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HARRISBURG — A Republican planto phase out Pennsylvanias 600 state-operated liquor stores and raise millionsin revenue by selling licenses to privatebusinesses passed the state House easily on Thursday and was sent to the stateSenate. The105-90voteafteraboutsevenhoursof debate was a victory for members of the majority Republicancaucus and their ally,Gov. Tom Corbett, alsoa Republican.Democrats warnedthe privatization bill willput thousands of statestore employees out of  work, cost more andgenerate less revenuethan supporters predict,and make alcohol more widely available, bring-ing with it a range of so-cial problems.“This is not a busi-ness friendly bill,” saidRep. Margo Davidson,D-Delaware. “This mea-sure has the potential todestroysmallbusinessesand ravage communi-ties.”Supporters said thestate should not be sell-ing alcohol and said pri- vate businesses wouldimprove customer ser- vice, create jobs and putanendtoaDepression-erasystemofstatecontrol that was nearly unique across thecountry.Theysaidsaleswouldincreaseinpart by recapturing customers from Penn-sylvaniawhocurrentlypurchasewineandliquor from other states, particularly NewJersey.“We are moving in the right direction,”said Majority Leader Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny. “There are going to be thou-sands of new private-sector jobs, not only in retail but in wholesale.”Both sides said the proposal was likely to see changes in the state Senate, wherethe Republican leader said discussions would soon begin regarding how thatchamber will respond. The 194-page bill would give existinbeer distributors the priority in purchas-ing 1,200 wine and spirits licenses. Italso would allow groceries to sell wine,
Pa. Houseapprovesliquor bill
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 WASHINGTON Moving on two fronts, the Republican-controlled House on Thursday  voted to keep the governmentrunning for the next six months while pushing through a tea-party flavored budget for next year that would shrink the gov-ernment by another $4.6 trillionover the next decade. The spending authorizationon its way to the White Housefor Presi-dent BarackObama’s signa-ture leaves inplace $85 bil-lion in spend-ing cuts to thePentagon anddomestic agen-cies.Theresult will be tempo-rary furloughsfor hundredsof thousands of federal work-ers and con-tractors overthe next sixmonths andinterrupted,slower or halt-ed services andaid for many Americans. The non-binding GOPbudget planfor 2014 andbeyond calls for a balanced bud-get in 10 years’ time and sharpcuts in safety-net programs forthe poor and other domesticprograms. Thursday’s developmentsdemonstrated the split nature of this year’s budget debate. Com-peting nonbinding budget mea-sures by each party provide plat-forms for political principles; atthe same time Capitol Hill lead-ers forged a bipartisan deal oncarrying out the government’score responsibilities, in this caseproviding money for agencies tooperate and preventing a gov-ernment shutdown. The GOP budget proposal,
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County goes into overtime
Luzerne County government spent$1.1 million on overtime last year —more than half of that amount at theprison. The prison was budgeted $400,422for overtime last year and ended uppaying $579,858, according to a reportfrom the county controller’s office. The county’s 2013 budget raised ex-pectations for prison overtime cuts, al-locating $400,000.County Manager Robert Lawtontoldcouncilthisweekheismonitoring prison overtime expenses and will up-date council on the status of all spend-ing and revenue in his first-quarter fi-nancial report, which is scheduled forMay 14.Council members have been press-ing for updates on finances becausethis year’s $122.25 million generalfund budget contains a $4.3 million void that must be filled by seeking a cash advance on unpaid delinquenttaxes if additional savings and revenuedon’t materialize. This cash advanceis viewed as a last resort because itcomes with additional fees.Lawton said he has stressed the im-
Lawton keeps tabs on personnel costs
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Hanover Township responders getting central location 
Dan Haefele, center, and fellow Breslau Fire Co. firefighters Ray Masher and Helen Minnick participate in hazardousmaterials training at one of three Hanover Township stations scheduled for consolidation.
