No player matched all ﬁvenumbers in Thursday’s “Cash 5” jackpot drawing. Friday’s jackpotwill be worth $325,000. Lotteryofﬁcials reported 82 playersmatched four numbers, winning$216.50 each; 3,262 playersmatched three numbers, winning$9 each; and 36.351 playersmatched two numbers, winning$1 each.No player matched all sixnumbers in Thursday’s “Match6” jackpot drawing. Monday’s jackpot will be worth $600,000.
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ontest judgesCindy Kruger,right, and Bill Bor-dow read throughchildren’s essayssubmitted for the11th annual YomHaShoah/HolocaustEssay Contest forarea students ingrades ﬁve through12. All entries willbe displayed at theJewish CommunityCenter of WyomingValley in Wilkes-Barre. Prizes will beawarded in three di-visions. First-placewinners will presenttheir submissionsat the Yom HaS-hoah Program onApril 7 at the JCC.
PLYMOUTH — Policearrested a man they allegethreatened three people with a gun at a house on Blair Streetlate Wednesday night.Steven Paul Nelson, 34, of Pugh Street, Edwardsville,is charged with three countseach of simple assault, reck-less endangerment, terroristicthreats and harassment, andone count each of disorderly conduct and ﬁrearms not to becarried without a license.Police allege Nelson showedup at the house of ex-girlfriendDenise Shaw just after 10 p.m.According to police, the in-cident unfolded in this way:Nelsonbangedonadoorwhilescreaming he wanted a jacketreturned. Shaw called JadePerillo, who resides on BlairStreet, to come to her housebecause Nelson was causing a disturbance.Perillo told police that Nel-son threat-ened to killhim, accord-ing to thecriminal com-plaint.Perillo raninside Shaw’sre s i d e n c e when he sawNelson reaching into his pick-up truck, police said. Policeallege Nelson aimed a gun atShaw, Perillo and a girl beforedriving away.Edwardsville police laterspotted Nelson running intohisresidence.Hecameoutsideholding a .45-caliber handgun,the complaint says.Nelson does not have a gunpermit, police said.He told police he wishedPerillohadfollowedhimhomebecause he would have put sixbullets into Perillo’s body, ac-cording to the complaint.Nelson was jailed at the Lu-zerne County Correctional Fa-cility for lack of $2,500 bail. Apreliminary hearing is sched-uled on April 3 before DistrictJudge Donald Whittaker inNanticoke.
Area man chargedwith gun threat
Steven Paul Nelson, 34,allegedly aimed ﬁrearm attrio in Plymouth.
FedEx worker suspectedin prescription drug thefts
PLAINS TWP. — An em-ployeeattheFedExdistributioncenter in Pittston Township hasbeen charged with stealing pre-scription drugs that were being shipped to a pharmacy.Christopher Graff, 25, of East Drinker Street, Dunmore, was charged by the state Attor-ney General’s Ofﬁce with theftand acquisition of a controlledsubstance. He was arraignedMonday by District Judge Di-ana Malast and released on$5,000 unsecured bail.Graff could not be reachedfor comment Thursday morn-ing.According to the criminalcomplaint:Graff, while working at theFedEx distribution center, re-moved packages being shippedto a Price Chopper Pharmacy.Graff allegedly admitted heopened the packages and tookbottlesofNorcocontaining500tablets and Vicodin containing 200 tablets on Nov 14, a bottleof Norco containing 500 tabletson Nov. 28, a bottle of Norcocontaining 100 tablets on Dec.6 and a bottle of Norco contain-ing 500 tablets on Dec. 7.Graff told investigators hetook the prescription medica-tions to make money to pay hishalf of the rent and to have ex-tra spending money, the com-plaint says.Investigators allege Graff sold the prescription medica-tions to another man in Lacka- wanna County and was paid$125 to $800 per delivery, ac-cording to the complaint. Graff allegedly told investigators heproﬁted about $2,000.FedExwasnotiﬁedaboutthemissing prescription bottles onNov. 14. Security cameras wereinstalled in the shipping area of the distribution center, whereGraff allegedly was recordedmoving packages from a con- veyor belt, the complaint says.A preliminary hearing isscheduled on April 2.
