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 WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court sug-gested Tuesday it could find a way out of thecase over California’s ban on same-sex mar-riage without issuing a major national ruling on whether America’s gays have a right to marry.Several justices, including some liberals whoseemed open to gay marriage, raised doubtsduring a riveting 80-minute argument that thecase should even be beforethem. And Justice AnthonKennedy, the potentially deci-sive vote on a closely dividedcourt, suggested that the courtcould dismiss it with no ruling at all.Such an outcome would al-most certainly allow gay mar-riages to resume in California but would have no impactelsewhere.Kennedy said he feared thecourt would go into “unchart-edwatersifitembracedargu-ments advanced by gay mar-riage supporters. But lawyer Theodore Olson, represent-ing two same-sex couples,said that the court similarly  ventured into the unknownin 1967 when it struck downbans on interracial marriagein 16 states.Kennedy challenged theaccuracy of that comment by noting that other countrieshad had interracial marriagesfor hundreds of years. There was no majority ap-parent for any particular out-come and many doubts ex-pressed about the argumentsadvanced by lawyers for the opponents of gay marriageinCalifornia,bythesupportersandby the Obama administration, which is in favor of same-sex marriage rights.Kennedy made clear he did not like the ra-tionale of the federal appeals court that struckdown Proposition 8, the California ban, eventhough it cited earlier opinions in favor of gay rights that Kennedy wrote. That appeals court ruling applied only toCalifornia, where same-sex couples briefly hadthe right to marry before voters adopted a con-stitutional amendment in November 2008 thatdefined marriage as the union of a man and a  woman.
Several members of the court also were trou-bled by the Obama administration’s main pointthat when states offer same-sex couples civilunion rights of marriage, as California and eight
Court hintsat dodginggay marriage
Several Supreme Court justices raisedoubts Tuesday that the much-watchedcase should even be before them.
 Associated Press
“You wantus to as-sess theeffect ofsame-sexmarriage.It may turnout to be agood thing.It may turnout to benot a goodthing.”
Samuel Alito
Supreme Court justice
At least $410,000 in taxpayer funds will be lost withLuzerneCounty’ssaleofadowntownHazle-ton bank building to the city. That loss doesn’t include $116,000 in commu-nity development funding spent to knock downa deteriorating portion of the building to createparking.“It was a piece of property the county nevershould have bought, a big mistake,” said county Councilman Stephen A. Urban, who opposed thecounty purchase by former commissioners ToddVonderheid and Greg Skrepenak.“I call this Greg and Todd’s folly,” he said. The property’s proposed sale to Hazleton soon will come before County Council, which must ap-prove the selling of all county-owned real estate,officials say. The situation dates back to September 2005, when former commissioners evacuated a rentedsouthern county annex on Broad Street on a sus-picion of toxic mold that was later deemed un-founded. They announced their search for a newHazleton annex.In December 2005, a company named Val-Mar Holdings bought the former Security Sav-
Failed annex is a money pit
County’s loss totals hundreds of thousands
Luzerne County government will lose at least$410,000 with the proposed sale of thisBroad Street, Hazleton, building to the city.
 WASHINGTON Medicalclaims costs — the biggest driv-er of health insurance premiums— will jump an average 32 per-cent for Americans’ individualpolicies under President BarackObama’s overhaul, according toa study by thenations lead-ing group of financial riskanalysts. The reportcould turn intoa big headachefor the Obama administrationat a time whenmany parts of the country re-main skepticalabout the Af-fordable CareAct. The esti-mates were re-cently released by the Society of Actuaries to its members. While some states will seemedical claims costs per persondecline, the report concludedthe overwhelming majority willsee double-digit increases intheirindividualhealthinsurancemarkets, where people purchasecoverage directly from insurers. The disparities are striking.By 2017, the estimated increase would be 28 percent for Penn-sylvania, about 80 percent forOhio, more than 20 percent forFlorida and 67 percent for Mary-land. Much of the reason for thehigherclaimscostsisthatsickerpeople are expected to join thepool, the report said. The report did not make simi-larestimatesforemployerplans,the mainstay for workers andtheir families. That’s becausethe primary impact of Obama’s
Care Actwill boostpremiums,study says
Double-digit increasesprojected in many individualhealth insurance markets.