New fire station dream realized
HANOVER TWP. — JohnHalliday and Jeff Tudgay have waited a long time fora new fire station to be builtin their town.And they have tried tomove mountains to make ithappen. Wednesday, the biggestmountain moved when thetownship received wordthat it will receive a $1 mil-lion gaming funds grant tobuild a new fire station onthe Sans Souci Parkway.“This has been a dreamfor a long time, and now it will become a reality,” said Tudgay, 52, the townshipfire chief and a firefighterfor 35 years. “This will keepmost of our fire departmentunder one roof and it willcentralize our operations.” The township now hasfive fire stations — Breslau,Newtown, Hanover Green,Askam and Preston. When the new facilitis built, three of them —Breslau, Hanover Greenand Preston will close.Newtown and Askam arelocated at opposite ends of the township and the newstation will be located inthe middle of the sprawling township.Halliday, owner of JohnP. Halliday Trucking Inc., wanted to help make theproject possible. He demol-ished the buildings on thesite — the former Square HLumber Co. — at no cost tothe township and its taxpay-ers.“These guys risk theirlives as firefighters to pro-tect the citizens,” he said.“They’reterrific,andIknowthey will be there if I everneed them. I wanted to givesomething back to them.”Clearing the site was a key in getting approval forthe project, Tudgay said. Healso credited the volunteerHanover Area Fire Districtfor purchasing the site. This was the third ap-plication filed for gaming funds; the first two times were unsuccessful in receiv-ing funds that are allocatedby the Local Share Account, whichreceivesgamingmon-ey generated by casinos,including Mohegan Sun atPocono Downs in Plains Township. They are handled by the
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Luzerne Co. Engineer Joe Gibbons answers question aboutMoon Lake during a public meeting at LCCC with the Pennsyl-
NANTICOKE When thestatewide trout season openson April 13, so will Moon LakePark. That’s when the county-owned facility will open forseven days a week until Oct. 31,and there is hope that the parkcan be opened every day year-round, according to County En-gineer Joe Gibbons.GibbonsoutlinedhisplansfortheparkThursdayduringapub-lic forum on fishing and boating issues hosted by state Rep. Ger-ald Mullery’s office at LuzerneCounty Community College.Along with Gibbons, officials with the Pennsylvania Fish andBoat Commission and Mullery’sstaff fielded questions on issuesranging from smallmouth bassin the Susquehanna River totrout fishing.But most of the questionscentered on Moon Lake and what can be done to keep thepark open all year. Gibbons saidhe has two short-term goals forthepark:obtainagrantfromthestate to construct a new boatlaunch, and find a way to keeptheparkopensevendaysaweekall year.“That’s a big challenge, butthere’s some real momentumamongst the public and ourelected officials,” he said. “Theidea is to maximize the passiveuses of the park and find a way this year to keep it open sevendays a week.”Staffing is a major obstacle,
Moon Lake Park comeback focus of public forum
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ing’s College students speak with representatives of Kraft Foods on Thursday dur-ing an annual Career Networking Night at the Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center. Fromleft are Robert Miotto, Erin Holcomb, Ruthly Cadestin, Kraft Food representatives FrankSchiel and Kevin Paul, and King’s student Shawn Senese.
U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwrightanswered questions from con-stituentsviatelephoneThursday about the effects of budget cutson everything from their liveli-hoods and veterans benefits toSocial Security and Medicare.Cartwright, D-Moosic, hosteda “Telephone Town Hall” to talk with residents of the 17th Con-gressional District about theeffects of the federal sequesterlocally.Cartwright began by explain-ing sequestration: “a 50-cent word for cuts to the federal bud-getthat came about in 2011 when, to avoid a default, Con-gress formeda “super com-mitteethatdetermineda sequesteracross-the-board cuts inevery federaldepartment — would be a lastresort to achieve a $1.5 trillionfederal deficit reduction over 10 years.“They put in place a ticking time bomb in an effort to forceboth sides to come together andmake a sensible deal,” said Cart- wright.“Buttheydidn’tcometo-gether, and the bomb went off.”He noted the effects seen firstlocally at Tobyhanna Army De-pot — furloughs that amountedto a 20 percent reduction inpay for about 5,000 federal em-ployees and termination of 430contract employees. He alsosaid 1,500 Pennsylvania teach-ers would be laid off and 2,300children cut from the Head Startpreschool program. He also de-scribed the effects of cuts to thefederalBureauofPrisonsandtheDepartment of Agriculture, andpredicted a detrimental effect ona fragile economic recovery.Cartwright also said he votedagainst a budget proposed by U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., on Thursday because it is “basedon things we all know are notgoing to happen and should nothappen.” He said it assumes theAffordable Health Care Act willbe repealed but continues to rely on revenues from the act, andit would “turn Medicare into a  voucher system.”A Wilkes-Barre man askedCartwright if he visited the fed-eral prison where a prisoner al-legedly killed corrections officerEric Williams of Nanticoke inFebruary, and what Cartwrightcould do to increase staffing sono corrections officer is alone with 150 prisoners.Cartwrightsaidhehadnotvis-ited the prison, but he had met with union members while he was campaigning and describedhow visibly stressed they were.“I don’t know what we cando,” he said. “It’s going to takemoney. What is the highestoutrage of all is that the seques-ter applies to (corrections offi-cers).”A 65-year-old woman fromMinersville said she was worriedhow cuts would affect Medicareand Social Security. Those ben-efits would not be cut, said Cart- wright, but customer service would be — and the backlog onprocessing disability claims willincrease.A man from Exeter asked why Cartwright hasn’t “championed”ideas to reduce the deficit suchas means testing for Medicare orSocial Security.Cartwright favors raising oreliminatingthe$113,000incomecapontheSocialSecuritytax,hesaid, and he’s still undecided onmeans testing.