Neil Horn said Laﬂin residentMike Costanza was “a friendto everybody,” and when he walked into a room, you knewhe was there.Costanza, 59, died Tuesday,andHornandotherssaidhewillmissed by many in the commu-nity, in part, because of his im-pact through volunteer service.Costanza was involved inmany community groups, suchas Music Box Theater, the Cath-olic Youth Center, Big Broth-ers/Big Sisters, Wilkes-BarreEast Rotary, Bishop HobanHigh School Parents Club, andboys and girls basketball at St.Nicholas/St. Mary’s Elemen-tary School. He was a PIAA of-ﬁcialandmemberofitsboardof directors.His daughter, Lauren Costan-za Haynes, wrote a brief tributeto her father on Facebook thatgenerated many commentsfrompeoplewhoselivesCostan-za had touched.She wrote:“We have losta great hero.Loved and re-spected by somany, and thegreatest manI have known. With a heavy heart, I want toinform everyone that my father,Michael Costanza, passed away late (Tuesday) night. He foughta strong battle the past few years,andisnolongersuffering.I will miss him more than wordscan say, but promise to carry onhis legacy of love, hard work,humor, and looking out for theunderdog. You taught me well,daddio, I only hope I can make you proud.”Horn, who knew Costanza formore than 30 years, said that when Costanza got involved with an organization or commit-tee, he took over. Costanza also worked for Horn, the vice presi-dent of operations at McCarthy Tire, as the company’s vice pres-ident of corporate sales.“When he got involved, hegot involved heavy,” Horn said,adding that Costanza always in-sisted he work with him on ev-ery project or group. “Mike hadtwo faults — he couldn’t say noto anybody and if you gave hima microphone, you could neverget him to give it back.”Horn recently visited withCostanza and noted that despiteall he was going through, henever lost his sense of humor.“He went through hell the lasttwo years,” Horn said.Ron Evans, executive direc-tor of Catholic Social Services,said Costanza volunteered withBig Brothers/Big Sisters of theBridge for more than 20 years.He was a Big Brother to a young man for most of those years, Ev-ans said.“This is really very sad,” Ev-ans said. “Mike was one of theﬁrst people I recruited for ouradvisory board, and he helpedtake us to another level.”Evans said Costanza was in-strumental in expanding theBowl for Kids’ Sake event to be-come the organization’s majorfundraiser.“He would do anything for you,” said Evans. “He was very loyal for a long, long time. He will be greatly missed.”C
ostanza’s obituary appearson Page 6A.
Costanza recalled for civic action
Laﬂin resident Mike Costanzamourned, remembered forhis volunteer efforts.
Fire damages Plymouth apartment building
PLYMOUTH — A ﬁre dam-aged a ﬁve-unit apartment build-ing in the borough Thursday night and one person was takentothehospitaltobecheckedout.PlymouthHoseCo.No.1Chief Jerry Bolesta said a ﬁrst-ﬂoorresident of the building at thecorner of Academy and Shawneestreets woke up to smoke andﬂames in another room.Everyone made it out of thebuilding safely, and the resident, whose name was not given, wastaken to the hospital for an ex-amination, he said. The man ap-peared to be unharmed, Bolestasaid.“He took in some smoke,” saidthe chief. “They took him to getchecked out, (but) he was alertand awake and alert. Everything was OK.”Flames destroyed part of theapartment unit’s rear corner. The other apartment units wereundamaged, Bolesta said.Dozens of neighbors ﬂockedaround the site. Charles Schrad-er, who lives in the building,leaned up against an adjacent ga-rage with only a jacket over hischest. His knees were shaking.Before emergency crews arrived,said Schrader, he tried breaking down the door and smashed a window on the side of the houseto let out smoke.Responders originally thoughtthe resident was trapped in thebuilding, but later found hehadgone outside to stand in thestreetwith the restofthe onlook-ers.Hanover Township and Plym-outh borough ﬁreﬁghters re-sponded to the blaze around7 p.m. The cause of the ﬁre isundetermined and a state policeﬁre marshal had been called toinvestigate, Bolesta said.
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Fireﬁghters from two towns were called to 133-137 AcademySt. in Plymouth to ﬁght an apartment building ﬁre around 7p.m. Thursday.
Body found in Wilkes-Barre’s Miner Park
WILKES-BARRE — Policeon Thursday night conﬁrmedthat a body was found in MinerPark earlier in the day.A woman called The TimesLeader inquiring about the dis-covery, saying she saw a detec-tive standing over the body of a man who appeared to be de-ceased at about 12:45 p.m. Shesaidshesawbloodonthescene.Police said detectives are stillinvestigating and no further in-formation was available.