 Associated Press
On the plusside, thereport foundthe law willcover morethan 32 mil-lion currentlyuninsuredAmericanswhen fullyphased in.
See HEALTH, Page 12A
PLYMOUTH The Plym-outh police officer who recov-ered Natalie Aleo’s stolen carsaidithadnobodydamagewhenit was found, raising questionsabout how it sustained signifi-cant front-end damage that wasevident when it was returnedto her Saturday by Wilkes-Barrecity towing contractor LeoGlodzik III.Officer Anthony Gorey saidhe found the car, a 1993 CutlassCiera, parked on Gardner Streetin Plymouth on Dec. 10. It hadno damage other than the in-terior got a little wet from rainbecause the windows were leftcracked open about one inch, hesaid.“When it left Plymouth, it didnot have any damage on it,” hesaid. Thedescriptionisinstarkcon-trast to the vehicle that Glodzik,
Natalie Aleo’s Olds Cutlass Ciera sits in a salvage yard aftershe received $200 for it.
Officer: Car LAG towed found undamaged
Woman’s stolen Olds wasreturned to her Saturdaywith front end smashed.
This idea wasn’t all rubbish 
Pittston Area High School seniors Matthew Yatison and James Musto helped to bring a single-stream recy-cling program to at least one building in the district.
Pittston Area ends old, wasteful ways
YATESVILLE — For Tara Craig, it wasanideamorethanadecadeover-due. For Matthew Yatison, JamesMusto and Cory Tobin, it was anidea worth money for four years intothe future.“I’ve been here 12 years and it’salways bothered me that we don’t re-cycle,” Craig, a computer teacher atPittstonAreaHighSchoolsaidwhenasked about the district’s new “Proj-ectGreensingle-streamrecyclingatthe high school.But persistence pays. When a new administration camein last summer, Craig pitched theidea again. This time, it took. Super-intendent Michael Garzella backedthe idea, and Northeast Recycling Solutions offered the same deal tothedistrictithasbeengivingtolocalmunicipalities: You collect it, we’llrecycle it, no charge. The result: The high school nowhas single-stream recycling, withdozens of small bins — donated by local municipalities, Craig noted —in classrooms and labs accepting everything from aluminum foil to water bottles.Studentsandteachersperiodically carry those containers to one of 12large “totes” — 96-gallon containerson wheels that, in turn, can be takento a loading dock where the goodsare hauled away by NRS.But this is an idea that was, well,recycled itself. When Yatison, Musto and Tobinheard of Craig’s recycling effort,they decided to work it into a hypo-thetical business called “Greanleaf,”drawing up a detailed plan on how
See RECYCLE, Page 12ASee CAR, Page 12ASee BUILDING, Page 12ASee COURT, Page 12A
Councilman frustratedwith LAG probe progress,
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 WRIGHT TOWNSHIP Ina global economy, internationalbusiness can make or break a company.It’swhythestatehasanOfficeof International Business De- velopment that not only helpscompanies make sales overseas,but also helps to attract foreigncompanies to do business state-side and even open offices inPennsylvania.One company that’s been success in exporting products isCornell Iron Works in the Crest- wood Industrial Park in Moun-tain Top. Wilfred H. Muskens, deputy secretary for International Busi-ness Development, toured thefacility Tuesday as part of a re-gional effort by the state’s De-partment of Community andEconomicDevelopmenttomeeteconomic drivers throughoutNortheastern Pennsylvania.Officials visited King’s Col-lege, Misericordia University and the future site of the North-east Regional Food Bank in Jen-kins Township on Tuesday andplan to be in Nanticoke, Hazle Township, Dallas, Drums andHazleton today as part of anoutreach effort called “DCEDOn The Road” to tout Gov. TomCorbett’s plans for economicgrowth, job creation and com-munity development.Muskenssaidcompaniessuchas Gentex in Simpson and Cor-nell Iron Works have figured outinternational sales are vital tosurvival.