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Luzerne County Manager RobertLawton publicly unveiled a plan Tuesday to shrink more than half of the county’s $2.1million deficit andsaid personnel cuts will be neces-sary to close the rest of the gap.“There’s no blood on the floor to-night with massive layoffs,” Lawtontoldcouncilandthelarger-than-usu-al meeting crowd.Lawtonsaidpersonnelreductionsareinevitable,buthefirstwantedto work with manag-ers and union offi-cials to discuss op-tions. He stressedhe is “willing andable” to imposenecessary cuts.“I’d prefer it tobe cooperative,but changes are going to be made,”Lawton said. “We have to get our fi-nancial house in order. There’s nomoreplacestorun.There’snomorerabbit to pull out of the hat.” The administration will reducethe deficit $1.225 million by closing central court, reducing allocationstovariousoffices,leavingseveralva-cant positions unfilled and banking onadditionalrevenueandsavingsinspecific departments, Lawton said.For example, court administra-tion has promised $200,000 in sav-ingsbeforetheendoftheyear,inad-dition to $150,000 in reductionsfrom the closing of central court onSept. 30, Lawton said.He praised the courts for coming up with solutions to attack the def-icit.“The bench recognizes that they don’t have a blank check,” he said,adding that the administration un-derstands its responsibility to pro- videfortheadministeringofjustice.Central court is housed in rentedspace in the Thomas C. Thomasbuilding in downtown Wilkes-Barreand covers arraignments and pre-liminary hearings for Wilkes-Barre’s
Cuts required, county manager says
Personnelreductionsnecessary toerase $2.1million deficiteven afterclosing ofcentral court,other changes.
n umbrella was an essential piece of equipment Tuesday morning for workers using a lift to get close and makesome repairs to the steeple at St. Nicholas Church on Washington Street in Wilkes-Barre. There is a chance ofmore rain in the area today and tonight. For the weather, see
 WILKES-BARRE A county committee is expected to termi-nate its earned income tax col-lector next week, but the actionmay not come soon enough tosave the city from having itscredit rating downgraded.Pam Heard, secretary for theLuzerne County Tax CollectionCommittee, said next Wednes-day’s agenda includes a motiontoterminatethecontractofCen-tax/Don Wilkinson Agency asthe county’s EIT collector.Heard said the committee hasadvertised for and received pro-posals from possible replace-mentagenciestocollectthetax.On Monday, Standard &Poor’s Rating Services put Wilkes-Barre’s “Acredit rating ona“creditwatch”forapossibledowngrade. S&P pointed tocash flow problems that couldthreaten the city’s ability to re-pay $3 million in tax anticipa-tion notes. Those problems stem fromdifficultiescollectingtheearnedincome tax. S&P analyst Hilary Sutton said failing to repay thetax notes could further exacer-bate the city’s already weak liq-uidity, which could also worsenif its $12.2 million in variable-rate debt accelerates.“TheCreditWatchplacementreflectsourviewofnewinforma-tion provided by the city that in-dicatesaweakliquidityposition, which we view as a significantcredit risk,” Sutton said.Suttonestimatedthecity’staxcollections are short by about$2.5 million so far this year.Municipalities and school dis-trictsthroughoutLuzerneCoun-ty and elsewhere in the state arefacing budget crunches becauseCentaxhasbeenslowtoforwardtax receipts as the agency hasstruggled to implement a newstate-mandated earned incometax collection system.A Wilkes University professorsaid Tuesday S&P’s warning isnot yet worrisome, but “it’s notgood news.”AnthonyL.Liuzzo,Ph.D.,pro-
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The Luzerne County Tax Collec-tion Committee will meet Aug. 22at 6:30 p.m. at Luzerne CountyCommunity College in the Educa-tion Conference Center,1333 S.Prospect St., Nanticoke.
LawyersforthecityofHazletonandthose whoin2006suedthecityoveritsillegalim-migrationordinanceswillreturntothecour-troomtodaytoagainarguethemeritsofthecase before an appeals court.Lawyers will make their oral argumentsbefore a panel of Third Circuit judges con-sisting of Chief Judge Theodore A. McKee,JudgeThomasI.VanaskieandSeniorJudgeRichard L. Nygaard at the federal cour-thouse in Philadelphia.LegalactionagainstthecitybeganinJul2006 when the American Civil LibertiesUnion, representing several Hazleton resi-dents and business owners, filed a lawsuit with other organizations seeking to havetwo city laws struck down.AfteraweeklongtrialinMarch2007,U.S.District Court Judge James Munley foundthatthecity’sIllegalImmigrationReliefAct(IIRA) and related tenant registration ordi-nance, championed by then city Mayor LouBarletta and adopted by council, were un-constitutional. The IIRA would punish employers whoknowingly hired illegal immigrants andlandlords who knowingly rented to them. The registration ordinance would requiretenantstoobtainanoccupancypermitfromthecity;itwouldrequirepotentialtenantstoshow documents proving citizenship or im-migration status. ThecityappealedtotheU.S.CourtofAp-peals for the Third Circuit, which, in Sep-tember 2010, upheld Munley’s decision. Three months later, the city appealed the ThirdCircuit’sdecisiontotheU.S.Supreme
Hazleton immigration laws back in court
Lawyers to make oral arguments todaybefore a panel of Third Circuit judges.
