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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:
Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs,Plains Twp.
HawkMtn Labs Inc., West HazletonOutsourcing USA LLC, Dallas
Cornell Iron Works, Mountain Top
Jobs First Impact
Benco Dental, PittstonRAD Manufacturing LLC, Nesco-peck
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 getting more 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 a 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
hospital ould ot retrievesuspeted illegal drugsallegedl idde i retum.
Towing, policing woesaired at W-B council
couilma To Georgeseeks status report oprobe ito LAG Towig.
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 a 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
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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 seator seeks federalsupport to protet jobs ofabout 2,000 i state.