“Sometimes the survival of a company is dependant on how well they export,” Muskenssaid. Exporting not only saves jobs, he said, but creates them,too. With 29 offices serving 65countries, the program has aid-edcompanieslargeandsmallby getting them into foreign mar-kets that might have been toocost prohibitive or too hard toenter.“We provide individual, on-the-ground assistance,” Mus-kens said. While some people have com-plained about the state spend-ing money to help private busi-nesses, Muskens said “we makesmall state investments witha huge return for our invest-ments.” The program generated$834millioninnewexportsalesfor the state last year, he said. The program also seeks toattract foreign companies to lo-cate in Pennsylvania. Muskenscited Boden and ABF, two Brit-ishcompanies,thatopenedsitesin Luzerne County, as examplesof successful imports. Whilesomecontendmanufac-turing in Pennsylvania is a thing of the past, Muskens disagreed.“We’re certainly not at the endof our manufacturing economy. To the contrary, I think we’reseeing a revival,” Muskens said.He said the Marcellus Shale in-dustry is a major driver in thatregard.
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n O M I n AT E D F I R M S
Several companies based inLuzerne County have been nomi-nated for the Governor’s ImPActAwards. The awards are brokeninto five categories — Jobs First,Community Impact, Small Busi-ness Impact, Entrepreneurial Im-pact and Export Impact — and willbe chosen from nominees fromeach of the state’s 10 regions.Luzerne County nominees in-clude:
Community Impact
Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs,Plains Twp.
Entrepreneurial Impact
HawkMtn Labs Inc., West HazletonOutsourcing USA LLC, Dallas
Export Impact
Cornell Iron Works, Mountain Top
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 WILKES-BARRE City Council Vice Chairman Tony George wants answers.George, who first ques-tioned the performance of LAG Towing in July, askedMayor Tom Leighton at Tues-day’s council meeting for thestatus of the investigation thatcouncil approved in January.“It’s still ongoing,” is allLeighton would say.George said he is gettinmore frustrated by the situa-tion. There’s more than enoughevidence, he said, to justify terminating LAG’s contract.“I thought that back in July,”George said. “And I’ve haven’tseen anything to change my mind. The longer this goes on,the worse it seems to be.”Mark Robbins, a Forty Fortresident, has been an advo-cate for people who he sayshave been overcharged by Leo A. Glodzik’s towing com-pany,LAG.Robbinsbroughttocouncil a jar filled with money that he said has been donatedby people to help a woman whose car was towed by theSouth Wilkes-Barre company.Georgewantedtoknowifanarbitrator had been assignedto hear the case against LAG,but Leighton didn’t respond.In other business, T.J.Evanko of South EmpireStreettoldcouncilhehasbeenhaving ongoing problems withtheft at his commercial prop-erty. He has called police sixtimes, but they have respond-ed only twice, he said. Evankobought a gun a year ago toprotect his property and hisfamily after he confronted per-petrators who threatened him,he said.“I don’t want to kill any-body,” said Evanko. “I don’t want to shoot anybody, butI can’t rely on police protec-tion.”Evankoaskedcounciltolookinto police response times. Asa taxpayer, he doesn’t feel heis getting his money’s worth inprotection, he said.Frank Sorick, president of the Wilkes-Barre City Taxpay-ers’ Association, questionedthe effectiveness of the city’ssurveillance camera systemoperated by Hawkeye Secu-rity Solutions. Sorick saidrecent incidents in South Wilkes-Barre — three childrenreportedly were approachedby a would-be abductor this week near Kistler Elementary School and alleged crimes inMiner Park — have not beenresolved.“Are the cameras useless?”Sorick asked. “They don’tseem to ever solve anything.”Leighton said the camerashave provided key evidence inseveral investigations, but themayor would not comment onthe status of the reported ab-duction attempt. He indicatedthere soon could be a break inthe case.