YATESVILLE – Pittston Area School Board voted 5-4 Tuesday to appoint former Wyoming Val-ley West Superintendent MichaelGarzella as Pittston superintend-ent for the next three years pend-ing finalization of a written con-tract.Garzella was also appointedsubstitute superintendent fromAug. 27 through Oct. 8 for $498perday,amaximumoffivedays week.A Pittston Area graduate, Gar-zella will replace George Cos-grove, who submitted his retire-ment effective Oct. 8, but who isusing accumulated vacation timeuntilthen.Theboardvotedunani-mously Tuesday to approve that vacation.Assistant Superintendent JohnLussi, who headed Tuesday’smeeting, announced his retire-ment as well, effective Dec. 21,though he also asked for and re-ceivedapprovaltouseaccumulat-ed vacation before then. Theboard does not plan to refill thatposition.And the board voted to bumpDirector of Curriculum Janet Do-novantoprincipalattheInterme-diate Center. The plan is to elim-inate the post and have the dis-trict’s school principals and Gar-zellaassumetheresponsibilities.BoardMemberBobLinskeyob- jected to that idea, arguing thatmanyboardmemberslikelydidn’tknow the amount of work Dono- vanhasbeendoing.Linskeyurgedthe board to let Donovan speak.She recounted a wide array of  work in the last three years devis-ing and implementing a district
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Ex-WVW superintendent tohold post three years pendingfinalization of written pact.
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HAZLETON – A man discov-ered unconscious and bleeding fromtheheadinthemiddleofcity 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 presentin 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.
Council’sNesgoda officiallyresigns
Times Leader Correspondent
The next regu-lar councilmeeting will beTuesday, Sept.11, at 7 p.m.
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 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.
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 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 Williamsdeath a tragedy andsaid the fact wasn’t lost on hisclient.
Off-duty cop arraignedin crash that killed 1
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New suits against Lupas
An attorney representing severalpeople in lawsuits against attorney Anthony Lupas has filed court papersin Luzerne County Court to initiatenew lawsuits onbehalf of sevenclients.Attorney ErnestPreate said in sever-al writ of summonsfiled this week thatLupas, 77, is being sued for an invest-ment/legal dispute. The writ is thebeginning of a lawsuit that will befollowed by complaints.Plaintiffs listed in the suit areCarmen Timonte, Madelyn Marino,Kevin J. Hughes, Shirley B. Hughes,Ella Marie Hoffman, Tito A. Minella and Barbara Holmes.Lupas, with an address of Wild-flower Drive, Wilkes-Barre, wasfederally charged with bilking eightinvestors by falsely portraying mon-ey they gave him had been investedin a trust fund. He was initially in-dicted in March on one count of mailfraud. A grand jury issued a secondindictment on July 31adding addi-tional charges. Preate has alleged inother lawsuits that Lupas defraudedseveral clients in an investmentscheme costing them their life sav-ings.
Bringing aid to veterans
 The Department of Veterans Af-fairs Mobile Veterans Center willstop in the Hazleton area on Tuesday and Sept13 at the Laurel Mall,106Laurel Mall Road, from10 a.m. to 2p.m. The Mobile Veterans Center(MVC) will feature a 38-foot mobilecounseling center,two private offices,satellite communi-cation and Internetservice with the VAmedical centers, video conferencing,three flat-screentelevisions for train-ing and educational videos and wheelchair lift and hand-icapped accessibility. They provide trained personnel who give individual, marital, family,and bereavement counseling for veterans and their families. Medicaland employment guidance and re-ferrals, assistance for applying VAbenefits, alcohol and drug assess-ments, information and referrals tocommunity resources are also avail-able. The Sept.13 visit of the MVC isin conjunction with state Rep. Tarah Toohil’s annual Senior Citizen Expo.MVC is sponsored by the U.S. De-partment of Veterans Affairs and itsprograms occur throughout the Unit-ed States.
