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Big changes are coming this fall for telephone usersbased in Northeastern andCentral Pennsylvania. Ten-digit dialing forall owners of a telephonenumber in the 570 area code will begin Sept. 21.A month later, a new 272area code will be rolled outin the region.Starting Sept. 21, if caller dials only the sev-en-digit telephone num-ber, he or she will hear a recorded announcementstating they must hang upand redial the number us-ing the area code plus theseven-digit number. Thisrecording will be availablepermanently. The Pennsylvania Pub-lic Utility Commission an-nounced the mandatory changes on Thursday, theculmination of a nearlthree-year old plan that wasapprovedJuly15,2010by the commission when it was informed that num-bers in the 570 area code
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Presidentleads pushfor gun laws
 WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama urged lawmakers Thursday to remember thechildren gunned down in America and not “getsquishy” in the face of powerful forces againstgun control legislation, as supporters struggleto win over moderate Democrats before a Sen-ate vote expected next month.Obama, flanked by grim-faced mothers whohave lost their children to guns, said Washing-ton must do something after the tragic massshooting in Newtown, Conn., three monthsago. He called out to the families of four chil-dren killed at Sandy Hook Elementary Schoolsitting in his audience.“Shame on us if we’ve forgotten,Obama said. “I haven’t forgotten those kids.”
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HARRISBURG — A Kingston woman was one of the peoplelinked to a $2.1 million prescrip-tion-drug trafficking ring thatstretched into NortheasternPennsylvania from a physician’soffice in New York City, stateand federal authorities said Thursday.NatalieGurinovichPetrov,24,ofEastWalnutStreet,wasoneof 49 people charged in “OperationScript King” that focused onOxycodone prescriptions being filled at hundreds of pharmaciesacross New York, New Jersey and in the Pennsylvania coun-ties of Monroe,Northamptonand Lehigh.P e t r o v , whose Face-book pageidentifies heras a 2008 Wyo-ming Valle West graduate, was arraigned Tuesday on twocounts of corrupt organizations,and one count each of acquisi-tion or obtaining a controlledsubstance by fraud, criminal useof communication facility andcriminal conspiracy.She remained jailed Thursday at the Monroe County Prisonfor lack of $10,000 bail. Onlinecourt records indicate she hadtwo speeding violations but no
Woman among 49 linkedto prescription-drug ring
Natalie Gurinovich Petrov,24, among those charged in$2.1M, tri-state operation.
ByEDWARDLEWIS
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Region also to get a new area code — 272
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wo religious feasts were observed throughout the Wyo-ming Valley and beyond on Thursday. At top, Pat Reederwashes the feet of the Rev. Cheryl Cavalari during the MaundyThursday Service at the Shavertown United Methodist Church.Also called Holy Thursday, the Christian observance falls inthe week preceding Easter Sunday and commemorates Jesus’last supper with his apostles. At right, Sam Greenberg settlesin for a Passover lunch at the Jewish Community Center ofWyoming Valley in Wilkes-Barre on Thursday. The Passovermeal was served with no leavened bread or food with leaven-ing agents. Guests were served roast chicken, roast potatoes,vegetables, fruit and matzah wafers. Passover is the Jewishfeast commemorating the emancipation of the Israelites fromslavery in ancient Egypt.
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Some in the Wyoming Valley saythefightforsame-sexrightshas become a battle for civilrights, a change in definitionthat might win recognition andbenefits for gay couples.“It’s basically the new civilrights movement, and people want to be on the right side of history,” Kyle Kreider, associ-ate political science professorat Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre said Thursday.Others, including an area clergyman noting his church’stheology, say the issue is not atall the same. Either way, the is-sue evokes strong opinion.Even if the U.S. SupremeCourt chooses to sustain theDefense of Marriage Act of 1996 and Kreider said hebelievesitwillbeoverturned
Gay rights cases before courtinspire range of views locally
See GUNS, Page 10ASee RING, Page 10A
Area college professor, clergyoffer their takes on pressingnational issue.
ByJONO’CONNELL
 joconnell@timesleader.com
See VIEWS, Page 7A
Like any other morning,44-year-old Thomas Maloney received the day’s mail onGood Friday 1936.Unlike others, an unfamiliarcigar box wrapped in brown pa-per arrived at his home in Wil-kes-Barre Township’s George-town section.His daughter Margaret re-called in 1986 that her fatherthought the package was a gift.As Maloney pried open thelid, the box exploded.Maloney and his 4-year-oldson, who was standing nearby,later died from injuries they suffered in the blast. They were two of the threepeople who died in what wasdubbed the Good Friday cigarbox bombings at the hands of Michael Fugmann, then 52.A total of six people receivedsimilar packages.In what is called the Wyo-
Deadly crime spurred fear of Easter packages
Good Friday bombings of 1936 terrorized area 
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Good Fridaybomber Mi-chael Fug-mann, center,is escortedout of the Lu-zerne CountyDistrictAttorney’sOffice bystate Troop-er HenryDaubenspeck.