 WILKES-BARRE A laxa-tive and a medical procedurefailed to retrieve heroin pack-ets and crack cocaine hiddenin a man’s rectum, according tocharges filed.Frank A. Naturile, 32, ad-dress listed as homeless, wasarraigned Tuesday by DistrictJudge Martin Kane on chargesof tampering with evidence,possession of drug parapherna-lia, escape and flight to avoidapprehension. He was jailedat the Luzerne County Cor-rectional Facility for lack of $30,000 bail.Naturile is also jailed on state parole violation.According to the criminalcomplaint:City police stopped a ve-hicle for a traffic violation atEast South and South Wellesstreets on March 6. When thecar stopped, Naturile, who wasa passenger, ran away.He was apprehended at Tur-key Hill on Hazle Avenue. Po-lice found that Naturile wasallegedly hiding drugs in hisrectum. Naturile claimed he was concealing three heroinpackets and a bag of crack co-cainebutwasunabletoretrievethem, the complaint says.Naturile was taken to Geis-inger Wyoming Valley Medi-cal Center in Plains Town-ship, where an X-ray revealeda square-shaped object in hisbody, and a laxative was given. When the laxative failed todischarge the object, a colo-noscopy was performed thatresulted in paper remnants be-ing recovered, according to thecomplaint.Court records say county Judge David Lupas sentencedNaturile on April 1, 2010, totwotofouryearsinstateprisonon charges of receiving stolenproperty, reckless endanger-ment and fleeing and eluding authorities in connection witha police chase in Edwardsvilleon May 15, 2009. He was pa-roled from state prison in April2012, according to court re-cords.A preliminary hearing isscheduled on April 4.
Man charged with hiding drugs in body cavity
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Cornell Iron is touted for exports
Baker: End furlough threatfor the Pa. National Guard
 The federal six-month spend-ing plan passed by the U.S. Sen-ate last week still leaves about2,000 members of the Pennsyl- vania National Guard subjectto furloughs as a result of thesequestration, according to onelocal state senator.Sen. Lisa Baker, R-Lehman Township, expressed her con-cerns over the fate of military technicians in the NationalGuard in a series of letters sentthis week to U.S. Reps. LouBarletta, R-Hazleton, and Mi-chael Kelly, R-Butler, and Sens.Bob Casey, D-Scranton, and Pat Toomey, R-Zionsville. Bakerand state Sen. Robert Robbins,R-Greenville, ask for the federallawmakers’ support of any con-gressionalamendmenttoprotectthose workers.Of the more than 18,000 mem-bers of the Pennsylvania Nation-al Guard, nearly 1,800 classifiedas military technicians are sub- ject to furloughs. Technicians, who are fully uni-formed federal civilian employ-ees but not active-duty membersof the military, often hold rolesin operations and logistics andconduct repairs on aircraft andground vehicles for the NationalGuard, Baker said.“The work performed by Na-tional Guard military techni-cians is integral to maintaining military readiness of our Guardunits,”JoelMutschler,vicechair-man of the Pennsylvania Nation-al Guard Associations, wrote in a release on March 21. The Pentagon has exemptedall other uniformed personnelfrom sequestration in order tolimit the impact of ongoing de-bates in Congress to military readiness, according to the as-sociation.“I believe this goes againstthat intent,” Baker, the chair- woman of the state Veterans Af-fairs and Emergency Prepared-ness Committee, said in a phoneinterview Tuesday. Withoutsupportforadditionalfederal legislation, nearly 53,000federal employees across thecounty could be affected. The region often has calledupon the National Guard intimes of emergency, said Baker,including during responses toSuperstorm Sandy in 2012 andHurricanes Lee and Irene in2011 for rescue, reconstructionand other efforts.
