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HAZLETON – A man discov-ered unconscious and bleeding fromtheheadinthemiddleofa city street, the victim of an ap-parentassault,diedMonday,ac-cording to investigators.Aaron Reznick, 29, of Eber- vale, was found lying on CarsonStreet, between 9th Street and10th Street in northeast Hazle-ton,at12:21a.m.Aug.4,accord-ing to city police. He was trans-ported to Hazleton GeneralHospital and later airlifted toLehigh Valley Hospital, Allen-town,wherehediedonMonday.Luzerne County District At-torney Stefanie Salavantis saidher office is awaiting the resultsofanautopsythatwilltakeplacetodaytodeterminewhethertheReznick’sdeathwasahomicide,but preliminary evidence indi-cates he was the victim of a bru-tal beating.“The way he was found, itseems as if he received a severeassaultandthatmayhaveledtohis death,” Salavantis said.ItdidnotappearasifReznickhadbeenstruckbyavehicle,thedistrict attorney said, but, rath-er, was beaten by another per-son or persons.Salavantis said she assignedtwo members of her office, De-tective Larry Fabian and Assist-ant District Attorney Dan Zola,to begin an investigation afterReznick’s death Monday. They are cooperating with Hazletonpolice and a forensics unit fromstate police at Hazleton in theinvestigation, she said.Police initially had troubleidentifying Reznick and ap-pealedtothepublicforinforma-tionabouthisidentityonAug.4.Salavantis said Reznick, who was found barefooted and wear-ing scant articles of clothing, was not carrying identification.PolicefoundReznick’svehiclethe following day and were ableto identify him by informationfound in the vehicle, Salavantissaid. Police did not disclose where Reznick’s vehicle wasfound,butsaiditwastowed“forlater processing.”Salavantis said she does notbelieve Reznick regained con-sciousnessatanypointaftertheassault.She said her office is follow-ing up on several leads in thecase, but police are continuing to seek any information relatedto Reznick’s death. Police saidReznick worked outside of Ha-zleton but frequented local res-taurants.Anyone with informationabout the incident is asked tocontact Hazleton police at 459-4950.
Assault victim found in street dies
Aaron Reznick discoveredunconscious, bleeding fromhead on Hazleton street.
SWOYERSVILLE – A 2011audit gave Swoyersville Bor-ough a clean bill of financialhealth.Patty Prociak, certified pub-licaccountant,ofProciak&As-sociates Accounting, who pre-sentedtheauditduringthespe-cial meeting Tuesday night,said the borough’s financial re-sults continue to be consistent with budget projections.She said this indicated theborough was fiscally healthy.She credited Borough Secre-tary Gene Breznay with hard work and cooperation in prep-aration of the audit.Council President Ron Alun-ni said he was again proud of the borough for presenting with “absolutely no problems.”Minor discrepancies be-tween projections and actualspendingwereattributedtoun-predictable factors such as weather events or slight varia-nces in billing cycles.Breznaysaidthenextregularmeeting of the council will be Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 6:30 p.m.due to the Labor Day holiday.