UNC gets $96,904 grant
 The United Neighborhood Centerof Northeastern Pennsylvania wasrecently awarded $96,904 in an edu-cational grant from the U.S. Depart-ment of Housing and Urban Devel-opment to provide services and ou-treach programs to four counties:Lackawanna, Luzerne, Pike and Wayne and to educate the communi-ty on the fair housing law.Individuals will be made aware of discrimination housing issues, andlandlords will be informed abouthousing laws. After Sept1, the UNC will have a staff person on board tobegin to start scheduling events andactivities.
Dealer giving to MDA
 Wyoming Valley Motors, a localcar dealership, is holding a “Cars forCures Sale-A-Thon,” and donating some of the proceeds to help localchildren living with Muscular Dys-trophy to bring cures, support andfun to children and young adultsliving with crippling neuromusculardiseases.For every new or used carpurchased fromAug.18-31, Wyoming Valley Motors will donate$100 to the Scranton chapter of MDA.All three Wyoming Valley Motorslocations in Kingston and Larksville will be participating in the Sale-a- Thon and any car qualifies for thepromotion.For more information call 288-7411.
NOXEN TWP. – State police at Tunk-hannock arrested a Wyoming County manTuesdayonchargesheshotawom-anwhowasenjoyingarideinanewJeep while sightseeing a wind turbine con-struction project. Wade Douglas Wright, 42, of CooperKettle Park, Monroe Township, was ar-raigned on five countseach of aggravated as-sault and reckless en-dangerment. He was jailed at the WyominCounty Correctional Facility for lack of $250,000 bail.State police allege Wright dischargedtwo rounds from a .22-caliber handgunat a Jeep Wrangler, striking Mary Jose-phine McLaine, 58, of Clifford, once inthe shoulder.McLaine was flown to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center inPlainsTownshipandlistedinfaircondi-tion on Tuesday. Wright allegedly admitted to investi-gators he fired the handgun because he was angry people were trespassing onhis property to see the construction of  wind turbines on 9,000 acres of SouthMountain. The $250 million construc-tionprojectisknownastheMehoopany  WindFarmbyBPWindEnergyandSem-pra U.S. Gas & Power.According to the criminal complaint: Thomas Weeks, 43, of Trucksville,told state police he purchased a newJeep Wrangler and went with his wife,Nancy, 46, his14-year-old nephew, IreneSeigel, 54, of Shavertown, and McLaineto view the wind turbine constructionSundaynight.Weekssaidtheyarrivedatthe site at about 7:20 p.m. and took 12pictures with his cellphone. While he was leaving, he came acrossa man, identified as Wright, standing inthe middle of a road. WeekssaidWrighttookapistolfromholsterandtoldhim,“I’mnotaskingyoutostop,I’mtellingyoutostop,”thecom-plaint says. Wrightapproachedthepassenger-side window and told the occupants of theJeep that they were trespassing on pri- vate property and told them to “Gonow.” WeeksdroveawayandlookedthroughtherearviewmirrortoseeWrightfiring two rounds from the handgun, accord-ing to the complaint.McLaine yelled, “Oh my Godandslumped over Siegel in the rear seat. Wrightinitiallydeniedhefiredapistolbut later admitted he discharged tworounds because he was angry people were trespassing on private property,the complaint says.StatepolicesaidWrightsaidhesatonthe ground for 20 minutes after theshooting. He returned to his cabin onSouth Mountain and retrieved his be-longings before going to his residence with the pistol. Wright told investigators, “If you talkto the woman that was shot, tell her I’msorry,” according to the complaint.ApreliminaryhearingisscheduledonAug.22beforeDistrictJudgeCarlSmithin Tunkhannock.
Man arrestedin shootingat windmillsite in Noxen
Wade Douglas Wright, 42, allegedlyshot woman riding in a Jeep.
POINT TWP. – A Kingstonconstable is facing charges of spying on two teenage girlsknown to him through a two- way mirror while they werecamping in a recreational vehi-cle in Northumberland County.Point Township policecharged John C. Gould, 54, of Market Street, with six countsof invasion of privacy. Thecharges were filed July 30 withDistrict Judge Richard Cash-man in Sunbury and mailed toGould.Gould was elected constablefor part of Kingston in the 2009general election. His term ex-pires in January 2016.He did not return a messagefor comment on Tuesday.Police allege Gould spied onthe two girls while they show-ered in an RV at the SplashMountain Campground fromJune 28 to July1.According to the criminalcomplaint: Twogirls,ages15and17,toldKingston police in early Julthey suspected Gould spied onthem while they showered in-side the RV while camping. Theyoungergirlsaidshefirstbecame suspicious when sheheard a noise while she shavedher legs in the bathroom. Shetoldheroldersisterabouthear-ing the noise and allegedly found a picture on hinges and a two-way mirror in the bath-room, the complaint says.PointTownshippoliceserveda search warrant for the RV, al-legedly finding a picture on a hinge covering a 10-by-12-inchhole in the wall separating thebathroom and a bedroom. Thepicture moved on the hinge when a screw was removedfrom the bedroom.Policeallegeinthecomplaintthat a screwdriver was found ina bedroom dresser drawer.Atwo-waymirrorwasalsoat-tached to the bathroom wallpermitting a one-way view of the bathroom from a bedroom,according to the complaint. Alamp without a shade wasplacednearthemirrortodimin-ish visibility of the mirror, ac-cording to the complaint. Thetwogirlstoldpolicethey showered a total of six times while Gould was inside the RV.A preliminary hearing is sched-uled on Sept. 12 before Cash-man.