 WILKES-BARRE A city man charged with concealing a gun after breaking into a Sher-man Hills apartment and hiding in the bathtub was sentenced Tuesday to two to four years instate prison.Melvin Hall, 37, with a lastknown address of Dana Street, wassentencedbyJudgeMichaelVough on a firearms charge hepleaded guilty to in January.Hall also is awaiting prelimi-nary hearings on allegationshe sexually assaulted a teen-ager and, separately, on charg-es stemming from an allegeddriving-under-the-influence in-cident.According to court papers, onMay 31 police responded to theSherman Hills Apartment Com-plex in Wilkes-Barre for a reportof a break-in. When police ar-rived, they observed a door toanapartmentopenandtwopeo-pleinside,hidinginthebathtub.Police said that while hand-cuffing Hall, they found a load-ed.9mmpistolinhiswaistband.Police conducted a backgroundcheck on Hall and discovered heis a convicted felon not permit-ted to possess a gun.OnFeb.22,anapartmentHalllived in on Park Avenue was de-stroyed by a fire police said wasintentionally set. Hall told The Times Leader his family lost ev-erything, and a PNC Bank fund was set up for donations.On Jan. 3, Hall was charged with several driving offensesand DUI after an incident inAshley. He is scheduled to ap-pear for a preliminary hearing on April 2 before District JudgeJoseph Halesay.Early this month, Hall wascharged with six counts relating to the alleged sexual assault of a teen girl. In that case, policesaid Hall sexually assaulted 15-year-old girl inside his resi-dence on Dana Street.Hall is scheduled for a prelim-inary hearing on April 2 beforeDistrict Judge Rick Cronauer.
City man sentenced for possessing gun
Wilfred Muskens, state deputy secretary for International Business Development, tours the Cor-nell Iron Works facility on Tuesday in the Crestwood Industrial Park, Wright Township. Muskensthen talked to officials at Cornell about exporting Pennsylvania goods and how the company hasbeen successful at it.
State business officials touringarea sites, promoting programsthat can spur growth.
State seator seeks federalsupport to protet jobs ofabout 2,000 i state.
KINGSTON — Senior citi-zen bus ridership nosedivedagain — by 50 percent thisFebruary compared to Febru-ary 2012 — and the Office of Inspector General has beenlooking into the continuing anomaly.At their regular meetinon Tuesday, Luzerne County  Transportation Authoritboard members learned thatsenior ridership dropped from52,879 last February to 26,296last month. Overall bus rid-ership dropped 24 percentfrom 137,872 to 105,157,Executive Director Stanley Strelish told the board.Senior ridership numbersbecame an issue last July afterLCTA board member PatrickConway informed CountCouncilman Edward Bromin-ski that some former boardmembers and bus drivers toldhim Strelish ordered them topad senior ridership numbersby hitting a counter buttonextra times to up state reim-bursement.Strelish repeatedly and ve-hemently has denied the alle-gations, which were broughtto the attention of the Penn-sylvania Department of Trans-portation. PennDOT hasfound no wrongdoing, but aninvestigation continues.Strelish confirmed after themeeting that an investigator with the state Office of Inspec-tor General had visited the au-thority this month and inter- viewed him and some others.Conway said after the meet-ing that Ryan King, specialinvestigator with the state Of-fice of Inspector General, hascontacteddrivers,boardmem-bers and past board members.“Everyone is telling himthey were instructed to pushthe senior button,Conway said he was told by drivers when he ran into them social-ly,addingthathemetwiththeinvestigator for an hour and a half. The most recent ridershipfigures were discussed briefly during the work session thatpreceded the meeting afterboard member Sid Halsorquestioned them.Board members are givena breakdown of 13 consecu-tive months of ridership data at each meeting. Halsor askedif there were “any system-atic changes from month tomonth,” noting that ridership was highest in August.Board member Bob Che-palonis said there was morebad weather in February 2012than last month, noting anearly spring and 70-degreedays last March. He also saidthere were more bus servicedays last February.February 2012 had 25 ser-