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KINGSTON No Floridbeaches for Dan Hunsinger.Hunsinger,50,retiredasassis-tant police chief in Kingston on Thursday—onlytotakeoveraspolice chief in Forty Fort. The commute from home to work is about the same. Thetwo police departments are a bitmore than a mile apart.Forty Fort is a neighborinmunicipality with a much small-er police force and about one-third of Kingston’s population of 13,000 residents.“I was hired on March 4 inForty Fort and will be sworn inonApril1,”Hunsingersaid.“I’mactuallygoingtostarttomorrowto clean up the office.”Hunsinger graduated from West Side Vocational-TechnicalSchool in 1981 and the Lacka- wanna College Police Academin December 1986. He workedas a police officer for several West Side municipalities beforebeing hired in Kingston in De-cember 1989.Hunsinger rose through theranks, becoming assistant po-lice chief in November 2011, incharge of the patrol and crimi-nal investigation unit.“I’m looking forward to newchallenges,” he said. “There willbe changes, but all the changes will be positive. Hopefully, wecan get more equipment andmodernize the department.”Hunsinger is a member of many law enforcement organi-zations, including the LuzerneCounty Drug Task Force, Ter-rorismTaskForce,CriminalJus-tice Advisory Board and Chiefsof Police Association.
 WILKES-BARRENanticokeCommunity Ambulance has fileda lawsuit in county court againsta neighboring community ambu-lance, alleging it has refused topay for paramedic services pro- vided. The organization filed the suitthrough its attorney, John Dean,of Wilkes-Barre, against Newport Township Fireman’s Community Ambulance, claiming it is owedmore than $30,000. The suit says the two enti-ties entered into a contract inJune 2007, whereby NanticokeCommunity Ambulance wouldprovide services to Newport Township Fireman’s Community Ambulance and that the Nanti-coke organization would receive40percentofthetotalreimburse-ment for the services.Beginning on June 21, 2011,the suit says, Newport TownshipFireman’s Community Ambu-lance refused to reimburse Nan-ticoke and to allow it to reviewfinancial records. The suit alleges a breach of contract and unjust enrichmentin that the services provided by Nanticoke Community Ambu-lance are of “marketable value”and that Newport Township Fire-man’s Community Ambulance“has used and/or continues to(use) service provided by (Nan-ticoke).“It is inequitable to permit(Newport Township Fireman’sCommunity Ambulance) thecontinueduseoftheservicespro- vided by (Nanticoke CommunitAmbulance) without having paidfor said services,” the suit says.
Area ambulance groups in legal dispute
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A “Stop the Sequester Rally” isscheduled for 6 p.m. Wednes-day at the Pittston Area HighSchool in Yatesville. U.S. Rep.Matt Cartwright, D-Moosic, andseveral other elected officials areexpected to attend and to speak.
 WRIGHTTWP.TheCrest- woodSchoolBoardvotedunani-mously on Thursday to approvethe purchase of a new financialand human resource softwaremodules that will cost the dis-trict a total of $150,000 overthree years.Superintendent DaveMcLaughlin-Smith said thenew Skyward software packagereplaces the school’s existing platform, which is incompatible withtheircurrentcomputersys-tem.In other business: The board approved the 2013-14 school calendar with classesscheduled to begin on Aug. 26. The full calendar is posted onthe district website. The 2013 junior/senior promis scheduled for Saturday, April27, 5-10 p.m. at Genetti’s in Ha-zleton.Crestwood will sponsor anArtFest on Saturday, April 13. Theeventwillfeatureaspaghet-ti dinner and an art exhibit dis-playing the work of art instruc-tor Amy Brozena’s students.