Audit findsSwoyersvillein good shape
Times Leader Correspondent
DUPONT -- Embattled Bor-oughCouncilmemberBrianNes-goda, whose seat has remainedempty for most of 2012’s councilmeetings, has officially resignedfrom the position.Council President Stanley Knick Jr. informed the boroughof Nesgoda’s resignation during Tuesday night’s regular councilmeeting.Nesgoda, who initially servedon council from 2001 through2008, began his second stint as a councilmaninJanuary.However,he has remained absent from thecouncil sincehis arrest inMarch on do-mestic violencecharges.Knicksaidhethought allcharges againstNesgoda hadbeen dropped.In a statement submitted to theborough, Nesgoda gave no offi-cial reasons for his resignationand he could not be reached forcomment following Tuesday’smeeting. The council will now acceptapplications for his replacementup until Aug. 29. A replacement will be selected during a specialmeeting on Sept. 4, and the newcouncil member will be sworn inon Sept.11.Knick does not anticipate a large number of applicants. Fullbackground checks will be per-formed on the person selected.In other matters:• Knick reported a wood chip-ping compost facility, jointly op-eratedbysixareamunicipalities,officially began operations on Tuesday.Although there has previously been multiple successful demon-stration runs, the first day of op-erations hit a literal snag as a branch caused a jam within theequipment. Knick noted that theproblemisnotserious,andheex-pects that the facility will run atfull capacity today.Each of the six municipalitiesresponsible for the facility -- Avo-ca, Duryea, Hughestown, Jen-kins, Pittston and Dupont -- cannow begin dropping off the yard waste collected from their resi-dents and properties. Businessescan also utilize the facility for a fee. One-ton trucks will becharged $25, 5-ton trucks willhavetopay$45anditwillbe$80for tri-axle vehicles. ThisisDupont’sfirstforayintothetrendtowardregionalization.Dupont is currently in talks with the boroughs of Laflin andHughestownaboutsharedpoliceservices.
D U P O N T CO U N C I L
Times Leader Correspondent
The next regu-lar councilmeeting will beTuesday, Sept.11, at 7 p.m.
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PLYMOUTH – Council Presi-dentFrankCoughlinannounced Tuesday night the borough willbe hiring more part-time policeofficers.Coughlin said the additionalofficers will help with the grow-ing problems in the area, includ-ing the recent drive-by shoot-ings. Theboroughisawaitingclear-ances for the prospective offi-cers.Coughlin added residents canhelp do their part by attending meetings, such as the ones heldbythePlymouthCitizensActionCommittee, which meets on thefirstTuesdayofeachmonth,andthe Plymouth Crime WatchCommittee, which will meetnext Tuesday.In reference to the recentcrime problems, CouncilmanBill Dixon stated that residentsneed to take care of their house-keeping and “keep their housesclean.” Dixon said that when a house has no curtains and highgrass it “invites a certain ele-ment.”Church Street resident Jim Thomas said the problems lie within the houses owned by ab-sentee landlords. Thomas saidthese houses, which usually have broken down banisters, un-cut weeds and are a general“mess,” will keep decent peoplefrom renting them. Thomas said there are severalhouses on Church Street thathave been in this condition forthe past five years, and that“something has to be done withthe landlords (in order) to cor-rect their property.”In other matters:• The borough has received a $38,666 grant from the U.S. De-partment of Agriculture to beusedtobuytwonewpolicevehi-cles. Because the grant will cov-er55percentofthecost,itislike“buying one and getting onefree,” said Coughlin. The only othermunicipalityintheareatoreceive this particular grant isNanticoke.• The landlord/tenant agree-ment, which was to be voted onduringthemeeting,willbepost-poneduntiltheSept.11meeting. The postponement is due to theordinance not having sufficienttime to be advertised.• Council has approved themotion for the borough to jointheWestSideCouncilofGovern-ment.FrankCoughlinwillbethe votingrepresentativeforthebor-ough,andStanStibekwillbethealternate representative mem-ber.