 WILKES-BARRE A LuzerneCounty inmate who allegedly threat-ened that gunfire directed at correc-tional officers would be worse than theConnecticut school shooting in Decem-ber was charged Tuesday with making terroristic threats.County detectives allege JohnHayden Calk, 28, formerly of Edwards- ville, repeatedly stated he was going to buy an AK-15 assault rifle and waitoutside the jail to shoot officers. Calkallegedly claimed “what happenedat Sandy Hook El-ementary would benothing” comparedto what he would do,according to chargesfiled.Calk was arraigned via video conferenceby District JudgeMartin Kane in Wil-kes-Barre on two counts of terroristicthreats. He remains jailed at the county prison for lack of $100,000 bail.Last week, a county judge sentencedCalk to 16 to 32 months in state prisonon charges by city police that he robbeda purse from a woman on Spring Streeton June 21, according to court records.An arrest warrant was issued in Janu-ary for Calk’s brother, Jeremiah Corey Calk, 26, when he failed to appear fora pre-trial hearing on the robbery case.Jeremiah Calk, originally from Texas with a last known address as PulaskiStreet, Edwardsville, remains at-large.Calk said during the video arraign-ment he wanted to pursue chargesagainst correctional officers for being shackled to a table in the jail.According to the criminal complaint:Calk stated he was going to purchasean AR-15 assault rifle and threatened“he was going to wait outside the jailand shoot at the guards coming out.”Calk also claimed he wanted a prisonsergeant “dead,” telling other officers,“My word is my bond and I will get(sic) yas.”Detectives said Calk repeatedly pledged to shoot correctional officers,making a reference to the shooting inConnecticut on Dec. 14 when 20 chil-
MOOSIC — The owner-ship group of WNEP-TV and 20 other television sta-tions nationwide has putthe broadcasting arm of itscompany of for sale.Chuck Morgan, the gen-eral manager of WNEP,an ABC affiliate based inMoosic serving more than20countiesinNortheasternand Central Pennsylvania,including Luzerne County,confirmed the company isfor sale but declined addi-tional comment.According to trade maga-zine Broadcasting & Cable,Oak Hill Capital Partners, a private equity firm, has putits Local TV LLC stationson the block. In addition to WNEP,LocalTVLLCownsor operates 21 stations, in-cluding KDVR in Denver,
See WNEP, Page 6A
mployees at the newly renovated PNC Field on Montage Mountain in Moosic test the new high-definitionscoreboard and hang lights on advertising spots as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders prepare for the2013 season. The new season will begin at 7:05 p.m. April 4, when the team faces the defending Interna-tional League champion Pawtucket Red Sox in a rematch of their 2012 playoff clash.
The LCTA board meets for awork session at 3 p.m. May 14at the authority offices, 315Northampton St., Kingston. Aregular meeting follows at 4 p.m.
TIMES LEADER www.timesleader.omWEDNESDAy, MARcH 27, 2013
Campaign chairs announced
 The Osterhout Free Library has an-nounced that Clayton and Theresa Karambelas are the 2013 annual cam-paign chairs, both well-known for theircommunity involvement.Clayton Karambelas recently re-ceived the first Lifetime AmbassadorAward from the Wilkes-Barre Chamberof Commerce and is director emeritusof the organization.HesitsontheboardoftheNortheast-ern Pennsylvania Philharmonic and ison the board of trustees of the Wilkes-Barre YMCA.He and Theresa volunteer for many area nonprofit agencies including theOsterhoutFreeLibrary,theUnitedWay and the American Heart Association.He was the owner and operatinmanager of the Boston Candy Shoppe,a mainstay on Wilkes-Barre’s PublicSquare, before founding C.K. CoffeeService. The Osterhout Free Library’s cam-paign goal this year is $412,000. Spe-cial events such as the annual gala areplanned to help meet the goal.Efforts also include raising funds forthe library’s North Branch and the on-going Windows of Opportunity Cam-paign.
5 hurt in school bus crash
Five students were taken to a hospi-tal after a school bus and another vehi-cle collided Tuesday morning on stateRoute 307 near Route 92 in Tunkhan-nock Township. The crash happened just after 7:30a.m. as thebus was transporting about35 students to Tunkhannock Area mid-dle and high schools.District Superintendent MichaelHealey said the five students — withminor injuries, mostly bumps andbruises — were taken to hospitals as a precaution. Healey says the rest of thestudents were put on another bus andcontinued on to school.