Crestwood school boardbuys new software
Times Leader Correspondent
HAZLETON — City Coun-cil on Wednesday failed to ap-prove an ordinance authorizing transfer of a liquor license to a prospectiverestaurantat601S.Poplar St. in the Heights area.Jean Mope, Jack Mundie andKevin Schadder, voting againstthe transfer, cited concernsfor safety and security of city neighborhoods.Police Chief Frank DeAn-drea told council that two res-taurant/bar businesses “haveturned into night clubs.”“It is often necessary to in-crease our police presence inthose areas at closing time toprevent fist fights,DeAndrea said. “It also results in addi-tional costs to the city.”Resident Dee Deakus toldcouncil “our city has enoughliquor licenses.”Inanothermatter,councilap-proved an agreement betweenthe city and Koro Aviation Inc.for the lease of a hangar at theHazleton Municipal Airport foran initial one-year period. It ishoped the agreement will gen-erate a profit for the city fromfrom rental fees and increasedfuel sales.“This has a very limitedamount of risk to it in the long term,” said Councilman KeithBast. “We can reassess theagreement again in one year.”On advice of Council Presi-dent Jim Perry, the agreement will depend upon ascertaining clear title of the property. Theagreement also gives the city the option of purchasing theproperty in the future.City Engineer Dominic Yan-nuzzi said government grantsand loans may be available toassist, should the city decide tomake that purchase.In other business, on firstreading, council approved anamendment increasing its gen-eral municipal tax to be direct-ed to funding pension benefitsfor its employees.City Manager Steven Hahnsaid that, if passed in secondreading,theamendmentwouldresult in the imposition of a 0.5percent tax on earned incomereceived by city residents and a 1percenttaxonincomeearnedby non-residents.Hahn said the city had con-ferred with state representa-tives in increasing the tax tofund pension obligations. The city also approved onfirst reading an ordinanceamending its earned incometax to 2.35 percent for city resi-dents and 2.85 percent for non-residents.Councilman Jack Mundiealso moved to extend the re-bate period for real estate tax-es to June 1. The motion wastabled after questions on its le-gality in regard to advertising.Mundie expressed concernthat solicitor Chris Slusser wasnot at the meeting.“We need to address legalconcerns,” said Mundie, “and we need Chris here to do that.”Councilperson Jean Mopelauded the efforts of its policeand fire department in keeping the city safe during recent cri-sis with quick response timesand “excellent efforts.”“We have good workers and we have hard workers herein Hazleton,” Perry said. “Weneed to take back our city.” The next meeting of City Council will be on April 10 at5:30 pm.
Hazleton council turns downtransfer of liquor license
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. Hun-dreds of people wearing red insupport for gay marriage filledthe state Capitol building withsong and cheers Thursday aslawmakers reviewed legislationthat would end Rhode Island’sdistinction as the only NewEngland state that doesn’t allowsame-sex couples to wed. The pivotal hearing in thestate’s Senate Judiciary Com-mittee comes as gay marriagepicks up momentum around thenation. While a final vote couldstillbemonthsaway,supportersin this heavily Catholic state say they sense Rhode Island couldsoon join nine other states andthe District of Columbia in al-lowing same-sex marriage.Lawmakers in the crampedcommittee room heard testi-mony Thursday from lawyers,religious leaders and privatecitizens, while hundreds of sup-porters sang and cheered in theStatehouse rotunda.
