NBA FINALS OKC THUNDER 98 It’s a Heat wave AP PHOTOS Miami Heat’s


Miami Heat’s LeBron James reels in the ball as the Thunder ’s Kevin Durant defends during the second half Tuesday in Miami.

Miami rallies from 17 down to win

By IRA WINDERMAN Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel

MIAMI — One more victory. One more victory for validation. Perhaps Thursday at America- nAirlines Arena in Game 5 of these NBA Finals, when the cele- bration would be at its most ro- bust, 20,000 believers along for the ride. Or perhaps in one of this best- of-seven series’ final two games, at Chesapeake Energy Arena. But the Miami Heat are on the verge of turning those July 2010 promises of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in- to reality. With Tuesday night’s 104-98 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Heat moved to a 3-1 series lead, on a night James fell one rebound shy of his eighth ca- reer triple-double, with 26 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds. Every one of those numbers were needed, as were the 25 points from Wade and a 25-point

reemergence from Heat point scoring sensation.

a 25-point reemergence from Heat point scoring sensation. Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant (35) shoots against

Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant (35) shoots against Miami Heat’s Shane Battier (31) and Udonis Haslem (40).

the Thunder who had the singular

And, no, it wasn’t 2011-12 scor- ing champion Kevin Durant, who did his part with 28 points, but

rather all-or-nothing Thunder point gu ard Ru ssell We stbrook, who closed with 43. The Thunder entered, and exit- ed, well aware of the stakes. Since

guard Mario Chalmers, which tied his career playoff high. Because on this night, it was

the 2-3-2 Finals format was insti-

tuted in 1985, 13 teams had trailed 3-1 in the series, with none of those 13 teams going on to win the series, or even forced a Game 7. Oh, it wasn’t easy, and got scary for a few minutes late, when James had to be helped off the court midway through the fourth quarter with a cramp, only to re- turn to convert a 3-pointer that put the Heat up three late. From there, Wade scored on a scoop shot for a five-point lead, but Bosh was off with a point- blank inside attempt.

We stbrook scored on the other

end to draw the Thunder within 99-96 with 1:43 to play. James then was off with a jumper, but so was Thunder guard Thabo Sefo- losha from beyond the 3-point line on the other end. That’s when Chalmers, who had scored 17 points in the series’ first three games, shooting 2 of 15 in the previous two, cashing in with a driving layup with 44.6 sec-

onds to play for a 101-96 Heat lead.

A Westbrook layup drew the

See HEAT, Page 3B


Phils’ Galvis gets 50 games

Bad news for defending NL East champs as they lose their second baseman.

ment: Second baseman Freddy Galvis has been suspended for 50 games by Major League Baseball after testing positive for a banned substance. Now, that’s throwing salt on a wounded team and player. Galvis, on the disabled list and in a body brace after suffering a fractured back June 5 against the Los An-

geles Dodgers, tested positive for a metabolite of Clostebol. According to the web site Clin- ical Chemistry, Clostebol is "a synthetic androgenic steroid with anabolic effects that is fre- quently used in sports to in- crease physical performance." Galvis, 22, started serving the suspension Tuesday night

By BOB BROOKOVER The Philadelphia Inquirer

PHILADELPHIA - This just in from the last-place Phillies’

all-news-is-bad-news depart- when the Phillies opened a

three-game series against the Colorado Rockies. From a playing time and de- velopment standpoint, the suspension will have little im- pact because the second base- man is expected to be on the disabled list for an extended period any way. The earliest he could return is Aug. 17 at Mil- waukee, but it’s unlikely he’ll be physically ready to play at that point. This is the second time the Phillies have had a major- league player suspended for violating baseball’s drug policy, which went into effect before the 2003 season. Pitcher J.C. Romero was sus- pended for 50 games at the start of the 2009 sea- son after testing positive for andros- tene- dione. Shortly after the announce- ment, Galvis issued a state-

Freddy Galvis
Freddy Galvis

See GALVIS, Page 3B


Louisville’s bats prove to be clutch

Yankees lead into the 7th inning before succumbing to Western Division foe.

The Times Leader staff

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – For 6 1 3 innings on Tuesday night at Louisville Slugger Field, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre was in control of the game against Louisville. Unfortunately for the Ya nkees, they had to get seven more outs to complete the vic- tory. The Bats scored two runs in the seventh and one more in the eighth to pull out a 4-2 win. Ro nnier Mustelier gave the Ya nkees a 1- 0 lead in the top of the first with an RBI-dou-

ble scoring Corban Joseph.

See BATS, Page 3B

an RBI-dou- ble scoring Corban Joseph. See BATS, Page 3B 4 BATS 2 YANKEES AHL Phantoms





scoring Corban Joseph. See BATS, Page 3B 4 BATS 2 YANKEES AHL Phantoms tix on sale


Phantoms tix on sale for muddy hole in Allentown

Future WBS Penguins rivals are optimistic they will play down the turnpike in 2013-14.

2013-14 hockey season that would appear to be in jeopardy. Season tickets go on sale this week as Phantoms ticket office people begin calling every one of the more than 2,000 people who have expressed interest in buying a ticket package. So just who would be such a Phantoms fan that they ’d be willing to buy season tickets to a site that currently fills with wa- ter when it rains? The answer is someone like Richard Shew- man, a Douglassville man who

arena complex will be built has had season tickets for 12

years, and was announced Tues-

there that they will begin selling season tickets this week. And they’re selling them for a

The lot at Seventh and Hamil- ton streets in Allentown re- mains a muddy hole at the cen- ter of an ugly court battle, but Phantoms hockey team owners are so convinced a $220 million

By MATT ASSAD and SCOTT KRAUS The Morning Call, Allentown



Woods still in search of his lost major magic