Trial set for PD staffing case
A Luzerne County senior judge hasscheduled a trial date in a lawsuit filedby the chief public defender against thecounty.Senior Judge Joseph Augello sched-uled a June 24 trial in the lawsuit AlFlora, represented by the AmericanCivil Liberties Union, filed against thecounty in April, claiming his office wassounderfundedandunderstaffedthatitcould not provide adequate defense toindigent defendants. The situation had become so dire,Flora argued, he was forced to limit thetype of cases the office would accept, which led to hundreds of defendantsbeing unrepresented.Attorney John Dean has previously said the county has made several con-cessions to address concerns raised by Flora,butFlorahasrefusedtoapproachthe process as a “give and take” andinstead has used it as forum “to raisepetty grievances.”“Plaintiffs have not offered to makea single concession in their position orrelaxed their view that the county isnothing more than a checkbook whichshould immediately approve every re-quest (the office) makes,” Dean said incourt papers.
Abduction reports pursued
Police said they are investigating anattempted abduction of three boys by a white male near Kistler Elementary School on Old River Road at about 8:12p.m. Saturday.A man wearing a ski mask and a blue jacket grabbed one boy and latertwo other boys, telling them to “comehere,” police said. The boys pulledaway and screamed for help. The man was last seen running to- ward railroad tracks behind MinerPark, police said.
See CALK, Page 6A
Swings in LCTA ridership analyzed
Offie of Inspetor Generalexamines wh people on busgo up and down.
count offiials: No evidenefound validating laim ofdrug-toting lawer.
Luzerne County officials re-ceived reports an attorney wassmuggling drugs into the prisonbut found no evidence validat-ing the claim an attorney wasinvolved.County District Attorney Ste-fanie J. Salavantis confirmedan investigation was conductedinto a December 2012 allegationthat controlled substances werebeing brought into the prison.According to Salavantis:A female inmate tested posi-tive for controlled substancesin early December. The inmate was placed in restricted hous-ing, but repeated prison search-es of the inmate’s cell and cellblock revealed no drugs or re-lated evidence.A subsequent test of the in-mate showed negative results,but information about the mat-ter was still forwarded to thestate Attorney General’s Officeand county District Attorney’sOffice. The District Attorney’s Officeinitiated its own investigationinto the matter. County detec-tives interviewed prison offi-cials and personally spoke witha complainant, a relative of theadult inmate, who gave a state-ment but did not provide any letters or other documentation.Following rumors that an at-torney was involved, security and surveillance were increasedon visits by that attorney.“Prison officials were placedon heightened alert,a newsrelease stated. “No evidence of such involvement was found.” The inmate never lodged complaint about any claim witha prison official or other lawenforcement agent. In January,the inmate was transferred to a statecorrectionalfacilityforrea-sons unrelated to this incidentand to date has not made any complaint to either prison offi-cials or law enforcement aboutalleged drug smuggling.County solicitor Vito DeLuca said prison employees and in-mates reported the allegationto prison management severalmonths ago.“Prison management immedi-atelycontactedlawenforcementand also conducted its own in- vestigation,” said DeLuca. “Cer-tainadjustmentstosecuritypro-tocol were made as a result.”County Manager Robert Law-ton told county council about
WNEP among TV stations reportedly up for sale
WNEP, the regional ABC affiliate based in Moosic, is partof a group of 21 stations that’s been put up for sale.
Private equity firm has putits 21 stations, inludingarea ABc affiliate, on blok.
Inmate charged with threatening guards
John Haden calk, 28, allegedl saidshooting would be worse than one inconnetiut.
Theresa and Clayton Karambe-las, seated, will serve as library’scampaign chairs. Standing, fromleft: Rick Miller, Linda Gramlich andChristopher Kelly.
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