Rhode Island Senate panel hears gay marriage debate
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 WILKES-BARRE — The head of theKing’s College theatre arts program is-sued an apology Thursday evening forstatements she made to The TimesLeader and messages she posted onsocial media websites a day prior. Andthe school reiterated its support for thefuture of the program.In a five-paragraph statement given“in response to the recent media cov-erage and social media postings aboutKing’s College’s plans to invest in thefuture of” two of its programs, the col-lege said it sought “to provide clarity on the issue, dispel inaccurate rumorsand explain the shared commitmenttoward a promising future for the pro-grams and the college.” The statement was spurred by post-ings and statements disseminated by M. Sheileen Corbett, chairwoman of the Theatre Department at King’s, who advised alumni and supporters of the theater that there was no plan, nofunding for a plan and that decisions were made without the theatre depart-ment’s involvement to relocate the de-partment and the program itself to theformer Memorial Presbyterian Churchon West North Street. The church building has gone mostly unused since the college acquired it in2011. The Physician Assistant Studies pro-gram would expand into space current-ly used by the theater on the first floorof the administration building, she hadtold people. But King’s spokesmanJohn McAndrew said that’s the leading option on the table, though no final de-cisions have been made. The college’srelease contradicted Corbett’s previousstatements that she had not been ap-prised of the discussions.“I acted emotion-ally, and my com-ments were not ac-curate,” Corbett saidin a school-issuedstatement on herbehalf. “I made a ter-rible mistake. Thefact is that King’shas always beensupportive of thetheatre program. … The plan to moveout of the current theatre and into theNorth Street Church is exciting for theprogram and, most importantly, for ourstudents, but it will take everyone’seffort for it to succeed. I know my at-tachment to and history in the currentspace caught me at a weak moment,and I acted inappropriately. I apologizefor embarrassing the college and theprogram. I sincerely hope that I can bepart of the solution moving forward.” The chairwoman of the physician as-
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Brozena honored for work
 The Susquehanna River Basin Com-mission Thursday presented its Mau-rice K. Goddard Award for Excellenceby a Water Management Professionalto James Brozena, West Pittston.Brozena was recognized for hiscontributions to flood protection pro-grams in the Wyoming Valley, particu-larly his contributions to the Wyoming Levee Raising Project during his yearsas executive director of the LuzerneCounty Flood Protection Authority. The project involved raising 15 milesof levees and flood walls, enhancedstormwater management, floodmitigation planning and recreationalopportunities, and helped reconnectthe residents of Wilkes-Barre with theSusquehanna River through the RiverCommons project.
Aiding breast cancer fight
 The second annual “Helping Women with Cancer,” in memory of KarenLavan Bokelman, will be held Saturday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Rodano’s onPublic Square, Wilkes-Barre. The Karen Lavan Bokelman Foun-dation is sponsoring the nonprofitevent, which helps women fighting breast cancer. Proceeds will benefit theKaren Lavan Bokelman Foundationand Candy’s Place, a cancer wellnesscenter in Forty Fort.Last year, the organization raised$5,000, half of which was donated toCandy’s Place. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20at the door, which includes food, beerand soda. A cash bar will be available. There will be music by the Killer Bees,silent auction with autographs fromLittle Big Town and Monica Selas,among other items, and a basket raffle.For information or to purchase tick-ets, visit klbfoundation.com.Karen, daughter of Tom and MarilynLavan, Wilkes-Barre Township, wasdiagnosed with cancer in August 2002and passed away Feb. 22, 2010.
EBT system to be down
 The Department of Public Welfare isalerting all Electronic Benefit Transfercard users that they will be unable touse their card beginning 11 p.m. Sun-day through noon on Monday. The planned temporary outage, se-lected to minimize impact to cardhold-ers due to transaction volume, is a re-sult of information technology changesoccurring during a change of card vendors. Cardholders will not be ableto make any purchases with their cardor access their account for information while the transfer is taking place. The Electronic Benefit Transfercard, or EBT card, is a blue card with yellow wording spelling out “AC-CESS.” The EBT card may contain any of the following benefits: Food Stamps, Temporary Assistance for Needy Fami-lies or Medical Assistance.Beginning at noon on Monday,cardholders will be able to go to www.ebt.acs-inc.com to access their benefitinformation. Clients’ benefits will notchange.
PSU open house Saturday
Penn State Hazleton’s Office of Admissions will host an open houseSaturday for prospective students andtheir families. The free event begins at10 a.m. in the Evelyn Graham Academ-ic Building at the campus.Attendees will learn about admis-sions, academic programs, campus life,housing options and financial aid fromadmissions staff members. Currentstudents from the Lion Ambassador or-ganization will provide campus tours.Faculty members also will be availableto discuss the degree programs andthe wide range of educational opportu-nities available at Penn State.For more information, contact theadmissions office at 450-3142.
 WILKES-BARRE Lu-zerne County detectives say they do not know if there aremore people who allegedly  were molested by ex-Holy Re-deemer head football coachJoseph Ostrowski, but the will pursue tips from the pub-lic.One football player cameforward with allegations thatOstrowski, 29, performed lewd sex act on him in thecoacheslocker room at theschool sometime in earl2012.“Ourofficeisaskinganyone who has information to pleasecontact the (Luzerne County)district attorney’s office and we’ll follow up on any inves-tigations as needed,” saidcounty Det. Charles Balogh.“We’re still waiting. If thereare people out there who haveinformation, they can contactour office.”Ostrowski temporaril was removed Thursday fromthe Columbia County Jail— where he is being held onfederal “sextortion” chargesrelated to enticing minors andadults to send him picturesand videos of sexual acts ontheInternet—tobearraignedbyDistrictJudgeMartinKaneon child molestation offenses.Balogh and the state po-lice charged Ostrowski withindecent assault, corruptionof minors and photographing a sex act involving a minor.Kane set Ostrowski’s bail at$50,000, and he was takenback to Columbia County Jail. The arraignment lasted lessthan two minutes.Ostrowski, represented by attorneys Frank Nocito andPhilip Gelso, waived his rightto a preliminary hearing. Aformal arraignment is sched-
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Joseph Ostrowski is escorted into magisterial district courtThursday to be arraigned on molestation charges.