Plymouth plans to hire more part-time police officers
Times Leader Correspondent
RICE TWP. – Supervisorsagreed at Tuesday night’smeeting to reach out to their volunteer fire department,requesting more open com-munication. The township supports thedepartment in operating ex-penses, but, because state-re-quired financial, personneland equipment records havenot been properly kept, thesupervisors’ hands are tied inreleasing funds. Solicitor William Higgs said violationshave been documented withthe state Auditor General’sOffice.Unlike other departments,the fire department submitsno monthly operations reportto the supervisors. Higgs saidthese regular reports wouldbe a good place to start reo-pening communication.“We’ve got to get (the de-partment) to comply,” Higgssaid. “We have a contract with them and they’re notkeeping up with it.”Supervisor Marcia Thomasassured the residents in at-tendance that the supervi-sors were doing what they could to address the situa-tion.“Obviously, we want to seethe fire company come out of this hole,” Thomas said.Chairman Miller Stella spoke highly of the depart-ment for its service, saying ithad missed only one call this year.“This fire department doesa great job. They just needsome accountability,” hesaid.He said the township gave$5,700 to the departmentthree weeks ago, money thatshould have been given last year.Because the department was late in filing its 2010 re-ports, the funds were with-held.In other business, the su-pervisors have received a community developmentgrant to install a handicap ac-cessible floating dock on oneof the township’s Ice Lakes.It was agreed that Thomas will oversee the project asshe has spent considerabletime working on it already. Thomas said she and thetownship’s treasurer, DonaldArmstrong, will work withCarl Schimmel of the Quad3engineering firm, who is alsothe township’s engineer, todesign a dock that includeshandicap access and loweredrailing portions that will al-low those in wheelchairs tocast fishing lines. The dock is to be built atthe Nuangola Road lake ac-cess.She said she hoped tobreak ground next spring asthe rest of this year’s work-able weather will be spentplanning.Concerning Heslop Road’sresurfacing, Stella said hespoke with a state GameCommission representativeearlier yesterday about theproposed logging project thathas delayed resurfacing theroute, which most agree is indeplorable condition.Stella said the state com-mission has reached no deci-sion about whether they willtimber game lands adjacentto the decrepit road, but, asroad master, he said he wouldnot resurface the main accessroad for the pending project.“I will not pave that roaduntil they make a decision,”Stella said. At the beginning of the year, the game commis-sion predicted a decision by fall.
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Closer fire dept. links sought
Times Leader Correspondent
ASHLEY – Borough coun-cil voted Tuesday night to ap-prove the appointment of offi-cer John J. Bell as part-timepolice chief, before a packedhouse of residents.Councilman Don Sipple was the lone dissenter of theappointment, stating he feltthe interview process wasrushed and lacked due-dili-gence and input from council.CouncilmanJoeGorhamal-so expressed concern aboutthe borough’s hiring processbutvotedtoapproveBell’sap-pointmentafternotinghisex-ception.Bell, of Exeter, was promot-ed from his position as a pa-trolman in the borough.He also serves Wyoming Borough as a part-time offi-cer.“It is no secret that I feelpolicing is the noblest profes-sion that a person can under-take,”Bellsaid.“Ithasincred-ible rewards and responsibil-ities.”Bell said he is aware of therecentcriticismtheborough’spolice department has re-ceived and he plans to ad-dressallchallengesandshort-coming as head of the depart-ment."In other business:• Council voted to hire twopart-time police officers to re-place the officers who eitherresigned or were demoted inJuly. Ryan Kachinsky and Mi-chael Rahl were sworn in be-fore council at Tuesday’smeeting.• Borough Solicitor Wil-liam Vinsko presented a plaque to longtime Ashley of-ficer Sgt Joseph McGlynn, who resigned in July.• Council vote to approve$3,600 for temporary repairsto the Parrish Street bridge.• Sipple suggested the bor-ough use time cards as a way to track employees’ hours inthe future.After a brief discussion, themeasuredidnotcometoafor-mal vote.
Ashley appoints officer part-time chief
Times Leader Correspondent
NORRISTOWN — An off-du-ty state trooper is slated for for-mal arraignment next month incounty court in suburban Phila-delphia in a fatal crash on thePennsylvania Turnpike. The (Pottstown) Mercury said 41-year-old Barry Searfossof Coatesville was slated for a preliminary hearing Tuesday inMontgomery County but waivedtheproceedingsonMon-day.He is charged with homicideby vehicle while driving underthe influence, careless and reck-less driving and other counts inthe May 18 crash in PlymouthMeeting that killed 21-year-oldRobin Williams of Philadelphia, whose vehicle had slowed downdue to mechanical problems.Searfoss, an11-year veteran of the state police force, has beensuspended without pay.His attorney earlier called Williams’ death a tragedy andsaid the fact wasn’t lost on hisclient.
Off-duty cop arraignedin crash that killed 1
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