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— The recycling schedule for Dupont is as fol-lows: comingled cans, glass andplastic on April 3 and April 17;mixed paper and cardboard onApril 10 and April 24.Electronic recycling will takeplace on June 15 at HanoverArea High School, Hanover Township. Acceptable items canbe dropped off at the DupontBorough Building on June 14. The meeting schedule for theborough is as follows: CompostCommission meeting, 7 p.m.April 3at the Dupont MunicipalBuilding; Council meeting,7 p.m. April 9 at the Munici-pal Building; drug take-backprogram, in which residents of Avoca, Dupont and Duryea candrop off expired prescriptions,from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27at the Borough Building; Crime Watch Meeting featuring speak-ers county District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis and Detec-tive Chris Lynch, 6:30 p.m. April30 at the Municipal Building. The monthly food distribu-tion will take place from 4 to 5p.m. April 25 at Sacred HeartChurch Hall.Opening day activities for T-ball and girls softball begin at 1p.m. April 14 at Dupont Field.Sewer bills for 2013 have beenmailed. Cost is $30 per dwell-ing unit, due by June 30. Watershut-off notices will be postedon delinquent accounts.For pavilion rentals, contactthe borough office at 655-6216.Copies of ordinances are avail-able at the borough office, in-cluding: dog, yard maintenance,health and sanitation, nuisance,noise and building permits forall remodeling projects.
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REFLECTIONSONTRAGICTIMES
PETE G. WILCOX/THE TIMES LEADER
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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 disorderlconduct 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.
ByEDWARDLEWIS
elewis@timesleader.com
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.
ByEDWARDLEWIS
elewis@timesleader.com
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
Nelson
Laflin resident Mike Costanzamourned, remembered forhis volunteer efforts.
ByBILLO’BOYLE
boboyle@timesleader.com
Costanza
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.
ByJONO’CONNELL
 joconnell@timesleader.com
DON CAREY/THE TIMES LEADER
Firefighters from two towns were called to 133-137 AcademySt. in Plymouth to fight an apartment building fire around 7p.m. Thursday.
LOCAL BRIEFS
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.
 
 WILKES-BARRE — A dealto sell the downtown theaterand surrounding retail spaceto real estate developer JoeAmato avoided foreclosure onthe complex and a delay onthe acquisition.His company, City CentreL.P., purchased the $8.4 mil-lion mortgage that had beencalled back by the group of banks that issued it.Amato, of Moosic, couldnot be reached for comment Thursday.But William Moore, presi-dent of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Businessand Industry, said Amato waseager to get to work. The chamber’s South MainStreet Redevelopment LLCsold its minority interest toCity Centre for $1, according to a deed in lieu of foreclosurerecorded March 22 by theLuzerne County Recorder of Deeds.South Main Street tookout the mortgage that was as-sumed by University CornersLLC in 2008 as the chamberlooked to reduce its financialexposure in the $31 millionproject it spearheaded along East Northampton and SouthMain streets. The chamber and WilliamGeary Jr., whose Los Angeles,Calif.-based Carlsberg Proper-ties Inc. managed University Corners, voted to transfer thedeed to move along the sale without going through fore-closure, Moore said Wednes-day.“It would have delayed thetransfer of the property to Mr.Amato unnecessarily,” Mooresaid.Geary, of Manhattan Beach,Calif., could not be reachedfor comment.He filed for bankruptcy inCalifornia and faced financialand legal problems relatedto other developments whileattempting to fill the retailspace around the anchor-ten-ant R/C Wilkes-Barre Mov-ies 14. With the aid of thecity, he received $1 million infunds provided by the statefrom gambling revenues tocomplete the interiors of thestreet-level store fronts. The city, with the permis-sion of the state Departmentof Community and EconomicDevelopment, split the fundsinto a grant and loan that wasto be repaid in full next yearby Geary’s company. In orderSCRANTON —A woman whose ab-duction as a teenager and recovery ninemonths later made international head-lines said she had about 100 messagesshe’d like to impart to an audience atthe Scranton Cultural Center on Thurs-day.“But I’d have to say the main one is:‘Hope!’ I think that encompasses every-thing — hope that we can overcomeour individual struggles, hope that to-morrow is going to be better than to-day, hope that anything can happen,”child safety advocate Elizabeth Smartsaid in an interview at the launch of the Commonwealth Health’s chapter of Healthy Woman.Smart was abducted from her homein Utah at knifepoint at age 14 in June2002 by Brian Mitchell, held captive by him and his wife, Wanda Barzee, fornine months, and repeatedly sexuallassaulted. Smart’s sister, who recog-nized the voice of the kidnapper, identi-fied him as a homeless man the family once had do work for them.A biker who saw a sketch of Mitch-ell on “Americas Most Wanted” TV show spotted him and alerted police inMarch 2003. Mitchell and Barzee wereapprehended and Smart was returnedtoherfamily.Mitchellwastriedin2010and is serving a life sentence. Barzee was sentenced to 15 years and is sched-uled for release in 2016.“Ithink,forme,Ihaveforgiventhem.But in the same breath, that doesn’tmean I would invite them over for Sun-day dinner,” Smart said. “I think that whatever goes unpunished in this life will certainly be made up for in thenext.”Smart,25,andstilllivinginUtah,hasbeen speaking publicly and advocating for child safety for two years. “Whathappened to me, I don’t think anybody should have to experience that. … If my speaking out helps raise awareness, which will cause change to happen,then I want to do that.”One thing she is speaking about isradKIDS — a personal empowermentsafety education program for children. The “radstands for “resist aggres-sion defensively.” Kimberly Pellicano,Healthy Woman coordinator, said sheandanothercertifiedinstructorhopetobegin offering local classes soon.Information about radKIDS and women’s health issues were available atthe new chapter launch. Pellicano saidthe Wilkes-Barre and Berwick chaptersrecently merged to include all eightCommonwealth Health hospitals.
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Candidates OK’d for ballot
A Luzerne County  judge on Thursday ruledtwo candidates who havecirculated nominationpapers will have theirnames appear on the bal-lot for the May primary.Plains Township resident RonaldOley filed court papers on March 18,challenging the petitions of Ned Evansand Anthony C. Thomas, who areseeking positions on the Wilkes-BarreArea School Board.Oley claimed Evans had an insuffi-cient number of valid signatures on hispetitions while Thomas did not timely file a statement of financial interest with the school board secretary, asrequired by law.Judge Michael Vough, after hearing testimony regarding each candidate’spetitions, ruled in favor of Evans andAnthony, noting there was no miscon-duct in either case.
HANOVER TWP.
Police: Multiple shots fired
Four men fled after shots werefired in the area of West Division andLuzerne streets just after 6 a.m. Thurs-day, township police said. Two white males sped away in a light-colored Chevrolet Equinox that was last seen traveling west on WestDivision Street. Two other males —one white and the other of unknownrace wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt— ran separately from the scene indifferent directions, police said.A .45-caliber shell casing was recov-ered. No injuries were reported.Anyone with information aboutthe shooting is asked to call Hanover Township police at 825-1254.
DUNMORE
Check your child car seat
Luzerne/Lackawanna County SafeKids Coalition will hold a free safety check of child car seats from 10 a.m.to 1 p.m. Monday. In Wilkes-Barre, thecheck will be held at Hollenback FireStation, North Washington Street; inScranton, the event will be at McDadePark, Bald Mountain Road, Scranton. Wilkes-Barre and Scranton fire de-partments will have fire safety trailersat both locations for fire safety instruc-tions. No appointments are necessary.Certified technicians will assess carseats, make necessary adjustments andgive recommendations to parents.Safe Kids promotes the preventionof childhood injuries in Pennsylvania through education, collaboration andadvocacy. The Luzerne/Lackawanna coalition is a committee of individualsfrom various organizations who assistin the development, funding and stra-tegic planning of Safe Kids to enhancethe mission of preventing injuries tochildren.
HARRISBURG
Victim advocate honored
 The Pennsylvania Coalition AgainstRape and the National Sexual ViolenceResource Center will present PatrickRushton with the Visionary VoiceAward next month.Rushton is the education andoutreach manager for the VictimsResource Center in Luzerne, Carbonand Wyoming counties. The retired Wilkes-Barre police officer managesprogram development and implemen-tation, professional training, com-munity awareness and other duties,including individual services to victimsof violence. The Visionary Voice Award recogniz-es individuals who demonstrate com-mitment to ending sexual violence. The award will be presented onApril 4 in Harrisburg.
NANTICOKE
Easter egg hunt planned
 The original Hanover RecreationClub will hold its Easter egg hunt at 10a.m. Saturday on the club grounds at318-320 Front St. Children are invitedand asked to assemble at the corner of Pine and Jones streets. There is no rain date for the event.