Councilmanclaims 2011lawsuit wasunwarranted
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KINGSTON — Three people wereinjured when a car crashed into the DelBalso Ford dealership Thursday after-noon, striking a support beam and nar-rowly missing a set of windows and a glass entrance door to the showroom.Firefighters pried open the doors toremove the male driver and two femalepassengers who were transported by ambulance to the trauma unit at Geis-inger Wyoming Valley Medical Center,Plains Township. There was debris scattered about theinterior of the car and airbags deployedin the crash around 12:30 p.m. on Mar-ket Street.Kingston Police Chief Keith Keipersaid the crash is under investigationandthenamesandtheconditionsoftheinjured were not available.From his desk, assistant sales man-ager Frank Morreale watched the eastbound four-door Ford veer into the westbound lanes, strike a curb and be-comeairbornebeforestrikingthebuild-ing.Morreale,aformerpoliceofficer,esti-mated the car was traveling at 60 mph.“It didn’t brake at all,” he said.He said he went outside and saw thatone of the passengers was unconsciousand the driver was slumped over thesteering wheel. All three people in thecar looked to be seriously injured, hesaid. The crash left a hole in the building and knocked loose a section of an inte-rior wall next to a support beam.“Itcouldhavebeenalotworse,Mor-reale said. Usually there are people onthe sidewalks in front of and alongsidethe dealership, he said. The car struck a curb on MarketStreet and crossed through the inter-section with Second Avenue beforemaking impact between the entranceand windows.“It could have went right through thedoor,” Morreale said.
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Police are investigating a crash Thursday that injured three people and damaged the Del Balso Ford dealership. Thecar narrowly missed a set of windows and entrance to the building at the intersection of Market Street and SecondAvenue.
3 hurt in crash into dealership
car was travelling at ig speedbefore it slammed into part of DelBalso Ford on Market Street.
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SCRANTON — Having suc-ceeded in having a federal law-suit filed by a former policeofficer dismissed, a Larksvillecouncilmanisnowseekingsanc-tions against the officer and hisattorney for allegedly filing frivolous claim against him.John Pekarovsky claims for-mer part-time police officerScott Kocher and his attorney,Cynthia Pollick, had no viableevidence to support Kocher’sclaim that Pekarovsky had con-spired with others to wrongly terminate him.Kocher filed suit in November2011 against Pekarovsky, MayorJoseph Zawadski and now for-mer police chief Tony Kopko,alleging Kocher was fired inSeptember 2010 for speakinout about an altercation he hadat a bazaar with Zawadski thatAugust.ThedisputecenteredonKocher’s delay in arriving at thebazaar to enforce parking.Kocher claimed the defen-dants violated his right to freespeech by retaliating againsthim for filing an incident reportdetailing the altercation withZawadski. He also claimed hisright to due process was violat-ed when the defendants dissem-inated information that he hadallegedly included false informa-tion in the incident report relat-ing to the Zawadski altercation.Accordingtocourtdocumentsfiled by the borough, Kochertold Zawadski he was delayedbecause he was tied up assist-ing with a call in Plymouth Bor-ough. Kopko later determinedKocher had included false infor-mation in the report regardinhow long he was in Plymouth.Kocher’s due process allega-tion was based on the fact theKopko report was included inKocher’s personnel file, which was later viewed by KingstonBorough officials considerinhiring him as a police officer. The borough rejected his appli-cation after viewing the file.U.S. District Judge A. RichardCaputo dismissed the lawsuit inFebruary,findingthefreespeechclaimfailedbecausetheincidentreport related to a private mat-ter, not a matter of public con-cern, as the law requires. Healso dismissed the due processclaim, finding Kocher had notprovided any evidence that thenamed defendants were the in-dividuals who placed the reportin his file. Pollick has appealedthe decision to the Third Circuit
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James Brozena, left, and award pre-senter Bob Snyder of Luzerne Bank.

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