Constable allegedly spied on teen girls
 Accused of watching girls shower 
ILKES-BARRE – Inone sense, businesshas peaked for Jeff Pyros at the Luzerne BankBuilding. The six apartments on the14thandtopflooroftheWyom-ing Valley’s tallest buildinhavebeenrentedandPyroshasdropped his focus to the floorbelow, where another six unitsare under construction.
 Theone-andtwo-bedroomluxury apartments starting at $1,000 month almost sell themselves withtheir amenities, downtown locationon Public Square and views of themountains bordering the valley andthe Susquehanna River as it mean-ders south through the city.Pyros, general manager of thebuilding,saidheadvertisedthemfora week and then pulled the ad be-cause of the overwhelming re-sponse.“We’re not advertising them atall,hesaid.“We’restillgettingcallsfor them.” Theprojecttoconvertofficespacein the two uppermost floors of thebuilding built in1930 started earlierthis year.Don Sanderson, co-owner of thebuilding with the Pyros family andformerpartnerinthefirmPyrosandSanderson architects, designed theapartments.Sanderson,whoisretired,andhis wife, Judy, are moving to the frontapartment on the 14th floor fromtheir home in Bear Creek. The couple’s front windows opentothewesternhorizon.Attheoppo-site end of the building the rising sun shines into Joseph Chlubicki’sapartment.He owns Jungle Computer andhasanofficeinthebuilding,makina short commute to work.“It was just really convenient,”
Luxury units provide quite a view 
Joseph Chlubicki and his dog, Tally, have settled in their apartment on the14th floor of the Luzerne BankBuilding on Public Square. Chlubicki likes it for the convenience and the view isn’t too bad either.
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The top two floors of the LuzerneBank Building on Public Square,Wilkes-Barre, will house a total of12 luxury apartments.
Visit www.65psa.com for informationon the apartments in the LuzerneBank Building.
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HAZLE TWP. With a new school year just weeksaway in most local districts,many children are alreadpreparing for everything thenewyearbringsfreshfaces,different classes and newtasks ahead.But for some, the unpleas-anttruthistheywillalsofacean old problem, one that af-fects more than160,000 kidsevery school day – bullying.However, the Health and Wellness Center in Hazle Township was prepared forthe same problem Tuesday night as the Greater Hazle-ton Health Alliance hostedits first forum on the subject withapresentationdesignedto welcome children andtheir parents for an evening full of helpful tips and soundadvice.“What You Need to Knowabout Bullying” began withkey speaker Hazleton PoliceChief Frank DeAndrea, whonot only spoke to the mixedcrowd of parents and chil-drenasalawenforcer,butal-so from personal experienceas the father of a bulliedchild.“It’s because of bullying that my daughter used topreferthecompanyofadultsto children,” the chief said.“Shedsay‘I’veoutgrownmy friends. I’m more mature,’and I’d think, ‘Yeah, she is a  very mature young lady.’ ”He said that his daughter wasn’t trying to be anti-so-cial, she simply felt morecomfortable around peopleshe thought wouldn’t bully her the way she had beenfrom someone her own age. Theevening’sotherspeak-er,Dr.JamesCaggiano,ape-diatrician with the GHHA’sAlliance Medical Group, thetypeofbehaviorexhibitedby DeAndrea’s daughter issomethinghehasseeninhisown practice.“Kids come in with head-aches or bellyaches orthey’re always in the nurse’soffice at school. A sizablenumber when you ask themthe right questions are link-ed to bullying,” Caggianosaid.An informational packetprovided on the subjectstatedthewarningsignsthata child is being bullied canrange from change in eating habits to coming home withdamaged clothing or unex-plained injuries. But whatcan be done to prevent orstop it? Caggiano offered in-sight.“We need to bully-proof these kids and get them tounderstand the dynamics of the bully – know what goesoninsidetheirheads.Butwealso want to let them knowit’sgoodtotalktoadults,and we want them to know thatbullying won’t be tolerated.”
Program addresses school bully problems
Times Leader Correspondent

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