 WILKES-BARRE
UnitedWayseeksvolunteers
Sign-ups for the United Way of  Wyoming Valley’s “Operation Dream:A Day of Caring” close April 8. Theprogram on May 29 begins at 8 a.m.at the Woodlands Inn with a breakfastand program from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. The goal is to have more than 700 volunteers assist one of more than 50community volunteer projects. Formore information, visit www.united- waywb.org/dayofcaring.
IN BRIEF
See RYAN, Page 4A
Movie complex saved from foreclosure
ByJERRYLYNOTT
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BySHEENADELAZIOsdelazio@timesleader.com
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 WILKES-BARRE For Re-becca Wahlers, June 15, 2012 was the worst night of her life.She was withfriends and herboyfriend, Co-rey Ryan, 20, walking acrossSouth RiverStreet in Wil-kes-Barre whena vehicle driv-en by DanielleCastrignanocame at them. Wahlers jumped out of the way at the last minute as Cas-trignano’s vehicle struck Ryan, who was in a wheelchair.“IsawhimgethitIsawhimhit the pavement,” Wahlers said Thursday at a hearing at whichCastrignano was sentenced toone to two years in state prisonon a related charge. “Seeing (the) expression on his face … it was the worst night of my life.”Castrignano, 21, of Holiday Drive, Kingston, was sentencedon a charge of accidents involv-ing death or personal injury to which she had pleaded guilty inFebruary.Ryan, who was paralyzed in a car crash in 2011, died June 29in Hospice Community Care inDunmore.Castrignanotoldinvestigatorsshe thought she had struck a shopping cart, according to thecriminal complaint.City police said Castrignanodrove away after striking Ryanand turned onto the MarketStreet Bridge into Kingston. Asurveillance camera recordedthe vehicle on the bridge.Police recovered Castrigna-no’s vehicle parked outside the Woodlands Inn & Resort inPlains Township. She turnedherself in to police several hourslater.“I’m truly, truly very remorse-ful,Castrignano told JudgeDavid Lupas on Thursday. “Nosentence that I am given will beequivalent to (Ryan’s) life.”Castrignano said she was notusing drugs or alcohol the nightof the accident and she believedshe had struck a shopping cart.“I truly didn’t know that I hita person,” Castrignano said, tell-ing Ryan’s family that she can-not express how sorry she is forthe accident.Ryan’s mother and sister alsotestified Thursday, telling Lu-pas about Ryan, whom they 
Teen charged in fatal 2011 wreck released
 WILKES-BARRE A year and a half after being declared a delinquent andsent to live in a group home,an 18-year-old charged in a  wreck that killed his 16-year-old friend is free.Adam Fredmund appearedbefore Luzerne County Judge David Lupas, wherehis attorney on Thursday asked that his supervision beterminated because he hascompleted his court-mandat-ed programs.Fredmund, 16 at the timeof the incident, was chargedin juvenile court with homi-cide by motor vehicle, un-derage drinking and othercharges after the July 18,2011, crash that killed BrianMadry of Wright TownshipFairview Township policeand county detectives saidFredmund had been drink-ing alcohol at a party beforecrashing a 2004 Kia Optima on Lake Road, an isolatedroadintheGlenSummitsec-tion, early in the morning.Madrywas a passenger inthe Kia. An autopsy deter-mined he died of multipletraumatic injuries.Fredmund, of Fairview Township, was declared delinquent in September2011 and then ordered to re-side in the United Children’sHome in West Hazleton, group home, participate indrug-and-alcohol counseling,complete a minimum of 100hours of community serviceand other terms.On Thursday, AssistantDistrict Attorney MamiePhillips said Fredmundhas done everything Lupasasked of him and would bean example to others on howto handle themselves afterbeing criminally charged.“We wish him well … he’smoving in the right direc-tion,” Phillips said.Madry’sparentswerepres-ent in court Thursday, as was Fredmund’s mother, andspoke on Fredmund’s behalf.Lupas said the most im-portant ingredient in Thurs-day’s proceeding, as well asFredmund’s case as a whole,has been the support of theMadry family. “They haveencouraged you to succeed,”Lupassaid.“Theyhavelosta child, but they are helping tosave another.”Lupas said Brian Madry  wouldbeproudofthestridesFredmund has made, as wellas the way his family hashandled a difficult situation.“You have a bright future,”Lupas said. “(I hope) youcontinue to move forward ina positive direction.”
BySHEENADELAZIO
 sdelazio@timesleader.com
Adam Fredmund, 18, om-pletes terms, as ‘brigtfuture,’ judge sas.
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Elizabeth Smart, kidnapped as a teenager in 2002, now promotes safety education for children and delivered hermessage at the Scranton Cultural Center Thursday.
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BySTEVEMOCARSKY
 smocarsky@timesleader.com
Elizabet Smart, wo was kidnappedas a teen in 2002, opes messagewill elp oters.
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